When it comes to striking gold, bronze medals beat silver

Thursday, 25 February, 2010

Overall bronze medalists are happier with their prize than are silver medalists, who have a much greater sense of having just missed out on the top award, the gold medal.

“On average, bronze medalists are happier than silver medalists,” said Victoria Medvec, a psychologist and professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Illinois. The phenomenon is a case of counterfactual thinking – thoughts about “what might have been,” she explained. Third-place winners have upward thoughts (“at least I won”) that increase satisfaction, researchers have found, whereas those who come in second tend to have downward “if only” thoughts that decrease happiness.

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The Mcfarlane Prize 2009

Wednesday, 29 July, 2009

Nominations for the 2009 Mcfarlane Prize, which honours excellence in Australian web design, opens for a month from 1 August 2009.

Sites may be designed for Australian or non Australian individuals, organisations, companies or governments, but must be designed by a team which works in Australia for an Australian company, or by Australian citizens or permanent residents. Anyone may nominate a site, and there is no cost for nominating or being nominated for the prize.

Read also my stellar Sydney Morning Herald piece on the prize from its inaugural year 2006.

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Links for 4 October 2007

Thursday, 4 October, 2007

  • Network Narcotics: “Please, no more friend requests.” Mike Walsh analyses the success of Facebook, and guess what, it’s all to do with those insidious time wasting applications, or apps, that our Facebook friends are always prompting us to download and play with. Facebook isn’t called the $5 billion waste of time for nothing!
  • 12 Examples of Viral Content, And What We Can Learn From Them: speaking of viral content such Facebook apps, Melbourne content producer Skellie looks at 12 examples of viral content and the lessons bloggers can learn from them. “It is one of the most powerful ways to promote your blog or website, because the content spreads, literally, like a virus”.
  • Yahoo search takes on Google: “Yahoo has retooled its online search engine to make it more helpful and engaging, joining an industrywide wave of improvements that so far… haven’t dented Google’s dominance.” So still a way to go, but getting there?
  • Top 25 Web Design Blogs: ranked according to Google Pagerank, Alexa Rank, Bloglines Subscribers, and of course, Technorati Authority. While I recognise most the names, and have found a couple of new sites to subscribe to, my question is why isn’t Jeffrey Zeldman on this list?!
  • The ProBlogger Birthday Bash giveaway! well how could I resist mentioning this? There’s a total of $54,000 in prizes up for grabs during the ProBlogger birthday celebrations. I’ve already entered a few giveaways but so far have won nothing… still it’s all good fun. I recommend you keep tabs on PB for the duration as contests are being announced frequently!

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