Posts Tagged ‘ Business ’

Open letter to e-book publishers

February 2, 2010
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Dear Macmillan and other arrogant publishing companies, I have a Kindle, first edition. I am part of a target audience for the Kindle and similar devices: I travel a lot, I’m overeducated, and an early adopter of technology (for another example, I bought my first Tivo in 2000). Recently, there has been a lot...
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Marketers Love Me

September 21, 2009
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If only I had the perfect scent, maybe I’d do my laundry. Oh wait. No more excuses. Well, if my scent wins…. Vote for me! Help me get my laundry done!
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Toilet Paper Is Archaic & Disgusting

June 16, 2009
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There you are, sitting on the couch, wrapped up comfortably in your snuggie, snacking on some delicious deviled ham thanks to your countertop magician when nature calls. So you hop on your rascal scooter and make your way to the bathroom. I guess that meal of diced, chopped, and minced nuts just went right...
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Forward: Open Letter from a Distressed Bookseller

February 17, 2009
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Forward: Open Letter from a Distressed Bookseller

Column: Open Letter from a Distressed Bookseller Owner of Shaman Drum: “This is our darkest hour” BY KARL POHRTFEBRUARY 17, 2009 Karl Pohrt, owner of Shaman Drum Bookshop. This fall and winter Shaman Drum Bookshop went into a steep financial decline. Textbook sales declined $510K from last year. We managed to cut our payroll...
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Science Experiment: Balancing an Egg on a Nail

January 15, 2009
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Science Experiment: Balancing an Egg on a Nail

In light of my recent trip to Ecuador….I thought you should all know a really cool (yet useless) fact. During this trip, I *of course* had to see (and straddle) the Equator. I didn’t know that there were so many science experiments and tricks that you could do there (Example: You weigh less in...
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Get Rich Quick with Web 2.0 (Part 1): Network & Chat at the Watercooler – A How-To Guide on LinkedIn and Typing (I mean, Twittering)

December 25, 2008
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Get Rich Quick with Web 2.0 (Part 1): Network & Chat at the Watercooler – A How-To Guide on LinkedIn and Typing (I mean, Twittering)

I’m simply boggled by the multitudes of articles out there that are dedicated to teaching people how to use “social media 2.0.”  If people take the time to sign up for the site, enter their name, their e-mail, create a password, verify that they’re human(ness)…don’t you think they should be smart enough to know...
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Would you like to know what “financial crisis” means?

October 27, 2008
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Would you like to know what “financial crisis” means?

I know I did. If you have not listened to the This American Life Episode #365, I highly recommend it.  It’s informative, impartial, and interesting.  (iii reflects !!!) My favorite part of the program was the 2nd piece on credit default swaps. Ira tells* us that “one way to think about this product is...
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Interviews: Alec Brownstein

September 18, 2008
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Interviews: Alec Brownstein

alec brownstein is an artist, writer, and all-around creative guy. When he responded to my plea for an interview, little did he know that i’m a big fan of using brackets ....
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Humpty Dumpty, or Can Anybody Spot AIG $75 Billion or So?

September 16, 2008
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Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again. Well, shit. Fat chance I’ll get a job in New York now. In other news, the U.S. financial system appears to be imploding. The Dow was down 500...
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Gulf Coast Exchange Rises Slightly After Ike; Most Fish Optimistic

September 15, 2008
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North America’s largest fish stock exchange rose slightly today amid fears over damage from Hurricane Ike’s weekend wrath, and amid a sudden slip in human financial markets worldwide. But a few nerve-racking days were apparently not enough to cause alarm in the current fish bull market. Even with major human financial firms going belly...
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