Brian Combs

Online marketing pioneer Brian Combs talks the issues of the day.

Review: Go Fork Yourself Podcast

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As some already know, I’m a major consumer of podcasts. I get most of my audio news that way. I listen to as many history podcasts as I can, and a few on entrepreneurship and music.

The are surprisingly few good podcasts on food, especially with the potential demise of the Alton Browncast (it hasn’t released a new episode in a number of months).

One of the best food related podcasts is Go Fork Yourself, by Andrew Zimmern of …

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March 21st, 2015 at 8:22 am

Best 1980s Fantasy Movies

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Leah Schnelbach has put out a Ranking of 1980s Fantasy That Would Please Crom Himself!.

I’ve seen most of the eighteen movies she profiles, although I somehow missed Cave Dwellers, both as itself and its MST3K episode. In any case, her rational for each pick is well reasoned.

Still, the top three fantasy movies from the ’80s are clearly:

3) Dragonslayer
2) Highlander
1) The Princess Bride

I will suffer no dispute!…

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March 9th, 2015 at 11:43 am

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Ten Best Movies of 2014

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Technically, these are the ten best 2014 movies that I saw. If your favorite isn’t on the list, I probably didn’t see it.

Or maybe I just thought it sucked.

10. Maleficent

With everyone getting on the Rewrite a Fairy Tale bandwagon that Wicked started, this idea seems a bit played. Still, an entertaining, if predictable, movie.

9. The Equalizer

Yes, the pacing is off at times, and the final battle is a bit inane, but the scenes between Denzel …

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December 31st, 2014 at 10:23 pm

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News of the Day: Saturday, November 15, 2014

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November 15th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

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News of the Day: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Hmmmm… Maybe my planned invasion of Canada isn’t such a good idea after all… MPs fashioned spears out of flag poles after hearing shots.

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October 29th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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Does Texas Health Presbyterian Survive?

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where Thomas Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola, has seen a major decline in revenue. The hospital has reported a 50% drop in ER visits, and a 20% drop in daily patient census.

Couple that with a wave of negative reviews coming in, and even full page apologies may not be enough to survive. Earlier reports called Texas Health Presbyterian a ghost town.

Look, whichever hospital was first to receive an Ebola patient was …

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October 24th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

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News of the Day: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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October 22nd, 2014 at 2:05 pm

The So Called Ebola Czar

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So, if you’re going to appoint an Ebola Czar, don’t you think just maybe he or she should have some experience either in Ebola in particular or infectious disease control in general?

Otherwise, if just looks like you want someone to handle the political and perception issues.…

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October 17th, 2014 at 7:30 pm

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News of the Day: Friday, October 17, 2014

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October 17th, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Even More on the Ebola Outbreak

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Imagine for a moment that you’re a screenwriter.

You’re working on a sequel to Outbreak, and a major plot point is that the nurse who has been exposed to the disease is told by the CDC that it’s ok to fly with a low grade fever.

Do you think there would be resistance to the realism of this point in a pitch meeting?

Reality is stranger than fiction, because this has now happened.

It’s not too often that I underestimate …

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October 17th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

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