Archive for May, 2004


Michelle & Deb

Sunday, May 30th, 2004

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Saturday, May 29th, 2004

Not just for kangaroos anymore. Read my latest recipe on Deus ex Culina, Salmon in a Pouch!


Collision Test

Friday, May 28th, 2004

Who would win in a collision test? A Cooper Mini, or a Ford F-150? The answer may well surprise you (though not Adam (inside joke, ignore if you’re not Adam)):

Wow. Both of these vehicles hit the exact same off-set barrier at 40mph. Now there’s no question what would win in a head-on collision between the two but then again the majority of accidents involve only a single car. All you have to do is look at the dummy’s legs and you can get an idea of what would happen if you hit a wall in either car. The MINI had almost no intrusion which “indicates that the driver’s survival space was maintained very well” – the F150 on the other hand had “Major collapse of the occupant compartment that left little survival space for the driver.”

Amazing. Read the whole thing, complete with statistics and photographs here.
(via cruel)


Mobile Social Networking

Friday, May 28th, 2004

I’d love to get Closer to do this:

May 27, 2004–While school graduations were being celebrated across the country this month with grand ceremonies, another milestone passed quietly on Tuesday at a small cafe on the UCLA campus: social networking went mobile.

Shawn Goodin and Richard Aseme had never met, or even heard of each other. Richard, a London native and student at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, was sitting at a table when his cellular phone beeped, and then displayed the picture and profile of someone he didn’t know, “Shawn G.” With a click he went to a screen that showed they were in fact 3rd degree friends. That is, Richard has a friend, who has a friend who knows Shawn. The same thing was happening on Shawn’s phone as he entered the cafe. They spotted each other, shook hands, and made history.

We’ve spent two years trying to teach the value of mobile social networking to trade shows, and to show them a means to profit from it. Now, people are going to just do it on their own and leave the meeting organizer with nothing.

Read the article here.
Visit Closer Communications.


Odd Perk

Friday, May 28th, 2004

This seems like an odd perk:

Forget luncheon vouchers, Danish IT outfit LL Media has set a new benchmark in worker welfare by handing its workers free subscriptions to Net porn sites. The company hopes that the freebies will stop randy Scandinavian employees from accessing Web smut while at work.

Levi Nielsen, company director of the Nordjylland-based libertine collective, reckons that access to porn is a legitimate fringe benefit. He told Danish media: “We know that 80 per cent of all hits on the Internet are on porn sites. And we can see that people also surf porn pages during work.” Nielsen apparently also expressed the hope that the initiative will make his staff “more relaxed on the job”.

So what’s next? Free massage therapists who offer a “happy ending”?

Read the article here.



Friday, May 28th, 2004

No, it’s not a dirty acronym… it’s a new way of connecting to the Internet:

But this month, a new service is being rolled out that, over time, could dramatically change the economics of broadband Internet and transform what is largely a duopoly between cable and DSL into a competitive market.

The new option: connecting to the Internet through electrical sockets. In this scenario, the home user plugs a specialized modem into the wall socket and is immediately brought online at speeds up to 3 megabits per second, as fast as any broadband service on the market today. Known as ” broadband over power lines, ” or BPL, the service is currently available to 16,000 homes in Cincinnati.

Hopefully, the BPL providers will act as common carriers, and allow you to do whatever you want to over the lines, including sell cable and telephone services over IP.

Read the article here.
Visit Current Communications.


Good Cause

Thursday, May 27th, 2004

Here’s a good cause for those of you in the Boston area:

Frederick Douglass Charter School Fundraising Event

Join us for a Special Advance Screening!

Frederick Douglass Charter School



Thursday, May 27th, 2004

VikingZen got her PhD.

Go congratulate her!



Thursday, May 27th, 2004

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Sarbanes Oxley: Brakes On The Economy

Thursday, May 27th, 2004

Or so says the CEO of the NYSE:

As CEO of the New York Stock Exchange, I’ve spent a great deal of time in conversations with leaders of NYSE-listed companies, as well as with executives from abroad hoping to do business here. I continue to hear a refrain. They are saying, “The pendulum has swung too far. The costs of compliance are too high. The risks of litigation are too great.” And thus, “We’ll avoid the risks. We’ll defer our decisions. We’ll delay our investments.” Some of these comments are the inevitable reflection of adjusting to the new era of compliance and governance. As companies adjust, these complaints should diminish.

But in the meantime, companies around the world are voting with their feet. One sign of that negative posture can be seen in the decline in new listings of foreign companies in U.S. financial markets. Between 1996 and 2001, the NYSE listed an average of 50 non-U.S. companies a year. In the past two years, that number dropped to 25, with the decline particularly sharp among European companies, dropping from 19 to 6. So far this year, there has been only one new listing of a European company. Listings are an important barometer of foreign interest in the U.S. economy. Every listing strengthens possibilities for more U.S.-directed investment, more growth and more jobs. The recent drought in foreign listings indicates a declining willingness (or need) to participate in U.S. markets.

He’s right you know. America should be the best place in the world to do business, not a pain in the ass.

Read the whole thing here.