Last Updated Jun 18, 2009 1:19 PM EDT Welcome to Guy Vs. Guy! In this recurring feature, Rick and Dave square off on the business and technology issues of the day. This week's topic: Twitter. It's everywhere these days, but does it have any practical value? Can businesses (and business people) leverage it as a cheap, unique marketing tool, or does the dearth of active users make it much a-tweet about nothing? Rick: When a technology lands on the cover of Time Magazine, as Twitter did last week, you know it has officially "arrived." It took a couple years, but Twitter has definitely entered the mainstream consciousness. And herein lies an awesome opportunity for savvy business users. You can go ahead and call Twitter a "pointless waste of time," but remember: That's what people said in the early days of blogs and social networks, too. Dave: It's interesting that you are using Time, poster child of the Old Media, as some sort of yardstick for measuring tech relevance. The fact that Time … [Read more...] about Guy Vs. Guy: Twitter: Killer Marketing Tool or Pointless Waste of Time?
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Last Updated Oct 14, 2010 5:43 PM EDT By Richard Laermer, CEO, RLM PR, New York City My PR agency, which creates and manages campaigns for technology firms and entrepreneurial ventures, has been around for 20 years. We've got 15 staff and about $2 million in annual revenue. I've also written 12 books and spend half my time doing speaking engagements, and so I've made influential connections. I'm guessing a lot of people view me as an authority in a bunch of fields, and so I get sought out a lot for plain old everyday advice. The trouble is the Internet has made it too easy to contact people and that ease translates to inherent laziness. Back when we sent messages through the U.S. mail, about a million years ago, we all needed to think through what we wanted to say. Now our written communication is disposable. We push buttons -- our thoughts appear and vanish like spit on a griddle -- and we rarely, if ever, consider how our messages are received. As a result, I lose half of my day … [Read more...] about My Business Philosophy: I Won’t Help You Unless You Help Me
DEAR DEIDRE: MY husband has not worked in months and seems happy to live off me. If I raise the subject of money or him finding work, he starts shouting then will ignore me for days. We’ve been married for five years. He says he loves me but his actions don’t match. I pay all the bills and I pay for his drinking and smoking. I’m also gradually paying back money he owes. He said he was depressed so I paid for him to see a counsellor. He went a couple of times and then told me the counsellor said it was OK for him to drink nine cans of Stella a day. His moods really stress me out, both at work and at home. We’re both 28. Is my marriage a sham? Popular Dear Deidre problemsfirst cut Caught my girl in bed with another man... then he did something I didn't expect SEX WITH SISTER I had sex with my sister and now we are having a full-on relationship HOTEL HELL My girl's wild step-sister seduced me in toilets and I'm disgusted with myself Little secret My … [Read more...] about Smoking, boozing bum of a husband is sponging off me
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Even Julio Jones was caught off guard when someone mentioned all the various body parts he's had to nurse back to health this season. Ribs. Thumb. Knee. Hip. Back. Ankle. The ankle twice, in fact. "Whew! All that?" he asked, sounding a bit incredulous. Then, with a slight smile and shaking his head, Jones added, "Long season, man. Long season." He's got a routine to cope with all the aches and pains. During the week, Jones is often limited in practice or doesn't even take the field. But by the time the game rolls around, he's always ready to go. "He has a real process to do that," coach Dan Quinn said. "We're fortunate that he's played with injuries and kind of knows the routine of how to do it." That will be the case again for Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game against the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles . After sitting out two days of practice with a sore ankle and going through a limited routine Thursday at the final full workout before … [Read more...] about Falcons’ Jones ignores aches and pains to stay on the field
Is Floyd Mayweather Jr. trying to be funny when he was asked about the #MeToo campaign? On Wednesday, Men's Health interviewed the professional boxer and boxing promoter. Among the questions asked was the hashtag #MeToo that aims to encourage sexual harassment victims to speak up. When asked about the campaign, Mayweather gave an ignorant response. "When you say 'me too' ... When somebody is like, 'I got a Rolls Royce, I be like 'me too.' When somebody say they got a private jet, I say, 'Me too. I got two. Me too,'" he said. The interviewer explained to Mayweather that the #MeToo campaign is different. But the boxer continued with his own "me too" perspective. "Well, I didn't know!" Mayweather continued. "My Me Too movement from the beginning was whenever somebody said what they have I'm like, 'me too.' Somebody say they got a billion dollars, I say, 'I made a billion dollars, me too.'" After much prompting from the interviewer, Mayweather eventually said that sexual harassment is … [Read more...] about Floyd Mayweather Makes Ignorant Comments About #MeToo Movement; Twitter Reacts
Don Winslow is a slight man, soft-spoken and remarkably polite. His quiet intelligence, careful elocution and slightly rumpled suit (in his defense he has just ridden a train for two hours) might trick you into mistaking him for a professor at a small liberal arts college or perhaps an author of the sort of books that take place in small college towns. Don't be deceived — Winslow has delivered two of most savagely violent, not to mention emotionally resonant, novels in the past decade, 2005's "The Power of the Dog" and its epic conclusion, "The Cartel" (Alfred A. Knopf: 616 pp., $27.95), published this month, which has been dubbed by James Ellroy "the 'War and Peace' of dopewar books." Some might reasonably argue there's little peace in either novel. One trope of interviewing authors is to meet them somewhere relevant to their most recent book. Given the subject matter of Winslow's latest, the Mexican-American drug war, neutral ground seems a better bet — in this case … [Read more...] about Such a nice guy, such savage books: Don Winslow and ‘The Cartel’
0 View Gallery View Comments ENGLEWOOD — There were options. When it comes to ridiculous things that were said and done during the most ridiculous Broncos season in a lifetime? Oh, goodness. So many options. That’s why the collective-but-separate messages delivered by team president Joe Ellis and vice president of football operations John Elway were so necessary, spirited and, yes, reassuring. Tuesday at Dove Valley wasn't just a warm bear hug telling Broncos Country it's all going to be OK; Tuesday was a humbled presentation on the what (went wrong), the why (it did) and the how (the big-wigs are going to fix it). Oops, almost forgot. What was the ridiculousness? In a nutshell, the idea being floated around that the Broncos should move on from John Elway as general manager. It’s an idea so ridiculous that I keep misspelling ridiculous, but thank goodness for spellcheck. Come on, people. Has Colorado been so overrun with … [Read more...] about Paul Klee: Who leads this Broncos comeback? Give me John Elway. You take the field.
One would be hard-pressed to find another major college prospect more appreciative of his opportunities than junior-college defensive end Dorian Gerald. Gerald, 6-3, 260 pounds, of College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif., received a scholarship offer from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville on Sunday to go along with more than 30 other offers from schools such as Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Nebraska. ESPN rates Gerald the No. 1 defensive end and No. 4 overall junior-college prospect, but a few years ago it appeared college football wasn't going to be an option for him. Despite being the all-time sack leader at West Florence High School in South Carolina and playing in the South Carolina North-South All-Star Game, Gerald had no offers. "People would ask why don't you have any offers, and I wondered the same thing because in high school I broke my high school's record for sacks," Gerald said. Gerald then attended Palmetto Prep … [Read more...] about Once ignored, offers keep coming for DE
The annual purging of NFL head coaches — also known as Black Monday — has come, and so has the now-perennial question of whether or not Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and/or defensive coordinator Matt Patrica will replace newly fired coaches. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the New York Giants have already requested permission to talk to both McDaniels and Patricia. Schefter also reported that the Detroit Lions have done the same for Patricia. NFL Network reported that the Colts want to interview McDaniels. On Monday, both McDaniels and Patricia, both of whom have interviewed for multiple jobs since joining the Patriots, deflected any talk of potential head coaching opportunities. "Yeah, I mean, that process, whatever it is, it will take place," McDaniels said. "I'm certainly not aware of anything at this point. I've just been focused on trying to grade our tape and work with our staff to try and get ourselves ready to have a productive week with our guys … [Read more...] about Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia plead ignorance on job rumors
Dog Gone Problems is a weekly advice column by David Codr, a dog behaviorist in Omaha. David answers dog behavior questions sent in by our readers. You can reach him at [email protected] * * * Dog Gone Problems, My 2-year-old shepherd husky mix bit me with zero bite inhibition recently. He had a stomach thing going at the time (which was treated) combined with a thunderstorm and wind event when this happened. He was on the deck sleeping and I attempted to bring him into the house as I was going to bed. He wouldn't get up or come in so I went and got his leash and when I approached him, he went into a zone that scared me to death. He bit my hand and snarled like he was possessed. I retreated and left him out there for the night. I think I get what I did wrong, but now am afraid I've taught him that he is in charge and am afraid he will repeat this another time he doesn’t want to do something I ask him to. What should I do? Please help. He gets walked and goes to the … [Read more...] about Dog Gone Problems: Our dog refused to come inside and bit me when I got the leash