Monthly Archives: October 2012
This is not a political blog. Plenty of those around for your reading pleasure.
But when stuff like this happens it just shows how our government and leaders can say anything and expect us to believe it. Let me just get you updated quickly on this story.
- On Sept. 11, 2012, heavily armed Islamist militants stormed and burned the American Consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, killing the United States ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, and three others: Sean Smith, a Foreign Service officer, and Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty, both former members of the Navy SEALs who helped protect diplomatic personnel.
- American officials initially described the violence as part of riots that had broken out in Benghazi and Cairo that day in response to an American-made video promoting an anti-Muslim film called “Innocence of Muslims” that had been uploaded to YouTube. The amateurish 14-minute trailer mocked Islam’s founding prophet.
- But later accounts provided by the State Department made no mention of a protest. Instead, they pointed to the extremist militia Ansar al-Shariah, as well as Al Qaeda’s arm in North Africa, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
- Five days after the attack, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said there is no evidence “at present” that proves the attack was “premeditated or preplanned.”
- A few days later, President Obama called the incident a terrorist attack.
- The U.S. intelligence community has revised its assessment of the deadly attack on the American consulate in Libya, saying it now believes it was a deliberate terrorist assault. In an unusual statement, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence sought to explain how it has revised its view of the September 11 attack on the diplomatic post that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others. The assessment moves away from the initial belief the Benghazi attack began spontaneously following a protest over an anti-Muslim film. The intelligence community now believes it was “a deliberate and organized terrorist assault carried out by extremists” affiliated or sympathetic with al Qaeda.
- On “Face the Nation” yesterday, Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., accused the Obama administration of either “misleading” Americans about the nature of the attack, or of being “incredibly incompetent.”Graham said that evidence is “overwhelming” that there was no riot. He said he was briefed by members of the intelligence community who are on the ground in Libya and was told that it was a “sustained attack that lasted for six or eight hours, using heaving weapons.”Graham said he believes the administration knew “within 24 hours” that the attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were coordinated and were conducted by an al Qaeda-associated group.
More political jive? A cover-up by the government? Focused more on getting re-elected or on protecting our nation? Americans are dead. We continue to believe that we can control/influence this region of the world. Unfortunately our efforts have had no impact and this entire region is on the brink of disaster. What are we doing?
Please let me know what you think by posting your comments below.
It was 50 years ago today, the Beatles began to play, They’ve been going in and out of style, But they’ve guaranteed to raise a smile. So may I introduce to you, The act you’ve known for all these years, John, Paul, George and Ringo
See what I did there :) Did you pick up what I just put down?
The Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI officially announced Friday the group will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1962 original release of the Beatles’ song “Love Me Do” with a new replica of that Parlophone Records single to hit the streets Oct. 22. The replica version will include the version with Ringo Starr on the drums, as the original single did.
The Beatles’ first Parlophone Records release with “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You” on the flip side, was released on Oct. 5, 1962 as a 7-inch vinyl single with the label number R-4949. The new commemorative single’s audio was sourced from the 2009 mono remaster, the company said in announcing the new single.
I have over 600 albums from my days as a vinyl collector. All in great condition but I must say, I do not listen to them very often. Vinyl album sales were up nearly 44% – though at just 337,000 LPs sold, that represents just 0.3% of the total market. Time to hook up the turntable again?
The CD remained comfortably the most popular format on which to buy an album in 2011 – but another strong year of growth for digital sales suggests it may not be for long. Just over 86m albums were sold on CD in 2011, according to figures compiled by The Official Charts Company, representing 76% of the market.
However, the number of CD albums sold was down 12.6% compared to the previous year. Digital album sales meanwhile rose 26.6% to 26.6m, making up 23.5% of the market for albums in 2011.
Vinyl album sales were up nearly 44% – though at just 337,000 LPs sold, that represents just 0.3% of the total market.
So guess what? The Beatles remastered vinyl box set, first mentioned in 2009 and rumored increasingly more often this year, will be released Nov. 13, according to advance listings from two retailers.
So for $399 dollars you can get all of the original Beatles albums digitally remastered for the holidays. Given how long it has taken to remaster them, I bet they sound awesome.
Read a great article a few weeks ago about things that you should do to be happier. For those of us that lead our lives “half full”, we are constantly challenged at home and work by people that act like victims; those that find excuses for why they cannot succeed, or why they cannot accomplish what they want to; those that quit instead of persevering; those that fail to take chances; those that stay within their self-inflicted comfort zones; those going through live and not challenging it. Oxygen thieves, victims, half-empties, whiners; – I am sure you have other terms of endearment. When you see a number on your cell phone from one of these people, do you rush to answer it or let it go to voice mail? I know the answer
Here is a great list of things to STOP doing – you will absolutely be happier and see the world much differently:
- Blaming – Take responsibility when things go wrong instead of blaming other
- Impressing – Have genuine relationships
- Clinging – The act of trying alone will make you feel better about yourself
- Interrupting – Listen to others. They say really intelligent things
- Whining – Put your effort into making the situation better. Offer a solution and not a problem
- Controlling – Teams are very powerful when focused on a common goal
- Criticizing – See others differences as their gifts
- Preaching – Listening is much better
- Dwelling – Learn from mistakes but move on fast
- Fearing – Don’t let your fears hold you back. Whatever you’ve been planning, whatever you’ve imagined, whatever you’ve dreamed of, get started on it today.
Stop waiting for things to get better, make them better. Take responsibility for yourself, for your company, for your growth. If you exhibit any of these behaviors, just stop – they are holding you back from reaching your potential, your goals and living the life that you should be leading. Why choose to be a victim when you have what you need to make a difference. And if you cannot take the first step alone, look around; there are plenty of people that will help you grow and succeed beyond your imagination.
Don’t just sit there. Get mad and make things happen. Check out this video from the movie “Network”. Classic.
Pick one thing today that does not work and fix it. Then fix two things tomorrow………
Where are people opening their e-mails? This is a critical piece of information for all e-mail marketers today. E-mail access has changed radically over the last couple of years with the rapid emergence of mobile and of course new devices such as the iPad. Well, we have a new number 1 in where people access e-mail. And the winner is:
In a recent study completed by Litmus, www.litmus.com, a leading e-mail testing and marketing analytics company located in Cambridge, MA, the iPhone and the iPad now represent 28% of all opened e-mails. The results of this study were sourced from over 1 billion e-mail opens from Litmus’ global e-mail analytics solution. Take a look:
Even more amazing is that mobile is now the number 1 platform for opening e-mails:
And yes, Apple dominates mobile:
So for all companies using e-mail to drive business and customer satisfaction, what is your responsive design strategy to capitalize on this rapidly changing trend? Your competitors are surely looking at this opportunity with a keen eye.
Thanks to the folks at Litmus for the awesome analysis and infographics.
Is close to becoming reality. Researchers at IBM have revealed they are working on technology which will lead to consumers being shown tailor made adverts that reflect their personal interests. Digital advertising screens are already appearing in train stations, on bus stops and on the sides of buildings, but currently they only show generic adverts for a handful of products.
Adidas today launched a new kind of in-store window shopping experience with a big giant screen that allows you order clothing and other products. Here is how they describe it in their press release.
The new storefront window is a fully functioning virtual store with life-size products. The intuitive interface of the touch-screen window lets shoppers explore, play and drag life-size products they are interested in directly into their smartphone for easy and convenient purchase from adidas NEO online.
By visiting a simple URL via their smartphone and typing in a one-time PIN, the shopper’s mobile becomes interlinked in real time with a shopping bag on the window, showing a live view of its contents. Any product dropped into the window’s shopping bag instantly appears on the mobile. The shopper can edit product details, save products for immediate or later purchase and share with friends through social media or email.
Shoppers can also play with a life-size digital model showcasing NEO’s fashion range in a fun and engaging way. By touching hotspots on the window the shopper can make the mannequin show product details, interact with the product and make playful actions and movements.
The technology being used has been created by Oblong. They were founded in 2006 with the goal of creating the next generation of computing interfaces. Their Chief Scientist, John Underkoffler, designed the computer interfaces in the film Minority Report.
Oblong‘s technology platform brings data sets, workspaces, and communications channels to life across multiple screens. It allows interaction from any number or type of input devices simultaneously, including touch screens, phones, and tablets. And it frees the user from sitting in one place, tied to one device.
The three most important trends in the technology world today are cheaper pixels, evolving device form factors, and increasing amounts of accessible data. Oblong provides a new generation of computing tools — a new technology platform — built around these three trends.
We don’t need no stinking stores