Saturday, July 19, 2008

Deet vs. Citronella: FIGHT!

This is really a brilliant little post, an excerpt below:

"Which is why I spray the kids with DEET as they leave the house, but put "naturapel" in their backpacks to reapply at camp. I don't want the camp counselors to think I'm trying to kill their frogs."

read the whole post from GavinThink: LINK


Makes me want to have young kids again to justify these three things, which together form the trioBike, the highest end of "Ladcykler" bikes, as they are called in Danish, according to Copenhagenize (LINK).

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Great Marketing, Apple Style

Apple and Steve Jobs are not known for making mistakes. But here's an example of them doing exactly that--and it's great marketing (along the lines of a mea culpa in a similar vein from Virgin America airlines, noted at Metacool LINK).

We have recently completed the transition from .Mac to MobileMe. Unfortunately, it was a lot rockier than we had hoped.
Although core services such as Mail, iDisk, Sync, Back to My Mac, and Gallery went relatively smoothly, the new MobileMe web applications had lots of problems initially. Fortunately we have worked through those problems and the web apps are now up and running.
Another snag we have run into is our use of the word "push" in describing everything under the MobileMe umbrella. While all email, contact or calendar changes on the iPhone and the web apps are immediately synced to and from the MobileMe "cloud," changes made on a PC or Mac take up to 15 minutes to sync with the cloud and your other devices. So even though things are indeed instantly pushed to and from your iPhone and the web apps today, we are going to stop using the word "push" until it is near-instant on PCs and Macs, too.
We want to apologize to our loyal customers and express our appreciation for their patience by giving all current subscribers an automatic 30-day extension to their MobileMe subscription free of charge. Your extension will be reflected in your account settings within the next few weeks.
We hope you enjoy your new suite of web applications at, in addition to keeping your iPhone and iPod touch wirelessly in sync with these new web applications and your Mac or PC.
Thank you,
The MobileMe Team

Sunday, July 13, 2008

2,000 watt lifestyle

Available on-line from The New Yorker (LINK), a very good article about the island of Samsø in Denmark (Wikipedia LINK), --how it became carbon-neutral and a net exporter of energy--and more broadly about the challenges of living a 2,000 watt per year lifestyle (2000 Watt Society LINK).

I love this two quotes:
“People on Samsø started thinking about energy,” Ingvar Jørgensen, a farmer who heats his house with solar hot water and a straw-burning furnace, told me. “It became a kind of sport.”

“We care about the production, because we own the wind turbines. Every time they turn around, it means money in the bank. And, being part of it, we also feel responsible.”

Old Landruiser, New SMART

My friend Susan's old Landcruiser (Lexus version) and her new SMART.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Forecasting vs. Predicting

“We don’t try to predict the future. That’s really hard and not that productive. What we try to do is understand the materials of the future because if you do, you can help shape the future and that’s way more important than trying to predict the future . . . Building a best case scenario that we can believe in and building the world we want to live in.”

Jane McGonigal, Institute for the Future (oldest forecasting organization in the world) ((almost accurately taken from audio of The New Yorker conference, subject: the future of MMOG))

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Oil prices make rethinking airships possible

Stephenson's Diamond Age (LINK) and its ilk come closer to reality?

Article on airships in NYTimes (LINK) but it should have talked about Alberto, the airship company that's literally in my neighborhood (LINK).

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Additional thoughts on iPhone disruption

On my other blog, I've posted some additional thoughts on the disruption that is iPhone (LINK), an attempt at a Clay Christensen (LINK) perspective. Other thoughts on Blackberry and its impending slide: LINK to all my posts tagged "BlackBerry".

Nau bought by Horny Toad

I've blogged before about the clothing line Nau and how their meteoric rise and fall was presaged by Zoza (LINK). Unlike Zoza however, their essence is being rescued from the ashes. Horny Toad (LINK) has boughts right to the name and design (story at TreeHugger LINK).

Those are some delicious words "Horney Toad buys Nau." Still great deals at Nau (LINK).