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March 31, 2009

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Thanks, Katie!

March 30, 2009

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  • Fantastic, fascinating analysis of the increasingly loud (and, as a result, less dynamic) music mixes. This is what a generation of earbud heaphones and mp3 compression has wrought. It's not wrong, either--try listening to Zeppelin on an iPod outside and see how hard it is--but it is making music less compelling in important ways. Check out Finger Eleven's "Paralyzer" for a great Exhibit A in contemporary mixing technique

March 24, 2009

Greetings from the Riviera Maya

Internet and Tacos, originally uploaded by netwert.

March 19, 2009

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March 16, 2009

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March 13, 2009

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March 12, 2009

On eating natural foods

Sometimes I wonder, as I pursue (gradually) healthier eating habits and begin shopping for food for my son, whether buying "natural" foods makes a difference. I'm fairly progressive, but I've never fallen hard for organic foods or shied away from processed sweets. The difference doesn't always shout out at me.

And then I read some labels.

Consider the ingredients in the Skippy peanut butter in my kitchen. I grew up with Skippy, my wife eats Skippy, it's peanut butter! But take a peek at the ingredient list, reprinted verbatim:

Roasted peanuts
Corn syrup solids
Soy protein
Hydrogenated vegetable oils to prevent separation
Mono and diglycerides

I always assumed, well, that's how peanut butter is made, right? But then I got into Cream-Nut, the old-fashioned peanut butter made in Michigan and purchased at my local Fairway market. Its ingredient list:

Sea salt

The difference is a revelation. So, too, is the nutrition that comes from each--the Skippy has four and a half times as much sodium, two and half times the carbohydrates and four times the sugar.

In fairness, Skippy now makes a Natural line of its own, so this isn't really about how Unilever is evil. It's a reminder to myself that the processed foods of the past half-century do, indeed, come from worse places, no matter how good they taste. The current trend away from these foods is a bandwagon I'm going to try to stick with.

I doubt I can do anything to help Nate's sweet tooth, which I inherited from my grandmother. But at the very least, I can get him hooked on the right kind of peanut butter.

March 11, 2009

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March 10, 2009

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  • Countering the article I linked to re K-Rock: WHTZ, the good ol' pop station, is #2 in this market, and it caters to the tween-and-teen crowd just like it did when I was that age. Although it's not a good sign that the station I like, WRXP, is doing worse than K-Rock, which is getting yanked (maybe RXP will inherit some listeners)
    (tags: music nyc sad)
  • K-Rock is becoming "Now FM." I wonder if it will do as well as Jack did before they brought CBS-FM back. There's room in New York for rock radio, by the way; it just has to not play the saaaame soooong allll daaaay
    (tags: music nyc)

March 4, 2009

On landing a job

How to Get Hired on aiaio, the Ai blog.

I have long been an observer, commentator and course-corrector when it comes to job interviews. Many moons ago I published a series of job-hunt best practices in this space. Titled "Interdon't," many of my pointers are just as relevant today as they were a decade ago.

I am continually amazed by the flagrant violations of basic job-search protocol. Among the things I've seen the past two weeks:

  • Cover letters with our company name in a different font, copy-pasted
  • Saying "this position is a great fit" while having a background in, say, high finance
  • Chatty letters with no resumes attached
  • Emailed resumes with no accompanying text at all
People expect to (and do) land work like this? How? I suppose they're hired by people with similar approaches, but that's not me.

Anyway, read the two links above if you're looking for a job, and good luck in your search.

March 3, 2009

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March 2, 2009

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