Inflation’s Effect on my Bacon, Egg, and Cheese
April 17, 2008, 3:06 pm
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According to the proprietors of Chicken Deli, a fine establishment across the street from my office building, inflation “in the price of everything” is ensuring that my bacon, egg, and cheese is slightly more expensive than it used to be.  Some other quintessential NYC industries have also raised prices citing rising wheat costs.   These responses are primarily a result of the ongoing boom in commodities.  While this trend has been ongoing for a few years, it has been particularly pronounced over the first four months of this year.  If Chipotle’s recent decision to implement a 10% price increase exclusively in NYC is any indication, it seems like New York is ahead of the curve in responding to the inflationary pressure caused by rising commodities prices.


April 9, 2008, 10:42 pm
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This is ridiculous.

Memes Must Die – “rickrolling” the Mets
April 9, 2008, 10:47 am
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This kind of shit makes me despise this medium. Apparently, there’s now going to be a run-off to determine the fan-chosen song that will be played every 8th inning at Shea this season. Also, the Mets are playing like they were at the end of last season. Come on…

photo via The Social courtesy of Sarah Harbin/CNET Networks

I Want A Stock Trading Robot
April 9, 2008, 9:35 am
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iBankCoin, this guy’s new soapbox, is a site about trading that is one of the funnier reads I encounter on a daily basis.  The above ad campaign is plastered throughout the site and I must say, this ad presents an extremely tempting proposition.

Michael Arrington Has No Idea How CNET Makes Money
April 7, 2008, 6:30 pm
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James Nicholson has an article up on Seeking Alpha offering his take on Michael Arrington’s “blogger dream team” post. His focus is on CNET Networks and Arrington’s claim that a “dream team” of tech bloggers could take the company apart in a year by putting out superior content. Nicholson is a little late responding to Arrington’s diatribe, but he does a great job explaining how Arrington has no real conception of how CNET actually generates revenue:

What drives CNET’s profits is its technology product reviews and the product search engine. This is an area that CNET still dominates and it would be largely unaffected by competition from a tech news blog network. In recent years CNET’s reviews have been behind the curve in evaluating new technology products, mainly because the company has been spread thin going into a variety of areas, many of which have had significantly lower margins than its review/shopping core. CNET’s biggest blog competition is not from TechCrunch, but from Engadget and Gizmodo – these are the blogs breaking the tech product news that CNET should be breaking.

Nicholson also feels that CNET would be best served by selling to Arrington’s newly constituted crew of superstar tech bloggers and focus instead on putting out as many electronics reviews as possible. I think he may have a good point, but I’m not sure is as dead as Arrington et al will have you believe. Let’s wait and see what Dan Farber brings to the table as EIC.

photo courtesy of jdlasica