“We Need A Vote”
This video clip reminds me of when my dad would scold me as a kid, this time the President is scolding members of Congress for threatening to filibuster a gun background check law.
Ultimately, what is upsetting about those threatening to filibuster (Republican or Democrat), is not that they disagree with the law (a simple “no” vote” would suffice), but the nature of their tactic - not giving the law the opportunity to be heard.
We have paid dearly as a nation to at least have these types of laws be heard.
Little Dragon - Ritual Union
Beautiful song only out shined by the amazing dancing. Would be hard-pressed to find any modern dancers, including Les Twins, competing with these guys. Amazing how the old connects with the new, and what we perceive as modern with the traditional. The common thread - art, but ultimately humanity.
How The Pope Does Mindfulness
Can a 500-year-old, 5-minute technique help you manage your day (Catholicism not required)?
Chris Lowney, who went from being a Jesuit seminarian to a managing director at JP Morgan, writes about the practice for HBR. It’s simple enough: You just make five minutes in the middle of your day and again at the end for a quick check-in with yourself. Lowney describes the practice in three steps:
- First, remind yourself why you are grateful as a human being.
- Second, lift your horizon for a moment. Call to mind some crucial personal objective, or your deepest sense of purpose, or the values you stand for.
- Third, mentally review the last few hours and extract some insight that might help in the next few hours. If you were agitated, what was going on inside you? If you were distracted and unproductive, why?
Wow - ten years since the Iraq war. What will we tell our kids about the war and what will they tell us about our decision to invade.
Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.
One of the best gifs I have ever seen. Emotion just pours out of the screen; I just want to keep watching this.
Marina Abramovic meets Ulay
“Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again. at her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing it and this is what happened.”
“En los años 70, Marina Abramovic mantuvo una intensa historia de amor con Ulay. Pasaron 5 años viviendo en una furgoneta realizando toda clase de performances. En 1988, cuando su relación ya no daba para más, decidieron recorrer la Gran Muralla China, empezando cada uno de un lado, para encontrarse en el medio, abrazarse y no volver a verse nunca más. En 2010 el MoMa de Nueva York dedicó una retrospectiva a su obra. Dentro de la misma, Marina compartía un minuto en silencio con cada extraño que se sentaba frente a ella. Ulay llegó sin que ella lo supiera, y esto fue lo que pasó”
Many are brought down by making a strategic error, of which there are six common varieties. There is the Do-It-All strategy, shorthand for failing to make real choices about priorities. The Don Quixote strategy unwisely attacks the company’s strongest competitor first. The Waterloo strategy pursues war on too many fronts at once. The Something-For-Everyone tries to capture every sort of customer at once, rather than prioritising. The Programme-Of-The-Month eschews distinctiveness for whatever strategy is currently fashionable in an industry. The Dreams-That-Never-Come-True strategy never translates ambitious mission statements into clear choices about which markets to compete in and how to win in them.
When will Steve Balmer get pushed out of Microsoft?
- The Surface is “eh”, at best. Especially when you consider it could be more expensive than a MacBook Air.
- The new Windows isn’t much of an innovation, even with the “tiles” (many of which just take you back to the desktop).
- His repeated inability to accurately perceive competitive threats on the horizon is well documented.
- He continues to think that “market power” alone will insulate him from competition. This was true when desktops were the go to device; not the case anymore.
At its current trajectory, Microsoft will become another Dell or RIM/Blackberry. Boot Balmer, change things up and put up a real fight. Otherwise, its a slow mediocre death.
Why haven’t I heard of these guys sooner… getting old I guess.
For the first police officers to arrive at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, no training could prepare them for what they found inside those two classrooms.
Source: The New York Times