Monthly Archives: February 2010

What is Google? An advertising company

So says this chart:

Another great chart from CHART OF THE DAY: In Case You Had Any Doubts About Where Google’s Revenue Comes From


A wry photoessay: A History of Obama Feigning Interest in Mundane Things

New York magazine has it. To be fair to Obama, this could be done for just about any politician. Still, it’s funny. Check it out.

Where is Latin alive and well (even at the banking machine/ATM)?

Vatican City, of course. Over at mental_floss Blog one of the 10 Secrets of the Vatican Exposed is the continual use of Latin, even at banking machines. For…

‘The Vatican Bank is the only bank in the world that allows ATM users to select Latin to perform transactions. That’s just one symbol of the Holy See’s continued devotion to the language. Pope Benedict XVI has been particularly passionate about reviving the language and purportedly holds many informal conversations in Latin. (Pope John Paul II generally spoke Polish.)

The Vatican’s Latin Foundation tries to keep the language relevant by translating modern phrases into the ancient tongue. In 2003, they released an updated dictionary that included the terms “rush hour” (tempus maximae frequentiae) and “dishwasher” (escariorum lavatory). Interestingly, the translations can have serious consequences. A recent U.S. lawsuit was brought against the Vatican for conspiring to protect a child-molesting priest, and it was held up for months as the Church’s experts rejected the prosecuting team’s Latin translations of terms such as “conspiracy to commit fraud.” ‘

Corinne Bailey Rae: “Paris Nights/New York Mornings”

What could be finer than Corinne Bailey Rae strolling through Paris and singing in New York?

YouTube – Corinne Bailey Rae “Paris Nights/New York Mornings” [Official Video]

Toys R Us and their extended warrantee policy

I go to Toys R Us alot. Mostly window shopping with my 7 year old. He gets
things like candy and small toys there, so i get to hear the relentless
promoting of the staff selling their extended warrantee to people.

I am sure this is good business for that company, but the way they push it
really irks me. I have seen them push it for everything, even toys with a 1
year warrantee on the box! Plus i have seen it sold for toys that, frankly,
i would be surprised a child will be playing with much in a month and and a
half, never mind breaking it and wanting it replaced. I have also observed
that the people who do buy it have trouble speaking English and i wondered
if they even realize they know what they are buying.

Tonight i was there and the clerk was trying to sell it to me a PS3 game.
When i told him i didn’t want it and i didn’t want to hear the spiel, he
still insisted on trying to promote the virtues of this. For. 30 dollar
game that costs of a CD!!
I think the way they push this service at Toys R Us is odious. Whenever i
have a chance to take my business elsewhere i will. I hope you do too.

More Brilliant marketing from Smith & Wollensky: trade in your stock for steak!

Brilliant. To capitalize on Wall Street firms paying their employees with stock instead of cash, S&W provides an online stock to steak currency converter where you can type in a stock name (IBM, CIT or as they say, “we’ll even accept GM”) and they will tell you what one of those stocks will fetch you at their fine establishment. If you want to try it out, go to  Smith & Wollensky’s Steak for Stock.

How to identify and deal with negative feedback in social media

Now that people and organizations have been blogging, setting up Facebook groups, and participating in social media generally, they have had an opportunity to gather feedback. And some of that has been and will be negative. Alot of that feedback is valuable and worthwhile responding to. Other feedback (e.g. from trolls) is not worth your while and indeed may have been actively managed.

If you feel this applies to you, read this post, HOW TO: Deal With Negative Feedback in Social Media