Can you go anywhere good from sex in a Ferris wheel? That is the apparent challenge for Six Flags ( SIX) theme park turnaround aspirant Mark Shapiro. He is either lowering expectations further or being unusually candid for a CEO during a Chicago Tribune interview after his most recent conference call, in which he spoke in a straightforward fashion of his distant dream of grandeur -- or at least, Disney ( DIS). ( Editor's note: To access some of these stories, registration or a subscription may be required. Please check the individual links for the site's policy.) He wants to tidy up the balance sheet, that is, get the company out of some of its more than $2 billion in hock. Shapiro wants to give his localized, teen-centered parks a Disney makeover. But he's said once before and now again that it's going to be a heavy lift. For him to succeed, teenage lawlessness and rude, sullen seasonal park employees must somehow be banished. This is a difficult business with a lot of (literally) moving parts. The Business Press Maven would not invest in this; at least, not yet. But something about this 36-year-old Shapiro bears watching, if only that he's willing to air customer complaints about seeing sex on the Ferris wheel. A well-reasoned article in Barron's this weekend covers the reasons investors should not listen to the analysts busily putting out buys on Intel ( INTC) and remain cautious of its troubles. Meanwhile, over at The New York Times, a good review on how Texas Instruments ( TXN), a grande dame of technology, has worked toward supplanting Intel. The article mentions up high how rare it is for a technology leader in one era to regain its dominance in another. That's true, but there are other examples. Apple ( AAPL), AMD ( AMD) and even a little outfit called Ford ( F), which came out with this little ol' thing called the assembly line and more than a half century later came back from its troubles to regain dominance before regaining its troubles.