Betting Odds on Winner of American Idol, Season 6

BuddyTV has a great article handicapping odds for the winner of American Idol, based on their betting community. Since I posted Jim’s prediction here previously, only fair to post this list as well.

  1. Melinda Doolittle. 1.24:1
  2. Lakisha Jones. 3.4:1
  3. Blake Lewis. 9:1
  4. Chris Sligh. 11:1
  5. Jordin Sparks. 14:1

More detail here. It seems like this would be a perfect place for a futures market – I wonder if someone has already set one up, like the markets set up for the 2008 presidential race, etc.

Now that I know about the whole “Vote for the Worst” campaign online, my big question is really how far can they take Sanjaya? How far will the American Idol team allow it to go? How can they fix it?

UpdateSimon says he’ll quit if Sanjaya wins American Idol…

Microsoft Acquires TellMe

The big news today – the rumors are true.

Microsoft acquires TellMe

Congratulations to GS & JS, and the rest of the TellMe team. No financial details were disclosed, but rumors are for a price around $800 million. The company raised over $230M in capital, and employs 320 people (approximately).

There is a nice write-up on the acquisition from Don Dodge.

Here is a funny piece from Jason Steinhorn’s blog on the Microsoft “rumor” from a few weeks ago…

The lady doth protest too much, methinks
— William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet

eBay Express DE Has a Blog!

I didn’t know this, but the eBay Express team here in Germany has their own blog.

eBay Express Germany Blog

Pretty neat. For those of you, like me, who don’t speak German, here is the website through Google Translate.

eBay Express Germany Blog in English (Google Translate)

For those of you unfamiliar with eBay Express in Germany, the site is similar to the US version, but is even more retail oriented.  For example, here is the merchandising from today’s homepage on eBayExpress.de:

I love to see the teams in each country trying new things and adapting to the unique needs of each local market.  The eBay Germany site has very strict requirements for merchants who appear on the site, so having a blog to communicate outwards openly and freely makes a lot of sense.

Very cool.

New George Washington Dollar Coin Error Found: Faceless Coin

I’ve written a lot about the new Presidential Dollar Coin series, and the recent mint errors found with the coins. Some of my previous posts can be found on my Coins page, but the best ones are:

Well, a second significant error has been found, and it is much more substantial than the first. A Colorado couple has found a dollar coin that is missing it’s face. That’s right, move over “Godless” dollar, here comes the “Faceless” dollar.

Faceless2

This coin is a true rarity, and will likely be worth thousands of dollars. Unlike the thousands of coins missing edge lettering, this type of error involves missing a large number of mint quality checkpoints, and may be unique. From the Conservative Voice:

U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said officials had not confirmed the Smiths’ find. But Ron Guth, a coin authenticator with Professional Coin Grading Service of Newport Beach, Calif., said he is certain the coin is authentic.

“It’s really pretty rare,” Guth said. “It somehow slipped through several steps and inspections.”

It could be worth thousands of dollars, maybe more, he said. The value will depend on how many similar misprints are found, but the Smiths’ will always be worth more because it will be the first one to be independently authenitcated, Guth said.

When you manufacture 300,000,000 of anything, you expect a few errors. Still, this one is very impressive, and will no doubt lead to further excitement about this new dollar coin in collecting circles.

As a public service announcement, let me just close again with the known errors that exist.

  • Missing Edge Lettering. These are the “Godless” dollars, called that because they are missing all the lettering on the edge of the coin, including the mint mark, the year, E Pluribus Unum, and In God We Trust. This error seems to have been sourced to a mint bag of 140,000 coins that may have missed edge printing in Philadelphia.
  • Missing Reverse Face. These are the “Faceless” dollars, only one verified to date. These coins are missing the Statue of Liberty on the back of the dollar coin.

There is no such thing as an Upside Down Lettering Error. The mint process for these coins is random, the lettering will be rotated on various coins, and is not guaranteed to be facing up or down.

Don’t be fooled into paying good money for a fake error.

Update (3/17/2007): If you are looking to buy original, unsearched bank rolls of the new George Washington dollar coins, I have procured a box of 40 rolls, in a box certified as wrapped on December 7, 2006. They are available here on eBay Express.  Sold out!  Will get more soon!

Update (5/24/2007): For a limited time only, I am now carrying unopened, original John Adams Presidential Dollar coin rolls in my eBay Store. Click here to buy them on eBay Express. I also have a few more original bank rolls of the George Washington dollar coins.  Click here to buy them on eBay Express.

If you are interested in the other rolls I am carrying, click here for all the coins I am currently selling on eBay Express.