May 9, 2007

Mary's Notes, May 9, 2007

Mary's Notes, May 9, 2007

I’m back after two days of slacking off. Monday I was speaking to a class of business school students and yesterday we were recording a foreign policy debate at Brown University.


The ever-contemplative nother. [Greta Pemberton]

Today we were delighted to have nother visit us. He lives down the block and didn’t even know about the world’s greatest burrito joint. OMG, someone started a blog about the world’s greatest burrito joint.

Chris is making calls for a possible show tomorrow on the Murdoch/Wall Street Journal story and the sudden surge of interest in financial news and information. Earlier this week the Canadian company Thomson Financial confirmed that it has approached Reuters about a takeoever. This merger could challenge Bloomberg as the world’s largest provider of financial news. Why the interest now? Is it driving a revaluation of media and newspapers, or is the real story here about digital properties? Chris’ slug for the show is “Let’s Do the Numbers.” David’s is “Let’s Own the Numbers.” We’ve got calls out to John Cassidy who wrote a Murdoch profile in The New Yorker and also Jim Cramer of CNBC. Any other ideas?

Chelsea is researching a show she’s calling a Passion for Ikea. A post will be up soon. Start gathering your Ikea stories.

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  • nother

    All I can say is, YUM! No more frozen 7-11 burritos for me.

  • Them’s is fighting words!!! I’ll try your favorite place… and I’ll let you know… but… Loco Coco’s Tacos in Kittery Maine is my worldwide number one, including burritos I had in Mexico, So-Cal, and in the Northwest.

  • loki

    I recommend using Leonard Cohen’s song “First we take Manhattan” for the


    (I speant an intersting soak in some South West hot springs with Lenoard some years back.

  • Terrorism, Murdoch, Burritos and Ikea all in one blog post. This defines Mashup.

  • I learned alot about IKEA from a Norwegian friend here in Amsterdam who made it part of her masters thesis (actually abandoned it, but nevermind that)

    Apparently the catalog itself is a very big social barometer, at least in Europe. For example, Ikea was one of the first (absolutely cant prove this) catalogs to feature a same-sex couple on the cover in their home office, or a single dad in his living room. In the course of releasing the catalogs, IKEA apparently puts thought into making a socio-political statement as well…. ??!

  • Is ROS trying to upscale its market and rebrand? A show on the workings of big finance and the rich and powerful and a sponsorship campaign?? for IKEA: what’s going on? Aren’t these topics covered enough in the MSM?

    How about shows on the lives of working people? How about shows on the arts? Why does IKEA out passion Tango, for example, or an up-and-coming literary voice? There are many more interesting listener-suggested topics than these!!!

  • rahbuhbuh

    sidewalker: IKEA is important. It’s possibly the first company to properly do all of the “artsy” (by some people’s definition, not mine) big M Modernist furniture design while maintaining cost effective production that many can afford. It’s what the high-minded Bauhaus attempted and failed in the 20s. Bauhaus replicas cost a mini fortune as furniture fetish objects, but they were manufactured with available industrial tubes, leather, and rubber intended for a utilitarian populace. IKEA is a global industrial arts-movement in itself and has even spawned an entire IKEA hacker subculture:

    Whether or not people like Sears, their catalogs and mail order system changed the country. IKEA is a contemporary heir. It’s preferable to Walmart if nothing else.

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  • webcastboy

    I prefer Anna’s myself, and I have one near my house AND my job! Life is good!

    Interestingly, even though Boca Grande (which has added about 4000 new stores in Greater Boston in the past year) has almost the exact same menu as Anna’s…it’s just not as good. It’ll do in a pinch, but it’s definitely no Anna’s.

    Personally, I do miss Burrito Max (Kenmore Square) and it’s sister outlet Big Burrito (Allston Village) even though they were much more “Tex Mex” than Anna’s. Mmmmm…BBQ Chix Burritos…droooooool….

    And am I alone in thinking Qdoba is overpriced and generally bites? 😛

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