Gold & Platinum - April 25, 2010 Welcome to the RIAA's Gold & Platinum Program searchable database. We've added some new intuitive search features to help users narrow their searches and find certifications faster. If you are not able to find a certification that you are looking for, please try this important tip: enter the artist's name in the format Last Name, First Name. That means, for example, that the following artist's name is best searched in this format: Bieber, Justin.
Last Updated Feb 18, 2010 7:57 AM EST Want to get more done at work? You need to buckle down, work consistently and hard for longer hours and quit procrastinating, right? Only if you work on a factory floor, counters blog Chief Happiness Officer from author and consultant Alexander Kjerulf. And as you're reading a blog right now, you probably don't work in an industrial job. Everything You Know About Productivity is Wrong | Entry-Level Re
Online - E-Media Tidbits A continuing theme at South by Southwest Interactive is figuring out how to foster innovation at organizations. A team of Google employees shared some thoughts on Sunday about how they create and improve upon services such as Gmail, Google Talk and Google Buzz. It became clear that although these people have achieved plenty of successes, they are familiar with failure — mostly private, sometimes public. Their thoughts are relevant for any organization, particularly news organizations, trying to change how they do their work. Strive for a goal, even if you don’t know how to achieve it. Jonathan Perlow, a senior engineer on the Gmail team, said the e-mail service was created to achieve three things:
Editor’s note: When venture capitalists invest in early stage startups, more than anything else they are investing in the founders of the company and their ability to lead their employees through the most improbable set of circumstances to take an idea from a germ to a real and profitable business. In this guest post, Ben Horowitz of VC firm Andreessen Horowitz explains the leadership traits he and his co-founder Marc Andreessen look for before they invest in a startup. SOme of their investments include Skype, Zynga, Factual, and RockMelt. Before becoming investing partners, Horowitz and Andreessen co-founded Opsware, which they sold to HP for $1.6 billion, and prior to that Horowitz was an executive at Netscape. At Andreessen Horowitz, we favor founders running the company. The reasons are many (and will be the topic of a future blog post). Notes on Leadership: Be Like Steve Jobs, . . . And Bill Campbell
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World Population: has reached 7 billion on October 31, 2011 is projected to reach 8 billion by 2024 has doubled in 40 years from 1959 (3 billion) to 1999 (6 billion) is currently growing at a rate of around 1.14 % per year growth rate reached its peak in the late 1960s, when it was at 2% growth rate is currently declining and is projected to continue to decline in the coming years average annual population change is currently estimated at over 80 million world population will nearly stabilize at just above 10 billion persons after 2062 a tremendous change occurred with the industrial revolution: whereas it had taken all of human history up to the year 1800 for world population to reach 1 billion, the second billion was achieved in only 130 years (1930), the third billion in less than 30 years (1959), the fourth billion in 15 years (1974), the fifth billion in 13 years (1987), the sixth billion in 12 years (1999) and the seventh billion in 12 years (2011).
When it comes to finding stuff, there's Google — and there's everyone else. Photo: Mauricio Alejo Want to know how Google is about to change your life? Stop by the Ouagadougou conference room on a Thursday morning. It is here, at the Mountain View, California, headquarters of the world’s most powerful Internet company, that a room filled with three dozen engineers, product managers, and executives figure out how to make their search engine even smarter. Exclusive: How Google’s Algorithm Rules the Web | Magazine
There's a simple reason that change efforts are difficult, and it's not that people are lazy or resistant or stupid. Change is hard because February 16, 2010 There’s a simple reason that change efforts are difficult, and it’s not that people are lazy or resistant or stupid. Change is hard because it disrupts behaviors that are on “autopilot.” If you were forced to start brushing your teeth with your opposite hand, you’d struggle. Five Ways to Make Change Easier : The World :: American Express
Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin 1 Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a character's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people. There are exceptions.
The Blog of Scott Hansen » Overcoming Creative Block I do not know what to write. I am sitting here staring at the screen, running sentences in my head, and turning my music on and off. Earlier I went foraging for food (in hopes of sparking some magical words), but ended up getting distracted by Arrested Development for 20 minutes. This happens just about every time I sit down to do anything. I’ll probably go play the guitar between this paragraph and the next. Of course this is a familiar situation.