Live Giant Squid Filmed In Deep Ocean: Scientific American

Widder and her colleagues therefore fitted Medusa with an electronic device that mimicked the bioluminescence that jellyfish produce when attacked to serve as a lure. It worked: Medusa first encountered a squid during its second deployment, igniting jubilation on the ship. “I just was blown away,” says Widder,” I couldn’t have been happier.”

via www.scientificamerican.com

I'm a sucker for anything related to giant squids. It's either because i watched that Disney version of 20,000 Leagues a hundred times, or i listened to that Ween album 500 times.

Kaepernick, You Magnificent Bastard!

Kaepernick put on an amazing show in last night's destruction of the Packers. I'm a real Packer fan, but i have to acknowledge what a special performance that was. After the 1st quarter pick six, he was unbelievable. Even Ted Thompson, the packer GM was blown away by it. He was, as they say, a Magnificent Bastard

The MB, as i'll call him, is a special breed. He's the guy that crushes your best plans, and leaves you smiling at the art of it. The one who takes your promotion at work, but leaves you noting his moves for your own future plans.  He's crafty, devious, and sneaky. But, in an artful, easy-to-admire way. He's remarkable, for both the right and wrong reasons. You hate him, but you love him. 

And that was Kaepernick last night. Breathtakingly athletic, very cool under pressure. A charismatic punk. I mean, what QB gets called for a taunting penalty? 

Yesterday, you could see the old school (Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Joe Flacco) in stark contrast to the new (Kaepernick, RG3, Russell Wilson). And, while the change in the athlete playing the QB spot is clear, you can also see the shift to the pistol offense. We should have seen this coming; Smartfootball has been warning us of this change for a while. For a good overview of the offense that Kaepernick is running and winning with, check out this good article (The Future is Already Here: How the Pistol Offense is Changing the NFL) on SBnation (they've been just killing it lately with great articles).  

An Apology to Content Marketers – Forbes

Lee wrote, in part: “The content marketers I know use customer insight, interests, goals and pain points to create editorial plans and that provide utility, not noise. It’s meaningful storytelling, not just mechanical spray and pray.

via www.forbes.com

Longer post coming up, probably, but why can't you just call this "marketing". Why does it need it's own vernacular, it's own "Experts", etc? To me, and probably, Shel, this is just simply core to the way brands should communicate, not an incremental/extra effort.

Mark Lynas, environmentalist who opposed GMOs, admits he was wrong.

To admit that you got something wrong—whether for almost two decades, like Lynas did, or in a single but influential article, like Allen did—is terrifying. It is also the mark of intellectual rigor.

via www.slate.com

This is an important reminder that a dependence on science (as opposed to faith) will often require you to re-assess what you believe and occasionally admit you are/were wrong. Science evolves as humans get smarter and work together. What we used to believe was true is often now understood to be false. And, vice versa. The key concept here – intellectual rigor – is a critical behavior that we should celebrate and value. I fear that in our current climate, acknowledging doubt or admitting you got it wrong is seen as either weakness or, worse, being an idiot.

The Future of You – Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic – Harvard Business Review

Whether you are self-employed or employed by others, whether you work in a big business or own a small business, your career success depends on your ability to offer something new: new solutions for existing problems; new services and products; new ideas; etc. Everything that isn't new is old, and if you are doing old you are stuck in the past. In the age entrepreneurship, the future of you is new, and your value depends on your ability to do things differently. As the great Alan Kay pointed out, "a change in perspective is worth 80 IQ points."

via blogs.hbr.org

Great reminder. I worry a little about the advice about self-branding (people will translate this into a cheesy, sheeny, surfacy fascimile of real individuality) but the key point – be distinctive, be remarkable, be consistent – is right on.