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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Now Playing #4: Still More Independent Study

Dumping a LOT of videos this time.

Politics/International Relations


Sasha Dichter: The Generosity Experiment from TED Blog on Vimeo.


Entrepreneurship and Success


Leo Babauta and Jennifer Gresham's presentation on Finding Your Passion

Passion Webinar: Intro from Leo Babauta on Vimeo.

Passion Webinar: Jen Gresham on Careers from Leo Babauta on Vimeo.

Passion Webinar: Leo Answers Questions from Leo Babauta on Vimeo.

The Benefits of Self-Tracking


The 80/20 Guide to Finding a Job You Love

Ramit Sethi has some cool stuff to share on this topic. Jump over to his site and check it out!

Life as an Adventurer

Tyler Tervooren recently interviewed Dave Cornthwaite, a solo paddle-boarder and overall adventurer. Inspiring and exciting!

Sleep Study

Joe Betts-LaCroix - 28 Hour Day from Gary Wolf on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I Just Saved a Life

How? By buying this book. You should too. Check this out for a better description than I could write. And visit here, while you're at it. Save a life on End Malaria Day, that should make your day a little brighter.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Advertising's effects on the economy?

I was reading a chapter from my Advertising Book (Contemporary Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications by Arens, Weigold, and Arens) when I came across this section of the history of advertising (bolding is my own emphasis):

"In 2001, the combination of a mild recession, a stock market decline, and the bust of the dot-coms contributed to a record decline in advertising activity. On September 11 of that year, terrorists attacked the United States and suddenly all marketing and advertising seemed to stop - not just in North America but also around the world. The end result: spending in the United States declined 6.5 percent to $231 billion, and overseas spending dropped 8.6 percent to $210 billion."

Advertising/Marketing clearly has a huge impact on what we spend our money on, and judging by this excerpt, how much we spend at all. I wonder if we could have avoided the post-2001 slump if advertisers had continued as if everything was business as usual. Thoughts?