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A Very Serious Look At “Assistance”

My father’s name was Jack. When I hear someone say “You don’t know Jack”, I think of him. This coming Saturday, HBO will air a film starring Al Pacino titled, “You Don’t Know Jack”. But it’s not about my dad, it’s the story of Dr. Jack Kervorkian and the end-of-life debate. Last week Anderson Cooper … Continue reading

The Real Skinny Is Not Delayed For A Month

I’m a fan of Skinny Cow products. Not only do they taste good, but their ‘spokes-cow‘ reminds me of the old Gateway computer boxes and appeals to my inner geek. If you scan through their product line-up you’ll notice that they have a great variety of flavors. But even more importantly, they deliver them to … Continue reading

Investors Seek A Perfect “Co-Owner” Before The Music Stops

The world needs a new Country and Western song updated for today’s investor, along the lines of Mickey Gilley’s “Don’t The Girls All Get Prettier At Closing Time“ Our song might go platinum, all because there’s a new wrinkle (sic) on the menu of get-rich quick schemes. Billions of dollars in corporate bonds sold to retail … Continue reading

Countdown To Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is Leslie’s favorite day of the year, so it’s also my favorite day of the year. Absolutely. I heart Valentine’s Day. Last night we watched “New York, I Love You”, which I can recommend for The Big Day. The especially good news for you procrastinators is that the film can be streamed instantly from Netflix, … Continue reading

It’s Always Nice To Be At The Top Of The Charts

It’s alway nice to be Number 1. For example, I’m terrifically proud that I purchased my current home at the absolute peak of the real estate bubble. And I feel equally puffed up over this chart from the Economist showing that we in the US are supporting Big Pharma in their quest for profits. Shame on those Health … Continue reading

Bob’s Pasta Homage to Ron Popeil, Master of “The Turn”

Last night I made Pasta. And whenever I make Pasta I thank Ron Popeil, Pitchman Extraordinaire who perfected the Infomercial and made pasta a part of my life. I knew I loved Ron Popeil, but I didn’t know how much until I read the first chapter in “What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures” by … Continue reading

Stephen King Conjures up Jack Reacher In “Under The Dome”

I’m a huge fan of the author Lee Child and the character he created, Jack Reacher. (By the way Reacher even has his own Wikipedia entry.) And it turns out I’m not alone. A [for the moment] better known author shares my taste. Stephen King put a Jack Reacher Easter Egg in his new novel “Under The … Continue reading

Yes Mr. Galassi, There WAS More To Publishing Than Met The Eye

I try not to beat dead horses. But in this case I will make an exception. Once again we have a book publisher railing against the rising tide of electronic editions. Yesterday’s Op-Ed page in the NY Times featured a column by Jonathan Galassi titled “There’s More to Publishing Than Meets the Screen” in which … Continue reading

It’s Never Too Late To Be Googled: A Procrastinator’s Delight

I thought that “The End of The World as We Know It” had already taken place earlier this year. And I was right of course, but for the wrong reason. Silly me. “Googled” by Ken Auletta, does describe the end of the world as we know it. But it’s not a financial meltdown, it’s a media … Continue reading

COP15, Compromise, Christmas And…Romance

Here a world conference, there a world conference. Whenever one of these big-time global confabs takes place, like COP15, I get the urge to watch “Girl In The Cafe” again. Released a few years ago, it is still strikingly relevant today. So right now would be a great time to rent, watch or purchase this DVD. … Continue reading

What’s Better Than Music Subscriptions? Coming soon, iCloud

What’s in a word? If the word is Cloud then the assumption is that it’s newer and better. Last week Apple bought the music service Lala. Without going into the gory details, Lala’s product allows you to access the music you already purchased from their cloud computers, no matter where you are located. The technology … Continue reading

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