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The Oatmeal: One Man's Sketches Are Another's Hysterical Laughter

(2) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 4:40 PM

Matthew Inman, a former web developer and a man with a scathing, sarcastic and brilliant sense of humor, founded the Oatmeal only a few years ago. The site -- understandably popular for its informative and/or comical styling -- has gained a great deal of viral presence. It's commonplace...

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Fixing Customer Relations: The Lush Life

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2011 | 2:15 PM

LivingSocial, Groupon and the rest of the group-buying massive have led the charge on some hundreds of millions of dollars of spending. If anything, they came along at the best possible time, pumping a volume of fresh dollars into businesses small and large, a win-win situation...

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The New Years Resolutions: Improving Life While Not Losing It

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 10:09 AM

In the last five years a great deal has changed for me - more than some, less than others - both in my own living arrangements (a jump from London to New York, a career-change from full-time writer to full-time PR-man) and in my own personal demeanor and attitude.

As...

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Talk Is Cheap: Social Networking That Actually Does Something

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 4:09 PM

LinkedIn is a very strange beast. Every so often you'll see somebody really weird pop up having looked at your profile - such as having someone from the NBA or Madison Square Garden or even, at one point, the Shake Shack check me out. Which makes sense -...

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Ride the Whirlwind: Making a New York Minute Last

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2010 | 2:07 AM

Before I came to New York, I was ad hoc at its finest. My disorganization was a chaotic river that I waded through every day, somehow coming out the other end dry only due to the comparatively placid pace of being a Londoner.

Enter New York. A city totally...

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Sorry, I'm Bespoken For

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 1:43 PM

I'll admit it - Black Friday as a concept scares the living daylights out of me.

People lining up outside a Walmart at 4AM frightens me. People killing people to get deals frightens me. I mean, I've hankered for a great deal, waking up at 3AM to...

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Tea Time with Professor Elemental: Of Gentleman Rap and Trousers

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2010 | 1:08 PM

As mentioned in an earlier post, I have recently partaken in the aural company of a one Professor Elemental - quite literally the opposite of the rich hiphop community of New York. Trading street slang and baseball caps with the stickers still on them for Pith...

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How to Keep an Accent: The Expatriate Tango

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 9:33 PM

One of the most worrying things about leaving London and moving to New York was the potential to lose one of most people's favorite things about me - my accent. A cockney brogue mixed with a degree of poshness gained from my combined time at a rough public school and...

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The King of Coffees: The Black Blood of the Earth

(5) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 4:00 PM

Recently, upon landing in San Francisco after a flight where a woman literally changed a baby's soiled diaper in front of me, I was running on around four hours of sleep and, frankly, in a little bit of pain. At times like these, one cannot rely on simple coffee to...

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Guess What? Important People Still Talk on the Phone. And Social Media Isn't the Be-All-And-End-All

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 1:54 PM

So, this just in. Internet people make a lot of assumptions. I know, I know, it's terribly shocking and will knock your socks off, but people are making base assumptions about the web based on their own very vague and temporal understanding of how their lives work.
Ask any...

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The King of Home Offices 2: The Effective (Barefoot) Executive

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 12:16 PM

While my last post consisted primarily of hardware - the way to physically set up your own, personal home office, entertainment and general comfort area in a small space, it's worth knowing that you should take these paragons of organization and apply them to the wider concept of...

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The King of Home Offices: The Couch

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2010 | 12:33 PM

I come from a land where people have houses. I come from a land where people are able to stretch out and put whatever they would like wherever. A studio apartment would be considered inhumane. My own (judged as 'spacious' here) modest 680-square-foot flat would be the butt of jokes...

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The Insufferable Terror of Economy Air Travel, Featuring Delta Airlines

(12) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 10:41 AM

Update: After publishing this post, Delta offered me a $150 voucher. I was not able to check in online on my return trip, and regardless of logging on at 24 hours on the dot, there were no exit row seats available.

Worryingly still, I just received a call from...

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A Guide to How to Work From Starbucks

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 2:51 PM

Sometimes, I need to get out of the office, but beyond a 5-minute toilet break it was, until recently, rather hard to do.

Fact: You will be found out if you go unprepared. No, I don't mean by the people looking at you weirdly for obviously working from a...

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The iPad, My Mother, and the Doctor(ow)

(7) Comments | Posted April 6, 2010 | 3:45 PM

And so, the iPad is launched upon the world, and there were equal parts adulation and gnashing of teeth. Everyone has had to voice their opinion - from the analytical tech press to the equal parts eloquent, intelligent and over-verbose Stephen Fry. Thousands of voices crawled...

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The New York Gaming Meetup: The Nexus for East Coast Interactive Entertainment

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2010 | 9:58 AM

One of the benefits in living in New York is knowing for a fact that, regardless of what you're into, there's some kind of congregation for you. Want to learn Argentinean Tango? Go right ahead. Want to make Zoori, a kind of Japanese sandal? There're 34...

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Charlie Huston on Detective Fiction, the Joe Pitt Casebooks and Vampires (With a Y.)

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2010 | 2:00 PM

In the short bursts of commuting that makes up my nerdy bridge-and-tunneler existence, it takes a rather special book to rise above the tinnitus of 3,000-odd music tracks, thirty or more iPhone games, or however many PSP games I have in my bag.

And, so, you'd imagine my surprise...

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JetBlues: Why I'd Rather Take The Train Over JFK's Terminal 5

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 2:12 PM

This week I had the pleasure of experiencing JetBlue and JFK's Terminal 5 - both of which I had heard great things about. Terminal 5 was a great deal more pleasant than many air terminals, feeling loungeier than the hospital mise en scène of Heathrow (minus their Terminal...

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Road Wars: Arming for the Subway Commute

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2009 | 10:00 AM

My commute is far from gruesome. I've seen worse - hiking up hills in Aberystwyth or cross-country marching at 8AM to an early-morning class in University Park, PA were far worse.

However, short and sweet as the morning PATH journey is, it lacks the stability of my own two...

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