Which cascading threat are you afraid of, personally, as the end of the year crests the horizon? Cascading disease? In a worst-case hypothetical scenario, should the outbreak continue with recent trends, the case burden could gain an additional 77,181 to 277,124 cases by the end of 2014.
Cascading militancy? Turkey’s failure thus far to help choke off the oil trade symbolizes the magnitude of the challenges facing the administration both in assembling a coalition to counter the Sunni militant group and in starving its lifeblood. ISIS’ access to cash is critical to its ability to recruit members, meet its growing payroll of fighters, expand its reach and operate [...]
"Brands are part of our lives. To say they don't belong in academia is unrealistic." —Brand names belong in standardized tests "because they are part of the world students inhabit."
• Flappy Board starring Shaun White Sage Kotsenburg, sponsored by Mountain Dew
• Floppy Birdeos (don't let the flying Oreos dunk too long in the milk!)
• Flap Aboard U.S. Airways (the bird would be a plane here)
• Flappy Curd, brought to you by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
• Flappy Goatherd, brought to you by the American Dairy Goat Association
• Nappie Bird, great one for Pampers or other diaper manufacturing concerns
• Chappy Bird, navigate a flying tube of chapstick through damaging cold dry air to get to the lips
• Crappy Turd, excellent for a satire site like The Daily Currant to promote their [...]
"The information economy that we are currently building doesn't really embrace capitalism, but rather a new form of feudalism," writes Jaron Lanier, in Who Owns the Future? That book is published today, and you can order it from all the usual places. (Indiebound; Amazon; McNally Jackson; Barnes & Noble; Powell's. See what I did there?)
Jaron Lanier is the author of You Are Not a Gadget, and is a "scholar-at-large" at Microsoft Research. LOL he's also working on an alternative to the space elevator.
But right now, he's looking at how things have come to work on the web. "The primary business of [...]
"This is the easiest of connections; I don’t even have my thinking cap on. Apple is the most valuable technology brand in the world. Their products are sold to People Of Wal-Mart but the aesthetic still shimmers diamond-hard, like faith beyond reason. When the first iPhone came out the cast of the Apple store applauded every buyer.
Radiohead is the most valuable band in the world. Their music references the phone book but sounds like nobody else. They’ve turned hard sell/soft sell into their own loud-quiet-loud solution. Their intelligence burns even at street level; the more they refuse to dumb it down the less they alienate even dumb people." [...]
Tumblr's business model revealed to be "good feelings." Sounds like someone's been reading Lovemarks. (You remember: "Take a brand away and people will find a replacement. Take a Lovemark away and people will protest its absence.")
Last week, I looked at the grotesque dominance of Apple product placement in TV and film. Now let's take a look at the most noteworthy Apple product placements of all time.