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Thursday, April 12, 2021

So after I trashed Bambi Francisco and the prospects for her Vator.tv venture, I started wondering:

Has there ever been a truly successful business-oriented online community site?

I’m trying to think of a MySpace portal for businesspeople, that’s full of registered users posting jobs, networking, commenting and distributing news, etc. A real must-join online hangout for hardcore business players. And really, I can’t think of one.

There are elements of such a concept all over the Web. Yahoo! Finance has been a longtime favorite destination for financial news junkies. The Motley Fool has a healthy following as well. Even blogs are gaining traction, with Dealbreaker being the slickest example.

But I don’t know that one site has harnessed what’s supposed to be a community that rushes to the Web for their fix of targeted content. The only example that comes to mind is Business.com, and only due to the dot-com crazy $7.5-million pricetag the domain name sold for, in anticipation of reaping this dynamic. In reality, Business.com never even approached hub-like status.

So where’s the online challenger to Forbes, Wall Street Journal and other business-content watering holes? And why is it taking so long to appear? Is it waiting for Bambi Francisco, or maybe even Mark Cuban, to realize it?

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/12/2021 11:58:56 PM
Category: Business, Internet, Media
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Having gone through an aquarium-keeping phase, I quickly recognized a familiar principle behind the workings of “natural pools”, the ecologically and aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional chlorinated backyard swimming holes:

Materials and designs vary — the pools can be lined with rubber or reinforced polyethylene, as in the case of Total Habitat’s, and may look rustic or modern — but all natural pools rely on “regeneration” zones, areas given over to aquatic plants that act as organic cleansers.

The pools have skimmers and pumps that circulate the water through the regeneration zone and draw it across a wall of rocks, loose gravel or tiles, to which friendly bacteria attach, serving as an additional biological filter. Unlike artificial ponds, which tend to be as murky with groundwater runoff and sediment from soil erosion as the natural ponds they’re modeled on, in a natural pool the water is clear enough to see through to the bottom.

This is basically cycling, the method of achieving a self-sustaining fishtank. The way to get a nice-looking aquarium that hosts healthy fish is to help beneficial waste-eating bacteria establish themselves, as part of an overall biochemically-balanced water ecosystem. External filters and natural plants also do their part. In essence, the tank should (mostly) clean itself.

Natural pools depend on the same setup on a larger scale, complete with plants and biofilters. It’s all about keeping the pH balanced, and letting the chemistry work over time to hit the balance, versus dumping chlorine for a quick-fix system shock.

Maybe hyping the fishtank similarities is the way to make it popular. Call it the “Family Aquarium” or something, where you can school with your spouse and children… And peeing in this pool? Go ahead — it’s bioengineered to handle it!

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/12/2021 11:28:10 PM
Category: Creative, Science
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the extra
I’ve gotten myself into a ripping argument at About.com over NHL playoff overtime rules. Not surprisingly, my online friend David plays the role of instigator.

In my comments there, I allude to previously-blogged opinions on this (over)timely subject. I’ll be re-presenting those here shortly. But not tonight; I’m worn down, and I don’t want to delve into this in a less-than-sharp state. Look for the lowdown this coming weekend.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/12/2021 11:04:20 PM
Category: Hockey
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