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2013-06-04 01:10:49 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"I'm sorry, did someone say something about an economic recovery?"  I call this the "middle-class disconnect."

This author of this article does an excellent job explaining why so many middle-class families aren't feeling the effects of the "economic recovery," which he measures from the 2nd quarter of 2009 through the first quarter of 2013.  

GDP, home prices/sales/starts, and jobs have been moving in the right direction, albeit sluggishly. Meanwhile, the stock markets are booming, up 57% during the period.  So....

The "middle-class disconnect" arises because 80% of the equity markets are owned by the wealthiest top 10% of Americans.  So, the remaining 20% of stock market wealth is divided among 90% of Americans, primarily in retirement plans.  *In essence, 9 families are sharing 1/5th of the pie,whil... more »

Most reshares: 2

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2013-10-25 21:31:59 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

"Its not all about ME"

Have you ever had a "conversation" where it seems like the only reason one, or both of you, remain silent while the other is speaking is for the sole purpose of forming your next thought?

I found this to be exceedingly insightful.

Most plusones: 7

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2013-07-02 21:29:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I don't know about anyone else, but I turn this handy mind map into my desktop wallpaper and any procrastination problems I may have had up until that point are gone.  The "Procrastination Buster" from Mind Map Art.

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2013-12-22 15:56:28 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Embrace the uncertainty of ignorance. To scientist Stuart Firestein, ignorance may indeed be bliss.

“Scientific knowledge increases at an exponential rate. Curiously, ignorance does not similarly decrease. The basic activity of science is in fact confronting ignorance, and often producing more of it.”

(At the end of this TED Talk, Firestein shares some of his insights on the role of testing in our education systems - more specifically - are we evaluating students or weeding them? )

Embrace the uncertainty of ignorance. To scientist Stuart Firestein, ignorance may indeed be bliss.

“Scientific knowledge increases at an exponential rate. Curiously, ignorance does not similarly decrease. The basic activity of science is in fact confronting ignorance, and often producing more of it.”

(At the end of this TED Talk, Firestein shares some of his insights on the role of testing in our education systems - more specifically - are we evaluating students or weeding them? )___

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2013-12-22 01:12:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This.

___This.

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2013-12-21 00:20:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Do scientists pray?

Do scientists pray?___

2013-11-16 14:06:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Interesting ratings news from one of the gang who took the "sub" out of sub-prime mortgages. This sounds a bit twisted, but here it is:

Because regulators and banks have made so much progress in the area of banking regulation and reform, the ratings of four of the largest TBTF banks have been lowered. 

Interesting ratings news from one of the gang who took the "sub" out of sub-prime mortgages. This sounds a bit twisted, but here it is:

Because regulators and banks have made so much progress in the area of banking regulation and reform, the ratings of four of the largest TBTF banks have been lowered. ___

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2013-10-25 21:31:59 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

"Its not all about ME"

Have you ever had a "conversation" where it seems like the only reason one, or both of you, remain silent while the other is speaking is for the sole purpose of forming your next thought?

I found this to be exceedingly insightful.

"Its not all about ME"

Have you ever had a "conversation" where it seems like the only reason one, or both of you, remain silent while the other is speaking is for the sole purpose of forming your next thought?

I found this to be exceedingly insightful.___

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2013-10-14 14:34:51 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Why not?

"Prisons turn to computer algorithms for deciding who to parole" http://feedly.com/k/1elzWpn 

Why not?

"Prisons turn to computer algorithms for deciding who to parole" http://feedly.com/k/1elzWpn ___

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2013-10-13 13:01:57 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I won't be on the "Technology is the Death Of Civilization As We Know It" bandwagon anytime soon, but the concept of "being present" is a different story. If it takes an app to make it happen, so be it (although the irony of using a cell phone app to discourage the use of cell phones isn't lost on me).


"If You Check Facebook While We’re at Dinner, You’re Paying." http://feedly.com/k/1bVOZVD 

I won't be on the "Technology is the Death Of Civilization As We Know It" bandwagon anytime soon, but the concept of "being present" is a different story. If it takes an app to make it happen, so be it (although the irony of using a cell phone app to discourage the use of cell phones isn't lost on me).


"If You Check Facebook While We’re at Dinner, You’re Paying." http://feedly.com/k/1bVOZVD ___

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2013-10-10 21:06:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The CEO of a publicly-held company once told me that  'running a public company was like having sex with an audience standing outside your open bedroom window.  It's not enough that they're watching - they're also giving you instructions about how to do it better.   (Withing a year, said company went private.)

Investment analysts applaud innovation,  but NEVER at the expense of return on invested capital!!  Research indicates that analyst coverage may actually inhibit innovation, particularly when the companies they cover succumb to managing the quarterly ratios.

It makes sense.  I've yet to see many companies that have slashed and cost-cut their way to greatness.

The CEO of a publicly-held company once told me that  'running a public company was like having sex with an audience standing outside your open bedroom window.  It's not enough that they're watching - they're also giving you instructions about how to do it better.   (Withing a year, said company went private.)

Investment analysts applaud innovation,  but NEVER at the expense of return on invested capital!!  Research indicates that analyst coverage may actually inhibit innovation, particularly when the companies they cover succumb to managing the quarterly ratios.

It makes sense.  I've yet to see many companies that have slashed and cost-cut their way to greatness.___

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2013-10-09 23:56:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Who knew?  Clearly, I missed this particular memo.

"A relationship expert insists that whatever men tell their friends, they're really looking for love. Women, on the other hand, often just want to hook up."

Who knew?  Clearly, I missed this particular memo.

"A relationship expert insists that whatever men tell their friends, they're really looking for love. Women, on the other hand, often just want to hook up."___

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2013-10-04 02:45:57 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I have no clue who this gal or guy is (I'm going to refer to him as a guy, for simplicity), but he is beginning to grow on me, as well as his mysterious website, 'http://waitbutwhy.com.' At any rate, this post resonated with me, and I'd urge you to take a few minutes to read it if you have an opportunity.   Thanks and well done, Sir (whomever you are).

I have no clue who this gal or guy is (I'm going to refer to him as a guy, for simplicity), but he is beginning to grow on me, as well as his mysterious website, 'http://waitbutwhy.com.' At any rate, this post resonated with me, and I'd urge you to take a few minutes to read it if you have an opportunity.   Thanks and well done, Sir (whomever you are).___

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2013-10-04 00:24:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Twitter Makes it Official - Twitter took its first official step toward its long-awaited initial public offering today when it filed its S-1 registration statement with the SEC. (I would normally recap the filing details here, but I stopped reading when I realized it was longer than 140 characters.) 

The company figures to strike when the proverbial iron is hot - particularly for social media companies - as shares of Facebook and LinkedIn hover at all-time highs.  The company expects to raise $1 billion at an overall company valuation of $10 billion. 

Twitter IPO filing is now public http://www.cnbc.com/id/101074151___Twitter Makes it Official - Twitter took its first official step toward its long-awaited initial public offering today when it filed its S-1 registration statement with the SEC. (I would normally recap the filing details here, but I stopped reading when I realized it was longer than 140 characters.) 

The company figures to strike when the proverbial iron is hot - particularly for social media companies - as shares of Facebook and LinkedIn hover at all-time highs.  The company expects to raise $1 billion at an overall company valuation of $10 billion. 

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2013-10-02 23:42:29 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Awesome.

Awesome.___

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2013-09-06 13:43:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I don't always send birthday wishes.  But when I do, they're always to +David Amerland

Happy birthday, David.  Stay thirsty, my friend.

I don't always send birthday wishes.  But when I do, they're always to +David Amerland

Happy birthday, David.  Stay thirsty, my friend.___

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2013-08-07 18:11:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Just why did Jeff Bezos buy the Washington Post?

Here's one view...

Just why did Jeff Bezos buy the Washington Post?

Here's one view...___

2013-08-07 17:51:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The future of Detroit is about more than bankruptcy   "...the beleaguered city’s main growth engine is a workforce unafraid of violence and unlit streets."

40% of its street lights don't work, response times to 911 calls, medical services, and fires are increasing at alarming rates, and the city's rate of violent crime is the highest in the nation.  Before anything else, Detroit's primary objective is clear:  

First, restore the city's ability to provide basic city services.

The future of Detroit is about more than bankruptcy   "...the beleaguered city’s main growth engine is a workforce unafraid of violence and unlit streets."

40% of its street lights don't work, response times to 911 calls, medical services, and fires are increasing at alarming rates, and the city's rate of violent crime is the highest in the nation.  Before anything else, Detroit's primary objective is clear:  

First, restore the city's ability to provide basic city services.___

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2013-08-02 17:42:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"The infrastructure set up by the National Security Agency, however, may only be good for gathering information on the stupidest, lowest-ranking of terrorists."

This NSA slide, recently released, is a pretty good indicator of the level of sophistication behind what is likely the most massive, costly surveillance system in the world.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-nsa-goes-after-typical-internet-users-2013-7#ixzz2apkf7OMo

"The infrastructure set up by the National Security Agency, however, may only be good for gathering information on the stupidest, lowest-ranking of terrorists."

This NSA slide, recently released, is a pretty good indicator of the level of sophistication behind what is likely the most massive, costly surveillance system in the world.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-nsa-goes-after-typical-internet-users-2013-7#ixzz2apkf7OMo___

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2013-07-29 02:39:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

It's no coincidence that the city that just completed the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in US history is home to a team with the highest local TV ratings in Major League Baseball.

1968:  "That October, the Tigers won baseball's World Series."   "They pretty much understood to a man that if they had a successful season and won the pennant ... it would help hold the city together."     That was the season after the city had been ripped apart by five days of race riots, before the National Guard finally put an end to the violence.

And now, the Detroit Tigers are back in first place, playing for a third straight playoff appearance, and another shot at the World Series.  Then there are the Red Wings, the Pistons and the Lions.  You can't help but root for these guys, for so many reasons.

It's no coincidence that the city that just completed the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in US history is home to a team with the highest local TV ratings in Major League Baseball.

1968:  "That October, the Tigers won baseball's World Series."   "They pretty much understood to a man that if they had a successful season and won the pennant ... it would help hold the city together."     That was the season after the city had been ripped apart by five days of race riots, before the National Guard finally put an end to the violence.

And now, the Detroit Tigers are back in first place, playing for a third straight playoff appearance, and another shot at the World Series.  Then there are the Red Wings, the Pistons and the Lions.  You can't help but root for these guys, for so many reasons.___

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2013-07-26 14:03:36 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 


Seriously?


Seriously?___

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2013-07-23 22:34:38 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

On Netflix, Emmys, earnings, and share price:  In a post I wrote yesterday, prior to last night's earnings report, I admitted to being a bit skeptical of Netflix's share price (OK, I intimated that the multiple might actually be absurd).  Here's an update.

Today's share price dropped 4% to $250/share, despite reported EPS of 49 cents, obliterating the Street's expectations of 40 cents by 23%. Although revenues of $1.07 billion were in line with estimates, the drop in share price is presumably attributable to the addition of 630,000 subscribers, short of the expected increase of 700,000.  

Some would suggest that there are some other problems that need to be addressed.

While the majority of analysts continue to rate Netflix as a   buy  or hold. one of the minority bears isn't buying it.  Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities tells adiffe... more »

On Netflix, Emmys, earnings, and share price:  In a post I wrote yesterday, prior to last night's earnings report, I admitted to being a bit skeptical of Netflix's share price (OK, I intimated that the multiple might actually be absurd).  Here's an update.

Today's share price dropped 4% to $250/share, despite reported EPS of 49 cents, obliterating the Street's expectations of 40 cents by 23%. Although revenues of $1.07 billion were in line with estimates, the drop in share price is presumably attributable to the addition of 630,000 subscribers, short of the expected increase of 700,000.  

Some would suggest that there are some other problems that need to be addressed.

While the majority of analysts continue to rate Netflix as a   buy  or hold. one of the minority bears isn't buying it.  Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities tells a different story.

We know that one of the company's critical success factors will be its ability to attract subscribers with its own content, comprised of several popular shows, which were recently nominated for a total of 14 Emmy awards.  We also know that only a portion of the production costs for this content are charged to earnings as incurred, which gives rise to significant differences between profits and cash flows.

Pachter further argues that Netflix has no control over its content costs.

Notwithstanding all of that, Pachter's main point is that Netflix owns nothing.  Evidently, despite the fact that the company has taken over production of its Emmy-nominated programming, it does not own that content. Rather, the company owns licenses to show those programs for two years.  In order to show programs after that, the company will have to pay up.

For those reasons, Pachter is one of the 25% of analysts who are bearish on Netflix, and his target price for the stock is $80, less than 1/3 rd of today's price.

With its 30 million domestic subscribers at $8/month, the company is poised to generate $4.3 billion of revenues during the current fiscal year.  However, when considered together, the issues raised by Pachter are likely to be problematic in terms of the company's valuation.

That said, the company and its CEO, Reed Hastings, have been successful in addressing several thorny issues in its relatively short history, which is a fairly reliable indicator of the future.  Further, the undisputed leading online media streaming firm continues to add subscribers and grow revenues and profits.  

And ultimately, if the company hits its target of 90 million subscribers, it's likely that many of these issues may even be moot. ___

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2013-07-22 19:39:48 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

With its stock up nearly 300% in 2013, Netflix is the S & P's top performer of the year.  The company has been profitable for several years, but the question remains:  Despite its consistent profitability, can Netflix actually make money? 

HUH?

On the heels of 14 recent Emmy nominations for its original programming, including nine for "House of Cards,' Netflix will host a live video conference later today to discuss its earnings for the 2nd quarter of 2013.  The company is expected to earn about $25 million for the quarter - 40 cents per share - on $1 billion of revenues, vs. 31 cents per share in the 1st quarter of 2013.

Netflix anticipates that its original content programming will help grow the company's domestic subscriber base from 30 million currently, to 90 million.  If achieved, this will go a long way in supporting thecomp... more »

With its stock up nearly 300% in 2013, Netflix is the S & P's top performer of the year.  The company has been profitable for several years, but the question remains:  Despite its consistent profitability, can Netflix actually make money? 

HUH?

On the heels of 14 recent Emmy nominations for its original programming, including nine for "House of Cards,' Netflix will host a live video conference later today to discuss its earnings for the 2nd quarter of 2013.  The company is expected to earn about $25 million for the quarter - 40 cents per share - on $1 billion of revenues, vs. 31 cents per share in the 1st quarter of 2013.

Netflix anticipates that its original content programming will help grow the company's domestic subscriber base from 30 million currently, to 90 million.  If achieved, this will go a long way in supporting the company's current "nosebleed" valuation of approximately 85 times future earnings.  A stock priced at a multiple of 85 implies enormous earnings growth in future revenue and earnings.

Often overlooked, however, is the difference between the company's earnings and it's cash flows.  Netflix's original content may drive the number of subscribers, but producing that content is costly.  Based on its method of accounting, much of that production cost is not reported as expense when incurred, but rather over a number of years.  As a result, while profits have been positive, cash flows have been negative.  

This is important because market capitalization, the value of a company (Netflix is worth about $14.5 billion), is essentially based on its ability to generate cash, which is not always represented by profits.  Now that Netflix is into the content production business, the company will need to be able to fully articulate the amount and timing of current and future content production costs and their expected effect on future earnings and cash flows.  ___

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2013-07-22 15:21:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Take a look at a recent makeover of the logos of 10 of the most well-known companies in the world. Can you recognize them all?

Take a look at a recent makeover of the logos of 10 of the most well-known companies in the world. Can you recognize them all?___

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2013-07-21 17:10:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

What do/should donors look for when selecting a charity to support?  

The simple framework in this article is as useful to prospective donors as it is to non-profit organizations, who need to understand what donors value in order to raise funds.

To my economically-oriented friends, that is market symmetry.

cc: +Mosaic Non-Profit Development +Heidi Hancock 

What do/should donors look for when selecting a charity to support?  

The simple framework in this article is as useful to prospective donors as it is to non-profit organizations, who need to understand what donors value in order to raise funds.

To my economically-oriented friends, that is market symmetry.

cc: +Mosaic Non-Profit Development +Heidi Hancock ___

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2013-07-20 15:50:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Women will identify because they've been there; Men have an opportunity to see just how exceedingly moronic our gender can be.

Have you ever spent an hour, literally from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, that lasted half a day? If so, you've been on a bad date. We all have. But this seemingly normal, educated, and intelligent lady seems to have cornered the market, although she rather matter-of-factly refers to herself as unlucky in love (perhaps it's just me, but I wouldn't refer to a date who removed his teeth to place them on the dinner table as "unlucky," but I digress). If you've ever been on a date, you can relate, but don't take my word for it. Read on...

Update on my first date with Steve.  Why can't I find someone normal????___Women will identify because they've been there; Men have an opportunity to see just how exceedingly moronic our gender can be.

Have you ever spent an hour, literally from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, that lasted half a day? If so, you've been on a bad date. We all have. But this seemingly normal, educated, and intelligent lady seems to have cornered the market, although she rather matter-of-factly refers to herself as unlucky in love (perhaps it's just me, but I wouldn't refer to a date who removed his teeth to place them on the dinner table as "unlucky," but I digress). If you've ever been on a date, you can relate, but don't take my word for it. Read on...

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2013-07-18 22:13:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Why does it seem like every week another teenager goes to jail for saying something stupid on Twitter or Facebook?  Likely for the same reason we see them on reality shows attempting to drive their trucks over above-ground pools.

Most agree that the pre-frontal cortex section of the brain, which controls impulse and reasoning isn't fully developed until the age of 25.  That leaves a lot of time for poor choices.

The science suggests that the gray matter of a teenager's brain develops in order, from the back of the brain to the front, where the pre-frontal cortex resides.  Click on the link to see a visualization of this, which was created from brain scans.  _Guess what faculty is controlled by the second to last section of the brain to develop?_

Based on what I've been able to ascertain from the aforementioned teen posts on Twitter and FB, science willlik... more »

Why does it seem like every week another teenager goes to jail for saying something stupid on Twitter or Facebook?  Likely for the same reason we see them on reality shows attempting to drive their trucks over above-ground pools.

Most agree that the pre-frontal cortex section of the brain, which controls impulse and reasoning isn't fully developed until the age of 25.  That leaves a lot of time for poor choices.

The science suggests that the gray matter of a teenager's brain develops in order, from the back of the brain to the front, where the pre-frontal cortex resides.  Click on the link to see a visualization of this, which was created from brain scans.  _Guess what faculty is controlled by the second to last section of the brain to develop?_

Based on what I've been able to ascertain from the aforementioned teen posts on Twitter and FB, science will likely conclude that an under-developed pre-frontal cortex also interferes with the ability to form certain phrases, particularly the phrase, "I am going to." More often than not, the problem posts begin with "Imma do this" or "Imma do that."

Anyway, Imma let you read this article.___

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2013-07-17 01:04:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

'Ben in a Box:'  How will the Fed end the party when the guests refuse to leave?

Since the beginning of the recession, Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve have pumped as much as $85 billion a month into an economy that refuses to heat up. We know this can't continue forever, but Ben is kind of stuck.

A few months ago, Bernanke hinted that it's not likely to continue to rain money forever, and the markets threw a "temper tantrum."  Bernanke skillfully backpedaled (obviously those Wall Street guys can't take a joke), and the markets have since recovered, and then some.

Eventually, though, the Fed will have to pull back, and every kid on Wall Street will likely take his ball and go home.  We should also expect additional adverse effects on the economy, but how bad can it get?  Read about it here:
h... more »

'Ben in a Box:'  How will the Fed end the party when the guests refuse to leave?

Since the beginning of the recession, Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve have pumped as much as $85 billion a month into an economy that refuses to heat up. We know this can't continue forever, but Ben is kind of stuck.

A few months ago, Bernanke hinted that it's not likely to continue to rain money forever, and the markets threw a "temper tantrum."  Bernanke skillfully backpedaled (obviously those Wall Street guys can't take a joke), and the markets have since recovered, and then some.

Eventually, though, the Fed will have to pull back, and every kid on Wall Street will likely take his ball and go home.  We should also expect additional adverse effects on the economy, but how bad can it get?  Read about it here:

http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-07-16/ben-box___

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2013-07-14 00:44:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Superman, Batman, and.....Adolph Hitler?  

I can't seem to find anything to suggest this is not true.  A university in Thailand currently displays a graduation mural on one of its buildings depicting various superheros.  An image of Hitler, which is displayed prominently among the likes of Superman, Batman and Captain America, has caused the otherwise benign mural to become quite the attraction.  

Evidently, this isn't the first time  Hitler has been featured in Thailand, but some reports have suggested this may be the result of a mistake made by a confused university scholar.  Mistake?  A typo is a mistake.  Most would consider a genocidal mass murderer at least slightly different than a typo. Baffling, to say the least...

Superman, Batman, and.....Adolph Hitler?  

I can't seem to find anything to suggest this is not true.  A university in Thailand currently displays a graduation mural on one of its buildings depicting various superheros.  An image of Hitler, which is displayed prominently among the likes of Superman, Batman and Captain America, has caused the otherwise benign mural to become quite the attraction.  

Evidently, this isn't the first time  Hitler has been featured in Thailand, but some reports have suggested this may be the result of a mistake made by a confused university scholar.  Mistake?  A typo is a mistake.  Most would consider a genocidal mass murderer at least slightly different than a typo. Baffling, to say the least...___

2013-07-10 17:57:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This is a new one for me, but awfully cool.

I just moved from PA to Florida a few days ago. Since I arrived, I've received a daily notification from on my phone with directions and drive time to Pridelines Youth Services (June's +The LittleBigFund winner,  the novel charitable organization operated by +Carter Gibson and a devoted crew of good people).  

I realize I checked out all the candidates, but I suppose the notifications are coming because Pridelines is close by, geographically. I did happen to vote for this organization, but it would be pretty freaky if that were the reason for the notifications.  

I'll just accept it as a confirmation of my choice, and perhaps a gentle reminder that I should pay Pridelines a visit :)




This is a new one for me, but awfully cool.

I just moved from PA to Florida a few days ago. Since I arrived, I've received a daily notification from on my phone with directions and drive time to Pridelines Youth Services (June's +The LittleBigFund winner,  the novel charitable organization operated by +Carter Gibson and a devoted crew of good people).  

I realize I checked out all the candidates, but I suppose the notifications are coming because Pridelines is close by, geographically. I did happen to vote for this organization, but it would be pretty freaky if that were the reason for the notifications.  

I'll just accept it as a confirmation of my choice, and perhaps a gentle reminder that I should pay Pridelines a visit :)


___

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2013-07-02 21:29:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I don't know about anyone else, but I turn this handy mind map into my desktop wallpaper and any procrastination problems I may have had up until that point are gone.  The "Procrastination Buster" from Mind Map Art.

I don't know about anyone else, but I turn this handy mind map into my desktop wallpaper and any procrastination problems I may have had up until that point are gone.  The "Procrastination Buster" from Mind Map Art.___

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2013-07-02 17:59:56 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Well, this is news to me, and quite useful.  Via +Rose Conrad  Originally shared by +Dustin W. Stout 

How to Find the Old 'All Notifications' Page

If you've gotten the new notifications here on Google+, you may have noticed that the link to 'all notifications' is gone. For those of you who get a lot of notifications and don't get to check them every time one pops up, this poses a real problem. 

Luckily someone discovered this nifty little trick that allows you to find that wonderful notifications page where you can filter your notifications by All posts, Your posts, Other people's posts, and Mentions of you. 

Just click on the notifications icon (the bell) and drag it into your browser's address bar. Tah-dah!

Let's hope the good folks at Google keep this little trick. For us notifications power-users, being able to filter is essential!

#googleplustip   #googleplushelp  ___Well, this is news to me, and quite useful.  Via +Rose Conrad  Originally shared by +Dustin W. Stout 

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2013-07-01 01:41:10 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

As if I'm going to fall for this tired old scam again

As if I'm going to fall for this tired old scam again___

2013-06-30 21:03:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

On the subject of resumes: 

"If, as a hiring manager, I notice unexplained periods between dates on your resume, I will assume that you spent that time in prison."

Paraphrasing Mark Horstman, co-founder of Manager Tools, arguably one of the world's finest management consulting firms. 

On the subject of resumes: 

"If, as a hiring manager, I notice unexplained periods between dates on your resume, I will assume that you spent that time in prison."

Paraphrasing Mark Horstman, co-founder of Manager Tools, arguably one of the world's finest management consulting firms. ___

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2013-06-30 20:20:56 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A growing body of research suggests that, where wealth is concerned, the key to happiness might surprise you. Warren Buffet already seems to know this.

Buffet recently penned an op-ed titled "My Philanthropic Pledge" — but rather than offer financial advice about giving, he suggested we give as a way to enhance our emotional wellbeing. Of his decision to donate 99% of his wealth to charity, Buffett said that he "couldn't be happier."

For purposes of perspective, the 1% Buffet keeps - at least $500 million -  may be a bit different than your 1% and mine.  But that's not the point.

A growing body of research suggests that, where wealth is concerned, the key to happiness might surprise you. Warren Buffet already seems to know this.

Buffet recently penned an op-ed titled "My Philanthropic Pledge" — but rather than offer financial advice about giving, he suggested we give as a way to enhance our emotional wellbeing. Of his decision to donate 99% of his wealth to charity, Buffett said that he "couldn't be happier."

For purposes of perspective, the 1% Buffet keeps - at least $500 million -  may be a bit different than your 1% and mine.  But that's not the point.___

2013-06-28 19:21:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A recent post reminded me that, not long ago, I stumbled upon a social media site for cats, where the overwhelming majority of posts are embarrassingly funny pictures and GIF's of human beings.  Interestingly enough, and as much as we'd like to deny it, there is no shortage of material for new posts :)

One of these days, I'll find the site where ham sandwiches post copies of threads from Facebook.   

A recent post reminded me that, not long ago, I stumbled upon a social media site for cats, where the overwhelming majority of posts are embarrassingly funny pictures and GIF's of human beings.  Interestingly enough, and as much as we'd like to deny it, there is no shortage of material for new posts :)

One of these days, I'll find the site where ham sandwiches post copies of threads from Facebook.   ___

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2013-06-27 16:56:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

+Jack C Crawford , for those who don't know him is, quite frankly, one of the finest people to inhabit the hallowed halls of G+, and I'm proud to call him a friend. I'm sharing this post to encourage you to add him to your network on LinkedIn. If you do happen to use LinkedIn, this one's a no-brainer.

Attention friends! If you like +LinkedIn and we are not  yet connected, would you be willing to connect with me? I promise to be nice :)
email: jackccrawford@gmail.com
profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jackcrawford___+Jack C Crawford , for those who don't know him is, quite frankly, one of the finest people to inhabit the hallowed halls of G+, and I'm proud to call him a friend. I'm sharing this post to encourage you to add him to your network on LinkedIn. If you do happen to use LinkedIn, this one's a no-brainer.

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2013-06-04 14:28:46 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The first 'All you can eat airline,' while avoiding TSA.  Subscription-based Surf Air is preparing for its first flight in the coming weeks.  For $1,650/month travelers have unlimited access to four locations between San Fran and LA.  The company suggests that the dreadfully dysfunctional airline industry is ripe for disruption, but I'm wondering how much of their potential market consists of those who travel by rail, or even by auto.  

Perhaps more interesting, those who have signed up have already hinted that the true value in this business model is the opportunity to network on a regular basis.  Makes sense.

I'd fly just to avoid the TSA.  

The first 'All you can eat airline,' while avoiding TSA.  Subscription-based Surf Air is preparing for its first flight in the coming weeks.  For $1,650/month travelers have unlimited access to four locations between San Fran and LA.  The company suggests that the dreadfully dysfunctional airline industry is ripe for disruption, but I'm wondering how much of their potential market consists of those who travel by rail, or even by auto.  

Perhaps more interesting, those who have signed up have already hinted that the true value in this business model is the opportunity to network on a regular basis.  Makes sense.

I'd fly just to avoid the TSA.  ___

2013-06-04 02:26:47 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"Daddy, can you tell me about that company called Microsoft that once made really cool stuff that worked?"

"OK, go get your American History book, Honey.  It's right next to my old Kodak camera."

"Daddy, can you tell me about that company called Microsoft that once made really cool stuff that worked?"

"OK, go get your American History book, Honey.  It's right next to my old Kodak camera."___

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2013-06-04 01:10:49 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"I'm sorry, did someone say something about an economic recovery?"  I call this the "middle-class disconnect."

This author of this article does an excellent job explaining why so many middle-class families aren't feeling the effects of the "economic recovery," which he measures from the 2nd quarter of 2009 through the first quarter of 2013.  

GDP, home prices/sales/starts, and jobs have been moving in the right direction, albeit sluggishly. Meanwhile, the stock markets are booming, up 57% during the period.  So....

The "middle-class disconnect" arises because 80% of the equity markets are owned by the wealthiest top 10% of Americans.  So, the remaining 20% of stock market wealth is divided among 90% of Americans, primarily in retirement plans.  *In essence, 9 families are sharing 1/5th of the pie,whil... more »

"I'm sorry, did someone say something about an economic recovery?"  I call this the "middle-class disconnect."

This author of this article does an excellent job explaining why so many middle-class families aren't feeling the effects of the "economic recovery," which he measures from the 2nd quarter of 2009 through the first quarter of 2013.  

GDP, home prices/sales/starts, and jobs have been moving in the right direction, albeit sluggishly. Meanwhile, the stock markets are booming, up 57% during the period.  So....

The "middle-class disconnect" arises because 80% of the equity markets are owned by the wealthiest top 10% of Americans.  So, the remaining 20% of stock market wealth is divided among 90% of Americans, primarily in retirement plans.  *In essence, 9 families are sharing 1/5th of the pie, while 1 family is enjoying the remaining 4/5th's.* 

Prior to the recession, those 90% could take comfort in the rock-solid value of their homes, easily the largest component of their wealth.  Post-recession - those families who were fortunate enough to hold on to their homes have seen that value  all but evaporate. 

Finally, during the same period, real wages were relatively flat, increasing by only 2%, while median household incomes were actually down 4%.  

Thus the disconnect.___

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2013-06-03 14:59:04 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"Simplicity is the new luxury." I've been on board with this concept for more reasons than I care to mention and, to me it transcends almost every area of our lives. I remember when Microsoft first rolled out its 2013 Office Suite with Office 365. It was not only incomprehensible, but the choices also seemed to change on a daily basis. When it becomes that much work to make a decision about a product you've been using for more than 20 years, something's wrong.

I remember a statement President Obama made during an interview. He said that all of his suits are either blue or grey. When asked why, he responded that this enabled him to make one less decision in a day. We know that decisions drain a limited supply of energy, similar to the way an app drains the battery on a smart phone. Not having to expend that bit of energy on choosing a suit has value.
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"Simplicity is the new luxury." I've been on board with this concept for more reasons than I care to mention and, to me it transcends almost every area of our lives. I remember when Microsoft first rolled out its 2013 Office Suite with Office 365. It was not only incomprehensible, but the choices also seemed to change on a daily basis. When it becomes that much work to make a decision about a product you've been using for more than 20 years, something's wrong.

I remember a statement President Obama made during an interview. He said that all of his suits are either blue or grey. When asked why, he responded that this enabled him to make one less decision in a day. We know that decisions drain a limited supply of energy, similar to the way an app drains the battery on a smart phone. Not having to expend that bit of energy on choosing a suit has value.

Innovation is often expressed in terms of more 'bells and whistles,' which may be appropriate for the product or service. Innovation can also be expressed in terms of simplification, even if it is just perceived that way.

We know we can modify the price/value equation by stripping out some features and lowering the price. I'm also suggesting that, in many ways, simpification creates value in and of itself, and it does not necessarily mean "no frills."

Simplification isn't easy, particularly when there are established norms. As a new entrant into the airline business, it was risky for Southwest to do away with those soggy sandwiches, but as it turned out, most people weren't terribly upset if it meant lower fares.

Ironically, simplifying the complicated is complex. When the most brilliant engineer makes a presentation to a non-tech CEO and the Board of Directors, it should differ significantly from a presentation to the engineer's peers. Audiences aside, which presentation is easier to prepare for?

"How To Improve Any Service By Simplifying It | Co.Design: business + innovation + design" http://feedly.com/k/ZobePx___

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2013-05-31 16:19:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This article is about PC's running Android instead of Windows.  I call them 'inputs' - hardware, operating systems, software and apps - are becoming more and more interchangeable. The 'next big thing' is often the result of one or two seemingly inconsequential revisions.  I wonder if the next iPad, or its inputs, is already right in front of us.

This article is about PC's running Android instead of Windows.  I call them 'inputs' - hardware, operating systems, software and apps - are becoming more and more interchangeable. The 'next big thing' is often the result of one or two seemingly inconsequential revisions.  I wonder if the next iPad, or its inputs, is already right in front of us.___

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2013-05-30 23:07:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

BitCoin: What was once merely distracting is now more often referred to as disruptive. But mainstream?  Some serious people are shelling out some semi-serious 'coin' to make it a reality.  100 years from now, we'll know for sure when I post a similar article about a group of investors funding the next big thing by raising BitCoins.

BitCoin: What was once merely distracting is now more often referred to as disruptive. But mainstream?  Some serious people are shelling out some semi-serious 'coin' to make it a reality.  100 years from now, we'll know for sure when I post a similar article about a group of investors funding the next big thing by raising BitCoins.___

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2013-05-30 00:13:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"In 1990, Eatocracy's Kat Kinsman didn't have a date to her senior prom. Only opposite-sex couples were allowed to buy tickets, so she couldn't just pair up with a friend. She was terrified to go without a date, but decided she'd take a leap of faith. Here's the pep talk she wishes she could have given herself more than 20 years ago."

"In 1990, Eatocracy's Kat Kinsman didn't have a date to her senior prom. Only opposite-sex couples were allowed to buy tickets, so she couldn't just pair up with a friend. She was terrified to go without a date, but decided she'd take a leap of faith. Here's the pep talk she wishes she could have given herself more than 20 years ago."___

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2013-05-24 21:37:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This Chinese farmer, who lost both hands in an accident, spent eight years building his own prosthetic arms from steel.

Top that, +Lifehacker!

This Chinese farmer, who lost both hands in an accident, spent eight years building his own prosthetic arms from steel.

Top that, +Lifehacker!___

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2013-05-22 14:24:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The Senate spent the day grilling Tim Cook on how Apple was able to avoid $12 billion of income taxes during the past two years alone using relatively complex offshore operating arrangements. Senator John McCain cuts straight to the heart of the matter:

The Senate spent the day grilling Tim Cook on how Apple was able to avoid $12 billion of income taxes during the past two years alone using relatively complex offshore operating arrangements. Senator John McCain cuts straight to the heart of the matter:___

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2013-05-22 03:41:43 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

For +steph wanamaker The only Canadian beet farmer I know.

We can't believe we said goodbye after nine seasons to The Office. Luckily, we have free episodes, cast interviews and season discounts to help you keep the memories alive (US- goo.gl/g6b5E). Which character do you miss most?___For +steph wanamaker The only Canadian beet farmer I know.

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2013-05-21 15:30:40 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I suppose thinking outside the box to solve a problem is OK, as long as the box doesn't BECOME the problem.

Ever wonder why certain problems can only be solved while driving home? Or perhaps only in the shower?

This astonishingly pragmatic article on the role of distance and abstract thinking in solving problems will go a long way toward banishing the dreaded phrase, "think outside the box."

"The Abstraction Method of Problem Solving - 99U" http://feedly.com/k/ZLkI2U

I suppose thinking outside the box to solve a problem is OK, as long as the box doesn't BECOME the problem.

Ever wonder why certain problems can only be solved while driving home? Or perhaps only in the shower?

This astonishingly pragmatic article on the role of distance and abstract thinking in solving problems will go a long way toward banishing the dreaded phrase, "think outside the box."

"The Abstraction Method of Problem Solving - 99U" http://feedly.com/k/ZLkI2U___

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2013-05-21 14:46:25 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The novelty of novelty. It makes perfect sense that shiny new things make us feel good, and the concept sheds some light on at least some of the reasons Google and its pals continuously update their websites. The implications for learning, however, are nothing less than monumental. Interesting.

"Why getting new things makes us feel so good: Novelty and the qbrain - The Buffer Blog" http://feedly.com/k/17YFx4c

The novelty of novelty. It makes perfect sense that shiny new things make us feel good, and the concept sheds some light on at least some of the reasons Google and its pals continuously update their websites. The implications for learning, however, are nothing less than monumental. Interesting.

"Why getting new things makes us feel so good: Novelty and the qbrain - The Buffer Blog" http://feedly.com/k/17YFx4c___

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2013-05-14 02:02:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

And yet another step.  Perhaps not quite momentum, but once again, not inertia either.

And yet another step.  Perhaps not quite momentum, but once again, not inertia either.___

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2013-05-14 01:58:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This won't necessarily change the world, but it's not quite inertia either.

Quite frankly, I'm more concerned about the fact that this article refers to statements made by Walmart's "Ethical Sourcing Officer."

This won't necessarily change the world, but it's not quite inertia either.

Quite frankly, I'm more concerned about the fact that this article refers to statements made by Walmart's "Ethical Sourcing Officer."___

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2013-05-14 01:49:38 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This is cool.  He carried himself with a lot of class through some difficult times, in a difficult city.  

This is cool.  He carried himself with a lot of class through some difficult times, in a difficult city.  ___

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2013-05-14 01:37:05 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Ironic.  I just learned - quite by accident - that one of the only TV dramas that I have actually watched during the past 25 years has been cancelled.  It never fails - every time I open my heart, someone like ABC comes along and crushes it.

Although I only recently started watching it - ironically, also quite by accident - I thought Body of Proof was extremely well-done.  Medical mayhem, docs, cops, murder, romance and politics, but the characters all had depth.  Plus, you can't not love anything filmed in Philadelphia :)  So, while Donald Trump continues to build an empire by firing people, we'll never know the truth about Megan Hunt's father?  That's just wrong.

Ironic.  I just learned - quite by accident - that one of the only TV dramas that I have actually watched during the past 25 years has been cancelled.  It never fails - every time I open my heart, someone like ABC comes along and crushes it.

Although I only recently started watching it - ironically, also quite by accident - I thought Body of Proof was extremely well-done.  Medical mayhem, docs, cops, murder, romance and politics, but the characters all had depth.  Plus, you can't not love anything filmed in Philadelphia :)  So, while Donald Trump continues to build an empire by firing people, we'll never know the truth about Megan Hunt's father?  That's just wrong.___

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