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Wheeling and Dealing.


Naturally, Food Network's Great Food Truck Race is the kind of TV show that's right up my alley. It's a reality show with food trucks; each week, the truck that made the least profit must go home. Not only is it about food trucks (yum!), but it's also about marketing and business.

One food truck set up at a 2 day street festival, even though the $1000 vendor fee they had to pay at the end of the festival was pretty steep. In the evening, a second food truck discovered the festival, and negotiated a $675 fee for the second day of the festival. By the end of the festival, the organizer accepted $300 from both trucks for their fee.

I was surprised that the festival entry fee was negotiable at all, let alone negotiable to less than a third of the original price. I wonder if this is common in the food truck / street fair business, and what other industries have similar unspoken expectations for business dealings. Are web designers abnormal to expect that an agreed-upon price for services will be the price their clients pay?

Also, I would love to try Spencer on the Go, the French food truck. Come to Seattle!



Here is a haiku for Castle, with Captain Tightpants:

A silly cop show
An impossible premise
Still, I must giggle



Here is a haiku for CSI.

I cover my eyes
at gore; the husband giggles.
Don't watch while eating.

The Lifespan of Data.


Data has a lifespan, which is highly dependent on where said data is stored.

For example, I've had two Palm PDAs for in the past decade. I was able to import my data from the old PDA to the new one, and with each I'm able to enter data directly onto my computer and sync with the PDA. I've keeping contact info, shopping lists, and wacky business ideas for for that whole time. In comparison, the old paper address books I used to keep only held people I'd talked to in the past few years.

You can find just about any weird commercial that's recently aired on TV on YouTube, but the older stuff is harder to find. Tom Peterson's prime was well before the internet era, so you'll have to dig up some old VHS tapes to see more than a few of his commercials.

The Technologist Effect.


I was thinking about the Conan O'Brien situation. Coco likely had a younger and more technically sophisticated audience than JayLo. A high percentage of this savvy audience may well have been recording Coco's show to watch later, rather than watching live. This behavior would have a very high influence on the 'follower effect' that so many affiliates were complaining about.

Also, Conan's last shows were some of the funniest I seen in any time slot recently. I can't wait to see what Conan and his crew do next.

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