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  1. ProducerSusan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    Wednesday Words: Yiddish for Everyone!
    Wednesday Words: Yiddish for Everyone!As I was researching some sites for fun stuff for Christmas and Hanukkah (also spelled Chanukah), I saw a list of Yiddish words and just had to use it.This is a list -- I doubt it's an exhaustive list -- of commonly used Yiddish terms and phrases. I...


    John Vaughan
    24/12/2016 #26 John Vaughan
    I have always been amused by the strong correlation between Yiddish (the German term for 'Jewish') and a low, casual, slangy form of German. As a guy who grew up in Norway and Germany - and pioneered a loft in NooYawkCiddy in The Bad Old Days - I could often follow conversations in Yiddish, figuring out the unknown stuff by context.

    Most of the terms in your list translate easily (in German), using Google Translate. A few, like 'mazel tov', have identifiably Hebrew roots. Sometimes there's even a little Russian influence ('boychick' or 'nudnik'). Nonetheless, It's substantially Germanic, tho that's not a popular observation or line of discussion. For obvious historical reasons.

    There's a fascinating backstory there, as well. Worth acknowledging.
    Sandra Smith
    24/12/2016 #25 Sandra Smith
    my grandmas could speak yiddish... i love the words my mom still uses (shlemiel, fckacht, meshuga, fedrezik)... the best.
    Aleta Curry
    23/12/2016 #24 Aleta Curry
    Note: in my previous comment I meant to say that the statement meant something quite different to an Englishwoman from what the officer intended!
    Aleta Curry
    23/12/2016 #23 Aleta Curry
    #21 Susan wrote, '...and some pack a wallop in one country when in another? Not so much.'

    Ya think?

    (My original response was too long to be printed here, so this is the short version. I'll have to write a post about this some time.)

    Because of my upbringing, I am almost completely fluent in both British and American English.There are people who believe that it's just a case of a different accent and some spelling. Those people are wrong.

    'Rubber', 'spunky', 'tabled', 'gas' - just the first words that come to mind that can cause anything from thinking you know what the other person is talking about but being write wrong about that, to downright insult.

    An amusing family story in that my mother, on a sojourn in the US, once chased down a fellow following a hit-and-run (they were both driving). Long story short, she followed him for miles, ran him down, trapped him at the bowser of a petrol station, got his licence plate number, and insisted that someone summon the police. The NYC copper was stunned on hearing the exploits of this small, quite ordinary-looking septuagenarian. 'You did *what*?!', he ejaculated (anybody else remember when we commonly used the word 'ejaculated' in this manner?) then added admiringly, 'Lady, you got a lot of spunk!'

    I can assure you that that statement means something quite different to what the officer intended. In this case, the man's body language and tone of address let my mother know that he wasn't being insulting, but she was still mightily confused. We've been laughing about that for years.

    The person who coined the term 'giclee print' to refer to printing via a certain type of ink jet process (hard to believe there was a time when that was brand new technology) named it after the French word for 'spray'. Makes sense, the printers he was using had spray nozzles. What he did'n't know was that 'giclee' is also French language slang for male ejaculate.

    I could go on for hours, but you take my point.
    Susan Rooks
    23/12/2016 #22 Susan Rooks
    #17 Now see, @Wayne Yoshida? That's a terrific story -- even if a short one. Love to learn the longer version some time . . .
    Susan Rooks
    23/12/2016 #21 Susan Rooks
    #18 Now THAT's funny, @Aleta Curry! Yes, some words are stronger in one place than another, and some pack a wallop in one country when in another? Not so much.
    Susan Rooks
    23/12/2016 #20 Susan Rooks
    #19 Yiddish really traveled the world, @Kevin Baker, and you're proof of that! Thanks for letting me know.
    Kevin Baker
    22/12/2016 #19 Kevin Baker
    I was surprised that I have heard so many of these. Growing up in Toronto and especially in the N Bathurst area
    Aleta Curry
    22/12/2016 #18 Aleta Curry
    #14 Knew it, including the derivation of 'schmuck' (I love words). When I said it might be rude I meant with respect to its use in translation and people's level of sensitivity, like 'merde' being milder in French than 'shit' is in English; whether or not people think 'bloody', 'asshole', 'bitch' and 'bastard' can be used in genteel company, and they have different levels of vulgarity and nuances of meaning depending on whether one is in the UK, the USA or Australia.I remember when as a little girl I referred to my bitch; my grandmother almost jumped out of her skin; took her a while to realise I was quite innocently referring to my female dog.
    Wayne Yoshida
    22/12/2016 #17 Wayne Yoshida
    Excellent list, Susan. When I was a kid, I used to help my best friend (Larry Zeidman) with his Hebrew homework. We became friends because we were seated in alphabetical order. We used to be called "Y and Z." Long story....
    Susan Rooks
    22/12/2016 #16 Susan Rooks
    #14 Too funny, @Phil Friedman!
    Susan Rooks
    22/12/2016 #15 Susan Rooks
    #13 Aleta, I was trying not to give too many, and your choices are wonderful! Thanks for adding them.
    Phil Friedman
    22/12/2016 #14 Phil Friedman
    #13 Aleta, just for information sake, Yiddish is actually a low-German dialect written in Hebrew letters and is distinct from the Hebrew language. "Schmuck" is actually quite rude, as it refers to a part of a horse's anatomy. Here is my favorite curse (approximately transliterated): zer kan liegen mit dein kopf in drerd vie a zibilla. (You should lay with your head in the ground like an onion!)
    Aleta Curry
    22/12/2016 #13 Aleta Curry
    Oh, fun!

    As an aside, there was an informal but seemingly widespread movement to call Yiddish 'Jewish' when I was a girl, but that seems to have fallen into disfavour again.

    Some that I use often that didn't make your cut (please forgive me if my spelling's off):

    Schmuck - a fool, a jerk, an asshole (I think it might be a bit rude)
    Schmo - a dolt, a schlemiel
    Schlock - tat, rubbishy goods
    Plotz - to lose it, to burst
    Verklempt - all choked up
    Schlep - to lug things about
    Schmooz - engage in a cosy chat
    Nudnik - a noodge, a pest (irritating person) this was one of my late mother's faves!
    Ian Weinberg
    22/12/2016 #12 Ian Weinberg
    Thanks @Susan Rooks for a delightful re-connect with a heritage long gone. Happy dreideling!
    Phil Friedman
    22/12/2016 #11 Phil Friedman
    Susan, to elaborate somewhat, "Schlemiel" is the guy who always gets the soup spilled on him. The guy who always spills the soup is a "Schmuck" - also a word referring to a part of a horse's anatomy, three guesses which. :-) thanks for the smiles.
    Susan Rooks
    22/12/2016 #9 Susan Rooks
    #8 Thanks for letting me know, @Dorothy Cooper!
    Dorothy Cooper
    21/12/2016 #8 Dorothy Cooper
    I really enjoyed this and my children's Bubba will too. Thanks
    Paul Burge
    21/12/2016 #7 Paul Burge
    #6 You're welcome @Susan Rooks. Always a pleasure to read them.
    Susan Rooks
    21/12/2016 #6 Susan Rooks
    Thanks, @Paul Burge, for sharing my post! I really appreciate it.
  2. ProducerAitor 🐝 Díez Fernández
    Estrategia para conciliar el sueño cuando te desvelas por la noche
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    Oscar Gomez Amento
    07/12/2016 #1 Oscar Gomez Amento
    @Aitor 🐝 Díez Fernández...espectacular post, pues la gran mayoria hoy sufre este síndrome por causa de la tensión originada consecuencia de los problemas sociales e individuales.
    Lo comparto...muy bueno!!!
  3. ProducerPaul "Pablo" Croubalian
    How to Self-Publish? Writing is the Easy Part
    How to Self-Publish? Writing is the Easy PartMy apologies. This post will likely raise more questions than it answers. I’m hoping to tap our collective mind for a solution. I don’t mean for the title to be click-bait. Oh, and this is a re-post. I even mention here that I've been thinking about...


    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    30/10/2016 #36 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #35 Thanks @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, will do.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    30/10/2016 #35 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #34 I had somebody working on JavaScript's. Please email me which method you used and I'll check to.orrow
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    30/10/2016 #34 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, I went to the App with no name to add a buzz and under 'text to add' it says -2 and I haven't added anything yet. I thought maybe it would disappear when I added the link, etc.. it increased. I logged out and back in, still showing -2. Not sure if I did something wrong? You can PM me if you want. I haven't tried to link my accounts yet, but did see the instructions, thanks so much! Sorry to put this here, but I miss many PM's, not sure if you do?
    Robert Bacal
    30/10/2016 #33 Robert Bacal
    #28 I see a lot of parallels between ebook success, website success, and business success in general in one specific way.

    The people who are succeeding aren't spending their time online telling everyone what big successes they are. They are working at maintaining their successes.

    I certainly know of people who have succeeded with ebooks, although the definition of what is success needs to be specified. However, over the years, I've certainly made enough money with e-books to buy a nice new car.
    debasish majumder
    29/10/2016 #32 debasish majumder
    nice insight@Paul "Pablo" Croubalian! enjoyed read. thank you very much sir for sharing such detailed post.
    Phil Friedman
    29/10/2016 #31 Phil Friedman
    #28 Make a decent living self-publishing eBooks? I'd have to say no. If you're talking non-fiction. The Internet has killed not only print media, but for the most part pay-to-play information and expository publishing. Because there is so much now available "free" online. Admittedly, much if not most is trash, but the market is undiscerning. Look at what flows daily across the feeds on social media. Why should some pay for a book when they can FOR FREE fill their screen with more purported expert information and opinion on just about any given topic than they can read in a month or a tear? Never mind most of it is dreck. To be sure, there are exceptions. But I'd guess they involve first building a rep and profile independently of publishing and selling eBooks. So that readers are willing to pay for something they see as non-comparable to what is available free on the web. It all comes down to three key element: marketing, marketing, and ... marketing. Cheers!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    29/10/2016 #30 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #20 Funny you should say that Jesse. My thoughts: A book cover is the book's salesman just like a display ad, or a yellow pages ad for a retailer. It is not where one should skimp. If you have the skills to do it yourself, fine. But, just a quick thought, a $40 book cover is probably a bad idea.

    Based on rates from graphic designers of my acquaintance (including my wife), that would mean about a half-hour's work. That's if they were feeling generous. I redid a cover for Gary Sharpe's book. It took me about two-and-a-half hours. I have a modicum of Photoshop/Illustrator skills. It would take my wife about an hour and a half to two hours.

    The cover needs to pull the buyer's attention to the book. It needs to scream "click here and check me out." I buy a lot of ebooks. How many do you think I just scroll on by?
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    29/10/2016 #29 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #25 LOL, well, yes and no, Robert. I AM a procrastinator. I fight it every day. I do what I need to do as soon as possible. I know that I can't put it off until tomorrow. If I do, it may never get done.

    That said, this is not the only thing on my plate. Nor is it the most important. This is strictly me satisfying my curiosity.

    My purpose here is not to pontificate or the like. I am curious as to why such a huge market, with built-in tools to access it, is so tough to crack. If it's so easy, why do most people fail? Is it only shitty product? Is it poor marketing? Is there more to it?

    When something doesn't make sense to me, I like to look into it. That's what I'm doing here. I just thought I'd share the journey with the community. If they are not interested, Ok. I'll do it anyway.

    FYI: Off and on, since this post was first published, I wrote two books to use as my test vehicles with two more in the works. Writing is definitely the easy part.

    Thank you for you offer to meet. I would love to meet you whenever either of us is in the other's neck of the woods.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    29/10/2016 #28 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #26 Answer to the first question: Did they propose a charge to publish? No.
    Second question: Yes, I did give Lulu a once over but frankly, I'm more interested in why authors meet so little success with eBooks. If I was a professor or the like, I would definitely use Lulu on all textbooks, or maybe Createspace.

    I recognize the marketing/vanity aspect of the discussion. This is actually more an academic type of discussion. Is it possible for someone with decent skills to earn a living in self-publishing? If so, how?

    Too many people fail. It can't be as simple as many make it out to be.
    Phil Friedman
    28/10/2016 #26 Phil Friedman
    Paul, my compliments for keeping this conversation going. Two questions, if I may. The first is from curiosity. Was the publisher you mention at the start proposing to charge you for publishing your book? The second is have you analyzed the costs of publishing via Lulu in print? They seem to print on demand, with unit cost decreasing as lot size per printing goes up. I personally agree with @Jeffrey Strickland that the costs are well within the range that makes self-publishing potentially profitable --- assuming, of course, you can achieve reasonable distribution and are binding material you've already written into a volume, and not spending 6 months writing a book for a retail price of $5.95.

    I'd also suggest that the hardest part is marketing your book. I have one of my eBooks that is industry-specific on free offer in PDF form, in exchange for only an email address. It's received great reviews from a dozen marine magazines, and total distribution to date is approaching 5,000. Not bad. But if I could have sold it at, say, $5.95 retail, the gross revenues would have been about $30K. Cost to print and deliver, maybe $9K. Leaving $21K before indirect overheads and taxes. Not exactly a way to make a decent living. Which is why most self publishing these days is ether marketing supportive (free eBook) or purely a matter of vanity. IMO. Cheers!
    Robert Bacal
    28/10/2016 #25 Robert Bacal
    @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian I get the feeling that you might be a procrastinator and use planning as a means to do that. If it helps, I can help you, and the bonus is I'm about an hour and half away from you. I could be convinced to meet, since I like getting to Montreal. Offer is on the table. So, will that get you a'movin?
    Robert Bacal
    28/10/2016 #24 Robert Bacal
    #18 @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian Paul, the process of creating an ebook is not difficult. All the information you need is easily availalble via Kindle and Smashwords. Doing hardcopy via Createspace is also easy if you have deskpublishing skills, and have a good eye for layout to create a nice PDF.

    There is absolutely NOTHING that should stop you from doing a book, except your own mental state.

    PS. Today is royalty cheque day. Been receiving them twice a year for the last 16 years. I also generate between 300-1000 dollars a month via createspace, and additional sales for my books in PDF and Kindle formats and via SMashwords. You don't need a promotional budget, and these days you can make money by using your time instead of money to promote. Lots of guerilla tactics, to get your book out there - doing radio interviews, making promo videos, doing direct mail outs to well targeted recipients, social media.....
    jesse kaellis
    28/10/2016 #23 jesse kaellis
    This should be at the bottom of the post below. Why did this happen? Because I called out "bad ass" James Frey on Facebook. I knew he'd bite.
    "I can write and every little thing I say happened."
    ------ Forwarded Message
    From: "Signorelli, Michael"
    Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2011 17:17:14 -0500
    To: 'James Frey'
    Subject: RE: Attached manuscript.


    This guy is what you say he is: raw and talented. I love the feel of his
    voice. But I do not have the personal resources necessary to shape this into
    a market-ready book. The major difficulty, as I see it, is its being a
    collection of many, very short stories. If he comes up with a novel-length,
    sustained narrative, I would be happy to look. But as it stands, there would
    be too many factors working against this in-house.

    Still, I would be interested to know what else this guy's up to. Is he
    placing stories? Writing online? Giving readings? If ever he wanted to chat
    about book publishing, if you haven't already taught him everything he needs
    to know, I'd be happy to speak with him.

    As always, thanks for the look.


    jesse kaellis
    28/10/2016 #22 jesse kaellis
    Here's the real deal -- when a top of the food chain publisher buy a book they expect to invest about $100,000 into moving it. And they know what they are doing. They have the machinery and the expertise. Do you have one hundred grand? Do you have reviews ready to tout your book? Can you afford to advertise in the NY Times? Ever heard of these people? I thought it was going to be that easy.

    This is pretty great. You mind if I show it Harper/Collins and my agent,
    Eric Simonoff?
    From: James Frey
    View Contact
    To: Jesse Kaellis
    My agent is digging it so far. Waiting to hear from Harper Collins.
    From: James Frey
    View Contact
    To: Jesse Kaellis
    The book is with Harper Collins. I haven't heard no, so the book is still in
    the system. It always takes awhile. I'll follow up with them tomorrow.

    I have to split this into two parts. I'm over the character limit.
    David B. Grinberg
    28/10/2016 #21 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for another interesting and educational read, Paul. You really provide a lot of helpful info on e-books, buttressed by good data points. So does this mean you plan to publish one? Do you have something written and ready to go? I like your vision and would likewise love to "spend my whole day at the keyboard. Cats, cigars, and single-malt Scotch could surround me, a la Ernie Hemingway."
    Ideally by a beach in a warm climate for breaks to swim in the ocean and enjoy the good weather. See you there!
    jesse kaellis
    28/10/2016 #20 jesse kaellis
    PS I never paid more than 40 bucks for a cover. Sometimes sixty for front and back. Smashwords has what they call a meat grinder. You can feed your manuscript into there if you can't format it and it will do it for you. I paid an "editor" over five hundred bucks and the book was still littered with typos. My publisher's editor went over it again and it was STILL rife with typos. Go know. I am familiar with "experts" who are going to "teach" you how to write and move a book. Maybe a meteor will fall on these people. These are failed authors that are making a buck off of someone's dreams.
    jesse kaellis
    28/10/2016 #19 jesse kaellis
    If you want hard copies of your eBook Create Space can do that for you. I think Lulu will make hard copies. But I never used Lulu. Writing IS the easy part. It's also the fun part. The rest? Not so much. There is one avenue -- find a small publisher. It's not that hard. At least you will be published. You will have a platform. When I had a publisher I broke the top 100 on Amazon a couple of times, climbing as high as, I think #13 once. What did it mean? It meant I sold two books in 24 hours. That works on logarithms. And my publisher gave me a virtual plaque for being her bestselling Canadian author of the month.
    Never mind that she only had one other Canadian under contract. Did you ever see a writer touted as an award-winning bestselling author? Now you know.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/10/2016 #18 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #17 ahhhh, Deb, you started this whole journey with a post share. Now you give me hope when I started wondering if I bit off more than I can chew.

    Thanks for both actions
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    28/10/2016 #17 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #15 #16 I guess my point is that it is possible to just do it, with whatever someone has available. My book was created on LI and is now available on Amazon. I broke every rule. It took under 30 minutes 'work' - I did use the Amazon cover creator.

    I just sent myself a free sample of my ebook and it looks perfect to me. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GM70MOS

    There can certainly be more to it than that, it depends on ones goal for the book. But as a testing ground for what we wanted to do for Out-Thinking Parkinson's I am pleased with the product. Now onto those pesky sales.....
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/10/2016 #16 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #14 Forgot something. . . I recently bought an eBook that was so gawd-awful ugly and difficult to read that I nearly returned it. Then I opened it on my phone . . . it was fine. The web reader was horrible. I tried on two kindles, the new Kindle was ugly, the old one was fine.

    Because of its nature, an eBook must be tested on several platforms
  4. ProducerPaul "Pablo" Croubalian
    How to Tell if Your Customer is an Idiot
    How to Tell if Your Customer is an IdiotAs business people, we always try to meet or exceed our customers' expectations. Whether we call them clients, customers, patrons, or guests is irrelevant here. They are the ones we depend on to keep our doors open. They are the ones we opened our...


    Wayne Yoshida
    11/11/2016 #32 Wayne Yoshida
    Thanks for the chuckle this morning, Paul. I thought the title had something to do with the VW diesel-gate thing. Anyway . . . on the other side of this "customer is an idiot thing," I had a friend who owned a camera shop. He went out of his way to accommodate strange requests from customers. For example, since his shop was near an international airport, people would come into the shop and try to buy things with foreign currency. Most shops would not take their money. Kurt would always take out his calculator, look up the exchange rate and let them buy whatever they wanted. He figured money is money, right?

    He also had this twisted sense of humor. He would do this trick to young kids working a cash register when he bought something. He would pay in cash, and extend his hand for the change. He would accept the change, but kept his hand extended. Way too often, the cashier would look uncomfortable and hand him some more money. Yikes.
    Ben Pinto
    08/11/2016 #31 Ben Pinto
    @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian Why any vegan would want to even eat at this establishment is beyond my understanding. A true vegan would be mortified at the mere thought of shared cooking utensils. Pulling out the cash from their Louis Vuiton canvas handbag, with real leather straps would be further proof of a Troll. A sign in the window stating "If you are Trolling just keep Strolling," would give a similar clue of not being wanted there as my social media quote of the same verbiage ending with the word Scrolling instead of Strolling gives.
    Ben Pinto
    08/11/2016 #30 Ben Pinto
    Love your song #28
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    29/10/2016 #28 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #27 Dang! Crepe batter without egg...the poor owner would have simply had to sing - Am glue for you...and I don't know what tooo doooo..a la them Menatwork downundah! ;)
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    29/10/2016 #27 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #26 CUSStomer... I LOVE it! The reality is that excellent customer service is a partnership between the provider and the customer.

    I was once in a crepe house (the Creoes breton type... huge very thin dough filled with all sorts of good stuff). A woman asked the owner to make her crepes without egg. Note, crepe batter without egg is glue. When the owner explained that it was impossible, the customer flew into a rage. People do not control the laws of physics and chemistry
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    29/10/2016 #26 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    LOL PC! Again! Delighted to hear of some lingering rabbity habitties... ;) Coming back to the crux of it all...am wondering if CUSTOMER (a sacred word that simply cannot be used in conjunction with any negative) is the right nomenclature to use here at all in the first place when the person doesn't fit the profile one bit! A cuss-tomer more like it, for lack of a better word!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    29/10/2016 #25 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian..I love the way you put it all out there ...no holds barred😊 there really are some questions that can make you go duhhh...?*#&
    Great post...
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    29/10/2016 #24 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #22 It takes all kinds to make a world. Most vegans I know are not militant. They recognize that it's a choice they made. They may not understand how we can eat meat or wear leather. They let us be.

    Come to think of it, if they were militant they wouldn't be friends, would they?

    That said, I don't eat my extra-rare steak in front of vegan friends. It's a two-way street.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    29/10/2016 #23 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #16 I sort of like how that sounds @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, 'Mercedes footwear.' Can you imagine the ad's one could create?
    David Navarro López
    29/10/2016 #22 Anonymous
    Apart from the fact that some people take advantage of being your potential customer, and try to play the rol of God with every illogical requirement, just for the fun of making you twist under "their power", the thing goes to apocalyptic proportions if one mixes "customer" with "vegan" .
    I had some disgusting experiences with vegan people, and what i really don't understand is that they claim they are vegan due to the highest human values, while forgetting that to be vegan is THEIR choice, pointing out that everyone who is not in agreement with them should not belong to the human race. For the same reason, in my opinion, this is a clear aggression to one of the most valuable rights of humans, that is, the freedom to choose. They choose a way of life and expect that the rest of humankind should do the same, just because they see it this way.
    Under my point of view, there is no much difference between this behaviour and fascism.
    I am not even trying to convince a vegan to eat meat. For the same reason, I don't want to be insulted by them because of their own choice.
    As it uses to happen, some individuals belonging to a minority are so desperately willing to reaffirm their choice, that they feel compelled to convince the rest of us to follow their own choice by all means. It´s simply pathetic.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/10/2016 #21 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #20 Jerry, is that a euphism for ... Never mind. LOL
    Jerry Fletcher
    28/10/2016 #20 Jerry Fletcher
    I once thought it was age that brought out the curmudgeon in people than I went to work in advertising. I quickly realized that age had nothing to do with it. It is a reaction to stupidity. It seems more and more that the world abounds in it. Excuse me I've got to get my oil changed...
    Melissa Hughes
    28/10/2016 #19 Anonymous
    @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, this is just as funny the second time around for me. Thanks for the Friday belly laugh!
    Alexa Steele
    28/10/2016 #18 Alexa Steele
    #14 Ha! You remind me of the meme: "Grammar, it's the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you're shit."
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/10/2016 #17 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #8 Wow. Just imagine all the passersby looking for great Chinese that never went in.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/10/2016 #16 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #9 Hmmm, Mercedes footwear? You may be on to something, Lisa
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/10/2016 #15 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #10 Tell me about it! I watched a new TV show yesterday called "The Great Indoors." Boy, do they ever push that! It also portrays Millennials as wooses and brilliant idiots with illusions (not delusions) of grandeur.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/10/2016 #14 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #12 You may be right, Alexa. I also saw a woman get upset when she was called a polyglot. She thought it meant "fat."

    True, English can get confusing. "You are the shit!" is good. "You are shit!" is not. This was not one of those cases
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/10/2016 #13 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #6 LMAO, Randy. Yup, it is only in English. I guess I could have written it in French too. But, I have never met two French-speakers who could agree on phrasing. Come to think of it, I never met two English-speakers who could either.

    Satire is difficult to write, particularly on an international stage. Don't sweat the shit lists.
    Alexa Steele
    28/10/2016 #12 Alexa Steele
    Thanks for sharing a great story, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. I clicked over and read the original article, but I'm not sure I read it right. Did that whole fiasco really start because the customer couldn't be bothered to google "idiosyncratic" and assumed she'd been called an idiot? I think maybe we have a bigger problem than people feeling entitled...
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    How to Use beBee Hives to Your Best Advantage?We approach anything new by comparing it to what we already know. That's normal. It's expected. It's a great strategy. It helped us survive. It's one of the things that allowed us, a prey animal, to rise to dominance on this big blue rock of...


    Javier 🐝 beBee
    06/01/2017 #98 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Great to see this revival ! Excellent buzz ! Hives will become more powerful soon !
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    05/01/2017 #97 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #96 Well, Joshua, I'm betting that there are a lot of people who feel the same way we do. In fact, I bet six months of 18 hour days and a good chunk of change.

    Tomorrow, when myTweetPack.com goes live, we'll see if it was worth it.

    Fingers crossed
    Joshua Casper
    05/01/2017 #96 Joshua Casper
    #95 Thats a fair point, its just that its hard to meld the two, though Im not versed enough to intelligently comment from tech end. It all too often is a free for all though, much to my chagrin.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    05/01/2017 #95 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #94 I beg to differ. There are many use-cases where quasi-confidentiality is desirable, and not in any nefarious way. Social media is social not necessarily a free-for-all. Regardless, such functionality does not exist here.
    Joshua Casper
    05/01/2017 #94 Joshua Casper
    #70 By nature social media is democratic insofar as all have access, a portion of whom one would rather not. That is just the nature of the beast. You engage those who you so desire and those who you don't. But private posts and social networking are antithetical concepts, no? If you are engaging with those in your own sphere and file sharing proprietary info for a project lets say why does one need SM, there are already applications for that which dont engage the public.
    Phil Friedman
    29/10/2016 #93 Phil Friedman
    Paul, there is a single undermining problem running through most of your suggestions, namely, the inability of a hive owner/manager to require moderation. For example, you mention "hive as an aggregator". How does that work when every time you return to your aggregation to find it has been joined by a number of posts that you do not want there? Oh sure, you can post guidelines, then reclassify and remove posts that don't meet the guidelines, but that sucks up a lot of time ---- indeed, it will become impossible to keep up with as beBee grows to currently projected user levels. The important aspect of "privacy" is not just ---- indeed it may be other than ---- the ability to restrict who can read the material in the hive; it is the ability to restrict what material is placed in the hive. Without that, the hive system will remain pretty much the undifferentiated mass of postings, little different from the main feed, that it is now. Cheers!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    28/10/2016 #92 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #89 @Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTS, you don't have to announce a new hive, however, if you don't no one will know about it. If you let me know, I'll feature it in Hive Talk.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/10/2016 #91 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #90 I used to ski a lot when I was younger. I had a house on the slopes at Mt Tremblant. My current wife is not all that big on sports, the outdoors, or the cold. That tends to cross skiing off the list of things we do.
    Keith Bare
    28/10/2016 #90 Keith Bare
    I'm always shocked there are only BEES who enjoy #Skiing besides me on Bebee
    Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTS
    25/10/2016 #89 Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTS
    BTW, there's a new Box in beBee Land:

    Do we have a place to announce Hives?!
    Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTS
    25/10/2016 #88 Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTS
    Another [early] great post, Paul. Just re-found this one, as I believe I saw it as a NewBee.
    Love the Box metaphor. As well, Meat.
    Here's some of the latter:

    I have a way to STING comments, posts, buzz and - in fact - anything on the web:

    I saw others saving their beBee content in Hive boxes, but this limits one to beBee. Even once Stings are here.

    Just something to chew on.... ;p
    Kevin Pashuk
    25/10/2016 #87 Kevin Pashuk
    #85 Ditto to Paul's remark Jared.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    25/10/2016 #86 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #85 You are most welcome, Jared
    Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTS
    25/10/2016 #85 Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTS
    #84 You just saved me so much time. Don't know why I hadn't tried that. I'm always "hovering" ;) Thanks @Kevin Pashuk and @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian - as always.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    25/10/2016 #84 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #80 Here's a hack from @Kevin Pashuk regarding getting notifications on other people's posts when you share them.

    The notification is a link. If you hover over it, you will see where the link aims. In Chrome, it's on the bottom left-hand corner. From the link, you can see if it's for a real one of your posts, or if it's from a share.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    25/06/2016 #83 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #81 I just deal with it by writing the mentions in a comment on the post
    Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    25/06/2016 #82 Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    #81 Already it planned. Thanks Javier.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    24/06/2016 #81 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #80 Anyone mentioned should be notified only on the first publish. Subsequent shares should not trigger a re-notification . We are fixing this problem CC @Alberto Anaya Arcas @Miguel Ángel Del Fresno Rodríguez @Daniel Paz @Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    Louise Smith
    24/06/2016 #80 Louise Smith
    #57 YES @Javier 🐝 beBee Please think about this. It drives me crazy when I share someone else's buzz in my hive NOW and I keep getting Notifications that someone has commented on my buzz or likes my buzz when it's not mine I just shared it !
    James McElearney
    15/06/2016 #79 James McElearney
    Really like the idea of the read later hive. I've learnt a lot from reading this, I didn't know the hives where that flexable. Thanks for this @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian