Bookmarks for June 1st

  • 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.

New QP

Quality Peoples V8

For all you folks on the rss feed, just a note to let you know that I’ve redesigned the site a wee bit and and beginning to switch up the format here and there. Take a gander at the new QP minimal/watercolors version.

And for all you iPhone/Touch junkies, QP is now optimized for viewing right in your pocket. give it whirl. The iPod/Touch interface comes from a wordpress plugin called WPTouch. good stuff.

I’m noticing some slight problems in IE. CSS experts: the header/nav should be fixed vertically but move with the layout horizontally. IE isn’t playing well. If you have any ideas, drop me a comment or email thanks: ed at qualitypeoples.com.

Problems fixed with help from a little birdy, thank you.