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Month: January, 2015

Madness today

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This little ones name may very well be Charlie, but for credits sake I will mention another name, namely Mulberry from whence this photo is taken. Madness unfortunately has a propensity to travel far and fast these days. I want to use those channels to have sanity journey along the same path. Hence a cute little Whippet brought to you from a snowy forest in Masuria where the hubs and I are chilling in front of the fire place, something only interspersed with bouts of horseback riding. The terror comes to us via high speed internet still. May very well be a symptom of long brewing societal issues in our jolie neighbours place. Arabs after all are at times somewhat second class citizens there. No apology for terror ever will pass my lips, but neither will a simple joining of the choir be my desire. Je suis desole mon cher!

29 predictions for 2015: Fortune’s Crystal Ball

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There’s a lot to look forward to in 2015: The Apple Watch will debut, medical science will advance, and most economists expect global growth to accelerate — led by a strengthening U.S. economy. Sure, China’s juggernaut is slowing, gridlock in Washington looks worse than ever, and there may be a coffee shortage, but most forecasts in the U.S. point to a sunnier 2015. Hopefully they’re right. As any meteorologist will tell you, predicting the future is nearly as difficult as it is important. Herewith are our educated guesses for what to expect in the year ahead. —By Scott Cendrowski, Erika Fry, Leigh Gallagher, Stephen Gandel, Erin Griffith, Robert Hackett, Beth Kowitt, Adam Lashinsky, JP Mangalindan, Chris Matthews, Tory Newmyer, Scott Olster, Daniel Roberts, Anne VanderMey, Phil Wahba, and Claire Zillman

CHINA SPUTTERS

General Images of Chinese Economy From ZhuhaiCranes operate at a residential construction site in the Gongbei district of Zhuhai, Guangdong province, ChinaPhoto…

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The beginning of the end for email

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Along with global warming, the Ebola virus, and gridlock politics, this year, for me at least, something far less life- and society-threatening also spiraled out of control: email.

It was long ago invented as something to make us more productive. But what productivity expert would ever say that it’s a good thing that instead of working, we now “answer email?” Or that on some days, I am wary to leave my desk to head into a meeting because it means taking my finger off the dike and knowing I will return to a flood of boldfaced new messages waiting patiently for my total attention?

Some people strive for “inbox zero.” But like many people, I now get so much spam and unsolicited pitches that if I were to adopt such a goal, I would spend the entirety of every workday doing nothing but deleting emails. To keep up with this…

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