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September 2009

Halloween Survey: Would You Play Host to a Ghost?

September 29, 2009  

The New York Post “Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost” As covered recently in The New York Post, more than one in 10 renters (11%) say they’ve rented a home inhabited by a ghost. While sharing space with a specter sounds scary, it’s no worse than looking f …

Kids Poll: Hoops More Likely Than Honor Roll

September 29, 2009  

Have you wept for the future yet today? No? Then read this: AMERICAN KIDS THINK THEY’RE MORE LIKELY TO BECOME FAMOUS THAN TO USE MATH AS ADULTS. A study that Wakefield conducted on behalf of Nintendo’s Personal Trainer: Math found that more than one in five (21%) …

Too Timid for Touchdowns?

September 28, 2009  

Like most professional sports, football is a game that produces a plethora of statistics.  For example, there is a quarterback’s passer rating, as well as this stat that tracks how many yards every receiver gains after catching a pass. However, the National Football Le …

Supermarket Sweep

September 25, 2009  

Price cuts are in the news.  The Washington Post says that supermarket prices are falling, and price cuts for popular video game systems such as Nintendo’s Wii are above-the-fold news fodder this month. Price cutting is a tactic that nearly every brand from canned corn …

The H1N1 Vaccine: Who Receives Priority?

September 22, 2009  

The federal government has issued these guidelines for who should be “first in line” to receive vaccinations for H1N1 influenza, also known as swine flu. But a George Mason University researcher is questioning the priority status that has been given to certain dem …

Reading, ‘Riting and Recession

September 21, 2009  

Children are back in school and feeling care-free, leaving their parents to stress over the tough decisions they face coping with a job loss or other effects of this recession. If only that image were true. Actually, the kids who re-entered k-12 schools in August and early Se …

Drawing the Line on Videogame Realism – A Humorous Take on This

September 18, 2009  

The Onion recently featured a humorous satire – World of World of Warcraft – which allows gamers to play an RPG videogame of a videogamer playing a video game. The clip is good for a laugh – no doubt.  But it also touches on an interesting trend regarding g …

A Recession That’s Surprising the Experts

September 17, 2009  

In a typical U.S. recession, those who hold onto their jobs experience virtually no wage growth. And some of them even suffer wage cuts. But the stats show that this recession is doing a dance of its own. According to the N.Y. Times: Last winter, stories of companies cutting …

Will Technology Replace Teachers?

September 16, 2009  

The LA Times recently wrote about the University of Houston’s program offering credit for a P.E. class based on Nintendo’s Wii Fit.  No doubt some parents are concerned that their tuition dollars are going to video gaming. The New York Times published a piece tod …

They Really Want Aunt Martha as a Customer

September 15, 2009  

The Wall Street Journal is calling it the “next frontier in retail.” And the “it” is a training program run by Kimberly-Clark Corp. to help retailers understand how senior citizens navigate their shelves, displays and aisles — and how they someti …