“…if you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.”—Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
Note to self: The Wikicar used structural carbon fiber to create their prototype car - it took 3 days (to create the finished fiber structure) at a cost of $800. Such a material sounds like an ideal solution for rapid product prototyping both in cost and time investment.
This is a great essay that discusses the underlying value of Agile methodologies; what sorts of projects they are good for and the sorts of projects not suitable for Agile. I particularly appreciated the articulation of the resulting explosion of fixed-price contracts for Agile (adaptive) projects. Thanks for sending this article my way @wovchko!
To-do lists: the last bastion for the organizationally damned. They’re the embodiment of evil. They possess us and torment us, controlling what we do, highlighting what we haven’t. They make us feel inadequate, and dismiss our achievements as if they were waste. These insomnia-producing, check-boxing Beelzebubs have intimidated us for too long.
I love how well the book, Personal Kanban, articulates the problems with our out-moded productivity strategy involving To-Do lists. The book, Personal Kanban, has changed my life (personal and private) for the better. I have a number of friends whom have also been swept up by all the great clarity that such a system can provide. More gems to come!
Wolfpack of Reseda is a new series made exclusively for the web by Fox Digital Entertainment, which premiered it last week. The eight-episode season series will be distributed on MySpace, with every new eight-to-12 minute episode premiering each Thursday. The Los AngelesTimes reports how this show is another example of a continuing shift on the part of major media companies toward producing original content entirely for the internet, as well as advertisers’ desires for professional-grade content for the web that they can partner with in order to reach a young and very connected audience. Kia Motors America is the official sponsor for Wolfpack in Reseda and chose this project out of several scripts in-development at Fox, citing that it gave the company a more “organic” way to showcase its product, rather than a 30-second TV spot (the Kia Soul will be featured throughout the series). The series is one of several that Fox has been developing over the past 18 months; additional online series are slated to be unveiled in the coming months. “The ultimate goal of the studio is to create a third independent pipeline for content,” said Matt Glotzer, SVP at Fox Digital, according to the report.
Binaural recording is a method of recording sound that uses two microphones to create a 3-D stereo sound sensation of actually being in the room with the performers or instruments. This effect is often created using a technique known as “Dummy head recording”, wherein a mannequin head is outfitted…
"Negativity and fear, on the other hand, are the enemies of optimal brain function. When negativity and fear are intense, your brain goes into “fight or flight” mode. You decide between fight, flight, or freeze.
You hear less about this third option because it doesn’t rhyme, but in fact this is the brain’s first option when faced with immediate threat. If you see a tiger, if you shut up and hold still, maybe the tiger won’t see or hear you, and you’ll survive. If it becomes clear that won’t work — the tiger sees you and is approaching — then you choose between fighting it off (good luck) or running away (maybe you’re with someone slower than you are).
What you won’t do under fear is think creatively. In fact, you won’t use much of your brain’s prefrontal cortex at all.”
I ran into the problem of having tons of data feeds and a big hill to climb in terms of making sense out of all the moving pieces as related to the Avon Voices 2011 Talent Search, a global singing competition designed to identify spokeswomen in 62 countries for the world’s largest direct-selling organization Avon Corp.
As my day job continues to demand superior website experience across a broad range of devices such frameworks as http://foundation.zurb.com become increasingly important to consider in the start phase of my website build outs.
I continue to be fascinated with webisodes that blur the lines between fiction and reality. For instance, @JustinMcIntosh turned me on to Laura Bell Bundy’s fictitious character Shocantelle Brown, one of many characters who exist in made up Cooter County. I like Bundy’s use of obvious Nashville locations in her webisodes, her mock website be-weave.com, and a working Nashville phone number. All meaningful elements that blur the line between fiction and reality to the casual consumer.
I’m planning on my first product importation from China. The above website has been helpful in explaining, in generic terms, what to expect and how to go about better planning your order so the process unravels smoothly. Topics covered include proper import documentation, U.S. Customs Broker role, and anti-dumping tariffs/duties warnings amongst others. This is generic site. Be certain to speak with a professional along with doing more research.
Reading about the specifics related to a fantastic movie, Up In The Air, I was surprised to see that the film used people in roles who had recently been fired. Great idea and quite effective I must say! Here’s the burb from Wikipedia:
"While shooting the film in St. Louis and Detroit, Reitman placed an ad in the paper asking if people who recently lost their job wanted to be in a documentary about job loss. He specified "documentary" in the ad so actors who wanted to be in the production would not answer the ad. Reitman was amazed by how many people of different age, race, and gender were willing to speak frankly about what happened and what a cathartic experience it was for these people. They received a startling amount of responses with 100 responses; 60 people on camera (30 in Detroit and 30 in St. Louis). Twenty-two made it into the film. They interviewed them for about ten minutes on what it is like to lose their job in this kind of economy, and after that they would "fire" them on camera and ask them to either respond the way they did the day they lost their job or, if they preferred, the way they wished they had responded."
The character’s need is to confront. May assert itself in several ways: to define an attitude, to take a stand, to apply the past or to change the future. Action may question or affirm, yield or persist but the character commits himself in some way. To claim or to discover some new or greater awareness is its essence. I Am also appears as: I was, had, did, you are, we could, etc.
The character’s need is to reach. May assert itself in several ways: to yearn, to crave, to pursue, to seize, to desire. So strongly that the character acts upon it in some way. To strive for or to demand something more or something different. I Want has greater thrust than I Am, turning character out. I Want also appears as: I tried, I won’t, can’t we?, etc.
Defy categorizing more precisely because they are designed to meet needs which are novel. Each is written precisely to fo fill a need different from I Am or I Want. IE Time-telescoping, enlarged segue, celebrating a victory, etc. I Am and I Want, as a rule, make up the majority of musical numbers.