Archive for January, 2009

smoot hawley makes a come back

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

it’s one thing to encourage americans to buy american made car. it’s another thing to demand that american companies only use iron and steel made in the u.s. for the infrastructure projects that are included in the 800 billion dollar plus stimulus bill that was approved by the u.s. house of representatives last year.

smoot hawley kicked off a trade war in the 1930s which pushed an already sensitive economy further into a world wide recession


fox picks up tales of narnia

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

fox has saved c.s. lewis and his fans. the rupert murdoch owned studio will pick up the third installment of the series of the tales of narnia: the voyage of the dawn treader. the film is produced by walden media.

bread and butter says hasta la vista to barcelona

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

the theme for the january tradeshow was ‘the united nations of bread and butter.’ the trade show, which initially launched in cologne germany, then moved to berlin, and seemingly had found a home in barcelona, is moving back to berlin in july.

yesterday, the managing director and founder of the event, karl heinz-müller held a press conference announcing the move back to city. an event staged at the recently closed tempelhof airport, originally designed by architect albert speer, synthesized the best of berlin with music and an eclectic mischmash of people. apparently the people at hugo boss weren’t excited by the fact that their show (which launches berlin fashion week) and party started last night at 8.30pm while the bread and butter party kicked off at 9pm. the BBB party was far more entertaining and the average age was most likely about 10 – 15 years younger than the hugo boss affair.

pictures will be added later.

harvard business school: what they teach you in the cauldron of capitalism

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

–bought this book, ‘what they teach you at harvard business school: my two years inside the cauldron of capitalism,’ toward the end of last summer after reading this review in the financial times. as i was just starting business school, i thought it could be a good companion piece. but with all the finance and accounting homework, i had zero time. now after exams, i have a little breather. and i see that the book is totally worth the money. amongst other things, it points out that frat culture that is the american business school cutlure. and it mentions CEOs like skilling (aka, the enron dude) and others who have commited massive corporate failures were harvard MBAs. he also questions the validity that the school is actually international given that the majority of the international students either lived in the u.s. for an extended period of time at some point, or attended undergraduate school in the united states.

i’m midway through the book and can’t wait to get to the end. author philip delves broughton’s book should be required reading for anyone contemplating attending graduate school and dropping more than 100K to do it. i believe the article also points out that the title of the book in the u.s. is slightly different from the european edition. ‘what they teach you in the cauldron of capitalism’ has been conveniently left off. the book is published by penguin in the united kingdom.

starbucks solves stinky sandwich smell in shops

Monday, January 26th, 2009

according to the seattle times not only is starbucks laying off another 1000 people, they’ve pulled the plug on ditching their smelly breakfast sandwiches. apparently the powers that be thought the smell was overwhelming the coffee. but they’ve apparently figured out that they can ditch the smell by removing one piece of cheese.

is joaquin phoenix on drugs

Monday, January 19th, 2009

i mean. first the hack actor retires from acting. who gives up a career you’re not even good at, if it pays you millions?? now he’s hanging out in vegas, sporting a charlie manson type beard and something a step above a do rag on his head and i kid you not, rapping like there’s no tomorrow.

W was such a hit for oliver stone that's it's already on german television

Monday, January 19th, 2009

the oliver stone film ‘W’ (the story of george w. bush), which just came out in the u.s. last november and sometime in december in germany, will make it’s network (yes, network not even cable or pay per view) television debut friday january 23 on germany’s prosieben television channel. straight to TV.

bbc news launches new show for viewers by viewers

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

it’s called, it’s your news. and it takes first hand accounts emailed and uploaded by viewers. the show is scheduled for fridays.

81 percent of moms cut back on eating out

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

according to adage, if you are wondering who controls the american family budget, look no further than moms who have dramatically tightened their purse strings over the past few months.

famous bushism

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

whatever one may think of george w. bush. he sure did give folks a whole lot to chuckle about over the past 8 years. immediately after september 11, we sure needed it. but contrary to what the bbc might think. dubya isn’t the worst u.s. president. that distinction goes to ulysses s. grant, followed closely behind by herbert hoover and an andrew johnson.