Monthly Archives: November 2015

“Black Friday” Is No Longer as Big as It Used to Be Simply Because It Is No Longer “Black Friday”

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
? From on Thanksgiving—below a significantly smaller box containing the message “Happy Thanksgiving!”: ? From Barnes and on “Small Business Saturday”: ? From on “Small Business Saturday”: ? I am waiting to see how the advertisers try to turn “Giving Tuesday” into an extension of “Black Friday”…

Murder Is Our Peculiar Pastime: Fifty Notable American Crime Novels: 13-14

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
Cornwell, Patricia. Post-Mortem. New York: 1990. An award-winning investigative journalist, Cornwell’s first book was a well-received biography of Ruth Bell Graham, the wife of evangelist Billy Graham, published in the mid-1980s. She subsequently worked as a technical writer and computer analyst with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in…

A Mystery for the Engineers among Our Readers, or for All of Those Predisposed to Speculate

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
About a week ago, Business Insider reported that the Arizona Highway Department had found a mysterious device at the edge of field along a highway. Here are the clues provided by the device itself and a summary the initial speculation about its most likely purpose: 1. It is made of…