Monthly Archive: November 2016

The Brown Coat Nation Morns Today

This morning I was driving to visit my father and turned on NPR. I was shocked when they announced Ron Glass had passed away. He wasn’t that old. Most of the news stories talk of his work on Barney Miller. Make no mistake, that work was good. Thankfully there are quite a few oldies channels re-running shows from the 70s and 80s so younger generations can get a taste of what “we” grew up with. I can still vividly recall one scene from Barney Miller when Ron Glass comes bouncing into the squad room wearing an expensive new suit. “Hey hey hey” dramatic pause, scrunching of nose and face it a show of utter repugnance “DAMN! What’s that smell?” Actors don’t get to choose the line people remember them for,… Read more >

Forever Isn’t as Long as It Used to be

Early in my career I worked as a midnight computer operator for AirFone, Inc. I was there right at the time they started up the RailFone and through the financial troubles which resulted in them becoming GTE AirFone in 1986. Of course, you all know that GTE eventually was consumed by Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and more recently was purchased by JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq:JBLU). Some of the former employees have even started referring to this company as Jason due to the fact that no matter how many times it gets killed off it keeps coming back. As with any computer room operations staff of the day, we would take the backup tapes designated for off-site storage and put them into a big plastic shipping bin with paperwork for Iron Mountain (NYSE:IRM) or… Read more >

Always Have Been, Always Will Be

Tired of hearing about others being thankful for this and that? Can’t say I blame you. Hearing everyone talk about their possessions or family or health gives me an itch somewhere down south, I can’t scratch. I watched the news (wanted to say evening news, but as we all know that kind of reliable news died) of people demonstrating in the streets. Most are letting others know how they feel. Peaceably, I presume and in large numbers, but still really angry. They walk, carry signs and willingly offer news drolls sound bites and even interviews. Then, sometime later in the night, people threw rocks and broke windows. They even looted. What’s up with that? These demonstrations are in the city, so don’t tell me they were spontaneously outraged over a… Read more >

Perpetual vs. Flash Marketing Pt. 3

One thing which doesn’t cease to amaze me is the email marketing a person gets when they decide to write a novel. Maybe it is because we tend to go into groups for writers and ask a few questions? Maybe they just have some direct link into government thought monitoring? Whatever the case you get spammed. Much of this spam will be for marketing. It will be for Twitter or Facebook or some other social media marketing and it will feature words like: AMAZING EXPOSURE UNBELIEVABLE EXPOSURE Yes, it will be in all caps. Yes they will claim thousands (usually hundreds of thousands) of Twitter followers, FaceBook followers or whatever. The final hook will be you can get this PHENOMENAL EXPOSURE for under $100. I’m generally mystified as to why… Read more >

The Theory of Everything

Over the course of this weekend I tried to watch “The Theory of Everything.”  I must stress that I tried to watch it. When it got to the part with Stephen Hawking sprawled out on the stairs looking up at his child behind the stair blocker I had to turn it off. I realize the writers and producers were trying to make a point about just how debilitating and horrible his disease is and just how devoted his wife is, I get that. They just went on a little too long trying to show that. While there may have been something noble in their attempt, they released that movie into a culture where the Squeeze Generation (or as Kiplinger’s calls them “The Sandwich Generation”) is a growing part of the… Read more >

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