Work for free? What have ya done for me lately ?

Writing From the Right Side of the Stall

dont-work-for-free.jpgAnother delightful rant on the subject of writing for free, especially for the Huffington Post, courtesy of Chuck Wendig’s “terribleminds” blog.  Recommended, especially for some of the insults.

Excerpt:  “The lie is this: writing is not work, it is not fundamental, it is a freedom in which you would partake anyway, and here some chucklefuck would say, haw haw haw, you blog at your blog and nobody pays you, you post updates on Twitter and nobody pays you, you speak words into the mighty air and you do it for free, free, free. And Huffington Post floats overhead in their bloated dirigible and they yell down at you, WE BROADCAST TO MILLIONS and DON’T YOU WANT TO REACH MILLIONS WITH YOUR MEAGER VOICE and THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU.

“…HuffPo would have you believe that not paying means that somehow, the integrity of the information remains intact. What it…

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THE STRATEGIC LEARNER

Who Are You - Presenter MediaNot a new thought, but valuable enough to bear consistent repeating…

FIRST QUESTION:  What and Who Do You Pay Attention To?

Think about those things and people who capture your interest or demand your energy.  Consider what is happening to your time and energy every day, over a week, and through the seasons.

Sometimes we have no choice, but to pay attention to something.  Our work may require this of us, and we cannot choose not to pay attention without risking significant job actions.  Of course, sometimes we talk ourselves into thinking that we “have to” focus on some work-related issue, when no particular evidence other than our own thinking supports this.

Other times, when we are honest, we choose the level and quality of our focus in an area and on a person.   We probably have much more freedom to change in these instances than we might think. 

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THE STRATEGIC LEARNER

Flame and Moth - Morguefile.com

WHO WOULD NOT WANT TO BE A MOTH? …

Moths are free to fly, to flitter here and there, have no real worries and can engage in a singular focus on meeting their own needs.

On the other hand, a flame burns brightly and provides light and warmth to all who come near without reservation or discrimination.  

Handled carefully, a flame represents some of the earliest connections with sentient human beings and is widely considered a friendly and beneficial part of our universe.

Of course, a flame can also ignite things and burn them to the ground … either clearing a piece of land for building or destroying that same building.

Flames have a real Yin and Yang thing going.

Flames have great power to both provide gifts and to destroy.  If a flame were a person, that person would experience great responsibility and power to be used for both…

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Gingernut's Science Dunk

It is the 266th birthday of Caroline Herschel, pioneering female astronomer. Some facts:

-She was the only woman to receive the gold medal from the Royal Astronomical Society from its inception until 1996Caroline Herschel, German-British astronomer

-She was a professional soprano

-She was assistant to her brother, world famous astronomer William Herschel

-She was the first woman to discover a comet

-She was the first woman ever to be paid for her work in science (and by the KING no less!)

Click the google doodle to find out more!

https://g.co/doodle/xjzaq8

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TechTime2016

Peter Diamandis and Dave Kenny announce the IBM Watson AI XPrize at TED2016 - Dream, February 15-19, 2016, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED Peter Diamandis and Dave Kenny announce the IBM Watson AI XPrize at TED2016 – Dream, February 15-19, 2016, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman

IN 2020, THREE speakers will appear onstage to deliver a TED talk and compete for $5 million. But these presenters will share a unique characteristic that sets them apart from TED talkers who came before them: They won’t be human.

Instead, the talks will be delivered by artificially intelligent systems, all of them finalists in a newly announced XPRIZE for cognitive computing. XPRIZE founder Peter Diamandis and IBM’s Watson chief David Kenny announced the new prize on stage at TED today. The prize’s mission is broad: Teams are challenged to “demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful cognitive technologies to tackle some of the world’s grand challenges.”

But what that challenge is, Diamandis says, is up to the developers themselves. The winners will be…

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