Will some label sign this 9th-grader, please. Carlee Rose Sonenclar.

Posted at 6:20pm.

A link to Geof Petch on BrandYourself. Please have a look at this link for some more information about Geof Petch.

Posted at 5:59pm and tagged with: Geof Petch, Geof Petch Santa Barbara area, Geof Petch writer, Geof Petch producer, Geof Petch director,.

ISS astronaut photographs “supermoon” sinking into Earth’s atmosphere.

The physics behind this photo: refraction. The light from the bottom half of the moon passes through the atmosphere of Earth which is in the line of sight of the astronauts on board of the ISS. The bending of light (= refraction) is more intensive in a dense medium and so the light of the lower half is refracted considerably more than the light from the upper half of the moon (which does not pass through the atmosphere). The result is this squished moon where the central part of it “disappears” as we see the heavily refracted light from the bottom half there.

Posted at 5:16pm and tagged with: supermoon, iss,.

ISS astronaut photographs “supermoon” sinking into Earth’s atmosphere.
The physics behind this photo: refraction. The light from the bottom half of the moon passes through the atmosphere of Earth which is in the line of sight of the astronauts on board of the ISS. The bending of light (= refraction) is more intensive in a dense medium and so the light of the lower half is refracted considerably more than the light from the upper half of the moon (which does not pass through the atmosphere). The result is this squished moon where the central part of it “disappears” as we see the heavily refracted light from the bottom half there.

Ten Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy.

It All Comes Back To The Big Guys.

Remember my The Capitalist Network That Runs The World

This is a great follow-up.

Posted at 6:02pm and tagged with: coca-cola, kraft, nestle, p&g, pepsico, kellogs, general mills, johnson & johnson, unilever,.

Ten Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy. 
It All Comes Back To The Big Guys.
Remember my The Capitalist Network That Runs The World? 
This is a great follow-up.

They started in Clintonville, Wisconsin. They were dismissed as a local phenomenon. But they have now spread to 12 states, the United Kingdom and possibly Lithuania. They are loud, often metallic-sounding explosions of unknown origin. In the UK, a powerful explosion heard over most of southern England was explained as a sonic boom caused when two Typhoon jets were scrambled in response to an as-yet unexplained ‘rare’ emergency signal that came from a small helicopter hovering over Bath. The two jets were observed circling the helicopter. One witness reported a silver disk in the area. Meanwhile, unexplained explosions have now been heard both from the air and from underground in 12 states in the United States. They have nothing to do with fracking and are not a new earthquake-related geologic phenomenon. Just saying ….


Posted at 11:46am and tagged with: unexplained explosions, clintonville,.

Posted at 8:38pm.

But Zynga and Facebook? They seem more able to be toppled. It seems possible to knock them off of their throne. Two companies, OMGPOP and Instagram, came out of nowhere and became viable competitors. That’s kind of amazing. It’s amazing to me that Instagram got 30 million users in no time at all. It’s crazy that Draw Something can get 50 million downloads in 50 days. It’s mind blowing that Pinterest went from nothing to 10 million users in the blink of an eye. It’s amazing how fragile it all is. Facebook may be the first viable threat to Google, but its own market dominance is by no means assured.

Not one to mince words - but also not one to receive such an immediate response - I was surprised at the reaction. My posting of Randora Plosion! received an immediate response from Pandora (who must use one of those services to hear what folks are saying about them). Not easily impressed,  I was doubly so at how serious they were in uncovering the issue and expanding a solution over their customer-facing business practice. This is how it should be done.

My faith in Pandora and its ability to thrive (and be a learning organization) is welcomingly renewed.

Posted at 7:20pm and tagged with: pandora, crm,.

Stop Worrying…There Probably Is An Afterlife


A book project that will suggest that dying isn’t half as bad as it’s made out to be…Woody Allen once wrote “It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” His words probably mirror the thoughts of most human beings alive today: we try to ignore the fact of our own mortality by viewing death as something that  happens to other people, hiding the concept beyond our sight by employing euphemisms such as “passed on” (or with pets, “went to sleep”). 

Get behind the work of Greg Taylor and his latest book effort - he needs some help with research expenses and is offering a great deal on his crowd-funding site. Stop Worrying…There Probably Is An Afterlife. Check it out!

Posted at 9:47pm and tagged with: Greg Taylor, afterlife,.

So I was listening away on Pandora last night and then, BING, I received an email telling me to upgrade to Pandora One. Odd I thought as I am a Pandora One user since last mid-April and I had never before received an email from Pandora.

Turning back to the music I saw that - BOOM! - I was no longer a Pandora One subscriber. It appears that my subscription expired on April 7 - the day, the minute, the nano-second of the notice.

Now some may be pissed, peeved, or just a bit ticked and then re-up. Me? (Remember I founded CRM Magazine - customer relationship management magazine.) Nope, not me. This is the most stupid thing I have seen in the modern age where customer retention is far more economical for the bottom line that customer acquisition. Did I mention how STUPID this move by Pandora is? Seriously, give a customer - someone that gives you money to keep you in business - a heads-up, maybe a month, a couple of weeks, a few days, notice before throwing them out.

Honestly, it is not my business or concern to keep track of the date on which my subscription began or expires - it is the business of the business to let me know and to make it easy for me to give them more money.

Thank goodness I’m not an investor in Pandora - this is not a sustainable business model. (It may be a good short if they continue this mismanagement of the customer experience.)

Posted at 12:02pm and tagged with: Pandora, CRM, subscription renewal,.

Gabriel García Márquez

Posted at 12:07pm.

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.