Pixar Story Rules Legofied
Allegra Tepper, mashable.com
1. CoincidencesClick here to view this gallery.Beau­ti­ful as the ani­ma­tion is in all of our favorite Pixar films, the heart­warm­ing sto­ry­lines come just as close to per­fec­tion. Last year, we learned that the ani­ma­tion stu­dio doesn…

Try using some of these rules when you craft your next presentation. After all, don’t you have a story to tell?

Pixar Story Rules Legofied
Allegra Tepper, mashable.com

1. Coincidences

Click here to view this gallery.

Beau­ti­ful as the ani­ma­tion is in all of our favorite Pixar films, the heart­warm­ing sto­ry­lines come just as close to per­fec­tion. Last year, we learned that the ani­ma­tion stu­dio doesn…

Try using some of these rules when you craft your next presentation. After all, don’t you have a story to tell?

Carmine Gallo, forbes.com

Walk into any Apple Retail Store when it opens in the morn­ing and you might notice that all of the new Mac­Book Pro note­books with reti­na dis­play are posi­tioned at exact­ly the same angle. Employ­ees who open the store use an iPhone app as a…

Vacation Time US vs the World

Can you believe the chart? Americans are guaranteed no vacation. Zero. Zip. Nada. Nil. Nothing. And out of the little vacation that we do get (compared to the rest of the civilized world), we don’t even use that up.

With the economy the way it’s been, people seem to be more than happy to come to work no matter what. And with layoff after layoff, companies are getting by with fewer people working more and more time - with less and less time off.

But how long can we keep this up? Yes, we’re productive - but is it sustainable or are we just going to burn everyone out?

I’m actually not in favor of government mandated vacations. I like the idea of free enterprise being able to determine how much vacation to offer to people for different jobs, and for the most part I think the market takes care of itself. The problem isn’t that our government doesn’t mandate vacation, the problem is that our mindset is that we don’t need to take it.

If you are one of the lucky few for whom work is play, and you enjoy your job so much that you’d rather do nothing else - then I understand why you wouldn’t take your vacation. But if you’re like the rest of us, what’s stopping you? Do you work to live, or do you live to work? If you work to live, make sure you take the time to live. Otherwise you’re just working to work, and what’s the point in that?

Go ahead. Take a break. You’ll be glad you did.

Making Magic

Fastpass RFID Reader

The Magic Kingdom just got a little more magical with testing of a new Fastpass system. The new system allows you to book multiple Fastpasses at a time, and then redeem them using RFID media. For more info, check out the following links:

Walt Disney World Tests the Fastpass of the Future

Limited Fastpass Testing at Walt Disney World This Week

New Fastpass Invaded Magic Kingdom 

Next Generation Fastpass 

I love reading about how these posts “magically” popped up overnight at Magic Kingdom, and that even the Cast Members manning the new Fastpass system didn’t know about it until the day before.

It takes a lot of work and coordination to make things look easy. What seems like a simple RFID reader (pictured above) is amazingly complex when you break it down. In addition to the obvious design, build, and installation of a custom device there has to be a network to connect all of these; back end applications to manage the Fastpass reservations and redemptions; front end kiosk applications so the guests can manage their Fastpasses; mobile apps for the iPads that the Cast Members are using to manage Fastpasses; servers on which to run all of the applications. And all of this is completely transparent to the guests. It just appeared overnight - as if by magic.

How much effort are you making to ensure that your implementations are invisible? Are your customers aware of how hard you are working for them? When projects and products fail to deliver as promised, the answer is usually to let people know how hard you tried. But if you tried harder to begin with and made sure that you got it right the first time, then no one would notice your effort because they would be focusing on a product or service that just works.

As if by magic.

"It is what it is." This is classic. I wish I could carry around copies of this to whip out and throw at people as needed. The problem is I would never be able to carry enough copies.

Or better yet, everyone should carry around penalty flags. When someone utters an item from the list you throw a flag, yell “Pretentious business jargon penalty! End of meeting.” and then walk out.

10 myths of BYOD in the enterprise
By Gina Smith, techrepublic.com
Take­away: The con­sumer­iza­tion of IT is upon us — drag­ging numer­ous mis­con­cep­tions in its wake. See how some recent reports have debunked a few com­mon myths about BYOD.With all the talk about the threat IT faces as the result of the…

Good read - especially for draconian CIO’s.

10 myths of BYOD in the enterprise
By Gina Smith, techrepublic.com

Take­away: The con­sumer­iza­tion of IT is upon us — drag­ging numer­ous mis­con­cep­tions in its wake. See how some recent reports have debunked a few com­mon myths about BYOD.

With all the talk about the threat IT faces as the result of the…

Good read - especially for draconian CIO’s.

10 Tips on Writing Well from David Ogilvy
Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter and people say it’s cool. It comes out on Sundays and offers the week’s best articles. Here’s what to expect. Like? Sign up., brainpickings.org
“Never write more than two pages on any subject.”How is your new year’s res­o­lu­tion to read more and write bet­ter hold­ing up? After trac­ing the fas­ci­nat­ing story of the most influ­en­tial writ­ing style guide of all time and…

How to improve your professional writing - whether you write emails, memos, letters, or papers, you can’t go wrong with these tips.

10 Tips on Writing Well from David Ogilvy
Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter and people say it’s cool. It comes out on Sundays and offers the week’s best articles. Here’s what to expect. Like? Sign up., brainpickings.org

“Never write more than two pages on any subject.”

How is your new year’s res­o­lu­tion to read more and write bet­ter hold­ing up? After trac­ing the fas­ci­nat­ing story of the most influ­en­tial writ­ing style guide of all time and…

How to improve your professional writing - whether you write emails, memos, letters, or papers, you can’t go wrong with these tips.

End piracy, not liberty

SOPA Blackout Day

SOPA blackout day is Wednesday 1/18/2012. This blackout is intended to raise awareness of the potential impact of the SOPA legislation now being considered, and is voluntarily supported by major websites including Google, Wikipedia, Wordpress, Reditt, Mozilla, and TwitPic.

Free speech applies to the web too. Physical copyright infringement and piracy is controlled without censoring media outlets and publications. Online copyright infringement and piracy should be controlled without censoring online content producers.

Check out the following links for more information, decide where you stand, and then take a stand.

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Take_action

http://sopablackout.org/

How To Be More Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps)
Jessica Hagy, forbes.com
How to be inter­est­ing (in 10 stupid-simple steps):1.Go explor­ing. Explore ideas, places, and opin­ions. The inside of the echo cham­ber is where are all the bor­ing peo­ple hang out.2. Share what you dis­cov­er.…

I love the witty and sage line graphs from http://thisisindexed.com. Now Forbes has compiled some o the best ones into a top ten list that you can’t miss. These should be your New Year’s resolutions for 2012.

How To Be More Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps)
Jessica Hagy, forbes.com

How to be inter­est­ing (in 10 stupid-simple steps):

1.Go explor­ing.
Explore ideas, places, and opin­ions. The inside of the echo cham­ber is where are all the bor­ing peo­ple hang out.

2. Share what you dis­cov­er.

I love the witty and sage line graphs from http://thisisindexed.com. Now Forbes has compiled some o the best ones into a top ten list that you can’t miss. These should be your New Year’s resolutions for 2012.

29 Ways To Stay Creative
BY SUZANNE LABARRE, fastcodesign.com
TO-FU, a motion graphics studio in Japan, compiles a list of the many ways to stir your creative juices.Do you sing in the show­er? Read the dic­tio­nary? Sur­round your­self with stim­u­lat­ing peo­ple? If not, you could be miss­ing out on som…

Who knew that Arial font could look so good?

29 Ways To Stay Creative
BY SUZANNE LABARRE, fastcodesign.com

TO-FU, a motion graphics studio in Japan, compiles a list of the many ways to stir your creative juices.

Do you sing in the show­er? Read the dic­tio­nary? Sur­round your­self with stim­u­lat­ing peo­ple? If not, you could be miss­ing out on som…

Who knew that Arial font could look so good?