"Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get the work done. If you wait around…"
“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get the work done. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lighting to strike you in the brain, you’re not going to make an awful lot of work.”
PIXELS – This showed up in a bunch of my feeds/twitter streams yesterday, for good reason. A really inventive, well-crafted video.
I ran across a great post on Frank Chimero’s site recently in which he comments on Scott Berkun’s article, “You should ban “innovation” from your vocab” (also a great read). Frank’s thoughts on red flag words really, really resonated with me:
When asked who the audience is, they say “everyone.” This exemplifies a lack of focus. I usually follow this up by saying “If you’re talking about whales, would you talk the same way to a class of kindergarteners versus a class of Marine Biology majors?” Everyone doesn’t work. Making something for everyone makes it useful for no one.
I hear about this broad target audience of “everyone” way more often than I care to. One, because it’s easy (for the requestor, anyway). Two, because if you’re talking to everyone, that surely translates into more sales, right? If you aren’t sure of the answer to that question, read the previous quote again. Know your audience; I guarantee it isn’t everyone.
Breakfast at Sulimay’s – this is a great weekly series. In short, Bill, Ann and Joe meet up at a diner in Philly to critique current music. The twist? They’re retirees. Hilarity (and astute reviews) ensue. Read more about the gang here.
I’ve been using Google Buzz for all of a day now. One thing I don’t like about it so far; every time I see the Google Buzz logo in Gmail, I think my browser is hanging and I’m seeing the OS X spinning beach ball of death. Admittedly a minor annoyance, but it gets me every time.
One thing I love? The icon used to illustrate ‘just the good stuff’ blurb on their promo page: