Posts Categorized: Communication

Postal mail is to email as email is to ______; text your answer to…

With the recent unfortunate passing of Steve Jobs, Apple mastermind extraordinaire, I thought it an appropriate time to discuss the dizzying advances of technology and their impact to our lifestyles.  As the title suggests, we’re going to talk about our communications; viewed over distance in miles and years. The subject came to mind as I… Read more »

Writer or fortune teller? You decide.

Gosh, sometimes I scare myself with the timing of my commentary. Just a couple days ago, I posted about bad credit.  That was about how difficult it seemingly is for people to give credit to others when they do something well.  Just two days ago, mind you.  Now I have a national scale example to… Read more »

Troubled by bad credit

Do you or someone you know suffer from bad credit?  Have you felt the anger, frustration or resentment bad credit creates?  I sure have.  Why just today on the tennis court, bad credit sprung its ugly head once again.  Doubt me, do you?  Then read on! We’re playing our third (and last) set.  I’m paired… Read more »

The dark side of anonymity

Raise your hand if you’ve ever posted your opinion on a message board. Based on today’s title, some of you might have thought I was going to ramble about the online dating phenomenon.  Certainly that has its share of dangers due to the potential misrepresentations that can occur.  But I don’t have first-hand experience with… Read more »

I’ve committed to stop smiling

The advancement of electronic communication beyond talking on the phone has ultimately led to a new language.  As it evolves, the language becomes increasingly truncated, not only creating new words but crimping existing ones to a single letter or inventing a whole vocabulary simply based on acronyms, usually the first letter of the words in… Read more »

Reach out and touch someone

Over the course of this blog, you will see me referring to advertising slogans, jingles and campaigns many times.  The peculiar offshoot of my original advertising degree is that I have a Warhol-like memory for ads throughout my lifetime, while suffering a curious lapse in many other areas (I think I mentioned I would do… Read more »

Really?

As a word lover, I’m always interested how new words get added to the lexicon or how a word suddenly “catches fire” and ends up being used (and overused) by everyone.  Driven either by popular entertainment or cultural blending, the words or phrases become almost a self-parody by the people ultimately using them. Examples of… Read more »

I’m not smart…

…I’m quick. Many times (especially in “Corporate America”), I have been “accused” of being smart.  The statement is usually something like this:  “Jeff, you’re smart” or “You’re smart, Jeff”.  Leaves very little ambiguity, huh? I have always vigorously denied the statement.  It’s not false modesty or humility.  It’s acute self-awareness.  There are plenty of things… Read more »

Let’s do lunch

One of the more bemusing conventions of modern society is the tendency to arrange many social engagements around food. I think I’ve got it figured out (not that it’s that difficult).  I mean, we don’t have to see family, friends and co-workers (well, maybe them, but only for a little bit), but we do have… Read more »

Thinking big

Enveloped momentarily by a serendipitous occurrence of lassitude, I was ruminating regarding antecedent proclivities engendered toward loquacious verbiage. I’ve mentioned before how my quest to stop getting whipped by my Grandma in Scrabble led me to devouring reference books like the dictionary and encyclopedias.  Combine a love for words and a competitive nature and you… Read more »