Straying from the norm, I decided to post this. It seemed to sum it for me lately. Just when I thought you, me, or all of us had problems or issues that we have to deal with, along comes this video. Amazing stuff.
I have to give props to Peter Shankman on this one. As soon as I saw this video, it made me smile and then think that maybe the world we live isn’t so messed up as we think it is. All anyone wants is a warm meal, a roof over their head and something to smile about every day. Suffice it to say, the below video accomplishes 1 of 3.
I write as much about marketing and social media as the next person, but every once in awhile you have to lay down the pen, the judgement, the criticism and just realize, at the end of the day, it’s important to smile. Thanks Matt for being extraordinarily ordinary.
The Emerson Direct marketing observations blog has cracked the Adage Power 150. The Power 150 is a ranking of the top English-language media and marketing blogs in the world, It currently ranks more than 500 blogs written about all types of media and pretty much every imaginable marketing discipline. Thank you to everyone who has contributed, and thank you to everyone who has read and reads it….Now lets get to it!
I was sent this yesterday via email and yes I wrote about Dr. Pausch awhile back, but I thought that the more exposure, or the more people that will see this “lecture”, the better off humanity will be because of it. It will only consume about 12 minutes of your time, but really, what is 12 minutes of your life when listening to a man who has but a few months to live?
Here also is an update on Randy’s current health:
April 2, 2008: Getting back into the fight
For those of you familiar with boxing, I would describe the weeks since my heart & kidney failure to be a “standing eight count.” I got knocked down pretty good and needed time to gather myself. Now I’m back on my feet; still a little wobbly, but ready to engage in the fight again.Yesterday’s CT and MRI scans showed that I’ve added a new, 11th tumor (small), and that a few of my original 10 tumors have grown, but only negligibly so. My biggest tumor is about 2.5cm in diameter. Given that I’ve been off chemo for six weeks, this was jumping-up-and-down good news, for two reasons:
1) It means the cancer has not grown like craxy, a big fear since stopping chemo.
2) Since all my tumors are in my liver, that means certain liver-specific treatments are possible.
I’m typing this from a recovery room; I just had a biopsy taken of my tumor tissue; that will be sent to TGEN in arizona, where they will run some tests to see if they can identify which chemotherapy drugs might be most effective on my particular tumors.
My next step will probably be embolization with theraspheres; a liver specific treatment that has a very low rate of side effects, and won’t make me feel crappy like systemic chemo does.
The fight is rejoined; I’ve got much more energy now — I hope to be back on the bike in a week or so.
We get to choose Be prepared to think about things a bit differently once you see this video. Remarkable, thought provoking and may even bring a tear to your eye.
Here are 3 great examples of viral videos. The viral elements are so apparent when using these 3 videos as examples of viral marketing. In short order, they can all scale quickly, which means that the viral growth is exponential, i.e. it can spread quickly. The sharing of the link or the video is effortless, and lastly it’s humorous/touching/strikes a nerve. The first video has been viewed over 900,000 times. Which is a pretty solid number.
Now 900,000 for a viral video might seem like a large number but if we look at the numbers associated with Jimmy Kimmels F@cking Ben Affleck Response to Matt and Sarah video, you’ll begin to re-think what is construed as a viral video.
Currently that Jimmy Kimmel video has been seen almost 9 million times. That’s right, 9 million times. I would suspect that the Hey Jude video will eventually spike pretty high. But as you can see, the power possessed by a truly viral video can reach far and why and travel quicker than a tornado warning. Now admit it, right now you are thinking of sharing this post with someone who might appreciate it? It’s not hard to do, you merely send the link and off it goes. Quick, efficient and no sweat for you. Viral.
To finish off this post, here is the viral video that prompted Jimmy Kimmel’s response video. The Sarah Silverman-Matt Damon Video has been seen by almost 13 million people and blogged about over 1900 times. Make that 1901 times.
I know, I’m usually all over the latest in tech. But todays post will be a bit different.
Awhile back I came across an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette about a Carnegie Mellon University professor named Randy Pausch, who has incurable pancreatic cancer. What struck me about the story was that he was very cognizant of his ordeal. He articulated and shared his ordeal with his students.
Dr. Pausch’s ordeal began a year ago, when he began to feel bloated and his bowel movements changed, he said in an e-mail interview. When doctors did a CT scan to see if he had gallstones, they spotted a tumor.
“I got the news from my GP,” he wrote, “who said ‘There’s a mass on your pancreas, and it’s not fair.’
“As I later told him, it’s unfortunate, and it’s unlucky, but it’s not unfair. This atttitude struck me throughout the post gazette article as I read daily about people who cheat death, who don’t cheat death and of others who go through the pains of trying to deal with someone who hasn’t much time left.
He is concentrating now on creating videos for his children. With his oldest son, 5-year-old Dylan, Dr. Pausch went on a recent trip to Disney World and to swim with dolphins, thinking Dylan may be the only child who will have strong direct memories of him.
His wife and children, he said, “mean everything to me. They give a purpose to life and a depth of joy that no job [and I’ve had some of the most awesome jobs in the world] can begin to provide.
“I hope my wife is able to remarry down the line. And I hope they will remember me as a man who loved them, and did everything he could for them.”
I have been following this story intently, hoping for good news everytime I read his blog posts and as of this writing, things are ok. they are not good, nor bad, but they are stable for the moment. I want him to know that even someone that does not know him, is thinking of him. As I am sure others feel the same way, I will speak for you as well. I pray for things all the time and sometimes I get angry when people only pray to their god, only when they need something; but here is a chance to thank our god and ask our god that this remarkable person be given a little bit longer. For that I will not be angry, merely appreciative and hopeful that their could be power and energy in collective prayer.
Taking branding to the next level and the fact that her name was searched on a cumulative 14 million times last month. Britney has released her new album art. A quick note. a) albums don’t exist anymore and b) CD jewel case art is almost non-existent as well. So having said that, we can always steer towards a crotch shot if need be. So without further ado, here are the titles of her new songs. Beware the spelling and the emotional depth of these tracks amazing. In parentheses are the authors comments.
1. Gimme More (Of what? )
2. Piece of Me ( which part, we’ve seen most of it already)
3. Radar ( Something she could use for her camera friendly friends)
4. Break The Ice ( Something needed when she sees her kids)
5. Heaven On Earth ( The current state of her affairs?)
6. Get Naked (Enough already)
7. Freakshow ( Any time she leaves the house)
8. Toy Soldier ( Her perception of the war)
9. Hot As Ice (Seemed like a good idea for a song title)
10.Ooh Ooh Baby ( Seemed like a really cool title for a song, dontcha think?)
11.Perfect Lover (KFed?)
12. Why Should I Be Sad (Let us count the ways)
Please read the most amazing story about the Human Spirit. It is featured on espn.com But thought that it might be easier for you to get there from here. It will bring tears to your eyes.