A “Download” on Post-2000 Tech-Driven Consumer Culture-isms

Last night my wife and I took a chance on a new local restaurant and music venue.  It was a slow night and we stayed until they were ready to close up, having conversations with the chef and bartender.  In an effort to let us know they were in no rush to kick us out, … Continue reading A “Download” on Post-2000 Tech-Driven Consumer Culture-isms

Don’t Call Me Ma’am

Love this post! Mainly because I actually frequently apologize to women when I accidentally call them Ma’am (“sorry I called you Ma’am”). And it’s because the word holds a good amount of social commentary. My favorite commentary the writer suggests is that we have many ways to designate a woman’s age / life stage and otherwise value as a human through the way we address her (Miss, Ma’am, Young lady, “Sweetie”, etc.) but very few for men (Sir or Mr.). Interest thought on the social context of language and a hilarious read that many of us can relate to…

Kristen Hansen Brakeman


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There is a single word in the English language that has the power to ruin my whole day.  That word is Ma’am.

I could be having a perfectly fine day – a great day even – the kind of day where my car starts on the first try, my kids get off to school without a ton of screaming and, when I check myself in the mirror I actually think, “Hey, I don’t look half bad.”

Then I stop by the local coffee place and the hipster barista dude, the one who wears the gross earring gauges, hands me my non-fat latte and says, “Here you go, Ma’am.”

Ah, come on.  Really?  Did you have to?

Of course I politely say “Thank you,” back to the little whippersnapper, but in my head I’ve added a very irritated, “Don’t call me Ma’am, d#$%khead.”

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Doubleplusungood: One Word Nerd’s Context

via Doubleplusungood. I am reblogging this delightfully nerdy contemplation of why language is important.  Enjoy your friday reading and maybe even learn a new word or two... Doubleplusungood Posted on December 3, 2012 I admit it – I’m a word nerd; derived from the Latin Dictum Nerdica.  I’m also a Grammar Geek (ok, ok Grammaticus … Continue reading Doubleplusungood: One Word Nerd’s Context

The Evolution Of Bigotry: Racist Tweeting

It's good to know that technological advancement takes all kinds. Those who work in CRM (customer relationship management) understand the distinct value of being proactive when it comes to managing both positive and negative conversations happening about a brand or company in the social media space. People have used social media technology like twitter to … Continue reading The Evolution Of Bigotry: Racist Tweeting

The Anthropological Acoustics of Your Smiling Face

I am (shocking) reading yet another book that ties social science to marketing and brand strategy. It's called Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation by Sally Hogshead.  http://www.betterworldbooks.com/9780061714702-id-9780061714702.aspx  I know - you are already fascinated by me so why would I want to read this book?  Spoken like a true Narcissist.  😉 There are … Continue reading The Anthropological Acoustics of Your Smiling Face

Why The Dude Abides: What Is It About The Big Lebowski That Makes It An American Cult Classic?

Last night I dined at a local upscale american restaurant owned by three local chefs.   It was Haute Cuisine with a comfort food twist.  Things like duck-fat fried brussel sprouts and a burger called "The McDowell" - after it's namesake in the movie Coming To America, starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall.     There were several … Continue reading Why The Dude Abides: What Is It About The Big Lebowski That Makes It An American Cult Classic?

Who Wants To Be Blinded With Science?

      So, in honor of Freshly Pressed (for featuring my 99th blog / 99th day of this experiment this weekend) I took a more purposeful spin through the freshly pressed features and found one blogger whose point of view on art and science I found pretty interesting:   http://anatomyofstory.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/science-and-art/comment-page-1/#comment-31   This blog is … Continue reading Who Wants To Be Blinded With Science?