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Sunday, June 18, 2021

The whole “wisdom of crowds” concept flopped dismally when it came to starting a business. But maybe it’ll have more success when it comes to the fun-and-games that is online comedy.

Ze Frank, in response to snarky critiques of his one-man vlog sketch showcase, “The Show”, turned over the comedy writing to user contributions, through which a 4-minute script for “The Show” was produced. The episode, dubbed “Fabuloso Friday”, was so popular that work on “Fabuloso Friday 2″ has begun.

Collaboratively random acts of comedy? Crowd pleasing, for sure — at least, for that small portion of the crowd that participates in the process. It’s another offshoot of the convergence between audience and performance online.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 06/18/2006 11:48:01 PM
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I’m impressed by strategic thinking that seeks to expand the scope of acceptance. Key way to accomplish this: Redefine the framework so that the concept is more acceptable to a wider group. It’s a most-cherished skill in politics and business, and probably in shorter supply than it ought to be.

Lehman Brothers offers up a great example of this with the way it’s addressed flexible time programs, traditionally seen as a women’s-only workplace perk:

At Lehman Brothers, attention is being given to a common conundrum: flexible work arrangements are required to retain women, but many will not ask for them because there is a stigma associated with a benefit seen as applicable only to women. So the company is hoping to redefine flexible work not as a life versus work issue, but as a national security plan.

Lehman, which lost use of its Wall Street headquarters on 9/11, is running a pilot program in which a test group of both men and women are asked to work from home once a week, testing remote technologies to be used in a natural disaster, pandemic or terrorist attack. “Given it’s a gender-neutral exercise with a well-accepted business purpose, working remotely becomes less of a women’s issue,” says Anne R. Erni, chief diversity officer at Lehman.

Brilliant. The framework is shifted from working-mommy issues to organizational imperatives. Everyone joins in, and everyone benefits.

I really need to acquire more of a work-from-home mindset. I actually prefer going to an office, because I run into too many distractions at home (both self-made and beyond my control).

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 06/18/2006 07:33:31 PM
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Finally, we got a sun-shiny weekend day in New York. Only had to wait until mid-June…

So I pounced. I set up the body-length beach chair (actually a cheapy one that’s not likely to last long), tethered my head to my iPod, positioned the paper on my left-hand side, and sat back for the burn.

I stayed out for only two hours, but I really felt like extending the sunworship for another couple of hours. Which, I suppose, makes me a typical sun junkie.

But it’s not like my fading tan didn’t need the replenishment. And I don’t want to arrive in Tampa Bay later this week looking like a ghost. So I’m glad the weather gods cooperated, in the nick of time.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 06/18/2006 06:56:51 PM
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