Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
So what's for dinner?
A fine meat loaf (recipe here)
3 bean salad (recipe here)
Steamed summer squash
On the meatloaf, I used Progresso Italian Seasoned Bread crumbs in place of the plain.
On the 3 bean salad, I used black beans in place of the garbanzo. I did follow their suggestion to use cannellini white beans allow with the red kidney beans.
What are you doing for dinner?
Eusebio to the spirit of soccer an appropriate symbol for the #nerevs game 2day, originally uploaded by shersteve.
The remains of tropical depression Danny blanketed the area with rain and clouds all day. By game time, the rain had moved off shore leaving some mist which also cleared leaving gray skies and a wet turf.
The Revolution won 2-1 with two good goals by Steve Ralston and Wells Thompson. The defense cracked slightly to allow the one goal for San Jose in stoppage time but it was not enough for them. We took the three important point from this home game.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
No, that doesn't refer to the NE Revolution game tonight in the remnants of Danny.
It does refer to the LaidOff Camp being organized by a core team of folks for Providence and Boston. Other sites may be added as we go.
The core team meets for the first time on Monday to start planning for these events.
As details start firming up, the communication campaigns will kick in.
If you want to get in on the planning for these, please let me know.
Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:
It's fitting that our newest birthday present was announced first on Twitter. Starting yesterday, the Blogger Navbar includes a new button: "Share."
When your readers are on your blog's home page, they can click "Share" to post the blog's URL to Twitter, Facebook, or Google Reader. If they navigate directly to an individual blog post, clicking "Share" in the navbar also lets them share the post by email.
We've already seen some nice adoption of this new feature and hope this helps you build out your audience and share your story with the world. Here's a fun hack: each URL that gets shared has a specific parameter appended (?spref=nn, where fb=Facebook, tw=Twitter, and gr=Google Reader). If you're using Google Analytics to measure traffic on your blog, you can search for those strings to see how much traffic you're getting from each source.
On the other hand, if you're interested in seeing which blogs people are sharing, head on over to Twitter search and you can watch as people share blogs and posts that they like. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter while you're there!
This is one of many features announced as part of Blogger's 10th birthday. Happy Birthday!
Things you can do from here:
Friday, August 28, 2009
How does she manage that?
She asked nicely saying: "Can I go abroad for the semester? It won't cost more than it would on campus."
Having done a little traveling abroad in my lifetime, it is an opportunity for a great experience. Given the scenario as posed, what else could we say (yes, Dolores of course was part of the decision): yes!
Attitude and gumption tend to go together. That is, if you have the proper attitude, you can get the gumption to do stuff. Like almost whatever you want. If you can think it, it can become real. Imagination requires very little other than some time.
In the job search work team session this week, there were a couple of new folks. One just recently notified of her change to "unemployed" status, the other had already been out since early in July. Time makes a difference in this case. The most recent one was so down in the dumps it was almost funny if it wasn't so sad.
Those who have been unemployed have seen this first hand, been there done that. You have down periods, usually right at the beginning and then sometimes along the way. Working in a group setting like this job search work team, the dumps can be handled with appropriate support from the others.
The one requirements is a willingness, a readiness to accept the help. If the person in the dumps keeps coming back with "yes, but..." they are not ready yet.
We can only hope that when they are ready, that they do reach out. Help is available. We are in this together and we can succeed by helping each other.
And when we land our next position, we can celebrate with a delicious cake, or brownies, or cookies or whatever really floats the boat (if you know what I mean!).
Attitude and gumption go together like cake and ice cream!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Do you see weeds?
Or like the bumble bee who was just here, do you see a good source of food and sustenance?
If this was in front of your house, you might see weeds.
That would be a natural reaction.
While the bee was quicker than I in the photo above.
I was successful and caught the bee in action in this photo.
Lesson for the day: be positive!
Your positive approach makes the world a different place!
Many of us have a certain passion for reading and sharing about what we have read, so you maybe interested in this site I just found: http://showsupport.typepad.
Reading Odyssey is a nonprofit dedicated to helping adults reengage their intellectual curiosity through reading and discussing some of the best books and ideas.
Many of their events provide for registration for an 'in person' experience as well as a teleconference, via web or Skype.
You can view their Eventbrite calendar and register here http://www.eventbrite.com/org/
The series is looking to promote discussion around the 150th anniversary of Darwin's publication of the Origin of Species.
Join their Facebook group here http://www.facebook.com/group.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
3 - free mission statement builder from Franklin Covey
4 - and since this has been a recurring topic amongst discussion groups
from Work Coach Cafe by Ronnie Ann
What links would you share to help another person's job search?
Monday, August 24, 2009
Let's expand upon this idea.
- Let's find a place such that we can open the event to a large audience of job seekers.
- Let's meet say on a Saturday afternoon from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
- Let's all come together, share our tips and insights on resumes, interviewing, dealing with recruiters and other topics near and dear to the job search effort.
Why not hold one in New England?
If you would like to help organize one for Providence, or Boston, or Worcester, please let me know.
If you can't help organize, no problem, stay tuned here and we'll keep you informed. You will have the opportunity to participate.
Let's leave no buddy behind!
Note: The main wiki for LaidOff Camp can be found here: http://laidoffcamp.pbwiki.com
Sunday, August 23, 2009
relaxing on rocking chairs on Spectacle Is looking at the Boston skyline - http://mobypicture.com/?yk6pot
Be sure of your answer for yourself.
And if you would be willing to march with me, let me know.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
... what I want to argue for, is not that we should give up on our ideas of success. But we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas. And make sure that we own them, that we are truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it's bad enough, not getting what you want. But it's even worse to have an idea of what it is you want, and find out at the end of a journey, that it isn't, in fact, what you wanted all along.Alain de Botton says this towards the end of his recent TED Talk. You can view the approximately 17 talk here:
How do you define success?
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
If you have not yet ordered your copy you can do so from here
1 - I trust that my feedback will not create the anticipation and anxiety it used to for me with one boss that I had early on.
It was so early, it was in the days of typewriters. Yes, a long time ago. :-)
Anyway, each report or memo I wrote, needed to go through him first before the secretary would send it out in the old fashioned inter-office mail. The first one I sent him came back with so much red ink on it, I thought someone had spilled a bucket of paint on it.
Over time, I did get to the point were I was able to get the report or memo back with one minor correction. It took time, patience and work but the end result was a great one.
Not that I would ever presume to be your boss, I just don't want my emails to be anticipated with dread.
2 - Tom Asacker tells a story in his book, A Clear Eye for Branding that I would subtitle "Content in Context". Briefly, Tom's story starts with a picture. A hand written sign propped up along a country road. The sign reads: "Fresh fruit and vegetables". The country road, the hand written sign, the text about "fresh" is reinforced by the wholeness of the package. These are likely to be as fresh as they can be. The content in the context works.
Second picture, similar setting, similar hand written sign further along the same country road. The text this time reads: "Free flying lessons". Now, is this something that would convey a warm and fuzzy feeling that this might be the best deal on flying lessons you can obtain? Or does this send off alarms as probably not a good thing to do? The content in the context (free flying lessons) does not work so well as the "fresh vegetables".
The point of the matter this week:
What can you do to ensure that you convey the whole message, and nothing but the message, in the proper context?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
2 - from Social Media Sonar by Sean
3 - The PodCamp Boston archive of posts and reflections
from karabrickman.com by Kara B
4 - One book recommendation. I have ordered it. I have read his blog for some time. I have read his PDF teaser. This will be a good book. I have no doubt about it.
from chrisbrogan.com by chrisbrogan
5 - Food for thought. Band width sync correlation. Say what? Yes please read for more about this interesting item
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The inner circle, that is those who have most subscribed to 'You'?
I appreciate your dilemma in trying to provide me something different and special here versus elsewhere. I think you can address this by providing some separation between what you do here and what you post elsewhere or tweet about.
The other part of the 'how' I would suggest is really how you deliver that special part of 'You' that we have subscribed to. We recognize that text is great for searching, speed reading, and ruminating upon (re-reading is easy). But does text really deliver 'you'?
I would suggest you consider video segments. Short, to the point, delivered with the passion and intensity that is provided by the person that walks in your shoes. Folks can see that when they meet you in person, why not help them when they can't?
Can you provide the video delivery via email?
Past experience has shown that clicking links within emails to open attachments, etc. are less successful than providing the text in the body. In this case, for the most devoted subscribers of 'You', it might be worth a shot to try.
After all, if anyone would click through, we are the most likely to do so. All other number studies were done from a study of the full population; the mix of 'followers', 'readers', and 'engaged' (to divide the audience into three parts). The engaged were the ones to click through. You have already segmented the 'engaged' here. It might be worth considering.
What do you think?
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
The Franklin Citizens Rail Trail Committee is meeting this week to continue work on refurbishing the rail trail through Franklin that would connect us in Uxbridge to the Blackstone River Trail from RI up to the head waters of the Blackstone in Worcester.
Wouldn't it be something to ride your bike from Franklin to the Blackstone and then either south to Providence (and beyond) or up to Worcester?
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Meantime, Chris Brogan when told John was going to be there, had already read John's book (Look me in the Eye; in the center) and wanted to meet him.
It was a pleasure to introduce the two during the lunch hour.
Thanks to CC Chapman for this photo. I took one also but his came out way better.
@tamadear: This. is. awesome. Twitter disguised as Excel. http://sn.im/Spread-tweet. (via @janepyle @marciamarcia @jeffcutler)
"Learning occurs in its own good time." http://tweetthistext.com/19280 the latest in August's theme from @davidzinger #jjlhui---------
"Probably the biggest change from last year was within myself." http://tweetthistext.com/19278 @gradontripp writes about #pcb4---------
"You are much better than you think, but you have to awaken that inside you" http://tweetthistext.com/19216 wise words from @cspenn #pcb4---------
Formal study published on use of Twitter at conferences http://bit.ly/UmikW - need to be mindful of those without accounts #pcb4---------
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I'll have mine here eventually.
It was a great event and I have a few takeaways to share. Just need to integrate the time to post those with everything else going on this week.
In the meantime, watch the Twitter stream or the Flickr group.
I do like Scotch. I think this story is so good, I will consider asking for Johnny Walker.
This is what I would classify as a "good experience". What do you think?
Monday, August 10, 2009
Was the Welcome Desk that hard at PodCamp Boston for something to have puzzled Doug Haslam (@DougH) and I so?
At least for the moment that @CC_Chapman captured it was!
More reflections and pictures to come from the energizing weekend spent at PCB4 on the lovely UMAss Boston campus.
A 30 minute movie coming out in September. Here is the trailer:
What kind of lemonade are you making?
If you would like to help put together a "LaidOff Camp" in either Boston or Providence, or some other location in New England, please let me know.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
with apologies to Stephen Foster
I come from Franklin, MA with a recorder on my knee
I’m going to PodCamp Boston my friends there to see
The web was down the day I left
Wireless was so spotty
Text and Twitter were all I had left
To keep me from going dotty
All you bloggers, don’t you cry for me
I’m a new media maker
With a PowerBook on my knee
I had a dream the other night
Google rank had settled still
I thought I saw my blog somewhere
High upon high, on top of the hill
Technorati, RSS, even Digg
Comments were incoming furious
How did this happen to get so big?
Ah, the Paris Hilton video drew the curious!
All you listeners, don’t you cry for me
I’m a new media maker
With an iPod on my knee
I’ll soon be at PodCamp Boston
And then I’ll look around
And when I find Chris Brogan
I’ll fall upon the ground
But if I don’t find Steve Garfield
This podcaster surely die
And when I’m dead and buried
Bloggers don’t you cry
All you viewers, don’t you cry for me
I’m a new media maker
With a camcorder on my knee
2007 Sherlock's Foolish Music, Inc.
originally posted for the PodCamp Boston 2 event in 2007
Friday, August 07, 2009
One other thing you can do to prepare: review the potential attendee listing.
- Follow their links.
- See what they do.
- When you happen to meet you can put the name and the site together and get right into the conversation.
When you see Betsy or Peter Carson, ask about http://delicioustv.com
When you see Rakiesha Chase, ask about the Social Butterfly Experiment http://sbexperiment.wordpress.com/
When you see Keren Dagan ask about http://webnomena.com
When you see Vanessa DiMauro ask about http://www.leadernetworks.com
I could go on but I think you get the idea. There are over 300 registered to attend. There are plenty of folks to meet and learn from on this listing
By the way, when you arrive, I should be at the Welcome Desk to help you get your visit off to a good start.
What change would you like to see to enable a government you can trust?
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:
Lots of folks have written about their experiences at PodCamps past and what they're doing to get ready for PodCamp Boston 4. We wanted to take a few moments to reinforce some things that will help you get the most out of your PodCamp experience, whether this is your first or fiftieth PodCamp.
1. PodCamp promotes the Law of Two Feet. If you're not getting what you want out of any activity, session, discussion, or conversation, get up, walk out, and find something that makes better use of your time. PodCamp is full of people who have rich knowledge and experience from all walks of life. Everyone has something to share, to teach, to learn.
2. PodCamp is what you make it. I compare it to an artist's setup. The organizers, the event, are basically setting out an easel, canvas, paint, and brushes for you. You and your fellow participants determine whether you take home a masterpiece or a blank canvas. Not sure where to start? The best way to experience PodCamp is to make a list of burning questions you have about new media before you go, and then ask around at the event and get different perspectives on your questions.
3. PodCamp is not BarCamp, WordCamp, FooCamp, or *.Camp. PodCamp is probably more structured and certainly organized differently than other unconferences you've been to by design. It was our experience very early on at the first PodCamp Boston that for folks who are new to new media and new to unconferences, additional structure helped them make the transition from their experience with other conferences to a new media conference easier. If you're an unconference veteran, you'll find a day-of wiki and plenty of open space to do as you like. If you're brand new to PodCamp, you'll find enough on the schedule to make you comfortable (or justify the expense to a boss who isn't coming!) while letting you experience the unconference format at your own pace.
4. PodCamp promotes the Law of Null Space. We do our best to pick venues that have lots of open space, flexible seating, and opportunities for ad hoc discussions and conversations. The formal programmed sessions exist only as support for people not already engaged in great conversations of their own. If you and a few like minded folks want to talk about something, broadcast it on Twitter, yell it in a hallway, and gather people to the nearest convenient space to have the discussion you want to have.
Things you can do from here:
Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:
The formal discussion schedule for PodCamp Boston 4 has been posted and can be viewed on our Schedule page. A few notes:
1. Don't print it out just yet. It's subject to change.
2. You'll note there are 3 rooms and 1 space (possibly more) that are designated as open/unplanned. These are spaces that are lounges with comfortable seating designed for all the impromptu conversations, discussions, guitar performances, etc. that happen at PodCamps. We'll have a wiki page up on the day of the event that will let you schedule these spaces freely, and they're being left up to you entirely.
3. Did we mention it's subject to change?
4. The most important part of PodCamp isn't the schedule or planned discussions. These are at most a third of your PodCamp experience, if that. The real juice is in all the hallway conversations, all the side chats, impromptu activities, etc. that happen spontaneously. The planned discussions are there just to give you some starting points for discussions.
5. PodCamp obeys the Law of Two Feet: just because you sat down in a scheduled discussion doesn't mean you have to stay there. You are expected- obligated, really, to get up and walk out if you're not getting what you want out of the discussion. Go to another one. Go to an unplanned space. Get the most out of PodCamp by doing what you want to do, listening to the conversations you want to listen to.