Thursday, January 31, 2008
I can see that the fact that movies/music costs so much money is ridiculous since so little money goes to the maker; but a) that is a fact of life (spending money on distribution, marketing etc as well as pure old capitalism allowing people to make a high a profit that they can) and b) someone has to get some income somehow to create the content.
The Smashing Pumpkins experiment seems to have been 'quite successful (it is free to download, but you can donate if you want to) as the average downloader paid 5 USD. Is this a good model for the future?
As most people will agree, i believe the problem is just the current business plan is now not functioning and newer ones are necessary such as Qtrax which is an advertising based model. There has to be a way of generating income, somehow, for the artists. Ultimately the media companies are going to have to totally change the way they work, their overheads, their marketing costs, distribution models etc. What is the future of the music/movie industry's business plan -either of these 2 models or a third model?
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
There is talk all over the universe of all AIESEC fellows coming to Ireland for Paddy's, in which weekend is also @IE 50th! Something was organized last year as far as I know. As a Dublin resident I ask: So... who is in? What was the deal? Has anyone a structured idea already? Post! Answer!
(i couldn't fit this in comments because it has a picture)
in the post about the matter of the nomadlife mainpage, people mentioned the growth of the community.
while the number of blogs has grown, the number of posts per day to the mainpage (for each set of 100 posts) has decreased from what it was a year ago.
it would be interesting to see similar data for all blog posts on all blogs in the system.
Monday, January 28, 2008
I'd always envisioned nomadlife acting as a coffee shop, where people could sit around and discuss whatever topics arouse them. With a common set of interests, a megaphone for your voice (your blog), and a connector (nomadlife.org), I had thought everything in place to develop one continuous, amorphous, evolving conversation.
I will opine that this has not happened. Instead, it's been a lot of 1-way talking. Few posts actually build on each other.
Additionally, many of the big voices within my circle have fallen rather silent lately, and a few others I think would be of value have failed to find their tune. This is not judgmental, but rather observational and worth noting. These voices often act as water coolers around which many others stand.
Why do you think it turned out this way? Do you think it could be different? What environment is optimal to you?
Sunday, January 27, 2008
10 years after he resigned from the Presidency of Indonesia amid the Asian financial crisis and extraordinary demand for reform and democracy by the people of Indonesia, Suharto is dead.
He's done a lot for the country, good and bad. I think he did good in the first half of his long rule and then overstayed his welcome by actively participate in corruptions and scandals that engulf the country.
One big difference between Suharto and other strong dictator type presidents is that he actually resigned. That was the last good act he did for the country.
He is for all his merit and fault is a product of Indonesia, a complex and very diverse mix of people, cultures and religions living across an archipelago of 17,000 islands. Now we will bury him and deal with his legacy as we fight onward for a better country.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
The company, the second-largest listed bank in France, said in a statement that the fraud had been committed by a trader in charge of "plain vanilla" hedging on European index futures.
The trader, who was not identified, "had taken massive fraudulent directional positions in 2007 and 2008 far beyond his limited authority," the bank said. "Aided by his in-depth knowledge of the control procedures resulting from his former employment in the middle-office, he managed to conceal these positions through a scheme of elaborate fictitious transactions." (NY Times)
Barings Bank collapsed under similar circumstances in which they have a rouge trader that cost them 1.1 billion dollars. This current event is worse.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The Australian-born actor was just 28.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Click here for the full (Spanish-language) article
Now there's Wubi. (I caught the link from BoingBoing)
I haven't tried it, but it sounds cool. The basic premise with Wubi is that you can install Ubuntu in Windows. You'll choose which OS you want to use at the time of boot. Don't like Ubuntu? You can use Windows to uninstall it if you don't like it.
There's no foolishness like partitioning or any fancy nerd junk.
So... stop wasting time, and try it. Tell me what you think of Wubi and by extension... Ubuntu.
If you're not sure why Ubuntu is such a good idea... try checking out the Ubuntu Philosophy page. The short version is that it's open - free for all to use, and improve.
From the What is Ubuntu page:
What does Ubuntu mean?
Ubuntu is an African word meaning 'Humanity to others', or 'I am what I am because of who we all are'. The Ubuntu distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
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Thursday, January 17, 2008
The threatening radio transmission heard at the end of a video showing harassing maneuvers by Iranian patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz may have come from a locally famous heckler known among ship drivers as the “Filipino Monkey.”
Merrill, one of the Wall Street firms that has been hardest hit by the subprime hurricane, said Thursday that it recorded more than $14 billion in write-downs and “credit valuation adjustments” in the fourth quarter related to subprime mortgages and collateralized debt obligations, which are complex debt securities often linked to subprime mortgages. That is on top of $7.9 billion in write-downs at Merrill in the third quarter." (NY Times)
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
"Everyone goes on holiday, but how often do we stop to think about the very nature of travel itself?" he asks.
Holidays are the surest keys to unlock our ideas about happiness, he points out.
But they can often be disappointing. While few things are as exciting as the idea of travelling somewhere else, the reality of travel seldom matches our daydreams.
(Sydney Morning Herald)
So why do you travel?
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Beginning what is expected to be a grim week for financial company earnings, Citigroup said it was writing down $18.1 billion because of soured mortgage-related investments.
As part of a plan to shore up Citigroup, the chief executive, Vikram S. Pandit, said the company would eliminate 4,200 jobs and cut its dividend by 41 percent, to 32 cents from 54 cents a share.
Citigroup also turned to wealthy foreign governments again and announced the sale of a $12.5 billion stake to the Kuwait Investment Authority and several others, including Prince Walid bin Talal of Saudi Arabia. In November, the company sold a $7.5 billion stake to a Middle Eastern fund, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority." (NY Times)One analyst said that Citigroup needs 20 to 30 billion dollars more this year.
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Monday, January 14, 2008
“I could be a fisherman there,” he said. “Life is better there. There are no fish in the sea here anymore.”
Many scientists agree. A vast flotilla of industrial trawlers from the European Union, China, Russia and elsewhere, together with an abundance of local boats, have so thoroughly scoured northwest Africa’s ocean floor that major fish populations are collapsing.
That has crippled coastal economies and added to the surge of illegal migrants who brave the high seas in wooden pirogues hoping to reach Europe. While reasons for immigration are as varied as fish species, Europe’s lure has clearly intensified as northwest Africa’s fish population has dwindled.
Last year roughly 31,000 Africans tried to reach the Canary Islands, a prime transit point to Europe, in more than 900 boats. About 6,000 died or disappeared, according to one estimate cited by the United Nations.
The region’s governments bear much of the blame for their fisheries’ decline. Many have allowed a desire for money from foreign fleets to override concern about the long-term health of their fisheries. Illegal fishermen are notoriously common; efforts to control fishing, rare.
But in the view of West African fishermen, Europe is having its fish and eating them, too. Their own waters largely fished out, European nations have steered their heavily subsidized fleets to Africa.
“As Europe has sought to manage its fisheries and to limit its fishing, what we’ve done is to export the overfishing problem elsewhere, particularly to Africa,” said Steve Trent, executive director of the European Justice Foundation, a research group." (NY Times)
It's the same old fuckin' story.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
He's a master Samurai from the 17th century that uses two blades at the same time to slice and dice his enemy (the technique was quite an innovation at that time). This is his strategy book.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
" (Golden Globes)
They are just going to announce the winners of the award on a blog or something.
Monday, January 07, 2008
The last 12 hrs - non-stop flashing news on the above episode between Symonds (Australian cricketer) and Harbhajan (Indian cricketer).
The last oddly 80 hrs of cricketing down under has witnessed:
* Very very poor umpiring...
* Claim by the Australian cricket team that Harbhajan apparently made a racially abusive comment on Symonds leading to ban for Harbhajan for the next 3 matches
* India threatening to pull out of the Australian cricket tour
It might seem a trivial matter, but certainly not for India and Australia at this moment...
Wait and watch for the outcome...
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Friday, January 04, 2008
The usual bubble-headed shape of Hello Kitty was slightly changed for a more rugged, cool look to appeal to men in their teens and early 20s.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
So how long will you wait for anything? And anyway... what is the rush?
90 seconds rule
While reading Paco Underhill’s Why We Buy, I was struck by his discovery of the 90 second rule:
The Cafes >> User Interface
We’ve interviewed lots of shoppers on the subject and have found this interesting result: When people wait up to about a minute and a half, their sense of how much time has elapsed is fairly accurate. Anything over ninety or so seconds, however, and their sense of time distorts—if you ask how long they’ve been waiting, their honest answer can often be a very exaggerated one. If they’ve waited two minutes, they’ll say it’s been three or four. In the shopper’s mind, the waiting period goes from being a transitional phase in a larger enterprise (purchasing goods) to being a full-fledged activity of its own. That’s when time becomes very bad. Taking care of a customer in two minutes is a success; doing it in three minutes is a failure.