Thursday, November 09, 2006

So elegantly stated and so true.

Violating the Rules of Cool

" Remember the three rules of cool, as documented by Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker almost a decade ago. First: The act of discovering cool causes cool to move on. If you accept that the iPod is still cool, as many still do, then the Zune can't help but seem an arriviste, an interloper, poseur product encroaching on well-defined "cool" territory. When the uncool discover a cool place, the cool take their business elsewhere. Microsoft's a little light on the cool bona fides, despite the Xbox 360.

The Zune will seem a not-pod, proving the second rule of cool: It cannot be manufactured, only observed, and then by those who are themselves cool. An iPod is a requisite accoutrement of cool. This is the result of a carefully constructed mar
keting effort on Apple's part. Any attempt that Microsoft makes to market the Zune will fall short of the high bar set by Apple, which has an almost natural sense for turning its ads into entertainment. Describe for me three Apple TV ads you remember from the last two years. Now, try to describe for me three Microsoft ads. Bet you can't. That's the Apple marketing machine at work.

Finally, there's the third rule of cool: You have to be cool to know cool. And since when is Microsoft cool? The iPod was cool from birth. The Zune will be seen for what it is: a me-too product that is expressing Microsoft's envy at not being cool. It will carve out its own niche of the market, but by this time next year, it will be considered a dismal failure. "

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

New Abu Ghraib and Guantamo Renovations!!


The United States Government has recently concluded negotiations with Las Vegas Hotel Mogul Steve Wynn to redesign Abu Ghraib as well as Guantanamo Bay Prisons. In accordance with the standards set by the New York Times, the new prisons will offer three room types with room amenities increasing with the prisoner’s bounty. Therefore, the most dangerous terror suspects will reside in the most exclusive of these three; the Desert Tower Suites. All rooms will contain a signature Wynn king-size bed with 320 threat count European linens as well as Desert Bambu (TM) bath amenities with oversized Turkish towels and robes. Additionally, each room will contain fully controllable digital temperature regulation via an independent central heating and cooling system. For the more notorious terror suspects who will be staying in the desert tower suites, there will be two LCD high-definition televisions equipped with surround sound systems offering a multitude of music, excluding, of course, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, despite their global popularity. All desert tower suites will contain panoramic views of the golf course as well as a voice command operated Jacuzzi. These suites will of course be privy to 24 hour room service with fresh Middle Eastern food flown in daily. Lastly, each prisoner regardless of their personal bounty, will be eligible for 24 hour wake up calls in order to make sure they are getting a minimum of 14 hours of sleep per day. Opponents of the new Wynn-Ghraib and Wynn-Bay prisons say that anything less would be uncivilized. Anything less would be considered torturous, and therefore against everything the United States stands for.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

dont mock me

In my perpetual quest to brainstorm the next web 2.0 hit during my free time, I came across this satricle site. webtwopointoh. If you have any understanding of the current wave of internet technologies, you will get a kick out if this page.
JUST REMEMBER TO KEEP HITTING RELOAD.
Who knows, maybe you will accidentally arrive at the next best thing!

In the meantime, check out these sites:
frappr.com
wayfaring.com
WEB 2.O SUMMARY

Thursday, August 24, 2006

I would have been wrong!

If you thought that YouTube was doomed because of its lack of anti-copyright enforcement, then you were probably wrong. If you thought that Netflix couldn't last because soon we would be downloaded all our films anyway, then you were probably wrong. ...

Five years ago if you came up with the idea to offer a hub where users could share any and all short video clips, you would have been laughed at, (by me at least). I would have said to forget all of your web 2.0 features. Forget your tags and commentary. Forget your subscriptions and user rating system. None of that matter since you can not possibly last long if your entire business model rests on an intentional inability to properly police the site for copy-right infringements. The only way for YouTube to get off the ground was to be cutting edge, and to be cutting edge meant to continually break and bend the rules. Unlike competitors such as atom films or even collegehumor, You Tube had (and continues to have) a substantial amount of illegal content. Even when they remove a file, it somehow has a funny way of sneaking back into the system under a new name by a new user. Well today I recognize that if I actually had those initial gut feelings, I would have been wrong. It doesn't matter that they rose to the top with slightly shady means, the fact is that they are at the top. No matter what happens, they have a good shot at long term success simply because they are now a household name. Whether they actually obtain that success has nothing to do with my initial criticism. Actually I don't think that they will survive long term. I think that they will be overshadowed by larger corporations such as Sony, Google, and AOL. These companies have other outlets besides video and can afford to take a hit in this market in order to boost other markets. Why would they have to take such a hit when this model seems profitable? Well simply because there will be a day in the near future when a shitty ass flash video just wont cut it. Yea there will be a desire for small and stupid videos, but los res will soon be history. I mean even my tiny digicam can snap 640 X 480 video. Thats better than my SDTV can show you!

This brings us to my second piece of faulty logic. Five years ago if you would have told me about an idea to implement a national subscription service which shipped a constant supply of DVD movies for rent I would have laughed out loud. How could you possibly survive the shipping costs alone? And even if you did somehow get it off the ground, how could you possibly survive long term with the uprise of VOD (Video on Demand) services? Again, If I had that logic then I would have been wrong. Today Netflix is extremely profitable and their long term business model is evolving to actually incorporate a set top VOD rental service. They recognized a window of opportunity as they say. They realized that they had 5-8 years to get the business working at which time they would have enough success to switch gears and become a consumer trusted competitor in perhaps the largest home-entertainment market around, VOD. Netflix too is in a position for long term success. I, however, don't think it will work. The reason that Netflix has been so great is that they have had a lean and mean system of warehousing and supply management. The only company that could even think about rivaling them was Amazon, another company with a large number of DVD warehouses and the ability to ship them out quickly. Well, where is Amazon's video rental service today? Non-existant. In a world of purely digital distribution, there is no need for such warehousing. In the world of 5 years from now, I think it is doubtful that Netflix can out supply the big dogs. How can they compete with Apple, Google, AOL in digital content distribution? Its possible, yet doubtful....

Monday, August 14, 2006

Real Mature.....jk

How does an immature person prove their utter digust of dispicable actions?
Of course, by reciprocating those same actions.

How does an antisemetic immature person prove their utter disgut of dispicable actions?
Of course, by reciprocating those same actions TOWARDS JEWS for no other reason that that they are Jews!

Of course that would be the logical response of the immature party. The Iranian response to the Danish newspapers was to hold a Holocaust cartoon exhibit. What sense does that make? After being offended by the Christian Danish they must there doubly offend the Jews who had nothing to do with those cartoons???

The anti-semitism and rhetoric is so transparent that is almost funny.
Silly, stupid, immature Dee Dee Dees!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

“help me to help you to help everyone.”

The increasingly anti-American tone heard through out the Arab world is not a reaction to U.S. or Israeli military mistakes. It is not a reaction to their inability to grant an immediate solution to the crisis. Rather, military mistakes and civilian casualties have been exploited by the media thereby enabling the Arab world to reveal their anti-American tones. Their minds are not being changed by the current events, rather they feel that the increasing civilian bloodshed grants them the right to reveal their inner hatreds for the U.S. The world is being suckered to think that current U.S. and Israeli policy is losing Arab support and gaining Arab resentment. This is not the case, they are simply more loudly vocal with these stagnant viewpoints. It does not matter that Hezbollah shields themselves with innocent Lebanese, for Hezbollah couldn’t possibly be the aggressor. In their hate filled and ignorant minds the only possible cause for the bloodshed is the U.S. and Israel. This is all the more reason that we must ignore their criticism, for it is not rational. When dealing with irrational, hateful zealots you can not take their opinions seriously. They are incapable of recognizing that it is better for them to have the Lebanese army in control rather than a terrorist militia. They should be thankful that Israel is cleaning up their mess, a mess which they allowed to grow and a mess which does no good for the Lebanese people. The Arab world is twisting this conflict to pretend that Hezbollah provides Lebanon with a force to resist the (non-existent) U.S. / Israeli imperialism. They say that Hezbollah are the defenders from the countries that the Arab street already hates to the maximum degree. It is not proper to pretend that the Arab street has any capacity to change their mind. They are simply incapable of recognizing that America’s intentions are two fold: one to protect the American people at home and abroad, and two to democratize the Arab world in hopes that it will bring economic growth and peaceful prosperity.

There are several problems with this thinking.
One, the Arab world will not change their minds about American unless they have a reason to do so, that being a better quality of life on an individual basis and an understanding that there actually is a better quality of life with help from American help. This is a catch 22 since America is incapable of helping them with out facing combatance from a people who won’t be able to recognize that they are helping them until after the battle. An analogy to this would be a crying baby being immunized after birth. This baby has no capacity to appreciate the painful medicine which the doctor is giving him. Only later, once the baby grows up into a person can it appreciate that it has survived in a world with immunity from terrible diseases.
Two, the Arab world in its present state has very little if not any capacity for a democracy with out hate. When you give the Palestinians a democracy they democratically elect Hamas, a terrorist organization, to the throne. This substantiates their unwavering hate. Additionally, when you Iraq a democratic leadership, they are quick to incite all Arabs against the “embassies which have supported the current assault on Lebanon”. This shows that they are trying to bite the hand which feeds them. They are incapable of thankfully accepting our dire sacrifices in our efforts to improve their way of life.
Overall, there is a saying that goes. “help me to help you to help us.” The Arab world that we live with today is virtually incapable to negotiating on their own free will for the betterment of all sides. They are a hateful and violent breed who has no desire nor capacity to accept help from the west. Some say that we should not offer help to those who are unwilling to accept it. These people are ignorant to the fact that the number one threat to world stability stems from their un-cooperation. The hatred that brews among the Arab populations does not have limitations within their borders. They have taken it upon themselves to not only grow and harbor international terrorists but also to popularly support their violent actions throughout the world.

Lebanon was a like a Hollywood set.

Its great that Lebanon was able to build tall buildings and pretend that they were living in a modern society with much hope for growth and prosperity. The truth is, that no matter how pretty to buildings or how peaceful and innocent the people, the real Lebanon was far from what it looked like. The truth is that due to economic and political weakness, the citizens of Lebabon allowed a cancer to grow among them. They allowed facsist Islamic militia to overpower their own national army. While citizens are crying over their losses in life and in infrastructure, they do not claim responsibility for their part. For years and years investments both foreign and domestic poured into Lebabon in hopes of profiteering in real estate and other markets. This money help Lebanon to erect a "Hollywood-like set" that mimics a real city. All the while, they ignored their obligation to invest in governmental soveriegnty and military strength. They allowed their society to brew a horrible disease that could very well come to haunt them. Guess what...it did. Now that this cancer has seaped across the permeable membrane that is Lebanon's southern border to Israel there have be far reaching consequences on both sides. While Lebanon is weak and has little resolve for defeating their terrorist militias, Israel is quite the opposite (because their mere existence depends on it).

It would be smart for the Lebanese people to admit their failure and make the point that Hezbollah is not a part of their nation. It would be smart for them to ask to appeal to the world to help Israel clean up their own mess. Rather than take responsibility for allowing a militia to launch rockets into Israel, Lebanon insists that it will use its own weakened army to fight Israels if it becomes necessary. Of course such a skirmish would last less than an afternoon (unless the national army reverts to the dishonorable tactics of terrorist militias) for Israel to fully dismantle the Lebanese army. Why don't they speak out against Hezbollah?

Perhaps, they have lost so much control that they literally fear for their safety and can not protest Hezbollah in any form without risking personal safety. This is a likely scenario for a good portion of the Lebanese people, especially the large population of Lebanese Christians. What about the Lebanese that go out of their way to praise Hezbollah and Sheike Nasrallah? Why do they support the people that have brought the Israeli aggression to them with unprovoked attacks? The answer can be one of two choices. Number one, the people are too ignorant to recognize or admit the true political nature of their dillema. Number two, is that the people are so clouded by hatred of Jews and Israel that nothing will change their mind. They hate the Jews more than they value themselves. This is why they would prefer to see Hezbollah and its allies rise against Israel even if it means severe personal losses and political instability. My heart would like to think that the latter reason is the correct one. I wish that the people are in a strangle hold for words and can not freely speak their minds. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Even in free countries such as England or even America there a pro-Hezbollah rallies. Clearly these protestors are not fearful of their safety. You tell me why this is so. Why are there pro-terrorist rallies? Do people see Hezbollah as a legitimate non-terror organization, or do they hate so much that they legitimize their evil methods.

Overall, I hope that the Islamic and Arab world can learn from their mistakes. I hope they can take resonsibility for their failures. I hope that Lebanon, Iran and Syrian can live in peace with Israel as do Egypt and Jordan. I hope that the people all over the world can give up their hatreds and renounce terror. Until that day comes, the only way to fight the backwards ideology that is islamic facism, is with force. No ceasefires and no prisoner swaps will appease their irrational hatred. Only overwhelming force coupled with overwhelming global condemnation will do the trick. Sadly, the world has neglected its responsiblities as well. Sadly, the only true solution is more death and more global terror. Only if the world really feels the burn will they ever properly condemn and punish those who harbor terror.

Why does Iran want nuclear power?

How could one of the worlds largest oil exporters feel such a desperate need for nuclear fuel? Its like Alaska trying to build the worlds best snow making machine.

I don't think it takes a genius to infer that they want nuclear power for weapons to further their pursuit of world power. Perhaps to eventually "wipe Israel from the map".

Fortunately, the extremist-Arab societies are too stupid to pull off such a gag. They will inevitably falter in their own wrecklessness. Not only will Ahmadinejad's cocky rhetoric fail, but the Arab world will continue to live in poverty. Why will this be the case? Simply, because they would rather invest in destroying others than in improving themselves. Why did Islam sink from its golden age into the badly diseased perdominantly counterproductive religion that it is today? Simply, because good Muslims choose not to combat the bad ones.

Moderate Arab nations know that Iran is out of control, but even them are too pussy to do anything about it. Until they speak louder, the whole world will give any opponent of the Jews the benefit of the doubt, even if they are Muslim fascist terrorists / regimes.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Its easy to destroy, its a lot harder to create.

interesting quote I found on Youtube...
LOL you are proud that oil exists under your ground?? Thats quite an achievement for your people, they drill oil out of the ground and give it to the west for money. And that is like your only source of income, PATHETIC. The golden age of Islam was full of peace and learning, that age is long over. Islam is now fascist and anti-learning.-azelmano

That seems about right. If you disagree I encourage you to disprove this point with action. Help flush the backwards fools from the Islamic community and create an environment which values education and peace. Only then will you be able to not feel so guilty about living like a westerner with American consumerism. Only when you actually earn the right do to so by contributing something worthwhile, something other than terrorists whose only strength is their ability to blow themselves up. If you dont like the west then go invent your own shit. Stop riding in cars and using firearms. Go create something on your own.

Its easy to blow shit up, its a lot harder to build it.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Told ya so.

Its always good to qualify your ideas with those of respected peers.
Forbes.com has echoed my sentiments towards Mark Zuckerberg and his non-empire.
This was on the "10 Who Don't Matter" List
Mark Zuckerberg
Founder, Facebook
In entrepreneurship, timing is everything. So we'll give Zuckerberg credit for launching his online social directory for college students just as the social-networking craze was getting underway. He also built it right, quickly making Facebook one of the most popular social-networking sites on the Net. But there's also something to be said for knowing when to take the money and run. Last spring, Facebook reportedly turned down a $750 million buyout offer, holding out instead for as much as $2 billion. Bad move. After selling itself to Rupert Murdoch's Fox for $580 million last year, MySpace is now the Web's second most popular website. Facebook is growing too - but given that MySpace has quickly grown into the industry's 80-million-user gorilla, it's hard to imagine who would pay billions for an also-ran.

Now listen, Myspace and Facebook capture a different market. Where myspace is for people looking to broadcast their unique page with cluttered nonsense and raunchy photos, Facebook is for sorostitutes looking to prove how many friends they have by creating "hot groups". Now, I personally enjoy facebook for its simplicity and its use as a digital rolodex for my old college buddies. I still think that it will inevitably be phased out just like friendster. Its not that difficult to transfer to a new site, especially if all your Greek hommies are doing it. Just wait until the next web 2.0 social networking site with ease and simplicity of google projects. Wait a minute...

Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Edge

We are tetering on the edge right now.

Web 2.0 technologies are bubbling over, yet no one has the solution NOW!

The solution I am referring to is an ultimate Webtop that enables seamless access both public and private to your personal storage. A world where every file has metatags and where all media content is instantly scalable to flow through datapipes of all sizes.A flickrization of all files. A Youtube for life. A world where your storage limitation is the size of your personal network RAID array.

While uber-giant Microsoft is too gumpy to get anything launched, the rest of the world is scrambling to change the way our global network of computers operates.

Look out Cuban. Look out Box.net.
WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT IS MORE STORAGE AND BETTER ACCESSABILITY!

Maxtor's new Fusion product claims to be an AJAX based web 2.0 app that offers products to "Personalize, Organize and Socialize" the data on your personal 500 GB HD. This could be the solution that we have all been waiting for, yet maintaining local storage is a quite dangerous. Ideally, I would prefer to have my data (all umteen terabytes of it) stored in several secure server locations. You know those fireproof earthquake-proof rooms in the basement of Virtucon.
http://www4.maxtor.com/PressCenter/
http://www.seagate.com/cda/newsinfo/newsroom/releases/article/0,1121,3209,00.html
http://www.macworld.com/news/2006/06/14/fusion/index.php?lsrc=mcrss

FABRIKINC has something interesting up their sleeve.

Friday, May 26, 2006

What is the new network?

As seen on B2Blog
What is a network now? Your friend pointing you to something to read or watch is a network. The collection of people putting a YouTube video on their blogs makes a network. BlogAds bringing together 800 blogs for an MSNBC.com ad buy is a network. When you subscribe to a collection of feeds, or when you publish up a blogroll, or when you put a tag on your blog post, or when you use a Flickr tag that others use, you are a network.

Networks are about sharing now; they used to be about control. Networks are two-way; they used to be one-way. Networks are about aggregation more than distribution; they are about finding and being found. Networks are now open while, by their very definition, they used to be closed. You join networks and leave them them at will; you can join any number of networks at once and content can be found via any number of networks, there is no practical limit.


NOW LETS FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH THIS NEW SCHEME.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Lloyd and Harry drive moped into pool!

Here are some of my friends* riding a moped into another friends pool.


*ATTN: BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS...LET THIS IN NO WAY BE A REFLECTION OF MY PERSONAL BEHAVIOR OR MATURITY LEVEL. BUT KEEP ONE THING STRAIGHT, COLLEGE HUMOR LIVES FOREVER.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Excellent Run Down on HiDef

CHECK OUT THIS PDF TO LEARN ALL THAT YOU WANTED ABOUT HIDEF. IF YOU ARE STILL HUNGRY AFTERWARDS, THEN TALK TO ME.

Inside you will learn about the history of media formats (DVD, HD-DVD, Blu-Ray etc...), current formats and their capabilities, and how to author HiDef content today!

*Note that is not fully comprehensive and is slightly outdated. There are other codecs including H.264 and there are higher compression capabilities today. Also, this barely touches on issues regarding the most important aspects of Copy-protection such as HDMI with HDCP etc...

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Your WebTop

Ask any tech guru what the next frontier is and they will spit back the words "your web-top".

Right now and in the next few months you will be witnessing a multitude of new webtop applications going live. Google thinks that they have this industry in the bag and that the future launch of googles edition of writely will blow your hair back. (if you don't know, this is an AJAX collaborative document web app). Michael Robertson thinks that his next profitable net-venture will include his own brand of free MS Word and Excel emulating AJAX applications. One of the most promising prospects is a new company called thinkfree which unlike Robertson, offers a nice unified and pleasing design.

Each of these companies is putting in lots of time and effort to provide the consumer the most functional, pleasing, and easy to integrate FREE webtop services. In the end, only ONE WILL WIN. Consumers are too used to using Microsoft Office products and are too dependent upon a system which they trust. This brings me to my next point....

While there are countless companies trying to emulate MS office, NONE of them offer the full functionality of actual Microsoft Office products. Microsoft, one of the largest computer software corporations in the world is working hard to out-do their primitive competition. With more money, patents, they will need to get their game on and show the world what they can offer. The only problem is that they are too damn big and slow. They are GM of software. They lack a flexibility of lets just say google, another big money competitor. Will Microsoft be able to market Vista while introducing webtop software designed to compete with it? In fact, I say YES. After almost a decade of bullshitting consumers with XP, Microsoft will get theirselves together enough to gain significant marketshare in the web 2.0 revolution.

***Added on 5/14/06 is the fact that Mark Cuban is placing his webtop bets on www.goowy.com by loading them up with over a million chips.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

You just don't get it...do you Scott?


Why would I pay more when I can pay less? As the record labels are urging iTunes to increase the price of hit songs, consumers are doing the opposite. While the recs think they can squeeze us for upwards of 2 bones per song, we are thinking more along the lines of 25 cents.

“We can throw variable pricing in and we can raise prices of a hit song, but it doesn’t mean consumers will buy,” said Charles Wolf, securities analyst for Needham & Co. LLC. “They have an alternative — get songs for free.”

This guy seems to be the only dude with his head on straight. Apple has sold 1 billion songs, but that doesn't even put a dent into the total number of songs downloaded legal or otherwise. If they want to sell 100 billion or even 1 trillion songs then they would need to set a price that is low enough to get us to stop using P2P or torrent software. If it were 10 cents a song, then people really would rather just cough up the cash than jump through hoops to aquire their music. Of course, the only thing that is likely to drive down the price of music is viable competition among vendors. Today its 79 cents at Wal-Mart. Whats next?

But what it really comes down to is functionality. Why pay for a song that is locked up and of poor lossy quality when you can "aquire" one that is not. Unless they start offering us something more, then the pirates will continue to rule the seas....

Think multi-channel audio that can work in your home-theater and your 8 speaker car system, etc...

Think VIP access or discounts to concerts

Think some sort of physical tangible goods associated with large purchases. (Buy 30 songs and get a T-shirt...)

THINK NOW!!! THINK!!
Because right now you just don't get it... Scott!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

You can thank Affirmative Action....


In this recent Newsweek article an African American doctor explains how she must explain to people that she is a fully qualified doctor regardless of her skin color. I recognize that some people are not used to black doctors and might not immediatly understand that this women is actually the doctor and not a nurse or assistant. There are other people, however, that realize she is the doctor yet feel uncomfortable having her as their doctor. This is a terrible thing for African American's who recieve the same training as white doctors but don't get the proper credit, respect, or trust that they deserve...

Why is this so? Sometimes, it is racism, plain and simple. Preferring a white doctor to a fully qualified black doctor for no reason other than their skin color is racist. Sometimes, however, it is not racism. Sometimes, the reason one is prone to mistrust their black doctor rests in the fact that they are simply uncertain about their qualifications.

After all, in an age where Affirmative Action is prevalent, how are people supposed to distinguish between the black doctors who earned their way to professionalism with hard work and competitive grades and those doctors who walked through a back door somewhere along the way. I recognize that if you are a doctor, then you have the same training and in order to get through all of the rigrous obstacles to becomming a doctor then you must be pretty competant. There, are levels competency however.

Being black under a system with affirmative action inherently means that you are not easily differentiated between those who got the grades and those who had the bar raised for them.

It is a disservice to all of those hardworking competent and competitive African Americans to be unrightfully suspected of imcompetency. But, this can be blamed on the system of Affirmative Action more than on blatant racism.

To make a long story short if you had to choose a doctor at random from two groups: one where all of the people were fully qualified or from another group in which an undisclosed number of them not earn their position through the proper channels....well which group would you want your doctor from?

This isn't your real estate agent we are talking about, this is the person in charge of your health.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Who passes up $750 million?!?!?!

The FACEbook has lost its MIND!

In response to this articile and this article.
“If you’re gonna be a good businessman, really what it’s about, is finding situations where people win. It’s not about tricking people into doing stuff, it’s not about being a hardass. It’s about being comfortable and working in your pajamas, because that’s gonna end up being what’s best for everyone.” - Mark E. Zuckerberg

Great quote buddy...You know what else is best for everyone??? Having a payceck for nearly 3/4 of a BILLION dollars. In a world where everyone wants what you have, why wouldn't you cash out while you are on top? The internet market is volatile. One year its hot then the next its not. Friendster passes up their $30 million offer and then you come in with Facebook and steal their marketshare. Who is to say that couldn't happen to you? Why would it be impossible for the big dogs to nudge their way into your realm? NOTHING! If you learn anything on this path to the top, let it be that that the mountain is still steep! One fuck up and you fall off the side and the next guy reaches the summit. Do yourself a favor and take the money. Then be a business-man and start something new while in your pajamas!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

PROTEST THE LAW, NOT ITS ENFORCEMENT!


In response to this MSNBC article.

Apparently, tens of thousands of demonstrators protested moves to impose stricter U.S. immigration laws in California on Saturday.

“This bill is wrong because this is a country for everybody who wants to live a better life and this is a free world,” said protester Lionel Vanegas, who owns an accouting firm.

In response to this seemingly generous comment....
ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR FUCKING MIND?!?!?!?!
Why don't we just become one with Mexico? It would be great, we could give them full military protection, managed healthcare, new roads, better police, better schools. They could give us, Oh I don't know, dirty water and enchiritos. Sounds like a mutually beneficial relationship to me.

Since when is America for EVERYBODY? Like all nations, there is a membrane which separates us from them. When this membrane becomes infinitly porous, it ceases to hold its purpose of maintaining some sort of distinct separation.

Now I am not against immigration at all. I think Mexican-Americans do more for this country than many are willing to admit. I welcome immigrants who patiently prove their worthiness of acceptance by abiding by our immigration laws. Why should these honest potential immigrants be thwarted by the dishonest ones? Why should we reward those who circumvent our laws.

I am not against immigration, I am against illegal immigration!
Why shouldn't we regulate who comes into our country. Wouldn't that benefit all Americans? Even Mexican-Americans?

Two hundred years ago this country was created by immigrants. But after twenty decades, the bottle is almost full. We need to monitor the influx of new citizens to both protect our national security as well as our limited resources. Otherwise, America would be in pretty much the same shape as Mexico is today. Overcrowded, corrupt, and incapable of providing a quality standard of living to its rightful citizens.

So, if you want to increase the ease of immigration in America, then protest for larger quotas or quicker customs processing. But please, whatever you do, don't support illegal activity. That is not how this country functions.

Protest the law, not its enforcement.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

aaass

Thursday, March 16, 2006

EATING CAKE WHILE HAVING IT??? NOPE!

The following quote was find in an MSNBC article regarding todays large scale offensive in Iraq to clear out a suspected insurgent operations area. This was the largest attack in three years.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Operation Swarmer was a bad sign.

“The fact, that it is necessary shows you the failure to date” of the administration’s war approach, she said. “Three years later, we have major offensive; it just doesn’t jibe” with prewar promises.

Without offering my views on the war today or how they have evolved over time, I would like to point out the ridiculousness of this comment. Whether you like having our army in Iraq or not, the fact is that they are there. Why should they not do whatever they feel necessary to ensure the safety of our troops. Bear in mind that these are the lives of the same troops that Nancy Pelosi would like to protect by having them on American soil regardless of political or other consequences of a large scale premature pullout.

Additionally, which prewar promises is she referring to? All that comes to my mind are the ones that say we will be in this mess for the long haul and that there is no forseeable pullout. I was promised that we will do all that is necessary.

To all that apply...You can't have your cake and eat it too. If you wish to protect the lives of those trying to protect you, then you must not criticize their decisions to use overwhelming force. Nancy I think you need to grow up and start thinking out your thoughts before you express them.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Next Net 25


The Next Net 25

A Business 2.O online article that must be read if you don't want to be left behind in in Web 2.0 revultion.

Get up to date with the up and coming technologies of the internet...
This article nicely simplifies new technologies and companies which employ them into the following categories.

Social Media
Mashups and Filters
The New Phone
The Webtop
Under the hood

Get ready for your pop-quiz granny.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

MSA rep resigns after crafting offensive e-mail - News

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Check The Jackson Hole Album Yo!



photo taken by Ruby Robinson
photo adjusted by Myself using Picasa

Jackson Hole Album

My Skydive over Fox Glacier, New Zealand (Dec 2004)

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Secular Arab Woman, Wafa Sultan, with Words of Wisdom

Friday, March 03, 2006

Remember that Google article I linked to...

Everyone loves Google! Why not, they offer convenient services without complex sideeffects! Their search engine is great and gmail is unbeatable. Googlemaps kicks ass, as does Picasa! It just doesn't stop....Or does it?

While google feels it has no reason not to expand at the rate it has been, I beg to differ. When a company feels that it is swimming in investor's cash, it has an obligation not to blow that wad. When the shit hits the fan, and believe me, it always does, a corporation will be forced to constrict. Google has had too much money for too long. It has spread its hands across too many operations which are not yet themselves very profitable.

While I do have high hopes for a properly functional Google Video site, an eventual one-stop-hub for all things AJAX, and perhaps even an all inclusive hub for e-commerce rivaling ebay....I just wish that they would stop feeding their employees 3 high class meals a day on the shareholders dime.

You have a lot of money, but not yet that much. Google needs to let the dust settle a little before finding themselves in a situation in which investor confidence is FICKLE because it has failed in some of the far reaching ventures.

By the way, what ever happened to the University of Michigan (and Harvard and Yale) electronic library catalogue?

Finally ...Muslims can defend Islam!!!

I have long looked for moderate Arab-Islamic organizations which could help lead the Islamic community in their struggle against radical fundamentalism and could help them to openly denounce all forms of terrorism.

In defense of the global muslim community, I honestly do believe that the vast majority are civil, reasonable and loving people. It is a small minority of evil and or disenfranchised people who have masked the good majority with negativity and hate. I have long argued that perhaps the reason more Muslims/Arabs don't speak loudly against all forms or terror and hate is because they have not found a proper outlet to do so without fear.

Nonie Darwish is a woman who promotes the same peaceful ideals that should be propogated throughout the Middle East. While her website, www.arabsforisrael.com sounds a bit radical and contradictory, in fact it is not.

However, for those who feel that denouncing terror and hate is not necessarily synonomous with rejoicing Israel, I invite you to check out www.freemuslims.com The latter provides the ability to defend Islam without feeling like a traitor to Arab Nations by fully supporting Israel.

In time, however, you will hopefully realize that Israel and its Jewish people are not ones to be feared or hated, but rather a democratic and peaceful nation that wants nothing more than to live in peace with their Arab neighbors.

For more information on the middle east please visit middle-east-info.org and www.frontpagemag.com

Tayshaun Prince On Fire!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

YouTube and the Future of Episodal Video Content

In response to Business2blog.com who suggested that NBC is foolish for trying to fight YouTube for illegally hosting their content. Instead, this blog believes that NBC and the like should try to join YouTube instead and turn profit on the 5 million viewers of this illegal NBC content on YouTube via advertising deals etc...

MY RESPONSE
First of all, I am the number one proponent of getting the content I want whenever and however I want it regardless of legalities. I would rather buy an iTunes song and then delete it after replacing it with a better version without DRM from some other source....

But as a business-minded person, I can't help but see the flaws in your assessment. Why should the TV broadcasting companies condone such a blatantly illegal practice. If I were NBC I would do everytihng in my power to make sure that YouTube is not only forced to remove my content, but also is forced to shut down. How dare anybody profiteer from the hard work of others without my consent. If I wanted to recieve proper payment for these media clips, I would team up with Google Video and make sure to blow that micro-company out of the ocean before they could know what hit them.

TV corporations are facing their annhilation. You may not believe this but you should. Think about the world in 15 years when VOD and IPTV evolve FOR THE PEOPLE! Any investor pool with an extra 20-100 million dollars can produce a quality TV show with out needed to find a TV station to broadcast it. It will be more like the film industry except you won't need to jump through hoops to get your content on the big screen.

Again, if I were NBC I would be shaking in my boots and I would be trying hard to destroy my competitors, as this would be my only hope of US filling the vacuum.

HOWEVER....
Luckily, I am not NBC. As a consumer who believes that if business fails to keep up with technology they deserve to be left in the dust, I am pro YouTube. The content available via their services is quite impressive. For example,



Additionally, I would much rather pay zero dollars for some homemade funny content than consider stooping so low as to support Steve Jobs arbitary price schemes for video content. So he is telling me to pay $1.99 for the Lost episode that I may or may not already own on DVD or have for free saved on my DVR? That is the same price that he wants me to pay for a two minute rap music video that too? Wait a minute...something seems like experimental economics. Join me to nullify his hypotheses! If consumers unite, we can determine prices for them! Its kind of like any other free market situation.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Is this still blasphemy? Or is it just plain stereotypical?

Isn't it ironic? Don't ya think?


http://tauquil.com/archives/2006/02/04/jyllands-posten-muhammad-cartoons-controversy/

Don't Blame The Dealer For Your Habit.

If you are on drugs, that is your problem and your decision.
The drug dealer did not inject you himself with that Heroin.
He simply supplied a service and a product that you demanded.

Even with all of the drug enforcement in the world, we will NEVER eliminate the demand for drugs and therefore NEVER eliminate the supply.

Lets see how this applies to globalization....

American ideals have brought prosperity to America since its beginning. Freedoms, hard work, and capitalism have provided a lifestyle to many American's that has enabled this country to gain significant attention.

Other nations have long looked at our way of life and attempted to emulate it.
We, being the capitalists that we are, have long exploited this attention and provided a means for other nations to immitate our ways.

American name brands have since propogated throughout the world.

AMERICA HAS SUPPLIED THE WORLD WITH SOMETHING THEY WANT.
If this were not the case, then American corporations and business would fail in other markets due to a lack of demand.

Therefore, if you are in a nation and just can't stand the fact that your nextdoor neighbor loves wiping his KFC grease on his Levi's Jeans, well, get over it because that person enjoys it!

Stop hating America for being there to provide something that your society couldn't.
If you want to amend YOUR laws to prohibit foreign corporations from operating in your nation then feel free. If you want to outlaw fastfood and bluejeans feel free. We certainly won't stop you.

BUT PLEASE DON'T COME NAGGING TO AMERICA ABOUT IT.

Don't hate the player, hate the game.

AND

Don't blame the dealer for your habit!

The problem of Google

During the last year Google has extended their product range with numerous services. Google Earth, radio and even setting up a Chinese version of the famous search engine.
Where does it all lead to? Online world domination?
It certainly looks like it. Although Google has a high standing among the internet population, I wonder how long it will last. The problem with Google (from my point of view) is that we've seen this all before with Microsoft.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

U2 at The Palace