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I love the holiday season.

I love the holiday season. I love the glittering lights, the music, the smells, the hustle and bustle of the crowds…. Especially the crowds. There’s just something about a giant commingling of folks with visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads...
The Reason for the Season

The Reason for the Season

Caught a snatch of this on our local public radio station… and was delighted to find that Phil has posted the whole schmear at VDB: …once we’ve scammed everything conceivable from everybody conceivable, we return home, the girls dump their bags of...

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

Where’d Tech Go?

Every now and then the geek in me revolts… Since the dawn of the “Internet Economy” [yeah, I squirm when I say that, too] I’ve noticed an alarming tendency of mainstream news media and technology industry media alike to eschew reporting on...

The Business Plan

Most evenings these days find me writing, revising and polishing a business plan. I want to start a coffee shop. A roastery. I’ve long had a passion for great coffee, and some day I’d like to devote a significant chunk of my time and energy to it. My...

Papua New Guinea, Mile High Plantation, 00-01 Crop

What do you get if you blend the earthy body of a Sumatran with the mellow-sweet aroma of a Central American and the zippy briskness of a Kenya AA? Actually, you’d probably get the essentials of quite a lot of house blends. But you may be surprised to learn that you can find all of these characteristics in a single bean… a coffee from Papua New Guinea.

A bonus offline shopping story!

A bonus offline shopping story! On a recent trip to a real-world bookstore I found myself wandering in circles to find books related to typographic design. Books about Adobe Illustrator were in the “computers” section, on a shelf that was pretty much...

Just Say No…

I’m a fan of Amazon.com. While I’m not happy with some of their business practices [like their one-click ordering patent — a headlock on the competition and a slap in the face of consumers at the same time] the online shopping experience...

The Day After…

Vacation’s over! Here we are, a few days into the next millennium (the real one, not some phony, made-for-television version) and oddly enough, it feels like nothing more than the day after...

Call it, The Santa Wager

At some point in my childhood I faced the decision of whether to believe in Santa Claus, even in the face of a growing body evidence to the contrary. I chose to believe. That belief may have been simple, as in “Of course there is. Mommy said so and besides look...

Enough is Never Enough

A recent New York Times article quotes the CEOs of some top PC makers wondering whether there’s an audience for the high-speed processors that have recently hit the market. Michael Dell suggests that, “there haven’t been a lot of great reasons to buy...

Happiness is…

Happiness is… working from home on a snow day. …and a warm puppy.

Customer Care

Customer Care. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Suggests that perhaps you’ll get more than mere “support,” or “service,” and might in fact find a person on the other side of the link who’s genuinely interested in you....

Giddy

It’s a definite maybe for snow in Kansas City tonight. Jessie, the abominable snow-pup, is giddy with anticipation. Me,...

I love the holiday season.

I love the holiday season. I love the glittering lights, the music, the smells, the hustle and bustle of the crowds…. Especially the crowds. There’s just something about a giant commingling of folks with visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads...

Lessons from the Fall

Lessons from the Fall (of the I-Builders) The Industry Standard has collected a series of articles that examines the current plight of the I-Builders — IXL, March1st, Razorfish, Organic, et al. — once the wunderkinds of the industry, now known more for...

WAP Sucks?

So… Jakob Nielsen has released a new report in which he says, essentially, WAP sucks. No surprise. He’s staking out a strong negative position (again) so that he when a significant number of companies fail at WAP (as they did with the web) he can sit back...

As for me, I blame tryptophan.

My Thanksgiving holiday went as all such events should… family, football, turkey and far too many trimmings. The holiday beast was roasted on the grill again this year, to rave reviews. (Thank you, thank-you-very-much.) Afterwards there was Christmas music [yes,...
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