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[The latest cartoon I did for PSFK…]

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[Download printable version here.] [#SmarterConversations]

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smarter conversations: “how do i want to change the way i talk to people?”

[The “Life Is Too Short” print…] I first started playing with the idea of “Smarter-Conversations” way back in 2004, the same year gapingvoid really started getting traction in the blogopsphere. Though not something I talk about day-in-day-out, it’s always been there somewhere in the background, informing everything I work on. Here are some notes: 1. […]

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“smarter conversations” is a moral decision

[Originally posted September, 2005] An offline discussion I’ve been having a lot recently: 1. If you want to become an authority in whatever industry you are in, you must engage in what I call “Smarter Conversations”. 2. Deciding to do so is not a business decision. It’s a moral decision. Your call.

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the gapingvoid widget

  Have you added the free gapingvoid cartoon widget to your blog or website yet? Just askin’….

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is your business co-dependent on external factors?… or, any startup who thinks success or failure depends on whether techcrunch covers them or not, deserves everything they get.

I just wrote the [very long] blog headline above just to give y’all something to chew on… I’m guessing most of us here are familiar with Techcrunch, yes? Like I said earlier, we’re incredible beings. So frickin’ go do something about it. Frickin’ go do something that matters. Exactly. God Bless…

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the cleopatra effect

[Originally posted October, 2006.] One of the main reasons I never really pursued corporate blog consulting as a career, even though I’ve had some definite opportunities in this department, is because of what I call “The Cleopatra Effect”. I remember when I was a kid watching this old black & white movie about Cleopatra. I […]

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“with porn, all things are possible.”

[“Wings”, which I sent out in the newsletter recently. You can get the print here etc.] [Originally published November, 2005:] I was having a long conversation with a friend last night about “Business Porn”: Business Porn is just like Ordinary Porn or Real Estate Porn, except instead of it being about the women we wished […]

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