3 Things 4th Sunday Edition

Welcome to the fourth edition of The Three Things, brought to you by Michael Schechter, Howie Goldfarb, and me. What do you think of this series so far? Do you like it? Are you getting new and different content you wouldn’t otherwise see/listen to/read? Let us know in the comments!
I Would Love On You – The Radiolab Blog  

Michael on Love. As a cynical and jaded S.O.B., I was really looking forward to exercising a healthy dose of judgement on the first ever “Love Competition.” The competition/experiment placed seven strangers (well there’s one couple) in an MRI unit for five minutes each to see who could “love the hardest.” What started out as a good excuse to generally mock the feelings of others quickly became a genuine interest in who would win. Frankly, I’m worried I’m losing my jaded edge. Regardless, take 15 minutes to watch this. While I refuse to spoil it, I think you’ll appreciate the outcome. And I dare you to tell me the 10 year old “contestant” isn’t the sweetest kid ever… oh dear… what’s happening to me?!?


Sesame Street and Child Development  

Howie on Children. Until a little more than a year ago, I was an old man who lived carefree enjoying other people’s kids. I didn’t have to deal with a toddler pooping in her bath or spitting chewed carrots on the couch. Now I have a 16 month old and we read to her a lot. She can point to a lot of things and she doesn’t learn by watching television. This article in interesting in that it states children under the age of two should have zero television watching minutes. But what is most disturbing is companies create child development video content for six to 18 month olds. Sitting in front of a screen doing nothing retards development. Crawling and putting dirt or berries in your mouth when no one is looking….that is development. As for Sesame Street….I think we’ll keep reading to her.  

A Home at the End of Google Earth  

Gini on Technology. This story is in the November issue of Vanity Fair (with Daniel Craig on the cover). In true VF fashion, it’s a very well-written, in-depth (long) article about a young man who was separated from his family when he was five years old. He was with his brother in India playing near a train station when he took a nap while his brother went exploring. When he awoke, his brother wasn’t there. A train had just pulled in to the station so he hopped on, thinking he’d find his brother there. After back and forth trips – including in and out of Calcutta several times – trying to find the train station where he started so he could get back home, he was found by a man who took him to an orphanage where he was later adopted by an Australian couple. The story, though, only begins there. When he’s 24 years old, he uses Google Earth for many nights to see if he can find his home. It’s a pretty incredible story of how technology is enabling us to do things never before possible. If you have a story, podcast, or video you think we shouldn’t miss, leave it in the comments!

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About chiefalien

Howie Goldfarb with 20 years of Sales and Marketing experience founded Blue Star Strategic Marketing in central Vermont to serve as the objective and strategic adviser of brands to help them grow and thrive. His Degree in Finance and 14 years of B2B sales to Fortune 500 companies gives him a CFO’s view of marketing. Thus bringing a dose of reality to the confusing world of jargon, spin, and hype. Also playfully known as the Chief Alien of Blue Star Strategic, Howie relishes his role as an industry outsider. A native New Yorker and former Angelino, he currently lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont and is still seeking his first moose sighting. His passions are living life, art, music, the outdoors, he tries to cook and loves the Vermont Fresh Network – local sustainability initiatives like farm to table and buying local.
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