Archive for October, 2010

Balance sheet analysis of big corporates

October 22, 2010

Great analysis on companies “flush” with cash.

Plano safest city

October 16, 2010

Surprised by Plano being number 1 safest “large” city.

Carlos Slim on Jobs

October 16, 2010

Jobs Trump Charity

I agree and rack my brain routinely on what puts people to work in the 21st century on a global scale.

Oh, Now I remember…

October 12, 2010

why I left Austin.

Nice article and great comment thread on the lack of a serious ecosystem anything remotely like Silicon Valley in Austin. It’s ok Austin, I still love you. And would rather live within your city limits than anywhere in California. But face it and embrace it, your creatives are mostly hippies and your investors scoff at your entrepreneurs.

EmailOracle

October 12, 2010

I may switch to Gmail just for this: EmailOracle. I wouldn’t use it a lot, except for when I wanted to.

Stats…Neat

October 12, 2010

TechCrunch article about the “rise” of the Flurry Network on iphone.

Evelyn, the Sunday night game is three hours. The TV shows in the graph are mostly one hour. One channel. Your stat for the Flurry network is per day, on 25% percent of the apps (probably most of popular ones that actually have a shot in hell at “monetizing” for a profit).

I’m not saying the growth rate or the number isn’t large. The portrayal of the data is simply misleading. That is why it is on the PR blog for Flurry. Viewed with a more neutral eye, the graph makes the exactly opposite statement… of how powerful television truly is compared to this upstart.

More from the files of “Give me a break”

October 12, 2010

Brett Favre is in hot water for “sexting” Jenn Sterger. Coming off the Jets scandal related to Ines Saenz just last month, it’s like a bad re-run.

Give me a break!

And unfortunately for the Vikings, this isn’t the most embarrassing news for Favre this season. Nice QB rating, Brett.

Incendiary Article on President Obama is Forbes September cover story

October 11, 2010

The article is a must read whether you agree with it or not. Many discount the author’s thesis (which is best captured by the article itself) as distorted, but history reveals that many leaders have motives and values that are only partially understood, or misunderstood entirely, while in power. For a man to rise to the heights of power takes the strength of a core ambition and drive which may seem far fetched.

There is no question the article itself is full of compositional techniques to make the author’s arguments appear absolute and air tight, perhaps to a fault. I find it hard to digest, but even if the author’s tracing of the “true source” of Obama’s actions proves false, I do find the common threads of his actions in office to be troubling and his lack of success articulating a vision for America unfortunate…and yes, I voted for him.

Also, the most important element of the story may be the fact that Forbes published it on its cover. The article is a gloves-off inquiry of the President which frequently read like an outright attack. I think it is a bellwether of more to come.

Smartphone user graph

October 11, 2010

Nielsen: 32 Percent Of New Smartphone Owners Choose Android Phones

I’m not a fancy enough WordPresser, and I’m tired, so please click the link above to see the graph(s)…I think the second one in the article is more interesting myself.

I was very surprised to see the speed and size of growth of Android usage. I still have a Blackberry vintage 2007, and I am not sure what I would get if I replaced it (which is why I haven’t).

Just Finished (Again) – Leadership and Self-Deception

October 11, 2010

Just finished Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute for the second, if not third, time. The general topic is how we tend to treat others as objects rather than as people, even within our most important relationships. It is one of the most meaningful and instructive books related to leadership (and really, life), I have had the fortune to read. Highly recommended.

Leadership and Self Deception: Getting Out of the Box