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Monday, May 28, 2007
Rapid Fire Learning - May 2007
Another month slips from us this year. Five down, seven remain. Taking stock of the learnings with a few days left this month I find:
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Danny Meyer's "Always Be Collecting the Dots"
|Working my way through Danny Meyer's Setting the Table. Yes, you may recall that this was part of the Love Affair with Books in March. The posting there inspired me to add it to my reading list. The following quote reminds me of my "Bingo theory".|
Dots are information. The more information you collect, the more frequently you can make meaningful connections that can make other people feel good and give you an edge in business. Using whatever information I've collected to gather guests together in a spirit of shared experiences is what I call connecting the dots. If I don;t turn over the rocks, I won't see the dots. If I don't collect the dots, I can't connect the dots. If I don't know that someone works, say, for a magazine whose managing editor I happen to know, I've lost a chance to make a meaningful connection that could enhance our relationship with the guest and the quest's relationship with us. The information is there. You just have to choose to look.
Are you a collector?
Are you a connector?
Friday, May 25, 2007
One of Polaris’ predecessors in the role of “North Star” is Thuban, a star in the constellation Draco the dragon. Thuban was the naked-eye star closest to the north pole from roughly 4000 BC until 1800 BC. This means that Thuban was the “guiding light” the ancients looked to for finding true north. For example, the Egyptians used Thuban to align the Great Pyramids of Giza. Neolithic British tribes used Thuban to lay out Stonehenge. And early Babylonians used astronomical records from a Thuban-centered night sky to create their highly accurate calendar.Did you know that? I learned something new today.
I also like how Roger introduces the Thuban Phenomenon:
Hey, this sounds familiar. This gives meaning to the phrase "what goes around comes around".
Read Roger's full posting here and see if there are examples of Thuban Phenomenon in your life.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Reflections on blogging the override
Monday, May 21, 2007
When is it done?
On Saturday, Allison and I visited my cousin's art studio in NH. She was having an open house and student art show. On the drive home, we were talking about when a work is finished. She had a class this semester that prepared a work for a show on campus. During the last class before the show, an artist had been invited in to speak with the class and provide some insights. He brought some of his work along and that was good for the class to see as he talked about what he was trying to do. He also provided some feedback to each of the students on their works. Unfortunately, due to the timing of the show the students were not going to be able to make any adjustments. There was not going to be enough time.
His approach was to allocate a set time for a piece, and then work on it no more than the allotted time. Allison's approach for now has been to work on a piece as much as it takes to complete it. There are deadlines, like for the show or for the class to submit the work for a grade. So she will work around those deadlines to provide enough time to complete the piece.
Do visual artists have this advantage, that you should be able to look at a piece and tell if it is complete?
Writers have drafts, in various stages of completeness. Before they are done do they make any more sense than an incomplete or unfinished painting?
Do you have a "doneness test" for your writing?
Saturday, May 19, 2007
|Innovation does not always occur with a single idea. In many cases, the idea was actually spawned from observation or reflection on another idea. Collaboration is more likely to lead to a better idea. This concept is confirmed by two artists working together on Art for a Garden.|
Pat Keck and Sally Moore scamper up and down Julie Levesque's steeply tiered backyard garden like schoolgirls. They fetch Keck's spooky doll-like sculptures and place them amid Moore's plywood sculptures, which resemble houses of cards in mid-tumble. With every placement, they erupt in chortles of delight, then put their heads together, consulting on how to make it better.
Ah yes, the power of we!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
|Seth Godin points to a great article by Cory Doctorow on how to handle trolls.|
Cory talks about separating the trolls from the group and keeping the group small as trolls seem to thrive in larger groups.
He also admits his own problem:
I am, by my nature, a scrapper. I come from a family of debaters, and my job for several years has been to win debates over copyright and digital freedom. I think that many technology designers are of a similar bent: Argumentative and boisterous, hard-pressed to back away from even a pointless fight. And it is these people who often end up designing our tool-suites for online communities. We view ourselves as locked in an arms-race with trolls who seek to overcome our defenses.So turning the other cheek is not an option for Cory. Hence the idea of the "troll whisperer".
The trouble with this "unquantifiable tips" means showing another how to be a troll whisperer is going to be difficult. Of course, there is never a silver bullet or a quick fix but a least if there were some steps to follow.
Well maybe there is:
Teresa invented a technique called disemvowelling -- removing the vowels from some or all of a fiery message-board post. The advantage of this is that it leaves the words intact, but requires that you read them very slowly -- so slowly that it takes the sting out of them. And, as Teresa recently explained to me, disemvowelling part of a post lets the rest of the community know what kind of sentiment is and is not socially acceptable.Now, that is a cool concept.
Read Cory's full essay here.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
You gave us your final lesson.
A lesson that began
On the day each of us
Came into life.
A lesson in how to live,
A lesson in
The will to live.
A lesson that
You will be remembered.
Your lesson will be followed,
As we continue to live,
Continue to prepare
For His coming
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
|A good common sense reading of 12 points that apply to bloggers as we navigate the law of the land with what we do today. Found this via the IWDaily newsletter:|
Titled "12 Important U.S. Laws Every Blogger Needs To Know," the piece goes well beyond just trotting out the normal platitudes about the ways that laws governing traditional media relate to cyberspace. Instead, in plain, nonjargony English, the authors lay out the potential problem, explain the current law, and provide helpful hints on how to stay out of trouble. Ambiguities in current law are carefully documented. This is required reading for any blogger or indeed anyone involved in creating content for or managing a Web site.
Read all the details here.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
|While I been busy recently on the Franklin Override issue, I was delighted to find a new opportunity getting underway. Bernie DeKoven, the Funsmith, and a regular stop on my RSS reading list is CoWorking with Garrit Visser. This is related to what the blog Synergy attempted and what the Joyful Jubilant Learning blog is working towards, and since I am a "collaboration teammate", my efforts in this area need to commence today.|
Check out what they are up to!
One thing is for sure, CoWorking is sure be some fun!