Renovations

As we’re undergoing renovations and we’re emptying out abandoned storage areas, we’ve found treasure troves of stuff. I thought you might enjoy these: This is 1976, Williamsburg, VA, at a company meeting where the entire consulting firm had to perform in skits. I was director of client service, and that’s my boss, the VP for North America, Don Gallagher. I was Johnny Carson’s Carnac the Magnificent, and he was Ed McMahon. This is the only known picture of me in …



Dumb-Ass Stupid Promotion

In case anyone out there doesn’t think that spammers are stupid and mass emails aren’t complete wastes of time, here is a verbatim communication received a few minutes ago. Aside from the ridiculous punctuation errors, Buddy Beagle (that’s two names, not one, please) is not about to publish his next book with the “Pro’s”! DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL! *************************** Dear BuddyBeagle, You have received a new private message at Internet Marketing Forum | Learn Affiliate Marketing From The …


From today’s New York Times: QUOTATION OF THE DAY “Thirty years ago if you were looking to get on the escalator to upward mobility you went to business or law school. Today the law school escalator is broken.” WILLIAM D. HENDERSON, a professor of law at Indiana University, on the declining number of applications to United States law schools. Now, could that be because lawyers stupidly charge by time units instead of value? Or that they are notoriously non-responsive and …



The Purpose of A Business

The purpose of a business is to offer value (through products and/or services) to customers, who pay for the value with cash or equivalents. Minimally, the money received should fund the costs of operating the business as well as provide for the life needs of the proprietor. Any money in excess of these needs of funding and salary—”margin” or “profit”—may be used to reinvest in the business; to be invested for future needs and security; and/or to be used for …


Think-Syncing

The overwhelming (unsolicited) feedback on my lip-sync comments was in agreement, but I had some people who were outraged that I settled for “less than excellence,” and some comments that Beyoncé shouldn’t accept the “gig” if she couldn’t deliver live. My reaction: Did anyone actually buy a ticket to attend the outdoor inaugural function (Is that how we’re reducing the debt?) AND believe it was an entertainment event? That’s like taking an airplane trip for the cuisine. Gads! © Alan …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 1/28/13

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

January 23, 2013—Issue #175 This week’s focus point: What nonsense about lip-syncing. The recorded, reverential Gregorian Chant played before some Masses in church is far superior to the off-key live solos which the music director insists upon. You and I, daily, supply our simulacra to clients and customers in the form of videos, audios, text, and messages. I can’t sit and read this Monday morning missive to tens of thousands of subscribers, so the text, written the day before, will …


Lip-Syncing

I cannot begin to understand the frenzy over Beyoncé lip syncing at the inauguration. She is a talented performer who chose to do what cellist Yo Yo Ma did four years ago, and what Whitney Houston did at the Super Bowl in the greatest rendition of the Star Spangled Banner I’ve ever heard. Opera singers have someone in a prompter box feeding them lines when needed. Television “anchors” are merely reading a Teleprompter. (They often mangle names because they don’t …


The Dog Star: Learning to Learn

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) I’m watching Bentley, now four months old, learning to be a German Shepherd, his destiny in life. He’s smitten with predatory drift, and will chase anything that moves. But he also knows now to check where the squirrels usually hang out. He knows when he gets fed, and what merits …