Friday, January 26, 2007
- Check in online 24 hours in advance. You MUST do this so that you get to board in the A priority line. Failure to do so almost always guarantees a middle seat between two very large and smelly people.
- Don't just take the first available aisle seat. Go down a few rows because there are always people who just HAVE to sit in the first few rows even if it means sitting in the middle seat instead of going to the back where it's half empty.
- If the window seat is open, look for a fat guy coming down the aisle and try to intice him to sit in your row.
- Put a bunch of papers and clothes on the middle seat.
- Remove your shoes. For full effect, remove your socks as well. Cross your legs and have your foot dangling on the middle seat. While not exactly barging an extra seat, most people would rather sit next to the tattoo and dreadlock guy than your smelly foot.
- Take a tissue out and blow your noise constantly.
- Clutch a barf bang.
- If someone still insists on taking the middle seat next to you, fumble around clumsily until the person finally just gives up and moves on.
If you have any other suggestions, please let me know....
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Government Regulation Done Right
The only people who should be upset are those who do a lot of dry cleaning. However, more expensive dry cleaning is basically a consumption tax and I'm all for consumption taxes, even when it hurts me personally. That being said, I'm already using a dry cleaner who uses the non-toxic stuff and I didn't need to watch Al Gore's propoganda to convince me to do so!
Thoughts on Successful Businesses
Successful Business, noun:
- an entity that has the ability to charge its customers a premium to comparable goods or services for no apparent reason.
- an entity that changes the way a vast majority of people live their lives.
The first definition includes companies such as Evian and Starbucks. It excludes fashion companies with no functional differences but discernable stylistic ones such as BMW, Mercedes, Nike, and so on. The key is to be able to charge more for the same amount of effort/value-add. Fashion companies arguably spend a great deal on superior branding and product development which warrent the premium. This definition acknowledges those companies who are able to get more for nothing.
The second definiton applies to companies such as Ford, RCA, and McDonnald's who respectively changed where people lived, what they did in their leisure time, and how quickly they ate their meals. These companies had an incredible amount of impact on the lives of many, many people.Admittedly, my examples for the first definition are weak and the ones for the second definition are old. If you can think of any companies that fit my description or if you have a beter definition, please let me know.
Friday, January 19, 2007
I wanted to ask the guy if he was one of the secret marketing employees some casinos hire to empart bad gambling advice to strangers. Just kidding, by the way.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Hurray for the Democrats!
Oh yeah, the environmentalist in all of us also wins.
In general, I against government subsidies when there's no reason to believe a free market wouldn't provide effient results (click here to read my thoughts on stem cell research). Stay tuned for my blasting of, and subsequent support for, "free" public education....
Chappell Defending W's Iraq Strategery
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Musings on The Price is Right
My first thought was to avoid a tie. If the value is $2 and one person guesses $1 and the other guesses $3, they'd both be off by exactly $1. However, this situation would be very rare and they could just stipulate that the in the event of a tie, the contestant with the lower (or higher) guess would be declared the winner.
My next thought has to do with anchoring and adjustment heuristic. Basically, if players have incentive to underestimate the value of the prizes, they will always be pleasantly surprised by the outcome. You wouldn't want someone guessing his or her final showcase is valued at $25,000 to then "win" a prize valued at only $10,000. It makes the prizes seem bigger and better than they are.
This theory seemed plausable enough and I couldn't find any holes in the logic, so I stopped considering other options and starting thinking about why the heck Bob Barker hasn't retired already....
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Who is Obama?
Monday, January 15, 2007
Random Vegas Airport Newsstand Thought
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Football in Los Angeles
Details are still coming in but from what I've seen, it looks like Beckham's contract dwarfs A-Rod's deal: $250 million for 5 years. That's almost money than the average hedge fund manager makes!
And in case you didn't read the fine print, I think the most interesting detail is identity of the man who put the deal together: Simon Fuller.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Better Than White Castle!
So I went in this morning to grab some breakfast and lo and behold they had steamed BBQ pork buns! Good thing my friend Jenkins doesn't work here or else there may have been a brawl in the dining room.
They had started setting up for lunch and they had some baked salmon I'm going to be thinking about for the next 2 hours or so....