Much of the fun of writing this daily comment is the daily feedback. Herewith, a sampling:
With respect to the comment about my Rastafarian employee who’d been arrested for possessing a pound of marijuana — is society best served by paying to put such people in jail, I wondered? — came this sensible reply:
Here’s an e-mail from a fellow who wondering whether we might be cousins. He is a fee-based financial planner (the good kind, who don’t take sales commissions for steering you into particular products). His last name, coincidentally, is the same as mine. And in fact it does seem just possible that in the 15th or […]
Ah, the difference a single machine can make. The automobile, say. The telephone. Or how about a machine that can always tell when someone is lying — a sort of polygraph that truly works. Now wouldn’t that muck things up.
Such is the world imagined in a novel called The Truth Machine, which may be […]
For me to be giving anyone advice about the Internet is laughable. But I do have one qualification: I’m as frustrated and mystified by it all as most of you.
So perhaps these revelations will be useful:
1. It really may be worth your calling AT&T at 800-400-1447 and requesting their free WorldNet software. If […]
Yesterday I described a service that charges just a dime a minute for all calls within the 50 United States, anytime (not just after 7PM, a la Candace Bergen in the Sprint ads). If you’re someone who makes a lot of weekday daytime long-distance calls, check it out. (And if you’re an AT&T customer […]
Boy, are the competing phone discount plans ever needlessly — and purposely — complex. It’s like life insurance: they don’t want you to be able to make easy price comparisons.
Sprint has a point about every call costing just a dime. But Sprint’s “dime lady” commercials are so cloying (even though Candace Bergen’s a swell […]
Some statistics lie, but others tell the blunt truth:
Tax on a Pack of Cigarettes in:
Denmark —————————————> $3.88 Norway ———————————–> $3.45 U.K. ———————————> $3.27 Sweden —————————-> $2.80 Germany ———————–> $2.26 Canada ——————–> $1.95 France ——————–> $1.94 Holland ——————-> $1.82 Australia —————–> $1.67 Japan ————-> $1.32 Italy ————-> $1.31 U.S. —–> .56
I came upon […]
This just in: I followed one of my own recommendations just now, and I can’t resist sharing the outcome.
Remember where I was railing against IBM’s less-than-perfect customer service a week or two ago, contrasting it with the amazing folks in places like New Hampshire? Well, I was about to order a CD with 80 […]
I recently had occasion to ogle a business plan for what may wind up being a major Internet player in a few years. It’s smart and backed by people with proven track records, and there were the obligatory pie-in-the-sky, worst-case/best-case projections.
After all, what can we know about the future?
And this being a fairly […]
You’re probably too young to remember what Europe was like after the War, or even in the Sixties, when I first went, but it was the era of Europe on $5 a Day. Now it’s like $40 for orange juice and a cup of coffee.
But in 1967 it was like Gulliver in the land […]
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Years ago, in the Carter term, a stockbroker tried to explain what Schlumberger did. 'It goes to 100,' the broker said, exaggerating only a little bit. 'Then it splits three-for-two and goes back to 100 again.'~GRANT'S Interest Rate Observer
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