Wednesday, September 29, 2010

UWC is parody and effective method of discrediting?

I like these people's objective and they make me laugh.

Will they have an impact?  If so, how?
Motivating those that already agree with them or changing peoples minds?
I think motivating is more likely.

The opportunity to parody European labor leaders is almost too easy given that their current slogans are "Anti-Austerity".

We want: More money for less work and you have to pay for it.  As usual, the unionized and government workers are better off then average working in the countries adding to the irony.

Have you ever notices how rarely the wages of protesting union workers are quoted in the mainstream press?
Here is one wage quote and more detail on Spain (even better).

Why so few women in Tech?

Link to Techcrunch article.

Next year the panel should be on why there are so few stay at home dads and what should be done to correct this injustice.  Ha ha ha.

Also, listen to the This American Life episode "Testosterone".  I know is sounds strange, but one of the subjects during a female to male transition that involved high doses of testosterone started to find science interesting and understand science better than prior to the injections.  The impact of testosterone on our personalities and lives is made disturbingly clear.  The show.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

UWC will one become an entrepreneur?

Purely based on experience as an entrepreneur...

1. Understands the customers
2. Understands the industry, especially if well established and complicated, such at financial services
3. Has the ingenuity to find a way to make customers happy (sometimes less than is thought necessary see Ray Kroc of McDonald's fortune)
4. Has the balls to take the risk necessary to follow the vision
5. Is sufficiently organized to know what to do next to fulfill the vision
6. Can communicate the required tasks to others
7. Can get others to follow

In most cases, being an entrepreneur has more to do with understanding the market, working hard, and leading than most people realize.  These variable are also less romantic and more difficult to place in a regression than IQ or education so are likely studied less often.


Monday, September 27, 2010

More on USA Internet snooping

From PC magazine.  "Developers of software that enables peer-to-peer communication must redesign their service to allow interception."

So Skype in the USA will be killed?  Might the carriers be behind this regulation?  Someone please track some donations or political influence.

Nice to know we are competing with Saudi Arabia, and winning

On the lack of privacy front.

The US government wants to force all services with access to the USA to preemptively build the ability to serve them with plain text of any information send over their service.  I'm not a networking expert, but I think this kills or significantly hampers P2P networks, such as Skype.  The US would immediately become a more expensive and less trusted place to operate an Internet enabled company.  Chile, get ready to accept more entrepreneurs.  Chilecon Vally has a ring to it.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

No shorts for sale in Miami Beach

That is correct.  I went to Ross and TJ MAXX today to buy short and neither place had more than a dozen standard shorts, as in solid color or simple patterned cotton shorts.  I asked a clerk in TJ MAXX it that was their entire selection and he explained that it is nearing October, meaning the end of warm weather in most of the USA.  Don't you think retailers could adjust their inventory according to climate?  Even if shorts are not being manufactured there must be extra stock somewhere on earth.  I plan to write both companies emails to see what they say and will keep you posted.

Here is the text of my email.  I am waiting for responses.

I just returned from you store in Miami Beach disappointed that you only had about 8 men's cottons shorts to choose from.  The clerk explained that during the end of summer there are none available.  This appears silly because clearly you are able to stock according to climate.  Please clarify the reasoning for not keeping shorts available in Miami Beach.  My experience is being chronicled on my blog

Best regards,

Rob Nelson

TJ MAXX update:
Thank you for contacting T.J. Maxx.

T.J. Maxx purchases all of it's merchandise "opportunistically", meaning that we buy the best brand name and quality merchandise whenever available. Our buyers would rather go a little lighter in a particular department, rather than buying merchandise that does not meet our high standards for price, style and value.

We can't say for sure if your local store will carry Men's shorts in the future, but we suggest you continue to visit your local store for this item.   And remember, if we don?t have what you're looking for this week, we could the following, so be sure to check back often! Each store receives over thousands of new items each week!

We appreciate your inquiry.


T.J. Maxx Customer Service

How has image manipulation changed the world?`

My girlfriend runs a small business retouching photos of models.  It got me thinking how being able to retouch photos has changed the requirements for being a model.  

In other words under what conditions can one be a model pre versus post Photoshop?

Another way to ask the question is, "What cannot be replicated or corrected post shoot."

Cannot be: Bone structure of face, 

When will models cease to exist and cloths are digitally pasted onto avatars?

Here is an article on the impact of photoshop?

Credibility? Wave of the future?

Conventional media and advertisers might have a hard time dealing with the internet.  Here is a great solution.

"Many muscle magazines are owned by supplement companies. Weider Nutrition Group launched "Muscle and Fitness" and "Flex." EAS Supplements grew out of "Muscle Media Magazine," and then really took off with the bestselling "Body for Life" book series, which was largely a glorified brochure for EAS products. Between the books and the magazines, the supplement industry has much of the weightlifting public convinced that they must consume protein powders to gain muscle."  Link

What other industries have the same?  
Under what conditions will companies own the media focussed on their products?
Under what conditions will companies advertise to the readers that the companies own the media?

In asset management, my industry, companies create much collateral, but it is typically branded.  Some of this is possibly to comply with SEC or FINRA regulations, but having a separate media corp might mitigate compliance risk.  


Sunday, September 19, 2010

GreenPeace should be sued for Libel


This video is incredibly annoying.
1. Saying Zuckerberd did not have any friends is simply false.  He got sued by former friends.
2. To say he chose coal is false.  He chose a location and some of the electricity (58%) provided by the utility is that area is produced by burning coal.
3. Greanpeace's servers are in an area where 46% of the electricity is coal generated.

They are a "by any means necessary" organization which make them dangerous in a bad way.

Monday, September 13, 2010

What public figures have integrity?

I'm having a hard time coming up with many independently and oddly Google is failing to find a list.

Nelson Mandela
Garry Kasparov
Oprah Winfrey
Ellen DeGeneres
David Letterman
Simon Cowell


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Castro the old

Read this.  The riddle of the sphinx rings throughout.