Thursday, June 17, 2010
In other news, M is hosting a really cool giveaway on her blog. I want to win so bad.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I got the below article from CNN. If I were rich, I would buy the domain and turn it into an anti-pornography website. I HATE pornography.
Sex.com domain goes up for grabsBy Ben Rooney, staff reporterMarch 9, 2010: 11:59 AM ET
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Sex.com, one of the most valuable Internet domain names, will go up for auction next week after the previous owner defaulted on its debts.
Escom LLC paid a reported $14 million for the Web site in 2006. But the company failed to repay debt owed to DOM Partners LLC, the New Jersey-based lender that helped finance the deal.
As a result, sex.com will be sold "as is" in the equivalent of a foreclosure sale, according to a letter from DOM Partners' lawyers that was made public Tuesday. The auction is set for March 18 in New York, and bidders are required to appear with a certified check for $1 million to participate.
Richard Maltz, an auctioneer at Maltz Auctions who is overseeing the sale, said there has been a "good amount of interest" in sex.com. But he did not say how much the Web site could sell for.
"It is a very unique property," he said. "It will be an incredible opportunity for someone."
Indeed, sex.com generated $15,000 a day in revenue at one point, according to Charles Carreon, an attorney who wrote about the Web site's legal travails in his book "The Sex.com Chronicles."
By way of comparison, the domain name www.pizza.com reportedly sold for more than $2.5 million at an auction in 2008.
The auction is only the latest chapter in the turbulent history of sex.com, which includes allegations of theft and countless court cases.
Gary Kremen, the founder of Match.com, registered the domain name in 1994, according to a timeline of the events on the Web site of journalist Kieren McCarthy, who wrote a book about sex.com.
According to McCarthy's account, Kremen spent several years in court battling with "porn baron" Stephen Cohen, who was accused of stealing sex.com from him in 1995 by sending forged letters and e-mails.
In 2000, a court handed control of the domain name back to Kremen and ordered Cohen to pay $65 million to Kremen. Cohen subsequently appealed and the case was rejected by the Supreme Court in 2003.
Two years later, Cohen was arrested in Tijuana for failing to appear in court. He was released in 2007, according to published reports.Kremen was the principal in the 2006 sale of the domain to Escom, although a news release at the time said he would remain as an adviser.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
This got me thinking about dental vanity in America. Dental hygiene seems to be very much an American tradition, and the industry is suffering in the current economic depression according to my dentist friends. When I was in China last month, our host told me there are only a handful of dentists in major cities. Oral health is not the priority it is here.
What do you think? Is oral health vanity?
Monday, November 2, 2009
I got a letter from my credit card company saying it was increasing my interest rate from 8% to 29.99%. What really pisses me off is that I have always payed off my bill every month and never payed late. Additionally, my taxpayer dollars bailed out this company along with several others.
Obviously I called and gave Citigroup the proverbial middle finger via telephone.