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Jan 18 2017

.gitignore Icon files from Google Drive

If you checkout a Git repo into Google Drive each directory gets a hidden “Icon” file:

You can modify the .gitignore file with a simple “?” at the end of the “Icon” and that will ignore it.



# OS generated files #
######################
.DS_Store*
ehthumbs.db
Icon?

Jul 14 2016

Drupal 7: Views: Multiple Contextual Filters with Multiple Relationships

Drupal 7: Views: Multiple Contextual Filters with Multiple Relationships

In this example we'll be building a view in Drupal 7 that filters for different recipes based on liquor brand (a content type) and product (another content type).

This will be a Page View. The path will be

/recipes/%/%

1. Create the view as normal
2. Add a “Relationship” for the entity reference for “Brand”

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3. Add a “Contextual filter” for Field: title

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4. Click to open the Contextual filter that was just created.

Select from the dropdown the relationship to match the “Brand” relationship that was created in step 2.

Add a custom PHP snippet in the “Specify validation criteria” area:

$handler->argument = str_replace("-"," ",$argument); return true;

This code will allow for Brands with a space in the title field to render in the URL as a dash.

You can test this in the “Preview with contextual filters” of the View.

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5. Repeat 2, 3 and 4 to create a Relationship for the Product entity reference field. The order of the items in “Contextual filters” is important.

6. The URL scheme for the recipe landing pages will be:


recipes/BRAND
recipes/BRAND/PRODUCT-NAME

For example:


recipes/absolut
recipes/absolut/absolut-elyx

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Jul 14 2016

Drupal 7: How to hide EVA or block if view is empty

  1. Go to the advanced tab of your view.
  2. Add contextual filters.
  3. Select Global: Null.
  4. When the filter value is NOT available: Select 'Hide view'.
  5. Remove any "No results behavior" that may have been previously set..
Feb 17 2015

Which supplements have supporting scientific evidence?

Which supplements have supporting scientific evidence?

Recently the New York State attorney general’s office ran tests on popular store brands of herbal supplements at the retailers — Walmart, Walgreens, Target and GNC — which showed that roughly four out of five of the products contained none of the herbs listed on their labels. In many cases, the authorities said, the supplements contained little more than cheap fillers like rice and house plants, or substances that could be hazardous to people with food allergies.

Source:

What’s in Those Supplements?

By ANAHAD O'CONNOR | FEBRUARY 3, 2015 12:00 AM
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/03/sidebar-whats-in-those-supplements/?_r=0

To me that *feels* criminal, but I'll leave that up to the authorities to determine.

For now, I thought it worthwhile to hang onto this graphic, that I came across watching David McCandless's TEDtalk "The Beauty of Data Visualization".

Fascinating stuff, IMO.

Feb 13 2015

3.5 Billion People Apply for a Job

3.5 Billion People Apply for a Job

Food for thought from Barry Ritholtz's wonderful podcast series:

Masters in Business: Dan Alpert

FEB 10, 2015 11:02 AM EST
By Barry Ritholtz
src: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-02-10/masters-in-business-dan-alpert

Quote from Dan Alpert:

This all goes back to something that we all lived through. And that is that we saw the collapse of the socialist world, the emergence of these very very large countries, with tons of people. China, India, all of Eastern Europe, and you can even count Brazil.

So you’re talking about 3.5 billion people.

If you put this in perspective, the so-called “developed” world — Japan, U.S., Canada, Western Europe — is 0.8 billion people.

Mr. Alpert goes on to say:

"So we have 3.5 billion people who show up and decide one day they want to eat our lunch and play by our rules. Of course part of that is that they’re willing to work very cheaply. Obviously they have far lower standards of living and far lower costs of living.

It’s a giant global labor glut. And the glut is one of these once-in-the-history-of-mankind kind of things.

So that creates this massive instability it created, in my argument, the bubble itself, because we saw something we’ve never seen in the history of mankind which is what economist call reverse capital flows, where we see money coming from poor countries to rich countries where the Chinese buy our bonds and other countries buy our bonds.

And we’ve never seen that in the history of the world before either.

And so what creates is an environment where you have enormous amounts of capital trying to find their way into sovereign debt of developed countries, interest rates of course then decline because you have an overabundance of demand for bonds, you have an excess supply of labor relative to total demand because as you know the Chinese and Indians while they’re producing they’re not consuming, at least what they should be in order to create equilibrium.

And then you have the issue of way too much stuff being made. We can see that now as we saw infrastructure and other investment being made in China and other countries has now outstripped rational demand for the product that they make. The steel industry, for example, you saw an environment in which people were building steel plants in anticipation of not only infrastructure demand in China but also large demand growth globally. Of course that demand growth was driven by a massive amount of debt that was being created. When you took away all that debt, you took away the demand."

Tim's note:

It is perhaps worthwhile to note...

85 Richest Now Have As Much Money As Poorest 3.5B

USA Today | November 7, 2014
src: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/11/07/globalpost-richest-poorest/18640031/

Feb 12 2015

Summary: The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing, by Al Ries and Jack Trout (2 of 2)

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing, by Al Ries and Jack Trout (2 of 2)

I revisited the book The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing, by Al Ries and Jack Trout (1994).

Below is a brief summary of the second 11 (the first 11 Laws were listed in a previous post).

Law 12 (The Law of Line Extension)

  • There’s and irresistible pressure to extend the equity of a brand.
  • One day a company is tightly focused on a single product that is highly profitable. The next day the same company is spread thin over many products and is losing money.
  • Less is more. If you want to be successful today, you have to narrow the focus in order to build a position in the prospect’s mind.

Law 13 (The Law of Sacrifice)

  • You have to give up something in order to get something.
  • There are three things to sacrifice: product line, target market, and constant change.
  • Less is more. If you want to be successful today, you have to narrow the focus in order to build a position in the prospect’s mind.

Law 14 (The Law of Attributes)

  • For every attribute, there is an opposite, effective attribute.
  • You can’t own the same word or position that your competitor owns. You must find your own word to own. You must seek out another attribute.
  • Too often a company attempts to emulate the leader.
  • It’s much better to search for an opposite attribute that will allow you to play off against the leader. The key word here is opposite — similar won’t do.

Law 15 (The Law of Candor)

  • When you admit a negative, the prospect will give you a positive.
  • First and foremost, candor is very disarming. Every negative statement you make about yourself is instantly accepted as truth. Positive statements, on the other hand, are looked at as dubious at best. Especially in an advertisement.
  • Next, you have to shift quickly to the positive. The purpose of candor isn’t to apologize. The purpose of candor is to set up a benefit that will convince your prospect.
  • Ex: "Avis is No. 2 in rent-a-cars." So why go with them? They must try harder.

Law 16 (The Law of Singularity)

  • In each situation, only one move will produce substantial results.
  • History teaches that the only thing that works in marketing is the single, bold stroke.
  • Finding one is difficult. Finding more than one is usually impossible.
  • Most often there is only one place where a competitor is vulnerable. Use the focus of their marketing against them.

Law 17 (The Law of Unpredictability)

  • Unless you write your competitors’ plans, you can’t predict the future.
  • No one can predict the future with any degree of certainty. Nor should marketing plans try to.
  • Good short-term planning is coming up with that angle or word that differentiates your product or company. Then you set up a coherent long-term marketing direction that builds a program to maximize that idea or angle. It’s not a long-term plan, it’s a long-term direction.

Law 18 (The Law of Success)

  • Success often leads to arrogance, and arrogance to failure.
  • Brilliant marketers have the ability to think like a prospect thinks. They put themselves in the shoes of their customers. They don’t impose their own view of the world on the situation.
  • The larger company gives up some of its advantage if it cannot keep itself focused on the marketing battle that takes place in the mind of the customer.

Law 19 (The Law of Failure)

  • Failure is to be expected and accepted.
  • Admitting a mistake and not doing anything about it is bad for your career. A better strategy is to recognize failure early and cut your losses.
  • Be free of an insidious disease called the “personal agenda” that can creep into any corporation.

Law 20 (The Law of Hype)

  • The situation is often the opposite of the way it appears in the press.
  • The only revolutions you can predict are the ones that have already started.
  • Real revolutions don’t arrive at high noon with marching bands and coverage on the 6:00 P.M. news. Real revolutions arrive unannounced in the middle of the night and kind of sneak up on you.

Law 21 (The Law of Acceleration)

  • Successful programs are not built on fads, they’re built on trends.
  • A fad is a short-term phenomenon that might be profitable, but a fad doesn’t last long enough to do a company much good. Furthermore, a company often tends to gear up as if a fad were a trend. As a result, the company is often stuck with a lot of staff, expensive manufacturing facilities, and distribution networks.
  • Don't overextend. Don't be all over the place. Don't wear out your welcome.

Law 22 (The Law of Resources)

  • Without adequate funding an idea won’t get off the ground.
  • Even the best idea in the world won’t go very far without the money to get it off the ground.
  • Marketing is a game fought in the mind of the prospect. You need money to get into a mind. And you need money to stay in the mind once you get there.
  • You’ll get further with a mediocre idea and a million dollars than with a great idea alone.

The law of leadership is tough for many to swallow. Most people want to believe they got to the top by being better, not by being first.

The law of line extension is the most dangerous law of all to deal with. In this case, you have to be prepared to demolish what management holds to be a basic truth: Big successful brands have an equity that can be exploited to encompass different kinds of products.

Line extension makes eminent sense in the boardroom. You won’t find one director in a dozen who would be willing to challenge management on this critical issue.

So beware! Management will not take kindly to any efforts to curtail their equity expansions. You may just have to wait them out. Management is mutable, but the laws of marketing are not.

Thus are you duly warned. If you violate the immutable laws, you run the risk of failure. If you apply the immutable laws, you run the risk of being bad-mouthed, ignored, or even ostracized.

Have patience. The immutable laws of marketing will help you achieve success.

Jan 06 2015

Summary: The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing, by Al Ries and Jack Trout (1 of 2)

22 Immutable Laws of Marketing, by Al Ries and Jack Trout (1 of 2)

I revisited the book The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing, by Al Ries and Jack Trout (1994).

Below is a brief summary of the first 11 (I'll post the second 11 soon!)

Law 1 (The Law of Leadership)

  • It's better to be first than it is to be better.
  • The basic issue in marketing is creating a category you can be first in. It’s the law of leadership: It’s better to be first than it is to be better.
  • It’s much easier to get into the mind first than to try to convince someone you have a better product than the one that did get there first.

Law 2 (The Law of the Category)

  • If you can't be first in a category, set up a new category you can be first in.
  • Everyone talks about why their brand is better. But prospects have an open mind when it comes to categories. Everyone is interested in what’s new. When you’re the first in a new category, promote the category.

Law 3 (The Law of the Mind)

  • It’s better to be first in the mind than it is to be first in the marketplace.
  • It’s better to be first in the prospect’s mind than first in the marketplace. Which, if anything, understates the importance of being first in the mind. Being first in the mind is everything in marketing. Being first in the marketplace is important only to the extent that it allows you to get in the mind first.
  • The law of the mind follows from the law of perception. If marketing is a battle of perception, not product, then the mind takes precedence over the marketplace.

Law 4 (The Law of Perception)

  • Marketing is a battle of perception, not product.
  • There are no best products. All that exists in the world of marketing are perceptions in the minds of the customer or prospect.
  • The perception is the reality. Everything else is an illusion.

Law 5 (The Law of Focus)

  • The most powerful concept in marketing is owning a word in the prospect’s mind.
  • A company can become incredibly successful if it can find a way to own a word in the mind of the prospect. Not a complicated word. Not an invented one. The simple words are best, words taken right out of the dictionary.
  • This is the law of focus. You “burn” your way into the mind by narrowing the focus to a single word or concept. It’s the ultimate marketing sacrifice.
  • Federal Express was able to put the word overnight into the minds of its prospects because it sacrificed its product line and focused on overnight package delivery only.

Law 6 (The Law of Exclusivity)

  • Two companies cannot own the same word in the prospect’s mind.
  • When a competitor owns a word or position in the prospect’s mind, it is futile to attempt to own the same word.
  • As we mentioned earlier, Volvo owns safety. Many other automobile companies, including MercedesBenz and General Motors, have tried to run marketing campaigns based on safety. Yet no one except Volvo has succeeded in getting into the prospect’s mind with a safety message.

Law 7 (The Law of the Ladder)

  • The strategy to use depends on which rung you occupy on the ladder.
  • In general, a mind accepts only new data that is consistent with its product ladder in that category. Everything else is ignored.
  • If you're not number 1, admit to being lower on the ladder and explain why someone should instead work with you.

Law 8 (The Law of Duality)

  • In the long run, every market becomes a two-horse race.
  • Early on, a new category is a ladder of many rungs. Gradually, the ladder becomes a two-rung affair.
  • When you take the long view of marketing, you find the battle usually winds up as a titanic struggle between two major players—usually the old reliable brand and the upstart.
  • As time goes on, however, these customers get educated. They want the leading brand, based on the naive assumption that the leading brand must be better.
  • We repeat: The customer believes that marketing is a battle of products. It’s this kind of thinking that keeps the two brands on top: “They must be the best, they’re the leaders.”

Law 9 (The Law of the Opposite)

  • If you’re shooting for second place, your strategy is determined by the leader.
  • Much like a wrestler uses his opponent’s strength against him, a company should leverage the leader’s strength into a weakness.
  • If you want to establish a firm foothold on the second rung of the ladder, study the firm above you. Where is it strong? And how do you turn that strength into a weakness?

Law 10 (The Law of Division)

  • Over time, a category will divide and become two or more categories.
  • A category starts off as a single entity. Computers, for example. But over time, the category breaks up into other segments. Mainframes, minicomputers, workstations, personal computers, laptops, notebooks, pen computers.

Law 11 (The Law of Perspective)

  • Marketing effects take place over an extended period of time.
  • Many marketing moves exhibit the same phenomenon. The long-term effects are often the exact opposite of the short-term effects.
Dec 08 2014

Solar on track to be cheap as competitors in 2016

Price of energy sources since late 1940s

This is huge.

The chart shows the price of energy sources since the late 1940s. The extreme outlier, of course, is solar, which only recently became an expensive blip in the energy marketplace. It will soon undercut even the cheapest fossil fuels in many regions of the planet, including poorer nations where billion-dollar coal plants aren’t always practical.

Src: http://bloom.bg/1tLyfMA

2014: Top 5 Solar Contractors

RANK COMPANY CITY STATE YEAR FOUNDED EMPLOYEES PRIMARY MARKET PRIMARY SERVICE TOTAL MEGAWATTS INSTALLED TOTAL
MEGAWATTS 2013
1 First Solar Tempe AZ 1999 4850 Utility EPC 2887 1130
2 NRG Energy Princeton NJ 1989 10000 Utility Developer 1200 672
3 Rosendin Electric San Jose CA 1919 3500 Utility EPC 478.844 383.41
4 SolarCity San Mateo CA 2006 5000 Residential Rooftop Contractor 567 280
5 CSI Electrical Contractors Santa Fe Springs CA 1990 750 Utility Electrical Subcontractor 378 260

Table src: http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2014-top-400-solar-contractors/

Nov 20 2014

Drupal + AngularJS = The new Weather.com

Drupal + AngularJS = The new Weather.com

Migrating The Worlds Largest Website Onto Drupal

Congrats to Mediacurrent and The Weather Channel (TWC) for relaunching Weather.com on Drupal!

I attended their presentation at DrupalCon [ https://austin2014.drupal.org/session/migrating-worlds-largest-website-drupal-weathercom ] and really enjoyed it.

Session intro:

Weather.com is of the most highly visited web sites in the world. And, it’s certainly among the largest Drupal sites in the wild.

To migrate, TWC and Mediacurrent had to address editorial concerns, replace legacy systems, and take over the front end serving.

Jason Smith (Mediacurrent) and Chris Hill (TWC) provide more insight into the architectural decisions that allowed them to address this complex site’s requirements:

Here are a few of the pain points:

  • With over 2 million locations with unique forecasts cache efficiency was low.
  • Feature velocity was a challenge as requirements sometimes change quickly
  • Too many hurdles in the current platform to content generation
  • Too many legacy platforms to support

Some novel innovations that were created within the Drupal framework to support TWC:

  • Presentation framework allows independent teams to create flexible widgets that can vary in presentation based on the consuming device (ESI, native, inline or AngularJS)
  • How mobile has become a hub that supports the mobile apps
  • How the content workflow is write once use many places
  • Highly leveraging ESI and a novel routing concept to increase cache efficiency
Nov 18 2014

A simple example of Flexbox in action

How to use Flexbox CSS / Tutorial

We had a little fun with FLEXBOX on our about page on this website.

The CSS3 Flexible Box, or flexbox, is a layout mode providing for the arrangement of elements on a page such that the elements behave predictably when the page layout must accommodate different screen sizes and different display devices.

For many applications, the flexible box model provides an improvement over the block model in that it does not use floats, nor do the flex container's margins collapse with the margins of its contents.

Many designers will find the flexbox model easier to use. Child elements in a flexbox can be laid out in any direction and can have flexible dimensions to adapt to the display space. Positioning child elements is thus much easier, and complex layouts can be achieved more simply and with cleaner code, as the display order of the elements is independent of their order in the source code.

This independence intentionally affects only the visual rendering, leaving speech order and navigation based on the source order.

CANIUSE IT? It has support for IE10 and up. http://caniuse.com/#feat=flexbox

BUT! Add a less than IE10 class to the HTML tag and use that class to do a float fallback for older browsers and you're good to go!


<!--[if IE 9]><html class="no-js lt-ie10"> <![endif]-->

The CSS



/* A modern grid / flexbox */

.group {
position: relative;
display: -webkit-box;           /* OLD - iOS 6-, Safari 3.1-6 */
display: -moz-box;              /* OLD - Firefox 19- (doesn't work very well) */
display: -ms-flexbox;           /* TWEENER - IE 10 */
display: -webkit-flex;          /* NEW - Chrome */
display: flex;                  /* NEW, Spec - Opera 12.1, Firefox 20+ */
}

.group > div {
margin: 0 20px 20px 0;
width: 49%;
padding: 20px;
}

.group > div:last-child {
margin-right: 0;
}

/* A modern clearfix for IE8 and up. */
.group:after {
  content: "";
  display: table;
  clear: both;
}

The HTML



  <div class="group group-01">
    <div class="group-item">
      <h3>Digital Strategy and Marketing</h3>
      <ol>
        <li>Product and Service Design and Development</li>
        <li>...</li>
      </ol>
    </div>
    <div class="group-item">
      <h3>Creative, Craft, and Content</h3>
      <ol>
        <li>Online Marketing, Branding, and Identity</li>
        <li>...</li>
      </ol>
    </div>
  </div>
  <div class="group group-02">
    <div class="group-item">
      <h3>Web Software</h3>
      <ol>
        <li>Drupal</li>
        <li>...</li>
      </ol>
    </div>
    <div class="group-item">
      <h3>Mobile Applications</h3>
      <ol>
        <li>Apple iOS</li>
        <li>...</li>
      </ol>
    </div>
  </div>
  <div class="group group-03">
    <div class="group-item">
      <h3>Custom/R&D Software Engineering & Development for eCommerce, Mobile, CMS, Enterprise, ERP</h3>
      <ol>
        <li><strong>Languages:</strong> PHP, C#, Ruby, JavaScript, HTML5/CSS3, Flash/Flex, Objective-C, Swift, Java, C/C++ </li>
        <li>... </li>
      </ol>
    </div>
  </div>

Additional Resources

http://css-tricks.com/snippets/css/a-guide-to-flexbox/
http://css-tricks.com/flexbox-nav-bar-fixed-variable-take-rest-elements/

Nov 17 2014

Bill Murray's Advice on Relaxing Your Way to High Performance

Bill Murray's Advice on Relaxing Your Way to High Performance

Bill Murray Day @ TIFF: Bill Shares Personal Philosophy & his Cab Driver Story (Sep. 5, 2014)

"You have to remind yourself that you can do the very best you can when you're very, very relaxed, no matter what it is, whatever your job is. The more relaxed you are, the better you are. That's sort of why I got into acting. I realized the more fun I had, the better I did. I thought, well, that's a job I could be proud of."

Nov 13 2014

QOTD / Lowest Bidder

It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.

-Alan Shepard

Nov 13 2014

Drupal websites need to be regularly maintained and updated

Drupageddon

Great article today from hackertarget.com
SRC: http://hackertarget.com/28-days-after-drupal-exploit/

It's now 28 days after the so-called #Drupageddon and up to 57.5% of the top 10,000 Drupal websites still have not applied the patch.

"The key point in this experiment is that systems that are not regularly maintained and updated when patches become available will be a liability for your organization. Ensure you have a process in place for updating all your software including web applications and add-ons."

I think it's worth noting that Acquia and Pantheon (Drupal hosting companies) both applied the patch before the Drupal PSA announcement. I love Pantheon. This is yet another reason why.

A related article from Anthony Ferrara
SRC: http://blog.ircmaxell.com/2014/10/a-lesson-in-security.html

"And the truth of it, is that both are correct. From a security standpoint, using a CMS/Framework is both a risk, and a benefit. Like everything when it comes to security, it's a tradeoff. Does that mean you should avoid CMS's and Frameworks? No. What it means is that you need to think and plan on how to mitigate risks.

You're never safe. If you're running a system, it's either been compromised, or will be. The key is how you deal with it."

Nov 06 2014

Imagine yourself in 50 years...

Sal Khan, MIT's Commencement Address 2012

"Imagine yourself in 50 years. You’re in your early 70s, near the end of your career. You’re sitting on your couch, having just watched the State of the Union holographic address by President Kardashian.

You begin to ponder your life. The career successes, how you’ve been able to provide for your family. You’ll think of all the great moments with your family and friends. But then you start to think about all of the things you wished you had done just a little differently, your regrets. I can guess at what they might be.

Sitting in 2064, you wish that you had spent more time with your children. That you had told your spouse how much you loved them more frequently. That you could have even one more chance to hug your parents and tell them how much you appreciate them before they passed. That you could have smiled more, laughed more, danced more and created more. That you better used the gifts you were given to empower others and make the world better.

Just as you’re thinking this, a genie appears from nowhere and says, “I have been eavesdropping on your regrets. They are valid ones. I can tell you are a good person so I am willing to give you a second chance if you really want one.” You say “Sure” and the genie snaps his fingers.

All of a sudden you find yourself right where you are sitting today.You are in your shockingly fit and pain-free 20-something body and begin to realize that it has really happened. You really do have the chance to do it over again. To have the same career successes and deep relationships. But, now you can optimize. You can laugh more, dance more and love more. Your parents are here again so it is your chance to love them like you wished you had done the first time. You can be the source of positivity that you wished you had been the first time around."

- Sal Khan in an amazing and inspirational thought experiment in MIT's Commencement address to the class of 2012

Oct 30 2014

Does How You Dress and Look Impact Your Career? Sadly, Yes

Does How You Dress and Look Impact Your Career? Sadly, Yes

I recently read venture capitalist Peter Thiel's new book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future. I enjoyed the book. I took lots of notes and shared with my colleague. There was one paragraph, however, that made me chuckle.

WHAT'S UNDER SILICON VALLEY'S HOODIES

From the outside, everyone in your company should be different in the same way.

Unlike people from the East Coast, who all wear the same skinny jeans or pinstripe suits depending on their industry, young people in Mountain View and Palo Alto go to work wearing T-shirts. It's a cliché that tech workers don't care about what they wear, but if you look closely at those T-shirts, you'll see the logos of the wearers' companies – and tech workers care about those very much. What makes a startup employee instantly distinguishable to outsiders is the branded T-shirt or hoodie that makes him look the same as his co-workers. The startup uniform encapsulates a simple but essential principle: everyone at your company should be different in the same way – a tribe of like-minded people fiercely devoted to the company's mission.

I can't say I agree with that statement, and I think it's one of the big differences between NYC and California. (I grew up in CA and I have now lived in NYC for 6 years). I really enjoy the diversity of NYC. I think it's great that people have style in NYC. That people try in NYC. I was just in San Francisco this past weekend and the stark lack of style was immediately apparent to me.

Today I came across this article on LinkedIn and I agree with it in many ways, and I've seen it in action in more than just the workplace. I've seen it especially in social environments. There's an old saying "the clothes make the man". So true.

It is a game, and the game is all part of life. We all judge each other based on visual cues.

A few key takeaways from the article:

"Look around," he said. "How do supervisors dress? How does their hair look? How do they act? No one will think of you as supervisor material until they can actually see you as a supervisor -- and right now you look nothing like a supervisor."

"In a perfect world your performance is all that would matter," he said. "But we don't live in a perfect world. Take my advice: if you want to be promoted into a certain position... make sure you look like the people in that position."

Oct 23 2014

Wonderful lecture by Photographer Norman Seeff at The E.G. Conference 2014

Wonderful lecture by Photographer Norman Seeff at The E.G. Conference 2014

A wonderful lecture by photographer Norman Seeff, who explains how he connects with his subjects and explores "creativity beyond control".

Norman Seeff (EG8) from EG Conference on Vimeo.

Description

May: 2014, Norman Seeff discusses his emotional, and singular approach to creative work.

From Tina Turner to Steve Jobs, from Steve Martin to Joni Mitchell, from Michael Tilson-Thomas to Michael Jackson, from Dr. John to Dr. Phil, from Chicago to the Rolling Stones, from Arthur Ash to Frank Zappa, no single individual has photographed, interviewed and filmed more creative icons from every imaginable field than Norman Seeff.

Norman Seeff, a native South African who moved to the United States in 1969, is a physician turned internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker. Seeff ’s talk, Finding You Voice, Living Your Dream, will be followed by a screening of his documentary, The Triumph of the Dream.

He has been documenting the inner dynamics and outer ex- pressions of the creative process with hundreds of artists and innovators for close to four decades. As a result, he has identified a seven-stage archetypal map of how the creative process unfolded that appeared relevant to all creative endeavors across multiple disciplines.

The film is the result of the time Seeff spent working with a team of NASA scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California as they prepared to land the two rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, on Mars. It reveals the power of imagination and the drive to dream and vision the future, as the ultimate source of all creation. In this session, we will screen the film and Seeff will facilitate an audience dialog around the practical elements of his seven-stage creative dynamic in action.

Oct 11 2014

Who can access our cloud data?

Who can access our cloud data?

Great article from Chris Coyne [@malgorithms]. Full article here: https://keybase.io/blog/2014-10-08/the-horror-of-a-secure-golden-key

A key takeaway:

Our cloud data is stored for eternity, not the moment. Legislation and company policy cannot guarantee backups are destroyed. Our government may change, and what qualifies as a "lawful" warrant tomorrow might be illegal today. Similarly, your eternal data might be legal today and a threat tomorrow.

What you consider cool today might be an embarrassment or personal risk tomorrow. A photo you can rip to pieces, a letter you can shred, a diary you can burn, an old flag you can take out into the woods with your friends and shoot with a bb-gun till it's destroyed and then have a nice, cold beer to celebrate. Cheers to that.

But memories in the cloud are there forever. You will never be able to destroy them. That data is backed-up, distributed, redundant, and permanent. I can tell you first-hand: do not assume that when you click "delete" a file is gone. Take Mary Winstead’s word for it. Bugs and tape backups often keep things around, regardless of the law or programmer effort. This is one of the single hairiest technical problems of today.

Instead, how can you burn that digital love letter, or tear up that digital picture? The only answer is to start with it encrypted, and then throw away the only key.

You need the legal right to use software that makes you the sole owner of that key.

Sep 15 2014

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