没有眼泪,没有汗水,你是不可能成功的

August 29, 2010

“11年前我和6个同事在这长城脚下,我们说要做一个让中国人感到骄傲的公司,我们要做互联网,但是所有人都觉得不太可能。我们回去以后非常困难,没有 钱,也没有人理解我们。大家都认为如果你能把阿里巴巴做成,就好比说把一个万吨的人抬到喜马拉雅山上,基本上不太可能。2004年我们做淘宝网的时候,有 投资者说,如果你们能够成功,我们名字倒过来写,但是我相信我们能够成功。”这是马云在《开学第一课》的讲台上为全国的小朋友们讲述着自己的梦想奋斗史。 曾经当过六年老师的马云,第一次给小朋友们讲课。今天大家看到阿里巴巴,看到淘宝网有无数的成功,但是没有看到每一个成功的后面,至少有一千个错误。马云 说,这十年之内,他们至少有一千次失败,他们永远是倒下再起来,倒下了再起来,假如你的成功没有眼泪,没有汗水,你是不可能成功的,这个梦想也不可能走得 很久。

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灰色收入

August 26, 2010

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瑞士信贷(Credit Suisse AG)在近日发表的一份研究报告中说,中国富裕家庭至少有9.3万亿元收入没有向官方申报,这些收入绝大部分是“灰色收入”,没能体现在官方发布的统计数 据里。报告中说,80%的灰色收入都集中在最富有的一部分人手里。

报告中说,9.3万亿元(合1.4万亿美元)灰色收入在中国国内生产总值 中所占的比例高达30%。报告中说,2009年中国城镇居民人均可支配年收入为32154元人民币,比中国官方公布的数据高出近90%。这可以在一定程度 上解释为什么中国房地产价格能够持续多年保持高速上涨。

报告中说,灰色收入中的绝大部分都流向了最富裕的一小部分家庭。占总数10%的中国 最富裕家庭年均收入高达139000元人民币,几乎是官方数据的三倍。相比之下,占总数10%的最贫困家庭年均收入为5350元人民币,也高出官方数据近 13%。

报告指出,中国财富集中现象已经相当严重,占总数20%的富裕家庭拥有80%的灰色收入,缩小贫富差距已经成为中国官方面临的一项 巨大挑战。

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National Association of College and Employers

August 14, 2010

2010年的大学应届毕业生踏入社会找工作时,将发现工资够吸引力的初级职位甚少。他们还会发现,念大学时选对专业,对日后赚取高薪是好的开端。

富 比世杂志网站报导,全国大学与雇主协会(National Association of College and Employers)向大约200名大学毕业生进行一项调查,以他们的主修科目来对照工资。这项在2010年夏天展开的调查显示,五种收入最高的专业中, 四种属于工程系,不过起薪已比过去逊色。石油工程工资最高,平均起薪点7万4799元,比去年的8万3121元少10%。在头五名最高收入的专业中,唯一 非工程系的是电脑科学,起薪点6万1112元,略逊于去年。

整体而言,今年大学毕业生的平均起薪点为4万8661元,比2009年下降了1%多一点。工程专业的平均工资下降不到1%,而电脑科学和商科专业的工资增加不到1%。降幅最大的是文科,下降大约4%。

文科专业的起薪点不高,事实上,他们是五个最低收入专业的其中三个。心理学专业的起薪点平均是3万2358元,社会学是3万5175元。最低的是视觉和表演艺术,平均起薪点是2万9759元,另外两个是生物和生命科学的3万3430元和小学教育的3万1080元。

然 而,根据PayScale研究全国120万人的工资结果显示,目前收入最高的专业,10年或20年之后,或许不能保持优势。PayScale的调查显示, 不同专业的工资增加比率也不同,例如现今经济科专业的起薪点是4万8800元,但在以后的职业生涯中可能超过电脑科学。

PayScale 的分析主任李艾尔(Al Lee)说,长远来看,工资增长和起薪点同样重要。例如,护理专业的工资降至第66位,但在以后的职业生涯中会升至第18位。电影专业的起薪点中位数是3 万6100元,但以后会增至7万7800元。他说:「开始时,每个人都希望成为导演,所以他们愿意接受少一点的工资,积累经验。有些人一开始赚很多钱,有 些人则放弃电影事业,在不太显眼的行业上寻找更高薪的工作。」

PayScale的调查显示,工程专业可能是赚快钱的一个好方法,但长远来说不是唯一获取财富的途径。李艾尔说:「归根究底,你初出校门时赚了多少钱并不重要,重要的是,你在整个职业生涯中能赚多少。」

郭德纲关于打人事件致社会各界的道歉书

August 10, 2010

郭德纲关于打人事件致社会各界的道歉书

本人郭德纲,由于众所周知的原因,最近茅坑里扔炸弹——激起了公粪。在社会各界的教育下,本人认识了自己的错误,现决定道歉如下:

1、关于该谁道歉:
事件发生时我并不在场,打人的是我的李姓徒弟,他已经道歉了。本来我以为就没我什么事了,但后来有法律界人士教育我,说我是打人者的师傅,是公众人物,更重要的,事件发生在我家,所以我脱不了干系。

这么一说我就明白了。虽然我那徒弟已经年满18,他犯了事连他爸都没责任,但估计在中国,师傅比爹妈责任大。要不为什么现在学生有了什么问题大家都不骂爹妈骂老师呢?所以,我该道歉。

这么一说我也明白了,为什么山西煤矿出了事得撤省长的职,因为煤老板不是公众人物,省长是啊!第一次出事,撤镇长;第二次撤县长,第三次撤市长,第四 次可不就得撤到省长了嘛!就是不知道第五次、第六次该撤到哪。所以,我徒弟不是公众人物,我是,当然该我道歉。估计下次我想道还道不了了,轮到级别更高的 公众人物了。咱得珍惜这次机会啊!

这么一说我还明白了,怪不得日本人当初在南京杀了那么多人,骂他们他们还一直不服气。估计他们觉得南京是中国的地界,在中国的地界出了事怎么着中国人也有一半责任啊!当然,日本人该不该道歉不是我在这要说的,反正我是该道歉。

2、关于向谁道歉:
挨打的是那记者一个人,但激愤的是群情,对我口诛笔伐兼教育的什么人都有。看来光对那挨打的一个儿道歉还不足以平民愤,所以我郑重宣布:我对社会各界道歉。

3、关于为什么道歉:
事情的起因是我们家门口草地上那桩子,可那不是我立的。事情的另一个起因是电视台记者扛着摄像机闯到我们家里,可这事我想道歉还真道不着。事情的还有 一个起因是李姓徒弟打记者了,这事仍然不是我干的。所以,我在先确定了我应该道歉的前提下,苦苦思索我该为什么事而道歉,最后得出结论,我就只好为我那博 客上的文章和演出时关于此事说的段子而道歉了。我思前想后,觉得在博客和段子里惹恼了各界人士的估计是如下几点:

4、关于“穷人”的道歉:
我说几个穷人组织了业委会,结果得罪了很多穷人。这事儿我还有点不明白,这当“穷人”到底是好事还是坏事啊?如果是好事,那我是在夸他们,不必道歉 吧?如果是坏事,那我骂他们几句,应该大快人心啊!怎么就有这么多人生气呢?所以我得出的结论是,在中国,穷人这事说不得,怎么说都是错。所以我在这儿郑 重纠正:我们那儿业委会那几位,不是穷人,是富人!我说错了!我是真觉得我说错了!现在在北京要买个小套二得多少钱啊?穷人住得进那别墅区吗?当然,我还 得补充声明一句:我说的是一般商品房,不含广大国家干部住的福利房、经济适用房以及特价房等等,那些房子便宜是便宜,住的可多半不是穷人。我不敢误会广大 国家干部是穷人,如果干部们觉得这预先声明还不够,干脆,我预先道歉!

5、关于“推搡”的道歉:
我说我那李姓徒弟和那周姓记者发生了“推搡”,引来很多群众批评我避重就轻,说打就是打,不是“推搡”。这都怪我平时学习不细致,只知道国家工作人员 可以“推搡”,把人推死的有,把人房子推塌的也有,我就不知道一般老百姓就不能“推搡”。在受到大家批评后,我加强了学习,认真参考了前不久在湖北某单位 门口发生了某事之后国家权威机关的权威声明,在这里,我郑重修正我的说法:李姓徒弟在与周姓记者的拉扯中行为粗暴。并请各位注意,此前我关于此事所说的所 有“推搡”一律无效,改为“拉扯”。如果有哪位还认为这词不准确,我就没办法了,因为湖北那位已经住了院了,都还是“拉扯”呢,周姓记者总还没到那程度 吧?

6、关于“滚”的道歉:
根据BTV的报道,周姓记者与李姓徒弟在拉扯中从楼梯上“滚”下,我曾对此表示质疑,因为并未看到包含此类画面的录像。现在我也明白了,那录像估计还 是有的,只不过有关单位出于种种原因可能不便公开而已。就像湖北某单位门口那次事件,事情都过去一个多月了,有关单位还没公布录像呢。那单位是有关单 位,BTV也是有关单位,有关单位总有有关单位的道理。所以我也不等那录像了,就在这里郑重宣告:周记者,我本来以为您没滚,但我错了,您滚了。

7、关于“呕吐”的道歉:
周姓记者呕吐的录像,这个可以有了,而且是特写。我本来还表示怀疑,现在也不了。有关单位既然有不公布某些录像的道理,他们当然也有公布某些录像的道理。所以,我在此郑重宣告:周记者,我本来以为你没吐,现在我相信你吐了。不光您吐了,连我都吐了!

8、关于BTV“龌龊”的道歉:
我说BTV龌龊,此话又引来众多批评。对群众的批评我本来还不太理解,因为我那不是随便说的啊,我有理由啊:“说了不算,算了不说;说大话,使小 钱。”我说了这些个理由之后才得出了BTV龌龊的结论啊。我没什么文化,但还懂这个道理,那就是你要推翻我的结论,就必须先推翻我的理由。但现在我明白 了,理由没关系,关键是结论。中国除了BTV,还有各种TV(还没算上KTV)呢!这些个TV都像着呢!站一块都跟哥俩似的!不光是TV们,媒体们也都像 着呢!说到底都是一家老板办的嘛!不是亲哥俩也是表兄弟。要是BTV“龌龊”了,其它TV怎么办?其它媒体怎么办?骂一个吃屎不要紧,但那不是得罪了满世 界的狗吗?所以,这个结论不能得,所以,我在此郑重修正:BTV,它说了不算,算了不说;说大话,使小钱;这些都是真的,我也不能瞎说;但是,请注意,尽 管如此,它却不龌龊!

9、关于“一大娘们儿,撇着大嘴”的道歉:
“今天我徒弟打记者之后,北京台去一主编,一大娘们儿,撇着大嘴要私了,让徒弟看病去。”这话是我说的,群众又有意见。我想了半天,确实有这事啊,我 错哪了?最后明白了,估计是对该主编的形容不对。所以,我郑重更正:那天我徒弟打记者之后,北京台去一主编,一小娘们儿,撅着小嘴要私了,让徒弟看病去。 此前所说的关于该主编是大娘们和大嘴的话一律作废,统一更改为小娘们和小嘴。如果各位还觉得不对,麻烦告诉我哪不对,我再改。

10、关于“不能跟中国人讲道理”的道歉:
我一说了这句话,就有愤怒的公众质问我:你是哪国人?这一句话点醒我梦中人。咱是中国人啊,怎么能不讲这中国道理呢!看看前边9条,那一条不是充满着 中国的道理呢?在此,我郑重地把那句话更正为:不能跟中国人讲外国道理。说明:外国道理,就是除了中国人之外的其他所有人讲的道理。

11、关于“庸俗低俗媚俗”的道歉
某TV,是比BTV还牛的TV,这么批评我了。这真是振聋发聩,值得我好好学习领会啊!但领会之后呢,觉得有点不理解。“庸俗”什么意思?庸就是常, 庸俗就是像一般人一样俗。“低俗”呢?低,就是指连一般人都不如。“媚俗”呢?这个“媚”字不是形容词而是个动词,就是迎合的意思。也就是说,媚俗的人本 来不俗,但是去迎合俗人。我知道我有问题,但我就不明白我这一个人怎么就能同时做到本来不俗、和一般人一样俗、比一般人还要俗。好比我知道我胖,但我怎么 能同时做到不胖、和一般人一样胖、比一般人还要胖呢?我想这么牛的TV,那人员应该比KTV里边的有水平吧?怎么就出了这么难的一道题给我呢?后来我想明 白了,错不在人家TV,错在我。不是人家说的不对,是我俗得不对。人那么大的TV,放着那么多拆人房子抢人地的大事不批评,连自己个一把火烧掉多少亿的事 都顾不上批评,专门来批评我,我要不多俗几个项目,对得起人家的批评吗?一俗肯定不够啊,三俗那都只是个起步价!要是我一个人不够批,可以批别人啊!我要 不认下来,还不得连累小沈阳、周立波他们一帮俗界弟兄啊?这事我得认,哪怕一个人没法分身,不是还有老婆孩子嘛!在此我郑重承认:我庸俗;我儿子是我生出 来的,所以还不如我,他低俗;我老婆嫁给我了,这就是媚俗!

12、关于“记者不如妓女”的道歉:
差点忘了,这句话是最激起公粪的。当然,愤怒的人们有的没注意我的原话。在此我郑重声明,我的原话是“有时候,记者真不如妓女”。这话我说错了。特纠正如下:有时候,记者真如妓女!

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Western Union – yes! commercial

April 2, 2009

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Coca-Cola is encouraging consumers to “open ha ppiness.” Pepsi-Cola is replacing the o’s in words like “hope” with its new logo, which resembles a smiling face. Other products with paeans to the power of positive thinking — and consuming — include SoBe Lifewater and Starbucks. Joining their ranks is a venerable brand, Western Union, with a global campaign that carries the theme “Yes!” The only way it could be more optimistic would be to add a few exclamation points, or perhaps the words “we can.” The campaign, which began last week, is being called the Western Union Company’s first unified and comprehensive worldwide marketing effort. As such, it has a budget big enough to be noticed in the 200 countries where Western Union does business: an estimated $250 million. The campaign is composed of television commercials; print and online advertisements; a microsite, or special Web site, powerofyes.com, that is to go live on Feb. 23; outdoor ads; and signs and other materials for the Western Union agents who handle money transfers, bill payments and other services for customers. There will also be a cause-marketing component to the campaign, as Western Union makes donations to literacy and other organizations each time a consumer posts to the microsite about the meaning of the “power of yes.” The TV commercial is being introduced in English and will soon be translated into Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish. The other types of ads are going to be produced in 40 languages, reflecting the global scope of the initiative. The campaign is being created by the Hong Kong office of Publicis Worldwide, part of the Publicis Groupe, which has been working on campaigns for Western Union in Asian-Pacific markets since 2003. Publicis Hong Kong was named the company’s first global brand agency of record last August. Of course, a month later, the global financial crisis began, calling into question innumerable plans by marketers to introduce campaigns, ads and products as economic conditions changed drastically. Still, Western Union chose to stay the course. Although “we’re seeing the economy slowing across all our markets,” says Gail Galuppo, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Western Union in Englewood, Colo., “we decided to move forward with our campaign.” “We did a great deal of research around the globe,” she adds, “speaking to our customers,” and found “they’re very optimistic, very positive, working hard in pursuit of their dreams.” Their “inspiring stories,” Ms. Galuppo says, led to the idea to call the campaign “Yes!” “In a world today where they hear a lot of ‘No’ or ‘Maybe,’ we wanted to say ‘Yes’ to them,” she adds. Consumers who use Western Union to transfer money are primarily immigrants sending funds from their earnings back home to family members for purposes like education. They range from Mexicans in the United States to Filipinos in Saudi Arabia to North Africans in Europe. The goal of the campaign is to make an “emotional connection” with them, Ms. Galuppo says, as Western Union continues to become more of “a consumer-facing company” after its spin-off in 2006 from the First Data Corporation. In the television commercial, filmed in Cape Town, Los Angeles and Morocco, the letters “y,” “e” and “s,” all colored yellow, float in the air as a feel-good song about “standing on your two feet” plays on the soundtrack. The letters are visible above people — black, white, brown — who are glimpsed at the beach, playing football (soccer) and on city streets. “Every day, millions of people around the world are moving their lives forward,” says a cultured-sounding male voice on the soundtrack, “making things happen, saying ‘Yes’ to a brighter future.” Eventually, the individual letters coalesce around a gigantic yellow “Yes!” floating over what seems to be the heart of a downtown district. The Western union logo appears with another “Yes!” and a list of services and products: “Money transfer, bill payment, money order.”

There will be 50 print ads, using photographs of real people rather than models. The ads carry can-do headlines like “Can I give her a reason to smile?” and “Can I give you all my love?”

The photographs were taken by the photojournalist Steve McCurry, who is known best for a photo called “Afghan Girl” that appeared on the cover of an issue of National Geographic magazine in 1985.

The campaign represents “the first time there has been a concerted effort” by Western Union executives, says Sue McCusker, general manager at the Publicis Hong Kong office, to send a message equal to the “global stature” of the brand.

Western Union has “global visibility,” she adds, but has not been “communicating like a global brand.”

The campaign is centered on “what the brand is doing for people,” Ms. McCusker said, adding: “It’s easy to say, ‘It’s just about money transfers.’ But it covers a broad range of daily needs and aspirations.”

The commercial is “about delivering the spirit of the campaign,” she adds, speaking to a “sense of achievement, of optimism,” that tells consumers, “You can do more with this brand, do the things you need to do, achieve your dreams.”

Last week, Western Union reported results for the fourth quarter and all of 2008 that echoed those of many other consumer marketers: Conditions worsened as the year went on.

For instance, the amounts that customers were sending each time they came in to a Western Union office to transfer money began getting smaller.

For 2009, Western Union forecasts that the global money transfer market will grow more slowly than it did last year and the size of each transaction will decline.

The campaign “may seem incongruous with the times,” Ms. McCusker says, referring to the recession, and “yes, we took another look” at the tone and approach of the ads after the economy started to falter.

“The feeling we were getting back,” she adds, was that the campaign is about “things people still want to hear.”

“Daily life doesn’t stop” in tough times, Ms. McCusker says. “People’s hopes and dreams don’t stop.”

“And the brand is still there for them,” she adds.

Canon EOS-5D Mark II

April 1, 2009

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brian cronin

January 10, 2009

An interview from SPD.org about Brian Cronin.
“We talked about the source of his creativity, his early and present influences (Glaser and Bergman), art versus commerce, growing up in a Dublin bed & breakfast, starting over at age 50, racing the clock, and that elusive thing called joy.
“you’re just repeating the same stuff, saying the same things ’cause it’s your life. But if you keep producing new work, you kind of change. You change your life. I guess that’s a good way to end.”

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Worth the Wait: Chumby Lands at a Desk Near You

December 30, 2008

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Photos by Jon Snyder

Meet Chumby: a wireless gadget that pulls information off the web and puts it on your desktop. Chumby is like a widget box, serving up a constant stream of photos, sports scores and anything else that can be loaded into an RSS feed. There’s been a lot of hype about this thing. After years in development hell and numerous false starts, it’s been hailed as a revolution in internet access and also slammed as a half-baked gimmick. A gimmick it is not. After plugging in the plush device, we found the Chumby to be the perfect desktop companion, perfect for internet radio and watching eBay.

Chumby works by patching into your WiFi connection, pulling content from the internet and displaying it in creative ways on a 3.5-inch touchscreen. Content arrives in widget form, and arrives in any flavor you can possibly think of — from news aggregators and stock tickers to Lolcat feeds to something called PandaCam. These DIY web-trawlers serve up a custom slice of internet pie wherever you’ve got a WiFi connection (and a power outlet). A few sites and blogs publish their own stuff, but Chumbyland is as dependent on its user base as it is on developers. Can’t find what you want? Conjure up your flash kung fu and create your own customized widget. It doesn’t run Doom (yet), but a quick search of the extensive forums shows that we’re not the only ones asking.

The system does have some kinks. When our router went haywire,  Chumby took a hit of bad WiFi and got strung out, choking on the digital chaff and spinning its wheels at start up. A quick trip to live chat support got us all the help we needed, and resuscitating our Precious was a breeze. —Nate Ralph

WIRED Streams internet radio, or music from your iPod or USB drive. Interspersed ads are unobtrusive. Soft and pretty. High-concept idea executed extremely well.

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Touchscreen is finicky. Limited widget scheduling, so daily content gets repetitive.  Power adapter connection makes Chumby cuddle-time awkward.

$179, chumby.com

Hug Your Depression Away With $160 LED Pillow

December 30, 2008

Light therapy is hard to understand if you can peep at the sun anytime you want. But some people will take artificial lighting as a sun-substitute for health reasons, which makes the d°light Huggable light-emitting pillow seem like a practical gadget. You could even use it as a night light. Unfortunately, some people have tried it and aren’t impressed, especially by the price.

The d°light Huggable pillow sheet uses batteries (or a 6 volt AC) and envelops a circuit of 12 transparent silicon spheres with LEDs. But according to Yahoo’s Gina Hughes (and Yanko), the pillow is not really comfortable. Its silicone blobs, which scatter the harshness of the LEDs for a warm look, are not soft and give it an uneven shape. And everyone can agree that the $160 price is too much, no matter its benefits.

Also, I’m not the snarkiest of people, but you have to give pause to the over-selling of any gadget. On the designer’s site, it’s mentioned that the pillow ‘almost hugs back as you hold it,’ among other gag-inducing user quotes.

Please. First off, that’s what a Fembot is for, and second, I don’t want to be smothered by glowing pillows. It’s like a fever dream by way of Neuromancer with a dash of Hello Kitty. No go for this one.

Check out Gina’s video on the pillow after the jump.

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