More Free Publicity for Wawa!

Normally, I don't like to write about the same topic this close together, but I figured this was a legitimate exception because of the timing of the topic. A few days ago I wrote a blog: Kate Winslet and I Share an Unbreakable Bond – Wawa, in which I noted that the Netflix show Mare of … Continue reading More Free Publicity for Wawa!

How Wonderful It Would Be to See the World the Way Kids See It

Advertising firm Wieden + Kennedy and toymaker Fisher-Price are trying to reawaken the wonder that adults should have for children’s ability to play, to make ordinary things playthings, to make the everyday world a fantasy place. To make toys out of anything. The new ad campaign is part of Fisher-Price’s Let’s be Kids platform, the brand’s … Continue reading How Wonderful It Would Be to See the World the Way Kids See It

Who Knew We Owned the World’s Most Expensive Carpet?

According to homeadviser.com, most homeowners pay $3.50 to $11 per square foot for carpet installation. This consists of carpet materials which average $2 to $7 per square foot (with a broad range of $1 to $20 per square foot), and labor, which adds $0.50 to $1 per square foot. But the Bordens aren't most homeowners. … Continue reading Who Knew We Owned the World’s Most Expensive Carpet?

Does It Still Count as Celebrating Cinco de Mayo If You Do So on May 4th?

Like many people in the U.S., we have been celebrating Cinco de Mayo for several years. Usually we do so by either eating at or getting take-out from a Mexican restaurant. Last year we ordered take out from Qdoba, and it was quite hectic. While there was no diners eating in (you weren't allowed), there … Continue reading Does It Still Count as Celebrating Cinco de Mayo If You Do So on May 4th?

Are We Witnessing a Major Shift in the World of Work?

FlexJobs, an online job boards site, recently surveyed over 2,100 people worldwide, who either worked remotely during COVID or are still working from home. The results of the survey are eye-opening. Here are some of the numbers: Vast majority want to continue to work at home: 65 percent want to keep working remotely full-time even … Continue reading Are We Witnessing a Major Shift in the World of Work?

Forget All That and Just Wail

You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.” - Jazz great Charlie Parker And so it is with many things in life, as illustrated with the most recent Pinkcast from Dan Pink. In this episode, … Continue reading Forget All That and Just Wail

Will Cool New Technology Ruin Classic Films?

I've written about product placement before, in which advertisers pay to have their products appear in a TV show or film. London-based Mirriad has created a technology that uses uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse films and TV episodes for space (tables, walls, etc.) and determine where ads or objects can be subtly inserted. It … Continue reading Will Cool New Technology Ruin Classic Films?

“A society grows great when old men plant trees under whose shade they know they’ll never sit.”

If that's the case, then we're in trouble if you go by an article in today's Wall Street Journal. The story is titled: The Newest Status Symbol for High-Net Worth Homeowners: Trophy Trees, and looks at how the super rich are paying upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring in huge old trees … Continue reading “A society grows great when old men plant trees under whose shade they know they’ll never sit.”

Music Monday: Despite Pandemic, 2020 Was a Good Year for the Music Industry

Not every industry struggled in 2020. Global music sales grew for the sixth consecutive year in 2020, with total revenues rising 7.4% to $21.6 billion, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's (IFPI) "Global Music Report 2021." Music industry sales are now close to its all time high (at least based on the … Continue reading Music Monday: Despite Pandemic, 2020 Was a Good Year for the Music Industry

Some Fun Facts I Learned from Reading a Book about Netflix’s Culture

I am about halfway through a wonderful book: No Rules Rule: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention, co-written by Reed Hastings, co-founder of Netflix, and Erin Meyer, a professor at INSEAD, one of the world' top business schools. The book offers insight into what is behind the wild success Netflix has had. I may offer … Continue reading Some Fun Facts I Learned from Reading a Book about Netflix’s Culture