27 June 2009, jd2020 @ 1:20 am

Picasso’s Musketeer – painted in 1969, when Pablo was just 89. This painting brought 11.5 million dollars this week at a Sotheby’s auction in London.
Another painting by Picasso, “Mousquetaire à la pipe“, sold in May for more than 14.5 million. The two paintings were inspired by Pablo’s reading of Alexandre Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers”.

Picasso Musketeer

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19 June 2009, jd2020 @ 8:33 pm

Samsung’s new anti-counterfeit passport concept…

Samsung has produced a new idea for ID cards using a flexible QVGA AMOLED (active matrix organic light emitting diode) screen embedded into the card. The screen requires so little energy that it can be powered up by the wireless signals from the RFID reader–no need for batteries. The OLED screen itself can display 260k colors and has a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. It will offer a rotating 360° view of your head when held up to an RFID reader. For airports that might not have an RFID scanner, an old-timey static picture is still included. Driver’s license too?

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30 May 2009, jd2020 @ 2:42 pm

Well, I guess it was a good run. GM is expected to file for bankruptcy on Monday June 1, 2009.

Over its history General Motors has made its share of bad products. Some were poorly built, some were badly executed, others suffered from lousy timing. Here is a  list of examples. Its quite a memorable timeline.

25 Billion?

According to a filing by General Motors late last month, the company estimated the equity value of its common stock would be about $25 billion once it completed a reorganization.

The last time GM was worth as much as $25 billion was late 2007. Friday’s closing stock price of just 75 cents a share left GM showing a current market value of about 450 million. I still really like their new Camaro and Corvette!

The 10 largest U.S. bankruptcies

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27 May 2009, jd2020 @ 5:45 pm

The all new Monopoly 2008 hall of fame board game, complete with mag-stripe reader and debit cards!!!
Monopoly 2008 with debit cards
MONOPOLY stakes claim to a rich and lengthy history, dating all the way back to 1933!

MONOPOLY 1934
Charles Darrow copyrights and submits the MONOPOLY game to Parker Brothers, he gets rejected.

MONOPOLY 1978
Neiman Marcus offers an ALL chocolate MONOPOLY game for $600!

Here is a more detailed Monopoly timeline.

Monopoly Fashion  – click for larger views

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3 April 2009, jd2020 @ 4:31 pm

 

General Electric toaster 1920

General Electric toaster 1920

 

Check out this compilation of six success stories of businesses that grew from ideas during times of economic downturn.

If you’re peddling hard and fast to grow your own business, you might go through this site for some business start-up ideas.

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