Archetype Fail

10 Oct

Millennial’s are sick of your shit.  And Lorde’s nailed it.



Growth Strategy

16 Aug


14 Mar

Bruce Sterling via Weblosky.


From brucesflickr

  • *It’s so interesting to see this perennial question coming into vogue once again. When I was a pre-teen first discovering “science fiction,” that automation dystopia story was all over the place. Even on the cover of TIME magazine. See this Artzybasheff computer monster, all busy stealing guy’s jobs? Looks oddly familiar, doesn’t it?Of course that issue pre-dates me by a long chalk. It’s also the folk song of John Henry the Steel-Drivin’ Man, who breaks his heart defeating the boss’s Steam Hammer.I can tell you what’s NOT gonna happen with “robots.” Nobody’s gonna defeat the logic of the assembly line by starting a Pre-Raphaelite Arts and Crafts commune where people shun the Robot and make hand-made wall tapestries. That’s been tried eight thousand different times and places. It never works for anybody who’s not Amish.”


6 Mar

YouTube Preview ImageTension Breaker. Pseudo Reality Social Breaker.
… at least I thought so. ;)


26 Feb
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11 Feb


If you’ve been to CES before, you already know it’s a glittering, gadgety onslaught of technology wonder (and to be honest) a hoard of electronic chest thumping.  Throw in a tsunami of technology sales people, marketers, game geeks and aisles and aisles of mediocre third party accessory manufacturers you’ve suddenly ventured into strange land. A land where Best Buy has just taken over Times Square New Years Eve, moved it to Vegas while a porn conventionsets up next door. Welcome to 2012 International CES in all it’s sales glam, technology girth and corporate gimme.

Which of course is why it’s glooooorious to observe…

But it’s also why you need to do a little pre-work to make sure you’re not sucked into 4 miles of convention floor with several hours of iPad docking stations and 500 inch 3D plasma screen televisions.

Here’s a basic, but handy guide to the “big picture” of CES 2012 for those of you that head to the show.

Ipsos-IOTX Austin Futures Group and UPSTREAM Design Innovation teams take a look at this years 2012 International CES pre-show, with trend observations, technology examples and recommended panels and exhibits. Co-Authored by Andy Hunter, Paul Noble Campbell, Jerry Courtney & Jeff Mulhausen.

Back To The Future

16 Dec

*A General Dynamics Company.

But wait, there’s more.  Interesting background on Stromberg Carleson.

Millions have viewed the video below well before the sad announcement tonight of Steve Job’s passing.  As much as I admire both Apple and Steve Jobs for their innovation, design-centricity and the seamless, useful beauty of their products.  I’m a little embarrassed I’d never viewed this clip.

There’s so much I did not know about Steve Job’s as a person, and how much of his success was shaped by a very unique life.

His adoption, raised by working class parents.

His unusual education path, a college dropout… yet a non-dropout who essentially made a conscious decision to create his own education.  Observing classes that were interesting to him and drove his passion, and making that happen by sleeping on the floors of friend’s dorm rooms.

The depth’s of his lows when being fired from Apple and nearly begging an apology for screwing up Apple.

Realizing in hindsight the blessing of failure, and the freedom created by lifting the weight of leadership expertise and corporate success by relinquishing to becoming a “beginner” again.

His study of the art and science of typography design that clearly inspired is attention to elegant technology, creating a unique design centered business culture.

His countercultural experimentation and practice of Zen Buddhism.

And his terrible and rare cancer diagnosis that was both a blessing and curse that directed a long battle filled with hope and day-to-drive to live every day like it was his last.

I’m sure many of you already know some of this backstory.  It’s explains much and is also a reminder of how much our life experience shapes who we are.  No matter your view of Apple or the Man, spend the 15 minutes of your life watching this video.  It’s worth every second.

“Don’t be trapped by Dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.  Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your inner voice. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.. they somehow already know what you truly want to become.  Everything else is secondary.”

[RIP Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011)]

*more inspiring quotes at Mashable.