Saturday, February 21, 2004

Search me is just a figure of speech

The Transportation Security Agency is doing a wonderful job of making the average American want nothing at all to do with air travel. There was a recent news story indicating a trend towards avoiding air travel for business trips of less than 300 miles. Now, we also have to be careful about what we carry in our luggage, because it might just bring TSA fines.

I think our government might be broken.

Race to the Bottom?

Are American magazine covers doing a quick spin dive towards mediocrity? That's what the Design Observer is stating.

I'm not so sure. I like visiting my local News and Magazine shop and looking through the periodicals for the unusual and the obscure. I really haven't noted a decline.

The smell of spam in the morning

Is it quite ready for prime time - a device that allows people to add smells to emails? The BBC reorts on E-mail tries out a sense of smell.

I'm not sure that I want to explore the possible spam implications of this device. But, yes. You could get spam that smells like spam.

Was safety really ever a consideration?

The New Yorker takes an upclose and personal look at the SUV. Are they really safer, as they might appear to be? Big and Bad: How the S.U.V. ran over automotive safety
In the summer of 1996, the Ford Motor Company began building the Expedition, its new, full-sized S.U.V., at the Michigan Truck Plant, in the Detroit suburb of Wayne. The Expedition was essentially the F-150 pickup truck with an extra set of doors and two more rows of --and the fact that it was a truck was critical. Cars have to meet stringent fuel-efficiency regulations. Trucks don't.

Friday, February 20, 2004

What's the Frequency, Kenneth?

When the cost of chips become affordable, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is poised to take off like a rocket. Inventory control and product tracking will become infinitely more easy with this technology. But what steps should you take beforehand if you are considering harnessing this technology. This article might point you towards a helpful direction: Approaching RFID with your business head on

Gone Fishing

Best title of the year for a business related topic in the media: The Business of Ethics Immanuel Kant and the Namibian Fishing Industry

Set small goals and the large ones take care of themselves

Just as success often happens step-by-step in small increments, the same is often true of happiness, of obtaining goals. As Benjamin Franklin said:
Human felicity is produced not as much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen as by little advantages that occur every day.

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Monday, February 16, 2004

Compassion has a Place in Business

For President's Day, a quote from Theodore Roosevelt:
There is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.

Troublesome Occupations

During times when fishermen can't afford to perform needed repairs, Shrimping Is A Nasty Bit of Business

Makes you wonder how many other people in other industries are taking similar risks.