Laura and I went to see Leonard Cohen last night at Radio City Music Hall. It was one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen. Impressively, at age 74, Cohen carried on for over three hours, both entertaining and humble, with several rounds of standing ovations.… Read the rest
I’ve been thinking how the word “suck” has entered mainstream vocabulary, particularly in news publications. The word has probably been used for a long time in conversation, but its usage in written form seems to have exploded in recent years.… Read the rest
I thought local broadcast news reached a new low with its widespread, panic-laden coverage of swine flu. I was mistaken. Rochester, NY’s ABC affiliate, WHAM Channel 13, released two weeks ago a scathing report on a Popeyes franchisee which closed early one day because it ran out of chicken.… Read the rest
If you’re easily offended, please don’t read any further. Hard science sometimes veers into the discomfort zone of many…
The New Scientist journal reports on new research from the University of Naples Federico II in Italy, concluding that “fart molecules” could become “the next Viagra.” No joke: “The stink of flatulence and rotten eggs could provide a surprising lift for men.… Read the rest
I don’t understand why reporters still automatically conclude problems and crisis when people use brands in unintended ways and then share their experience with others. People have done that forever.
This time it’s Advertising Age announcing foul play over a few kids that posted online videos of themselves demonstrating how you can inhale and then exhale powdered sugar from Smarties candies, creating a cigarette-like smoke cloud.… Read the rest