Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A fabulous combo

I walked past this business this afternoon and was very intrigued.

They've created a gym for swordfighting. And they're not talking fencing here, but good old fashioned sword fighting.

I can't claim to be terribly cool. Actually, I'm kind of geeky, so I know geeky when I see it, and this is crazy-geeky. I spotted a guy walking down the street the other day carrying what appeared to be a broadsword and had a bit of a chuckle.

On the other hand, I'll bet these guys are in way better shape than I am. I'm sure swinging a sword requires a lot more cardio than swinging a golf club.

And you've got to respect embracing your passion, running with it, and turning it into a business. I hope they do incredibly well and open a chain of swordplay gyms across North America. That'd be very cool.

This reminds me of Dave Eggers' very cool pirate store in San Francisco. I loved that placed and the story behind it.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Rory Sutherland

Mr. Sutherland is almost always fabulous.

The world needs more brilliant solutions that are inexpensive to implement. The kind of things that make you say "But of course." These are the kinds of things that we'd like to develop in business, but they're often hard to get paid for because, as Rory points out, they're not as exciting as the big expensive shiny object.

Love it....

Sunday, June 13, 2010

EMS in India

I'm just getting around to dealing with some of our India photos now. I came across these two, which I liked.

This was taken just outside of Cochin. If you don't pull through on the way to the hospital in this ambulance, then they've got the next steps covered too. (Read the blue words on the side of the van.)

Unfortunately, the van isn't quite long enough to hold the crucial equipment.