The reported epidemic of childhood obesity is becoming an issue towards the marketing of the food industry that appeals to children. I recently read an article from the NY times on food ads for children and reducing unhealthy content in packaged food. The article stated, “The federal…
Now there’s a way to think of it. I’ve noticed that cereal boxes aren’t as elaborate or fun as they used to be when I was a kid. I was wondering what ever happened to the cereals that gave a plastic choking hazard with every box. It’s clear now - it was these things and the colorful mascots that drew children to bother their parents to buy those cereals that contributed to later obesity. Not saying that it’s the sole factor in the growth, but generally kids eating a lot of those cereals would end up wanting more and more, and eventually a 160/100 blood pressure would show just how bad a decision it was to make sweets so attractive.
I mean, come on - a kid already gets hyped up at the thought of sugar and candy. Adding awesome pictures and other incentives really doesn’t help.
I started skateboarding in the summer of 2000, between 4th and 5th grade, when I was 10 years old, and although I cant remember the exact details, I do know that by the time I had started 5th grade I loved skateboarding and considered myself to be a skateboarder. I owe this love of skateboarding…
Always great to read on how someone gets inspired how to do something. Have you ever considered coining a signature move for yourself? Not that it should be impossible for anyone else to do, but maybe a trick that’s uniquely you could really help make you even more distinctive in the world of skateboarding. Riding styles vary from different people but still have the flavor of the same - at least until they bust out something that most other riders and maybe complete strangers can recognize as you.
Frans de Waal is a notable Dutch primatologist, ethologist, and professor from Emory University. He has received his Ph.D in Biology and Zoology from Utrecht University and has participated in a lot of primate research. He has written several books including “Chimpanzee Politics,” “Bonobo: the…
It’s good to remember that animal research is done on animals. Animals have instincts and don’t respond in the same way people do. There may be understanding, but as our knowledge of their behaviors stand they are still unpredictable. Not to sound too morbid, but sometimes people forget that they are still dealing with animals when they work with them - a false sense of security can lead to very dangerous results that could have been avoided. Instinct can save a life and it can also ruin another.
Really, it’s just something to keep in mind when working with animals. They aren’t humans, so don’t expect them to do human things. They can pull off human-like things, but expecting them to be as restrained as us is a little much.
I recently listened to an episode of the Radiolab podcast, which told the sad story of a chimpanzee named Lucy. Lucy was adopted at only two days of age by psychologist Dr. Maurice K. Temerlin and his wife Jane. The Temerlins decided to conduct an experiment to see if Lucy could be…
There’s been plenty of similar experiments like this, all of them ending with taking the human-reared animal back into the wild. The expectation is, usually, that they’ll suddenly switch their basic instincts and predetermined responses to the wild once they’re reintroduced. It almost never works, unless they have some sort of preparation to get them ready for reintroduction into the wild. If you shove anything, human or animal, into an environment they’re not familiar with (and as hostile, so to speak, as the wild) then they won’t thrive in it.
That said, as sad as the outcome of the story was, I find don’t find it very surprising at all. It’s a pretty well known outcome in scientific communities that animal subjects tend not to do well outside the lab setting.
For the author, if she’s looking to write a lot more about these, maybe she could talk about the social relationships between humans and animals and try to pick out what things can we really learn (and apply) to humans from animal research (or vice versa). Also, she could rant for pages about how a lot of scientists and researchers lack common sense, but that’s just me talking there.
So it’s been awhile since your last relationship and you’ve gotten over the break-up. Now you think it’s time to take three steps forward and start dating again. Ladies, maybe you got asked out by that cute guy that you run into every morning before school at the coffee shop. Gentleman, maybe you mustered up the courage to ask the cute girl in your philosophy class. First date jitters can bring out some strange nerves and can make even the most outgoing and gregarious person shy and standoffish on a first date. Here are some first date do’s and don’ts to help you get your groove back into the dating game.
Even to someone like me, this is all pretty obvious. Sadly, it isn’t to other people who are like me (read: somewhat socially maladjusted with a hint of crazy). I’ll focus on the don’t here, since it’s pretty clear where a lot of those stem: lack of self-control.
If you’re so full of yourself that you forget to thank the person for going out, then learn to curb your narcicism (even for night!).
If you’re getting too drunk, learn to say “I’ve had enough”
If you’re not being yourself, learn to control your self-awareness enough to accept who you are.
If you’re talking about past relationships, clearly you never learned to keep your bitterness under control and never moved on.
If you’re expecting marriage right after the first date, then you need to slow down and curb that enthusiasm
Really, a little control over what’s going on in the head can lead to some very successful first dates. Oh, and being shy is just an excuse.
Do you remember the TV show Flipper? I was born in 86’ and can barely remember the last of the reruns airing on random networks. However, I do remember the face of Flipper, Rick Obarry. Rick introduced the amazingly brilliant species to show business with the season premier of Flipper in…
This sort of stuff is terrible - a cheap tactic to make a quick buck (or yen, in this case). Then again, in today’s world I’m not really surprised. It’s the same type of messed up sort of thing that used to be more commonplace in the olden days - the only difference being that there are more people that can comment about this sort of stuff and that there’s technology that lets you do said messed-up things much easier.
Quick note about Topher’s blog here, I do enjoy the variety of topics going on here. You should check him out more, hint hint nudge nudge shove you into the wall.
In order to better understand marketing, why don’t we take a quick journey through its history.
As you can see from the short video above, marketing has defiantly adapted and changed through the years. Think about these questions for a bit..
Can you imagine there use to be a world when there were only..
- plain b&w newspaper ads, NOW everything is in color, animated or 3D - “Brand X” or “Brand Y” and NOW there’s a variety of brands to choose from
Found this awesome video on a fellow classmate’s blog. As a marketing major, I found it inspiring; this is a great refreshment of ideas and innovations for any aspiring entrepreneur.
The most challenging obstacle about venturing into a new business idea is the risk and competition. My challenges would be: What makes my venue unique? What makes my venue stand out amongst the competing venues in the area? Why will concert go-ers like my venue more than the others? Why will artists like performing at my venue when they tour my city?
In the video, I discovered one variable and one constant:
constant - word of mouth has always been the best form of advertising and promotion
variable - technology and products
From newspaper ads, to television commercials, to today’s social networking and interactive media, technology has advanced and provides word of mouth promotion to move much more rapidly. Commercials won’t get the business noticed, the people will.
Xzibit called. Said he heard I liked blogging, so he put a reblog in my reblog so I can blog while I blog.
This was a pretty crazy video - I agree with Tiara’s insight about word of mouth being the prime form of advertisement. Just like what the video said, there’s a lot going on in today’s world. Modalities and stuff change, but the basic premise doesn’t.
What I pulled from this video is that everyone’s confused and can’t decide what to get now. I have to say, it’s nothing short of miraculous that a business can even thrive nowadays with all the skepticism and brand distrust going around the general public these days.
This post (or at least the picture shown, which comes from that post. Pardon my lack of tumblr skillz) brings to mind the venerable fishing cat. There’s a Russian family who keeps one as a pet, throwing helpless catfish and chickens to their doom to keep it satiated. The sweetest tidbit about that story is that the Fishing Cat treats its surrogate mother, a regular house cat, like its own mother. Despite being a rather large cat, it still conducts itself with enough lack of reserve to gleefully butcher a chicken in the living room but with enough domestic aptitude to lazily lay around like any regular pet cat would.
Instead of redoing my entire blog on tumblr, I’ll shift the focus here and use this as my personal responses to my classmates who use it.
Anyway, Rest in Peace Nate Dogg.
While I’m not exactly a big fan of rap and hip-hop, I still recognize that both kinds of music had their influential artists; a lot of the stuff I do listen to comes from the older artists. That said, as time goes on and those artists start to age out I’ll find my affinity for rap and hip-hop going away with them. There’s something real about these older rap artists, their experiences are a lot more enriched by virtue of them being around much longer and thus their lyrics hit me much more.
Am I saying that I don’t like the direction rap and hip-hop is going? Well, with all the younger and more arrogant artists out now I’d say yes. But give them time and attrition will weed out all but the strongest and most skillful rappers.
Like I said, rest in peace Nate Dogg.
Thanks Hannah for the skinny on him. Check her out, hit the link below.
I’ll elaborate more after I stop Rofling. A play-by-play in a Starcraft 2 style. Yeeees.
1st bit - Notable moves:
Active deconstruction - she picks out particular habits about Asians in a library that she hates. There’s passion, there’s haet, there’s
Bravery - she puts out her face. There’s a university association. This is the sort of thing that attracts banhammers (both internet and real life) like flies to fresh poo. In plain English that means it’s just inviting responses and hate. Is she a successful troll?
Remorse move - The proverbial “gg” (good game) in the trolling world. While this is a polite move in an e-sports context, within troll circles showing remorse about how you trolled is an admission of failure. She recently put out an apology - not only on her behalf but also the school’s behalf. The purpose of trolling is not to release stress or anything - its main purpose is to ad hominem the hell out of everyone else for the sheer entertainment. Bad move, UCLA girl, bad move.