Stupid Countries, Stupider Museums

 

9 Things You Need to Know about Starting a Profitable Online Community

Know why it works. People have an inherent need to collaborate. Maybe it’s in our genes, but human beings seem to need, in addition to food, clothing and shelter, a fourth factor to sustain us: collaboration. Before the Internet, we commuted to work along with all of our fellow workers, hung our coats up together, shared a coffee break, discussed our families and our weekends, and gossiped about various topics of shared interests. Today, thanks to telecommuting—people working from home or from Wi-Fi spots—the need to collaborate is palpably urgent. “The goal that a person seeks to fulfill in joining an online or mobile


Stupid Countries, Stupider Museums

One night in the early 1980s, my wife, Peggy, and I were sitting in the second row of the Mark Hellinger Theater watching the musical romp “Sugar Babies,” starring Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller. Mickey Rooney (amazingly, this was his Broadway debut) was standing outside a hotel room door listening to what was going on inside between two newlyweds. It was the setup for a very old joke that I had known since boyhood. “When you get to the umbrella, it’s mine!” Rooney shouted through the door. I let out a guffaw that rocked the theater and the audience followed suit. Rooney marched down