While I was developing and teaching a marketing and business program at a high school, I was always looking for new ways to either introduce or explain concepts. I knew the students had about as much interest as I once had (and I grew up doing it), which opened my eyes to one simple fact: I had to find something relevant in the available material and make them connect to it. So what could possibly be relevant in agricultural marketing to a bunch of uninterested teenagers? Learning economics! How could I reinforce some of the basic principles? By using video games! […] Continue Reading…

For whatever reason, I’ve been assaulted with complaints about Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Most of my friends already realise that I do not like some of their practices, and that’s mostly because I have a vested interest in wanting people to be aware of the possibility of cancers that occur outside of the breast. Seriously, I know I can get breast cancer, but I’m more likely to get liver cancer (and it’s not because I’m a total drunk since, well, I’m apparently an anomaly for a twenty-something and don’t like most alcohol). Anyhow, we all know they’ve done some really stupid things in the past (the last link is, more or less, to point a finger at their new perfume), and we know that people do some awkward things in the name of Komen’s cause (such as painting a theme ride pink to fight breast cancer, since it was clearly too hard to just publicly donate part of the money for the cause and not have a giant pink eyesore to be dropped from). […] Continue Reading…

I’m directly addressing you because, well, everyone who has come up to ask me about Joplin ever since they first heard about it because of those heartbreaking and devastating tornadoes has been from California. I’m well aware that there are some of you who can find Missouri on a map and have some knowledge about the rest of the country. I also know there are other geographically challenged idiots throughout the country who have completely forgotten that there is more than the east and west coasts or think the only city in the middle of the country is Chicago (thanks to their knowledge of people like Oprah and Barack Obama). […] Continue Reading…

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