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2015-04-11 18:53:50 (64 comments, 4 reshares, 197 +1s)Open 

Free Amos Yee! The political dissident you've never heard of!

This is a pretty amazing video. Amos rant is honest, bold, crazy, amazing, funny, and meant to shock. Some of you will be upset (even if you don't know where Singapore is). I suspect most of you will be stunned with his eloquently expressed thoughts. 

He was arrested for this, and is facing prison time. 

Meanwhile the entire national press of Singapore (Tv, Print, Radio) is attacking him. If I sum up most of it, here is how it goes: "You have the right to say what you want, but rights also apply to those who hear and if you might offend those who hear your words then you should not speak them else you will be punished."

To use Amos' language, what the f! 

Many of these Singaporeans are justifying their attacks on Amos' free speech because it is how things work inAm... more »

Most reshares: 54

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2015-05-07 17:27:21 (11 comments, 54 reshares, 148 +1s)Open 

The evolution of mobile phones....

Love this image. It shows what has become more important to us over time. For me, it illustrates the shift from communication to consumption.  What do you see?

Source: http://goo.gl/I4eeZ2

Most plusones: 197

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2015-04-11 18:53:50 (64 comments, 4 reshares, 197 +1s)Open 

Free Amos Yee! The political dissident you've never heard of!

This is a pretty amazing video. Amos rant is honest, bold, crazy, amazing, funny, and meant to shock. Some of you will be upset (even if you don't know where Singapore is). I suspect most of you will be stunned with his eloquently expressed thoughts. 

He was arrested for this, and is facing prison time. 

Meanwhile the entire national press of Singapore (Tv, Print, Radio) is attacking him. If I sum up most of it, here is how it goes: "You have the right to say what you want, but rights also apply to those who hear and if you might offend those who hear your words then you should not speak them else you will be punished."

To use Amos' language, what the f! 

Many of these Singaporeans are justifying their attacks on Amos' free speech because it is how things work inAm... more »

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2015-07-01 15:49:04 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

462 people shot dead by police this year (so far, 01 jul 2015).

That is a provocative title. As always, data behind it helps illuminate the complex narrative that might be at play. The data is interactive, you can play with it here: https://goo.gl/IC5p4E 

Even if you look at the screenshot below, there are such interesting things hidden in the data.

Why is the intensity so much stronger in the South? We are heavy in population density on the coasts.

Around half of the people killed were White. The media narrative does not focus on those deaths as much, it should. 

It was distressing to see 17 were classified as Toy Weapon, and 51 were Unarmed. This makes little sense.

Perhaps most distressing was 124 "Signs of Mental Illness". The police are in danger in many of these situations, that is undeniable. We should assist the police byt... more »

462 people shot dead by police this year (so far, 01 jul 2015).

That is a provocative title. As always, data behind it helps illuminate the complex narrative that might be at play. The data is interactive, you can play with it here: https://goo.gl/IC5p4E 

Even if you look at the screenshot below, there are such interesting things hidden in the data.

Why is the intensity so much stronger in the South? We are heavy in population density on the coasts.

Around half of the people killed were White. The media narrative does not focus on those deaths as much, it should. 

It was distressing to see 17 were classified as Toy Weapon, and 51 were Unarmed. This makes little sense.

Perhaps most distressing was 124 "Signs of Mental Illness". The police are in danger in many of these situations, that is undeniable. We should assist the police by training them on how to deal with mentally ill people. 

The best part of this page, https://goo.gl/IC5p4E, is that each person is listed and their circumstances. I only say best in the sense that it helps us see the story behind each statistic. Here's one:

Matthew Hoffman, a 32-year-old white man with a toy weapon, was shot on Jan. 4, 2015, in a government building in San Francisco, Calif. Hoffman, who brandished a BB gun at officers in a San Francisco police parking lot, left a suicide note addressed to them that said "You did nothing wrong."
MALE | TOY WEAPON | WHITE | MENTAL ILLNESS | 25 TO 34___

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2015-06-29 16:32:27 (6 comments, 12 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.” 

These are not words of some crazy crack-pot from the 1st century. They were written in 1958 by Trial Judge Leon Bazile justifying why people of mixed races (like me and my wife!) could not marry.

A biblical and God based justification for legal discrimination against the children of God.

A man, a judge no less, claiming to be doing God's will.

And, based on that reasoning he decided to prosecute Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter causing them to move from Virginia (or they would have to go to prison). 

It is important to keep these words in mind, it isimport... more »

“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.” 

These are not words of some crazy crack-pot from the 1st century. They were written in 1958 by Trial Judge Leon Bazile justifying why people of mixed races (like me and my wife!) could not marry.

A biblical and God based justification for legal discrimination against the children of God.

A man, a judge no less, claiming to be doing God's will.

And, based on that reasoning he decided to prosecute Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter causing them to move from Virginia (or they would have to go to prison). 

It is important to keep these words in mind, it is important to keep Judge Bazile in mind, as we read stories now of other Elected or Appointed representatives of the US Government, claiming to be doing God's will by refusing to allow for marriage equality to a different group of our peers.

Go back. Read the words at the top of this post.

The revulsion you feel, the deep and profound bigotry in the name of God you feel, is what in a few years people will feel about those today using very similar words to justify discrimination.

#lifelibertyandthepursuitofhappiness

Quote from: http://goo.gl/xSyp1U___

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2015-06-26 16:03:53 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

"Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

I've written 662k words in 304 posts on my blog. Only two posts were not on Marketing and Analytics. One was this one on Nov 3rd 2008: Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness: http://goo.gl/6s3iIY

It was a plea to the readers to vote against Prop 8 which would have added discrimination into the California constitution. Sadly, it passed. 

But, if anything that failure in California accelerated the process of legalizing gay right across the country. There were many other cases, many small and big victories. And, today, the biggest one.

I'm delighted for all my peer citizens of the United States. 

Much work still remains. It is still legal in numerous US states to fire someone just because they are gay. In other states (this is sad, but it is only Republicansta... more »

"Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

I've written 662k words in 304 posts on my blog. Only two posts were not on Marketing and Analytics. One was this one on Nov 3rd 2008: Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness: http://goo.gl/6s3iIY

It was a plea to the readers to vote against Prop 8 which would have added discrimination into the California constitution. Sadly, it passed. 

But, if anything that failure in California accelerated the process of legalizing gay right across the country. There were many other cases, many small and big victories. And, today, the biggest one.

I'm delighted for all my peer citizens of the United States. 

Much work still remains. It is still legal in numerous US states to fire someone just because they are gay. In other states (this is sad, but it is only Republican states) there is a rush to pass laws to legalize various kinds of discrimination against same-sex couples. We need to continue the fight.

But, today is a big day. A day to pause and celebrate.

It is also a day that will accelerate anti-gay folks being able to collect data to realize how massively wrong they were about the impact of gay families on couples, children, parents, grandparents, religion, and every other thing. Time will prove, they are just the same as same-sex couples!!

#lifelibertyandthepursuitofhappiness ___

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2015-06-18 21:03:40 (24 comments, 5 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

Real-men cry, and I'm (every time I watch this video!).....

It is worth noting that none of the scenes in the video are staged. The video uses real home footage showing the reactions of 13 dads-to-be as they are given the news.

#awesome   #creativity  #life #momentsthatmatter

Real-men cry, and I'm (every time I watch this video!).....

It is worth noting that none of the scenes in the video are staged. The video uses real home footage showing the reactions of 13 dads-to-be as they are given the news.

#awesome   #creativity  #life #momentsthatmatter___

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2015-06-16 08:49:38 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Checkout the incredibly beautiful setting of the Digital Innovation Day at the Palmengarten in Frankfurt. It is a historic setting, to talk about the most bleeding edge of topics: #noweconomy  

This is my third time keynoting DID. There are obvious reasons to come back: Great topics, great audiences, German companies make for such a complex challenge.

My reason for coming back is different. I love the people at Syzygy, the company that organizes the event, and their CEO  Marco Seiler. They are such wonderful people, thoughtful, kind, smart, driven. And, Marco their fearless leader has created an amazing culture. 

In the end, other things matter but it all comes down to the people you work with. It is not often that we can get to choose, but for when you get a chance, choose the people you'll love working with and all else will take care of itself.

#did15 #s... more »

Checkout the incredibly beautiful setting of the Digital Innovation Day at the Palmengarten in Frankfurt. It is a historic setting, to talk about the most bleeding edge of topics: #noweconomy  

This is my third time keynoting DID. There are obvious reasons to come back: Great topics, great audiences, German companies make for such a complex challenge.

My reason for coming back is different. I love the people at Syzygy, the company that organizes the event, and their CEO  Marco Seiler. They are such wonderful people, thoughtful, kind, smart, driven. And, Marco their fearless leader has created an amazing culture. 

In the end, other things matter but it all comes down to the people you work with. It is not often that we can get to choose, but for when you get a chance, choose the people you'll love working with and all else will take care of itself.

#did15  #syzygy #peoplerule #lovetheoneyouarewith___

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2015-06-15 16:39:59 (13 comments, 20 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

If you ever wanted proof that Innovate Or Die is the ultimate truth, especially in technology/web, then here's the ultimate one....

Just one company from the 1995 list made it to the 2015. One. Most of the ones on the left are dead, and those still alive are barely there.

A small part of what's going on is simply that the time horizon is so large that the raw technological evolution eats companies alive. A part of what's going on is the shift from the power of hardware to software and services. 

It is impressive to see the rise of China, and equally sad that no European company is on the 2015 list. Do you have any theories as to what might be up in EU?

PS: Notice the inflation in the market cap total, we know where wall-street is betting on future revenues. :)

If you ever wanted proof that Innovate Or Die is the ultimate truth, especially in technology/web, then here's the ultimate one....

Just one company from the 1995 list made it to the 2015. One. Most of the ones on the left are dead, and those still alive are barely there.

A small part of what's going on is simply that the time horizon is so large that the raw technological evolution eats companies alive. A part of what's going on is the shift from the power of hardware to software and services. 

It is impressive to see the rise of China, and equally sad that no European company is on the 2015 list. Do you have any theories as to what might be up in EU?

PS: Notice the inflation in the market cap total, we know where wall-street is betting on future revenues. :)___

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2015-06-14 10:40:47 (4 comments, 14 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

Ha! 

Take that billboard of wisdom!

: )

Ha! 

Take that billboard of wisdom!

: )___

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2015-06-13 03:18:51 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Thank you Facebook indeed!!

Checkout this delightful post by +Thomas Baekdal.

Yes! Thank you Facebook!
If you have been following me over the years, you will know that I have been advocating brands to pay much more attention to the group that I call ‘the listeners’. It’s the people who don’t like, don’t comment and don’t share your content, but are otherwise illustrating all the behaviors of a truly loyal customer and fan. 

In 2012, for instance, I wrote a whole plus article about this. Here is a free link. https://www.baekdal.com/insights/social-conversion-rates-where-the-real-value-comes-from/0B88BFD567874A8A8CA71302158D8D2057C8A36CD054655EC44AED9557BEE5ED

And, up until now, Facebook has stubbornly refused to account for this in their News Feed, instead focusing on ‘active engagement’ as the only measure of value. And it’s partly because of this that our News Feed is so crappy. If you want to measure true value of social, the listeners are far more important than the active engagers. 

But in a press release out today, Facebook is announcing that they have finally started to measure the impact of the listerners. As they write:

"We’ve discovered that if people spend significantly more time on a particular story in News Feed than the majority of other stories they look at, this is a good sign that content was relevant to them."

"For example, you may scroll quickly through your News Feed and like a photo of your friend’s graduation, followed by sharing a funny post from your sister. You keep scrolling and happen upon a post your cousin shared detailing everything she did and saw on her recent trip. Her post even includes a photo. You spend time reading her post and the interesting discussion about the best places to eat that had broken out in the comments on this post, but you don’t feel inclined to like or comment on it yourself. Based on the fact that you didn’t scroll straight past this post and it was on the screen for more time than other posts that were in your News Feed, we infer that it was something you found interesting and we may start to surface more posts like that higher up in your News Feed in the future."

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

You might also have noticed that the whole scroll-like measuring, is exactly what I and others have been talking about since 2011 when we measure read-rates for articles. You can read more about that here: https://www.baekdal.com/insights/revisiting-readrates-and-other-content-focused-analytics/

It took Facebook a long time to get here, but we finally got it. In the future, Facebook will be ranked not just by what you act on, but also on what you enjoy reading. It’s a small thing, but it makes such a big difference in the long run.

http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2015/06/news-feed-fyi-taking-into-account-time-spent-on-stories/___Thank you Facebook indeed!!

Checkout this delightful post by +Thomas Baekdal.

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2015-06-11 09:19:24 (7 comments, 29 reshares, 117 +1s)Open 

You always suspected it was not all that difficult to solve the work-life balance problem.

I don't think you realized just how easy the solution was!

PS: On a serious note, I've always wondered if one way to solve the work-life balance is to let your work be something that makes your life meaningful. Then it just becomes lifework, does that not solve the problem? What do you think?

You always suspected it was not all that difficult to solve the work-life balance problem.

I don't think you realized just how easy the solution was!

PS: On a serious note, I've always wondered if one way to solve the work-life balance is to let your work be something that makes your life meaningful. Then it just becomes lifework, does that not solve the problem? What do you think?___

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2015-06-03 15:28:05 (3 comments, 22 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

Change, or get disrupted!

I found this graphic to be fascinating. It shows all the companies that are trying to take away a piece of Fedex / trying to do a piece of what Fedex do better / outright kill Fedex collectively. In every case the new company seems to be disrupting Fedex by using technology and what digital specifically empowers.

Fedex became Fedex by trying to do everything and do it well enough. And, as a result, it is an enormously successful company. But, when you get that big, it is very difficult to stay nimble and innovate in every thing now the big company does. And, digital empowers innovation at higher speed, at a lower cost, by smaller companies.

I love this.

Is Fedex going to die? No. There are plenty of big clients of big Fedex who do want Fedex' bigness in one place. But, many parts of the Fedex business will certainly lose. The... more »

Change, or get disrupted!

I found this graphic to be fascinating. It shows all the companies that are trying to take away a piece of Fedex / trying to do a piece of what Fedex do better / outright kill Fedex collectively. In every case the new company seems to be disrupting Fedex by using technology and what digital specifically empowers.

Fedex became Fedex by trying to do everything and do it well enough. And, as a result, it is an enormously successful company. But, when you get that big, it is very difficult to stay nimble and innovate in every thing now the big company does. And, digital empowers innovation at higher speed, at a lower cost, by smaller companies.

I love this.

Is Fedex going to die? No. There are plenty of big clients of big Fedex who do want Fedex' bigness in one place. But, many parts of the Fedex business will certainly lose. The challenge for them will be to keep the local loses small and keep enhancing the value of the big.

Fedex should of course innovate itself and try and compete with all these little disruptors from within Fedex itself. But, it is very hard for a massive corporation to do that (be it Fedex or American Express or Google or Pepsico).

On a positive note, Fedex has so much money which means if it fails to innovate from within, it can simply buy these "little guys." Happens all the time.

All said and done. So fascinating. ___

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2015-06-01 16:20:35 (7 comments, 9 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

What Percentage of Your Life has the US Spent At War?

In the US we live in our local cocoon, isolated in so many, many ways, from the broader things in the world. The local news lead story is a cat that was rescued from a tree. Yet, the actions of our government have such big implications on us, without us realizing, and on the world.

Did you realize that for kids born after 2001, there has never been a day when the US wasn't at war? 

Below is an amazing graphic from the Washington Post, http://goo.gl/XrNLAt It shows years in living memory the US has been at war, with a distribution of lives lived during war and peace.

It makes for a sobering read.

1984 is the first point where more than half of the life was spent in peace.

Lots of implications of this. Please see the link above for lots of detail.

It should prompt... more »

What Percentage of Your Life has the US Spent At War?

In the US we live in our local cocoon, isolated in so many, many ways, from the broader things in the world. The local news lead story is a cat that was rescued from a tree. Yet, the actions of our government have such big implications on us, without us realizing, and on the world.

Did you realize that for kids born after 2001, there has never been a day when the US wasn't at war? 

Below is an amazing graphic from the Washington Post, http://goo.gl/XrNLAt It shows years in living memory the US has been at war, with a distribution of lives lived during war and peace.

It makes for a sobering read.

1984 is the first point where more than half of the life was spent in peace.

Lots of implications of this. Please see the link above for lots of detail.

It should prompt self-reflection of what we as a nation are and what we are trying to earn for our citizens and if it is worth the price. Especially in a world that seems to be going south with every passing year. 

There are no easy answer. But there definitely won't be any until we at least look at the data.___

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2015-05-30 21:36:26 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Are you totally sure that these grow on trees?

I'm not so sure. : )

#smile

Are you totally sure that these grow on trees?

I'm not so sure. : )

#smile___

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2015-05-29 19:03:45 (8 comments, 5 reshares, 107 +1s)Open 

My amazing daughter's version of Imagine.

In school they are learning about health, well being and societal pressures to be a certain way. Her assignment was to create something supporting the "skinny model law" which protects models from having to starve themselves to work in the fashion industry - it also prohibits websites that promote eating disorders. The law will be named for Isabelle Caro who unfortunately passed away at 28 (she had a BMI of 9).

My daughter's contribution was to write a version of Imagine by John Lennon.  It really touched my heart that she is thinking about such complex issues, and how immensely creative she was with her song.  

Just as context, pro-ana are blogs that advocate anorexia and thinspirations are "skinny people" that pro-ana blogs worship.

Here's the song:

Imagine no skinny modelsmore »

My amazing daughter's version of Imagine.

In school they are learning about health, well being and societal pressures to be a certain way. Her assignment was to create something supporting the "skinny model law" which protects models from having to starve themselves to work in the fashion industry - it also prohibits websites that promote eating disorders. The law will be named for Isabelle Caro who unfortunately passed away at 28 (she had a BMI of 9).

My daughter's contribution was to write a version of Imagine by John Lennon.  It really touched my heart that she is thinking about such complex issues, and how immensely creative she was with her song.  

Just as context, pro-ana are blogs that advocate anorexia and thinspirations are "skinny people" that pro-ana blogs worship.

Here's the song:

Imagine no skinny models

It's easy if you try
No eating disorders
and pictures regular folks
Imagine all the people
happy with themselves...

Imagine there's no pro-ana
It isn't hard to do
No thinspirations
And shaming people too
Imagine all the people
liking their bodies...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And All About the Bass will rule the world!

I am so proud of her. And, so proud of the stand she is taking at such a young age. Tears...___

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2015-05-27 13:15:16 (7 comments, 19 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

I'm so excited about my latest blog post, even though it might be a bit of a downer (for people who might already have invested millions going down the wrong path). 

Digital Marketing & Analytics: Five Deadly Myths De-mythified! http://goo.gl/ry3ihO

The post covers five myths that surround key digital strategies: Programmatic, Data-First, Facebook, Mobile Apps and Cookies.

You'll learn why the commonly accepted myth around these strategies is so dangerous, and, as you've come to expect from me, you'll learn what a winning strategy consists of. Lots of challenging status quo, lots of big dollar implications on your company.

Check out the post here: http://goo.gl/ry3ihO

I'm so excited about my latest blog post, even though it might be a bit of a downer (for people who might already have invested millions going down the wrong path). 

Digital Marketing & Analytics: Five Deadly Myths De-mythified! http://goo.gl/ry3ihO

The post covers five myths that surround key digital strategies: Programmatic, Data-First, Facebook, Mobile Apps and Cookies.

You'll learn why the commonly accepted myth around these strategies is so dangerous, and, as you've come to expect from me, you'll learn what a winning strategy consists of. Lots of challenging status quo, lots of big dollar implications on your company.

Check out the post here: http://goo.gl/ry3ihO___

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2015-05-26 16:08:18 (19 comments, 11 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Debate please, add your point of view and help make us smarter.

14 of the top 15 of the "world's" most admired companies are American (BMW is the exception). This does not make sense because there are so many amazing companies in the world. So, why is this list wrong?

1. Is it simply that this list is created by a US based magazine, and it is not surprising that their view, even unintentionally, will be biased? (Likewise the "world's" sexiest person tends to be a caucasian US male.)

2. Is it simply that US companies are significantly more generous to their employees than non-US companies and hence are more admired?

3. Is it simply that more US companies are publicly held, and that broader ownership pulls in a lot more citizens in as stakeholders which in turn causes more admiration from everyone around the world?

4. Is it... more »

Debate please, add your point of view and help make us smarter.

14 of the top 15 of the "world's" most admired companies are American (BMW is the exception). This does not make sense because there are so many amazing companies in the world. So, why is this list wrong?

1. Is it simply that this list is created by a US based magazine, and it is not surprising that their view, even unintentionally, will be biased? (Likewise the "world's" sexiest person tends to be a caucasian US male.)

2. Is it simply that US companies are significantly more generous to their employees than non-US companies and hence are more admired?

3. Is it simply that more US companies are publicly held, and that broader ownership pulls in a lot more citizens in as stakeholders which in turn causes more admiration from everyone around the world?

4. Is it that American trade policies are such an integral part of the US political/foreign policy that US companies tend to dominate the world and end up with more admirable balance sheets?

5. Something else?

Why is it that the world's most admired companies are US companies? I invite your thoughts and analysis.___

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2015-05-25 16:47:05 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Lives are complicated. People are complicated.

There is no such thing as superworman/superman in real life. You win some, you lose some. The trick is to get the "what actually matters in life" bits right.

Each person will choose differently, and that is ok. For me, the graph of priorities would be reversed from Don's. 

Lives are complicated. People are complicated.

There is no such thing as superworman/superman in real life. You win some, you lose some. The trick is to get the "what actually matters in life" bits right.

Each person will choose differently, and that is ok. For me, the graph of priorities would be reversed from Don's. ___

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2015-05-22 19:40:29 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

The analysis of Humans and societal factors make for such a fascinating insights. I'm a huge fan.

I've created this collage from data analyzed by Havard economists and it shows the likelihood that you'll be married based on your home town. There is clearly a democratic/republican partisan divide. Blue america get's married later, compared to red america (10 percentage points difference!!!). Blue America also for the most part makes more money.

In fact, Republicans leaning, even in cities, encourage early marriage. 

Big difference between rural areas and cities, this might be obvious. 

My personal biggest surprise was the two graphs on the right. There is a very complex picture in the Deep South. Society there nudges rich children towards marriage earlier, and poor children away from it. 

While the graph looks at marriage by 26, there... more »

The analysis of Humans and societal factors make for such a fascinating insights. I'm a huge fan.

I've created this collage from data analyzed by Havard economists and it shows the likelihood that you'll be married based on your home town. There is clearly a democratic/republican partisan divide. Blue america get's married later, compared to red america (10 percentage points difference!!!). Blue America also for the most part makes more money.

In fact, Republicans leaning, even in cities, encourage early marriage. 

Big difference between rural areas and cities, this might be obvious. 

My personal biggest surprise was the two graphs on the right. There is a very complex picture in the Deep South. Society there nudges rich children towards marriage earlier, and poor children away from it. 

While the graph looks at marriage by 26, the researchers see the same patterns if they look at 30.

There is a lot more at the source, humans are fascinating: http://goo.gl/ex0R33___

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2015-05-21 16:29:51 (0 comments, 9 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Most of my keynotes are to private gatherings. For one that I did recently in London, at the Brand Re-Imagined, a summary was written up to collect the themes in Marketing that I'm deeply passionate about.

You can read it here: https://goo.gl/YC6KSR  The title is fun, the details in the content could have a long lasting impact on your business.

Most of my keynotes are to private gatherings. For one that I did recently in London, at the Brand Re-Imagined, a summary was written up to collect the themes in Marketing that I'm deeply passionate about.

You can read it here: https://goo.gl/YC6KSR  The title is fun, the details in the content could have a long lasting impact on your business.___

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2015-05-18 18:21:05 (4 comments, 12 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

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Sometimes we don't realize how much the world has changed. In particular, how much mobile devices have changed our behavior!

Check this out....

#trudat   #technology   #progress  

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Sometimes we don't realize how much the world has changed. In particular, how much mobile devices have changed our behavior!

Check this out....

#trudat   #technology   #progress  ___

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2015-05-16 02:37:56 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

This is amazing....

#creativity   #storytelling   #opportunity  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mTLO2F_ERY

This is amazing....

#creativity   #storytelling   #opportunity  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mTLO2F_ERY___

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2015-05-12 15:51:45 (3 comments, 52 reshares, 106 +1s)Open 

This is brilliant. In her quest to create the perfect framework for understanding haters, Ann Friedman has created  the disapproval matrix. 
Now, when you receive feedback that falls into the top two quadrants, you should take their comments to heart and figure out how to address them. Even if you decide to ignore them, make sure you do so consciously. The kiss of death is to decide unconsciously (and all of us do that).

Even more critically, if you are "blessed" with feedback from the bottom two quadrants cue Taylor Swift and go... haters gonna hate hate hate!

Let me also plug self-awareness. Sometimes it is difficult to see if the feedback is in the bottom two or the top two. This is when any investment you've made in being self-aware (honestly, genuinely, critically, with all in the love for yourself) will pay off big.

If you are not self-aware, ordo... more »

This is brilliant. In her quest to create the perfect framework for understanding haters, Ann Friedman has created  the disapproval matrix. 
Now, when you receive feedback that falls into the top two quadrants, you should take their comments to heart and figure out how to address them. Even if you decide to ignore them, make sure you do so consciously. The kiss of death is to decide unconsciously (and all of us do that).

Even more critically, if you are "blessed" with feedback from the bottom two quadrants cue Taylor Swift and go... haters gonna hate hate hate!

Let me also plug self-awareness. Sometimes it is difficult to see if the feedback is in the bottom two or the top two. This is when any investment you've made in being self-aware (honestly, genuinely, critically, with all in the love for yourself) will pay off big.

If you are not self-aware, or don't trust yourself, just find someone close to you and they'll tell you which quadrant the feedback belongs to.

#carpediem  

Check out Ms. Ann Friedman's more detailed post on her graphic, and an excellent #byehater  Spotify playlist: http://goo.gl/w405q ___

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2015-05-08 15:42:28 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

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Rubik's Android!  This art installation is made from 625 individual rubik's cubes. I think the effect is that they are solving to the color to join the painting. 

It looks very cool. It is on the 15th floor, Google Toronto. Do check it out if you are visiting.

PS: This will not shock you, I used to be a huge rubik's cube fan as a kid! 

#art #android #rubikscube #google #toronto

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Rubik's Android!  This art installation is made from 625 individual rubik's cubes. I think the effect is that they are solving to the color to join the painting. 

It looks very cool. It is on the 15th floor, Google Toronto. Do check it out if you are visiting.

PS: This will not shock you, I used to be a huge rubik's cube fan as a kid! 

#art #android #rubikscube #google #toronto___

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2015-05-07 17:27:21 (11 comments, 54 reshares, 148 +1s)Open 

The evolution of mobile phones....

Love this image. It shows what has become more important to us over time. For me, it illustrates the shift from communication to consumption.  What do you see?

Source: http://goo.gl/I4eeZ2

The evolution of mobile phones....

Love this image. It shows what has become more important to us over time. For me, it illustrates the shift from communication to consumption.  What do you see?

Source: http://goo.gl/I4eeZ2___

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2015-05-06 19:46:26 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

The state where you are most likely to end up behind bars? Louisiana!

What is not clear why this is the case. Do you have theories? Are laws tougher in LA? Do people just happen to commit more crime? Is the prison industrial complex just way more pervasive? Is it religious beliefs? Why is the south, OK, MS, AL, TX, so deeply purple?

The US overall has the highest incarceration rates in the world (754/100k). We have 5% of the world population but 23% of the world prisoners. Are we more just than every other country in the world? 

For context, Canada is 117/100k.

Data source: https://goo.gl/rEh9na

The state where you are most likely to end up behind bars? Louisiana!

What is not clear why this is the case. Do you have theories? Are laws tougher in LA? Do people just happen to commit more crime? Is the prison industrial complex just way more pervasive? Is it religious beliefs? Why is the south, OK, MS, AL, TX, so deeply purple?

The US overall has the highest incarceration rates in the world (754/100k). We have 5% of the world population but 23% of the world prisoners. Are we more just than every other country in the world? 

For context, Canada is 117/100k.

Data source: https://goo.gl/rEh9na___

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2015-05-04 16:22:10 (15 comments, 14 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

Only 22 countries have never been invaded by Britain

I always suspected that we could blame most modern conflicts around the world on Great Britain. Here's data that there is a strong possibility that I'm right!! 

What is your theory as to why Britain never conquered and "brought civilized life/thinking" to these 22? Most seem to be land-locked. 

Sweden and Bolivia are my personal surprises. You?

Data source: Independent: http://goo.gl/W2ZJQ7

PS: I'm sure there is a statute of limitations on how far back you can go to blame a different country for messing up yours. In most cases, that statute has long past expired. 

Only 22 countries have never been invaded by Britain

I always suspected that we could blame most modern conflicts around the world on Great Britain. Here's data that there is a strong possibility that I'm right!! 

What is your theory as to why Britain never conquered and "brought civilized life/thinking" to these 22? Most seem to be land-locked. 

Sweden and Bolivia are my personal surprises. You?

Data source: Independent: http://goo.gl/W2ZJQ7

PS: I'm sure there is a statute of limitations on how far back you can go to blame a different country for messing up yours. In most cases, that statute has long past expired. ___

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2015-04-29 20:30:58 (7 comments, 10 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

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We can't be reminded of this enough....

...if the graph is not working, layer on the fact that you only live once.  :)

Image Source: http://goo.gl/wbMZ3s

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We can't be reminded of this enough....

...if the graph is not working, layer on the fact that you only live once.  :)

Image Source: http://goo.gl/wbMZ3s___

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2015-04-27 15:12:44 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

The very slow – but steady – growth in acceptance for Obamacare!

Slow developing nightmare for those who opposed ACA. Americans increasingly think of it as a success, and approve of how Obama is handling health care issue.

It is of course not a surprise that people like to have healthcare. It is not clear is if people who were rabidly against it (across social classes), will vote differently now that most of the short-term FREAK OUT NOW ranting politicians were proven wrong. 

Hypothesis time. The failure line is slowly going down, it is now at 42 (from 58). But, the line for the law being Kept The Same or Expanded is at 49. What do you think is going on?

#obamacare   #healthlyliving  

Source, with a lot more data: http://goo.gl/pJCG3W

The very slow – but steady – growth in acceptance for Obamacare!

Slow developing nightmare for those who opposed ACA. Americans increasingly think of it as a success, and approve of how Obama is handling health care issue.

It is of course not a surprise that people like to have healthcare. It is not clear is if people who were rabidly against it (across social classes), will vote differently now that most of the short-term FREAK OUT NOW ranting politicians were proven wrong. 

Hypothesis time. The failure line is slowly going down, it is now at 42 (from 58). But, the line for the law being Kept The Same or Expanded is at 49. What do you think is going on?

#obamacare   #healthlyliving  

Source, with a lot more data: http://goo.gl/pJCG3W___

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2015-04-24 17:47:28 (6 comments, 28 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

The Buyerarchy of Needs: So Awesome!!

The world would be a simpler place if all humans followed the this pyramid when deciding if they should buy something. The only flaw I see is that sometimes and some things, we simply can't make. Then skip to buy. But otherwise... Use existing > Borrow > Swap > Thrift > Make > Buy seems to sensible.

And, do pause for a moment and think of the immense impact on humanity, business, our behavior, and indeed life quest if we followed this.

Graphic Source: Sarah Lazarovic: http://goo.gl/SqNpHt

The Buyerarchy of Needs: So Awesome!!

The world would be a simpler place if all humans followed the this pyramid when deciding if they should buy something. The only flaw I see is that sometimes and some things, we simply can't make. Then skip to buy. But otherwise... Use existing > Borrow > Swap > Thrift > Make > Buy seems to sensible.

And, do pause for a moment and think of the immense impact on humanity, business, our behavior, and indeed life quest if we followed this.

Graphic Source: Sarah Lazarovic: http://goo.gl/SqNpHt___

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2015-04-23 15:55:45 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

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Your brand values are everywhere, especially in little nooks and crannies.  This is a great example.

It makes you smile. It makes you love the brand a bit more. But, most of all, it really delights you that there is someone at this company that cares so much.

Almost all companies fail at this (except one famous one). The price of always wanting to scale, to be big, to be efficient. Sad.

But, let's rejoice at the examples we can find!

#branding #marketing #values #surpriseanddelight

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Your brand values are everywhere, especially in little nooks and crannies.  This is a great example.

It makes you smile. It makes you love the brand a bit more. But, most of all, it really delights you that there is someone at this company that cares so much.

Almost all companies fail at this (except one famous one). The price of always wanting to scale, to be big, to be efficient. Sad.

But, let's rejoice at the examples we can find!

#branding #marketing #values #surpriseanddelight___

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2015-04-20 16:10:38 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Are you paying a penalty or getting a bonus just because you are married? It depends, insightful chart below.

The largest penalties, for no-children couples, fall on the poor or the affluent, as well as couples where two people are making similar amounts. For couples with children, it is mostly a penalty situation.

Use this to plan when to propose to your beloved as to if it makes sense to get married, and then plan what proportion each of you will make (because in the great USofA that really does matter, look at the deep purple as you go up).

There are more graphs and detail here: http://goo.gl/uhGCMN Among the insights is this really amazing one...

When countries design their tax systems, they have to make some choices. Here are three possible goals:

1. Higher-income people pay higher tax rates than lower-income people.

2. Married couples... more »

Are you paying a penalty or getting a bonus just because you are married? It depends, insightful chart below.

The largest penalties, for no-children couples, fall on the poor or the affluent, as well as couples where two people are making similar amounts. For couples with children, it is mostly a penalty situation.

Use this to plan when to propose to your beloved as to if it makes sense to get married, and then plan what proportion each of you will make (because in the great USofA that really does matter, look at the deep purple as you go up).

There are more graphs and detail here: http://goo.gl/uhGCMN Among the insights is this really amazing one...

When countries design their tax systems, they have to make some choices. Here are three possible goals:

1. Higher-income people pay higher tax rates than lower-income people.

2. Married couples who earn the same amount of money pay the same amount in taxes, no matter who earns the money.

3. Taxes don’t depend on whether couples are married.

It’s not possible to achieve all three goals at the same time. Most wealthy countries give up on the second goal, favoring couples with two earners over couples with only one. The United States gives up on the third.

As with the management saying “fast, good and cheap,” you can pick only two.___

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2015-04-19 23:57:05 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

How fast, how furious?

This awesome graph charts the percentage of film time that is spent on fast activity and furious activity in the F&F movies. As you can see with each recent installment, fast is creeping up. But it is furious where there is amazing growth.

It is as if the film creators have figured out that the public is not really reading the magazine for the articles, and decided to go all pictures! (If you get my mixed metaphors. :))

On other dimensions, furious language (four-letter words) are actually down (no time for talk!), barbecuing and saying grace before a meal... also down. :)

Source, with more analysis: http://goo.gl/KRrohb

How fast, how furious?

This awesome graph charts the percentage of film time that is spent on fast activity and furious activity in the F&F movies. As you can see with each recent installment, fast is creeping up. But it is furious where there is amazing growth.

It is as if the film creators have figured out that the public is not really reading the magazine for the articles, and decided to go all pictures! (If you get my mixed metaphors. :))

On other dimensions, furious language (four-letter words) are actually down (no time for talk!), barbecuing and saying grace before a meal... also down. :)

Source, with more analysis: http://goo.gl/KRrohb___

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2015-04-17 17:42:09 (4 comments, 10 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Life altering wisdom in terms of what it takes to be truly successful when it comes to ideas (or life!)....

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#wisdom  #omgiamgoingtomisstheinterent!

Life altering wisdom in terms of what it takes to be truly successful when it comes to ideas (or life!)....

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#wisdom  #omgiamgoingtomisstheinterent!___

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2015-04-15 18:13:27 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

This is the most thoughtful present I received in a long time. 

I am a gigantic Calvin and Hobbes fan. A peer of mine had her husband draw this custom painting of them wearing Google Glass in the same color as the one I use!

So many things come together for me in this picture, I can't even describe. I was profoundly touched.

(PS: It is not my birthday today, just saw this on my desk and thought I would share it with y'all.)

 #thingsthatmakeyouhappy #calvinandhobbes #googleglass

This is the most thoughtful present I received in a long time. 

I am a gigantic Calvin and Hobbes fan. A peer of mine had her husband draw this custom painting of them wearing Google Glass in the same color as the one I use!

So many things come together for me in this picture, I can't even describe. I was profoundly touched.

(PS: It is not my birthday today, just saw this on my desk and thought I would share it with y'all.)

 #thingsthatmakeyouhappy #calvinandhobbes #googleglass___

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2015-04-14 19:58:56 (19 comments, 40 reshares, 128 +1s)Open 

This is f'ing insane! And, that word does not do this graph justice. OMG. Just OMG! Look at the history of camera sales!

Humans and cameras are having an amazing impact on our culture, memories, relationships, and so much more because of this graph.

Always smile, even when you don't think so, you are on camera.

Traditional cameras are not going away, but anything except the mid-high to super-high is going to be massively challenged. We simply don't need them.

More on the story at the source: http://goo.gl/Q5E9VU

This is f'ing insane! And, that word does not do this graph justice. OMG. Just OMG! Look at the history of camera sales!

Humans and cameras are having an amazing impact on our culture, memories, relationships, and so much more because of this graph.

Always smile, even when you don't think so, you are on camera.

Traditional cameras are not going away, but anything except the mid-high to super-high is going to be massively challenged. We simply don't need them.

More on the story at the source: http://goo.gl/Q5E9VU___

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2015-04-13 16:18:19 (1 comments, 26 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

My latest post: Ten Hidden Gems In Google Analytics: Do Smarter Web Data Analysis!  http://goo.gl/ih3wSv

It is going to change your mind about just how far you can stretch GA to deliver awesomeness. Primarily because we all get comfortable with 20% we know and rarely move about.

I share ten places that I go to all the time that you might not be using. Here's the list: 

1. Affinity & In-Market Segments: Understand Your People Better 
2. Google Analytics Shortcuts: Save Your Complex Views 
3. Custom Dimensions: Deeper Unique-You Analysis 
4. Time Lag & Path Length: Pan-Session Ecommerce Analysis 
5. Assisted Conversions: Smarter Marketing Impact Attribution 
6. Custom Alerts: Get Your Known Unknowns! 
7. Download Solutions: Benefit From The Wisdom Of Crowds 
8. Search Queries: Get Your Organic Keyword Data Back! 9. GA Ap... more »

My latest post: Ten Hidden Gems In Google Analytics: Do Smarter Web Data Analysis!  http://goo.gl/ih3wSv

It is going to change your mind about just how far you can stretch GA to deliver awesomeness. Primarily because we all get comfortable with 20% we know and rarely move about.

I share ten places that I go to all the time that you might not be using. Here's the list: 

1. Affinity & In-Market Segments: Understand Your People Better 
2. Google Analytics Shortcuts: Save Your Complex Views 
3. Custom Dimensions: Deeper Unique-You Analysis 
4. Time Lag & Path Length: Pan-Session Ecommerce Analysis 
5. Assisted Conversions: Smarter Marketing Impact Attribution 
6. Custom Alerts: Get Your Known Unknowns! 
7. Download Solutions: Benefit From The Wisdom Of Crowds 
8. Search Queries: Get Your Organic Keyword Data Back! 
9. GA Applications: Your Everyday Challenges Amazingly Solved!! 
10. Shopping Behavior Analysis: Funnel Your World! 
##. But, wait! There's more…

Check it out. There are screenshots, specific examples, and, as you might have come to expect from me, marketing advice sprinkled throughout about actions you can take.

It's here: http://goo.gl/ih3wSv  Don't forget to share your feedback, your wisdom, via the comment section in the post.___

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2015-04-11 18:53:50 (64 comments, 4 reshares, 197 +1s)Open 

Free Amos Yee! The political dissident you've never heard of!

This is a pretty amazing video. Amos rant is honest, bold, crazy, amazing, funny, and meant to shock. Some of you will be upset (even if you don't know where Singapore is). I suspect most of you will be stunned with his eloquently expressed thoughts. 

He was arrested for this, and is facing prison time. 

Meanwhile the entire national press of Singapore (Tv, Print, Radio) is attacking him. If I sum up most of it, here is how it goes: "You have the right to say what you want, but rights also apply to those who hear and if you might offend those who hear your words then you should not speak them else you will be punished."

To use Amos' language, what the f! 

Many of these Singaporeans are justifying their attacks on Amos' free speech because it is how things work inAm... more »

Free Amos Yee! The political dissident you've never heard of!

This is a pretty amazing video. Amos rant is honest, bold, crazy, amazing, funny, and meant to shock. Some of you will be upset (even if you don't know where Singapore is). I suspect most of you will be stunned with his eloquently expressed thoughts. 

He was arrested for this, and is facing prison time. 

Meanwhile the entire national press of Singapore (Tv, Print, Radio) is attacking him. If I sum up most of it, here is how it goes: "You have the right to say what you want, but rights also apply to those who hear and if you might offend those who hear your words then you should not speak them else you will be punished."

To use Amos' language, what the f! 

Many of these Singaporeans are justifying their attacks on Amos' free speech because it is how things work in America. 

Again. What the f! 

It is completely irrelevant if I or you or anyone agree with what Amos says. It is completely irrelevant if you feel his language is offensive or not (it is not, and he is just a teen). He has the right to say whatever the heck he wants to. And, you have the right to ignore him, disagree with him, or respond to him with a video of your own.

What you don't have the right to is to arrest him, fine him or otherwise bring the force of the government upon him. 

What does it say about Singapore's government (a place I do like and visit at least for one week every other year), if they can't even let a teen speak his mind?

Free Amos Yee​!

Bit more context from The New Yorker: http://goo.gl/tMJQJW___

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2015-04-10 15:56:19 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

From my Instagram account [follow along here: http://instagram.com/avinashplusworld], too good not to share again here on Google+.

One of my all-time favorite quotes illustrates that there are two types of people in the world. Ms. Greene inspires me to be in the second group.
#lifelibertyandthepursuitofhappiness

From my Instagram account [follow along here: http://instagram.com/avinashplusworld], too good not to share again here on Google+.

One of my all-time favorite quotes illustrates that there are two types of people in the world. Ms. Greene inspires me to be in the second group.
#lifelibertyandthepursuitofhappiness___

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2015-04-09 16:21:58 (9 comments, 29 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

It all comes down to perspective. What's ours. What's theirs.

This cartoon does explain, for me, thousands of years of human history and human action (sadly mostly destructive).

It also gives me hope that if we recognize this, if we are a bit more open minded about looking at things from the other person/party's perspective, that we might change our actions.

It all comes down to perspective. What's ours. What's theirs.

This cartoon does explain, for me, thousands of years of human history and human action (sadly mostly destructive).

It also gives me hope that if we recognize this, if we are a bit more open minded about looking at things from the other person/party's perspective, that we might change our actions.___

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2015-04-08 16:52:17 (39 comments, 18 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Climate change article coming. Please lay your weapons own. It does not attack any person/party/theory. Bring an open mind. 

I was really surprised to see all the yellow in the first graph. In large numbers, Republicans do not believe in Climate Change and pretty much every Republican Senator (I've given up on the House - both parties) believes that, and executes their political agenda accordingly.

So, why all that sea of yellow? If 63% of Americans are saying Yes, if most even red state counties are yellow, why would the politicians still be so against any climate change action? Even small action? Don't these people want to get re-elected!

Then, I changed the drop-down at the top. "Estimated % of adults who think global warming is mostly caused by human activities."

Boom!

(That is the environment expiring by the way.)

A... more »

Climate change article coming. Please lay your weapons own. It does not attack any person/party/theory. Bring an open mind. 

I was really surprised to see all the yellow in the first graph. In large numbers, Republicans do not believe in Climate Change and pretty much every Republican Senator (I've given up on the House - both parties) believes that, and executes their political agenda accordingly.

So, why all that sea of yellow? If 63% of Americans are saying Yes, if most even red state counties are yellow, why would the politicians still be so against any climate change action? Even small action? Don't these people want to get re-elected!

Then, I changed the drop-down at the top. "Estimated % of adults who think global warming is mostly caused by human activities."

Boom!

(That is the environment expiring by the way.)

A sea of blue.

In fact, every red state is a sea of light or dark blue.

Now, the strategy of the Republican senator makes complete sense. If their constituents don't believe we are causing this, if they believe it is all natural in massive numbers, it makes sense they are pandering accordingly.

Two last thoughts, one hopeful and the other not.

1. Population density is an interesting dimension (though that is not how the US Senate works). 48% of the US population believe Global Warming is due to human activities. This is a source of hope.

2. There is diversity of opinion. For example, my state California should be all yellow in the second graph. It is not. Tons of blue. Likewise, in deep Republican states, there is some Yellow. It is good to look at this county by county - in case you want to drive change.

I want to repeat, this is not about attacking one party or the other. It was interesting to have data finally explain why certain people behave a certain way. In in that sense, the response of the Republican, and Red State Democratic representatives, has an explanation below. 

You can play with the graphs here: http://goo.gl/VDuIbj And there's a lot more detail if you are interested.___

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2015-04-07 15:51:12 (15 comments, 18 reshares, 119 +1s)Open 

Ha, ha. Ha, ha, ha!

20% time and Google and you.

There are many ways to look at innovation in jobs and at companies.

#laugh   #cry   #getreal   #getshiftdone  

Ha, ha. Ha, ha, ha!

20% time and Google and you.

There are many ways to look at innovation in jobs and at companies.

#laugh   #cry   #getreal   #getshiftdone  ___

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2015-04-06 16:12:23 (2 comments, 46 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

The wonderful folks at Pew have a wonderful new analysis about US smartphone usage. You can read the study here: http://goo.gl/MY2rYr Regardless of your business, it can help influence your strategy.

This is one that is interesting. 54% of the people say Smartphones are not always needed, yet most people believe their phones provide freedom, are helpful and totally worth the cost! :)

We are all both over-reacting to mobile phones, and under-reacting. The former because we see big raw usage numbers (yet, rarely dig deeper to separate our social and gaming out of those numbers), and the latter because we are too entrenched in old ways of thinking (put the entire Fortune 1000 here in their profound lack of imagination when it comes to mobile).

Mobile is the next big thing. But, for most companies, more thought needs to put put into what the big is for them. Starts with reading... more »

The wonderful folks at Pew have a wonderful new analysis about US smartphone usage. You can read the study here: http://goo.gl/MY2rYr Regardless of your business, it can help influence your strategy.

This is one that is interesting. 54% of the people say Smartphones are not always needed, yet most people believe their phones provide freedom, are helpful and totally worth the cost! :)

We are all both over-reacting to mobile phones, and under-reacting. The former because we see big raw usage numbers (yet, rarely dig deeper to separate our social and gaming out of those numbers), and the latter because we are too entrenched in old ways of thinking (put the entire Fortune 1000 here in their profound lack of imagination when it comes to mobile).

Mobile is the next big thing. But, for most companies, more thought needs to put put into what the big is for them. Starts with reading the Pew data, http://goo.gl/MY2rYr, and with talking to some real customers.___

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2015-03-27 16:43:03 (5 comments, 10 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Something really interesting to think about... Industry of Each State's Biggest Employer!

Let me save you the legend reading trouble, all that blue is Wal-Mart! (And think of how many people will be impacted by their wonderful decision recently related to wage increases. Go Wal-Mart!!)

Some additional interesting bits from the source...

Washington is Air Travel because of Boeing, and Connecticut because of UTC/Pratt and Whitney.

I'm a bit surprised at all the violet. I can see why in CA Healthcare would be the biggest employer, we have a huge number of people, but why not for Florida or other high population states. Don't their people need Healthcare? 

What do you see in this data?

Data source: http://goo.gl/NQ9hrl

Something really interesting to think about... Industry of Each State's Biggest Employer!

Let me save you the legend reading trouble, all that blue is Wal-Mart! (And think of how many people will be impacted by their wonderful decision recently related to wage increases. Go Wal-Mart!!)

Some additional interesting bits from the source...

Washington is Air Travel because of Boeing, and Connecticut because of UTC/Pratt and Whitney.

I'm a bit surprised at all the violet. I can see why in CA Healthcare would be the biggest employer, we have a huge number of people, but why not for Florida or other high population states. Don't their people need Healthcare? 

What do you see in this data?

Data source: http://goo.gl/NQ9hrl___

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2015-03-26 15:54:32 (7 comments, 26 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

How to be an artist, a flow chart.

It is more true than you might imagine. I would go so far as to say that the reason I have written 846,537 words on my blog so far, is simply the desire to get better and better at the No strand you see below.

It does not matter what your job is, you are an artist. Use the flow below. 

Graphic Source: http://goo.gl/pTmh4U

How to be an artist, a flow chart.

It is more true than you might imagine. I would go so far as to say that the reason I have written 846,537 words on my blog so far, is simply the desire to get better and better at the No strand you see below.

It does not matter what your job is, you are an artist. Use the flow below. 

Graphic Source: http://goo.gl/pTmh4U___

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2015-03-25 15:55:26 (29 comments, 32 reshares, 100 +1s)Open 

Food for thought if you are choosing a career in music, pick Blues and avoid Rap and Hip Hop!

This lovely graph shows the average age of death of Male and Female musicians by music genre. It has really interesting insights.

Did you imagine Gospel would be lower than Country (or Jazz)? World Music seems to have long lived female musicians. 

Any student of correlation-causation will look at this carefully to separate out if the music is the cause or a certain type of personality that takes to that type of music or the environmental variables at play. Lots of interesting things to think about! (Murder accounts of 6% of all deaths in the sample, but was the cause of 51% of the deaths in rap musicians to date.)

For deeper analysis, more data like cause of death, please visit: http://goo.gl/o4xfzt

Food for thought if you are choosing a career in music, pick Blues and avoid Rap and Hip Hop!

This lovely graph shows the average age of death of Male and Female musicians by music genre. It has really interesting insights.

Did you imagine Gospel would be lower than Country (or Jazz)? World Music seems to have long lived female musicians. 

Any student of correlation-causation will look at this carefully to separate out if the music is the cause or a certain type of personality that takes to that type of music or the environmental variables at play. Lots of interesting things to think about! (Murder accounts of 6% of all deaths in the sample, but was the cause of 51% of the deaths in rap musicians to date.)

For deeper analysis, more data like cause of death, please visit: http://goo.gl/o4xfzt___

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2015-03-25 05:20:16 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

"It's a small museum, but it really captures the Australian spirit."

: )

via @Drew_Bowie http://goo.gl/c670fM

PS: If you are not following Australian immigration politics, skip this post - but know that it is exquisitely awesome.

"It's a small museum, but it really captures the Australian spirit."

: )

via @Drew_Bowie http://goo.gl/c670fM

PS: If you are not following Australian immigration politics, skip this post - but know that it is exquisitely awesome.___

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2015-03-24 16:39:28 (12 comments, 10 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

I'd posted this on my Instagram account (follow along here: http://instagram.com/avinashplusworld), it is too good not to share with y'all...

When people ask me how come I sleep so little, I've never had a good answer. Now I do!

#sleepless #livemore !

I'd posted this on my Instagram account (follow along here: http://instagram.com/avinashplusworld), it is too good not to share with y'all...

When people ask me how come I sleep so little, I've never had a good answer. Now I do!

#sleepless #livemore !___

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2015-03-23 18:23:26 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Help! My Boss Is Terrible, What Do I Do? http://goo.gl/5RAsDg

My latest post for my +LinkedIn Influencer channel tackles an issue that every single person faces at one point or another. You are probably dealing with it right now!

Checkout my four recommendations: http://goo.gl/5RAsDg

Help! My Boss Is Terrible, What Do I Do? http://goo.gl/5RAsDg

My latest post for my +LinkedIn Influencer channel tackles an issue that every single person faces at one point or another. You are probably dealing with it right now!

Checkout my four recommendations: http://goo.gl/5RAsDg___

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2015-03-23 16:50:39 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Data can help crack our silly prejudices about our peer citizens.

Last week I was really upset about this NY School's apology: http://goo.gl/mosIAB The pledge was said in many foreign languages, yet only Arabic got this awful prejudicial reaction. 

Below is a chart I bumped into this morning. It shows that the religious affiliations of Arab Americans - a majority are of various christian faith.

This is not the reason the pledge should have been allowed, or the implicit hysteria erased. But I do hope it gives all those people who protested food for thought. 

Data source: PDF: http://goo.gl/URU9po

Data can help crack our silly prejudices about our peer citizens.

Last week I was really upset about this NY School's apology: http://goo.gl/mosIAB The pledge was said in many foreign languages, yet only Arabic got this awful prejudicial reaction. 

Below is a chart I bumped into this morning. It shows that the religious affiliations of Arab Americans - a majority are of various christian faith.

This is not the reason the pledge should have been allowed, or the implicit hysteria erased. But I do hope it gives all those people who protested food for thought. 

Data source: PDF: http://goo.gl/URU9po___

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2015-03-23 01:15:04 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

It is always nice to randomly walk around Palo Alto, it is so pretty and has so much history.

Ok Glass, Take a picture.

Attached, a collage from today's 90 min walk.

#throughglass #paloalto #longwalks

It is always nice to randomly walk around Palo Alto, it is so pretty and has so much history.

Ok Glass, Take a picture.

Attached, a collage from today's 90 min walk.

#throughglass #paloalto #longwalks___

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2015-03-21 16:34:51 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

For your weekend amusement and thinking... something thought-provoking...

From the wonderful inimitable xkcd: https://xkcd.com/1501

PS: Isn't it amazing that so many people still don't accept the Explanation Seems Pretty Clear bucket?   #lifeisamystery

For your weekend amusement and thinking... something thought-provoking...

From the wonderful inimitable xkcd: https://xkcd.com/1501

PS: Isn't it amazing that so many people still don't accept the Explanation Seems Pretty Clear bucket?   #lifeisamystery___

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