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Sunday, April 27, 2008

interesting duality

over the past 10 years, there has been an exponential growth in the quality and availability of entertainment technology.  The pentration of plasma screens with the clearest picture ever is approaching it limit.   However, at the same time, other technology is growing as well and consequently, multi-tasking.
Ironically, we now have the clearest picture ever, yet people are paying less attention to it.  As I write this, I am watching Dateline NBC and IMing wifey who just on the other floor.  In practical terms, this trend illustrates the importance of audio in today's television.  With even less attention paid to the picture, advertisers must have breakthrough audio to get through to consumers.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Some random restaurant musings

1) when did waiter/waitresses stop brining you your food?  now it also also seems like it is a busboy or runner of some sort.  As a result, if there is a mistake of some sort, then person in front of you in unable to deal with it.  I know Henry Ford would be proud of this specialization but breaking the role of server into "order taking specialist" and "food delivery specialist".  However, at some point, you need to bring the customer back into customer service.
2A)  When did Wendy's eliminate the tables with the old newspapers on the tabletop?  I miss those.
2B)  When did Superbar go away?  Maybe when Wendy's tried to go up market a bit more.
3) When will someone go to market with a down-market Fogo de Chao (Brazillia steakhouse).  Since you eat immediately, tables turn much faster than normal.   This would be a great opportunity for a volume play to enter the market.
more to come later.