Foxconn

Watching what is happening at the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, I am left wondering how many bosses of state-owned enterprises are secretly delighted to watch Foxconn take this hit. Whatever Foxconn’s faults may be, they are one of the largest private enterprises in China, and this could well be the beginning of the end for their business in the PRC.

Kevin Smith is the only man over the age of 19 who is allowed to wear a ballcap backward. He makes it look good. The rest of us are just pretenders. (Kevin looks great, by the way. He looks like a man, not a moon.)

Here is the big question about Disney: how long until Iger is forced to take a big writedown on the company’s investment in its two China theme parks?

Field Notes Unbox

I continue to collect/stockpile notebooks, especially Field Notes, and this was my Chinese New Year gift to myself last year, a total of 33 notebooks.

I was an early convert from analog to digital note-taking, and as early as 1984 I was keeping all of my notes on one application or another on my hard drive. But a series of catastrophic crashes and minor incidents of data loss or file misplacement has convinced me to return to analog form to augment my digital archiving, or at least a hybrid of analog with digital archiving.

What I did not expect when I started my first tentative steps back to the handwritten world in 2006 was all of the other cognitive benefits that come with just writing stuff down.

Notebooks are now a key part of all of my workflows, whether for writing, Scouting, travel, reading, or any of my projects that require more than a simple list.

I’ll be sharing some of the ways I use notebooks in the coming weeks. Some are proven, some more experimental, but each reminds me how underrated and versatile these simple tools can be.

You have to feel bad for companies like GotJunk.com.
A clever company name can turn into an adult movie come-on without warning, sucking the value out of a brand all at no fault of a company.

Some people just want to watch the world burn. Others make a really good living starting fires or pouring gasoline on them.

Don’t let them do your thinking for you.

Be the light.

Band Name of the Week

Big Alpha Toast

I see this as a grunge metal band made up of huge, hairy dudes dressed like they work in a diner, with white kitchen aprons, white hats, and t-shirts that say stuff like “No, I can’t cook that, but I can eat it.”

They should make a documentary about people who lost weight when the sight of an obese person shocked them into health.

They could call it “Scared Skinny.”

It worked for me. And the oversized guy that scared me was the one staring back from the mirror.

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