The title of this post sounds like a great name for a children’s book, unfortunately the story behind this title is less jovial. The web is running wild with hate for Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist who is now infamous for killing Cecil, a protected lion in a Zimbabwe nature preserve. I have to start my opinion on these proceedings by stating that I love wildlife, I am a huge wildlife advocate, and I have previously stated my displeasure with the safety or lack of safety in many nature preserves. With that said, I think everybody is essentially missing the point when it comes to this anger being pointed at this individual. The dentist did wrong, that much is true, it was incredibly stupid for him to take a trip to another country just to spend such an exorbitant amount of money on killing a majestic and protected lion, but the biggest issue is the fact that there is a market for this type of foolish behavior in the world. Death threats against a dentist will not change the system, and to be honest threatening to kill a human being is a bit excessive no matter how upset you are by their actions. I think what it comes down to these days is “fad outrage,” bloggers and social media users seem to be scouring the web for topics to be upset about, regardless of how they actually feel about the issue. I am confident that Dr. Palmer will face prosecution for his idiotic and selfish crime, but until that happens, I would love to see more Americans focus on the problems we still face as a country in hopes of finding some solutions.
Rebranding is a method by which companies and people rewrite their future by changing their name or focus, and essentially erasing sections of their history. Rebranding is a marketing tactic used generally by a person or company that has failed or done something reprehensible. Major corporations are the groups that usually rebrand as their customer base is important, and it is paramount that the customers view these brands favorably. Not all rebranding is a result of negative feedback though, some rebranding is done for simplicity or better name recognition. Many famous brands such as Google, Snickers, and Pepsi, rebranded at some point, and now it would be absurd to refer to these famous products by any other name. I like to view rebranding as a company taking steps to reconnect with their customer base in a way that leads the customer to feel as though they have actually grown with the company, since it technically has only existed for a short time to the customer. Rebranding is not only used by brands and companies, recent trends have shown that public figures often rebrand themselves to shed an image. Two famous examples of rebranding done by public figures can be seen in the case of singer, Miley Cyrus, and basketball player, Metta World Peace. Miley Cyrus decided to rebrand herself as a raunchy act, dropping the wholesome country girl role she had built for herself throughout life, while Ron Artest wanted to show he was a more amiable man as he became Metta World Peace. Both of these public figures made a change in order to rewrite their history, and while it seems to be an impossibility in the Internet age, both cases have worked out almost exactly as the individuals planned, with the public all but forgetting who they used to be. Rebranding is a vital tool in any public interaction, and while it may not save a failing business, it can effectively change a brand’s history when used wisely and strategically.
Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t
Jerry rice is considered by many to be the greatest wide receiver of all time, and while many may look at him and see a man of pure talent, he had to work very hard to reach his goals. Jerry Rice is the NFL record holder for receptions, and in his storied career he has taken home just about every accolade possible at his position. The key to Rice’s greatness was not just his talent, but also his persistence and drive to never be caught in complacency. I’m sure Rice could have stopped playing football years before he actually retired, and still had a hall of fame career, but for Jerry he was dead set on excelling at the game he loved, and worked hard at it until he could no longer physically play. This quote by Rice perfectly encompasses his uncanny drive and it can be seen as the theme of his career. Jerry Rice believed that hard work trumps talent, and where there is already talent, hard work bolsters it. This quote can be seen as a lesson to anyone trying to perfect a craft, if you actually want to succeed you have to work at it, and if you want to be the best you must work harder than anyone else ever did. The career of Jerry Rice is more than just historic, it is a living testament to the fruits of hard work. The work one puts into perfecting a task will not be seen by everyone, but as long as you work harder than everyone else does, you will succeed like nobody else ever did.
This year’s MLB trade deadline looks to be the most exciting in years. I can honestly say that I have never been more interested in the possibilities with regards to the names of players being thrown around. This year, we have already seen big name allstars such as Johnny Cueto and Troy Tulowitzki shipped off, with more of the biggest names in the sport commonly being spoken of in trade talks. I have followed baseball for years, and while big names have been traded before, this year seems to be the first in which multiple former contenders are looking to unload their longtime franchise centerpieces. The New York Mets, a team that has high expectations and great pitching this season, are currently hurting for a strong bat to place in their lineup, and recent rumors have stated the possibility of the team trading ace pitcher Matt Harvey for another big name player. Harvey is the heart of the franchise when it comes to popularity and productivity, and no matter how great the return is on the trade, the Mets will most certainly lose the respect of many fans by letting him go. Another great player being regularly mentioned in rumors is Dodgers centerfielder, Yasiel Puig, and while many may think it insane to trade such a young and talented commodity, the Dodgers have shown the ability to quickly call up strong talent from the minors to replace fan favorites. There are many more “sellers” than “buyers” at this year’s MLB trade deadline and while rumors are not always the most legitimate of sources, the trades we have seen already show that no player is safe, and that this last week before trades cease will be a rollercoaster for many players and franchises.
Today, I started a new job in the city, and while I am still somewhat convinced that I will not end up living in New York for long, the city always seems to have a way of keeping me around. It has been a while since I worked in Manhattan, and now my days of driving and enjoying the relative serenity of the Bronx are going to be limited to weekends. Whenever you start something new there are obvious apprehensions, but with time and patience things can quickly become the usual, and that is the great thing about adaptation. Adaptation is the ability to get acclimated to a new situation in such a way that the stresses that were once problems are now handled with ease. I understand that it is difficult to get used to a new home or job, but when you consider the fact that humans are not the only creatures that go through active adaptation, it makes the whole process seem less difficult. One of the most common examples of adaptation in the wild can be seen in many forms of plants. Most plants grow towards the sun in order to increase their light intake, this usually involves bending and stretching to a location with better coverage, a tactic plants in brighter circumstances wouldn’t need to employ. Adaptation is not exactly a necessary trait in humans, but in order to survive a difficult situation it must be part of a persons working repertoire. Right now, it may seem like I have less time to blog daily, but I’m sure that I will be able to adapt to my new schedule shortly and get back on a pace in which I am better accustomed.
I found myself watching a UFC fight last night, and while I have never been a fan of the sport, I was struck by just how brutal it really is. UFC stands for ultimate fighting championship and it can be likened to extreme kickboxing. In this sport, the athletes battle it out literally, it is miraculous that more fighters are not seriously injured with the beatings that are given. UFC and mixed martial arts in general are sports that have many proponents, but with the studies that have shown the effects of concussions long term, I just don’t think these sports can survive very long. In the match I watched yesterday, one contender pummeled the face of his opponent for what seemed to be an eternity before the referee decided to call the match. I know that these referees are well trained professionals, but I think situations like the end of last night’s bout show that they probably need a more uniformed method of determining when enough is enough. I am not an MMA “hater,” so I would never be a fan of abolishing the sport, but I do think with a little more regulation it can be safe enough to survive for decades.
Craigslist can actually be a great place to buy things from time to time. Over the past few years I have used this website to sell old electronics and purchase random items. I have rarely had any issues with using this website. The thing about successfully purchasing anything on craigslist is knowing what you want to buy and doing your research about the product. There are hundreds of people trying to pawn off their busted cars and computers on unsuspecting buyers, but if you know where to look, you can really find hidden and affordable gems. Craigslist is a site where people can sign up to buy and sell almost anything, I have personally purchased and sold computers, games, and cell phones on this site since it is fast and easy to complete a sale, but things can be dangerous. There have been recent stories of muggings and even murders connected to Craigslist, but with a few wise safety measures, all of these cases could have been avoided. The safest way to make a transaction via Craigslist is to only meet in a safe, heavily populated area. It also helps to bring a friend or a mode of transportation so you can quickly leave if necessary. Every posting and person on Craigslist isn’t legit, so it pays to make sure you are safe and not being cheated. It takes time to find a real posting on Craigslist, but if you are looking to buy something rare or for a low price, and you know how to distinguish a real seller from a fraudster, then you will definitely be happy using this site.
I have always been an animal lover, and I have generally been intrigued by the plight of endangered and threatened species. It bothers me to think that there are entire populations of animals being destroyed before the general public gets a chance to see them in person. I understand that there are many conservationist groups doing all they can to keep these animals alive, but as long as these creatures are being hunted and ousted from their natural habitats, there is little chance they will exist 10 years down the line. The biggest problem conservationists have with protecting rare species is the fact that these animals are usually heavily desired on the black market. It is unfortunate that hunters and poachers fail to realize that they are doing irreparable damage to the planet, and completely depleting their own source of income. What it comes down to is greed, the people who want these animals hanging on their mantels are depriving the world of a species in the name of owning a trophy. In my opinion, the best way to save endangered species is to make a truly enclosed artificial habitat for them. I understand that the captivity of a zoo is not ideal, but nature preserves are not as secure as the could be, so the only way to actually keep these animals safe is to simulate the wild. It may take years to figure out the best way to keep endangered animals safe, hopefully with new methods being formed daily, these animals will be able to last until a more permanent fix is in place.
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
It is regularly said that nobody knows what tomorrow holds, and it is true that tomorrow is not promised, but we still live each day with the blissful ignorance to what may come next. This quote addresses the notion that The author would still go on with life even if he knew the fate of the planet was set in stone. Often times people are given bad news, and instead of trying to solve a problem they fall apart, but this quote is about staying grounded no matter what tomorrow may bring. Things can fall apart from day to day, but if and when things are put back together what is left from yesterday to enjoy? In this quote, Luther was talking about keeping things in perspective, no matter what tomorrow holds. I equate his planting an apple tree statement to any menial task that can be done on a day to day basis. I certainly wouldn’t be thinking of planting a tree or putting money away for savings when I know the world is ending, but in the chance that the world is still standing the next day, I would be glad I finished those tasks. The most basic theme to this quote is to live today, and prepare for tomorrow, it doesn’t hurt to have an extra apple tree.
Today, I had an interview with a growing startup company in New York, and since this was not my first interview with a startup, I was able to noticed great similarities in how these companies operate. Everyone is aware of the Internet beast that is Google, and how they treat their employees, but many are unaware of just how many companies try to emulate the “culture” of Google. In a startup company, culture is everything, and that basically starts with who you are. These companies are looking to hire people who they can be friends with outside of work, as well as people who will work well with the team. Aside from culture, history is a big part of getting to know a startup, the employees of these companies have usually grown within the company and watched the company grow. Whenever I asked an interviewer about their time with the company and its changes, they seemed to answer the question with the same vigor and affection one would use when describing their childhood puppy. It is easy to see that the employees of these companies love where they work, and they are intent on making sure everyone who walks into those doors will fit into the family that they have become. I am confident that I did well in the interview, but for those who may have an upcoming interview with a startup, I will leave a few nuggets of advice. The first thing needed to ace an interview is to do your research, this should be a given with any interview, but delve a bit deeper with startup research. The HR managers are looking for someone who fits, and is capable of loving the company as much as they do, so the new hire should at least care enough to check out the company blog. The next bit of advice goes along with researching the company, and it can go a long way in your ability to nail the job, that is to know how to dress for the interview. The best advice I can give is to ask the recruiter or hiring contact what you should wear, there is really no shame in doing so, and you will usually be told to go with a corporate casual or casual look. I understand that common procedure dictates wearing a nice suit or business attire, but many managers may give negative marks for not knowing the culture of the company, purely based on clothing. The best and final advice I can give anyone applying for a startup job is to be yourself. As long as you are genuine and excited to be part of what a company is building, they will generally be glad to allow you to join their work family.