Weekly Gems (March 20, 2010)

aspiral clockHappy Saturday! Each week, I post gems that we have run into from around the web. They include an eclectic selection of articles, blog post, videos, etc. that I found interesting. I hope you enjoy them.

When No News Is Bad News

A former managing editor of The Chicago Tribune probes the collapse of the newspaper industry and tries, mostly in vain, to find hope for the future of journalism.

Building a Better Teacher

ON A WINTER DAY five years ago, Doug Lemov realized he had a problem. After a successful career as a teacher, a principal and a charter-school founder, he was working as a consultant, hired by troubled schools eager — desperate, in some cases — for Lemov to tell them what to do to get better.

Aspiral Clocks

Here comes the revolutionary concept Aspiral Clocks designed by Will Aspinall and Neil Lambeth. How does it work? The clock face ever so slowly spirals over the course of twelve hours, moving a rolling ball precisely around, telling the time as it goes. Brilliant!

How food and water are driving a 21st-century African land grab

An Observer investigation reveals how rich countries faced by a global food shortage now farm an area double the size of the UK to guarantee supplies for their citizens

Do Big Brands Exploit Mommy Bloggers Who Work for “Prizes and Rewards”?

I was so excited to see Beth Harte’s post about Nestle’s “special offer” to join their digital think tank because it confirmed that I’m not crazy thinking mom bloggers are getting shafted. For a while now I’ve wondered if I’m just bitter or crazy for thinking that mom bloggers are being totally exploited by big brands and agencies.

9 Tips for Creating More Small Business Blogging Ideas

What the hell am I supposed to write about, I own a {insert your small business here}?

Really, who cares about your flower shop, bike shop, auto parts store, or coffee house?

Answer: Your customers certainly care.

What Belly Dancing Taught Me about Personal Branding

I’m learning to belly dance.

Okay, that’s totally overstating it. I’m wiggling to music in what is labeled a belly dancing class.

I’ve found that I enjoy the constant movement, manipulating my limbs and taking any excuse I can to be silly. But more fun than the belly dancing is the instructor.

20 Photoshop Tips & Tricks That You Should Know About

Photoshop is a heck of an amazing software. You can do all kinds of things with images and go as far as your imagination can take you. Once you are past the beginner level and understand what the various options are for and how they work, then you are ready for Photoshop tips and tricks like the ones that are the topic of this 2 part article.

Marketers, Meet the ‘Multi-Minding’ Woman

There is a curious paradox at the heart of today’s consumer marketing culture. On the one hand, as Kelly Skoloda points out in her book “Too Busy to Shop: Marketing to Multi-Minding Women,” women do a whopping 85% of the shopping in America, a number that is more or less consistent across categories. On the other hand, marketers consistently bypass women in their marketing messages, as if they were merely the “product delivery system” for other consumers.


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