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Orctoberfest 2015

October is my favorite month for a number of reasons: I was born during it, it’s the time of year when cosplay enjoys the broadest degree of social acceptance, it’s the month that I published Orconomics: A Satire, and it falls into easy wordplay with the word “Orc.” (It should be clear by now that horrible Orc puns are part of my schtick.)

For those last two reasons, I’m hearby announcing Orctoberfest on this first full week of Orctober. I’m running some promotions and kicking off new initiatives and doing fun stuff all month. Stuff that a cool person like you should probably be a part of.

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Business Behaving Badly

Business Behaving Badly: Volkswagen

In Business Behaving Badly I call out real world examples of businesses acting like fantasy villains. In this episode, however, I have a more direct connection to fantasy than I expected. You’re up: Volkswagen.

The first thing I thought of upon hearing about the Volkswagen scandal was, ironically enough, an apocalyptic comedy by two of my favorite authors. In Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and the late great Terry Pratchett, the four horsemen of the apocalypse appear to usher in the end of the world. I know it’s a strange connection to make. Stick with me here.

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