Friday, December 30, 2005

No, I don't want to "quit smoking"

Quite apart from the fact that that goal is mired in the language of defeat, this is a different goal, though it is basically all in how you look at it, but hopefully the use of a different term will be enough to shut up the whiny kind of non-smoker who would make me want to light up just to blow smoke in their faces.

Maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to avoid most of the patronising crap about health (listen to Bill Hicks—non-smokers die every day!), money (I can afford to smoke, thanks), and will power (I’ve managed to avoid punching every non-smoker who has ever tried to lecture me—I’ve got lots of will power).

Mostly, I think I’ll just avoid thinking about it as a pleasure I’m denying myself, because that hasn’t been true for years. That’s why I’m doing it.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

My Mother's blonde moments

My Mother's been having a few of these recently.

Moment #1: My sister was talking about "buffalo wings"
"Do buffaloes have wings?"

Moment #2: I was showing her the Christmas present I had bought for my sister, who has recently gone into business as a masseuse -- a reproduction of the first edition of "Gray's Anatomy"
"Is that to tie in with the TV show?"

Dilbert blog: Winning by Knockout

I always consider myself a winner by knockout whenever someone distorts my point to something ridiculous and then argues against the ridiculous thing. That seems like an acknowledgement that my real point is unassailable. Why else would someone need to invent a whole new point to argue against?


The Dilbert Blog: Winning by Knockout

Tuesday, December 20, 2005


A friend of mine is a big (big!) Pink Floyd fan, and I know he hasn’t done this yet… maybe I should get him “The Wizard of Ozz” for Christmas :)

I love this comic

Today's Pearls Before Swine

Marketing lesson from the Dilbert Blog.

Several years ago I found myself nutsack deep in flaming e-mails for my prediction that illegal downloads of music would lead to lower sales of CDs. It seemed obvious to me, but scores of illegal music downloaders and self-proclaimed marketing geniuses argued vehemently that these “free samples” would lead to increased sales of CDs. That didn’t happen, of course, because it turns out that people prefer “free and instant” over “overpriced and later.” This experience reinforced my belief that my MBA gave me a better understanding of markets than my verbal sparring partners got from doing bongs and thinking as hard as they could.


I don’t regret making God’s Debris available for free. I had nothing to lose, since the hardcopy of God’s Debris was published in 2001 and had run its course. I was happy just to know that I had one of the most read books on earth for a month. It was worth a shot. But I think I demonstrated one marketing truth: When something is free, that’s what people expect to pay for the next one.

The Dilbert Blog

Interesting quote

Most folk who are against the user-intuitive desktop lived through seeing Microsoft rise (and lately, fall). They also lived through a group of people known as AOLers destroying some other things they worked together to build, such as usenet, irc, most of the rest of the Internet… They’re afraid that if the common man decided Linux is the operating system of choice, Linux will be destroyed, too.

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