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This Focused Performance Weblog started life as a "business management blog" containing links and commentary related primarily to organizational effectiveness with a "Theory of Constraints" perspective, but is in the process of evolving towards primary content on interactive and mobile marketing. Think of it as about Focusing marketing messages for enhanced Performance. If you are on an archive page, current postings are found here.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Unfocused: Friday Fun: A Band from Brazil -- Great 60's rock from a bunch of contemporary 20-year-olds from Brazil - Garotas Suecas. Found them, along with some other interesting singers/bands on NPR's SXSW Wrap-up.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Unfocused: Friday Fun: Regarding The Jonas Brothers - From kottke:
In a nutshell: Disney is selling sex to kids, pretending they're not, and making a fortune while forcing their audience into cultural bankruptcy.
Hey. They've been doing that since Annette Funicello.

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Friday, May 08, 2009

Unfocused: Friday Fun: Internet Memes -- Scary how many of these online distractions and diversions I remember fondly.

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Friday, May 01, 2009

Unfocused: Friday Fun: Evil Bucket List -- And something to avoid so you have more time to complete the list...keyboard drool.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Unfocused: Friday Fun: Why Didn't I Think of That Edition
  • Use a Printer to Count Documents

  • SpoonLidz

  • Memory - Silicon & Paper Combo
  • Then, of course, there's the already classic SnugWow!

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    Friday, April 17, 2009

    Unfocused: Friday Fun: Miscellanea
  • Jaded Hipster Owls Think They've Seen It All - This "animal picture blog with an attitude" (and with a NSFW name/url) is one of my favorite sources for mental health breaks.

  • The Ascent of Money - Niall Ferguson traces the evolution of money and demonstrates that financial history is the essential back-story behind all history.

  • Mindfuck Movies - "Some movies inform. Some movies entertain. And some pry open your skull and punch you in the brain."

  • Legacy Locker - Some might not consider this a "fun" link, but given how much of our lives are now online, what will happen to those "assets" when you're not around to maintain them. If you care...

  • Losing It: Why Self-Control Is Not Natural - "Group living...takes great self-control; it takes a lot to live with people day after day and not kill them"

  • Hell Explained by a Chemistry Student - "Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?"
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    Sunday, April 12, 2009

    Unfocused: It's Easier to Sneak Up on the Easter Bunny...when his ears are on the menu at el Bulli.


    (via Hungry In Hogtown: Ear-resistible: el Bulli's deep fried rabbit ears with aromatic herbs)

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    Friday, April 10, 2009

    Unfocused: Friday Fun: The 1960s Lyric Edition -- Can anyone point to a better line than the first one in the following?...
    I was floatin' in the ocean greased with suntan lotion
    When I got wiped out by a beach boy
    He was surfin' when he hit me but jumped off his board to get me
    And he dragged me by the armpit like a child's toy
    As we staggered into land with all the waiters eatin' sandwiches
    He tried to mooch a towel from the hoi polloi
    He emptied out his eardrums, I emptied out mine
    And everybody knows that the very last line
    Is "the doctor said, 'Give him jug band music
    It seems to make him feel just fine'"


    -- John Sebastian and The Lovin' Spoonful.
    Also... Joe Cocker - close-captioned for the clear-headed.

    And, finally, going beyond just songs of the Sixties - The Archive of Misheard Lyrics offers up their current funniest of the year - from the Eighties: Robert Palmer's Addicted To Love...
    Might as well face it, you're a d**k with a glove.
    (Can't guarantee whether that site has real misinterpretations only, but even if concocted, this one's even funnier when you remember that the song came out around the same time that one gloved Michael Jackson was in his prime.)

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    Wednesday, April 08, 2009

    Matrix Revisited -- A la xkcd.

    Was it really 10 years ago?

    Whoa...

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    Friday, April 03, 2009

    Friday Fun: The Mobile Edition --
    Bring Your Cell Phone to the Opera, Please
    "A coming production of [the Mozart] opera "Cosi fan tutte,"...will ask audience members to vote at intermission for which characters should be married in the opera's final scene."

    - Just turn them off between the intermissions.

    SitOrSquat iPhone/Blackberry App to be sponsored by Charmin
    "According to P&G, SitOrSquat for iPhone and BlackBerry is a Wiki for recording and accessing bathroom information, including data on where to find bathrooms, changing tables, handicap access and other amenities--users may add new content to the service and provide feedback on featured toilets. So far, SitOrSquat has compiled information on more than 52,000 toilets in 10 countries worldwide--in addition, more than 1,600 users have downloaded the app to their mobile device."
    - I guess if you have Yelp and Urbanspoon to help with the input...

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    Thursday, March 05, 2009

    Best Comment Yet on Economic Crisis -- From Thought Gadgets' Clear view on the world economy. Read the whole thing. It's short.

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    Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    So Many Links - So Little Time -- It's link-a-palooza time...
  • What Would Google Do? - The PowerPoint - excerpts from the book.

  • Epiphany: Virtual Teams And Social Media Tribes Are The Same - Yup. That they are, but only if the tribes have some sort of goal that ties them together.

  • 2009 - The Year of SMS, Again - An underrated, under-appreciated, underused channel for communication with your customers.

  • again mobile - Where I'm at these days, working on SMS text campaigns, "mobilizing" web sites, and iPhone/smartphone apps.

  • Mobile Couponing - The Time Could Be Now... - From Mark Taylor, my previous boss' boss' boss.

  • Top 10 Dumb Project Management Questions - Questions from Hal Macomber.

  • Dumb Project Management Questions - Glen Alleman provides some answers to Hal's questions.

  • Why You Shouldn't Copy Us Or Anyone Else - A nice piece related to one of my favorite pet peeve subjects (no, not multi-tasking) - the lack of value in benchmarking and following others' "best practices".

  • Which Comes First? The Product or the Marketing? - From Seth Godin - "Marketing is not the same thing as advertising." True, very true. (My take on shooting sitting ducks from 2006.)

  • Rocks Into Gold - A parable for our time from long-time blog buddy Clarke Ching.

  • Sopranos, Uncensored - NSFW - A little diversion featuring very bit of foul language from every episode of HBO's classic series, but not including the curses coming from the audience at the end of the final episode, when they thought their cable had gone out at the most inopportune moment possible. Someone somewhere has too much time on their hands. Surprised, though, that it's only 27 minutes long.

  • The Human Feed - How Twitter and Networks Filter Signal from Noise

  • The New Work Ethic: Just Paying Attention - Your knew I couldn't finish a list like this one without an anti-multi-tasking link? Of course you did.
  • There's more in the queue, but that's enough for now.

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    Sunday, September 21, 2008

    Chance that the Printer is Working -- Example of funny charts and graphs found at GraphJam.

    song chart memes
    more charts

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    Friday, May 02, 2008

    Friday Fun - May 2 --

    Someone had too much time on their hands - Creme That Egg! for Rube Goldberg fans - this is impressive.

    Hubble images of merging galaxies, celebrating 18 years of Hubble

    Variation on a meme theme - Muppet Rolling

    Animal cuteness

    Thought I had enough for this week, but here's some un-fun

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    Friday, July 13, 2007

    Friday Fun: Miscellaneous Stuff -- A little something for everyone.
    • Interior Design for the busy workplace

    • The epic version of a classic from the 80's. The song you know and love starts about 2:15 in, after a weird intro. Apologies if you can't get it out of your head over the weekend.

    • Google as an in-the-field instructional tool...On one hand, they seem to fit the "dumb criminals" stereotype, but then again, they haven't been caught yet. Maybe they also used Google Maps to make a quick getaway.

    • Did you turn 29 years old in April of this year? Did your parents live in the New York City area before you were born? hmmmm…

    • An ad for the internet from Digital Equipment Corp (DEC), 1994...Ah, the good old days of uncluttered, functional design.

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    Friday, July 06, 2007

    Friday Fun: The Reality of Resource Management --
    ...from Savage Chickens.

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