April 30, 2011
April 29, 2011
First there was Wikipedia and now there is Quora.
April 27, 2011
In the old Ginsu commercials, they used to say "In Japan, the hand can be used like a knife...but this method doesn't work with a tomato."
April 26, 2011
April 25, 2011
Fast Company (December 2008) describes Frenemies as a "thrilling intricate dance" of friend-enemy relationships.
April 24, 2011
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April 20, 2011
It's so hard to come up with just the right domain name, especially when the landscape already seems so busy.
April 17, 2011
April 16, 2011
Yet another air traffic controller asleep on the job today--OMG.
Is anyone down there?
April 15, 2011
Stage freight (aka "performance anxiety") is one the most common phobias.
While often attributed to children, this is really a fear that everyone experiences--to a greater or lessor extent.
Organizations like Toastmasters help people overcome their fear of public speaking by having them practice regularly in front of the group.
Yet even the most experienced speakers and performers still get that knot in their stomach before a really big performance.
We are all human, and when we go out there and open ourselves up to others, we are vulnerable to ridicule and shame and being seen as shysters and charlatans.
So it really takes great courage to go out there and "do your thing" in front of the world--for better or worse.
As the child poet, Rebecca says, "when I go on stage, it's me, myself, and I."
What a wonderful perspective in being yourself and doing your best.
Here's what she has to say--in a poem called Butterflies.
(Credit Picture: scienceray.com)
Butterflies, that’s what I feel before the poetry slam.
It's 2 minutes before I read my poem.
I feel them tickling around my stomach making me want to puke.
My mom always tells me just imagine the audience in their underwear but it makes me feel even worse.
I told myself when I came up here you’ll do fine but, I know I’ll just stumble on a word.
Buzzing noises start in my ear.
I feel like I want to just go up on the stage and conquer my fear.
I shouldn’t care what people say because it’s my thoughts that matters.
When I go onstage it’s me, myself, and I.
1 minute till showtime.
Finally I hear my name.
I walk up to the stage unsteadily and all the lights are on me.
Everyone’s eyes beam towards me, almost as if they are watching a movie and I’m the show.
I read my poem.
I’m sweating like a dog running in the heat of summer.
I stumble upon a few words, but I survive it.
I am almost done. Just be done, already.
I read the last sentence but the time when I’m reading that sentence feels the longest.
My life is not going to end.
I’m done and I feel accomplished.
April 11, 2011
Strategy + Business (Spring 2011) has an interview with Edgar Schein, the MIT sage of organizational culture.
April 10, 2011
- Stage 1--It starts with utmost skepticism and even denigrating the tool (e.g. it's stupid, dumb, a time-waster...)
- Stage 2--Then it moves to well why don't I just try it and see what all the commotion is all about--maybe I'll like it?
- Stage 3--As the interaction with others (RT's, @'s and messages) start to flow, you have the ah ha moment--I can communicate with just about anyone, globally!
- Stage 4--I like this (can anyone say addiction!). I can share, collaborate, influence--way beyond my traditional boundaries. This is amazing--this is almost miraculous.
April 9, 2011
I came across this interesting Social Network Map (Credit: Flowtown).
April 7, 2011
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April 5, 2011
To be honest, we all make mistakes.
In fact, I would worry about someone who seems so perfect on the outside--because I would imagine that they are likely or probably a powder keg, ready to blow on the inside (ever hear of someone "going postal" or the star who seems to have it all--looks, fame and fortune--and then they overdose or drive off a cliff or something?)
No one has it all. No one is perfect. We are all human.
It's not about blame. It is about accountability and responsibility--making things right where we can.
Every day we learn and grow--that is our test and our trust.
(Cartoon Credit: Tandberg)
April 3, 2011
Tobii allows users to "control their computers just by looking at them."
The eye tracker uses infrared lights (like those used in a TV's remote control) to illuminate the pupils, and optical sensors on the computer screen capture the reflection. Tobii can determine the point of gaze and movement of the eyes to within 2 millimeters.
So forget the mouse--"just look at a particular location on the screen, and the cursor goes there immediately."
This is a natural user interface that is fast and intuitive, generally "halving the time needed for many chores."
Eye tracking is being tested and planned by Tobii and others for the following
- Read text down the screen and it automatically scrolls. - Look at a window or folder to choose it. - Use a map by eyeing a location and then touching it to zoom. - Activate controls by holding a glaze for a quarter to half a second. - Play video games by moving through with your eyes. - Gaze at a character and they will stare back at you. - Leave your TV and it pauses until you return.
This technology has the potential to help disabled people (who cannot use a traditional mouse) as well as prevent strains and injuries by reducing some repetitive stress movement.
Within a couple of years, the cost of eye tracking technology is seen as coming down from tens of thousands of dollars to a couple of hundred dollars for a laptop clip-on device or even less for those built right in.
I think another important use for eye tracking is with augmented reality technology, so that as people navigate and look around their environment, sensors will activate that can provide them all sorts of useful information about what they are seeing.
Ultimately, where this is all going is the addition of a virtual 4th dimension to our vision--where information is overlaid and scrolling on everything around us that we look at, as desired.
This will provide us with an information rich environment where we can understand more of what we see and experience than ever before. Terminator, here we come!
April 2, 2011
While research is important and I respect the people who devote themselves to doing this, sometimes they risk being disconnected from reality and the consequences associated with it.