Group identity and commercialism

Here's a short video log I recorded yesterday as I got to thinking about how we as humans tend to separate into groups and sub-groups and identify with them. We form separate cultures and sub-cultures and nowadays, we want to stand apart from what we see as the commercialism and consumerism of modern society.  And [...]

Stats about pharmaceutical companies

Have a look at the infographic below for some sobering facts about pharmaceutical companies in the US. Here are a few snippets: The cost of prescription drugs rises 12% every year; they now cost 3x more than 30 years ago. The markup on prescription drugs varies from 5,000% to 225,000%! That's pure profit these companies [...]

Changes in TV viewing habits

The BBC reported recently on how TV viewing is becoming a more social experience. When I read through that article, I said, hang on a minute, I had an idea back in October of 2005 along the same lines... I called it audience-inclusive advertising, but the thoughts I wrote in there can be applied to [...]

New site design is live

This past week, I spent a feverish few days working on this new site design. I have been working on several different layouts during these past few months, but liked none of them except the one you see now. I built it from scratch, since that's the way I like to do things. One of [...]

Mozy advertising versus user experience

A few months ago, I was interested in offsite backup, and thought I'd give Mozy a try. Their Home Backup plan intrigued me. It was only $4.95, and was billed as unlimited. Could it actually work as advertised? Short answer is no, not by a long shot. Sure, it only costs $4.95/month. That much is [...]