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An appreciation for the life of Paul Baran, dead at 84; helped create Internet’s precursor Arpanet.

March 31, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Fellow citizens of the Internet, one of our Founding Fathers, Paul Baran, has died, at 84, in Palo Alto, California. Pray, take a moment from your busy day online and have a kind thought for a man, a brilliant man, so far in advance of his times that he was written …

Does your dead dog smell? Reflections on marketing myths and realities from one who knows.

March 30, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant In the days when I taught university level marketing, I set my eager-beaver students a task. Write a classified or space ad… and report on how it draws and what you did to handle any responses you received. In short, this project, like my teaching in general, was never merely theoretical, …

An appreciation for the life of Dr. Harry Coover, inventor of Super Glue, dead at 94.

March 29, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Ever hear of Dr. Harry Coover? Probably not. Know what cyanoacrylates are? Probably not. Yet both of them have a place in your life — under the commercial name Super Glue. You’ve surely heard of — and used — that! And now you’re about to learn the story about a smart …

‘If we can do this, we can do anything.’ An appreciation for the life of Geraldine Ferraro, ex-vice presidential candidate.

March 28, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant In 1984 a streaked-blond, peanut-butter-and-jelly-making mom made history… before she became an object lesson in unwittingly hurting the candidate and political party she was there to help. Her name was Geraldine A. Ferraro, and now she is dead at 75, March 26, 2011 of complications from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer …

OMG Oxford English Dictionary adds LOL and 1900 other entries.

March 27, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant If you love the English language at all, you’re always glad to hear that it’s thriving, by far the language with the greatest number of words and senses (that is, how those words are used). We know this in large measure from the hard-working folks at Oxford English Dictionary, which rightly …

Reichen Lehmkuhl reveals all — again. What a boy will do to get ahead.

March 26, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant To be honest, I had forgotten Reichen Lehmkuhl… and apparently a lot of other people had too. That’s the kiss of death for Reichen, a boy who has spent untold hours getting to be “known”, only to slip back into the unfathomable depths of obscurity. If Reichen doesn’t know about the …

‘Tell mama… Tell mama all.’ An appreciation for the life of Elizabeth Taylor, who did it her way.

March 25, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant First you saw two of the most beautiful people you had ever seen, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift. That was reason enough to pay attention. Then, all of a sudden, the film made a quantum leap from eye-candy to the profound mysteries of sexuality, eroticism, desire. And Elizabeth Taylor was no …

Mastering the fine art of reading aloud… and why you must do so.

March 24, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Go into any office in the world and its busy denizens will be emailing, leaving telephone messages, text messaging, etc. Each and every time they use these admittedly convenient devices, their necessary human to human communications skills are melting away. Tools that are supposed to help us communicate exact a terrible …

It’s official. There is finally a real GOP candidate for 2012: ex-Governor Tim Pawlenty. Did anybody notice?

March 23, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Let me tell you something about presidential candidates: the day they announce for the highest office in the land, they figure they’ll be the top story… their mug on the front page of America’s great dailies, their story featured on the three major commercial networks… and, of course, the object of …

On the vernal equinox and the advent of spring. All poets need apply.

March 22, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant An event occurred just the other day which impacts each and every one of us on Spaceship Earth, but which hardly one of us knows anything about and mentions, if at all, quite casually. Yet so momentous is this occurrence, coming with clock like precision, that our very existences depend upon …