You can delegate authority, but not responsibility.
– Stephen W. Comiskey
I love stats and charts and such. So I was very impressed with personal annual reports by Nicholas Felton (2007, 2006, 2005) that
collate countless measurements of his year into a rich collection of graphs and maps reflecting the travel, photography, music, food, drink and reading contained in the year.
When I found out a while back that there was going to be a website where you could track all kinds of info, I was very interested and when it was finally possible to request a login for the Daytum private beta, I did. So I’m tinkering with it on Daytum.com/mirthe. I would be great if you could import things from different sources, like my last.fm account or my concert database. I’m not really keen on manually inserting all that data. Also, I feel I’m hesitant to share this much detail with the world.
Update: There’s an article on WSJ.com about the project, called The New Examined Life.
I attended the Riverside show in Paradiso (Amsterdam) last night. You will soon be able to the entire show on Fabchannel.com. It was the third time I was able to attend one of their shows, so not too many surprises. Just a great, solid performance. They even played Rapid Eye Movement (from the bonus dics) which is such a great song!
Whilst queuing for my coat, I noticed The Sisters of Mercy will be playing Paradiso Feb 24th. I’ve had the pleasure of attending one of their shows in 2005 and would really like to attend this show. However that’s the week I’ll be returning from Riga.. so I think I’ll have to skip it. Might keep it in mind though, in case I return home all energetic! 🙂
Just watched a documentary on America’s national debt on the BBC. I know, sounds really boring, but in fact it was quite interesting.
The budget deficit of the US has risen to an eye-watering $9tn; its trade deficit is $738.6bn; its political leaders are casual about waste, and its feckless, want-it-now citizens buy stuff on credit and have abandoned the habit of saving, drummed into them by their provident parents and grandparents.
Clients want to have a sense of what is coming next. Explain the process, the stages the project will go through. This way you’re setting yourself up to be the person who’s in charge of the relationship. Put yourself in your clients shoes: They are nervous, unsure if they did the right decision to go with you. Make them feel confident in the situation. Make them feel confident that picking you, your studio was the right choice.
Paul Boag of Headscape: Educating clients to say yes
I’ve always regretted not having seen Kyuss perform on stage. I’m making up for it though, having seen Queens Of The Stone Age in summer of 07 and then last night I got to see John Garcia and his friends at Hermano Patronaat in Haarlem. Due to parking difficulties we were a bit late, so missed opening act Troy Torino and found the band had just started as we entered. After inserting the earplugs we made our way forward. (By the way, why do most people always stick to a spot near the entrance. Move, people!)
I’m crap at remembering setlists, but they played a lot of my favourite songs. And boy how they played, very tight. Really great night. Shame they didn’t have a t-shirt stand though, I would have liked to have bought one. Anyhow, check out some pictures in this set on Flickr or the video for My Boy. Read more →