Category Archives: Pop-Culture

The Shark Has Jumped the Shark

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I’m speechless. Just speechless.

I present to you: Entrepreneur Barbie. This is not a joke. (“Entering the entrepreneurial world, this independent professional is ready for the next big pitch. Barbie Entrepreneur doll wears a sophisticated dress in signature pink that features modern color blocking and a sleek silhouette. Her “smartphone,” tablet and briefcase are always by her side”) (more…)

I Know What Bo Don’t Know

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I tripped across this interview last night, and it’s brief but fascinating. I’ve never seen Johnny Carson so deer-in-headlights. My impression is that he pretty much can’t believe his eyes (which is understandable). One has to feel a little sorry for Ms. Derek, since it’s pretty obvious she was utterly under the thumb of John Derek, who must have been the king of the macho-men (who inspired her to say with a straight face, “I eat too much.”) . In any case, check it out…………

What Bog Sends

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My love of classical music was born in a strange way: from a complete obsession with A Clockwork Orange as a teenager. (Hard to believe, but I used to dress up as Alex whenever I could; seriously). I just watched it again for probably the 40th time today. Below is a favorite scene. I could say I didn’t fantasize about hitting Yellen in the balls with my cane, throwing her into the Potomac, and slicing her hand open………but I must be honest with Slopers, so I won’t.

Did Apple Just Become Microsoft?

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Let me get this out of the way up front. I have been an Apple® fan from the beginning. I’ve owned their products with my first purchase of a IIc back in the early 80′s. Yes, I have bounced back and forth between PC based brands over the years, but once the revolution at Apple took place with the return of Jobs (where truly everything changed) I began dropping anything PC based and replaced it with Apple.

Since the introduction of the iPhone®, and the improvements via iOS and Mac® based platforms I made the change to everything Apple based and haven’t looked back. I have opined many times that all one has to do to solidify whether or not the switch was worth it was to try to make the change back. For me, 10 minutes trying to do simple things without feeling I need a degree in code writing was all it took. (I know there’s a whole anti-Apple crowd so save the emails) (more…)

Marketing Moronicism

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I went to a Jesuit college, and I excelled at philosophy and religious studies. I naively decided to get a major in marketing, which in retrospect I consider idiotic. Unless you are entering a profession involving something that puts people at risk (engineering, medicine, etc.) my view is that college is a place to learn to think, not to learn a vocation. My marketing degree was an utter and complete waste of time. (Although I graduated in only 2 1/2 years, since I was eager to get working).

I was reminded of this when I read about a marketing success for a cereal named Shreddies. This is not sold in the U.S., but instead is in Canada, New Zealand, and Britain. Shreddies was your basic shredded wheat cereal, much like any Mini Wheats you’d find in America, but it was an old, stodgy brand. (more…)