I had a random thought just now and thought this the best medium to express it in.
What if instead of gaining weight we gained height?
What kind of society would that create? What type of change would there be in dynamics? Instead of skinny models plastered on the front of Vogue, short people, only 4 feet tall would be considered the norm. Tall people would be obese or would it be a new word, like giantbese. Basketball would be as entertaining as Biggest Loser. Stripes and well fitted clothes wouldn’t be able to hide how you’ve grown over the winter vacation.
Maybe being different sizes wouldn’t be a big deal, maybe we wouldn’t have eating disorders.
What are your thoughts?
No. I didn’t mean to write Don’t Settle For Less Than Greatness. What do I mean then by “Don’t Settle For Greatness”? I don’t really know, yet. This is my process in figuring out why settling for greatness what it seems.
Let’s break down the parts, starting with “greatness”. Well, defined by Webster it means “being fucking awesome,” which there isn’t anything better than “being fucking awesomeness”. Therefore by definition “greatness” is the highest level that one can achieve. So, this can’t be what’s wrong with settling for greatness. In some cases, “greatness” is subjective which can lead one astray from achieving true greatness, when in fact they’ve just achieved above average awesomeness. Maybe I am on to something.
“Settle” is the next logical word to look at. It means to live with your parents for an exorbitant amount of time with no plans of moving out. This is inherently not a good thing, unless is relates to true love, resulting in marriage. Maybe I have a problem with just “settling,” but I don’t think that is the case. Because if you tell someone not to settle with that janitorial job they picked up off of craigslist, then it becomes obvious settling in not the best option.
Back to “greatness.” Let’s look at those who’ve achieved greatness according to the most accurate of sources, Wikipedia: Winston Churchill, da Vinchi, Benjamin Franklin. They are all dead. So can you only be considered great when you’ve passed away. I think this is a big part of it. When looking at yourself and what you’ve accomplished and you’ve considered that you’ve achieved greatness, you might have not because again, greatness can be subjective. Only then when one has passed away or lived an extremely long life and their achievements have been able to be looked at under the academic microscope (and I’m sure thorough debate).
What I mean is greatness is determined after your long dead, so if you feel like you are in the presence of achieving ”greatness” you are far from the fact.
Some think it a symbol for the new economy, others confuse it with the new astrology sign.
Time to revive something that was great. The blog. This is going to be beautiful, smart, fun — it’s something you aren’t going to want to miss.
During my absence, I’ve visited the pubs of London, stayed with family in Amsterdam, had a beer at a German Beer Garden, hiked the peaks of the Alps, soaked my feet in the Mediterranean, flew back to Oregon, perfected my marketable skills, got a job — scratch that, not a job, but an opportunity to go on an adventure. I’m working, no collaborating with geniuses to turn something great into something amazing. The ideas are now flowing once again and that can only me one thing: 2011 is going to be the best yet.
Within three weeks on at my part-time job, I went full-time. Within two months, got a promotion and raise. I attribute it all to innovation, persistence and being indispensable.
Do I hear an other Ignite talk in the future? Maybe, we’ll see.
Seth Baker and I are planning our adventure to Europe. We need help. I’m going to write a post for every major city we plan to visit and what we plan to do there. We would love to hear your input in where we should stay, what we should eat, what we should see, and anything else.
Today, we’d like to know a little about London because that is our first stop on our Episodic Europe adventure.
Here are our planned pit stops: Natural History Museum, The Tate, Science Museum, British Museum, V&A Museum, The London Eye, Big Ben, The Royal Crown Jewels, Buckingham Palace, Globe Theater, National Portrait Gallery
To our surprise, most of these places are free to visit. We love free things, should we expect museums to be free in Europe? Or is London just full of plundered treasures from around their old colonies. Please leave comments on your thoughts and ideas. Thank you.
flickr: J. A. Alcaide
As promised here are a full set of slides from my presentation: http://bit.ly/bddmNe
Some takeaways of the night:
When you tell a joke people will laugh, even when you didn’t expect it. The Ignite Portland crowd is so great, when you plan to tell a funny story they will laugh, a lot.
A serious topic < a serious topic done humorously.
Don’t be nervous. I was expecting to be nervous, but with the spot light on you, it feels like no ones there. The only recognition that other humans exist is their wonderful laughter.
People who aren’t in Portland will watch it. I got some great text from people as far as Texas and NYC who watched it from live stream.
Get to Ignite early. If it fills up they will NOT let you in…
When you have a great idea, tell it to the world.
Update: Video added to YouTube:
Libraries are great and their architectural design is key to their individual success, not only in notability, but in getting people to read books.
Click here to read the article.
The Canadian Library of Parliament in Ottawa