Apparently, this is the 500th post on the B-List blog. But if you include email-only posts that pre-dated the blog, this is the 983rd B-List post. Best wishes for a happy and safe festive season. 1. "Dear Economist: What's the best Christmas present?" <http://blogs.ft.com/undercover/2008/12/dear-economist- what%E2%80%99s-the-best-christmas-present/> "All this points to the optimal gift-giving strategy... buying small gifts and striving for emotional resonance. Look for something inexpensive, and consider supplementing it with a letter, a photo, or time spent together." 2. "Researchers explain the science behind bad gift giving" <http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2006/12/06/consumer-gifts.html> "Research on product attitude predictions suggests, and this research confirms, that familiarity with another consumer is not particularly helpful when predicting the other's product attitudes." 3. "Tips From the Potlatch, Where Giving Knows No Slump" <http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/16/science/16tierney.html?_r=1> Suggested strategies from the Kwakwaka'wakw Indians, "the world's most experienced gift-givers." 4. "The scientific guide to gift wrapping" <http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20026873.800?full=true> "Mathematicians could offer them some help because they have thought long and hard about how to pack things into the smallest possible space." 5. Wrapping up 2008 * 2008 Year-End Google Zeitgeist <http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/zeitgeist2008/> Based on "billions of search queries that people type into the Google search box." * The year according to Wikipedia <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008> 2008 is the "International Year of the Potato", among other things.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Posted by Bruno at 5:45pm