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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


    The Brawl

    I watched the Republican debate Tuesday night.  It was like entering a working class bar two or three hours after the other customers had arrived.  Ted Cruz was vowing to carpet bomb ISIS cities.  Donald Trump vowed to "take out" the families of terrorists.  Ben Carson vowed to send tens of thousands of U.S. troops into Syria.  John Kasich was going to punch Russia in the nose.  Chris Christie vowed to shoot down Russian planes.  Carley Fiorina wanted to bring back the warrior general who was let go "because Obama didn't want to hear what he had to say." (The General later said on Fox News that he had served under President Bush, not Obama, and had left the military in 2003, while Obama was still in the State legislature.)  Chris Christie said he would be different from that "feckless weakling" Barack Obama and would persuade King Hussein to send in his country's troops, apparently unaware that King Hussein has been dead for 16 years.  Donald trump was asked how to best buttress our nuclear triad. He bluffed, trying to obscure the fact that he doesn't have a clue what our nuclear triad is.

    I didn't feel more secure after the event and turned off the TV rather than watch the candidates hit the spin rooms.  Later, I read that none of these armchair generals served a single day in the military.

    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.