Archive for August 8th, 2007

08
Aug
07

Irony

That’s right… the Michael Vick bobble head chew toy.

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08
Aug
07

Home Run Record

Baseball is, and has always been, a game of cheaters. “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.” Spit balls, sandpaper, corked bats, leaded coffee, speed, watering the base paths, letting the grass grow tall in the outfield… Baseball players have always looked for an edge. Every era has had their asterisks, written down in the hallowed tome of records or not. Barry Bonds went yard to break Hank Aaron’s all time home run era for US major league baseball. Aaron was villified when he broke the record held by Ruth… he had a longer season, blah, blah, blah. Bonds played in the steroid era and didn’t get caught. The signs are obvious that he did do something, but he didn’t get caught. As an aside, designer drugs are designed to be undetected…

Whether the record is tainted or not is not really important. What is important is whether MLB fans will respect the record. Aaron received death threats for even daring to think about breaking Ruth’s record. Will this record stand the test of time? Probably not. A-Rod is motoring past 500 and looks like he has plenty of gas in the tank. BTW, Sadaharu Oh retired at age 40 with a lifetime batting average of .301 and 868 home runs, just in case anyone is counting…

08
Aug
07

Data As Heroin

$345,000,000,000 per year; nearly a billion dollars per day in sales. Some 800 million transactions per day generated by around 30 million customers per day. All that information has to be collected and looked at… and some sense made of it. And it’s a lot of data. Wally World has chosen HP’s Neoview to manage its more than 1,000 terabyte (that’s a petabyte folks, and not something you order at Jack In The Box) warehouse. And Wal*Mart is going to integrate this data into its Retail Link system that gives 20,000+ suppliers access to sales velocity information. Finally, facts will support the decision not to sell scrapple in Laguna Beach and keep the Del Dixi pickles away New Yorkers.

Neoview may have been chosen, in part, because they are the low cost provider. But if the data provides significant insight, it just increases the ability for the Arkansas behemoth to be even more efficient.