Monday, April 25, 2011

Monday comin' 'round...

Happy Monday, one and all! Here are some comings and goings:

- Two stars of The Godfather trilogy have birthdays today. Let's give a shout-out to Al Pacino (Michael Corleone), turning 71, and Talia Shire (Connie Corleone Rizzi), who is 65.

- If your thing is dark medieval fantasy, then HBO's Game of Thrones is for you. The first two episodes have been very well done yet dark, violent, and with the typical HBO flare of nudity and "adult language."

- David Brooks has authored a very intriguing book, The Social Animal, about how we form our emotions and character. The book, as told through the lens of a fictional couple, provides fascinating insight into the roots of social behavior.

- And, according to today's Wall Street Journal, "For the second consecutive year, marketers are poised to spend more money in advance on commercials for the coming TV season than they did a year earlier, driven in part by unusually high prices for last-minute commercials this spring." As a result, the cost of buying these advance commercials--known as the "upfront" in advertising land--is expected to rise sharply. So, let's give a shout-out to the ad industry--a hot category amidst others where flat is the new normal.

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