BC Ferries.

12 12 2008

I had an interesting conversation here today with a friend of mine.  He is great at brainstorming ideas to make money but doesnt follow thru with them. (Fifth you should talk to him more) He mentioned about promoting Horseback adventures for folks who would like to ride their horse from say the Lower Mainland up the Sunshine Coast and even as far as Texada.  I thought this would make a great opportunity to promote “enviro friendly” holidays. As the customer would be riding their own horses there would be no cost to us for insurance or anything, but we could plan their trip and take care of the little hassles for them.  For a small fee of course  lol. So thinking along these lines, I got on the phone to BC Ferries and was informed that no one can take a horse on board unless it is in a trailer.  I replied that I have seen many people take pets aboard and there doesnt seem to be a problem with that.  I said I would even be willing to pay the motorcycle fare for the horse as it is my mode of transportation.  They are looking into that for me.  I will re-post when I hear back from them.  Let me know what you think.





Google tightening its belt.

12 12 2008

Wow this financial crisis has hit everyone  it seems. Although with revenue up to $5.54 billion dollars and Net profits at $1.35 billion dollars, I really dont think they are hurting that bad.

WASHINGTON — Internet search king Google Inc. plans to tighten its belt amid slowing revenue growth, cutting back on spending and new projects, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

 

“We have to behave as though we don’t know” what’s going to happen, the newspaper quoted Google chief executive Eric Schmidt as saying.

 

The Mountain View, California, Internet giant will curtail the “dark matter,” Schmidt said of projects that “haven’t really caught on” and “aren’t really that exciting.”

 

Schmidt told the Journal that Google is “not going to give” an engineer 20 people to work with on certain experimental projects anymore. “When the cycle comes back,” he said, “we will be able to fund his brilliant vision.”

 

The newspaper report came as Trip Chowdhry, an analyst for Global Equities Research, said he expects Google to post revenue of $15.71 billion US this year, $15.23 billion US next year and $14.57 billion US in 2010.

 

“Our research indicates that the challenging macro-economic conditions continue to worsen Google’s advertising driven consumer Internet business,” Chowdhry said.

 

Google’s share price has fallen more than 50 per cent over the past year, finishing at $275.11 US in New York on Tuesday.

 

The Journal said online advertisements connected to Internet searches still accounted for 97 per cent of Google’s revenue but products such as Google Checkout, a Web payment service, and Google TV Ads, which sells television advertising time, haven’t generated significant revenue.

 

Last month, Google announced it was ending its virtual world experiment, Lively, at the end of December as part of a bid to “prioritize our resources and focus more on our core search, ads and apps business.”

 

It also cancelled experimental search results website SearchMash.

 

Earlier this year, Google co-founder Sergey Brin announced plans to “significantly” reduce its workforce of some 10,000 contract workers.

 

Google has also been looking for new revenue opportunities.

 

Last month it began running ads on financial news website Google Finance and the Journal said it plans to soon run ads on news aggregator site Google News.

 

The Journal said “top priorities” for investment include display ads, advertising on mobile phones and online business software.

 

Google is known for its benefits, such as a free cafeteria and other perks, but the Journal said those may be cut back as part of the belt-tightening.

 

Google’s third-quarter profits beat the expectations of Wall Street analysts. Net profits rose 26 per cent to 1.35 billion dollars while revenue, at $5.54 billion US, was up 31 per cent from the same period of 2007.





In response to cry baby,

11 12 2008

I didn’t think of this sooner  but I guess I should explain the name change from Nagivator to Loosey.

It all started after the trip for Fifths School Reunion trip.  After a long and really hard weekend  (hahahahaha) we finally made it back to Texada. Of course we could not make it home without stopping for a celebratory drink at the local pub. While we were there we ran into Mike the Mechanic, he said that I remind him of Lucy from Charlie  Brown, always pulling the football and making Charlie fall. Fifth and I looked at each other, obviously we were not recovered sufficiently from our trip, and had to change the spelling from Lucy to Loosey.  Apparently  it stuck for now  but after this weekend there might be a new name.  It could be a tuff weekend.  LOL





This is soooo me

5 12 2008

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Dead Frogs

5 12 2008

I recently read this article and once again, my brain said “HUH?”  I cannot believe in this day and age that big corporations are still afraid of the the “little guy”. Seeing an advertisement on a recent trip to the lower mainland of this new brewery based in Abbotsford, made me laff while stuck in traffic on the freeway. Then coming home and reading this article in the paper a few days later really made me want to say something. Of course the best way to get something out there and talked about is the internet. So here is my point of veiw. If Sleemans Brewery is this concerned about a very small company, then this company must have a good product. I, for one, and encourage everyone else as well to give this product a try. The first time I go into a Beer store and see this product I will buy it. If any of you have seen or tried this product please leave me a comment. I would love to hear your reviews.  The following is the article that caught my attention.

Big boys, beware — plenty of fight in this Dead Frog
Local firm takes on giant Sleeman over clear glass bottles
Brian Lewis, The Province
Published: Tuesday, December 02, 2008
When a big, eastern-based brewery recently decided to take a legal chomp out of an upstart Aldergrove micro-brewery’s hide, it should have known that, once bitten, dead frogs can bite back.

Specifically, the 17-employee Dead Frog Brewery is telling Ontario-based Sleeman Breweries Ltd. that it’s not about to be intimidated by the established national brewer’s launch of a lawsuit against it.

The lawsuit claims that the clear-beer-bottle design that Dead Frog began using in June to house three of its four beers is owned by Sleeman Breweries, which in turn is owned by Japanese brewing behemoth Sapporo Breweries.

 

The lawsuit’s claim, says 44-year-old Dead Frog Brewery founder Derrick Smith, is nonsense.

“This sort of thing happens in our industry on a fairly regular basis,” Smith told me yesterday.

“The big guys try to intimidate the little guys, who then often back off — but we’re not going to do that. We’re 100-per-cent sure that we’re in the right here.

“We taste different and we look different so this lawsuit is a waste of time and energy.”

For one thing, the Dead Frog bottle is embossed with its own logo — a dead frog, of course — while the Sleeman bottle is embossed with its own logo.

And as for the bottle itself, Smith points out that its “utilitarian” design is used by others in the sector, including Carlsberg and Miller Genuine Draft.

Or, as Dead Frog Brewery lawyer Christopher Wilson notes: “Dead Frog’s Defence asserts that Sleeman does not have a monopoly on clear-glass beer bottles and that, in any event, the public is not likely to be confused because of Dead Frog’s prominent name, slogans (e.g. “Nothing goes down like a cold dead frog”) and frog logo.”

Regardless, Sleeman chief executive officer and chairman John Sleeman is pressing ahead with the lawsuit.

His company didn’t respond directly to a request for an interview yesterday but his office issued a statement.

“Sleeman will always vigorously defend its trademarks, especially where my family’s heritage is concerned,” it said.

“We support small brewers because they are good for our industry. This isn’t about big [sic] being hard on small competitors but rather about us protecting my grandfather’s heritage.”

For its part, Dead Frog Brewery is prepared to meet Sleeman head-on in court even though, as Smith admits, the high legal costs would be money better spent on his company’s continued expansion.

In the past five months, for example, Dead Frog has expanded its B.C. distribution by more than 300 per cent and it’s now producing roughly 30,000 bottles of beer weekly, even though the beer is only available in cold-beer-and-wine outlets.

Smith expects his beer will be in B.C. government liquor stores by the spring. The company recently began shipping beer to the Yukon and also expects to begin distribution in Alberta within a few months.

Ironically, Smith also notes that publicity over the Sleeman lawsuit is helping establish Dead Frog’s brand recognition among consumers.

And that, beer drinkers, is how a dead frog can really bite its competition in the marketplace.