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My eBook’s New Cover

Now actually featuring the title and my name, wa-hooo.  I really rushed getting that sucker posted.

Got Junk?


My Author Page On Amazon

My Amazon Author Page is finally updated.  What do you think?  Remember, my love of cheese can not be understated.

After Tom Acox graduated from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA,
he authored a College Prowler guide to make sure all his favorite
college haunts would live on (they didn’t, R.I.P Muddy Duck).

He has written for Metro Newspaper in Philadelphia and New York City and was even able to get a free meal or two as Philadelphia Weekly’s Food and
Drink man in the street.

Currently, you can find him working on economics textbooks or
making whiskey in his apartment in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

A lover of BBQ, graphs, Mexican food, beer, statistics and cheese in alternating orders, Acox writes daily at http://www.theunqualifiedeconomist.com; occasionally at http://www.popblerd.com; and inappropriately at @ThatTomAcox.

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(You can buy the Got Junk? here.)

Know an aspiring NYC based photographer who wants to take some gratis shots for a proper bio pic? Leave comment!

The Economics (or not) of Wearing Hats

There has to be some behavorial economics in here somewhere I just can’t figure out what it is.  Something with signaling, or, er, oh, I don’t know. But, I get it.

Wearing hats that are not baseball caps just feels like it is screaming pretentious.  And yet, when traveling, it is totally cool. Also, when you are Don Draper, totally cool.

Via Transient Travels:

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[photo courtesy of Bryce of Extension Mattie]

“”When my girls weekend crew and I were wandering the streets of New Orleans, a strange, yet stylish urge came over me as we went in and out of local shops. I suddenly wanted to buy a hat. So I did, and it was thrilling…

…Yes, I know that a hat is far from considered a ‘risk’ to most, but to me, it’s just not something I feel I can pull off in my day to day life.

When traveling though, I can wear a hat. I can be stylish. I can be anybody.

I wore the hat for the entire trip and told myself that I’d still wear it when I got home. It hasn’t been worn since. All won’t be lost though when I bring it on my next trip and wear it shamelessly.”

ME in the news. Sort of. Happy Bday PW!

Philadelphia Weekly recently put out a 40th Anniversary Issue.  A very interesting read on the changing times of Philadelphia, the evolution of newspapers, and the print/media/revenue struggle.

But the best article by far…

PW’s Most Memorable Interns:

What’s the worst thing you were ever asked to do as a PW intern?

Tom Acox: Jim Newell and I were sent to Jessica Pressler and Doree Shafrir’s apartment to help them move. They gave us beer and pizza, which was awesome. I emailed Jessica a lead for a story years later that started, “Hey, you might remember me, I helped carry Doree’s couch.”

Which staffer did you most look up to and why?

Tom Acox: Neil Ferguson was the coolest guy going. He actually inspired a character in a screenplay I was writing at the time (look for it in theaters in the summer 2017!).

Some Questions for Ritz-Carlton’s Social Media Director

If the Ritz-Carlton is spamming me, does’t that mean I am already part of their ‘Email Community‘?

Why do companies–across the board–insist on sending emails with HTML based crap that doesn’t show up properly unless I tell it to or they give me the inexplicable option to ‘Open this email as a webpage’?

The $86,000 dog.

Apparently there was a highly trained (and equipped) dog with the Navy Seals that took out Bin Laden.

Last year, the Seals bought four waterproof tactical vests for their dogs that featured infrared and night-vision cameras so that handlers — holding a three-inch monitor from as far as 1,000 yards away — could immediately see what the dogs were seeing. The vests, which come in coyote tan and camouflage, let handlers communicate with the dogs with a speaker…Navy Seal teams have trained to parachute from great heights and deploy out of helicopters with dogs.

The Future of eBooks is the Past

I am not surprised.  This is sort of like the culmination of folks who wrote in the margin of ancient manuscripts, Wikipedia, crowd sourcing, message boards, and well, graffiti.  Still, this is awesome.

Public Notes

Book Extras are available to readers on the Kindle and Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch, so get your extras out there.

Kindle users can now make their book notes and highlights available for others to see. As an author, you can connect with readers in a new way as you annotate your own books and the books that influence you.

Seth Godin and Karen McQuestion are among the authors who have added Public Notes to their own books.

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