Monday, December 24, 2007

GMA's Best Books for Giving:

Best Books This Holiday Season

Mellody Hobson Tells You

Which Books Would Make the Perfect Gift

'Leadership Is an Art'

Max Dupree was the visionary CEO of Herman Miller, one of the largest office furniture manufacturers in the world. I say that and you say to me, "That does not sound interesting."

But this is a phenomenal book about timeless values. What he talks about is how Herman Miller became a really great company by emphasizing strong character, conviction and high ethics. It's a book about respect and how to treat people.

For example, when he talks about diversity, he talks about how you can use differences to strengthen a company and give people in the organization a voice, which ultimately makes the company better. So this is a great book.

'The Tipping Point'

There's humor in the book, but the thing about this book is it talks about social epidemics. This book is actually terrific perhaps for a teen, believe it or not. It will help them understand why they want the things that they want.

'Poor Charlie's Almanac'

I am fascinated by Warren Buffett. I read anything he writes, anything that's written about him. And this is by his best friend who's worked alongside him as his sidekick, for 46 years.

It's like a catalog of their lives. It's a coffee table book, and it has pictures. It has quotes. He has great stories to tell.

If I had to characterize this book, it's a book about smart decisions. And that could make it a great book for perhaps a grandparent, a parent, an aunt or uncle.

'The Black Swan'

Everyone on Wall Street is reading "The Black Swan" right now. So I have caveat here. This is for the hardcore thinker in your family. This is for the know-it-all in the family. This book is about probability.

That in and of itself may sound very intimidating, but it's not because it's beautifully written.

But the idea is that there is no way to predict random events in life. So it's not worth trying.

The other idea in the book that's so important is not following trends, and not getting sucked up into the idea that you can predict what's going to happen because you can't.

'The Giving Tree'

This is one of my favorite books of all time. What better thing to give during Christmas, when kids especially are thinking about what they will receive?

This is a book about selflessness, and it's a book about compassion. For that reason, I think it's one of the best books that was ever written.


What about Books for Sophia and Aiden???

Oh, didn't you know?

Those are the Top Girl and Boy's Names for the Year 2007.

The rest of the LIST is HERE:

Wingman out...

Friday, December 21, 2007

What Do You Think About CLEAVAGE?

Well according to Global Language Monitor, it's the eighth most popular word in the English Language in 2007.

Here's the rest of the List:

The Top Ten Words of 2007

1. Hybrid – Actually Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV). Chosen to represent all things green from biodiesel to wearing clothes made of soy, to global warming to living with a zero-carbon footprint. (From the Latin hybrida, a variation of ibrida for "mongrel," specifically "offspring of a sow and a wild boar,")

2. Surge - The controversial political and military strategy of winning the war in Iraq.

3. Bubble – As in housing bubble, bursting. Also, Credit crunch.

4. Smirting – The new-found art of flirting while being banished outside a building for smoking.

5. Pb – The symbol lead, Atomic No. 82. The culprit in innumerable toy recalls this year.

6. Ideating – Latest in a long line of verbalisms: the descendent of concepting and efforting.

7. Ω-3 (Greek letter omega-3) -- Also written as Omega 3; the healthy fatty acid.

8. Cleavage – As in ‘woman of cleavage,’ a touchy campaign subject.

9. Amigoization -- Increasing Hispanic influence in California, the Southwest and into the Heartland.

10. Bluetooth – A technology to connect electronic devices by radio waves.
According to the Global Language Monitor we are just 4,884 words away from 1,000,000 from the estimated number of words in the English Language.

The GLM was one of the items on REFDESK Site of the Day which was YEAR IN REVIEW. Link here:

Also on the list of Year In Review are the following LISTS:

  1. Amazon: Best Books of 2007
  2. Consumer Reports: The Best Cars of 2007
  3. Google: Year-end Zeitgeist for 2007
  4. Merriam Webster: Words of the Year 2007
  5. Nielsen Ratings: Most popular trends among Americans during 2007
  6. PC World: The 100 Best Products of 2007
  7. PC World: Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2007
  8. Popular Science: Best of What's New 2007
  9. State of the States 2007
  10. Time Magazine: 50 Top 10 Lists of 2007 - The powerful, the profound, the painful and the peculiar: These are the most noteworthy news events of the year.
  11. Time Magazine: Best Inventions of 2007
  12. Top Ten Astronomy Pictures of 2007
  13. Top 10 Baby Names of 2007
  14. Global Language Monitor: Top Ten Words of 2007
  15. USNews: Best Hospitals 2007
  16. World's Worst Polluted Places 2007
  17. Yahoo: Top Searches Trends in 2007
  18. More >>
Have Fun!

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Wingman out.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Happy Birthday Transistor!

You are 60 years Old Today, Dec.16, 2007.

A tip of the Media Circus Hat to the three physicists (William Shockley, John Bardeen and William Brattain in picture above) who at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, N.J. built the first transistor. The story bounce comes originally from link here:
(I snagged it from News)
Filed under: Online Video.
The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA has created a new YouTube channel for videos of their lecture series. Newest is the Dec 10 panel on the 25th Anniversary of the Commodore 64.
Currently there are 23 lectures available and the 7-minute Museum overview.
Filed under InSecurity Report:
"The feed brings us this NYTimes story giving new details on the telecom carriers' cooperation with secret NSA (and other) domestic spying programs. One revelation is that the Drug Enforcement Agency has been running a program since the 1990s to collect the phone records of calls from US citizens to Latin America in order to catch narcotics traffickers. Another revelation is what exactly the NSA asked for in 2001 that Qwest balked at supplying. According to the article, it was access to the company's most localized communications switches, which primarily carry domestic calls."
Filed under: Advertising.
"What's that? Who's There?" The female voice whispering in your ear is coming from a speaker system Seven Stories above the street, advertising (Billboard included) the A&E televison series "Paranormal State". The technology comes from Audio Spotlight by Holosonics. Kinda Phillip K. Dick-ish (remember "Minorty Report"?).
This is The News Filter
by ELO