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Recommended Books
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Posted in Media on 23 May 2016
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Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World The story of soda is the story of the modern world, a tale of glamorous bubbles, sparkling dreams, big bucks, miracle cures, and spreading waistlines. Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World charts soda’s remarkable, world-changing journey from awe-inspiring natural mystery to ubiquitous presence in all our lives.  […]

How To Speak Good American
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Posted in Media on 1 February 2014
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What kind of American English do youse speak? You can take the quiz version at the NY Times. Or the interactive map of answers to about 100 different words/phrases at the NC State site. For those who selected other, what other way is there to say ma-yo-naise? 🙂 BTW, “aggregate dialect difference” is the apparently […]

Walmart News: One Weird & One Probably Not Good News
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Posted in Media on 26 September 2013
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The Probably Bad News for CARS/Toys Customers … “Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is cutting orders it places with suppliers this quarter and next to address rising inventory the company flagged in last month’s earnings report.” But also for a company that makes about $1.5 BILLION in revenue every single day of the year, they sometimes can’t […]

One Righteous Dude: Kmart Closing? I’ll Buy Everything for Charity
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Posted in Media, News on 21 May 2012
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When Rankin Paynter learned that the Kmart in his Kentucky town was closing, he decided to buy everything that remained on the store’s shelves — and give it all away. Four cash registers and six-and-a-half hours after his shopping spree began, the benevolent businessman walked away with $200,000 worth of inventory and gave it all […]

Know When to Fold ‘Em and Know When to Walk Away …
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Posted in Financial, Media on 22 February 2012
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Pretty interesting book …. Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure Some excerpts … “I spent the summer of 2005 studying poker. I interviewed some of the best players in the world, attended the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, analyzed “pokerbots” — poker-playing computers — and chronicled the efforts of highly rational players, […]

Woman Behind the Voice at 200 Airports … The White Zone Is For …
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Posted in Media on 14 January 2012
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Carolyn Hopkins of northern Maine — the woman behind the voice at airports telling us to “watch your bags” or “the next uptown train will arrive in… one minute.” And NOT for Kids … NSFW … And TSA Protest Underwear … comes with free tazing (also NSFW). Tweet This Post

Bin Laden Death – The Internet is There (Book Update)
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Posted in Internet, Media on 2 May 2011
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ABC News has footage of the compound-house aftermath … warning – graphic and detailed. The DOD has put an illustration of the compound. Location mapped on Google Maps (with reviews – reviews NSFW – well, not safe for kids). And an IT guy who moved to Addottabad to work in quiet – who live tweeted […]

Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS: Take Five With You Where Ever You Go!
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Posted in Advertising, Books, CARS, Checklist, collecting, Design, diecast, Film, Gadgets, Internet, Magazine Checklist, Marketing, Mattel Disney Pixar CARS, Media, Mobile, Retail, Toys, TV on 17 May 2009
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Take Five A Day: The Magazine! You asked for it and now, you can on-demand it! Issue #1 of our magazine is available for order! 20 full-color pages devoted just to the DESERT ART series … Other than a few pages of text, the magazine is entirely comprised of full color checklists for however you […]

eBay to Referee Customer Disputes: This Should End Well
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Posted in Advertising, collecting, Financial, Internet, Marketing, Media, Retail, Toys on 15 April 2009
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eBay started out a welcoming friend. eBay then became a demanding friend. eBay “unfriended” nearly everyone. eBay then became “too good for us.” eBay sent out e-vites for a holiday get-together and no one showed. eBay then tried being “nice.” eBay is now trying desperation. “eBay today announced it will take a more active role […]

Mighty Muggs Checklist Part 2: Star Wars, Marvel, GI Joe, & Transformers (2009 Update)
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Posted in Advertising, collecting, diecast, Film, Internet, Marketing, Media, movies, Retail, Toys, TV on 29 March 2009
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The main news since our last update is that with the recent toy SKU reduction of the Big Three retailers (WM, Target & TRU) – it looks like Mighty Muggs will be a TRU exclusive only item coming this autumn-holiday season. It’s not that Mighty Muggs have not sold well but retailers just don’t get […]