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There Are Few Accidents, Few True Failures (In The Big Picture)

In ! Jen, Play on Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 3:33 am

On this day of iPad’s release, here’s homage to a true visionary. Steve Jobs gave the commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005 and it’s worth the 15 minutes when you need a jolt of graduation speech inspiration.

I love stories where perseverance through failures leads to unconventional brilliance. “You cannot connect the dots moving forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.”

May we all work for organizations, work for people, who allow us the space and time to connect the dots.


What Matters Now

In ! Kristy, Leaders, Learn, Play on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 3:22 am

I’m being challenged, inspired and humbled by the new collaborative e-book from Seth Godin, What Matters Now. Seth has assembled a group of 70 thought leaders to, as he puts it, riff on important ideas.

I killed some trees and printed a few pages to post in my cube on a rotating basis for a daily dose of fresh thinking. Seth has also challenged his readers to create their own riffs on words that matter to them… so I’m challenging my co-blogger Jen to a riff-off! Last one to post is a rotten egg!

Download the book here. Post your own riff somewhere. I’d love to hear your reactions.

16 Item Recess for Word Nerds

In ! Jen, Play on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 3:33 am

1. Here’s an awesome cheat sheet for Scrabble. I keep lists of two- and three-letter words in with my Scrabble box. Why multiple lists? So I can give them to opponents and they’ll leave me alone.

2. Anagrammer. I may the last person in America to catch on to this. It’s brilliant, save totally taking the fun out of the game.

3. Make your own puzzles with Discovery Education online. Meant for teachers, but you can also use it for making puzzles for baby showers, bridal showers, teambuilding events, what have you.

4. Urban dictionary. Where to go when you’re >30, not around teenagers or 20-somethings a lot, and don’t understand whether a descriptor you’ve heard is good, bad, or just hailing a cab.

5. English mistakes in Asian products or translations. Having grown up with native Korean-speaking parents, I find these especially funny. Because I’ve probably heard worse.

6. The “blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks. My cousin Anna turned me on to this site this past summer. Now I see “unnecessary” quotes “everywhere.”

7. Pictures of misspelled tattoos. How does this happen? I would think if you’re about to put ink on your dermis via a big needle, you’d triple, quadruple-check for typos. Apparently, not always.

8. Blog of apostrophe abuse. This type of abuse is increasing, imho.

9. This is one specific blog. It documents L’s written in lowercase, so they look like I’s in context. For example, FLU becomes FIU. You’ll get it; better to see it, 1000 words and all.

10. English fail blog. Part of the Fail franchise.

11. Huge list of emoticons. Not really words, sure. But emoticons can be efficient and may insert the appropriate amount of cutesy if used well. Here is a more efficient (short) list. Personally, I only use one. 🙂

12.  List of leetspeak and texting lingo. I think I know about sixteen of these. That’s probably enough.

13. The ultimate in making every word count. Six word stories.

14. List of funny (or pathetic) resume errors and typos. I think I have a degree in unclear physics, too.

15. 100 great speeches of the 20th century. With text and video or sound.

16. Create your own word clouds with Wordle.

16 Links / Recess / I Don’t Like Mondays

In ! Jen, Play on Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 3:33 am

Tip of the hat to Boomtown Rats.

16. Here are some of Calvin & Hobbes cartoonist Bill Watterson’s work prior to his signature strip. It’s too bad he has retired.

15. Oh, it is sad and pathetic how much I enjoy this site of funny typos. Or is it typoes?

14. This is quite possibly the most amazing live performance ever. Even if you aren’t a Queen fan, this segment of Freddy Mercury leading the crowd starting at 0:14 in an “Under Pressure”-esque sequence of babbles should forever be categorized under “Rock God” commanding presence.

13. You can see how things get lost in translation when ordering cakes.

12. If you haven’t already seen this clip of the lyre bird‘s complex singing, you really must.

11. Another BBC bird. The title is irresistible: “You are being shagged by a rare parrot.”

10. OK, only because we love animals. BBC has opened an “online zoo.”

9. What cats are really thinking.

8. The T-Mobile flash mob commercial, always a feel-good for me.

7. Real, not photoshopped, images that are almost unbelievable.

6. A list of secrets known by only two people.

5. A listing of the unique origins of 25 popular consumer products, like bubble gum, silly putty, and of course, the ubiquitous post-its.

4. Balance act parlor tricks. File this one under: things to try with friends when you need a challenge.

3. Ah, the music video of “I Don’t Like Mondays.”

2. I admire the “100 Things” movement, where people try to minimize the number of “things” in their lives. This is taking it to an extreme–living without money.

1. And finally, here is your zen moment of peace. Beautiful photography showing lush landscapes with water reflections.

May you have a wonderful, peaceful, reflective week.

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