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Friday, May 09, 2003

Eddie Bauer's new marketing message an apology - 2003-05-09 - Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle). Awwww...

I think Eddie Bauer's misstep is that they became a little too boring. Their brand became synonymous with boring outdoor clothing that your dad wears. Too many button up plaid shirts.

Economist.com | Economics focus. How economists are using psychology to question orthodox policy prescriptions

Wired News: Monkeys Don't Write Shakespeare. Give an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of typewriters, the theory goes, and they will eventually produce prose the likes of Shakespeare.
Give six monkeys one computer for a month, and they will make a mess.

Blinded by Bush-Hatred (washingtonpost.com). Perhaps the most disheartening development of the war -- at home, anyway -- is the number of liberals who have allowed Bush-hatred to take the place of thinking. Speaking with otherwise perceptive people, I have seen the same intellectual tics come up time and time again: If Bush is for it, I'm against it. If Bush says it, it must be a lie. Their opposition to Bush has made liberals embrace principles -- such as the notion that the United States must never fight without U.N. approval except in self-defense -- to which the Clinton administration never adhered (see Operation Desert Fox in 1998, or the Kosovo campaign in 1999). And it has made them forget that there are governments in the world even more odious and untrustworthy than the Bush administration.

Yahoo! News - Top Stories Photos - AP. Holy crap. I'd wet myself.

World's first bionic eyes. Artificial retinas were successfully implanted into three patients who had lost their sight [Link]

Thursday, May 08, 2003

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Bacardi genie out of the bottle. Haha. Any company that makes it into rap videos and messes with Castro is fine by me.

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Needed: Iraqi Software Thomas Friedman on why the US needs to focus on building institutions of liberty, not just hold elections right away.

Most Iraqi Treasures Are Said to Be Kept Safe Hmm... what happened to the massive looting? This is almost as bad as the massacre in Jenin.

Writing as a Block for Asians. Our language affects how we think, to be sure. But do Asians make so few scientific discoveries because of their syllabaries?...

TideSports.com -- Your complete Crimson Tide news source! Shocking. Price lost a multi-million dollar contract because of this girl. That's just sick.

Earth shattering article explains how there are an infinite number of parallel universes [Link] ~must read!

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Business 2.0 - Magazine Article - Don't Believe the Hype About Strategy The best way to build a company for the future is to cut back on meetings and get to work.

Boston Globe Online / Living | Arts / X communication Hot products and artists with 'X' in their names are everywhere - and it's no accident, say marketing experts

Since a lot of articles here seem to be from NYTimes, and I know many are too lazy to register, use this L/P: asdf1234/asdf1234

Yahoo! News - Type A People May Have Lower Quality of Life: Study Good thing I'm messy and disorganized.

Monday, May 05, 2003

Chief Seeks to Revive J. Crew's Preppy Heyday. Turnarounds are so fun...

Soccer Players Describe Torture by Hussein's Son. From the article: "The story of the 38-year-old Uday, whose whereabouts are unknown, is only part of the horrors that tumble every day now out of American-ruled Iraq. It is a story that exceeds the worst that human rights organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch chronicled in the years before American troops toppled Mr. Hussein's government last month."

And yet the Amnesty Intl website thinks that the civil rights issue deserving the most attention is the death of civilian demonstrators in Iraq. Hmm...

Plutonium Poker - Is Bush's new North Korean policy shrewd or just plain stupid? By Fred Kaplan. The Times quotes a U.S. official who sums up Bush's thinking as follows: The North Koreans, Bush told him, "are looking to get us excited, to make us issue declarations." Bush's response to this pressure, the official said, is, "You're hungry, and you can't eat plutonium."

Haha, that's hilarious.

TEEN LINGO: The Source for Youth Ministry. Ever wanted to learn to talk to teenagers?

The Chronicle: 5/9/2003: Cultural Globalization Is Not Americanization. Globalization = Americanization? Not true. When Algerians in Paris box Thai-style and Asian rappers in London snack on Turkish pizza, something else is going on...

Times Online. Warren Buffett doesn't back the Bush tax plan - perhaps he'd like to recommend a way to revive the economy?

San Francisco Hosts 'Masturbate-A-Thon' [link]

Sunday, May 04, 2003

Loyalty Day, 2003. Funny - I thought May 1st was May Day?? It's good we are co-opting the Commies' holiday.

The Chronicle: 5/2/2003: A Humanist's Sojourn Among Scientists

The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Sun rises on acquisition speculation. Rubbish - no one wants to buy a dying hardware giant.

Yahoo! News - And the 'Most Fashionable' University Is.... And hilariously, Seattle is the worst dressed city...