blog soup 02.12.2012
Mixed Epiphanies for a Monday
by Stan Faryna
Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, When You Believe
Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, When You Believe
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Bee Gees, Stayin’ Alive
Bruce says the sexes are different.
Maybe, they are. [wink]
Garl Gustav Jung may have described a man’s soul in feminine-like terms. And a woman’s soul in masculine-like terms.
That said, let it be known that I have a good relationship with my inner, sexy, blonde. She’s a sex bomb. And a princess!
For example, I turn up the volume on my lap top and let the music play.
It starts with a little Haddaway:
No laughing please. That includes you, Betsy.
After I have skipped around the apartment in my underwear, lifted my arms high, let my hair swing, and spun around a few times to Haddaway, I throw Seal up on the wide screen.
Seal is so sexy! And Heidi, OMG!
I hold my lighter lit until my thumb has second degree burns. But I keep holding it lit. I don’t let the light die. Not me.
Then, I grab a pillow and bop the white chow chow on the head as Cyndi Lauper tells it like it is.
The white chow chow scurries to hide under the dinner table.
Did I hear a giggle? Don’t! Period.
I hop and skip to the bathroom, light a dozen mango-scented candles, dump two pounds of rose-scented salt into the jacuzzi tub and let the tub to fill.
By this point, Seal is back again on the wide screen. Because I feel amazing!
I’m back in the bathroom, swinging my shoulders to the beat of Seal’s song as I rub Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub in tiny circles across my forehead, around my eyes and lips, and under my chin.
Enigma’s Return to Innocence is playing now.
The tub is full. I turn on the jacuzzi jets.
Rose fragrance fills the room as the water froths and bubbles. I close my eyes and imagine standing in the Bulgarian valley of the roses in the last week of May. Kilometers (miles) of pink Dasmascus roses about to bloom.
I step slowly in the hot water and then slide into the tub.
The world falls away. In the distance, I hear Enya’s Orinoco Flow.
I see the waves break against the bow. The sails flap and the boom throws starboard. I lean out over the moving water as the sunfish lifts and dances across the emerald ocean waves.
The sun sparkles across the water like the smile of God.
Eyes still closed, I reach over, unwrap a Mon Cheri, and touch it to my lips. I place it between my teeth and bite gently, enjoying chocolate, sweet liquor, and cherry in their separate flavors.
Vangelis’ Last Mohican comes on.
I kick up some water.
I shout out to my love:
You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.
I throw a bar of rose soap at a bottle of Yes-to-carrots shampoo. The enemy falls from the ridge to their death.
Enya’s May It Be plays.
I stretch. I feel myself alive. I feel gentle and pretty.
Then there’s a sound. A bubble rises to the surface. And it doesn’t smell so pretty.
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Rob suggests that the indiscriminate emphasis on networking is foolish.
There is something amazing about connecting with other human beings. It’s uplifting. Our hearts and minds are often enlarged in the engagement. We discover ourselves through others. We discover others. The world!
If we are fortunate, we see the gift that the other is for us. And also fortunate – if they see the gift that we are to them.
Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31
Regardless of the event, platform, or attendance, what really counts is your attitude, where your heart is, and your commitment to love, give, and shine.
Curate people (not content), connect others with each other, and unleash the dreams and beauty of others to shine out in this world!
Thanks Lilach and Rob for the inspiration!
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This year I have read that Blogging is going to be taken over by video. Could this be true?
My short answer: No.
Let’s get some things straight.
1. I like Billy.
I think Billy writes beautifully. Often, he lifts the curtain for us to see the fool behind it. And, sometimes, it is us. Last but not least, Billy shares with his head, hands, and heart.
2. Billy is right! He’s right that if you want to speak to the world, you’ll have to do it in a way that’s easy to consume. And video is perfect.
3. The dawn of Idiocracy is upon us.
a. The proliferation of crappy and copyright infringed video and music will suck more than the proliferation of crappy writing and copyright infringed copy.
b. And most people will be ok with that. [laughing]
Billy is right on. If you want to engage people beyond your core service or business and direct interaction, video is as good as crack.
As I mentioned in a recent discussion on #kiwkchat, video is the obvious win-win if…
1. If you can afford to do it right
2. If it can be done to the level of your brand
3. If it can be done to the level of your customer’s expectations of your services/product/offer
I have had the opportunity to direct video production, serve as a creative director on video story production, write scripts and stories, and assist in the recording of voices, music, and sound. Without any formal education, training, or certification! But with some help from young professionals who knew a few things – but not all things.
Sometimes, it turned out ok-ish.
Ok-ish isn’t cheap. It was cheaper, of course, than going to a professional film maker slash advertising production company.
$15,000 for something ok-ish. I saved about $10,000 each time. I was thrilled about the savings for our self-promo work. And so were my clients when it was client work.
Did I mention that I already had a team of salaried graphic designers, illustrators and fine artists, and audio engineers for the software development that I was doing? Not to mention that I paid for professional consulting at “friendly” rates.
OK, yes, the proliferation of amateur and bad video has diminished our sensibilities and prolly we can get away with okish things easily for $10,000 a pop. And I know plenty of professionals that are ready to work with me on client work. These days, they’ll do a gig for about $15,000.
The Youtube platform also reduces these costs because if we are only talking about YouTube quality: the quality of picture and sound don’t require all of the art, technology, and skill that goes into something being presented well on a 50-inch or wider screen with 5.1 surround sound.
I am not a professional videographer. Nor am I a professional film maker. I’m all about the online thing and, yes, it is also true that everything happens online. Anyway, I do have friends that serve Hollywood and the like. And they don’t think I’m talking out of my ass.
So, let’s say you find someone who agrees to make you 12 videos/year for $84,000. For something ok-ish. If your market is 10s of millions (or more) of customers, it would be stupid not to do it. Or if you want to market to 10s of millions of potential customers. OR if your revenues are 10s of millions of Dollars or Euros.
But even if that’s your situation, it’s prolly something you’ve never done, and you don’t saddle up on new expenses justlikethat [sic].
What are we going to do?
That’s a lot of hats for one man (or woman) to wear: camera man, graphic artist, video editor, sound engineer, script writer, creative director, producer, and director. And, honestly, I think it’s ridiculous to try to wear that many hats, myself. They just don’t sit well (or topple) on the crown.
What are we going to do?!
Collaboration is the only right answer.
What can you do for the professional videography team? Something that makes it worth it to his/her team to do things with you?
Sometimes we’re looking so hard for a competitive edge… that we will champion a vorpal sword that will, snicker snack, and cut our hands off.
Perhaps, that explains my silly walk.
Oh- below is an unfinished video that I worked on last year. It has a long, long way to go yet.
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Sunday afternoon I got out of bed and my legs gave out from under me. It was mutiny most foul and I haven’t a clue why it happened.
But, more importantly, Jack gives thanks:
Thank you universe. You have given me more than I shared and more than I realized.
Sometimes, pain leads to something better.
Perhaps, it all depends on what we do with that pain.
Do we correct the course? Fill the sail? Turn right more often than spinning around and around?
It’s something to think about.
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The Elephant Grandmaster would stomp the emissaries’ balls if she got wind of the incident.
Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Nessun Dorma
My humble contribution:
“Jiggerface, yeah, how’d he get a face like that?”
I know she was wondering that too. Maybe, it was the new crocodile which wasn’t so new since the new crocodile had been around for at least a nickel’s worth of years.
“Just kill him, bring me his beady face and fat head, and you can have the chick or the car,” she replied and stomped her heavy foot.
“I want both,” I told her as I tossed her a peanut.
The salty peanut distracted her.
“We’ll talk about it,” she said as she swallowed the peanut.
“It savors if you chew,” I suggested. Then, I made a gesture as if about to toss her the brown bag of peanuts.
“Ok-ok-ok. Chick and car. Just do it,” she gasped.
I tossed it to her. She put her face in the bag.
“You know, the peanuts are free at Five Guys,” I laughed. But she was too busy stuffing her face to hear my contempt.
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03 February 2012
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Thank you for giving me your time. You may (or may not) be busy, today. But there was something else you could be doing. There always is. Maybe, something better. So I thank you for showing up.
I don’t have a deep thought to share with you. But I do have a deep feeling to share with you. Today, I want to give thanks to someone written in my heart. And I invite you to give thanks to someone written in your heart.
Alanis Morissette, Thank You
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I’ve enjoyed how other bloggers have answered this important question: why do I blog?
@TheJackB recently wrote a soul-searching blog post about why he blogs. It’s a good blog post. If you haven’t read it, I recommend it.
@janetcallaway also wrote an amazingly kind blog post about community building bloggers. Janet tells us about the top bloggers she has met as a blogger. I also recommend her post.
@marcus_baker recently wrote an illuminating blog post on Oprah, blogging, and your calling. The dude’s reply to my comment (to his post) was beautiful.
I blog for many reasons. Why do you blog? Read the rest of this entry »
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