Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Empire State Building December 10 2009


Stuff to keep you awake at night

Here are 10 potential geopolitical disasters. #1? Israel attacks Iran and all hell breaks loose.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Creepy Disney

Here's a photo from Disneyland in the 1950's. How creepy is that rabbit? More here.

First Flight

The 787 might finally fly the week of December 14th. It's been a long time coming.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Empire State Building December 4, 2009

800th Aniversary of Cambridge University

Improving email

I think the best business plan of all for Yahoo would involve fixing it's outmoded email. Here are a few ideas.

Empire State Building December 3 2009

Predawn twilight

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Freedom Tower

The Freedom Tower at ground zero continues its climb skyward. More...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Empire State Building November 20 2009

Madison Square Boys and Girls Club

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Just Go

There is a lot of hubris in Congress, of course, but there is the hubris of Robert Byrd who just became the longest serving member of Congress in history. He refuses to retire even though his health often prevents him from voting and the Democratic Governor of West Virginia would surely appoint a fellow Democrat to fill his seat should he retire.

Just go.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

El Nino

A new El Nino is growing in the pacific. This is imho good news for NYC since an El Nino usually creates a warmer-than-average East Coast winter.


The current conventional wisdom is that consumers will sooner or later have to start paying for online content. That may or may not be true.

My own view is that the core problem is not that people won't pay. They will pay. But when you add up all the digital pennies you end up with a top line that is a fraction of what today's top line subscription revenues look like. This is only due in part to the fact that we've trained consumers to expect stuff for free. The other more important fact is that so many people are willing to create and distribute quality content (and services) for free. Think of how much excellent news analysis is being created on top-quality blogs, for example. yes the authors would like to get some form of payment for the content but for them to do so would necessarily cut into their traffic and harm them on the advertising side. And we've reached the point where top bloggers can make a six-figure income from advertising alone.

This may be bad news for newspapers and for journalism as a profession (because many fewer of them will be able to make a living), but I'm not yet convinced it's bad news for body politic.

Article here..

Monday, November 16, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Mini Cape Town

I love tilt-shift photography, which creates the illusion that an image is miniaturized, and have just discovered a web site called tiltshiftmaker that will take uploaded photos and simulate tilt-shifts.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

AOL Deflation

AOL's revenues keep plunging. can anything be done?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Empire State Building November 1, 2009

New York marathon

Hey Jude


Cruise Inflation

The Oasis of the Seas is now the world's largest cruise ship. 40% larger, in fact, than the next largest cruise ship.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Empire State Building, October 31 2009

Halloween II More...

Most Interesting Shots (Today) #8

Each night, the photo sharing site Flickr ranks all the photos I've posted there according to their degree of "interestingness." Here are my 30 most interesting today. Earlier versions can be found here. Flickr likes my dogs and my buildings. More...

Friday, October 30, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Empire State Building, October 29 2009

Go Yankees! (Again) More...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Empire State Building, October 28 2009

Go Yankees! More...

Amtrak deflation

With the exception of the Northeast Corridor services, all Amtrak routes lose money. But the surprise, to me anyway, was how much some routes lose. The Sunset Limited, which runs from New Orleans to LA, loses $460/passenger!

Now, I'm a hug Amtrak fan and I ride the rails about twice a week between New York and Philly, but it really burns me that places where rail makes good economic sense like the Northeast are starved of funds to feed the romance of the rails in parts of the country where it makes no sense. I mean, surely people riding from New Orleans to LA could, er, pay a little more?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Empire State Building, October 27 2009

"Only Make Believe" 10th Anniversary Gala More...

Monday, October 26, 2009

World's Tiniest Model Train

This took me a little while to figure out, but this is a working model of a very tiny train set.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Empire State Building, October 23 2009

Alzheimer's Memory Walk More...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Don't Land on the Taxiway

Like this Delta flight did yesterday

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

News deflation

Can reams of news articles produced for $15-$20 a pop crush the New York Times online? That's the question posed by the business model of Demand Media. More...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Empire State Building October 16, 2009

El Museo del Barrio anniversary More...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

That dog in the window

This storefront has a CGI dog in the window

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Declining Dollar

Long term, there is no where for the dollar to go but down, especially if countries like those of OPEC stop using dollars to price commodities like oil.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Online Ad Deflation

Total spending in online advertising fell for the second quarter straight. That's the first time that's happened since the first dot-com bust. More...

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Here's a quick explanation of Google Wave. Can I have an invitation to be a beta tester please?

More scary jobs charts

It's bad. It could get worse.

Long long job search

You aren't the only one looking for a job for a while.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Chicago deflation

Chicago comes in dead last in Olympic tally

Friday, September 25, 2009

News deflation

Consumers will not pay for news. Period.

Newspapers were able to charge for news because they provided essentially a monopoly service before TV and the Internet. Now, there's so much news from so many sources (many with purely ad-supported business models) that there's always a free option to turn too. Turns out, most news is a commodity.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


So Twitter is now worth $1 Billion More...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Deflation News

Despite everything the fed is doing, the money supply is falling. Fewer dollars should mean falling prices. More...