Saturday, February 28, 2009

Rush Limbaugh Needs To GO!!!

This kind of story is the wrong move for the Republican party: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/28/limbaugh.speech.cpac/...

Friday, February 27, 2009

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Exec's Using More And More Social Networking Tools

Survey some Executives and sometimes you get surprising stories to tell... At least, that's what happend when Jason Meserve, writing in Network World, found out how companies can leverage social networking sites to sell (your company or yourself), get answers, and keep up with trends.

Jason reports on the results of a Network World survey of 583 IT executives, and found adoption of the following three sites:

LinkedIn: 63%

Facebook 44%

Twitter 14%

Some people would be surprised by the Twitter results, but I'm not. To be honest, I don't fully yet capture the value of Twitter. Now, the quick communication feature I do like, just not in the Twitter environment. Perhaps that's because I only have a few followers...

Friday, February 20, 2009

Facebook Comment Widget

Facebook recently announced a new comments box widget... I'm not developer, but I really want to figure this thing out. Instead of going to Facebook, my goal would be to allow you to comment on my blog here, which then reaches your/mine Facebook account. Check out this new video on how to do it here: http://vimeo.com/3289354

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Creativity and Play - The Relationship

Remember when you were a kid playing outside in the sandbox. Did you recall any rules for play? Most people will say, no. But there were rules. If you played with trucks, then mostly you followed truck rules in sandboxes. Your child mind would roll the trucks over the sand, and not throw them. You would build channels with mud and bridges for the trucks. If you were playing GI JOE, then you would have a one figurine that eventually gets killed and melted by the sun through a magnifying glass. Again, you wouldn't throw the GI JOE's, they would be set up in mock battles. Thus, it is my belief that there were rules when you played. Is that a bad thing? NO!

Rules help set the stage. It makes people comfortable. They remind us how to operate. And the same goes for creativity. In this blog, I'm suggesting there should be rules for creativity. For example, when brainstorming, typically people don't just brainstorm about wild-ass ideas. They are trying to focus on a problem. Thus, when brainstorming happens, people automatically set the stage: "we need to think about this Bob, let's brainstorm about this..." But the other real question is, should we have all these rules and do they kill creativity?

Perhaps too many rules crush creativity, but that's not what I'm arguing. I'm suggesting that rules set the stage and allow people to create smarter. A good creative rule set like:

Brainstorming: pick a topic, write it on the board and ask people: what can you do with this. DON'T ask, what is the problem here.

Role play: once you have a topic, don't let someone "message" it to you. Ask them to role play it with you.

Play more: in the video below Tim Brown, Founder of Ideo, talks about creative play. In the video, notice the assignments he gives out, which I call "rules".

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Christina For City Council

My wife is running for City Council, and as a voter in Durango, CO, I'm very pleased... Why? Well, let's have other sources answer that question and I'll tell you my reasoning below:

From a DowntownDurango.com article:

“I don’t think that resourcefulness and being environmentally conscious are mutually exclusive,” said Thompson, also acknowledging the diverse definitions of “open space” in the community. “I think they can be brought together. It’s important to remember that social responsibility and environmental responsibility are also tied to our economy.”

Christina speaks to her supporters at the kick-off reception at Carver Brewing Co.

She cites her strong support of in-fill development, plus enhancement of the live-work opportunities Downtown that contribute to its vibrancy and safety, while eliminating the need for workers to commute excessive distances.






And from Christina's website: here she "asks us" what issues are important. I like this idea, because in the political process you always here, "working families" and "the American people" need this or that. But really what do they know? As for me, I'm excited about Christina because she cares. Being genuine comes naturally for Christina and when she talks about her tagline: it's your city; she means it. Although I'm a bit biased here, I do believe Christina will do a great job!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Video From Steamboat Springs, CO - Syndicom's Part In Collaboration

At the Emerging Technologies in Spine Summit in Steamboat Springs, CO, Syndicom (the company I work for) showcased some key technology and the results were tremendous! Below is a quick video of the feedback we received:



GO SYNDICOM!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

WAY COOL APP!!!

I found this killer website that was just a blast to play with this morning... Called: GoAnimate.com, users can create their own animations - and it is easy. Check out this one I just finished...

GoAnimate.com: Christina Saving Durango


Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!

In this story, Rif Raf plans to take over Durango, but in a surprise twist, it isn't Underdog that saves us by Christina!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Working On Multiple Projects At One Time

So there are these news studies about how multitasking ruins the mind - I believe it! According to a UCLA study:
"Multi-tasking adversely affects how you learn," said Russell Poldrack, UCLA associate professor of psychology and co-author of the study. "Even if you learn while multi-tasking, that learning is less flexible and more specialized, so you cannot retrieve the information as easily. Our study shows that to the degree you can learn while multi-tasking, you will use different brain systems.

So, in order to "combat the urge" I've got this new system: time management. During the day, I list my projects on a new google app that I recently downloaded - a simple checklist. Doing this sounds simple, but it helps me focus on what is important and what is not. Since I'm on my Google homepage all day for email, research, etc. I never miss the list. Next, I schedule time for when certain tasks can be completed. Then, I just make the time... For me, it really is that simple.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Review Of Steamboat Springs, CO Skiing

Telemarkers are a certain kind of skier. We require no amenities; we rarely apres ski and we stay out until our legs are blowing up. The only thing we demand is good snow! Over the weekend, I was in Steamboat Springs, CO for a conference and the snow, well, it wasn't powder, but it wasn't that bad.



We hit that mountain hard; at least where the snow was good. My first pass on the mountain was a hike UP on the cordorouy through the BC Way trail. Yep, I was dorking out on the mountain. I just didn't want to pay a $91 lift ticket for a few hours of skiing. The next day, I had a 20% off ticket and faired well. We skied all the chutes and stayed mostly on lookers left. On Saturday, I had a great day. First off, the people I was skiing with were incredible - I was the only telemarker, so I took up the rear. Secondly, we pushed hard through the snow up on North Pats and East Face.

Overall, I give the mountain a "B". It is a good mountain, but some of the hiking terrain makes you traverse over a long way. Secondly, I felt as though the mountain was over-priced. $91 is one thing for Telluride or Vail, buuuuttttt Steamboat. Hell, what do I know; most of my skiing is in the backcountry anyway!