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July 2009

July 31, 2009

The Door continues to provide you with the most vital information

"The Good and the Bad of Being a Hooters Girl".

You're welcome.

Moms worry about their kids

Writes one mom:

But worrying is a reflex for mothers. I have committed many embarrassing acts in the name of worrying about my children - or as they would put it, disgracing them - and if I told these stories here, they’d never forgive me. Suffice it to say they included, in one instance, making a frantic 3 a.m. call to police when my son was late coming home, and a tearful late night call to campus security because my daughter didn’t answer her cellphone all day.

I’ll gladly share other people’s stories, though. A friend of mine once called her pediatrician’s emergency line thinking something was seriously wrong with her 6-week-old daughter. The baby’s chest was rising and falling in a way that didn’t look quite right to her, and she thought the baby was having a heart attack.

“What does her chest look like?,’’ asked the doctor who took the call.

“It’s going up and down,’’ my friend said.

“Your baby is breathing,’’ he said, sarcastically. “This is what breathing looks like.’’

Dads also worry.

On the other hand, modern parents probably worry too much

Review of Lenore Skenazy's Free Range Kids : Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry . I read one of Ms. Skenazy's short pieces and thought it eminently reasonable.

July 30, 2009

Business adapts to unauthorized copying

From ArsTechnica (6/23):

EA CEO John Riccitiello has a new message for people who want to pirate EA games: go ahead and do it. . . . "If they would just pirate lots of it I'd love them. [laughs] Because what's in the middle of the game is an opportunity to buy stuff." Welcome to the new EA, where you're not being sold a game, you're being sold a store.

Finance paper, anyone?

Malone’s Law No. 1: "Whenever a company builds a new corporate headquarters, short the stock."

This first one dates to the early Eighties when I was writing for newspapers.   It was provoked by the construction of Hewlett-Packard’s headquarters in Palo Alto.  What I noticed at the time, and which was confirmed over and over again in the years to come, was that whenever a company finally reaches the point that it needs a fancy new headquarters, it has usually lost track of the lean and mean style that made it a success in the first place.  And if that doesn’t do it, then the months company executives spend pouring over the design of the new facility, jockeying for the best offices and lobbying for an executive dining room, inevitably distracts them from the real job of making money.

Some passwords you probably shouldn't use

"Most common passwords list from 3 databases".

"123456", "password", and "qwerty" rank high.

July 29, 2009

Which U.S. city has the highest proportion of millionaires?

Following up yesterday's post on which state has the highest proportion of millionaires, here's the answer for cities. (For 2006; my quick search didn't turn up readily-available more recent figures.)

This answer also surprised me.

Link courtesy of TheBigHenry.

Alice.com . . .

. . . seeks to compete with Wal-Mart.

Good luck with that.

Ed O'Bannon

Most Outstanding Player in the 1995 NCAA men's basketball Final Four--30 points and 17 boards in the championship game--and Wooden Award Winner that year, too.

He's now selling cars. Toyotas.

But he has his health and a nice family and things could be worse.

"The cheapest places to live in the world. $500 a month"

From OpenTravel.com:

Are you tired of busy cities, crowded streets, high rents and almost non-affordable mortgage? Well...there are places in the world where you can live well for less. The cheapest places to live are also the most beautiful and exotic destinations. So why not make your dreams come true, pack your bags and move to one of those paradise locations, if not for a lifetime, then at least for a year or two?

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