We owe you nothing – @thisisseth

Seth Godin points to a trend or attitude in business: to take a merely transactional perspective. “The dedicated fan sat through endless losing games. Even steven. Ticket purchased, game delivered. We owe you nothing. The problem with ‘even steven’ is that it turns trust and connection and emotions into nothing but a number. Revenue on […]

I want t-shirts …

New Journey Marketing explains why that may not be such a good idea, here. I joined Microsoft in the time of t-shirts, the period of polo-shirts. It was the very summer of personalised fleeces. I suspect that the very fine folks at Fat Face made a fortune from us. Somewhere, I still have a couple of […]

Echoes through time: strange words #contentmarketing

“Now, strange words simply puzzle us; ordinary words convey only what we know already. It is from metaphor that we can best get hold of something fresh.” Aristotle (384 – 322 BC), Rhetoric

Food miles – not what they seem

An interesting post from Oliver Riley on the Adam Smith Institute blog: Save The Environment – Don’t Buy Local. “Those who encourage us to buy locally often do so with the view that reduced transport distances will result in less CO2 emissions. Seems simple, but what such people neglect is the fact that the majority […]

Praise of the commonplace

Kurt at Cultural Offering points to the concept of the commonplace book. It’s a powerful idea. I started mine – inspired, I think, by the same underlying sources of TheCramped.com and the Ryan Holiday post – only in October 2015. I use one of my Monsieur Notebooks and, though I number the pages, I haven’t yet […]

Monasteries of the Mind

I love this concept. It feels familiar for the UK, too. Via Execupundit: “More and more Americans today are becoming Stoic dropouts. They are not illiberal, and certainly not reactionaries, racists, xenophobes, or homophobes. They’re simply exhausted by our frenzied culture.” Read the full essay, here.

Music Break

So much great music from various great bloggers: Steve Layman has the legendary Leon Russell Rob at the Hammock Papers has Keith Richards from his sublime first album, Talk is Cheap The Hammock Papers also has Steve Winwood playing a solo, acoustic version of Can’t Find My Way Home Kurt’s Cultural Offering has his continuing […]

Rock and roll rhetoric: If I Should Fall Behind

“We said we’d walk together baby come what may; that come the twilight, should we lose our way; if as we’re walkin’, a hand should slip free; I’ll wait for you and, should I fall behind, wait for me.” If I Should Fall Behind (Bruce Springsteen), Bruce Springsteen To hold the listener (or reader) in suspense, […]

Animal Farm

Execupundit prescribes Animal Farm, to be taken annually. I re-read it a few months ago, for the first time since school. Required reading for our post-truth times.

Alcohol and caffeine built society

Kurt’s Cultural Offering reveals why the best ideas come at the end of a fine dinner – alcohol and caffeine built society. “If alcohol inspired agriculture, caffeine jumpstarted progress. While the Chinese drank caffeinated tea as far back as 3,000 B.C., the discovery of coffee is dated to 15th century Yemen. Trade with the Arab world […]

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