“Donkeys Liked to Be Touched in the Direction Their Hair Grows…

otherwise, they kick you." That was one of the memorable lines from the documentary American Factory. I found out about the movie from one of my students, who told me that after reading one of the articles for class she thought of this film. American Factory (美国工厂; 美國工廠) is a 2019 American documentary film directed … Continue reading “Donkeys Liked to Be Touched in the Direction Their Hair Grows…

The Worst Advertising Campaign Ever?

During the early 1980s, the Hoover appliance company held a 50% share of the UK market and was rapidly expanding with the potential to claim a larger share of a growing market. This period of expansion, however, coincided with the UK's entry into a major economic recession, and Hoover was beginning to face competition from … Continue reading The Worst Advertising Campaign Ever?

Survey Looks at the Future of Work, Post COVID-19

Torch, a San Francisco based leadership coaching firm, recently commissioned One Poll to conduct a survey asking respondents how they envision the world will appear in the wake of COVID-19. Overall, 75% of the 2,000 Americans surveyed said they fear life will never return to what was once “normal.” Here were some other findings: 63% of … Continue reading Survey Looks at the Future of Work, Post COVID-19

This Seems a Bit Out of Line

I try not to post political things too often since it's sure to get some people upset. But I couldn't leave this one alone. And perhaps I'll try to justify this post by saying it's not really political, it's more about marketing/advertising, a topic I've talked about quite often, and ethics. The issue involves a … Continue reading This Seems a Bit Out of Line

There’s Got to Be a Better Way

I just finished my tax returns for the year (federal and state), and while it's not that difficult when using a software package like H&R Block's, it's still a bit time consuming, and then at the end, there is still the printing and mailing to do. I have yet to meet anyone who gets excited … Continue reading There’s Got to Be a Better Way

A Different Kind of 4th of July

It was a bit quieter in our neck of the woods today for the 4th of July compared to prior years. No parade, no picnic and entertainment at the local park, and no fireworks. Fortunately, some of the neighbors on our street organized an informal get together, and so it was nice to be outside … Continue reading A Different Kind of 4th of July

The Sweet Sounds of Summer

There are lots of sounds associated with summer. Waves crashing. Seagulls. Fireworks. The ice cream truck. Early morning birds. Thunderstorms. The crack of the bat and the smack of the ball hitting the catcher's mitt. There's even a song of the summer each year. But I think my favorite sound, and one I just heard … Continue reading The Sweet Sounds of Summer

Daddy Changed the World

The past couple of weeks have been a struggle to come up with something to write about. I’m not sure if it is just part of the natural ebb and flow of trying to put words on paper, or if it is partly caused by what has been going on in our country not only … Continue reading Daddy Changed the World

The People Who Watch ABC World News Tonight Must Have All Sorts of Health Care Problems

We were watching ABC’s World News Tonight earlier this evening, and my wife and I were both struck with how many health care related commercials there were, particularly drug-related. So once it was over I decided to watch it again, and write down how many commercials there were, how long each one aired, and what … Continue reading The People Who Watch ABC World News Tonight Must Have All Sorts of Health Care Problems

Words of Wisdom from Herman Munster

Perhaps you’ve recently seen this clip from an old episode (1965) of The Munsters. It seems to be having its viral moment, given the chaos that seems to be ever-present these days. Herman offers a 30-second life lesson to his son Eddie that is timeless. We need more people like Herman; he was one handsome, … Continue reading Words of Wisdom from Herman Munster