300 rocks.

Go see it! If you liked Braveheart and Gladiator you’ll probably appreciate this very simple, stunning movie.

Life Misc

this makes me very happy.

So far my posts have been pretty serious. I wanted to switch it up and share something dear to my heart. Food. To be clear, I don’t really cook. Over the last 3 years, I’ll bet 95%+ of my meals have been prepared by: Wendy’s, Skyline Chili, McDonalds, Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Chipotle, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Taco Bell, KFC, PF Changs, or some other restaurant. The cooking that I do, do breaks down to “cooking” frozen french bread pizzas from Stouffer’s. Those are great. And by “cook”, I mean place in the oven for 18-20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Anyway, my point was sharing an incredible link. Consumerist just posted the secret, off-menu items that you can order at many of the glorious restaurants listed above. Enjoy!

3/3/13 – I eat healthier these days, but not by much. This post is kind of embarrassing.

Business Technology

what’s next from google.

Google today announced that they’ll be offering a suite of applications for office workers for only $50 per user a year. These applications, basically an alternative to Microsoft Office, today cost about $150 a user not counting the IT help and hardware to run them. It’s a big deal, but also widely expected. I don’t think the launch of these products is that interesting.  What’s coming next is… a Google phone operating system. While some people like Jason Calacanis think a desktop o/s is next, I’m calling a gPhone. Why? Because I think their suite of desktop applications will get solid pick-up (assuming no security concerns) and that wireless access to that email is a no-brainer. While the gmail phone app is good, it’s not ready to be a full-time work wireless email solution. So Google will launch a lightweight smartphone o/s with gmail supported as the email. Oh, and it’s possible they’ll offer subsidized monthly charges in exchange for advertising on the phone. You know, like Eric Schmidt said a few months ago. My nickel is that it’s here by end of 07.

3/1/13 – How right I was! For all the wrong reasons. Google O/S, Android, the most dominant smartphone OS in the world.

Life Personal

why i love nyc.

In NYC this week for work. The frosty mix of weather this morning reminded one of the reasons why I love this place so much. It can’t be stopped, only slowed. Despite gobs of snow and sleet heavily falling, the city soldiers on.

At first I admired how workgoers still packed the streets despite the harsh conditions. It might be a bad winter storm, but not enough to halt daily life.

Then I saw that stores were still getting their regular supply deliveries. Life as usual.

Before noon the massive shoveling and salting operations started everywhere! The city was not just persevering but striking back to improve it’s state.

Then, gasp, I saw the ultimate sign of New York. Construction. A few blocks off of Times Square, new construction was underway with the workers ignoring the massive snow coming down on their hard hats. Amazing. The city was building for tomorrow, even while today sucked. I thought it perfectly captured all that I love about this place.

It reminded me of NYC right after 9/11. My college roommate and I came into the city to volunteer on 9/13. The streets were deserted. But as we neared one of the FEMA sites near the convention center, it was absolutely jammed. New Yorkers were out in full force: Young to old, construction networks next to investment bankers, all there to do whatever they could. NYC has heart. And it’s the heart of a champion. It always moves forward.

3/1/13 – I remember this day. I haven’t spent a lot of time in NY in the past few years, but I still love the city. Reading this brought a smile to my face.

Misc Politics

GUEST BLOG ENTRY: Climate Change Counter-Point

The topic of climate change is hot right now with the release of the new UN report. I believe that climate change is occurring. Mainly because we consume like drunken sailors and leave so much behind. All that byproduct of manufacturing, cars, etc is unnatural and can’t be good. This week as I watched coverage of the new report and climate change in general, I saw a “mob-mentality” set in. Basically any dissenters were basically labeled “bad dishonest people.” I found this irritating. I’ve been having an email exchange on this topic with good friend and former co-worker, Jordan. He’s a journalist by training and we disagree on climate change. Below are his thoughts on why he disagrees with the main-stream opinion on climate change. I would love for those of you who agree/disagree to post your comments. I’ve seen a lack of honest debate on this topic.
I would like to re-open the topic of global warming for discussion on this blog. Here’s why …

Global warming policy is one of the biggest issues of our generation with far-reaching consequences. Yet, as I have written previously on this blog, it is an issue where I am convinced we are not getting the whole truth. So I think it might be healthy to have an open debate on the subject to see if I can quiet my doubts — or strengthen them.

I should start by saying that I am a global warming skeptic, and that I am a journalist by training, not a scientist. However, there are certain parallels I feel qualify me for this debate. Journalists, like scientists, are trained to be skeptical. They question things others simply accept. In journalism, this translates into there being ‘two sides to every story.’ So when one side is

Business News Politics

oh, the horror. (and lack of shock)

At least we’re consistent.

Via Jeff Jarvis, I found this article contrasting media coverage of the Anna Nicole Smith death versus coverage of Iraq. This echoes coverage of the Natalee Holloway ordeal.

The numbers are quite staggering:

On CNN there were 141 references to Anna Nicole and 27 to Iraq.
FOX NEWS weighed in at 112 to 33.
MSNBC took the cake with 170 to 24.

To spell this out: We’re currently in a bloody

Business Marketing

got beer? the federation of domestic beer manufacturers.

Probably like you, I just finished watching the Super Bowl. Among a generally average crop of commercials there were the typically funny beer commercials. But, if you’re like me, moments after you see one, you’ll laugh and then struggle to remember which brand it was for. Therefore I propose that the domestic beer manufacturers give up their individual campaigns, form a coalition and pool their spending into a “drink domestic beer” campaign. Keep the humor, but remove the pretense of it actually selling your brand. Think about it like a “Got Milk?” campaign.

This might not actually be quite as insane as it sounds.

2/27/13 – This might be exactly as insane as it sounds.

Business Marketing

gm & marketing. marketing? what’s that?

I preface this post with the caveat that we’re a huge GM family – both of my cars to date have been GM and almost everyone in my family buys American/GM. So this post is dripping with Love.

GM’s marketing “strategy” makes me want to bang my head into a wall. Strategy is in quotes, because I don’t think there is one.

The problem for American car manufacturers is actually pretty straightforward. GM’s problem is that a very large cross-section of America thinks they make really crappy cars. You say “GM” and they think of “care repairs”. And for good reason: Back in the 1980’s and early 90’s GM stopped

Personal Politics

enough! who is this guy?

Based on what I’ve read about Joe Biden, I wanted to give him a chance. Then, last year he decided to tell the world that

“you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”

You can’t make this stuff up. Hmmph. Not so impressive for a member of the US Senate.

Today, I read about Senator-turned-presidential-candidate Joe Biden describing Barack Obama as

“the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

Seriously? After feeling misrepresented by reality TV, I try to reserve judgment these days. But, I’m not sure that’s the case here. Who is this guy? And why is he still here?

2/24/13 – I still kind can’t believe this guy is the freaking VP of the United States. Yeah. I have nothing to add.

Business Personal

amazon missing the obvious (and important?)

Hi, my name is Surya and I have a problem. I order too much from Amazon. So much so, that all the books now dominate the walls of my apt.

Yet, Amazon also frustrates me to no end. When I buy a present for  for someone, say my 1 year-old nephew, the next time on the site my recommendations are filled with the latest Dora the Explorer and Wiggles items. If you