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Prison Poker solves Cold Cases?

I want to know who it was who was sitting around and asking himself (herself) the question, “How can I leverage prison inmates’ obsession with poker to solve major crimes?”  We may not know who asked the question, but the question has been answered: By issuing playing cards that highlight unsolved murders.  The approach has … Continue reading


Consumers Deserve Better

Walt Mossberg has a great article in the Wall Street Journal about the stranglehold that wireless telecom companies have on the mobile phone business–limiting choice and stifling competition. A shortsighted and often just plain stupid federal government has allowed itself to be bullied and fooled by a handful of big wireless phone operators for decades … Continue reading

No Surprises for Radiohead

“And, yes, it probably would give us perverse pleasure to say ‘f*** you’ to this decaying business model.”–lead singer Thom Yorke in the Telegraph The Telegraph reports that Radiohead‘s recent gamble has paid off famously. Unbelievably, they chose to offer their latest album, In Rainbows for download for whatever price you choose. That’s right, $0 … Continue reading

It’s All Marketing

My [brilliant and beautiful] wife made a simple observation revealing a generally truth that we all intuitively know: “It’s All Marketing.” From the product that we decide to create to the market we choose to target. From each and every design decision we make to each and every word we use to describe those decisions. … Continue reading

DO NOT CALL me then, DO NOT CALL me now, DO NOT CALL me

Yes, as a person that has spent the past 22 years in one form or another of sales, I have done cold calling. I have even called people at home (though it made me feel dirty). And, of course, I have also received my share of such calls. The federal DO NOT CALL list was … Continue reading

Apple says, “Brick THIS!”

“May the bricking begin!” Yes, that’s right. To you morons (including me) who first paid full price ($599) and told everybody you knew to buy one, telling everyone that it was the greatest thing since sliced bread, more ground breaking than the spoon (the eating utensil not the cuddle), more groundbreaking than [enter YOUR FAVORITE … Continue reading

75 year-old Woman Takes a Hammer to Them (Comcast)

Mona Shaw of Bristow, Virginia, went at her local Comcast payment center with a hammer, smashing up some items, all the while asking, “Do I have your attention now?” After being arrested, the 75 year-old with a heart condition complained that the company had begun to switch over her phone service, then left it for … Continue reading

The Making of the Human Flipbook

You should also check out the making of the video. Enjoy…

The Human Flipbook…it was only a matter of time…

I am not sure that its viewers are all rushing out to buy submarine sandwiches, but using a human (along with 150 t-shirts) as a flipbook is definitely a remarkable idea.

The Lexus and the iPhone

I was just thinking about an example in the Tipping Point of a company that understands the importance of early-adopters.  Apparently just after Toyota started its Lexus line, they realized that they had made a mistake with the first 400LS model (so small that most companies would have ignored it), their flagship car.  Instead of … Continue reading