Results tagged “Lessons” from Joe Lavin's Humor Column

General (Election) Lessons

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A few lessons I've learned from the campaign, while trying to figure out if the poll released five minutes ago is more of a "game changer" than the poll released ten minutes ago...

Always make sure to cash in before the election is over.

I know it's a big controversy, but I don't have a problem with Sarah Palin spending $150,000 on clothes. I figure it's just campaign money. Either they use it to cut another commercial on how horrible Obama is, or they can dress the Governor in some fancy clothes. That may be the closest we'll get to positive campaigning.

Primary Lessons

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Over the past sixteen months of the presidential campaign, I have learned many things. For example, I know that Barack Obama doesn't like to wear a flag lapel pin and that Hillary Clinton tends to get misty-eyed in diners. There was also something about universal health care and the war in Iraq, but don't quote me on that. Here are a few other things I have learned.

Lessons from Neuromarketing

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To be honest, the only time I usually read about an MRI is when some famous athlete gets one done. But now, similar technology is being used in marketing. Many marketers and researchers are using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the brains of people to see how they think when they are watching advertising or making a purchase. There are many lessons one can learn from such experiments. Don't worry. As a liberal arts major, I haven't learned most of them, but here are a few I did pick up.

The 20 Nights of Bond

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What I Learned from the Ultimate James Bond Marathon

(A shorter version of this originally appeared in The Boston Globe)

As Daniel Craig prepares for his debut as the latest James Bond in "Casino Royale," here are a few tips from previous Bonds on how to live in the surreal world of 007.


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