TV Top Pick #6: The Newsroom

Let me be clear up front, I am not recommending you go back and watch this Aaron Sorkin created TV drama from 2012-2014.  However, there is one scene I’d like you to check out.  The scene features Jeff Daniels in his role of news anchor Will McAvoy, being interviewed with… Continue reading

Getting a great job – Part 2 of 2 (Interviews)

Much of the process I’ve used for turning an interview into a job offer comes from Jeffrey Allen.  His book is absolutely brilliant and I can’t recommend it highly enough.  I have purchased this book at least a dozen times over the years and always try to have a copy… Continue reading

Getting a great job – Part 1 of 2

Over the past 25 years, good friends, nieces and nephews and one of my daughters, have come to me asking for advice on their job searches.  For some of them, who’ve taken what I’ve told them to heart, it has worked very well for them.  It’s worked so well for… Continue reading

TV Top Pick #5: Behind the Curve

The documentary film, Behind the Curve (2019), can be seen on Netflix.  It introduces us to a growing group of people who believe in a conspiracy suppressing the fact that the earth is not round, but actually flat.  Many people, like me, assume things like the Flat Earth Society were… Continue reading

But how do we know it is true?

In response to an email suggestion to watch the documentary “Totally Under Control,” a friend replied saying: “Thanks! Sounds interesting…but I have to ask the question: is it true? How do we know?” With all the charges of “fake news” and media distrust, it turns out the methods for determining credibility… Continue reading

Disproportionately High Value – Episode 3  

Writing for Motorcycle Consumer News magazine, I watched for things to enhance a rider’s ability to enjoy, maintain or repair their motorcycles.  When I found, bought and wrote about JIS screwdrivers, it generated a great deal of reader mail. As regular subscribers to my newsletter know, this series is about… Continue reading

Disproportionate High Value – Episode 2

After retiring, I stopped renewing subscriptions to 5-6 monthly business magazines, daily delivery of the WSJ, NYT and half a dozen trade publications. Electronic versions have not caught on with me, so call me a journalistic dinosaur.  I don’t care. I missed BusinessWeek and the WSJ Weekend Edition the most.… Continue reading

High disproportionate value – Episode 1 

Remember the JURA and TESLA newsletters? Earlier this week my friend, Roger Meinershagen told me of his and his wife’s frustration in shopping for a JURA coffee maker.  As we talked about the machine we’d purchased six years ago, I found myself putting our JURA Impressa C60 into a rare… Continue reading

The Social Dilemma: You write, I read

My newsletter reviewing “The Social Dilemma,” a Netflix documentary on Monday, Oct. 5, generated numerous responses. The one below is from a Facebook employee and more than that, a guy as close to family to me as you can get.  Chris Hawkins is my daughter’s longest and (IMHO) best boyfriend… Continue reading

Movie Analysis: The Social Dilemma

Most readers know my newsletter is not a platform for political, religious or social commentary. This one may be a small exception. Although not political or religious, there is a bit of social commentary here. The documentary film, The Social Dilemma, is eye-opening, explaining how Facebook, Google, Instagram and other… Continue reading