What is the role of distribution in a world where consumption, savings, and investment will accelerate in volatility?
In the 20th century, advantage was attained by seizing or building
distribution channels. At the Lab, we've found that value chains built
on inert channels are significantly less profitable than value chains
built on circuits - two-way channels, where context flows in one
direction, and goods in the other. Think (the totally radical) Threadless.
Seriously, can we just ship this election already? I'm exhausted. Tune in tonight for the Obama-mercial and Obama on the Daily Show. Frankly, I'm kind of excited to still be included in the "youth vote" demographic.
Vogue's got an excellent profile of Jill Biden. It really gave me a great picture of the Bidens and why Obama picked him as VP. Despite the pressure the Bidens and the Obamas get to move their families to Washington, they cherish the ability to give some normalcy to their families by staying in their hometowns. Jill seems grounded, charming, and altogether awesome. I liked this passage a lot:
When (Obama and Biden) became part of the ticket and (Jill and Michelle) started traveling together, she
says, "we began to like each other, and it became a truly warm
relationship. We just clicked on so many levels. And our families, I
mean, heck! Her mother is so wonderful, and she and her brother get
along. It was just this mesh of families. My granddaughters went to a
sleepover with Sasha and Malia and had a great time. Toward the end of
that week, we were about to say goodbye, and Michelle and I put our arms
around each other and she said, 'I love you,' and I said, 'I love you,
too.' I mean, in a week it got to that point—and it wasn't phony!
I think that's very unusual—maybe for two men to sort of hit it
off it's not—but I think it's more unusual for two women to click
There's links to the Vogue pieces on Michelle and Cindy McCain too. No word yet on a piece about Todd Palin.
If you've got a blog - TypePad, Movable Type, or otherwise, you can add a widget like the one you see in my sidebar to alert people about the latest hurricane information/how to get help/how to find family.
The information and widget come straight from FEMA/DHS, which is a huge improvement from the last time we went through all this.
I've done a quick scan of my friends in the Gulf, and everyone seems ok. I'm crossing my fingers still that the next three storms pass us all by with minimal damage. Hanna makes me feel a little nervous, so keep safe out there, yall.
I'm suddenly very curious as to why he's announcing his retirement now. What kind of goods have they got on the guy that this story isn't being messaged by his office, and breaks on a Monday evening of a relatively slow news day, rather than being buried in the Friday night news?
Now, of course, the Republican party can wash their hands of him. Should be interesting to see how this plays out and if the Democrats can remind people that this isn't just about one man, but about a systemic problem, and present an alternate solution, rather than sitting on their collective hands.
Interesting too to see the blogosphere's take: and now they'll have a different audience coming with with the NYT redesign...
Dr. Salvatore J. Culosi, better known in my hometown area as Sal, was swarmed by a SWAT team while they tried to serve a petty gambling warrant. The person who shot and accidentally killed him is a 17-year vet of the police force, and by all accounts should not have had his finger on the trigger during the arrest of an unarmed suspect - yet no charges are being pressed. His family has started a blog dedicated to getting Sal justice here.
Sal seems to me to be any of the guys I grew up with - affable, good job, little house, close circle of friends - when circumstances went horribly wrong. Anyone who has known an ACTUAL bookie knows the difference between a pro and someone making a sports bet. Necessitating a SWAT team? And the immediate use of deadly force on an unarmed citizen? This smacks of unaccountability to me, and of a general sense of "protect your own" among a police force who should rather live by the motto "protect and serve". Something just smells wrong.
I was having a No Good Very Bad Day until just a minute ago. Then Lady Bunny made me laugh my ass off.
"If Frey's fictional writings have helped so many people with their own problems, who cares if it's true or embellished? Oprah has absolved herself and the liar's been exposed. Let's move the fuck on.
Let's move on to the president who lied to start a war which has killed thousands that isn't anywhere near over. I'd settle for one hour-long special on the impeachment hearings that the White House is bracing for. Or the laws that he's broken by spying on us.
And the real scandal that NO ONE is mentioning? Oprah's hair was
incredible today! Those side-swept curled wings? Some fag is working
overtime on that ho. Can someone introduce him to Star Jones? She looks
like a bug-eyed, drowned dog."
Alex wrote a great post on jury duty, and it's cross-linked on Daily Kos. It's an interesting exploration of how political change on the micro level really matters. Most of us look at jury duty as either an interesting anthropological experiment, a pain in the ass, or both. His take on it is worth a read.