Links for 3rd March 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. How to Sell High Ticket Items in a Dwindling Economy

    "The mattress and bedding industries do this beautifully with their more expensive products. They outline how much you’d really pay – not just monetarily, but in terms of poor sleep, nagging aches and pains and chiropractor’s bills. Then they highlight the benefits of their product and add a free in-home trial or a coupon on top of the offer, giving the reader more than enough serious reasons to take action."

    Tagged with: marketingsaleshigh-costluxurycopywriting

  2. Every step you take: UK underground centre that is spy capital of the world

    "So famed has central London's surveillance network become that figures released yesterday revealed that more than 6,000 officials from 30 countries have come to learn lessons from the centre.

    They include police with the job of keeping order in the most dangerous cities on earth, from São Paulo in Brazil to Baltimore in the United States, as well as law enforcement officials from countries with a notorious disregard for the rights of citizens, such as China. " If you've got nothing else left, you might as well export bitter imploded-empire nationalism and paranoia.

    Tagged with: uksecuritysurveillanceprivacyculturepoliticsCCTVliberty

  3. Iran Is This Close to Getting a Nuke. Maybe.

    "Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, raised the alarm yesterday over Iran's nuclear activities. In an interview with CNN, he said Iran "might now have enough fissile material to make a bomb." And a nuclear-armed Iran, he added, "is a very, very bad outcome for the region and for the world."" Yeah, you might have to stop treating them like a wayward ginger stepchild, mightn't you? That's gonna hurt some.

    Tagged with: Irannuclearweaponscapabilityrealpolitik

  4. Humans may be primed to believe in creation

    "A first round of experiments suggested that adults make more teleological mistakes when pressed for time than when not. Yet Kelemen and Rosset also noticed that no matter how much time they had, test subjects tended to endorse false statements implying that the Earth is designed and maintained for life. "The earth has an ozone layer in order to protect it from UV rays", for instance." Scientific thinking ain't no game of ping-pong, sadly.

    Tagged with: atheismtheologysciencethinkingcognitiveteleologypsychology

  5. The Seth Godin Interview: How to Become a Leader

    "With tribal behavior, we see that most people aren’t interested in joining a new tribe. So who does? Fringe types. Restless folks. Dissatisifed seekers. That means that your earliest members are fellow travelers, people willing to take a leap. THEN they bring in their friends and the growth happens."

    Tagged with: Seth-Godininterviewleadershipsocial-mediamarketingbrandingadviceinfluence

  6. What Bruce Sterling Actually Said About Web 2.0 at Webstock 09

    " Web 2.0 theory is a web. It's not philosophy, it's not ideology like a political platform, it's not even a set of esthetic tenets like an art movement. The diagram for Web 2.0 is a little model network. You can mash up all the bubbles to the other bubbles. They carry out subroutines on one another. You can flowchart it if you want. There's a native genius here. I truly admire it.

    This chart is five years old now, which is 35 years old in Internet years, but intellectually speaking, it's still new in the world. It's alarming how hard it is to say anything constructive about this from any previous cultural framework. "

    Tagged with: Bruce-Sterlingweb2.0technologyfuturisminternetculturewebsocial-mediaattitudes

  7. Island Economies in a Globalized World

    "Research that considers the special case of island economies – which so often have "unfavorable locations" (from a motorway perspective) and "limited accessibility – have come up with three avenues for the economic sustainability of islands: tourism, virtual work (e.g. operating call centers or on-line casinos), and education. But of course, other places compete in these domains, places that are not remote islands, nor evenly remotely island-like. So one word sums up how islands can create competitive advantage, using a process like their unique natural evolutionary patterns: differentiation.

    Economically successful islands learn to harness their innate capacity for uniqueness. By being small-but-different, by making things differently and uniquely, islands can change their image. And creating an attractive image is the name of the game for islands in a global economy. "

    Tagged with: economicssustainabilityglobalizationislandsecologyenvironmentnichecommunitylocationnew-southsea

  8. flickredit

    "… is a Java Desktop application that allows you to display and edit your photos in a variety of ways. It also allows you to download/backup or upload your photos to and from Flickr. FlickrEdit is written in Java and it uses flickrj framework to access Flickr."

    Tagged with: freesoftwareJavaapplicationFlickrflickreditbackuptoolutility

  9. WP Content Filter plugin

    Synchronicity at work – a profanity filter appears in my RSS feeds the same day that a client enquires about the same. I luvs teh intarwubz.

    Tagged with: wordpresspluginwebdevprofanityswearingfliter

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