Business Idea

I see a lot of things online that I would like to purchase. Unfortunately a lot of them (increasingly so) are in the US, and I’ll be honest and say that I’m not going to pay almost the same again for the postage of an item. So here’s the idea – club together with other people who are getting stuff shipped over and you should all be able to save? Potentially then, with the agreement of online stores of course, you’d purchase an item and if you wanted cheaper postage – but a longer wait for the item – you’d add it to a bulk shipping cart. When the cart reaches a certain level, the items are shipped out. I’m …

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Test bed

With the latest Google tool – Google Maps – now live, I’m left pondering the approach taken by most of the large American software companies. Why do they always start with the US of A? Whilst they may have to suffer calls of anti-patriotism would it not make more sense, particularly for the aforementioned Google Maps, to start a bit smaller? To test their latest greatest BETA system on some place a little more ‘manageable’ in terms of raw data? Are they just worried about the ability of their new system to handle the difference in scope and scale that switching to a larger dataset brings? Or am I just grumpy and fed-up that it’s always the US of A …

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Viewpoint Required

US apoplexy over Jackson flash. Yes, THAT Superbowl story which seems to have kicked off an almighty fuss in the US of A. Or has it? I’d appreciate any American viewpoints on this but it does seem that the majority of people (the general public) aren’t too outraged, where the minority of people (those in the public eye, politicians, etc) are “apoplectic”. Let’s be honest, are we surprised that some politicians, high-ranking members of the church, and other “representative groups” are kicking off big time? No of course we’re not. These groups need any excuse they can get to keep the spotlight away from what they stand for and ensure they are seen to be doing the ‘right thing’. Now …

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A few things

1. Just finished reading Eats, Shoots & Leaves. It’s smart, funny and reminds me that I really should pay more attention to my grammar on this ‘ere site. 2. I have received an email from Ron. He left some comments on yesterday’s post (Ikeaphobia) and has clarified a few things. Thanks for that Ron, I will respond to your email later today. 3. To the BBC; I know I should care about the resignations and worry about who will be appointed next but, frankly, I don’t (did you see that semicolon there, I’m a changed man I tell ya). 4. When trying to login to a well known online book store, check you are logging in to the UK site …

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iPOD design

Father of invention: “The iPod is like a cigarette pack for those addicted to music instead of tobacco.” Very apt. Of course, if you want to grab one at the last minute you are probably out of luck. John Lewis reported yesterday that they have sold out of them. Understandable as approximately 1.79 iPods were sold every minute in fiscal 2003. Apple said it sold 939,000 iPods for US$345 million in net sales this past year.

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Giss a job

Your New Core Strategy: Employee Retention: “one day in the not-too-distant future the job market will swing back toward the job seeker’s advantage. And when it does, the effect on some organizations—particularly those that let employee satisfaction and retention strategies take a back seat to seemingly more pressing issues of corporate survival—could be severe” Interesting take on the current job market. US-focussed but still valid I think.

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In da hood

Having ordered a few items of clothing from the US of A, and being amazed to find that the clothes were too SMALL… I wasn’t holding out much hope for the arrival of my Blogger hoodie. However it arrived and it fits! Cue ‘Gangsta G’, hood up, chillin out, yo bad wicked style on the mofo… errr… or something.

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Meaningful?

Black artists take over US top 10. Expected? I guess so, but does it really hold any significance? SHOULD it hold any significance? I enjoy Hip-Hop, RnB (old and new), Rap, Soul (old and new), all of which are classed as ‘black music’ and I understand why it holds the categorisation. But that doesn’t mean I am comfortable making the definition. I just hope the term ‘black music’ is used in context – hinting at how the music has evolved from the five-note scale, through gospel and enslaved workers and prisoners chanting, through the later minstrel shows and ragtime, to the introduction of the blues and Dixieland, and onto Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, and Soul ending at the Rap and …

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Worse to worser(er)

The President of the US of A once again shows he is open-minded and forward thinking: “‘I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman, and I think we ought to codify that one way or the other,’ he told reporters in Washington.” Isn’t it about time for an assassination attempt? I mean when was the last one.. Reagan?

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