Facebook or NRA? I got your actual social-network right here.

H/T Maddened fowl we are directed to an interesting analysis of an actual Social-Network that is vibrant and active, isn’t tanking in the stock-market – and is over 100-years old.

  • Open: 26.75
  • High: 27.76
  • Low: 26.61


NRA: A Social enterprise?  Definition: A nonprofit venture that combines the passion of a social mission with the discipline, innovation, and determination commonly associated with for-profit businesses. Suitability: NRA was established “to fund firearms, hunting safety and educational projects of benefit to the general public”.

NRA (love ‘em or hate ‘em), boasts membership of 4.3 million loyal fans and advocates.  Their 2012 Annual General Meeting had 73,740 attendees, whereas the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway) had 40,000 attendees!

Should the NRA have an IPO?  It’s not like they are just an on-line replication of another limited-value industry, churning the nostalgia of memory and regrets: the High School Yearbook…

In 1990 The NRA Foundation was established – obviously to capitalize on the immense membership draw the NRA has, currently at 4,300,000 registered members.  At $35/year, or $1,000 “lifetime” membership, it is easy to see how the NRA boasts revenue last year of over $237,500,000.

Makes you think, huh?

JBL Craptastic

This thing is an expensive, unreliable POS only good for charging-up the other POS, the freeze-prone Steve Jobs personal enrichment device.

This is the bi-weekly state of screen-affairs requiring a full manual reset since its ability to automatically fetch time from the airwaves is sporadic, intermittent, and unreliable also.
The noise that can be produced by the hoop is resplendent, but its control is not – you cannot set the alarm to begin functioning within a range – it starts out loud and progressively gets louder, and LOUDER, AND LOUDER AND LOUDER until the Neighbors are also awakened. It’s more of a Dorm-Room kind of thing, appropriate for loud, affluent children.
So we don’t use it for that anymore at all. It’s just a, iPod charger now, set to beep when morning comes. At leas that is manageable, since frequently attempting to awaken to iPod music it neglected to begin with the chosen selection and instead played randomly from the iPod itself.

Also the display is so bright that even at the lowest setting you cannot go to sleep next to it unless it’s covered by a cloth – and so it is.