Monthly Archives: December 2010

Bye 2010

Fireworks #1

It’s Friday so we’ll do something food related but it’s also New Year’s Eve so let’s have a bit of a party.  Hopefully you read this screed enough to know that besides business and digital media we spend a bit of time on my two other favorite topics:  golf and food.  Because this is the last post of 2010, I thought it might be fun to combine them.  Recipes from a golf course chef?  Not a chance.  Way more fun than that! Continue reading

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It’s A Dessert Topping! It’s A Floor Wax!

I read an article the other morning and it made me think of the old SNL skit for Shimmer Floor Wax.  If you don’t know it you can watch the skit by clicking this link (I tried to embed it but good luck getting certain video providers to work nicely with WordPress). You might remember it – is new Shimmer a floor wax or a dessert topping?  As with the article, it turns out to be both. Continue reading

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Top Posts of 2010 #2

This was the most read post this year although I think it has a lot more to do with the inclusion of an obscure Monty Python character – Mr. Creosote – than it does the subject matter – a study on how young people are spending their time with media. mr creosote I see him as a referring term in the analytics and I just know people are so upset when they get a rant on digital media and A.D.D. instead of a gross-out session.  Then again, maybe what’s going on with peoples’ brains qualifies… Continue reading

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Top Posts Of 2010 #1

As has become my custom, I’m going to repost a few of the more widely read posts from this past year.  What’s interesting, at least to me, is if what I wrote at the time is still relevant or is the post just indicative of a bad night’s sleep.

Today’s post was one of the top two in terms of reads.  I suspect that in part it has to do with an SEO quirk – people searching for Stripes or Sgt. Hulka – but hopefully it has something to do with the topic as well.  As I read it again my feelings about the subject haven’t changed a bit.  In fact, as the year went on, they only intensified.  Let’s see how you feel. Continue reading

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Snow Day

Hope you guys are all safe at home and reading all the great books like this
you got for the holidays. That’s where I am and today will be spent catching up on reading, bookkeeping (hate the end of the fiscal year), and killing genetic mutants in a video game
Then again, given the 18 or so inches of snow we’ve received in the last 18 hours, I don’t think there is much else I can do today.   Maybe that shovel thing but frankly I’d rather clean out the drives of some old computers and tighten up the network here at the world headquarters.

No business points today – we can all use a little R&R I think.  I’d love to hear about your holiday, the gifts you got, the food you ate.   Or not – we can all use a day or five off, right?  I’ll be posting some “best of” this week so I’m not exactly off.  Check back when you can!

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A christmas tree.

It’s Christmas Eve tonight, one of the big events on the Christian calendar. This, of course, got me thinking about faith. No, we’re not going to get into religion in this space – we avoid it as we do politics (didn’t anyone ever teach you those aren’t topics for polite conversation?). Instead, I want to tackle faith from a business perspective (and just maybe you’ll extend it elsewhere). Continue reading

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Free Samples

I used to work for a couple of broadcasters when the Internet became a big thing (you’ve heard of it, right?) When we used to talk about putting content on the web we’d always say video would not be among it. At first it was because the quality would be so terrible that no one would watch it. Then the pipes got fatter, processors got faster, and the discussion changed to shredding the ratings. The fear was that if we gave users control over what they watched and when they watched it we’d destroy our audiences and revenue. Turns out not so much. Continue reading

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