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2 months ago

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Jim Murray · MY FIRST NEW SCAN · I now have a Kodak Scanza scanner and know how to use it. This is the first scan. I just picked it out at random. It's a pic of Rosalind Ronson the daughter of one of my best friends, Jim Ronson, who passed away a few years back. Jim and his family lived up in ...

4 months ago

The Therapeutic Nature Of Good Old Fashioned Anger

Jim Murray · Young angry guy convincingly portrayed by Rowan MurrayA lot of people with whom I am connected on social media think of me as an angry guy. And some of them wonder where all this anger comes from. · Fact of the matter is that I’m not really an angry guy. I just play one of social ...

10 months ago

Why I Am Optimistic About 2021

Jim Murray · I spent pretty much this entire year getting, being and recuperating from being quite ill. It was all hellish but I came out the other side of it feeling strangely optimistic. · One of the reasons I am optimistic is due to some of the new year’s decisions I have made along the wa ...

11 months ago

Marketing & Communication For Small Business Part 9: Communication Essentials

Jim Murray · There are a lot of things to deal with when you start a business. How much you have to deal with obviously depends on the kind of business you are in. · But basically it boils down to the fact that you are either making things to sell or you are providing a service. · The main di ...

11 months ago

Why I have Never Actually Worked a Day In The Last 40 Years.

Jim Murray · The 80/20 Differential (shortened down from the bulkier 80/20 Rule of Almost Everything), states that anywhere from 80 to 90% of all working people hate what they are doing, but continue doing it because they have to earn a living. · I find this to be one of the saddest statistic ...

11 months ago

Volume 5: Paving With Plastics • Innovation In Scrap Metal Recycling

Jim Murray · Paving With Plastics · One thing there is no shortage of in the world is single use plastics…water bottles, juice bottles, detergents and fabric softeners, all kinds of other stuff in your refrigerator and laundry room, shopping and meat and produce bags in just about every groce ...

11 months ago

A Reflection On Real The Magic Of Christmas

Jim Murray · I know that this Christmas will be unlike may of the others we have known. Maybe that’s why I have been given to some reflection on Christmases past. Because these are the repository for many of the memories that add so much to our appreciation of this very special time of year. ...

11 months ago

A Short Essay On The Tail That Wags The Dog

Jim Murray · This is a post I wrote just after the 2016 US election. But I would propose that time has made it even more relevant. · Anyone who knows me, or at least reads the stuff I write, knows that I can be a bit cynical. The level of cynicism I carry around with me varies in degree from ...

11 months ago

Vol:14: Minions of Midas • Alex Ryder • Nothing Ventured (Novel)

Jim Murray · Since I am watching a lot of series as opposed to movies, I’m probably only going to post a column every couple of weeks over the next while. Also because I’ve gotten a little busy with real work, have recently joined a new blog site and am doing some experimenting to see what at ...

11 months ago

A Game of Inches

Jim Murray · Some days you wake up filled with hope and other days you wake up filled with fear. · We live in a world of extremes. A world that many of us cannot control and feel frustrated by. A world that very much appears to be spinning into oblivion. And may very well be. · But despite ...

1 year ago

What Is An Influencer, Really?

Jim Murray · This is the first post in what I hope will be on ongoing series of reflections on the state of things here, there and everywhere I look. I will do my best to keep it positive and balanced, but mostly I will try and keep honest and true to the way I see things. You can agree or di ...

1 year ago

Volume 4: Maserati Goes Electric • Getting Up To Speed On Renewable Energy • Creative Problem Solving in The Wind Industry

Jim Murray · Maserati Goes Electric · One of the leading indicators of the renewable revolution is the automobile industry, which created the majority of the machine that create the majority of the CO2 emissions. · As I cruise the news in this area, I’m struck by the fact that many of the lea ...

1 year ago

Marketing & Communication For Small Business Part 8: Developing Synergy

Jim Murray · Synergy…The Key To Looking & Communicating Like A Professional Business · In the world of communications, there are two prime determining factors in the ultimate success your company will have. These elements are called 'reach' and 'frequency'. · Reach is a strategic term that m ...

1 year ago

Marketing & Communication For Small Business Part 7: Creativity vs Conversation

Jim Murray · Big Ideas in Advertising…Extinct or Merely Hibernating? · I got my start in advertising a long time ago. Long before the Internet and social media and The Big Conversation that everybody wants you to join in on. Back then we had a different view of the world, because the world wa ...

1 year ago

Volume 3: 3D Printed Solar Trees • Steve Hanley • Tru Earth Laundry Strips

Jim Murray · Welcome to Volume 3. I can't tell you how much I am enjoying putting these posts together. Mainly because I am discovering, much to my delight, that there are an amazing number of companies and individuals out there heavily invested in the business of renewables. I got into this ...

1 year ago

The Art Of Pin Pricking In 2020

Jim Murray · There is a lot of conversation going on these days on social media now that the United States has evidently come to its senses, and, in decisive fashion, voted Donald Trump out of office. · As is generally the case with elections, to the victors go the spoils, which includ ...

1 year ago

What A Biden Presidency Means to Canada

Jim Murray · OK, a lot of Americans came after me as I was slamming hard on Trump over the past years, for being a Canadian and why the hell should I care about their country? · But what they don't realize, or aren't willing to admit, is that our two countries are bound to each other in s ...

1 year ago

VOLUME 12: Editorial: The Good The Bad & The Ugly Of TV • The Mandalorian Part II • The Queen’s Gambit • The US Election

Jim Murray · The Spud Rating System · NO SPUD 4U - Crap · • · ONE SPUD - OK Time Waster · TWO SPUDS - Worth Watching/Reading · The Good The Bad & The Ugly Of TV · As many of you know, I have been writing this column since 1998, and every once in a while I indulge myself with a bit of editori ...

1 year ago

The Big Authentic Conversation And Other Delusions

Jim Murray · I was rummaging around on a couple of my older blogs and  found a bunch of interesting stuff that I wrote a wile ago, but are still as relevant, if not more to day as they were back then. · ************** · I got my start in advertising a long time ago. Long before the Internet a ...

1 year ago

VOLUME 11: Trial of The Chicago 7 • The Girl In The Spider’s Web • Mystery Road Movie • The Mandalorian

Jim Murray · Today, I completed my accelerated rehab course at Hotel Dieu Shaver. I had a couple of really great people to work with and they taught Heather how to spot for me as I spend the next four months going it on my own. Today, I did the longest single walk I have ever done on the walk ...

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