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June 2, 2007
John Wilcock - June 2, 2007

 

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November 19, 2011
November 12, 2011
November 5, 2011
October 29, 2011
October 22, 2011
October 15, 2011
October 8, 2011
October 1, 2011
September 24, 2011
September 17, 2011
September 10, 2011
September 4, 2011
August 27, 2011
August 20, 2011
August 13, 2011
August 6, 2011
July 30, 2011
July 23, 2011
July 16, 2011
July 9, 2011
July 2, 2011
June 25, 2011
June 18, 2011
June 11, 2011
June 4, 2011
May 28, 2011
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May 14, 2011
May 7, 2011
April 30, 2011
April 23, 2011
April 16, 2011
April 9, 2011
April 2, 2011
March 26, 2011
March 19, 2011
March 12, 2011
March 5, 2011
February 26, 2011
February 19, 2011
February 12, 2011
February 5, 2011
February 5, 2011
January 29, 2011
January 22, 2011
January 15, 2011
January 6, 2011

2010
December 25, 2010
December 18, 2010
December 11, 2010
December 4, 2010
November 27, 2010
November 20, 2010
November 13, 2010
November 6, 2010
October 30, 2010
October 23, 2010
October 16, 2010
October 9, 2010
October 2, 2010
September 25, 2010
September 18, 2010
September 11, 2010
September 4, 2010
August 28, 2010
August 21, 2010
August 14, 2010
August 7, 2010
July 31, 2010
July 24, 2010
July 17, 2010
July 10, 2010
July 3, 2010
June 26, 2010
June 19, 2010
June 12, 2010
June 5, 2010
May 29, 2010
May 22, 2010
May 15, 2010
May 8, 2010
May 1, 2010
April 24, 2010
April 17, 2010
April 10, 2010
April 3, 2010
March 27, 2010
March 20, 2010
March 13, 2010
March 6, 2010
February 27, 2010
February 20, 2010
February 13, 2010
February 6, 2010
January 30, 2010
January 23, 2010
January 16, 2010
January 9, 2010
January 2, 2010

2009
December 26, 2009
December 19, 2009
December 12, 2009
December 5, 2009
November 28, 2009
November 21, 2009
November 14, 2009
November 7, 2009
October 31, 2009
October 24, 2009
October 17, 2009
October 10, 2009
October 3, 2009
September 26, 2009
September 19, 2009
September 12, 2009
September 5, 2009
August 29, 2009
August 22, 2009
August 15, 2009
August 8, 2009
August 1, 2009
July 25, 2009
July 18, 2009
July 11, 2009
July 4, 2009
June 27, 2009
June 20, 2009
June 13, 2009
June 6, 2009
May 30, 2009
May 23, 2009
May 16, 2009
May 9, 2009
May 2, 2009
April 25, 2009
April 18, 2009
April 11, 2009
April 4, 2009
March 28, 2009
March 21, 2009
March 14, 2009
March 7, 2009
February 28, 2009
February 21, 2009
February 14, 2009
February 7, 2009
January 31, 2009
January 24, 2009
January 17, 2009
January 3, 2009

2008
December 27, 2008
December 20, 2008
December 13, 2008
December 6, 2008
November 29, 2008
November 22, 2008
November 15, 2008
November 8, 2008
November 5, 2008
November 1, 2008
October 25, 2008
October 18, 2008
October 11, 2008
October 4, 2008
September 27, 2008
September 20, 2008
September 13, 2008
September 6, 2008
August 30, 2008
August 23, 2008
August 16, 2008
August 9, 2008
August 2, 2008
July 26, 2008
July 19, 2008
July 12, 2008
July 5, 2008
June 28, 2008
June 21, 2008
June 14, 2008
June 7, 2008
May 31, 2008
May 24, 2008
May 17, 2008
May 10, 2008
May 3, 2008
April 26, 2008
April 19, 2008
April 12, 2008
April 5, 2008
March 29, 2008
March 22, 2008
March 15, 2008
March 8, 2008
March 1, 2008
February 23, 2008
February 16, 2008
February 9, 2008
February 2, 2008
January 26, 2008
January 19, 2008
January 12, 2008
January 5, 2008

2007
December 29, 2007
December 22, 2007
December 15, 2007
December 8, 2007
December 1, 2007
November 24, 2007
November 17, 2007
November 10, 2007
November 3, 2007
October 27, 2007
October 20, 2007
October 13, 2007
October 6, 2007
September 29, 2007
September 22, 2007
September 15, 2007
September 8, 2007
September 1, 2007
August 25, 2007
August 18, 2007
August 11, 2007
August 4, 2007
July 28, 2007
July 21, 2007
July 14, 2007
July 7, 2007
June 30, 2007
June 23, 2007
June 16, 2007
June 9, 2007
June 2, 2007
May 19, 2007
May 12, 2007
May 5, 2007
April 28, 2007
April 21, 2007
April 14, 2007
April 7, 2007
March 31, 2007
March 24, 2007
March 17, 2007
March 10, 2007
March 3, 2007
February 24, 2007
February 17, 2007
February 10, 2007
February 3, 2007
January 20, 2007
January 13, 2007
January 6, 2007

2006
December 30, 2006
December 23, 2006
December 16, 2006
December 9, 2006
December 2, 2006
November 25, 2006
November 18, 2006
November 11, 2006
November 4, 2006
October 28, 2006
October 21, 2006
October 14, 2006
October 7, 2006
September 30, 2006
September 23, 2006
September 16, 2006
September 9, 2006
September 2, 2006
August 26, 2006
August 19, 2006
August 12, 2006
August 5, 2006
July 29, 2006
July 22, 2006
July 15, 2006

 

 


June 2, 2007

“I went to a psychiatrist once. I was doing something that had become a pattern in my life, and I thought,’ Well, I should go talk to a psychiatrist.’ When I got into the room, I asked him. ‘Do you think that this process could, in any way, damage my creativity?’ And he said,  ‘Well, David, I have to be honest. It could’. And I shook his hand and left”—filmmaker David Lynch

ONE BILLION DOLLARS –less than 20% of his personal worth—is said to have been set aside by NYC mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to make a third party run for president. “A third party candidate is almost inevitable in 2008” says Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Paul Goldman who points out that third party candidate have affected the outcome of five of the past 10 presidential elections. H. Ross Perot did best, garnering almost 19% of the vote in 1992 (when Bill Clinton won). The Washington Times claims that Bloomberg’s team have been studying the Perot strategies for that year and quotes former Federal Election Commission Chairman Michael Toner as saying that Bloomberg could turn the political landscape upside down, spending as much as he wanted with “more money on hand than either of the two major party candidates”.

AFTER WHAT SEEMS like a long wait, LA Weekly founder Jay Levin’s new magazine is finally out. And a what a disappointment. A big glossy yawn from a formerly hip New Yorker, Jay’s Real Talk LA seems to have swapped interest for ethnicity. Among its contributors are “culture producer" Patrick Herbert, a Latino art collector described as “a gatekeeper of the Purist flame”; a deep Asian thinker who, asked Do you still believe in philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s theory of rhizomes?, responds with “What else is there to believe in?”; a man said to be ”the best Latino motivational expert in the business”; a Hispanic woman “spiritual teacher”; and a ”smart-ass, smart interviewer” for a local radio station who encourages receptivity in “topics of interest to the African American community”. Most of the writing is uninspired which shows that you don’t have to be Caucasian to be boring, although Kelly Potts’ unfunny humor piece about traffic is as puerile as any of the other psychobabble (defined as, lots of words but very little content). In his editorial, Levin says Real Talk LA’s editorial mission is to “engage this ethnic diversity”. The premiere issue is full of shiny, colorful ads and free.

BECAUSE POLITICAL BLOGS are invariably aimed at like-minded readers, writes the Guardian’s Oliver Kamm, balance and persuasion are usually replaced by smug insularity. “The blogosphere, in short,  is a vehicle for the coagulation of opinion and the poisoning of debate”.

INVESTMENTS IN SOLAR POWER reached $308million last year, more than five times the figure for two years before reports the Economist, adding that the market for solar power has grown 40% a year for the past five years. A big boost has come from its growing use by both the US and the Soviets in outer space. “At present solar power is at least two or three times as expensive as the typical electricity generated for retail customers”, the mag says, but “within three to eight years many in the industry expect (its) price to be cost competitive with electricity from the grid”.  Even with current growth however, it will take another decade before the industry is able to provide more than 1% of the world’s electricity needs. The story doesn’t mention the obvious necessity for the world to start using solar distillation to make use of the world’s abundant seawater.

WHAT ROLE BILL CLINTON might play if Hillary becomes president was the subject of speculation by Marc Aubinder in Atlantic magazine. “The Kreminology of the Clinton political universe is forever murky and subject to interpretation”, the writer says, but so far Hillary “has played it safe and kept him in a traditional spousal role, or as much of one as a former popular president can assume."

LATIN IS PRETTY MUCH regarded as a dead language but Pope Benedict XVI plans to revive it by urging wider use of the Latin mass. Perhaps as a back-up, the ITM machine at the Vatican now urges customers to insert their cards with the words scidulam quaeso ut faciundam cognoscas rationem while in Sicily, students at the university radio station broadcasts the Friday news bulletin in Latin. Classics student Alessandra Jacono says: ”The point is not so much to offer the news to people as a chance to hear a beautiful language”.

THE ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT for a marketeer today is authenticity writes Bill Breen. “Overloaded by sales pitches, consumers are gravitating towards brands that they sense are true and genuine”. But determining what is real and what is fake is not an easy task when the coffee icon Juan Valdez proves to be a New York actor and Häagen Dazs a name dreamed up by a Bronx entrepreneur. (An imitator, Frusen Glädjé, failed to last). And even well-established brands such as Levis have to keep reinforcing their image or they can get bypassed by newer rivals. “To maintain its integrity, a brand must remain true to its values” says Breen in Fast Company. “And yet to be relevant-- or cool—a brand must be as dynamic as change itself.”

WHEN RUBBER IMPORTS from Southeast Asia dried up during WW2, the US turned to a native plant called guaycule and now that wiry little shrub is due for a revival with forecasts that rubber consumption will increase by 50% in the next decade. Indigenous to the American southwest, guaycule is being harvested by an Arizona company, Yulex, which has planted 4,000 acres of it throughout the state and is awaiting approval from the FDA to go into full scale manufacturing. One advantage is that some people are latex-intolerant and so guaycule’s best prospects might be for medical devices. “We’re not talking about just a new product” says Yulex CEO Jeff Martin. “This is a whole new industry”. 

THE WILCOCK WEB: South Africa, scene of the 2010 World Cup, is thinking of changing its laws to allow prostitution and drinking in public after noticing the popularity of both at the 2006 WC in Germany (where there are 400,000 legal prostitutes)….Facility Architects, a British firm, hopes to develop “vibration-harvesting sensors” which embedded in heavy-trafficked grounds such as bus and rail stations can capture and store the energy for re-use….Frank Abagnale, whose brazen $2m swindling impersonations inspired a movie (Catch Me If You Can ) has authored a book about identity theft in which he recommends avoiding the use of checks, which carry too much ID that can be stolen…. “Any party that takes credit for the rain, must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought” remarked Dwight Morrow…. London’s Citadel will in June publish: Filthy, Funny and Totally Offensive: Jokes so Dirty Comedians and Entertainers Only Tell Them to Each Other ….Dr. Songpol Smsri, a Thai scientist, has just completed 30 years of research producing a hybrid durian so that the Asian fruit will no longer be the smelliest in the world….Mandated by the government, all food and drink advertisements in France must now include a simple health warning (avoid too much fat, salt, sugar….exercise regularly etc)…...”I have always joked that the growth industries are gay divorce and tattoo removal” confesses outlandish movie director John Waters …..And now, from the London publisher Hodder: The Manga Bible, “highlighting some of the less well known stories”…. Skybus Airlnes, a new no-frills carrier in Columbus, Ohio, which carries advertising in and on its planes, is offering ten seats on every flight for $10 each….. “There is no such source of error as the pursuit of absolute truth”—Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

MAY 22/07

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