Bill says he watched Meet Joe Black and liked it. Well, Netflix delivered The Girl Next Door to me today. I finished it about an hour ago. I had only seen a preview for it once or twice and had no idea what it was actually about. I nearly stopped watching after the first 10 minutes, but I'm glad I stuck with it. The movie was quite entertaining. I just took a bit of time to get moving.

Thanks to the wonders of IMDB, I discovered that I'm not nuts. The whole time I kept thinking "she looks a lot like that girl that Mitch wakes up next to in Old School" (another classic american film). So after it was over, I checked. Bingo. Both are Elisha Cuthbert.

Mystery solved.

And in case you're wondering, yes. This is the only thing I've thought to write in the last few days. With the election raging, it was nice to take a blog break. And there was so much less to read in my aggregator too. Anything election related, I simply skipped.

That, my friends, is freedom.

In other news, I have more Gmail invites. Apparently they're still in demand. Tell what you'd most like to see from Yahoo! Finance and I'll give you an invite.

Hmm. Maybe I should give this guy one? :-)

Posted by jzawodn at November 04, 2004 12:27 AM

Reader Comments
# justin said:

I dont need an invite , but RSS feeds for Yahoo Finance data would be sweet - and not just market data. Company profile data (officers, directors) and insider trading data would be v.useful, so that you could build an app that tracks , say, Yahoo's own stock market trades (have they bought/sold Microsoft stock today? Did company director X buy stock in Oracle today? )

on November 4, 2004 03:07 AM
# Chris said:

I can't watch Elisha Cuthbert without feeling a twinge of guilt/shame. She is so hot but I used to watch Popular Mechanics for Kids on TV which she used to co-host and I can't help kinda mixing the two images together (young teen Elisha and Elisha from 24/Girl Next Door). I can't imagine 1.5 hours of her playing a porn star would improve that situation. ;)

on November 4, 2004 05:39 AM
# Jason said:

Unlike Justin, I could use the invite. Like Justin I'd like to see customizable RSS feeds so I could pick the Co., the type of news, etc... but that's really just cheap response to try to get the GMail invite.

on November 4, 2004 05:41 AM
# justin said:

"Thanks to the wonders of IMDB" - same thing happened to me a while back when i first saw "K-Pax" on TV , when i was sure i'd seen one of the actresses before.

Turns out I did - she starred in Murder One, which was a huge TV hit over here in the UK.

on November 4, 2004 07:20 AM
# pmp said:

She also plays Kim Bauer on 24. She is the one that manages to get kidnapped by terrorists in every other episode.

on November 4, 2004 07:46 AM
# Brian St. Pierre said:

I would love it if Y!Finance could calculate the annualized performance of a portfolio over the past year (even better: over the last N years). I know this is harder than it sounds, but it should be made very easy. See Marketocracy; they do a great job of this stuff, but I want to use MY data. Don't forget to take dividends and splits into account.


- compare performance of my portfolio to an alternative (s&p500, djia, any given ticker)
- chart the performance of my portfolio
- stats on best/worst performing investments over a period of time
- bonus points if you can calculate and display a comparison line on the chart for "after effects of taxes" (this would have to be just an estimate) if I tell you what bracket I'm in

Also "nice to have": Import portfolio transaction data from data files that I've exported from my brokerage (i.e. MS Money or Quicken format files). NOT automatic -- you do this already, but I don't trust Yahoo (or anyone else, nothing personal) with direct access to my brokerage account.

on November 4, 2004 08:05 AM
# Jeff Boulter said:

Options tracking, dammit, I need options tracking!

on November 4, 2004 08:27 AM
# justin said:

if Y! Finance had an API Brian, a lot (if not all) of your requirements would be developed by Y! Finance affiliate sites. All Y! Finance need to do is give us developers an API, and we'll start building the stuff you require.

on November 4, 2004 08:27 AM
# Guy Platt said:

I guess in finance the thing I care about the most is my portfolio, yet I can't seem to customise Yahoo!Finance to display it.

Hey, I found a link to show/hide, but nothing is shown. Maybe I found a bug rather than a missing feature (Firefox 1.0).

on November 4, 2004 09:05 AM
# osedano said:

this is kinda lame (but i need a gmail invite): how about a yahoo finance sms for tracking your stock portfolio through your cellphone ??

on November 4, 2004 09:20 AM
# vanderwal said:

I have gmail (thanks for the offer though), but one thing that no financial site has done that I deeply want is news that relates to what happened to the stock that day (or recently). A contextual view of news/analysis as it relates to stock price. Often a stock jumps or dives and the news that is related does not correlate (often it is not tied at all).

Not easy, that's why nobody is doing it. Break the mold.

on November 4, 2004 09:54 AM
# Doug Granzow said:


First, I already have gmail, no need for an invite.

I use Yahoo! finance regularly and track most of my investments there. Some things I'd like to see:

- I used to subscribe to a daily email Yahoo would send out to summarize my portfolio. If I remember correctly, I unsubscribed because the email didn't tell me the one number I wanted to know: How much money did my portfolio make (or lose) today?

- The main portfolio I keep on Yahoo has a mix of mutual funds and stocks. Since fund prices are only updated once at the end of the day, the total for the Value Change column before 4PM is meaningless -- it is a combination of yesterday's value change for funds plus today's value change for stocks. Again, the one number I want -- how well is my portfolio doing today -- is not available. Funds should show zero change during the day until their prices are updated after market close, instead of leaving yesterday's numbers up.

- It would be nice if the Annual column (the percent gain or loss, annualized) was reported even for holdings which have multiple transactions. Right now this column is blank for those holdings. Granted, the number is harder to calculate when there are multiple transaction dates, but it's far from impossible.

Feel free to email me if you want more info.


on November 4, 2004 10:13 AM
# ct said:


I work with you so you should be able to guess who I am. ;-)

I've already bugged my fellow Finance folks about these, and it seems like we should get them right, but we still haven't:

(1) Why doesn't the stock search engine accept a company name instead of a ticker symbol? (i think a small co. called google does this)

(2) And if we enter incorrect/incomplete ticker or company name information, why not just return a list of possible results that we can click to? (Yes, we actually do this, BUT, first you have to get an error page, from which you then have to enter the incorrect/incomplete info again BEFORE you then get a list of possible results.)


on November 4, 2004 10:34 AM
# Morgan Schweers said:


Even if it's just end-of-day options downloads for options, I'd like to be able to integrate downloads for stocks and downloads for options positions together. (Right now, I have to extract Options info from the OCC servers, and it's also a pain.)

I've got a gmail account, don't need another, but I have to admit I'd really, really like to see Yahoo! Finance become more 'options friendly'.

(I also have a problem with the CSV formatted data, because it's not clear to me what changes day-to-day are due to splits vs. dividends, especially on stocks which have heavy split activity from their beginnings.)

I could probably elaborate if you need, it's been a bit since I tried to write something that automatically handled the split, dividend, etc., modifications off of YF, and it was a real pita.

-- Morgan

on November 4, 2004 10:38 AM
# Rajan Lukose said:


As a former equities analyst, I think it would be great if Y!F allowed you to look at historical price charts with the ability to mouse over points in time on the stock price and then somehow see the news stories on that day.

Professionals (and fewer non-prefessionals) often have to be able to tell the "story" of a stock. Such a feature would make it a lot easier to create such narratives by making it easier to see how news stories (and earnings announcements, etc.) relate to stock price movements over time. More specifically, you could do something like see a big price drop/gain and quickly go and find out why.

It would also probably help you monetize old stories by increasing page views of those stories.


on November 4, 2004 12:00 PM
# James Smith said:

Yea I love that movie, me being in the adult industry, it was kinda funny too see how they made it look at the shows and all.

Over all it was a great movie!

on November 4, 2004 01:04 PM
# TW said:

The two features that I would like Yahoo Finance to have are:

- daily alert on the technical movement of a stock (e.g., 50 day moving average crossing, unusual volume over average, etc.). Preferably, these can be customized by a user.

- stock screening based on user-specified criteria. The trick is how to capture all the potentially useful criteria of interest without making the feature completely unwieldy.

I can use a gmail invite if you still have any left. Thanks in advance.

on November 5, 2004 04:00 AM
# Jacob Larsen said:

Hi Jeremy.

I'd love to get a gmail account :)

Regarding Yahoo! Finance, I'd like to see the price I bought a stock to at Stock Portfolios.


on November 5, 2004 06:16 AM
# Scott Johnson said:

Ms. Cuthbert is HOT. I just finished 'The Girl Next Door' from Netflix a couple of days ago myself. And it was definitely worth the time invested. I need to fill my queue with more of her flicks.

on November 5, 2004 09:08 AM
# James Lyda said:

Yola dude!

Could use a Gmail invite plz:P

Just grabbed Mozilla browswer, so at least I can use some of the damn RSS stuff.. Not a bad little browser.

Yes, Elisha Cuthbert is a hella hottie, yes, yes, yes..*drool*

Be Excellent To Each Other, And...PARTY ON DUDES!

on November 10, 2004 10:26 AM
# pavel koudelka said:

It would be nice to have a gmail account :-)

Actually, option tracking would be definitely good feature.

on November 15, 2004 03:44 AM
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