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June 5, 2009

We could have had an F-8

My grandfather worked for the Campbell Soup Company from 1946-1978. There were always lots of Campbell’s products around, and I drank a lot of V8.

Alas, I never got to try F-8, V-8’s fruity friend, and one of the projects my grandfather worked on. “This deliciously distinctive fruit drink is a blend of: water, sugar, naranjilla and cocona juices, concentrates of pineapple, apricot, apple, lemon and lime, banana puree, citric acid, guar gum and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).”

I don’t know if F-8 even made it to shelves, or how long it lived; I do know the concept lives on in V8 Splash and V8 V-Fusion.

An F-8 label was tacked to the boathouse ceiling at my grandparents’ summer home, and I always wanted one. My mother has the last one we could find, and I scanned it in so I could share it with other family members. And you.

F-8 Blended Fruit Drink

December 18, 2008

Fire Someone Today in Russian


Fire Someone Today is out in Russian… and with a five star rating, too! Now if I can just figure out how to order a copy…

(FST is also available in Korean… and even English!)

August 7, 2008

Get your meat and potatoes…

Do you like those highly charismatic speakers who challenge the audience with outrageous statements and wild predictions of a radically different future?

Yep, me too. That’s why I attend their keynotes. Those sweet, fluffy desserts for the mind often inspire me to think outside the box.

I wish I could convince people it’s the end of the world as they know it. Until then, though, I try to deliver the meat and potatoes: ideas you can steal; reports on what did and didn’t work; things you can put to use today, inside your box; ways to make money without having to wait for a demographic tidal wave to wipe out the existing industry.

BusinessOfSoftware I’ll be serving it up on the topic of Business truths and the lies we tell ourselves at the Business of Software 2008, September 3-4 in Boston, Massachusetts. This is my first pecha kucha presentation, and I’m really looking forward to it. (I’ve got 20 seconds each for 20 slides, automatically projected. Seems like a good reason to rehearse.)

socialMedia_logoThe following week, September 10-11, I’ll be addressing Business models that guarantee profitability in publishing at the Social Media Conference NW, right here in Bellingham, Washington.

While both of these conferences have a great list of topics and speakers, the best part is always the people you meet. So join me, and come introduce yourself!

June 30, 2007

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For the first time since…1992?…my email inbox is empty.

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