Earlier today, I was finalizing my notes for my classes for the coming week. One of the topics I will cover this week is advertising, which gives me a chance to show a few of my favorite commercials, many of which I have highlighted in previous posts. As I was double-checking to make sure the … Continue reading This Is Why I Love Commercials…
Who doesn't like a good 1-800 number, especially one that is easy to remember? Here are a few that I like: 800-ASK-BLUE (this is for Independence Blue Cross, the Philly-based licensee of Blue Cross) 800-DOG-POOP (a service that cleans up the dog poop in your yard) 800-JUNK-USA (a junk removal service) 800-GOT-JUNK (a junk removal … Continue reading Is This the Best 800 Number?
When my family asked me what I would like for my birthday this year, I thought about it for a couple of days and came up with the following: send me a book that you really enjoyed. Well, today was my birthday, and I'm happy to say my family came through with flying colors. Here … Continue reading My Birthday Books
Here was Seth Godin's post from the other day: People who are very good at Scrabble are not more kind, better judges of character, more facile with soft skills, better long-term thinkers, more fun at parties or much of anything except good at Scrabble. (emphasis added) Of course we don’t decide on who should have … Continue reading Is Seth Godin Picking on Scrabble Players?
I've written before about my somewhat obsessive behavior of checking my WordPress stats way too frequently. A few people have been kind enough to offer some suggestions as to how to break the habit, but I think I may have found a possible solution. Every time I check my stats I will go to the … Continue reading If Only It Were That Easy
Then you've come to the right place. I first wrote about the wonderful non-profit organization, DonorsChoose, over five years ago. In fact, it is one of the posts that were part of my initial foray into blogging through a 30-day challenge. Here is a bit of an excerpt from that post: Imagine making a donation … Continue reading Want to Get the Ultimate Handwritten Set of Thank You Notes?
A couple of years ago the BBC investigative series Panorama did a story titled: "Smartphones: The Dark Side". Here is the brief description of the show: People are all increasingly glued to their smartphones and consumed by social media, but why? Panorama reporter Hilary Andersson tracks down tech insiders who reveal how social-media companies have … Continue reading Is WordPress Built to Be Addictive Like Facebook and Twitter?
I was just reading a story about how Taboola Ltd.’s deal to acquire Outbrain Inc. has been called off, putting an end to an attempt to combine the internet’s two largest content-recommendation companies. Taboola and Outbrain are known for generating the “promoted stories” or “around the web” sections that appear at the bottom of news … Continue reading Check Out the Best (i.e., Worse) Click Bait Headlines Ever and You’ll Never…
I first wrote about the fun fact that LEGO is the world's largest tire manufacturer, producing over 700 million tires per year, on June 24, 2018. The post got eight views that day, and another eleven the next day. Like most posts, the number of views quickly faded away over the next few weeks. But … Continue reading I Guess People Are No Longer Fascinated by Tires
I'm quite happy that it appears that Dan's column in the Wall Street Journal is back with some regularity because it has always been a great source of material for my blog. And this week is no exception. Here is one of the emails Dan received: Dear Dan, I am obsessed with my blogging stats. … Continue reading It’s Dan Ariely Time!