Month: May 2010

Where Have All the Great Men Gone?

Image via Wikipedia I was watching the movie Robin Hood last night and thinking about the difference between great men in the middle ages and great men today.  A great man in the middle ages routinely risked life and limb to pursue greatness (whether that greatness be in business, thought,…

Sunday Sauerkraut: The Definition Edition

Image via Wikipedia As I sat down to figure out what aspects of our favorite little German delicacy we could explore with today’s issue of Sunday Sauerkraut, a question hit me.  Why do they call sauerkraut, sauerkraut?  I mean what does the word actually mean?  A little googling later, I…

Leaderboards as Decision Mechanisms

As anyone who reads this blog regularly knows, one of the concepts that most intrigues me about the new world of social media is the idea of socially driven decision support.  I’ve covered the topic in at least one, two, three posts.  To this point though, I’ve mostly covered the future of…

Pick the Right Games to Play

I’m a huge proponent of the saying, “If You Can’t Win, Don’t Play” and I found myself defending it again the other day.  Specifically, I got criticized because I came in 3201st in my recent marathon and if that’s the best I could do, then why did I bother to…

Book Review: The Big Short

I just finished Michael Lewis’ new book, the Big Short.  It follows three groups of investors as they forsaw and then attempted to bet on the biggest financial calamity since the great depression.  As is typical with Lewis’ books (including “The Blind Side” which was recently made in to a…

Losing my Laptop Without Losing my Mind

Last Saturday morning I discovered my car was robbed and my personal laptop was stolen.  The mass chaos that ensued (and the gross amounts of time it ate up) was: I said “crap” (and perhaps another word or two of a similar length) – 10 seconds I drove over to…

Book Review: Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead

Independence is the only gauge of human virtue and value. What a man is and makes of himself; not what he has or hasn’t done for others. There is no substitute for personal dignity. Part IV Chapter 18 While I don’t agree with everything that Ayn Rand says, I tend to believe…

Sunday Sauerkraut: Cheeseburgers Edition

The reason I use Sauerkraut on this blog is three fold.  First, It’s an awesome word.  Go ahead, say it a few times.  Second, people do seem to unerstand that the sauerkraut is intended to include “many things, some of which have aged a few days.”  Third, it’s popular in…

A Very Expensive Free Game of Pac Man

Yesterday (and today), Google marked the 30th anniversary of Pac Man by placing the game on its homepage.  A version of Pac Man can be played through the letters of “GOOGLE” by using the arrow keys.  This resulted in glee at my company.  The development room may as well have…

Government Needs Business

At the turn of the last century in NYC, there was an alignment of business and political interests that got things done that seems lacking in today’s political environment. We have a taste of that in NYC with our current Mayor Mike Bloomberg who has brought a business mind to…