Money, Money, Money.


Why is it that almost all foreign currency looks so much better than the American dollar? I’m not bashing the buck, but from a design perspective, to me foreign currency is simply more visually interesting than the American greenback. Case in point, the currency of the year awarded by The International Bank Note Society for the New Zealand for its $5 polymer note. The design features the face of New Zealand native mountain climber Sir Edmund Hillary, with a backdrop of Mount Cook and, a yellow-eyed penguin seemingly printed with what looks like metallic gold foil.

Now, with that said, I don’t think this is an award winning piece of design in the true sense. It is busy, and burdened with an abundance of imagery, and various patterns, but if you look at it in terms of a contemporary painting or print, it’s quite successful. I know that the reason for the patterns, color, overprints, and such are due to security issues and a need to foil counterfeiters, but this is something I might hang on a wall, and that is often the case for foreign currency with me. I’m not going to do that with American currency.

For more about the competition you can find it in this article at along with a video. And below are some additional curency examples.










Friday Math Fun with the Tesla Model 3.

Model 3I’m not going to bash the Tesla Model 3. I like the idea of the electric car, and I like the innovation that Tesla is doing with their vehicles. I am going to do a little math though. Why? Because it’s Friday and everyone loves math on Friday’s.

So Telsa has 325,000 pre-orders for the Model 3. That is 325,000,000 dollars given them to hopeful buyers that are willing to wait for a new car, and wait they will and here is why. “Time.”

There is only so many hours in the day, and you can only assemble a car so fast. With a launch date set for “Late 2017” the first cars won’t start rolling off the assembly line for 19 months from now at the soonest. Now, let’s look at that 325,000 order number and divide it out over time.

Say Tesla sets a moderate time frame of 48 months to build all 325,000 Model 3’s.

325,000 divided by 48 months equals 6,770 a month. 6770 divided by 30 equals 225 a day. Which is about 9.5 cars an hour.

The Ford F150 is one of the most popular vehicles in America. In comparison Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant produces about 1,250 of these trucks every day it operates. or roughly 62.5 trucks assembled by 1000 people over a 20 hour shift. (I see Tesla hiring a boat load of assembly line workers. Don’t forget Tesla will have to train them all and that adds even more time to the problem)

Now let’s revise our numbers a bit. Let’s say half of the 325 thousand drop out of the race to get a Model 3. How many would Tesla still have to crank out and at what rate? So, 162,500 Model 3’s over 48 months.

162, 500 divided by 48 months equals 3,385 a month. 3,385 or about 112 cars a day, if Tesla works 30 days a month, 24 hours a day. so 4.75 cars an hour every month for 48 months non stop to reach total demand. And that doesn’t include production of the Model S and Model X. That folks is a tall order, and remember they do not have a dedicated plant to built the Model 3 in yet.

I’m not saying Tesla can’t do it, or won’t do it. I’m just thinking it’s going to be a while after late 2017 before some people see their Model 3 and quite a bit can change in the next 3 to 4 years. I wonder if we’ll have flying electric cars by 2020?

Hasselblad + Ferrari = Hasselrrari.

As I sit here waiting for my Olympus OMD to ship from Amazon, I keep wishing I had played the Mega Millions lottery. If I had won, I could have flown first class to Japan, picked up the new Oly, and then skipped on over to Europe to grab a new Hasselblad Ferrari edition camera. I know it costs $30,000, but when you are worth mega millions 30k is chump change.

So what does 30 large get you? It buys a limited edition camera with a 40 megapixel medium format sensor. produced in a limited edition of only 499 cameras, and done up in Ferrari red. (Ferrari “Rosso Fuoco”). It comes with an 80mm prime lens and the camera is housed in a special display box with an engineered glass top. The case also features  a luxurious lining, dual storage layers, and the distinctive Ferrari Racing Shield.

It does not come with any super models to photograph. It won’t make you Richard Avedon. It will tell everyone that sees you shooting with it, that you have scads of money and very little sense.

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What’s in the box…

  • An exclusive hand-made glass topped case specially designed for the Ferrari camera. This attractive case features a luxurious lining, dual storage layers, and the distinctive Ferrari Racing Shield.
  • A specially designed camera strap.
  • A Ferrari Welcome Brochure that includes a customized Inspection Certificate.
  • A Phocus Quick Software DVD made specifically for the Ferrari Edition.
  • A hand-signed personal Welcome Letter by Hasselblad Chairman and CEO Dr. Larry Hansen.

Wrapping my Head Around The Size of 1,000,000,000.00

A little over a month ago I went with my friend Kanon to the opening of the remodeled Audi dealership in south Kansas City. At the opening, the dealer had a limited edition Audi R8 V10 Cabriolet, with a base starting price of around $175,000.00. While talking to one of the sales reps, I jokingly asked, “So how do you finance something like this? Your monthly payments would be insane.” Her reply was simple, “People that buy this car, bring in a cashiers check, or do a fund transfer from one of their accounts to ours. They don’t finance.” She went on to comment that the price of this car to the people who can afford it, think of $175,000.00 plus, kind of like most people think of $1750.00. That comment got me to thinking at the time about the abstract concept of money. I mean if your net worth is say 400 million dollars, well then yeah, 175k is a drop in the bucket to you. All of this leads me to today’s blog post, which was inspired by the folks over at Information Is Beautiful.

Information Is Beautiful posted a wonderful infographic on the cost of things on a world-wide scale. Things like the BP oil spill, the cost of the war on terror, and the world financial crisis. The whole thing is broken down into costs in billions of dollars, and it’s pretty impressive. It still doesn’t get my head space to full comprehend being able to walk into the Bugatti dealership and drop a cool 2 million plus on a Veyron, but it does help show the relationship of costs on a larger scale.