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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My favorite new magazine of 2010 is easily Monocle

It's the one print magazine that I always pack when traveling.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Monocle is a magazine and website founded by Tyler Brûlé, a Canadian journalist and entrepreneur. Described by CBC News reporter Harry Forestell as a "meeting between Foreign Policy and Vanity Fair", the magazine provides a globalist perspective on international affairs, culture and design to wealthy, cosmopolitan readers, or those who aspire to become so. Andrew Tuck edits the magazine.

The magazine launched on 15 February 2007, priced at 12 euros and featuring articles on subjects including the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, Chinese investment in Africa, and the best Portuguese-language Sunday newspapers. In the United States, single issues sell for $10 and the subscription price is approximately $120 annually. In New Zealand, single issues sell for $18 each, in Japan for ¥2,310, in Switzerland for 20CHF, in the United Kingdom for £5 and in Spain for 11€.

Monocle's website contains their archive that is only available to paid subscribers.

Thanks to BusinessWeek for the introduction to this great magazine.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Last Day of Summer. Reflecting on the Season. Free Lemonade.


This summer marked many events. My older daughter's 6th birthday. A dear coworker relocating to Hong Kong. Our kitchen remodel finally finished.

It also marked my daughters' first lemonade stand. At first my wife and girls wanted to give away the lemonade (and watermelon wedges) for free. But, this would not do. We bought cups, Paul Newman's Lemonade, and a watermelon. I'd be darned to give it away to the residents of Princeton.

Instead, I decided on a social experiment. It was spawned by a couple random questions:

What would happen if we asked for tips?

Would the girls make more money by giving away the lemonade and watermelon and having a tip jar.

In fact, the girls did make more money. Some people drank lemonade and ate watermelon without paying (mostly because they didn't have any money with them). Others walked on. BUt most tipped the girls more than they would have paid for the lemonade. Carson and Julianna ended up making 48% more money than had they charged $0.50 per lemonade and $0.50 per watermelon slice.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Des Moines Restaurants Bistro Montage, Okoboji Grill and Azalea on today's WSJ.com homepage


Check out the homepage of WSJ.com today and read about two restaurants that are in my hometown. Both are great, but I truly love Bistro Montage. The salad in the picture is one of my, and my wife's, personal favorites. If you find yourself in Des Moines, stop by. Read "Iowa Hits the Foodie Radar"

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Challenges facing mobile analytics

Great article on measurement challenges for mobile:
  • Data collection
  • Unique visitor identification due to lack of cookie support and the changing of IP addresses
  • Handset capability detection
  • Phone and manufacture identification
  • Screen resolution detection
  • Traffic source detection
  • Geographic identification
Read the entire article here.

Also, check out the Mobile Marketing Association's website.