September, 2008 Archive

Maybe they should have called it "The Art of Postponing Your Retirement"

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Got $1,295? Then I'm sure you'll eagerly pay to hear "the world's most informed, most influential investors" teach you the art of successful investing at a conference advertised in the September 30 Wall Street Journal (between pages analyzing the largest Dow point loss on record). "The Art of ...

They're tearing down Mount Rushmore

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Jacques Barzun once famously wrote, "Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball." On September 21, one of the baseball's great ballparks, Yankee Stadium, hosts its last game. Ever. Yankee Stadium isn't just the House That Ruth Built. It's not ...

Do you remember the John 3:16 guy?

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

The dude was a crazy fixture at many nationally televised sporting events in the 1970s, bobbing his rainbow colored hair behind home plate until you wished someone would plunk him with a fastball. But, somehow he obnoxiously burned his way into our collective memories like "The Macarena." ...

Let us now praise old rock and rollers

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

On September 16, B.B. King turned 83, just weeks after releasing his latest recording, the well received One Kind Favor, and on the same day, 59-year-old Lindsey Buckingham blessed us with Gift of Screws, thus continuing a run of great music created by rock, country, and blues musicians who could ...

Farewell to the great gig in the sky

Monday, September 15th, 2008

As my family ate dinner on a quiet Sunday night, the psychedelic sounds of Pink Floyd circa 1968 wafted into the dining from from the living room, evoking some puzzled glances from my wife and daughter. Quite by accident, I had loaded the Floyd's A Saucerful of Secrets ...

What marketers can learn from an Elvis impersonator

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Elvis Himselvis gyrates his round body on a simple wooden stage and belts out “Suspicious Minds” to a small crowd of men and women dressed mostly in T-shirts and jeans, many of them with skin made leathery red from cigarettes. Shut your eyes and you can imagine the king himself ...

Google Chrome and the art of storytelling

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Google has taken a clever approach to explaining the technical architecture of its new Chrome web browser. Instead of describing the details in dry terms, Google tells you the story of its development through a comic book available here. The characters are Google's own developers ...