The Big Business of Being Superman (Infographic)

Whodathunk that a space alien with a Christ-complex and leotard cooked up by a couple of Jewish kids in Cleveland would become a billion dollar business? They apparently didn’t – hence the $130 fee from Detective Comics (now Warner Bros.-owned behemoth DC Comics). 75 years later, Superman has become so emblematic of “Truth, Justice and the American Way” it’s difficult to comprehend how anyone could own him at all. He’s woven into the fabric of our culture like his public domain brethren Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and yet, like the “Happy Birthday” song, he remains subject to copyright (thanks to his expiration date being a moving target, just like Mickey Mouse’s). What’s fueling his longevity? Check out the figures in the info graphic below… Continue reading “The Big Business of Being Superman (Infographic)”

The Grand Scheme of Things

Evil ToasterYour gadgets are going to kill you. Not today but someday soon and we’ll have only ourselves to blame. Because we gave them the Internet.

There has been much chatter about the “Internet of Things,” I thought I should read up on it, at least before their uprising so that I can at least have the satisfaction of saying “I told you so,” when tethered to the treadmill generator, keeping our robot overlords’ batteries charged.

As Stefan Ferber blogged for the Harvard Business Review, “By 2015, according to my own firm’s projections, not only will 75 percent of the world’s population have access to the internet. So will some six billion devices.”

It’s tragicomic to think that a blender might have better Internet access than 25 percent of the world, but there it is. Ferber goes on to explain that “…There will be a global system of interconnected computer networks, sensors, actuators, and devices all using the internet protocol holds so much potential to change our lives that it is often referred to as the internet’s next generation.” Continue reading “The Grand Scheme of Things”