Every month I share a list of trends and great ideas, because of the benefits they have brought into my life. This last month has been filled with personal triumph and tumult in which I’ve finished an internship in DC, visited friends far away in Kentucky, and celebrated a 3rd-anniversary in NYC (where I’ll be living by the next time I write this feature next month). For extra credit, and because this assignment is late, please keep reading after the bump for a few more good ideas worth sharing this month.
Blog: Lifehacker. Whenever I’m in search of inventive solutions to everyday problems, (including some I didn’t think were problems), this blog is my default resource. Apartment hunting? Check. Turn an old PC into a NES arcade? Ditto. Going paperless in the home and office? Indeed. Lifehacker makes the impossible seem practical with it’s a DIY aesthetic.
Colleague: Renan Borelli. As a colleague at NMS, Renan was an exemplary addition to every team: innovative, analytical, and fiercely ambitious. As a mentor of my own he demonstrated climbing the ladder through his own example, and shares my passion for social media. I’m also happy to call this colleague a friend of mine.
Comic: Toothpaste for Dinner. I LOL’d.
Location: Louisville, Kentucky. This river city is is more than a one horse town; it’s a metropolis of burgeoning home-grown food, culture, and is the home to many of my esteemed colleagues. On my recent visit I rode in a VW Karmann, tasted inventive brews, listened to a coffeehouse concert, and attended the Kentucky State Fair. I would visit again.
Meme: Auto-Tune anything. This should be old news, but in spite of Jay-Z’s wishes this vocal gimmick refuses to go away. It has been the subject of much debate between me and my colleagues lately. And now with the “I am T-Pain” iPod app, this fad is irrevocably bound to this time in history (or at least news coverage of it).
Politics: Health Care Reform. Regardless of what you think the best solution would be, the status quo in is unsustainable. Those who believe in shutting-down necessary changes, through the undemocratic tactics of an angry mob, only serve to protect those who profit the most from the injustice of a health care system which leaves us more sick and poor. We need to reform our health care system, now or never.
Social Network: LinkedIn. So your boss wants to become your friend on Facebook? Well you could play with your settings, or you could redirect them to your LinkedIn network. Let’s keep our professional relationships in a professional setting, where you can fully take advantage of professional networking in ways that Facebook just isn’t designed to facilitate.
Extra Credit:And because this month’s list is a day (or two) late, I thought I’d add some Extra Credit where it’s due.
Application: Dropbox. Cloud computing for photos, music, and document files. You can share them with friends, or just store them as a backup. With an application you install, it works just like another drive on your computer. You get 2 gigabytes for free, ’nuff said.
Theory: Priming. They say life is a game of expectations, and generally this is true. Our minds aren’t able to master everything, so we usually defer to the most recent 3-5 attributes we recall to make sense of a situation. It’s attribute based like Framing, but the differences could fill a blog post of it’s own. Simply put, this is why last minute campaign attack ads work: if we know next to nothing about the candidate or the issues, these ads give us the most recent (or only available) criteria to judge them.
Video: Breathe In, Breathe Out. Such a powerful idea, explained poetically through the beauty of nature. Please watch.