Friday, February 29, 2008

Outsourcing coming back?

I saw this graph this morning on yahoo. It looks like the Indian Rupee is down almost 10 % from last year.

The chinese Yuan is doing better as well.

At a certain point, US businesses will have to look at the ROI of outsourcing businesses across the sea and determine if they need to bring work back 'on-shore'.

Simmering Problem.

The number of folks we have in this country hidden away in shadows.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Natural-born citizen.

There has been some discussion lately on McCain and whether he is a natural-born US citizen. The US Constitution says:

No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President;

If it's one thing I realize about national elections, is that the constitution won't get in the way. The 12th Amendment states:

The electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves;
When Bush and Cheney were running in 2000, both were residents of Texas. George Bush was Governor and Dick Cheney was running Halliburton out of Houston. Only by transferring his residency back to Wyoming was he able to get elected.

When I first read about this story in 2000, I knew then we were in trouble.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Modern Approved Sanitary Privy

One of those great 1940's WPA illustrators, John Buczak from Chicago Illinois created this poster promoting sanitary facilities.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Outrage: Traveling with babies

Based on the fact that TSA is confiscating extra baby food and killing babies with an insane Homeland security policy, there is no way I'm getting any where near an airport with my twins boys.

Dolly endorses Obama.

Looks like Obama has picked up an important Poker Legend Endorsement.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Behind Blue Eyes...

I've been out sick with a cold for a few days. Enjoy this version of Behind Blue Eyes.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

A freakin' fashion prophet: Project Runway comment

Earlier this week Blogging Project Runway, showed pictures of the contestants New York Fashion Week shows.

I really liked Chris March's collection and made the comment.

Looks like I was half-right. Lilly Allen showed up at a fashion show wearing this..

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Ron Paul as Henry Gibson

Ron Paul is planning a march on Washington and he released a video on YouTube.

Old guy behind a desk - check
Paneling on wall - check
Planning a March - check
Woodwork crafts on desk - check

Oh my god, Ron Paul is Henry Gibson.



Carbon Silicon is a band that consists mainly of Mick Jones (The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite) and Tony James (Gen X, Sigue Sigue Sputnik).

They are brilliant, they remind me much of a harder B.A.D. Here's their song "The News"

I heard an interview with them on Fresh Air, but I think the best thing I heard was a interview on Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) Jonesy' Jukebox (Indie 103.1 show, link to Carbon/Silicon interview)


Friday, February 08, 2008

How many middle men?

I'm convinced that in the era of creative home loans, mutual funds companies scandals, and creative business practices, that there has to be standard for the amount of profit and revenue a bank or financial group can make in any given transaction.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

What I want..

This is what I want.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Web Trend Map 2008

Information Architects Japan posted a Web Trend Map 2008 mapped on the Tokyo Subway system.

I found it via post.

This is a cool map, but it really doesn't convey the information in a good manner:

  • Why is Skype, eBay, Paypal and Messenger on the same line?
  • Why is Gawker, Adobe and IBM on the same line?
  • It's great that Google is the downtown, by why is Flickr and Facebook closer to downtown than Google?

A better way to represent this information is categorize by website type (news, gaming, social networking, media, portal, etc) and/or use a tag cloud to 'connect the dots'.

I would then like to see what shows up downtown and what is considered to be in the suburbs.