Owen, you had me at ‘hello’

So Steely Dan accused Owen Wilson’s new movie of having stolen its plot from one of their songs. Mr. Wilson responded most excellently:

In a statement released by his spokeswoman, Ina Treciokas, Wilson said: “I have never heard the song ‘Cousin Dupree’ and I don’t even know who this gentleman, Mr. Steely Dan, is. I hope this helps to clear things up and I can get back to concentrating on my new movie, ‘HEY 19.’ ”

A-Rod thoughts

As Alex Rodriguez’s woes continue and the boos get louder we seem to be approaching an inflection point where he’ll either start performing or possibly be driven nuts by the New York fans.

Two thoughts:
– it’s telling that Derek Jeter hasn’t come to his teammates defense since as captain and a respected ballplayer, he could likely tell the fans to tune it down. Either Jeter agrees with the booing or there’s still bad blood between him and A-Rod from years back.
– if you’re a true fan, booing A-Rod cannot help the cause. You’re not going yell him into greatness.

That $100 is working for me

So finally funded two $50 loans on Prosper. I was outbid several times as it took me a while to understand the market rates being offered. My selection criteria was:
* Loans that were already at least 50% funded by Prosper lenders
* Grade B credit or better
* A reason for borrowing that made sense to me – I focused specifically on people looking to pay off their credit card debt

One loan is at 8.45%, the other 8.94% for an average of 8.7%. Since this is more of an experiment for me, I wasn’t really focused on maximizing return. Since the market is still relatively small and participants are new, I’ve gotta believe there’s a wide disparity of interest rates being paid out and very little internal consistency.

Some of the Prosper guys came and spoke at Google — haven’t watched it yet but there was some good email chatter afterwards.

La rivincita delle raunch ladies

Sempre più donne ricorrono al sex appeal per ottenere ciò che vogliono. Con buona pace delle femministe

La prima a lanciare l’allarme è stata Ariel Levy, che dal suo libro appena tradotto in Italia come “Sporche femmine scioviniste“, lancia taglienti strali contro presentatrici dal seno rifatto, dive porno prestate allo showbiz e più in generale tutte le donne che usano il loro sex appeal per arrivare. Il dibattito è aperto: e di recente qualcuno fa notare che il fenomeno non è limitato solo al mondo dello spettacolo