Wednesday, November 6, 2013

TECHNOLOGY - TO KEEP-UP? or NOT TO KEEP-UP? That is the question.

Art & Technology

By Jack A. Atkinson
Editor Publisher of ARTSnFOOD online magazine

These days I find it difficult to keep up with rapidly changing technology: financially; psychically; and having to constantly know, evaluate and be able to master all things tech.  

The world around us has undergone a sea change and I cannot foresee it ever being any different. During 90% of the twentieth century, no matter where you lived or what you did professionally, everyone's universe was generally quite small. Now, because of our new tech world, each individual's landscape is huge, we are everywhere in the world at once and have all of the knowledge of the ages at our fingertips - all because of the Internet. 

Let me just say it out loud and with frustration, "This tech dilemma is very, very complicated!"  It's no wonder we are all confused and feel as if we are being left behind, not to mention how to use our old skills as so many industries are vanishing due to socio-technological changes.

How do we keep up? Or should we keep up? Are we losing the best parts of being alive by sitting in front of a computer screen all of the time focused on this inanimate object?  Isn't it better in every way to have slow face to face conversations with family or friends, instead of tweeting out to people we don't really know, or a writing a quick post on a thread in Facebook and most especially instead of staring at our smart phones while we walk or talk to people standing next to us and every time we eat?

I am overwhelmed by the feeling there's too much to learn right now, and it will all evolve and change again soon! But I also realize I am writing this rant on a computer and then sending it out to be read over the Internet then promoting it on social media. Ha! My own actions make me admit the truth, we have little or no choice, to stay relevant we must keep up!  

I will join the chorus and sing the uncomfortable phrase: "Change or die!" 
Forget about life experience being our greatest teacher, my conclusion is youth, who always embrace the newest technologies with ease, will lead the way from now into the distant future! 

Does anyone know of a good Reverse Mentor they can recommend? 


Entrepreneurship Education:
by Steven Jobs

The classic reason people start a business is they have no other choices except to do-it-yourself. Because other companies don't want to take a risk on their ideas or big companies don't think the business is an investment worth pursuing or are not a good fit.

Here are some lessons about how Apple Computers got their start.

Q - Why did you start APPLE?  
(Steven Jobs) A - When we were first playing with computing, we just wanted to make personal computers for our friends, we had no ideas about a company.... At the time we started Apple, Waz was working for Hewlett-Packard and I was working for Nolan Bushnell (Atari, designing video games). We went to both companies and showed them our early prototypes and we encourage each to hire the other person, so we could do this for them. We got turned down at both places, probably for good reasons. So we started a company because we had no alternatives left, not because we wanted to.

Q - When did you know the market for personal computing was going to be BIG?
(Steven Jobs) A - For me, when I saw people who could never possibly build a computer, could never possibly assemble the hardware (key boards, monitors, etc), could never possibly build a kit, could never write their own software - when I saw a lot of these people using these things and they were really liking it. I knew this machine, this new tool for humans, was going to change the world.

Q - What was your vision for the first Mac?
(Steven Jobs) A - The people who put together the first mac were artists, in a different time they would have been painters or poets - but they could now express themselves through this new medium of computing. As we shopped our early computers around, older people wanted to know HOW the computers could do what they do, BUT the younger people only wanted to know WHAT the computer could do. We wanted to build a computer around what the end user wanted it to do. We wanted people to enjoy using this machine who did not know anything about computers, computer languages or computer programing. We insisted it be a machine you communicated with in the world's spoken languages, English, not computer code.

Q - How did the research Xerox was doing influence Apple computers?
(Steven Jobs) A - Xerox park was a research lab set up in 1979,  they were doing things with larger monitors, proportionally spaced text,  etc. before anybody else thought about it. But Xerox was in the copy machine business, they had never made a computer, these were all ideas for improving the copy machine. It was all new thinking and making all of these changes for older computer engineer's caused many hard fought battles. The computer we see today all seems like it was made up of easy and logical ideas, but I assure you, at the time, these ideas were looked at as radical thinking for computer science engineers.  

Q - What technology allowed the personal computer to come about? 
(Steven Jobs) A - For years the semi conductor people didn't know what they had created with the micro-processor (invented for calculators). It was the computer hobbyist who had the idea to use micro-processors to create a computer rather than a calculator.

(Source: WGBH TV interview)


From Michael Gerber

EDITOR'S NOTE: Recently I was listening to several videos by business consultant MICHAEL GERBER while I worked. He has a lifetime of information to pass on. Here is my summery of what I heard. 
(Source: The statements below are not direct quotes but information from "quick" notes I made as he talked.)

TWO secrets to success:

1) The man on the street, the customer, is the person to please and he has most of the correct answers to your questions about finding success in a business, NOT the powerful people at the top of an industry.

2) You must perform in the PRESENT, RIGHT NOW!
The analogy: You must be in the state-of-mind any Martial Artist has - during battle. They are present - in the now, aware of all around them, picking up on every subtle clue given them. Through knowledge, practice and training they are alert, ready to decide what must be done - they respond instantly. - M.G.

Michael Gerber was a wanderer for the first 40 years of his life, a sax player, beatnik, hippie, poet, philosopher, but mainly he was, like all of us, searching, searching, searching for "the truth" and "meaning" in life. 

One day he was placed in a room to help a businessman whose entrepreneurial business had become "just a job". A job in which this guy was busy, busy, busy all of the time with his struggling business. He saw no way to turn the business from only a job into a "good investment" for his time and money. In that room, the businessman was not impressed to find out Michael knew nothing about his business, his industry or his customers. Michael then said, I do ask good questions. So they talked for the remainder of the day. 

The conclusion: The man's business had no system for operations, no test to see if the business was staying on a defined path to success, The businessman was in an endless cycle of hard work, but just treading water, busy being busy - with the goal of staying afloat.

Michael Gerber, now in his late 70s, used this encounter to launch his common sense consulting business which he still runs today after 30+ years. 

His approach is SIMPLE.
All success comes from A DREAM OF YOUR OWN. 

Don't have a dream, then your job is to practice what you love until your DREAM finds you!

The system is the solution.

CLARITY from the OUTSET is the key to business success.
1) Your Dream - specifically what is your innovative idea.
2) Your Vision - after success, what does your business and your life look like?
3) Your Purpose - what is your contribution to this process and to the world?
4) Your Mission - what essential problem(s) does this business solve?

SKILLS you will need for success
1) Concentration - the ability to focus your attention.
2) Discrimination - the ability to choose what is the most important thing to work on and what is the least important.
3) Organization - the ability to turn chaos (complete confusion and disorder) into order. You can practice this at home, at work, with your school, with your peers, etc.
4) Innovation - the ability to find and discover a better way to do everything that is needed, to be done. Again you can practice this in everything you are doing, today.

A turn-key system is the solution.

Your primary aim / your strategic objective and your job is to understand what, in fact, you are there to create, and how, in fact, you are going to create it. How to create a turn-key strategy for every component part.

Systems will enable you to delegate, so work can be done by people employed by you, allowing you to do more business with replicable results.

Your marketing strategy.
Your management strategy.
Your people strategy.
Your systems strategy.
All of your business strategies must be turn-key systems, strategies which can be replicated by others.

DREAMS are GREAT IDEAS = Its about the creator, the imagineer, the innovator - who sees a different pattern in the world, who sees the different shapes, who thinks in different ways, who creates new forms.

CLARITY = Be CLEAR about what you want to do and are doing, 
WORK HARD = Plan & Train Hard - Execute with confidence.
NOW = Always stay in the PRESENT.

"98% of all business owners are working only with an abstract idea of what they want to achieve - they don't have specific goals with specific strategies." - Jay Abraham

Have a DREAM?

(Source -, &, turning proprietors into entrepreneurs - 
Michael INVITES YOU to contact him directly, via email, and ask about The Dreaming Room. His email:<>)


on Life & Success
Editorial by Jack A. Atkinson

Since this issue became a series of opinions on success and thoughts on living in today's wild world of technology, fame and money. I have added one more editorial on defining your own happiness.

At a cocktail party this past weekend, a realtor told me they had several clients with $4 million who wanted to invest in real estate, and of course $4 million was worthless in Manhattan's real estate market.

Wow, what a thought.

It made me again think about, "Keeping up with the Jones'."

The world is full of wonderful "things."

The world is also full of people who serve as reminders as to what the best of the best "things" are, but having or not having tons and tons of money or the most expensive "best things" is no way to judge success.

"Personal Happiness" is the only "real success" anyone truly wants out of life!

If we associate ourselves with people, and work, which makes us happy, this approach will make us much more successful than anyone who thinks it only takes money and the most expensive "things" to make them happy. A friend of mine likes saying, "Money cannot buy happiness, but it sure can buy a lot of things that can make me happy!" That's funny, but I'm doubtful it's true in the long run, unless you are also around family, friends, associates and "work" you enjoy and the people treat you well, ie: personal happiness.

Speaking of the Jones', there is always somebody with "more money" or "better things" than you - it's a race, impossible to win. Ultimately and individually we make decisions in life and we live the life with which we've been blessed.

With the holiday of "Thanksgiving" just around the corner:
for the people, the work and the blessings in my life.


Flavored Water
Rethink Your Drink
Look around, people constantly carry a water bottle with them. Today there are many issues about plastic water bottles, both because of the trash and because of the actual chemistry leaching into the water. (FYI - It's a good idea not to leave your water in a hot car for any length of time or anywhere out in the sun because the heat allegedly melts the plastic and part of the plastic ends up in your water.)

Many people still drink sugared sodas everyday, or Red Bull or a deluxe mocha coffee or Pumpkin Lattes. It’s shocking how much sugar is in all of these drinks.  

The new trend is to fill your own metal or glass water bottle up with water mixed with homemade flavorings. 
For the herbs, crush or chop them to release the flavor, squeeze citrus wedges, and blend in cubes of melon or fresh berries. Keep the flavored water ice-cold then give it a good shake before having a tasty sip!
You can add:

    1. Watermelon
    2. Cucumber
    3. Lemon
    4. Cantaloupe
    5. Orange
    6. Cherries
    7. Lime
    8. Grapefruit
    9. Basil
    10. Mint
    11. Grapes
    12. Blood orange
    13. Rosemary
    14. Lavender
    15. Strawberries
    16. Blackberries
    17. Raspberries
    18. Pineapple
    19. Kiwi
    20. Papaya
    21. Honeydew melon
    22. Fresh ginger root
    23. Mango     

Or get creative and combine flavors:

    1. Watermelon and mint
    2. Cucumber and mint
    3. Lemon and mint
    4. Cherry and lime
    5. Watermelon and cucumber
    6. Ginger and lemon
    7. Orange and pineapple
    8. Lemon and lavender
    9. Lime and mint
    10. Cucumber and lime
    11. Lemon and basil
    12. Strawberry and mint
    13. Blackberry and ginger
    14. Lemon and blueberry
    15. Thyme and blackberries
    16. Cucumber and rosemary
    17. Cantaloupe and watermelon
    18. Cucumber, lemon, and mint
    19. Lemon and lime
    20. Strawberry and basil
    21. Cranberry juice and lemon
    22. Ginger and lime
    23. Pineapple and mango
    24. Strawberries and lime
    25. Orange, lime, and lemon
    26. Lemon and a pinch of cayenne
    27. Papaya and mango

Flavored Water in your own jug -

Until later,
ARTSnFOOD, is an online publication dedicated to "The Pursuit of Happiness through the Arts and Food." ™ All rights reserved for all content. Concept, Original Art, Original Text & "Original or Assigned Photography" are © Copyright 2013 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. All photographs were taken and/or used with permission. Artworks © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.

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