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Good Writers, Good Readers, Good Publications

Do you read "the paper" (or just read?) just so you can bump into mind-altering articles? To have your perceptions and values tested? To grow the vitality of your mind? Here's an article that makes me appreciate liberal arts -- the major and/or the orientation: What...

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Are You Walking Down the Street Naked?

This makes sense to me. “The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it...

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Failures of Kindness

The inimitable George Saunders delivering words of wisdom and provocation at Syracuse's 2013 commencement: "What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…sensibly. ...

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Losing Our Way in the World. Just Don’t Do It.

Worth a read: Losing Our Way in the World - NYTimes.com. "Too often in the modern era, we rely on guardians to interpret events for us, and they’re too happy to step in and tell us what something “means.” But when we do this, we surrender the more primal empiricism...

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How Do You Get From Point A To Point B?

Do we really know the best way forward? Are their innate — subconscious — forces deciding for us? Most definitely. The key is to be aware of them so you can jump the hell over or through them. Here's Paul Coelho putting it succinctly....

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Salespeople 101

Ben Horowitz: "Hire sales people who are really smart problem solvers, but lack courage, hunger and competitiveness, and your company will go out of business." Getting the mix right is...

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We Need (And Already Have) Better Economic Indicators

Today, I asked Kathleen, my sensible dental hygienist, how the "dentist business" was going. I honestly didn't expect the answer I got — I assumed that folks' teeth would be one of those "recession proof" things. At least regular check ups and cleanings. Not the case:...

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Why Pinterest Should Pivot And Help The Real Contributors Of The Web Get Paid

Reviewers of the world it's time to start getting paid. There's something wrong with the state of the internet. In particular, reviews. We write them. We look through them. We rely on them!—even when they're written by total strangers. They provide enormous value to...

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RIP Hillman Curtis

If you've ever gotten to the bottom of my blog you'd have seen this quote: "Find the theme, communicate it clearly, honor consistency, eat the audience." That's Hillman Curtis.   He was inspirational. He'll continue to...

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5000 Interviews, 5000 Errors: Social Media Let’s Famous Author–and You–Set the Record Straight

Good, little vid over on TechCrunch about Nicholas Sparks, the bestselling novelist and screenwriter (The Notebook and A Walk To Remember), on how, and more importantly why, he uses social media. He says something almost in passing that is so critical about social...

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Google Is About To Kill SEO As We Know It–Good Thing

The word is on the street: Google's cool with your site being 'search engine optimized'--but it's not really going to care too much soon... there are just better ways to figure out if your site matters. Amen, brother. Here's a bit from Matt Cutts at this year's...

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Poor Lost and Forgotten Brand

I saw these Nike "swooshes" at the bottom of my gym locker the other day. Kind of disembodied don't you think? Where's the shoe? The shirt? The shorts? The water bottle? The heroic athlete leaping tall buildings? I'm not a Nike fan, but as a marketer I felt for these...

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Small Biz Folks, Ditch Your Crusty Email Newsletter Sign Up Form Now!

If there has ever been an analog-t0-digital snafu worth solving, it's the small biz email newsletter sign up form. How many times have you seen those little note books covered in pizza sauce, jammed-up on the counter, closed or otherwise being ineffective and...

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Really, This Is SEO

Glad to see Guy Kawasaki laying it out simply on Business Insider: My recommendation for SEO is very simple. It’s Write Good Stuff. In my mind, Google is in the business of finding good stuff. It has thousands of the smartest people in the world, spending billions of...

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An Amazing Kurt Cobain Meme

This is so poetic and brings you right into a unique reverie—if you're a Nirvana fan (from In Praise of Not Knowing over at NYTimes.com): Kurt Cobain once said in an interview that long before he’d heard any actual punk rock music, he studied magazine photos of punk...

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UI Trainwreck

Who puts a phone right in front of a speaker? First rule of sound UI dev: don't build defeat into your own design!

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Twitter Business Model Giveaway

Ok, I like working for free--so here goes: Twitter, you should sell rights to hashtags! That's at least as good as Promoted Tweets... (actually way better!). Here's two scenarios: Sell administrative (subscription) access to #NewYorkCity-Mayor'sOffice. During times of...

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Some Awesome Steve Jobs Quotes

Ok, so there are a lot of things about Steve that are great, but here are a few quotes that really resonate with me (all from the WSJ): "We weren’t going to go out and do market research." It's just liberating to know that you don't have to focus group everything--or...

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