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The World Without The Internet

July 3rd, 2012 by Jeremy

World without Internet
Via: OnlineEducation.net

I’ve been collaborating with the folks over at OnlineEducation.net for a little while now and their latest infographic is especially interesting so I wanted to write about it.  When was the last time you unplugged from the Internet?  A few weeks ago my ISP (Comcast) had an outage for about 12 hours and from the moment it went down to the moment it was brought back up, I missed my broadband connection.  I felt disconnected, unproductive, and uninformed.  I found myself resorting to my 3G smartphone for the necessities (yes, which is cheating) but I couldn’t do as much as I wanted, or at least as fast as I wanted.

At work, at home, and on the go I am connected.  I was in High School (’96) when I really started using the Internet.  My parents bought me a desktop as my graduation present and they found it interesting I rarely used things on the PC itself, instead I was consuming and publishing content on the Internet.  The computer to me, even then, seemed limited without being connected to the Internet. So now the question is with the billions of us creating content, how do we better manage it so it isn’t so overwhelming?  What revolution, good or bad, will be next?

Posted in My Blog Posts on July 3rd, 2012 by Jeremy at 1:44 pm with (28 views)

Fight Back!

June 21st, 2012 by Jeremy

I’ve given some career advice in the past, and love talking to others about tips we each have for getting work done at work.  Having problems working at work, or getting work done might sound like an odd problem to talk about, but you would be surprised how difficult it can be sometimes. At any company large or small you are going to encounter “red tape”.  People will want to put their stake in the ground and fight for their turf (right or wrong), or fight for change not to happen, even if the change makes total sense for the company (many only think about themselves or their respective area).  Advice I often find useful is to fight back in the face of adversity.  So many people give up when they face adversity and being the reality TV lover that I am, I’m always looking to learn from what most see as mindless (OK some of it is) TV.

One of the reality TV shows I never miss is Hell’s Kitchen.  Many don’t watch the show and often cite the fact that they don’t like how Chef Ramsay yells at the contestants.  I don’t necessarily like it either, I think some of it is for TV, but one thing I have noticed is there seems to be a method to his madness.  He will yell at the contestants calling them words like “wankers, donkeys” and other belittling terms.  I find some of what he says hilarious but yes mean and absolutely disrespectful. If you model that type of behavior you won’t stay employed and you certainly won’t get respect.  Unstable leaders results in unstable teams.  Stressed leaders result in stressed teams.  I could go on but very frequently a team will model the behavior of its leadership.  One thing I have noticed is Chef Ramsay scolds someone and then he carefully watches their reactions.  Some cry, some give up, and every now and then someone will fight back.  I’ve noticed he doesn’t like those that fight back with disrespect, little do, but when contestants fight back with resilience, time and time again he will accept failure if it means he is able to keep someone who wants to continue in the competition.  Then there are times when there is someone who fights back with no respect and as you can see in the video below, that didn’t go well for him, and it will never go well for you.

Similarly in business I’ve noticed people will give up when they are reprimanded and choose a different career, quit the company, and in even some cases, stop believing in themselves entirely.  Never stop believing in yourself and always fight back in the face of adversity.  How you choose to fight back is going to be different for everyone but if you truly believe in yourself and what you believe in, one would hope it is worth fighting for.  Fight back but always fight fair, even when others aren’t.

Posted in My Blog Posts on June 21st, 2012 by Jeremy at 7:01 am with (53 views)

Indie Game The Movie

June 17th, 2012 by Jeremy

Growing up I didn’t get a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) until I was in Middle School, and when I did I was instantly addicted.  I remember having to wear bandages on my thumbs because I played it so much.  Mario, Mike Tyson’s Punchout, Contra, Tetris and a few others were my favorites.  I have many passions and the tough part about being a passionate person is you can’t pursue every passion.  When I was little like most boys I saw a garbage truck, I was amazed by it, and I think being a garbage man was the first profession I remember wanting to pursue.  For a while I fell in love with planes and wanted to be a pilot until I came to the stupidly obvious realization that if I didn’t like roller coasters, I probably wouldn’t like flying a plane.  After being in a small plane a few weeks ago I think being in control of something and being out of control are two different things, but being afraid of being out of control directed me away from pursuing becoming a pilot.  I love ice cream and when I was in college I started out as a Small Business Major because I wanted to create my own ice cream business.  My senior year of High School I fell madly in love with computers but I fall madly in love with all my passions.  Upon graduating my parents bought me a computer and from that point on I consumed every computer book imaginable.  After a few years of pursuing a small business management degree I realized my love for computers was even more strong than that of ice cream, which is really saying something, so I changed to computer science.  I started going down a path of trying to become a video game developer but life ended up taking me in another direction.  Not a bad direction, it has been a very good direction, but that is the thing about life, it has many directions.

So with all that said when I saw the Indie Game Movie trailer back in July, I couldn’t wait to see the full movie.  On June 12 the movie was released and I bought it that same day.  If you are a geek, you like video games, and you want to see a beautiful documentary, you must see the film.  Head over to http://buy.indiegamethemovie.com/ and download your DRM free version (1080p, 720p, clean version, team meat commentary version) or you can stream it directly from the site for $9.99.  The trailer was great so I had high expectations for the film, but I have to say it really exceeded my expectations.  There is definitely some strong language in the film so if that bothers you I would recommend you watch the clean version.  I talk about passion a lot and the people making these indie games put so much time and effort into them that it really impressed me.  You get to see their trials and tribulations, as well as their wins.  It is a beautiful movie and I hope you get the chance to see it.  Let me know what you think if you do get the chance to watch it in the comments.

Posted in My Blog Posts on June 17th, 2012 by Jeremy at 12:13 am with (59 views)