Is there a point to learning another language?

I am teaching at a German University which trains people to work internationally. This means that classes are held in both German and English, students do internships abroad, and all students are assumed to be fluent in both English and German. Last night, one of the students who did an internship in the UK last … Continue reading Is there a point to learning another language?

More Business lessons from the circus

People that have known me for a long time know that I often use circus skills as a metaphor for life and business. When I was learning how to rope walk, my instructor at the time was fond of quoting his instructor (imitating his indeterminate accent) that would always yell at him: “Never jump off … Continue reading More Business lessons from the circus

I finally know someone performing at the met!

An old performing friend of mine, Steve Russell will be making his New York City Opera debut at Lincoln Center next month. He has been cast as understudy in a production of Pagliacci with the NYC Opera. Even though he is the understudy, he will be certain to go onstage on October 11 and 19th. … Continue reading I finally know someone performing at the met!

More parallels between anthropology and design

As more anthropologists work in the realm of business, parallels between the design profession and the business anthropologist continue. A recent business week article dated August 29 is about the challenges that designers face has they climb the corporate ranks towards the executive suite. As the article notes unsurprisingly, designers often don't have the basic … Continue reading More parallels between anthropology and design

According to the Discovery Channel, the Earth hates you… it really really hates you.

I think I have mentioned before how much I enjoy the pseudo- science claptrap on Discovery, The Learning Channel and Animal "If its alive, it wants to kill you" Planet. Hell, I WANT to be one of the talking heads spouting the claptrap. Casting Agents can contact me via this website. There are a number … Continue reading According to the Discovery Channel, the Earth hates you… it really really hates you.

Tak and the Power of Publicity

Yesterday morning my four year old daughter begged me to watch a tv program she had seen advertised earlier this week on Nickelodeon, entitled, Tak and the Power of Juju. For better or for worse, I was popular culture savvy enough to know that the characters and setting of this cartoon are based on a … Continue reading Tak and the Power of Publicity

Segments don’t rock in part because they don’t roll.

Back in the mid or late 80’s, I remember reading articles asking how PC’s could break the age barrier. At the time there was increasing uptake among a certain part of 20 to 25 year olds and then after that segment, purchasing trends fell off like a cliff. Then a few years later, the marketers … Continue reading Segments don’t rock in part because they don’t roll.