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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Living without walls project

This is not an advertisement for studio apartments. It is also not a movement for desert survival. It is however a way of thinking, a way of acting/reacting, and finally a way of celebrating ourselves.

There are whole movements dedicated to locking away things, hiding what we find ugly about ourselves, inclusive thinking that always begins each sentence with "I".

These movements are as hidden as their designers. The world tells you not to say something because someone could take it the wrong way. It tells you the sixties were full of hippie dippy idiots that couldn't handle the real world. The flaw in that logic is feeling the need to impress anyone. The world is what people make it. An easy test to tell if someone is trying to control how and what you think is the use of fear. Fear of the newest boogeyman to bring back the gray world created by political and corporate groups. Fear is great for business. It drives people to shop in order to feel a little better about the economy box we happily stuffed our lives into to make room for the next McMansion.

Living Without Walls means thriving, not just surviving. Recognizing beauty in the smallest wonders. recognizing we only have a short window of time to enjoy it and working for a retirement that may never come is not the best way to do it.

Living Without Walls means finding what you love and doing it with all of your heart. You may have to work the box job to get where you are trying to reach, LWW does not equal denial of the real world, LWW is knowing goals big and small are obtainable.

If travel is your biggest desire, then find a way to structure your life to maximize traveling.
If family is your biggest dream, then find ways to add more family to your family time. Don't be afraid to look outside your bloodline, some of my favorite family members aren't even from the same country let alone the same genes.
No matter what your dreams are, create an environment that clears the path for it.

Living Without Walls is only a tool. You are in charge of which walls you need to tear down.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Predicting the Future for Content Providers

The old ways are young again

So much time is spent arguing about the next big thing. The next big thing isn't as revolutionary as movies and books (or futurists) would have us believe.

In the 1950's, If you had a telephone service in your home, you rented the phone from your service provider. People didn't own their own phones and worse had to call someone to their house to fix the broken ones.

Fast forward to the 1980's Cable TV service was rolling out quickly. The familiar rotary selector was still on the cable set top box, however you rented the box from the Cable company service provider.

The idea that rented pieces needed for a service persist today. If you don't believe me, cancel your subscription to Netflix and the content you have had for five plus years is gone. You are no longer renting it. Stop paying for your Cell service and see what kind of bill you get for your subsidized phone. (Hint: They are basically rent to own with planned obsolescence) 

We will continue to make the change back and forth between being a consumer society and a service society until long after I am dead.

What changed each of these things? ( I despise the words 'Paradigm Shift' from years in corporate hellholes) Innovation and fear of losing money.

Companies created the first personally owned phones, VCR's, Tivo's, and so many more devices to give us the chance to choose how and when we used services. Long storage batteries will do the same for electricity use. Imagine storing off peak electricity to use when it is 110 degrees outside to run your air conditioner. What will the next thing be? Metered internet for all, since it is being classified as a utility now. We will see more free use of the internet. The cable companies will fight back for a time to maximize profits in their ever closing windows of uncontrolled billing for speeds that are barely able to provide 1080p in peak times. The 4k video and the ultra wide screen movement will begin making these dinosaurs look for the next hunting ground.

Microsoft 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, Subsidized CellPhones and contracts, and cloud storage systems will one day belong to the consumers again instead of the providers. So when you place your bets (whether it is in the form of money or your future) in a new product or service. Check and make sure it isn't part of the current cycle of offered goods and services.

How does this relate to authors and creative designers? How many Twitter arguments have you heard about which service is better to jump on to reach your audience. You are a content provider, be sure you aren't putting all of your eggs in the wrong part of history.