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    Monday
    Jul142014

    Do you want eyes or hearts of followers, or are you in a dialog with their minds

    Some people think social media is all about the # of followers you have.  I know some people who will ask how many twitter followers do you have.  I just finished Austin Kleon’s book Show Your Work and one chapter focus on the issue of followers.

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    “What you want is to follow and be followed by human beings who care about issues you care about. This thing we make together. This thing is about hearts and minds, not eyeballs.” —Jeffrey Zeldman

    Stop worrying about how many people follow you online and start worrying about the quality of people who follow you. Don’t waste your time reading articles about how to get more followers. Don’t waste time following people online just because you think it’ll get you somewhere. Don’t talk to people you don’t want to talk to, and don’t talk about stuff you don’t want to talk about.

    Kleon, Austin (2014-03-06). Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered (Kindle Locations 543-548). Workman Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.

    I don’t know about you but I don’t want someone’s heart.  I am interested in their mind and what they think.  I want minds, not eyeballs.  Now the problem with this is the media industry has convinced you that your heart is the center of emotions and passion.  The heart is the center of your blood circulatory system.  Last I checked the scientific community has not found any brain cells in your heart or blood. 

    I hope my readers think and question and don’t just follow what their heart tells them to do. :-)

    Monday
    Jul142014

    1341 vs 3100 words, Gassee response to Satya's email, Seems like 300 words should have been enough

    One of my friends asked if I had read Jean-Louis Gassee’s post in response to Satya Nadella’s 3,100 word e-mail to employees.  

    Microsoft’s New CEO Needs An Editor


    Satya Nadella’s latest message to the troops – and to the world – is disquieting. It lacks focus, specifics, and, if not soon sharpened, his words will worry employees, developers, customers, and even shareholders.

    As I puzzled over the public email Microsoft’s new CEO sent to his troops,Nicolas Boileau’s immortal dictum came to mind:

    Whatever is well conceived is clearly said,
    And the words to say it flow with ease.

    Clarity and ease are sorely missing from Satya Nadella’s 3,100 plodding words, which were supposed to paint a clear, motivating future for 127,000 Microsoftians anxious to know where the new boss is leading them.

    Now what is a bit ironic is Gassee says brevity is advised.  But, don’t you think Jean-Louis could have made his point in 300 words?

    One of the most interesting points is Gassee analyzing explanations for the e-mail.

    Two possible explanations come to mind.

    First, because he’s intelligent and literate, he forgot to use an unforgiving editor. ‘Chief, you really want to email that?’ Or, if he used an editor, he was victimized by a sycophantic one. ‘Satya, you nailed it!’

    Second, and more likely, Nadella speaks in code. He’s making cryptic statements that are meant to prepare the troops for painful changes. Seemingly bland, obligatory statements about the future will decrypt into wrenching decisions:

    “Organizations will change. Mergers and acquisitions will occur. Job responsibilities will evolve. New partnerships will be formed. Tired traditions will be questioned. Our priorities will be adjusted. New skills will be built. New ideas will be heard. New hires will be made. Processes will be simplified. And if you want to thrive at Microsoft and make a world impact, you and your team must add numerous more changes to this list that you will be enthusiastic about driving.”

    In plainer English: Shape up or ship out.

    Tortured statements from CEOs, politicians, coworkers, spouses, or suppliers, in no hierarchical order, mean one thing: I have something to hide, but I want to be able to say I told you the facts.

    Now, Gassse does include a 200 word version of what Satya’s e-mail says.

    BTW, I ran a word count on this post and it is less than 400, but most of the words are what Gassee said, not mine. :-)

    Monday
    Jul142014

    Is Taylor Swift right about music or Jennifer Lopez? The future is Taylor Swift's way

    Gigaom covered Taylor Swift’s WSJ article on the future of music is a love story.

    Taylor Swift is right about music, and the industry should act on her ideas

     

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    Country star Taylor Swift made some bold and hopeful claims this week about where the music business is going. We should listen to her.

    Country-pop star Taylor Swift penned an optimistic essay in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal about the lasting bonds between performers and their fans, and why she thinks the music industry is “just coming alive.” You can think what you want about Swift’s songs, but her take on the business is a welcome change from the doom-and-gloom we normally read.

    The Doom and Gloom is covered by HuffingtonPost’s article on Jennifer Lopez’s statement the music industry is no longer a big magical world of possibilities.

    Jennifer Lopez Says Music Industry Is No Longer A 'Big Magical World' Of Possibilities

    Posted: 06/23/2014 10:14 am EDT Updated: 06/23/2014 4:59 pm EDT
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    NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Lopez remembers the days when her record label budgeted $1 million for one of her music videos. Today, she's attempting to create the same magic with one-tenth of the money.

    The entrepreneur says being a singer has been "challenging" since she debuted on the pop scene in the late 1990s, dominating the charts with back-to-back hits while becoming a driving force on other entertainment platforms.

    "It used to be like this big magical world, almost like Oz, when you'd make a record," the 44-year-old says. "(It) was like anything was possible."

    Lopez, who released her eighth album, "A.K.A.," on Tuesday, says the music industry no longer feels like Oz.

    "Now, it's like, 'We'll see if we can do that and we can give you this much,'" she says of record label meetings. "And you're like, 'Wow, OK. So how am I gonna do that?' It's a whole different mind-set."

    Taylor Swift posted here own story on WSJ on the future of music is a love story.  Seems like Taylor swift is falling in love, and Jennifer Lopez is the end of love.

    Where will the music industry be in 20 years, 30 years, 50 years?

    Before I tell you my thoughts on the matter, you should know that you're reading the opinion of an enthusiastic optimist: one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying…it's just coming alive.

    Here are some of the best points made by Taylor Swift.

    There are a few things I have witnessed becoming obsolete in the past few years, the first being autographs. I haven't been asked for an autograph since the invention of theiPhone with a front-facing camera. The only memento "kids these days" want is a selfie. It's part of the new currency, which seems to be "how many followers you have on Instagram."

    Fan Power

    A friend of mine, who is an actress, told me that when the casting for her recent movie came down to two actresses, the casting director chose the actress with more Twitter followers. I see this becoming a trend in the music industry. For me, this dates back to 2005 when I walked into my first record-label meetings, explaining to them that I had been communicating directly with my fans on this new site called Myspace. In the future, artists will get record deals because they have fans—not the other way around.

    Sunday
    Jul132014

    Drones document the people who cheat, helping spouses and insurance companies

    Foxnews posts on the benefits of drones, catching those who cheat.

    Investigators use drones to catch scammers, cheating spouses

    Investigators are taking drones to new heights -- using the remote-controlled aircraft to catch New Yorkers cheating on spouses, lying about disabilities and endangering their kids.

    “People want you to believe there’s all this negativity associated with drones . . . but they could be a very helpful tool,” said Olwyn Triggs, a gumshoe for 23 years and president of Professional Investigators Network Inc. in Glen Cove, LI.

    Triggs recently used a drone to find an upstate man suspected of insurance fraud. Signs on his rural property warned that trespassers would be shot, so she sent in her 2-pound, foot-long Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter, which costs about $1,000.

    Saturday
    Jul122014

    When you bridge the gap between IT and Facilities, where is your dictionary?

    I get a good laugh whenever I see companies announce or promote they have a service/solution that will bridge the gap between IT and Facilities. DCIM is the latest service to be promoted as bridging the gap between IT and Facilities. But, guess what there is something more at the core of bridging the gap than technology.

    Can IT and Facilities communicate? The reason there is a gap, a communication gap is because they use words in different ways.

    To illustrate the communication gap that can exist when groups are separated without a common dictionary check out this post on The Guardian on South Korea’s efforts to create a common Korean dictionary to support the communication between the countries.


    Two Koreas make strides to talk the same language


    The Korean People's Comprehensive Dictionary will iron out the differences between the North and South





    • The Guardian, Friday 11 July 2014 12.22 EDT



    Joo Yeon-ah did not realise how hard it would be to settle in South Korea. The 45-year-old defector says she was prepared for the dangerous journey out of North Korea, and the unfamiliarity of everyday devices such as mobile phones and cash machines.

    But what she wasn't expecting was a communication barrier with people who spoke the same language.

    "I didn't understand [what people were saying]," said Joo, who has lived in Seoul since 2009. "Everything is so different in South Korea, but I thought at least our language would be the same."

    What she discovered is that after more than 60 years of division, different forms of the Korean language have evolved, with the South incorporating many words from English.


    this work is not trivial.

    Han says he and his South Korean colleagues have completed comprehensive definitions of more than 20,000 words. The completed dictionary is to contain more than 300,000 words.

    When someone starts discussing a common dictionary between IT and Facilities then I’ll spend more time discussing how they are reconciling the differences in communication between the groups.