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October 11, 2000  
A vain attempt to fight insidious consultant-speak, from a story on how Scient bled a client to death.

"This may sound weird, but it's a request. From this point forward, let's try to not use the word 'Process' when talking with any member of Verde. A number of their associates do not like the word and it has a very negative connotation with them. For example, 'Our Process dictates that....' - That's a no-no. Let's try and substitute the word 'Approach' or something similarly softer when speaking to these items. Let's review...Process = Bad. Approach = Better. Thoughts = OK

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October 10, 2000  
Gaucho Fair in Buenos Aires, a great excursion. A new Epinion I just wrote.
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My Yanqui Sources for Latin American News

Yahoo Full Coverage for Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Peru. The Latin American news sections of Publications like the New York Times, The Economist, and Business Week. Local English language papers like the Buenos Aires Herald and the Bolivian Times. Traveler's Reports on the Lonely Planet Discussion Boards.
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How Do Mexico and the US Perceive Each Other?. Keynote speech by author Pete Hamill.

Also, recently in Salon, an author recomments five classics of Mexican literature.
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October 09, 2000  
The Buenos Aires Subte, The A-line

The A-line is the oldest in the city, started in 1913. The cars they use date from the 1930s, the oldest currently in operation in the world. They are wood shells which rock and bend shape as the train rattles down the line. The picture is from this great site called Just Like Being There.com. The photo above is by this user called Zerega who has fantastic photos of South America.
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You won't see this on the cover of People

Altho I suppose with any number of nude, pregnant celebrities appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair, I shouldn't complain.
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October 06, 2000  
Bill Owens: Random Candid Shots

Hiding the gum

the beauty of urban sprawl

Bill Owens is well known for his book Sububia which chronicles the plastic superficiality of Californian sprawl. Having grown up in these surroundings I look at these pictures with nostalgia not irony. The San Jose Art Museum had an exhibition of his back in January and has some ok Owens photos on their site.
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Bundling Information Goods: Pricing, Profits and Efficiency. MIT Sloan School of Management. Arguments against micro-payments:

we find that bundling very large numbers of unrelated information goods can be surprisingly profitable.... The predictions of our analysis appear to be consistent with empirical observations of the markets for Internet and on-line content, cable television programming, and copyrighted music.

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TV and Celebrity in Argentina

I don't have a television here, which is both a curse and a blessing. The other day I spent a bored afternoon at a friend's house watching this inane program called Sabado Bus. Basically it's a bunch of guests; actors, musicians and assorted people famous for being famous. They eat dinner, on camera, while anorexic, scantily clad dancers jiggle in the background. At the end of the show they give away, to one of these rich and famous guests, a car, usually a Ford Escort (altho as an Argentine friend pointed out, this ain't Hollywood, and some of the up-and-coming actors could sure use a new car).

The highlight of the show is the Macho Bus where they take one of the younger, male guests, and dress him up in a scantily clad outfit and take a picture of him.

the late cuarteto star Rodrigo

Most of Argentine television is of this same quality; low production values, talk-show oriented programs, silly games, scantily clad men and women, and a seldom rotating cast of guests famous for being famous. It's as if all Argentine Celebrity is based on the Hollywood Squares model.

Paul Lynde, of Hollywood Squares Fame

The worst of all is that Sabado Bus won awards as one of the best and most innovative shows last year. No wonder Argentina, a country with per capita GDP 40% that of the US, has rates of cable penetration approaching 60%.
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James Lovelock on Saving the Amazon:

If you wanted to preserve the biodiversity of rainforest, drop pockets of nuclear waste into it to keep the developers out. The lifespans of the wild things might be shortened a bit, but the animals wouldn't know, or care. Natural selection would take care of the mutations.
From booksUnlimited, found via SciTech Daily.
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October 05, 2000  
Vote for me! See the ranking on the right-hand column, just below my picture? Yesterday I emailed a bunch of friends telling them to vote for me. Good or bad, it didn't matter. Points are points. My friend Cage had the following to say:

Been reading SJ Gould again recently. He cites Marx's statement, on several occasions, that "quantity becomes quality". :-) A large enough quantitative difference eventually passes a point of discontinuity and becomes a qualitative difference, as the straw broke the camel's back.

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October 04, 2000  
San Jose Mercury's Mr. Roadshow.

Their traffic plan to get 40,930 fans to every game at Pacific Bell Park has gone smoothly. As the Oakland A's learned during the heyday of Reggie-Campy-Catfish, build a park near the train and plenty of people will ride mass transit, even here in California.
Nothing makes you feel like you're home again than reading about stop light cycles on Lawerence Expressway, even if you're in another hemisphere.
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South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon

The photo.net photo of the week.
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About me

My name's Thomas Locke Hobbs. I used to live in Argentina, now I am in New York City. I grew up in California. I'm a bit suspicious as the value of keeping a weblog, but I do it anyway. Go to my home page for more about me.

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Xblog, Virginia Postrel, Signal vs. Noise, Peterme, Obscure Store, Metafilter, Media News, Lonely Planet Daily Scoop, Lightningfield, Kottke, Joel on Software, Dan Bricklin, Camworld, Arts and Letters Daily,

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