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June 29, 2018

In an urban setting, owning a dog is simulated parenting – conspicuous caring. The in-utilitarian dog serves a purpose, but not the one for which dogs were created. In-utilitarian dogs are a means of signaling (communicating) one’s valuable traits to others – especially potential mates, but also potential allies.

March 12, 2018

We realized that much of the waste produced by takeout was delayed. Many (most?) restaurants include in the “takeout kit” items such as plastic cutlery, salt & pepper tiny bags, ketchup etc. that are not necessary in the context of eating at home. Sure, if you’re eating in a hotel room you need these items, but if you’re eating at home, you have your own cutlery, plates and, better ketchup.

March 6, 2018

When it comes to sending emails to existing and prospective clients, clicks and engagement are the subjects of most discussions. And it makes sense. But what if an email can play an important role in the customers’ experiences without even being opened? It’s a bit counter-intuitive, I know. But here’s an example of such an email.

A bit of background information

Soon after my wife and I moved to the USA, we subscribed to Hello Fresh, a meal kit delivery service, and we’ve been using happily for abo...

March 6, 2018

Axiom: All Experiences End

Physical products have various life durations ranging from a few minutes (e.g. food) to thousands of years (e.g. buildings). Physical goods can outlive their owners (hence, there is the institution of inheritance). However, services and experiences end rather quickly relative to the clients’ life expectancy. All experiences end.

After an experience ends, it transforms into a memory.

The lay (naïve?) view on human memory is that people record facts and feelings in a simila...