Apologies for the late publishing of "Week In Review", but hey, I had an awesome weekend and I ran out of time! Here are links to a few of the fun and interesting things you might have missed on my blog last week.
Black Friday business results were positive, but I speculated that retailers have essentially only shifted sales forward from December. I'm predicting a mid-December panic as customers won't return in full force until the last seven days before Christmas. On a positive note, retailer hopes and dreams contributed to a sharp decline in the November unemployment rate, which dipped to a near 3-year low of 8.6%. One person who won't be getting his dream job for Christmas is Herman Cain, who dropped from the Presidential race because the evil media continues to report news about him. I took a parting shot at Cain in a blog post listing my five favorite direct quotes from him, along with my snarky rebuttals.
Herman Cain wasn't the only big loser in the news last week. Detroit Lions defensive monster Ndamukong Suh received a 2-game suspension for stomping an opponent, though I argued that it should have been 5 games in light of his full body of "dirty" work. Another big loser was Conrad Murray, the doctor held responsible for Michael Jackson's death, who was a little less fortunate than Suh, receiving a four year prison sentence as his punishment. We did feature a couple of winners on the blog this week as well, including Roger Federer who completed a year-end sweep of the last three tennis tournaments of 2011. While Fed was busy engineering victories, legendary singer-songwriter Don McLean was cleverly engineering publicity for his upcoming concert tour, by teasing a story in the media about the origins of his hall-of-fame hit, American Pie.
Ever striving to be useful (as well as entertaining), we also featured a fun and interactive "author recommendation" tool this week, the Literature Map. If you missed it the first time around, give it a whirl.
As always, thanks for reading.