The rise of the iPad became that much more interesting this week as sales numbers from Apple’s quarterly earnings poured in.There’s been plenty of clear and concise analysis done over the last few days, so I will stay way from that.
But, I do want to highlight one theme we’ve touched on here…
This fits so well into Gap International’s reality-possibility matrix. They were high in reality, and as their reality shrunk and newer forms of media competed with them in their market, they tried and tried to get back to high reality. However, they stuck to the same models; they stuck to what they knew. They never thought outside of their automatic principles and strategies.
Thinking outside of your automatic state is necessary when you’re in crisis mode. And this story proves that.
This is a great question posed by Andy Hooper at Gap International. Really, it doesn’t matter what you’re playing, with whom you’re playing, or even how you’re playing, until you establish what it is you want.
What is that yearning you’ve always had?
What’s that dream that you never thought you could accomplish?
Why are you playing this game?
Once you establish that, then you can move onto how you’re going to get there.
This NYTimes science write-up of Google’s first adolescent science competition was so compelling. One, because I myself was a teenage scientist, doing lab work at Columbia University during high school, and two, because well, science is cool. Science is so cool that kids should like it and realize it’s not just breast cancer research and cells, but it’s also creating new products like the tie written about in this article, researching food science and marinades for carcinogens and even turning spinach blue so kids will eat it more. Science is essentially another word for innovation and encompasses the idea that anything can be studied, and through being studied, can be transformed and improved.
My primate behavior professor, Dr. Dario Maestripieri, agrees that there is no such thing as true altruism. If you want more info, read his book, Macachiavellian Intelligence. Thoughts? Is it possible to teach the genius of being a selfless person?
In 1976, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins wrote in The Selfish Gene, “If you wish, as I do, to build a society in which individuals cooperate generously and unselfishly towards a common good, you can expect little help from biological nature. Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.” By 2006, the tide had started to turn. Harvard University mathematical biologist Martin Nowak could declare, in an overview of the evolution of cooperation in Science magazine, “Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of evolution is its ability to generate cooperation in a competitive world. Thus, we might add ‘natural cooperation’ as a third fundamental principle of evolution beside mutation and natural selection.”
Why is this deep-rooted belief about human selfishness beginning to change? To some extent, the answer is specific to evolutionary biology. But similar ideas challenging the notion that people are born selfish have surfaced in several other fields, such as psychology, sociology, political science, and experimental economics. Together, these ideas are tracing a new intellectual arc in the disciplines concerned with human action and motivation.
As we go through our daily lives and witness events, there’s what exactly happened and then there’s how we interpret it. While what happened it unquestionable, there are - I dare say it - infinite ways to talk about what happened and explain it yourself and to others. And that’s because it goes through our brain, and we categorize the experience, analyze it, and add our own language and metaphors to the situation. It strikes me that caricatures are very similar. There’s what you are seeing and there’s how you interpet it. In this case, how you interpret it may say something about memory. This explains a lot about why we take our interpretations of events as truths, when really they are filtered and tainted by our own brain and perceptions.
Well, not exactly. This new program SMISC will be designed to help the government use social media to track what’s going on in places the U.S. troops are deployed and is an innovative way to use the pervasive, yet elusive, marketing tool. One thing I was amazed about was the fact that NATO has already been paying keen attention to Twitter, using data from the micro-blogging service as an intel source to aid in bomb targeting decisions. Somehow an analogy to Walter Benjamin’s dispersal of art to the masses pops up. In this case, it’s intelligence to the masses. Who are the experts in intelligence anymore if it comes from a platform we can all easily use and understand?
One sad thing about this article: they won’t use their technology to find out the perfect algorithm to making something as viral as the critically acclaimed “Friday” by Rebecca Black.
Today I was thinking about a consulting job one of my friends from college has. The idea is based on Taibi Kahler’s 6 types of people. Thinkers, feelers, doers, funsters, believers, and dreamers. Essentially you can make a great first impression on someone (and deal with them well on help lines and hotline calls - what my friend’s company does) by categorizing the person you are interacting with into one of these. While I don’t think I like the idea that there are only six, I do agree that learning someone’s language can help you in your interactions with them. Perhaps there can be as many categories as you want, and 6 is just the easiest number.
In 1972, psychologist Walter Mischel of Stanford University conducted a novel experiment. Researchers led children aged between four and six years into a room consisting of only a table and a chair. The researcher would place a marshmallow on the table in full view of the child, and as his…
This is not what I had predicted; I thought it would be more of a music sharing and buying program, but I think this makes a lot more sense and is definitely more of a breakthrough. Now, if only Facebook chat didn’t stall out every few minutes…
The crucial thing about this post by Andy Hooper at Gap International is that it is relatable. When I did crew in high school, I always felt like I had to save something up for later so that I wouldn’t die by the end of the 6K. Same as starting Q3 this week; why hold back now when you can be continuing to give it your all and building the foundation for the rest of the quarter, Q4, and 2012? Putting in everything now doesn’t have to mean losing something later.
I completely agree with this article. Within ten minutes, a company or person totally knows if they’re going to hire you. I actually hate to say it - but it may be more like 3 minutes. I’ve been on both sides of the process and as a hirer, I’ve already read your resume by that point and it’s all about the fit. Look good, be polite but interesting, and please don’t reschedule at Starbucks and come in wearing a sweaty suit and talking about egg donations. Please.
I really like the idea of managing high-risk patients and skilled case manager nurses. It also makes a ton of sense to reduce the time patients spend in hospitals because they’re right: it’s incredibly expensive. Holding both doctors and hospitals accountable is crucial to great performance so I don’t really understand why no one thought of this before.
I love editing and reading people’s resumes. It gives me some kind of joy to see how people squeeze themself on to one single side of one single piece of paper. But, many people make mistakes in their resume. This link shows all the big no-no’s when building one’s resume, but it doesn’t highlight the smalls things that can ruin a resume. Beyond the content, there’s the little things like formatting, font, and indentations that can make or break a resume.
Well, while I wish it were that simple, we can’t simply take the $1 coins from the Federal Reserve Bank. However, we could look into why these coins just aren’t taking off. I keep thinking back to the Euro coins and how much I liked them, but then I remember that there was no bill for 1 or 2 Euros. That made it much more easy to like the coins; I simply had to.
Here is an article about the struggle of cable networks to appeal to the new consumer. The consumer wants TV everywhere from their phone to their tablet, to the TV in front of their bed. However, the compromise between comfort for the consumer and price the consumer would have to pay is difficult to find a compromise between. Also I can’t wait to see where the combination Facebook-like TV guide takes us.
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My alma mater recently hired former Chicago mayor Richard Daley for an appointment at the Harris School of Public Policy. Starting on the same same in the same appointment will now be former Goldman Sachs chief and U.S. Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson. They hope to create a Paulson Center that concentrate on the U.S.’s relationship to China. Pretty cool; the University is definitely taking a step in the right direction with these recent senior fellows.
I just moved to Philadelphia and as a linguist, I thought this article on Philadelphia English was pretty cool and even uses linguistic terms like glottal stop and voiceless. I hadn’t really realized how people spoke around here until I read this article.