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Thursday, March 27. 2008
Elephant with camera. Wonderful stuff.
Hillary's List of Lies. Dick Morris
Moronic reporters. Even I know that Blackwater Fever is malaria.
Pat Dollard's war on Hollywood
Pregnant man. He is very happy.
Chavez "endorses" Obama.
Busted: Ivy League hos in trouble in NYC. 10,000 names on file - their client list could make for good entertainment. These gals aren't hos - they are courtesans.
Homo antecessor in Europe 1.3 million years ago
Calmly rational as always, Neoneo on autism
If Dems had a good candidate, GOP would be toast.
Sharper Image goes bust.
Making a perfect macaroon for The Century Club
Take time to grow up a little between college and grad school
Leftist churches set a time bomb for the Dems
Marriage in the UK, quoted in full from Insty:
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Re Sharper Image: A classic combination of fuzzy corporate image (ironically enough), poor understanding of customers, poor marketing, and poor choice of merchandise (both bad discernment among their buyers and shoddy merchandise) was their undoing. Their target audience always seemed to be Gordon Gekko, and they never moved on after everyone else did
They wanted to be Hammacher Schlemmer for the everyman, and acted as if they were the only place to buy gadgets. But their stuff wasn't extraordinary enough for Schlemmer, it wasn't as well merchandised, and they had tons of competition. Their stores, such as they were, looked like collections of stuff that would not be out of place in a high-end head shop.
Surprised it took as long as it did.
i think the "Ionic Breeze Air Purifier" helped do them in. Promoted relentlessly (and highly irritatingly) on cable tv, the ads and the product were so bad, so cynical, so aimed at Joe Stoopid, that the feds finally came in and basically said that the machine was bogus, that it collected dust in the same way and in the same volume as a plain old CRT tv screen.
well, that's more or less exactly what they were selling--for high dollar and by flogging health fears--a surface for dust to land on.
They had a "submarine" for sale for a while. Wonder if there were any takers.
wonder how they advertised that -- "Never A Customer Complaint" ?
When I was about eight, I announced to my Dad that I was going to build a three-stage Moon rocket out of our trash cans. With me in the nose cone that I would make myself.
The submarine looked to be designed with the same degree of analytical rigor, only applied to the sub-aquatic environment.
probably skimped on design -- just used Busnell's "Turtle" specs, in yellow plastic rather than oak barrel stave.
Always reminded me of a high-end Spencers that mall staple that sold posters, black lights and various colored lighted gizmos to enhance your buzz and sexual novelties. As a young pre-teenager, I used to check out the posters of the girls in bathing suits...they must have shot most of those in very chilly conditions.
I never purchased anything in there and haven't stepped foot in those places in many years...heck haven't even stepped foot in a mall in at least a few years. Mostly purchase via ecommerce, specialty shop or go without.
Spencer gifts. That's exactly the kind of place I was thinking of. Yes, it was a "high end" Spencer gifts. A Spencer gifts with delusions of grandeur.
There was such a bad vibe in those stores. And the remarks you guys made comparing the Ionic Breeze to a tube TV are priceless.
I don't mean to beat up on them, really. It's just that I have seen SO MUCH bad management in US companies. There's another company I know from the inside in NYC, a semi-famous boutique store called Kate's Paperie. (Known much better among women than men.) The owner basically hit the jackpot years ago, when he was looking for a cheap place to open an all-paper (and a few gifts, pens, art supplies) in NYC. So he opened it in this dingy part of town where the artists holed up (since he DID sell art supplies, at least to any artists who had money), signed a long lease (not visionary, just to save money) and hoped for the best.
Turns out, the guy rented in the heart of what became the hottest real estate in the country - SoHo. Blundered into it, but it was a blunder with such HUGE upside that it became almost impossible for him to ruin the company, try as he might. Any decent managers who stumbled into the business were appalled by the goings-on and made their way back out as quickly as possible. Finally, the guy got too old to run (mismanage) the business any longer, and sold it to a conglomerate. But they don't understand the business either.
Kate's was a brand that sold itself, thanks strictly to the many fine vendors who fought to get their products sold at Kate's great location. I worked with their marketing manager (now elsewhere, and much happier), who knew what she was doing. Worked with Martha Stewart and others in talking up the brand. But the management style could only be called 'suicidal'. The place was just toxic to work at, you could feel the deadness in their offices. Last I heard, they let their outstanding lease lapse, and they lost the unique location that was key to their success. They're now on a long road to oblivion. There's no one there who really knows the business. And the new management will no more figure out why the company died than why it thrived in the first place. They don't really know what it was they bought, but they made a huge mistake in buying it. The company now is nothing but a logo. Martha (nobody's fool, she) hasn't uttered their name since my friend the marketing manager left.
Long story, I know. But anyway, that is how companies, even great ones, fade away. Lack of vision and leadership. Motorola was like that, what a mess. I've seen great universities run like a fusion of Enron and Animal House. I don't know how Sharper Image made their blunders, but I would bet it sounds a lot like the stories I DO know. The tragedy is that these disasters are often pretty avoidable, given a little more common sense and a lot less ego.
''The tragedy is that these disasters are often pretty avoidable, given a little more common sense and a lot less ego''
yep -- when Sharper got in trouble w/ Ionic Breeze, the response was, the CEO took over as leading character in the ads. The company's future rested on this ad campaign, and it featured about the least imaginable personable, photogenic, credible pitchman. This could still have worked had he played it "serious" --an authoritative CEO selling a valuable item -- but what he actually played was a simperingly sweet "satisfied customer" complete with lugubrious props--frolicing toddlers, puppies, fire in the fireplace (in the middle of summer), and ghastly close-up facial lighting & makeup which made him look like a corpse, but a corpse a few years younger than the CEO wanted to be as a living person.
The whole 'revised', CEO-led campaign just screamed disrespect and contempt for the company's customers.
I know how they could save the company via the Ionic Breeze!
Get Billy Mayes to hawk it on TV !
Damn, I'm good. I should be CEO. :}
you jest, but Billy Mays woulda been a good choice for that product --
Time for Al’Sader to die. We should have put one through his head years ago.
Couldn't agree more. Over a year ago I wondered why he was left to pat his hand over his fat gut 'as if' in friendship.
The MSM is portraying his invidious re-emergence as ..'They're guarding their former neighborhoods.' Right. "Infiltrating" is more like it.
I do not like that feller (Al Sadr).
To me, there's no one more devious (or fatr).
Murdering Shittie cultural hero is sure way to open a void every muslim without a mustache in Iraq and Iran and some other neighbor states would rush to fill with lead and blood.
Welcome to history, Leag. All the good guys have to do is another precision tumor removal and after a while, the job doesn't look so good anymore.
Good guys in this case, me presumes, be Al-Maliki who didn't figure he'd have to fight Shittie bangers.
Nouri seems to have run out of light.
How dare the lads in the hoods refuse to surrender their arms.
I wager Nouri gets a bullet to the brain before Moqtada does.
Dollars only none of Habu's, fool's gold.
I am highly amused that these prostitutes are of the finest (i.e. educated, elegant, etc..). There doesn't seem to be an end of educated, pretty girls available for our "elites".
Always a good idea to work in the real world before going to grad school. It sure was for me anyway. But aside from (perhaps) being more able to land a job, you have a much better idea of what your profs are truly like and you have a better view of the snakepit that academia can be. As somebody once said of university scholarship - "the quarrels are so intense because the stakes are so small" or some such. Nothing like growing up. Grad school made me realize that I didn't want to stay there.
Then there is the famous Kissinger response when asked why he left Harvard for the State Department - "because I couldn't stand the politics."
Re: Take time between college and grad school.
Good idea. I'd augment that idea with making every high school graduate do civil service for two years. Let the Marines handle it.
No college without it, no permanent driver's license without it, no voting.............
works for the Israelis. Allows 6 million of 'em to hold off 600 million would-be murderers.
Analogously put, Delawarians could survive the other 49 states trying for 60 years to shove 'em into the sea.
Buddy Larsen, distant relative of Gary, makes an apt anology of The Lawless Lemming Leap.
Saw a report fairly recently that Al Sadr was poisoned and in a hospital in Tehran. No further report though so I doubt there is truth to it.
Was glad to see the grad school article. A fav nephew took some time off. Went to Australia and served fries. Is working at a pharm company while deciding where to do a doctorate in pharmacology. Has his choice of three schools so far.
The macaroon story is a little hard to swallow. The devil is in the details. Hope they find the one but have heard that all good things must come to an end.
"The macaroon story is a little hard to swallow."
A glass of milk helps.
Actually, I'd like to see more people take a break (read: get a job and work a few years) between high school and college.
Just got this: thought I might share.
Officer, this is how the fight started...I rear-ended the car in
front of me. I admit that. It was my fault.
So, we both pull over to the side of the road, and slowly the driver of the car I hit gets out of his car. . . and you know how you just-get-sooo-stressed... and life... sometimes life seems like...suddenly funny?
Well, the driver of the car I hit is a DWARF! He gets out of his car and I get out of my car. He is frowning and scowling and he storms over to me. Right up close at me he looks up in my face and says, "I AM NOT HAPPY!"
And I don't know what possessed me, officer, but I look down at him and I said, "Well, if you're not Happy -- which one are you?"
.. . . and that's when the fight started...
Ahhh ... the macaroon story. Lovely thing it is. I like picturing all these grown men with supposedly serious, real jobs, sitting around in a gorgeous McKim, Mead and White townhouse, and studyin' on how to improve their almond cookies to the level of their former glory. Now I can understand me doing this. I love macaroons the way they used to be. And I don't have any serious real job any more. But honestly, guys, take it from an old lady -- you should get a life!
that's right -- one could do much worse with one's life!