October, 2011 Archive

What’s your lagniappe?

Friday, October 14th, 2011

My good friend Paul Chaney recently introduced me to the joys of lagniappe, a term popular in Louisiana where Paul lives. As Paul explained, a lagniappe (pronounced LAN-yap) is a "something extra" you give to another person in order to surprise and delight -- for instance, you plan a dinner ...

Music I like: “Get 2 You” by ILL Son

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

"Get 2 You" by ILL Son is sweet. The song evokes hip hop and urban contemporary (for some reason I thought of "Knockin' Da Boots by H-Town when I first heard this song). When you listen to "Get 2 You," you feel a sense of urgency for ILL Son to get ...

Al Davis: American badass

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Why should you care about Al Davis, the maverick Oakland Raiders owner who passed away October 8 at the age of 82? Because not only did Al Davis create one of the greatest badass brands of all time with the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League, he was a ...

Where were you when Steve Jobs died?

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Where were you when Steve Jobs died, and how did you hear the news? I was snacking on pot stickers with my family at my sister-in-law's apartment last night when I noticed my Facebook status feed exploding with reports about the death of Steve Jobs -- news reported by citizen journalists ...

The case against the Apple iPhone 4S

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Should you upgrade for an iPhone 4S? It’s certainly tempting – but my family can’t afford to upgrade each time a new Apple product hits the market, especially if we’re going to make room in our budget for my purchase of Pink Floyd Immersion box sets. To guide our decision ...

Hanging out with the Black Eyed Peas

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Well, I did not exactly hang out with will.i.am and the Black Eyed Peas – just with the scores of fans who responded to will.i.am’s open invitation to participate in a Black Eyed Peas Google+ Hangout at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time before a September 30 show at Central Park. The ...