Monthly Archives: September 2009
Mint, the popular personal finance website, has been acquired by Intuit, the maker of finance software Quicken and its web version Quicken Online, for $170 million. Chief executive Aaron Patzer just confirmed the news at the TechCrunch50 conference.
Patzer launched Mint at the inaugural TechCrunch40 conference two years ago. were first reported last night.
A month ago, in August, Mint announced $14 million in funding, bringing its total to $31 million.The round was led byDAG Ventures, with new financing from Founders Fund and a top-up from existing investors Benchmark Capital, Shasta Ventures, First Round Capital and Sherpalo.
I hope they don”t ruin it.
Pedal to the Metal Quick Recap
HELLZAPOPPIN: A Sideshow Revue
They kicked it off and performed between acts. Billed as the World’s largest and greatest touring circus sideshow, it “combines the style of the classic era side shows with modern day edginess and finesse.” The performers in Dallas were:
Zamora The Torture King | Bizarre feats of mind over body from the pioneer of new-sideshow.
Bryce “The Govna” Graves | The man behind Hellzapopin' He shares his nickname with Elvis Presley's manager who got his start in a carnival.
The World Famous Penguin Boy | A true human oddity, young Jason the Penguin Boy love to entertain and show his skills.
Betty Bloomers | She uses the snake like undulations of her mysterious innards to pull a 27″ blade deep into her 5'4″ body.
It freaked me out. If the Torture King doesn’t get you, I’d be surprised. The performers managed to keep it funny, freaky, engaging – and in the case of Ms. Betty Bloomers, sexy.
[2.5 Stars out of 5]
Low energy from the crowd didn’t help their performance. The volume seemed “too low” compared to the other bands that performed.
In their defense, they were first act to perform and only about a 1/3 of the audience had showed up at this point.
The Pedal to the Medal Tour was originally going to be held at the Nokia Theatre in Garland and Black Label Society was scheduled to be on the ticket. However, BLS frontman Zakk Wylde had to pull out of the tour in late August due to medical reasons. The change prompted Ticketmaster to offer refunds and I assume the venue switch. Also – it was a Tuesday night / after a 3 day weekend. So be prepared for a better performance at a difference venue.
[4 Stars out of 5]
Honestly, I didn't really care for Suicide Silence before I saw them perform. Their style, fluctuations between death growls and high pitched screaming, doesn't usually appeal to me. However, after seeing them in person, I can say this – they rock. Fast paced, high energy – still have no idea what vocalist Mitch Lucker was saying, but I liked the way he said it. I am going to add them to my “look into” pile and download some of their music for review.
[6 Stars out of 5] I don’t care if it isn’t possible – it’s my system and I say 6 out of 5.
Fantastic. They started with “Push It,” some dolt threw a beer cup at the stage which prompted vocalist Wayne Static to stop the song and tell the crowd that one more beer at the stage would end their performance. They started up again, beer at stage, angry words, band storms off, crowd boos, crowd calls for lynching of beer throwers, band rep comes back out asks us if we want Static-X to perform, crowd cheers, asks us if we'll behave ourselves, crowd cheers loudly, band returns, enjoyment ensues. The worst part, Static-X never did finish “Push It.”
[5 Stars out of 5]
They might have rated a six out of five, their performance was that good. But I deduct a star for the ridiculous fuzzy suit Chad Gray wore out at the beginning. I know it’s horribly unfair, but it both distracted me and made me feel ‘somewhat’ nervous. They did the best job of engaging the crowd and are the reason my vocal cords are a bit sore as of this writing.
The Venue: Palladium Dallas
This was my first trip to the Palladium Ballroom. After reading the negative reviews on Google & Yahoo, I was prepared to have a bad time. However, I was pleasantly surprised, it turned out to be the exact opposite of bad. The staff was friendly, the setup was perfect, the sound was great. Most of the negative reviews stem from a single event, so I am guessing that it was a fluke. I plan on going back to see All That Remains [Hard Drive Tour] in October and have no qualms.
My attempt to tweet & update my Facebook status failed. One – we were so close to the front, we we’re at the edge of the Circle Pit, which required participation on my part to fling the ‘circlers’ back out (not conducive to typing status updates) and Two – The FB app I have to copy my twitter stream to my FB status failed to update in a timely manner. The delayed tweet updating coupled with my picture uploads directly to Facebook created a disjointed timeline – lesson learned. Also, I am taking my digital camera next time. Having a phone with a camera is handy, but the image quality is subpar.
I’ll be updating directly to Posterous and having it roll the updates to Twitter, Facebook, and my blog. I still take photos with my phone for the status updates, but I’ll upload the images from my digital camera to Flickr and write a recap when I return. All this for the Playing with Fire Festival this weekend in Fort Worth. Enough of that, but stay tuned.
See and download the full gallery on posterous
Seth gives an update on AT&Ts network expansion and enhancement plans, as well as the date of availability for MMS on the iPhone 3G and 3GS.
We know many of our iPhone customers are eager for an update on our rollout schedule for Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS). We’ve been working for the past several months to prepare our systems and network to ensure the best possible experience with MMS when it launches – and that launch date is: September 25 for iPhone 3G and 3GS customers. MMS will be enabled through a software update on that day.
According to researchers at Manchester University, music fans are stimulating part of the inner ear known as the sacculus, which responds to the beat in music. This gives the brain pleasure and makes us feel good — during the music and afterwards.
[When loud music is playing,] the brain is stimulated into releasing feelgood hormones that make us calm, happy and responsive. So to trigger a dose of happy hormones on a Monday morning, you should, in theory, choose Black Sabbath over chamber music.
This is fantastic news! Now I have a health related reason to rock out to Black Sabbath.