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Targeted Ads? TV Can Do That Now Too
By Steven Perlberg, The Wall Street Journal
The marketing minds at Choice Hotels International Inc., which owns Comfort Inn and Sleep Inn, used to figure that ABC’s “Good Morning America” was the primo spot for advertising to would-be travelers. Now they also like reruns of “Big Cat Diary” on Animal Planet, where they can reach a similar audience for a lot less.
3D-printed hearts help surgeons save babies' lives
By Tia Ghose, LiveScience
Replicas of the human heart that are made on 3D printers could help save babies' lives, new research suggests. The heart replicas are designed to match every tiny detail of a baby's heart, so they can help surgeons plan where to cut tissue, reroute piping and patch holes in children with congenital heart defects, researchers said. The new findings were presented Nov. 19 at the American Heart Association meeting in Chicago.
New app to reward you for ignoring your phone
By Jenn Gidman, FOX News
A way to reward people for having face-to-face interaction instead of staring into the void of their smartphone screens? There's an app for that. Or there will be soon, thanks to three 20-year-old Singapore students who won $30,000 in funding Tuesday at the Splash Awards to develop Apple Tree, reports the Straits Times, via the BBC.


Leadership Horizons: Leaders overcome entropy III
By Wallace Henley
(This is the Part 3 of Henley’s Leaders Overcome Entropy series) Entropy Stage Entropy is the state of being in sustained orbital decay. Entropy takes over when orbital decay goes uncorrected. Stephen G. Haines, in his book, The Manager’s Pocket Guide to Systems Thinking and Learning, says “(a)ll business problems conform to the laws of inertia—the longer you wait, the harder the problem is to correct.” This applies to organizations as well, be they churches or Bible classes. Organizational entropy, based on Haines’ definition, “is the tendency for any system to run down and eventually become inert.”
Leadership Horizons: Leaders overcome entropy II
By Wallace Henley
(This is Part II of Henley’s Leaders Overcome Entropy series) WHAT A LAUNCH IT WAS: Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong and Rosemary Clooney all bumping Ed Sullivan off his hallowed Sunday night spot for “The Edsel Show.” Ratings soared. The Edsel sponsored “Wagon Train,” and the country buzzed about Ford’s new car.
Leadership Horizons: Leaders overcome entropy - I
By Wallace Henley
Superman, we are told, leaped tall buildings with a single bound. The leotard-clad cape-swirling hero defied and overcame the law of gravity. Leaders, who always knew people expected the super human from them, do the same: they overcome entropy. If they don’t, something may be lacking in their leadership skills, as was the case of a former American political leader. An aide described his boss this way: "Lacking something [major] to do, he falls victim to entropy, which was always his biggest problem … unless he had a goal, he could never organize himself — and then entropy took over and he became sullen and disorganized and confused."

The Legal Corner

Subpoenas, Politics, and the Christian Worldview
T. Kyle Bryant
Recently in Houston, news broke that Mayor Parker's pro bono outside counsel subpoenaed five area pastors' sermon notes (among other things) on topics related to HERO (the “Houston equal Rights Ordinance”), gender identity, homosexuality, and Mayor Parker. A swift outcry soon erupted from the Christian sphere, decrying the subpoenas as an abuse of governmental authority and serious threat to religious liberty. I covered that topic here. The reaction from prominent Christians, such as Senator Ted Cruz, was swift and stern.
Uber-Capitalists and Food Trucks
By T. Kyle Bryant
The Houston political scene has seen its share of hot-button issues lately. In June, I wrote about the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which the City Council passed in May. In the intervening months, the City has undergone a public debate concerning two separate industries and whether to allow certain forms of competition in the marketplace. First, there’s the restaurant industry’s battle with Mobile Food Units (food trucks). As anyone who has lived in Houston for a while knows, food trucks have become increasingly popular in the last five years or so. These culinary caravans hop from spot to spot serving up interesting and unique food choices—mostly dishes that you can serve in a plastic bowl or in a paper bag. Food trucks must be permitted, inspected, and follow similar health regulations as brick and mortar restaurants. They are also subject to other requirements but generally permitted to serve food wherever they want—except for downtown, which boasts a bustling daytime population and, therefore, an opportunity for increased revenue for the food trucks.

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