Tuesday, December 31, 2013
My idea: integrate iMessage functionality with Safari. Let me send/receive SMS messages via my iPhone from my Safari browser. That would drive me to use Safari nearly exclusively. Right now, on my work PC, I use (in order from most to least used) Firefox, Chrome, IE, then Safari; on my Mac, Chrome, Firefox then Safari. I tend to only use Safari extensively on my iPhone.
So, here's a way to expand Apple's hold in one market, increase the functionality of a key tool, and help make iPhone's that much more usable. Apple, what says you?
Monday, December 30, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Since I wasn't able (either due to time, driver safety, or other reason) to grab a shot, I grabbed this one off the interwebs. Bon appetite!
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
I just created a secured shared document using Google Doc. To access this doc please Click here and for security reasons, you have to log on with your email to view it, its very important"
As I've received at least three with exact same message, I'm confident they're exploits from hacked accounts. They're coming from good friends, but also have dozens of emails in the "to:" line.
Anyway, I advise everyone to avoid clicking on such.
Monday, November 25, 2013
This is mildly disturbing. A kiss before the slaughter? I guess that's biblical...
I expect this really is Sebastian the Crab from Little Mermaid, but I still love it:
My personal favorite so far:
And I'll leave you with this artistic joy:
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
So, without further ado, below you'll find what I feel to represent the core of Hee Haw's je ne sais quoi. So, enjoy your cultural lesson du jour, mes amis.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Had an interesting chat with some Twitter chums about whether I should port my iPhone number to Google Voice. The responses got me thinking about dependence upon one company or platform. Having all one's proverbial eggs in one basket opens up serious risk should a) the company go under, b) reconfigure their offerings or, c) simply decide on a focus change. Any of those scenarios open you up to data loss, productivity gains, and other delights.
Oddly, through my love of things techy, I find myself well diversified. Should, say Google, decide to ax a key component, I can easily shift over to MSFT or Yahoo or Apple or... Puts me on a safe place.
I think I'll stay that way, thank you.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
With all this, I commenced planning out my migration. It's not appearing as clean as I'd hoped, but the research is pretty early on. It seems my URL might be the biggest challenge. Plus, I need to decide if I will just move this to a site hosted by WordPress.com, or pony up for something hosted by BlueHost or GoDaddy (or....).
So, taking a thoughtful and well planned approach on this. It'll be interesting to see where it leads.
Any ideas, hints or tips? Just leave me a comment. I'd be quite happy for advice.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
It's my way of both honoring my commitments and yet maintaining an ability to respond. Nothing craps on a sense of accomplishment like missing a key deadline in the midst of "responding".
Having my life solidly organized, and in an easy to access tool helps me to live in the moment. I'm not trying to retain all those tasks, their deadlines and who I'm doing them for. And that's freeing. Amen!
Monday, October 21, 2013
That said, I actually like the film. [Spoiler Alert: (Ok, come on, if you haven't seen it by now, you really shouldn't be put off by plot revelations)] I know that will annoy some, and delight others. I liked the way the characters were recrafted. The time-continuum disruption theme was pretty cool. I wondered how they would reconcile the story-line when they killed Spock's mother. Clever. I particularly like the edgier, closer to human Spock.
I admit that the lens-flare business was a bit distracting at times. However, it's hard to extract Heisenberg from this (I was familiar with this before seeing the film. I'm sure awareness impacted my attention.) Didn't negatively impact the film for me, just provided a bit of distraction.
What really caught me, though, was the Leonard Nimoy role. I didn't know. DIDN'T KNOW!!!! Nope, no idea he was in the film. Yes, that would've made me see it sooner. And I'm sure I just missed some obvious marketing message somewhere. But I'm quite disconnected from the mainstream media stream at this point.
I shan't wait so long to watch "Into Darkness".
Friday, October 18, 2013
So, I hope nobody takes being unfollowed personally. I find myself trapped by my technology's limits, just like most folks.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
So, the point? Tastes change, behaviors follow, culture modulates and we both find ourselves reacting, as well as leading.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Not many details released yet, I expect that these are getting hashed out as we speak. their motivations, though, and the backgrounds of the collaborators are what give me the most excitement. This combination of talent presents an amazing opportunity to deeply innovate this space. Both from a financial side (let's face it, modern news has struggled with finding a sustainable financial model) as well as deeply utilizing elements of the modern web culture, and, lastly, bringing a renewed focus on the core of journalism's power: investigation. Watching the watchers, pushing deep and holding our society's leadership accountable (note: not just government) is critical, but a weakened force right now.
Anyway, these are the thoughts that roll off my keyboard this morning. I look forward to learning more as this gels.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Reading this at Venture Beat just annoyed the crap out of me: GlassUp raised $100K on Indiegogo — but PayPal is refusing to pay up. This isn’t the first time PayPal has dealt with similar issues, even to the point where their president publicly intervened in a resolution. This troubles me regarding PayPal’s future.
These rules need to significant repair if PayPal wants to remain relevant in this space. StartUps, heck, any business CANNOT operate with random and inconsistent access to funds. I think PayPal’s growth as a purchase transaction processor might be the root of these aggravations. At a brief glance, I see vigorous efforts to protect buyers from fraud. Noble, but hampering these transactions that vary from that model. Policies need to evolve with market changes. Especially market shifts that reflect your company’s goals and objectives.
David Marcus has publicly tried to change this, to better align themselves with the startup community’s needs. However, high profile breakdowns like this run the risk of major damage to the brand. And, I guarantee you that someone out there is getting ready to come in and out innovate PayPal. PayPal has been a disruptive innovator in their field, and have brought a lot of value. However, these gaffs have eroded trust and that goodwill will be hard to earn back. These are ripe fields for competitors to come in and win.
<updated content> PayPal has made a updates to their service plan, and I haven't had the chance to review them yet. I recognize the importance of that so will do so soon.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Anyway, just being a little snarky in response to an e-flyer I received today. Perhaps just being a bit too cranky and perfectionist. Maybe I just need another cup of coffee.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
My basic research shows that the main culprit for these issues is that they've already been invited (like this page mentions). However, in this instance, there are people who haven't been invited that are appearing grayed out. These appear to be unrelated issues.
A few additional details: 1) my view is fine. I can invite everyone in my network except those who have been invited. In other words, the way it's supposed to look. 2) We have verified that she is logged in as herself, not as the business page.
I'm leaning towards a few possible answers. Perhaps she inadvertently invited everyone at one point. Hard to imagine, but I guess it's possible. Another is that all her friends have a privacy setting enabled that blocks these invites. Again, statistically unlikely, but, hey, I'm grasping here.
Have any of you seen this? What solution did you find?
Seattle has a great tech community, and many ways for connection within. The next one that I'm aware of is the September Seattle Tech Meetup on September 17. This is one that I should be able to make.
And then there's the Seattle Interactive Conference. This is a grand one, and one that my current budget just can't absorb. However, I hear great things and would recommend attending based on them.
I'm sure I'm missing good ones. Let me know if you have suggestions that I should add. Heck, maybe I'll start a more definitive list.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Hopefully the chap will get tired of waiting and call me back. Sigh...
Monday, September 02, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
So, I highly recommend you spend a few minutes of your life watching the video below (the podcast was recorded at TedMed 2013, so, thus, you get video). Your life will be the better for it.
(It wouldn't be a bad idea to subscribe to Story Collider, too. Just sayin'.)
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Thursday, July 04, 2013
I'm wondering why our culture had a specific sequence to "Red, White, & Blue". In the States, the sequence is always R, W, B. Curious, no? Think it's related to a song? In sure there's some cultural touch-stone.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Friday, June 28, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
I've been wading thru massive amounts of email for far too long. Time for action! Now, as a geek with several domains, it was easy to create a special email for all my news and newsletters. As I'm going through and porting them all over, I'm seeing how many of these aren't relevant any more. I'm an information junkie. But is really time to draw back. I'm digging thru tons of news searching for stuff I need to attend to. Silly.
Monday, June 17, 2013
VPC was the main draw for us. I love watching talented artists of all disciplines using their passions. My son struggled the rest of the day to control his dance steps (a bit of a problem in the restaurant for lunch...), so inspiration was partaken.
Soon there will be photos uploaded to the KEXP Flickr Stream. Until then, I have a few shots up on my Flickr page.
Here's the most popular VPC video on YouTube. Enjoy!
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Additionally, I've seen so misery surrounding work. Hatred for their work, disdain for certain crafts and, thus, isolation. Dignity and social acceptance play out in this space. And, let's not forget the pain surrounding job losses.
I'm committed to exploring this deeper, so there will be more soon.
May you all find peace on this journey through the cosmos.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
I'll have more to say soon. However, if you're currently using the site, or want to go sign up yourself, connect with me. I'd love to see what Your Jams are.
Monday, April 22, 2013
The details listed on his Tumblr post give me pause, though. It seems Reuters' beefs centered around his Twitter postings surrounding the Boston Marathon bombings. Each item seems to have a logical rebuttal, which always raises my eyebrows. I can sense there are gaps here, but there's not enough detail yet to read between the proverbial lines.
One thing, though, I wonder about is how this affects Twitter's relationship with journalism. It seems that Mr. Keys mostly aggregated information from police scanners, as well as other tweets. This is an endeavor that makes accuracy tough. Yet, I'd argue, there's deep value. Yes, we, as citizens and media consumers, need to recognize the spurious nature of these moments. But the barrage of data helps ensure that the truth comes forth. Yes, it needs to be sorted through. Yes, there will be disinformation and misinformation. Activities like aggregation helps in that sifting process. Plus, it gives us a place to verify the accuracy of past reporting when looking at the next event. Someone with a history of mis/disinformation should, theoretically, immediately be suspect the next round.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Crowdsourcing is one of the greatest pieces of the Internet age. Whether we're talking about open source software, raising funds, or news, the power of the collective amazes me. The downside stems from volume, and the ability of malevolent players to perform mischief. Yet those voices tend towards discovery with amazing speed.
Hard to gauge how all this will evolve. But the journalistic game changed, radically and permanently. I label this whole phenomena "digitized democracy". Voices become equalized.
So, just a few random thoughts which I intend to flesh out further. I hope you have wonderful Fridays.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Or if you're a creepy stalker type.
Either way, read and get learned. Whatever feelings you have towards youth, their feelings reflect the direction culture is migrating towards.
I found this over at Social Media Today.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Providing the whole show via podcast would work nicely. Broadcast the show intact. You can increase your viewership significantly with minimal increased coast. There's great power in allowing timeshifting.
I think it'd be a great win for NPR. You?
Monday, April 15, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
LinkedIn functions as an afterthought for so many. Sharing of personal stories happens on Facebook. Well, most internet interaction seems to happen on Facebook. It had games, myriad other apps for consuming time. Yet, if you're like me, you have a career to manage. I value my career, even though I'm trying to find a unique path through my work life. So, I'm trying to nurture my LinkedIn account.
Maybe I should call it "curate". Immaterial, really, the label. What's important is deliberate focus. I seek to expand my influence. Thus, connecting with new people consistently. At least weekly access, though I shoot for more. Sharing relevant articles. And, though seeking to expand my network, not add everyone in the world. Additionally, I want the heavy lifting done before I'm seeking a new job. That's one of the cynical parts to LinkedIn. People don't use the tool extensively until they're job hunting. True or not, there is that perception. I have noticed more users sharing content, though, and with greater regularity. LinkedIn's potential should really expand over the coming year.
These are just a few thoughts on what I'm doing with this interesting tool. I don't think I'm utilizing it to it's full potential, yet I'm doing better than most. What are you doing with it? Live it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
Thanks to Successify for helping me find this.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Just my random thought of the day. There are ways to build demand without creating suckers. Only focusing on maximizing profits from your customers can't be sustained. Once a critical mass has been reached, you will have a growth rate the approaches zero rapidly
Go forth and do great things.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Just over a week a ago, I attended at social media workshop hosted by Lori Ballen. Covered a great deal of content that I deeply care about, thus there's tons to write about. There's one piece that really struck me, though. Her ability to connect.
One thing that happens regularly for her: people who she's never met treating her like she's their best friend. These are people who have only connected with her via social media. For all the criticism about social media destroying society, clearly these tools still enables us to bond.
Utilized well, people can connect solidly to brands, ideas, individuals. This gives communicators powerful ways to affect our audience. And elicit cynicism. If we're not careful, these tools will end up viewed simply as deceptive marketing tools, building a false sense of connection and, thus, exploitive.
We need to be vigilant, ensuring we strive for genuine connection. Respectful, solution driven, thoughtful, and focused on our customer more than on driving cash-flow. Once your audience becomes jaded, rebuilding that trust is painfully slow and, perhaps, impossible.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
My current focus when it comes to personal organizing: realistic daily loads. I've been using what I'll call a "day dump". I throw most of my outstanding workload into "today", then shift the un-done into tomorrow. That's quite frustrating. It makes it look like little gets done. And organizing starts to take much longer, especially as time oases. Plus, when you scroll thru a huge task list, it's easy to get overwhelmed.
I'm trying my best to build my task list into something that has a real chance of getting accomplished. Helps keep my main foci on page one, and not scroll around looking for sheet I should do next.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Just a thought: if you regularly give up planning and review time to deal with "now", you have a future problem. We must make time to compare our progress against our goals. Otherwise, we get lost.
Don't let this slip! And I'll try to do the same.
Spent all day yesterday learning how to generate leads using social media with Lori Ballen. Lots of good ideas, lots of things I want to implement over various projects. Though we had a real estate focus, the ideas are implementable across a wider array of sectors.
Learned tons, but haven't had the chance to process it all. I'll post more as soon add I make that time.
Friday, February 22, 2013
I found their desire to name their PR command center "The Listening Post" particularly telling. Compare it, if you will, with Wal-Mart's choice of "War Room". One implies collaborative, engagement, respectful of it's customers; while the other immediately screams adversarial. Seems clear which will be the best at mollifying the energy of critics.
This attitude works best to build ambassadors for your brand. These fans will be infinitely better at defusing potential crisis then even the best PR pros.
Your fans are a key asset. Invest in them.
- Put people in the "To" line who have action items, or are otherwise the direct focus of the email. E.g.: "Carl, please take care of this"...blah, blah. Use the "CC:" line for people on the email for informational purposes.
- Look in the address header to see where you fit in before you read. Then you'll have a solid idea of whether you are being asked for information or action, or whether you're being informed of a status, data, what-have-you.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
My career has progressed over a wide array of industries and functions, all within the basic "general business administration" category. I've worried about shifting my focus, though. I've never been much for "profit hunting". Business, though, impacts so many areas of our society, and we all are impacted by this institution. The variety in my background, from differing sectors (non-profits, Fortune 500, small and mid-sized business) to types (retail, technology, religious, advocacy, distribution, wholesale....) provides me with a remarkable perspective.
All this blends into a particular viewpoint. I take a long-term view. Sustainability is critical (both for individual institutions and society en masse). Project management tools and disciplines are master strokes of intellectual achievement.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Sunday, January 06, 2013
This troll's comment gave me pause. What's the best response? Public humiliation & shame? Just ignoring them? Gentle correction? Or???
I find it hard to sit silently when I witness cruelty, even as I recognize that response is exactly what the troll seeks. Certainly don't want to reward deviant behavior. However, what's effective?
Saturday, January 05, 2013
Fame is so compelling that we're quite comfortable with infamy. We're comfortable with the horrified gaze, or at least the incredulous one.
My main evidence? The full spate of "reality" tv stars. Whether Honey Boo Boo right now, or what's-his-name Huang American Idle, er Idol a few years back. Both people willing to abandon every shred of dignity for attention. Though annoying on so many levels, it presents for fascinating psychoanalysis. If you're geeky like me, that is.
Gesticfoolcate - those bizarre gestures meant to intimidate but actually make you want to howl w/laughter. I mainly am thinking of those gangster poses.
Yep, the wonderful things that come out if my brain at 2:00 am.