faux streaming realtime quotes

a number of finance sites now have updating prices that appear on their pages. it’s a nice application of technology, and it looks really cool to see numbers within a story flash green or red and change. but all the prices are delayed, usually 15 min for NASDAQ and 20 min for other exchanges. in my mind, that turns a great application of technology into a really poor one. what is the point of having the numbers “update” as if they are realtime? the answer is that there IS no point, and in fact it is misleading to someone who does not know they are reading yesterday’s newspaper. of course, they can always scroll down to the fine print at the bottom of the page.


i forget where i ran into this article about modern adulthood, but i just finished reading it and the author has some interesting observations. like any social commentary, much of it has been said or spotted before, but it’s a good read regardless.

recently i have been throwing out a bunch of crap. it is kind of weird to go through the closet and think…hmmm yeah i have had that since high school and now it is fully cool again. then you start wondering whether you should hang onto the other shit that is *not* cool yet again. i think i am going to err on the side of a sparse closet.

support the troops

the military times has released its annual poll of our troops:

Only 35 percent of the military members polled this year said they approve of the way President Bush is handling the war, while 42 percent said they disapproved. The president’s approval rating among the military is only slight ly higher than for the population as a whole. In 2004, when his popularity peaked, 63 percent of the military approved of Bush’s handling of the war. While ap proval of the president’s war lead ership has slumped, his overall approval remains high among the military.

Just as telling, in this year’s poll only 41 percent of the military said the U.S. should have gone to war in Iraq in the first place, down from 65 percent in 2003. That closely reflects the beliefs of the general population today — 45 percent agreed in a recent USA Today/Gallup poll.

5 things you may not know about me

thor has tagged me with the latest meme i have been watching ripple across my rss feeds. jonas points out that the meme allegedly has a somewhat ignoble origin, but we will not let that stand in the way of fun.

1. i cannot see out of both eyes simultaneously, i.e. i have no depth perception. this condition stems from being born with strabismus, in combination with an abnormally rapidly developing brain. by the time they performed the first corrective surgery on my eyes at 13 months, the condition had already been “learned”. my dad took a somewhat “sink or swim” approach to my vision, covered in item number 2. (nothing like learning to perceive distance at 20 mph).

2. my dad welded together my first motorcycle, built around a two-stroke chainsaw motor, when i was two years old. i have always had some sort of motorcycle, and rode a 1965 BMW with a russian sidecar when i was in high school. now i just have a vespa that i need to get running again.

3. i lived in a lot of different places when i was growing up. toronto, philadelphia, montana, louisiana, stockton, san francisco, and of course LA come to mind. i went to a one-room schoolhouse in livingston montana.

4. i have been working on this list since before christmas. now i just want it done.

5. i generally do not make new year’s resolutions.

ok now to tag some others…lou, jee, halle, jane, and jondi and/or spesh.