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From John Moore at Brand Autopsy comes this interesting way of generating worthwhile new ideas from inside instead of bringing in "outside consultants".
Read the full posting here.
I was wondering what happened to CoComment. When I pulled up my own pages, the CoComment section did not fil in. When I tried to use CoComment, I got nothing in response. No error message, no nothing.
Now, I finally find this posting on their own blog:
They have my email address. They could have sent me and each other user an email. Email is still functioning.
Maybe next time. (Oh, and while I hope there won't be one soon in this technical world, something will happen.)
Channel 4 in the UK is facilitating a one to one conversation on current life events featuring each voice from a different part of the world. That is, one person from the the UK and one from Iran using Blogger to enable the conversations.
This is a good extention for main stream media into blogging.
Check out 121.
From Malcolm Gladwell at Malcolm's blog comes the next step in the discussion between Malcom and the Freakonomicsguys:
Read the full posting here:
From Wayne Hurlburt at Blog Business World comes the notice that world water day was March 22. I missed it this year and will need to mark it on the calendar for next year.
Read more about it here.
I like to watch soccer (yes, real "football") and frequently cruise through FoxSportsNetwork to catch some of the international games. A couple of weeks ago, I was startled to see a commercial about the beautiful game. At the time, I did not catch the tagline. I was able to see it only once or twice.
And the commercial video clip is one the home page. Watch and enjoy its message. About doing away with the ugliness of the game and returning it to skill, finesse, and beauty.
What a wonderful thing to be for!
Would that Shakespeare have worked on the marketing for Marriott, then the Courtyard Marriott Philadelphia Devon (yes, that is the full name) might have been located in one of those two spots instead of Wayne, PA.
What's wrong with Wayne?
Where is Devon anyway?
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Via Seth Godin and the iPod Observer comes this video spoof of what it would look like if Microsoft did the packaging for the iPod.
Now, the real point here is that Microsoft did this as an internal exercise to address their own packaging problems vis a vis the iPod.
Microsoft is a company made up of really smart people. Sometimes, the company gets in the way of the smartness.
The lesson for us all: don't let the company get in the way of your own smart people!
Over on Passionate Runner, my blog to share my writing on running, I have invited the community to participate in a comparison of 5 tools currently available to mark your route for walking, running, biking, etc. All tools are mashups based upon Google Maps.
If you would like to add your input your can check out the details here.
Thanks for considering this! I look forward to your input.
|You may recall one of my annoyances was the coffee maker carafe that dripped when you poured a cup. Ugh!|
We finally gave in and pitched it out. Went to buy new one and it is nice.
Does make good coffee.
Has a permanent gold-tone filter that is dishwasher safe. We can avoid buying those coffee filters now which over time may help save a tree.
Way to go Black & Decker!
Technorati Tags : good+experience, annoyance
|There is a great Op-Ed piece in the Boston Globe today from Traci Logan, the vice provost of academic affairs at Bentley College.|
You perhaps have heard or maybe even seen the emails between the lawyer and the prospective law student about the job offer and the response. The offer was reconsidered and declined but instead of doing this business via the phone, it was conducted via email. And these were two lawyers. Shouldn't they have known better. Traci writes:
But this story is about more than the dangers of e-mail and committing our thoughts to the Internet. It is about etiquette and human behavior, and the growing evidence that suggests the ''one, two punch" we face daily -- a reliance on technology and the allure of virtual communication -- might be eroding our ability to effectively link the two. How many of us have intentionally substituted e-mail or voice mail for conversation, knowing full well the deficiencies in such a choice? Yet we do it, time and again, because typing into a keyboard has become routine and so much easier and efficient -- but not necessarily better -- than navigating human to human discourse.I like this turn Traci takes. The bigger issue is here.
Technology only helps us communicate faster and won't help us do it better unless we truly do it abiding by the good rules of etiquette and human behavior. Traci continues:
In our eagerness to fund programs that provide technology and Internet access to students -- ostensibly in an effort to make them more competitive in a world transformed by technology -- let's not forget that people are fundamentally products of their social environments. Are we afraid to delve into the complex socio-technical influences that reinforce Internet behavior? Or have we decided they're not a priority?We should not be. We need to remember the basics of human interaction. We need to be the model of good behavior. We need to devote time and effort to this in the schools.
Read the full article and let me know your thoughts on this.
|ChangeThis has new manifestos ready for download.|
Tom Peters. Kevin Eikenberry. Valerie Washington. Bob Allard.
I downloaded 3 of the 4.
Which one did I not download would be a good question for which the correct answer would earn the winner a pretty insignificant prize. Drop a comment or email with your guess. I reveal the answer this weekend.
And you should check out (if you have not already) the proposals.
I see my buddy Troy Worman is sitting on the top of the heap with his proposal.
If you haven't voted, it would be a good thing to do.
|From Laura Jackson's Paul Simon, The Definitive Biography:|
"... Paul set himself the lengthy task of writing lyrics that were shaped by his singing aloud whatever words were subliminally suggested by repeatedly playing the music. Determined to seek a new language in rock music, he later explained that what he derives from working in this seemingly back to front way is an invitation to rely lyrically more on the abstract, because music itself is abstract."
Food for thought...
"subliminally suggested by repeatedly playing the music"Maybe that is why I sometimes write with music in the background
Technorati Tags : writing, music
Jed Diamond has a good posting on a men's weight loss program and what it would take to succeed over at the Third Age blog.
I tried commenting there but the security is absurd and I lost my comment text.
I need to regroup, collect my thoughts, and write again what I wanted to say.
In the meantime, you can read the posting and think about it.
Updated 3/7/06: It turns out I did not "lose" the comments after all. CoComment had captured them. So even though they did not end up on the ThirdAge blog comments, CoComment had recorded them. Cool, another reason to like CoComment!
|Maybe you have seen this before, maybe you have another system, in either case, both of these are good things.|
If you have not, or do not have another system, then this article should be worthwhile reading and implementing.
It is amazing how much change you can make by doing it on your own.
Walk the talk.
Others will notice. Some will chose to follow.
Technorati Tags : email, tips, change
|You may have noticed if you visit Passionate Runner or Passion for the Good Customer Experience that the Feedburner headlines for Steve's 2 Cents is stuck.|
The date keeps changing but the posting is stuck on "Watch this space for future items". I have tried to troubleshoot my feed but it seems to be beyond me at the moment.
The capability to click through to the site works fine but even though I do post almost daily, it does not seem to reflect that.
Hopefully, I'll have some resolution soon.
Thanks for your patience.
Updated- thanks to some guidance from Rick Klau, the issue appears to be resolved! Thanks Rick!
Technorati Tags : FeedBurner, blogs, blogging
What do you want to do?
When will you start (if you haven't already)?
As Troy says - Don't wait for permission to succeed!
What are you waiting for?
Read the full story and decide when to crawl out of your shell!
Read the full post here.
I think today's environment is helping to foster this debate. We are so looking for the answers, now. What do you mean you don't know? The implication is that somebody does.
Why are the crime shows the rage? They detect the reason behind the travesty, they get their perpetrator. Justice is served.
Are we really served? Or are we really misled?