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Save the first and oldest independent Apple store…

I remember taking my rainbow-logo’ed Macinotshes here back when Silicon Valley was just a pothole. The first Apple store in the U.S.

Apple Store

The Apple computer with serial #005 was sold here. They were our original squad of geeks, the first geniuses at the bar and still know their stuff better than anyone. Let’s keep ’em working; lord knows we still need their help.

How can you help? Start by simply liking their Facebook page at the link below and buying your next Apple product there. Thanks!

http://www.savetheoriginalapplestore.com/

This must have been one hell of a networking happy hour…

You remember business cards, don’t you? In the age of QR codes and LinkedIn, they almost seem a quaint throwback to the Victorian Age. But they still exist and here’s 20 of  them from some interesting people throughout history. Like I said, this would be one amazing happy hour. Click here to see them all.

Best title ever

Best title ever

Kraft Puts the ‘Oh No’ in Onomasticians

Kraft Foods just unveiled the name for their new global snack food business. Are you ready? It’s ‘Mondelez’. It’s a made-up mash-up of two Latin words meaning ‘world’ and ‘delicious’. Make sure you pronounce it correctly as ‘mon-dah-LEEZ’ or you may find yourself talking about oral sex in Russian.

Sure, any new name, especially a global brand, runs the risk of sounding like something else. Kids on the playground have been doing it to each other for centuries. Let us not forget all the derision the iPad received when it was launched. What we joked about sounding like a ‘digital feminine hygiene product’ is now one of the most desired and top-selling gadgets in the world.

The question is why? What was the need? Kraft was a well-recognized (and well-liked) brand by millions. Why take all that equity, run it through one of your powdered orange cheese making grinders, and compress it into a giant check for some brand naming agency? Who, apparently, believe they deserve all those zeroes because they call themselves ‘onomasticians’. And because marketing managers get snack-chip hard in their Haggar’s when they hear phrases like:

“The sound and structure rolls off the tongue like a delicious treat,” he [the branding expert] said. “The romance language is great because you want to eat the language itself because it’s so beautiful.”

No, really, he said it. I’m assuming with a straight face.

Who knows how the name will be perceived once it’s released from the sterile two-way mirrored world of focus groups and into the wild world of actual consumers? Will High-Oleic-Canola-Oil-Thiamin-Mononitrate-Enriched-High-Fructose-Corn-Syrup by any other name taste as sweet?

Just don’t mess with my Mac & Cheese, man.

Mmmm, Mondelezaliciousness…