Interested in organizing your life story? There’s an app for that, called Memoir:
“More of our lives is being automatically recorded,” said Lee Hoffman, one of the company’s founders. “But it goes into a box and you never look at it.”
The box Mr. Hoffman is referring to is a smartphone, which often has hundreds, if not thousands, of photographs of friends, events, parties, particularly memorable meals or outings, plus data about where the photos were taken. That box also has a calendar and data from services like Foursquare and contacts, meaning it also has the potential to start assembling a smart scrapbook of a person’s life.
The app claims the ability to associate your photos with events from your calendar and with entries from social sites to create a scrapbook of your life.
This article gives a link for downloading the app. Do you think you’ll try it? As much as I love my smartphone, I’m still a little concerned about entrusting my personal data to yet another spot on the internet.
If two’s company, then three’s a charm, at least when it comes to mythic female characters. Whenever three magical madams appear in stories, you can bet some large, profound change is about to take place. They show up in tales regularly, most recently in the latest trailer for the new season of American Horror Story. . . . But the imagery it draws from is not new. In fact, the archetype of three magical females has been time-tested and audience approved for thousands of years. Triple goddesses and witchy trios have been with us at since the days of ancient mythology, and have risen to the top of the archetypal pot many times over throughout history.
Pamela J. Grossman examines the archetypal three sisters, from ancient Greek mythology through Shakespeare and up to current writers, particularly Neil Gaiman.
This article examines the introvert-extrovert dichotomy and discovers that most people exhibit characteristics of both personality types.
One particularly salient point is that introverts are not necessarily shy. Many introverts interact very well with other people; they just need more solitude to recharge after social interaction. Here’s another interesting finding:
A comprehensive meta-analysis of 35 different studies of nearly 4, 000 salespersons combined with a recent study by Adam Grant of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Management reports the difference between introverts and extroverts in a sales force is almost indistinguishable, with extroverts having a slight edge. The determining factor was sales performance with introverts generating sales revenue at a rate of $125 hourly and introverts $120.
“Demand creation” isn’t new, but it’s the only game left for innovators and entrepreneurs. While billions of people still dream of toileting indoors, Americans flush with rage when Netflix sputters between Sunday naps. So businesses must tap into the complex psychology of the first world’s hunger for happiness.
Forbes contributor Steve Faktor offers his “list of the top ten triumphs of demand generation, the tactics they used, and the psychology of why they worked.”
You may be surprised by some of the items on his list. I certainly was, particularly monster cable and organic food.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s collection of folktales contains some of the best-known children’s characters in literary history, from Snow White and Rapunzel to Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. Yet the brothers originally filled their book, which became known as “Grimm’s Fairy Tales,” with gruesome scenes that wouldn’t be out of place in an R-rated movie. The Grimms never even set out to entertain kids. The first edition of “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” was scholarly in tone, with many footnotes and no illustrations. Only later, as children became their main audience, did they take out some of the more adult content. Their stories were then further sanitized as they were adapted by Walt Disney and others. As the 150th anniversary of Jacob’s death approaches—he passed away on September 20, 1863, about four years after Wilhelm—check out some of the surprisingly dark themes that appear in the Grimms’ work.
In honor of today’s anniversary of Jacob Grimm’s death, History Channel looks at some of the darker themes of traditional fairy tales that have been edited out of our picture book and Disney film versions. These tales originated as ways of teaching people about some of the darkest regions of their human nature.