Monthly Archives: February 2015




“A small group of high-ranking Pentagon officials made a quiet visit to Silicon Valley in December to solicit national security ideas from start-up firms with little or no history of working with the military.

In an unusual request for outside ideas, the Pentagon also opened for public comment a long-range research and development plan in December.

“They’ve realized that the old model wasn’t working anymore,” said James Lewis, director of the Strategic Technologies Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “They’re really worried about America’s capacity to innovate.”

There is a precedent for the initiative. Startled by the Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellite in 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower created the Advanced Research Projects Agency, or ARPA, at the Pentagon to ensure that the United States would not be blindsided by technological advances.

Now, the Pentagon has decided that the…

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The Immortal Jukebox

‘It’s just an ordinary story about the way things go … Round and round nobody knows but the highway goes on forever’ (Rodney Crowell)

‘It is possible to write a line of seemingly innocuous dialogue and have it send a chill along the reader’s spine.’ (Raymond Carver)

I live an ordinary life. So do you. Yet, I guarantee that if we sat down and talked honestly about the lives we have led, the people we have met, the narrative arc of our lives; including the successes, the mis-steps, the fulfilled and broken dreams, the regrets and the wonders, that we would each think the other has led a truly extraordinary life.

All our lives contain experiences we struggle to understand and come to terms with: unresolved longings, fault lines, tender wounds, hidden scars. In a very real sense we will always remain mysteries to ourselves.

I believe that our attraction…

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Well now , ain’t that the truth !



It is so easy to watch someone’s mouth move while you think of what you want to say next. To truly listen means to turn off your internal dialog, to tame your thought monkeys into idea generators for your personal evolution.

Listening is setting all of your conditioning aside for the honor and privilege of truly seeing the person across from you (paid in full by your humanity and with your absolute attention). It is difficult and easy, psychologically rewarding and costly.

To practice the art of truly listening you must not only pay attention when a person is across from you, but when you are alone (when those thought monkeys really come out and play).

Listening to your internal dialog without judgement or pity or conviction is where it all starts. You cannot truly listen to someone else without it. You may have already experienced it and not realized…

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Vitus Feldmann

Instagram became a hot commodity in the social media world. While marketing use for the platform is increasing, marketers have been somewhat hesitant to use the platform. There are various reasons for that: Not much data available, not enough and of the right content and issues with demographics were and still are some of the reasons. However, Instagram is growing in users and marketers are coming out and get their feet wet. 

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