Archives for September 2006

Kids Don’t Use Mail

If you think email marketing is going to work forever, you might want to think again.

Word of the Day

Petoskey Stone: A Petoskey stone is a rock, often pebble-shaped, that is composed of a fossilized coral, Hexagonaria percarinata. The stones were formed as a result of glaciation, in which sheets of ice plucked stones from the bedrock, grinding off their rough edges and depositing them in the northwestern portion of Michigan’s lower peninsula. The […]

On Waking Up Fearful

There are, at least, two primary kinds of fear. The first is internal. Say, I’m late on some client work. Generally I can use internal fear as a motivator – I get up wicked early and crank on the to-do list. Sometimes I’m overwhelmed and waste some time mentally spinning with no results, but usually […]

Link Roundup

Miscellaneous tabs still open from last week: * Robert Young on the fat belly of the Long Tail. * Kiko threw in the towel and put the company up for sale on eBay. It went for $250K. Tucows explains why they bought the technology. * Another excellent minimalist layout a la Craigslist and Facebook. More […]

Crony Capitalism at it’s Finest

Industry Note: The Rot at the Core, Special Disney Crony Capitalism Edition Of course, neither move – coypright extensions or side payments to politicians in the form of propaganda – are in the least good for the economy, because they destroy more value than they create, through the stifling of potential innovation, competition, and new […]

From the Mailbag

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Engrossment’s That Are Not Even Their Own

Excerpt from On the Shortness of Life: You really must leave the ground and turn your mind’s eye upon these things! Now while the blood is hot, we must enter with brisk step upon the better course. In this kind of life there awaits much that is good to know—the love and practice of the […]

Facebook Mini-Review

Well, I had a demo of Facebook, and it’s a very nice web application. [Previously: Attention Metastream. Today: Fred Wilson on the changes (good comments thread).] (I have removed names from this screenshot.) It’s hard to get a sense of it from the picture, but I can tell that if I were a college student […]

Symbolic Interaction

Last night a friend called via cell phone from Michigan between sets at a concert. Cell phones suck. The microphones pick up a lot of background noise, there are frequently echos on one side or the other, there are subtle time delays that make it hard to tell when someone has stopped speaking, and the […]

Commodity Fetishism

Thanks to Tom Matrullo I am now aware of the term commodity fetishism: In Marxist theory, commodity fetishism is a state of social relations, said to arise in complex capitalist market systems, in which social relationships are defined by the values that are placed on commodities. The term is introduced in the opening chapter of […]

Attention Metastream

I don’t yet have access to Facebook, but this TechCrunch review notes the key element in successful web applications: Facebook clearly gets the idea of an attention metastream, where page views aren’t the currency that matters but rather how effectively the service allows users to communicate. Facebook users will now have a much easier way […]

Complex Problem Solving

Very interesting diagram of complex problem solving processes. Mousing over almost anything brings up more depth. Rewards exploration at the expense of obscuring details.

WoW Update

In June 2005, I wrote about World of Warcraft (WoW): Conservatively, there was a one-time revenue stream of just under $100 million dollars, and an on-going monthly revenue of just under $26 million (just under $312 million annually). They are opening the game up in China soon, where there are 500,000 players in the open […]

From the Mailbag

Here’s a hot one, in its entirety: Dear Friend, I need a partner for $14 million deal, for more details please contact me immediately . Thanks, Mike Wilcox. I’m on it.