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Products sold via social media links

05/04/2017. Category: Media. Topic: .

Operating an online shop is hard work. To get products moving you’ll have to do a bit better than competing stores. Especially in the marketing department.

You’ll have to throw some money at Adwords, Facebook ads and the many other advertising platforms. You’ll also have to invest a lot of time in marketing on social network. But with little time on hand, on which social networks should you invest most of your time? The answer might surprise you. Read more…

KTM 1090 vs 1190 vs 1290 Adventure R

31/03/2017. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

We knew about the KTM 1090 Adventure R long before it’s arrival but did not know how it will arrive. And arrive with spectacular specifications it did.

It’s not, as was expected, a toned-down 1190 or bumped-up 1050. No, the new KTM 1090 Adventure R – albeit it still with 1050 cc in stock – is, in the big adventure bike segment, the one to beat. Especially considering its aggressive price point. Read more…

Spring Storm: U.S. and Romania practice storming Black Sea shores

25/03/2017. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .

The United States and Romanian navies practiced storming the beaches of the Black Sea, a relatively rare example of practicing an attack in the region that Russia considers its own and where it increasingly feels under siege.

The USS Carter Hall, an amphibious dock landing ship, exited the Black Sea on March 22 after taking part in the exercises, Spring Storm 2017. U.S. or NATO exercises in the Black Sea have become fairly dog-bites-man news – and NATO has promised to conduct them even more frequently – but these are novel in that they are practicing an explicitly offensive scenario. Read more…

Impossible things

07/12/2016. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .

Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

– Lewis Carroll, 1872, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Car of the Year

02/12/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

The Car of the Year (COTY) choices made by the different magazines and organizations are always interesting. This year, 2016, the results were as surprising as the outcome of United States presidential elections if only that the odds on the predictions were long.

There are many different classes for which awards were made, included Small Cars, Electric Cars, Executive Cars, Sports cars, MPVs and SUVs. But here we’ll look at Car of the Year, usually chosen on top of the classes. Read more…

Trump vs May vs Farage vs Dorrach

23/11/2016. Category: People. Topic: .

The vibrancy of the 2016 US presidential elections continues to reverberate across the planet. Elected liberals still can’t make head or tails of the results while conservatives are claiming the dawn of a new age in politics.

At stake are the billions of dollars the United States annually contribute to a variety of international causes and actions. Who has bitten the hand that will be holding the feed in the near future? Read more…

11/8/16 – Sad day for USA and the World

09/11/2016. Category: People. Topic: , .

“The people have spoken. The bastards!”

That might sound like a quote from Hilary Clinton on the news that she lost the race to the White House to Donald Trump. But it was someone else who said that.

The race did not start and did not end well for Clinton. And while the mainstream media editorials and polls had her leading almost up to the end it is now clear that their methods were askew. They should have listened to William Faulkner’s advice: “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.” Read more…

Toyota Hilux moose test

31/10/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

This is fantastic material for conspiracist.

After losing WWII, the Japanese devised a cunning long-term plan to destroy their old enemy, the Allies. Over decades they crafted cute little cars and pickups that crept into the hearts of the Americans and Europeans. The Toyota Camry and Corolla, Hondas and Nissans have consistently featured well in the rankings of top car sales charts.

With the unsuspecting Americans and Europeans tightly enclosed behind the locked doors of their cute little imports the Empire struck back. Read more…

An appointment with the Justice Minister

31/10/2016. Category: People. Topic: .

Here’s the plan: you dress up like an Arab, fly to Israel, throw a bag of instant popping popcorn at a Jew, get bashed up immediately, get thrown in jail… and then you make your move.

Considering the treatment you would have received and with clearly visible scars you insist on pleading your case privately with the Justice Minister in her chambers. There you can feast your eyes. Read more…

Edgeless smartphones 2016

26/10/2016. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

You’ve crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s on your latest long-term mobile phone contract. You carefully unbox your latest acquisition and admire its beautiful lines. Then you set it up to your liking and log on to the internet… only to discover a newer, smarter, even more attractive smartphone. Darn!

Chances are that one of those newer model that caught your eye is an edgeless smartphone. They simply look awesome, don’t they? Read more…

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