The poster in the Athens metro featured a young man next to a swimming pool at Santorini.
“Waking up in the sky: Priceless
With your MasterCard you are welcome all
in resorts, hotels, villas and spas.”
Oh really? Welcome are you? Whoever wrote that hasn’t travelled much in Greece, have they? Sure, major hotels and fancy spas in major tourist locations might accept Mastercard. [...]
(Note: By popular local demand this article has been translated to Greek with various extra links to older articles about the Olympics here.)
This is not some conspiracy theory. My question is simple: What is the effect of turning a huge global spotlight on a country via the Olympics?
Of course I am thinking of Greece and a recent conversation – for [...]
In the old days we used to have great flame wars of PC vs Mac. Back then Apple was going to conquer the desktop. They never even got close of course. Everyone talked about Apple machines but bought PCs. There was always some secret plan, some new technology, a “gamechanger” just around the corner that Apple was about to reveal. There was [...]
The recent uproar concerning experiments run by Facebook is really worrying. Because without experiments, there is no business, there is no progress and we learn nothing. Most of my working day is spent conducting experiments or setting up experiments. Most of my business advice ends with “well, let’s try it!” Facebook being accused now is ludicrous. Google [...]
Facebook wants us to trust it. Zuckerberg says they need to change their hacker mentality. Stop taking advantage of users and start seeing our point of view. It’s not going to happen. And he isn’t putting his money where his mouth is. Facebook is still essentially the same scammy way of thinking he had from the day he ripped [...]
I am often accused of taking “extreme” positions just for the heck of it. Well, sorry, this isn’t one of those cases. I truly believe that Greece is better off if the parts of the Parthenon frieze stay where they are. Here are my arguments, numbered for reference. If you have a counter argument, give me the number and some [...]
It dawned on me some time ago that I know exactly what sort of political system I agree with. It doesn’t have a name, it doesn’t end in “ism” and as far as I know there is no perfect example. Other than a magazine. A very old magazine, with a very British sense of humour.
I love the Economist. [...]
Do you know any openly atheist politicians? We have had openly gay ones for some time now. Even a black president. Yet, despite the fact that atheism is probably one of the major global trends to watch in 2013, atheism isn’t selling much other than itself. This insightful book helps you open up the opportunities for any brand or product [...]
I have been accused of being a “Google basher”. This is rather unfair. It would be hypocritical to use so many of their products and complain. Google Now might well be called “Google Creepy”. It draws on my email, calendar, gps, web searches and many many other bits of information I voluntarily hand over to them everyday. And [...]
If you don’t know www.klout.com you are probably not really into social media. Or advertising. Or influence measurement. It is meant to measure how much you influence people. And about a year ago they changed their algorithm. It was meant to get better. But it didn’t.
But how do I know that it got worse?
Well, for starters I noticed that [...]