Aside from walking by a few bigwig business executives or computer whizzes, you have probably never heard of such a term. Analytics is the "field of data analysis"; surveys, graphs, and bar charts are just a few examples of this new buzzword. They are unbecoming a driving force behind the ever increasing 21st century business format. Yes, information has become more accessible than ever before, yet subjectivity and speculation have seriously deteriorated legitimacy within the informational spectrum. Sure, anyone with internet access can search a Wikipedia entry in less than 5 seconds, but this does not serve as a definite means to finding the truth. 
Consider Jeff Bezos, chairman and CEO of the (booming) e-commerce company known as Amazon. In his recent cover interview of Forbes Magazine, he explained his adamance towards such analytical information from a very obvious customer-obessive standpoint. This "culture of metrics" as he describes, has been an integral part of Bezos' success at Amazon. Recently joining Microsoft as a 100 billion dollar company, who could show discrepancy with their methods? Forbes explains, "Amazon tracks its performance against about 500 measurable goals. Nearly 80% relate to customer objectives. Intricate algorithms turn one group of shoppers’ past habits into custom recommendations for new customers. Hourly bestseller lists identify what’s hot. Weekly reviews keep track of who is on course--and where corrective attention is needed." This monster company's lifeblood is obviously analytical data absorption. And Bezos is certainly the master of such a fascinating craft.
Numbers don't lie, and organizations need hard facts more than ever to create effective strategy, especialy in the current business environment. Analytics is the real world treasure map to discovering the (deeply) buried net profit within such a competative market. Advice to up and coming businesspersons of the future? Do your homework, and find out the truth behind statistical data pertaining to your own pursuits or questions. If you own a business, recruit a group of social butterflies who can lead a sales force backed by such essential data. I promise you, the individual who can effectively merge a social and data driven business plan will be chanting "X marks the spot" on the their company's following quarterly financial reports.  






 
 
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Limitless
Limitless Review ~Limitless stars Bradley Cooper(Eddie Morra) and Robert Deniro(Carl Van Loon)
Thankfully this wasn't another over-budgeted flick that managed to put every meaningful scene in the previews before one ever went to see it. Over all the concept and plot of this "mind enhancing" drug was sound. Considerably strong casting and zero wasted time through out the movie made me feel at ease about one of my favorite actors taking the lead role in this 27 million dollar budget flick. I must give props to the writers, the concept of a simple pill that can bring vast amounts of wealth and power is sure to draw in numerous viewers regardless of the finished product.
  An interesting point is that of the extensive research with the mind applied to the making of this film. Rooted within the script are very interesting interpretations of how a person would operate on 100% brain capacity in day to day life. The makers also took an edgy approach in starting with basic ideas of human memory interception; eventually revealing Eddie's advanced procedure of practically cracking the code of mergers and acquisition! Not bad for less than a week. 
  Converge a super-hip approach to revealing the blueprint of the human brain along with a solid cast of characters and you have Limitless. Unfortunately, the ending left the producers looking like the type of people promoting drugs use. The message- if you have the unlimited supply then the effects of the drug will continue and no bad effects will occur. I do not believe this was a positive message to send to the public. They could have taken a much more creative approach with a possible sequence of him eventually leaving it alone in some form or fashion. ~7.5/10

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Runaway Short Film-5/5*'s
I believe openings for diverse interpretation translate to attributes of greatness. This short film promoting Kanye West's new album, My Dark Twisted Fantasy,  meets that exact criteria. It was only fitting to have a small film to go along with what some music critics claim to be a "perfect" album. Containing 13 tracks of poetic and rythmic masterpieces, Kanye West decided to take a very original approach to such an album and tell the story through visual stimulation. The short film reveals that of a beautiful bird who has flown in from another planet in a heap of destruction while Kanye is driving in the woods. He takes her under his wing (NPI), and falls in love with her. She is immersed in a world of glamor and perfection. Kanye's character does everything in his "power" to provide an ideal life, yet the world's judgment drives her to a breaking point to fly away.
    There has already been much criticism for such an out-of-the-box approach, this pertains to people's lack of ability to see genius. The way the songs are sequenced with the video, it is obvious Kanye knew exactly what he wanted the outlook to be in relativity to each song. It is a wonderful piece of artwork that deserves the recognition it has obtained. Hopefully people can look beyond his past mistakes and allegations because he is a true visionary who has used negative aspects of life to provide the world with a sterling translation of the human psyche. 

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Bose Quiet Comfort 15 Headphones-$300

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Beats by Dre Headphones- $350
Bose Quite Comfort 15 Vs. Beats by Dre Headphones 
When it comes to sound quality, I want the VERY best. As far as upper-middle price headphones go, the Bose and Beats by Dr. Dre have been in strong competition for awhile now. Each of these base-bumpers are in the $300 dollar range and are selling off the rack with music junkies. I have heard both and I highly suggest the Bose. Why? Well....
 Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones were initially directed towards the Hip Hop genre, with a naturally desired Base. They completed this checklist with flying colors, yet it only goes downhill from there. Quality-wise, they are not ahead of any other average priced sets. I am convinced that the slick design and Dr. Dre name backing it up is the ONLY reason they are selling so well. When I see people wearing them, the only thing that runs through my head is how they are wasting money. They cost $50 more than the higher quality Bose!  
  Obviously Bose has been in the game for a much longer time(since 1964 to be exact). They have numerous patents on sound technology and are continuing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in research every year. Beats by Dr. Dre is not legally able to use many of the technologies which Bose is entitled and must settle for status quo quality. That, in my opinion is why they put so much into the design attempting to make up for lack of this aspect. The Bose headphones sound as if they are dividing the instruments out to be heard one at a time, its is incredible. Not to mention, they look so much more classy. Lastly, I have discovered, while flying in a plane, the headphones have the ability to decrease pressure in your earlobes. I have not had my ears pop since using them. Need I say more?  

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Vman 21 Party feat. Kanye West & Keri Hilson
Perhaps it was the Kanye West and Keri Hilson appearance or the thousands of dollar bills raining from the ceiling, either way the Vman 21 party was a night to remember. After meeting Kanye, I can state with confidence that he is a very nice and cool guy. The media needs to stop portraying him as the villain. I enjoyed conversating with various guests through out the party, especialy one very cool freelance photographer. The atmosphere of the celebration was truly heightened when the beautiful miss Keri Hilson entered the building to join Kanye in the VIP area. The party was obviously VERY exclusive, yet I was still able to get my small posse into the gathering through connections. The event was held at the Mondrian Hotel in Soho and lasted until the wee hours of the morning. I managed to keep my dance moves energized most of the time. What a night to remember!

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Vman 21

02/08/2011

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Vman 21
The old saying "no risk no reward" seems to be the tag-line of Kanye West's career, and the Vman 21 issue. Grazing the cover of Vman's latest issue is Kanye with a one-hundred dollar bill in his mouth. Vman has been hosting a promotional gathering featuring myself, Petey Wright, and Brazilian model Monica Pedro. We play the part of futuristic assembly workers placing dollar bills in magazine slips and sealing them air tight. The promotional is being held February 6th and 7th, 11am-3pm on 11 Mercer Street. The Vman party will be held February 15th.

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The Black Swan Review 
One is only limited to their own mental barriers. Yet to get past those mental barriers one must embody their chosen endeavor with FULL dedication. Life is full of opportunities to be seized, yet to obtain the prize there are almost always great sacrifices. Black Swan reveals this ideal with amazing clarity and detail for audiences.  
   Nina Sayers(Natalie Portman) plays the role of a young woman with serious mental boundaries in her ability to become a woman of the world, pertaining to the Black Swan. She is competing with another young woman named Lily(Mila Kunis), who she believes is attempting to steal her role by whatever means possible. Her whole life Nina had been cast as the "nice girl" in reality and on stage. Lily, who is a natural at capturing the Black Swan's sensual essence is her "friend" yet opposing force. For once she found herself with the biggest opposing forces of her life- letting go of her innocence and loving mother's grasp and giving into worldly desires. Hallucinations due to surmounting stress begin which are so intense they begin to change her perception of herself and those around her. This translates to the intense outcome of the ending product of the movie. The film is a very thought-provoking thriller that left me impressed and always guessing. This along with True Grit, possibly more so, could go down as a classic. 

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Coen Brothers Interview at Soho Apple Store for Box Office hit "True Grit"
Classics such No Country for Old Men and O Brother Where Art Though will forever be instilled in history as all-time greats. After listening to the brothers during an interview at the Soho Apple Store, it was very hard to understand any depth of their process due to their lack of "passion". Either the two men hate interviews or are very nervous in front of audiences, I'm unable to determine. The Coen Brother's influence in the movie business has been in steady inflation since the early 80s, and now have embarked on a new venture for the movie True Grit. The movie features A-lister Jeff Bridges as the lead. It has revealed itself to be a box office success and another possible classic. I have seen the movie and insist one gives it a gander, you won't be disappointed.  

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The Music Palace
Widely known among the top musicians in the game, the Music Palace serves as one of top studios in the nation with a multi-million dollar investment status. Their client list ranges from Seal, Mariah Carey, Busta Ryhmes, and Vanessa Williams to name a few. After my good friend Mia Koo, lead singer of the Kung Fu Girls and music producer took me to see the "Palace" for myself, I understood why it was given the title. Owner Michael Angelo was kind enough to give a grand tour of the place and conversate about many aspects of the music business.

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Redeemer Presbyterian Curch
Redeemer
I have heard those refer to Tim Keller as the C.S. Lewis of our generation. Since arriving in NYC, I have constantly been subjected to the chatter of the Redeemer Presbyterian's veteran pastor and pushed to attend one of his sermons. After attending, the best way to express Tim's sermon is that of refined theological expertise translated to be understandable to those Biblically less endowed. There is not a single component in his sermons I would have a disagreement. They fit together like a puzzle. Redeemer has been forced to expand more and more to fit the swarms of listeners. The five service locations are spread out on the East and West Side of Manhattan. I highly suggest attending one of these. At the very least, regardless of faith, one can appreciate a man's amazing talent and vast knowledge of theology and ability to impact the nations.
 
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