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

Thanks to Al.com for the shout-out

March 25, 2010By FrancisTHE AGENCY, Uncategorized, Work

We premiered the new Birmingham Venture Club logo at the March meeting today—and Michael Tomberlin posted a nice little note about it on al.com, along with a link to our website. You can see the note, and the vertical version of the logo, at this address: http://bit.ly/v-club

The Messiah Complex

March 17, 2010By FrancisCULTURE, Miscellaneous, Uncategorized

(ANOTHER FABULOUS DAVID BROOKS EDITORIAL) Every age produces its own sort of fables, and our age seems to have produced The White Messiah fable.This is the oft-repeated story about a manly young adventurer who goes into the wilderness in search of thrills and profit. But, once there, he meets the native people and finds that … Read More


March 12, 2010By FrancisBUSINESS, Communications, Uncategorized

I miss T-Buff’s white suit, and his reassuring vow: “We will…approve your credit.” I miss Suzuki Man. I miss Jim Skinner’s quivering liver. Heck, I even miss Jim and Jimmy. Re-gard-less of what the tastemakers might say, not all “bad” advertising is bad. And today, nobody does Bad better than Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal—a … Read More


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

Darwin Was Right!

March 1, 2010By FrancisCULTURE, Faith, Uncategorized

Flipping through channels the other day, I stopped briefly at PBS’s latest ode to Darwin. After a couple minutes, it hit me: That whole hypothesis about adaptive behavior and natural selection is so true! Witness, for example, how adeptly a biologist camouflages his conclusions against that vast body of fact which utterly undermines the theory … Read More