My Son Wants to Meet Tim Ferriss (and Me Too!)

My 10yo son watched a ChefSteps cooking class for homeschool the other day and came up with a recipe for a contest to have dinner with Tim Ferriss. I’m really proud of him and wanted to link to his post here on my blog as well.

To see his post, click HERE.

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Geeking Out Over a Pretty Dress

Not many of you know this side of me, but I am a huge fan of quirky fashion. Call me an eccentric sartorialist. Sure, elegance, beauty, and class are great, and I appreciate those things, but they’re not what I go crazy over. I’m a sucker for alternative fashion. Tattoos, piercings, odd colored hair, cosplay…those are the things I go gaga over. Pretty much anything found in Hot Topic hits my fashion radar…err my fashion-dar.


I’m even more intrigued when someone combines what I enjoy most with something classic. I recently found the advertisement below in a construction magazine. Yes, a construction magazine. In other words, you never know where you’ll find the neat and interesting. I have no idea who the model or the designer of the dress is, but what I do know is that I love it. The whole thing. The entire scene gives me a Stepford Wives/alternative fashion/Twin Peaks kind of vibe.

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*Disclaimer- Everything I Know About Fashion I Learned from the Military, Watching Porn, Stealing My Wife’s Old Fashion Mags, Reading Comic Books, and Ron Swanson.

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Tom Brady is a Pussy

I’m not the biggest football fan in the world. As a matter of fact, I only watch the Super Bowl. I have been following some of the Deflategate news though, because I actually found it pretty interesting. Most of all, I was amazed by the comments by Tom Brady, or at least his attorneys. All I can think of every time he opens his mouth is…

Tom Brady-deflategateOn the field he’s protected by guys twice or triple his size. Off the field, he protected by as many attorneys he wants. Based on what I’ve read and what the NFL seems to believe, he’s now lying about cheating to win. If you think about it, Tom Brady is just pulling another Lance Armstrong.

I think it’s about time he comes clean about what really happened instead of hiding behind everyone. I mean, isn’t that a basic lesson we teach our kids? If you’re familiar with the Oz Principle, you know that it’s all about accountability and taking responsibility for your actions.


Well, here’s the Brady Principle, which is what I’ll start calling it when people play the blame game:

  • Do something wrong.
  • Get caught.
  • Whine.
  • Get in trouble.
  • Whine.
  • Get suspended.
  • Appeal. Oh yeah, and whine too.
  • Go home and whine some more.

Here’s the Oz Principle applied to this situation:

  • Do something wrong.
  • Get caught.
  • Admit the wrong.
  • Take your punishment like a man.
  • Come back to the game after the suspension is over and play harder than ever to restore the trust of the fans.

Brady could learn a lesson or two from the Wizard of Oz. I think it’s time for him to travel to the Emerald City and see if the Wizard will help him grow a pair.

If you’re playing the blame game in your own life or business, it’s time for you to make a change as well. Tom Brady is playing football below the line. I don’t want you to do that in your life.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!

A Lighthearted Cautionary Tale in Marketing

I thought I’d take a lighter approach today and give you a lesson on paying attention. I was glancing through a magazine the other day devoted to the aquatics industry because I’m a bit of a water rat and love working with those organizations on training and marketing issues.

Then I came across this article.

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I showed it to my wife just to make sure it wasn’t my point-of-view seeing something I shouldn’t. Yup. She saw it too.

Have you found the thing in the picture that just doesn’t look right? How about a closer view.

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Can you see it yet? The thing that just looks a little off.

Okay. Here’s a really close up view.

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I won’t give you the word for what I think it looks like. I’ll let you say that one. It’s just that it not only looks…odd, but it would look even worse when people start playing on it.

The cautionary tale is this, any time you design something from a brochure to a waterpark play piece, get someone who is in no way associated with it to glance at it with fresh eyes. You’ll find that it keeps you from making mistakes and spending a lot of money on something not quite right.

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Local University Demands a Bailout and Increases Tuition (New School MBA)

It looks like my local university is at it again, asking for more money to deliver unneeded education and sink more kids into the student loan black hole. It’s the school close to where I live, Coastal Carolina University in Conway SC, that I’m referring to, but it’s the same all over. Colleges and universities are always raising tuition, while at the same time asking for more government money, which essentially amounts to a bailout. In return, they refuse to realize that schools have not kept up with the changing times and the true needs of the 21st century populace. They’re still overabsorbed with a system of tradition that is top-heavy, loaded with inflation, and in need of drastic change.


Here’s what I read in my local paper…

“Tuition hikes again under consideration”

“Tuition likely will increase for the second straight year”

“Preparing to approve a 3 percent hike”

“The price of the unlimited meal plan is jumping”

“There’s got to be some things around the school that we waste money on.” (You think?)

To me, it all just adds up to school basically just saying, “We don’t want to change, but we can’t afford to survive the way we run things.” But it’s apparently not their fault…

“Coastal leaders blame higher operating costs and limited state funding for the steeper tuition.”

When will we realize that something needs to change before another handout is given? CCU is really proud of their MBA program, but what are they really teaching their students? I’ll tell you. What they’re really teaching is that if you get into fiscal trouble, shift the blame and ask the government for a handout.

Interestingly enough, the same day this article appeared in the paper, the editorial staff also published a lengthy article by CCU President David DeCenzo begging readers to ask their elected officials for more money. I suppose we should also add Corporate Panhandling 101 to the MBA program.

How about this? The next time your local higher miseducation institution asks for more money from the government or raises tuition, write your elected officials and demand change. Demand a full accounting of how they plan on changing to meet the needs of the 21st century instead of preserving the current system at the expense of the students.

Would You Rather Fix the Problem or Meddle with the Symptoms?

A local hospital near my office, the Conway Medical Center (Conway SC) is currently building additional operating rooms. It’s a normal practice. Hospitals are constantly growing partly due to an aging baby boomer demographic and also because people generally make poor lifestyle choices that land them in the hospital.

It’s on that note that I’d like to point out what’s a little messed up about CMC’s decision. In order to make space for the surgical center expansion they’re destroying the hospital’s Wellness Center.

Yup. That’s right. They’re destroying the place where smart, responsible, good choice making people go to get or stay healthy in order to build more operating rooms for people who are there, in a great many cases, because of repetitive bad decisions throughout life.

It goes like this…”Should I eat the burger or the veggies?”…compounded thousands of times.

Or maybe like this…”Should I visit the gym or sit on the couch?” Oh, wait. I can’t visit the gym. CMC is tearing it down.

The reasoning for all of this comes down to a want of money on the hospital’s part. There’s a term for that. It’s greed.

They’ll make more money from the surgical center than the wellness center.

If less people are getting healthy in the wellness center, they’ll end up in the surgical center at some point.

The surgical center will employ people who can bill way more than the staff at the wellness center.

To make matters even more interesting, the wellness center sits in an area that is only blocks away from multiple seniors-only communities. These people comprise a majority of the center’s membership. This is also a group of people that may not feel comfortable in the high speed loud music atmosphere of the other gyms in the area. It’s like the hospital is just saying, “Kick them out. Don’t worry about the loss of revenue from the gym fee. They’ll be back with their insurance and Medicare cards soon enough.”

The Conway Medical Center is simply responding the way medical professionals have for a very long time. Don’t worry about prevention. Don’t worry about keeping people from getting sick in the first place. The real money and job security lie in keeping them sick and feeble.

Be careful that you’re not doing the same thing in your own life.

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Why Doesn’t Starbucks Use Square?

I don’t know if everyone heard about it, but this week Starbucks had a near global complete meltdown over their cash register system. There were rumors of rioting in the Baltimore area stores and…gasp…some places even gave away free coffee since they couldn’t ring it up. You can read all about it HERE.

Now, the thing I’m not hearing anyone talk about is the hypocrisy Starbucks is running into by even allowing the catastrophe to happen. Let me explain.

At my local Starbucks up front at the register where they sell CD’s, gift cards, and the Kind bars they’ve gotten me hooked on, they also have a display for Square. If you’re not familiar with Square, it’s a credit card scanner that hooks into a cell phone and enables anyone to run cards and start a business. Square revolutionized the credit card processing business. I use Square for all of my businesses. My wife even uses Square to run cards when we have garage sales.


Here’s the hypocrisy…

  • Starbucks experienced a computer glitch that shut  down all of their cash registers.
  • This one event likely cost them millions.
  • In front of every cash register was a Square device that would have saved them.

Here’s all it would have taken.

Starbucks would need employees and managers empowered to take action on behalf of the company or the customer. A manager could’ve reached across the counter, grabbed a Square, set up an account on her phone, charged customers half price for the longer wait, and then let corporate work out the details afterward.

Starbucks could still put systems in place to use Square in such a manner as a backup. It’s just so easy and so simple that no one thought of it or was allowed to do it. Instead, Starbucks ran headlong into another embarrassing incident, an odd follow-up to their failed racial awareness campaign.

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