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    I’m publishing this Weblog to deepen perspectives on topics that light me up. These relate to my business communication, disruptive technologies and photography. 

    My work is changing so fast that I can barely grasp it all, much less fully comprehend the implications. Perhaps keeping this blog will help.

    Reid Parkinson


    Something Completely Different

    I've just istened to episode 551 of the Mormon Stories podcast, "Lindsay Hansen Park's Year of Polygamy."  She's refreshing, well-balanced and articulate.  Then I checked out her podcast episodes: Year of Polygamy Podcast. Wow.

    Most Mormon presentations drip with sanctimoniousness or heavy scholarly tones. Lindsay is a young mother finding her way, with a fresh open-minded approach.  She uncovers mountains of historical information, of which Mormons (be they Fundamentalists or L.D.S.) are completely unaware.  It's a monumental body of work that will have strong influence for years to come.


    Lately I've spent to much time reading about productivity and buying productivity apps, and too little time being productive.


    The Smartphone Revolution in Two Photos



    Joined the Minneapolis CoCo last week. It's housed in the old Grain Exchange building. A beautiful workspace.


    Employment Trends

    Horses are unemployed today. Not because they're lazy. Because of technology.  The same fate awaits doctors, lawyers, white collar professionals and even baristas.  The far right —and people in general— need to wake up and smell the coffee. More and more, people are finding it difficult to find good employment because they're becoming obsolete. Not because they're lazy welfare queens trying to live off of others.  We need to stop the hating and start thinking.


    A Wonderful Spring Day Here in Minneapolis

    Minneapolis: Where all the children are above normal and all the inhabitants have opportunities to build character and fortitude every day. It's what we do.



    In Spite of 2nd Place in Market Share, Apple Has Built A Monopoly in Value Creation

     Horace Dedui:

    To earn profit is hard, to do so in an outsized way is very hard and to do so with consistency shows a defensibility of market access that is rarest of all. The only cases where this typical is in a monopoly or protected market situation (aka cronyism.) Apple’s lack of market monopoly coupled with a (near-) monopoly in profits can only be explained by disproportionate value creation.

    The mystery then is how is it possible to build a monopoly in value creation.


    Microsoft, Past and Future

    A key reason I started this blog was to help myself keep abreast of, and communicate about, disruptive technological change. In that vein, Horace Dediu has quantified something amazing, writing:

    If we include all iOS and Android devices the “computing” market in Q3 2008 was 92 million units of which Windows was 90%, whereas in Q3 2013 it was 269 million units of which Windows was 32%.

    Today as Microsoft announced its new CEO, John Gruber published a fascinating look at Microsoft, Past and Future.   I highly recommend it.



    When the wind chill is even worse than –20F, these heated bus shelters in Minneapolis are life savers.



    January has been exceptionally cold here in Minneapolis. Few people on the streets. Even a two-block walk can be brutal.  We begin to treat life as an endurance sport. Huncker down. Live one day at a time. This too shall pass. When spring finally does arrive, people have been tensed up for so long that they go nuts as they begin to relax. Some get downright goofy.