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New and Improved
diaper wipes given the new and improved treatment. muckraking toli
observation  New  Formula  marketing  snake  oil  perception  backlash  strategy  rant  commodities  toli  whimsy  pricing  deception  USA  capitalism  irritation  packaging  Hard  Sell  sales  economics  design 
march 2013 by amaah
A Debt Foretold
We believe this may indicate that the account no longer meets your financial needs. With this in mind, the account has been closed.
credit  debt  bubble  USA  economics  risk  banking  finance  observation  culture  life  creditcard  ShellGame  toli 
december 2008 by amaah
Mindless Speculation
"The fellow with the fufu usually moves over to the man with the soup, never the other way around." Geopolitics and Estate Planning toli
observation  economics  culture  decline  fall  USA  bubble  power  politics  toli 
october 2008 by amaah
Mood Markers
Three songs and a stanza... "usury age-old and age-thick
and liars in public places."
music  quotes  culture  observation  decline  fall  anger  economics  USA  toli 
october 2008 by amaah
A Seminal Lunacy
By affirming solemnly that prosperity will continue, it is believed that one can help insure that prosperity will in fact continue. Especially among businessmen the faith in the efficiency of such incantation is very great.
economics  zingers  quotes  observation  culture  bubble  panic  depression  crash  credit  debt  finance  Galbraith  USA  literature  toli 
september 2008 by amaah
Conundrum 65: Taxi Driver Braking Style
In which we consider the large issues of our time starting from the eternal mystery: the peculiar relationship of taxi drivers with their car's braking system. Why do taxi drivers brake the way they do? Inquiring minds want to know.
taxi  economics  observation  markets  billing  transaction  costs  pricing  regulation  culture  conversation  technology  automation  adoption  humanfactors  toli 
september 2007 by amaah
Home Economics
The New Mathematics, Voodoo Economics, Jumbo Jitters and a Subprime Playlist. Some housing toli... Maximum prudent ™ house price = $521,250 = $417,000 (maximum federally-insured mortgage) + 20% downpayment
economics  housing  mortgage  BayArea  California  Berkeley  observation  home  money  finance  debt  ShellGame  toli 
august 2007 by amaah
On IBM and Africa
Thinking aloud about IBM's initiative on innovation and economic development in Africa, some personal history, a case study and some analysis, your basic Saturday morning briefing notes...
IBM  Africa  technology  business  development  economics  strategy  history  culture  infrastructure  innovation  observation  analysis  computing  networks  pricing  ideas  modeling  thinking  internet  web  Ghana  GreatGame  LowEndTheory  toli 
may 2007 by amaah
The Low End Theory of Networks
Rumsfeld Taxonomy of Networks & Technology Adoption and System Design 101: Ruthlessly leverage disruptions in the system, Lower coordination costs through layer stripping, Favour participation over control, Temper the human factor to encourage adoption
networks  end-to-end  systems  GreatGame  technology  architecture  design  economics  control  participation  coordination  strategy  policy  innovation  distribution  aggregation  incentives  arbitrage  politics  observation  analysis  whimsy  LowEndTheory  web  internet  resilience  adaptability  evolution  essay  toli 
june 2006 by amaah
Huhudious (or Silly Season)
huhudious adj. an outrageous statement or a point of view or behaviour that beggars belief. close synonym to hubristic, breathtaking and preposterous, with the same notion of brazen, yet insouciant, arrogance on the part of the interlocutor. hoo-hoo-dious
huhudious  B-movie  life  humour  language  neologism  observation  satire  essay  rant  politics  economics  perception  culture  media  journalism  England  USA  America  Africa  hypocrisy  irony  Congo  Kabila  GreatGame  CoteD'Ivoire  Liberia  Ghana  Iraq  Iran  AbuGhraib  Guantanamo  StephenCambone  Gabon  EquatorialGuinea  China  Microsoft  Bongo  Putin  Kristof  Bolton  ThingsFallApart  toli 
may 2006 by amaah
On Coordination Costs and Human Factors
in which I present 3 postulates on coordination costs and the human factor as it relates to the adoption of technology and systems in distributed computing - There's also a nascent theology of REST, parables again
rest  design  architecture  technology  coordination  economics  web  humanfactors  adoption  comprehension  costs  theory  systems  software  leverage  language  data  jcr  jsr170  parable  analysis  networks  toli 
april 2006 by amaah
Inflation Calypso
These days I'm singing the Inflation Calypso: "Prices Soaring Higher And Higher / I Guess That They Are Going To Reach The Moon"
inflation  economics  observation  whimsy  usa  highlife  life  ghana  ObserversAreWorried  toli 
february 2006 by amaah
The New Formula
What, I ask, is the difference between "Unscented" and "Unscented Moisture"? But why can't they leave well enough alone? Why do they want to mess with my shower?
economics  marketing  whimsy  pantene  oilofolay  technology  snakeoil  HardSell  sales  NewFormula  backlash  soybean  oil  commodities  pricing  strategy  p&g  music  today  newjackswing  ObserversAreWorried  toli 
august 2005 by amaah
Catching Up
odd and ends... Big memes in politcs, economics and technology. Faustian pacts and Lights Out, Eritrean Mujahedeen, Annoying Feeds
life  observation  technology  politics  economics  Africa  Ghana  Eritrea  music  whimsy  toli 
july 2005 by amaah
Koranteng's Toli On The Radio
A foray into radio punditry... pontificating about Africa, politics, development, and luggage
ChrisLydon  CalestousJuma  WGBH  OpenSource  radio  Africa  Cambridge  Boston  G8  aid  Ghana  debt  corruption  globalization  globalvoices  web  blogging  politics  economics  life  Koranteng  toli  Nigeria 
july 2005 by amaah
Harvard Graduations and Okyeame
The utter mediocrity of the jokers who are ruling us boggles the mind. Their idiosyncracies, pettiness, moral failings, violence or personal corruption aside, they are a truly incompetent bunch.
harvard  graduation  cambridge  reflection  ghana  politics  rogues  life  observation  memoir  history  economics  1995  perception  writing  koranteng  Okyeame  toli  Africa 
june 2005 by amaah
Supremely Supine
Brand America is being flushed down the toilet along with those copies of the Koran and the journalists won't take up plungers
politics  usa  america  spineless  journalism  newsweek  media  neocons  rogues  Bush  iraq  war  economics  bagmen  Greenspan  France  UK  history  Chirac  JohnSmith  Blair  strategy  leadership  language  Europe  toli  b-movie 
june 2005 by amaah
The Long Thief in the Night
Estate Tax writ large as Death Tax. Social Security painted as The Coming Crash. No need for Health Care or Medicare. War sans Galloway will prevent The Great Crash. It's Our Time! Spend! Attack! All hail them: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
whimsy  economics  politics  poetry  literature  satire  music  usa  culture  zeitgeist  rogues  neocons  prince  toli  b-movie 
may 2005 by amaah
On Blogging At IBM
There are already far too many emails emanating from corporate accounts with noxious disclaimers, clogging up mailing lists everywhere and causing comprehension problems. They are a public nuisance and there is no reason to add further disclaimers to the
blogging  ibm  policy  corporate  culture  lotus  law  freedom  history  communities  life  rules  risk  politics  economics  business  corporations  ghana  roots  tradition  technology  toli 
may 2005 by amaah
JK Galbraith - A cloud over civilisation
We are accepting programmed death for the young and random slaughter for men and women of all ages. So it was in the first and second world wars, and is still so in Iraq. Civilised life, as it is called, is a great white tower celebrating human achievemen
economics  politics  Galbraith  culture  war  history  iraq  toli 
april 2005 by amaah
The Long Tail of Software
commentary on Joe Kraus' (of Jotspot) take on business processes and positioning to leverage the Long Tail
software  economics  long-tail  jotspot  process  people  technology  wiki  customization  toli  LongTail  data 
march 2005 by amaah
On the loss of smooth mint gel
I don't care for pastes, stripes, baking soda, "minty" as opposed to mint, or even newfangled cinnamon-flavoured pastes; I want my smooth mint gel back, damn it.
culture  dentistry  economics  toli  whimsy  obsession  marketing  newformula 
october 2004 by amaah
On Dentistry
As I sit here, my already big lips bloated beyond belief - the left side of my face is still in turmoil from the local anaesthetic the dentist applied a few hours ago - I thought I'd write a piece on dentistry. I've already written about my chewing stick
culture  dentistry  economics  health  whimsy  observation  toli 
october 2004 by amaah
Reading The Haitian Landscape
In the world of art, it is easy to dwell on blood-soaked despair and Haiti gives much material for this vein. In the real world of Haiti however, we should always remember that there are simply people trying to get on with it under very trying circumstanc
Haiti  Caribbean  development  disaster  poverty  geography  history  collapse  ecology  economics  literature  review  music  politics  slavery  culture  anthropology  voodoo  JaredDiamond  GrahamGreene  Chamoiseau  D'Angelo  JamesBond  ToussaintL'ouverture  MadisonSmarttBell  toli 
october 2004 by amaah

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