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Rarities in NYC

Yeah, I know I'm late.. Oddities have beset Gotham. Tornado touched down in Bay Ridge and Sunset Park. You thought Al Gore was just a politician. Holy Cow, Phil "The Scooter" Rizzuto will no longer be heard on Yankee broadcasts. Scooter passed away earlier this week. He will be missed.

The Bx Bombers are in the midst of a big series against the Tiggers.

Books for the all

I wondered when these types of machines would become reality. With Google's adamant stance of breathing life into texts that have outlived expired copyright, it clearly signals a change in the access mediums.

Just imagine having access to texts which were typically considered reference materials. Taking this idea a step further, I would expect that we will begins seeing digitized copies of the same. Perhaps this could resurrect the dead e-book market?

10 big ideas for 2007- On Demand Books

Synopsis of Lidle tragedy

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Perhaps the most comprehensive assessment of what may have gone wrong, and caused the accident on the Upper East Side. What astounds me is that non-commercial air traffic is still permissible in densely populated metropolitan areas.

Cirrus SR20 Crash in Manhattan

Steel Globalization

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Well, in the midwest(aka North American wilderness), when you speak of emerging global economies most people quickly utter China. However, I wouldn't sleep on India. Granted both nations of their fair share of political ills, but these days nobody is immune to some sort of dirt that is despicable to their foreign neighbors.

China made as strong power move to acquire a struggling American oil company, an action that was met with strong opposition.

However, as the article below would suggest, a very prominent Indian national is amassing a huge amount of wealth by strategically providing steel to developing nations. In fact, Lakshmi Mittal, is building quite an empire.

OpinionJournal - Featured Article - Heavy Mittal

Dirtiest cities??

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Statistics can certainly be quite entertaining to analyze.
Where does your city rank?

50 Cleanest (Dirtiest) Cities in America

CVS to the rescue

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Although, I don't typically frequent CVS stores; however, they are as common as dandelion in most major cities. These are the types of stories that the mainstream press should share with everyone.

I'm sure that they lost a great deal of revenue, but it will certainly galvanize themselves as a terrific corporate citizen. Public perception is extremely powerful and should bode well for this growing pharmacy/convenience chain.

A stark contrast to Wal-Mart, huh..

CVS decides to stay put, help recovery - The Boston Globe


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The city that never sleeps even keeps tabs on 'knoddy' headz. Imagine a listing of the best spots to visit in NYC when one is lifted. I wonder if Dave Chappelle had any input into the selections on the list. Pot City

The Anti-Sam's Club

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It appears that Sam's Club really has some competition. In fact, according to the article below, the Costco business model seems to be much more endearing to the Costco employee too. Happy employees are less likely to file lawsuits (ala Walmart), and more likely to provide better service.

While I have never shopped at Costco, I do believe that it does have a window of opportunity to steal business from the evil empire (aka Wal-Mart).

I think Walmart has become more interested in expansion and profit margins and less interested interested in customer satisfaction.

How Costco Became the Anti-Wal-Mart - New York Times

Sista writers

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I've never been a fan of fictional books, especially those which deal with romance or lack thereof. Actually, I got tricked into reading one such book. I joined a local book club, which was full of women. They decided that everyone should read "In Search of Satisfaction" by J. California Cooper. Surprisingly, I read the entire book, albeit begrudgingly. What a weird book. It was mixture of human tradegy and soap opera. Certainly not my cup of tea at all. I would rather read facts and stats, or something distinctly technical.

So it is no surprise that I have not been particularly enamored with writers like Terri McMillan. I had always thought her material to be myopic and too critical of black men. However, I do applaud her for opening doors for other black female authors. Apparently, there are others who seek to share the their experiences with majority audiences.

Pioneers Are Taking Black Chick Lit Into Middle Age - New York Times

NYC - Wildlife

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Yeah, I'm going to take a break from my normal posts. Figured I'd bless you with a bit of nature and perhaps provide you with a fresh perspective on my birth city.

Most people would never guess that there are natural predators in NYC. Nah, I'm not talking about those that would jostle you on the street. I'm talking about the Peregrine Falcons. Apparently city pigeons are a dietary staple for these incredible creatures. Any NYer would attest that there is an abundant supply of pigeons to go around.

These hungry goslings are protected and will even thrive in the most hostile environments.
As the saying goes, if you can make it in NY, you can make it anywhere.


Gothamist: The Falcons

Peek and you lose

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I know that this is somewhat stale, but a few of you are MBA candidates, so I figured the article would be noteworthly. Apparently, applicants for the 2007 HBS class, gained access to 'ding' letters. Unfortunately, the school to the tough stance and rejected all those who were thought to be guilty.

I have a buddy who attends HBS, but he has not commented on the scandal.

What is impressive is the craftiness of the business school student, they should not be taken lightly.
I take back all of my smug comments.

None of the 119 will be admitted

It also appears that at least one of the 119 rejected applicants has made fun of his plight.


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I've been a bit busy lately. Just relaxing at home with family. Some of you may have noticed that my site was down. I have disabled open comments until I have finished safeguarding my site against unwanted comment spam. Recently, the problem has escalated.

Wal-Mart - Corporate Juggernaut

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If you missed it, CNBC will be reairing the "Age of Wal-Mart" documentary. It really was an eye-opener. I always thought Wal-Mart was a rural store which was quite at home in the deep South. However, during the past 10 yrs it has nearly become a Real Estate firm, in that it has consumed huge stretches of landscape in the US.

In fact, there are many cities that have vowed never to allow Wal-Mart to advance into its metropolitan areas. It has become the Evil Empire in many circles.

It appears that they are also struggling with countless lawsuits, relative to its hiring practices and salary inequities.

Perhaps most intriguing, is Wal-Mart plans to use the controversal RFID technology for its merchandise that ships from China and overseas. It has become apparent that other retailers will soon follow.

Is Wal-Mart Good Innovation Really Good for America?

How many do you have in your town?

Lesson in Humility

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Very interesting article written by Ejovi, who spent time in Japan.
Cultural differences can really teach us a great deal. digital divide -1: Humbling Experience

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