With the epic flop of the Battleship movie (in face of the Avengers, they had to know that wouldn’t end well) and the traditionally horrible game (video or otherwise) movies here is an awesome parody trailer with what better game than Tetris.
I am sitting at a table at the Mesh Conference where Clay Johnson talked about going on an information diet. That like the greater propensity for obesity today, we also face a similar situation with the information and content we consume. I have been battling a story idea for a few weeks seriously but have been thinking about it for far longer. I have just weeks to get 60 pages done but I am a constant information vacuum and that is something that I know I must stop.
In Clay’s talk he gave us insight into how news works and what news gets hits and what doesn’t and how the search for truth often suffers as a result. People like to be told that they are right and this mindset is imparted into the very fabric of the media we consume every day. That is one reason why news shows and entire channels have been created that take advantage of that and as a result reinforce that behaviour even further.
Clay said that the news channels are not doing a good job of getting to the truth because they are focused on getting the highest ratings that can come at the cost of informing their audience of stories they need to know. When Snookie gets a ton of hits, you will get more of those stories.
One reason that CNN or other organizations don’t link back to their original sources of data is because it takes the reader to another site. Getting to the truth is like playing a game of telephone. After awhile the truth gets cut and packaged so much before it makes it to the screen that it hardly is representative of the truth at all.
That is why it is our job as consumers to get to that truth so we can make up our own mind instead of just watching what we already agree with. This is something that requires time and energy than just blanket media consumption. That is something that I, and we all need to do more of.
I admit I am information overwhelmed and if I am to write, really go not just far and deep with this story idea I can’t afford the distraction. I totally need to go on an information diet and limit the content I consume. I really liked when Clay said he wakes up and produces rather than consumes because that puts him in the mindset to create which I think sets the tone for the rest of the day.
I think I will try to write 500 words or a scene for my story after I eat breakfast but before I check the news or check email to get into that mindset of creating something. I like that thought and I think it is something that I needed to hear. Usually I check my email or go online before I do anything else.
So that is what I am going to try to do not for just the story but for the focus to be the laser, to get to the truth, to find the insight that is and will be the heart of the story I seek to create.
I so need to see Cal and Rez in concert, looks so sick. OK I know I have put them up consistently since I found out about Timeflies but damn they are awesome. It is great to see the growth they have seen even since I found out about them last year, can’t wait to see what is after Scotched Up. Adderall and Red Bull is probably one their best and love that they change it up every time and not only does JoJo have a sick set of pipe herself, she is great eye candy!
Wow I remember when I first saw Microsoft Kinect, I was wowed by the technology on display and here is another interpretation of motion sensing for your computer, Leap. This is what the description on the YouTube video about it says:
Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.
Leap claims its technology is accurate down to a 1/100th of a millimetre. It tracking movement through 8 cubic feet, according to the company and is sensitive enough to discern fingers, hands, and handheld objects.
A demonstration video, embedded below, shows that the Leap can be used from anything from navigating maps to even playing first-person shooter games. At only $70 bucks, and it being a USB device I will be on it as soon as I can, I hope it works with Windows 8.
Here is the video, it looks like a sibling of a Mac: