Is This the One?

I went to write my blog tonight, but then I heard the news about another mass shooting, this time in Texas. The headline: "5 Dead, 21 injured in Texas shooting". Right below that story was news that gunfire had broken out after a high school football game in Alabama late Friday, leaving 10 teens injured. … Continue reading Is This the One?

Thank you Salesforce (and Amazon and eBay and Dick’s Sporting Goods and Shopify and Walmart and Levi Strauss and Toms Shoes and Citigroup and United Airlines and Delta and Hertz and MetLife)

Salesforce, a cloud-based software company which earns the bulk of its revenue from its customer-relationship management (CRM) service, publicly announced today that it was banning retailers that sell certain guns and ammunition from using its sales management software. The policy was actually put into place back in April, but today was the first day the … Continue reading Thank you Salesforce (and Amazon and eBay and Dick’s Sporting Goods and Shopify and Walmart and Levi Strauss and Toms Shoes and Citigroup and United Airlines and Delta and Hertz and MetLife)

A Sad, but Beautiful Story

A senseless death. A mother's unending love. Martin was a father of five and ran his own music production company. No matter how late he’d work into the night, every morning he was at his parents’ door, looking for coffee and conversation with his mom, Elsa. They’d talk about their nights, their plans for the … Continue reading A Sad, but Beautiful Story

I’m a Sucker for Good Customer Service

This past Saturday was Independent Bookstore Day, so my wife and I decided to stop in at Main Point Books in Wayne, PA. It's a great bookstore, with a nice selection of books, but more importantly, an owner and staff who care about their customers and know their product. I went in looking for a … Continue reading I’m a Sucker for Good Customer Service

Lots of Good News Today, from My Perspective

Three unrelated items were in the news today, and from my perspective, all three represented positive developments. The first was the signing of an executive order by Governor Gavin Newsom of California that will place a moratorium on the death penalty in California. At a news conference in Sacramento today, Newsom noted that there are 737 … Continue reading Lots of Good News Today, from My Perspective

How to Save Up to $13,000 Instantly

What would you do with an extra $13,000? According to an article from Buzzfeed, here are a few things you could do with $13,000 (the article is over five years old, but it will get you thinking): fly from Singapore to San Francisco in suite class, which Singapore Airlines describes as better than first class; you … Continue reading How to Save Up to $13,000 Instantly

Chris Rock’s Brilliant Idea Is Finally Considered – 20 Years Later

At the height of his stardom in 1999, Chris Rock did his third HBO stand-up special, Bigger and Blacker. One of the best routines in the special was his suggestion that we don't need gun control. What we really need is bullet control. He recommends that bullets cost $5,000 a piece. Here's the clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZrFVtmRXrwContinue reading Chris Rock’s Brilliant Idea Is Finally Considered – 20 Years Later