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@ExaminerCom: #LocalOnLocal Initiative (#MMS & #SMCPBC Members: FYI)

11 Jan

Dear Local Examiner,

Examiner.com is the insider’s guide for everything local, and we are committed to being the single, largest source of locally-relevant content on more topics than any other site on the Web via local people writing locally.

Local on Local. Your subject-matter expertise combined with the passion you hold for your city and community are the cornerstone of what we stand for, and what consumers are learning to expect from us.

We have two important tiers of Examiner content: Our National Examiners, who we continue to value and support, and you, our core contributors of locally-relevant content.

Some Examiners have been vocal about the lack of incentives for writing on the local level, and we’ve noticed many slip and write topical content without local relevance. To help, we are introducing a new program to reward effective locally relevant, quality content.

And, we’re making this as easy as possible: All Local Examiners are eligible to participate in the new Local on Local Examiner Incentives program.

To qualify for incentives, you must follow four simple rules of the road:

1) Topical
Articles are written in a manner that is knowledgeable about their assigned subject matter, and provide useful, relevant information to readers who might share a passion about it.

2) Local
If it’s not locally relevant, it’s not a local article. The combination of your topic and your city is the most important aspect of your Examiner contributions.

3) Length
Articles should be 200-400 words on average, and no less than 150 words. Use Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? as a guide.

4) Credibility
Use external sources whenever appropriate; quote and reference them when you do.  Tip: Build real relationships within the community to use as ongoing source material – their credibility will build and strengthen yours.

On January 24, 2010, we will launch the Local on Local Examiner Incentives program.

Effective immediately, we will evaluate content published by Local Examiners to ensure it meets the rules of the road. After January 23, articles that do meet the guidelines will be paid a flat fee per article in addition to the normal performance-based incentives.  After January 23, content from Local Examiners which does not meet the rules of the road will not be eligible for participation, and will be subject to removal from the site.

More information will be released over the next two weeks. In the meantime, all Local Examiners should use the rules of the road as their guide whenever they write an article.

We are very excited about this added benefit, and are excited for you to join us in this extremely important initiative.

Warm regards,

Suzie Austin
SVP, Content & Marketing
Examiner.com
saustin@examiner.com

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#RequiredReading: Stuck on Type? (and GOIN’ POSTAL!)… More on MBTI…

10 Nov

Apropos MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and WHY for some Social Media is just NOT goin’ to EVER cut it… “… Introverts must OFTEN feel like the Old Woman whom the well-intentioned Boy Scout kept trying to help across the street; the only problem? She just DID NOT WANT TO GO!” (Tieger & Barron-Tieger, 1998 “The Art Of Speed Reading People)


So yeah, by now I’m also thinkin’ of dear ‘zombies’ such as James B Dreisbach and Juancho Arraiz (yeah, u owe me a phone call, buddy!) and of course Ellen Soto and maybe even Adriana Mihaly et al… Gotta finish this though… “Extraverts are NOTORIOUS for trying to get their INTROVERTED friends, coworkers, spouses or children INVOLVED in activities they would rather AVOID… ” (SOUNDS familiar, y’all ‘E’ Types?)… (ibid) #ShallBlogAboutThisSnippetNext (And what would Kare Anderson say ’bout this too? Mind-Mappin’ wise?)

Voila!

… now try to mind-map THAT!… (Hint: if you read the book, you’ll notice that I DID alter the sequence for “punchline” effects… hehehe!)

[CHORTLES]

Oh! What Thomas Mann would do to be here on FB-land!

So yeah, who’d have thunk that Mind-Mappin’, Word-Games and Etymology, all COULD be combined in a famous Celebrity! (yeah, I’m still on that MBTI rant… get it? D’Onofrio? … check your ‘Saints’… got it? if not, ask Dr. Schmidt why he thought it ‘vital’ for me to find this pic?)(Well, besides my obvious fan-ship of the third sibling in the L&O Syndication Family, of course!)

[L&O SOUND FX… FLUTES… INTRO JINGLE…]

[GUFFAWS]




… and DEFINITELY a reason to study type? why some just go POSTAL when FORCED into Societal Situations that just DO NOT FIT? (Credit to Stanley Kubrick, though, for such a FORCEFUL illustration… ready for more Vincent?)

Seriously!… as The Tiegers continue around the same page…

“It’s not always possible to look to your work to determine your type, because many people’s work is not welll suited to their preferences. Frequently, Extraverts end up doing jobs [Yup, what is the army after all but just another job, for many?] better suited to Introverts and vice versa. If you are an Introvert, imagine what it would feel like t work as a tour guide or receptionist, where all day, each day, your job required you to meet and greet dozens of strangers, engage them in small talk, and make them feel comfortable.  Now for you Extraverts, imagine a job as a researcher, working on one project for weeks at a time, completely alone, without the infusion of energy you get from interacting with other people, or talking about different projects. Neither is a bad job, but both are potential prescriptions for frustration and BURNOUT [CAPS MINE!] if held by people not naturally suited to them” (Tieger and Barron-Tieger, “The Art of Speed Reading People”, 1998, p 15-16)

WHOA!… I think I’m actually ALSO making a case for MARTIAL DISCIPLINE?

[STANDS IN ATTENTION]

[CRIES OUT!]

“All preeeeesent and accounted for!!!!’

Need the IMDB Snippet to get this into your NetFlix queue? (Yup, assume some millenials may see Kubrick as some of us see Welles, too!)


And the Wiki-Zeitgeist? WOW

A two-segment look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam era Marines. The first half follows a group of recruits in basic training under the command of the punishing Sgt. Hartman. The second half shows one of those recruits, Joker, covering the war as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, focusing on the Tet offensive.  Written by Scott Renshaw {as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu}

A two-segment story that follows young men from the start of recruit training in the Marine Corps to the lethal cauldron known as Vietnam. The first segment follows Joker, Pyle and others as they progress through the hell of USMC boot-camp at the hands of the colorful, foul-mouthed Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. The second begins in Vietnam, near Hue, at the time of the Tet Offensive. Joker, along with Animal Mother, Rafterman and others, face threats such as ambush, booby traps, and Viet Cong snipers as they move through the city. Written by Derek O’Cain

Full Metal Jacket begins by following the trials and tribulations of a platoon of fresh Marine Corps recruits focusing on the relationship between Gunnery Sergeant Hartman and Privates Pyle and Joker. We see Pyle grow into an instrument of death as Hartman has forseen of all of his recruits. Through Pyle’s torment and Joker’s unwillingness to stand up against it the climax of part one is achieved with all three main characters deciding their fates by their action or inaction. The second chapter of Full Metal Jacket delves into Joker’s psyche and the repeated referal to the fact that he joined the Corps to become a killer. When his mostly behind the scenes job as a combat correspondant is interfered with by the Tet offensive he is thrust into real combat and ultimately must choose if he really is a killer. Written by FMJ_Joker

During the Vietnam War private ‘Joker’ -the narrator, a future author- and his class are put through US marines training in gunnery sergeant Hartman’s verbally and physically abusive, sex-obsessed style. It’s all far worse for fat simpleton Pyle, who keeps doing everything wrong, even when gentle Joker is appointed his personal tutor, till peer pressure becomes group bullying. On their last day on Paris Island, when everyone graduates, the psychological time-bomb explodes. Only intellectual Joker isn’t assigned to jungle duty but as military war correspondent. He’s unwilling to play the deceptive propaganda game and violence catches up even in the ‘safe’ city Hue. Written by KGF Vissers (IMDB.Com, 2009)

Quotes?

Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: I’m Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior drill instructor, from now on you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and the last word out of your filthy sewers will be “Sir”. Do you maggots understand that?
[recruits answers: Sir. Yes Sir!]
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Bullshit I can’t hear you. Sound off like you got a pair!
[recruits repeats with a louder tone]
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: If you ladies leave my island, if you survive recruit training, you will be a weapon. You will be a minister of death praying for war. But until that day you are pukes. You are the lowest form of life on Earth. You are not even human, fucking beings. You are nothing but unorganized grabastic pieces of amphibian shit. Because I am hard you will not like me. But the more you hate me the more you will learn. I am hard but I am fair. There is no racial bigotry here. I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers. Here you are all equally worthless. And my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps. Do you maggots understand that?

More?


(So can this still be called a “Wall Photo”?)

Nupe… now it’s a “Blog” Photo… with a Tweet!

#SpeedBlogging, anyone? with a #Pictorial Twist? Apropos #Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket”, MBTI (Myers-Briggs) etc… http://bit.ly/33eDoL #FB

#PhotoShelter announces #Facebook Friendly API/SSO Interactions #InCaseYouMissedIt

9 Nov

Apropos my Fave Photographer’s Website ( PhotoShelter Users, here on FB and if you know her, Rachel Reiss who is a GREAT trainer and support stakeholder!)

“The business implication became clear to me last year when I posted an album of portraits, and then a “friend” hired me to photograph him. **** Posting images on Facebook is a way to passively market yourself to a qualified audience for free.**** [YUP! TELL MY ALTER EGO THAT!][PAPPARAZZO STARTS BABBLING INCOHERENTLY… AND IN ITALIAN!]


So I’m pleased to announce our new “Post to Facebook” feature that we released today. You might say to yourself, “well, duh!” And I would nod my head in agreement. It’s an obvious piece of functionality. But we’ve done it slightly differently than other implementations that I’ve seen…” (Murabayashi, 2009)


Here is the entire post, with VERY detailed instructions (which is why I’ve stayed with them, their obvious proclivity towards mentoring us into the realms of SEO and other Web-driven aspects of the imaging business…)

http://bit.ly/4sqONT

#RequiredReading: Time.Com’s Article on Google Wave (GroupWare)

2 Nov

Apropos all the Brouhaha related to Google Wave… here’s some from the Time.Com People… hope it helps!

“Google Wave is, in short, a remarkably full-featured collaboration and communication tool, powerful enough for enterprise customers and easy enough for civilians. It’s also a warning shot across the bow of pretty much every software company anywhere. It’s amazing how many people’s grills Google is getting up into with this single product. It’s real time like AIM and Twitter (and it can talk to Twitter by importing and exporting tweets).

It’s social and shares media, like Facebook. Anybody who makes an e-mail client or collaboration software should be paying attention to Wave. This is vintage Google: give away a product that does stuff your competitors charge money for, thereby burnishing your public image and, at the same time, sapping your competitors’ will to live.

The Next Email App?

The Next Email App?

But Wave isn’t actually an e-mail killer. In practice, it’s more like an insanely rich IM client. E-mail is asynchronous; you can wait an hour or (if you are, like me, a bad person) a week to answer it.

But because Wave operates in real time, it demands immediate attention like an IM or a phone call or, for that matter, a crying baby. When Wave is up, it’s hard to focus on anything else. That isn’t a defect, but it does narrow the scope of its usefulness. Getting more information right away isn’t always the most efficient way to work.” (Time. Com, 2009)

So here is also the official “What is Google Wave” video from Google’s Website:  http://wave.google.com/


Commenting: “The future is just like the past (but shinier)” Seth Godin’s Blog

5 Oct

Well, I guess Mr. Godin’s so famous now he does not need comments? BLISSFUL!

Seth Godin

Seth Godin

@ SG

“What are you going to do about it? If you were starting your business today, knowing what you know now, how would you do things (very) differently?” (Godin, 2009)

There are key adages in the history of business that should not pass with the epochal changes in technology.

One of those, and how I plan to run my business, is the one about Overhead being the #1 Killer of Small Business and Startups.

I mean, with all the free and powerful applications currently being available and hosted all over the place, I’m sure a bit of research may yield what we once used to call “Shrink Wrapped” solutions to most any quandary; and if not, I’m certain that the codebase and/or hosting of more complicated solutions ought to be at a price point that would make custom code be as poisonous as spending your whole ad budget in a SuperBowl commercial…

IMHO, of course!

Pas De Deux: Carrier or Device? on iPhone’s Bandwidth

14 Sep
Oinc, Oinc? (and wheres my MMS?)

Oinc, Oinc? (and where's my MMS?)

Been mulling this one over the whole weekend, thanks to an FB Friend’s Feedback on earlier postings about the issues raised by so-called “Bandwidth Hogs”

Upon my venturing to read into the future of these issues, specifically into the market’s future being segmented much like PC’s and Apples are today now, I asked:

“… if you had a chance to look at the latest blog entry… did you read me dissing Sprint for what amounted to a weekend incommunicado on my Blackberry? and this is about fifty miles from their corporate HQ?”

And about Palm, Nokia, Motorola and all the others: I feel that this is a time of consolidation, and that the main beneficiary, since you’re also reading ’em trades, will be RIM; I mean, a recent issue of Fortune mentioned that since the iPhone’s launch, sales have tripled worldwide to about 3.4 billion USD, and they hold here in the U.S. a steady 50% market share…

… and just by the anecdotal evidence I’ve seen in my immediate family down in Venezuela, both millenials, boomers and x’ers appear to be craving for RIM’s products, as after all – and I’m not 100% sure about what I’m going to say – the iPhone has a very limited footprint, network-wise, given this exclusive deal with at&t.

Bottom line?

I can easily see the same pattern we had with apples and pc’s a couple of decades ago, with RIM in this case playing the role of Microsoft, fighting tooth and nail to keep their corporate clients on price and base functionality, whilst apple caters to those well-heeled enough to pay extra for the ease of use and “no need to compromise” as the most recent ad implies…

End of the day, competition may breed innovation, but consumers may simply decide to vote with their wallets (i.e. Verizon’s current BOGO on BB’s) and polarize the market with a couple of dominant brands that offer an installed base of mature and/or properly developed applications, which at the end of the day, are what have made IBM, Microsoft and many other stalwarts what they are today…

IMHO, of course!

To these comments, my friend stated in various responses…:

“Apple products have never been about feature lists. In fact, they’re often well behind on features. They just do what they do better. But, yeah, AT&T has been a royal pain in the butt. They had no idea what theywere signing up for with the iPhone. Way beyond their capacity… [There are] lots of elements at play: networks, devices, OS’s, apps. Still such a developing market, it’s too early to read any tea leaves… And how does app development and availability contribute? BTW and for the record, I think competition is good.” (JL, 2009)

... So whats MMS for, again?

... So what's MMS for, again?

Development and Availability are key, definitely, and when one ponders the true monetary factors (i.e. ROI, TCO) of the SDLC aspects (Sofware Development Life Cycle) that are involved in supporting TRUE applications, not just betas of widgets and gadgets a single guy is developing, but the threaded and secure kind of applications that are the lifeblood of a larger outfit, is where we may see the real battle lines drawn…

… and sadly, as though it may not be the best nor the sleekest, we have somehow managed to endure decades of dominance of the Windows setup, which if you recall, had a lot to do with the binary setup Apple chose NOT being able to communicate with the ASCII that mainframes are still using; in other words, sometimes a legacy application, given its higher monetary value, will trump all other considerations, as the cost of migrating an existing app … to an entirely new platform, when sometimes all you’re truly doing with the app is basic data entry (I/O) and querying; there, as the current market share numbers attest, the established and mature apps that still run on not only mainframes, but mid-range setups such as an AS400, an NT4 server running SQL Server 7, etc, whose data is valid and whose cost has been paid for for a while, may hold back the lines as moving everything over to a better yet more expensive platform.

Still Smokin!

Still Smokin'!

All about the money, dude, and as you know, BB/RIM is already cranking up its development efforts in a way where developers benefit more than them; which echoes what Microsoft has done to keep such a dominant presence in the market.

The best part? That all these back and forths, as you mentioned elsewhere, push innovation into new areas, DO give us better choices, as perhaps an SMB about to start operations may eventually find that using Open Source and an Apple Back End infrastructure DOES payoff in the long run – given, of course, that they can find the developers, first, and second, that they can pay them their fees.

So what do you think, reader?

  • Would the lines still be drawn as they are today, as cheaper yet more “compromising” platforms allow for legacy applications to survive for a few more years?
  • And is the availability of programmers still the core issue when it comes to embracing any platform?

From Fast Company, an “Overture to a Complete Educational Remix”

11 Sep

Based on a recent article disseminated via Facebook’s Home Stream, Fast Company magazine put out an article on the current movement aimed at integrating the free content some institutions have already posted on the web, and how such content could someday be integrated into a degree, in ways hitherto unexplored in higher education.

“A free, peer-to-peer Wiki university? These all exist today, the overture to a complete educational remix” http://bit.ly/l63Td @FastCompany

8:25 AM Sep 4th from web

The article, written by Anya Kamenetz, actually contains the word “Web-Savvy Edupunks” in its title; and with the key word being transforming, became a must-read for the author, in spite of it being a rather lengthy four pages online; was it worth it? You betcha, as I for one became a believer upon enrolling at University of Phoenix, currently the largest private university in the U.S., and a virtual unknown less than a decade ago, and whose business blueprint is now being copied by most every other outfit out there that plans to stay in business in the near future.

After a 1996 comparison with higher university being much like a string quartet, Kamenetz reminds us of the speed of change, by stating: “Suddenly, it is possible to imagine a new model of education using online resources to serve more students, more cheaply than ever before.” (Kamenetz, Fast Company, 2009)

Personally, I think the issue of cost is what will make these efforts viable, as with most every other area of our lives that the internet has touched, said cost benefits find their biggest impact in those places where issues of dire poverty and basic access to life’s conveniences are perhaps even seen as a luxury, as was my case when I dropped out of college here in the U.S., only to find that even though it was public and free, higher education in my country was actually more ‘expensive’, in many ways, than the humble community college I had to leave behind – and then, remain a dropout for over a decade, as I had to forfeit getting a degree for the dangers of bankruptcy and foreclosure that loomed over the family’s finances.

So it is easy to imagine, that outside the geographic borders of the U.S.A, and much like services such as Pay-Pal have blurred the lines of banking and finance at the microeconomic level, the thirst for these materials, now freely available to anyone who thinks of himself as an autodidact, and perhaps ready to be shaped in the next iteration of old fashioned “correspondence school”, can be.

To close this blog post, here is a quote that summarizes the thrust of the effort:

Sharpen away!

Sharpen away!

‘”The Internet disrupts any industry whose core product can be reduced to ones and zeros,” says Jose Ferreira, founder and CEO of education startup Knewton. Education, he says, “is the biggest virgin forest out there.” Ferreira is among a loose-knit band of education 2.0 architects sharpening their saws for that forest.’ (ibid)

So therefore, seeing that an institution of the stature of MIT is the one leading the charge, that very soon us foreign students may be able to telecommute to Cambridge, and for a fraction of the effort, obtain a bonafide U.S. higher education certification.

Can only picture the impact in the economies of emerging nations, as again, a large percentage of international students come precisely from those places where the watering holes of knowledge can sometimes be as parched – as a summery stretch of the Kalahari.