What William Faulkner can teach you about blogging, writing, and being human

April 30, 2012

The Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech of William Faulkner

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

William Faulkner

American writer and Nobel Prize laureate  William Faulkner received the Nobel Prize in Literature (1950). It was awarded to Faulkner “for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel.” Among Faulkner’s books, The Sound and Fury (1929) should be known to you. The book tells the tumultuous and tragic story of the once privileged, Mississippi Compson family. At the center of the story is Caddy – the obsession of her brothers. Among the devices William Faulkner uses to tell this story is the technique known as stream of consciousness where ideas and images flow and swirl, interrupt each other, consume us, and – if we are lucky – reveal the conflicts that weigh upon the human heart.

Metric, Help I’m Alive

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Must the best laid plans of Hobbits and Gondor go awry?

April 28, 2012

Must the best laid plans of Hobbits and Gondor go awry?

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

An Unexpected Journey

An unexpected journey must begin like all great adventures begin – just like in The Fellowship of the Ring, the first book of the epic novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings. It begins in the commonwealth of small pleasantries, tamer hopes and dreams, and gentle ambitions. Among little people – people of lesser imagination and destiny. But ahead, there is great adventure, greater perils, and unimaginable reward.

JRR Tolkien Reads The One Ring Poem

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Brands are like Tinkerbell: Stop believing in them and they die.

April 27, 2012

Brands are like Tinkerbell: Stop believing in them and they die.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Never Never Land

Mark Pesce, an Australian entrpreneur, recently tweeted:

Brands are like Tinkerbell: If you stop believing in them, they die.

Pesce’s tweet reminds me of the ancient proverb about the things that we believe:

Seeing is believing.

That’s what comScore and Pretarget are suggesting. That a parlay on online display ads pays handsomely. Because brands get seen online. Clicks, They are also suggesting, are not the last word in conversion: transaction, interaction, conversation, and/or community. In other words, online measurement and metrics are suspect. Say What?

Who’s calling shenanigans on who!?

Saint Germain, Sure Thing

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Harvard Biz Professor Michael Norton Says Money Makes Us Happy

April 26, 2012

Harvard Biz Professor Michael Norton Says Money Makes Us Happy 

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Can money buy you happiness? At TEDX Cambridge, Michael Norton argued that money can buy you happiness – when you spend it on other people.

Enrique Iglesias, I Just Wanna Be With You
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The Devil Is In The Details. Is Google’s Drive just another Faustian app?

April 25, 2012

The Devil Is In The Details. Is Google’s Drive just another Faustian app?

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Google Drive

Google’s new cloud-based online storage service, Google Drive, is yet another Faustian app by any other name. By uploading content to Google Drive, you grant Google a irrevocable license to use your stuff – even after you stop using Drive.

Robert Johnson, Crossroads

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Bummed out because I missed the triberr webinar by @RachelintheOC

April 24, 2012

Bummed out because I missed the triberr webinar by @RachelintheOC

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Turn Your Old Content Into A New Book.

That’s what you see when you log into Triberr – a very cool blogger app that lets you build tribes. The tribes enable you to curate others through Twitter (mostly) and extend your own reach through your tribemates’ followings. Triber co-founders Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo are the bad-asses that helped preserve some of the fading relevance of blogging.

Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang performing Gerschwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

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WTD: someone very special for my online stalker

April 24, 2012

WTD: someone very special for my online stalker

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

“Why won’t you reply to my emails?”

Fuck Off!

“Don’t use that language with me.”

Oh – Grow up! What else can I say to you to make you stop? If I say, fuck, a million times, maybe you’ll stop.

Maybe, you’ll finally get it. You’re raping me emotionally. Stop means STOP! Stop sending me fucking emails!

Bette Midler, The Wind Beneath My Wings

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