No, The Super Bowl isn't a new piece of Tupperware
Although the Super Bowl holds minimal interest to me (Go, Giants!), the event as a major focus of national, even worldwide attention, interests me. The ads get great coverage, particularly in light of the fact that so large an audience will be reached with them in the telecast. The caliber of broadcast production, play-by-play, and even the actual game itself are issues of great debate and post mortem.
Could It Be Sorcery?
After yesterday and much of today, I welcome the weekend. I need some time off after the events of the past not-quite two days.
ï The computer gave me endless hours of trouble.
ï The in-the-computer fax program is missing a driver.
These weblogs are a fascinating thing. The traffic to (and among) them is also a matter of some intrigue.
This is a Manila powered website. What a useful, intuitive, and incredibly easy-to-use application it is. Do you want a weblog? Want to recommend the concept to someone? Again, very simple: send them over to Weblogs.com.
If the idea is appealing, there's a link, appropriate and to the point.
Exit the Dragon, Enter the Snake
Kung How Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!
The Year of The Dragon has come to an end. Now begins the Year of The Snake.
Omens, Signs, Indications
January is typically a slow month by many means of measurement and analysis. Retail sales drop after the holiday rush. Media ad content takes a dip after the holiday crush. Traffic in malls and places of consumer spending experience a downward cycle.
In some ways it is the first quarter blues. An annual reaction, response, result, and recuperation from the madness and hysteria of the holiday season. Layoffs of holiday staffers have occurred.
1460 and Counting
Today marks the beginning of the end. The end of having a Rhodes scholar in the White House. The end of the two-term Clinton-Gore stewardship of the White House.
Actually, maybe yesterday was the beginning of the end, and today is the beginning of the horror. Another Bush at the helm. And Cheney, right behind him.
I received a suggestion regarding some content on the blog. A reader, who requested (and that's putting it mildly) anonymity ("don't use my name, don't link to me, don't put in my e-mail address!"), felt I'd made a faux pas in the layout of yesterday's blogpost.
The bottom of the post, the reader felt, should have been a story or news item in and of itself. So be it. It seemed like a good suggestion, for two reasons.
THIS TIME I KEPT MY SCARF
Just about a year ago this time I had a business meeting in Manhattan. My friend and business associate Oscar asked me to spend some time with him at The Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. He was staying there, and wanted to meet in the lobby bar area.
If that sounds strange to you, please understand that in Manhattan there are countless meetings at sitting areas in hotel lobbies, often in little bars within the confines of the lobby area.
We enjoy certain freedoms. In many places these freedoms are not to be found. Freedom of religion, of political status, freedom to choose where to live, freedom of choice in occupation, schooling, all sorts of things.
Here in the US we proudly claim a separation of church and state. One of those important issues to the Founding Fathers, those guys the politicians love to quote, cite, and do all that can to give the impression that they are connected with them, on some common spiritual, emotional, attitudinal plane.
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
When I was in the Radio Business the majority effort, the concentration of most of the work for our clients, was in Black/Urban Radio. Today is a great day for Black radio. Stations across the country are playing Stevie Wonder's "Happy Birthday, Dr. King" tune. Many will air the famous I Have A Dream speech.
With great fondness I recall the pride, the joy, the ambience around the stations on this holiday. It was a special day.