It’s better to be looked over than overlooked

With many consumer names facing stark criticism, do professional services firms face naming risk? Jeff and Jason explore the topic with naming consultant, Laurel Sutton.
Naming. What is it Good For? An Interview with Laurel Sutton of Catchword podcast, Rattle and Pedal, 09 July 2020

“For some, working from home is distracting and draining. But one pioneering study that has new relevance found that working from home one day a week boosted output by 13%.”
The remote work experiment that upped productivity 13%, by BBC Worklife, July 2020

“If for some reason the Electoral College hasn’t acted or the electoral votes haven’t been certified by Congress, Trump’s term ends on Jan. 20, according to the 20th Amendment. So there’d be an acting president, who would be the Speaker of the House per the order set out by the Presidential Succession Act — assuming congressional elections occurred. But of course, that’s how it’s written, not how it might go.”
Trump Can’t Postpone The Election, But He Can Delegitimize The Results, by 538, 30 July 2020

“In 1965, it was the third-most-popular baby name in the United States. In 2018, it was the 635th — and today it’s even less popular. How did Karens fall so far?”
A Brief History of ‘Karen’, by Henry Goldblatt, NY Times, 31 July 2020

“Prostitute License of Anna Johnson dated Nov. 24th, 1863.”
U.S. Army Prostitute Licenses, by Archives.gov

“Japan has reacted angrily to statues in South Korea that appear to depict the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, prostrating himself before a young woman who represents tens of thousands of wartime sex slaves.” ~snip~ “The comfort women controversy has soured ties between the two countries since the first survivor went public with her story in the early 1990s. In recent years Japan calling on the South Korean government to remove similar statues, including one installed outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul.”
‘Unforgivable’: Japan decries wartime sex slave statue likened to PM Shinzo Abe, by Justin McCurry, The Guardian, 29 July 2020

Heh.

“That’s when Finnegan got the idea of combining the (Zoot Suit) riots with the efforts to drive Latinos out of their Chavez Ravine homes, as well as a significantly lesser-known myth from L.A. history: underground Mayan lizard people. OK, there were no actual lizard people, but geophysicist/mining engineer George Warren Shufelt did get permission from the city in the early 1930s to explore an old legend: under the city of L.A. were supposedly tunnels — and treasure — allegedly left behind by a race of… well, lizard people. Shufelt had promised that any treasure he found would be split with the city 50/50, and the effort was approved amidst the depths of the Great Depression.”
The Zoot Suit Riots Meet Underground LA Lizard People In This Graphic Novel, by Mike Roe, LAist, 03 August 2020

“The government was unable to stop publication of former U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton’s bestselling book The Room Where it Happened, but in filings last week the Department of Justice moved to seize the author’s royalties—including his reported $2 million advance.”
DoJ Is Going After John Bolton’s Royalties—and His Advance, by Andrew Albanese, PW, 03 August 2020

It’s a horse race on who I detest more in this story: Bolton or the DOJ. Maybe a tie.

“By transforming this ritual, the players woke us up. Our amygdalae activate as soon as our brains spot deviations from routine, social norms, and in-group tendencies. We want to know what’s happening and why. We need to know if the deviation poses a threat to us or our group. This may start to explain why so many Americans reacted with such fear and rage to a few athletes kneeling on the field in the midst of a national ritual.”
The Psychology of Taking a Knee, by Jeremy Adam Smith and Dacher Keltner, Scientific American blog, 29 September 2017

We would benefit to waking our national amygdalae more often. Get that amygdalae some hot strong coffee stat!

“Israa Seblani was posing for her wedding photographs when the huge explosion shook the nearby port.”
Beirut: The bride being photographed in wedding dress as blast hit, by BBC News, 06 August 2020, Video

“In mid-March, as businesses shuttered, hospitals filled up and Americans hunkered down at home, election officials faced a difficult question: Was it even possible to hold safe and accessible elections in the age of COVID-19? More than four months later, we’re not that much closer to answering that question.”
There Have Been 38 Statewide Elections During The Pandemic. Here’s How They Went, by Nathaniel Rakich, 03 August 2020

“Once Isohata learned of the deception, she angrily attempted to break off the relationship with Kuwabara. Unwilling to let her go, he strangled her with a piece of string. The following year, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.”
The saboteurs you can hire to end your relationship. In Japan, you can pay private agents called ‘wakaresaseya’ to seduce your spouse or their partner, by Christine Ro, BBC Worklife, 02 August 2020

15 years? Really? That’s all the prison time for a man murdering a woman in Japan? Words, they utterly fail me.

“It also turned out that firing this selfish and difficult ‘superstar’ had financial benefits, as the total sales volume in the store increased nearly 30% after he left. No single salesperson sold as much as the departed ‘star,’ but the store as a whole did better. Apparently, dysfunctional competition and the unpleasant customer experiences generated by this jerk brought out the worst in everyone.”
No Asshole Rule, by Robert I. Sutton

Reading:

Djbot Baghostus’s Run by Nathaniel Mackey

Quotes:

In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
Albert Camus

In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.
Simone de Beauvoir

In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Instead of working for the survival of the fittest, we should be working for the survival of the wittiest – then we can all die laughing.
Lily Tomlin

Integrity has no need of rules.
Albert Camus

It ain’t no sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don’t break any.
Mae West

It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who cannot write well under other circumstances.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.
Albert Camus

It is better to be looked over than overlooked.
Mae West

Immature bloggers imitate; mature bloggers steal

“Tillie Walden’s Are You Listening? (First Second), a magical and emotional story of the friendship and grief shared by two young women, was awarded the 2020 Eisner Award for the Best New Graphic Novel, during an online version of the annual awards ceremony that was streamed the evening of July 24.”
Walden, Takei, Telgemeier, Tamaki Win 2020 Eisner Awards, by Calvin Reed, PW, 27 July 2020
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If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground

“Now, more than 60 women have come together to launch the website So Many of Us, to document their concurrent relationships with Ellis and encourage others to come forward. They allege that Ellis has pursued sexual relationships with a staggering number of his female fans, all the while deceiving them about the number of relationships he was in; based on the account of these women, it appears he was maintaining at least 19 relationships simultaneously at one point in 2009.”
Women speak out about Warren Ellis: ‘Full and informed consent was impossible’, by Sam Theilman, The Guardian, 13 July 2020
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If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?

“I can give one example of a name that was so offensive that it actually did get pulled. The product got pulled and rebranded as something else later. And that was Reebok in the UK had introduced a running shoe for women, specifically for women, that was called Incubus.”
Naming. What is it Good For? An Interview with Laurel Sutton of Catchword, by Rattle & Pedal, 09 July 2020
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I speak two languages, Cyber and English

“Jeff Abraham is the president of Penguin Random House Publisher Services. Katherine Keller is a librarian at UNLV’s College of Education. Paul Levitz is a teacher, an award-winning comics writer, and former president and publisher of DC Comics.”
Abraham, Keller, Levitz Leave the CBLDF Board, by Calvin Reed, PW, 30 June 2020

“Going conless is a huge disappointment for fans, and it’s also an economic blow to comics publishers and creators, as well as to the economy of San Diego. In recent months the comics industry has had to focus on shoring up comics retailers financially undermined by lockdowns, but less attention has been paid to the drying up of the critical revenue stream generated by live comics events. It’s clear, however, that strategies are emerging that offer new ways to market and sell comics. Organizers are turning to virtual comic cons that are becoming more elaborate and sophisticated. SDCC has announced plans for Comic-Con@Home, which is scheduled for July 22–26, the original dates of SDCC, with a full slate of online programming—including fan-favorite film/TV panels from Hall H. David Glanzer, chief communications and strategy officer for Comic-Con International, the nonprofit organizer of SDCC and Anaheim’s WonderCon event, said that even after being forced to cancel WonderCon in March, there was hope that events could be held in the summer. But the spread of the pandemic dashed that hope.”
Comics Without Cons, by Heidi MacDonald, PW, 03 July 2020
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I’m sure that love will never be a product of blogging

“Now, in 2020, Joe Biden looks like he has a chance to actually win Arizona’s 11 electoral votes. As of June 29, Biden led Trump by 4.7 points in our Arizona polling average. And it looks like Democrats could flip another Senate seat here too, as Democrat Mark Kelly leads Republican Sen. Martha McSally by double digits in numerous polls. Much of that is because of an extremely pro-Democratic national environment; according to our polling averages, Arizona is still a bit more Republican-leaning than the nation as a whole (4.6 points more Republican-leaning, to be precise). But if the final election results were to exactly match our current polling averages, it would still represent the third consecutive presidential election where Arizona has moved left. So what’s driving this shift?”
How Arizona Became A Swing State, by Nathaniel Rakich, 538, 29 June 2020
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I like blogging, if it doesn’t go too far.

“Trump is no student of history, but someone around him clearly is. But it is also true that Trump’s thundering ignorance does not mean he doesn’t understand the racist and fascist rhetoric he deploys. We need not argue that he is a mastermind plotting a fascist coup to recognize that Trump has a demonstrable sense of how white supremacism works in America, without ever having troubled to organize his thoughts, such as he has, about it.”
American Fascism: It Has Happened Here, by Sarah Churchwell, NYR Daily, 22 June 2020
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