Posts Tagged ‘loyalty’

stop the non*sense

August 5, 2014

Which player would you want on your team?

rodrigues 2-0 vs uruguai


















it is the 2nd year in a row that i prefer the Real Madrid Vs. Barca decisions:

not ready to switch sides.

but sometimes the home team is paying a dear price.





February 28, 2010

i really love the idea of VOD

especially if there would be a much larger selection

when i worked in ECI, in 1991, my room-mate guy went down under to australia to try and sell a VOD system

it is now 20 years later

However, the VOD experience still sucks:

  • you wait too long.
  • the system gets jammed to often.
  • till you find and ‘download’ a movie it takes 20 minutes (just slightly less than the trip to blockbuster)
  • dear customer, please unplug the devise and wait. and wait, and wait. now, plug back

the real genius of hot VOD, (and comcast as i experienced it in NewHaven last year) is that the service providers have reached a perfect equilibrium of poor service, but just good enough. they have really mastered that one.

just a bit worse, and many would leave, i would like to think. or, maybe we are all just lazy suckers who want to be mastered by service providers who silently reach into our pocket every month.

what efficiency! i salute them and despise them at the same time. how dare they?!!

i am sure there is another equilibrium point in which we as customers are much more satisfied, cost are not higher, and prices are lower, too. with much more usage. go for “חבילת מתעקשים ומרווחים”.

perhaps it will happen faster if we disconnect and stream on-line.

advise welcomed

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone

December 5, 2009

W. H. Auden

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

final 3 ? השרדות עונה 3, הגמר: ליעד, טלכו ושי

November 27, 2009

our family watches survival/survivor “השרדות” avidly.

realities are good for all ages and all levels of interest.

my 4 year old, Tal, is facinated if she knows/recoginizes the names of contenstens and something about them or their character.

what i like, is the family discussion about the characters and the plots contirved in the social dynamics.


this season of the Israeli Survivor is wonderful. the characters are fun, especially after Ziv is out.

and there is plenty of room for surprises as there is no Trinity or Iron Axis.

therefore,  IMNSHO, in my (not so humble) opinion, now is a great time to starting a contest for guesses about who the final 3 contestants will be.

if you agree that now is a great time to make the guess, please read on.

i doubt that i will be able to guess, but it would be fun to try.

my initial Key is that a strong threesome can make it to the final.


a bit of backwards induction.

the final 3 can be an alliance of 3 out of the final 5.

the final 5 can be a dominant alliance of 8. (not 9 because of veto)

so, a strong 3 (with 2 others) can dominate a tribal counsel of 8 even without the powerful Veto power.

since that 3 with 2 others can make it to the final 5, IF (and this is a big IF), they keep their alliance they are in the final.

note there is some game theory involved. human emotions. psychological scratches. behavioralism. this is fun (and very hard to predict).

note that at this point, the fibonacci series is highly significant, and 2,3,5,8 are dominant numbers to some degree on how alliances can unfold.

this final 3, especially in order to survive the final 5,  is composed of  a strategist,  a capable person (usually wins a hasinot/immunity – not just for physical abilities),  and a cute person who tags along (this rule is an attempt to find order in chous and i do not think it will hold water over time).

dan mano, naama, noam,

arik, nata-li (atam meshaker, meshaker), and mirit.

talco, shai, and liad?

i have a lot of doubt about this, but think it would be fun to discuss. if there are enough comments, i will try and introduce other theories




aglets for sale

November 11, 2009

familiar with this word? if the answer is ‘yes’ read on

if the answer is ‘no’ please do as well.

ever feel like you have done great work and nobody notices?

aglets are not recognized by many on-line spell checkers.


from the urban dictionary:

Quite possibly the greatest invention of all time, aglets are those plastic thingies on the end of shoelaces. Without them we would not only be unable to put the laces into the shoe holes, but the laces would become unraveled and absorb dirt and other unwanted materials.

example of usage of the word aglet in a sentence:

I’ve worn my shoes for such a long time that the aglets came off, I think I need new shoes.


my advise: keep the shoes. by new shoe laces.

convenient inconsistency

October 23, 2008

A friend suffered through a humiliating incident. he wanted to rectify his dignity

it was time for help, to gear-up the forces. he was looking for support from colleagues at high places, in power, with an ability to create change. the issue on-the-line was inconveniently placed between the public and private spheres. the kind of stuff we rather not talk about. easier to let it go.

instead of receiving support, he was silenced, asked to let go. the trust promised was translated into emptiness. at the moment-of-truth, a crucial irreplaceable time to act, not just talk, it was easier to domesticate the spirit.

the fire inside is not gone, it is just not visible. it will erupt. it is not a question of ‘if’. it is a question of ‘when’ and ‘how’. humiliation, loss of dignity, the gap between stated values and actionable values are never forgotten.


ex president Clinton

October 5, 2008

ex presdient clintion was here for the 35th alumni reunion.

he came here at age 23 and within 20 years became presidnet.

he claims helping runing a campaign thought him a lot. could be a fun experience.

some thoughts:

turn good intentions into positive changes

what people want from you:

  • you care about them
  • you respect them
  • you want their children to live

advice to a young man:

be happy, life is short:

happy has two aspects: help others, and try to do what you like and you are good at.

so there is a catch, good and happy go together.

evidence argument policy and law are 4 essential pillars of government. need to understand this better

great arguments are circular

while listening to him, absorbing his charisma and poise, intelligence and analytic abilities, i could not help but think how he got involved with Monica Lewinsky

even great people are human, not perfect.

what was it about her? what point in his soul was she able to touch?

Our favorite coffee place

September 1, 2008

after getting several recommendations about coffee places in new haven, our favorite is not a coffee place, but a small super market where they also make coffee. romeo and cesare. it is not the favorite of the professors. its coffee is not organic, just italian. so why do we like it?

So, we moved to a new place. this can also happen during a one week vacation.

you want a good coffee place because it is a great way to start the day. then you find a dilemma. should i try another cafe or back to the same one?

if the first one was good enough, i find people want to go back. it is because of:

  • a sense of belonging. ‘our coffee place’
  • adversity to risk
  • simplicity
  • primacy effect – our minds give a lot of credit to firsts.
then, the people at the cafe starting getting to know you. they smile at you. they make eye contact with you. they start a small talk. they know how much sugar you like with the coffee. you can come in ask for ‘the regular’ and sit down read a paper until being served. At the table, not while waiting at the counter. everyone feels good. Limor has always preferred to shop where people know her. if possible, ones in which the owner is the seller,or family owned. it is a nice way to deal with urban life. enough of the big chains. over time you start building loyalty. and guilt if you buy elsewhere.