Category Archive: commerce

Jun 23

Winnie the Pooh Is A Horrible Role Model

“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.” ? A.A. Milne, “Winnie the Pooh” Something happens when adults tell stories to children other than their own. We’re aware of a restless, judgmental audience who at the same time we don’t need to feed and dress. That is why …

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Sep 11

Today We’ll Drink the Gargled Jell-O

I am distrustful of inexpensive things, because it has been constantly reinforced throughout my life that there is always a catch.

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Aug 02

Starbucks Unveils New Overheard Argument Snippet Cups

“It’s a conversation starter,” says a Starbucks spokesman of an innovation in Cup-Based Text (CBT). “For a conversation you don’t want to continue.”

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Aug 01

Happy Birthday, Herman Melville

“In whalers all wonders soon wane.”—Moby Dick It’s been more than a year since I began reading “Moby Dick,” but each short interlude has been nothing but a pleasure. I’m dyslexic, and feel a little guilty when I read for fun or when the choice is between Reading and Spending Time with My Kids, so …

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Jul 30

Lufthansa And SkyWay Robbery: Nonstop Rue

An account of a crime that happens all the time but is, apparently, legal.

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Sep 21

Jackson: 12-part “Hobbit” Will Attract Tolkien Fans

CHRISTCHURCH, NZ—Academy Award winner Peter Jackson is hoping his upcoming dozen installments of “The Hobbit” will appeal to readers of late British author and linguist J.R.R. Tolkien. “People who watch closely will definitely see some Tolkien influences in the movies,” says Jackson, noting that the title character—a small humanoid with hairy feet—is similar to characters …

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