Bloomberg is reporting that “Shoe Hurled at Bush Flies Off Turkish Maker’s Shelves : Baydan has received orders for 300,000 pairs of the shoes since the attack, more than four times the number his company sold each year since the model was introduced in 1999. The company plans to employ 100 more staff to meet…Read More This is the farewell shoe, you dog
Stratfor’s podcast on the seizure of that Saudi oil tanker contained a fascinating tidbit: merchant ships are no longer allowed to carry arms at all, which, of course, makes piracy far easier. This is a dramatic transformation of the rights of merchant ships. Historically, private ships carried weapons when sailing far out of their own…Read More Thoughts on the Somali Pirates
Following on my post on Parliaments, Dukes and Queens, I’d like to talk about other checks on the power of government, besides throwing tea into the harbor. In Britian, “a jury has failed to clear police in the death of Jean Charles de Menezes.” The jury is the first group who, frankly, has not whitewashed…Read More Citizens, Juries and other Balances
According to Ananova, a Swiss watch-ring has been found covered in dirt in a four-hundred year old Ming dynasty tomb. The watch was found, covered in dirt. It was stopped at the time 10:06 and has the word, “Swiss” engraved on the back. The archaeologists on the dig have requested archaeologists from Beijing to help…Read More Evidence of Time Travel Found in China
It was 235 years ago today that the Sons of Liberty threw tea into Boston harbor, and they still haven’t been able to clean the place up. Please join me in celebrating this most American response to taxation.Read More Happy Boston Tea Party Day!
Four interesting stories recently, all having to do with the ancient relationship between a sovereign and a parliament, or the relationship of hereditary rulership to democracy. I secretly admire the emergent forms of government which have proven stable despite their chaotic origins. I’m fascinated by these imperfectly republican nations like Canada and the United Kingdom,…Read More Of Parliaments, Dukes and Queens
People often make the claim that something is “as intuitive as dialing the phone.” As I was listening to “Dave Birch interviewing Ben Laurie,” I was reminded of this 1927 silent film: Ben commented on people having difficulty with the CardSpace user interface, and it not being as intuitive as having your email address being…Read More As easy as dialing a phone
Jacob Burghardt has a very interesting new ebook, “Working Through Screens.” If one was to summarize the status quo, it might sound something like this: when it comes to interactive applications for knowledge work, products that are considered essential are not always satisfactory. In fact, they may be deeply flawed in ways that we commonly…Read More Working Through Screens
Adam Dodge, building on research by Ponemon and Debix, says “Breaches Cost Companies Customers,” and Alan Shimel dissents in “Do data breaches really cost companies customers?” Me, I think it’s time we get deeper into what this means. First, the customers. Should they abandon a relationship because the organization has a security problem? To answer…Read More Do Security Breaches Cost Customers?