Saturday, April 30, 2005

Master Cleanse - The Night Before

So I have psyched myself up to start the Master Cleanse (MC) or the lemonade diet tomorrow. I have been reading blogs, diaries, and message boards all day. I am ready to begin my detoxification.

I have a headache, which in itself is not unusually, I often have headaches. I will see how I feel tomorrow.

I have begun the pre-MC with the Smooth Move senna tea which you are suppose to drink the night before you begin the MC. It actually doesn't taste bad. I like it - A little spicy and sweet. I taste a bit of licorice. It is suppose to take effect in 8-12 hours. I hope I can get through the night ok - I hear people often get cramps. So this is the beginning - I will see you in the morning.

Fasting

I have been doing a lot of reading on fasting, specifically juice fasting. Throughout my life I have gotten headaches and migraines. I am hoping a detoxification regime will help. Not to mention the added benefit of weight loss. One can expected to loss 2lbs a day and 1/2 of which will be gained back after the end of the fast. I have been reading up on the lemonade diet or the master cleanse process. I will post the recipe I use once I get started.

I plan on starting my fast on Sunday, tomorrow. I am going to keep a daily dairy. I hope to go 7 days, however, I am not sure if (a) I will last that long or (b) I will love it and try to go longer. I have no idea how my body or mind will react to the fasting. If anything, this will be a test of the "mind over matter" theory. Growing up, my mother always told me my mind can control everything within my body - so this week I hope it can keep me from feeling hungry or tired or going through caffeine withdrawals - or anything else that I have not even thought of yet...

So stay tuned to my daily dairy.

Friday, April 29, 2005

CRM and Loyality Cards

For my MBA we were posed with this question:

Many casinos like Harrah's use CRM strategies to aggressively target loyalty programs to the middle-aged and retirees with time (and presumably) the discretionary income to spend on gambling entertainment. By estimating a customer's propensity to gamble and comparing that with their past gambling behavior, Harrah's can target players with untapped gambling revenue potential.

Some argue that loyalty programs like these used by casinos could lead to an increase in the incidence of problem gamblers among these socio-demographic groups, and therefore, such marketing practices are unethical and should be regulated.

Answer the question, How can casinos get the maximum marketing benefit from their loyalty programs and lower the incidence of problem gamblers?


So what do I think?

The discussion is an interesting one. Let me preface this by saying, I tend to take a very liberal view on subjects such as these. In general, I believe people should be responsible for there own behavior. If I get a credit card application in the mail everyday and then apply for every single one and charge them to the limit - it is my fault. I did not have to get the credit cards, nor do I have to spend the money. With all that said, I don't believe it is the casino's responsibility to solve the problems of the gamblers with a disorder. Of course, should they be capitalizing on it? I don't think so.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

GreenZap - The new PayPal

Have you heard of GreenZap? They are an online payment site (similar to PayPal), except much more rewarding.

Their website doesn't officially launch until this summer, but you can pre-register now and earn some great rewards. Plus, if you open an account now, you'll get $25 from me!

$25 for signing up with GreenZap

Monday, April 11, 2005

Spammers go to jail

We all hate getting junk mail. I get hundreds of emails a day of which 90% are not relevant. New laws have began to crack down of sending spam. But spammers seem to think the laws can be ignored. I hope more news articles such as this one start appearing....
USATODAY.com - Spammer gets 9 years in prison, but sentence delayed

Monday, April 4, 2005

Traffic Documentary

Hate Traffic - well so do most of us. A group from LA is writing a documentary of our traffic hell in our City of Angels. You can send in stories or read solutions to traffic problems. I hope I don't hit traffic on my way to the theater....Traffic Documentary