Friday, Jun 14 2013
In the next Star Trek movie, Captain Kirk, who has endured years of difficult relations with the Klingons and the Romulans, meets an even more challenging race, the Teflons who prove difficult to destroy because none of the Enterprise’s weapons will stick to them. ... Someone at the Las Vegas Airport told me last week they were hearing a noise that didn’t stop. “That’s the endless sound of money going down the drain,” I said.
… There are so many motion-activated devices these days – soap and towels in airport restrooms. In Vegas, even the hookers are motion activated. … In the movie “Planet of the Apes”, Charlton Heston finds the Statue of Liberty in the sand. He would have also found the Vegas casinos, but they would have been filled with people complaining, “We can’t leave till we get even.” I realized I was not living the full Vegas experience when I was in my hotel room viewing the TV show, "Call of the Wildman", on Animal Planet, and watching a bunch of guys use a bee smoker to flush three ground hogs out of their holes in a mule barn and then grab them with gloved hands. This suggests a certain level of desperation (on my part). … Executives of those companies that have been named to the Gartner Magic Quadrant are celebrating their success. Those who didn’t are being forced to perform ritual suicide. … CEOs are just like the rest of us. They put their pants on one very expensive leg at a time. … The guy next to me at the United gate asked me to repeat the announcement from the public address system. “Children left attended may be damaged or destroyed,” I replied. “You mean baggage,” he said. “And that’s very cruel.” “Yeah, but we’ve all had that thought at one time.” .. My fortune cookie at Panda Express in Vegas was the following: Important events are in your future. Yes, I would assume death is one of them, and depending on the order, retirement would be another. … Microsoft has a promotion offering purchasers of the Surface RT a free cover if they buy by June 30. A better incentive would to offer them a free iPad if they buy Surface.
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Bob Scott has been informing and entertaining the mid-market financial software community with his email newsletters for 10 years. And he has been covering this market through print publications for 18 years, first as technology editor of Accounting Today and then as the Editor of Accounting Technology from 1997 through 2009. He has covered the traditional tax and accounting profession during the same time and continues to address that as executive editor of the Progressive Accountant.