It Looks Innocent Enough Doesn’t It?

John saw an article a few weeks ago ….

… literally gushing with enthusiasm about The Wynn Hotel in Vegas installing an Amazon Echo in every room. I wasn’t so enthused. Imagine someone stationed in your room, 24*7 jumping up to your every instruction … “James-open the drapes”, “James – get me some coffee”, “James – put on Fox News” – ok – just checking – nobody would ever say that – would they?

Turns out someone at Wynn thought it would be a great idea to replace ‘James’ with ‘Alexa’ … “Alexa -open the drapes”, “Alexa – get me some coffee” .. you get the drift.

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Don’t Point The Finger Too Quickly

John thinks we were writing about this just the other day …

… you know about large companies buying up small companies and then wondering what to do – and getting all confused …. well I know it wasn’t exactly that – but close enough. Here is what we said.

Anyway, on a similar and related topic – this is GothamGal rapping on the state of retail as we enter 2017 and noting both Macys and Sears cutting their brick and mortar stores back significantly – and ‘The Limited’ closing all stores completely. Continue reading “Don’t Point The Finger Too Quickly”

Defending Your Turf

John read this morning that …

GE will buy more Tech startups in 2017 than Google. It must be true because I read it on the internet. Not only that – it was Hunter Walk himself that was writing – following up on pieces from both the NYT AND the WSJ.

Personally, I am not sure what that proves. If you are a large conglomerate defending your corner, I wonder how many ‘existential threats to your existence you would buy per year. Would Walmart have bought Amazon back in the day – had they been using a working crystal ball?

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There Are No Absolutes

John is living in dark times …

… because, if you don’t already read the excellent Clients From Hell, you might have missed this post about a client asking about making the black on his web-site darker.

Client: Is there any way we can make that element more black?”.

Me: It’s #000000. So no.

Client: There isn’t a darker black?

Well, little did he know … turns out that he should have checked in with sculptor Anish Kapoor, who was … Continue reading “There Are No Absolutes”

The End Of The World Is Nigh

John now believes that this is true …

I am reminded that there are those that liken America’s current fall from grace in the world  to the ‘Last Days of Rome’.  Bottom line, ‘Rome’ falling because of the disconnected, debauchery of the despots in Rome from the rest of their civilisation. Having just read that we are now serving dinners on IPads … I kid you not – I can only but agree.

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