Monthly Archives: June 2007

Crazy glue

In April, when I was bumping around the blogosphere, I said I’d give myself till the end of June to decide if whether or not to continue this blog. And lo and behold it’s June 30 and the verdict is: I’m here to say (though still bumping around). A few observations:– I really enjoy having an outlet for writing/publishing – This blog is (and will probably always be) more verbal than visual (but hey, so am I) – When I started, my ranking was 2.5 million (or thereabouts). Now, according to Technorati, it’s around 1.1 million. If I can just…

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Whom do you trust

What does it take to go from competent PR person to trusted advisor? Joel Postman offers some sage advice.

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Look back, look waaay back…

I was walking through the CBC building, when I noticed, in the broadcaster’s ‘museum’, a Friendly Giant display. For those of you unfamiliar with the show, Friendly Giant was a Canadian kid’s TV icon, a winsome, recorder-playing giant who palled around with a giraffe and highly literate rooster. The display featured his castle, tunic, the real Jerome the Giraffe, a slightly worn Rusty the Rooster still in his book bag and even the armchair where ‘two more could curl up in’. And it really took me back (and aback). How something so painfully naïve resonated with a generation of children.…

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What does 40 years look like?

According to biblical myth, the ancient Israelites wandered the dessert for 40 years in their trek from Egypt to the Promised Land. (Shameless plug: not this ‘Promised Land’.) But if you want to see what 40 contemporary years (1967 to 2007) look (and sound) like, Giovanni Rogriguez spins two versions of the Foundations hit, ‘Baby, Now That I’ve Found You’ – from then and now. Same words, same music. Yet each rendition evokes its time.

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A matter of degrees

On an American Airlines flight from NYC, the pilot gave a quick update on the conditions in Toronto: ‘Sunny skies,’ he said. ‘The current temperature is 61 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s about 16 degrees Canadian.’ Yes, the weather is so much colder in the land of ice and snow that we have to create an eponymous system to measure it.

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Stuck in NYC

I was heading back to Toronto from a day of meetings in Manhattan when my plane was cancelled at the airport (all Air Canada flights to Toronto, actually). And I found myself stranded overnight in NYC. An adventure, to be sure, but not as exciting as I might have imagined. First there was the hubbub at the airport, the line-up to find out what flight we were now on, the taxi ride back to the city, the calls to (hopefully) get a hotel room, an alternate booking with another airline, emails/calls explaining what happened and then arranging an early wake-up…

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Scobleized in Cabo

Yes, this is another ‘obligatory’ blog post following a keynote by BG (blogging guru) and Google search engine’s number one Robert (Scoble) at the 2007 Counselors Academy Spring Conference. He was, in many ways, an anti-motivational speaker. No power point. No empowering epithets. He talked with a little boy’s excitement that was contagious and was personable, passionate and mischievously smart. It was refreshing. Here are a few of Robert’s thoughts that stood out for me: – He can now shoot and broadcast video live from his cell phone. And the quality looks pretty good. Talk about reality TV… It’s quite…

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Post post haste

We live in a world with so much writing, it’s getting harder to come up with an original thought. Case in point (albeit a small one): Tonight’s title, ‘Post Haste’… was going to be about what happens when your blog entry is written so fast it contains bad grammar, half-baked ideas, typos, etc. But I decided to do a a quick search and sure enough someone beat me to it. I guess I didn’t post hastily enough.

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