Me:“My name is Carolyn, and I live-tweet at conferences . . .”
You (all together now): “Hello, Carolyn!”
Yes, dear readers, I’m talking about the obsessive practice of live-tweeting to your Twitter followers those awkward little bits and pieces of a speaker’s presentation at conferences, meetings or major events.
I’m also talking from the perspective of a person who has both been onstage as a conference speaker in front of an audience of people who are live-tweeting what I’m saying, AND who has also furiously live-tweeted other conference speakers. And here’s why I’ve finally become a recovering live-tweeter. Continue reading →
Sit back for six minutes or so and enjoy every line of Bohemian Polypharmacy – a parody of Queen’s classic, Bohemian Rhapsody. This time around, it’s a song all about polypharmacy – which is what we call it when we are taking more medicines than we need to. This is yet another brilliant gem from Canadian pharmacist and professor Dr.James McCormack, with lyric help from David Scotten and creative input from Pete McCormack. Great vocals are by local Victoria band Aiviamembers Liam Styles Chang (lead) and Shae Scotten(background).
Dr. James McCormack is half of the brains behind Therapeutics Education Collaboration (TEC), home of the highly entertaining (and educational) BS Medicine podcast (the BS stands for, of course, Best Science). His partner in crime is family physician Dr. Michael Allan. Here’s how they describe TEC:
“The best way to describe us is that we are the ‘mythbusters’ of drug therapy.” Continue reading →
Adidasmay be an official corporate partner of the FIFA World Cup, but most of the host country’s national team players in Brazil are wearing Nike.
This reality must sting for Adidas marketing types. Decades ago, the company launched the groundbreaking practice of paying athletes to wear its shoes, paying sports teams to wear its jerseys, and paying a league to use its ball, as Brendan Greeleyreported recently in his Bloomberg BusinessWeekcover story.
If you liked my last post here at The Ethical Nag about the new Dove Beauty Patches campaign, you’ll love this #TrueBeauty parody, produced by the creative team at Above Average(the comedy video network that’s part of the Broadway Video production family behind SNL, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and Portlandia).
Let me make this perfectly clear, in case some of you still think that Unilever, the company that makes Dove beauty products, is somehow in the business of caring about women’s fragile self-esteem.
Unilever, as I wrote here previously, is in the business of convincing you to buy their products. Period.
The fact that they do this so successfully by blatantly appealing to your personal insecurities while pretending to care about you should be insulting to every woman (and man) out there. And their newest Dove marketing campaign is no exception. Continue reading →
It all started with a simple question from one of my blog readers at Heart Sisters. Another heart attack survivor asked me if I’d heard about the use of high-dose vitamin C and lysineto prevent or reverse coronary artery disease, a treatment duo often touted in health food stores. It turns out that almost any Canadian who reads any daily newspaper across our great country has likely heard of these particular supplements, thanks to a syndicated health columnist named W. Gifford-Jones MD whose columns have been published in over 70 newspapers in Canada and beyond.
He’s a University of Toronto- and Harvard-trained MD and author whose bio also includes “family doctor, hotel doctor and ship’s surgeon”. (That’s not his real name, by the way – which is Ken Walker). In one of his columns published in the Windsor Star in December, the 89-year old Gifford-Jones/Walker described his own personal experience taking this vitamin C and lysine combo: Continue reading →