Vancouver Unveils 2010 Winter Olympics Mascot; World Recoils in Horror

UPDATE: I’m an angry nerd! Awesome (I think)– thanks Canoe Dossier! And please see my summary of the Summer Olympics mascots.

Here we go again– another Olympics mascot is unveiled. This particular trilogy of terror are Miga, Quatchi and Sumi, a “sea bear,” a “young sasquatch,” and an, um, “animal spirit,” respectively. Here they are. The legend of Sasquatch has been cheapened, first by a beef jerky maker, now by the Olympic committee. Why not just make him a Webkinz and be done with it?


My ambivalence towards Olympic mascots is not something new. Here is a re-post of a February 2006 blog entry on an old neglected blog. I present them to you now, from 1968-2006, as if they were new and fresh. Summer mascots to follow in a separate post:


2006, Torino, “Neve” and “Gliz”: Two marshmallows?!? Ok, they are supposed to be “Snow and Ice,” but I still think the slogan should be “Give me s’more medals.”

Ciao yerself.


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2002, Salt Lake City, “Powder” the Hare; “Copper” the Coyote; “Coal” the Bear

Also known as Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Wolf and Br’er Bear.





1998, Nagano: “Snowlets.” I think those are supposed to be owls. Owls eat mice– that’s it. Oh, and they’re wise. These aren’t even snow owls!

Was Baatz-Maru busy? He would have been a kickin’ logo for Japanese games! And he’s a penguin!



1994, Lillehammer, “Haakon” and “Kristin”, Norwegian child folk characters.

Does this mean they are not original characters?

They only had 2 years to come up with these instead of the usual 4, so I guess this is the best they could do.



1992, Albertville, “Magique”, animated Savoyard Star.

Looks like a cross between a rogue Jack-in-the-Box and an origami project gone awry.



1988, Calgary, “Hidy” and “Howdy” the Welcome Polar Bears.

This from the country that gave us hockey goons.
Let’s give them Timothy Treadwell’s scent and see if their expressions change to something less cute.



1984, Sarajevo, “Vucko the Wolf”

Actually, he’s got a Bode Miller thing going there




1980, Lake Placid, “Roni the Racoon.”

What best represents the USA? I know, an oversized rodent that roots through trash cans and carries rabies!



1976, Innsbruck: “Schneemandl”. That means “snowman” but would be a great name for horror movie.

Beware the Schneemandl!!!




1968, Grenoble, “Shuss”

Shuss yourself.





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My “Email is Dead” email rant

***This is a memo I sent at work today. Good fodder for how to get me in general. Yes, I sent it via email. But that fits within my rules.**

I come not to praise email, but to bury it.

I have finally reached the breaking point with email. Email is irretrievably broken as a quick communications tool. This is a note about the best way to get in touch with me for any timely info.

Not email.

If you email me something in the morning, it quickly gets buried in client emails, etc. so: if you need to tell me something timely and want to make sure I get the message in time, do the following:

  • Stop by my desk
  • Buzz my extension
  • Call my cell – or text message me
  • If you are on Twitter, direct messages go right to my phone
  • I am on Skype for IM. I have AIM, but don’t always have it turned on.

Email is best for:

  • Documents
  • To-do lists
  • Anything else that should be kept as an ongoing record.
  • Anything that is not timely.

So if it doesn’t need to be in an email, don’t send it that way. If you don’t mind if I don’t see something for a few hours, then go ahead.

Thanks—and have a great Thanksgiving,


Cross-media conversations

What occurred to me today is actually something that occurred to me separately a long time ago: conversations occur across platforms without any of the participants batting an eye.

Ok, in this case I eventually batted eyes, hence the blog post. The other day, Clarence Smith posted this on Twitter:

dykc coco

Being a smartass, I responded:

dough coco

Clarence responded, seamlessly, via Facebook:


You’ll notice he pointed out to me that he jumped to Facebook from Twitter to carry on the conversation. So, I posed the question to the Twitter network, and here are a few of the responses:

Twitter responses

What’s the point? The platform is not only less important than the conversation and the community, but we can take on and dispose of these media midstream. Again, this is really nothing new, but in this age of instant social networks, the shifting from platform to platform is more common, and in my case at least, easy to absorb.

What is your take? Do you have cross-platform conversational experience? Comment below.

Or Twitter

Or leave a message on my Facebook wall.

Or ask a question in LinkedIn.

Or use Utterz to post an audio response with photos.

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It’s time to kill “post mortem”

I have heard this phrase too many times, and it’s time to revive my campaign from several years ago to rid our world of this little indicator of negativity.

“Post mortem.”

Why, after any completed project, campaign or event, must we have a “post mortem?”

Why, if the project, campaign or event is successful, do we call this meeting a “post mortem?”

“Post mortem” means, literally, “after death.” I understand that the finality of death corresponds to the end of an event. But to use an actual death metaphor– not a metaphors, is it? The actual word, then– to refer to your project infers that something went wrong.

Was your publicity event an utter failure? Did someone die during your fundraising campaign? Are you performing an autopsy on a deceased human being? Perhaps “post mortem” fits.

If not, why not use “post factum” instead? Yes, it means “after the fact.”

I first noticed this absurdity back in my public radio days, when during the on-air fundraisers, the staff would hold “post mortems” after each day of fundraising. “Nobody died!” I would yell. “We met our goals! Call the meeting something else.” I was a smartass in those days. I’m trying to recall, but I think I did get some people to stop referring to what were usually celebratory recountings of what went right as “pst mortems.” A small victory, if I’m not imagining it.

After hearing an informative segment on “post mortems” on the Inside PR podcast, I realized that it’s time to revive the campaign to stamp out “post mortem.”

Please, so your part. “Post factum,” please

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