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The Twittering Machine

In Bob Folder, Uncategorized on August 22, 2008 at 6:06 am

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Aqua Thinktank and I are repurposing delphinium in a stranger’s bed.
Taking my lobster, O. Ron Dismount, for a walk in the Palais Royal. Then, grabbing one with cheese. *wink*
Bats are like mice that freak out over mounds. This according to a study published today in Nature by my associate, Ergo Pippette.
Attempting to hire a chauffeur with at least basic familiarity with Baluchistani car rental agencies. Impossible!
Aqua Thinktank just told me technology has boners for eyes. He showed me a high-impact plastic case which containing two regular human eyes.
Containers contain contents. Incontinence tints pants. Flippancy flips pantsuits into soups of various sorts.
Developing a newspaper one-half of one inch wide and 32 feet long.
My blanket is seven feet wide and eight inches long.
My bicycle has one giant wheel and one tiny wheel.
My mammoth car has a tiny chain-link steering wheel.
My mortadella spoke. Comforting gibberish.
Lobster fighting with NFL players. Cruel? Not if you win all the time like O. Ron Dismount.
Do my fingers smell weird?
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The Bald Soprano

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Here are some photos of the production of Eugene Ionesco’s “The Bald Soprano” I directed some years back.

The fire chief

Mr. & Mrs. Martin

Mrs. Smith

Heather was the maid

Winnie the Beet

In Uncategorized on July 19, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Since starting this blog in November of 2004, I have been inundated with letters pleading, nay, demanding, that I post the full series of Winnie the Beet cartoons from the 90’s best magazine, nicknamed “the Spy-killer,” Emergency Horse.

I resisted. And with good reason. These cartoons are so funny, they will probably kill you. Kill you, I say. My fellow EH editor Scott “Scott Taylor” Taylor scanned them and sent them to me and now, finally, I both can, and am willing to, post them for your comedic delectation. In a note to me, Scott noted, “They are unfunny in an unfunny way alas.” In this too he is correct.



In History del mundo, Uncategorized on July 19, 2008 at 6:08 pm


July 4th not long past, Wiferino and I watched the miniseries “John Adams” (from HBO) on dvd. It was excellent and inspired me to read David McCullough‘s “1776.” (Davey the M wrote the biography of Adams on which the miniseries was based.)

In 1776, McCullough describes in great detail the Battle of Brooklyn and the Battle of Fort Washington against the British, the latter of which was an ill-considered rear-guard action to hold the British after Washington and the bulk of his troops escaped across the Hudson. The book led me to dug out the genealogy of my family, as my great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Francis, took part in the defense of New York.

Robert [Hopkins] was a Continental soldier who enlisted in the Third Pennsylvania Regiment, Capt. Thomas S. Boyle’s Company, in February 1776. Part of his service was in the Second Connecticut Regiment. He was pensioned in 1818. During the defense of New York in 1776, Robert was taken prisoner at Fort Washington, being released in March 1777. In 1818 Francis Hopkins deposed that he enlisted in Boyle’s Company at the same time with Robert Hopkins for the term of one year. He was also taken prisoner with him at Fort Washington…

These five Hopkins men [Robert, Francis, William, Henry & Gardner], all Revolutionary War veterans (four in the same company), came to Kentucky about the same time. Three of the five – Robert, Henry, and Gardner, are proven brothers. William and Francis are obviously from the same family. It is suspected they are also brothers.

Most of the Americans taken prisoner at New York were either packed into unheated barns or confined aboard derelict ships used as prisons, where a huge percentage died of disease.

You’re welcome.

Pruning the Overgrown Forest of Online ID

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2008 at 5:26 pm

As someone who’s worked in and with social media for some time now, I have amassed accounts in dozens of services. I rarely use these services but they’re out there and eventually, recently, they started to exert a kind of mental gravity on me. I felt like I was “neglecting” them and that made me irritated. So, last night I set about mercilessly deleting accounts.

This decision was brought to a head by a handful of things. The first was a post, I think by MarshallK (it goes without saying that I can’t find it now) on the occasional purging of feeds (the next thing on my list to do). The second was a story on sabbaths, technical and otherwise, by MarkG, and the third was the relentless malfunctioning of Twitter, which came at the same time as my starting a new job, with its panoply of broken and misfiring laptops and cellular phones.

Whether this is the first step down a path to a permanent blackout or, perhaps more likely, a temporary restart of my relationship with online identity, only time will tell.

Second Marketing Podcast for InstantAction

In Uncategorized on March 16, 2008 at 2:49 am

I completed the second podcast in the “InstantAction News!” series for

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2007 at 1:53 am

Most of the consulting I’ve done has fallen into two columns. The first is shovel-work: churning out copy, tearing apart sales paths, hands on stuff. The second column is high-level analysis. What works about what you’re doing, how you’re presenting yourself, your corporate voice. But the overwhelming majority of the work I’ve done has been for Companies, with the capital letter. Some were on the small size, eight employees, others had thousands.

Working with Ben Utley has been a different kind of work. Ben is a high-end financial consultant specializing in top-flight medical professionals, doctors and surgeons. Ben is a Professional, in other words. The great part of working with him, other than the fact that he was born to blog, having a great eye for the illustrative moment and a smart but conversational writing style, is the fact that there are no barriers to implementation. I would ask, directly, what he’s after and he would tell me. I would suggest specific approaches and he was capable of instantly implementing those suggestions. He didn’t have to consult a boss or a board.

The result is Ben’s blog, The title comes from an approach to adding medical skills: Learn one, do one, teach one. That’s how you get good at something. And Ben certainly subscribes to this. Although young, his blog is readable and full of specialist knowledge that anyone with an interest in financial issues would find valuable. He’s written on college savings plans, the Oregon tax-rebate “kicker,” adjustable rate mortgages and more. If you’re a doctor, or just interested in approaches to savings and investment, visit or subscribe to’s feed.

I look forward to working with more Professionals. The pay-off, for both parties, is high.