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Practice, Practice, Practice May Not Be The Fastest Way To Carnegie Hall

The music student asks a successful violinist, "What's the fastest way to Carnegie Hall?"  The violinist answers... "Practice. Practice. Practice."  That's what musicians and language learners have been doing forever!  But...

Social Media Cartoons Adds Dilbert, A Graphic Novel & Randy Glasbergen To Its Fold

Back in February I posted my Top Ten Social Media Cartoonists list for the year. While cartoonists are less likely to take on the topic of social media, there are a few established cartoonists as well as some new writers and illustrators who  find humor in a lot of social networking issues that consume so much of our waking hours. To my TOP TEN, I add the following.

Comedy Central's Dueling Viral Videos Pits Sanity Against Fear In Lead-up To Elections

Two of Comedy Central's most hilarious founding fathers, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will face off in competing rallies held on the National Mall, the same day. On October 30, 2010, three days before the mid-term elections, each comedian will vie for votes for opposing causes. Stewart's "Rally To Restore Sanity" will go toe to toe with Colbert's "March To Keep Fear Alive."

Type D Personalities Should Be Very Concerned About Their Health

You may not have paid much attention to your 'personality type,' those rubrics of A, B, and C, developed by psychologists in the 1950's.  A comprehensive study of Type D personality (a Type added to the group in the 1990's), its relationship to heart disease, and the findings will no doubt be disappointing to those in that group. This will make them really grumpy.

 


Chattanooga's Internet Speed, Choo Choos Its Way To Fastest In World!

When trains were the fastest mode of transportation in the country, it made sense that a railroad-line popularized in a 1940s big band song by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra would become world famous. But globally, since that time, you haven't heard much about that quaint little town in Tennessee. That was - until the city's utility company, EPB announced Chattanooga will be competing with Hong Kong in offering the fastest Internet service on the planet.

Social Media's Privacy vs Intimacy, Facebook vs Chatroulette

While the redefinition of privacy continues to engage debate amongst netizens, this current era of pushing boundaries online is on the surface somewhat of a paradox. While many feel that relinquishing data about ourselves subsequently deprives us of control (i.e. Facebook's Open Graph), there are others that are willing to relinquish control in exchange for a random form of intimacy (i.e. Chatroulette's video chat).

Social Media Game Beats Out Facebook & Google As Top Online Destination?

This week two conflicting studies were released detailing how much time Web surfers were spending socializing versus surfing. While comScore was quick to point out that Facebook had overtaken Google for the first time in August, another report indicated Zynga's Farmville actually racked up more total hours than the other two combined - and by a sizable margin!

Social Media Converts Online Currency Into 'Stand Up To Cancer' Donation Fund

Turning 'social goods' into 'social good' is a new paradigm and one that Facebook would like to add to its resume. When Facebook launched its online currency called Facebook Credits, it was received with mixed reviews, namely because it appeared that the social network was not only broadening its power base but was also tapping into a new revenue source based on an online obsession - namely, social gaming.

Vitamin B To The Rescue For Serious Senior Moments

Thankfully, medical researchers are not only studying synthetic drugs, but the efficacy of vitamins in disease intervention and protection.  Yesterday's medical news was that vitamin D may be more effective than a flu shot in preventing both seasonal and swine flus.  But this week, another study was published about particular health effects of vitamin B.

 

Desserts Go Ultra Violet With Black Carrot Juice Concentrate

Why creep out family, friends and guests by serving purple pastries made from concentrated black carrot juice? Because it's good for them, that's why!

Swine Flu, Seasonal Flu, And Vitamin D Studies

Flu bugs, whether from Asia or swine, will doubtless hit millions of people in the U.S. this year, but recent research about last year's pandemic and seasonal flu, gives us more hope about what's likely to happen this year, and how you can possibly prevent them altogether or, at least, reduce your suffering!

Portable Massage Vest Plugs Right In, Rubs Aches Out

The new M-8000 multi-position massage vest from Japan's Thrive is as supple and flexible as you'd like to be.

Social Media Introduces Social Objects, Bar-Coding & Object-Streams

When Web 2.0 first appeared on the scene and the 'wisdom of crowds' surfaced, a new world of 'user-generated content,' and the voice of the people took control of brand messaging. 'Push' was replaced by 'Pull' marketing and recommendations that were vetted by trusted followers attracted our attention. As a variation on that theme, now its time for our 'things' to have a similar say in the matter.

Beauty Enhancing Chocolates Offer Vitamins, Collagen And Great Taste

Chocolate that tastes great AND is great for you? Japan's Tirol is offering beauty-enhancing, bite sized chocolates that pack vitamin C and collagen along with delicious lemon and peach chocolate flavors.

Retro Digital Camera Captures Classic 110-Film Styling

This 'Digital Hedgehog' camera may look like a classic 110 film dinosaur but its performance is anything but ancient.

Social Media Kettle Calling The Pot Black

In this last week, both Condé Nast and Mark Zuckerberg have censored "Just Say Now' marijuana ads for both the Reddit and Facebook social networks. The ads support the passage of California's Proposition 19, which would largely legalize the use of marijuana in the state.

Social Media Rewards 'Mobile Man' With Frequent Traveler Check-In Options

Merging geolocation check-ins with frequent traveler programs was a logical evolutionary step in the location-based social networking development. Seen as a necessary evil by hotels and airlines to operate on a competitive playing field, the frequent traveler programs that were introduced over thirty years are now adapting to today's technological advancements.

Maverick Doctor Claims Five Out Of Six Drugs Don't Work

Almost as if it were a conspiracy by Big Pharma, Prof. Donald Light said the pharmaceutical market was the "most dangerous market for lemons in modern society."   He said that when the toxic side effects of most drugs were taken into account, plus their misuse, they can become "a significant cause of death," rather than helping patients.

 


Will Research Prove The Positive Effects Of Psychedelic Drugs For Psychiatric Patients?

LSD, magic mushrooms, ketamine... We thought they died out with Timothy Leary.  But Swiss researchers now want to break the restriction on studying these psychedelic drugs because they believe that the drugs may be therapeutic in treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Who Are The Fattest, Sickest, And Most Drugged Folks In The U.S.?

Why is it such a widely held view that Californians are always on drugs?  Forbes came out with its Most Medicated States list - the top ten drugged states - and California is not even number 10 on the list.