The last non-Accounting requirement for graduation is this throwaway class called “Business Strategy”. It’s supposed to be a cumulative course that brings together all of the business class puzzle pieces so you can see how they fit together. The Accounting department has a similar deal, except that it’s not a complete joke.
I just got done reading the Harvard Business Review article (The HBR is the preferred course material for business classes with pretensions of substance) that coined the that loathed phrase, “Change the Game.” It was actually more interesting than I expected.
But so we have to do a big analysis on a company or business unit for our final project, and my group met tonight to discuss which ours would be. UPS was thrown out first, then Estee Lauder, and I suggested DeVry. All of these sounded like fun. Finally, the guy sitting across from me, who had up until that point been Twittering, lifted up the flat metallic device in his hand and said simply “iPhone.” Everyone lit up and nodded, mesmerized by its glow.
The spell thus broken, everyone turned their attention to the crazy person with the $20 duct-taped cellular contraption on his desk.
“Um. My only concern is that the higher-level technology combined with the relative newness of the smart-phone industry may make this more of a challenge than we really want to take on.” Nice cover, Mills.
The other members agreed that this was a valid concern, and it was suggested that we all do some research, and then email our first and second choices to each other by Sunday night. I had bought myself some time.
Or so I thought. By the time I got home tonight, there were four emails waiting in my inbox, all of them indicating the iPhone as choice #1. “there’s so much information about it out there, and its just so cool!” one of the bastards enthused in hers. “There’s a lot of information out there on how the Jews in Hollywood faked the Holocaust, too”, I managed to keep myself from pointing out in my reluctant defeat email.
So here I sit, trying to find the silver lining in another 8 weeks of hard-core research and discussions about Qwerty keypads and 3G cameras and Android technology, while CameraPigeon draws me a bath and fills my tumbler with scotch to soothe my nerves — at least, that’s what he would be doing if we had put more of our precious time and energy into developing superior carrier pigeons instead of wasting all of it on godforsaken smartphones and Harvard bullshit speak like “Game-Changing”. And we wonder why we can’t afford a handbasket for the ride to Hell.
Soy curls are the new It product for Vegans right now. They’re apparently way better than tofu because they contain the whole bean — kind of like the brown rice of soy products.
On the one hand, I hate this popular belief that the point of being vegan is keeping your membership in the Self-Righteous Club active by being closer to the cutting edge of healthy-eating trends than your neighbor. On the other hand…at least they’re something new to eat. Naturally, they’re about twice as expensive as tofu, but I finally broke down and bought some at the store today. I’ll let you know how they turn out.