GIF Artwork: I’m In Love with Blingy Lemur in a Suit

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As I was working on this case study about how Pinterest uses Redis.
By the end, I was so inspired that I decided to bling up a little badge.

Still, I am very happy with the result.
It was voted off the original post, but, in my heart, this little guy really deserves to live out there on the inter-nizzle.
IMHO.

Comments are certainly welcome! :)

Blingy Lemur in a Suit

Phrases, Idioms, Sayings: You Can Lead a Horse…

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There is an old adage about leading a horse to water, but not being able to make the horse drink.

For some reason, this saying has stuck with me. For several years, it kept coming up. The explorer in me kept asking, “Why and why not?” So, I finally added a part to make it work, to make it complete. After using it in conversation dozens of times, I have not run across anyone who heard the add-on before. So, there ...

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Comparisons between Brain Science and Computer Science

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For the past three or four years, I have had strong fascination between brain science and computer science.

Roughly half my work time is spent writing about the significance of the largest and most current technology shifts in the world – big data, PaaS, open source, data science, mobile, social, local, agile methods, and distributed computing. Over 2-3 years, I’ve contributed to somewhere around 200 articles in the space for one of the most innovative “start-up” companies on the planet ...

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The Definition of a Customer by Gandhi

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Gandhi_South-Africa“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by ...

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Great Resource on Writing: Pyramid Principle

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The principles in this book, summed here by @ameet are really great.
https://medium.com/lessons-from-mckinsey/f0885dd3c5c7
H Khufu pyramid in Egypt
It comes down to three simple things that are very hard to do sometimes because writing has so many variables.
1. Begin with the answer.
2. Appropriately group and summarize the supporting points.
3. Apply ...

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my life purpose exercise worksheet

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In having dialogues with many people about the life purpose exercise I followed, I decided to post my personal version.  This took about 20 minutes.  I started listing a bunch of stuff that meant something to me…stuff that I could feel good about being committed to.  Then I started combining and re-arranging.  And yes, it made me cry.

Peas! ab

Mission in Life Exercise Adam Bloom 2011-11

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quote: you can lead

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I am gonna take credit for the third part of this quote…I keep using it…it sticks…so…

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him/her drink…however, you can make the horse thirsty.

Think about it ;-).

p.s. I don’t claim this “add-on quote” without hesitation, but I’ve used it with about 20 people who had never heard it before…so, why not? ;-)

Horse ... nice day for a swim

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chop wood, carry water

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When life throws challenges at you…just keep going.  Keep opening doors and walking through them.  Keep your balance of positive in the face of difficulty and negative.

That is how businesses launch and ideas come to be introduced to the marketplace.

Betalkaboutable is a brand I came up with some time ago…and now the “business” (really just me right now ;-)) has actually launched.  It’s a milestone in my life…and I am very thankful.  Special ...

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a story i am proud to share

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If you haven’t been exposed to it, this was an inspiring event in my life.  I have been fortunate to share it with a few folks who appreciated it.  Just search “zen surfing benjamin bloom” and it will show up. (Actually, it doesn’t any more, so here is a link http://www.benjaminbloom.net/zenandtheartofsurfingandworking.htm)

Afternoon thundershowers
Creative Commons License ...

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very cool to come across this today – kinzan and scoble

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what was cool is this post (not related to the pic below…but the pic is bad-ass too). see an excerpt of the post below between garland and robert scoble. as background, i worked with garland (and many other bright, talented people) at kinzan…I left and went to Siebel Systems before this dialogue happened…and had no idea that the dialogue occurred.

the king guides us

Excerpt from Scoble’s post: ...

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thanks @waynesutton for capturing and posting this social media interview

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enjoyed the mashable atlanta mixer last week…met a lot of cool folks.
thanks to wayne for capturing and posting this!

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oh…yet another good marketing quote

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Suppliers and especially manufacturers have market power because they have information about a product or a service that the customer does not and cannot have, and does not need if he can trust the brand. This explains the profitability of brands.
– Peter Drucker

James, I think your cover's blown!

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thanks to leland

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It’s great when people help you as part of marketing to you – this IS the future of marketing. Leland @ Themelab posted a great article – clear, concise, good pictures, etc. Honestly, it was one search to get just the solution I needed (and frankly should have started with…but I did get a WP upgrade for my efforts looking into other ways to solve the problem).

As a marketer, I am now in the “awareness” category ...

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rules against wordiness

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  • We sin: write the first thought, miss the best order, and then add is, was, of, by, to-be, there, there are, it is, which, who, whom.
  • Promote a noun into a verb.
  • Remove un-needed words (e.g. advance notice is notice, each separate incident is each incident).
  • Avoid passive voice (e.g. It has been decided that your draft…for) which sounds committee-ish.
  • Active voice is object-verb-subject (e.g. Joe was hit by the ball) NOT subject-verb-object (the ball hit joe).
  • Eliminate of’s and their nouns, change “which” clauses ...
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