NORAD Santa Tracker: It all started with a little typo…

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been tracking Santa since 1955...and it all started with a little typo. The story goes that an advertisement for Sears Roebuck & Co. listed a phone number for children to call Santa. No one bothered to proofread the ad, and it was published with the phone number … Continue reading NORAD Santa Tracker: It all started with a little typo…

Emojis: Use in Moderation

Using emojis is fun, but they can quickly escalate into an addiction. It starts out as an emoji here and there in texts. Then you add them to your Facebook posts. And then emails. One smiley face turns into the "laughing so hard I'm crying" face. Then it’s the dancing girls and the dog face and the … Continue reading Emojis: Use in Moderation

3.5 Tools for Busy Communicators

A version of this first appeared on CUinsight.com. I’m always on the lookout for useful tools. As a department of one, I’m short on time, but have plenty to do. Here are three (plus a half more) of my favorite tools: Wordmark.it: For finding the ideal typeface. Don’t let anyone tell you fonts aren’t important. … Continue reading 3.5 Tools for Busy Communicators

Creatively Smart

Albert was right on: creativity takes a smart mind. It's the ability to make connections. It's marrying two disconnected ideas into something better. It's taking complex information and creating a simple solution. Being creative is far from easy, and it's not something you can switch on or off. Creative ideas sometimes come when you least … Continue reading Creatively Smart

Are photos “real” anymore?

Are any pictures "real" anymore? Search "selfie app" and you get results like "7 Best Photo Editing Apps to Look Better in Every Selfie" and "5 Apps to Perfect Your Selfie."  One app's description reads "The range of tools are plentiful, and includes 'slimify,' 'blemish fix' and 'make-up.' In other words, create a "fake" picture of … Continue reading Are photos “real” anymore?