Monthly Archives: February 2010

Newspaper Withdrawal

Everyone knows newspapers are in trouble. I’ve even come across predictions as to a date certain the last daily newspaper edition will likely be published. I hope they’re wrong but I won’t be surprised if they’re not. What I AM surprised … Continue reading

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Your Personal Broadcasting Network

The social space on the Net is a wondrous thing. Watching its explosive growth makes the head spin. Let me say up front that I’m neither against it, nor afraid of its future development. But, like democracy, it has its … Continue reading

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Buy the Podium

I’m writing this at the half-way point of the Winter Games. I’ve heard some rumbling about the “Own the Podium” initiative building already. It’ll undoubtedly get a lot more intense after the final medal count is in. My reaction to … Continue reading

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Tiger’s Apology

OK, it was stage-managed to an almost unprecedented degree. And it was hardly chock full of information. But, strangely (for me) something about it just seemed “right”. There wasn’t anything mealy-mouthed about it (you know, the way politicians “apologize”); there … Continue reading

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Insanely Great Stuff

Driving home last night, I was, for about the hundredth time (at least; no exaggeration) struck by how great my (Bridgestone) Blizzak snow tires perform. I know; how great can snow tires possibly be? Well, in this case, great enough to … Continue reading

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The Power of Simplicity

I’m a big fan of Elmore Leonard’s writing. It represents a kind of brutal simplicity that is the very antithesis of, say, Margaret Atwood. In the tradition of Mark Twain and Robert Fulford, he gets things done with no fluff, … Continue reading

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Spoiled

I went skiing at Blue Mountain yesterday. Arrived to find a lot more people on the slopes than usual for the day of the week. With considerable dismay, discovered this was a university “reading” week crowd. It spoiled the evening … Continue reading

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The Morning After?

The Olympics. It’s the half-way point. Progress report is mixed. Yeah, we got that “no gold at home” monkey off our back, but the alpine ski team – clearly one of the most boosted of the “Own the Podium” efforts … Continue reading

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The Age of Hyperbole

Day-to-day description of things, events and experiences often fails to exhibit elements of restraint, nuance or gradient. How many times have you heard the words “unbelievable”, “incredible” or “awesome” applied to pretty routine examples of stuff like food recipes, pop … Continue reading

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Sowing for Customer Service

I was standing in a lineup at a customer service center,  waiting to return a cable service unit. There were three people ahead of me in line. Without really wanting to, I ended up listening to the interactions of all … Continue reading

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