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We must do this…

Limit all U.S. politicians to two terms:

One in office and one in prison!

Illinois Already Does This.

Harbor at Bodrum, Turkey

A palindrome reads the same backwards as forward. This video reads the exact opposite backwards as forward.  Not only does it read the opposite, the meaning is the exact opposite.

This is only a 1 minute, 44 second video and it is brilliant, with over 8 million hits so far. Make sure you read as well as listen forward and backward.
This is a video that was submitted in a contest by a 20-year old.   The contest was titled “u @ 50”  by  AARP. This video won second place. When they showed it, everyone in the room was awe-struck and broke into spontaneous applause.  So simple and yet so brilliant. Take a minute and watch it.  Actually, you may find that you need to play it over again to make sure that what you heard was what you heard!

Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

The Big Mac index

Taste and see

Jan 6th 2010

Burgernomics shows the Chinese yuan is still undervalued

THE Big Mac index is based on the theory of purchasing-power parity (PPP)—exchange rates should equalise the price of a basket of goods in different countries. The exchange rate that leaves a Big Mac costing the same in dollars everywhere is our fair-value benchmark. So our light-hearted index shows which countries the foreign-exchange market has blessed with a cheap currency, and which has it burdened with a dear one. The most overvalued currency against the dollar is the Norwegian kroner, which is 96% above its PPP rate. In Oslo you can expect to pay around $7 for a Big Mac. At the other end of the scale is the Chinese yuan, which is undervalued by 49%. The euro comes in at 35% over its PPP rate, a little higher than half a year ago.


Correction: We mistakenly included Mexico twice in the chart on first publication. This was corrected on January 6th.

McDonald’s announcement via Twitter today that it has filmed a Super Bowl TV commercial that features LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Larry Bird was surprising on at least three levels.

The first was that it’s difficult to get McDonald’s to talk about any future plans, least of all in advertising. “Stay tuned,” is the usual reply. Second, as recently as Monday, McDonald’s hadn’t appeared on lists of expected Super Bowl advertisers that I saw. Usually, if McDonald’s is in on big media buys, it’s in early. I assumed it was sitting out this one.

Finally, possible remakes of McDonald’s iconic 1993 TV spot with Michael Jordan and Larry Bird have been rumored for years, but nothing had come of them. The original commercial (top left) was titled “The Showdown” but often is recalled for its most famous line,“Nothing but net.” In 2007, Ad Age reported that a redo was being considered with LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.

That didn’t happen, but McDonald’s did make a new version of the famous commercial that year. Embedded above right, it stars Zhu Fongyu and Yi Jianlian and aired in China.

A basketball commercial seems a bit of a strange choice for the Super Bowl, but I’ll stay tuned.


What a great rockin’ performance, at the Apollo Theatre in Chi till it goes to Braodway in March. Story of rock greats Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis in their one memorable gathering at Sun Records in 1956, and the musicianship is fantastic, as is the story. If you haven’t seen, don’t miss it. Reminded me of the early days of McDonald’s, too.

Morgan Freeman Replaces Cronkite as CBS Announcer

The New York Times

Morgan Freeman
CBS News is retiring Walter Cronkite‘s voice, nearly six months after the esteemed anchorman died. Beginning Monday, the actor Morgan Freeman will read the introduction to the “CBS Evening News.”

Listen to the audio of Mr. Freeman’s introduction here.

When Mr. Cronkite died in July, CBS said it would retire his voice-over, but then changed its mind for the time being.

“We knew that, at some point, it would be time to transition,” Rick Kaplan, the executive producer of the “CBS Evening News,” said Monday. “The time was right.”

Mr. Kaplan said that Mr. Freeman recorded the new introduction on New Year’s Day.More…

Summer 2009, Geneva Lake, WI

Smartphone apps are displacing some search usage, and that will effect advertising revenues, though I see ads on many of my apps. Quite clearly, the tablet computers, once they move to second and third generations, will largely replace laptops, and perhaps slow the explosion of non-geographic apps on smart phones. Meanwhile, for people like me who spend a lot of time in non-urban areas, and some who do, the problems with reliable phone and data service due to coverage and overload, must be addressed by carriers, or the wireless market will stall. Google is positioning itself for the future, and it’s a chess game. Just my 2 cents.

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