All The News That Fits The Premise

February 8, 2011By FrancisFUN, Rants, Uncategorized

In the intro paragraph to her January 25 article, “Daughter of Birmingham Plans Revival”, New York Times reporter Donna Paul writes, “…After a period of prosperity and growth, Birmingham was brought to its knees by the Depression and wracked by the end of segregation. Birmingham has never fully recovered its prominence. Its population today, 230,000, … Read More

Selling Yourself In A Buyer’s Market (Dos and Don’ts. Mostly Don’ts.)

November 15, 2010By FrancisBUSINESS, Communications, FUN, Rants, Uncategorized

(Alecia Silverstone in the movie “Clueless”) My agency has an opening for an art director, and I’ve placed an online Help Wanted ad which includes one non-negotiable prerequisite: “Previous Ad Agency experience absolutely required.” Here’s a very brief (and verbatim) sampling of the responses I’ve received: “I am a graduating senior in college that is … Read More

Why I Rarely Ever Post Reader Comments

September 28, 2010By FrancisFUN, Rants, Uncategorized

In general, the folks who send me Comments appear to come from another planet altogether. Like, for example, the putz with Abercrombie Fitch UK who sent me the same 902 word sales pitch thirteen times. That said, if you have a comment that’s actually related to one of my posts, send me an email with … Read More

First, Do No Harm.

May 17, 2010By FrancisBUSINESS, FUN, General Biz, Rants, Uncategorized

(Theodorick Of York, Medieval Barber, bleeds a patient suffering from “an imbalance of bodily humors”.) A couple of weeks ago (after years of stubborn resistance) I replaced Outlook Express and Microsoft Schedule for Office 97 with the full version of Outlook. Much as I dreaded it, my initial reaction was unexpectedly optimistic. I was pleasantly … Read More

Why We Love Our Clients

March 29, 2010By FrancisFUN, Humor, Uncategorized

We’re picky about the people we’ll work for. Which has meant, on a few occasions, passing-up what were generally considered “good opportunities”. On the other hand, it’s been a very long time since we’ve worked with the kinds of clients in the recorded conversation below. (Although I make no guarantee for this entry’s veracity, I … Read More

QUOTATIONS #2

March 10, 2010By FrancisFUN, Quotations, Uncategorized

“An idealogical system in conflict with the facts generally finds it prudent to defer to itself.”—David Berlinski “I’ve gone into hundreds of fortune-teller’s parlors, and I’ve been told thousands of things. But nobody ever told me I was a policewoman getting ready to arrest them.” —New York City Detective “Write a wise saying and your … Read More