Seth’s Blog: Conservation of energy in conversation

If you escalate cut off in traffic, angry at the gate agent, frustrated at your boss, you’ve just added negative energy to a conversation.If you escalate high-pitched enthusiasm, a hug, encouraging words, you’ve just added positive energy to a conversation.Once the energy is added, it has to go somewhere. Often, the person you’re engaging with throws it right back, or even increases it. A talented, mature person might take your negative energy and de-escalate it, or even swallow it and permit the conversation to calm down or end. But don’t count on it.

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Now I Know – Five Cents for a Half-Century

Coca-Cola was invented by an Atlanta pharmacist in 1886, with bottles of the bubbly elixir costing five cents. Nearly 150 years later, it’s still around, and arguably as popular as ever. It rarely comes in the glass bottles commonly found during its first 50 to 100 years, as glass has given way to plastic. A 20-ounce bottle will run you anywhere from $1.50 to $2.50, give or take, in the United States.

via Now I Know – Five Cents for a Half-Century.

Credit unions release Deposit Anywhere app, allows customers to make cheque deposits from their iPhone | MobileSyrup.com

The mobile banking space in Canada continues its mission to abolish paper and save you time. A few Credit Unions (Central 1, Meridian, Affinity Credit Union and Westminster Savings Credit Union) have joined together to offer customers the option of making Canadian cheque deposits from their mobile device. This is a first in Canada and one that the big banks should take notice of.

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FICO Survey Finds Credit Spigot Opening for Small Businesses – WSJ.com

FICO NYSE:FICO, a leading predictive analytics and decision management software company, today released results from its quarterly survey of U.S. bank risk managers that reveal an optimistic forecast for small business lending. Sixty-two percent of respondents said the supply of credit for small business loans in the next six months would satisfy demand, and 89 percent said the approval rate for small business loans would hold steady or increase.

via FICO Survey Finds Credit Spigot Opening for Small Businesses – WSJ.com.

Re-imagining Movie Posters From Different Angles | Mental Floss

When LG wanted to promote their new 3D home-theater-in-a-box, surround-sound product, they went to Brazilian design and advertising firm Y&R to come up with a concept. What the firm created were detailed, spot-on original artwork duplicates from three films—from different angles. The campaign gives the idea of hearing something—in this case, a movie—from “every side of the sound,” as the LG product’s tagline states. It’s as if the posters were created using 3D technology.

via Re-imagining Movie Posters From Different Angles | Mental Floss.

The demographics behind the enterprise mobility push | ZDNet

The real kicker is that Gen X and Gen Y make half the population. Once baby boomers exit the workforce—assuming they can afford to—enterprises will have to cater to the mobile masses wielding Android devices and iPhones. In addition, efforts like Salesforce.com’s Chatter will become more meaningful. Why? Companies will have to provide corporate social networks that mimic Facebook.

via The demographics behind the enterprise mobility push | ZDNet.

School Report – Voyager explores ‘brand new region of space’

“The voyager space probe was launched in 1977 and has been the flagship of human space exploration ever since. It took many important pictures of Saturn and Jupiter. Its radioactive plutonium batteries are expected to finally run out in 2025.”

He explained that the space probe appears to have discovered a “brand new region of space” – but he is doubtful that it has left the solar system.

via School Report – Voyager explores ‘brand new region of space’.

Consumers keep economy from flagging – Economic Preview – MarketWatch

Jobs still aren’t easy to be had and hardly anybody’s getting a big pay raise, but consumers aren’t letting that stop them.

Consumer spending, the turbine of U.S. growth, has continued to spin forward and Americans probably opened their wallets again in February. Economists polled by MarketWatch forecast a solid 0.5% increase.

via Consumers keep economy from flagging – Economic Preview – MarketWatch.

Debt load warnings not heeded | Editorial | Opinion | Daily Herald Tribune

While in the process of packing his woollies and his wellies for his upcoming adventure in Great Britain, outgoing Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney has again issued warnings to Canadians to get their personal debt in order.

This, if our count is correct, makes at least four warnings within the last three fiscal quarters.

Among average Canadians, however, these warnings seem to have gone unheard — either because they are not listening or do not want to listen.

via Debt load warnings not heeded | Editorial | Opinion | Daily Herald Tribune.

Netherlands on Edge of Economic Crisis; Unemployment Surges as Home Prices Collapse – Mike Shedlock – Townhall Finance Conservative Columnists and Financial Commentary – Page 1

More than a decade ago, the Dutch central bank recognized the dangers of [the housing] euphoria, but its warnings went unheeded. Only last year did the new government, under conservative-liberal Prime Minister Mark Rutte, amend the generous tax loopholes, which gradually began to expire in January. But now it’s almost too late. No nation in the euro zone is as deeply in debt as the Netherlands, where banks have a total of about €650 billion in mortgage loans on their books.

Consumer debt amounts to about 250 percent of available income. By comparison, in 2011 even the Spaniards only reached a debt ratio of 125 percent.

The Netherlands is still one of the most competitive countries in the European Union, but now that the real estate bubble has burst, it threatens to take down the entire economy with it. Unemployment is on the rise, consumption is down and growth has come to a standstill.

via Netherlands on Edge of Economic Crisis; Unemployment Surges as Home Prices Collapse – Mike Shedlock – Townhall Finance Conservative Columnists and Financial Commentary – Page 1.