Posts Tagged ‘Wall Street


11.6.13 … End of a era :( … “Young people’s Internet behavior predicts everybody’s Internet behavior. ” …

Blockbuster, End of a era: End of a era 😦

Blockbuster, once synonymous with video rentals, had encountered a steady decline in business as rental services such as Netflix Inc. NFLX -1.77% and Outerwall Inc. OUTR +1.23% \’s Redbox increasingly cut into its business. More recently, Blockbuster has had to contend with growing streaming and on-demand services that consumers can use without leaving their homes.

Blockbuster tried to compete with its own mail business, but that will end in the middle of December, Dish said. However, Dish said it would retail licensing rights to the Blockbuster brand, including its video library, and that it would continue its Blockbuster @Home and On Demand services.

via Dish Network to Close Remaining Blockbuster Stores –

starbucks spelling, LOL, Tumblr: OK … this is funny.  “starbucks spelling” on tumblr.


A collection of misspelled names from the inventors of the \”Frappuccino.\”

via starbucks spelling.

YouTube Challenge,   I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy 2013 – YouTube, Jimmy Kimmel, LOL:  My cruel father probably would have done this.  🙂

Published on Nov 4, 2013

Once again we asked parents to pull a massive prank on their kids and pretend they ate all of their Halloween candy. Here are the results of this year\’s Halloween Candy YouTube Challenge.

via ▶ YouTube Challenge – I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy 2013 – YouTube.

Starbucks, Twitter,  Gifting Platform, Fast Company | Business + Innovation:

A tweet can be used to share links, media, and status updates. But could it soon be used to share Starbucks coffee?

That\’s the promise of a new partnership launched today, Monday, by Twitter and Starbucks, which enables gift certificates to be exchanged via tweets. Called the tweet-a-coffee program, the service allows for spur-of-the-moment acts of generosity between friends, with little to no friction: Just tweet at another Twitter user in order to give a $5 digital eGift hassle-free. It\’s certainly a novel marketing tool. But the larger significance here is how companies like Starbucks are gradually beginning to see Twitter as a potential ecommerce platform.

via Starbucks, Twitter Launch Gifting Platform Via Tweets | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

Sallie Krawcheck, Wall Street, BBC News:

Although those firings certainly stung, they gave Ms Krawcheck an epiphany – in times of distress, companies react by closing ranks, and diversity, particularly gender diversity, suffers.

“What I saw a thousand times during the downturn was, We’d like to give her that opportunity, but we need to go with the sure thing – we can\’t afford diversity right now,'” she says.

So now, as the boss of 85 Broads, Ms Krawcheck says her goal is to work in a more active way to correct the gender balance at the top.

via BBC News – Sallie Krawcheck: Wall Street boss who was glad to be sacked.

Teens, Facebook,  Cool Anymore, Derek Thompson – The Atlantic:

Programs like Snapchat and other social sites are taking off, and the way these things usually work is that whatever technology teenagers are using today, young adults, and then older adults, will be using tomorrow. Tumblr, Pinterest, Snapchat: All billion-dollar valuations today, and all got their start among the high school and college crowd. Young people’s Internet behavior predicts everybody’s Internet behavior. The fact that they’re getting bored could mean that Facebook is becoming boring—a dangerous idea for a company that relies on the idle time of average people.

Or it could just mean that Facebook has grown up right in line with its audience.

via If Teens Don’t Think Facebook Is Cool Anymore, Should Facebook Worry? – Derek Thompson – The Atlantic.

Davidson College, Innovative Bio Instruction,   $100,000 Prize, kudos:

Prof. David Botstein, former director of Princetons Lewis-Siegler Institute for Integrative Genomics, announced today that he will donate $100,000 each to Davidson College and three other prestigious academic institutions for innovations in teaching biology. Botstein was one of eleven recipients of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, announced earlier this year by Internet titans Yuri Milner, Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki and Mark Zuckerberg. Botstein will share $400,000 of his Breakthrough Award with Davidsons Professor of Biology A. Malcolm Campbell, as well as faculty at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory CSHL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California-San Francisco.\”With these awards, I recognize the successes of these four institutions in the development and delivery of educational programs that are furthering the field of biological research by training the next generation of breakthrough scientists,\” said Botstein. \”I have had the opportunity to participate in the development of these distinct programs and salute the institutions and the program leaders who have achieved the highest standards in science education.\”

via Davidson’s Innovative Bio Instruction Garners $100,000 Prize – Davidson College.


6.30.13 … Sallie Krawcheck: “Holiday cards from her former colleagues,” she says, “were down by 95 percent.”

Sallie Krawcheck, gender differences, professional women, professional networking, Wall Street, 2008 Crash, 85 Broads, New York Magazine:  I really like this woman!  A man would have never noticed that  … “Holiday cards from her former colleagues,” she says, “were down by 95 percent.”  And since most men do not send out the holiday cards, nor can I imagine the men telling them to take Sallie off the list …  it sounds like their spouses were not very nice.

There were never that many women in the financial-services sector, but after the meltdown, the numbers began sliding. Krawcheck says she gets it. The men are reverting to their comfort zone. “When I feel risk averse, I am much more likely to surround myself with middle-aged professional southern females; I just am,” she says. “Because I can very easily imagine how I myself would do the job.”

In Krawcheck’s reasoning, it’s not that the men on Wall Street aren’t aware of the helpfulness of diversity of opinion, it’s just that they can’t help sticking to their own, which explains not only the lack of women in the upper echelons but the insular thinking that led to the 2008 crash. “I have spent a lot of time thinking about what could the company have done differently, and I think the answer gets down to groupthink with people who grew up together, with the same information, having the same conversations again and again and again.”

Networking was the “unspoken secret to success on Wall Street,” she realized. “For whatever reason, people are more comfortable networking with their own gender.” She hopes 85 Broads will provide women with the boost men effortlessly offer one another. The year she left Bank of America, she got her own lesson in the importance of maintaining an outside network. Holiday cards from her former colleagues, she says, “were down by 95 percent.”

via 74 Minutes With Sallie Krawcheck — New York Magazine.


10.6.2011 … Great reception at DC … and I am now the proud owner of a piece of Belk Dorm’s slate roof. :)

Davidson College, Dr. Carol Quillen, party favors:  Great reception at DC … and another introduction to the new President Carol Quillen.  She has unbelievable passion for Davidson. And I am now the proud owner of a piece of Belk Dorm’s slate roof. No I did not steal it. It was a party favor! Little did they know that my husband has a long history of roof climbing during his days at the D.  🙂

Steve Jobs, remembrances:  “Pioneer in education,” visionary”  …

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Steve Jobs, whose creativity and creations such as the Macintosh computers, iPhones, and iPads have influenced more than three decades of students and teachers, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 56.

The consumer electronics and computer hardware and software company that Jobs co-founded in 1976, Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple, has long held devotees within the world of education. It remained relevant in schools as the early Apple I and II’s developed into subsequent lines of desktop computers, laptops, and mobile devices that changed both knowledge sharing and knowledge consumption for students and adults alike.

In the less than two years since Jobs stood on stage in his characteristic black mock turtleneck and blue jeans and introduced the iPad, Apple’s tablet computer has exploded on the educational scene. In the third quarter of fiscal year 2011, the iPad surpassed all of Apple’s educational Mac desktop and laptop computer sales combined. Its popularity with classroom teachers, educators have said, is due to a combination of its portability, long battery life, and intuitiveness of use, especially for young students and students with disabilities such as autism.

The iPhone, meanwhile, has helped give rise to an education app culture that has convinced a growing number of educators to advocate allowing students to bring their own mobile computing devices to class as educational tools.

Apple Computer, now Apple Inc., started aggressively marketing its Apple II line of personal computers to K-12 schools in the 1980s. School librarians, who were then frequently the keepers of the technology, embraced its relatively easy use. The first machines used cassettes to run programs, then floppy disks for downloading and saving student files. Macintosh computers followed with more flexible graphic interfaces that became darlings of design classes and student newspapers.

More recently, Apple has continued to manufacture products with education in mind, including its MacBook laptops, which it has continued to produce for educational purchases despite phasing out in other markets.

“Steve Jobs was a true visionary who was one of the first to understand technology’s power to improve teaching and education,” said Jim Steyer, the CEO and founder of Common Sense Media. “From ‘The Kids Can’t Wait,’ to iTunesU, Mr. Jobs always recognized that there were alternative ways for kids to learn using technology.”

Among Jobs’ employees at Apple was Karen Cator, who is now director of the office of education technology at the U.S. Department of Education. She served the director of Apple’s leadership and advocacy efforts in education from 1997 until she was hired by the Education Department in 2009.

via Apple’s Steve Jobs Was a Pioneer in Education Technology – Digital Education – Education Week.

To celebrate his incredible contributions, I thought I’d share my favorite quote from him. It’s about creativity and it’s from a 1996 Wired article.

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.

“Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”

When I feel vulnerable about the possibility of failure, I try to remember this quote. I try to remember that vulnerability and connection are the heart of innovation. Maybe the greatest lesson on creativity that I’ve learned from the research is this: When failure is not an option, neither is innovation. Steve Jobs lived that truth.

And, if you haven’t watched Jobs’s Stanford University commencement speech, do it now! It’s all about authenticity and courage.

via steve jobs – my blog – Ordinary Courage.

The supply-demand ratio was so skewed that the store had to ration these exorbitantly priced annual luxuries — one banana and two oranges per person — and people would line up around the block to get them. (Meanwhile, the unworthy apple, Bulgaria’s most ample fruit crop, would sit neglected in the produce aisle at 50 stotinki a kilogram, roughly $0.15 per pound.) The most ambitious parents would camp out in front of the store overnight to make sure they got the bananas and oranges first thing in the morning as they went on sale.

In my lifetime, I’ve only seen such lines twice since — first in front of the Apple Store on June 29, 2007, when the iPhone was released, and then again in April of last year, when the iPad became semi-available. Under Steve Jobs, Apple became the bananas of the West.

This is the true legacy of Steve Jobs. He didn’t just transform technology, design, and entertainment — he transformed our expectations about technology, design, and entertainment. He not only made us eager to line up for the bananas of our time, but also made us willing to step into the Nautilus library of fascination and never want to leave.

via Apple and the Bananas: A Steve Jobs Personal Remembrance | Brain Pickings.

Steve Jobs, Westboro Baptist, iPhones, irony:  iRony! Westboro Baptist Church … can’t they do something with those people???

As usual, it began with an Apple.

But this one was far more tempting — no worms, cleaner lines, admittedly some problems with battery life, but why look a gift apple in the mouth?

And it managed to tempt even the Westboro Baptist Church, the despicable band of publicity hounds who appear at the funerals of all and sundry to urge us to repent, or something. Now they’re planning to picket the funeral of Steve Jobs.

“Westboro will picket his funeral. He had a huge platform; gave God no glory & taught sin,” Margie Phelps tweeted — from her iPhone.

That’s iRony for you.

“Gave God no glory & taught sin”?

But coveting Apple products is the original sin. Jobs was hardly breaking ground by making an irresistible Apple that held out the promise of new, untried knowledge. (Did you realize, before downloading this app, that you were naked?)

We tried turning the other cheek. We tried passing laws. None of it worked.

They are the Publicity Whores of Babylon. If Jesus came back to earth no doubt they would protest at his crucifixion that he had not led a godly enough life (what’s he doing with all those prostitutes and tax collectors?). “Get a haircut!” they’d yell. “And spend more time denouncing homosexuality and less time with that namby-pamby other-cheek-turning nonsense!” They are like the folks in the parable who stand at the front of the house of worship and loudly proclaim their own virtue — and we all know what happens to them.

But even they can be felled by an Apple.

Thanks once more to Steve Jobs for supplying this brilliant piece of irony.

via Steve Jobs, Westboro Baptist, iPhones and iRony – ComPost – The Washington Post.

Moses, Bible, faith and spirituality, modern applications, Wall Street, Dr. James Howell:  I always enjoy Dr. Howell’s internet discussion series!

Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with 600+ commandments.   Could

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American society be constructed around this divine constitution? Of course, the Israelites lived off the land, and in the Bronze Age; many commandments can’t apply to modern, post-industrialized society. There is also a sternness, an absolute black and whiteness to God’s commands – so we’d lose flexibility, the ability to wriggle out of something via your attorney’s craftiness, or the kind of compromise that seems sane and necessary.

But we also discover an egalitarian impulse, and a downright insistence that the needy be cared for.  Through Moses, God taught holy economics to Israelite farmers, not by saying Reap your land and make all you can! but When you reap, leave gleanings and grapes behind for the poor and the stranger (Leviticus 19:10) – and even more strangely, if somebody owes you money, after so many years you just forget about it, or if you’ve accumulated land, after several years you just give it back to whomever you got it from (Leviticus 24).

We speak of being “bullish” on things economic. But for Moses, it was precisely the golden bull that was the heinous revolt against God (Exodus 32)!

via eMoses – Moses on Wall St.

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