Job-Hunting Do’s And Don’ts. Mostly Don’ts.

May 23, 2019By francis-adminArticles, brand marketing, BUSINESS, Communications, General Biz, Humor, Miscellaneous, Rants

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 looking for a part time career … Read More

ProctorU: Keeping it real (with artificial intelligence)

December 18, 2018By francis-adminArticles, BUSINESS, General Biz, People, Tech

2018 Jemison Award Nominee (First Of Three) In 2008, Jarrod Morgan was Director of Technology at Andrew Jackson University (AJU), and his then-employer — an online-only school — had a problem: Namely, ensuring that its students didn’t cheat on tests.  “At the time, we had to send them somewhere to take their tests — typically in the presence … Read More

When Clients Won’t Listen

October 31, 2017By FrancisBUSINESS, Communications, General Biz

Several years ago, I was at lunch with a buddy who posed a question I’d stopped asking in the late-80’s. Namely, “Why is radio in Birmingham so bad?” The broad answer is, “Because radio everywhere is bad.” That said, this is not a Bash-Birmingham-Radio column. There are plenty of good people working in commercial radio. And … Read More

Choose Your Associates Wisely.

August 15, 2017By FrancisBUSINESS, CULTURE, General Biz

Our web programmer Richard Thomas recently removed himself from consideration for a significant new business opportunity—after receiving a series of abrasive communiqués from the organization’s top executive (a physician). The last of which concluded with a direct order: “From now on, you will refer to me as Dr. [Whatever].” Shortly after that decision, Richard’s partner … Read More

LG: Where Incompetent Meets Unconscionable

May 1, 2014By FrancisBUSINESS, General Biz, Rants, Tech

IS THE LG V10 THE DUMBEST PHONE EVER question mark   YOU TELL ME period I’VE OWNED FOUR SMART PHONES comma THE V10 IS BY FAR THE MOST EXPENSIVE ONE I’VE EVER OWNED comma AND IT’S THE ONLY ONE THAT ROUTINELY SPELLS OUT THE WORDS “PERIOD” comma “QUESTION MARK” comma “EXCLAMATION POINT” comma AND “COMMA” … 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