11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kent Dicken Kent is CEO / Founder of iDiz, a full-service agency focused on Branding, Websites, and Big Ideas for credit unions that want to grow. He is also one of the authors … Web: cuidiz.com Details Are you responsible for too many initiatives, an overabundance of priorities, an excess of tasks at hand with way too few fingers to get it done? Are you a slam-packed, schedule-smacked, shell-shocked, docket-pocked shell of your former self, trying your best to appease particularly pesky purveyors of arbitrarily outrageous deadlines?In short, has the fun gone out of your job?You aren’t alone. Credit Union marketers say their biggest problems are too few staff and being pulled in too many directions, often as a result of having no strategic plan as a guideline.WELL, do I have a solution for you! Innnnn-tro-du-cing…RENT-A-BRAIN!Rent-a-Brain is a revolutionary new concept that has frazzled Marketers around the world muttering to themselves “Why didn’t I think of this sooner?”For a nominal cost, you can hand off those pesky strategic plans, all of the continuous loan marketing campaigns, that so-ugly-I-can’t-stand-it-any-longer web site, and especially that long-ago-petrified branding, and ACTUALLY GO HOME AND SLEEP AT NIGHT, knowing that an expert team of designers and writers and strategists and programmers are going to produce something that makes you look A-MA-ZING to your peers, boss, and Board!And the incredible part is that renting the talents of marketing experts when you need them actually costs a lot less than hiring more staff. Even the tightest-fisted CFO can appreciate that!Still want to get your hands dirty? No problem! You can take care of the fun stuff and let Rent-a-Brain experts do the heavy lifting — although you may want to pick up all those inevitable marketing awards yourself. It’s a WIN-WIN-YOU WIN!So what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and call! Rent-a-Brain operators are standing by.
After Antonio Candreva, the Bosnian footballer Senad Lulić will expand his contract with the Italian FC Lazio too.According to Corriere dello Sport, the two sides are discussing the conditions of the contract which expires in 2017 and should be expanded on two more seasons.Lulić’s annual revenues are 750 000 Euros and with this new contract he will be even more worth, although, there are no details about it yet.This arrangement should soon be officially confirmed.(Source: Sport Centar)
Could this pollinating drone replace butterflies and bees? Pollinators around the world are in trouble: A recent report puts 40% of the smallest ones—like butterflies and bees—at risk of extinction. Could miniature drones fill the gap? To find out, researchers ordered a small drone online and souped it up with a strip of fuzz made from a horsehair paintbrush covered in a sticky gel. The device is about the size of a hummingbird, and has four spinning blades to keep it soaring. With enough practice, the scientists were able to maneuver the remote-controlled bot so that only the bristles, and not the bulky body or blades, brushed gently against a flower’s stamen to collect pollen—in this case, a wild lily (Lilium japonicum), they report today in Chem. To ensure the hairs collect pollen efficiently, the researchers covered them with ionic liquid gel (ILG), a sticky substance with a long-lasting “lift-and-stick-again” adhesive quality—perfect for taking pollen from one flower to the next. What’s more, the ILG mixture has another quality: When light hits it, it blends in with the color of its surroundings, potentially camouflaging the bot from would-be predators. But don’t expect fields filled with buzzing bots just yet. Because the pollinator bot is remote controlled, it would need a human pilot to guide it from plant to plant, impractical for guiding large swarms. However, it’s possible that the drones could one day learn to fly on their own, using GPS and artificial intelligence, the scientists say. The one thing they still won’t be able to do? Make honey. But with their pollination workload lightened, maybe we could leave that one to the bees. By Rachael LallensackFeb. 9, 2017 , 12:00 PM