Wednesday, August 30, 2006

For my fellow marketers....

Seth Godin, who many consider to be a marketing guru, reflects on morality in marketing. Does such a thing even exist? When I was in school, admittedly not that long ago, I never considered the impact of my chosen career on the public and their behaviors and attitudes. However, I knew even then I did not have the stomach, or maybe the immorality, to market for a tobacco or pharmaceutical company. Mr. Godin does a much better job of breaking down a marketer's moral responsibility than I could. And it's definitely something all marketers should reflect on...

Monday, August 28, 2006

Finally, an answer to that burning question of why I'm not married

Some of you may have heard by now of a column that appeared on Forbes.com about marriage and career women. According to the extremely deluded misogynist, Michael Noer, men should avoid marrying career women at all costs. He states that career women make for rocky marriages and are more likely to get divorced, cheat and be unhappy about having kids, or not having kids. What classifies a career woman you ask? She must have at least a bachelor's degree, work more than 35 hours a week outside the home, and make more than $30,000 a year. Well, that would definitely put me in the category of career women. So thank you Mr. Noer for clarifying for me why I'm not married and also easing my mind about any possibility in the future. Now I can concentrate fully on my career.

My main problem with his arguments: he puts all the blame on the women. I may not be married but I know that marriage is about two people and the adaptation, change and compromise that goes along with it. Maybe career women are more likely to get divorced but that also means that they're smart enough not to stay in a situation that's not good for them. Don't worry girls, Forbes eventually posted a response to Mr. Noer's column written by one of those married career women entitled "Don't marry a lazy man" Amen!

Thoughts anyone?

Finally, an answer to that burning question of why I'm not married

Some of you may have heard by now of a column that appeared on Forbes.com about marriage and career women. According to the extremely deluded misogynist, Michael Noer, men should avoid marrying career women at all costs. He states that career women make for rocky marriages and are more likely to get divorced, cheat and be unhappy about having kids, or not having kids. What classifies a career woman you ask? She must have at least a bachelor's degree, work more than 35 hours a week outside the home, and make more than $30,000 a year. Well, that would definitely put me in the category of career women. So thank you Mr. Noer for clarifying for me why I'm not married and also easing my mind about any possibility in the future. Now I can concentrate fully on my career.

My main problem with his arguments: he puts all the blame on the women. I may not be married but I know that marriage is about two people and the adaptation, change and compromise that goes along with it. Maybe career women are more likely to get divorced but that also means that they're smart enough not to stay in a situation that's not good for them. Don't worry girls, Forbes eventually posted a response to Mr. Noer's column written by one of those married career women entitled "Don't marry a lazy man" Amen!

Thoughts anyone?

Monday, August 14, 2006

My Weekend

So I had a pretty uneventful weekend. But a couple things really stood out:

1. IKEA - This was like my 3rd or 4th time at IKEA in Frisco. And it's always crowded and I usually have to park at the far reaches of the parking lot. Well, Saturday I go to pick up some minor essentials and I spend 10 minutes driving around trying to find a parking spot in the main lot. 10 MINUTES! People were parking in the dirt lot; they were parking in the far reaches of the Dr. Pepper Park lot (the part closest to IKEA). Wow. My guess: kids going off to college and their parents all decided to go to IKEA Saturday for those dorm essentials. And let me tell you....they kept getting in my way.

2. Harry Potter book club - So as most of you know, I am a devoted JK Rowling and Harry Potter fan. I discuss some of my theories here on my blog as well as read many online. Oh, and I also keep tabs via podcasts. But I had really wanted to discuss my theories and hear other people's theories in person. So when I found a Harry Potter book club nearby I was stoked and couldn't wait for the first meeting I could attend. Let's just say, I'm not as hard core as the people in this group I met with yesterday. They didn't dress up for the meeting. But they have HP parties where costumes are required. Two of them had recently returned from a HP Fan Tour, which sounded kinda cool until I looked it up and realized it was $2300 excluding train and plain tickets!!! One girl brought two Snape dolls that she had made with her because she's obsessed with our favorite Potions master. I have no problem with people getting that into a subject like HP, I sorted myself to see what House I'd be in, maybe someday I'll get a t-shirt or something, but that hardcore devotion, it's just not me.

I'm interested in your thoughts on cult fandom like this... (also think Star Trek, Star Wars)

Friday, August 4, 2006

RELEASE DATE FOR 6TH HARRY MOVIE!!!

For all you Harry fans out there, WB has announced Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be released in theatres November 21, 2008.

Steve Kloves will return to write the screenplay. A director has yet to be announced.

Let the countdown begin!!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is slated to be released in theatres July 13, 2007.

Thursday, August 3, 2006

Jo answers HP questions

At the second of two charity readings she has participated in New York, JK Rowling answered some BIG questions for audience members last night. Here's the report I found:

- Other than Harry, Jo would most want to bring Hagrid into the real world.
- There's more to Aunt Petunia than meets the eye, and we'll find out what's unique about her in Book 7.
- Don't expect Dumbledore to pull a Gandalf.- Dumbledore IS really dead. "Everyone needs to move through the five stages of grief" and get past his death. She also apologizes to DumbledoreIsNotDead.com for ruining the purpose of their site.
- Jo's future after Potter includes taking a long break from writing. She also plans to release a young children's book (currently half-written) that is shorter than any Potter novel.
- The librarians in the Potter novels have to be evil, otherwise the students would have nice librarians to help them find all the information they need. "Hermione wouldn't have to do any work!"
- Author Salman Rushdie came up with his son to ask, after a detailed theory, if Snape is good or bad. Jo replied that "your opinion was correct." Rushdie's opinion, unfortunately, was hard to follow.
- After being asked if there was one question fans should have asked by now but haven't, Jo couldn't reference any question in particular.
- While taking a shower before the reading today, Jo said that she had come up with a different title for book seven that would work better than her current title. No word on which title will be used, though.
- Stephen King said he was scared of Death Eaters, to which Jo replied, "I scared Stephen King."
- Moderator Soledad O'Brien asked the three authors who from their books they'd invite to dinner. Stephen immediately said he'd invite Harry and Hermione.
- While Jo is listing the characters who she'd invite to dinner, she names the trio but then pauses. The crowd begins to shout out other characters, but Jo responds, "I'm the only one who knows who lives through the series," accidentally implying that she could only list characters who make it through the final book. Her final two choices (after realizing what she said) were Dumbledore and Hagrid.

I hate to say I told you so to those people out there who earnestly believed Dumbledore was still alive, but Jo herself told us that Avada Kedavra is unblockable and magic can't bring people back from the dead. It is a hard truth to swallow but accept it we must. Especially considering how likely it is that we'll lose Harry in the last book. As we get closer to finding out, I'm becoming more convinced that he won't survive. I guess I'm just preparing myself for the worst.

One last note: for those Harry/Hermione shippers out there: it's not in the cards. During one of the Q&A sessions in New York, Jo reportedly said it is Ron who will win Hermione's heart in Book 7. On a slightly personal perspective: Yay for Ron & Hermione!

For a more in-depth report of the charity readings.