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A sure sign of age: Excitement at finding a web site that specializes in horticultural tools.
Here’s an unusual theory on why McDonald’s is so popular overseas: It’s a sanctuary for culture-overloaded tourists.
The question of whether the United States could fragment has been with us since the beginning and reached its culmination, of course, during the Civil War.
GM investor and billionaire Kirk Kerkorian is urging GM to make an alliance with Nissan and Renault.
It was good to see that the FBI could catch a group like the Florida bombers. By coincidence about that time, the director of the FBI in New York, Mark Mershon, visited our offices. Mr. Mershon made it clear that the FBI will not monitor or surveil anyone, including Muslim extremists, without a "criminal predicate." Generally, probable cause is the gold standard for watching. Mr. Mershon said that if someone keeps his head down and nose clean in the U.S., he can function with a great deal of freedom. That's a rough but workable description of our system.
If you are a defendant in a federal criminal case, you definitely want the case decided by a judge and not a jury.
That lunch with Warren Buffett was finally auctioned off for $620,100, but hey, you get to take along seven friends so it's really a bargain.
Political Calculations has taken Money magazine's list of the best jobs in the United States and improved it.
An enterprising twist on the fact that Aspen, Colorado does not have a large African American population.
I love reading predictions, even when their authors may be way out there on the edge.
Laya Sleiman knew in law school that she wanted to work at a big, corporate law firm in New York when she graduated. But the 27-year-old, now a first- year associate, had no illusions about what it would take to get ahead at a prestigious firm once she arrived.
I recall the old days when, as one commentator put it, you'd buy fireworks from a roadside stand and receive a safety lecture from some lanky guy who was missing a couple of fingers.
Business Week has a real estate blog. Today's post is on the pre-Zillow site: Property Shark.
I've often wondered what takes place inside a Coke machine.
The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 would create what Eisenhower’s secretary of commerce called “the greatest public works program in the history of the world.” The bill authorized the building of the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways—turning the word interstate into a noun while radically and permanently altering the American landscape.
The point is that the United States is a country where the ordinary guy has a good life. This is what distinguishes America from so many other countries. Everywhere in the world, the rich person lives well. Indeed, a good case can be made that if you are rich, you live better in countries other than America, because you enjoy the pleasures of aristocracy. In India, where I grew up, the wealthy have innumerable servants and toadies groveling before them and attending to their every need.
Is there a huge difference between working in government and working in the private sector?
The differences are there, but the similarities are greater. All in all, the name of the employer is less important than its character and competence.
Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.
Charles Krauthammer discusses amnesty in Iraq:
Sometimes history throws a real curveball:
I held off from posting when I first saw these ads for Maneland Jungle Lodge because I thought they were a twisted hoax.
A classic list of observations on the blues.
Slacker Manager on how to lose a great job in six months or less.
Admiral Hyman Rickover, discussing the development of the nuclear submarine program, observed, "Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience."
Forget about losers like Che Guevara. Rupert Murdoch is the real revolutionary. [People like Bill Keller of The New York Times are starting to look like Marie Antoinette.] An excerpt:
A 5 - 3 decision by the US Supreme Court against the use of military tribunals for Guantanamo detainees.
Seth Godin's Purple Cow theory of ads that stand out from the pack can be seen in this sweet ad about a vicious, evil, psychotic, guinea pig.
Click here and then scroll down for the list of films that film makers and critics watch over and over.
Here are three common forms of coercion in the workplace:
Worldwide attention is now focused on the tensions between French and German operations of Airbus, and on the awkward dual management system, with bizarre titles like "Co-Chief Executive Officer" reflecting a system where every key job going to a Frenchman has to be balanced by another key job with a German, and where it seems nobody is in charge.
A nation that puts equality - in the sense of equality of outcome - ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.
This essay by Paul Graham on procrastination is marvelous. An excerpt:
Okay, I've been cranking out papers today.
DaimlerChrysler is going to introduce the Smart car in the United States in 2007.
Emergence Marketing has posted a tale about dealing with poor customer service with an airline.
Do you have any other examples of extraordinary customer service?
This article on the hunter/gatherer psychology of self-service check-out counters raises the question of how long it will be before we will slide our credit card through a processor upon entering a store and then sensors will automatically charge the card when we simply walk out the door.
“There is no prima facie case against these three men. They represent no threat to society yet they will still be banged up in a US prison with rapists and drug addicts, deprived of their liberty for up to two years, even while a case is compiled against them. If targeted in Britain for the same offence they would remain on bail and keep their liberty up to and during the trial.”
An ice cream shop in Venezuela leaves Baskin-Robbins in the dust.
Dell is introducing a new technical support feature:
Christopher Hitchens has some suggestions for some positive protests:
The turnaround at Staples was more than an Easy Button, but it helped:
If you have been inserting inspirational or humorous quotes at the bottom of your e-mails, you may be irritating some people.
A survey, taken before the US team was knocked out of the competition, indicates that 78 percent of Americans are paying little or no attention to the World Cup.
Glenn Reynolds, writing at Tech Central Station, notes that the avian flu may wind up as a low grade threat, but describes the impact on business and services if it isn't.
Intel has a catchy tune for one of its factories in China:
David Weigel examines the fantasy world of war-on-terror novels...and hopes that one day we regard them as kitsch.
Robert Samuelson considers Mexico’s risk adverse economy and its population growth and compares it with some other economies. An excerpt:
This ruling in a case involving KPMG will get attention.
This story carries a message that goes beyond customer service.
Do they ever discuss things like this in schools of architecture?
Pondering the generosity of Buffett and Gates, Forbes has put together a slide show on just what $60 billion can do.
I haven't seen the violent Toyota ad.
Two years ago, as a junior at Harvard, Zuckerberg developed software to help fellow students trade photos and jokes, rant on any topic they pleased, or just say ‘hi’ -- creating a searchable database of personal profiles exclusively for the college set.
Geekologie has a post on a turn-over E-Reader that simulates turning the pages in a book.
Before Stephen Baird interviewed for the position of VP of corporate security for United Rentals in 2004, he did his homework. Sure, he checked out its financial filings and the stability of the executive suite, and he networked with a few peers. But Baird also went a step further. He visited a branch office to see what customers experience. “I learned how to rent a piece of equipment, and I basically hung around watching and listening,” he says. During the interview, when the CFO asked how Baird saw security playing into revenue generation, he had a ready answer. “I told him, ‘I will never make security a revenue generator, but it can contribute to cost savings and increased efficiencies,’” he says. Baird then explained how he had watched customers renting equipment and noticed that although they were offered the option to buy insurance on the equipment, there were no security products available onsite. He talked about products United could offer, like security locks for Bobcats that cut down on damage and theft of rented equipment. “The CFO [who would also be his new boss] just sat back and smiled,” Baird recalls.
How do you sell Dunkin Donuts?
Patrick S. Roberts considers the problems at FEMA after Katrina. An excerpt:
Peter Kirsanow of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights takes on Affirmative Action preferences in academia:
This has been out on the Internet for years. Its original source is unknown:
"Our business plan thought that we would take seven years to sell the first 100,000 cars. Actually we did that in three and a half years. And at the end of April we just delivered our 150,000th Mini in the U.S. So the plan is really taking hold."
Paul Graham on The Power of the Marginal. An excerpt:
Victor Davis Hanson finds a secret to American unity at a Sierra Nevada lake:
Employers tend to hire too quickly and fire too slowly.
A gutsy move.
HR Hero gives its analysis of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on retaliation.
Lenin surrounded himself with official publications, and works of history and economics. He made no effort to inform himself directly of the views and conditions of the masses...He never visited a factory or set foot on a farm. He had no interest in the way wealth was created. He was never to be seen in the the working-class quarters of any town in which he resided.
U.S. News & World Report has assembled an eclectic list of "America's Best Leaders."
From Governing magazine:
The day is winding down.
At the meeting, Buffett signed letters pledging the initial gifts and took questions from Bill and Melinda Gates and an invitation-only audience that included members of other philanthropic organizations.
Seth Godin has found a cookbook that goes against the doctrine that the best meals involve a lot of work.
Let's return to the Microsoft story and imagine it is now the year 1987, six years after Gates signed the contract with IBM. The still nascent PC industry has just gone through a period of explosive growth.36 No one has ridden that growth harder than Microsoft. But MS-DOS is now coming to the end of its natural life cycle. Customers are beginning to look for a replacement operating system that will take better advantage of the graphics and greater power of the new generation of machines. A change in the S-curve is coming, and the industry is far from certain how things will work out. Despite its success, Microsoft was still a $346 million minnow in 1987 compared to the multibillion-dollar giants hungrily eyeing its lucrative position. IBM was developing its own powerful multitasking OS/2 system; AT&T was leading a consortium of other companies, including Sun Microsystems and Xerox, to create a user-friendly version of the widely admired Unix operating system; and Hewlett-Packard and Digital Equipment Corporation were pushing their own version of Unix. Apple was also still a threat, consistently out-innovating the rest of the industry, and its highly graphical Macintosh was selling well.
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Will chefs be able to gain intellectual property protection for their recipes?
Joel Waldfogel considers fun times – and a little bribery - at the New Delhi Department of Motor Vehicles:
These success principles from Peter Kua's blog are worth your time. Not necessarily because all of them are correct, but because they provoke thought.
Joann S. Lublin examines some of the warning signs to watch for in a boss-to-be.
It appears that Wal-Mart may be offering cash and benefits to keep small rival businesses alive when its mega-stores move into their communities.
This coming Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day.
Christopher Caldwell, writing in The New York Times Magazine, on the terror situation in Britain:
It is not surprising that you can find differing guidelines regarding political discussions in the workplace. So much of the wisdom gets back to that classic consultant's line: It depends.
If those items are not present, the team may be stronger if its members save political discussions for their private lives.
Bill Hoffman on “competitive intelligence”:
We’ve all heard how few vacation days Americans take in comparison to other countries. This Washington Post article, however, notes a very innovative policy:
The U.S. population will hit 300 million people in October.
There was a fight going on in Stuttgart and a soccer game broke out.
The following essay has bounced around the Internet for years. Supposedly, it is from an actual college application to New York University although that's far from certain. Anyway, it is a classic and I thought I'd pass it on:
Michael Novak dissects The Da Vinci Code:
National Geographic has a science of superheroes analysis of Superman’s strength:
Producer and director Frank Marshall (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Sixth Sense) on his approach to producing:
Reader's Digest conducted an international survey to determine which city is the most courteous and New York City came in first!