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Welcome Back
Yee-Haw! Momma Romack is back! She isn’t showing anyone pictures, so I’m not entirely sure she had a baby yet. My theory is she spent the last three months in Nepal trying to create a “Batgirl Begins” sequel to Batman.

Heading Out
Andrea has chosen spread the love to another department in Hilton and rock HHonors with some awesome attention to detail. We look forward to seeing your influence!

RSS News Feeds
Orbitz.com has added RSS news feeds to their site to showcase different deals by air, car, cruise, hotel, city, vacation, etc. They claim they are the first in the industry to do this. Many blogs use this to distribute content to readers without having the user visit the page several times a day.

The link provides a nice description of what RSS is and how you can use it. This looks like an opportunity we can use for our users. CNN and other major news sites send out several updates a day. I have included some screen shots of how the RSS displays in a reader and how it would appear on the actual page. I use Google to handle my RSS news.
http://www.orbitz.com/App/ViewRSSHelpPage

Tiering doesn’t work
This article goes with the previous article about the post-consumer. Clearly I think the folks at frog design have some alternative perspective on the consumer. Perhaps a bit excessive, but they are a product design company. I digress. This is a different take on the idea that consumer products are designed to fit a certain tier in the market and that now conventional wisdom is out the window. An example might be that Apple makes the iPod Shuffle for the lower income bracket to be able to afford and iPod, but people making six figures choose that option over the more expense iPod video. Basically the author suggests that the idea of a consumer market with fixed price tiers is out the window.
http://us.gizmodo.com/gadgets/columns/frog-design-mind-147425.php

Martin Luther King, Jr.
In honor of the King I found an awesome site hosted by Stanford that is collecting MLK. Be sure to check out the Publications where you can view some of the papers. I would encourage you to take some time this weekend and read some of what he has written. His manner of writing and speaking are studied in the best speech programs in the world.

In 1985, Coretta Scott King asked Stanford historian Clayborne Carson to edit and publish The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Since then, King Papers Project has engaged in a broad range of activities illuminating the Nobel Peace laureate’s life and the movements he inspired.

http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/mlkpapers/

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