Maybe It’s an Emerging Chanukah Tradition?

Sounds like this marketing person didn’t understand the target audience very well–you’re not likely to stimulate new sales by advertising ham as “delicious for Chanukah.”

The Ten Commandments

My wife asked me to list the Ten Commandments, and I choked. I got 7 (or 6, depending on interpretation) right, but that’s not very good. I felt a little better when I checked the Wikipedia entry and saw the…

Free International Calls

I lived through the dot com era, so I’ve seen companies do a lot of ridiculous things to win customers. (My favorite dot com freebie was iResearch.com, which paid me $200 to write 20 stock tips of 25 words each)….

Rebate-Mania

With our big move, we’ve been involved with more than our fair share of commerce recently. As a result, we’ve run into the inevitable but dreaded rebates. Rebates are very unpopular with consumers, and for good reason. They are a…

On California Soil

We arrived in California last week. It felt like I was returning to my ancestral homeland–which is ironic because I was actually born in Wisconsin (a little-known fact). My new contact information: Eric Goldman Santa Clara University School of Law…

Email Mania

On Sunday I sent out a mass email to 300+ of my closest friends letting them know that I was switching jobs. The resulting email frenzy was predictable. I got lots of emails from friends and colleagues back, and this…

Kosher Phones

The cellphone continues to morph into a very smart multi-purpose device. A cellphone can now be a camera, an Internet access device, a GPS device and an electronic wallet. Many of us are excited by the possibilities. But not everyone….

The Wall Street Journal Declares Us a 24/6 Economy

It’s always interesting to see reactions when a cherished institution changes its business practices (recall the furor over Coke changing its recipe). Today’s example: the Wall Street Journal is now publishing a Saturday edition. Perhaps this is the most reliable…

Taxes, Attention Consumption and Competition

I’ve already kvetched about unwanted attention consumption on airlines, but Declan hits a very raw nerve that gets me ranting about attention consumption again…this time, with respect to taxes. The short story is that Intuit, makers of TurboTax, doesn’t want…

The Law Firm TV Show–Some Observations From the First Show

I watched the new “reality” TV show from David E. Kelly last night, The “Law Firm.” It was a mildly diverting hour but it lacked the drama and production values of a Burnett show. I’m still not sure if I’m…