The Top Thinkers of Beyond the Rhetoric

It’s that time again. Once a month, I take a moment to acknowledge the wonderful people who contribute to this blog by way of commenting on the blog posts. The comments help to extend and continue the conversation. One thing that you might notice about this post for the Top Thinkers of May 2013, compared to previous Top Thinkers posts is that I’ve changed the image at the top. It is now a photo that I took of Le Penseur (The Thinker) outside of Musee Rodin when I was in Paris last month. Now, let’s get on with the list.

Topping the charts for the umpteenth time is Ray Ebersole. Digging into the archives on his blog, we find a post on how his mind and body were “cluttered with thought and confusion” and how he needs to “find the path” he left. He conveys this “lost feeling” with a poem on how we need to cherish every moment and really experience life has it happens. Do you smell the flowers? Do you feel the sandy beach?

It seems that Allan Schroeder has redesigned his website so that the main page becomes a landing page for some of the content that he has around the Internet. The visual style reminds me a lot of the Live Tiles that we get in Windows Phone and in Windows 8, giving Allan the opportunity to showcase what he does with Raincoast Media, MEGATechNews and the Art of Cycling, as well as with photos, LinkedIn and Twitter. Similar to what I’ve done, Allan’s page is like an online business card of sorts.

Chang Guohua, who you might know better from his comments here as AOA, found a curious entry in the dictionary earlier this year. Many dictionaries offer usage examples in addition to the standard definitions and these are typically rather unremarkable. That was not the case with “constantly” in AOA’s dictionary, citing a man who was “constantly surrounded by all these beautiful women with no clothes on.”

Some of you may remember that Betshopboy has recently turned his attention to trail running, following up on his experience with more standard marathon-type running on paved road. In May, he participated in the Energizer Singapore Night Trail 2013 Race. Yes, not only was this a grueling trail race through challenging terrain, but it was also run in the dead of the night. Betshopboy finished the 18km trail race in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

In the fifth and final slot for May’s top thinkers, we have PPC Company. Pay-per-click advertising is ubiquitous on the Internet with companies of all sizes utilizing it to promote their products and services. If you’re new to the world of PPC and Google AdWords, a great PPC glossary is available on the site that defines common AdWords terms like ad group, ad rank, bounce, customer lifetime value and negative placement.