Sunday Book Review: I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works by Nick Bilton

I Live in the Future & Here's How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively DisruptedI Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted by Nick Bilton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Anyone doing technology for a living will probably find little new in this book that they don’t live and observe everyday. For those that feel overwhelmed by technology and the culture of the Internet this is probably a good primer to help get up to speed. Nick is humorous and the book very readable. This is a good book for businesses, organizations and institutions that are struggling to adapt to the new economy way of thinking.

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Sunday Book Review: What To Do When It’s Your Turn by Seth Godin

What To Do When It's Your Turn (and it's always your turn)What To Do When It’s Your Turn by Seth Godin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I generally dig Seth Godin, but often feel that his works are just compilations of quotes and ideas re-packaged for easier consumption. I have come to respect that more and more. This book is no different, but it seems more powerful than normal. Specifically, it lends itself by calling for generosity. Seth builds that into the purchasing of the book itself.

I loved Notice, dream, connect, do. We fail to notice because we’re busy keeping busy. We fail to dream because dreaming implies that we have to take a risk to realize our dream. We fail to connect because we might get rejected. And we fail to do because we haven’t noticed, we haven’t dreamed, and we haven’t connected.

Equally compelling is this call to action. Avoid certainty. Pick yourself. Postpone gratification. Seek joy. Embrace generosity. Dance with fear. Be paranoid about mediocrity. See the world as it is. Be the boss of you.

Just a sample of the type of wonderful nuggets you will find within.

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Sunday Book Review: Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age by Cory Doctorow

Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet AgeInformation Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age by Cory Doctorow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have always loved Doctorow, but have never read any of his longer works. While nearly all the information presented here was not new to me, it was still fantastic as Cory has a way of explaining things while keeping a passion and humorous tone. As a strong supporter of the Free Software Foundation and the EFF this book speaks my love language. Doctorow tackles many common issues swirling in the media around technology that are nebulous to those outside the industry. If you want to understand the world of tomorrow. Cory paints a vivid picture for you.

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Sunday Book Review: Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Dad Is FatDad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like Jim’s stand up routine. He makes me laugh. The book was funny, but not the same level as his stand up bit. A nice change of pace book, but a bit of celebrity navel gazing in the sense that other than learning about Gaffigan the book doesn’t have a ton of value. There were some good bits o learning here and there, between laughs.

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Sunday Book Review: The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk by Al Ries

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own RiskThe 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk by Al Ries

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Super quick read, loaded with goodies on marketing. Such a reminder about focus and positioning. Simple principles that are difficult to implement, but very powerful. If you are launching products to market this is a great fast track towards success in marketing. Some of the examples in the book are getting long in the tooth, but the principles still as relevant as ever.

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AZTALK : Abolish the Death Penalty

AZTALK : DO YOU WANT ARIZONA TO FOLLOW NEBRASKA’S LEAD AND ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY?

Yes.  While some inmates are likely beyond reform and should never again see the light of day, killing as just punishment for killing isn’t the solution.   Additionally, new techniques and evidence can surface that may change the outcome of previous convictions.  Not allowing those to play out could unduly condemn an innocent life.

Sunday Book Review: Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True InspirationCreativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Some great stuff on creativity in here. Ed is clearly a visionary that gets people. The best for me was the journey of Pixar. They were not an “overnight” success. Even with Steve Jobs they had a difficult time finding themselves, yet in the end they prevailed. It gave a good picture of what Steve Jobs was like and what Disney animation studios were like before the acquisition. This is a must read for anyone wanting to unlock creativity or build a business.

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AZTALK : ASU Clinton Foundation Event $500,000

AZTALK: SHOULD ASU HAVE PAID THE CLINTON FOUNDATION $500,000 LAST YEAR FOR A 3-DAY EDUCATION AND PROMOTIONAL EVENT?

The event was probably excellent for the students in attendance.  Certainly the Clinton’s should be compensated for their appearance.  However, $500,000 seems like an awful heavy price tag for a 3 day event affecting a small portion of the student body.  Verdict “buyers remorse”.

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AZTALK: Educational Infighting Ducey and Douglas

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AZTALK: WHO IS MOST RESPONSIBLE FOR EDUCATION INFIGHTING: DOUG DUCEY OR DIANE DOUGLAS? WHY?

Educational institutions should be spending more time revamping their approach to education and less time playing victim. Ducey is doing exactly what he said he would do if he were elected. Douglas is doing what she said she would do while adding a fair amount of drama. In that sense, I suspect Douglas is pushing more infighting than Ducey. Ultimately, the focus is in the wrong place.

AZTALK : Snowden Hero or Criminal

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AZTALK : IS EDWARD SNOWDEN A HERO, A CRIMINAL OR OTHER FOR EXPOSING NSA PHONE RECORD COLLECTIONS?

Hero: Snowden is a man with conscience.  Someone who exposed an unpopular truth to the American people.  Suffering greatly to do so.  The court system is starting to show why he was right to leak this information.  The NSA’s surveillance operations are starting to show up as unconstitutional.