Thursday, April 16, 2009

Priceless Picks

They found food pictures I took at Nougatine on Flickr, sent me an email asking if I'd like to get paid. I said sure. They told me which pictures they wanted to use and told me to write a small blurb about the place. After they edited my copy, they gave me a bunch of release forms to sign. A month later, a check came in the mail. For my vanity's sake, I've been checking every now and then to see if my entry has been posted. Sure enough, a few months later, here it is:

Do a search on "nougatine" to get to my entry. For some reason, they stuck the location in China.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

NASDAQ Answers powered by TickerHound

I'm very excited to announce that we ( just launched our first major partnership: The NASDAQ OMX Group (NDAQ).

On you can now find TickerHound's Q&A widgets sprinkled all over the site. To go directly to the co-branded application we built for them:

This is a major milestone for the TickerHound team. We came a long way since we launched TickerHound a little over a year ago: Many lines of code had been written AND rewritten; Architectures had been rearchitected; Team grew 50% in size.

Press release is below:

NEW YORK, Apr. 9, 2009 -- and the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today introduced NASDAQ Answers on This new, real-time Question & Answers platform provides users with unbiased, community-powered education for the individual investor.

“We’re very excited that NASDAQ, which has a long history of technological innovation in finance, has chosen TickerHound as one of its first social media offerings,” said Wayne Mulligan, TickerHound’s CEO. “NASDAQ’s implementation of TickerHound is a strong endorsement of our brand. We welcome’s support in fulfilling our mission of educating and empowering individual investors.”

"NASDAQ Answers provides an intuitive way for individual investors to ask questions and get answers from other users," said Bruce Hashim, Vice President, NASDAQ OMX Interactive Services. "TickerHound made it easy to integrate their robust software suite and we’re confident these social media features will significantly improve the user experience."

Now live on, Nasdaq Answers allows users to freely browse questions and answers across a variety of investment-related categories. Free registration with a valid email address is required for users to post or respond to questions. Visit to participate in the discussion.

For more information on NASDAQ Answers, visit

About TickerHound:

TickerHound is a community-powered education website for individual investors. Launched in 2007 the company has focused on creating a scalable and extensible Q&A platform and partnering with top-tier financial media brands. TickerHound’s goal is to provide unbiased, community-powered education for the individual investor. TickerHound provides its partners with a turnkey solution that will allow them to create, customize and quickly deploy their very own Q&A Community. The company plans to announce more white-label community-powered education features on other websites in the near future. For more information, visit

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The matters described herein contain forward-looking statements that are made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about NASDAQ Market Pathfinders and NASDAQ OMX Group's other products and offerings. We caution that these statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other factors beyond NASDAQ OMX Group's control. These factors include, but are not limited to factors detailed in NASDAQ OMX Group's annual report on Form 10-K, and periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Calabash Brothers

While waiting to get coffee from the Mud truck today, I remembered that I used to watch this when I was a kid in China:

Monday, February 16, 2009

The iPhone

I did it. I caved. I finally got one: 3G, black, 16GB.
To stick it to the man, I have a used one - hacked AND using T-Mobile.
The cosmos' way of getting back at me for that one: there are deep gashes on the screen (not too noticeable) AND I had to pay Simon the amount I hocked the Nokia E71 for ($300).

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Number 2337


The last time LVHRD had the CLL PHN LCKN event, it was at MoMa. Our cellphones were confiscated, bagged up and nailed to a giant wall. The wall became an artful display of flashing and vibrating mobile phones. Oh yea, we wandered around the MoMa afterhours while sipping on a what seem to be an endless supply of alcohol.


This year was totally different. It was at the 92Y in Tribeca. We were handed white jumpsuits with different numbers on it when we checked in. We got to keep our phones. The big theme of this event was texting. Yup, they got one of those 5 digit text message numbers. You first text LVHRD the number on the suit and your name. After the confirmation text from LVHRD, you text them your bio. I texted whatever was in my head at the moment: "fuck a dollar and a dream". I wondered if they filtered the texts but April confirmed that they decided not to. All the bio updates are broadcasted via two giant projector screens. You can get other people's bios by texting the number on their suit to LVHRD.
Of course, it was sponsored by Dewar's, Sapporo and 42Below vodka. I had a bunch of Dewar's and ginger (awesome ginger beer - not too sweet, nice kick).
Yacht came on and did a couple of sets. They had awesome beats. Excellent performers overall - they knew how to have fun while getting paid. We even caught up with them afterwards at the bar. Too bad they only had 1 day in New York (flying right back to Oregon).

White jumpsuits + heavy texting + Dewar's and Ginger + Performance by Yacht

"On Monday, January 26, we’re taking the next step to protect you against the threat of Severe Micro-Cellulotamination (aka SMC) at (CLL) PHN-LCKN ‘09.

In 2006, we took away your cell phones to protect you from a modern pandemic that rots the brain, provided an open bar to help you forget your SMC woes and put leotard-clad Les Savvy Fav frontman Tim Harrington on stage to wreak havoc at MoMA.

Some time has passed since the first (CLL) PHN - LCKN and cell phones are more dangerous than we initially…"

Shot from the stage


Text messages to the event number is posted right away via the projector

Friday, January 23, 2009


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lou: cryptic motherfucker

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

NJ Nets

01/07/2009, originally uploaded by blizzardzz.

Took my dad to the Nets game to see our comrade Yi.
Got the tix for $50 each on - 5 rows behind the basket!