Archive for July 23rd, 2015


Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Would PP have helped Lincoln?

Would PP have helped Lincoln?

As some of you know, in real life, I’m a consultant for business presentations. I write them, analyze them, and coach presenters on how to deliver Great Presentations.  “Everyone Is Entitled To My Opinion” really has nothing to do with my business site which you can find here:

You’ll learn right away I don’t like PowerPoint.  I suggest my clients use it (if necessary) in the MIDDLE of their presentations.  Unfortunately, PP has spread to every aspect of presentations featuring: 1) too much information presented in a long, dull way, and 2) hiding lousy presenters from audiences.  Nervous presenters think they can put their entire presentation on PowerPoint with no actual audience/human interaction.  The dull mopes should just stay home and send the PowerPoint.

PowerPoint was originally designed for the Macintosh computer in the late 1980’s by Dennis Austin and Thomas Rudkin. They thought the visual aids would help the presenter by organizing and displaying short points of vital information.  Today they are disheartened to know their simple tool has malignantly grown into the “star” of virtually all presentations leaving the speaker less important than a backup cord.

Stayin’ Alive With Rita Hayworth

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Rita Hayworth:

The Wrong Attitude When Stopped By Police

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

The tragedy of Sandra Bland being stopped for a minor traffic violation which turned into her jail death didn’t have to happen.  I don’t know if it was murder or suicide or a combination of the two – but it could have been avoided.  The same thing goes for Michael Brown of Furgeson and Eric Garner in New York.  They all refused with attitude a reasonable police request – and now they’re all dead.

Had they kept their attitudes in check and didn’t set off the police, they may have lived to see some justice in court, in the media, or even by a civilian review board.  Note the cop’s initial attitude when approaching Bland’s car.  His tone sounded reasonable to me in the beginning – hers didn’t.*

Should cops be trained to deal with people who don’t follow reasonable requests?  Of course.  But I wouldn’t bet my life on that training if I were black – my life matters.

Sandra Bland updates:

* Note:  There are many videos of this incident going around which begin when the cop is already antagonized.  They are deliberately  misleading.

Cool Exit

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015


How to look graceful:

The Short Way Down

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

British Pathe’: “In February 1912, the inventor Franz Reichelt got permission to test his self designed parachute from the Eiffel Tower. The press and Pathé cameras were all invited to witness his jump.

The first time Reichelt went up the tower, he actually turned back after getting scared. However, after some persuasion from his manager, he climbed the tower again. The film shows Reichelt teetering on the edge and after hesitating for awhile, he jumps off but plummets straight down to his death.”

First successful parachute jump: