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Global Control And Censorship. A quick tour of the RIXC festival exhibition

After last week’s Notes from the RIXC Open Fields conference, it’s time to have a quick look at the accompanying exhibition of this year’s edition of the RIXC Art Science Festival. The theme of the exhibition, curated by Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás and Bernhard Serexhe, is encapsulated in its title: Global Control And Censorship. Ruben Pater, Drone Survival Guide, 2013. Photo: RIXC The … [Read more...]

The free internet makes us the product — we need to stop it

The bad headlines continue to stack up for Facebook this year: from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, to the New York Times report that Facebook gave Apple, Samsung, and other mobile device makers access to its users personal data without permission, to the revelation that the firm routinely gives user information and preferences to several Chinese telecommunications firms, to last week’s security … [Read more...]

QuickBooks Webinar to Cover Key Features of the Software for Managing Small Businesses

Do you want to keep track of the cost of jobs for your business more efficiently? QuickBooks expert Scott Gregory is going hold a webinar so you can learn how to use jobs and job costing in QuickBooks Pro/Premier or Enterprise. The webinar will be held on Nov. 6, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EST). Gregory will be covering a range of topics which will conclude with a Q&A. Gregory will bring … [Read more...]

Gloom (and doom)

Doom is inevitable. Gloom is optional. Gloom has no positive effects on ameliorating doom. Doom happens. Gloom is a choice. ; ; ; ; ; ; Article by Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect. Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Just Because You Can Do It Yourself…

If you want your car to last as long as possible and run at its best, you should be investing in regular maintenance. At certain mileage milestones, you can expect to replace certain parts. But while you may take it in to a certified mechanic for a coolant flush or to replace your brakes, it might be an unnecessary waste of money to pay for someone to change your wiper blades. That’s simple … [Read more...]

Global control, macho technology and the Krampus. Notes from the RIXC Open Fields conference

The RIXC Open Fields conference took place a couple of weeks ago in Riga, Latvia. Like each year, the event spurred conversations addressing the current and upcoming challenges of a society that is increasingly shaped by technology and science. This year’s edition specifically looked at ubiquitous surveillance and data privacy. One of Dan Perjovschi’s drawings which is part of the … [Read more...]

AR’s success depends on perfecting input methods

How will augmented reality (AR) glasses work for consumers? Specifically, what will be the user interface (UI) and/or user experience (UX) for the eyewear that will bring AR to the masses? The user experience will be very important since we are talking about a change to the fundamental human and machine interface. Up until now, the interaction has been between humans and computers, personal … [Read more...]

Small Business Events Abound – Share Yours!

From a lead generating conference on Boston to a customer service summit in New York City, a variety of events geared toward small businesses dot the calendar over the next week — and several weeks. Other upcoming events include a brand partnership forum in Nashville, a Gartner sales and marketing conference in Las Vegas and a workshop in Chicago about listening to the voice of the customer. … [Read more...]

“Zeige Deine Wunde” (show me your wound)

Joseph Beuys didn't make pretty art. When I was 12, I saw an exhibit he had at the Guggenheim in NY. As its centerpiece was a 3,000 pound block of lard, wrapped in felt. It was bizarre, it smelled a bit and forty or more years later, I haven't forgotten it. Beuys was transformed by near-death experiences he had as a youth. And that wound informed the art that he made. He shared his pain … [Read more...]

No Man’s Land. Natural Spaces, Testing Grounds

Final notes from my visit of the exhibition No Man’s Land. Natural Spaces, Testing Grounds at MUDAM in Luxembourg: Martha Atienza, Our Islands 11°16’58.4_N 123°45’07.0_E, 2017 Martha Atienza, Our Islands 11°16’58.4_N 123°45’07.0_E, 2017 Hayoun Kwon, 489 Years, 2016 National parks, reserves and other forms of sanctuarization of ecosystems are often used as a measure to protect natural … [Read more...]

To my tech colleagues: Let’s stop blaming the public for our problems

People, process, technology. It’s the reigning mantra in high tech, swiping “move fast and break things” and “data is the new oil” right off the menu of things to say when you aren’t paying attention. Attend any conference and you will hear people talk about how new strategic initiatives are stuck because employees don’t want to learn new skills, or because they feel that new processes or … [Read more...]

How To Create a Simple, FREE Weekly To-Do List with Trello

Many people make to-do lists or apps into a complicated slog. They write long blog posts or videos with detailed guides on setting up to-dos. This isn’t that. I find I end up not using complicated to-do lists or apps. I need to keep it simple–the simpler, the better. I also needed a weekly to-do list that was accessible anywhere I go. I always have my phone with me, so I wanted … [Read more...]

Get Inspired by Global CEOs at this Upcoming Event

If you want to get inspired by CEOs of global companies, thought leaders, entertainers and authors, Dreamforce is the place to be. Staring on September 25 and ending on Sept. 28, the four day event will have over 2,700 sessions for hands-on training and certifications. Dreamforce is known for providing the latest Salesforce product innovations for users across all industries. These include … [Read more...]

Zoom & Skype call tips (the secrets of video conferences)

If you’ve ever joined more than three people on a Skype or Zoom conference call, I hope you’ll appreciate these tips, and perhaps share them: Sit close to the screen. Your face should fill most of it. Use an external microphone or headset. When you’re not talking, hit mute. Don’t eat during the meeting. When you’re on mute during an audio call, you can do whatever you … [Read more...]

Is Content the Only Thing Needed to Increase Traffic?

A common question asked by many bloggers and many will have their own opinion. However, I currently have close to 4 blogs, and am in the process of starting my 5th so I wanted to shed some light on what I learned over the years. We often think writing great content is the only element needed to grow our blog and generate traffic, however, you’ll be surprised to know that this is rarely the case. … [Read more...]

Sonic Agency. Sound and Emergent Forms of Resistance

Sonic Agency. Sound and Emergent Forms of Resistance, by Brandon LaBelle. Available on amazon USA and UK. Publisher MIT Press writes: In a world dominated by the visual, could contemporary resistances be auditory? This timely and important book from Goldsmiths Press highlights sound’s invisible, disruptive, and affective qualities and asks whether the unseen nature of sound can support a … [Read more...]

Here’s why you’re being kept in the dark about how your data is used

In 2017 alone, US companies spent upwards of $10 billion on third party audience data. And while generally speaking, people were once indifferent or oblivious to the way personal data was collected, the tide has certainly turned. In the wake of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, people are more aware than ever of the tenuous nature of data collection, and more concerned about how securely … [Read more...]

My Stake in the Ground: What I’m Building This Year

It’s been just over a year since my last company failed/got acquired, and I’m excited to announce the project I’m going to be working on for the foreseeable future! I’ve long been frustrated by the state of marketing information for small businesses. It’s what led me to start my last company, and, today, a bit more than year after that company failed, I still get the … [Read more...]

Difficult decisions

These are the decisions that are forced on us, the ones that feel unfair, the ones where there are no seemingly good outcomes. How to proceed? Acknowledge that it sucks. That you’d rather not be in this situation. That it’s not what you hoped for. You can return to this step as often as you like, but don’t permit it to have anything to do with the other steps in the process. … [Read more...]

Verizon Webinar Shows You How to Think Mobile First in Digital Marketing

If you want to explore how mobile is impacting the digital presence of your business, then make time to attend the ‘How Mobile Ate the Web — and 7 Ways Small Businesses Can Capitalize’ webinar. Presented by Small Business Trends Founder and CEO Anita Campbell in collaboration with Verizon Business Markets, it will be held live online on August 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET. The webinar … [Read more...]

Create and Get Started Blogging Online: Part 2 – Niche Based Demand

In Part 1, I discussed how many people start their blog based on their passion. However, today, I’d like to discuss starting a blog based on demand, which is much harder because you are going against your niche. This method is simply based on the amount of money you can make within a specific niche, for example, a massive industry like health, love, wealth, etc. I know many of my clients have … [Read more...]

The God Trick. An exhibition explores the possibility of a more bio-centric society

The PAV Parco Arte Vivente, Turin’s experimental centre for Living Arts, is celebrating its ten years anniversary this Summer with The God-Trick, a group exhibition that aims to offer new perspectives and lines of inquiry on the Anthropocene. Critical Art Ensemble, Environmental Triage: An Experiment in Democracy and Necropolitics, 2018. Photo: © Filippo Alfero for PAV – Parco Arte Vivente … [Read more...]

Build a gorgeous website in minutes with Visualmodo for under $30

Visualmodo is like beginning your website from third base -- you’re practically home when you jump in. Check out their offerings featuring dozens of website motifs with the Visualmodo WordPress Themes Mega Bundle at a huge savings — just $29.99 from TNW Deals. Article by The Next Web. Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

How Your Perfectionist Instinct Can Kill Perfectly Good Business Ideas

Back in May, I posted about the new direction I was taking this year, and my shiny new domain name, freedom.biz. Then, although it wasn’t my intent, I went radio silent on this blog for over 3 months! What happened? Well, two surprising things…both good. One, our business at 1Up Repairs took off more quickly and grew much faster than we had anticipated. We’ve currently … [Read more...]

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