Welcome back. The five links that you’ll be reading today involve a principle from psychology called anchoring, scammers in the internet marketing world, the Affordable Care Act, CrossFit, and a life hack.
I’m starting out with another TED talk by Dan Ariely. His talk is about something called anchoring. To summarize it as quickly as possibly, basically everything is relative. You don’t know what a good deal is until you have another price to weigh against. Something you should keep in mind the next time you are making a big purchase.
A rather long article on The Verge about how some online marketers (alright, I’ll go as far to as a lot or most marketers) do business. The main reason I am sharing this is because it made me think about my plans for the somewhat near future and it makes me rethink some of the advice that I’ve been taking in for the better part of three years. I think most of the people that I follow offer solid advice and come from legitimate businesses, but this article still threw out some giant red flags; most notably, the idea of building a syndicate).
I hate that I linked to an article that refers to the The Affordable Act as “Obamacare,” but it offers some information that’s worth reading. Sam Dogen’s bias is coming through a bit on the “Look on the bright side” headline, but it’s comforting to see that other people have faith in “the market.”
I jumped on Ventrillo on Sunday night to play League of Legends with a few of my friends and one of the first things I heard was, “Hey Docken, have you heard of rhabdo?” I was fairly shocked after doing some “research” (read as: Wikipedia) and a quick Google search, The most shocking part of the article that I linked to is that CrossFit not only acknowledges it, some of the members actually take pride in it.
I loved this life hack when I heard about it on The Fizzle Show. The jist is that you are following up on a discussion, turn it into a statement. “I will do X unless I hear differently.” It makes the assumption that what you’re doing is correct and you aren’t stuck waiting for a response from everyone in the room. It reminds me of the more efficient way of asking “Is everyone ready?” You should really be asking, “Is anyone not ready?”
That’s my five links for today. I won’t have any posts for the rest of the week as I’ll be out of town for a friend’s wedding in Duluth, Minnesota. Have a good rest of the week and don’t miss me too much.