Archive for the ‘Wisdom’ Category

Feeling the Force

September 30, 2006

Am back in Chennai, India and have about a month of free time to do whatever I please, before I head off and spin the account planning turntable at McCann Erickson Singapore. What better time to catch up on things that you have been planning to do for sometime, but never got to do. And for me one of those things was watching the Star Wars series from Episode I to ‘The Return of the Jedi’. It’s the right time to recapture the technological and storytelling grandeur of the sci-fi epic saga by watching it in chronological order.

I just finished Episode I: The Phantom Menace and in fact sort of liked it way better than I did when I first watched it on the big screen back in 1999. I think the superb DVD quality and getting to watch it plonked in the comforts of your brand new lazy boy chair gives it a new dimension. And you can put subtitles on (when Jar-Jar Bings opens his mouth) and go back and forth between scenes at your own whim and fancy. Catch bits of dialogue you missed, get to watch the podracing sequence three times in a row and catch up on some amazing behind the scenes featurettes.

And before I sign off here’s some Star Wars wisdom from the hero and mentor of Episode I, Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn.

Feel

Focus

And last but not the least…

Force

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Child’s Eye View

August 29, 2006

Louis Pasteur Dr Suess

How I wish I was a kid all over again. Innocent and exploring stuff all the time.

Drawing !nspiration

August 27, 2006

Drawn-Inspiration

You can draw inspiration from sketchings, paintings and drawings on Time magazine’s Top 50 Coolest Websites of 2006 listed Drawn!

The Process Manifesto

August 14, 2006

“Process is more important than outcome. When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we’ve already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to be there.” Bruce Mau in ‘Life Style’

[Source: From an entry in the W+K Studio blog]

Fortune Cookie Wisdom

August 9, 2006

Challenge-Reward

If only life were this simple, we would have sowed many a seed and reaped many rewards. Unfortunately it is not so. But it’s still a great thought to keep pushing the boundaries every day and accept challenges with rigor and attitude and hopefully reap the benefits in a modest manner.

[Photo Courtesy: Flickr: Emily Kreed]

Prepared Mind = Bold

August 8, 2006

Virgil

In 40 B.C. the Roman poet Virgil mused that “Fortune favors the bold”.

Louis Pasteur

Much later in the 19th century Louis Pasteur modified Virgil’s quote to “Fortune favors the prepared mind”.

So we can boldy conclude without any pretensions that a prepared mind = boldness.

Early ‘Long Tail’ Wisdom

August 2, 2006

Long Tail

Now that Chris Anderson’s much awaited and blogged about book ‘The Long Tail: Why The Future of Business is Selling Less For More’ is out, everybody’s probably busy blogging about the virtues and vices of the book. I was curious to check the origins of his Long Tail philosophy and landed on this early (and pretty much the first published) article in Wired Issue 12.10, October 2004. And for me, these two paragraphs pretty much laid the foundations to the Long Tail theory:

“Hit-driven economics is a creation of an age without enough room to carry everything for everybody. Not enough shelf space for all the CDs, DVDs, and games produced. Not enough screens to show all the available movies. Not enough channels to broadcast all the TV programs, not enough radio waves to play all the music created, and not enough hours in the day to squeeze everything out through either of those sets of slots.

This is the world of scarcity. Now, with online distribution and retail, we are entering a world of abundance. And the differences are profound.”

And abundant it is. I’ve lost count of the new artists I’ve come across (and wanted to check out) through Pandora.com and Last.fm; books and movies through the endless ponderings through favorite blogs and Amazon.com and even lost track of the interesting blogs that you come across through the favorite blog links of my bookmarked blogs. Not to mention the myriad links through del.icio.us. We’re truly lost in abundance. And it’s good.

Speed of Change

August 2, 2006

Evolution

“Change is hard. Change is hardest on those caught by surprise. Change is hardest on those who have difficulty changing too. But change is natural; change is not new; change is important.” – These are the hard-driven points on change from an employee memo of David Schlesinger (head of Reuters America) back in 2004.

And this memo is presented as a call for awakening towards the sweeping changes in business taking place in a constantly globalising world economy in Thomas Friedman’s book ‘The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century’. And this is only the first chapter that I am in so far.

Friedman divides the globalization eras into three categories.

1. Globalization 1.0 which is from 1492 – 1800 (From Columbus’s discovery of America to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in England) resulting in shrinking the world from a size large to a size medium
2. Globalization 2.0 which is from 1800 – 2000 (Industrial Age to Information Age) resulting in the world shrinkage from medium to small

3. Globalization 3.0 which is pretty much the last six years of internet, e-commerce, blogging, tagging, internet telephony and evolving day-by-day so to speak and apparently shrinking the world from size small to tiny and flattening the playing field at the same time

Now what is truly interesting to me is the speed of change in these three eras. The first one lasted for about 300 years, while the second era about 200 years (outlasting the above-average age of a person). The third one is about six years old and growing (Its just started first-grade school) and we already have an astounding amount of information covering the brief twenty-first century. What has truly changed now is that the dissemination and ready availability of information for everyone (at the click of a mouse button as they say!) has accelerated our thinking and perception relative to older eras.

I’m just getting into the preceding chapters and will keep adding thoughts and observations, as I journey through the ten forces that flattened the world and its aftermath.

Thought for the Day

July 31, 2006

Represent Yourselves

Stencil graffiti at Vondelpark, Amsterdam, taken by Flickr:Kirja-addikti

Life without Love

July 30, 2006

Life without Love

Where? Near the lighthouse cliffs of Kannur in the southern state of Kerala, India