Check out this video featuring 4th grade elementary teacher Mr. McCraw who tells students a story of how being prepared with help them be successful when it comes to “reading and mathematics” not only for the MSA (Maryland School Assessment) but also on the Stanford 10 (Better known as the SAT). Nice hook and great message!
I was sent this awesome video by Chip (@Chipperd) who produced the video!
Malcolm Gladwell put out an article last year that the revolution would not be on Twitter. He cited several examples from laissez-faire Facebook groups failing to raise enough money despite the massive number of fans to how friendships cultivated in college were the foundational success of the Woolworth’s sit-in by the young men who planned, rallied and led the protests against segregation in Greensboro, North Carolina.
What makes us share a funny video, forward an email or tell a story to a friend about something we read?
A shift in perception and awareness according to Epipheo, a company that creates video content for companies.
A we gathered around computer monitors tonight discussing if WordPress could be used for the websites my roommates Alex and Tyler were thinking about, each shared a funny video from YouTube that made them laugh. The tangent developed from me pointing out the “Ninja Say What?!” video I posted to my blog.
Have you seen these viral YouTube videos?
After watching these quirky, cute and slightly disturbing videos, I asked Tyler what him share the video. What feelings came to mind? Happiness, smiles and laughter.
The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger
Baby Monkey Backwards On A Pig
What motivates us to share videos with each other?
We share things that bring us joy and allow us to change the direction of our awareness towards a more pleasant feeling. YouTube isn’t the #2 search engine by accident; it’s a breeding ground for happiness, discovery and new states of awareness. We can escape from the daily grind of work for a good laugh, learn how to fix something that’s been broken and see how others feel about things in their world. YouTube allows us to be part of the experience by uploading our own videos, sharing our discoveries with friends, commenting, rating, creating playlists, sending out personal messages and even adding annotations to a video! It all makes us feel like an active participant vs a passive viewer which I think gives us a level of satisfaction akin to playing football vs watching it from one’s couch. Continue reading →
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
One of my favorite quotes out there because it asks you to stop and think about what you really spending your time on. How can days, weeks and eventually years go by causing you to wonder what the heck you’ve been doing with your life? When you’re caught on the hamster wheel looking at the small, parallel bars you’re running on, it’s truly challenging to think bigger and realize you’re in a hamster cage and that’s the real problem. Continue reading →
In this clip, Mr. Miyagi has Daniel wash and wax all the cars that came in from Detroit. He explains,
“Walk on road. Walk right side; safe. Walk left side; safe. Walk middle, sooner or later *squish*, just like grape.”
This is because Daniel answered Mr. Miyagi with a, “I guess so.”
The message here is that your actions, thoughts and results should be definitive. If you are doing something half heartedly, you will not achieve your full potential. Do your very best in the moment and live for the present. Of course we all giggle when Daniel is made to wash all the cars that came in from Detroit but he was being taught to narrow his focus. Wax on with his right hand, wax off with the left. Systematic, methodical, predictable.
This morning, I had a flashback to this part of the film due to an amazing meeting yesterday which led to an amazing breakthrough… Continue reading →
As 2010 comes to a close, I’ve created a video to share five things I’m grateful for, three resolutions for 2011 and 20 people who I would like to thank for making a difference in my life this year! Continue reading →
Yesterday I spent my first 4th of July in San Francisco. We had a BBQ here and then some fellow Zendeskians came over and we headed off to visit Clay, our old co-worker who was having a Vegan cookout.
Scene on the rooftop in the Mission – Lot of Googlers since both roommates work there. Young crowd. Single + few couples. Freetime. Smartphone in your pocket. Burgers. Hot dogs (kosher?). Sunny. More beer than the cooler could hold.
Scene at Clay’s in Mission/Noe – Young crowd. More couples. Indoors. A few dogs. Curios cat feeder. Agile development. Pet rescue. Delicious white wine sangria. Jailbreaking.
It’s been almost 5 years since I made a commitment to be more social. Small talk is still not my favorite thing in the entire world; it’s like a salty drink in the middle of a desert. This geeky introvert has come a long way from not showing up at parties to seeking them out and *gasp* inviting others to come!
On this day of celebrating freedom, I felt especially appreciative that I even have the CHOICE to focus my attention, future and career. I was born in New York City at a Jewish Hospital in 1978. If I were born just 100 – 200 years earlier, I would be disenfranchised due to my race, gender and high falootin’ curiosity about science, technology and trying new things. That fact that I’m a combination of races could have created even more hardship. This post was quite a bit longer but I’m going to hold of on the second part while I develop it out a bit.
Be grateful. Live in the moment. Appreciate every day you wake up breathing.