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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Song of the Moment: Maroon 5 - Love Somebody

Not sure why, but I find this song incredibly catchy, though melancholy and a bit sad for some reason as well...




Monday, July 22, 2013

Chipotle's Adventurrito Answers for Day 10!!

Check here first: http://www.covervoter.com/adventurrito/

I'll post when I get it!



Song of the Moment: Michael Henry & Justin Robinett - Man In The Mirror

Been listening to a ton of covers for a website I'm launching. (Post to come on that!)

Great cover + Michael Jackson. Obviously, had to post.




Friday, July 19, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Chipotle Adventurrito Answers: Day 6!!

I don't have the answer to today's Adventurrito yet...
But keep checking here: http://www.covervoter.com/adventurrito/
They're usually one of the first to get it (and post correct answers).


*UPDATE* Must be a new record... Answers are up already!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Chipotle Adventurrito Answers: Day 5 is up!

Here again: http://www.covervoter.com/adventurrito/
(Easier than me re-typing them)

Hint:  ;-P

*UPDATE* Anyone else having trouble submitting their answers??

*UPDATE 2* Finally got it to submit. Used IE instead of Chrome. I've heard Safari works too.


WSJ: Should Colleges Charge Engineering Students More?

The Wall Street Journal recently put out an article reviewing a study hypothesizing that college majors with higher earning potentials should be charged more than others.
The study proposes that because industries like nursing, engineering, and and business have the potential to earn more money over their career, they could afford to pay more upfront in tuition costs.

I don't disagree with a strategy that ties market demand/costs into tiered pricing, but this is the completely wrong approach and if schools are smart about their long-term growth, they will never implement the tiered pricing as suggested.

Here are a few reasons this makes no sense at all and schools should consider doing the opposite of what was studied:

1. We need more, not fewer, STEM graduates

Paul Kedrosky recently posted this graph on his twitter account:

Not only are we falling behind in test scores, but the number of STEM graduates we are producing is plummeting. To stay competitive in the international market, we need to produce more well-educated workers.
Obviously, as the study found, the schools that implemented such a pricing structure saw drops in enrollment for those programs (except for nursing). In fact, counter to the study's proposal, colleges should consider the opposite and charge LESS for high potential degrees to encourage more students to pursue careers in STEM industries.

However, simple market needs will not drive a college's policy, they need financial incentive to change their ways.

2. Supply what the market demands

Already, demand is high to fill nursing and engineering positions. As Baby Boomers age, this problem will continue to grow. A school known for supplying well-prepared students to fill these positions will clearly give a school an edge over its competition when potential students are deciding where to go.

Additionally, more directly tied to a college's bottom line....

3. High Earners can donate more

A good way to breed resentment among students and ensure they will not give back as alumni?: Charge them more
A primary focus of many colleges is to increase their endowment, primarily through fundraising/donations by alumni. If a school is charging me more for my degree than someone else, why would I want to give back? Wouldn't I feel that I am just subsidizing that other student's degree?

A more intelligent strategy would be to foster a connection to high earning potential students to encourage giving back to the school, which in turn would grow the schools standing and create greater value for the graduate's degree.
Further, as these students will earn more, they will have the ability to donate more.

Again, in this case, if not keeping tuition the same, it makes more sense to charge these students less.


Clearly, the study was a hypothetical for following the decisions of a few schools. Hopefully these schools have learned from this short-sighted and ill-conceived attempt to illicit more upfront profit from potential high earners. However, the fact that this structure is already in place shows how out of touch academia is with the real world and even basic economic principles.
Unfortunately, as public universities (those in the study), any deficit they run will be paid for by taxpayers; thus they may not have incentive to modify their policies to optimize long-term strategies. Instead, they will act to mollify the public complaining of high tuition costs by discouraging students from the industries we need the most.




Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Chipotle's Adventurrito Answers: Day 4

Haven't found it yet, but check this site for the latest: http://www.covervoter.com/adventurrito/
They've been one of the first to get it everyday so far.

*UPDATE* Answer is up on that site!


And soon I will be able to... *Maniacal laugh... maniacal laugh...*

A Lesson in Social Media Capitalization: Chipotle's Adventurrito Contest

As you can see from my previous two posts, I've been following Chipotle's Adventurrito campaign.
I've also been posting answers to the daily puzzles and see how Google search results are affected by people searching for the answers.

It's been pretty incredible to see the results:


Chipotle posts a new puzzle every night at 10:20 PM.
The tip of the spike in traffic is the 10-11 PM count. Also interesting is the secondary bump which occurs between 9-10 AM. Presumably this is when most people (East coast) get into work and I guess Adventurrito is one of the first things they do.

By far, these have been the most popular posts I have had on this blog. (Side note: I have no idea how people make money from ads. Maybe I'm not doing it right, but I've made about $1 off Google Adsense. How many hits do you need to make a living??).

Anyway, as the post states, I've also been throwing the site up on social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr) to see how those sources drive traffic.
Interestingly enough, these sources seem to push traffic during the initial (10-11 PM) hour then die down quickly after. Overnight and throughout the day today, searches have kept traffic coming to my site.

Top search terms:
adventurrito answers

adventurrito answer 3

adventurrito day 3

adventurrito answer

adventurrito

chipotle adventurrito answers

adventurrito day 3 answer

adventurrito answer day 3

adventurrito answers day 3

chipotle day 3 answer



Overall, it's been a very interesting learning experience.
I'll keep posting daily answers to see how far this will go and do another write up as interesting aspects of it pop up.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Chipotle's Adventurrito Day 3 Answers are up!

Instead of posting the answers everyday, just check out my source: http://www.covervoter.com/adventurrito/

Chipotle's Adventurrito Answers!

In case you haven't heard of it yet, Chipotle is celebrating their 20th anniversary with a trivia/scavenger hunt game called "Adventurrito".

You have to sign up, but you can win free burritos for 20 years!

Got the first two questions already.
Day 1: "Porkutopia"
Day 2: "Lat: 48.872007, Lon: 2.340091"
Day 3: 3, 2013, 20, 7305, 3, 2, 411, 140, 2, 20, 10, 20, 50, 2063
Day 4: "Supersized pig on Steroids"
Day 5:
     1. Usually when you roll something this good, it's illegal.
     2. The Happy Pill. Now in a 567,000 mg dose.
     3. Open wide, no wider.
     4. The gourmet restaurant where you eat with your hands.
     5. They beep when they backup.
Day 6: Alex, Steve, Monty
Day 7: 758524899876
Day 8:
Day 9:
Day 10:
Day 11:
Day 12:
Day 13:


I got the Adventurrito answers from this site: Adventurrito Answers
Definitely check back there for the rest of them!

Just be sure to give me a few of those free burritos if you win. You can't eat one every week... that's terrible for you!





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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Another Random Marriage Law

I was reading about the Aaron Hernandez case and saw this tidbit:
By law, Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, who is also the mother of his 7-month-old daughter, would not have to testify against the former Patriots tight end if they were married. Prosecutors said last week that investigators had been speaking with Jenkins until she received a telephone call from Hernandez telling her to stop talking to authorities.
As previously stated, many of the the laws/benefits of marriage make no sense to me.

While this may make sense because a spouse would know intimate details about an accused person, why should they get that benefit?
To build a strong case, wouldn't the opposition want access to that intimate knowledge? If they are withholding information, shouldn't they be charged with obstruction?
A trustworthy spouse seems like the perfect cover for any criminal...

Any lawyers out there (Alejandro) know the reasoning for this?