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Today's Parable

This is an oldie but goodie from my Kodak days (we’re talking 90’s here, folks) - enjoy:

Once upon a time, an American photographic company and a Japanese photographic company decided to have a competitive boat race on the Genesee River. Both teams practiced hard and long to reach their peak performance. On the big day, they were as ready as they could be.

The Japanese team won by a mile.

MSC Seaside **

Time travelled: End of September 2021

The corona epidemic has hit many businesses in the hospitality sector, drastically decimating businesses dependent on visiting and staying guests to make revenue. One of these industries is the cruise ship industry, as cramming 4.000-6.000 guests onto a ship spells trouble with any communicable disease on board, but especially with Covid-19.

Subsequently, cruise lines have had to double up on security protocol, imposing restrictions that might turn many tourists to other destinations. These include accepting only vaccinated or recovered guests, imposing strict masks-only rules and restricting going on-shore to (paid) trips organised by the cruise line. One would think that the management has had quite a bit of time to work on solving these requirements, optimising them for efficiency and low nuisance factor. Unfortunately, at MSC, this isn’t the case.

Book Review: The Birth of Loud

This book chronicles the birth of the solid-body electric guitar in great detail, working through the intertwined lives and connections between the main actors that led to the birth of guitar classics such as the Gibson Les Paul and SG models as well as Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster.

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