June 1 2011

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10 Great Magazine Ads That Don't Just Sit There Looking Pretty. Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking. I've been to something like one hundred conferences and corporate events in the past several years as I travel the world delivering keynotes and running seminars.

Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking

I've seen a few great speeches. Sadly, most speeches I see are not very good. Some are downright terrible. I've been collecting some observations on what makes a good presentation and also drawing from my own experience. Most of us have an opportunity to speak, perhaps at your industry event, or your company's sales conference, or to a local club. eHarmony Video Bio. Bikinis Made from 3-D Printers Custom Fit Every Curve. Despite being of the male persuasion, even I know that bikini season is no day at the beach.

Bikinis Made from 3-D Printers Custom Fit Every Curve

Finding the right fit in a style and cut that threads the needle of decency is enough to make any woman throw up her hands and opt for a one-piece with shorts. Well ladies, Jenna Fizel and Mary Haung of Continuum Fashion have heard your dressing room distress calls. In search of the elusive 'perfect fit,' they've designed the N12 bikini, the world's first 3-D printed two-piece made of small nylon discs held together by thread-like springs. The N12 gets its name from the material it's made of: Nylon 12.

Shapeways uses their 3-D printing technology to create the material for the designers and calls Nylon 12 "ideal swimsuit material as it is innately waterproof. " Why digital agencies need a fresh gene pool. Digital agencies are bastards born out of the loveless marriage between creative agencies and the software industry With my Hyper Island hat on, I’ve recently been working with a large number of advertising and digital agencies here, in the US and in Asia.

Why digital agencies need a fresh gene pool

While all ad agencies are looking to make themselves more digital, it seems clear that embracing the working practices of pure digital shops would be a disaster. Digital agencies are bastards born out of the loveless marriage between creative agencies and the software industry. You remember the software industry: huge projects often funded at taxpayers’ expense that go vastly over budget and are always delayed as scope creep and logical bugs add new requirements and complexity. John Hagel – Gathering ’11: an opportunity to make meaningful change. Jean Russell interviews opening speaker, John Hagel, on “the power of pull” and the opportunity to make meaningful change at Gathering ’11.

John Hagel – Gathering ’11: an opportunity to make meaningful change

Jean: Hi John, Thank you for sharing with me today. I know we are both excited about Gathering ’11, but I am curious what is the attraction for you? What do you think is powerful about this event? John: Gathering ’11 is a promising opportunity to mobilize people for meaningful change. Thiel: Tech Bubble? What Tech Bubble? There has been lots of chatter about a technology bubble in Silicon Valley.

Thiel: Tech Bubble? What Tech Bubble?

LinkedIn’s initial public offering, Groupon’s upcoming I.P.O. and bloated start-up investments and valuations are bringing back painful memories of the dot-com bubble’s burst roughly a decade ago. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg NewsPeter Thiel says the technology industry is missing a key component for a bubble: the ability for the public to invest money. But this time there is no bubble, says Peter Thiel, the PayPal co-founder, early Facebook investor and hedge fund manager. “We don’t have a tech bubble for a variety of reasons,” Mr. Thiel said in an interview. The Blue Ocean in RED - Ideas and Inspiration. Fotolia's Social Media News Release - The blogger's resource to information.

Quicklinks AP Images now distribute Fotolia images April 26, 2012 - We're very excited to announce that as of today, APImages will be giving customers access to millions of royalty-free Fotolia images.

Fotolia's Social Media News Release - The blogger's resource to information

The collaboration between AP and Fotolia makes this an industry first in one-stop-shop for all imagery needs. "We're excited to be part of yet another industry first by opening up a new market for our 126,000-plus artists", said Oleg Tscheltzoff, co-founder and CEO of Fotolia. "We believe this is just the first step in a strategic alliance that will allow both of us to continue our industry-leading innovations, grow our companies and benefit our customers. " Fotolia acquires crowd sourcing design community Wilogo.com March 15, 2012 - We now offer a new way for designers and clients to stay connected.

Brain Waves Surge Moments Before Death. A study of seven terminally ill patients found identical surges in brain activity moments before death, providing what may be physiological evidence of "out of body" experiences reported by people who survive near-death ordeals.

Brain Waves Surge Moments Before Death

Doctors at George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates recorded brain activity of people dying from critical illnesses, such as cancer or heart attacks. Moments before death, the patients experienced a burst in brain wave activity, with the spikes occurring at the same time before death and at comparable intensity and duration. Writing in the October issue of the Journal of Palliative Medicine, the doctors theorize that the brain surges may be tied to widely reported near-death experiences which typically involve spiritual or religious attributes. Do psychics now pose just as big a threat to journalistic verification skills as social media? There is a lovely coy line in this BBC report about the hoax call about mass graves in Texas last night: “US police say there were no bodies found at a house in east Texas, where an anonymous caller claiming to be a psychic said there was a mass grave.

Do psychics now pose just as big a threat to journalistic verification skills as social media?

US media earlier reported there were up to 30 dismembered bodies including children buried there.” Forsook! Google Can't Spell "Facebook" Posted by Tom Foremski - June 8, 2011 I use GMail all the time and its spell checker is usually pretty good. But the other day I noticed it can't spell "Facebook. " Andresen on BitCoin and Virtual Currency. Gavin Andresen, Principal of the BitCoin Virtual Currency Project, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about BitCoin, an innovative attempt to create a decentralized electronic currency.

Andresen on BitCoin and Virtual Currency

Andresen explains the origins of BitCoin, how new currency gets created, how you can acquire BitCoins and the prospects for BitCoin's future. Can it compete with government-sanctioned money? How can users trust it? What threatens BitCoin and how might it thrive? Malware Gangs Run Ads To Hire New Coders. I write a little about the work I do - PHP, AJAX, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Web Fonts, MySQL, Data Visualization and such, at this link: I used to blog here, but I don't anymore.

Malware Gangs Run Ads To Hire New Coders

I now blog using Google+. You can view my public posts, even if you aren't a Google+ user, at this link: The Stealthy Anonymart. Is there greater thrill than encountering a new species technology in the wild ? The blogs Threat Level/Gawker recently reported the appearance of an entirely new genre of technology: an anonymous marketplace, or anonymarket. Out there on the internet is a place where you can buy and sell anything anonymously using untraceable money. What is mostly being bought and sold in this stealth market right now are recreational drugs — pot and acid, etc. There has always been black markets in every city of the world, but as underground and out of sight as they might be, you still needed to show up in person to trade. Why Some People Eat Dirt. Amid the countless edible plants and animals on Earth, there’s little consideration for the ground beneath our feet.

Intentionally eating dirt, also called geophagy, is a natural instinct and may serve a greater health purpose. Some humans’ urge to consume clay may stem from the activity’s protective properties for the digestive system, according to new research to be published in The Quarterly Review of Biology. NEWS: Monkey Barfs and Rechews Food After examining 482 cases of human geophagy and 330 records of the practice among animals in a meta-analysis, researchers led by Sera Young of Cornell University discovered that eating dirt had little to do with being hungry or seeking minerals the body might be lacking. Rather, the team found that geophagy may help stave off pathogens in the gut, especially for pregnant women and pre-adolescent children. New Study: Sharing Accounts for 31 Percent of Referral Traffic. Can Positive Thinking Be Negative?

"ACCENTUATE the positive,” the 1944 song by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen cheerfully implored us. From Benjamin Franklin’s 1750 Poor Richard’s Almanack (which advised readers that “sorrow is good for nothing but sin”) to today’s parade of motivational speakers, Americans have long embraced an optimistic, “can-do” attitude toward life. Plug “positive thinking” into Amazon.com, and you will find a never-ending supply of products designed to help us see life through rose-colored lenses, including a “Power of Positive Thinking” wall calendar and an “Overcoming Adversity with Encouragement and Affirmation” poster series.

In fact, however, positivity is not all it is cracked up to be. Why Your Small Business Should Act Like A Social Media Company. Are you using social media tools to the best of your ability? If not, you may be missing out. June 06, 2011 So many small businesses try very hard to use social media as a megaphone, trying to shout their messages. I’ve tried hard to demonstrate that there are many other strategies you can try, rather than the commonly “holler in a hurricane” approach. One I like is treating your business as a social media company. Oracle wants a huge cut of Google's mobile advertising revenue plus compensation for fragmentation of Java. Apple Has Finally Stuck A Dagger Into SMS. I Love It. AOL After the Honeymoon - Jeff Bercovici - Mixed Media. French media tweet and poke ban.

U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right. Horn Group, Inc. > Blog. Tweet late, email early, and don’t forget about Saturday: Using data to develop a social media strategy. Why Startups Should Raise Money at the Top End of Normal. Groupon Is Overstating Revenue By 140%, Should Voluntarily Postpone IPO. Blog Archive » The Rolltop Laptop. Analyzing the metered model.