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I used to attend an event called the Birmingham Social Media Cafe. This was back in the day when it was partly organized by someone who now works at Bloomberg. So, you know, I used to associate with some fancy company, or at least I did back then. We would go to this cafe to socialize and meet people we knew online in person. I remember one day when two friends and I were sitting at a table, a woman came by and placed a business card on the table, saying that Jeff would be joining us shortly.

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Back in the early 20th century, preventable mining accidents were a lot more common. Then one day, a mining employee had the imaginative idea to show a sign saying something like "three days since our last accident." The thought was that every day employees would see that sign and want to keep the streak going, so that every day the number would get bigger. If there was an accident, the sign would be reset to zero. In the early 1920s, chemical company DuPont took this idea and ran with it. They're a safety-conscious company and they still use signage like this to encourage everyone working there to stay safe. It's now a widespread idea, and it's even in the opening sequence of The Simpsons.

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I used to be a big fan of the band Smash Mouth. I still kind of am, to be honest. I enjoy their catchy tunes. I had all of their albums up until their last one, "Summer Girl," released in 2008. Let's talk about that. "Walking on the Sun" is still a great song, even though it's over 20 years old. However, it seems like they got stuck after their success with Shrek. They became known as the band that makes songs for animated films. I realized that I had changed while they stayed the same. I wanted my favorite band to evolve and grow, to challenge me with each new album. That's what I believe makes a great band.