Friday, May 30, 2008

Star Trek's Pevney Dies

The Trekkie in me mourns. Joseph Pevney, who directed some of the very best episodes of the original "Star Trek" has passed away on 18 May in his Plam Desert, California, home. He was 96.

"The Trouble With Tribbles"

In "Trouble" the Enterprise is infested with the cute, fuzzy vermin (who don't seem to like the Klingons).

"The City on the Edge of Forever"

In "City" Kirk and Spock travel back in time to the Depression.

Pevney directed episodes of such TV greats as "The Hulk" (OK, I have issues) and "Fantasy Island" (I really have issues).

The series, in its original run, was a failure. It was cancelled after three years and poor interest and has lived for the past 40 years in syndication, having spun off 5 additional series and eleven motion pictures, books, comics and games.

The series has taught me to fundamentally alter my relationship with failure.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

It seems Apple is doing very very well these days.

Apple’s retail market share is 14 percent, and two-thirds for PCs costing $1000 or more. Should I repeat those numbers? The share data is for first-quarter brick-and-mortar stores, as tabulated by the NPD Group. Apple’s market share is but one measure of success. Sales growth is way up, while Windows desktop PC sales are way down.
Daring Fireball

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

The World Bank and the Gods of Lending

Some Jamaican policy wonks will tell you this bank helped our country get into deeper unescapable debt. I don't know how true that is but I think this book will open the eyes of many undeveloped countries.

"A passionate, informed, and devastating first-hand
account from the front lines of World Bank operations. Students,
development professionals, and especially policy makers in Washington
should read this book."
- Jeffrey A. Winters (Professor of political economy, Northwestern University and co-editor of Reinventing the World Bank)

"Recommended reading as a hard-hitting lesson on how not to run the Bank." - Paul Arlman (Former Executive Director of the World Bank (1986-1990) and member of the Dutch Treasury

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Plaxo's Personal Card

Big doings at Plaxo today! We are really excited to announce some of the biggest news in the history of Plaxo: We have just signed an agreement** to be acquired by Comcast, the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services (and our largest customer and partner).
Plaxo's Personal Card

Social Media’s wall St. cred is building ever so rapidly. Now even for the slightly smaller companies. Congrats Plaxo, you guys have truly come a long way!

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

LNB #052: The Dip (pt. 2)

This week, we cover ways to think your way through quitting. Knowing the answers to the key questions for your business or accountability, you can figure out pretty quickly what you should be saying "yes" or "no" to.

To remind you, in Seth Godin's little book, The Dip, he describes three key conditions when we get stopped:

  • The dip: a deep, wide break in the action. You just need to hang on and get to the other side.
  • The cul de sac (or dead-end): you can blow and blow and blow, but, little wolf, you'll never blow this house down.
  • The cliff: this looks like it will work, but it will run out of gas and land you back in the cul de sac with your Big Wheel.

Be sure to grab a copy of this little book. I'll be chatting about it for a few more 'casts.

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