Mitch Hedberg On How To Name An Appliance

Mitch Hedberg on the art and science of appliance naming: I want to get a job naming kitchen appliances. That seems easy, you know? Refrigerator, toaster, blender - you just say what the thing does, then you add “-er.” Kitchen Appliance Naming Institute: “What’s this thing do?” “It keeps (expletive) fresh.” “Well, that’s a 'fresher.' … Continue reading Mitch Hedberg On How To Name An Appliance

Different Meanings For The Same Events

Everybody comes back from vacation and inventories their frustrations and failures, right? Just me? I’m an optimist (or so I tell myself). I’m working on the list of positive things to focus on too. This James Clear quote sums up the backward-looks well: Different meanings can be assigned to the same events. Look for evidence … Continue reading Different Meanings For The Same Events

Sunday Music: Remembering Gift of Gab

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The first time I heard him, it was (probably) a Napster lifted version of "Alphabet Aerobics." Somebody inevitably pitched it to me as, "dude, you've gotta hear this. He does the whole alphabet in rhyme and it's just redonculous." Yes, that was certainly my gateway introduction to Gift of Gab. Yes, we also said redonculous. … Continue reading Sunday Music: Remembering Gift of Gab

Podcast Of The Week: Making The Big Leaps With Angie Colee

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Angie Colee is a marketer and coach I greatly admire. A big part of the reason for my admiration is her "get back up and keep fighting forward" attitude. She's taken some amazing career strides very publicly in the past several years and it's been remarkable to follow along. Angie recently appeared on the Copy … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Making The Big Leaps With Angie Colee

The Little Missile That Could (John Cleese’s Brilliant Near-Term Failure/Long-Term Success Metaphor)

John Cleese grew up fascinated by guided missiles. He was fascinated with them, “…in a way that normally only ugly ducklings or pirates or talking vermin enchant a child.”* As a kid, guided missiles were a fascinating piece of wartime technology. As an adult, he realized they were a perfect metaphor to explain being ok … Continue reading The Little Missile That Could (John Cleese’s Brilliant Near-Term Failure/Long-Term Success Metaphor)

Podcast Of The Week: Storyboarding (Where You Make Your Mistakes)

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Storyboarding, or the act of breaking a story down into individual panels (think like a comic strip), has always fascinated me. It's a reminder that the sweeping story that floods past you is actually created from all of these individual frames, stitched together. And, in movies, somebody like Jennifer Yuh Nelson has the job of … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Storyboarding (Where You Make Your Mistakes)