Millennials in the Workplace

January 9, 2017

This is a portion of a one hour episode from Inside Quest. I had never heard of Inside Quest before, their motto is “This is what would happen if TED Talks, Tony Robbins and Oprah had a baby that read a lot”.

This excerpt is 15 minutes and is a fascinating discussion of the struggles of Millennials now that they are in the corporate world. I’ll probably check out the full hour…


Iceland

January 6, 2017

I’ve never been to Iceland, but I’ve known people who have and said it was fascinating. It’s definitely one of those places I’d like to see. This site made it even more enticing. Please click the link. The pictures are amazing, but professional so I can’t embed them.


If Not Now, When?

November 8, 2016

An uplifting message from Seth Godin on Election Day:

Care a little more.

Show up.

Embrace possibility.

Tell the truth.

Dive deeper.

Seek the truth behind the story.

Ask the difficult question.

Lend a hand.

Dance with fear.

Play the long game.

Say ‘no’ to hate.

Look for opportunities, especially when it seems like there aren’t any left.

Risk a bigger dream.

Take care of the little guy.

Offer a personal insight.

Build something magical.

Keep your promises.

Do work that matters.

Expect more.

Sign your work.

Be generous for no reason.

Give the benefit of the doubt.

Develop empathy.

Make your mom proud.

Take responsibility.

Give credit.

Play by a better set of rules.

Choose your customers.

Choose your reputation.

Choose your future.

Thank the ref.

Reward patience.

Leap.

Breathe.

Because we can.

It really is up to us. Which is great, because we’re capable of changing everything if we choose.

All we can do is all we can do, but maybe, all we can do is enough.


Happy Halloween from NASA

October 31, 2016

Via the Verge, what happens when NASA engineers carve pumpkins


Chick Corea Turns 75

October 28, 2016

I guess he turned 75 this summer, but he’s celebrating by doing 8 weeks at the Blue Note in NYC with more than a dozen different bands. Last night we saw one of them.

It was the classic “man we need to do this more often” night. My wife got tickets to the Miles Davis tribute band, knowing that I’m a Miles fan.

The Blue Note is small and they basically pack in as many people as the fire marshal allows. It’s not particularly comfortable, but you are 10 feet away from jazz legends.

BlueNote

Chick is in the background, Kenny Garrett is playing soprano sax, Mike Stern on guitar and Marcus Miller is playing base. All played with Miles in the 80s. Wallace Roney (not pictured) played trumpet. He studied with Miles and plays just like him. And on drums was Brian Blade. He didn’t play with Miles, but he plays with Wayne Shorter who played with Miles.

It was a simply incredible band.


Rowing for Hemophilia

June 11, 2016

It’s been a crazy week for the Row for Hemophilia team. The Great Pacific Race was set to start on June 5th. If you didn’t real the earlier post, this is an endurance rowing race from California to Hawaii. One of the rowers, Jacob Pope (a rower for University of Georgia) is a hemophiliac and is using this race to raise awareness and money for the cause.

boat

The day before the race was to start, the race decided that they couldn’t participate because Jacob is a hemophiliac. Which they knew about. Which was the whole point.

You can imagine their frustration. They’ve trained for a year, prepared a boat for a 40-80 day row and suddenly they aren’t allowed to do it.

But they are a determined pair, so they just got busy.

They organized the same safety precautions that the race was offering. They got Coast Guard approval. They got approval from both harbor masters. They changed the registry of their boat (recently purchased from the race director) to the US because the Coast Guard gives US vessels priority. They arranged for GPS tracking.

It took a while, but a week later, they were ready to do it on their own.

They left about 3AM Pacific Time today. So the rest of the race has about a six day head start. You can see their position here, though it may be several hours behind (the map updates 7 times a day).

Will they pull it off? Who knows. Rowing to Hawaii is pretty much crazy by definition. But I’ll be following and cheering.

https://www.facebook.com/rowforhemophilia/


How Old Is That World Map?

June 1, 2016

From XKCD a completely brilliant flow chart helping you determine how old a map is. There are amusing references to Narnia and radioactive spiders mixed in with accurate historical changes (What’s the capital of Micronesia? Kolonia or Palikir?).

Click it to get the big version, and really look at it.

My favorite real question is:

(Number of Yemens) + (Number of Germanys)= ? (possible answers are 2-4).

Seriously, read the whole thing.