Monday, September 19, 2011

Link roundup

1. How Whole Foods (and other markets) stages the market to encourage you to buy.

2. Wikipedia:

Stageira was an ancient Greek city on the Chalkidiki peninsula and is chiefly known for being the birthplace of Aristotle. The city lies approximately 8 kilometers north northeast of the present-day village of Stagira, close to the town of Olympiada . . . Philip II of Macedon later had more success, occupying and destroying the city. As payment for Aristotle's tutoring of his son Alexander the Great, Philip later rebuilt the city and resettled the old city's inhabitants, who had been enslaved. Many new structures were built at this time, including an aqueduct, two shrines to Demeter and many houses.

3. "Starting in October anyone with a PlayStation 3 or a gaming PC will be able to download and play DC Universe Online for free. They'll have access to all game content, two character slots, and the ability to purchase optional expansion packs should they choose to do so."

1 comment:

  1. It is very much worth mentioning that the Whole Foods article, itself done to push the author's book, also has several questionable or outright false claims.

    For example, the author claims that Whole Foods "chalkboards" are mass-produced with fixed prices. However, several commenters counter this claim. While they are not real chalk, they are also not indelible. (If you think about it, you can figure out why they wouldn't want to use real chalk, as you know there would be customers who'd erase them or alter them for kicks.) Prices can and do get changed. And apparently any art or decoration is done in-store as well. While going for the "rustic feel" is true, the rest of the authors claims about the boards are fiction.

    As well, one commenter throws a bit of science at the author's shock value claim of apples averaging 14 months old. I can't speak directly for myself about the reality of that science, but it does sound sound, as one would think supermarkets would be full of terribly rotten or shriveled apples if "controlled atmosphere storage" didn't keep them well-preserved. (Of course once the apples are out of that storage and in the stores, all bets are off...)