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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Wow, Blogger works right again.

Ironically, I came to talk about google (which owns Blogger). I predict that their stock will crash within 5 years. Although they had the best technology and design at the right time, and they are one of the few profitable internet companies, and they have the potential to become a world power like Germany and Wal-Mart.. they are reinvesting an awful lot of their profit in a risky bid to become said world power. If they fail the search business may not save them.

Essentially they are betting that they can be a web conglomerate, and use the ludicrous production efficiency curves of IT to dominate the internet via synergy. By being second or third best in everything, they can get dominant positions by leveraging their products together.

The flaw in this plan is that they may not be able to make money off of this, although they have a good shot. They are planning to charge for a lot of B2B services in the future. They are also tapping into the advertising market in a good way. I'm skeptical of advertising-based revenue in general, but Google is essentially using its vast data and clever algorithms to increase the total efficiency of the economy by lowing the cost of information. Theoretically, they can skim a lot of that efficiency boost in the form of click through payments.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Ooh, ya know what would be an awesome movie?

"Terrorists on the Plane!"

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Dystopia of the Day

AUGUST 9, 2006, SUBURBIA - YURI Thompson, former president of Waldorf Worldwide, was released from the Metro City jail early this morning. Thompson was the chief suspect in the City Hall Bombing last January. After his recent guilty plea, Thompson was sentenced to 740 years in prison.
Under the new "Time is Money" statute, Thompson paid a fine of 37 million dollars and walked free.
The statute was recently enacted by District Manager Steve Williams, and praised by most of the higher executives. The Thompson case was the first high-profile use of the statute, and raised new questions about the controversial rules.
"Look," said Williams, "What's a year of a man's life worth? Less than fifty grand. He was punished- he got 740 years. If a year is worth fifty grand, then he still served the same sentence. He learned his lesson, and now Mr. Thompson can go back to serving society."
Questions about the rights of victims were brushed aside by the corporation. According to its July 10 press release: "The new system will permit the reimbursement of crime victims or next-of-kin, as well as restitution for material damages." According to the corporate web site, other benefits of the statute include increased profit margins in the prison system, increased labor supply, and "harnessing the power of evil for productive ends."
The Time is Money statute is only the latest in a series of changes enacted since Hellen Keller LLC took over the district's justice system. Some customers question how the new system will survive.
"I'm afraid," said Granny Nordstrom of Townsburg.
What Nordstrom meant was that it is unknown what interactions will take place between the new statute and the previous "Space is Money" decree. According to "Space is money," in the event of prison overcrowding, the convicts with the least time left to serve will be set free. Though corporate memos claim that "We'll rent a trailer or something to keep 'em in," a dozen bicycle thieves and sausage smugglers have already been granted early release.
"Space is Money" was enacted shortly after the "Screw em, they're criminals" memo, which set new sentencing guidelins based on damage and potential damage caused. The effect of THAT memo... damn it chief, why'd you give me this story. You better not have Vicky edit out my metaphors this time. I want a raise.

The result of the "Screw em" memo was to increase prison sentences to levels where they had an "Actual deterrent effect, instead of making the criminals laugh at us. Literally, we had bank robbers getting out on time served. What the" according to Williams' predecessor, Jude Hawking.
Today, Yuri Thompson is involved with a new communications startup. The company did not return our calls.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Lebanon..?

Maybe I should defect to Israel instead.

Monday, August 07, 2006

My brain hurts today.

Time gets wasted every day
I watch the minutes tick away
My brain is melting like a
chocolate ice cream bar
Like characters on TV
these people look like maggots to me
and I wonder what the
hell is wrong with me
Milk fed little beauty queen
she's straight out of a magazine
she sits beside me
breathing different air than me
The perfect generation sees
that I'm infected with disease and
everything just crumbles
and there's nothing left
If I wanna do something right
I gotta do it myself or someone
else will fuck it up - Screeching Weasel

So Atlas Shrugged is pretty exciting. I'm writhing in enjoyment, or was when I composed my thoughts for this post and decided to log on. Some of the writing is very good, particularly the characters and the conspiracy. Is Francisco the bad guy? Orren is, and so are the morons like Mouch, but is there a worthy arch villain? Orren is mysterious. The crony capitalists and the socialists can be overcome, but what's the cabal of evil geniuses up to? Who is John Galt?

Friday, August 04, 2006

I'm John Galt

I started reading Atlas Shrugged, after having to reserve it- and it's reserved again so I have to return it in two weeks- crazy. Anyway, it turns out that besides being a crazy b!tch, Ayn Rand is a pretty good writer. Since the thing is around 1200 pages, I thought I'd post a few quotes now and then.

"You know how it is nowadays... They think your attitude is anti-social."
"I don't give a damn what they think."
Paul Larkin sighed.

Priceless. This Rearden dude is a bit antisocial. Hey, here's a quote from an anime series called Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu that I'm watching:

"Feelings of love are just a temporary lapse in judgement."

Episodes 1, 2, and 11 are HILARIOUS. If you want to watch it, it can be downloaded from a.scarywater.net/afk using bittorrent protocol. Word of warning: the series is so avant garde that it makes ME nervous. The episodes were aired out of chronological order, which has its merits. I'm watching them in chronological order, to keep my head from exploding. However, the anachronic order might be good too. Episode 11 is the first one, and it's a short film made by the main characters. In the film, they play characters that are similar to themselves, so in a way it's a good introduction. Then 1 and 2 are 2 and 3.. Episode 6 is episode 14, because it's climactic... anyway...

I highly recommend Onegai Twins and to a lesser extent its prequel, Onegai Teacher, if you like romantic comedies and don't mind subtitled japanese animation. They have some adult content, but Teacher isn't bad... except episode 13. Twins has bath scenes almost every episode, soooo.

Update: Yes, my idea of a good time involves subtitles, Ayn Rand, and a cheese steak sub with tomatoes, pickles, jalapenos, and peppers. And yes, Rand did come up with Objectivism, which is somewhat related to anarcho-capitalism. While it's possible I agree with the absolutist tenets of Objectivism, its adherents are kinda creepy. Anyway, that's for a later post.