- The New Yorker: Carlos Slim, the NY Times and Latin american Telco
"What does Slim’s economic power—he owns the cell-phone lines, the top retailers, the restaurants, the utilities—mean for Mexican politics? Do you think he has negatively affected Mexico’s economic growth, as critics claim, or has he just taken advantage of a system?" – My answer? hell yes! If I was the mexican government, I'd nationalize all of Slim's assets in a heartbeat. Slim puts the "Mo" in monopoly. Mo Money, Mo Money.
- YouTube – Sasquatch 2009 Dancing Man Party
all it takes is one person. spend 3 minutess and 44 seconds watching this video. it is inspirational and conceptually applicable to so many other things in our daily lives. and this is not a "viral" video created by some dumb product company. this is the real shizness, the human spirit spontaneously coming together to bust a move. If you find stuff like this corny, unsubscribe from my blog now, you're dead to me. Ok, the music *is* kinda corny, I'll give you that. [via stevey, again again! Stevey is tweeting *so* hard]
- xkcd – A Webcomic – Troll Slayer
this is about the funniest comic I have seen in the last 10 years. hilarious. [warning: geek net humor] – [via stevey, again!]
- Goodbye, GM …by Michael Moore
"It is with sad irony that the company which invented "planned obsolescence" — the decision to build cars that would fall apart after a few years so that the customer would then have to buy a new one — has now made itself obsolete. It refused to build automobiles that the public wanted, cars that got great gas mileage, were as safe as they could be, and were exceedingly comfortable to drive. Oh — and that wouldn't start falling apart after two years. GM stubbornly fought environmental and safety regulations…" – brilliant piece and very much in tune with the previous article on American Airlines. AA is the airline version of GM. [via stevey]
- Dear American Airlines | Dustin Curtis
Curtis gets so pissed off at American Airlines' website that he redesigns the homepage and blogs about it. A User Interface Architect from AA responds. The short of the story is that AA is such a behemoth zombie corporate structure that changes involve endless review and approval cycles across multiple different fiefdoms within the company and any approved changes take years to see the light of day. Curtis then follows up with some excellent ideas on how companies like AA are solely focused on the bottom line and customer experience isn't even an after-thought. My question: should the US government be giving free handouts to zombie corporations like American Airlines? If this is how you run your company and you run it into the ground, then you deserve to watch it burn.
What is Hammock Dreams?
Hi, my name is Ed. In my life I've lived in Philly, New York, Wisconsin, Berkeley and Los Angeles. That was then. Now I live in coastal Nayarit Mexico. I've been living here for 6 years now (!). In these pages I write about and photograph my daily experience which includes a lot of surfing and mexican beach town street life. I also post about things I find interesting: art, design, photography, music, tech, etc...