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Whip It…..

Is it weird that Willow Smith’s new song, Whip My Hair, is growing on me?!!  Sad but true……..I think it’s more weird that she’s only 10!

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I was listening to the radio during my morning routing this morning, and heard some interesting information.  According to a recent study performed by a British research company, employee productivity is at its highest at 11:33 am on Tuesday.  Since today is Tuesday, I found it fitting. . . .guess I better hurry up and get productive!!

The full article is by Lisa Johnson Mandell

The Magic Hour: 11:33 Tuesday

It makes perfect sense: Mondays are spent recovering from the weekend, catching up, and organizing the week to come. By Tuesday you’re ready to dig in and get things done, before you start losing steam. Believe it or not, the majority of the workers surveyed said that energy and enthusiasm begin to flag as soon as Wednesday.

A poll of 3,000 employees revealed that on Tuesday, 93 percent of workers mean business: They’re at their peak, organized and rarin’ to go. Efficiency and communications skills are at their apex, and workers feel fresh, competent and confident. That’s the best day to schedule productivity evaluations and important pitches with clients; not only do employees give their best presentations, but clients are more enthusiastic and receptive.

Tuesday is also the best day for staff meetings, as the energy and focus of that day bring up the best ideas. Four of 10 people said they schedule Tuesday meetings for this very reason.

On Monday, workers are busy revving themselves up, battling hangovers or exhaustion from an active weekend, catching up on gossip, answering emails and preparing for all those Tuesday meetings and presentations.

It seems a bit odd that things start to take a dip by Wednesday, but that’s what more than half of those surveyed admitted. While they take shorter breaks, including lunch, on Monday and Tuesday, by Wednesday they start lengthening their break periods. Twenty-four percent admitted that they’re already looking forward to and planning for weekend activities by hump day.

The majority of workers surveyed say they purposely plan a lighter workload for Thursday and Friday. Some say it’s because they don’t want to leave things hanging over the weekend, while others admit that they lack professional focus at the end of the week. Thirty percent of the workers surveyed say that Friday is the worst day of the week for them.

Overall, Tuesday, seems to be the favorite of both employers and employees, with performance peaking just prior to lunch. Just watch: Slackers will use this information to goof around even more during the rest of the week, but the savvy employee will use it to get a leg up on everyone else on the other days. What’s your first impulse?

goldfish sting operation!!?

I heard the craziest story on the radio this morning on the way to work.  Apparently in London, there are harsh rules governing the sale of live fish! Who knew?

Granny fined £1,000 for selling goldfish to a child

LONDON — A grandmother was fined £1,000 and electronically tagged for selling a goldfish to a child, triggering a wave of derision about the over-zealous use of animal protection laws.

As well as the fine, pet shop owner Joan Higgins, 66, was given a dusk-to-dawn curfew and forced to wear an electronic tag for selling an animal to a person under the age of 16, in a ruling slammed by her son as a farce.

The pair were prosecuted after the Trafford Council in Manchester sent a 14-year-old boy to buy a goldfish in a “sting” operation following reports that their shop, Majors Pets, had sold a gerbil to a teenager with learning difficulties.

Neither Higgins nor her son Mark, 47, asked the boy’s age nor how he planned on caring for the fish, prosecutors said.

“I think it’s a farce and legal lunacy and I told the council that,” said Mark Higgins, who was also fined and ordered to do 120 hours of community service.

Would you eat cheese made from breast milk??

I’m not saying I’m not religious, but this article is one of my main problems with religion……..JUDGEMENT OF OTHERS!

From the Huffington Post

‘Women and Girls’ Religious Pamphlet Claims ‘Ungodly’ Dressed Women Provoke Rape

This pamphlet surfaced in Bristol, Virginia and was signed “anonymous”……..go figure.  If you are going to have such a strong opinion…..OWN IT!  This pamphlet makes the claim that women are responsible for the crime perpetrated against them because of the way they dress.  A recipient of the pamphlet was informed that, “Even though nothing is showing, you’re being ungodly.  You MAKE men want to be sinful.”

I mean, REALLY??!! If I were walking around my yard naked, I would most likely expect to be arrested for indecent exposure, but NOT raped.  This pamphlet (piece of garbage) is implying that perpetrators of rape are not to blame because they can’t control it.  That’s like saying “I raped her because she was good looking.”

free (legal) music

If you download music, you probably do so on iTunes at .$0.99/song or with some other music download software (which is considered illegal)  i.e.  Limewire, BearShare, etc.  NOW, a new program has come along called FreeAllMusic, which promises to be LEGAL and FREE.  It has been described as a combination of iTunes and Hulu.  Therefore, you will pick a song to download then pick an ad (Coca Cola, etc.) you wish to view, watch it and then download your song for free.  This means the advertiser whose ad you watched will ultimately pay for the song you downloaded.

This sounds GREAT in theory, but will it work?  What do you think?

Some readers of the next great generation blog believe it sounds good in theory, but have doubts about this business model:

“Your business idea is fun, and might sound good to other 20-year-olds, but like countless dotcom ideas of yore, it doesn’t seem to make sound business sense. One, the royalty cost of supplying a song will be high, very high. Look up what iTunes has to pay, and you will understand why songs cost .99. Second, Hulu works because of serialized content (you keep coming back for more from the same supplier, ie, the maker of the show), which allows a cost to be rationalized over a longer period of time and with less risk. Music, on the other hand is a song-by-song hit business, which means people will come to your site to get different songs by different performers, which does nothing to rationalize the fixed cost of the song. Third, advertisers pay by impressions, among other things, and you will have to have a crap load of visitors to make your case to a smart advertiser. Finally, always remember that an MBA can ALWAYS make future numbers add up, always, but they almost never do.” -Reader Response

I’m with this reader….I think it looks good on paper, but am hesitant about its success.  I did sign up for the program though!!

According to About.com,  China’s One Child Policy was initiated in 1979 by then leader, Deng Xiaoping.  The policy’s purpose was to limit population growth and it was instated as a temporary policy.  Over a quarter-century later, this policy remains in place.   This policy lead to many female fetuses being aborted because a male child is seen as more valuable to society.  Now, it seems as though that policy may be biting China in the butt.  According to an article from Yahoo News, more than 24 million Chinese men of marrying age may find themselves without spouses in 2020.

Now, 24 million men without spouses…..without means to reproduce….that will definitely fix the population growth problem!

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my baby is jeenyous!

I'm jeenyous!

I'm jeenyous!

Did the Baby Einstein videos turn your baby into a genius?  And now that your child is genius you can quit your job?  Unlikely.  The hot topic of today is that Disney is officially offering refunds for their Baby Einstein videos!  I don’t have a child, but would assume that any lengthy period of time spend in front of the television would not be a great idea.  Most children today do not get enough activity because we have a society heavily focused on television, video games, etc.  Ready more from the Wall Street Journal Blog: Baby Einstein and the Allure of the Digital Babysitter.