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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 08:  Attendees try a prototype 3M Touch Systems 46-inch, projected capacitive display during a press event at The Venetian for the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) January 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The display utilizing technology from T1 Visions features a six-millisecond response to touch time, handles up to 20 finger touches at once and rejects accidental palm touches. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 10-13 and is expected to feature 2,700 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 140,000 attendees.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) AI / Change / Popped Culture / Technology

That Place Between Tech Heaven and Tech Hell Friday I drove up to Las Vegas to spend a day at the techie’s Love-in-cum-Cluster-fck known as the Consumer Electronic Show (CES). It is the biggest show in Las Vegas; a place known for big shows. It attracts people from eighty-one percent of the countries in the world. There were 1,700 more reporters and media people at...

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Politics 2016 .  This is the way the sausage gets made. Change / Politics / Popped Culture / Uncategorized

Voters Repelled by Seeing How the Sausage Gets Made What do Las Vegas, Christmas lights and dive bars have in common? They look much better at night. Under the harsh light of day, each appears to be tawdry, exposed and disheveled; much like American politics in 2016. This year’s election has revealed things most rational voters have always known but have never wanted to acknowledge....

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Are you Older and Wiser.  Do you fear or embrace change. Baby Boomer / Change / Popped Culture / Science / Technology

Or Too Old And Too Wise to Change? (The final post in my Baby Boomer/Change set.   And I still believe the terms are NOT mutually exclusive.) A former boss of mine sent me the article below.  We worked together in the eighties; he was in his mid-thirties then and I was in my mid-twenties.  He seemed a lot wiser than I was but that...

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Facebook Needs a Handle Change / Popped Culture / Technology / Uncategorized

If I’m Mark Zuckerberg – I’m Pissed They used to call what we do advertising. Then people started to double-down on the fancy terms to make it sound like more than it is. We’re really just professional communicators. We use words and pictures to try and change the way people think and behave. But it’s complicated. Depending on the client you ask, we’re either good at...

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Baby Boomers Need a New Brand Change / Popped Culture / Real Life

It’s Time to Retire A Really Stupid Term (The first of three posts about Baby Boomers and Change: two things that I believe aren’t mutually exclusive.) Flatulent infants. That’s what comes to my mind when someone says Baby Boomers. And not the kind of flatulence that makes cute little bubbles in a tub. More like the huge explosions that come from High School jocks after...

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Candidates Keep Their Lies on the Prize Change / News / Politics / Popped Culture / Real Life

Too Much Money and Too Little Truth in the 2016 Election The 2016 Presidential Election has been outrageous for the last several months; this week it jumped the shark.  It is now must-watch TV and better than anything that Netflix or HBO could script. Both candidates seem to be trying to out-WTF each other and the pundit play-by-play is far more exciting than anything ESPN...

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A Food Critic Walks Into McDonald’s…. Business / Popped Culture / Real Life / Uncategorized

The fries are good but the story…is another story. Ronald McDonald has been getting pummeled lately. The quarterly reports are softer than a half day old Quarter Pounder. Investors are getting restless and they’re shuffling execs around in the ivory tower faster than fry-cooks are flipping burgers. Things just aren’t as happy in the land of Happy Meals as they once were. The PR folks...

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New Year’s Resolution Revolution Insightful Lines / Popped Culture / Real Life

Let’s Go Big in 2015 The reason most New Year’s resolutions fail is because they’re too specific. The goals are too quantitative and personal. Resolutions like losing 20 pounds by Valentine’s Day or reading a book a month fail pretty quickly and then what? The year is shot. So this year, inspired by Pitbull’s “New Year’s Revolution” theme, I’m thinking that we maybe we should...

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My Dogs are not Drones Popped Culture / Real Life / Uncategorized

They poop where they please.  I pick it up. This probably isn’t the post to write immediately after changing my slogan from “Partially informed, totally opinionated” to “Today is good.  Tomorrow will be even better.” I made that change because I really do feel better about the world today. Now, there’s no substantive reason for the change, I just got out of bed one day...

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Forever Young? Popped Culture / Real Life / Uncategorized

The Six Things I do to Fight “Old”. The Arizona Republic wrote an article about the Baby Boom Generation last week. Not surprisingly it was title “Forever Young”.  We love that word young almost as much as we hate the word old.  But really the article was about not getting old or what we do to try and slow down that the calendar. Like most...

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