Rex Hammock's RexBlog.com http://www.rexblog.com Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:34:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Modern Family’s ‘Connection Lost’ Episode as Allegory http://www.rexblog.com/2015/02/26/50896 http://www.rexblog.com/2015/02/26/50896#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:13:32 +0000 http://www.rexblog.com/?p=50896

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No doubt, there are hundreds of posts this morning in which bloggers are trying to explain the top 10 this or that’s about the episode of Modern Family that aired last night (“Connection Lost,” Season 6, Episode 16).

For that reason, I haven’t read any blog posts regarding the show. If this sounds like I’m borrowing the observation of others, I’m actually not (this time, at least).

I did read one review and it was insightful (unlike this post, perhaps). It’s written by Gwen Ihnat at AV Club. She calls the episode, “A gimmicky but successful storytelling experiment.”

What you’re about to read is my observation of the show as an allegory (or parable, if you prefer).

SPOILER ALERT: I include some spoilers in this post, but I could tell you everything that happens and it wouldn’t matter.

Here are several things I won’t be writing about in this post

1. How in real life, Apple technology never works as seamlessly as portrayed on the episode. Duh, that’s why it’s called Hollywood. Also, remember ABC is owned by Disney and the show is filled with queens and princesses who all have magical powers. Claire’s power is getting Apple products to work seamlessly. There will be a ride at Disney World next year. And yes,  my use of the word queen was a shout out to Cam.

2. How it turned out to be, as the show-runner promised, NOT a “product placement” show. However, it was an entirely new paradigm: It wasn’t products placed in a TV show, it was a TV show placed inside of products.

3. How the show should be required watching for so-called usability experts who sit people in front of screens and monitor their interactions with a software interface or application or website. The show is a spot-on reflection of how no one interacts with only one application or website at a time. Layered distractions make it impossible to measure how one person interacts with one application, website, et al.

4. How actress Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy) is brilliant. (Became a fan when she was on Boston Legal.)

5. How any mention of the show’s use of “social media” is a total miss of the point. Facebook gets a few seconds as an extra in the show. It’s about family media, not social media.

The parable of the lost connection

No, here is the observation I want to share: The episode is an allegory (or parable, if you prefer).

The truth it reveals is a good old fashion cautionary moral: Don’t let facts get in the way of truth.

Claire (representing, say, an NSA analyst, reporter, police detective or you and me) is able to piece together a trail of irrefutable facts from the types of digital flotsam and jetsam we all throw off the boat wherever we sail around online. We voluntarily allow digital devices to track our movements and private companies, the ability to monitor everything we buy and every website we visit. Not enough for the trackers? Let’s post photos and reviews and updates.  (Like on those mayhem ads.)

Yet Cliare’s (did I mention she represents a CIA analyst or you and me?) pieces these facts together and comes up with a conclusion that is impossible-to-be-anything-but-the-TRUTH…but (spoiler) it’s not.

Here is the moral of the episode: Don’t believe that facts equal truth. And come up with better passwords.w

(Photo: AVClub.com)

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Some Pinterest Users are Learning the Price of Free http://www.rexblog.com/2015/02/14/50870 http://www.rexblog.com/2015/02/14/50870#comments Sun, 15 Feb 2015 01:30:38 +0000 http://www.rexblog.com/?p=50870

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Almost three years ago, to the day, I blogged about Pinterest users (and users of other social media platforms) understanding the reality that if you use a platform controlled by someone else, you are a hamster in their cage (a metaphor I first learned from Dave Winer).

The post I wrote three years ago, “Just Because You Can Make Money From Something, Doesn’t Mean You Should, and Other Rules of the Web,” was about Pinterest being accused of “skimming links” — the practice of finding links on their platform  that go to ecommerce sites and converting those links to affiliate links in order to generate commissions from those ecommerce companies.

As I wrote then, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that practice. However, I did object to Pinterest taking the additional step of hijacking links its users had made to a user’s affiliate accounts.

At the time, when Pinterest was still on its way to world domination, the company backed off the hijacking practice, not wanting to offend all of its hamsters.

Yesterday, WSJ.com reported that Pinterest is, once again, now removing “all affiliate links.” Pinterest told WSJ.com it has been automatically removing affiliate links for years but had allowed some exceptions that were “maintaining good quality.” (By several years, they mean sometime after three years ago, as they backed off the practice of hijacking affiliate links during that earlier dust-up with users.)

Beware, those who may tweet affiliate links, or use an affiliate link when posting something on Facebook or Tumblr or Flickr, et al. Unless you control your content (say, with a blog that uses a domain name you control), you could find yourself learning the hard way why all these services you think are free, aren’t.

Suddenly, you’ll understand the hamster metaphor.

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David Carr, Appreciation from a Blogger and Fan http://www.rexblog.com/2015/02/13/50860 http://www.rexblog.com/2015/02/13/50860#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:18:52 +0000 http://www.rexblog.com/?p=50860

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This morning, there are countless remembrances of New York Times columnist David Carr, who died suddenly last night in Manhattan. Most are from the journalists with whom he worked, befriended and inspired.

While David Carr and I share a few professional friends and acquaintances, besides a couple of brief chats at SXSW functions or media conferences in New York (the kind that all blur together), I never knew him, knew him.

But this morning, I find myself feeling like I did know him in a way that long-ago bloggers (before we were told by experts that blogs were supposed to have a business model or fit into some SEO scheme) used to know one-another, especially if we blogged about overlapping topics.

So as a blogger, I go way-back with David. As a blogger, I am feeling a loss for someone I’ve admired, primarily through the tens of thousands of words he’s written that I’ve read.

In the earlier days of this blog, back when David was covering the magazine industry, I used RexBlog.com to share lots of news about magazines (circa 2003), so I linked to his stories a lot. And those times being those times, I would often add snarky comments. And once in a while he would respond.

It was not until 2009, however, when I read his memoir, The Night of the Gun, that I began to understand and appreciate Carr for more than his gifts as a reporter and columnist. It’s amazing how much can be revealed about a person’s humanity in a memoir about hitting rock-bottom from crack addiction.

And then, in 2011, the documentary, Page One: Inside the New York Times, was released.

To me, one of the most fascinating aspects of the film was the professional relationship between Carr and Brian Stetler, who I’ve also blogged about since the days he was a teenager who demonstrated how to use the blogging platform to create a must-read industry trade medium.

Carr, the hard-knocks old school journalist and Stetler, the new media virtuoso, seemed at first to be an odd couple. Yet their mutual respect–something I called earlier today on Twitter, “bro-journo,” was quickly apparent to those who read and watched them (and others at the NYT) push forward with digital approaches to covering their shared media beats.

At some point, it became apparent to me that David and Brian were more alike, than different.

They were coming from two different directions, but both directions entered the Times from “the outside.” No Ivy League degrees. No years climbing ladders at a daily news paper in Kansas. Brian came to the NYT straight from a student apartment at Towson University (I blogged about how, on his first day, he had 5 by-lines) and David, a journey from such an outside place, that its residents have to be cured treated just to take the first step of any journey.

So while I didn’t know David, all that linking to words he wrote over the course of several years leaves me a little empty today. I’m saddened for his family’s loss.  And for Brian’s. And for everyone who will miss the insight and attitude that made him known to everyone who became his fan.

And for the bloggers and others who have something to say, something important to hear, but who are still outside.

RIP, @carr2n

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A Couple of Grammy Day Nashville Music Stories You May Not Know http://www.rexblog.com/2015/02/08/50836 http://www.rexblog.com/2015/02/08/50836#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 15:19:24 +0000 http://www.rexblog.com/?p=50836

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First, from Nashville’s public radio station, WPLN-FM, a story about United Record Pressing, LLC, the largest vinyl record-pressing plant in the country. “(We) account for about 30 to 40 percent of all vinyl records out there in stores,” says Jay Millar, United’s head of marketing,

Quote:

“United manufactures up to 40,000 records a day. Demand is so high that if you’re not already a customer, they won’t even take your order — at least until a second plant opens later this year.

“So how does a record get made? It starts with the groove.”

(Continue reading on WPLN.org…)

Second, from the Tennessean.com, a story about the origin of the mega hit song, “It’s all About the Bass.”

“In July of 2013, (Meghan) Trainor was an unknown, 19-year-old aspiring songwriter from Nantucket, Mass., recently signed to Nashville publishing company Big Yellow Dog Music. She had come to (Kevin) Kadish’s studio for their first writing session, and the two quickly bonded over a shared love of ’50s rock and doo-wop music.

“He keeps a running list of potential song titles on his laptop, and one — “All Bass, No Treble” — jumped out at her. A few minutes later, she was in the vocal booth, singing “I’m all about that bass” over and over again. Kadish quickly chimed in, “No treble!” He added an upright bass to a rough drum beat, and within minutes, the song had taken shape.

And the rest of it is history you can read about on the Tennessean’s website, Tennessean.com.

Video: It’s All About the Bass

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Idea vs. Execution http://www.rexblog.com/2015/02/02/50826 http://www.rexblog.com/2015/02/02/50826#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 04:35:24 +0000 http://www.rexblog.com/?p=50826

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Occasionally (okay, frequently), people share with me their ideas for a new product or business. More times than not, the ideas are  clever.  But then I go all Debbie Downer1 on them and tell them that success rarely hinges on the idea. Execution, I say. It’s all about execution. And luck.

A couple of years ago, I saw this quote from Steve Jobs that he said in 1995 interview  after returning to Apple. 2

“You know, one of the things that really hurt Apple was after I left, John Sculley got a very serious disease. It’s the disease of thinking that a really great idea is 90% of the work. And if you just tell all these other people “here’s this great idea,” then of course they can go off and make it happen. And the problem with that is that there’s just a tremendous amount of craftsmanship in between a great idea and a great product.

“And as you evolve that great idea, it changes and grows. It never comes out like it starts because you learn a lot more as you get into the subtleties of it. And you also find there are tremendous tradeoffs that you have to make…..Designing a product is keeping five thousand things in your brain and fitting them all together in new and different ways to get what you want. And every day you discover something new that is a new problem or a new opportunity to fit these things together a little differently.

“And it’s that process that is the magic.”

Oh, and now, when people tell me about their idea, I suggest they go to SmallBusiness.com and search for all the articles there about product development.

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Writing by Talking Instead of Typing http://www.rexblog.com/2015/01/27/50813 http://www.rexblog.com/2015/01/27/50813#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:36:01 +0000 http://www.rexblog.com/?p=50813

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(What you’re about to read was dictated by me into a machine.)

Through the years, I’ve purchased numerous iterations of dictation software from the company now called Nuance. For some reason, dictating has never worked for me. Perhaps it’s because I was born after the Don Draper era. When I graduated from college, I could type 80 words a minute, which is probably faster than I can think. I can probably type faster than that now, but as anyone who has read this blog knows, the faster I type the more goofy things I say. And one of my rules of blogging is to not work over the text as much as I would if this were, say,  a final edit of something  that was going to be read by more than 12 people.  (I love you, but you’re the only one reading this.)

In other words, a lot of what you see on this blog is  more like a first draft  than any kind of finished writing.  Bottomline: I’ve always been able to type fast, so I never really learned how to dictate.

But I’ve always had a hidden desire to be good at dictation, thinking if I could dictate coherent thoughts it could speed up my writing. However, after  using earlier iterations of voice recognition software, I decided to face the facts and accept that I speak with all the clarity of King George VI.

But recently, something amazing happened. Siri started understanding me. At least in the text messages I dictate, the only time  I’ve even tried to use speech recognition since discovering my inability to talk with machines. As I have heard along the way (whether it is rumor or fact doesn’t matter) that Nuance licenses to Apple some of the technology that goes into Siri, I began to think I should give dictation a another shot.

An opportunity for trying it again came after I had an encounter with a sideview mirror of a car while riding my bike home from work on December 1.

I ended up on the pavement with a few injuries including what, after a couple of months, I learned was a finger with a chipped bone floating around inside it. That led to some hand surgery and a couple of pins inserted in a finger and a few days during which I am unable to type in the way I’ve done nearly all day, every day for the past several decades.

Rather than go with the index finger typing method, I decided to use the six days of having my hand wrapped up in a way that makes it look like a sock puppet to give speech recognition software yet another chance. So once more, I purchased the Mac version of Nuance Dragon Dictate software and am using it to dictate and command my MacBook air.

Observations:

1. Dictation slows down my first draft. Typically, I start writing with a really rough draft in which my primary goal is getting words on the screen. It’s not until I’m through a few rounds of editing that all those words start to turn into something that sounds remotely like writing. (Again, I view blogging more like sharing class notes than publishing a final draft. I give myself permission to mess up when first getting ideas off my chest. ) I haven’t learned yet to be comfortable enough with dictation to let strange looking words stay on the screen for later edit. I still don’t trust dictation to keep up with me. I haven’t yet reached the point where I don’t want to stop and go backwards to correct something.

2 The accuracy of recognized words in Dragon Dictate is far superior today than it was the last time I tried it. Then again, I guess most technology is. Nuance has made several purchases and seems to be consolidating a lot of the expertise in the speech recognition niche of technology. While talking to my computer and having what I say recognized consistently is welcomed, I still haven’t grasped the subtleties of moving among the different “modes” one uses in writing on the screen. In some ways, dictation on the screen is a bit like simple coding. You have to think of the context in which the next block of words will be used, and then think enough like the software to know when to open a mode that tells the software, “hey this is a number!” or “hey this is a command to go check something on Google.”

3. Dictation commands can be counterintuitive. Even after printing out a list of commands so that I can refer to them, I’ve discovered I can’t find the specific command for the function that I’m looking for. And typically, what I need is something as simple as “back up and fix that word.” I quickly discovered that backup means something different than go backwards. In other words, I think it’s fairly easy to learn how to dictate, but learning commands requires a lot of time. I guess I should say, there’s a feature that allows you to create your own commands, but I would probably limit those two highly technical terms or terms you use regularly. I think it would be less productive in the long run to come up with replacements for the global commands.

4. I’ve only used this software for about 48 hours but I now know more about the accessibility features of my computer than I’ve ever known. Knowing how to talk with your computer and how to get it to play back something that appears on the screen as text, has many benefits for all of us, not just those who cannot hear or see. For example, merely listening to text when someone else is reading it helps to uncover indecipherable language and just dumb typos. As I’m sure you can tell from this post, it doesn’t do away with all of them, it at least slows you down and helps you listen to what you have thought you said.

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A Hands-free Review of the Interview http://www.rexblog.com/2015/01/25/50808 http://www.rexblog.com/2015/01/25/50808#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:14:14 +0000 http://www.rexblog.com/?p=50808

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Note:  Due to hand surgery on Friday, my left hand is wrapped up in something that looks like a mitten and my arm is in a splint.  So I’m trying to write this item with dictation using the software Dragon Dictate. I’ve never been good with dictation but think that it will be better than one-handed typing so this is a Sunday afternoon practice run. Welcome to the first ever hands-free Rexblog post.


Not believing that it could be a movie worth investing a couple of hours of my life, I decided to wait until The Interview made it to Netflix before watching it. (It appeared there yesterday.)

Here’s my opinion: It’s funny in a Seth Rogen-James Franco inside-jokes you don’t get unless you have seen all their other bro-pack movies way. I’m aware enough of the references to get about  1/3rd of the jokes and to at least understand why 20-something- years-old guys might find the movie hilarious.

Like the only other movie I’ve reviewed that mocks a North Korean demigod leader ( South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s 2004 film Team America), it’s a far more nuanced film then I was expecting. That’s because when a movie is a comedy about killing a North Korean dictator, I expect no nuance at all.

Both films are satires of  their eras’ pop culture and media — more than they are a satire of North Korean leaders. (And neither come close to the  classic films of this genre, say, Charlie Chaplin’s the Great Dictator. Call me lucky, but somehow I was able to miss completely the 2012 film from Sasha Baron Cohen, the Dictator.)

Of the two films, Team America is far more risk-taking and bold  than the Interview because of its biting lampoon of Hollywood. Such equal opportunity ridicule gave Team America more latitude in satirizing political issues, most graphically, the USA’s recurring policy of trying to fix things things by destroying them first.

Team America used brilliant marionette puppetry as  both a dramatic device and creative metaphor that, as I said in my review of the film 10 years ago, required exacting control totally opposite to the thrown-together animation its creators use in South Park. The Interview also uses puppetry, but a lot less creatively as the puppeteer in this film is the clichéd show runner —  in this film,  of this role is played by Josh Rogen who feeds Franco’s ear the information that makes an engaging yet empty headed on-air anchor seem so much brighter.

Which brings me to another film referenced  heavily in the Interview, the none-too-subtle references to the film Broadcast News. Indeed, there are times in the The Interview that seem like a shout-out homage to the` Holly Hunter-William Hurt film.

The controversy surrounding the release of the film, and the unrelated tragedy (except for its timing) of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, make it impossible to watch the film without consideration of such context. I don’t know enough about the difference in styles of satire of various cultures to know how things play in different lands, but I know enough to think that if I were a demigod dictator of North Korea, I would not understand the point of this movie. Indeed I imagine it would be like one of those times when you hear where that a Chinese news service has picked up a satirical story appearing in the Onion, but is running it as a legitimate news story.

The Interview fails to be much more than just  another bro-comedy because in the end,  everything is all wrapped up in very Hollywood fashion. And you get the feeling that the next movie made by Seth Rogen and James Franco will be just a little bit more of the same.

Bottom line: The Interview is worth watching if you have Netflix.  But don’t blame me if you don’t like it. I only watched it so I could dictate this post.

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New Clues for the Post-Cluetrain Era http://www.rexblog.com/2015/01/12/50801 http://www.rexblog.com/2015/01/12/50801#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 03:25:01 +0000 http://www.rexblog.com/?p=50801

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“Markets are conversations.”

If you are an internet-marketing trivia master, you may recognize that quotation as Doc Searls’ prophetic observation that appeared 15 years ago as part of the Cluetrain Manifesto. Cluetrain began as a list of 95 theses posted on the website Cluetrain.com that captured the sentiments of Searls and three other tech-industry marketing veterans.

The Cluetrain Manifesto quickly evolved into a best-selling book that provided many early online marketers with a foundation for understanding and predicting how buying and selling would change when buyers have access to the same, or greater, data and insights previously controlled by sellers.

What would be different if a Cluetrain Manifesto-like list of observations, explanations and beliefs were created today? How would 15 years of reality override these prophecies?

We can now find out…

(Continue reading on the Hammock Blog.)

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Last Minute Gift Ideas from Tennessee, 2014 http://www.rexblog.com/2014/12/17/50758 http://www.rexblog.com/2014/12/17/50758#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:00:51 +0000 http://www.rexblog.com/?p=50758

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Previously (but I missed last year), I’ve listed some last minute Tennessee-related holiday gift ideas. This year, the emphasis is on food grown or produced (e.g. cooked, prepared, collected, etc.) in the state. (And for the few who may read this on Christmas Eve, I’ve even included a couple Tennessee-related products or distribution channels for the desperate.)

These are all products (or collections of products) that can be purchased online, but you need to get your orders in early this week (by December 20) to beat shipping or delivery deadlines. Also, at the bottom of this post is a long list of places (with email and phone numbers for many of them) across Tennessee where you can purchase these and other Tennessee grown and produced products. (Thanks to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Market Development Division’s website PickTNProducts.org for that list.)

Also, if you know of a Tennessee produced food item or source not listed, feel free to add them in a comment. Only criteria: They need to provide shipping by Christmas Eve.

Tennessee Community Supported Agriculture

Before I jump into stuff that all taste great but aren’t necessarily good for you, I wanted to give a shout out to the CSAs in Tennessee. These efforts enable customers to get a steady stream of local products throughout the harvesting season. CSAs are great for customers and producers, alike. Here’s a list of Tennessee CSAs. They would make a great gift that keeps on giving.

rice hams mt juliet tennessee

Rice’s Country Hams

While I’ve mentioned the well-known Benton’s Smokey Mountain Country Hams of Madisonville, Tenn., before, they don’t fall into the category of “last minute” shopping options as their shipping cut off date is December 9. However, one of my consistent spotters for this list suggested Rice’s Country Hams (“The Smoke House of Champions”) of Mt. Juliet, Tenn. (“Why are you just now suggesting this?” I asked), a family business run by some of her ‘kin folk’ (although I don’t believe she’s ever used ‘kin folk’ before).

From Rice’s Country Hams website:

Rice’s Country Hams is a third generation family owned and operated business. It is the oldest retail business still in operation in Mt. Juliet Tennessee. We have been curing Country Hams for over 60 years. The Rice Family takes pride in doing things the “Old Fashion Way”. We offer the highest quality country cured meats you will find. Our Country Hams are cured for at least 10 months to give you the best flavor. Not only do we cure country hams, but we also offer thick sliced smoked bacon, hickory smoked sausage and a variety of other southern treats. One bite of our country meats is sure to bring back childhood memories of a simpler time.

More Pork Options

I’ve also noted before that there are two pork ideas that I personally endorse and that I would happily clog my arteries with any day: Loveless Cafe Gift Baskets (Nashville) or a rib dinner shipped via FedEx from The Rendezvous (Memphis twofer).

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Goo-Goo Cluster

If you’ve never heard of Goo-Goos, this is all you need to know: Milk chocolate, caramel, peanuts and marshmallow. The candy celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012 so the legend about it being named for the “Grand Ole Opry” is obviously an urban myth (although, “urban” is not applicable here either). You can find Goo-Goo clusters lots of places if you live in the south and their website has a directory of retailers where you can find a box of Goo Goos all over.

Moon Pie

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Another century-old Tennessee treat are Moon Pies from Chattanooga Bakery. Created in 1917, the company now produces about one million Moon Pies per day.

Sampler Baskets and Boxes

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If you want a collection of Tennessee foods (and by foods, I mean things made from pork or sugar), here are a couple of sample samplers from a longer list on the Pick Tennessee Products website.

The Tennessee Gourmet:

Also from Mt. Juliet, Tennessee Gourmet produces a line of sauces, but also has some great “build your own box collection” of all sorts of Tennessee foods that include everything from Moon Pies to salsa. In addition to their online products, some of their items are available through retailers.

A Basket Case

This Spring Hill-based gift basket company, has several made-in-Tennessee food (and by food, I mean candy) collections that can be shipped or delivered locally.

 Tennessee Wineries

While I’ve never tried any of these myself, I’m sure they’re all really swell (and no, I didn’t say swill). From the Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Association:

“Home to over 40 wineries and 150 vineyards, Tennessee will surprise and delight you with its offering of award-winning wines.On Tennessee’s fertile, rolling hills, farmers have mastered the ancient art of growing grapes, yielding a locally-grown product superb for winemaking at its best.”

Desperately seeking a last, last minute Tennessee-related item?

While these are a stretch, I’ve included them (as I have before) for the desperate last-minute $generallogoshopper who wants to connect a gift some-way, any-way, with Tennessee: Buy anything from a  Cracker Barrel (based in Lebanon, Tenn.) in 42 states or online at CrackerBarrel.com.  Even more desperate for a Tennessee-connection to food but don’t care if it’s primarily in the form of corn fructose blended and packaged in various weights and sizes? There are 9,600+ locations of Dollar General (based in Goodletsville, Tenn.) in 35 states you can stop by for some holiday Cheetos.

Places to call or visit to purchase Tennessee food products

These stores and producers carry Tennessee food products.
Contact them to place orders for Tennessee products and gift baskets!
(Thanks to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Market Development Division: PickTNProducts.org)
Outlet Address Phone Website/Email
Al’s Foodland 1006 N. Cumberland StreetLebanon, TN 37087 615-449-8293 alslebanon@gmail.com
Al’s Foodland 2910 Highlway 31 WestWhite House, TN 37188 615-672-8892 alsfoodvalu@aol.com
Breeden’s Orchard 631 Beckwith Rd.Mt. Juliet, TN 37122 615-449-2880
Beachaven Vineyards & Winery 1100 Dunlop LaneClarksville, TN 37040 931-645-8867 www.caseyjones.com/OldCountryStore
Brook Shaw’sOld Country Store 56 Casey Jones LaneCasey Jones VillageJackson, TN 38305 731-668-1223 www.caseyjones.com/OldCountryStore
Butler & Bailey Market 7513 S. Northshore DriveKnoxville, TN 37919 865-694-9045 http://butlerandbaileymarket.com/
C & F Meat Company, Inc. 5247 Murfreesboro RoadCollege Grove, TN 37046 615-395-4819 www.candfmeat.com
Chattanooga Pepper Company 109 Frazier AveChattanooga, TN 37405 423-266-6496
Columbia Flea Market and Variety Store 2348 Plus Park DriveColumbia, TN 38401 615-491-6529 columbiafleamarket.com
columbiafleamarket@gmail.com
Country Gourmet 107 East Main StreetMurfreesboro, TN 37130 615 -896-3634 http://www.beachavenwinery.com
Court Square Market & Deli 115 N. Main St.Ripley, TN 38063 731-635-6000 https://www.facebook.com/CourtSquareMarket.Deli
Dinstuhl’s Fine Candies 5280 Pleasant View RdMemphis, TN 901-377-2639 http://www.dinstuhls.com/
Dollywood General Store Dollywood ParkPigeon Forge, TN 37863 865-428-9606
Falls Creek Falls – General Store 2023 Village Camp RoadPikeville, TN 37367 423-881-5662
Fall Creek State ParkGift Shop 2536 Lakeside DrivePikeville, TN 37367 423-881-5298 www.tn.gov/environment/parks/FallCreekFalls
Farmers Market of Antioch 2510 Murfreesboro Road, #10Nashville, TN 37217 615-513-4700 farmers37217@gmail.com
Grassland Foodland 2176 Hillsboro RoadFranklin, TN 37069 615-791-1091 GrasslandFoodland@gmail.com
Green Door Gourmet 7011 River Road PikeNashville, Tn 37209 (615) 942-8079 info@greendoorgourmet.comhttp://www.greendoorgourmet.com
Green Leaf Garden Center 7121 Asheville Hwy.Knoxville, TN 37924 865-329-0087 GreenLeafGardenCenter@gmail.com
Harris Teeter 2201 21st Ave S.Nashville,TN 37212 615-269-7818
Harris Teeter 210 Franklin St.Nashville, TN 37201 615-373-0180
Harris Teeter 6002 Highway 100Nashville, TN 37205 615-352-2567
Hearth & Patio 725 Parkway Ste 4Sevierville, TN 37862 865-429-9069
Hermitage HotelRachel’s Gifts 231 Sixth Avenue NorthNashville, TN 37219 615-345-7149
Honey’s Vintage Sweets 123 South Margin StreetFranklin, TN 37064 www.honeysvintagesweets.com
Miss Cordelia’s 737 Harbor Bend RoadMemphis TN 38103 901-526-4772 contact@misscordelias.com
http://www.misscordelias.com/
Montgomery BellState Park Gift Shop 1000 Hotel AvenueBurns, TN 37029 615-797-3101 www.tn.gov/environment/parks/MontgomeryBell/
Nashville Armory Eats 4290 Kenilwood DriveNashville, TN 37204 615-730-8054 nashvillearmoryeats.com
Opryland Nashville Bushels & Baskets
2800 Opryland DriveNashville, TN 37214 866-972-6779
Pamela Anne’s Candy & Gifts 409 Main StreetOliver Springs,Tennessee 37840 865-435-1736
Paris LandingState Park Gift Shop 400 Lodge RoadBuchanan, TN 38222 731-641-44651 http://tn.gov/environment/parks/ParisLanding/
Publix – Bellevue Center 7604 Highway 70 S.Nashville, TN 37221 615-646-1870
Publix – Concord Village 10638 Concord RdBrentwood, TN 37027 615-941-8871
Publix – Cool Springs 8105 Moores LnBrentwood, TN 37027 615-221-9880
Publix – Franklin Marketplace 1021 Riverside DrFranklin, TN 37064 (615)591-3285
Publix – Greensboro Village 1483 Nashville PikeGallatin, TN 37066 615-451-6285
Publix – Harpeth Village 2020 Fieldstone PkwyFranklin, TN 37069 (615)599-1825
Publix -Indian Lake Marketplace 110 Indian Lake BlvdHendersonville, TN 37075 615-264-1350
Publix- Marketplaceat Maryland Farms 101 Creekside XingBrentwood, TN 37027 615-507-1505
Publix -McKay’s Mill Village Center 1400 Liberty Pike, Ste 200 Franklin, TN 3706 615-591-4061
Publix – Nippers Corner 15544 Old Hickory BlvdNashville, TN 37211 615-331-4912
Publix -Oakwood Commons 4670 Lebanon PikeHermitage, TN 37076 615-874-0898
Publix -Parkway Town Centre 661 President PlSmyrna, TN 37167-5671 615-220-1919
Publix- Spring Hill Village 4935 Main StreetSpring Hill, TN 37174 615-302-4068
Puckett’sGrocery & Restaurant 120 South 4th Ave.Franklin, TN 37064 615-794-5527 www.puckettsgrocery.com
Rebel Hill Florist, Inc. 4821 Trousdale DriveNashville, TN 37220 615-833-8555 lisa@rebelhillflorist.com
Red Barn Winery 1805 Tanyard RoadLafayette, TN 37083 615-688-6012 http://redbarnwinery.com/
Rice Country Ham’s 12217 Lebanon RdMt. Juliet, TN 37122 615.758.2362 http://www.ricecountryhams.com
Shelbyville Sweet Shoppe 112 East Side Square 931-773-0114 shelbyvillesweetshoppe@gmail.com
Simonton’s Cheese& Gourmet House 2278 Hwy. 127 SouthCrossville, TN 38572 931-484-5193 www.simontonscheese.com
Strawberry Fields Market 3701 Sutherland Ave.Knoxville, TN 37919 865-450-1196 www.strawberryfieldsmarket.com
Sun Shine Gift Shop 1912 Church StreetNashville, TN 37203 615-329-1281 http://www.sunshineshopgiftbaskets.com/
The Bee Hive 334 West Main St., Suite BHendersonville, TN 37075 615-822-8110 http://thebeehivetn.com
The Chocolate Rose 1104 Main StreetPleasant View, TN 37146 615-747-2069 http://www.pvgiftdelivery.com/
The Island in Pigeon Forge 250 Island Drive #2104Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 865-286-3900 http://islandinpigeonforge.com/shop-dine/
The Local Butcher Shop& Market 348 S. Calderwood St.Alcoa, TN 37701 865-323-3533 localbutchertn.com
The Produce Place 4000 Murphy RoadNashville, TN 37209 615-383-2664 www.produceplace.com
Three Blind Mice 907 Erwin Hwy.Greenville, TN 37745 423-639-5924
Three Rivers Market 1100 N. Central St.Knoxville, TN 37917 865-525-2069 www.threeriversmarket.coop
Trolley Stop Market 704 Madison AveMemphis, TN 38103 901-526-1361Fax: 901.526.1362 trolleystopmarket@live.com
The Store house 4580 East Robertson RdCross Plains TN 37049 615-717-5287 Cyhuff1965@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheStoreHouse2014?ref=hl
The Turnip Truck Urban Fare 321 12th Ave. SouthNashville, TN 37203 615-248-2000 http://www.theturniptruck.com/
The Turnip Truck Urban Fare 970 Woodland StreetNashville TN 37206 615-650-3600 http://www.theturniptruck.com/
Whole Foods Market and Whole Body 4021 Hillsboro PikeNashville, TN 37215 615-440-5100 http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/nashville
Whole Foods Market -McEwen 1566 West McEwen DriveFranklin Tennessee 37067United States 615-550-5660 http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/mcewen
Whole Foods Market -Memphis 5022 Poplar Ave.Memphis Tennessee 38117United States 901-685-2293 http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/memphis
Whole Foods Market -Chattanooga 301 Manufacturers RdChattanooga Tennessee 37405United States 423-702-7300 http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/Chattanooga
Wilson Farmers Co-operative 107 Babb DriveLebanon, TN 37087 615-444-5212
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A Clearer View of the Future of Google Glass http://www.rexblog.com/2014/11/15/50727 http://www.rexblog.com/2014/11/15/50727#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:32:02 +0000 http://www.rexblog.com/?p=50727

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November 14, 2014, via Reuters:

Of 16 Glass app makers contacted by Reuters, nine said that they had stopped work on their projects or abandoned them, mostly because of the lack of customers or limitations of the device. Three more have switched to developing for business, leaving behind consumer projects.

Last year, I observed in a post–one that included an email exchange  with Don Norman of Nielson-Norman and author of The Design of Everyday Things–that I believed the product release of Google Glass was bungled by Google. As much as I’m a fan and customer of many services provided by Google, they have a way of consistently demonstrating a lack of understanding of the importance of “customer” when it comes to marketing non-search products. (They’re better these days with some categories of business-to-business services, however.)

Time-after-time, they seem to come up with a great idea and then slap a name on it and rush it out the door. Time-after-time, they start changing the name of the product or discover they already have something sorta like the new product so they merge them and come up with a third name.

I described this phenomenon about five years ago in a post called, “There are Two Googles: Lucy Google and Pigpen Google” in which I described the difference in products from Google that make sense to me, and those that don’t. (I only began to understand why they’re like this after a post earlier this year written by a Google employee who explained what it’s like to work in a place filled with smart people.)

In my opinion, the early wearers of Google Glass permanently positioned the product as a goofy gizmo for males who are gadget-obsessed. I can forgive them, as great marketers tend to have skills and talents that don’t always show up on SAT scores.

Did I mention I’m a big fan of Google? Why else would I care enough to post something about them?

flashdance photoUpdate, Nov. 15, 2014: One of this blog’s 12 regular readers emailed me after reading this post and asked why I didn’t mention the movie, The Internship. “Uh, because I heard it sucked,” I thought. (And, for the most part it does.) But after watching it to see the reason why I should reference it, I get the point. (Unfortunately, it’s not until the last 10 minutes the obvious point is made, and by then, I can’t think why people would still be watching.)

(Spoiler alert) It’s about really super smart, talented young people who can create cool stuff, but don’t understand exactly what it is they’re selling or to whom they’re selling it–and they aren’t steeped deeply enough in early 1980s pop culture. Cut out about 90% of it and you have a great movie. (And that’s coming from a fan of Vaughn, Wilson and Google.)

Update, Jan. 15, 2015: Public Sales Of Google Glass To End Later This Month (NPR.org)

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