Today ended a lot better than it began.

I spent the bulk of the day in meetings. I started out at 5Tribe, giving them advice on a number of fronts, ranging from ad copy, to internet marketing tips, from our potential PoddedMeat revival to reviving the polling system I created for them last year. I came away with a few promising bits of business I might snap up if I stay on my toes and do what I know I’m able to do assuming I keep my own feet to the fire.

I came back, updated the N-Ventive crew on what’s going on with the new PoddedMeat project, checked my email, set an appointment with my new investment advisor, and hit the road again.

This time I ran out to UT, to try to finalize the new content management project, and consult with them on some new business. After we get the content management up and running this week, I’ll be presenting them with two new proposals – one to take their campus bi-annual magazine online, and the other to create a student-life blogsite and community for them.

UT is turning out to be a cash-cow for me, and if I achieve my New Year’s Resolution of finding at least two more clients of their caliber and time commitment, I’m going to be living the dream – working 15 hours a week and living large.

In the mean time, I’ve been experimenting with a number of new advertising techniques. I’m very pleased with what I’ve found, and I’m looking at ways to apply these into some publishable case studies very soon, for my work with 3Degree and for myself.

In the Interesting News Department:

I read an article that was a bit ambiguous this morning, but definitely sounds good. According to Reuters (via Yahoo!):

A potential shortage of coins in the United States could mean all those pennies in your piggy bank could be worth five times their current value soon, says an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Francois Velde, senior economist at the Chicago Fed, argued in a recent research note that prohibitions by the Mint would unlikely deter serious speculators who already have piled up the coinage.

The best solution, Velde said, would be to “rebase” the penny by making it worth five cents rather than one cent. Doing so would increase the amount of five-cent coins in circulation and do away with the almost worthless one cent coin.

“History shows that when coins are worth melting, they disappear,” Velde wrote.

“Rebasing the penny would … debase the five-cent piece and put it safely away from its melting point,” he added.

It’s an interesting proposition, and could mean that it’s time to take all your liquid assets and invest in pennies. Perhaps? Not sure. Someone read the article and tell me if that’s the proper way to read that, because the wording is ambiguously written, and I’m not sure if that’s what it’s saying or not.

At any rate, I’m off to home with the wife and son. Deuce!


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