Category: Business

  • Death to Genre Fiction, Long live Genre Fiction

    Death to Genre Fiction, Long live Genre Fiction

    The more genres there are, the less useful genre categories become for readers.

  • Product Review Search: Time frame

    When searching for information on a product or service, it would be nice to filter by how long the reviewer has used it. Everyone with a new car loves it. Everyone with a new kitchen appliance thinks it is great. Everyone with a new phone knows they made a good decision. And if those things…

  • Fear of Copying

    Seth Godin makes a great point here about florists and photos. I think it also applies to the writer’s fear of stolen ideas. The bigger threats to new writers are not finishing and anonymity after publishing. Most writers never finish and there are many that finish but never get discovered by readers. Very few (relatively…

  • Starting Requires Continuing

    It is easier to start something than to maintain, or continue, that something.

  • Amazon Books Make on Demand Virtual Tour

    This is impressive. A 9 minute tour of one of the Amazon MOD (make on demand) sites. It is all about books, so I presume the “make” refers to future. Imagine a 3D print shop at this scale. Everything is barcoded and you can see that each book is different coming down the line.

  • Stock market was up/down on news of [insert nonsense]

    I believe that TV and radio news use this stock market headline generator today.

  • Fake Meat: White Castle Review

    I am very interested in all the work going on in the “fake meat” area. Impossible and Beyond are both running full speed with the newest generation of vegetarian meats. To be clear, I am not a vegetarian. I love meat and do not intend to give it up. But I really hope that they…

  • Square Root Of Change

    Back in the early 1990s, I was working in IT at a multi-billion dollar manufacturing company. Ours was a small part of IT, separate from the mother ship. Responsible for about 2000 employees in our area, we had implemented several large projects over a two-year span; all bringing changes to the employees. I was a…

  • How Much Football Is Even In A Football Broadcast? | FiveThirtyEight

    The numbers are startling. An average NFL broadcast lasts well over three hours, yet it delivers a total of only 18 minutes of football action. How Much Football Is Even In A Football Broadcast? | FiveThirtyEight But somehow, viewers feel they are getting value from the broadcast. There are lessons in here in attention, the need…

  • The Fake Image/Video Arms Race Continues

    It is not always easy to tell the difference between real and fake photographs. But the pressure to get it right has never been more urgent as the amount of false political content online continues to rise. On Tuesday, Jigsaw, a company that develops cutting-edge tech and is owned by Google’s parent, unveiled a free…

  • Ghosting job applicants

    An acquaintance of mine, who wants to stay anonymous for obvious reasons, provided me the data for the above chart. The data came from their last job hunting experience. While a successful job search — after all, they got offers — there is something very disturbing that I would like to point out.

  • In Defense of the Bandwagon

    This time of year, American football gets a lot of attention in the US media. And in offices, bars, and coffee shops. I am a sports fan for reasons that are outside the scope of this post. I am also a fan of the bandwagon (pun intended). If a team isn’t winning, why should I…

  • Chew on this: Inside Scotland’s traditional sweetie factory – BBC News

    The Golden Casket factory in Greenock produces thousands of tonnes of confectionery each year. Managing director Crawford Rae gave the BBC a behind the scenes look at the production line, where sweets such as toffees, sour plooms and humbugs are manufactured for sweet-toothed customers around world. Chew on this: Inside Scotland’s traditional sweetie factory –…

  • How Dollar General Took Over Rural America

    As the chain opens stores at the rate of three a day across the U.S., often in the heart of ‘food deserts’, some see Dollar General as an admission that a town is failing. How Dollar General Took Over Rural America This is an interesting take on the dollar store craze. We have one (don’t…

  • Medical Product Outsourcing – An article I wrote back in 2005

    This article was published back in the June 2005 edition of Medical Product Outsourcing magazine. As the article title says, it covers how a company’s IT infrastructure can help with its medical device design process.

John Bredesen

Copyright 2023 ©