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December 22, 2007
John Wilcock - December 15, 2007

 

  The column of lasting insignificance
     


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2011
November 26 2011
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
May 21, 2011
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

 

 


December 22, 2007

“I am beginning to feel stateless because I think the Japanese think I am British, the British think I’m American and the Americans have forgotten I used to live here. So I came back to my apartment in New York and the phone didn’t ring. I felt quite sorry for myself. Nobody knows where I am. But it’s the price, a reasonable price to pay, I guess”

                -Sony’s peripatetic Sir Howard Stringer
                  talking to Business Week

HOW ABOUT A MACHINE into which you can feed old tires and it spills out oil? Well, there is such a device invented by Frank Pringle ten years ago but only now able to convert not only tires but anything containing hydrocarbons such as plastic water bottles and old vinyl food containers. Pringle has spent that decade figuring out exactly what microwave frequency works for different materials, but now the first commercial  Hawk—it’s the size of a small bus and costs $4.1 million-- is being built at Rockford, IL, and the Army, as well as oil companies, are seriously interested.

IN ROBIN HOOD’S DAY, the famous outlaw could have escaped from the back gate of Nottingham Castle and fled for 40 miles through Sherwood Forest but so many oak trees have been cut down since that now he’d have only three miles of cover. Forest rangers are using this colorful example to announce that $100 million is needed to implement the plan to plant a quarter of a million new oaks. Still standing is the Major Oak, a hollowed-out relic—estimated to be a thousand years old—in which Robin Hood is reputed to have sheltered.

WHEN HE OPENS his opulent tattoo parlor next to the House of Blues in Las Vegas on Super Bowl weekend, for Mario Barth, 41, it will be another link in what he hopes to turn an international chain. This is a radical new departure for a business that, despite bringing in an estimated $2.3 billion a year—spread over 15,000 shops—is mostly composed of maverick operators who share a reputation for individuality and casual lifestyles.  But Barth (whose prices start at $1,500) has ambitious plans to bring order to a chaotic profession. He already had four tattoo shops in northern New Jersey and plans others in every major city from Berlin to Tokyo after he’s trained enough operators to be businessmen. “The industry hasn’t yet grown to a level where it understands business concepts yet” he told Inc. “Artists don’t think of it as a real job and if you keep it that way—and if you just pay them a percentage and they have no health insurance or benefits or profit sharing—sooner or later they’re going to make a little misstep”. According to the Pew Research Center, 36% of 18-25 year olds are tattoed, three times as many as the previous generation.

SCIENTISTS ARE BEGINNING to conclude that sometimes seriously injured people are better off not having a blood transfusion because stored blood can lack the essential ingredient of nitric oxide which is what increases the flow of blood to the tissues. A report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Duke University’s Dr. Sunil Rao claims that within a few days of being stored, blood loses 90% of its nitric oxide sometimes resulting in a heart attack.

ALTHOUGH GROUPS can be more intelligent than individuals working alone, say researchers, a few dissenters in the gang are more likely to lead them to the best solutions. This conclusion comes from current business school studies on “groupthink”. It’s important for the process that the leader of the group be genuinely impartial to avoid influencing would-be sycophants who might feel intimidated says CFO magazine. “People have to feel psychologically safe to make mistakes and say stupid things” U of Texas professor Paul Paulus told the magazine. “Even stupid ideas can lead to better ideas”.

CANADA’s EASTERN PROVINCE of Newfoundland used to be the country’s poorest, but that was before they found oil which may make it among the richest. Trouble is that 15,000 younger people have been leaving the province each year in search of better prospects and now Newfoundland would like some of them to come back and relieve the labor shortage. Along with this, however, is that fish have become so depleted that fishing towns are dying with unemployment there reaching 20%. The province has long been at odds with the rest of Canada (which jokes about it like New Yorkers joke about New Jersey) but the new oil riches might bring new respect, even envy. 

WORD PLAY from the Cowboy Palace Saloon

  • Two peanuts walk into a bar. One was a salted.
  • A jumper cable walks into a bar. The barman says, “I’ll serve you but don’t start anything”
  • A sandwich walks into a bar. The barman says, “Sorry we don’t serve food in here”
  • Two termites walk into a bar. One asks,“Is the bar tender here?”
  • Two hydrogen atoms walk into a bar. “One says, “I’ve lost my electron”. The other asks, “Are you sure?”, The first replies, “Yes, I’m positive”.
  • A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arms and says, “A beer please, and one for the road”
  • A dyslexic man walks into a bra.

THE WILCOCK WEB: The seeds of the jatropha plant, which grow in the most arid soil in Mali on the edge of the Sahara desert, are being turned into diesel oil and touted as a solution to the country’s energy needs…. Cider drinking has increased by 50% in Britain over the past years and is now a $4 billion a year business…Apart from the doctor, the only man who should be allowed to have an opinion about an abortion is the father….Plagued by excessive 10% absenteeism, General Motors is planning to award a free car to workers who complete a year of perfect attendance… “If you don’t read the newspapers you are uninformed; if you do read the newspapers you are misinformed” alleged Mark Twain…. The World Congress on Neck Pain meets in Los Angeles on Jan 22…. Studies show that if you look away before answering a difficult question it will improve your concentration….A new restaurant in Germany allows diners to order from a touch screen on the table, delivering the meal without waiters via a spiraling metal contraption from the kitchen upstairs….The only problem with common sense is that it’s not very common--Voltaire

12/15/07

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