Local Hero (1983)

Local Hero (1983)

An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don’t go as expected.

111 min  –  Comedy | Drama  –   17 February 1983 (USA)
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Bill Forsyth


Bill Forsyth

Interview with Jack Krawczyk, Senior Product Marketing Manager of StumbleUpon

Interview with Bruce Polderman, Product Manager of Google/Blogger

What to Keep in Mind When Updating Your Online Content


Here is an amusing info graph from Business Insider that was released along with advertisements for their upcoming IGNITION conference, a 2 day conference exploring the successful and emerging business models of digital media.

The info graph makes some interesting connections between “online content that grabs us” and the rise of consumer willingness to pay for that content.

I like the graph because it is a good reminder of what to keep in mind when updating your online content, whether it be your company’s website, social media, newsletter, or other online communication.

>>Be relevant.  Provide readers, customers and window shoppers alike, with useful information.

>>Make your design attractive.  Choose a stylish theme and stick with that theme throughout.  Because you are dealing with a visual medium, your content should be visually compelling.  Pictures.  Pictures.  Pictures.

>>Allow emotion.  Attempt to make an emotional connection with your audience.  Include personal…

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The message is more than the product

Enemies of the Internet [Infographic]

A Rational Explanation for Apple’s Irrational behavior

The World According to Xenocrates

Fear is directly proportional to the size of the coward.


Are you frightened by crawling creatures? Does the sudden sight of a scurrying mouse startle you? Does the wayward flight of a random cockroach make you duck? Would the sight of a black spider resting on the wall across the room fill you with terror just after you turn on the light in your bedroom? If so, have you ever asked yourself why? Why would you, a human, the most fearsome animal on the planet be terrified of such tiny crawling creatures? Curiously, the same behavior exists in giants of religion (Christianity fears Atheism) politics (GOP vs. Democrats) and even technology (Apple Inc. vs Samsung et al). Why do giants fear dwarves? This post explores the psychology of giants like Apple Inc. Apple fan boys won’t be amused.

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■ Special Thanks to Stewart Panton (Twitter: @Stewpert) and…

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Is technology sapping children’s creativity?

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The Washington Post recently published an article on the impact technology can have on a child’s development of creativity.

The technology revolution has sparked a new debate about just how much parents should allow their young children to play with iPads, iPhones and other devices. Here’s a smart look at the issue by early childhood development expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige, a professor emerita of education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Ma., when she won the Embracing the Legacy Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps for work over several decades on behalf of children and families. Carlsson-Paige is author of “ Taking Back Childhood” and the mother of two artist sons, Matt and Kyle Damon.

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Now, charge your laptop with USB


And Now Let Us Gasp In Astonishment At What Just Happened To The Newspaper Business
Over the past decade, lots of big newspaper companies have gone bust.

But when you take a look at what’s happened to newspaper advertising over that period, it’s a wonder they all haven’t.

Below, via Mark J. Perry and Bill Gross, is a chart we’ve run before. It shows inflation-adjusted newspaper advertising revenue over the past 60 years.

Thanks to the precipitous decline in the last ~7 years, the industry is now back to where we it was in 1950. And it’s only slightly better off when you factor in online revenue.

Journalism professor Jay Rosen of NYU observes that the peak year was the one in which blogging software first appeared

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