Love some Thanksgiving turkey!
Nice work, Big Thyme Creation!
Miles Davis. One of my all-time favorites.
The Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission’s (HRTAC) Funding Strategies Advisory Committee rolled out a financial plan during its meeting Tuesday morning that calls for implementing $1 and $2 tolls on the HRBT and the MMMBT — two critical arteries that connect the Peninsula to South Hampton Roads.
Get ready, it’s coming!
Target says that their clothing sales, craft brew sales, specialty label sales are doing very well. But they can’t get the grocery shopper in the store that fills their whole basket on a trip. Is Target on your radar for groceries?
My favorite and the main reason I don’t answer phone calls (my ringer is usually off anyway): Calls presume that the person you are calling should drop everything and adhere to your agenda. Texting (like email) is passive communication that doesn’t presume a real-time interaction.
Inc.com recently made these great points on the lost (thank goodness!) art of phone calls. Your phone calls are:
- Distracting. Calls can sever focus, disrupt work flow, and draw people away from crucial projects. Texting allows users to respond at a convenient time between tasks.
- Presumptuous. Calls presume that the person you are calling should drop everything and adhere to your agenda. Texting (like email) is passive communication that doesn’t presume a real-time interaction.
- Superfluous. Calls give the perception of more “air time” so callers can neglect to gather the necessary information up-front and will talk out-loud until they land on the intended message. Texting forces you to put your thoughts into words, which can be edited or condensed, and allows you to communicate the essential information for maximum efficiency.
- Ineffective. Missed calls result in phone tag, a supremely idiotic and unnecessary game in an age of bountiful communication alternatives. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, is an emoji worth 500 words? Texting is effective and efficient. 90% of all SMS text messages are read within 3 minutes.
- Time-consuming. The time costs of a “quick 5-minute call” can exceed 15-20min including salutations, pleasantries, small talk, goodbyes, and the time it takes to refocus on the original task, which some experts say it can take 23 minutes to refocus after a disruption. Texting limits unnecessary salutations and the exchange of irrelevant information and the time cost of a text can be as low as a few seconds.
I am lucky to have the best helper today.
T-Mobile sent out a press release yesterday announcing several new enhancements to their service.
- Video streams free at T-Mobile for subscribers of HBO, Hulu, Netflix, SHOWTIME, Sling TV, STARZ, WatchESPN and more.
- In the biggest update ever to the company’s wildly popular Simple Choice plan, T-Mobile is giving families and businesses what they want most by doubling their high-speed 4G LTE data to 2GB per line.
- To celebrate today’s news, T-Mobile is making the fourth line free. Now, for a limited time, a family of four can get four lines for $120 with 6GB per person (24GB total) – no sharing – at just $30 per line.
I thank you. My family thanks you. We thank you, Veterans, for the freedom we live every day. Without you, who made such brave sacrifices, we would not have the wonderful life we have in America. God bless our United States. And God bless you and your families.
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We’re mindmapping very cool ideas today for the restaurant industry. The most innovative and easy-to-use restaurant management software you’ve ever seen is coming your way! Stay tuned.
Bloomberg TV announced today a partnership between Tag Heuer, Google, and Intel on a new SmartWatch production. Well that finally make you want to buy a SmartWatch?
I’m sure that most of you already know that my family is from Creek Indian heritage. So with the right to express my opinion, here is my take on using Indian slang names for schools and sports mascots.
For me, some mascot names such as Chiefs, Braves, and Warriors are not seen as demeaning slang names. Honestly, these are flattering descriptions of some groups of people in American Indian history.
On the other hand, Redskins is very offensive. Taking emotion out of the conversation, emotion of a Washington football fan, just think of those names literally and you can probably see where I’m coming from. You’re going to make fun of a skin color, not to mention repeat a derogatory term that was used during the era of our American indigenous genocide?
In a perfect world, racial slang names such as redskin, jap, the n-word, wop, etc., would not exist. Why should they exist? Is it really asking too much not to offend a whole race of people in this crazy world?
Advertising contains its moments of artistic inspiration, but the industry is increasingly driven by science and data analysis in the form of A/B testing, conversion rate optimization, attribution modeling, and other technical wizardry. If you want to get ahead in advertising, you will only do so with relentless technology innovation.
-Jack Welch, Real Life MBA
The best tech people are bilingual. They speak fluent tech; they’re the real thing. But they also speak fluent business. They embrace the company’s mission and values. They understand what activities drive revenues and costs. They worry about the competition. They feel strongly ownership of the numbers.
-Jack Welch, Real Life MBA
Do you know the competitive landscape your business lives in? Or do you just know the rumours and surface noise? Sometimes knowing their strategies can be very valuable to planning your success. @JASEgroup can help you with that.
Jack Welch on Marketing: You can’t let the cacophony surrounding marketing’s incessant upheaval distract you from what marketing is all about at its heart: The right product, in the right place, at the right price, with the right message, delivered by the right team. Same as it ever was.
My first meeting of this busy day is down. We met with Tracy, Executive Director of Cosmopolitan International, in Pennsylvania on Skype this morning to discuss an upcoming email marketing campaign. I love technology!
I need a facial recognition app for my phone. When I run into people and I can’t remember their name, I need to be able to snap them and have the app scan my LinkedIn and Facebook friends for a match.
I just got a peek at the Madden NFL 16 game, which was released today, on Bloomberg TV. Wow. The graphics are amazing.
Passengers departing Norfolk, Va., can sleep a little longer as the weekday departure for Northeast Regional Train 84 from the city moves to 6:10 a.m. beginning on Aug. 31
Passengers departing Norfolk, Va., can sleep a little longer as the weekday departure for Northeast Regional Train 84 from the city moves to 6:10 a.m. beginning on Aug. 31. The train now leaves at 5 am. The departure time for Northeast Regional Train 88 will continue to depart at 6:15 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The new 6:10 a.m. weekday departure is the latest development for the route between Washington, D.C., and Norfolk. The service provides a same-seat trip from Norfolk to Petersburg, Richmond, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and cities as far north as New York City.
“Over 152,000 passengers traveled on Amtrak’s Norfolk inner-city service last year,” said Norfolk Mayor Paul D. Fraim. “I am pleased Amtrak and the Commonwealth have worked together to offer a later weekday departure time and I look forward to their continued partnership offering Amtrak services out of Norfolk.”
Passengers may purchase tickets using Amtrak eTicketing, at a staffed station or at a Quik-TrakSM kiosk. Passengers can also book online, call 800-USA-RAIL, or use a mobile device.