Intro to Thumbsupstyle

Prosperous people make things happen, put in the necessary time and just get it done. If you also enjoy living with style and alternative perspectives, we’re here for you.  Moreover, great style does not have to cost a lot. Rather, it takes a bit more sensitivity, perception and effort. “Thumbs up” to you who make our world more intriguing, demonstrating great style.

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A French Vacation

As I considered vacation destinations I noted that the once famous Champs-Elysees in Paris is now surrounded by shops with signage such as: Nike, Levis, Banana Republic, GAP, Tommy Hilfiger, Abercrombie & Fitch and more. If I wished to see these retailers I could stop by the local mall. So, maybe I’ll head to the Epcot Center Orlando, FL or Las Vegas, NV to get a French-American vacation experience without needing to travel so far. A vacation is part of a rich life, but great style doesn’t have to mean a foreign destination.

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Apple iphone 5 – What goes around comes around

Now that Apple has finished round one of its suit against Samsung for claims of patent infringement, we are likely to soon hear about the Chinese manufacturer of the Goophone 5 suing Apple for the same as Apple prepares to launch its sale of the iPhone 5. Samsung plans to appeal the decision in its case, saying it never attempted to steal anything from Apple’s phones.

Does Apple have the right to carelessly leak conceptual images and possible functionality ideas into the market for the purpose of pre-marketing and market feedback and be protected if other manufacturers elect to act on some of the ideas and information floated, beating Apple to the market? On September 12, Apple is expected to introduce its highly anticipated iPhone 5, but the company may find itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit., because what goes around comes around.

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Choose the right wine for dining during your interview.

Have you ever been at dinner at which the potential hiring parties ordered wine or another alcoholic beverage? What is the right choice to make to make a good impression?

A non-alcoholic beverage. Unless you are going to work for a vintner, brewery or like business, its safer to not risk losing “your mental edge”.  A study entitled “The Imbibing Idiot Bias: Consuming Alcohol Can be Hazardous to Your (Perceived) Intelligence”  found that employers are using a legal dinner beverage as tool to attempt to trip you up or by which to suggest that your choice to have a drink (along with them) is an unwise personal choice that might portend potential adverse decisions in the future; talk about entrapment.

Thumbs up for “no wine” or other alcohol consumption while engaging in interview-related dining.

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Thumbs down to Urban Outfitters

Our federal government (via one of its health branches, the Centers for Disease Control, CDC) is too entangled with corporate well-being to most effectively demonstrate concern about your health. If our federal government were truly concerned about liver disease it would better address many other issues, preventively, including alcohol consumption. Moreover, alcohol consumption in teens ushers in a whole different set of health/behavior issues. Shame on a major retailer, Urban Outfitters, for selling products (e.g., Tee-shirts) that promote underage alcohol consumption and shame on our laws that protects the rights of “brands” to produce clothing that promotes inappropriate behaviors.

I love my little sister and care more about her cousins, young friends, and other peers to suggest that Urban Outfitters has anything but lamentable style for selling these.
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Smartphones: I want dibs on the cucumber shape

The jury in the Apple-Samsung patent infringement case concluded that Samsung should pay Apple $1 billion in damages for ripping off features of Apple’s iPhone. This ruling is good for Apple, bad for Samsung and other Apple competitors, and terrible for consumers. More important is the precedent that this case sets. It supports companies profiting from trivial “feature patents.” One of the claims Apple made was that Samsung had infringed upon an Apple patent that covered a “rectangular” phone. Given that all smart phones are rectangular, will this patent force other manufacturer’s to rush forward stating “dibs on the xxxxxxx – shape”? Have patent offices lost their minds?

As for my smartphone, I want dibs on the cucumber shape, the big one for long distance service. And, I’m adding some personal social apps for private down time.

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Marketing and truth in advertising

Marketing exists because we legally allow a modicum of dishonesty in sales. Just as our legal system is not founded upon truth, rather the ability to deliver the most convincing arguments within the framework of your budget, so may our sales strategies do likewise. Unless sales images, inferences and definitive claims are completely without merit, and/or the true cost of products and services are significantly in excess of that portrayed, or the products/services are actually found to physically harm consumers, everything is allowed. There is no “truth in advertising”.

 Alternatively, all products could be reviewed in an objective manner and listed in an encyclopedic index via which we may compare them in a ROI manner, determining how to best use/invest our available resources (call it the universal product assessment service, UPAS). Obviously we would need to continue to educate our universal product/service evaluators (so you don’t end up with biased services such as Angie’s List) and determine the acceptable manner in which to deliver new products to the market that have not yet been UPAS evaluated and listed. Moreover, we would be challenged by new generations of all products.

 Too bad that we don’t have a UPAS service for potential elected officials as well. Such would keep discourse focused upon relevant issues and limit expenditures.

 However, because a UPAS doesn’t exist, I’ll keep working in marketing, in spite of imbalanced playing fields and the pervasiveness of lack of “truth in advertising”.

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Great last minute summer vacations to Mexico City – NOT!

We frequently visited Los Cabos, Cancun, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta in the past . . . . I did say “in the past”. If El Presidente (Calderon) plans to leave his country at the end of his term (soon), due to drug cartels, why should we feel comfortable visiting (now)?! Still want that last minute great vacation deal to the Mexican Riviera?

Thumbs up style is visiting all of the American destinations that you previously ignored.

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