The other day, I thought I should have two of me...."I can only handle one optimist you" says my co-worker.
No person is like another person...exactly. I found an interesting article about passwords that people keep.
The odd's of a hacker randomly guessing the correct number is 1 in 10,000.
If he has three tries, odds increase to one in 3,333.
If your PIN is your birth date, a year in the 1990s, or an obvious numerical sequence, the odds go way up.
The group found that the three most popular combinations are
The three combinations account for 20 percent of all four-digit passwords.
Every four-digit combination that starts with "19" ranks above the 80th percentile in popularity.
Month/day combinations - those in which the first two digits are between 01 and 12 and the last two are between 01 and 31 are also popular. SO choosing your birthday or birth year makes your password significantly easier to guess.
The least popular combination, 8068 appears in less than .001 percent of the time.
Other unpopular PINS are 8093, 9629, 6835 and 7637.
So as different as we are. We are awfully similar. And that sure does help in marketing.
Original article by Will Oremus and printed in Readers Digest.
This is the time of year my hubby has lots of advice for companies.
Today's lesson ....came from a secretary putting his call in voice mail. Hubby needs to talk to someone to answer his question. The secretary puts him into someone's voice mail. "But I need to talk to someone" he says.
Surely hubby isn't the only one that thinks he is the only person with a question and as a person that answers a lot of calls I know it is challenging on both sides.
Tis the season to service farmers. Quick response is expected.
This is a treat! For getting a solid foundation of advertising, Roy Williams lays out the basic and advance knowledge that you can find on advertising. I have read the Trilogy - Wizard of Ads, Secret Formulas of the Wizard of Ads, and Magical World of Ads. The first two are my favorite - both Business Books of the Year.
I am providing a link that I stumbled upon to a FREE download and FREE mp3 files of these three books. Each book is about 200 pages so if you are reading on a Kindle or Nook, you will like the pdf file. For printing, just get the book.
Having the voice of the author on the audio books is exciting. I am anxious to listen to all of them! It takes a little bit to download the audio but it will be well worth your time!
Roy H. Williams Books - Click Here
My original find started here:
Thank you Rod!
I am a packrat. I really hate my trait. I hang on to things for way too long.
Several years ago, I put some older t-shirts in a bag to take to goodwill. Well, our church makes diapers out of t-shirts for babies that need diapers. Mostly send overseas. My little girl has been wanting to sew, so I thought I would get these shirts out to make something for a good cause. This is soooo not my strength. Anyway, in my stash of special t-shirts....my State Basketball Shirt from 1987. They are at State games this week!
So, do you think that t-shirt fits me?
Seeds of Greatness
I am always happy to see a local business person receive a National honor for their profession. Congratulations Gene Steffensmeier! Owner of Gene Steffy's Chrysler Center in Fremont, Gene Steffy Ford in Columbus and Farmers Garage in Dodge.
From pumping gas at 22 years old at Farmers Garage in Dodge to the 2012 TIME Dealer of the Year!
The full details are here:
Gene Steffensmeier's Award News Release
Hard work and a smart mind really does stretch a person into greatness! The exciting thing is - everyone has incredible talents just waiting to blossom! It starts with action.
The NEW 2011 Great Nebraska Tractor Ride will air on RFD - TV for one hour on
Wednesday January 4 2:00pm Central Time
Thursday January 5 12:00am Central Time
Friday January 6 12noon Central Time
with the possibility of more times in the future.
Labeled as Classic Tractor Fever.
Three hours of ADDITIONAL unedited video footage is available on the two DVD set with additional interviews with the Tractor Riders. Plus a 2 1/2 minute highlight video. An order form is available at nebraskatractorride.com under Merchandise. Well worth the $29.97 for anyone that was along the route in June or just loves to learn and hear more about great iron!
Thank you very much!
Our Holiday table always fills with farm talk. As a kid we knew if Dad was talking about Harvest we better get him to leave quickly or we would be there through planting, growing season and back to harvest.
This year was land prices. I don't really love hearing the coffee shop as the reliable source. Maybe it is sometimes, but I have checked out many of the rumors before to find out the coffee shop didn't know squat.
As these land prices get higher and higher, I certainly hope that people are being conservative on their balance sheets. Even if you have cash to pay, it still has to pay for itself at some point - otherwise you treating it as hobby farming. I am all for keeping the out of state investors out of our neighborhood and we have also paid dearly at times. Balance is the key to longevity.
This article was published in my AgriMarketing Magazine using Des Moines Register as the source.
Dec. 9, 2011
Des Moines Register reports:
Iowa set a new record price for farmland Wednesday when a 74-acre tract near Hull in Sioux County sold for $20,000 per acre.
The buyer was a neighboring farmer, Leland Kaster, who bought the land from Clinton Shinkle of Washington state.
"Farmland is very valuable up here, with good commodity prices and a strong livestock industry," said auctioneer Pete Pollema of Hull, who called the sale that was held on the land.
Pollema said he started the auction at $15,500 "because I had traveled around the country and talked to people. I knew there was one offer already for $15,500."
The previous Iowa land record was set in early October when a 120-acre parcel near Sioux Center went for $16,750 per acre. In late September an 80-acre tract near Sully went for $16,200 an acre.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago said last month that Iowa farmland rose at what it called a "stunning" 34 percent in the 12 months through October.
Economist emeritus Neil Harl of Iowa State University called the prices "amazing."
The price of corn, which is the benchmark that sets Iowa land prices, has declined by $2 per bushel since early September and closed down 3 cents to $5.82 per bushel Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Corn doubled in price from June 2010 and early but this but has softened in recent weeks. A surge of cheaper corn and feed wheat coming out of Black Sea ports from Russia and the Ukraine, strong prospects for crops in South America and Australia and China's boasts of record grain crops as well as the European debt crisis have taken many investors out of the market.
Although many have predicted a crash in land prices similar to the decline in the 1980s, Harl said he was less sure of an impending collapse.
"Remember that in the 1970s we had very high corn prices (the equivalent of more than $20 per bushel in today's money) for about 18 months, but then they went down," Harl said. "Even so, land prices stayed high through the end of the 1970s."
Harl noted the large chunk of the corn crop that now goes for ethanol. "A lot will depend on biofuels policies. The 45-cent-per-gallon tax credit is gone and the 54-cent-per-gallon import duty is threatened," he said. What is most important, he said, is the Renewable Fuels Standard, which will mandate the use of more than 13 billion gallons of ethanol next year.
The inflation-adjusted statewide record for Iowa land prices was set in 1979 with $5,770 per acre. After a long decline, that figure was reached again only last year.
Iowa State University will release its annual land price survey on Dec. 14.
One of the things I love most about this job is that I get to work with great people every day. KTIC has been so fortunate to capture some of the most dedicated employees. We love it when people outside our building recognize the talents of our staff.
Yesterday, Chad Moyer received recognition from the Nebraska Soybean Association for his dedication and service to the soybean industry. The 2011 Communicator Award with a a nice plaque was given to Chad at the Nebraska Soybean & Machinery Day in Wahoo.
Chad is great about making things work easier. A great asset when working with lots of strong minds. He really does deserve the credit and I am super proud to have him on our team!
Congratulations on receiving this nice recognition! And when Lori sends over the pictures from yesterday, I will add them to this note.
L to R: Ken Boswell, Shickley; Dennis Fujan, Prague; Doug Bartek, Wahoo; Billy Mayes, West Point; Scott Richert (President), Gresham; Rodney Smith (Treasurer), DeWitt.
I just returned from a fabulous trip to the Nebraska Power Farming Show in Lincoln! On Wednesday I visited with Allen & Shelly Clark plus a crew of people they had with them to promote this next Ball on June 1st and June 2nd. Justin Moore will be the featured entertainer! He is an up and comer but with some really good songs that even I knew once they started to sing.
If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away
Small Town USA
West Point did such a great job this past year! The crew I met will do as well as West Point. Make sure you get your tickets soon!
My computer wasn't cooperating today so to "save" the computer, I went out for lunch with my hubby and two of his friends. Farmer stories.
Hubby shares how he was coming out of the field from hauling manure (using his buddy's tractor and fancy manure spreader) at the same time the neighbor came out of their field. Somehow a race starts of "my 26 mph John Deere" against "your 26 mph New Holland."
Farmers - out for their Joy Rides!
Happy Veteran's Day!
Thank you to the Veteran's for securing the possibilities for us to make the choices. Now if they could only prevent some of my iffy choices?
If you want to be successful, you have to clean up your Optimism Glasses...because you usually see whatever you're looking for.
Watching FOX News this morning, I saw Obama smiling, waving and walking around with Jon Corzine (Recently resigned Executive from MF Global). I certainly wouldn't want to be anywhere with someone that just screwed so many people out of so much money. KTIC had a listener, Ken, that called the day after MF Global went bankrupt just to make sure we knew what happened and to make sure we weren't advertising MF Global anymore. (Fortunately it had been awhile).
My dad always told me that you are only as good as the people around you. I am sticking with dad.
Listed below is the story that Chad has posted on his blog in case you missed the story.
MF Global Files for Bankruptcy
(AP) -- MF Global Holdings Ltd., the securities firm run by former New Jersey Governor and Goldman Sachs head Jon Corzine, is seeking bankruptcy protection one week after reporting its biggest-ever quarterly loss.
MF Global shares plunged 66 percent last week. Besides the loss of $186.6 million for the fiscal second quarter, investors were spooked when MF Global's debt was downgraded to junk status. Credit-rating agencies expressed concern about the firm's $6 billion portfolio of European debt.
MF Global appears to be the first major U.S. casualty of Europe's debt crisis, although last week it sought to reassure investors that the investment in European sovereign debt was prudent. It blamed the big loss on weaker-than-expected trading revenue and one-time costs.
The filing came after the New York Federal Reserve said it suspended MF Global from doing new business as a primary dealer. MF Global was one of 22 companies considered financially secure enough to sell US government debt on behalf of the Fed.
MF Global turned a profit just three times in the past 12 quarters. As the European debt crisis threatened to spread, investors and analysts focused on the company's holdings of debt from Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland.
At worst, MF Global's bankruptcy could roil credit markets and make financial companies reluctant to lend to each other. It wouldn't equal the fallout from the failure of Lehman Bros. in 2008 because Lehman was bigger and more intertwined with other companies.
However, banks could be spooked temporarily by concerns about who lost money as a result of MF Global's bad bets. Fears about losses on European debt already have roiled markets for months.
When the goal of an organization is to Divide and Conquer and they just clipped one organization in their favor - Watch OUT! It's the first step. Confusion begins.
Grateful people are happier! Remembering.... rotary dial phones when you hoped no one had a "0" in their number (took too long). No answering machines...now to Blackberries and we complain we had to wait an extra HALF second!
Hey! We are in an amazing world. And people aren't happy! Take four minutes to remember how technology has changed and improved our world.
Smile and be grateful watching this youtube video.
Everything's Amazing & Nobody's Happy
You can view a special interview explaining how the Cattlemen's funds were decided is available at this link. Interview by Jeremy Rasmussen, KTIC News Director.
The Knobbes, Kaups and Meisters put in a ton of work and thousands of volunteer hours for one incredible Cattlemen's Ball. I am thrilled to have been asked to be on the Publicity Committee with Nikki Hagedorn. We thoroughly enjoyed the celebration!
My Dad was able to go to the festivities with me. Dad's favorite part was the Style Show. My dad has always appreciated beautiful women and beautiful clothes (yes, probably in that order). I did think that was wonderful to have the Survivors walk across the stage. I am sure we often think - all this money is going for research, why isn't their a cure yet. Well, we may not have a cure, but the progress that has been made on how to treat cancer has taken huge steps! And those wonderful people that fought and WON against cancer was a beautiful parade to witness.
My favorite part was the "Brunch." Best brunch I have ever had! Tender Juicy Steak, Rosemary Potatoes, Green Beans Almondine, bottle of Red wine, bottle of White wine, under a tent with crystal and china. Delicious!
Thanks Dave Buchholz from David & Associates for suggesting I help this year.
I would also thank Tom O'Connor at UNMC - an amazing individual with fantastic abilities to polish all news releases. Thank you Master Polisher! Nikki Hagedorn worked on our first draft. We tweaked. We massaged. Then Master Polisher made us all look good! Thank you Nikki and Tom! They deserve so much credit.
Good luck this next year to McCool Junction volunteers - its an extremely rewarding experience.
Looking for some soybeans to munch on that won't break my teeth this year. Some harvested on the farm are 7.5 percent. I need my yearly fix!