Aside from my literal obsession with good food, how true is this clip about western surbanan living.

We are breed to consume. A friend commented on the new mobile phone he was about to purchase, but the carrier released a new phone that he wanted to test out. The new and shiny are being produced faster then we can buy.

On the flip side, we live in a world (and in my case city) where so many are in need of the basics in life. It would be great mash up if we could combine the thrill of purchasing something new with the good of giving it to someone else. Perhaps an amazon where the ship to address is never yours.

via swissmiss

Interesting. More work does not equate to more pay. I’m learning to work smarter by being more selective of my projects and not just working harder or even more. Less can definitely be more.

via FreshBooks

Love Wins

philltran  —  March 15, 2011 — Leave a comment

Trying not to judge a book by it’s blogtroversy. I ordered up the kindle edition of Love Wins by Rob Bell. I hope to finish it soon and join the millions of others in conversation.

Love it or hate, this book is doing good by getting people thinking and talking.

Download the kindle version here.

For your motion graphics asset needs, Video Hive and Audio Jungle are joining the bundle craze and have the Cinematic Bundle for $39 until 3/11/11. $500 worth of high quality video and audio assets for motion graphics and video.

Pick it up here.

Flowtown created an infographic on what Highschool clique would a social meida platform represent. Brings back memories on how I was voted most likely to join the circus in the High School news paper.

See the full post Flowtown here.

Social Media Infographic

Ever think that a movie clip totally sums up what you are thinking? Wish you could “quote” a movie clip with a tweet or facebook post?
I was wondering what would need to get set up legally to do such a post. I’m sure ripping a movie clip and posting directly to my blog is a big no no. I’ve been thinking that a web service should exist to bridge the gap with the studios. Monetizing should not be a problem with affiliate links to buy or rent movies onDemand.

Well read my mind. Complete with the ability to trim a clip to the exact spot you want.

They have a lot of legal requirements they need to adhere too such as clips are a maximum of 2:15 long and no corporate logos. Also many of the movies I was looking to quote are not in their database yet (i’m looking at you Mr. Incredible.)

Here’s to great inventors.

Free Flavor Friday

philltran  —  February 8, 2011 — Leave a comment

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Paul Carr and Gary Vee debate whether Social Media is over-rated. They present some great points for both sides of the argument.

I agree that not everybody who gets on their soap box will have something of extreme value to offer. Yet, the 1% that would never have been heard may be worth the chatter.

Let’s hope that tools help us filter out enough of the noise to hone in on the valuable signal.

HT: TechCrunch

Cal Newport wrote a great post over at the 99percent, “Getting Creative Things Done: How To Fit Hard Thinking Into a Busy Schedule”

Like Cal, I need to balance between getting things done (emails, meetings, eating, etc) and creative brainstorming. He calls us “to-do list creatives”.

To bad “most to-do list creatives cannot drop everything to spend days lost in monk-like focus.” The next best thing is to be proactive and reserve a few blocks of dedicated time through out the week.

Here’s a high level look at Cal’s GCTD system.

  • At the beginning of each week, decide on the one (or, at most, two) big creative projects that will receive your attention over the next five days.
  • Block out time for these projects on your calendar.
  • Set rules for your creative blocks.
  • Focus on process, not goals.

It is a great post. Go and read the full article here.