Unconventional Thinking

July, 2009

An Open Letter From Elvis

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 by Mark

I am up here in Rock Heaven watching all of the ceremonies about Michael Jackson. God bless Michael but I keep hearing that we were virtually one and the same.
Michael and Elvis. Michael and Elvis. Sorry folks, but I’m damn sick of this.
Let’s start by remembering that I was an original. When the Lord makes [...]

Lifematics

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 by Mark

There is a strange, perplexing and mysterious math to life.
Think of it as lifematics.
We can begin with the fact that virtually all human life has a span of one to one hundred years. Some live for seconds, others a century. But we are all enclosed within a mathematical box that begins and ends within a [...]

In Search Of Temporary Insanity

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 by Mark

When all of the pundits were opining on Gov. Mark Sanford’s erratic behavior, one wise observer nailed the source of it: “He is madly in love with someone new. That is always a form of temporary insanity.”

The first rush of new love is so wildly intoxicating that it blurs one’s judgement and prompts the [...]

America

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 by Mark

Today I went to a funeral.
A rite of passage for a man who was an inventor, created the cordless electric knife, fought for his country in WW II, became a talented artist, graduated from Cooper Union and raised a wonderful family.
His story is uniquely American. Free to dream, to innovate, to build factories, to [...]

Madoff Marketing

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 by Mark

Everyone knows Bernie Madoff is a putrid excuse for a human being.
But as we are hurling verbal stones at him, we should stop and see that what he did and how he did it, is ingenious.
More than anything else, Madoff was a marketing whiz. He wasn’t a financial engineer, he was a mastermind of perception.
And [...]

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