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Black Friday is the most ridiculous day of the year November 22, 2007

Hayden Panettiere Crazy Swirls

Just look at this crazy picture of Hayden Panettiere.  If you shop on Black Friday which is always the day after Thanksgiving, you’ll be stabbing toasters with cutlery.

Seriously

People getting trampled on a Black Friday Line Rush

There is no other day of the year where a guy can knock an old lady down, and then not even bother to help her because he’s trying to get to that $299 laptop.  Meanwhile a surging crowd of shoppers are running for the same item and then trample the old lady to death.  She’s in tears.  Kids are staring.  Some people point and laugh.  Boxes are flying.  Cases are getting torn open.  Two people are playing tug of war with a printer.  Another lady is shoved into a display rack.  There’s thirty people waiting for a store associate to open the case containing memory sticks.  People are stealing shit left and right.  Shopping carts are being filled to the brim with useless stuff.  The lines are atrocious.  Some people leave in tears after waiting hours for a deal and then not getting it.

A lot of that stuff happened last year, and I fully expect it to happen again.  It is glorious.

Black Friday Line Crazy People

Black Friday is widely publicized as the biggest shopping day of the year.  The day historically represents when retailers are back in the black or become very profitable.  Although being the biggest shopping day might be true in terms of the volume of shoppers, the amount of sales still doesn’t equal the sales made on the crucial days before Christmas (22nd, 23rd, 24th…mainly the Saturday before Christmas).  However, Black Friday still averages about a #7 rank in terms of sales.

You can either join the most insane day of the year where you’ll see greed and mass consumerism at work, OR you can join the social activists for Buy Nothing Day.  I have found some more pictures that accurately depict this “special” day.  Enjoy.

Black Friday Line at Walmart

Black Friday Line at Target

Crazy Black Friday Crowd Lining Up

Black Friday Line at Toys R Us

Black Friday Line inside Times Square Toys R Us

The BEST places to look at ALL Black Friday deals are…

http://www.blackfriday.info/

http://bfads.net/

I would hope that you’ll have fun and safe shopping, but we all know that’s not gonna happen.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Filed under: Holiday,Petra Nemcova,Thanksgiving — allyouneediscourage @ 3:13 pm

It’s Thanksgiving, and every year I take some time to think about what I am thankful for. 

Thanksgiving Cornucopia

I woke up today and almost bought a 32″ LCD for $419.99.  If you’re not up to date on HDTV prices, that is an absurdly low price even for a 26″.  I stood at the store for about 30 minutes thinking it over, and I’m thankful for my common sense and saving myself from buyer’s remorse.  It’s not even Black Friday yet…must…maintain…self control.

On an unrelated note, I wish Citigroup would finally call me back and tell me I got the job on Wall Street.  I would be very thankful for that, but unfortunately they’re taking a long time to make hiring decisions.

I would have to say I am thankful for getting many great interviews even if some didn’t lead to a job.  I am thankful for not being sick, thankful for having a semester that’s turning out pretty well, and thankful for Petra Nemcova.

Petra Nemcova in sexy white lingerie with butterflies

What are you thankful for?

 

Google takes the next step in ruling the world November 16, 2007

Filed under: Business,Financial News,Google,Internet,Technology,Web 2.0,Wireless — allyouneediscourage @ 10:21 pm

Google Logo

As reported today by the WSJ, Google is about to make a serious purchase for a chunk of the wireless spectrum, and they are prepared to bid without any partners.  Well, why would they need one anyway?  They have boatloads of cash that they’re using for their estimated $4.6 billion bid.  In fact, they’ve already set up an advanced wireless network under a test license from the FCC.  The FCC deadline to declare an intent to bid is December 3rd, and all the major telecom companies are eyeing Google closely.

From the WSJ

“The behind-the-scenes moves illustrate just how serious the Internet giant is about trying to reshape the wireless world. Its push could potentially expand the availability and decrease the cost of high-speed mobile Internet access to consumers and broaden the wireless applications they can use.”

“The company has said it wants to make mobile networks more open, so that consumers can use any Internet service and application and move their handsets between carriers without onerous restrictions. That’s one impetus behind the Android software for mobile phones that Google announced Nov. 5, alongside a group of industry partners including Taiwan’s HTC Corp., a handset maker, and Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile, a wireless carrier.”

“Google is focused mainly on bidding on what has been designated as the “C” block, a slice of the 700 megahertz spectrum. It is also considering other blocks of spectrum available as well, though they would provide only regional coverage or come with other limitations. Google has hired game-theory specialists to help plot its auction strategy, say people familiar with the matter.”

“Sean Maloney, an executive vice president at chip maker Intel Corp., argues that the frequencies on auction could hasten the spread of high-speed Internet access to rural areas and others who can’t easily get it. “Seven-hundred megahertz is a national treasure,” he says. The government is expected to turn over use of the spectrum to the winning bidders by early 2009.”

Although Google’s stock has dropped some due to overall market disruption, it’s still a very healthy company with increasing profits.  Yahoo has been making some great moves and gaining ground, but Google will undoubtedly remain a top company in search and related advertising.  There is a beauty in their strategy with Adwords and Adsense, both which I have written a short paper about but will not cover here due to the scope.  Some articles like the one in Newsweek have suggested that if a better search engine comes along, people like the upcoming and fickle Generation Y will switch very quickly.  I really don’t see it happening though.  Google has huge data centers all around the world so that its services are rendered lighting fast.  The algorithm is nearly bulletproof, and Google spiders have indexed more pages than any other search engine in the world.  Google has become synonymous with searching the internet.  They are doing what Microsoft has done and still continue to do, creating massive consumer lock-in.

ADDITIONAL LINKS

“Why Google should invest in Microsoft” – Fortune – October 12, 2007

“So Google’s down?  That means BUY” – Fortune – November 16, 2007

 

 

 

Sarah Michelle Gellar is alive and in December 2007 Maxim November 13, 2007

Filed under: Babes,Maxim,Sarah Michelle Gellar,Sexy — allyouneediscourage @ 11:50 pm

Sarah Michelle Gellar in Entertainment Weekly 1999

Wow…so Sarah Michelle Gellar comes back from a long hiatus…  Recently, she was photographed for the NEW December issue of Maxim Magazine.  So what if she’s like 30 and has faded out of the spotlight, she still has plenty of time for a comeback.  I remember when she used to be on a lot of magazine covers, hosted award shows, slayed vampires, and actually made movies (no matter how bad).  How exactly did she go from public obscurity to 2008 Woman of the Year?  Well, she does have three movies coming out:  The Air I Breathe, Possession, and Southland Tales.  I guess all the usual popular celebrities are too screwed up to make Woman of the Year (ie: Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton).  Sarah Michelle Gellar might be one of the only female celebrities that isn’t a loose cannon making all the wrong headlines.

Sarah Michelle Gellar on the December 2007 Maxim magazine cover

Why waste time with Maxim though when you can just get naked or follow Paris Hilton?  Well…give it time, she will come around soon enough.  Meanwhile, you can look at the new pictures of Sarah Michelle Gellar in the December 2007 issue of Maxim magazine

I’d like to do a quick comparison.  Here’s a picture of Sarah Michelle Gellar’s last famous magazine photoshoot in UK Esquire 2004.

Sarah Michelle Gellar in December 2004 UK Esquire magazine

Now look at her in Maxim 2007.  Notice the general sluttiness, shady, myspace-angle, photoshopped look.  This is what makes a good magazine.

Sarah Michelle Gellar sexy pose in December 2007 Maxim magazine

Sarah Michelle Gellar intense pose in December 2007 Maxim magazine