Christmas shopping: Let’s say one knows exactly what one wants to purchase and it’s a fairly mainstream item, say, a DVD of a season of TV shows or a popular electronics device. Is there a reason to drive across town to purchase that item at a physical store when you can do it online in less than five minutes and get free shipping and know that it will be delivered by the time you need it? Am I missing something? Besides, the store’s employees know less about the product than an 8-year-old with Google can discover in 30 seconds. Oh, and did I mention the part about backing into a car in the parking lot of the store?
Andrew’s predictions for 10,000 BC (using Matt McAlister’s prediction generator): Andrew, commenting on my earlier post, shared his hilarious predictions for 10,000 BC that were generated by using Matt’s plug-and-play dotcom prediction generator with a few tweaks.
Here are Andrew’s predictions for 10,000 BC:
Last year I made several predictions that now seem ridiculously clothes-wearing. But a few ideas were pretty close. I’ve got a feeling that 10,000 will be a big year, and here are some of the reasons why:
1. A Mesopotamian startup is going to open our eyes to some new ways that Wheel can influence culture. Cave Paintings will pick up on this and run several cover stories on the founders.
2. Og will be in the spotlight for his decision to support Cities 2.0. This will upset Ug, and the scrollosphere will react slowly. The noise will quiet before the end of the year and it will all be forgotten soon after the shock.
3. Fire will see their stock skyrocket after their Cooked Food business starts taking off. We’ve seen it coming for a while now, but 10,000 BC will be the year it really kicks into gear.
4. Either Cook Your Food or Clothes will seek to expand their Cows-As-A-Medium-of-Exchange business by acquiring Domesticated Animals. Plow will be overlooked in the process, and they will see a management shakeout later in the year.
5. One of the big leaders in the Hunting and Gathering industry will wake up to the opportunity in the Agriculture and the Cities 2.0 trends. After months of speculation, they will make a key acquisition that will shake up the landscape for years to come.
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Polyhedron with two parallel opposite faces: Dylan Stableford at Folio: is reporting that the under-new-ownership business media company, Primedia Business, is changing its name to Prism Business Media Inc. It used to be called Intertec. Come to think of it, that would have been a good new name.
Inside joke: There’s a very funny satirical jab (yet only to Nashvillians who are aware of the history of Nashville media) at the John Sigenthaler Wikipedia controversy in this week’s Fabricator column in the Nashville Scene. It makes me realize once more that while the “Sigenthaler” story has become a national story (due initially and primarily to John Sigenthaler’s campaign to make it so), it’s also a very Nashville story, as well.