Deepak Chopra, Winnie the Pooh, and JFK

Thank you…. Such a small phrase. Yet one fraught with such deep possibilities. Its English origins are rooted in the concept of gratitude…a more meaningful concept I think… And culturally…around the world…while its use and meaning might vary – I think it’s safe to say that the basic concept is the same – we have…

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Alibaba and the IPO Treasure

“OPEN SESAME…” My bet is that you will recognize that phrase…its magic and its origin. And for those who forgot, “OPEN SESAME” are the words that magically opened the hidden cave of the legendary forty thieves, the words that Ali Baba, a poor woodcutter, overheard…and ultimately the words that made him richer than rich…. Alibaba…

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Get Out of Jail Free

Have you ever played Monopoly? One of my favorites….online and off. Chances are that at one time or another you have, as the game is available in 111 countries and published in 43 languages and some 275 million game boxes have been sold over the years. Since 1935, over a billion people have played the…

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Amazon Goes Hollywood Without the Algorithm

“You have to use judgment as well.” So said Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, to a bunch of TV critics…as reported by The New York Times. Actually the quote began with: “It’s not like you can come in on Tuesday and the computer says: ‘Doot, doot, doot. Here are the shows you are going…

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Ice Water Optional…Click & Shout

I poured a bucket of ice-cold/ice-cube-filled water over my head and posted the video to Facebook. So did more than a million other people. No…this wasn’t for #dumbestthingspeopledo…although some might debate that…more on that in a minute. I did it because the idea was to raise awareness – and hence money (DUH!) – for research…

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Is Facebook an Important Source or a Sweet Distraction?

Has Facebook morphed into something new? Has the evolution of those boring slide shows that grandparents used to relish turned into something more…more human, perhaps? Katherine Rosman, an editor of “Sunday Styles” at The New York Times, laments in a worthy article in an aptly named column – “Water Cooler” – that the place where…

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How Challenged Have You Ever Really Been?

Have you ever felt challenged? Inadequate? Worried that you were incapable of getting a task done? Hopeless in the face of one need or another? Afraid of ridicule or derision? Paralyzed by fear of failure? Be honest…. I have – I think most of us have…. But these are typically ephemeral feelings…voiced really to hear…

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Can Amazon Profit from Porn?

AMAZON!!!! Say it ain’t so!!!! “Amazon’s Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and its Losses Swell”— The New York Times Why do we think that in the digital world innovation comes at a profit loss? And why do we ascribe digital brilliance to every so-called “innovation” from companies like an Amazon or a Napster, to go back a…

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When Will They Ever Learn…

Have you ever heard of Arthur…Artie Moore? Today – he would be the top social blogger of our time…bar none. In the early 1900s he was an amateur wireless operator – with a homemade receiver and transmitter – living in Wales. Wireless – by the way – being “telegraph” in those days. In 1911 he…

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Lebron, Brazil, and Legacy

Do you want to be remembered? Remember Hickory in the opening sequence of the legendary Wizard of Oz movie: “Someday they’re going to erect a statue to me in this town.” Legacy is a word you hear a lot…from parents and grandparents and great-grandparents (so many more of those in our time). Legacy is a…

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Meet My Son, Megatron

Digibabble… My readers know that phrase…and my intense disdain for those who use the word digital or mobile or social, ascribing to them powers, attributes and meaning that are in fact pure crap. Truth is that the worst offenders are those looking for support for BIG new ideas – having “created what humankind has never…

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Total Recall 2014

Help me understand this. BIG DATA is the business buzzword for the accumulation of massive amounts of bits and bytes that are meant to transform enterprises through unprecedented access to intelligence. Problem is that intelligence cuts two ways – one passive, the other active. The passive side of intelligence is in fact BIG DATA –…

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Hunt a Mammoth

Unplug and reconnect. Amazing how the message seems to resonate…or maybe not so amazing…. I imagine that back in the day, some cave mom told her intense, wall-painting son to get out and hunt a mammoth or two and reconnect with what is real…and I have no doubt that advice made him a better painter…I…

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Trees, Shadows, World Cup and Teams

World Cup…and here is my question: How are you watching the game….and with whom? Here is my bet: You are in the vicinity of a large screen and you are surrounded by friends…some of whom you met only a few minutes ago. Unless you scored tickets…airfare, hotel and game…. I happen to be writing this…

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Monetizers & Snoops

But who is protecting us from monetization…? The New York Times ran an article Saturday called “Internet Giants Erect Barriers to Spy Agencies.” I found it fascinating and a little scary. Read it – but the bottom line is that Google, Microsoft, Facebook and the lot…are encrypting all of their – read our – communications…

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Bury the ‘Hachette’

“Buy low…sell high…” An investment cliché of great fame that has spurred much debate, discussion and derision as well as many spin-offs, such as “Buy high…sell higher” or the famous Will Rogers riff, “To make money, buy some good stock, hold it until it goes up, and then sell it. If it doesn’t go up,…

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Have We Forgotten How to Remember?

What are we without our memories? Our unique human memories…. True…all living things have some sort of hard-coded memory mechanism…default…reflex…evolution imprinter…survival code…. And, I believe, that higher order life also possesses emotional memory – often deep and moving and touchingly understandable by us…. But I would like to believe…that beyond thumbs and online shopping…what makes…

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Evil in the Database of the Holder

“Advertising is only evil when it advertises evil things.” So said the legendary David Ogilvy many years ago. But that was before the advent of computers, the Internet and all things digital. From Newsfactor: A senate subcommittee says hackers “are infecting computers using software or programming commands hidden inside online advertisements. It suggested tougher U.S….

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Slacktivists, Clicktivists, and Activists

It was an evil theme park from a bad movie. You know…the kind where the people all look cheerful and the colors are bright and the music is happy, but lurking just below the surface, hiding just beyond sight is the monster that will tear everyone to shreds. Liken it to an old Hollywood back-lot…

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Post-Automation…What Does Poor Mean?

The rich get richer and the poor get bigger televisions. In a recent article in The New York Times, “Changed Life of the Poor: Better Off, but Far Behind,” the following question was asked: “Is a family with a car in the driveway, a flat-screen television and a computer with an Internet connection poor?” As…

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Prophetic Profits

“Amazon’s Shrinking Profit Sets Off a Seismic Shock to Its Shares” – The New York Times “Anemic Amazon: Wall Street Tires Of Jeff Bezos’ Aversion To Profit” – Forbes Bing/Google – no lack of opinion on this subject – and it’s all DIGIBABBLE…. At a recent conference I attended, a noted Digital Consultant listed Amazon’s…

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UNPLUG…Full Speed Ahead!

Unplugging does not mean retreating from the world. Unplugging is not a protest against technology. Unplugging is not a sign of Luddite status. In fact I’d argue the contrary… Join the Unplug Movement, today, and you are in the vanguard of the true Digital Revolution. Digital Is Everything…But Not Everything Is Digital… If we can…

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