Rebecca Black has returned with a cleverly titled song called “Saturday”
2013 was a good year for music on TV…with the glaring exception of Thursday’s “Sound of Music” travesty. This article compiles the ten best musical moments from the year, including my personal favorite, “Time After Time” on Parks and Rec.
Full story at Uproxx.
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Norm Schriever has an article at the Huffington Post about blogging for business and how vital it is for your to follow these 20 golden rules in order to be successful at it. Here’s what he has to say:
Writing great blogs for your business is one of the most valuable marketing techniques you will find, yet it is often forgotten. In fact, small businesses who consistently blog receive 126 percent more leads than those who do not and benefit from 55 percent more visitors to their web pages. However, just writing any old blog isn’t enough — if you’re not producing fresh, dynamic and interesting content, you may be sending the wrong message about your brand. Here are 20 golden rules to help you build a great blog for your business:
The first 5 points are:
1. Give it a snappy, interesting title.
Remember that a potential reader will only see your title, and maybe a thumbnail photo first, and they need to be motivated enough to click — so make it a good one. A play on words works fantastic — it evokes familiarity, but deviates enough to draw interest. Question-based titles work great, as do numbered lists.
2. Keep it short.
A blog is one thought, one question, or one idea. The more direct and succinct you are, the better.
3. Lead, don’t follow.
You should write your blog with the genuine intent of reaching your specific target demographic with a message that somehow makes their lives better — not follow around popular stories and emulate drivel because you think it will go viral or sell a lot of product.
4. Produce original content.
Create content that you would want to click on, read and share — nothing less.
5. Consistency is key.
Add to your blog at least a few times a week. Too often, companies write one lengthy post and then nothing else for a month. That is the worst thing you can do — you’re basically showing your client base that interacting with them is far down on your to-do list.
Full story at Huffington Post.
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Forget the zombie apocalypse and focus on a nightmare that’s streaming over Texas by the billions as we speak: crazy ants.
Though popularly dubbed the Rasberry crazy ant for the exterminator, Tom Rasberry, who discovered the invasive species from Brazil and sounded the alarm way back in 2002, it has since been renamed the Tawny ant by the scientists who finally figured out what the mysterious species was after misidentifying it as a similar and not-so-damaging species in Florida, a mistake that led to years of ignoring this plague ravaging the southern state.
As reporter Jon Mooallem explained in his article at The New York Times:
Soon ants were spiraling up the tongues of my sneakers, onto my sock. I tried to shake them off, but nothing I did disturbed them. Before long, I was sweeping them off my own calves. I kept instinctively taking a step back from some distressing concentration of ants, only to remember that I was standing in the center of an exponentially larger concentration of ants. There was nowhere to go. The ants were horrifying — as in, they inspired horror. Eventually, I scribbled in my notebook: “Holy [expletive] I can’t concentrate on what anyone’s saying. Ants all over me. Phantom itches. Scratching hands, ankles, now my left eye.” Then I got in my car and left.
The little nasties love electronics, and have been known to short out power plants as their billions of little bodies complete circuits and wreak havoc. One infested household vacuumed up five gallons of these ants out of their air conditioning vents. And the list goes on.
In the video from 2010 featured below, we meet Tom Rasberry and see that even NASA called him in make sure a tiny insect didn’t bring down their delicate equipment.
Unfortunately, Mooallem reports that Rasberry has given up the good fight in frustration, and now, the nightmare continues.
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Just the thought of a cooking showdown between the Swedish chef and Gordon Ramsay is enough to make us start giggling uncontrollably, but it’s Beaker wearing a hairnet that puts the cherry on the top of this hilarious “Muppisode.”
Let the foo troo foo begin!
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I saw this link on Buzzfeed while I was watching Love Actually. No Joke. I thought it was a sign that I had to post it. Maybe I shouldn’t have watched it already, though, because now these nineteen nagging questions are really annoying me.
Full story at Buzzfeed.
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Interviews are very ritualized processes. While that does make for a comfortable experience, it’s not the best for getting authenticity from your interviewees.
Next time you’re interviewing (on either side of the table), consider these twelve unusual questions.
“What concerns do you have about our company?”
Strange question? Not really. No company – and no job – is perfect for any employee (even its founders.) Every company and every job has its challenges and potential downsides.
The candidates you want to hire don’t think your company is perfect; they’ve done sufficient research to know that while yours is not the perfect company and the job is not the perfect job, yours is a company they want to work for because they can thrive, make a difference, develop and learn and grow and achieve… and be a key part of taking your company to even greater heights.
And as a result they’re willing to honestly share their concerns – because they trust you run a company that values openness, honesty, and transparency.
Full story at On Startups.
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Many a beloved phone has had its life tragically cut short by an unforeseen tragedy, and Honda would like to change that.
Since seat belts aren’t an option, they turned their attention to another tried and true method, the airbag, cleverly hidden in this concept design, the Case N.
Just try to keep a straight face through the video, because whether it’s in Japanese or English, it does seem to capture all the melodrama surrounding our sadness at the passing of a good (or just plain expensive) device.
Safety first, humor second.
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Ready to take the plunge into retirement? Why go out the normal way. Follow one of these three tips for a more creative exit. For example:
Sell Your Company to Your Employees
A sale to employees can be a win-win situation if it’s executed correctly. Typically this works by setting up an independent trust (a separate legal entity) that buys the owners’ shares. The valuation of the shares is usually set by an independent third party. The trust exists for the benefit of employees. So how does the trust pay the owner for the shares? The payment usually takes the form of an IOU, which is paid off over time with dividend income paid to the trust by the company. The trust could also borrow money based on the value of its equity in the company to pay the owner.
Full story at Open Forum.
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