Monthly Archives: November 2011

Continuing Education

When I worked around lawyers in some of my past business lives, there would always be days when they were totally unavailable.  The reason was something called “CLE”.  As I came to found out, the full term is MCLE – Minimum Continuing Legal Education and while the requirements vary by state bar association, in general lawyers need to take courses in everything from ethics (ahem) to professional responsiblity to changes in law in areas of specialty.

Balance

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So here is my question:  what are you doing to satisfy the same sort of requirement in your business life? Continue reading

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More Access, Less Time

I don’t know about you, but I can’t keep up with all of the great content that’s out there.  I was reminded of that this morning as yet another podcast installed itself along side the other 15 hours of stuff I haven’t listened to yet.  Those go along with the backlog of magazines I love but haven’t read (oh look, the summer grilling issue is out!), the TV shows lingering on my DVR (don’t tell me if Nucky is in jail yet), and the books stacked up like planes over LaGuardia.  Which is why I find the data from eMarketer on tablets and smartphones disturbing. Continue reading

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Burp Then Buy!

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving feasts. apparently, a lot of folks ate and ran for their cars – not to get home before Aunt Sally passed out but to the stores to get a head start on their shopping for the next holidays. I was really surprised about how the Thanksgiving Day newspaper had several pounds worth of ads, in many cases for sales that would be over before many of us were getting out of bed on Friday.
One mistake anyone commenting on things can make is to assume that the way in which we see the world is the norm, and so while I’d never ponder running to a store to try to be one of the lucky 10 people who actually can get the $2 waffle iron (hopefully without a dose of pepper spray as occurred in some places), I know others do.  But while retail sales were up vs. a year ago, comScore reported something interesting occurring over the weekend. Continue reading

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Ephemeral

All the prep work for tomorrow’s holiday is in full swing here at Rancho Deluxe.  The turkey stock is made (no pan drippings when you fry them, bubba), shopping is done, silver is polished, and we figured out that we can use an old set of Colorforms shapes as stickers on wine glasses to identify everyone’s drinks  without spending a fortune on those cute little charms.  It’s a lot of work that the Mrs. and I do each year and we’re happy to do so.  Having the 25 or so family members and friends around the table (more like around the room) for dinner is a highlight of the year.  Which of course got me thinking about a business point. Continue reading

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TV Is Only Half Of It

A little research to start the week.  A new study came out from Burst Media last week.  It was about how people view and interact with online video.  Not very much surprising in it – 71.6% of web users overall watch online content in a typical week—and 39.0% of all viewers spend between one and five hours per week with online video. Men aged 18-34 are the heaviest consumers of online video content, with 19.7% saying they consume 10 or more hours of video on the web per week.    Not much of a shock – almost every content company with which I work has a focus on video and I suppose it’s sort of chicken and egg – there’s more content offered in the form of video so the usages rises and because the demand goes up, content providers produce more.

There was also a nugget that made me pause. Continue reading

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Leftovers

From the title, you might think I’ve published next week’s food post too early.  Let me explain.  I was supposed to hit the market the other day to buy myself something for dinner (the Mrs. was at the theater so I was just cooking for myself) but got caught up in work and had no time to go before my evening appointment.  I rummaged around the refrigerator and assorted cabinets and found a bit of bacon, some raw, frozen shrimp, various veggies, and some white wine.  Sounded like a pasta sauce to me, which it was about 20 minutes later.  But it was also a business reminder. Continue reading

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The Information Booth

I was meeting someone at Grand Central Terminal last week (and for you non-NY‘ers, Grand Central Station is a subway stop; GCT is the commuter train station).  We agreed to meet “at the clock” which everyone knows is the clock atop the information booth in the middle of the building.

The Seth Thomas Clock Company-manufactured clo...

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I was a few minutes early and as I was waiting, I overheard the person in the information booth as she dealt with the line of folks needing help.  What struck me wasn’t the speed with which she answered the questions (how the heck do you keep track of all those bus routes in your head?).  Instead, I was impressed with something else, something that is the yet as unfound grail in digital, but one which Siri and other voice interfaces may be on the way to finding.

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