ios9: ads, content-blocking and the mobile economy

It’s being called “a blow for mobile advertising.” It’s a start. 

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Now this is just almost embarrassing…

But not so embarrassing that I won’t post it… The Vermont/New Hampshire Direct Marketing Group has made me a poster boy of sorts for their (19th Annual!) conference at the lovely Wentworth by the Sea Hotel and Spa in New Castle, New Hampshire. I understand...

You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.

Albert Freakin' Einstein

What’s In A Name?

You can send out the press releases. You can stage million dollar opening-day events and sampling programs. Still, some folks just won’t get it right… The modern chain is “going back to its roots” and launching a house coffee called Pike Place...

What Makes Me Stop Reading

James Alan Gardner at SF Novelists offers a nifty list of boneheaded things writers do that force him to just put the book down and walk away. I find I have a lot in common with his point of view: … a boring book doesn’t make me mad; my interest just dwindles...

Starbucks’ Extreme Makeover Continues

Continuing its excruciatingly public extreme makeover, Starbucks does a full-court press (release) on… a new coffee blend. Oh, goody. Sure, while most every other coffee roaster in the land releases new roasts seasonally — you know, to align with new...

*Good* Advice For Would-be Bloggers

This week I gathered some of the conflated and oft conflicting advice for would-be bloggers in my inaptly titled post, Ur Doin’ It Wrong!. To my surprise and delight, Teresa Nielsen Hayden dropped by to dispense some good advice. To wit: As far as I can tell,...

Forty years… for many, still only a dream.

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed:...

Ur Doin’ It Wrong!

It would seem that for the last eight years I’ve been going about this blogging thing all wrong. Let me ‘splain. I’m putting together a blog project for a new-sprung group of budding bloggers — folks who, for the most part have never blogged...

Coffee & Health: More Benefits, Still

Daily Coffee May Protect the Brain. New research suggests coffee may cut the risk of dementia by blocking the damage cholesterol can inflict on the body. Coffee had already been linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, and –according to the...

Starbucks Achieves Critical Mass

  Apparently Howard Schultz is in a buying mood. Close on the heels of Starbucks’ buyout of Coffee Equipment Company, maker of the Clover single-cup coffee brewer, the Seattle coffee giant announced its next step in coffee roasting technology and its next...

C.A.F.E. Through Rose-Colored Glasses

It’s hard to peer into Starbucks’ notoriously opaque coffee sourcing standards. In a Sunday article in the Seattle Times — Changing the Way Costa Rican Farmers Grow Coffee – and Live — writer Manuel Valdes offers a glimpse, through the...

Yes, I Do Judge Books By Their Covers

Okay… so I do judge books by their covers. Truth be told, lots of us do. So many, in fact, that Borders are now rearranging all their book stores to show more covers even though they’ll take a hit on how many titles they can carry. But I digress. I’d...

Wayback: The Web Is Not Walden Pond

From the Bloggle Archives, circa March, 2002. I wrote this as an antidote to what struck me as a surge in misplaced web design ideals; ideals that, in fact, turned out to be the beginning of ‘Web 2.0,’ for all that’s worth. I think it’s as...

Woman Dunks Car, Saves Coffee

From the dubious priorities department… Dateline: Oakland, California — Authorities said the car went into the water a little after 6:00 a.m. after its driver lost control when she reached for her cell phone near the intersection of Alameda Avenue and...

Coffee Notes from All Over

NYTimes: Tasting the Future of Starbucks Tasting Clover-brewed coffee at Starbucks with George Howell. (Mr. Howell is not an easy mark.) Coffee’s Benevolent Mr. Bean Profiles Stumptown’s Duane Sorenson. (No mention that Stumptown is ditching the Clover in the...

Intelligentsia Coffee’s Rwanda Golden Cup Melange

Rating: [rating:4/5] While I’d talked up Rwanda’s Golden Cup competition last September, I’ve only late come to realize that I hadn’t actually tasted any of the coffees from this competition. That couldn’t stand, of course. And so this...

Coffee Tech: Remaking the Vac Pot

Oh… shiny! Don’t let the modern lines fool you… it’s not a new brew technology but a new take on the classic vac pot, from designer Lina Fischer. I have wine bottle-stoppers that look the like brewing end of this thing… wonder if...
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