Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
We went to Gary Farrell, which I think makes the best Pinot Noir around and enjoyed the incredible view from the tasting room. I blew it by not taking any pictures there. You'll just have to go there yourself.
Then we went to Yoakim Bridge, a family owned winery run by Virginia. She's a ton of fun and Yoakim's wine is a reflection of her and husband. My favorites are Yoakim's Cuvee and Zinfandels but everything they make is really good.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
jakeandamir: Sometimes I think about my amazing family/friends and I get so happy... Then my fantasy football team loses by 2 and that all goes away.
Over at Edible Geography, Nicola Twilley has a fascinating interview with Alan Stillman, the founder of TGI Friday's and Smith & Wollensky. Stillman started Friday's because, essentially, he was interested in meeting girls.
I wanted T.G.I. Friday's to feel like a neighbourhood, corner bar, where you could get a good hamburger, good french fries, and feel comfortable. At the time, it was a sophisticated hamburger and french fry place -- apparently, I invented the idea of serving burgers on a toasted English muffin -- but the principle involved was to make people feel that they were going to someone's apartment for a cocktail party.
The food eventually played a larger role than I imagined it would, because a lot of the girls didn't have enough money to stretch from one paycheque to the other, so I became the purveyor of free hamburgers at the end of the month.
I don't think there was anything else like it at the time. Before T.G.I. Friday's, four single twenty-five year-old girls were not going out on Friday nights, in public and with each other, to have a good time. They went to people's apartments for cocktail parties or they might go to a real restaurant for a date or for somebody's birthday, but they weren't going out with each other to a bar for a casual dinner and drinks because there was no such place for them to go.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
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Kenna - I hope the bathrooms were clean, the roadside coffee strong and that Trucker slept the whole way.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Btw - Happy Thanksgiving! Appreciate the readership and all the comments and ideas.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
"Using statistical analysis, University of Central Florida professor Richard Quinn determined that dozens of students had cheated on a test, told them in a lecture (video below), and over 200 students confessed after the lecture."
Monday, November 22, 2010
Fred's methodology relies on "equity dollars at work" and it's pretty solid. Read his post because it's a little too complicated to summarize here. Again, some of these inputs will be hard to get if you are interviewing but push for them. You should be able to get some ballpark figures.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
"“No, come on, come on,” the woman said jovially, “come sit down.” The conviction, the insistence in her voice, still horrifies me even now. I smiled and turned down her offer again, even more confused about why this woman was basically reversing subway etiquette to offer a younger person her seat. Oh, also, other people had started leaning over to watch our continuing back-and-forth. I mean, sure, I was carrying a heavy computer bag, but why would she think that was … OH GOOD GOD NO. And that’s when I realized: this bitch thought I was pregnant."
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
"appreciate and accept the possibility of the worst case...the Samurai's would accept death first and then enter battle with no fear."
Monday, November 15, 2010
Excellent post on selling to large organizations. This quote jumped out at me because it explains the value of good salespeople. However, the whole article is a great read.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Just a fantastic blog post. Must read if you are an entrepreneur in any industry.
1.0 Is the Loneliest Number — Matt Mullenweg
Usage is like oxygen for ideas. You can never fully anticipate how an audience is going to react to something you've created until it's out there. That means every moment you're working on something without it being in the public it's actually dying, deprived of the oxygen of the real world
Fascinating article on effort in food preparation and how it affects consumption.
Why Making Dinner Is a Good Idea | Wired Science | Wired.com
"But maybe we're not just consuming more calories because they're available at such a low cost. Maybe we're also consuming more calories because each calorie gives us less pleasure. The lesson of those lever-pressing mice, after all, is that when we don't work for our food — when it only requires a single press, or a few whirls of the microwave — it tastes much less delicious."
Friday, November 12, 2010
"By iTunes saying they wanted everything, then their competitors needing to keep up, we were in! Since the summer of 2003, every musician everywhere can sell all their music in almost every outlet online. Do you realize how amazing that is?
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
"The movie poster if Judd Apatow ever made a baseball film: http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/3773205.bin?size=620x400"
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
"As of July, non-subscribers can no longer read Times stories forwarded by colleagues or friends, nor can they read stories linked to from Facebook or Twitter. As a result, links to Times stories now rarely circulate in those media. "
Twitter & Facebook have now achieved what Google's Search Engine achieved - The Distribution Channel is more powerful than the Content. For a long time, those services needed the Content so that they would be viable. NY Times articles in your Facebook Feed again and again taught the user to believe that they could get their news from Facebook. The Internet services piggybacked on the Content but now they are too powerful to opp out of. That was always the Newspapers' problem with Google. If you blocked Google from crawling your site, you killed your site because Google referred the most traffic on the web. Even worse, Google just pushed that traffic to one of your competitors. Well, that's the new reality with Twitter & Facebook, so now the 3 biggest traffic referrers on the web (I think they are top 3 but if not, they will be next year) have channels that 1) Demand free, and 2) You can't opt out of.
In a few short years, things have actually gotten worse for Paid Content.
P.S. Apple is the only Referrer (I'm using this loosely) that is not free and still likes transactions.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
BensFriends.org Leader & Community Moderator John Stamler featured in GoLocalProv.com http://bit.ly/avN9Au Tomorrow's the big day!
Some choice quotes forwarded by Paul Brodsky at QB Asset Management on this fine Fed day:
"…the U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press (or, today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost. By increasing the number of U.S. dollars in circulation, or even by credibly threatening to do so, the U.S, government can also reduce the value of a dollar in terms of goods and services, which is equivalent to raising the prices in dollars of those goods and services. We conclude that, under a paper-money system, a determined government can always generate higher spending and hence positive inflation."
- Ben Bernanke, November 21, 2002