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Still on dissertation
October 28, 2008, 10:33 am
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I just wanted to share a neat quote I came across a few days ago while polishing my introduction. However, I don’t feel like taking the time to ponder about it a little more because time has recently turned out as a very limited resource in these autumn days. 😉 But I’ll make it get better soon. So, here it is. If you feel like adding comments towards some current financial crisis or American politics, go for it:

„Interestingly, the legendary American venture-capital system has a very different structure than that of the mainstream capital markets, with patient investors, active monitoring, and long-term owner-ship of large, controlling equity stakes. In “Capital Disadvantage”, I draw on research by other scholars and lay out the case for why the American capital-allocation system may outperform those of other countries in some respects, while still falling well short of the ideal in other respects. The problems now afflicting Europe and Asia make it tempting to declare the American system the winner. Anemic economic growth in the United States, coupled with rising inequality, however, suggest that the need remains for serious scrutiny of our system.” (Porter, 1998)

If very bright people as Michael E. Porter wrote that in the preamble of their book already 10 years ago, why are we all so much surprised now? I guess I still don’t get it. Back to work.

What’s up?
October 25, 2008, 3:08 pm
Filed under: Commercials, politics | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Do you remember the Anheuser Busch commercial that came out 8 years ago with a bunch of guys hanging out, bored out of their skulls, “watchin’ the game, havin’ a bud”?
There’s a remake of it addressing the current US-elections. Have a look:

What I asked myself after watching it was, whether or not the remake acutally achieved what it aimed for. Because while these guys are talking, there are so many things going on and changing the actual surroundings. E.g. the guy in front of the notebook sees his stocks walk the planks, the guy in front of the door is stuck in the middle of what is supposed to be Hurricane Katrina (Do you actually blame the Bush government for that, too? – Or do you just blame it for the lousy job in the aftermath? ).
In conclusion: If change is what they want, they’re already having it. The funny thing is: they keep being imprecise about it. How do you want to accomplish a different goal from what you are having so far, if you don’t specify the direction? And what keeps you thinking that there is going to be change to the better for you, if you keep watching TV? Who the hell is supposed to get you change? One guy? – What is up with you?
And if this is the American attitude, then “good night and good luck”.

Jetzt ist es passiert!
October 23, 2008, 8:12 pm
Filed under: Literature | Tags: , , , ,

Jemand hat ein Buch über meine Dissertationszeit geschrieben. Dabei wollte ich das doch machen nachdem ich damit fertig bin. Und hier ist der (äußerst gut gemachte!) Werbetrailer dafür:

Falls mir jemand das Buch schenken möchte, gerne! Ich freue mich darüber.

She’s doing it …
October 22, 2008, 8:28 pm
Filed under: politics | Tags: , , , , ,

again still. It might be hard to stick up against a Charles ‘Charly’ Gibson of ABC or a Katie Couric of CBS with their lifelong experience in the journalism interrogation business and heaps of difficult life-threatening questions concerning bail outs or neighboring countries … if you lived in Alaska for pretty much all your life and if you’re incapable not willing to name only one daily North American newspaper.

This might be the reason why Ms. Palin was recently addressed with a third graders’ question by some empathetic soul: “What does a vice president do?”

Listen to what it is she thinks that she’ll be doing from the beginning of next year:

… and compare it to what it is Joe Biden will be doing from the beginning of next year:

“As designated by the Constitution of the United States, the vice president also serves as the President of the Senate, and may break tie votes in that chamber. He or she may be assigned additional duties by the president but, as the Constitution assigns no executive powers to the vice president, in performing such duties he or she acts only as an agent of the president.” [source]

This is ridiculous. Tina, do something. I am desperately waiting here!

Saturday Night Live – The whole thing
October 21, 2008, 7:10 pm
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I just found the real thing. I so much wish we had that in Germany!

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as Palin and Clinton
October 20, 2008, 9:47 am
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This just saved my morning. Enjoy!

Oh, mein Gott!
October 18, 2008, 8:24 pm
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Kann das schon Alterssenilität sein? Mit 67?