Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009

Netflix Culture

To be honest, I'm not sure I believe 100% this, but either way, its very interesting....

Monday, August 10, 2009


So yesterday, I was talking to a new friend in Austin. We were at lunch chatting away when the following occurred....

He said he recently played "disc golf."

I said, "I like that too - as a matter of fact, my son and I played just yesterday!"

"Cool," he said. "Where did you guys play?"

"At home, on the Wii!" I replied. He smiled.

At which time I realized he was referring to actually going outside, standing in the fresh air, getting a little exercise, sweating a bit (a lot these days) and throwing the Frisbee, while I was referring to the "sport" of sitting in the Lay-z-boy and twitching your wrist.

"Love disc golf..." I mumbled, while making a mental note that the Wii aint real......

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Favorite Tweet Yet....

""I am somewhat disappointed that my 15 minutes of fame stem from running into a tree whilst tweeting..."

From: Man Twitters and is attacked by tree

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Why Crowd Sourcing Blows in Stock Picking

Cake Financial lets you see what others are buying and selling. But the signals are a bit, um, cloudy this week (and most weeks as far as I can tell).

So are you supposed to buy or sell these stocks?

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Quick Click

I have been a manager at Internet-related companies since 1995. In that time, our companies have always had some form of Internet access available to employees.

As a manager, I have learned there are at least three main ways for colleagues to hide surfing somewhere you shouldn't on company time. The first is the most obvious - obstructing the screen, either with something - work papers, a coffee cup or, if all else fails, themselves. The second most popular way is the distractor, who when confronted with personal things on their screen, deflects all eyes elsewhere. "Hey, is that guy holding a bow and arrow?!? No?"

The best way is the old quick click - minimizing the screen or flipping to another to avoid detection. If executed well, it is almost undetectable. Except you have to move your hand.

I have had more than one employee over the years who every time I walked into their office/cube, they felt the need to quick click.

I am a trusting guy, but if you have to stop doing something personal every time i walk past you, pretty soon I think I will begin to believe you aren't doing much at work.... And I suspect that is a slippery slope.

So, don't quick click every time. Sometimes, just leave the page up as it is. It is less suspicious, than the quick click, I promise! (or you could quit surfing so much at work and just work more!)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Superbowl Fun

I saw a picture of a Twinkie-based Superbowl snack er, bowl....

We had to try one. Here is our effort. Broccoli v. Cauliflower.

It was quite fun to build! (5 boxes of Twinkies!)

Monday, January 26, 2009

My Toyota is more "American" than your Ford?

I was raised to "buy American." (I'm from Arkansas, so when I say it, its "Uh-mare-i-can" but....) Chevy trucks, Levi jeans, McDonald's burgers. No Honda's in our driveway!

Except now, in the modern global economy, deciding what is American and what isn't has gotten harder. Much harder.

Case in point - my current car - a Toyota Sequoia vs. my previous car, a Ford Expedtion.

Most people would say Ford is the American car, Toyota isn't. You would be wrong. Sort of. Maybe.

According to the NHTSA (in this report), my Sequoia is 80% of the "content" was made in the US/Canada and it is assembled in the US/Canada (According to AOL, they are assembled in Princeton, Indiana). My Expo was made in the US, too, but with only 70% of the content from the US.

So is my Toyota more American because of its content? Or less because of the HQ? Interesting questions!

A great article in the WSJ goes into some detail on this topic...

Monday, January 5, 2009

Do Publisher's Care What Ads They Run?

Caveat Emptor!

In my opinion, this is the rule most publishers live by. If an ad seems dicey or silly (or a total rip-off), hey, buyer beware, baby!

Take the IQ ads you see everywhere these days -

Avg Sooners Fan’s IQ=114
Are You Smarter Than The Oklahoma
Sooners Fan? Take The IQ Quiz Now!

Or this one

Brett Farve's IQ = 136
Are you Smarter than Brett? Take the IQ Quiz Now!

Are we to believe that Brett took this IQ test? And then agreed to let his IQ be published? And he, in-turn, somehow endorses or quasi-endorses this service, which in return for telling you your IQ, charges you over $9/mo ongoing on T-mobile for "trivia services"?

I doubt it.

Yet these are all over Sports Illustrated's Website.

I am a sport's fan, love SI and have noticed the ads - are you telling me they haven't?

I think that taking the money and turning your head is a short-term win. I assume big brands like Sports Illustrated fiqure times are hard and they can weather the storm..... (other sites have these ads too,including arch-rival ESPN.com)

I would try harder I think.

Emails to IQ Quizes and SI were not answered.