All good things comes to an end, but it’s not easy to admit it. After long periods of inactivity I am planning to bring the curtain down on SoulSoup blog. I will keep the content live here, as long as James allows.
I started blogging at SoulSoup in 2004, I was a great journey. I met lot of great people through this blog. But my focus changed during the journey. I am still blogging regularly at B2Bento.com, a blog on B2B Marketing.
Thank you – all the supporters, subscribers and commenters, and above all – thank you James!
What can be a better way to get over the lethargic status quo and (re)start regular blogging than this video – Seth Godin’s speech at 99% Conference – on Quieting the Lizard Brain.
In this presentation Seth Godin outlines a common creative affliction: sabotaging our projects just before we show them to the world. Godin targets our “lizard brain” as the source of these primal doubts, and implores us to “thrash at the beginning” of projects so that we can ship on time and on budget.
Worth mentioning the mission framework of 99%, which is a quote from Thomas Edison
Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration
Jeffrey Heer is a familiar name for people from info-visualization community. The Prefuse visualization toolkit created by Jeffery is used and referred by almost all infographics enthusiasts. But somehow I missed out his wonderful (almost an hour long) lecture at University of Washington, Voyagers and Voyeurs: Supporting Collaborative Information Visualization.
Apart from the awesome demos of his works on interactive visualizations, in this lecture, Jeffrey also talks about how collaborative annotations and discussions can enhance the effectiveness of an info-visual. According to him, if a large enough, interesting and interactive info-visual is made available to general audience, equipped with integrated annotation and commenting tools, individuals (not only experts) can find out amazing patterns and perspectives.
From the excerpt:
Interactive visualizations leverage human visual processing and cognition to increase the scale of information with which we can effectively work. However, most visualization research to date focuses on a single-user model, overlooking the social nature of visual media. Visualizations are used not only to explore and analyze, but to communicate findings. People may disagree on how to interpret data and contribute contextual knowledge that deepens understanding. Furthermore, some data sets are so large that thorough exploration by a single person is unlikely. Jeffrey Heer from the University of California, Berkeley, presents a number of novel visualization techniques in this University of Washington Computer Science and Engineering program.
Some ‘good’ discussion going on there, in blogpost and the comments. For example, Sally Madsen wrote, ‘How Might We Celebrate Learning through Evaluation?‘. To quote:
Why do we evaluate? Sometimes it’s for reflective validation: qualifying the success of a program after it is complete. Other times it’s for active learning: seeing what is working well and what could be improved, and using this insight to change things for the better.
Evaluation for validation has an important role in comparing different approaches: Which approach has the most impact? Which gives the best value for money? How can this affect strategy moving forward? The downside of this type of evaluation is that it often doesn’t produce conclusions until months or years after the actual project has ended—when the opportunity to change course or affect the project outcome is gone. Evaluation for active learning, on the other hand, allows you to take action as soon as a problem is identified. In design and innovation, evaluation for learning is a natural and essential part of the process.
A humbling TED talk by Alain de Botton hijacked my morning MRT ride. A non-gibberish, kinder, gentler philosophy of success, where Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure, and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work. Spare 17 minutes of your day for this video – I think you will like it too.
One of the fascinating quotes:
… we’re often told that we live in very materialistic times, that we’re all greedy people. I don’t think we are particularly materialistic. I think we live in a society which has simply pegged certain emotional rewards to the acquisition of material goods. It’s not the material goods we want. It’s the rewards we want. And that’s a new way of looking at luxury goods. The next time you see somebody driving a Ferrari don’t think, “This is somebody who is greedy.” Think, “This is somebody who is incredibly vulnerable and in need of love.” In other words, feel sympathy, rather than contempt.
Re-blogged from macchiato.getitcomms.com, The GetIT | Comms Blog, Aug 2009