I’m publishing this Weblog to deepen perspectives on topics that light me up. These relate to my business interests...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.
No longer are upwardly mobile people fleeing the cities; they're now fleeing from the suburbs back to the cities. And the cities' poor are moving to the suburbs. Moreover, the cities are becoming vital economic growth centers. Density, diversity and innovation go together and the population-dense cities have become talent magnets.
By 2011, America's major cities were growing faster than the suburbs for the first time since Americans began driving. These are just a few of the revealing facts about America's profound demographic changes and their implications. All from a fascinating article by Richard Florida here.
Sitting through Apple's big product roll-out yesterday I had a lot of thoughts beyond what Apple was announcing. One thought was "two industries as I knew them are now marginalized and dying."
A brilliant posting by Thom Hogan here.
I'm stepping back into this blog after a long break. Initially, I intended the blog to focus on disruptive technological change, an interest acquired while participating in the personal computer and desktop publishing revolutions. However, I was quickly overwhelmed. I discovered much more rapid change than I could digest. Probably most of us are both fascinated and overwhelmed by how the world is rapidly changing.
So I'm stepping back into this blog more gingerly. Just a personal journal on a few things I notice and think about. I hope like-minded people find it interesting.
Paris is one of the best places in the world for candid street photography, so I looked forward to doing a lot of it. But I haven't done much. Besides the natural reluctance to stick a camera in someone's face, it's too pleasant to just sit and watch the show. Still, much of the charm of Paris is the variety of its people, so one can't avoid taking random photos from time to time. And photos of people, even more than photos of architecture, tell you a lot about a place. Here are some people photos.
These last two are from Café de Deux Moulins, the setting for the film Amèlie.
We visited the Louvre yesterday, not to see the Mona Lisa, but to sit outside at Café Marly, which resides on a wing of the Louvre. It’s perfect for a leisurely lunch looking out over the Pyramid.
It’s mind-blowing to think about what I.M. Pei accomplished when asked to contribute a design. If one looked out over the area, sans pyramid, and considered what should be there, it seems the likely result would be something staid.
Pei thought way outside the box and his idea fits perfectly. Instead of creating a formal stuffy area, it seems a fun, democratic place to just hang out, as thousands do on breaks between exhibits. And, it's beautiful.
As night approaches, the area becomes even more interesting. Here one can just see the Eiffel Tower peaking out from the edge of one wing of the Louvre. We hadn’t noticed it until the lights started going on.
The smart photographers showed up with tripods to capture what will be crisp, beautiful photos. Me, I just shot handheld and even forgot that I could lower the aperture setting from f4 to f2.8. Grrrr. I must have lost my edge to that bottle of wine at Café Marly. Still, the beauty comes across.
"You can’t step into the same river twice” as the saying goes. That’s one reason I enjoy photography. It crystalizes a split second and lets you digest it before it has already vanished. And you can return to it again and again.
I once saw a book containing photos of Central Park in New York City that were shot from the same window every day. Each photo was different according the light, season and activity. Makes one realize that there are always interesting photos to be taken, wherever and whenever.
The following three photos were taken from a window in our hotel room in Paris. I’m sure there are several dozen more that would be different and interesting. Unfortunately we’ll be leaving in a few days.
While strolling through a neighborhood in the 7th Arrt., we looked down a small street and were amazed by the 3D illusion on the side of a building.
As we walked closer and examined it carefully, we turned to look at the adjacent building. It was a beautiful belle époque structure. The juxtaposition of the two was a visual feast.
We spent a long time considering the details of both buildings before we turned around to leave and were completely knocked out by the wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower behind us that we’d not yet noticed.
I’m counting on Gregory Pierce, my professional financial planner, to grow my wealth sufficiently that I can acquire one or both of these buildings.
I saw an amazing performance at Sacré Coeur. While leaning against a lamp post to steady my camera for a overview of Paris, a guy with a soccer ball climbed onto a gate post about six feet in front of me and began doing stretches. Then he reached down to an iPod Nano, selected some cool music, and began to perform with the ball, keeping it constantly in motion and never using his hands, only his feet, back and head.
He was in constant motion, even removing some clothing while the ball was also kept constantly in motion. It seemed impossible that he could sustain this for very long without dropping it, but he went on for several minutes.
His name is Iya Traoré; he's from Guiana and he has a Web site at:
I went to print something on my laser printer the other day. As I did so, I realized it had been at least a month since I'd printed anything. It may actually have been a couple of months. Why is this is shocking? Ten years ago, I went though a 10-ream CASE of laser paper every two weeks.
I like to think I'm on top of trends and I might do better than most. Even so, when forecasts eventually become reality, it can be shocking. They sneak up on you. I felt embarrassed that despite having been aware of the paperless trend for several years, it ultimately ambushed me.
Now, in what is a bell-weather event, Nicholas Callaway, publisher of some of the world's most beautiful and artistic coffee table and children's books is burning his ships. He's abandoning print and moving completely to electronic publishing. "I have bet the whole ranch on this," Callaway told Reuters. "This kind of juncture happens maybe once in a century."
An insightful article covering Callaway's defection and the new opportunities that e-books promise appears here. Or here.
The Internet is full of informative stuff. This, however is a must read. As Ann Marie Conception tweeted, "This is BEST article on the state of the industry I’ve read all year"