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)
The linear procession of symbolic images is primitive and abstract to reality. With an enhanced internet-brain, communication will be embedded into our visual/ auditory field. As fast as you can see, you can exchange information. What was once a literary abstraction, is now a premeditated hallucination. You won’t read a set list, you will rock the heavens with a gesture. Pythagoras be damned, Planetary gets you there first.
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What Everyday Life is Telling You It’s safe to assume that the majority of people are looking for change or fighting against change right now. They may not realize it so plainly, but it’s in their thoughts, prayers, mumbled under their breath and in every worry their mind replays ad nauseam. The truth is, those messages, worries and thoughts are getting “answered”, but you might not notice them unless you are staying open and observant to them. And you might not like the responses you get. For example, I’ve been at a point for the last few months where I’ve been feeling stuck, and not really knowing what to shift. Some of it’s clarity on my part, some of it’s timing. It’s all on its own time table you see, something I am unable to push forward. However, I was beginning to focus on all the things that were moving slowly or at a dead stop, instead of shifting my focus to new ideas or other things I could try.
The music industry is failing. For years album sales have been falling and hi-profile artists have been leaving the once-comfortable shelter of the major labels. The current worldwide economic depression isn’t helping, either. Concert ticket sales have been slumping for the last 3 years, although more people than ever are going to festivals such as Lollapalooza and Coachella. Yet 80 years ago during the Great Depression the music industry was treading water, fueled by the thirst for quality entertainment that was free
On Monday, the company will announce it raised $85 million in fresh financing. The round was led by Greylock Partners and Insight Venture Partners, and the Chernin Group, Richard Branson, Spark Capital, Union Square Ventures and Sequoia Capital also contributed. To date, the company has raised roughly $40 million in funding.
This Google Wallet phenomenon is pretty amazing. Though with the starbucks card app kind of leading the way, the concept of using your phone in lieu of pulling out your wallet, is not a new one. Still, this concept is most likely the next step in the adventures of our ever-evolving smartphones.
My quick take?
The Good = The obvious. Convenient, easy, and almost always on hand.
After the recent earthquake in DC, a friend of mine tweeted, “Dear Self - in the future, please also grab your purse along with the phone. The phone is not the most important thing #dcearthquake”
This concept of leaving one for the other might become more common as our phones become more and more ubiquitous in our daily lives.
The Bad = Lost and stolen phones. Family and friends of mine have had their phones stolen from right out of their purses and off their tables. The resale value of smartphones is pretty darn high and if you don’t know to look for a clean ESN number, you could be buying a stolen phone (I’ve bought a few of my recent phones on Ebay and had to deal with the aforementioned issue a few years ago. Lesson learned.) Still, if your phone isn’t stolen, it could be misplaced. (Say on the subway in San Francisco?… Ah friend, you know who you are.) But seriously, the concept of phones disappearing is not novel, and in fact, could increase with this kind of attractive technology baiting thieves and scam-artists.
The Ugly = Pretty much to continue on with the above ‘bad’ comment - we will effectively have so much information on our smartphones, that it could prove dangerous. How many of you have accidentally left your Facebook page open, only to find your friends have left some interesting comments as your status updates? Or how about, finding out your email inbox has been hacked? Finally, how about finding out that your credit card has been used by someone other than yourself and so you had to shut it down to stop said person from buying more using your credit?
All of these are definite possibilities with this new future for our smartphones - indeed the ugliest of options.
Still, as often happens, convenience trumps possible inconveniences. And obviously more strict safety measures will have to be put in place once these things roll out and become more mainstream.
In the meantime, check out this Mashable article review and Google’s own video on the topic.
What do you think? Good, bad, or ugly?
Google officially rolled out its Google Wallet mobile payment system Monday. We’ve been using a Sprint Nexus S 4G with Google Wallet for the past six weeks. Google Wallet is still in its infancy, but the system already shows a lot of promise…
Google released their web browser Chrome as a beta for Windows on September 2, 2008. Initially, I downloaded the installer and checked it out and it seemed to be a decent browser. At the time I was a heavy Mozilla Firefox user so I had little use for a secondary web browser so at first Google Chrome got no love from me. Thanks to Microsoft’s dominance majority desktops and laptops with Windows operating systems come pre-installed with Internet Explorer, so unfortunately for a while it was the web browser of choice for many. Gone for me were the days of Microsoft’s horrible offerings of Internet Explorer with exception of using it at work which I’m still totally reluctant to do. A little while passed after the launch of Google Chrome and my wonderful Mozilla Firefox started to quickly fall apart. Over and over the browser crashes occurred only to continue with more frequency and frustration. Then Mozilla Firefox started to have constant issues with Adobe Flash and after sometime fighting this I grew tired of it and decided to revisit Google Chrome.
Today’s internet startup Quotegine is an online tool that enables you to create dynamic and professional business proposals. Quotegine proposals are much more powerful than a standard Word document. They are easier to create, have more features, are interactive and provide trackable results….