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Scott Brown
Portland OR and everywhere
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Talk to me. Sit and talk with me. Tell me of all you know. Tell me of your story. Your trials. Your heartache. I want to hear your story as lived. I want to hear the things that stick with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2013 at Notes from an Open Life
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Back in 2009 I created the title for this post, the idea being, roughly: almost everything can be beautiful, lovingly documented. Photographers know this (I think). It's not just about taking a technically good picture. There's something else at play... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2013 at Notes from an Open Life
What do organizations do? They try to hire the best and smartest people they can to address their core business. As an information professional, will you know more than they do? No, probably not. Will you know more ‘broadly’ than... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at Notes from an Open Life
Not quite sure what the theme is here, but maybe you can figure it out. Loveland with Give Me Grace; Nick Drake with Fly; and wrapping up with Lucinda Williams with People Talkin'. Enjoy. And with this post, Music Therapy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2013 at Music Therapy
Jim, thank you for picking up the conversation. I agree completely with what you're saying. A few further thoughts on my post and your response: I by no means intended to denigrate the value of tactical work. Strategic doesn't happen without tactical. Stuff doesn't get done without tactical work. Tactical work is the execution of strategy - and so I very strongly believe that tactical work is an essential part of strategy. And there are times in all of our lives - professional and personal - where the focus is squarely and solely on tactical. That's a reality. My post is more to explore my own thoughts around this conversation and to open it up in a different way. It's a reflection on the mindset that - ironically, and I think in a kind of unconscious way - thinks that tactical is not 'good enough' and not strategic in its own way. I think (and I'm working this out as I write) that what bothers me is the perception that we're not already doing something important and 'strategic' by doing what we do - which is work with information and make it VALUABLE to others. We do that in a variety of ways - from shelving books to working with very high-level people across our society. What I'm arguing is that, as a profession, we have a really curious (in the sense of inquisitive) and unique perspective and set of skills that can be and are strategic in themselves. I think we need to think differently and stop lamenting and complaining to ourselves, essentially, that we're undervalued. I would say we're the ones undervaluing ourselves.
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As a preface: This is one of those posts I have held on to for a couple of months. Why? First, I wasn't sure if it was appropriate to use some of the language I use here. Yes, I've used... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at Notes from an Open Life
You may or may not be able to link through to this New Yorker article - it's worthwhile, and you can access if you subscribe - but the thing that struck me was the plain statement of something that has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2013 at Notes from an Open Life
I don't know why I was thinking of this while running, but for whatever reason I was thinking about Facebook, and 'liking' things. I like 'liking' things that people post on Facebook. And it dropped into my head that the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2013 at Notes from an Open Life
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So I'm toying around with the idea of infographics and data visualization. I was recently inspired by this Mashable article about Jer Thorpe, who is 'Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times' - an awesome title he made... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at Notes from an Open Life
Seems like I've been neglecting the podcast for a while - though I've had a few ideas floating around on bits of paper. In any case, I'm back! A few nice pieces: Ben Kweller with I Don't Know Why; Neil... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2012 at Music Therapy
Quite the "just don't care" attitude in this week's session. Not that I don't care - but the songs seem to have that feeling. Soul Coughing - Screenwriter's Blues; and then White Stripes with Offend in Every Way and Do.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2012 at Music Therapy
Just a few songs, just for fun. Put 'em together and called 'em summer. Born Ruffians with Sole Brother; Brendan Benson with What I'm Looking For; and The Dandy Warhols with Bohemian Like You. Turn it up! Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2012 at Music Therapy
Some more draggy songs. We have: David Bowie with Queen Bitch; Mika with Grace Kelly; and The Fratellis with Baby Fratelli. No narration, just music. So put on your best eyeliner and have a listen. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at Music Therapy
My entry for this challenge. The Aggrolites - Banana (of course); I'm From Barcelona with Just Because It's Different Doesn't Mean It's Scary; and Mark Kozelek with Bedtime Lullaby. Those of you with keen observational powers may notice these are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at Music Therapy
Give a title, and match the songs. This one: Slam Donahue - No More Talking; Heartless Bastards - Gray; and Blitzen Trapper - Gold for Bread. Ha! I think this one wins. Check it out next week, though. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2012 at Music Therapy
"If you're going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill I have a lot of blog ideas that start out as just the beginnings of ideas. I jot them down as draft posts and then forget about them. They sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2012 at Notes from an Open Life
Here's the second combo! The Muffs with Crush Me; REM with Country Feedback; and Brakesbrakesbrakes with Crush On You. Ha! I think I won that one. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2012 at Music Therapy
Ah we love those cryptic podcast titles and challenges. This one includes: Walk the Moon - Anna Sun; Lissy Trullie - It's Only You, Isn't It?; and wrapping up with Sarah Jaffe and Glorified High. That's one combo. Look for... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2012 at Music Therapy
So for a while I was compiling all these moody songs. It just seemed like they kept coming up and resonating with me, but I was in a space where I really didn't WANT moody songs, I wanted more exciting... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2012 at Music Therapy
I just had a conversation with Brent Mills, a friend and new information professional, about Klout and the whole Klout score thing. (Justin Bieber has a "perfect" Klout score, did you know that? And I am childishly not going to... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at Notes from an Open Life
As I say, a few songs about or vaguely about or somehow weirdly associated in my mind with drag. We have: Magnetic Fields and Andrew in Drag (so sorry to miss them in Portland earlier this year!); Tear Me Down... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at Music Therapy
So here is the challenger lineup! And, I have to admit, I think this one wins. Maybe. Mine was pretty good. We have The Dead Weather and I Cut Like a Buffalo; Dave Matthews Band and Seven; and Spoon with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2012 at Music Therapy
A podcast challenge inspired by cooking, part 1. My thought: needs to be songs that would actually make you not pay attention and end up burning the udon. So we have: Goldfrapp and Ooh La La; Self with Trunk Fulla... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2012 at Music Therapy
I'm not quite sure what that means - but maybe you'll understand as you listen. Musical discord, maybe, in some parts, and discord in the lyrics. Whatever. We start off with David Bowie and Breaking Glass; then on to Earlimart... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2012 at Music Therapy
Catching up! Ran out of podcasts, and so it's time to get back to work. This is a really odd mixture of songs, but they somehow came together, and so there they are. I just like how they feel together.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2012 at Music Therapy