Three anthropologists walked into a Starbucks

I don’t need a degree in anthropology to tell you that the local Starbucks staff is very friendly and well trained in welcoming customers. But apparently it helped three anthropologists figure out that Starbucks was friendlier than local coffee shops in Boston. What’s really interesting is how Kevin Hartnett begins writing about it in […]

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September 15, 2013 0 comments Read the full post →

Domino’s redefines pie in the sky

This example really isn’t that practical, but Domino’s Pizza in the United Kingdom has a video showing how to deliver pizza with a drone. [youtube][/youtube] This is probably a publicity stunt to get people to share a Domino’s video. But it’s a good start for people looking to innovate their delivery business.

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June 6, 2013 0 comments Read the full post →

Three things I did NOT make up today

1. “Hitting squirrels with a gun is hard. Hitting them with a golf club is much easier.” 2. Small plane lands on Maine Turnpike, takes off again 3. Hitler’s food taster tells of poisoning fears

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April 26, 2013 0 comments Read the full post →

Seven things I need to do more of

I’m convinced these are the things that will make my life better.

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April 25, 2013 0 comments Read the full post →

Boreal Design Inukshuk for sale

The Boreal Design Inukshuk was my first kayak. I had many great adventures paddling around Casco Bay. It was stable in active seas and a joy to paddle. I also was able to fit everything I needed for island camping trips. I’m selling it because I bought another kayak that fit me better. The Inukshuk […]

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March 23, 2013 0 comments Read the full post →

Good bye Google Reader

Google announced today that it is going to discontinue Google Reader. There goes a major dashboard for me. My Google Reader has feeds that keep me up to date on: Maine news Steelers Political news Business advice Miscellaneous updates It’s a clean interface that is available to me from any browser. It’s much easier to […]

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March 13, 2013 0 comments Read the full post →

Revenge of the online news editors

I’ve been publishing online since 1997. And one of the consistent criticisms that never went away is that the online newspaper operations were never profitable. And this came from journalists — not the business side of newspapers. These stalwarts of the left-wing media conspiracy (you do see the sarcasm here?) became rabid capitalists. My answer […]

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February 23, 2013 0 comments Read the full post →

Why reader comments aren’t what you want them to be

I’m thinking the problem is that we expect too much out of reader comment systems. The flaws are inherent in the system. What if journalism used reader conversation systems?   Gawker’s new comment system Will it help or hurt the site’s young writers?

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January 6, 2013 0 comments Read the full post →

How to survive the office holiday party

You have to love the company holiday party. Really. You have to love it or it can affect your career. Employers want their kindness and genorousity appreciated. Kind of like “The floggings will continue until morale improves.” So before you take a shot of liquid courage at the next holiday party, read this guide to […]

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December 14, 2012 0 comments Read the full post →

Has Mashable jumped the shark?

Mashable used to be one of my daily must read blogs. It kept up with the fast-paced world of social media. Now I’m skipping it because I already know “Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Dead at 82.” Or how Twitter reacts to a news event. It feels like the editors are dumping everything […]

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August 27, 2012 0 comments Read the full post →