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Something Had To Give

I know it’s Friday and we usually do something food-related, but since we covered a food topic earlier this week, today it’s media.  There was an interesting piece earlier this week about the changing viewing habits of younger folks.  Not surprisingly, at least to me, is what the Nielsen study found and I want to share it with you today in case you missed it.  I suppose that the main point is that there are only 24 hours in a day, and even if you DVR or otherwise capture 96 hours worth of content in those 24 hours, you still have to find the time to watch it.  But here are the facts and you tell me what you think. Continue reading

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Top hat as an icon for magic

Is there anyone you know who isn’t fascinated by magic? Whether we go back to wizards in ancient courts or right to today with Penn and Teller, David Blaine, or Chriss Angel, I think most people enjoy a good magic trick. Inevitably, you find yourself uttering “how did he do that?” out loud. Well, it’s pretty easy to find out how they performed the trick. A quick search and we know it all. Or do we? Continue reading

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Amuse Yourselves

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Sorry about being away for 2 days – duty calls, kids – not that I don’t feel as if I have an obligation to you! In any event, as I was flying about I started to think about the differences between how entertainment used to work when we were kids and how it works now.  It’s a lot more than the differences between lean back and lean forward.  It’s changed not only the nature of how we consume things but what those things are. Continue reading

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Imagine reading an ad for a cheap movie ticket.  Instead of paying the usual $10.50, the ticket is $3 and it’s a brand new movie you’ve been waiting to see.  You rush to the box office and buy tickets for your and your significant other.  The ticket seller takes your $6 and before handing you the tickets asks “would you two like to sit together? Continue reading

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Mixed Messages

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One of my favorite scenes in the Blues Brothers comes when Jake (John Belushi) is confronted by his ex-girlfriend (Carrie Fisher) in a tunnel as he’s making his escape from yet another dicey situation.  Having been stood up at the alter by Jake several years prior, she is in no mood for a discussion of the issues.  She wants action now! Please keep reading

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Hail Caesar!

Today is Sid Caesar’s birthday.  For those of you under 40, Isaac Sidney “Sid” Caesar (who would have believed it was his real name?) is the Rosetta Stone of American comedy.  He makes all of what follows him understandable and sits at the very center of the tree of comedy, with dozens of branches springing from his center.  He is best known for his work on Your Show of Shows, a live, 90 minute sketch show (SNL, anyone) that featured Caesar, Carl Reiner, Imogene Coca,, Nanette Fabray, and many others as performers.  The writing staff included Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart and Reiner.  You get a sense of what it was like from the movie My Favorite Year (well worth the rental) and the shows themselves can be found on DVD at his website and elsewhere.

Sid was best known for his “double-talk” routines, one of which is here:

I love how he captures the essence of the language without speaking a word of it – a good lesson (you knew it was coming) in why listening to tone is important (although understanding meaning is kind of critical in business too!).

Happy birthday , Sid!

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