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Thinking Different

A random thought that came to me while reading…

“All people are the same. It’s the mental models we adhere to that set us apart.”

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Today and tomorrow (August 14 & 15) WEEI, NESN, and the Red Sox are trying to raise $4 million for the Jimmy Fund. For those of you who are unaware of what the Jimmy Fund is, it is a cause setup to support children and adults with their battle against cancer. The Jimmy Fund and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute do an amazing job of providing hope to the thousands of people diagnosed with this disease each year.

If you are looking for one place to donate money to this year, please consider the Jummy Fund. Over the next 2 days, WEEI is hosting a telethon to raise the $4 million. Listen to their broadcast for 5 minutes and I guarantee you will agree that this is an amazing program. I’m not affiliated with the any of the involved parties and my family has been fortunate enough to not have to deal with cancer for the past few years. However, as a devoted Boston sports fan, I’m always tuned into WEEI’s great sports radio broadcast and the days in August where they interrupt the normal sports radio routine to raise money for this great cause, are best days to listen all year. You can not help but be brought to tears and be inspired by the stories you’ll hear.

Update: It looks like the goal was exceeded…unofficial total is $4.6+ million…awesome!!!

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This is shocking and sad. Words can’t even describe how pathetic we are as a society for something like this to happen on a busy street in the US. I’d like to think this an isolated incident but seeing how many people saw this event happen and watched this man lie in the road without doing anything makes me sick. Maybe this is one of those “group think” incidents where everyone looks at each other waiting for the other person to respond or maybe we no longer have any regard for anyone but ourselves. Very sad and disturbing.

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I’m looking for someone who can help with retrieving a JSON file created by Rails and using JavaScrtipt to parse the information into a web page. I have been searching everywhere on the web on how to do this but I can’t seem to get it to work which is very frustrating considering each tutorial talks about how easy JSON is. The file output by Rails looks fine but I keep getting an invalid label error. I’ve found multiple sites which explains the problem but none which show how to fix it when you are adding a .js file dynamically. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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The web application I’ve been building, Marketing for Mavens, has taken another giant step forward as it is now up and running on the hosting server. I’ve noticed some additional bugs after the migration that need to be resolved but overall it is looking very good. By the end of the week, I should have it integrated into marketingformavens.com so you can see what it looks like from a “citizen” perspective.

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Blogging to wordpress on the iPhone is a huge pain but I’m doing so in hope that I can save at least one person two hours of their life. On Friday, I ent to see Doomsday and it is by far the worst movie I have ever seen in my life. The plot falls apart just minutes into the movie and it just keeps getting worse. There are so many things that don’t make sense I’m not even sure where to begin.

I’d go into more detail but I’m getting too frustrated trying to make corrections to his post. I’m not sure if iPhone is to blame or if its wordpress but this is far more difficult than it should be.

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Ever since I first heard the rumors that iPhone update 1.1.4 would have flash support, I’ve been anxiously awaiting for it to come out. Unfortunately, 1.1.4 came out today without such support, at least not that I’ve been able to find. I guess I’ll continue to hope that it makes the next release. Oh, well.

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Is anyone else having problems with Firefox 2.0.0.12? I have to say that with each new point release, I’m getting more and more disappointed with this browser. The .12 release has been the most unstable so far, crashing several times a day on my MacBook Pro. If it wasn’t for some of the great extensions I would have definitely moved on by now. I certainly hope FF3 is an approvement.

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This week I started using Google spreadsheets so I can share information at my company without worrying about version control and emailing separate files to everyone. So far, this has worked great. If I’m logged into the spreadsheet at the same time as someone else, we’re able to see updates happen instantaneously which makes it much easier to work together on a project. It’s only a matter of time before this type of collaboration starts happening in many companies for both documents and spreadsheets. I’m not sure why we continue to try to “collaborate” on documents by creating them in our own little silo’s and then passing them around to edit individually. Is this really collaboration? And better yet, working in this way means no more spreadsheet_version_89_final_final.xsl document names 😉

Surprisingly, RSS is missing from this application. I wish there was a way to turn RSS on so I could be notified when updates where made to the spreadsheet. Hopefully, it will be added soon but I can see why it may not be available at the moment. I’m sure it would be difficult to figure out when an RSS update should be sent. I don’t need to receive an update every time someone changes a cell. In a perfect world, I’d be notified when someone was done making updates but this can be difficult to determine since the document is constantly saved. The only event that may occur that would tell the system your done is logging out, and not every one does that, at least not right away.

Now back to my intranet discussion…I really need to start a business around this…anyway…my ideal corporate intranet application would include document and spreadsheet applications similar to Google docs and spreadsheets.

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Yesterday, I was reading “Discover your genius: how to think like history’s ten
most revolutionary minds” by Michael Gelb when I got to the end of the chapter
on Thomas Jefferson, I couldn’t help but wonder where all the great thinkers are
in today’s society. Jefferson, Washington, Adams, Franklin, and many others
came together at one point in time, creating the perfect storm that would craft
what has become the United States of America. The amount of great thinkers all
living during this time, working together on something they collectively believed in
is just astounding. It also took nothing short of their collective genuise to guide
the country through a difficult time when I’m sure many people questioned
whether fighting a super power like British was the right thing to do. Even after
the war, their leadership was needed to get this new country on it’s feet, create a
new economy, and provide the confidence to it’s citizens that they were safe and
good times were ahead.

There are far more people living in the US than there were 200+ years ago. This
would suggest that there would have to be leaders, scientists, and inventors that
are the equal of Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin but where are they. Are we
too blinded by the latest Hollywood stories to even have any interests in the
people that will influence and lead this country over the next 50 years? So I ask,
who in today’s society are the equivalent of these great men? Where can we find
them and how do we acknowledge their greatest before the pass us by?

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