Archive for October, 2011

Awash in stuff: mall owners know it too

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

When a representative of the retail industry says it, it may represent a real shift:

At the Cavendish Mall in Côte St. Luc, weak sales following the departure of top performing retailers like Gap Inc. and Roots Canada Ltd. prompted owners to demolish about 40 per cent of the mall, which is now being converted into residential townhouses, semi-detached and single-family homes. … “People are spending more on experience and service and less on stuff. The world is awash in ‘stuff’.”

I found it interesting how this is viewed by mall owners, who must adapt their spaces to medical centers, health clubs or condos. However, retail spaces are apparently still the most lucrative, so are still considered the gold standard in malls.

Steve Jobs

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

I’m not a big fan of today’s Apple, but Steve Jobs had an an enormous influence on my life. My first computer was an Apple IIe, he was presenting the NeXT workstation when I visited the University I ended up attending, I was an intern and Campus Consultant for NeXT in the 90’s, and the Macintosh set me on a path to Computer Science. I even wrote a paper about him in college.

He is regarded as a minimalist, from his trademark black turtleneck and jeans, to this photo of his home in 1982, to his design philosophy.

However, what impressed me most was his lack of cynicism; he was abrasive and downright mean at times, but he was always sincere in creating something great. Goodbye, Steve.