Things you will not learn in school

Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1:Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. Continue reading “Things you will not learn in school”

Neglected issue: Meeting the odds

Dr Sabiha Essa Khan has written about some important and much ignored issues pertaining to women and their financial contribution with respect to family status in Pakistan in an article, “Neglected issue: Meeting the odds”, published in Dawn Newspaper (http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/in-paper-magazine/the-review/meeting-the-odds).

We normally tend to give more importance to the issues which are seen in greater frequency. However, this often leads to the negligence of other serious issues, which, though not so common, are causing deep psychological and emotional problems. Continue reading “Neglected issue: Meeting the odds”

Germany's New Controversial AIDS-Awareness Ad

Germany’s New AIDS awareness Ad starring Hitler is causing quite a stir and controversy (http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1921012,00.html). Germany’s latest AIDS-awareness commercial evokes some strong emotions: shock, disgust, nausea. And that’s exactly the point. The controversial ad, which was released online on Sept. 3 and starts running on German TV on Wednesday, Sept. 9, shows a couple having steamy sex in a dimly lit room with menacing music playing in the background. The viewer sees only the back of the man’s head until the very end, when the camera pans to his face — to reveal that he’s Adolf Hitler. Then the slogan flashes across the screen: “AIDS is a mass murderer.” Continue reading “Germany's New Controversial AIDS-Awareness Ad”

The Top 10 Absolutely Essential Sites

Not many surprises here! Here is the list of the top 10 essential sites compiled by Time Magazine.

  1. Wikipedia.org
  2. Yahoo! Finance (finance.yahoo.com)
  3. Craigslist (www.craigslist.org)
  4. ESPN (www.espnstar.com)
  5. Yelp (www.yelp.com)
  6. Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  7. Digg (digg.com)
  8. Google (www.google.com)
  9. TMZ  (www.tmz.com)
  10. Flickr (www.flickr.com)

Find out more about the top 10 essential sites by following the link:

http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1812202_1812206,00.html

How Twitter can potentially change the way we live

Found a superb article on Twitter while going through Time Magazine (June 5, 2009). The article by Steven Johnson focuses on “how Twitter will change the way we live”. You can access the article on http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1902604,00.html.

The one thing you can say for certain about Twitter is that it makes a terrible first impression. You hear about this new service that lets you send 140-character updates to your “followers,” and you think, Why does the world need this, exactly? It’s not as if we were all sitting around four years ago scratching our heads and saying, “If only there were a technology that would allow me to send a message to my 50 friends, alerting them in real time about my choice of breakfast cereal.”

I, too, was skeptical at first. I had met Evan Williams, Twitter’s co-creator, a couple of times in the dotcom ’90s when he was launching Blogger.com. Back then, what people worried about was the threat that blogging posed to our attention span, with telegraphic, two-paragraph blog posts replacing long-format articles and books. With Twitter, Williams was launching a communications platform that limited you to a couple of sentences at most. What was next? Software that let you send a single punctuation mark to describe your mood?

And yet as millions of devotees have discovered, Twitter turns out to have unsuspected depth. In part this is because hearing about what your friends had for breakfast is actually more interesting than it sounds. The technology writer Clive Thompson calls this “ambient awareness”: by following these quick, abbreviated status reports from members of your extended social network, you get a strangely satisfying glimpse of their daily routines. We don’t think it at all moronic to start a phone call with a friend by asking how her day is going. Twitter gives you the same information without your even having to ask.

The social warmth of all those stray details shouldn’t be taken lightly. But I think there is something even more profound in what has happened to Twitter over the past two years, something that says more about the culture that has embraced and expanded Twitter at such extraordinary speed. Yes, the breakfast-status updates turned out to be more interesting than we thought. But the key development with Twitter is how we’ve jury-rigged the system to do things that its creators never dreamed of.

In short, the most fascinating thing about Twitter is not what it’s doing to us. It’s what we’re doing to it.

The Open Conversation
Earlier this year I attended a daylong conference in Manhattan devoted to education reform. Called Hacking Education, it was a small, private affair: 40-odd educators, entrepreneurs, scholars, philanthropists and venture capitalists, all engaged in a sprawling six-hour conversation about the future of schools. Twenty years ago, the ideas exchanged in that conversation would have been confined to the minds of the participants. Ten years ago, a transcript might have been published weeks or months later on the Web. Five years ago, a handful of participants might have blogged about their experiences after the fact.

But this event was happening in 2009, so trailing behind the real-time, real-world conversation was an equally real-time conversation on Twitter. At the outset of the conference, our hosts announced that anyone who wanted to post live commentary about the event via Twitter should include the word #hackedu in his 140 characters. In the room, a large display screen showed a running feed of tweets. Then we all started talking, and as we did, a shadow conversation unfolded on the screen: summaries of someone’s argument, the occasional joke, suggested links for further reading. At one point, a brief argument flared up between two participants in the room — a tense back-and-forth that transpired silently on the screen as the rest of us conversed in friendly tones.

At first, all these tweets came from inside the room and were created exclusively by conference participants tapping away on their laptops or BlackBerrys. But within half an hour or so, word began to seep out into the Twittersphere that an interesting conversation about the future of schools was happening at #hackedu. A few tweets appeared on the screen from strangers announcing that they were following the #hackedu thread. Then others joined the conversation, adding their observations or proposing topics for further exploration. A few experts grumbled publicly about how they hadn’t been invited to the conference. Back in the room, we pulled interesting ideas and questions from the screen and integrated them into our face-to-face conversation.

When the conference wrapped up at the end of the day, there was a public record of hundreds of tweets documenting the conversation. And the conversation continued — if you search Twitter for #hackedu, you’ll find dozens of new comments posted over the past few weeks, even though the conference happened in early March.
Injecting Twitter into that conversation fundamentally changed the rules of engagement. It added a second layer of discussion and brought a wider audience into what would have been a private exchange. And it gave the event an afterlife on the Web. Yes, it was built entirely out of 140-character messages, but the sum total of those tweets added up to something truly substantive, like a suspension bridge made of pebbles.

The Super-Fresh Web
The basic mechanics of Twitter are remarkably simple. Users publish tweets — those 140-character messages — from a computer or mobile device. (The character limit allows tweets to be created and circulated via the SMS platform used by most mobile phones.) As a social network, Twitter revolves around the principle of followers. When you choose to follow another Twitter user, that user’s tweets appear in reverse chronological order on your main Twitter page. If you follow 20 people, you’ll see a mix of tweets scrolling down the page: breakfast-cereal updates, interesting new links, music recommendations, even musings on the future of education. Some celebrity Twitterers — most famously Ashton Kutcher — have crossed the million-follower mark, effectively giving them a broadcast-size audience. The average Twitter profile seems to be somewhere in the dozens: a collage of friends, colleagues and a handful of celebrities. The mix creates a media experience quite unlike anything that has come before it, strangely intimate and at the same time celebrity-obsessed.

Read more on http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1902604,00.html

Boomer Marketing

This book, written by Ian Chaston, will be released on June 12, 2009.  You can pre-order it on Amazon.com for £23.74. Readers should note that Boomer Marketing is the first book to address the current global recession and the effects of the same on a company’s marketing strategies. The author’s main argument is that companies need to revise their strategies to focus on baby boomers that are those consumers who are in the 50+ age bracket. These consumers are the wealthiest, fastest growing consumer group in the world. Visit www.amazon.com to buy this book.