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RANDOM LINKS FOR 5/7/12
May 6th, 2012 by Clark Humphrey

liem bahneman, via komo-tv

  • There’s a moon! It’s in the sky! It’s called the supermoon!
  • From the Sunday Seattle Times: The Smith Tower is on the rebound; there are sympathetic words toward Occupy Seattle sympathizers; the ex-Kleenex factory in Everett is a toxic waste site; and local students are learning to compose soundtracks for movies and video games.
  • We knew it was coming. Now the original QFC supermarket on Roosevelt Way closes on Saturday.
  • What the heck does Jay Inslee gotta do to get some press?
  • Silicon Valley analyst Farhad Manjoo can’t figure out Amazon’s long-term business strategy, and ponders whether the company even has one. Hey, I don’t fully understand gravity, but I still know it’s there. Of course Amazon has a strategy. Several of them. It aims to be the world leader in online sales of tangible physical stuff, plus intangible digital stuff; to be the go-to company for online retail back-end functions and fulfillment; to rule “cloud computing” and outsourced computer services; and to remain the 500-lb. gorilla of the book biz. There now, wasn’t that simple?
  • At the same site, Trevor Gilbert believes he’s figured out why Seattle has so many leading video-game companies.
  • The voters of France, like the protestors of Greece, have utterly and thoroughly rejected recession-extending “austerity” regimes. They’ve elected their first Socialist government in 16 years and sending Nicolas Sarkozy packing. Will this send Sarkozy’s wife, ex-supermodel Carla Bruni, back on the runways?

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