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Why is everyone so busy?

THE predictions sounded like promises: in the future, working hours would be short and vacations long. “Our grandchildren”, reckoned John Maynard …

Economics

Water and the Central Coast's wine problem

In recent decades, the Central Coast of California has become one of the state's most important wine-producing regions. But at what cost?<p>Until recently, most ranchers and farmers in this part of California embraced dry farming practices, raising crops irrigated solely by rain. The crops that were …

Medtronic Is Changing Its Business. Will The System Let It?

Earlier this month, <i>Forbes</i> contributor David Shaywitz asked a necessary question: “Are Medical Product Companies Finally Serious About Business Model Evolution?” This was in response to medical-device giant Medtronic‘s (NYSE:MDT) friendly acquisition of Cardiocom, a patient-monitoring firm. CEO Omar …

“Times Haiku” Turns Newspaper Stories Into Poetry

You’d probably never guess that this haiku…<p>was culled from an article in the <i>New York Times Magazine</i>.<p>The Times’s senior software architect, Jacob Harris, has created an algorithm that will build a haiku from any story in the newspaper. As a refresher, a haiku is a form of three-lined Japanese …

What It Takes To Be A Great Technical Leader

They often don't manage people, but instead coach them to do their best work.<p>Every company is different, but there are some common threads among the best tech leads that I've worked with. Hat tips to Brian Stoler, Nathan Hunt, Evan Gilbert, and Rich Burdon for leading by example.<p>In this article, I …

Software Development

5 Housing and Mortgage Trends To Get Ready For This Spring

With low mortgage rates and home prices gaining momentum, an increasing number of buyers are expected to shop for homes this spring. The good news for sellers: The inventory of homes for sale is shrinking, so they have less competition and more control of the situation.<p>Loan mods: As more distressed …

Real Estate

An unusual Ballet Dancer

Digital Marketers All Got This Thing Wrong About ROI

However, we've all been making a huge mistake. We (marketers, brands, agencies) have assumed that because you 'can' buy online, whatever you run online 'should' lead to direct sales. TV never had this problem because you could never get into the TV to buy the product. Billboards, radio ads, …

Marketing

41 People You Won't Believe Actually Exist

These people are really out there somewhere in this world.

McDonald's