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Category Archives: Musings

Do You See What I See?

I ran into this picture while trolling along with StumbleUpon. It caught my breath and an “ohhhh” escaped my lips. It only took a split second to like this picture and I quickly made it my desktop picture. It just clicked. As I examine the picture some more, different elements sink in. I like the…

Avoiding Burnout

While flipping through headlines with Feedly (ok, while ‘x’ing out dozens of articles in the blink of an eye, without reading them, using Feedly), I stopped at this Life Hack article: 11 Simple Ways To Avoid Burnout All great ideas, but it was #5 that made me laugh. Write a Manifesto Wow, I typically use…

Which Card Do I use to Pay Attention?

If you could pay attention through payments on a special card, what would your balance look like? Overdrawn? Creditors beating down your door? The word attention comes from a Greek word which means “to attend". To me that really brings home the fact that paying attention to something is not the passive act many have…

The Legend and Lesson of GoldenBuddhaSchmutz

In the realm of personal branding there are two camps: One believes that you create a personal brand through the way you dress, cut your hair, pad your resume and all that nonsense which ends up giving the concept of personal branding a bad name. The other sees personal branding as a process of revelation.…

Smelly Airline Passengers Now News, Post Kevin Smith

That’s right. Now that Kevin Smith has raised a ruckus online over being kicked off a flight for being too fat, other passengers are raising a stink. Literally. Hmmmm…too soon? I find this story amusing. A man was kicked off a Jazz Air flight. His smell was later described as “brutal” by another passenger. If…

Who really is looking out for you?

This ad ran in Time Magazine (June 30, 1947). That’s right, the headline reads DDT is Good for Me.  When I make jokes about this, I’ve actually had someone respond with “well yes, but the benefits of DDT in Africa can’t be argued with.” Really? I understand that Malaria is a horrible affliction, but if…

Is Feedback Killing Your Results?

For the last couple of weeks of December I listened to my collection of recordings from notorious grump and marketing master Jedi Dan Kennedy. During one discussion he mentioned how he never has “feedback forms” available for the audience. Why? Because a.) he doesn’t really care about their input. If people are buying, he’s doing…

370 Passwords Twitter Won’t Let You Use, and No One Else Should Either

From the “huh, that’s kind of odd” category, Twitter has hard-coded 370 passwords that you may not use. To check it out, simply visit the sign up page, view source and look for the source code that starts out like this… <script type="text/javascript"> //<![CDATA[ twttr.BANNED_PASSWORDS = ["111111","11111111","112233","121212"… The entire list is there for you to…