Wednesday, August 30, 2017

TV Ratings - Including Cable

Need to find out the current ratings for popular network and cable tv shows?

The best one is Nielsen weekly ratings from Zap2It. It also includes the top cable shows.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

NOLO Law Books Are Great Legal Overviews

NOLO Law Books are great overviews of topics like divorce, property rights, tenants rights environmental law and more. They give you a basic understanding of the area you're researching, crucial cases, and what to expect in court.

There are two different links in the catalog.

One section is here.
The other section is here.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Subsidiaries and Brands

Sometimes the name of your company will not show up in a database search. One possible reason for this is that your company is a subsidiary of a larger one. Or, you may want to know what the subsidiaries are of a particular company.

This post will show you how to find owners of brands, the parent of a subsidiary or all subsidiaries of a larger company.

Here follow several options:

Type the corporate name (i.e. JC Penney ) into Mint and it's right there slightly off center to the right.

Bear in mind that subsidiaries are not the same thing as brands. If you need to know which brand goes with what company, consult Companies and Their Brands or Brands and Their Companies

Finally, if you wanna do it the official way (below courtesy of the SEC website):

A list of subsidiaries must be disclosed to the SEC as Exhibit 21 to registration statements filed on Forms S-1, S-4, S-11, F-1, F-4, 10, and the annual report filed on Form 10-K.

Book Review: Debt: The First 5,000 Years

What is money? Does it represent debt or stored value? And your answer to these questions carries a lot of implications.

In Debt, the First 5,000 Years, David Graeber follows in a long line of people that argue that money is debt/obligation, all economies are centrally planned in fact and so let's make the economy work for us.  

One reviewer's take follows:

"In advancing his thesis, Graeber introduces a number of anthropological and philosophical themes alongside a historical narrative of change. While the early chapters of the book engage with such subject areas as ‘Primordial debts’, ‘A brief treatise on the moralgrounds of economic relations’, and ‘Games with sex and death’, the latter half of the book is given over to a discussion of the changing role and nature of money and debt from the Axial Age (800 BCE to 600 CE) to the present day.

Three themes emerge as noteworthy for the economic historian: the myth of barter; the link between the introduction of coin as money and military activity; and long-run swings in the use of bullion versus credit money.
His conclusion is that the gradual extension of commercial or market exchange, primarily as a result of military imperialism, succeeded in reducing all moral obligations to a financial value, and in the process destroyed the ‘baseline communism’ that Graeber believes to have been the foundation of all social relations."

And this boils down to: 

"Only when we realize that paying one’s debts ‘is not the essence of morality’, but merely our current human arrangement, can we agree to change that arrangement for the benefit of us all."

Well, that's one take on the nature of money, and one you'll see asserted from time to time.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

History Of Video Games

As you probably know, Austin is a center of video game creation and the industry.

Check out our books on the history of video games here.

Book Review: Soft Sell

Soft Sell is the best book I've ever read about the art of sales. It contains both abstract and practical advice. Here is just some of the material you will find in the book:

*How to structure a telephone interview
*How to read people's personality and purchasing behavior by their dress and type of car
*How to keep your mind focused and motivated
*Dealing with sales resistance and reading people's unspoken priorities