I woke up in St. Paul, Minnesota where it was 2 degrees. I flew home to North Carolina where it was 75. It makes sense for it to be cold – or even crazy – in the far north during the winter, but 75 is just too warm for this time of year.
I get dinner at the Whole Foods hot bar at least once a week. Lots of variety of healthy food is the draw for me. I know that I can get salad, but I don’t usually for dinner. The mac-n-cheese is popular when they have it, but I don’t often get it. I’m more interested in something green and veggie-like for my sides. On a visit I couldn’t find any veggies to choose. But they had FIVE kinds of mac-n-cheese. Is this what happens to Whole Foods when they incorporate the customer data approach of Amazon?
More and more household items include computers on-board that learn our preferences and habits so they can perform better in our lives. You could describe this as washing machine learning.
As the sun rises it illuminates the fog. The sun is still below the trees and the shadows of branches break the light into rays just like in a child’s drawing. These are moments of the beauty of nature that are to be savored. The sun comes up every morning and we really do take it for granted. But a true cinematic display like this reminds me to be thankful that I am lucky enough to see it today and every day.
There used to be a billboard on the outskirts of Smithfield, NC that said “KKK Welcomes You to Smithfield.” This is the county seat of Johnston County. The activity buses of Johnston County carry the slogan “Fostering a Flame for Learning.” I can’t help but think of burning crosses when I read that.
When you meet someone on an online dating site you are looking for compatibility. The problem is the most of the things listed on people’s profiles are things like the kinds of movies they like or what kind of food they like. These are in response to question prompts on the site. While it’s nice to share tastes with someone, that’s not what really matters. How do your values align? What are the things that are important to you? When you meet the right person it is all about wanting to listen to what they have to say, not whether you share that interest. They also need to want to hear what you want to share as well.
If time is linear – which feels like a human construct – you can think about time as being three, very different and distinct categories. The past is very long – you could say it starts at the big bang and goes up until just before now – and it is finite. The present is only a moment. But the future is infinite.
I’m used to seeing logos from email service providers in the footers of email, but these are mostly the free and inexpensive platforms. Higher end brands try to mask their technology providers so that there is only one brand shown in the email. While an extra logo may not be too disruptive or confusing to recipients, there is no need to provide free advertising in the message. I received an email that had the logo of a higher end marketing automation platform and it definitely jumped out at me. I’ll have to keep an eye on this to see if it is a growing trend.
“Everyone looked so happy on that beach trip.”
“We all had special glasses to watch the eclipse. That was pretty cool.”
“Who is that?”
“That’s the guy she was dating. He seemed like a nice guy.”
“What happened to him?”
“I don’t really know.”