Friday, July 23, 2004

Maybe Politicians Aren't As Dumb As They Look

From the "future is now" category:

The Schwarzenegger administration is the first California gubernatorial administration to adopt the BlackBerry on a wholesale scale.  80 people on Ah-nold's team carry BlackBerrys wherever they go, including assistant press secretary Julie "Thumbs" Soderlund.

The interesting thing is the reason why the Blackberrys are so useful--they allow the administration to gather, broadcase, and respond to events in real-time--given the Governator a critical edge in speed.  The example in the article shows Team Schwarzenegger instantly responding to an assertion by the Democratic Assembly leader in near real-time, allowing them to get their sound bite into the same evening news segment.

It's not about the technology, it's about speed.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Mmmmmmm...liquid donut!

Again, some times the truth is stranger than fiction.  Krispy Kreme, hit hard by the low-carb craze, fights back with a drinkable donut.

The small size has 440 calories, the large 730.
Calendar Integrity

The word of the day is "calendar integrity."  In other words, showing up on time.  A simple courtesy that boosts productivity, but little practiced today.
French-bashing of the Day

I saw the following on an ESPN.com story on Lance Armstrong's ascent to the yellow jersey:

"His rivals melted away like the French Army defending Paris."