Category Archives: culture

The Wand of Narcissus

A "selfie stick" if you haven't heard, is something like a monopod and something like a cry for help. These gizmos, used to take photos of oneself and one's friends (if one has any) at greater than arms-length, are apparently all the rage and mildly controversial. I was blissfully unaware until a recent vacation when I observed numerous…
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Marketing New Years Resolutions: Execution is a Strategy

I resolve to focus on execution. There's a bias for Big Ideas. I like Big Ideas as much as the next guy, but in my life as a marketer - not a philosopher - I have to constantly tie Big Ideas back to execution. That doesn't mean having no strategic plan, quite the opposite: execution is…
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The Callipygian Explosion of 1835

Let's not dwell on why I was looking up the word callipygian, or, for that matter, why I checked the Google books ngram graph for it. Let us instead wonder, who, or maybe what, a century and change before Minaj, before Kardashian, even before Mix-a-Lot, inspired such intense, short-lived, and concentrated use of the word callipygian in…
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Nous Sommes Charlie

The trouble with setting your clock radio to the news is that you wake up thinking you had a bad dream only to discover it was the news seeping into your groggy head. Truth is sometimes more awful than fiction. As you may have heard, 12 people in France were murdered recently, most of them employed at…
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PO’d at the proselytizing PO

I got to the post office early to buy stamps. I knew the windows would be closed but was planning to buy stamps from the machine. A week after Christmas, here were my options: How many Christmas stamps would you like? Zero is how many I would like. No other options, just Rudolph. On the one…
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A gob in search of a smacking

From Welcome to Germany comes today's word of the day, Backpfeifengesicht. And what a welcome it would be: The word Backpfeife means "punch/slap" (on the cheek/face) and Gesicht means "face" So a Backpfeifengesicht is pretty much a face in search of a fist. I'm sure we all know such a face. I recommend restraint. Try repeating "Backpfeifengesicht" under…
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Guru Ninja Evangelist Rock Paper Scissors

If you've been hitting the networking circuit or just generally hanging around it, you've no doubt been handed your share of business cards with wacky titles on them. The fad probably peaked in the late aughts, but it's not totally gone, especially in tech and startup circles. For every Customer Service Manager there's at least…
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Book murder, ebook oversharing

Think of it as the book singularity. Casting off their physical shells, books are achieving a sort of immortality by becoming ebooks. Well, they're not necessarily freer or even longer lasting, I guess, but they sure are easier to move from place to place. Linda Grant writes at length in the Guardian and at even more length…
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Never Any Repeats

I'm no fan of display advertising, either in web banners or "out of home" and I certainly try not to participate in it. Logos and brands are already everywhere, why should you and I become unpaid ad space when manufacturers splash their logos on our stuff? Well, now there's another solution to this problem: Logo Removal Service,…
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Now you can buy art made in Massachusetts from a CSA

There's a new concept in buying art based on the tried and true Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model used by farms and other food producers. Community Supported Art means you pay in advance for a share and on "harvest day" you pick up a box of artwork. Like the farm-based CSA, with CSArt, you never…
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Mysterious politeness on the orange line, solved

Lately I've noticed more and more people on the platform doing the "oh no, you go first" thing and selflessly standing by and letting others board the train first. I've even witnessed two or more such chivalrous folks come close to an unchivalrous argument about who should go last. That's when it dawned on me, this…
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Aiming for aimlessness

In what passes for a breathless lede on the BBC, Finlo Rohrer writes, A number of recent books have lauded the connection between walking - just for its own sake - and thinking. But are people losing their love of the purposeless walk? It seems to me that if there's a positive link between walking…
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