With the new energy of 2012 setting ambitions on fire, what do you have cookin’, simmerin’ or brewin’? Nothing new to focus on just yet? That is more than OK, in fact, it’s PERFECT! Screw 2012 resolutions!
So many people get swept up in the energy of having to create and build something new as the next year rolls in, but don’t put any thought or heart into what they really want. So concerned about what everyone else is “improving”, they barely consider their choices and often select very superficial, task oriented resolutions that require external physical action instead of introspection.
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Find the Humor
Spin that shit. There is always funny, usually the deeper you get the funnier it gets. Making fun of your subject and riff on it until its exhausted. Then take it a little further. All you need is one line – that ONE line to get you rolling. There is a fine line you have to walk: how dark, how controversial can you be and still be accessible? You’ll never know until you cross the line. Grow a pair and make me laugh.
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By: Ryan Estes
Beer: The Original American Social Network. Beer is responsible for the American Revolution. Sounds odd, but true. The ‘founding fathers’ were generally a lofty bunch of blowhards. It was the men in the pubs, over beers, who burned the fires of revolution. Paul Revere was the guy who bridged the democratic ideals with the brawn of the American citizen. Revere raised many a pint with the men who worked with their hands, AND the men who worked with their brains.
Revere was the glue.
Talklaunch has a Revere, Jason Roberts. Jason bridges the tech community to the amateurs. His writing relays the basic operations of the Internet and it’s impact on our culture. And he likes beer. Jason and I tore up Denver a few weeks back, hitting a bunch of local brewpubs. We raised our glasses, told lies and laughed our ass off. Sounds like a revolution brewing. Jason is building a full time position in Social Media, he’s a father, and he likes Robert DeNiro movies. We were lucky he spent a little time with this Q & A:
I am Jason Roberts, a father, a husband, social media advocate, and craft beer connoisseur. I grew up in Pensacola, Florida for the most part. My father was in the Navy when I was a baby so we moved to Jacksonville, Florida for two years then moved back to Pensacola. I lived in Biloxi, Mississippi, from 1984 – 1991, Wichita Falls, Texas, from 1991 – 1994, then I moved back home to Pensacola, Florida. I was first called Jay by my great aunt back in the 80′s and it stuck. At my 9-6 gig I was tagged J-Ro because there’s another Jason that works here.I feel like I’m a pretty good person overall. The most valuable thing I own is my word.My career is a small private software company that tracks data for over one hundred and fifty medical facilities across the country.
I get inspired by philanthropist who care enough to do what they can for the greater good of our society. I get a little too fired up and emotional about things sometimes but it’s only because I care so much.
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The Ryan Estes Podcast - 8th Grade Ball:
This concept model for a next-generation vending machine, which features a see through display, is being developed by Sanden, a large manufacturer of vending machines, in conjunction with Okaya Electronics and Intel.
This concept model has a vertical, 65-inch, Full HD transparent display. The products behind the display can be seen through the glass, and you can simultaneously see high definition text, pictures, and Flash animations on the display.
“This vending machine uses the Intel SandyBridge Core. It features Audience Impression Metric, or AIM, and can do anonymous face recognition. So this machine can recognize whether customers are male or female, or old or young.”
When there aren’t any customers, the machine shows a large digital clock and animations, to attract the attention of people passing by. If a customer stands in front of the machine, it estimates their attributes from anonymous video analysis, and shows advertising content to match the customers demographic.
“In this demo, we’re suggesting that vending machines could be used to purchase luxury items, such as cosmetics and wine. The machine also has a public safety mode in times of emergency, which shows information such as evacuation routes.”
“I think this machine could be used in lots of ways, depending on customers’ imagination. It has a great many possibilities, so we’d like to get ideas from everyone, rather than just using it as a regular vending machine.”
You Tube link http://goo.gl/9Lpve
By Zack Whittaker | December 18, 2011, 1:48pm PST
Summary: Since the release of a website that monitors nearly 20 percent of all public BitTorrent downloaders, even more pro-SOPA figures have been found downloading copyrighted material.
Earlier this week, it was found that employees of major copyright holders Sony, Universal, and Fox were all found to have illegally downloaded content through the BitTorrent network.
Today, two prominent figures in the online piracy fight were also found to be seemingly undoing all of their employers’ hard work in the fight against online piracy
Perhaps it just goes to prove that everybody pirates?
The Recording Industry of America (RIAA) is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Hollywood, working on behalf of the record industry. It’s also one of the main proponents behind SOPA, the controversial anti-piracy act currently working its way through Congress.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does what it says on the tin. Part of its remit is to seize domain names controlled or managed by the U.S. government or U.S.-based firms to crack down on online piracy.
It would therefore be highly ironic should one find that employees of both the RIAA and the Dept. of Homeland Security should be found to be illegally downloading copyrighted material through peer-to-peer networks.
But the RIAA in particular will be feeling the heat when its workers arrive at the office on Monday morning.
According to TorrentFreak, entire series episodes have been downloaded from BitTorrent sites, as well as software, and even gangster-rap music by the music industry representative body.
Last week, one Russian website, YouHaveDownloaded, opened its doors as it claimed to track around 20 percent of all public torrent downloads. You can check your IP address — as well as others — against the database to see if you or prominent others are found illegally downloading copyrighted material.
From an search-engine optimisation (SEO) perspective, Stephen Chapman discussed how users who wish to remain anonymous — and potentially out of the public eye of this site — can do so when downloading content from the web.
Considering it’s the RIAA who wants to disconnect pirates from the web, I suppose it shows that almost everyone is at risk from SOPA should the bill go through — even one of the key outfits pushing for the bill.
Though over 200,000 people work for the Dept. for Homeland Security, it is no surprise that at least someone within the government department is downloading content illegally.
But one person alone can shame the collective entity, and any ‘breach’ like this would be vital ammunition for anti-SOPA advocates.
(Credit: Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET)
Deciding on a tattoo pretty much means you’re stuck with an image for life. To combat staleness, Fred Bosch chose a tattoo that will never look the same twice.
Bosch had a QR code inked onto the inside of his forearm. Scanning it is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.
The code may pop up with a GIF of a couple of headbangers swinging their hair around, or a recent tweet, a phrase, a video, or a weather report. Bosch calls it the first-ever random tattoo.
Surprise, surprise, this isn’t the first QR code tattoo we’ve heard about. A marketing stunt for Ballantine whiskey got there first.
Bosch may have some stiff competition for nerdy tattoos, but the ever-changing nature of his QR code links means he (and his tattoo viewers) will never get bored. Let’s just hope it never gets saggy.
QR code tattoo YouTube video - http://youtu.be/It0MNFL6SDI
By: Katrina Pfannkuch
Having several interests, ideas and ways to make a living used to be seen as scattered, unprofessional and kooky. Jack of all trades and master of NONE is how the old adage goes. In reality, it’s these traits that were common strengths for many entrepreneurs, but people didn’t often see the connection until the person was “successful.”As that judgment fades into the twilight, a new, more dynamic idea of what it means to make a living for yourself continues to emerge. This new and evolved version of the entrepreneur has the same level of passion and chutzpah – but completely different challenges to navigate in the modern age.The true beauty of this shift in consciousness is how people view and create a “career”, and there are more of us coming forward. We blow past the idea of the one-track-mind and feel freer to explore passions, ideas and seek out collaborations that speak to our hearts and minds, while throwing in the practical tools and right connections to make it all work.Click HERE to read more.
To be alive means you have some idea of what you want to happen in your life. It may not be specific, clear or super mind-blowing at this exact moment, but you have hopes and dreams you want to come to fruition in some shape or form. What you may not realize out right is when the “mind goblins” throw on the brakes, because it’s not always obvious.
I think I can best illustrate my point with a true story that involves cars, racing and me being really clueless.
I dated a guy for a short period of time that owned a race Porsche – a 1972 911 to be exact. It was not street legal and he raced in on it on local race tracks as well as in other racing events nationwide. After a few weeks of dating, he asked me if I wanted to drive it as part of a “ladies day” at the race track. I would be paired with an official racing instructor and race against other ladies on a road rally track. For you non-racers out there, that is a diverse track with lots of twists, turns and curves, not a Nascar track shaped as an oval.
Unbeknownst to him, driving a Porsche was on my rudimentary bucket list. And my first response to his amazing and generous offer? I tried to talk him out of it – several times. Seriously.
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The Rundown:The microblogging site tumblr allows you to post text, photo, quote, link, chat, audio, and video.Tumblr was founded back in 2007 in New York City by David Karp. I’ve been ontumblr for about a year now. At first I mainly lurked and didn’t post much. When I joined talklaunch I started posting my weekly column as a mirror. I slowly started to post more content and now I’ve totally hooked on tumblr. I joined tumblr because I read an article onMashable able how great the content was and they were right. tumblr is my laugh factory each day and night. My daily dashboard view is absolutely hilarious because there are some very talented people on tumblr with animated gifs.Click HERE to read more.