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I’ve been asking myself this question: “What do I really need to be doing?” There’s this whole concept of “opportunity cost” (which is a fancy way of saying: what are all the things I can’t do if I do this instead of that?) and I’m gradually understanding it better and better. The more time I spend on this blog, showing what I’ve learned about media, and about new technology, the more time I realize that I am not creating works of beauty and art that I really want to.

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Job-hunting is beginning to involve more and more online aspects.  Traditional internet job-hunting aspects, from finding ads online, to using online services, are being over-shadowed by the power of social media, LinkedIn and your Google-quotient.  It seems that more and more, what people can find about you online has more authenticity and relevance than what anybody else can say about you.

This article just confirms that.

If you don’t have an online presence, you won’t appear to be relevant and you will be passed over for more savvy applicants that have visibility. You need to be creative in your job search by developing your own product, eBook, viral video, or personal advertisement.

via 5 Reasons Why Your Online Presence Will Replace Your Resume in 10 years – Dan Schawbel – Personal Branding – Forbes.

I recommend that you find a way to leverage social media and the internet in your own job-search.

 

Yup.  Building your community online takes some practical effort, and a little knowhow.  Matt Mullenweg describes how…not to go about building an online community.

6 Steps to Kill Your Community — Matt Mullenweg.

http://www.e-forwards.com/2010/03/3018/

Though there’s always so much to say about technology, especially in this rapid “exponential” age of advancement and gizmos—I found that I was not fully using my unique voice, just posting here.

So, without further ado, let me announce the launch and inception of my new blog, “I Am Not Your Pastor,” which follows a short term I held as a minister at a local ministry.

The URL is IAmNotYourPastor.com, and here you can expect to find both my insights (which I hope and believe are unique and fairly helpful) and some stories of divine coincidence and other experiences I’ve had. Also, I’ve invited guest writers to share their thoughts, and we’ll see what happens from there.

I don’t pretend that I’m perfect, or that I have all the solutions to make life work right, but I’m here, and I have something to say.  So, just as Maya Angelou once wrote (or was it a Chinese proverb?) —

A bird does not sing because it has an answer,

it sings because it has a song.

And, thus—I just had to start singing—in this case, it’s a sort of writing and sharing through blogging.

My two main goals for this new website are “serendipity” (the discovery of new, right-angle-to-previous-thinking concepts) and “synergy” the emergence of better things through the combination of multiple angles or viewpoints (generating a result which is “more than the sum of its parts”).

Yes, you’ll still be able to check back here and find new things—but focus in online blogging will be there, at this new blog, at least for now.

I made a post a few months back about the concept of really following your dreams, making the world a better place, and “creating things of beauty never before seen on the earth.”

This is part of why I’m doing what I’m doing here.

Sci-Fi and Beyond

Predictive Power in the Mind of Imagination

One thing that I’ve always found to be a thing of beauty is truly innovative or deep science-fiction.  There’s something about seeing beyond the everyday and the possibilities outside of “what is” that is quite inspiring.

So, I remember having a discussion with my former neighbor (who I ironically discovered after a couple decades actually shared my birthday—what, it’s your birthday today?  No!  You’re lying…it’s mine too!) just being able to express really why I enjoy sci-fi—because it allows us to look beyond exactly how it is now, to see how things could be.  Beautiful.

We assume that we have to do things just one way—the way they are—and that everything that we see is the only way it can be…in fact, we get stuck in a parochial mindset, believing that details as mundane as cross-walks and roads, and clothes, and offices, are really the only reality that can ever be experience.  Science fiction is here to tell us otherwise.

The example I remember giving, in response to my neighbor’s challenge that roads are firm and not gelatinous (based on some imagined sci-fi scenario, I guess) was that perhaps in some world, they could be—maybe we would travel, not in wheeled vehicles, but in armored exo-skeletons and jump our way to locations we wished to visit—or simply jump without exoskeletons—or perhaps travel in some sort of gyroscopically balanced spherical vehicles…

Behold the iPad in All Its Glory

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11 Astounding Sci-Fi Predictions That Came True is a powerfully exciting article that shows that some of these “could-be’s” actually came true—most surprisingly Arthur C. Clarke‘s prediction of a news-reader that basically became the iPad, down to the details of clicking on expanding/blow-up icons!

So, I think if I were to spend my life making things of beauty (NBSONE*) I’d like it to be science fiction…or science-fantasy.

*Never before seen on the earth (NBSONE)

Reaching out to the True Self

Today a took a moment, and perhaps unwarrantedly took a listen to Sarah McLachlan‘s “Building a Mystery” song.  I can’t admit that I’ve heard this song since I was in high school—the thought took me back to a more innocent time, before I forgot myself.  Here’s what I want to remember…

…at my grandmother’s birthday party—92 years young—(though I was off a year at first)—I was fortunate enough to see, for the second time, a harpist who played for her and her guests as she had a previous year.  She was found (again) on the internet, with help of recognizing her face—that’s a subject for another post.

 

 

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However, this was astounding—I asked my brother, who had set it up for her to come and play for my (our) grandmother, something profound about life (as I am apt to do with him) and he told me about a conversation that he had partaken of with her after the party, while we were all juggling the clean up—myself with (now) 3 boys, and making sure someone was with grandma…

…so, what I asked, I don’t remember, but here’s what he said:

I saw this woman (the harpist) and I thought she must have been in her 30s.  She’s actually over 50.   I attribute this to her playing the harp and making things of beauty for the last 40 years.

When I asked him what he would do if society would collapse, or rather, if he was concerned (and/or worried) he told me, that know.  Why “worry?”  It only takes away energy that can be spent on making things of beauty that have never before been on the earth.

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.

~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez ~

 

I’m glad for her to have spent that time.  Oh, how I wish everyone did that, or could.

It’s been a particularly heavy day, and as I write this I’m letting myself return to my 70-90+ words-per-minute typing speed that I have on a conventional keybaord, my DVORAK learning temporarily put aside.  It feels good to fly again for a moment.

So what does this all mean?  Just that I’m re-examining my life, what I’m doing, and how I’m doing.  I want to make things of beauty.  Someone close to me told me that my blog should include more personal insights or unique content and ideas—as I have so much to share.  And there’s more to do than that.  You might’ve noticed little illustrations on the sides—that’s just a taste of what I’d like to do.  Thankfully…

I’m remembering myself now.

Women in Tech

Tech Crunch on women in tech positions:

A truly interesting man, with insightful, thoughtful things to say, and a person of significant character, Quentin Schultze has been an inspired faculty member through my college career, and maybe a little bit of a mentor to me.

His site below, “Communicating Faithfully” is found at: http://quentinschultze.com/

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