Archive | March, 2009

NYC with my Mama

30 Mar

My mom and I took a must need voyage across the continental United States (via Delta airlines — check out their new inflight safety video, it’s awesome new branding). We stayed at the Milford Plaza hotel (the lullaby of Broadway), one block away from Time Square — great location and great price. The hotel is located in the center of all the Broadway shows, Avenue Q, Billy Eliot, Impressions, Hair, and the Lion King were all on our block. My mom really wanted to see Mama Mia — we were able to get half-off tickets for a showing that day thanks to the TKTS booth in Time Square. If you don’t care about what play you want to see, you should visit this ticket booth.

Central Park

More TK

Check out my flickr for more photos of the trip.

An End or Beginning: Newspapers

18 Mar

March 17th, 2009 marks the day the Seattle Post-Intelligencer goes entirely online. As a brand group, newspapers are dieing. All media outlets are talking about it — even other newspapers (when it’s not about themselves). How can you take something that everyone thinks as a bad thing and make it a good thing. I want to march into the news room at the New York Times and say “let’s go all digital.” Of course, all the reporter and editors will be shocked and outraged, they won’t admit “failure.” When will they realize that online is not defeat, it’s opportunity.

Seattle PI

Above is a copy of the Seattle PI’s last cover. It looks like an obituary. Newspaper should have a new perspective on the internet and other sources of media, if not we will be seeing more pages similar to this around the country. Someone needs to be the leader and step up, I believe the only one who can do this successfully is the NYT. You must show your peers AND news “collecting” services, like google news, how to be a reliable, sustainable (economically, not environmentally, but they would be too because they wouldn’t use paper!), and entertaining.

If newspapers don’t accept the new technology, reporters will be out of a job and we will be without news all together. Don’t fail us old white men!

Conservation of Objective Reality

18 Mar

Descartes once said an idea can only be as wonderful as the person who created it. Of course, he was a philosopher so he said it in about three pages. I subscribe to his belief about ideas because I have seen really great ideas and the people who always generate them are beautiful (inside and outside) people. I plan on developing not only my idea process, but also my being. It’s important to remember your own self while working/studying, the reason why you should be doing the things you love is to better yourself and those around you.

Goodness generates good ideas.

More on Descartes, here is the Cliff Notes version:brains

“The Meditator asserts that no effect can have a greater amount of reality than its cause. That is, everything that comes into being must be made to be by something that has an equal or greater amount of reality. For instance, a stone can be made by chipping off a larger piece of rock, since the larger rock has more reality, but a stone cannot be made out of a color, since a stone has more reality than a color. The Meditator also suggests that an idea can only be caused by something that has as much formal reality as the idea has objective reality. The idea of a stone, then, could be caused by a stone or a large rock but it could not be caused by a color. The Meditator grants that ideas can be caused by other ideas, but that there must ultimately be something more than an idea that is the cause of these ideas. The first cause of an idea must be something with at least as much formal reality as the idea has objective reality.”

Click here for the long Cliff Notes version.

The really cool brains in a jar image is made by this creative blogger: fuffer.wordpress.com/

FYI: Prof. Ryan was not feeling well

12 Mar

After hearing that Dr. Ryan was in the hospital due to a terrible fall. Some classmates and I put together this video for him.

He said he laughed so hard his ribs hurt.

Visit the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBxrgAt8cY8