Saturday, November 08, 2008

You Can Do Anything You Want…

…at your local convenience store. As long as it’s legal. By coincidence, I'd been talking with a friend of mine the other day about this phenomenon.

One thing has surprised me though. Supermarket chains have been doing their best to keep up with their nimbler, albeit more expensive, competitors, for example by extending their own store hours. So it’s strange that they haven’t branched out into the kind of services that the convenience stores offer.

5 comments:

Janne Morén said...

For those of us unwilling to register for access to content, what would the service in question be?

Janne Morén said...

Nevermind; bugmenot came to the rescue.

Jun Okumura said...

I think I understand the sentiment behind Bugmenot, but newspapers are in enough trouble that if anyone of them thinks a little information about myself as well as my browsing habits on its website helps its business, I'm not going to begrudge my cooperation. I mean, what in the world am I going to blog about if Norimitsu Onishi loses his job?

Janne Morén said...

I have registered on those sites I read regularly and I don't mind doing so. It's all the one-shot places that get to me; I don't want to go through an often convoluted registration process (with sometimes rather inappropriately close questions) just to get a single article.

In way it's the same with YouTube links or audio or video interviews for me. I tend to get them from friends or on blogs during the day, at work, when I can't sit and watch a video clip. By the time I come home I've forgotten all about the thing so clips usually end up being unwatched.

It's not anything deeply ideological, but simply that even a small obstruction is usually enough to derail my intention to read or watch something.

Jun Okumura said...

dunno if it works for you, but...

Since I use gmail for most of my correspondence, I put the star mark on any email that I’ll be going back to later. As for other must-see things that I can’t deal with just now, I just email the link to myself.