Bald Cats, Putin, Homer and Algorithms

“Read Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey and try and figure out why they’re still being read, searched for, turned into movies or (digibabble) digital video content.” The above was my reply to a question I was asked on a recent panel about what young creative types should do today to better prepare themselves for…

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The Race to be Wrong — Is it Right??

reddit, its (r)editors and “old-fashioned” media channels all took negative hits during the recent tragic Boston bombing and its frantic aftermath. Interestingly enough, if you cut through the digibabble and pontificating punditry, the issue is actually the same – the need we have to provide the scoop – to be the first – to have…

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The Future Rests on Legacy

How important is the past to you? Is everything that was…all that happened…just mere history…dinosaur doings? Do you subscribe to the notion that nothing that is old is worth knowing and that only the new – the bright and shiny – is valuable? Frankly, this week I became obsessed with this notion as the company…

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Reality Bites HARD

Reality bites…hard…very hard. This time, though, Reality is not relative; it’s not decided by cultural or social norms; it’s not linked to social channels or digital magic…. The Boston Marathon Massacre is a Reality defined by death; murder; terrible human destruction; terror; and at its core – hatred…pure and simple. This Reality bit and it…

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Reality Bites

Reality Bites Bad movie – great line…the notion that every once in a while events, circumstances, occurrences, the randomness of life gets in our way – gunks up the works – screws us up – flushes our plans down the toilet and otherwise creates a F@#k Fest. Here is the thing – what is reality?…

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Does Facebook Know it’s Mobile?

Facebook is a mobile company. Already. FULL STOP. In fact, as much or more so than AT&T or Vodafone or Telefonica or whatever local carrier you use in your country or region. In fact, as much as Google or Microsoft or Samsung or Nokia – only different. So I am mystified by the digibabble and…

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Zynga Farms Its Own Future

Remember Zynga? In June of 2009, they launched FarmVille on Facebook, had 10 million+ active users daily in only six weeks, and on that trajectory went public with huge pre-launch hype on December 16, 2011 – opening at $10 a share, hitting a high of $14.50 in March of 2012, and today trading under $3.50…

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Remember Cell Phones?

Do you remember cell phones? We used to use them to make calls…. Today we have smartphones.  We use them to communicate, but also to take pictures, consume content, play games, buy and sell stuff, find our way, store data and get advertised to…. We pontificate on mobile – it’s here! Its time has come!…

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Home or Office?

Home or Office? Virtual or Physical? Face to Face or Hand in Hand…. Mobile vs. Static Productivity vs. Productivity vs. Savings vs. Investment vs. Lifestyle vs. Innovation and all vs. some inbred sense of entitlement that seems to have infused some in the workforce. As you have no doubt guessed, my subject is Yahoo! and…

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The Oscars – Social Heritage

Did you watch the live broadcast, through any source, of the Academy Awards, known more popularly as the Oscars? Did you watch it time delayed – depending on where you live? Or perhaps just follow it through various postings across a host of channels? Or maybe even just discuss it with a friend to share…

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When Numbers Speak Only of Numbers

34-31 4-1 Numbers. Meaningless on their own. Yet both sets – when put in the proper context – elicit passion, desire, rage, hope, belief and more…the full and deep range of human emotion. Therefore, if I tell you that 34 to 31 refers to the final score of this year’s Super Bowl – the annual…

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What Does It Mean To Be “Global”?

What does it mean to be “global”? Are we talking values? Experiences? Merchandise?  All of the above??? Movies are global – in fact, many make more money outside their country of origin than they do in – which is another way to look at defining global. Books can be global as well – with authors…

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I Had a Dream

I HAD A DREAM… And then I woke up… Saw the news… Terrorism; hatred; violence… So called “militants” who are really just criminals; so called “militants” who are really just terrorists; so called freedom fighters who don’t really believe in freedom; rights advocates who believe only in their own rights; God being used by many…

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Inspiration from CES

Facebook wasn’t mentioned once. Twitter was irrelevant. Instagram, Foursquare, Pinterest were nowhere in sight. It was like being in an alternate universe…. No one even breathed the word “social.” I was surrounded by television screens, assaulted by video, bombarded by sound, flooded by connectivity, wowed by magic and wooed by beautiful design form…. Alternate universe?…

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WHY???

WHY????? WHY????? Why do bad things happen? The past week I have seen talking heads pontificate on the school massacre in Connecticut USA sure of their own why: Not enough prayers in schools The teachers didn’t have their own guns Video games are too violent Autistic children can get violent Divorce can be rough on…

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What Constitutes Public Disclosure?

What constitutes public disclosure? If you send an email to a friend – is that public? If you blog and have a limited audience – like maybe just your mother – is that public? If you post on Facebook – does the post alone make it public? These are not trick or facetious questions –…

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How Sure Are You?

How sure are you? How sure of anything are you? Look – having opinions is critical – no one likes a waffling whinge…. Having a POV at least gives you a place to begin a discussion and makes conversation interesting. And driving a stake in the ground to anchor an argument can help keep you…

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What Do We Really Vote For?

Four years ago – on Election Day in the United States, November 8, 2008 – Twitter was elated when the company saw a total of 1.8 million tweets related to the event of the day. Fast-forward four years: The first so-called US Presidential Debate 2012 – between Obama and Romney – showed 10 million Tweets…

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We All Need Inspiration

I need inspiration – stories that excite my imagination, give me hope for the future and make clear just what we can accomplish when we set our minds to it. Murder; terrorism; despotism; huge storms; the vagaries of the stock market; the latest, newest and greatest occupy our minds – and our searches – they…

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People Still Vote

Is it just me? Am I getting jaded? Fed up? Bored? And no, it’s not life that’s getting to me – that’s just fine, thank you – LOL!!!! It’s the elections in the United States (sorry for being partisan) that I find tiring. But truthfully, as one who loves to follow these things globally, I…

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Castles in the Cloud

Have you been lost more than usual the past week or so? Have you turned right when you should have gone left; found yourself on the wrong side of the road or in general wondered where the hell you were? If so, chances are you have the new Apple iPhone 5 and have used its…

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Where Do They Get All Those US Flags?

Answer me this… Where the hell do the various protesters get all those American Flags to burn? I swear I went looking before July 4th – Independence Day in the Unites States and I had trouble finding one! Don’t worry – this isn’t a political diatribe – nor is it a religious screed – not…

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