Mandelbrot Tackles the Stock Market

Benoit Mandelbrot, one of the world’s most celebrated mathematicians, and the father of fractal geometry, believes that our understanding of the stock market is as flawed as medieval astronomy. But the 77-year-old mathematician thinks that he now has the tools to fundamentally revise the way economists envision price variation. The change could be as radical as moving the Earth from the center of the solar system to an orbit round the sun. More here.

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Internet License Plate Gallery

Webreference.com has created a showcase for Internet-oriented vanity license plates. There is a photo of each plate and the story behind it, and the owner’s Web site link is included. Gallery brainchild Richard Wiggins, owner of a Michigan INTRNET license plate, says the idea came about after he heard another friend had a vanity plate, WEBMSTR. Richard figured that there were lots more out there, and sure enough, he found them. The results include plates such as WEBNERD, OPEN SRC, PENTIUM, and MRMODEM.
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World’s Largest Geekfest

Even though 2001 was the worst-ever year for the semiconductor industry, Intel Corp.’s Chief Executive Officer on Monday exhorted geeks gathered at the No. 1 chipmaker’s technology conference here to keep investing and churning out new products and applications.

“Collectively we need to invest and bring new technology into the marketplace,” Craig Barrett told about 4,000 engineers and developers attending the Intel Developer Forum, which the company touts as “the world’s largest geekfest.”

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Monty Python Tops Poll of Favorite Films Lines

Monty Python’s cult comedy “The Life of Brian” has topped a poll of UK internet users’ favorite film lines.

More than 20 years after it was banned in parts of Britain for its supposedly blasphemous content, the biblical satire dominated a survey for online shop bol.com.

Director Terry Jones, who played the mother of Brian, a young man mistaken for the Messiah, delivered the winning line to a crowd hoping to catch a glimpse of their idol — “He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy.”

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Remote Lounge – High Tech Geek Night Club

In New York’s East Village Remote Lounge 60 cameras cover every foot of the place, sending footage to the 100 monitors and projection screens throughout. Each bar-goer sits on a stool at a control pod, a cross between Star Trek’s bridge and an arcade game. On top of the control pod is a camera with a joystick so you can control any camera in the room – or any else can aim your camera at you. It’s just a new way of meeting people for the ultra-introverted geek generation.
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Sleeping Less Lets You Live Longer

According to an article in the Washington Post, contrary to popular belief, people who sleep six to seven hours a night live longer, and those who sleep eight hours or more die younger, according to the largest study ever conducted on the subject.

The controversial study, which tracked the sleeping habits of 1.1 million Americans for six years, undermines the advice of many sleep doctors who have long recommended that people get eight or nine hours of sleep every night.

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$1 Movies

Wired Magazine writes “A Taiwanese website is selling streams of new and classic Hollywood movies for $1 — in clear violation of international copyright agreements, American intellectual property advocates, government officials and copyright lawyers all say.

The site, movie88.com , is streaming thousands of American movies, from Legally Blonde to Judgment at Nuremberg, as well as a number of Japanese and Chinese films. A $1 fee buys three days of unlimited access to RealVideo versions of each title.”

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