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Pamela Coyle Coyle Communications - Part 3
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Launching a year of firsts

June 29, 2010

My elaborate plan to do all sorts of cool things before my 50th birthday in February 2011 hasn’t picked up much steam. The list is long – tandem skydiving, balloon ride, learning Spanish and/or Latin, cooking duck – and time is short or at least seems short. I have done the balloon ride, and it [...]

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RF: Stalling out from shifting gears

June 27, 2010

Wow. I feel so much better. Random Fact came across a link to a Wall Street Journal article from 2003 on multitasking. I remember (I think) when this study came out. Headlines reported multitasking created holes in our brains. Seven years later, this pearl from the story gives me comfort: “The time lost switching among [...]

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Day of the Dad

June 20, 2010

Random Fact is both an optimist and a cynic and decided to mark Father’s Day by researching the origin of this holiday. The cynic expected the hands of the greeting card, necktie and gadget industries were involved. The optimist was pleased to learn differently. The modern observance got its start in Spokane, Washington, by a [...]

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Playing the odds

June 17, 2010

June is here, school is out, garden is growing and Shaun is venting, “It’s f*&k#ng hot” already. I am thinking about weather and hurricanes and probabilities. The Atlantic hurricane season started June 1. Official forecasts suggest an “active” one, and today, more than 25 years of summer weather stories – written as an intern, dreaded [...]

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RF: The language of lost sleep

June 14, 2010

Perhaps if Random Fact had explored sleep disorders as planned on Sunday, the author would have gotten some sleep Sunday night. Instead, the mind could not rest. No doubt the sleeplessness was a form of environmental insomnia – too hot, too much caffeine, too much of everything. The International Classification of Sleep Disorders, Second Edition, [...]

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Embraced by the South

June 11, 2010

After we moved to Louisiana in 1992, all I had to do was open my mouth and speak four or five words before the question came. “Where ya from?” “Minnesota,” I’d respond. “A Yankee,” came the knowing reply. At first this puzzled me, for from my Midwestern schooling, I associated “Yankee” with New England, the [...]

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Coal ash or coal ass – some Random Facts

June 6, 2010

Random Fact is wading into the messy subject of coal ash – a byproduct of coal-fired power plants – with interesting tidbits while trying to swim around the politics of regulating the material. Few people outside of environmentalists, regulators and the energy and utility industries had even heard of “coal ash” when a TVA storage [...]

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A company with fans

June 2, 2010

Sometimes, in this hybrid new career, I run across companies or people I feel compelled to revisit and share with a difference audience. Maybe the business makes something cool, or the founder has a great story, or it has a name that is simply irresistible. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Big Ass Fans. The [...]

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Kings, sewing machines and pancakes

May 23, 2010

Quick association test: Medieval fairs, New World exploration, German beer, Singer sewing machines. That is a pretty random assortment, even for Random Fact, but these activities and commodities share an economic lineage. They are all early developments in the business of franchising. In the Middle Ages, kings and lords gave churches and important personages licenses [...]

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This is your brain on middle age

May 18, 2010

A U.S. Census worker was on our street last weekend trying to contact residents who had not returned their questionnaires. I remembered putting ours in a pile so it wouldn’t get lost, going on vacation and never seeing it again. Convinced I had recycled the paper in error, I waived her over, eager to stand [...]

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