Archive for February 11, 2012
Whitney Houston has died. No details yet.
My sense is she had a very unhappy life.
I hope she’s at peace now.
Here she is singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl in 1991. Those pipes!
Tie a carrot to a stick and keep walkin’.
This would be our Tweet of the Day:
A whopping 39% of Mainers — that would be a total of 2,190 people — voted for Mitt
Romney in today’s Republican caucuses there.
Ron Paul came in second at 36% with 1,996 votes.
Rick Santorum was third at 18% with 989 votes, and
Newt and Callista Gingrich came in fourth at 6% with a pitiful 349 votes.
Relevant factoid: Maine’s population? 1,328,188.
So, 5,524 Republicans voted in Maine today and the cables have been hanging on it all week? Really?
Here is every Apple design, ever, in 38 seconds. Enjoy (but don’t blink):
WHILE the economy remains stubbornly sluggish and home sales nationwide continue to sag, Manhattan’s real estate market has largely stabilized, with apartments in some neighborhoods selling for prices not seen since the headiest days of the boom.
But on the road to recovery, one segment of the market has outpaced the rest: ultraluxury, which analysts roughly define as properties costing $7 million and up. At these lofty heights, there was only the slightest of hiccups after the crash, and in the ensuing years, values have soared, with some apartments doubling in price.
Normally, that news would mean rising prices in every other segment of the market, from the tiniest starter studios to family-size four-bedroom co-ops. But that is not happening, even with interest rates at record lows and prices considered reasonable by Manhattan standards.
“There is a greater disconnect between the very top of the market and everything else than I have ever seen in my 25 years in the business,” said Jonathan J. Miller, the president of the appraisal firm Miller Samuel.
That last sentence is remarkable: A guy with 25 years “in the business” has never seen such a disconnect between the “very top of the market and everything else.” Seems to me that’s quite the visual aid when it comes to imagining the 1% versus the 99%.
Here’s a video supposedly showing a baby goat learning how to jump but that’s beside the point in my opinion. I don’t care what the goat’s doing, he’s so cute I can’t take my eyes off of him: