Archive for February, 2008

Nice Going, eBay!

February 22nd, 2008

Last summer I posted about how eBay should use an AJAX method when adding items to your watch list.  While searching for some Rockets tickets this morning I noticed they’ve done just that! Much improved!

Tyson Technology

The Nine, by Jeffrey Toobin

February 14th, 2008


Every once in a while I’ll read a book.  I know, that shocks some of you.  I’m trying to read more, though, and watch less TV.  Currently I’m in the middle of a book I got for Christmas called The Nine.   I’m really enjoying it, and recommend it to anyone who’s interested in the judicial branch or constitutional law. 

Toobin does a good job examining each justice in detail in the last 20 or 25 years, and he spends a lot of time on critical court issues like abortion, civic rights, civil liberties, federalism, etc. 

Here’s a quick fact I didn’t know: Senator George Mitchell, who just completed an investigation for major league baseball, was asked to serve on the court by President Clinton. He turned it down, preferring to focus on policy and legislation, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg ended up taking the seat. 

Tyson Politics

Clemens Hearing – Part Two

February 13th, 2008

You smell that??  Smells like Clemens is getting grilled…he’d better hope that this first congressman is the meat and not the appetizer. 


Whew…with a side of McNamee (sounds like fast food). 


Roger Clemens is barreling through, making clear his intentions for anyone in his way: GET UNDER MY BUS!


Well, it’s over and here’s how I see it.  Clemens was a good witness, but still couldn’t escape or explain some obvious inconsistencies and improbabilities in his testimony. McNamee looked bad and got caught in some lies of his own, but he has much less to lose and so he probably wasn’t as prepared to answer the hard questions. 

Andy (and Laura) Pettitte provided the most incriminating testimony, one which Roger could not explain away.  As a congressman pointed out early in the hearing, if Andy spoke with Roger about HGH in 2000 and Debbie Clemens didn’t take HGH until 2003, it would have been impossible for Andy to have mistaken Clemens for his wife in their first conversation in 2000 as Clemens suggests.  Were Ms. Vito there, she would have loudly pronounced that the defense’s case does not hold water.  (Incidentally, it seems unlikely that Debbie Clemens would have considered taking HGH without first talking to her husband.)

Secondly, prior to the hearing, the Clemens camp paraded the fact that Clemens was not at the Conseco party as remembered by McNamee.  McNamee was able to provide very specific detail about specific individuals at the party, including Clemens young child and nanny.  As the hearing proceeded, the possibility arose that Clemens did in fact stop by the Conseco house late after a morning golf game.  Furthermore, it hurt Clemens case that he tried to speak with his former nanny before turning over her contact information to Congress.

In the end, there may or may not be a perjury case brought by DoJ. I happen to believe that many people are so burned out on Barry Bonds and Marion Jones and such that these cases and getting old and uninteresting.

As for my personal opinion, if this were a court of law and I were a juror, I say Clemens is convicted under the balance of probabilities standard, but not beyond a shadow or a doubt.  That basically means Clemens is O.J. 2.0. 

Tyson News, Politics

MicroHoo!? Wow…This is Big!

February 1st, 2008

Man…so much you could say about this transaction if it goes down.  This has long been the speculation, but Yahoo in the past has scoffed at the idea. At this point however, and given the recent news out of Sunnyvale, I would be surprised if this deal didn’t happen.

Let’s look at some of the assets MS would be acquiring:

  1. The Yahoo brand (arguably the strongest online brand ever)
  2. The #1 trafficked news site
  3. Top social site Yahoo Answers
  4. Top photo site Flickr
  5. #1 web mail product
  6. Yahoo Music
  8. Yahoo Shopping / Stores
  9. Hotjobs
  10. A legitimate search engine and PPC network


I’ll try to post more later, but I’d like to hear your thoughts on this deal.

Tyson Music, News, Search, Technology