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It’s like trying to learn a new art. Not that I’ve actually learnt to do anything yet.
But I keep on seeing things and thinking: “I like that. Wouldn’t presentations be more interesting if they flowed like that, rather than being all powerpoint-y and dull?!”
There’s also the treatment they use for the closing titles of of “An Inconvenient Truth” – which is my favourite one to date.
Anyone actually know how it’s done – is it in the realms of ‘do it at home on your Mac’ or more in the ‘that’s hella-difficult’ category of learning to do something? Any resources that are great to learn this stuff? etc…
This isn’t a new topic – in fact, it’s a sort of spin-off from “Is Blogging killing planning” really. But I thought this article was interesting (snippet in picture above)… I found it at CNet, but there’s probably other reviews of the same book out there.
And, this snippet they quoted was great…
“If we keep up this pace, there will be over five hundred million blogs by 2010, collectively corrupting and confusing popular opinion about everything from politics, to commerce, to arts and culture. Blogs have become so dizzyingly infinite, that they’ve undermined our sense of what is true and what is false, what is real and what is imaginary. These days, kids can’t tell the difference between credible news by objective professional journalists and what they read on joeshmoe.blogspot.com.”
Ironically – and I think this is a good time to mention it – before writing the book, the author sounded off with his opinions (all steadfastly true, I’m sure) on his personal blog.
However, once you get past the deeply ironic thought that someone used a blog to rant about blogs, I think he has a great point… and, from a glance a few minutes ago, rather a good blog too. Anyway, the bit I like is that we risk being less educated through blogs. The sheer volume of information is impossible to filter, so the truth gets blocked out by the mass of subjective opinion. It’s true. I probably conspire to make this worse here on this blog! I don’t try to, but I am writing opinion – and don’t expect much more!
Maybe we do have some moral or general duty, though – to be clear what is commentary, what is supposition, and what is fact… then clearly tell people which camp we’re in? At least then, it’s up to the viewer to decide…
(As a sort of PS, I personally think that planners are better than most about being clear what is fact and what isn’t – but then it’s only human nature to think that we’re in the right, eh!)
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PS: Wouldn’t normally add to a trivial post like this, but on my way home I saw Dom Joly at the pub – just off Soho Square outside the Toucan – you can imagine the excitement and general surprise… funny how full of coincidences life is!
A very good week skiing – helped by some fantastic weather. Pictured above. For real this time.
Meanwhile, came back to the usual overload of work – don’t you wish things didn’t wait for you to return sometimes?
Although, quite often that can be disappointing too!
So, will attempt to now return to the previous trickle of posts rather than the current total abstinence – on the good side, I did think of lots of things that interested me… many of which I’ll now write up to see if they still have value despite being less fresh!
Image from Squaw Valley Picture Gallery
I’ll stick to slightly easier terrain, to be fair, but this is why posting is about to drop below the normal sporadic trickle… If it doesn’t pick up again in 10 days or so, I probably did end up going over some cliff!
The Daily Telegraph reported on this, and when I read it (in Eat at lunchtime) I thought they were doing this. But, it seems to have something to do with BT’s Openreach company. Never to mind, it’s all good anyway!
They’re trying to build a wall of words. In order to unlock some sponsorship money for children.
It’s quite fun really. And, it’s got an old-fashioned (being words, not images) beauty to it.
Naturally, I had to enter Lotusland!
They then give you a nice reply – and let you know if your word is new.
Go and have a look here.
Image from N8 Van Dyke.
We had a working session with Carat mid last week – and one of the speakers was an addiction therapist at Promise in London – a top UK clinic for recovery from addiction.
He spoke for about 20 minutes about “commitment” and the trials of recovering from something as powerful as alcohol or drug addiction. There was a lot in there that was incredibly warming and hopeful, as well as some very harsh stories.
But, there was one thing that he said which has stuck with me ever since. It was one of those “insights” that genuinely makes you look at things in a different light…
He talked about the “Terrorist On Your Shoulder.”
The terrorist is always there and he only wants one thing – to see you dead.
The idea that there’s a malevolent being (even if it is yourself at a weaker moment) waiting for you to slip up so it can kill you is a particularly vivid mental picture. And says so much.
This isn’t the usual light-hearted rubbish I post, but it’srare to have something so meaningful to share.
(I’m not sure about the use of this image, either, but it said something to me.)
A place where a mass pillow fight on Valentine’s Day makes sense…
See the planning here…
And the news story here…
Including this legendary quote:
“I wasn’t exactly thrilled that this was the way my date started,” said Lindsay Lathrope, 28, a Cole Valley resident. “But smacking my boyfriend in the head turned out to be awesome.”
If you go so far as to click on to see the blog, you’ll see that people are already responding – in 2.0 style of course…
I heard “Imagine” this morning on the radio this morning and it made me think about a few things I’d heard recently… which all kind of add up to this one thought…
Which is how we decide to accept the dictates we’re all given.
Or maybe a better way of putting it is to say: “You decide what you can’t do.”
It started almost a month ago (shortly before the Shilpa scandal began) when James Sinclair (as previously mentioned for Double Life fame) talked about how it was amazing that you put celebrities in this house and they’ll actually confirm to the rules really quickly – they’ll get excited about their tasks and achieving them. Just because they’re told to. They’re given rules to live by and these quickly become their world (at least, for most, and least they seem to!). His point was that we are too quick to adapt – so, we quickly accept the limitations put on us. The rules we’re told to work within. That rebellion doesn’t come naturally and most people will not fight for rebellion unless they are in a majority (so, if your world is freedom fighting, that’s your norm and you muck in with the people around you – but the rest of us conform to our own construct). It’s all a bit “Matrix” but there’s a good point in there, I think.
Next a cab driver told me (as we sat in the ever-present London gridlock) that he’d decided a year ago to take a piece of advice and it had changed his life… The advice was that we all have control over our reactions.
So, you decide to take offense at how someone treats you – which is why a child can tell you that you’re fat or bald (or both for some of us) and you’ll laugh. But, if a work colleague you don’t know well said the same thing, you’d want to hit them. Or sue them. Or just generally ignore them for ever more. Note: Not all of us are as petty, but that’s the point.
His decision was to ignore all these things – to see them in the best light always – to construct a positive world around himself. To not get angry at the driver that cuts him up on the road – instead, just consider it a mistake. To not get riled by angry passengers – just accept that they’re stressed and running late. And so on…
It seems rather idealistic (to a cynic like me, anyway) but it also seems rather astute.
After all, why not? Why not ignore the crap around us? Be a bit more positive.
Finally, the John Lennon song – which I do understand has a hell of a lot more depth and symbolism than I’m about to extract, but so be it.
It just struck me – as I truly listened to the lyrics for once – that his point could be construed more simply… Imagine if there’s no heaven or hell. No day tomorrow. That you’re actually living for today.
Would it be different? Would some of the things that rile us disappear? Would we consider things in a different light? (or – to the extent he hoped, would we not see fit to go to war?)
The last bit was more tenuous, but since it was the prompt to remind me of the other things, I’ve kept it in!
Makes me think though…
Firstly, at a personal level, how can I manage to have some of that serenity and positivity the cab driver held on to?
Secondly, to link it all back to the point of this blog (if there ever is one), why do we so quickly accept the procedures and processes foisted upon us? Why accept that we have to approach problems in one way? Why let planning and creativity be defined as a process at all? Why do we accept the limitations of accounts that we’re struggling with sometimes? etc…