Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Same Movie But It Is Different!

Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger


How Disney’s Bob Iger Vanquished Wall Street Agitator Nelson Peltz -- Wall Street Journal, April 4, 2024:

Iger has told Hollywood associates in recent weeks that he envisions the shake-up allowing Disney to produce more movies that achieve both commercial and critical success, the way Warner Bros.’s “Barbie,” 2023’s highest-grossing movie, and the Best Picture winner “Oppenheimer” dominated the conversation in the movie industry last year, according to people familiar with the matter.

Yet another Business


[4/10/24] - In addition to produce more movies, how about creating different versions of the same movie? One version for theatre release, one for DVDs, one for streaming, one for air plane watching, and etc. Currently, the movie industry is already doing it with the theater release version and director's cut version. The Doodle is for more versions. Each version differs by having more or less scenes. Lots of scenes get cut during editing, so instead of throwing them away, have a LP (long-play) version that streams with all scenes under Part I and Part II - this instantly doubles the movies offerred to fans. Different versions can also have different endings. Why have the good guy always win at the end? Let's have the bad guy win for a change, and offer both versions on streaming - again, this will double the movies offered.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Rumi vs. Confucius

Photograph: Reuters -- Yahoo Finance


What's Next for Pakistan -- March 27, 2024:

Perhaps Mr Khan can help overcome his country’s dysfunction by sharing new-found insights with generals and rival politicians. He might start with Rumi, the best-known Sufi poet: “Yesterday I was so clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

Yet another Politics


[4/4/24] - Confucius has this saying in Vietnamese: "Tu thân, tề gia, trị quốc, bình thiên hạ". This is Bing Copilot's translation:

**Tu thân, tề gia, trị quốc, bình thiên hạ** is a significant principle in ancient Chinese culture. This phrase originates from the book **"Great Learning"** by the revered philosopher **Confucius**. Let's delve into the meaning of each part:

1. **Tu thân (修身)**: This is the foundational step for personal development. It involves self-cultivation and self-improvement. Only by refining ourselves can we serve as an example for our family and society.

2. **Tề gia (齐家)**: It means ensuring the well-being of our family. We must create a harmonious and virtuous family environment. A strong family foundation is essential for effective governance and societal well-being.

3. **Trị quốc (治国)**: This step pertains to governing the state. It involves responsible leadership, adhering to principles, and maintaining ethical governance. A well-governed nation contributes to overall peace and prosperity.

4. **Bình thiên hạ (平天下)**: The ultimate goal is to achieve peace and harmony throughout the world. This can only happen when individuals cultivate themselves, maintain strong families, and govern the state wisely.

In summary, **tu thân, tề gia, trị quốc, bình thiên hạ** forms a logical sequence, with each step building upon the previous one. It reflects the philosophy of personal growth contributing to a peaceful and prosperous society. ¹²³

My crude translation is "Change self, harmonize family, harmonize country, change the world". It seems Rumi and Confucius are saying the same thing in a different way.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

What About Knightscope?

Knightscope (KSCP) security robot patrols an outdoor parking lot -- Yahoo Finance


Knightscope Innovation Week -- March 11-15, 2024:

Knightscope has the K5 Autonomous Security Robots (ASRs) to monitor schools.

Yet another Business


[4/2/24] - How about developing a "Robocop" K5 that can harass a shooting intruder? This "Robocop" K5 will have a bulletproof body frame, a gunshot noise detector, flashing lights, a protected camera, folding flag arms, and communication instruments. This ASR will patrol the hallways and, upon detecting gunshots or being directed by security, will speed to the source. Once the intruder is detected, the ASR will use its bulletproof frame, flashing lights, and unfolded flag arms to distract and harass the shooter. If the school has multiple ASRs, all of them will convene to swarm the shooter. The ASR actions will give time for students and staff to flee or barricade, and police to arrive. The camera and communication instruments will allow the security forces to locate and identify the threat.

When not dealing with shooters, the "Robocop" K5 will do the normal school monitoring.

Saturday, March 30, 2024

What about Walgreens?

Early "Walgreen Drugs" sign still in use in San Antonio, Texas -- Wikipedia


Walgreens’ frail quarter goes beyond the discretionary spending dips afflicting its competitors. It’s ‘just not very good at retailing,’ analyst says by Sasha Rogelberg -- Fri, March 29, 2024 :

“We count on folks to come in and to not only visit our pharmacies, but come in, buy impulse items, get last-minute items, get seasonal items,” Wentworth (Walgreen's CEO) told Bloomberg TV on Thursday. “A lot of those things are purchases that you have to get the value equation right on or else they feel discretionary to folks.”

Yet another Business


[3/30/24] - Besides impulse items, last-minute items, and seasonal items, how about treasure-hunt items? The Doodle is for Walgreens to reserve an aisle just for discounted items along the line of dollar stores. The focus is on toys and other children's goods. Walgreens stores will be the "in" stores for avid children and parents looking to buy something cheap for their children. Once the children have their toys, the parents, primarily mothers, may stop by the higher-margin cosmetic aisles since they are already in the stores.