Monday, December 28, 2009

liking music or liking discovery

I think this one is important in many ways. It seems today people like to be the first to know about everything. We want the newest movies, clothes, and to dine at the newest restaurants. But this is most obvious with music.

People just listen to some bands to be the first to like them.

It doesn’t really matter if the music is perfect. All that matters is that you were the first to discover it. The problem with this scenario is with the musicians. They feel this sudden fake love from fans. The band thinks that people love their music but they really just like the bands anonymity.

Take a second and think about the music you listen to. Do you like the music? Why are you listening to the band? Are you trying to go against the grain by listening to them? What do you feel when you listen?

People loved Michael Jackson because his music moved people. Everyone listened to him because of his music, not because he was a nobody.

I want to bring this around to business. Imagine the new artists are companies. How do you bring in customers and keep them. You don’t want a customer to buy your product just because no one else is because when everyone is coming to you everyone will stop coming to you.

To keep customers coming to you, have novelty and great quality (both in service and product). Make something new and slightly different & make it the best it can be. When cooking you do not need many ingredients to make food good. As long as everything is of the best quality & is fresh a few ingredients will be amazing. The same goes for anything else.

Make it novel and perfect!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Do Cats Dust

As you may or may not know my family & I have a dog named Shelby. She is a black lab & we’ve had her for around a year now, I think, maybe two years? Our neighbors just recently found a cat & thought we would be suited to take care of it.

We thought the cat was a girl (& we named it Oreo) but the vet told us he was a guy! Sorry Oreo! (We then changed his name to Tux)

So having both a cat and a dog I’ve seen the differences in their personalities. Shelby is always active. She is playing with toys, bones, & just running around while Tux will take an interest in almost anything. We can entertain Tux with pipe cleaners, shreds of paper, or the classic string.

I think if our pets were people Shelby would be the first female in the NFL, she really is like a bumbling destructive linemen. Whereas Tux would be a renaissance man, observing the world & saving feelings with art.

I feel like Shelby is living to have fun without consequence to what she affects. She runs into chairs & knocks over tables, but Tux will walk around desk toys & contort himself to avoid touching anything. This brings us to the question:

Do cats dust?

That is, as hard as cats try to not affect anything, do they? As Tux walks he doesn’t really know how he is affecting his surroundings. Every little thing we do affects those around us. Even something seemingly insignificant changes the world. Tux is dusting our desk toys as he walks. Even when he doesn’t realize it.

Yes, cats dust, & people affect their surroundings more than they know.

Monday, December 7, 2009


Doesn’t twitlonger defeat the point of twitter? Twitter is supposed to be brief. And I could try to shorten what I want to say to a tweet (or series of tweets) or I could just expand it into a blog post.

The point is I don’t want to click a link only to read something slightly longer than a tweet.

I think twitlonger missed the mark. I don’t think there is a niche where they have placed themselves. From twitlonger’s site, “People that are interested can click on the link and see the full majesty of your wit and wisdom.” To me wit is short (a tweet) and wisdom is elaborated upon (a blog post). Disagree?

Friday, December 4, 2009

5 People to follow on Twitter

Five funny people to follow on Twitter:

@ starvingafrican

famous tweet: “fucking hungry”

will make you feel terrible about eating that big mac at lunch… or maybe you will just laugh & wallow in your gluttony

@ Helen_Keller

famous tweet: “Vlaaaaaaaarm! Dawp dawp. Heeeemf!”

funny or thought provoking? Helen discovers twitter is faster than sign language.

@ michaeljackson

famous tweet: “This is it. Seriously. No more. Im really gone. I cant tweet anymore.”

How does he do it? Tweeting from the grave?! Wow! That’s cooler than the moonwalk!

@ KimJongil

famous tweet: “im so ronery”

Go be a friend to Kim. He needs you to tell him his pajamas don’t make him look fat.

@ darthvader

famous tweet: “The force is strong in me”

Second most powerful man in the galaxy? Pretty cool!