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Infinite Scroll

Infinite scroll, I just can’t abide. Infinity is hard to comprehend. You wouldn’t hear my screams, Even in your wildest dreams. Suffocation as I scroll the page. Scared to load the next site In case the scroll begins again. Content changing, it will not fix. Ever flashing, nightmare’s Styx. Online haze, when will it end? […]

Wolf Hall

The novels by Hilary Mantel are marvelous. So is the television series. I eagerly await the third novel. [The first two books of the trilogy are Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.] If you are a history buff, check them out.

Senate Fast Track Vote Reveals Widespread Trade Policy Cluelessness

Since Senate seats are state-wide offices, they’re much more expensive to win that House seats, and therefore big money is especially important. And America’s big money loves job- and growth-killing trade deals.

Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad

From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world's stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the...Show More Summary

Miscellaneous and Fast

Wally Bock: Stories and strategies from real life. The Telegraph in 2012: The chocolate cake diet. Kirsten Powers on the political bias of American journalists. Tanmay Vora: Deming on work, innovation, and leadership. The trailer: "The Farewell Party." John Steele Gordon: Warren Buffett and the minimum wage. Show More Summary

The Great Shelley Berman

Shelley Berman, brilliant comedian, had monologues which still come back to me after around 50 years, [I never fly without thinking of the one about airline travel.] Here is a sample of his humor. [You can find the other portions of the comedy album on YouTube.]

Project Bookend: BoE Emails Guardian Top Secret Documents on Brexit, Including PR Notes on How to Deny the Project

Incompetence at Its FinestHere's a major laugh for a long holiday weekend in the US: Secret Bank of England taskforce investigates financial fallout of BrexitBank of England officials are secretly researching the financial shocks that...Show More Summary

Black Coffee: Rules for Thee But Not For Me

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe … Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance. Okay, off we go … Credits and Debits Credit: Stop me if you heard this before: This week […]

Visa Checkout marketing straddles real and digital

“Something is happening in marketing," Visa svp of North America marketing Lara Hood Balazs told VentureBeat.

Elon Musk Didn't Like His Kids' School—So He Opened His Own

This post originally appeared on Business Insider. Elon Musk didn't like his kids' school, so he started his own, the inventor and entrepreneur said in an interview on Beijing Television. The school is called Ad Astra—which means "To the stars"—and is small and relatively secretive. Show More Summary

4 Sports Rituals That Can Make Your Business Better

The baseball player draws a Hebrew word in the dirt with the tip of his bat during every trip to the plate, and he's not even Jewish. NBA players give each other high five, pat on the backside or some low-key fist bump after free-throws. Show More Summary

BPN Tells Fish Tale for Oregon Lottery

Portland-based full-service agency Borders Perrin Norrander (BPN) launched a new spot for the Oregon Lottery, entitled “Sustainable Economy.” The ad takes a different approach for the category, eschewing the usual focus on the enticements of personal wealth for the effect the lottery has on the state’s economy. Show More Summary

How to Keep Zombies Out of Your Office

The statistics read like the script for a horror film: 70% of employees are disengaged at work. The working dead haggardly hack away at their computers and drag their lifeless bodies through the motions. We are experiencing an epidemic of toxic workplaces, with 17.5% of employees so actively disengaged that they may be purposefully sabotaging […]

Letterman and the Future of Media Consumption

The past month has seen an outpouring of tributes and praise for the just-retired “Late Show” host David Letterman. I have been linking to some of the more informative (and amusing) discussions in the morning reads (see this and this). None have really captured the context I was looking for: what does this tell us about the future...Read More

The Key to story structure in two words: Therefore & But

There are a ton of storytelling-related books and websites in the cosmos. And there is no shortage of people giving story advice and tips. Much of the advice is helpful, but the enormous volume of information related to writing or.....

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