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Pixar explains the 22 rules for great storytelling
If anyone should know, it's Pixar. Here are three:
1. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
2. You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.
3. Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.
See the other 19 here:
Hat tip to
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Facebook copied Google+ in order to be the opposite of Google+.
It's pretty obvious that Facebook improved their user interface by pretty directly copying Google+'s superior design. But from a business perspective, they did it in part to enable much bigger advertisements, which Google+ doesn't have.
published a nice piece looking at Facebook's new, ginormous ad format:
This is why I love Louis C.K.
Louis C.K.'s HBO special promo is Louis CK deconstructing the hype of this kind of promo as the promo and during the promo. What a Louis C.K. way to promo!
Harsh words from Samsung
I'm adding some favorite photos of horses and monkeys to the album for you to enjoy. This horse below is in front of a strange rock outcropping in Iceland. Other photos in there are a snow monkey in Nagano, some monkeys in Cambodia and Kuala Lumpur, and some horses in Yellowstone.
Machete Kills: This has 'Oscar' written all over it.
Lady Gaga, Sofía Vergara, Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Michelle Rodriguez, Antonio Banderas and Cuba Gooding Jr. lead a cast of dozens.
How bad could it be?
Didn't see THAT coming.
My Biggest Challenge Yet
I have been very fortunate in my life to have experienced many events around the globe and to have traveled to the locations that I have. from the Himalayas and Mt Everest, to working in Patagonia and I even dove with sharks in the South Pacific. But this weekend, my wife is out of town on business and it is just me and the little man.
Let the Dadda fun times begin! I hope the house survives ;)
When I was born, A Woman was there to hold me - My Mother ♥
As I grew up as a child, A woman was there to care & play with me - My Sister ♥
I went to school, A Woman was there to help me learn - My Teacher ♥
I became depressed when I lost, A Woman was there to offer a shoulder - My Girlfriend ♥
I needed compatibility, company & Love, A Woman was there for me - My Wife ♥
I became tough, A Woman was there to melt me - My Daughter ♥
When I will die, A Woman will be there to absorb me in - Motherland ♥
If you are a Man, value every Woman &
If you are a Woman, feel proud to be one
To Each And Every Single Woman Out There, You Rock Our World.. Love, Respect And Gratitude.. God bless.. Be Proud & Stay Awesome... Happy Women's Day!!!! ♥
Afshaan F. Merchant
Slides from my speech last night at Haas Business School of UC Berkeley. The topic is the top ten mistakes of entrepreneurs. It was hard to narrow to ten. :-)
Dita Von Teese wears a 3D printed dress designed on an iPad. Are you not entertained? Are. You. Not. Entertained?
American burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese is shown here wearing a dress make out of plastic powder that's been fused together with a "laser."
According to a post that I don't quite understand but am somehow still intrigued by, "Spirals based on the Golden Ratio were applied to a computer rendering of Von Teese's body so the garment fits her exactly." The dress was designed on an iPad.
A different picture of Ms. Von Teese wearing said dress was today's Mystery Pic. Plastic powder props to for being first with the right answer!
All sorted for Mothering Sunday? This
Not sure how easy it's gonna be to slice... ;)
Women’s progress in the labour market in Britain has stalled since the recession. Research suggests UK women suffer a bigger pay gap with men and are too few among executive ranks. But how does the country compare with its international competitors? http://on.ft.com/Zk97rP
Trying this for the first time tonight at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
It's a card that has a unique promo code. People go home and scratch off the back to redeem. I can also autograph the card--ala a baseball card, so it has an "analog" feel.
Lots to like about this capability. Thanks and Enthrill for making this possible.
Update: Just got back from Haas. People asked me to sign their card just like people have asked me to sign their book. This definitely works.
MYSTERY PIC: What is it?
Happy Women's Day all!
Don't take this too seriously... :-)
Can you think of something good that starts with "men"?
New game? What new game?
Osama's son-in-law arrested and to be tried in New York.
#breakingnews #alqaeda #osamabinladen #euromaestro
A son-in-law of Osama bin Laden faces arraignment on Friday in a federal court in New York, where he is charged with conspiracy to kill Americans.
Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a militant who appeared in videos representing al Qaeda after the September 11, 2001 attacks, was arrested in Turkey and brought to New York City to stand trial, U.S. government sources said.
Abu Ghaith is one of the highest-ranking al Qaeda figures to be brought to the United States to face a civilian trial.
"Among other things, Abu Ghaith urged others to swear allegiance to bin Laden, spoke on behalf of and in support of al Qaeda's mission, and warned that attacks similar to those of September 11, 2001 would continue," according to the indictment, which was announced on Thursday.
It accuses him of acting in a conspiracy that "would and did murder United States nationals anywhere in the world," listing actions before and after September 11, 2001.
Authorities said Abu Ghaith would be arraigned on Friday morning at U.S. District Court in downtown Manhattan, only blocks from the site of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the September 11 attacks.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder previously had announced plans to try defendants in the September 11 attacks in the same courthouse, but public opposition forced him to back down, and the trials were moved to the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Abu Ghaith initially was picked up in Turkey, deported to Jordan and brought to the United States in the last few days in an operation led by Jordanian authorities and the FBI, the sources said.
Why tried in New York and not at Gitmo ?
photo credit : RAPHO-GAMMA/ GETTY IMAGES
What do you think ?
Are you smarter than a chimpanzee ?
#chimpanzee #intelligence #sciencesunday #euromaestro
Chimpanzees outperform humans in short term memory tests.
Very interesting clip to watch.
While chimpanzees can easily remember the place of 10 digits, humans struggle to do more than 6.
Take this test and see if you can do better than this monkey ?
Thanks to for providing the link to one of the tests. In the lumosity version of one of the tests, there are only 5 numbers to memorize and that's pretty difficult. As you can see in the clip, the chimpanzee can do it even with 10.
How did you do on this test ?
As we're celebrating International Women's Day, it's fitting to share my fave list of G+ ladies - all of which add colour to my G+ life (in no particular order - you can't order greatness ) !
Never forget a name at a cocktail party again
Bowing to the wisdom of such luminaries as
Google still says, "Are you sure that people will recognise you in this photo? It doesn't seem to have a face in it." Thanks Google!
Not sure how the cat feels about it either...
The Browser of a Scientist
International Women's Day.
Good morning everyone!
Here is a shout out to just a few great ladies in the Plus who have a positive influence on me in the Plus, almost daily. It is a good job you are in my life and keep me in check :P
I've kept it to 20 wonderful women but many more of you were in my thoughts as well.
Keeping it to 20 is very tough, btw. Thanks to for giving me this idea.
Who are your #20PlusWomen ?
More than 40,000 of you turned out to support Internet freedom and vote for the "Netizen of the Year." The winner is Huynh Ngoc Chenh from Vietnam. Chenh’s blog—which focuses on democracy, human rights and the territorial disputes between Vietnam and China—attracts about 15,000 visitors per day, even though readers must use software to circumvent censorship to gain access.
We’re proud to support Reporters Without Borders with this important prize. Find out more on the Europe blog: http://goo.gl/FOqxm
YouTube One Channel
Now available for everyone
Channel Optimization: youtube.com/yt/playbook/channel-optimization.html
YouTube One Channel: youtube.com/onechannel
Now I have seen everything. The co-author of APE,
Finally got my keys
I finally received my keys today, after a week staying with a fellow Googler.
I'll move into my own apartment tomorrow. This is such a relief and another important step into my new life in Dublin. :-)
"A heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding."
The Galactic Empire’s favorite go-to cold-blooded killer is now available as a decorative lamp ! Hahaha!!
The Star Wars Boba Fett Lamp
Apple could let you sell your iTunes content to other people:
Facebook is a Zombie
Yesterday proved to me more than anything else, that Facebook is dying, might already be dead, and that they will never, ever, EVER get it right.
Here is why:
Every Android owner knows about that little blue icon on our devices for Google Now, which if you have not experienced it, represents the future while Facebook represents the past.
I woke from the alarm on my Note II at 5am yesterday, turned off the alarm, and pressed that little blue icon, and found out that the flight I would be on was delayed the day before but would be on time for my flight.
At that same time, Mark Zuckerburg was preparing to give a presentation telling investors how Facebook, through their visual updates, was hoping to keep me on Facebook longer, so that I would be exposed to more advertisements.
Because I was about to spend the day in various airports, I decided to try to sync my music to my phone using Spotify. This did not work, because the new Spotify install on my Note II would not allow me to use the sync function, because I had to have Spotify connected to Facebook.
I remembered that I had installed Google Drive on the Note II, so I just synced the music folder in the Note II and dragged a few selections from my desktop in to a new folder called "Music" and went back to my packing.
Before leaving for the airport, I read that Zuckerburg was on stage explaining that bigger images would be "more persuasive than words" which would cause Facebook users to better engage with content and advertisements. “The most important stuff is going to be on the front page,” he went on. “Then people have a chance to dig in.”
Did you get that? You are going to "better engage with advertisements", my brotha's. Umkay?
I have become a big fan of Peter Mansbridge on CBC, and worried that I might not be able to watch Canadian news while in America, so I asked Google Voice Search for a Proxy Server Solution, and it told me about "Tunnelbear" which will proxy Canada from America, and vice versa, letting me watch either online from the other location.
While this was going on, Julie Zhou, Facebook's design chief, said only that Facebook ads would be more visual. “Everything across the board is going to get this richer, more immersive design,” Ms. Zhou said.
Meanwhile, arriving at the airport, the Alaska Airlines app on my Note II reminded me that I should have my passport ready, and not just check in at a Kiosk. I was a bit ticked off, so I took a picture of my angry face and posted it on Google+, checking in my location at the same time.
The NY Times suggested the following: "The redesign is also a nod to the ubiquity of mobile devices, which a majority of Facebook’s one billion users worldwide use to log into their accounts. Pictures will show up bigger in the News Feed. And there will be larger images of maps and links to articles. In that way, the new look is a nod to other social networks that are seeing viral growth, like Pinterest, which is built around large pictures."
After my flight, I hopped on to a Supershuttle Van, and opened my Note II to Google Now, which promptly came up with an info-card telling me how long my trip would be on Supershuttle to my California home. I was totally blown away, but also noticed that my Android device and Google applications had worked FOR ME, throughout the entire day. Google and NFC (near field technology) made sure that throughout my day, I got the information I wanted WHEN I ASKED FOR IT.
You may be wondering why your Android device does not do what mine does. Have you turned on NFC and Location Services in your settings?
So, while Google and Android give me what I can use, when I decide I want to use it, Facebook is running around trying to shove more and larger pictures and advertisements in my face, as a way of keeping me more engaged. The funny thing? Since my Google+ stream is shared to Facebook and Twitter automatically, I never had to log in to Facebook at all.
P.S. Apple decided not to include NFC technology on the iPhone.
P.S.S. I remember conversations last year, where , and I were all saying that for Facebook to survive, they needed to stop throwing ads in our faces, and come up with a Facebook Phone. They didnt.
Google+ is the future. Facebook is already dead, and they dont even know it.
Beauties Together.. :)
Afshaan F. Merchant
So I changed my blasted G+ header picture.
At least I had fun.
SimCity's launch has gone about as well as a Godzilla attack:
Yo dawg, I heard you like secondhand smoke
How long do you spend looking at your phone? The average is 23 days a year, according to new figures.
Wow, what a shot!
na hladine by Slavo Benko
YouTube is not TV, it's better than that. My whole family has stopped watching TV. We only watch YouTube and streaming media. That's the future.
Kids Don't Accept Limits
Braden and I, while out for a walk, encountered a very bent metal stake in the parking lot, no doubt the loser of a temporary squabble with a vehicle. Braden, all 2 1/2 years of him, decided he would fix the broken post by pushing with all his might. You can see the determination and effort on his face. Unfortunately, we left with the post leaning just as it always had been. Next time, maybe.
Nexus 7 Bluetooth Keyboard Stand Case $22
#android #google #nexus7
Must-have for the Google Nexus 7 tablet’s is a 3-in-1 stand, keyboard, and case. The removable and rechargeable Bluetooth keyboard is easy to use, and easy to carry. The stand design of this cover allows you prop device up to comfortable viewing and typing angle. The case is compact and lightweight when closed, so that the entire enclosure is thin and transportable. Made with aluminum color finish and rubberized back for non-slip grip.
Check it out..
As a long time practitioner of Don Miguel Ruiz' The Four Agreements, this made me smile :D
The other side of the Earth
After all the really useful tools today, here is something deliciously pointless!
Find out where you would come out if you drilled through the centre of the Earth...
Breathing new life into forgotten photos
Whose kids do not eat fast food? Those from the food industry executives.
One reason they don’t eat their own products, is that they know better. They know about the addictive properties of sugar, salt and fat and they know how unhealthy it is. ➜ goo.gl/dDj0I & goo.gl/jhYKp
“If another country was doing this to our kids, we would be at war.”
The Fallacies of Fat (Interview) ➜ goo.gl/o0wZ9
Sugar: The Bitter Truth (Video) ➜ goo.gl/XbjTJ
Sugar in diet linked to type 2 diabetes ➜ goo.gl/ErJzl
The Science of Addictive Junk Food ➜ goo.gl/otajf
How politics went soft on child obesity ➜ goo.gl/xk3QC
So why not simply label processed food such as cigarettes and alcohol?
Original image by McDonald's ➜ goo.gl/779jy
Question of the Day
Today is International Women’s Day, and this day always brings to mind thoughts of gender equality.
See, among other things, I’m a feminist. If anyone out there believes that feminist = man hater, then I would suggest checking a dictionary.
A feminist, to put it simply, is someone who works towards equal rights between men and women.
Now let me talk about rights. If a person wants to stay at home and raise kids, then that should be an option for them, regardless of gender. If a person wants to, and has the skill to, lead a country, or a corporation, then their gender should not matter, only their skill.
That is what feminism is asking for. Feminists aren't saying men should be subjugated, or women should all get out and work. Feminism is about giving women the same choices and opportunities as men, and vice versa.
I'm a feminist because I've been surrounded by strong, intelligent women all my life, and I feel that they shouldn't have to fight twice as hard for respect against people (male or female) who are not as smart as they are.
So my question for you, today, is:
Why do you support (or not, as the case may be) equal rights for women and men?
After abolishing the penny, as an additional way to cut costs, the Canadian Government has decided to cancel Saturday.
Good-bye, Saturday. You were my favourite day. :(
Today's a good day for enlightenment
Bobbi Jo Woods
That's what I've been trying to say. It's better if Google will not release Key Lime Pie this year and only release incremental updates of jelly Bean instead. That way manufacturers can keep up. It minimizes the fragmentation. See my video : I don't think Google will release Android Key Lime Pie this year
You know those Chinese takeout containers..well they fold out to make a plate.
I know, it's pretty dope how I created this post :)
Field Trip is coming to the iPhone:
It's true: Grumpy Cat and Scumbag Steve will be residing at the Mashable House at #SXSW all weekend: http://on.mash.to/ZjzPCb
Come meet them and take a pic!
Where: The corner of East Cesar Chavez and Trinity Street, Austin, Texas.
Friday, March 8 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
This Week in the Plus! - new format.
Just click on the centre of the image (the 'Play' button) and from there you'll be able to click links for any recommendations that tickle your fancy this week!
Tablets have surpassed smartphones in global web traffic:
I took a trip to the Newsagent this morning, what I saw confused me. I only have one question, just to value what is urgent and important. Bickering over who drove a car ten years ago is irrelevant in my mind compared to the loss of an innocent life like Christina Edkins.
The Top 5 solid-state drives:
Do I really go to bed when I say "Goodnight Moon" on Twitter?
Watch this quick video for the answer.
New Drink Regulations Force New Yorkers to Confront Essential Toxicity of Their Caffeinated Syrup Beverages
Branson's virgin flight is getting closer
That's right yougins. I used to have to walk 20 miles to school in bare feet, uphill both ways.
Largest Representative Arthropods, Coconut Crab! - Imgur
The folks at Blizzard love me... just got this email...
"Mr. Kendall! I have been a stranger to Google+, but you were not forgotten. I know you're a big SC2 fan, so I set aside a retail key for you. This is not a gift from Blizzard mind you, this is a personal gift from me to you. I hope you are doing well and enjoy the game! You can activate this key any time and the game will be playable on March 12th. Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm (Retail Key) xxxxxx-xxxx-xxxxxx-xxxx-xxxxxx. If you already have purchased one for yourself, please share with a friend! Peace, -xxxx"
I want to thank the Blizzard employee who remembered me, and my love for the game. I have not purchased my retail copy of Heart of the Swarm, and now, I don't have to.
Eat your hearts out, Gamers... Woo-Hoo!
The Last 80s Supper
What if all your favorite 80s characters gathered to celebrate Easter/Passover together?
I can save you a seat at this table, who you sitting next to?
What type of laptop would you recommend for the older generations? Could a Chromebook fit the bill?
No need to cut the cord. Just lock it.
*Google+ Profiles+. I took a look yesterday and couldn't believe how awful they were, so I decided to take a look with a fresh mind today. I'm sorry, they are terrible - ugly, embarrassing and useless. Google - what where you thinking? I don't even know were to start - but I guess that almost full page useless profile image is as good a place as any - what the hell is that for?
I am told that this is the profile for the "designer" of this new profile http://goo.gl/cCJOc. Do people seriously think this looks good? An entire screen of pictures of old houses in San Francisco? How soon will people get bored with that? So now Google has blurred all my existing images and added an ugly purple tint - what I am supposed to do - put up a huge picture of San Diego for no reason? Get a picture of me in some adventure scenes? This now looks like it has been designed for children - it is one of the most ugly profile set ups I have seen on any social network, anywhere, at any time.
I have a small amount of experience in the area - I sometimes design custom social networks. Here is an example of one I designed more than a decade ago: http://goo.gl/pBweG - yes, that is quaint by today's standards, but at least it is immediately to the point. Here is an example of one I developed more recently using open source software: http://goo.gl/E0vUs Maybe that could be improved, but at least you know what it is about.
My profile here looks terrible now, and with present tools there is no way to fix it. The text is now in a narrow band down the right hand side, so I guess the only way to fix that is to remove text. The first thing people see on my profile - after those images that Google has purple blurred or some large meaningless picture they are forcing us to put there is a huge block called "people". Who the hell cares" That has nothing to do with me - at least not front and center like this - it was supposed to be my profile.
I'm sorry, this is still another example of Gooogle not "listening" - of deciding whatever they come up with in their GroupThink world is brilliant. I assume this is intended to make Google+ for "photographers" but in doing so they continue their war on the written word and and seem to be doing everything they can to dumb this down.
Those of us who are trying to use Google+ for business are constantly swimming upstream, and maybe fighting a losing battle. Those profiles look like crap - no one would what to show that to a client - it is either going to be embarrassingly ugly, or have little information except for a large, useless picture. This is just another example that we all must remember, no matter how much work you put in here, Google can aways pull the rug out from under you.
Coming up in this week’s FT Weekend Magazine: Is it time to take Nigel Farage seriously?
Credit: Philip sinden
Sand sculpture of Minas Tirith
Meanwhile, at the post office
For at least one of them, God wanted him to stay away from the war because God wanted him to be the President of United States of America. Or so he thought, but it appears that God listened to all the prayers and decided he wasn't the right one.
punked by God... how embarrassing..
Q: What do these "Patriotic" Americans have in common?
A: They are all Draft Dodgers.
Please join me while I'm the guest host of a live interactive video session about my new book, INSIGHTFUL KNOWLEDGE: An Enlightened View of Social Media Strategy & Marketing, from SXSW in Austin, TX at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12th
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