DO PEOPLE SMILE ANYMORE?

I thought about this the other day. I was looking at the local Metro newspaper going into a meeting and saw this photo.

End of day. Toronto. People rushing home. Every face. Glum. Expression-less. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been like this at times but more to do with thoughts — I guess all those thoughts about writing more for blogs. :-)

Anyway, it has become so utterly obvious. So many of us have found our lives so transformed by workplace policy — those casual Friday’s in some companies are perks to keep you working longer…trust me, I’ve heard it. Those shifted policies for FAMILY are subtle methods to bring work home…to blur the line.

The freedom to relax and think freely and creatively is dying a quick death. Sure, people can walk away. But it’s an addiction. If you’re addicted to information, you simply can’t unplug from the Matrix. While society exists to create supports and stability, sometimes one has to wonder if the expended resources can be put elsewhere for certain causes. The debate over marijuana, right to die, drug control rages on…along with gun control. Are they real issues? Depending on the individual.

It just seemed interesting…that photo. I was waiting for all the glum faces to turn into Munch’s famous SCREAM. People need to relax. As much as they can. I’ve found new spirited distractions since my departure from one company. It was a real eye-opener. I think some colleagues have been paramount in that transformation. I call it a personal PARADIGM SHIFT. Sure, with some changes, there were additional shifts. Some have obviously departed as my own map on the internet changed focus, but others have been extremely supportive. The best thing — I took courses and pushed the envelope on a few things — I found a passion to mentor, debate, and discuss. And a few said long ago that I could do something in that area. Of course, that old shell of non-action died a quiet death and I pursued writing…no, I am not talking about a Pulitzer Prize here, but I am talking about an outlet and a new enjoyment that I never saw, even if I always dwelled in futurescape.
So, people…try something different. Get out of that rut. I have a brother who does Yoga and other experiential activities that I would have NEVER EVER considered possible with him. He’s different than me and I think it’s great. Sure, I watch out for him but I am absolutely happy that he’s taken some new direction in his life and that I have helped in _some_ way. I love to motivate and encourage and inspire because the constant challenge and excitement of new things is what drives life. That is why my own map on the internet is mired in the world of innovation and technology.

People automatically write off the new iMac and it’s base/stem design. But the reality is that industrial designers, “engineers”, and ergonomic experts put countless hours of “thought” into a feature that no one else would dare spend time on. Do we want a world of sugar water or do we want to constantly push our envelopes and buttons and take things to the next level. This is the Power of Steve Jobs (squared!). And is the true essence of spirit and humanity. WITHOUT this basic condition, we would be nowhere today. We’d still be in caves and we probably would have never left the surly bonds of Earth. (actually, there are still some in caves who spend a great deal of time hating rather than realizing that the foes they are against have ADVANCED and it is because of their system of thought, that they have advanced — certainly a lot of the world’s creations have been made in one nation

Capture something people. It’s one life and it is limited. Do it within reason. If you have financial issues, take care of them. Don’t let commercial systems dominate your life and decisions. Solve the problem, and move forward. You’ll be amazed how renewed and refreshed you feel.

I am smiling again — for several reasons. A new place to call home. A new voice on the e-map. And lots of opportunity to meet and discuss ‘ideas’ with people because that is what I like to do. Collaborate. Talk business. And think. It’s me, and it definitely isn’t everyone. But I’ve tapped into it and I enjoy it.

Smile again and again. Buy McDonald’s.

Rick — sorry for the one post but I hope the length makes up for the week. And welcome back!

Alex.

Cheerio!

Well, the time has come for me to bid adieu once again. I’m leaving my wife to guard the homestead, and that’s not at all frightening. The frightening part comes in who I’ve left to guard the site…

Alex, Kip, and Rob will be taking turns guest blogging from now through Thursday, and Lord knows what they’ll talk about or say. I’ve known two of them for about 20 years now so they might have a few interesting things to say. Give them comments and zonks to make them feel at home.

Since I’m demonstrating all week in London I won’t be near a computer that I know of so this should be the last you hear from me for a bit. Y’all have a good week, and take care!

Cheers!

Future Paradigm

Alex’s FutureParadigm.com was mentioned in an article in one of Canada’s national newspapers, The Globe and Mail yesterday in an article on blogging. The article can be read online here. Apparently the print version may have had an accompanying photograph of Alex, which is kind of neat. I get to take a bit of credit as the guy that encouraged him to get a blog up and running and do the (frequently daily.. grr..) maintenance and HTML coding for it. If you haven’t visited the site recently, do so. It’s not a personal blog by any means, which is why he got in the article, but it’s very good.

Cheers!

MGM Execs Gone Wild!

Check it out! Yes, for all you fans of the flesh-baring, rip-roaring, misogynistic good time that is Girls Gone Wild, MGM has cut a deal to bring it to a big screen near you. No longer must you slink off to the back orifices of the local video store to satisfy your unsatiable lust for Mindy from Sellersville, PA and her stuffed chest – Mindy’s coming to the Cineplex! I haven’t yet decided if this is further indication that studios have run out of ideas or that Pacino was right when he said it was the Devil’s time (“I think we could all agree the twentieth century has been entirely mine.” – Devil’s Advocate, 1997).

In other news, my true feelings on the illustrious Segway Human Transporter are now located on my corporate blog at Crafty Puppy. I’ll be posting there fairly regularly, along with Andy and Alex, so bookmark it and pay the odd visit perhaps? The dry wit, insightful commentary, and odd humour will still be present over there – it’ll just be a bit more – corporate.

I love you all!

Oh. My. God. Obese Man

Oh. My. God.

Obese Man Sues Fast Food Chains

What part of the article do you like best? Is it: “They said ‘100 percent beef.’ I thought that meant it was good for you,” Barber told Newsday. “I thought the food was OK.” Perhaps you prefer “Those people in the advertisements don’t really tell you what’s in the food,” he said. “It’s all fat, fat and more fat. Now I’m obese.” Now let’s see those marketing wizards on Bay Street come up with a catchy slogan for that! I can’t even begin to tell you how much it bothers me when people just refuse to take responsibility for their own actions. Caesar Barber is a corn-fed mouth-breather because he chose to shove his fat face full of greasy hamburgers and fries, and now he expects the courts to agree that anyone with brains above those of a tsetse fly could not realize that this food was bad for him. All because some wretched old battle-axe once won a lawsuit for spilling coffee on herself. Caesar, you’re fat because you choose to be fat. You’re not fat because Burger King threw your dimply arse on the floor and poured poutine down your throat. You’re not fat because Grimace and Hamburglar promised you riches untold for just one more Royale with Cheese. You’re fat because you’ve spent the last 50 years jamming crap down your pie hole in excessive quantities. In the amount of time it’s taken you to find a lawyer willing to soil their reputations at the hands of Dave Thomas’ Bacon Mushroom Melts you could have joined a gym and trimmed a few off the side.

Don’t mind me, every now and then a boy has to vent.

In other news, I tossed a quick design up for my buddy Alex so he can have his own blog. We’ll update it as time goes by – he wants something that looks like the Matrix. Right now, he has something that looks like a blog template. But he’s got a lot to say, bookmark it and check in now and then.

.. i think he went over here ..

Cheers,
Rick Jessup