Friends With Cool Websites

My friend James Altucher has probably never had to have a resume in his life, but if he did it would include: teen chess whiz, computer-science guy, web filmmaker for HBO, general web wunderkind, poker player, hedge fund guy, financial writer, and author. He’s just launched a new website, Stockpickr.com, that combines almost all of the above. It’s a sort of stock-picking wiki with such interesting features — a recommendation engine like Amazon’s, e.g.; a way to view a Buffett or Soros portfolio — that, even though I don’t care much about stockpicking, I got totally mesmerized just wandering around the site.

Another friend, Kurt Andersen, does have a resume. He was one of the twisted brains behind Spy magazine, and like James Altucher has also done about a million things. (A Spy retrospective has just been published, btw.) One of Kurt’s current ventures (I am guessing it occupies about .8% of his time) is called the Very Short List, which is described thusly by its creators:

What is VSL? Short answer: a free, daily email newsletter that points to excellent entertainment, media, and other cultural things you may not know about because they haven’t been hyped to within an inch of their lives. Each weekday, we tell our subscribers about just one gem from among the vast pile of new (and sometimes vintage) feature films and documentaries (in theaters and on DVD), television shows, novels, nonfiction books, magazine articles, CDs, radio programs, Web videos, sites and services and more.

Here’s a recent recommendation, a video of the Complaints Choir of Helsinki, which solicits everyday complaints from people and then sets them to choral music. VSL describes it as “the most instantly accessible and funniest comedy/art video we’ve seen in ages.” I pretty much have to agree.


Simon Orbit

Wow, thank you for the VSL tip. Excellent site for browsing. Lily Allen is already a guilty pleasure.

DidntYouHear

I like VSL, but I wish you could subscribe to the emails in RSS format.

Dave Meleney

Stephen Moore and Julian Simon had a book called: "It's getting better all the time", that was filled with amazing charts...

Moore should do a road show with the charts and this choir.... what a killer combo that would be !

amit

It's odd that you would say that you aren't interested in stock-picking.

There's a lot about the current climate of Wall Street that would be interesting to Freakonomics readers.

If anyone watches Jim Cramer's show Mad Money, he always brings up the fact that because of the easy access of information on the internet and fair disclosure regulation (Regulation FD) it has eroded the information asymmetry between professionals and non-professionals.

Cramer also proposes an interesting idea for companies that lay off workers: They should offer stock options priced the day before the lay-off. This way the laid off workers can benefit from the rise of the stock generated by their own lay off.

Shony

Could not resist telling about this other cool website at:

http://www.myexp.org

What a rich source of creativity the web has become.
I love discovering amazing and beautiful stuff on the web all the time.

Enjoy,
Shony

leslie

hi its leslie for my under standings i have know clue what im doing here or what to do on this website so if u can plz email me! i will exstadic to email u bac!!

email here:___________________________________

Simon Orbit

Wow, thank you for the VSL tip. Excellent site for browsing. Lily Allen is already a guilty pleasure.

DidntYouHear

I like VSL, but I wish you could subscribe to the emails in RSS format.

Dave Meleney

Stephen Moore and Julian Simon had a book called: "It's getting better all the time", that was filled with amazing charts...

Moore should do a road show with the charts and this choir.... what a killer combo that would be !

amit

It's odd that you would say that you aren't interested in stock-picking.

There's a lot about the current climate of Wall Street that would be interesting to Freakonomics readers.

If anyone watches Jim Cramer's show Mad Money, he always brings up the fact that because of the easy access of information on the internet and fair disclosure regulation (Regulation FD) it has eroded the information asymmetry between professionals and non-professionals.

Cramer also proposes an interesting idea for companies that lay off workers: They should offer stock options priced the day before the lay-off. This way the laid off workers can benefit from the rise of the stock generated by their own lay off.

Shony

Could not resist telling about this other cool website at:

http://www.myexp.org

What a rich source of creativity the web has become.
I love discovering amazing and beautiful stuff on the web all the time.

Enjoy,
Shony

leslie

hi its leslie for my under standings i have know clue what im doing here or what to do on this website so if u can plz email me! i will exstadic to email u bac!!

email here:___________________________________