According to the movie, this is the year we should be orbiting Jupiter and checking out what’s the deal with Io. It seems that we are about as far from that as we can be. We’re navel gazing as we try to figure out where the money and jobs went and worrying about nebulous threats from people we don’t understand. UGH, I wonder if we, collectively, can get any more pathetic and depressed. I can’t say that my state of mind matches the collective depression. I still maintain there’s too much that needs to be done and this level of unemployment and collective “meh” is completely unnecessary. We also need to try a new strategy when dealing with the folks that don’t like us (showing fear, dropping bombs, reacting in a knee-jerk fashion, infringing upon civil liberties, and randomly fondling people at the airport aren’t working well). I wonder will 2010 be the year some brave leader steps forwards and says, “SNAP OUT OF IT!!! Let’s hire some people to solve some of these tough problems!
Here are some things that have me excited that I would love to work on:
- Perfecting e-readers and tablet computers — technology, UI, UX, and media distribution
- The future of the newspaper — let’s really put the power of the Internet to work!
- Dreaming up “bone headed” ways we can save our environment
- Dreaming up fabulously cool ways we can save out environment — some of the wild ideas about creating synthetic plants to process CO2 and light into energy and water sound cool!
- 3D that doesn’t make my head hurt!!!
- Infrastructure — both physical and Internet!!!
- Figuring out EFFECTIVE ways to deal with our enemies (we could start by not making more of them…as well as change US management culture, use the full power of the Internet, cultural diplomacy, cultural transfer (AKA some clever and innocuous propaganda — Movies, music, and books are powerful things…and when combined with the Internet, spreading culture couldn’t be easier … our enemies are doing it, so what’s stopping us from a countering.)
Anyhow, if you are a person with some influence, be a brave leader and kick things off. Come on, don’t you want to be the beacon that leads us out of this foggy funk? I know you do :). You’ll go down in history as our savior. Hahaha!!! Putting it that way, it sounds drop-dead easy for a company with deep pockets to jump and hire 5000 people for something dreamy. I like a recent seed from Rahul Sood: “Want to find technology to help create a fully renewable green server farm, runs off the sun, and re-cycles the heat into power. Ideas?” (http://twitter.com/rahulsood)
Now, everyone, find a groove to dance to and shake it! Hellz Yeah! 2010!!! And if that doesn’t make you happy, then you are truly hopeless ;p
“Lovely Items” is a concept that I got from years of watching anime and reading manga. It’s the idea that a character needs a lovely item to endear them to the other characters within the story and with the viewing audience. There’s a good discussion of this in “Ouran High School Host Club” in which the Host club tries to make the son of a yakuza boss more approachable. The idea of a lovely item can be as abstract as a personality quirk and as concrete as a signature piece of jewelry. In essence, a lovely item is something that gives an object or and individual a distinct personality and facilitates approachability. And so, that is what I want to do with my Lovely Items website. I want to share the lovely little graphics that I make with who ever wants them so they can add some personality and friendliness to whatever web or print project they are doing.
This idea was born out of a little discussion I had with my Dad last week. I had just finished redoing my personal website and I was feeling very empowered. I wanted to do more work on websites and expressed to him that I’m willing to do it voluntarily for the experience. Our concern, though, had to do with my “cute affliction” in that if I can’t get passed it, the range of customers I can design for will be limited. My feeling is practice, practice … but at the same time, I should get the most out my cute affliction and develop it. So here are some short term and long term goals for myself with this website:
- Give away lovely graphic items I design for web and print (practice makes perfect and spread the joy while building a portfolio and credibility as a designer).
- Do some voluntary design work — web, print, and vanity books to get experience and recognition
- On a limited basis take on web, print, and vanity book projects for actual paying customers.
This is something that I would like to do on the side while having full-time career. I figured that now while I’m looking for a job and while jobs are scarce I should use the time to learn new skills and develop my innate talents. I would love to do this sort of thing, too, for a company, focusing on the usability and visual appeal of web, web-to-print, and print-to-web projects.
So please stay tuned as my Lovely Items adventure begins. One of my good friends suggested that I start by making some lovely wallpapers for mobile devices like the iPhone and cell phones … :).
www.lovely-items.com coming soon to bring loveliness one pixel at a time.
My search for a job has led me to think about sectors of the economy that might not be suffering so much right now. I figured “death and taxes” should always be hiring … But all sectors are suffering I sadly found out (including the govt … not much hiring going on there and the cycles to get a job are 3 – 6-months …). Anyhow, here’s a nice website I found for my friends in So. Cal that lists the biotech companies in SD. I’m browsing for manufacturing jobs. I see lots of openings for chemists and chemical engineers ;p.
As for the taxes … well, Intuit has job openings …
She says the government should stay out of determining executive pay when a company receives a TARP bailout. Ummm … OH REALLY, Miss-I-was-paid-$20-Million + to-leave-HP-after-failing-as-a-CEO? Does she even understand how much R&D could have been funded with her “failure bonus”? (And that goes to the rest of you tech CEO’s receiving millions in bonuses while cutting R&D spending and jobs …)
Buwahahahahaha!!! Whooo!!! My sides hurt!!! I can’t stop laughing!!!!
Here’s a link to the nonsense that dribbled out of Ms. Fiorina’s mouth.
Leave it to profit seeking to ruin charity. Yep, OLPC is cutting it’s staff by ~50% and lowering the salary of those that remain. Here’s a link to an article for more details. I suppose now that netbooks are the hottest new segment amongst paying customers in 1st world countries, you can’t just give them away anymore (okay, not give them away — but pretty close to it.) I’d like to see OLPC push on though in terms of continuing to develop technologies that allow for computing where there is no power infrastructure, let alone a wired communication infrastructure. In the long run, those types of devices will be good for everyone because they can be used literally anywhere. Well, we’ll see … As a proud new owner of a netbook, I would love to have a little solar cell to power my laptop when I’m away from home 😉