Fractals of Change: August 2008

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12 posts from August 2008

August 28, 2008

Friendly Hackin at Nerdville

Daughter Kate, son-in-law Hugh, and first grandchild Jack have moved back to the US. Enroute to their new lives, they're staying with us in Vermont. Only problem is that they got to our house before we did.

Should have been no problem: the lock is electronic; Kate had the code for both it More...

August 26, 2008

Going Without Revenue

Starting a business with no plan for revenue is always a risky approach; it's especially so these days with no quick exits through either going public or being acquired and not much VC money available – especially for businesses with no revenue in the P&L.

Some people would argue that More...

August 24, 2008

We’re Madder Than Hell And…

We did it because we were mad. We did it ourselves with precious little help from our leaders. The average US price of regular gasoline is down 11% to $3.70 since the Independence Day peak of $4.14. That's still a lot higher than $2.76 a year ago; but we're also still mad. By coincidence, BTW, th More...

August 22, 2008

Blogging 101 – Comment Spam

Sometimes you will find comments on your blog which link back to commercial sites and are there to promote a product or boost the google-juice of the linked to site. Are these spam? Should you remove them all?

Here are two comments which were recently posted on More...

August 19, 2008

Blocking the Sun and the Wind

If you think solar and wind power are important for decarbonizing the atmosphere and/or for reducing our need for expensive imported energy from dangerous places, then you ought to be in favor of a massive buildout of America's electric grid. Too often self-styled environmentalists (not genuine e More...

August 17, 2008

Blogging 101 – Exchanging Links

My friend Al is a new blogger. He's received his first requests for link exchanges and would like to know what I think of this practice. For non-bloggers: a link exchange is an agreement that says I'll put a link to your blog on my blog if y More...

August 14, 2008

Freeloaders’ Chickens Come Home to Roost in Georgia

For decades many Europeans have criticized America's arrogance and belligerence while peering out from behind the shield we provide for them. The Russian invasion of Georgia and the threat to the pitifully small portion of the European natural gas supply which does not come from Russia has brough More...

August 12, 2008

Should Your New Web Business be Ad-Supported?

Contrary to popular belief, the ad-supported model for a web business is very, very hard to succeed at. I've underestimated the difficulty of living on ads a couple of times in the my investment career. Wouldn't want you to do the same either as an investor or an entrepreneur.

Google, of More...

August 10, 2008

Too Much Revenue, Not Enough Growth

Jeff Jarvis posted a comment on my post In Praise of Revenue:

"I'd also like to see you repri More...

August 07, 2008

It’s Time for Electricity to Come Out of the Closet and Go Into Storage

Way back in 1991 during a previous housing slump we had moved to Vancouver and had to sell our house in Vermont. "Replace the heating system or no one'll look at the house," the realtor said. The offending system was fairly new; it was in good shape; it was comparable in operating cost to what ot More...

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