Sunday October 17, 2021

So Much For 2020

 2020 is at an end.  Good riddance.  It has been a lost year for many, if not most, of the world and 2021 is shaping up to begin the same.  The COVID vaccine rollout has been stalled, as might be expected.  A Republican Senator is set to object to the vote confirming electoral results favoring […]

So Much For The Future

The Segway, the two-wheeled, self-balancing mobility of the future, has gone out of production.  So much for predictions of the future.  Rarely has an invention been introduced with greater hype.  It would change the world.  It would make cars redundant.  It solved transportation’s “last mile” problem.  It did none of those things and now it […]

Too Much Publicity

There are situations in which too much publicity works against an organization.  This is one.  Amazon has apparently decided against one city for its second headquarters and is now considering two.  This knocks the efforts 20 cities have made to gain 50,000 jobs the company has promised.  It’s not that Amazon has been publicizing its […]

Not Much To Do

The company that makes the ubiquitous Tiki Torch is embarrassed.  Without its knowledge, neo-nazi demonstrators in Charlottesville, VA used the flambeaus in their parade that ended in violence.  The company has publicly disavowed the alt-right groups but that doesn’t solve the problem of thousands of photos and dozens of videos showing the protestors carrying Tiki […]

Too Much Of A Good Thing

Conservationists in Northern Europe are facing a dilemma.  Their efforts to save the white-tailed eagle has been successful, perhaps too much so.  The eagles are now preying on other species of endangered birds.  This has raised the distasteful suggestion that the eagles need culling.  As one might expect that could lead to a PR disaster […]

When Publicity Is Too Much

The creator of a popular game, “Flappy Bird”, has called it quits and taken down the game from distribution.  It seems he is upset by the amount of publicity for the game and for himself.  He just wants to get back to creating new challenges and being his own man.  His decision flies in the […]

Won’t Do Much Good

Monster Beverage has issued a report absolving itself of the death of a teenager who imbibed two of its energy drinks.  The company hired a group of doctors who reported no link to the high-caffeine drink and the teen’s heart failure.  That conclusion flies in the face of the Maryland medical examiner’s report and of […]

Too Much Too Soon

Even CEOs can speak too soon and promise too much only to find they are left exposed and humiliated.  Here is a case.  Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit promised investors a return of capital until the Federal Reserve gave the bank a failing mark in a stress test of capital adequacy.  Citigroup’s stock took a beating […]

It Doesn’t Take Much

It doesn’t take much to fall behind and lose one’s reputation in the high-tech marketplace.  This discussion of Research in Motion’s current difficulties has been repeated dozens of times.  Each time, details vary but the essence remains the same — a momentary loss of focus on the market leads to a tailspin.   It is […]

So Much For Hype

The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New York Jets in the AFC Championship game last night.  You know that.  What you might not have been aware of was the unrelenting hype about the game over the last week in New York.  Newspapers, radio, TV, blogs, twitters were chattering madly about the game and the Jets’s coming success. […]