Monday, 22 May 2006

End Illegal Immigration – Send More Jobs to Mexico

The reason America has so many illegal immigrants is the same reason America (and any other country) has immigration. Same reason young Americans flee the Dakotas. Those places suck.

Building a fence between the US and Mexico won’t make Mexico suck less (or NoDak) – illegal workers sending money to their home country just might. US, European, and BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) corporations opening satellite offices, training Mexicans, and making Mexico a cool place to be will.

What if.

What if the rest of the world took it upon themselves to improve Mexico. And they did. Sure it could take years. Decades. Decades that should be behind us.

Friday, 19 May 2006

Double Feature: History of Violence & Murderball

I’d been looking forward to watching Murderball for a while now. I couldn’t wait and listened to Michael Geohegan’s Reel Review. Murderball is great for one reason – it’s a really cool sport. As a sports movie, it feels more like the skateboard/snowboard/bicycle-stunt team self-promotional videos I grew up with. With the best parts being the hits and the falls. I do have a soft spot for them – got a couple in the Netflix queue right now. I felt the passion from the players and the coaches…I didn’t feel it from the film makers. At one point, I thought the movie was over, popped the DVD out of the player and put it in the return envelope. According to Jen, I was a couple scenes early. Whups.

Then, tonight we watched Cronenberg’s A History of Violence. Jen’s been anxiously awaiting this one – I got interested via Elvis Mitchell’s conversation w/ David Cronenberg. In true Cronenberg fashion – the movie asks good questions about identity (I think the answers given by the wife and son were wrong). Again, like Murderball, good hits and falls. Some of the best fight scenes I’ve seen since Buffy left the airwaves. Unlike Murderball, I was expecting one more scene to wrap thing up more neatly – and glad I didn’t get it.

Thursday, 18 May 2006

DoubleShot Coffee’s Single-Click Order Dashboard Widget

Yesterday, I came across the DoubleShot Coffee Order Widget.

DoubleShot Coffee, the same Tulsa, OK folks on the receiving end of a trademark infringement claim by Starbucks, just made one giant leap for ecommerce.

Simplicity and Persistence.

After setting up credit card information on the widget’s backside, select one of their 18 coffees from the front and click ‘Order’.

Need more? Do it again.

Best of all, I don’t need to remember their url, bookmark their site, or remember anything. When I want coffee – I hit F12.

That’s how you build highly-passionate and caffeinated customers.

Thanks Brian.

Wednesday, 17 May 2006

Finally a Good Gillmor Gang

Addiction Gang Part IV pulls the Gillmor Gang out of a lull and really digs into the media transition we’re going through. I too am optimistic about revenue generation models developing out of this that are far more interesting and sustainable than what we have today.

We just gotta get there. Come on folks, we got work to do.

Tuesday, 16 May 2006

Monday, 15 May 2006

First Crack 79. Slush Recipe and House Memories

Jen shares her family Slush recipe (get out the cheap Brandy) while we share some memories about our old house. The place my Grandparents lived in for 40 years, my mom for a good chunk of that, Jen and I for 2, and Cooper for his first 6 months. We cover the good, the bad, and the renovated. Listen close and there’s a Dirk Gently reference in there for you.

I’m also introducing a new segment: Two Minutes with Mom.

Drop a message on the First Crack voicemail line: 612-284-4148

Listen to the Slush Recipes and House Memories [39 min]

Sunday, 14 May 2006