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June 27, 2009
John Wilcock - January 5, 2008

 

  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

 

 



June 27, 2009

LAST WEEK I RETURNED from a 12-day visit to Tanzania and specifically that vast, open plain called the Serengeti which houses a huge percentage of the world’s wild animals—lions, cheetah, elephants, rhinoceros, wildebeest, warthogs, zebras, giraffes, gazelle, hyenas…you name it. As well as such rarely seen birds, in the U.S., as flamingos, ostriches and vultures. It was quite a trip even though the company—my fellow travelers—left a lot to be desired. Basically, they were politically-correct to the extreme, endorsing the official policies that discourage visitors from taking pictures because “the locals don’t like it”. (You don’t hear the locals objecting to the billions of dollars that tourism brings to the country).

    In the 59th issue of my occasional magazine, the Ojai Orange,

 I have dealt with the trip fully and so it seems pointless to repeat my experiences here, as this website will reproduce the complete issue starting next week. Naturally, I also took lots of videotape and these shows will also be streamed on the site.

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LIVING IN PARIS, or some other foreign enclave, has always been popular with American artists and writers, but research now shows that it has been a boost to creativity in more ways than one. Two Chicago psychologists presented a group of business students who had studied abroad and some who had not, with some simple tests designed to how well they solved some practical problems. For example, one was: given a box of thumbtacks and a lighted candle and asked, how could it be fixed to the wall without dripping on the floor? (answer below). Many more students who had lived abroad solved the problem than the homebodies.

THE B-PLAN for some of those pink-slipped financiers has been to turn to gambling reveals Details which reports that  some on-line bettors more than doubled their previous Wall Street earnings. One former banker, says the mag—for long a successful recreational player—has turned poker into just one more exotic financial transaction using skills honed on the Street”.

MEXICO’S CURRENT WOES all coalesced at exactly the wrong time for Catherine Krantz who for ten years has been producing the glossy magazine, Another Day in Paradise in Zihuatanejo, about 100 miles north of Acapulco. She was just about to franchise clones of it in other parts of the country but considering all the ominous news coming from Mexico these days it might not be the first place to think of as a retirement haven. So far, though, tourists and their favorite places to visit have been little affected by the drug wars and sooner or later it’s expected that things will return to something like normal.

Catherine explains that producing a local tourist magazine is an interesting way for mature couples to ‘retire’ and yet start a new career at the same time, an opportunity specially suited to a writer, editor, photographer.

“It’s something I fell into,” says Krantz, “but there’s proven to be a real need for it, and that will only increase as the population of ex-pats in Mexico grows.”  Various statistics place the number of foreign residents in Mexico at anywhere from 500,000 to one million, with expectations for that number to significantly increase as more and more baby boomers look to Mexico to stretch their retirement dollars.

 
Catherine Krantz
Another Day in Paradise
Catherine Krantz
Another Day in Paradise
Google www.adip.info for more about the magazine

Despite a diminished publishing climate, people still read magazine--they are a marketing force second only to television--and nowhere more than when visiting a foreign place where a community–based publication like ADIP might typically offer general information about Mexican art, history, culture, travel, along with local content such as tips about things to do around town, community news, and a smattering of ads from local businesses.

   Amazingly enough, Ms. Krantz had no publishing experience when she began. She didn’t even speak Spanish and she cautions that publishing a community based magazine is not a part-time or easy job. “But for the right person(s) it can be extremely rewarding.  Most start-up magazines fail within the first two years.  After ten years we have taken all the guess work out of it and will make sure that new colleagues have the tools to succeed.  We want a strong national network of community publications for national advertising sales and have every incentive to help them build a successful business.”

Solution to the problem above: Stand the candle in the box, tack the box to the wall.

THE WILCOCK WEB: You’d think that by now even Sarah Palin would have realized how ridiculous she is and retired from the public sceneConan O’Brien is entirely too fond of himself….After 27 years, Television Week has dropped its print edition in favor of an online version….Dr. Bradley Connor, prexy of the International Society for Travel Medicine, advises eating pasta the night before your flight to encourage the brain’s production of sleep-inducing serotonin…..Angelina Jolie replaced Oprah Winfrey at the head of Forbes’ annual Celebrity 100, although Winfrey (last year’s income: $275 million) still leads in the money rank….The AARP Bulletin reports on a growing trend for shared medical appointments in which a dozen patients jointly discuss their (common) ailments with the doctor ”Books are the new business cards” comments Smart Money on the growing number of executives writing and self-publishing their own books….Digital monitors such as mechanical birds that chirp when the soil is dry, or signal when the tomatoes need to be covered, are racking up sales as more and more people turn to doing their own gardening…. Sign on the rear window of an SUV in SanFran: I ain't no soccer mom, or soccer dad. I’m a rockin’ single salesman on a mission. Thank you very much….. A ball and chain weighing 21 pounds called Study Ball is touted by The Week as a device to clamp to your child’s ankle and is digitally timed to open after he completes his homework…. Brit comedian Ricky Gervais, who owns the U.S. version of The Office says: “I’m richer than Simon Cowell……Deft definition: Giraffiti-- vandalism spray-painted very, very high…..With all that information about you on your Facebook page it’s all too easy for a hacker to steal your identity warns Sid Kirchheimer in his cautionary book, Scam-Proof Your Life….David Geffen is reported by the Independent to be “settling in for a lengthy siege” until the New York Times financial troubles force it to be sold ….“What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself”— Roland Barthes (1915-1980)

6/20/09

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