Old School Oil Company Ad About Melting Glaciers.

Humble Oil Advertisement - Oil Melting Glaciers

Please be fake… please be fake…. please be fake…. Each Day Humble Oil Supplies Enough Energy To Melt 7 Million Tons of Glacier! [imgur]


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Outbox Mail Service Digitizes Your Mail For Viewing On A Laptop, Desktop Or Mobile Device.

Outbox mail serviceJust heard about Outbox digital mail service and I’m not so sure about it. Outbox is a $4.99/month service that receives your USPS mail for you, scans it and lets you access it on any type of computer or mobile device. It’s a middle-mailman and a feature of the service is that you can unsubscribe from any company sending you junk mail right in the Outbox app. Unfortunately, that may be where the Jubbling ends.

Digitizing personal USPS mail just seems back-asswards to me. It’s a waste of energy (scanning, viewing) being used on a waste of mail; it’s like double dipping into the consumption bowl in order to make life a little more convenient. And what happens if Outbox receives some important mail for you? You have 30 days to have Outbox mail it to you… again; or you can print it out… for a second time.

In addition to the security issues of having strangers remotely handling your personal mail – how the Outbox digital mail service truly fails for me is mentioned in the CNET article:

“no more daily trek to the mailbox followed by the daily armload of junk into the trash can.”

Is walking to your mailbox that much of an inconvenience? Maybe if you purchased a Segway to get you to the mailbox it wouldn’t be such a hardship.

Sorry but applications should uncomplicate our lives and not add layers to it. Outbox may be necessary for some travelers or people that live overseas and need to check their USPS mail but for most of their potential clients, who feel strained by their daily commute to the mailbox, it’s an unnecessarily wasteful idea. Want the best feature of Outbox without signing up for the service? Try Catalog Choice to unsubscribe from junk mailing lists. [CNET]

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The New York Times vs Tesla Motors For Dummies.

Tesla Model S in snowHere’s our version of the New York Times vs Tesla Motors saga for dummies by a dummy.

  1. Feb 8: New York Times columnist John Broder wrote an article about his unfavorable experience driving the Tesla Model S EV along the Tesla Supercharger network: “Stalled Out on Tesla’s Electric Highway”

  2. Feb 11: Elon Musk tweets about Mr. Broder’s article and calls it a “fake”:

    Elon Musk then follows it up with this tweet:


  3. Feb 12: Mr. Broder writes a response to Mr. Musk’s tweets in The New York Times article “The Charges Are Flying Over a Test of Tesla’s Charging Network”

  4. Feb 13: Elon Musk posts “A Most Peculiar Test Drive” on Tesla’s blog and using the data extracted from John Broder’s review Model S, counter the claims he made in the original article. Among other issues, the data shows that Mr. Broder did not fully charge his Model S, drove in circles, cranked the heat and often exceeded the recommended cruising speed of 55 mph.

  5. Feb 14: John Broder responds to Elon Musk’s post by tweeting:

We’ll see what happens next between these two but one good thing that did come out of the NY Times/Tesla battle is that I finally figured out how to embed tweets into my posts. I’m now up to 2011!


Update: Feb 14 4:41 pm PST: John Broder has responded to Elon Musk and Tesla and it looks like this story is becoming a he said / she said matter. Counseling may be next. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Amazon’s 35,000 Free eBooks Listed On FreebookSifter.com.

Kindle Fire eBooksIf you’re looking for a last minute book for your Kindle or iDevice with Kindle app, avoid an extra trip to the bookstore or library and check out FreebookSifter.com. Freebook Sifter lists Amazon’s 35,000 free ebooks that are rated and organized by category. [Boing Boing]

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Bloomberg Businessweek On Hurricane Sandy: “It’s Global Warming, Stupid”

It's Global Warming, Stupid.You know our Presidential candidates are talking about climate change now. They might’ve skipped over climate change in all of their debates but now they need to show their leadership skills and deal with the Hurricane Sandy aftermath.

I sure hope voters will stop making excuses for their candidate’s inaction before Sandy. Because unless you’re voting for Jill Stein, your Presidential hopeful hasn’t cared as much about our climate as they have about their re-election / election. One isn’t less worse than the other – Obama and Romney both ignored climate change until they could spin Hurricane Sandy into a votes and a nice photo op.

Check out the article “It’s The Global Warming, Stupid” in Bloomberg Businessweek and lets hope our leaders refer to Hurricane Sandy as a turning point in how we deal with, and not debate, the reality of climate change. [Buzzfeed]

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Office Supply Retailer Staples Will Shrink Stores By 15%. The Culprit: iPads And Smartphones.

Staples - The Office Superstore

“The No. 1 reason for softness in this [office supply] business is the iPad…look at how much less we print today.”

Gary Balter, retail analyst at Credit Suisse (from WSJ)


This is good news. Thanks to technology like the Apple iPad, people are moving away from paper related products (filing cabinets, printers, binders etc.) and are pressuring the big office supply retailers, like Staples, to shrink their stores and pare down their product offerings. Moving to the cloud is also aiding this transition.

We think it’s great that Staples is Jubblingly reacting to changes in the marketplace by reducing their paper related product offerings and shrinking their stores. Our guess is that none of these positive changes would’ve happened at Staples had they kept that paper-pushing Dwight Schrute on staff. Just sayin. [The New Republic]


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