Thursday, May 13, 2010

Snakes on Facebook eating Apples...

I couldn't figure out any other way to link these 3 crazy stories...

1) This story on how Apple has lost it's Mojo is pretty interesting. It's not so much that Apple isn't making great products, but more that they've become "THE MAN" while trying to appeal to their customer base that wants to stick it to the man. That's a fine line to walk.

Ok, I'm a little embarrassed to admit parts of this story but bear with me. I had to kill some time today after picking up some pet supplies at Super Walmart. I needed a haircut and since cutting my 163 remaining hairs is not that complicated, I figured I'd try to kill two birds with one stone by getting a haircut at the in-store "Style Center" at Walmart (I know, I know.... I think I threw up a little in my mouth just writing that sentence. Please don't think less of me).

Anyway, the point of the story is that halfway through the haircut, I notice one of the other employees clicking away on a new iPad. Really? This is the next great advancement in our society? The fact that this happened on the day that Walmart leaked plans to sell the iPad later this year seemed particularly ironic.

I think the back of the store Arthur Fonzarelli was revving his motorcycle to jump the shark.

2. Speaking of jumping the shark - Fact of the day - "Pop quiz: Which is longer, the United States Constitution or Facebook’s Privacy Policy? If you guessed the latter, you’re right. Facebook’s Privacy Policy is 5,830 words long; the United States Constitution, without any of its amendments, is a concise 4,543 words." Also, there are no shortage of Facebook wannabes coming out of the woodwork to be the "next big thing" but I like this idea from a group of NYU students.

3. Just in case the oil spill, hurricanes, plummeting real estate values, or alligators aren't enough to keep you away from Florida consider that after October we'll be out of anti venom for Coral snake bites. Yes, you read that right - a treatment for a deadly snakebite that we've had for over 40 years will suddenly no longer be produced because it's not a profit center. Note to self - it's time to limit vacation destinations to Hawaii, Alaska or Maine (where there are no poisonous snakes).

You can see the whole story here on how the "free market" has determined that anti venom is a losing line of business.

"Unfortunately, after Oct. 31 of this year, there may be no commercially available anti venom (antivenin) left. That's the expiration date on existing vials of Micrurus fulvius, the only anti venom approved by the Food and Drug Administration for coral snake bites. Produced by Wyeth, now owned by Pfizer, the anti venom was approved for sale in 1967, in a time of less stringent regulation. Wyeth kept up production of coral snake anti venom for almost 40 years.

But given the rarity of coral snake bites, it was hardly a profit center, and the company shut down the factory that made the anti venom in 2003. Wyeth worked with the FDA to produce a five-year supply of the medicine to provide a stopgap while other options were pursued. After that period, the FDA extended the expiration date on existing stock from 2008 to 2009, and then again from 2009 to 2010. But as of press time, no new manufacturer has stepped forward."


4. Finally, I can't independently verify this story, but it is freakin' genius and will be copied by any smart people looking for work by tomorrow morning. Check out the video....



Cheers!

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