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August 07, 2005

Carnival of the Capitalists

Welcome to this week's Carnival, sponsored by MarketingLinx, the best marketing site on the web, as determined by you. Contribute a link today to get your reward!

This week's contributions were fantastic. Hosting really is a different experience from reading, and I'd highly recommend it to regular readers. I haven't included any of my own postings this week, but feel free to look around.

Some of you may have received multiple pings while I was building the posting, and I apologize for any inconvenience. And so, without further ado, on to the Fair:
Editor's Choice
  • Sportsbiz thinks that Nike may be hearing footsteps, as Adidas buys Reebok.
  • Kathy Hutchins at the Reform Club comments on the economics of Pfizer, er, Willy Wonka and his Chocolate Factory.
  • Soccer Dad notes another failed attempt to repeal the laws of supply and demand.
  • Political Calculations has some eye-popping historical charts for the S&P 500, and links to more like it.
  • Photon Courier has a great customer service story, and some ideas on how more companies can encourage this sort of thing.
  • Will Pate offers a reminder to keep an open mind about new experiences,
  • while Big Picture, Small Office warns against creeping, or in this case, stampeding complacency.
  • The Big Picture looks back on last year's holiday tech purchases, and draws some conclusions.
  • Crossroad Dispatches doesn't read blogs for news, but for ideas. That right there is a pretty good idea.
  • Roth & Company has some very useful news about some SEC rules changes regarding insider options.
Corporate Strategy
  • Techtrader doesn't like the way Macrovision's going, and thinks maybe it's time for two divisions to go their separate ways.
  • BusinessWorks has some critical questions for would-be entrepreneurs. We've all forgotten about them at some point.
Personal Finance
  • Monty Loree wants people to make up their minds about how rich they really want to be.
  • Free Money Finance suggests that maybe having the latest designer pet won't help you get rich.
  • Multiple Mentality considers spending - even inconspicuous consumption - as the SOMA of our age.
  • In Cash Flow We Trust explains that frugal doesn't mean cheap, and it may keep you out of purgatory.
  • Sound Money Tips shows that money management isn't just for adults.
  • All Things Financial shows you how much you'll need for college - assuming that Soccer Dad is right.
  • Smart Money Daily examines the application of retail markets to help solve environmental problems,
  • and Half Sigma has related thoughts on conservation and recycling.
  • Interim Thoughts welcomes medical tourists to India. You don't see so much of that in China, yet...
  • Econbrowser has some critical words for the way the Conference Board is handling the yield curve.
  • Speaking of economies, WILLisms has a bar graph that should send Euro-boosters scurrying for the bar.
Finance & Investing
  • Consumerism Commentary thinks that the Golden Ratio may be a useful technical analysis tool.
  • Real Returns claims that large companies are sufficiently diversified so that top-heavy large-cap indices don't bother him.
  • This could also go under economics, but the Scrivener thinks that now may be the time to bet against oil.
  • Steve Pavlina finds that motivational tapes really do help manage your own emotional state, and make you more productive, too.
  • Gautam Ghosh offers some pointers on how to make training last beyond the post-classroom drinks.
  • Ales Rarus finds himself reluctantly defending WalMart from unfair accusations.
  • Chief Skipper lets leaders know that it's ok to be a little lonely, but they have to know how to handle it.
  • Talking Story has some very sound advice for leaders on how to grow more leaders. Maybe you'll be less lonely that way.
  • Interested-Participant is unconvinced by a Tulane study showing that women who flirt at work are only hurting themselves.
  • Wordlab tells you what Maybach is and why they named their new product the Fulda Maybach Exelero.
  • Strategic Marketing Montreal tells a story of harnessing the Internet to help debug his blog.
  • Drakeview tells marketers and retailers to brace for the Gen-Y onslaught.
  • The Egoist notes that video games are starting to branch out from Grand Theft Auto. I personally thought the
  • ad for that game in the Chassidic section of Brooklyn wasn't the best-targeted placement.
  • The Skwib lampoons some ads that were more than just poorly-placed.
  • Marketing eYe, whose blog includes a fine subscription form, instructs on how best to market through newsletters.
  • Worker Bees Blog has some post-Blogher ideas, and warns that networking and connections build traffic as much as good writing does. (Hey, why do you think I'm hosting this thing?)
  • Lip-Sticking offers some post-Blogher inspiration as well, valuable for all bloggers.
  • Blog Business World has a terrific FAQ about business blogging for non-bloggers, and those who want to get started.
  • Ripples... discusses how his traffic has benefitted from placing Blogads.
  • Gongol looks at Federal Government ROI, and thinks maybe we could be putting our money someplace better.
  • Warren Meyer of Coyote Blog wants to know why privacy rights seem contained to abortion, and wants them expanded.
  • Elie Rosenfeld would like a little more honesty from PBS (and who among us wouldn't?), this time concerning their fundraising.
  • Chocolate and Gold Coins wants to cut to the chase and allow local phone competition, already.
  • The Enterprise System Speculator follows more cases of SOX compliance run completely amok, and makes a plea for common sense.
  • Mover Mike names a few companies that could be hurt if the mainline churches continue to divest from Israel.
  • Health Business Blog's blood pressure is up over conflicts of interest in both the Journal and Sociey of Hypertension.
  • Catallarchy explores polygamy. Not personally, mind you, just theoretically.
Thanks to everyone who participated, and tune in next week at Weekend Pundit. (Elitch Gardens pictures courtesy of Elitch Gardens History.) Posted by joshuasharf at August 7, 2005 11:59 PM | TrackBack

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