Howard's Blog

This is Howard C. Park's blog. Interests: live music, simulations and modeling, languages, iPod, social and business networking, systems thinking, history of science, management, BBQ, trivia, good coffee, organizational learning, traveling, personal histories.

Monday, March 27, 2006

his (calendar) life is an open book

I discovered that the DoJ has exhbits related to the Enron case. It's all under www.usdoj.gov/enron. Wow! The Enron exhibits got "top billing" from the "usdoj.gov" directory.

I won't explain exactly how I found this, but it seems that I once had lunch with someone who had lunch with Andrew Fastow. Check out his calendar for November 2001 here. So if you are part of a DoJ investigation, I guess your PDA can be confiscated and its contents can make it to a web site to be read by all.

For Fastow, we see that he had questions about his boat, had lunch with Lea several times, and blocked out time to watch the Jason Alexander show.

Note to self: do not put embarrassing entries like "catch new Britney Spears video on MTV" into my calendar.
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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Freakonomics vs. (Blink & Tipping Point)

Well, we knew it would happen. Two popular books. Two blogs. Similar topics, audience, approach, etc.

Now, they go head-to-head. Check it out.

First, Malcom Gladwell (author of Blink and The Tipping Point) and his thoughts on Freakonomics.
Then the response from Stephen Levitt and Stephen Dubner, authors of Freakonomics. It goes on... the latest is here.

Is anyone keeping score?
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Sunday, March 12, 2006

selling your car

I recently sold my car that I've had since 1998. Here is one man's tale.

Images of seedy salesmen and scam-artists awaited me as I ventured into this endeavor. In a nutshell, it was easier than I thought, but I did learn a few interesting things. I decided to test the waters by placing a "For Sale" sign on the car (would I get any calls? ). Most of the time, the car was parked in front of my house, where school and park traffic guaranteed a steady stream of potential buyers. I did receive several calls every week for several weeks. Only a few called back and one or two people came by and saw/drove the car.

Then I decided to get serious: I took out an ad. I had recently purchased a used car, and having gone through the experience as a buyer helped me become a better seller... What does a buyer look for? How does the buyer look-up cars for sale? How does the buyer decide what they want to pay?

I had a choice of venues for ads. In the end, I chose autotrader.com. For $44, I got a 3-week run, with 9 photos (on-line) and one photo in the weekly publication. AND, I had a chance to keep the ad running until I sold. I chose autotrader since they seemed to have the most selection for similar cars.

I also built a free "blog" so I could place more detalied pictures and text. The buyer did go out to the site. In the very least, it helped me think through which pictures I wanted with the ad as well as the text I woud use for the "selling points".

Other things I learned:
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New Template

Hmmm... not sure I love it. I may have to make some more adjustments.
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Sunday, March 05, 2006

The dangers of modern art

Jackson Pollock. (1912-1956)
One: Number 31, 1950
1950. Oil and enamel on unprimed canvas, 8' 10" x 17' 5 5/8".
Katheryn Park, tired, resting on bench,
2006.

We're in NYC, one of the 1st stops: the recently renovated Musuem of Modern Art (or MoMA). We've both seen this collection many times, including the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the most famous pieces at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in late 2003.

This is after a day of checking out all six floors of MoMA.
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