Monthly Archives: November 2009

Code Red

A sound-powered telephone on the HMNZS Te Kaha...

Imagine your puppy escapes from the house. Kind of frightening once you realize it’s disappeared. It has no clue where it is and has almost no defenses with which to take care of itself. Now imagine that instead of your puppy it’s your elderly Mom who has Alzheimer’s. Obviously you’re not going to go around the neighborhood and put up posters. So what do you do? Continue reading

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The Beat

The Beat

If you don’t know the joys of ska, you’re really missing out. I’ve been a fan since the late 1970’s and last night saw The English Beat again. The Beat are one of the original 2 Tone ska bands and although the band has changed over the years, it’s still led by Dave Wakeling and Everett Morton, their distinctive drummer. And amazingly enough, in the midst of 3 hours of dancing, I had a business thought! Continue reading

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Why I Won’t Be in Applebee’s Neighborhood

We went to lunch with my folks yesterday and made the mistake of patronizing the local Applebee’s.  This is what the chain says on their web site:

Applebee’s is the largest casual dining chain in the world, with locations throughout the U.S. and many countries worldwide. We take pride in having a friendly, welcoming, neighborhood environment for both our staff and guests that makes everyone enjoy their Applebee’s experience.

While I have no doubt they’re the largest, we “enjoyed” our Applebee’s experience about as much as we would a root canal. Continue reading

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Eating the 13th

Disney - Snow White's Scary Adventure - Queen ...

Friday the 13th! Scary for some. Since we try to do food stuff here on Fridays, I thought I’d remind everyone about a few food related superstitions to help you avoid trouble while dining today. Continue reading

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The Human Touch

Homer Simpson

Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees, kids. Yep – another Homer Simpson “DOH” moment. Nothing too earth-shattering, but a lesson worth remembering, this time from the Mrs.  We had our first child 23 years ago. We made a decision at that time that one of us was going to stay home. Long story short, I worked outside of the house and she stayed home and took on the kids as a full-time job.  I built up a network of business contacts; she made friends.  Sometimes the categories overlapped for me; there weren’t categories to overlap for her. Continue reading

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Veterans Day 2007 poster from the United State...

Today is Veteran’s Day, a holiday which was created to commemorate the end of “The War To End All Wars.” While that part didn’t work out so well, it’s a worthy celebration of our men and women who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces. My Dad is one of those vets. He fought – as Archie Bunker used to say – in The Big One – WW2. And while he’s taught me a lot over the years, he and his fellow vets teach us another really valuable business lesson to go along with all the others. Continue reading

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Dancing In The Dark


If you spend any time reading about what’s going on in digital media, you’re probably aware of Rupert Murdoch‘s war on free content.  His beef is that many companies spend lots of resources to produce original content and then others such as Google, Drudge, and HuffPo aggregate it and make money off of it with minimal investment.  He wants to place a lot of content behind pay walls which, in my opinion, will be an interesting experiment but one which is doomed to failure unless there is a systematic change in the nature of the web.  But that’s not the subject of today’s piece.  Instead, Rupert’s now gone one step beyond. Continue reading

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