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By cam (Sun Apr 08, 2007 at 08:09:37 AM EST) (all tags)
Tronno, acker dacker, hummingbirds, cicero, conservatism, daewoo, dick dale, old posts


1. Will the Toronto Maple Leafs make the playoffs? Elmo has his say. Le Habs are out, Rangers are safely in, and if the Islanders win today; no playoffs for the leafs.

2. AC/DC Shot Down in Flames. Pretty timeless in their ability to kick arse.

2. ZOMFG The Hummingbirds! Word gets around. They were part of the Sydney Pop scene and the 'Sydney Sound' before Ratcat exploded into mainstream sensibility. The Sydney Sound ended up being enshrined in You Am I. There was a bunch of bands from around this time that sounded similar. Kind of post-punk, but pre-grunge. Rather than the growly voices grunge made popular it was more poppy. Hard Ons are another good example of that type of music. Probably owed more to the Buzzcocks than anything else. I also had a serious late teen crush on the female guitarist in the Hummingbirds.

3. Cicero on being a public figure:

Once I realised that the Roman People were rather deaf, but sharp-eyed, I stopped worrying about what the world heard about me. From that day on, I took care to be seen in person every day. I lived in the public eye and was always in the Forum. I would not allow my concierge, nor the lateness of the hour, to close the door on any visitor.

4. Long article from ssr on how the conservative conflicts on collectivism inevitably lead to exception governance.

It is interesting to note that when conservatives recognise the internal inconsistencies of conservatism as a political ideology and the inevitable end result of this philosophy, their 'conservatism' becomes liberal republicanism. Andrew Sullivan is a good example of a conservative who has come to this insight even though he refuses to call it liberal republicanism.

Ultimately this means that conservatism is unable to provide a coherent form of governance in a liberal democracy without dipping into despotism to resolve its lack of internal logic. In liberal democracy we see this as a state of exception. This form of governance is not unique to conservatism, other state-first ideologies such as socialism and nationalism also suffer under this incoherence and must inevitably end in authoritarian emergency.

5. Daewoo is the dominant GM brand in South Korea. They are selling a sportscar (Saturn Sportster) and a luxury car (Holden Statesman). The statesman is actually Holden's biggest export. Apparently US Buick dealerships rejected adding the Statesman to their lots? Bizarre. It is a strong seller in every market it is in. Good to see Daewoo bringing in the best cars that GM can produce for their market. That methodology seems to be GM's strategy. It is a good one IMO.

6. Dick Dale gives advice for bands on how to become successful/sustainable. Same as the challenge I am going to have; in a crowded marketplace the best means to differentiate yourself and get noticed is by marketing. An important skill.

7. A very talented person I live with made this lemon and olive chicken with fettucine.

8. David Seah:

I started reviewing my old blog posts last night, going back to the very first ones in 2004. It’s a little embarrassing to read through the earlier posts. On the other hand, it’s interesting to see how my writing style has evolved as my personal focus has clarified.

I know what he means. Some of my k5 posts were pretty infantile.

Update

9. Burger King coffee 'Joe' is the worst coffee on the planet.

10. Stranger Than Fiction again. Water as symbolism for creative inspiration. Hoffman and Latifah avoid it. Hoffman in its pure form avoids it, but in its impure and modified forms (coffee, yoghusrt) etc, he is a strong consumer. In terms of coffee he puts it back in the pot to consume later. I also suspect the bit where he is doing a piss and drinking at the same time is along this theme.

The interesting bit related to this is how Thompson puts out her cigarettes. She spits into a hankey and then douses the cigarette in the spit. The water is her creative juices which she uses to extinguish a flame. I guess the analogy is in writing a book she kills characters (for reelz). When she is typing and crick was de ... she couldnt light the cigarette. So I guess that is a literal symbol.

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Elmo would be a lot funnier by clover kicker (4.00 / 2) #1 Sun Apr 08, 2007 at 01:54:15 PM EST
if he was wearing an Islanders jersey.

Mind you I'm not shedding tears to see the Loafs on the golf course - I'm too busy wondering what will cause the Sens to collapse this year.

Go Sens go!!! (please!?!?!?! just this once?!?!?)

GM by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 01:53:14 AM EST
I haven't looked at the figures recently, so maybe the accounts blow my subjective impression up, but overall, it seems the various international divisions are doing ok, some (like Vauxhall in the UK) really hit bottom for a while but they've recovered, showing some responsiveness to the market.

It's the US home division that seems to bumble along, incapable of responding to customer preferences at the moment. In part this is of course the hubris (and resulting incompetence) of any Corporate HQ in a huge firm, but some of it has to be put down to the distractions of the finance arm that Wall Street loves so much. GM USA is virtually a finance company that makes cars to use a promotion tools in it's financing. My gut feeling is that is a large part of the loss of focus.

GM in the US suffers from too many brands by cam (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Apr 09, 2007 at 05:33:07 AM EST
They have good cars and trucks now. Apparently GM went round to its international divisions, like Vauxhall and Holden, and said, "We wiped your debt clean, it is a fresh start, if you are unprofitable, we kill you". They probably need to do that with their domestic divisions now. I cant see Pontiac, Buick, GMC or Saab surviving in that environment.

cam
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Saab... by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Apr 10, 2007 at 12:18:28 AM EST
are really an international division, although since GM took them over they've been losing their identity in Europe.

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