Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Perception of Value

Interesting post on the perception of value through advertising.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Inspiring Story

One of the last survivors of the nuclear blasts that ended World War
II died recently at the age of 93, from stomach cancer. He was in
Nagasaki on a business trip. After surviving the blast, he caught a
train home to Hiroshima to experience the second of two blasts. That's
right - two.

Somehow he was able to see the bright side of life, and lived much
longer than those who watched it from TV.

And you thought you had a bad day?

Monday, January 04, 2010

Pure Inspiration from Steve Jobs

It goes without saying that I'm a little biased toward anything related to Apple, especially Steve Jobs. Last year I was worried about his health, as well as the health of the company. This speech helps me to understand that I need to be worried about myself. Steve's on top of his walk in life, and I need to get on top of mine. When you experience unparalleled success in life, and you can still value the rough parts of your journey, YOU ARE THERE!!!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Where do iPods come from? Transparency for Supply Chains

Every now and then, I browse through the many projects listed on the Visual Complexity web site. Today, I cam across one project that I found very interesting for many reasons. Aside from being a marketing and supply-chain professional, I am a strong supporter of information transparency. With technology, the curtain has been removed, and we now know the identity of Wizard of Oz . The availability of information takes away the excuse for consumers or reluctant entrepreneurs, because all that's left after the information has been provided is the decision to do something.

Getting Started with Open Supply Chains from Matthew Hockenberry on Vimeo.

MIT has partnered with a few others to help develop an interesting web site called Source-Map. This is a totally visual presentation of supply-chains for various products. Do you want to know how iPods are made? This site can show you the route. The visualization of data may be the most important new aspect of the new wave of technology. There's only one problem. It could be considered a progression from the cash registers with pictures on them, instead of numbers.

NYTimes: U.S. Loan Effort Is Seen as Adding to Housing Woes

There are a lot of ways we could look at this, but I'm not sure if
either assumption will render any positive results. I understand that
this is a fight against deflation and devaluation, but what choice is
there when we all over-did it?

There's too much inventory. Inflation is way out of check. And, no one
will accept an interest rate beyond the normal. The Titans of the
economy mysteriously have answers to fix the problem they helped to
cause in this nation. The answer is there, but no one wants to
consider that option.

The New York Times:

U.S. Loan Effort Is Seen as Adding to Housing Woes

Some economists contend that the Obama administration's $75 billion
program to prevent foreclosures has done more harm than good.

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