Very simple points from Seth Godin about how to make people take notice of what you are doing.
The truth is if it is not extraordinary, or remarkable, no one is going to take notice of it, nor spread it. Very good is not good enough anymore. It needs to be very bad, or interesting in some way. So building a 55m lava lamp monument will attract more tourists than a standard looking metal monument. Or a 40 foot high dog shaped bush. Or something to that effect. Cool stuff.
I struggle with finding passion in my work. Scott Dinsmore had the same problem several years ago, so let’s see what he has done to find his passion in life. The three-step framework he advocates is as follows:
Adam Savage of mythbuster fame shares simple ideas which our forefathers thought of to discover scientific facts way before their time.
A really interesting one from Adam Grant, who profiled original thinkers and what traits they have. Not something I expected.
1. Original thinkers are late to the party. They are quick to start, but slow to finish. Procrastination gives them time for there their creative ideas to flow
I thought I had to do this TED talk which was the “predecessor” to the one I did yesterday. Similarly, mini gas turbines were used, but Yves Rossy employed them in a Jetsuit and uses them to manoeuvre after free-falling from an airplane mid-flight, allowing him some form of control over his pitch and direction.
If dreams come true, some of us might be donning Ironman suits and flying around feeling as happy as a bird. Richard Browning decided to make it a step closer to reality.
This TED talk really shows sometimes how inventions are 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Looking at the process Richard Browning went through, where he tried different numbers and combinations of mini gas turbines, and how he sought to improve his control over the thrust he had, is only something someone who is fully passionate about can do. Others would have given up soon after the first few failed attempts and left this to others while they went on with their daily lives. I applaud his grit in developing this flight suit. Perhaps someday this will make the ironman dream true for all of us.
I was recently filling up some forms online recently when I was asked to prove that I am not a robot. I was then asked to identify the presence of a road sign among a bunch of random images, which presumably is easy for a human but difficult for a computer robot. Turns out this may no longer be true…
I confess, I watched this talk because I thought it resonated with what I was doing here. The delivery is a performance by itself. I wonder why this TED talk doesn’t get more views though.
I thought about doing an app recently, so I thought it would be interesting to learn about it from this young software developer.
He didn’t share much, and it seems like you need to have a passion for computing language, which he seems to have from his sharing. He basically picked up the iPhone software development toolkit and used the tools there to build the apps. He didn’t cover Android programming though in this talk.
No frills here. 10 time saving tech tips as follows:
1. Spacebar to scroll down one page when browsing websites
2. When filling up forms, instead of opening the pop up menu, repeatedly press the letter of the country/state you are in until your country/state appears
3. “Control + or -” to increase/decrease font size in webpages
4. When typing in your phone, press space twice to put the full stop and capitalise your next letter.
5. When you want to call someone you just missed a call from, just tap the call sign on your phone and it will automatically fill in the last number into the box for you.
6. You can skip the answering machine’s message by pressing a key, but this key varies from carrier to carrier
7. You can use Google as a dictionary by typing “define” then the word you want to check. You can also check your flight details and do unit conversions with Google.
8. Double click on a word to highlight it. Double click and drag to highlight in one word increments as you drag. Type over it to replace the highlights instead of pressing delete.
9. To eliminate camera shutter lag, do a half press and hold it there, then fully press to take a picture without the lag.
10. For presentations, press “b” to black out the screen or press “w” to white it out so that the audience will know to look at the presenter instead of the screen.
I was surprised to see many which I didn’t know about. Useful little life hacks to help in our everyday lives.