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In a recent blog post, venture capitalist Fred Wilson talked about his ongoing struggle with email management and the various solutions he’s tried, concluding: “Every time I make a productivity gain, the volume eventually overwhelms me.” It’s a familiar problem. We’re all extremely busy, and we all get too much email. So what to do? I t’s time for a more mindful approach, one that fully embraces a “less is more” strategy.
GLENN BECK types who warn of a coming bout of inflation typically blame it on the policies (or, often, the very existence) of the Fed, which has dramatically expanded the money supply over the past two years to counteract the fall in commercial activity due to deleveraging from the financial crisis, thereby probably preventing a second Great Depression. Fortunately, Ben Bernanke apparently pays no attention to such people. But in a post on Friday, Gavyn Davies explained where the real inflationary threat lies: the possibility that the current rise in commodity prices isn't your typical short-term fluctuation, but part of a long-term trend. As emerging markets grow richer and drive up demand for raw materials, those materials may be rising in value relative to the industrial and service products of the developed economies.
By Valentine Warner UPDATED: 22:30 GMT, 12 February 2011 Bees fan: TV chef Valentine Warner says that a world without bees would have an effect on the food we eat Just four years. That’s how long Albert Einstein reportedly said the human race would last in a world without bees. For the master of relativity, the equation was relatively simple: no more bees = no more people. And while there is debate over whether the great physicist made the claim, no one disputes that we would be in serious trouble were bees to disappear.
Greg Satell has an interesting and entertaining post entitled, The Next Really, Really, Really, Big Thing . He begins: Everybody should be excited about the next big thing. And why not?
There is a growing tide of opinion in this country that religion and government should be intertwined. This view tends to be most widely held by evangelical Christians, who believe that society would benefit if Christianity played an official role in government. A recent Honolulu Civil Beat poll found that 11 percent of likely voters in Hawaii believed Christianity should play an official role in government.
My apologies for the length of this article, but I see it as extremely important to tell the whole story as it happened. The Story of the Egyptian Revolution One week ago, Egypt was a stable authoritarian regime, prospects of change were minimal and every expert in Washington would have betted on the endurance of its regime. Today, Egypt is in a state of chaos. The regime, even after using its mightiest sword is not able to control the country and the streets of Egypt are in a state of utter lawlessness. As the world stands in awe, confusion, and worry at the unfolding events, perhaps it is important to write the evolving story that is happening in Egypt before any reflections can be made on them.
FRONTLINE takes an in-depth look at the multibillion-dollar "persuasion industries" of advertising and public relations and how marketers have developed new ways of integrating their messages deeper into the fabric of our lives. Through sophisticated market research methods to better understand consumers and by turning to the little-understood techniques of public relations to make sure their messages come from sources we trust, marketers are crafting messages that resonate with an increasingly cynical public. In this documentary essay, correspondent Douglas Rushkoff (correspondent for FRONTLINE's "The Merchants of Cool") also explores how the culture of marketing has come to shape the way Americans understand the world and themselves and how the techniques of the persuasion industries have migrated to politics, shaping the way our leaders formulate policy, influence public opinion, make decisions, and stay in power.
More Americans than ever are multitasking while they watch TV, according to a new survey from Deloitte. Between September 10 and October 8, 2010, Deloitte polled 2,000 U.S. consumers ages 14 to 75 on their digital habits. Unsurprisingly, it found that Americans are plugged in.
I’ve attended @Midem for the last 12 years and there’s one thing that’s still the “same”, Cannes has super vibes around entertainment and music and spending 2-3 days there is always cool. The sun helps and I love running on the Croisette early in the morning. This year’s vibes were especially amazing. I’ll try to explain. I attended very few panels; they tended to be boring rehashes of things we already know.
TYLER COWEN'S new book , "The Great Stagnation", continues to attract a lot of attention from bloggers. Many of the responses are interesting, but I found Scott Sumner's the most intriguing: Tyler Cowen argues that the internet might produce all sorts of neat applications that give us endless pleasure and amusement, but without generating much revenue . He used the term ‘revenue' over and over again, but I always felt there was something missing. Why should it matter if it generates much revenue?...
by Umair Haque | 10:43 AM January 20, 2010 Beancounter 1: "Our new widgets business — we think it's amazing". Beancounter 2: "We've ridden the learning curve, the product mix is optimized, the supply chain's streamlined, the market's tightly segmented."