This is an interesting article on the economics of informercials.
Feb 21st, 2012 by Will
How Target Figured Out a Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did is a fascinating story about how sophisticated Target’s data mining is. My go to story on data mining has been how Wal*mart knew that prior to a Hurricane hitting demand for strawberry Pop-tarts went up in their stores, but this one has clearly surpassed that. It’s equal parts creepy and awe inspiring/impressive just how much you can tell about somebody by looking at their purchasing habits.
I appreciate that my credit card provider spotted that fraudulent charge, and let me know. It’s actually pretty impressive that they were able to recognize a single fraudulent charge that may have easily been something I would have bought. I appreciate that I won’t be responsible for that charge. That kind of safety is why I use credit cards. But, now they have to close the account and it will be 5 to 7 days until I get my new card. What am I supposed to do until then? Use cash? What is this 1953?
I like the idea of the Awesome Foundation http://awesomefoundation.org/blog/ – give somebody money to do something awesome. I want to surround myself with people who are trying to do awesome things, but reading the first few projects, they don’t seem all that awesome to me.
As long as I’m linking to AppleOne content, we also just posted an AppleOne Local Jobs page. You can still use the job search to find current jobs, but this page highlights some of the categories of positions we always need.
We created an AppleOne Employment Services YouTube Channel. There’s just a welcome video there for now, but we plan to create a number of helpful videos for career seekers.
Manjari Sharma’s images of people in her shower are really compelling. There’s no exposed bits, so don’t worry about that.
I went through a phase in college where I read a lot of Shakespeare’s plays. I always thought that Lear was one of my favorites, but I’d never seen it performed. I just watched the ’71 movie with Paul Scofield, and found the whole thing surprisingly slow and overly arty (to say nothing of overly shouty). Was it the performance? Was I a different person in college (obviously yes, but you know)? Does it read better than it plays? I don’t know. I’m sort of disappointed now.
Upgraded my WordPress install to the latest, and my theme started throwing errors on every page. I added a comment to the first line of every PHP page, and that fixed it. I don’t know why it fixed it. It shouldn’t have done anything at all, but whatever.
My computer suddenly lost its wireless network card. I jostled, rebooted, even fixed permissions. Nothing. So, I cracked it to reseat the card. In the process I dropped one of those teeny, tiny little screws. I peered, brushed, even got a magnet. I found a rock, some bits of wood, some lint, something I couldn’t begin to identify and enough dust to choke a bunny, but the screw remains determinedly missing.
The computer works. I have a network again, but I remain thoroughly unsatisfied.