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Archive for April 30th, 2008

Vehicular Ad Space

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

You know how some people find a way to get a free car, just by agreeing to show a huge ad on that car? It’s like instead of a normal, solid-color paint job, that car has a huge, bold message, asking everybody on and off-road, “Who You Gonna Call?!” Beneath that would be the phone number or website of a specific company, let’s say… Phantom Nabbers.

Those types of ads must produce some kind of results, otherwise why would companies bother to give away free cars? I’ve always wondered what it would be like to drive one of those… I think you’d probably have to be ready to answer a couple questions!

Anyway, I was thinking about how a small business owner might go about using the same ad tactic, and I think I found a way. Car magnets! These are magnets that you slap on the outside of your car. Each magnet can be printed with your company logo and message. Where can you get them? VistaPrint!

VistaPrint is a printing company. They’ll print everything — dogs, cats… ok, just kidding, here’s what they really print: checks, announcements, rubber stamps, business cards, and of course, car magnets. Each item is highly customizable, and VistaPrint will take each of your specifications very seriously. So the next time you’re in the mood to buy some quality car magnets or get something else printed, think VistaPrint!

Yahoo + NY Times = Time Travel Lesson

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

I was reading some Yahoo news today, complete with links to the New York Times, and I was surprised to see that "A new study says it's possible to boost the amount of mental ability you were born with."

Yahoo Time Travel

I understand what they're going for, and I get their point.

BUT! The wording just sounds like you can do something in the here and now that would retroactively impact how smart you were at the moment of birth. If you could "boost the amount of mental ability you were born with" by 100%, you'd effectively double how smart you were however many years ago you were born. But that would cause ripples throughout the past 20-60 years…

Let's see if the article (from the Times) can shed some light on the matter. Surely it will be much clearer than the short Yahoo headline.

The first sentence of the article reads, "A new study has found that it may be possible to train people to be more intelligent, increasing the brainpower they had at birth."

Wow, this is serious. This is great! So long, SAT score of 200! I'm gonna change everything.

First I'll go back and double how smart I was at age 0. Then I'll live my life up to April 30, 2008, and go back and double my intelligence again! And again and again and again…