One nice thing about being repeatedly hacked in your email and social networking accounts is hearing back from old friends and business colleagues you haven't been in touch with for years.
In my case I can't say that everyone on my spammed contact list has been entirely pleased to hear from me—or who they thought was me—but their responses have got me thinking.
Hundreds of folks are now wondering how I've been able to start so many multi-million-dollar home businesses this year and successfully sell cheap meds on the side (while maintaining a consulting practice).
Well I've decided to exploit this opportunity and share my trade secrets in a new book, How You Can Make Millions From Getting Hacked & Spammed In Your Spare Time. (The first step will be "don't give up that AOL account.") Subtitle: Business Lessons From Viagra.
Wow, I've discovered a treasure trove of American music history at Russ & Gary's "The Best Years of Music". Russ Strathdee & Gary Copeland provide detailed info on the pioneers of pop music, with extensive narratives and audio clips.
Until I started to frequent the blog, I thought I knew it all about the chief architects and early adopters of R&B, Doo-wop, Rockabilly, Urban Blues, Motown, and Rock & Roll. But I've been seriously schooled by Russ & Gary on all the major characters—and their artistic and business struggles. There's some amazing archival recordings here as well. (No, I don't get commissions on my referrals… yet.)
Lately I've been warming up to the twistedly talented My Chemical Romance. Hey, you have to love a post-hardcore, pop-punk, alt-rock, emo band out of Jersey City, New Jersey (which, for all I know, may be the post-hardcore, pop-punk, alt-rock, emo capitol of the world). Not so sure about the band's name though. What romance isn't chemical?
I have an ongoing gripe about the negative US media reaction to the Who's performance at the Superbowl two months ago. Yes, I know they look their age and lead singer Roger Daltry can't hit the high notes he did at twenty-five. (Is that some freakin' biological anomaly?)
They still play great—despite the demise of iconic band members Keith Moon and John Entwistle. Pete Townshend ranks among the top-five guitar performers in the Solar System. And the Who's songs—three of which are featured on the tv crime drama, CSI—stand up as brilliantly as any rock material from the '60s & '70s.
This band is an artistic and business success story. As a question or as an assertion: Who's better?