NYT lifestyle alert: potbellies?

Usually I’d chalk this up as another one for the annoying Times lifestyle file, but it’s just too damn weird!!! THIS summer the unvarying male uniform in the precincts of Brooklyn cool has been a pair of shorts cut at knickers length, a V-neck Hanes T-shirt, a pair of generic slip-on sneakers and a straw […]

Before College, Costly Advice Just on Getting In – NYTimes.com

I’m not sure if this is for the “annoying NY Times lifestyle” file or for the crime file (or, perhaps, for the fashion police file)… Yet the proposed “looks” — a young man in seersucker shorts, a young woman in a blue blazer over a low-cut blouse and short madras skirt — appeared better suited […]

Cursing and Pain Relief

Damn right! I guess my kids must be going through a particularly painful period right now On average, people were able to withstand the pain for significantly longer if they cursed than if they did not. Swearing also increased heart rate and decreased subjective reports of pain. And before anyone criticizes me for Tierney’s politics, […]

Why Are Southerners So Fat? – TIME

The headline definitely catches the eye. The article concludes: So there you have it. Southerners have little access to healthy food and limited means with which to purchase it. It’s hard for them to exercise outdoors, and even when they do have the opportunity, it’s so hot, they don’t want to. The image is kind […]

Most Managers are Logical Sloths

OK, so this press release came in on a google alert (entirely unrelated to anything, but how often do you see the word “sloth” in PR? Most Managers are Logical Sloths, says New Rotman Research Strategic managers, lacking training in how to build their own situational models and reasoning strategies as opposed to “implementing” blueprints […]

Marketing 201: Williams-Sonoma meets Billy Mays

So, here’s the puzzle. How do you turn this: into something thoroughly respectable, ideally in a melange of shiny stainless steel and earth tones? Well, here’s a hint: FacebookTwitterDiggItTechnoratiDel.icio.us

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Parents Pulling the Plugs on Williamsburg Trust-Funders – NYTimes.com

Yet another one for the insufferable NYT lifestyle story file. At least we’re in recession mode on the lifestyle stories. Am I feeling schadenfreude or stupid-freude? Famed for its concentration of heavily subsidized 20-something residents — also nicknamed trust-funders or trustafarians — Williamsburg is showing signs of trouble. Parents whose money helped fuel one of […]

Quote of the day

From Geoffrey Miller. Don’t know if there’s any sense in his argument, but this paragraph got me… “Compared with their easygoing clannish ways, our frenetic status seeking and product hunting would look bewildering indeed. Our society would seem noisy, perplexing and maybe psychotic … All you have to do is sit in classrooms every day […]

Does OnStar really know where you are?

OK, why should I be obsessed this morning with something this silly? There’s a full-page ad running on the back of the Wall Street Journal this morning for OnStar. It has a pretty picture of a road winding its way through nice green, leafed-out trees. It says “Can you find the crashed Chevy in this […]