Sidney Lumet, a director who preferred the streets of New York to the back lots of Hollywood and whose stories of conscience “12 Angry Men,” “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “The Verdict,” “Network” became modern American film classics, died Saturday morning at his home in Manhattan. He was 86.

Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, played on floppy disk drives.

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My friend Arthur Nicholls just sent me a link to this great website,
Things Real People Don’t Say About Advertising. If you work in internet marketing you will get a chuckle out of this.

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The Nissan Leaf

Last week I got to interview Daniel Smith of Studio City, CA right before he took delivery of his new Nissan Leaf, at Performance Nissan in Duarte, CA. This was my first opportunity to see the Leaf in action and I was very impressed. Daniel gave me a great interview and it is obvious in the interview that he is excited about his new car.

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Yesterday at 6:57 AM I got a call from Rep for a leading internet marketing and analytics company. I thought that anyone that worked for a company of this stature should be very internet savvy. I was wrong. It was very obvious that this woman had not done her homework or she would not have called me so early in the morning. She had my name, number and even a company name, but she did not know city in which I lived and worked. So I assume that she had not done her research and she was just calling the next name on the list. I was just another lead.

To paraphrase John Merrick in The Elephant Man ~ I am not a lead! I am a human being! or “Only you can validate a lead, so GTS

What is GTS? It is an acronym for a tried and true lead validation system, that even the least tech savvy, like the person that called me yesterday, can use. GTS – Google That Shit.

If the Rep had entered any two variables about me into any search engine, I am sure she could have found me on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook. If she had done that, she would have known where I lived and worked, but more importantly, she would have learned many things about me that might have helped her on the call and maybe in a future sale. Now, because she did not do her research, I doubt that I will trust the company in the future.

So the next time before you pick up the phone or draft an email to a stranger about business, validate the lead with GTS.

Google That Shit!

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In what I hope is a trend, Digital Dandelion just won a second award for its corporate logo. The logo, designed by Digital Dandelion’s Chief Gardener and President, Jeremiah Cohick, won an Award of Distinction from the 16th Annual Communicator Awards. 2010 Summit Bronze Award

The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for Communications Professionals. Founded by communication professionals over a decade ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 9,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world.

Kudos to Jeremiah and the rest of the Digital Dandelion team.

I have really enjoyed during the last several years. it gave me such a unique way to listen to and enjoy music. It also gave me a chance to hear what my friends were listening to on a daily basis. It helped my expand my musical horizons.

Apple purchased Lala a few months ago, and tonight they are shutting it down. I will miss it. I will let Tom Waites say the rest.

I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You
by Tom Waites

Well I hope that I don’t fall in love with you
‘Cause falling in love just makes me blue,
Well the music plays and you display
your heart for me to see,
I had a beer and now I hear
you calling out for me
And I hope that I don’t fall in love with you.

Well the room is crowded, there’s people everywhere
And I wonder, should I offer you a chair?
Well if you sit down with this old clown,
take that frown and break it,
Before the evening’s gone away,
I think that we could make it,
And I hope that I don’t fall in love with you.

Now the night does funny things inside a man
These old tomcat feelings you don’t understand
I turn around and look at you, you light a cigarette
Wish I had the guts to bum one, but we’ve never met
And I hope that I don’t fall in love with you

I can see that you are lonesome just like me,
and it being late, you’d like some some company,
Well I’ve had two, I look at you,
and you look back at me,
The guy you’re with has up and split,
the chair next to you’s free,
And I hope that you don’t fall in love with me.
And I hope that you don’t fall in love with me.

Now it’s closing time, the music’s fading out
Last call for drinks, I’ll have another stout.
Turn around to look at you,
you’re nowhere to be found,
I search the place for your lost face,
guess I’ll have another round
And I think that I just fell in love with you.

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