Motorola, Google’s Blind Spot

Was Motorola a big blunder for Google? Two years ago Google acquired Motorola for $12.5 billion, and has just announced an agreement to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. The original acquisition of Motorola has proved to be a heavy financial loss for Google, but a steal on Lenovo’s part.

What was Google thinking? The company originally expressed interest in Motorola because they wanted the security of Motorola patents in order to stand up to Apple and Microsoft in court cases. In Microsoft v. Motorola, the original lawsuit was valued at $4 billion, but ultimately the case closed with Microsoft paying $1.7 million annually. At that rate it would take 3,235 years for the lawsuit to reach the original predicted valuation. Additionally, Motorola’s sales began to drop drastically over the two years.

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Faheem Rasheed Najm.  Now that’s not a name many people would recognize, even though he has had quite the prominent presence in pop culture for the past decade.  The name of his people will recognize?  T-Pain.  Since starting his career over 10 years ago as a rapper and singer, T-Pain has released four albums and

Eminem’s Monster

Whether you love him or you hate him, one cannot ignore Eminem’s success and lyrical expertise. Since hitting stardom in the late ‘90s, Eminem’s continual success can now be neurologically explained thanks to a group of researchers.

The answer lies in one of his latest hits.

According to psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, the brains of creative geniuses and people with schizophrenia are much too similar to shrug it off as coincidence.

Is Eminem a creative genius?

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Guess so.

Is he schizophrenic or bipolar? According to Eminem and those who study his music, there are two sides to him:

1. Marshall Mathers: the kid from a broken home, abandoned by his father, neglected by his mother, and misunderstood as an artist who is constantly discriminated against.

2. Slim Shady: a demented, psychotic freak who never apologizes for his views on the world.

Both sides can easily be seen through his lyrics.

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CATEminem is a creative genius with problematic psychological tendencies. According to Kaufman, creative geniuses and people with schizophrenia both have extremely active precuneus, the area that facilitates daydreaming and free association (making stuff up, basically). The only difference is that unlike people with psychological problems, creative geniuses can distinguish between fantasy and reality.

 

According to interviews and data collected from people with bipolar disorder, the biggest struggle is the anguish the disorder causes, but there is the
silver lining of the euphoric highs it also brings, along with the boosts of confidence and the creativity it sometimes sparks. Kaufman states that it is Lyricsa great myth that creative geniuses are always consistently geniuses, which supports the before claims by people with a bipolar disorder and Eminem’s lyrics.

Many of Eminem’s “flops” or failed projects only back-up the claim of him being a creative genius. Comparing him to another creative genius, Thomas Edison, we see that most of his [Edison’s] stuff is bad. Many even say he had some of the worst ideas of the time; he just managed to get it together for a few things. Through these few things, just like Eminem, Edison was able to show his more advanced cognitive skills. According to Heather Berlin, a partner researcher of Kaufman, Eminem probably has more advanced connections in his brain (despite the psychological problems) in terms of his language areas. This is easily seen in his new song, Rap God, where he slips 100 words into 20 seconds (Guinness World Record for most words in a hit single) averaging more than four words a second. Furthermore, both researchers would predict that his area of the brain that filters curse words might be smaller than average. This, though, can also be attributed to a bipolar disorder since Eminem does not use curse words around kids; hence, he has control on when and how to give in to Slim Shady, the “bad” side of him.

Last, these psychologists have also found a decreased rate of fired neurons in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which has to do with your sense of self, within creative people. This means that “The Monster” inside Eminem’s head may be more real to him than it is to us.

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Without this Monster, Eminem would not be the creative genius that he is. If he was to entertain his creative side more, as he did in 2009 with his album “Relapse,” which is filled with unsettling and to a point disturbing songs, he would become [more] schizophrenic and a [more] permanent Slim Shady. If he were not to delve into his creative side as much, the result is his 2010 album “Recovery,” which is filled with songs of redemption.

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Only when Eminem balances his two personas does his creative genius skyrocket as it did when he won an Oscar, sold over 100M albums worldwide, and received the praise of everyone from Dr. Dre to Elton John.

Eminem would not be Eminem if it were not for The Monster.

Jack Ma: “Stop Complaining, You Can Find Opportunities”

  Jack Ma is the founder of the world-renowned global wholesale trade online platform called Alibaba. In this video, Jack clearly identifies the simple observation that many people in life overlook, because they are too busy complaining and in their own silos: That the majority of people in life are unwilling to change and always

A Narrow Focus in College Could Backfire

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Peter Cappelli of The Wall Street Journal investigates how the job market has changed over time for college graduates. While the end goal for students and their parents has always been securing a job, Capelli argues that the path to this goal is ever-changing. Capelli asserts that many students are pressured to choose a career path prematurely due to the high costs of college and setbacks that come from changing majors. As in the tech bust of the early 2000’s, many students who believe that they are in a “hot” degree program may actually struggle to secure a job if the market shifts. Cappelli stresses the importance of evaluating the entire package of college in order to make decisions that most benefit the student and simultaneously generate the most aptitude to finding a job. For instance, not everyone may be cut out for a specialized degree, and despite the negative stimulus associated with liberal arts degrees, a practical degree which involves education in multiple areas may actually give the student the most options out of college. This is especially important since the job market is unpredictable. Further, most employers will value previous work experience over pure academic involvement. Thus, general aptitude may be more important than specialization.

Is Debt a Choice in America?

debt Outlaw investigates the possibility of the average American living debt free in today’s economy. Through use of figures published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the author breaks down the cost of affording the bare necessities in America: namely transportation, food, clothing, internet, gas, electricity, taxes, and insurance.  From the Bureau’s estimation of an average yearly income of $42,693 per person, after subtracting these necessities the average American is afforded $15/day ($5,500/year) of savings.  The author comes to this conclusion using “fair” estimates by rounding down yearly costs. He assumes a frugal citizen would make such attempts to save. Is $15 per day sufficient enough to escape debt in America?