Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Intriguing wooden bike!

See here: LINK (via Velo Orange LINK)

Lenovo X300 Sale

People (Mossberg LINK) thought the X300 would come in at a pricey $3000+. This is the new superlightweight notebook that was thought to beat the Apple MacBook Air in every feature save for price and the ability to install OS X (not a small disadvantage). But it has launched out of the box at a discount of $2548 vs. a "list" price of $3185. That's some aggressive Chinese pricing! Undercuts a comparably equipped MacBook Air by about $500, at least while they keep this sale on. Go to the Lenovo site: LINK

Begrudging His Bedazzling

Dowd with some of her best, trademark glittering yet icy language:

"Voters gravitate toward the presidential candidates who seem more comfortable in their skin. J.F.K. and Reagan seemed exceptionally comfortable. So did Bill Clinton and W., who both showed that comfort can be an illusion of sorts, masking deep insecurities.

"The fact that Obama is exceptionally easy in his skin has made Hillary almost jump out of hers. She can’t turn on her own charm and wit because she can’t get beyond what she sees as the deep injustice of Obama not waiting his turn. Her sunshine-colored jackets on the trail hardly disguise the fact that she’s pea-green with envy."

Maureen Dowd: LINK

Biggest competitor: habit

The competitor that many early stage entrepreneurs miss is "doing nothing". Here's a great quote on the subject from 37Signals, from their blog piece about the Wired Mag article about them. It's in the context of why they don't think millions of VC money would help them compete with the "big boys", because no number of millions is going to help them compete with this:

"We think our biggest competitor is habit—people using the phone, email, paper, pencils, post-it notes, and fax machines. These are the people we want to win over. We believe the simple software we’re building is the best way to do it." LINK

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Fragile Life

You probably know that a good friend and business partner was injured in a fall from a tree on February 9. He broke the T5 vertebrae and is now paralyzed from the waist down (LINK).

But here's an amazing coincidence: I just learned today that a friend from high school, Scott Harding,who has lived in NYC for almost 20 years now, was injured on the same day, February 9 . . . also crushing T5. Hit and run driver in the City at 3:00 am. Same day, same vertebrae. And, testement to both of them, my business partner is keeping his spirits high and my high school friend appears to be in good spirits too, at least according to news reports (LINK). Article in the NYTimes that mentions Scott: LINK And reference to a place to send donations to Scott here: LINK

Amazing coincidence and doubly makes me ask about whether I recognize the preciousness of my own life and those around me.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Fine Lines: The Cat Ate my Gymsuit

This is really a brilliant post on Jezebel (People magazine, as if written by 20 something feminists with a strong eye to irony--I love it). The original cover illustration of "The Cat Ate My Gymsuit" a teen novel of the 70's, contrasted with the re-issued modern cover of the same book. And WHAT progress have we really made that a book cover, in order to appeal to its target teen girl audience has to shift from a realistic portrayal of the character to a completely unrealistic version in PINK with a CAT! LINK to the post and also LINK to the writer's blog, Lizzie Skurnick.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Car logo design

If you have too much time on your hands and love design, here's a neat site that traces the evolution of car logo design. LINK via MetaCool

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Sleek ThinkPad Competitor to MacBook Air

On February 26, Lenovo plans to announce it's lightest computer yet. Aside form the fact that it won't run Apple's OS X, it seems to me that they've beaten Apple in ever physical design respect, except, I suppose, thinness.

Cover article in BusinessWeek here: LINK
Mossberg preview here: LINK
Wired post here: LINK

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Clinton in the line of succession

Some people (LINK, LINK) say the line of succession of Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton would be unfortunate for a democracy.

Here's another perspective:

man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, man, woman

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

OtterBox has great customer service!

Needed a new piece for a water resistant case. These people have fabulous customer service! So wonderful to experience companies that care about customers, no matter how small.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Fake Steve on Microsoft + Yahoo

FSJ has been lagging a bit lately, but he's back on his game with this post on the Microsoft purchase of Yahoo: LINK. Fookin' brilliant as one commentator says.