Analog Inbox: Breaking Down the Walls Within Yourself
By: Katrina Pfannkuch It happens to the best of us. Dog tired. Wiped out. Blank. Searching for ways to move forward creatively with little or no direction. This is not the same as burn out. I’m talking about plain old lack of fire in the belly. And it isn’t always easy to get things kicking again.
By: Ryan Estes
Sex, drugs and rock and roll. I’ve spent a decade+ in smelly clubs playing music to drunken enthusiasts. It’s great. Musicians are a lively bunch. For all their decadence and self indulgent bullshit, musicians are usually the sensitive and reflective types. I met Meagan Morris under these circumstances. We share a passion for local music, beer specials and global social responsibility. Meagan organizes benefit concerts. I’ve had the honor to play in a few. There was one for Darfur, one for Haiti, there were others I can’t recall. It gets rowdy and the nights get late; Meagan’s events give musicians the opportunity to be involved without pulling a crow-bar to their dusty wallets. It works. I love her work. The world is a better place with Meagan Morris in it. She was nice enough to let us share a bit about her with this Q & A:
There’s an unspoken assumption as to what a diverse student body actually means, partly that all the things formerly preventing said diversity (racism) are eroded or eroding. Due to the practice of narrowly defining racism, we prematurely congratulate ourselves over the rapidly deteriorating forms of overt racism, while the widespread economic and psychological remnants remain. The Ivy League schools advertising a diverse student body does imply that a diverse global perspective is within reach of any student that chooses to attend that University, but if that was the main objective, then why lump a vast array of cultures and ethnicities under terms like “students of color” or “minorities”. That only serves to understate the diverse influences the various white cultures are bringing to the table. That leads me to believe that boasting about a high percentage of minority students is more of an appeasement tactic meant to mislead. Exactly what role the Ivy League schools are supposed to play in the war on racism is debatable, but selling a myth is a tough sell to those living the truth. It kind of makes you wonder exactly who they’re trying to pitch.
Your business, your message, your ambition, your customers. Bring them all to the table and you are going to be successful. Capture the attention of your demographic; join them where they are most comfortable. Radio, television and print are tried and true means to grow your business. But these ain’t the glory days.
People’s tolerance for bullshit is gone. Your customers will sniff out a half-assed ad campaign and ignore it. Or worse. You’ve got to bring authenticity and you’ve got to entertain. Design and create your ads like it’s your dieing breath. It very well could be.
It’s no secret the way we do business as a global economy changes more rapidly than ever before. It’s also obvious some people have been sucked into the vortex of doing business how they THINK they should because that is what their latest business seminar email offer laying in their inbox is telling them to do.So how do you choose just the right yoga pose to bend your way into the hearts of consumers while still doing what got you excited in the first place? Don’t assume you need to do what everyone else is doing the way they are doing it to be successful.Why Always “Making it Personal” Can BackfireHere is a quick little story I would like to share..Click HERE to read more.
Today’s internet startup Sellanapp makes your App ideas reality through Crowd Funding and Crowd Sourcing. SellAnApp offers an integrated online platform where everyone can transform their app ideas into a full fledged app design using crowdsourcing.
Scan me!By now you’ve seen a few of these strange little box looking things on various items such as groceries, movie advertisements, websites, t-shirts, etc. They’re called Quick Response Codes or simply QR-Codes for short. QR-Codes were originally created by Toyota’s sub-company called Denso to be able to locate cars when they’re being built. They are a matrix barcodes or a two dimension barcodes that can be generated at a number of sites online such as http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ for example. You can provide the generator with a URL, text, a phone number, and even an SMS to be made into a QR-Code. To be able to decipher the QR-Code your smart phone will need a QR-Code reader installed on it. Kaywa offers a reader but I prefer the reader from i-nigma. Once the reader is installed on your smart phone you can open the app and start scanning.
January 9, 2007, was the day the technology world was turned upside down. Steve Jobs revealed the iPhone to the public and the cell phone business was never the same afterwards. The original iPhone was released on June 29, 2007 to rave reviews and a huge amount of media attention. Apple was founded April 1, 1976 and incorporated on January 3, 1977. Up until January 9, 2007, Apple was known as Apple Computer, Inc., for thirty years. The announcement of the iPhone prompted this change and told the world that Apple was now into more than the Mac computers that carried the company from it’s humble beginnings. (click for more)