Here Is a Clue

Have you discovered TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design)?

If not, you should.

Basically it holds several conferences each year to which it invites great minds to give 18 minute presentations on great ideas, videotapes them and provides them online for free.

I hate to use the term “adult education” because that sounds so pedantic, but 18 minutes is sufficiently bite-sized to digest, and the concepts and insights are amazing.

Here is one to start: Niall Ferguson: The 6 killer apps of prosperity.

http://www.ted.com/talks/niall_ferguson_the_6_killer_apps_of_prosperity.html

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It is no secret anymore that the outdoor public meeting observed between Steve Jobs and the CEO of Google so well reported a few years ago, was not a love match.

The CEO of Google had been on the Board of Apple, and the meeting as now reported, was Steve Jobs accusing Google of stealing the ideas of Apple for their upcoming Android systems. Jobs said at the meeting in question that it was “thermonuclear war” with Google.

Siri was the opening shot of that war, and the word on the street is that Apple will fire a second round against the Google Maps system with an Apple map system that is 3D based on recently unclassified missile aiming technology.

Apple is really annoyed that it introduces systems and others “copy” their innovations almost instantly, and that is why they are suing their main chipmaker (Samsung) in courts around the world for copying their products .

BTW, the ” news” you may have read that Samsung outsold Apple last quarter in Smartphones was technically accurate but terrible misleading. Last quarter the 4S had mot come out, and Apple buyers were not buying many of the 4 because they knew a new phone was to be announced.

Timing is everything. That, and understanding that even numbers can be misleading even when accurate.

Context, context, context!

Like, you Know, Spare me!

As a glutton for punishment, I listened to the two hours as three of the more articulate members do Occupy Los Angeles occupied a microphone at KFI Radio

It was a two hour session uninterrupted by a moderator, but if you take away all of the “like” and You knows” it probably was only 35 minutes.

The three selected articulate were an “International recording” artist, a self-described Hippie, and a guy who works in Hollywood. Two “artist” types and a Hippie.

The money quote from the session was, “Nobody gets two ’till everybody gets one.”

That was the summary by the Hippie, but the recording artist said that she paid more than $100,000 in federal taxes last year so she has a slug of things that the Hippie does not have and I did not hear a word about evening the score among the group.

I really hope they do a podcast of the session so you can hear it. It is worth your time to hear about “positivity.”