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Be the Change: No More Partisan Politics or Impotent Outrage

I am going to try to be the change I want to see in the world. I am not going to unfriend anyone for their partisan politics. I am not going to blame any of my friends for macro world events beyond any of our control. I aim to avoid engaging in partisan political discourse between now and November 1, 2016. I aim to avoid engaging in discussion of local outrages in faraway places I can’t impact. To my American friends, whoever you are voting for or if you are sitting out this election, our relationship was never based on politics and it is not going to start being now. I am available, either online or in person, to discuss literature, art, music, fashion, technology, food, business, and related topics. I am going to try to be the change I want to see in the world.

Work Attire: XBiz Winter Wonderland by Amelia G on Blue Blood

Work Attire: XBiz Winter Wonderland

I bet lots of people need to ask themselves this question: “So red satin or leopard PJs for work party?” While the XBiz convention this month was mostly business, they did have some parties. One of them was the Winter Wonderland party at the top of the storied Andaz hotel. The dress…( Read more )

Pretty Pics of my Surroundings

And proof pages from a business book I designed years ago on global banking. #design #tbt #global #banks #business

Do you take pride in doing what you do well or at least trying to?

Do you take pride in doing what you do well or at least trying to?

by Amelia G : January 25th, 2009

starbucks foamSo, Forrest Black and I just went for coffee. Well, it was Starbucks, so he went for coffee and I went for ice water and conversation. I was just reading a thing about how Warren Buffet built his business and wanted to talk about some of the interesting ways he approached things. So we are talking about how insurance companies invest with your premiums and that is where most of their profits come from, and how Warren Buffet’s primary holding company Berkshire Hathaway actually failed at its primary business and no longer actually produces anything to do with what the original brand was about, and various other factoids which are intriguing, if you find business structures interesting.

At a certain point, I noticed some security guards hovering kind of close to me out of the corner of my eye and wondered if Starbucks had any special rules against people with purple and green hair discussing high finance. I couldn’t think of anything particularly awful I was doing, so I went back to my conversation, but there was still this sense of bad energy. The security guards went away, but people started shouting. As some of the people shouting were Starbucks employees, I assume security fled so they would not be witnesses to the people who worked at the shopping center braining someone with a coffee pot, if that was about to ensue. These security guys know where their paychecks come from and it is not making coffee-drinkers happy.

So apparently there was a customer there who wanted foam on his coffee or crema on his espresso or something like that. The chick who took the order didn’t really understand his question, so she answered kind of noncommittally on whether or not he could . . .

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