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When Creativity Sounds Like Coffee

It could be that people are most interested in buying innovative products as tools of compensation when they are feeling the least ability to summon innovative thought themselves. [...]

Hashtags: Where Conspiracies Cross

For some time here at Irregular Times, we’ve followed what might delicately be termed “mysteries” and what might more coarsely called “conspiracy theories”: claims that secret evidence (seemingly always about-to-be-revealed) proves the existence of hidden realities or long-smouldering schemes or special dangers that They don’t want you to know about. In our Mysteries thread of [...]

Obama Objects To Samsung Using His Picture After Obama Steals Billions Of Pictures From Samsung

Barack Obama is feeling pissy.

It seems that, after Obama agreed to have his picture taken with professional baseball player David Ortiz, Ortiz choose to post that photograph on his Twitter account. Samsung then retweeted that Twitter post, sending the photo to its many followers.

Obama was outraged. He protested. How dare Samsung take a [...]

Chemicals!

In today’s Bangor Daily News, reporter Mario Moretto writes of a concerned-mother-turned-activist:

Since becoming pregnant with her first boy seven years ago, she has taken steps — from buying organic and local foods to making her own household cleaners to reading product labels — to limit her family’s exposure to chemicals.

A close reading will [...]

Would Mother Nature Move You Through A Purchase Funnel?

Mother Nature Network – it sounds like a warm and friendly, huggy and human kind of place – the sort of news web site that might hand you a warm, freshly-baked gluten-free cookie when you visit. It’s a web site that celebrates the “Joy of Less”, so you might expect its web design to be [...]

What Does It Mean To Eat Like Your Ancestors?

While I was trying to read an article from an online news magazine this morning, an advertisement popped up for Harvestland chicken breasts.

“Eat Like Your Ancestors”, the commercial banner urged me.

To tell the truth, I don’t know much about how my ancestors ate. I know that my German grandparents liked to eat [...]

Prophet Brand Consultancy, For All Your Lorem Ipsum Needs

Peter Ackerman and Kahlil Byrd aren’t gone, though. They, or their equivalents, will try to bring back their vision of idea-free politics for the 2016 presidential campaign, Lorem Ipsum rebranded for a fresh go-around. [...]

How Can I Curate Content That Isn’t Common?

About a year ago, I joined Scoop.it, a web site that promised to curate for me – to pull information relevant to the topics I’m interested in from all over the Internet. It was a swell idea, except that Scoop.it doesn’t seem able to actually find that information for me.

If I was interested in [...]

The 6 Most Authentic Parts From The Internet of Things

6. Body Odor Status Updates

You didn’t have time to take a shower before rushing off to work this morning. Luckily, your shirt is connected to the Internet, and is woven out of fiber optics instead of cotton, so that it’s ready to pick up any hint of stink coming out of your armpits. The [...]

House of Hunting Hype

This advertisement for the Netflix original show House of Cards appeared on my screen, and I just couldn’t resist.

Hunt or be hunted? In what kind of stupid world are those the only choices? Simple qualities are boring.

I choose the alternative, take a nap. My dreams will be much more interesting than [...]

While the Super Bowl Churns On, Tweeters Identify Real Struggle

“This year’s game pits Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos squad against the young Seattle Seahawks team in what is sure to be an epic battle.” — Fox Sports, before the game “Squirrel!” — Fox Sports, after the game

If I have to hear the the Super Bowl characterized as an “epic battle” one more [...]