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Birmingham, AL
A communicator, who likes to make the complex simple
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Michael -- as always, well said. I weep with you -- and I am prone to cry out, because when you dump those bits into the Modern Media SoundBite Blender culture we have, it's not that you have to have a complete and cogent argument that is politically correct -- EVERY G****MNED PHRASE YOU UTTER has to stand on its own, or you will be pilloried and tsk-tsked and tut-tutted right on out to Room 101. I don't particularly like what Robertson said, but the context was totally lost. What he said about homosexual behavior he also said about drunkenness and every other sin you can name. Add in the Justine Sacco nonsense, and now the Grand and Glorious People's Thought Patrol are here to make a citizen arrest, almost down to the level of the syllable.
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2013 on Obligatory Seriousness on.. Duck! at Cobb
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...and your ideas are certainly deserving of a wider audience than this community.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2013 on The Long Form at Cobb
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...yet, the first of your categories showing up in the links to the left is "A Punch in the Nose." ;) Seriously, don't leave us. Ever since Google Reader killed my blog-reading mojo, I don't see a lot if it isn't shared to Facebook.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2013 on The Long Form at Cobb
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Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2013 on Erasing Transparency One Holiday At a Time at Cobb
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When I transferred into public schools in the fourth grade, I was just three weeks into the semester when the teacher told me point blank, in front of the class, that I was a freak and I didn't belong there. I didn't get much pleasure from that -- took years to shake that stigma.
Toggle Commented Nov 21, 2012 on Lost at Barnsdall at Cobb
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Sadly, all it takes it a distinguished-looking counsel to call the executive leadership together, and completely ignore the Crisis Communications protocol. "Here, this is it. This is all you say. Just this. Trust me. I went to school for three extra years, and all of those classes on estates and trusts and taxes and torts and contracts and negotiations automatically give me God-like powers in understanding better communications and how people will react to information we present. Did I mention I am a lawyer?" Which we all know is a crock, but until you've got the buy-in at the top, AND someone advocating for real-time responses to real human questions, then you'll never have someone in the room when the attorneys throw their weight around. I hesitate to call this a communications crisis, because some would then blame the practitioners.
Lovely, every last one of you, inside and out.
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2012 on Merry Christmas To All at Cobb
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While we're at it, let's bring our Congress-weasels home and let them vote from their districts.
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2011 on Hack The Vote at Cobb
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Great point. Additional dimensions are often necessary to give context to a data set. We recently added that to something as simple as a threat matrix, by not just plotting the relative likelihood and magnitude, but including the anticipated drift over time. Just adding a vector arrow can make a chart more useful.
Well, at least Obama announced he was bringing home the troops! (...on the same exact timetable that Bush announced years ago. Doh!)
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2011 on Obama the Hack at Cobb
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As I had to tell some others... "That planet is pronounced 'YOOR-uh-nuhs,' so your sign really isn't that funny!"
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2011 on Occupy Jupiter at Cobb
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Bless you for saying it. We're actively separating our Monitoring and Analysis functions (we use Analysis instead of Measurement to highlight that difference further) by putting them in different departments. Our goal is to train up by the end of the year a team in customer service who will handle the minute-to-minute monitoring, and will be able to engage where it makes sense. Outside of that, though, Measurement and Analysis need to exist far outside of the hamster's wheel, lest you allow recency bias to cause overcorrection.
I've been trying to get this idea stolen for almost two years:
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2011 on Please Steal This Idea at Logic+Emotion
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2011 on Of Midgets and Men... at BloggingDangerously
That's why I want to bring Congress home. All of them.
Spot on, David. Let's also look at the long-term implications of Google's strategy. By going with a "social layer" as you describe it, Google+ doesn't have to go toe-to-toe with Facebook, and doesn't have to replace it. Eventually, Facebook will either stumble, crumble, or fade to irrelevance as some new technology bypasses the need for a walled garden. It won't be next year, but online empires are ripe for overthrow in 10 years. Google+ gives Google a way to stay nimble and flexible, adding new techs and services with the minimum touch necessary. They exist as standalone entities, making incorporation into the +System a matter of alliance or outright purchase. For instance, Facebook bought Friendfeed to grab the people who could scale certain types of features into the whole. Google+ builds those features outside, with a +bar to unite it all. Which architecture will be more nimble? Which architecture involves less investment for the casual user?
Redbox + Green Hornet = answer to the question: "Can a movie be worth less than a dollar?"
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2011 on Kato & The Crazy White Boy at Cobb
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Dan, I know this post is old... but I just came across it. I finally got an answer on March 30, but it wasn't positive. Nor was it helpful, nor was it specific:
I agree with everything, but the experiment that got you there. White Tees are a commodity, and Websites aren't used to sell commodities, because there is too much noise in the marketplace. The people making money selling white tees are likely doing it as a B-to-B provider, or are succeeding at a retail level. They are dealing with economies of scale that make it impractical to seek out "onesies and twosies." You're not finding them because they aren't trying to be found. Back to the main point, I find it funny that companies trying to fill positions roll out a set of "job requirements" that not only are impossible to meet given the relative newness of the technologies, but rely on psychological attributes that are most often exclusive. "WANTED: Deeply creative artist, self-starter, who functions within teams and always makes deadline."
Sorry, Valeria, but I was looking for the Tip Jar for this post...
Ah, your sin isn't in sharing the statistics. The data DOES NOT LIE. No, your unpardonable sin is in your title. How DARE you come to such a hateful conclusion. Women are NOT weaker than men, even though they average 37 pounds less muscle, 5 pounds more in fat, 72 percent of lower body strength...
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2011 on Women Are Simply Weaker at Cobb
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warning - use of cannabis has been shown to cause unintended side effects, such as: - loss of sleep - cravings for snack foods - incarceration - prolonged staring at the television - cravings for snack foods - surfer speak - Pink Floyd concert flashbacks - prolonged staring at the television - cravings for snack foods - poverty - loss of ability to play Jeopardy - loss of ability to play Wheel of Fortune - loss of ability to name a vowel - Vanna's what, like 60? - cravings for snack foods - unemployment - loss of that new car smell - loss of sleep - memory loss - cravings for snack foods
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2011 on Smokin' message strategy at
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Well, *that* didn't go very well for us, did it...?
Gary, I have had a real problem with the Worshiping Transparency Flock (WTF). They see the source of friction as governments and agents who ought to be operating completely in the open. Let's say we know that Boris Yeltsin has a mistress that he meets on Monday nights, and gets more drunk than usual on Tuesday. That means there are certain kinds of communications that we ought not engage on Tuesdays when he's hung over. According to the WTF crowd, Yeltsin ought to not be a drunk. But the issue isn't whether he's hung over on Tuesdays, it's what we do with that information, and our speculation about the competitive advantage. According to Wikileaks supporters, WE should not be allowed to have internal memos about our Yeltsin suspicions, because they aren't above board. Yeah. WTF?