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  • NegBox 9:42 pm on January 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Pact With the Devil: How to Tell When You are Making One 

    The one common aspect of pacts with the devil is that you get what you want up-front.
    Not only you get what you want now, it is almost effortless and you don’t have to worry about the price to pay until much, much later.

    In pacts with mere mortals you have to work your ass off for the rewards – the work itself being the payment.

    This is all about delaying gratification.

    Needless to say, trying to cheat reality has pretty bad consequences every single time.

    Can you pass on temptations?

     

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  • NegBox 5:37 am on November 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Play Your Endgame NOW 

    What do YOU have to lose?

    I never wanted to get a tattoo because it felt too “permanent” – what if I change my mind next week? Then as time wore on I realized the amount of regret possible was shrinking. If I make it to 80, I’ll probably be covered in them. Nothing to lose. I’m not sure there is anything to gain either.

    I often wonder why senior citizens are not wildly out of control. What is there to lose? Can’t they see the end of the road? The closer the end is, the less there is to lose.

    The US is the only country that calls “Social Security” the right term “Social Security” – other countries call it by terms related to retirement or social assistance. The US term is the right one – Social Security keeps those in dire need from breaking bad and even assembling into a revolution; Social security keeps me from getting mugged when I go out. If you didn’t pay social security, hungry people will come out to mug you for food – hunger is a powerful force. Hunger taps directly into the most basic instinct of all: Survival. There are 3,095,693,981 base pairs inside every human that scream they want to survive.

    When I was 17, everything was possible. Literally, everything. I had to choose. Every year I left behind doors I didn’t open. Doors I didn’t chose. Lives I didn’t live. Deaths I didn’t die. Girls I didn’t date. Things I didn’t do. Maybe that’s why I’m so fascinated by the movie Mr. Nobody - It has been over two years since I saw that movie and I still remember it daily. You mind tricks you into believing some of those choices are still available to you. You THINK the possibility is there. Your mind makes up stories of how you can somehow magically cheat the universe and get away with it all “if you really wanted” – You could quit smoking “if you really wanted” and meanwhile you won’t get cancer so you can wait, you could finish college “if you really wanted” and meanwhile your job doesn’t suck so bad.

    I asked around why don’t poor seniors or people with terminal illnesses buy AK-47s and storm our banks and cause all sort of mayhem. Found a couple of explanations – Mostly about being unable to recover from a failed gamble. Somehow this isn’t convincing. Personally I have gotten more aggressive with time. One day I will understand… Or get an AK-47.

     

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  • NegBox 7:02 pm on August 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    $100 Contest – ID This Song 

    Just leave me a comment with the title and author of this song and after verifying the ID is correct I will PayPal you $100 to your address – Its that simple, and yes I’m that desperate. I love this song! The MP3 Tags say its “Coney Island” by Ben Klock – yet it isn’t – its mis-tagged. Solve the mystery, get $100.

    Here’s the song:

    Coney Island

    I’ve tried Shazam and two more ID services and so far nothing. This isn’t some indie band playing live – this sounds well produced in a studio.

    The song reminds me of Mad Men… Even the years mentioned in the song are close the the timeline of Mad Men.

     

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  • NegBox 12:43 am on July 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    3 Sites to Create Banners Online 

    I’ve used these with varying degrees of success… Anyone know of others?

    http://www.bannersnack.com/

    http://bannernow.com/

    http://banner.fotor.com/

     

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  • NegBox 7:33 pm on July 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Stages of an Affiliate Marketer – Word DOC Version 

    As a starting affiliate this post by Mr. Green - originally penned by Adam Bunch - really helped me to figure out where I was and what the next step would look like.

    I’ve since gone back and forth all these stages – several times. What I’ve found amazing is how well written this is – it really reflects what happens!

    What I did back in 2010 was reformat the post into a single letter-sized sheet – I printed it out and to this day keep it on my desk.

    Here is the Word DOC version I created out of Mr. Green and Adam’s post: Affiliate Marketing Stages

    Enjoy and thank Mr. Green and Adam for this!

     

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  • NegBox 3:50 am on July 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Fired From IBM 

    Today IBM fired over 3,062 people in the US.

    I used to work at IBM.

    The biggest group fired was 222 people in Software Group Marketing.

    I used to work in Software Group Marketing.

    They like to call it “workforce rebalancing” and internally “resource action”, and the market likes to call it “Laid off”. In the end, its “Firing” without a cause.

    Its not the first time they do it and it certainly won’t be the last. It happens pretty regularly at IBM, though usually its smaller numbers.

    20 Days ago I talked to a friend at IBM. She used to work on projects with me -elbow to elbow- She has two Masters degrees: An MBA from a west-coast university, an MIS degree from the University of Texas, and a bachelors from a foreign university. She speaks fluent English and Chinese. She is 10 years younger than me. She puts 110% into her work. She never-ever-ever drops the ball. She wins awards all the time – she is good and holds my admiration. Every time she was in a project, I knew it would get done. She was going places – and now she was being fired.

    30 Days ago, they told these 3000+ people they were being fired effective today July 12 2013 – They used to give people more notice than 30 days – What didn’t change is that they told them they could stay at IBM if they found an open position.

    That was a lie.

    Every time, they lie.

    The internal job database has thousands (yes, thousands) of openings at any given time. When a round of mass firings like this happens, the positions remain open – and people can still get hired on. Just not if you’re one of those selected for the firing. If you’re on the “hit list” managers with open positions cannot hire you. Sounds cynical? It is.

    90 Days ago the profits and earnings report didn’t produce the right numbers. So they allocated enough money to get rid of 5,000 to 8,000 people worldwide.

    180 Days ago I told IBM I wasn’t going to work there anymore for the foreseeable future, signed my resignation, returned my laptops and sent a warm thank you e-mail to all my friends of 18 years there.

    If I worked with you at IBM regularly at any point in the past 18 years, and you didn’t get a thank-you e-mail from me via Lotus Notes (don’t laugh) back in February, its because I really think you’re an asshole.

    I went thru all my emails – There were a lot of great people I wanted to thank.

    275 Days ago I got my last paycheck from IBM and went into an unpaid leave of absence.

    365 days ago I told IBM I didn’t want to do what they wanted me to do. I literally said “I feel like I don’t want to do this anymore” in a conversation that would be right at home in the movie Office Space. I just didn’t want to do yet one more PowerPoint presentation, attend yet another soul-sucking conference call where nobody was listening and pretend like I gave a damn. I didn’t give a damn anymore. My boss there is a god guy – and he concluded I was going nuts, so he gave me a time-out… A paid leave of absence for 90 days or so. He called me often to check on me – And every time I must have sounded more and more “gone.”

    Before that, I was a prisoner. Working hard to keep my cell.

    A prisoner with a vision.

    2920 Days ago I saw today – like Mr. Nobody peering into an alternate reality, I saw myself fired from IBM.

    I did a lot of things to try and prevent the train-wreck I saw coming. I did an MBA. I changed positions. I worked hard.

    In the end the only way to avoid the train-wreck was to get off the train.

     

     
    • currentibmer 12:30 am on February 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry, to hear about this sad experience in a big company.
      I currently work for them and managers are not qualified.


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  • NegBox 5:20 am on June 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    The As If Principle 

    Listening to The As If Principle from Richard Wiseman. Halfway thru and my mind is completely blown. I would never buy a book with such a lame self-help guru-esque title. However this one comes from someone whose work I follow, and it is firmly grounded in science.

    My key takeaway from the book so far: We are such confused creatures; I’d say hopelessly confused. Some day trans-humans will laugh at how amazingly inept we really were, or we’ll just stumble into extinction much the same way we seem to lead our days. I’m always looking for the limits of our understanding, and now I see even clearer that we don’t understand jack shit.

    The “As If” Principle is all about the idea that out conscious minds read the state of the body (pulse, temperature, energy, posture) then add contextual information (what you see, hear, smell) and try to figure out what is going on, and that most of the time the machinery is so basic and crude that it gets everything wrong. Example: You’re jogging with someone and instead of attributing the increased heart rate and endorphins to the exercise, you think you love the person. You are asked to hold a pencil between your teeth and feel you’re happier. You pull a table towards you while looking at picture of someone and you like them more…. The list of these is endless yet the idea Richard talks about is constant: You minds alters how you feel about EVERYTHING based on what it reads from its surroundings and your body, and you have no control over it – Your conscious mind is more like a sportscaster than an actual player in this game. I don’t think Richard states it quite this way, yet that’s what I’m seeing so far.

    Here’s an extremely short RSA-Animate style excerpt about the book. Go get it now.

     

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  • NegBox 5:16 am on June 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Hypnotism 

    I’ve been wanting to write this post for some years. Ever since I heard the song “When you were young” by The Killers. Whoever wrote that song is an absolute genius of hypnotic messaging.

    Does Hypnotism work? Of course.

    Does subliminal marketing work? Of course.

    Years ago I pulled up two dozen research papers on suggestions and subliminal advertising. Back when I still had access to Elsevier and all the academic stuff. My quick summary: Amazed. Mostly amazed how this research isn’t more widely used.

    The key element of marketing – of any kind – is understanding how ideas work in the brain. Creating an effective simplified model so you know what the heck you’re doing.

    I’ll give you the two keys of my model:

    1 – The core mind only works by increasing degrees of association. To make you like ice cream, I put an image/text/idea of something you ALREADY like next to it. Net result: You like ice cream a bit more and whatever I showed you a bit less. To make you hate ice cream, I put something you already hate next to it. Net result: You like ice cream less and the thing you hate you like a tiny bit more. Picking the concepts carefully you can manipulate the ideas in your audience – pick weakly anchored ideas or just plain wrong ones and it can backfire.

    2 – The core mind does not understand negatives. This is ESSENTIAL. Saying “This doesn’t taste like ice cream” is the same as “This tastes like ice cream”. The mind will only really get “Taste Ice Cream”

    Back to the motivation of this post… Every time I hear “When you were young” by The Killers I remember I want to write about its lyrics and how they are a PERFECT example of hypnosis. The song is like a full hypnosis session crammed into three and a half minutes. Really, brilliant. Here is a table with the original lyrics on the left side and what your mind interprets when listening to the song. Really amazing. The song basically tells you to remember when you were young, the place you used to live, and imagine a boy that looks like Jesus.

    Original lyrics What your mind understands
    You sit there in your heartache
    Waiting on some beautiful boy to
    To save you from your old ways
    You play forgiveness

    Watch him now, here he come
    He doesn’t look a thing like Jesus
    But he talks like a gentleman
    Like you imagined when you were young

    Can we climb this mountain? I don’t know
    Higher now than ever before
    I know we can make it if we take it slow
    That’s takin’ easy, easy now, watch it go

    We’re burning down the highway skyline
    On the back of a hurricane that started turning
    When you were young
    When you were young

    And sometimes you close your eyes
    And see the place where you used to live
    When you were young

    They say the Devil’s water it ain’t so sweet
    You don’t have to drink right now
    But you can dip your feet
    Every once in a little while

    You sit there in your heartache
    Waiting on some beautiful boy to
    To save you from your old ways
    You play forgiveness
    Watch him now, here he come

    He doesn’t look a thing like Jesus
    But he talks like a gentleman
    Like you imagined when you were young
    (Talks like a gentleman)
    (Like you imagined when)
    When you were young

    I said he doesn’t look a thing like Jesus
    He doesn’t look a thing like Jesus
    But more than you’ll ever know

    Your heartache
    Beautiful boy
    Save you
    Play forgiveness

    Watch him now / Here comes
    He looks like Jesus
    He talks like a gentleman
    Imagine when you were young

    Climb mountain
    Higher than ever
    We can make it / Take it slow
    Takin’ Easy Easy Now Watch it go

    Burning highway skyline
    Hurricane turning
    When you were young
    When you were young

    Close your eyes
    See the place where you used to live
    When you were young

    The Devil’s water so sweet
    You drink right now
    You dip your feet
    a little while

    Your heartache
    Beautiful boy
    Save you
    play forgiveness
    Watch him now / Here he come

    Looks like Jesus
    Talks like a gentleman
    Imagine when you were young
    Talks like a gentleman
    Imagine
    When you were young

    Looks like Jesus
    Looks like Jesus
    Know (remember)

     

     

     

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  • NegBox 6:47 am on February 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    What if a future employer read your Facebook and Twitter? 

    This comic from XKCD captures my thoughts about social media and employment perfectly.

    XKCD Dreams

    Some years ago (and while having a corporate job, now its a moot point) I decided my social media was mine and mine only and everyone that thought otherwise could go fuck themselves. In practical terms this meant I never tweeted the bullshit my employers wanted me to tweet, posted what anyone wanted and when it came to Facebook my policy was simple: People I work with directly can’t be my FB friends (especially my own business unit), people I worked with in the past yes. This was a very simple rule designed to help me be a little more free in posting what I want to post without having to stop and think if I’m writing about pansies, panties and butterflies while I’m supposed to be paying attention to a “Critical recovery action plan” phone meeting – the real problem there isn’t what I’m writing as much as when I am writing it.

    What I’ve learned about the collision of social media and traditional employers can be summed up in four words: Be Yourself. Show Yourself.

    Be Yourself: Be yourself – Accept yourself. Forget everybody else. Sounds retarded, yet the moment you stop to think about what others might think, you’re at risk of being phoney and losing your identity.

    Show Yourself: You can’t read minds, so stop trying to imagine what others might think. It doesn’t matter if your hobby is collecting Barbie dolls and cross-dressing on the weekends, the only thing that EVERYBODY wants is to know a REAL person. Everybody loves real people because there are way less masks, facades and play-pretend.

    Remember: FUCK. THAT. SHIT.

     
    • simon 8:46 am on February 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      good idea on not adding people from work.. really creates unnecessary drama. i’ve seen many people post pictures of themselves smoking a bowl (facebooks owns your pics, this shit will cant be good for you at some point)


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