This Week in Links: September 8th – 14th

A little bit about Syria, a lot about my breakneck quest to find myself a paid research position. Guess what’s what!

http://www.copyblogger.com/ogilvy-secret-weapon/
An article introducing a video featuring advertising godfather David Ogilvy, talking about his “secret weapon” of advertising. Amounting to “trust results, not your instincts,” Ogilvy’s advice is sound, and the video itself gives a dose of 1970’s charm.

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2013/09/best-metros-recent-college-grads-looking-work/6676/
A useful bit of data analysis concerning employment opportunities for recent grads. The conclusion–that metro areas outside of NY and LA, such as Boston, DC, Seattle, and Silicon Valley, may actually be more promising–is valuable.

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_289563/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=ZX7Gz2Zm
AP article describing some possible new evidence in the NSA archives regarding the plane crash that killed Dag Hammarskjold. Often held as the best Secretary-General the UN has ever had, his death–under somewhat mysterious circumstances–was a tragedy to the international community.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2012/07/01/news/innovation-marketing-by-the-book-doesnt-hold-in-globalized-world/
An article covering a panel featuring a number of business school professors talking about the evolving “business wisdom.” Our world is shaped overwhelmingly by the businesses that inhabit it, and so changes in the way businesses work will change the world.

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/09/09/study-finds-students-learn-more-non-tenure-track-instructors#!
An article discussing the results of a study which suggests that non-tenure-track “adjunct” professors are actually more effective teachers than those with tenure-track research obligations. Not an entirely surprising conclusions–that someone with split responsibilities will be less effective than someone without–but it’s nice to have some data.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/arts/design/new-van-gogh-painting-discovered-in-amsterdam.html
An article telling us that a lovely Van Gogh painting, long thought to be a forgery, is real! Good news for art lovers.

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130910100819-228008844-sir-alex-ferguson-reveals-eight-secrets-of-success-in-managing-teams
A summary of a much longer Harvard Business Review article, interviewing a famous English football club owner on the secrets to his success. His advice tends towards the authoritative and away from the empathetic, but that seems to be what works.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/17/fashion/when-your-e-mail-goes-unanswered.html
A somewhat old NYT style piece about the phenomenon of people not responding to emails. The somewhat comforting conclusion is that people don’t not respond out of spite, but rather because they are overwhelmed and distractable.

http://www.smartinsights.com/email-marketing/best-time-of-day-to-send-email/
A bit of marketing research analyzing the best times of day to send various kinds of emails. The differences aren’t massive, but getting a sense of the way people’s attitudes and moods shift over the course of a typical workday is valuable.

http://blog.getresponse.com/best-time-to-send-email-infographic.html
An infographic covering similar territory, regarding the best times to send emails. A bit more colorful and easy-to-read than the previous link.

http://www.levoleague.com/articles/career-advice/how-to-get-people-to-respond-emails
(Last one, I promise!) A career-focused blog post giving advise on how to get important people to answer your emails. Written for the ambitious young professional, the advise is sensible and easy to put into practice.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/09/12/awol_congress_america_middle_east
Foreign Policy article cautioning against dovishness and advocating some military action, reminding Americans about the consequences in the middle east if Assad were to be victorious. While perhaps excessively hawkish, this article does well to remind us that there is more than morality at stake in Syria.

http://www.alternet.org/drugs/science-potheads-why-people-love-get-high
An article suggesting a link between cannabinoid receptors in the brain (the parts of our brain which react to Marijuana, but also to substances our body produces naturally) and evolution. Certainly an exciting idea, although the article supports it with little beyond enthusiastic speculation.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/openminded-man-grimly-realizes-how-much-life-hes-w,19273/?ref=auto
Just a great Onion article.

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