Johnny Bunko is Graduation Gift on Par with Dr Suess’ Oh the Places You’ll Go

September 29, 2011

Dan Pink’s experiment with Johnny Bunko is a gem. It’s fun! It’s written in comic book style ( manga for those in the know). It’s useful! A career guide with six lessons. It’s real! The web community has hijacked it and added a 7th lesson 🙂

More — Kevin Kelly has a great review here (includes list) — http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/002898.php

I particularly like lesson 3 —
It’s not about you. [Serving others serves you best]


IT Crowd is Way Too Funny :-) ( TV )

September 15, 2011

The IT Crowd is fantastic! It’s really Laugh-Out-Loud funny. There are 4 season’s of 6 episodes each. “The Speech” Season 3 Episode 4 is my favorite followed closely by “The Work Outing” Season 2 Episode 1.


Out of Your Mind Education With Ken Robinson & and bit of Dan Pink’s “Drive”

September 12, 2011

I really enjoyed Sir Ken Robinson’s book Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative. It’s much tougher going and less “HowTo” practical than creativity guru Dan Pink, but Robinson’s book lays an extremely good foundation from which to understand the issues in education today. In a way this information really makes me want to take the steps recommended in Dan Pink’s Drive.

“Out of Our Minds” has been recommended to me so many times and yet I’ve always found a way to not read it. I think it’s because I felt that he was going to say that my science and engineering educational background is very narrow and uncreative. It may have helped me become financially successful, but it is lacking on the whole. Overall he does say this, but I was wrong in believing that I wouldn’t like what he has to say. He and argues that education needs to become more balanced between “feeling” and “science”. I totally agree with that. He also says that all fields are creative. Even engineering. I liked this point a lot because I believe that the Engineering Physics program at UBC does a fantastic job of maintaining a very creative culture.

More

Sir Ken was just here in Vancouver. Here is the Sun’s interview

On the what can I do to be more creative? Read Dan Pink’s Drive!

I also recommend that one read Roger Martin’s Design of Business. This book does a great job of putting “creativity” in context of a modern business. He really “nails” the roadblocks and pitfalls that one can, and will, encounter when trying to be creative.

— Edit Nov 2, 2102 —

Here is Dan Pink’s Video on What Motivates Us – {Here is YouTube Video }


Back to School – Loading Bootcamp

September 7, 2011

Loading Bootcamp onto my daughter’s Mac was a pain 😦 Overall the process is straight forward, but there were a few major gotchas for us .

I found a really good “howto” to get me going. http://www.simplehelp.net/2009/01/15/using-boot-camp-to-install-windows-7-on-your-mac-the-complete-walkthrough/.

The gotcha’s for us were

  1. that our disk wouldn’t partition via Bootcamp Assistant. Google searching on this was not very useful. The solution was to run disc utility to repair our drive. Note that you must run disc utility from an install disc.
  2. Missing the load Bootcamp step 😦
    It seems obvious that one has to actually load Bootcamp. But after partitioning the drive and then loading windows 7 a lot of time has passed. It is difficult to focus on the loading of Bootcamp in the windows 7 partition. We got too excited that windows 7 was finally installed. Then we were mad that there was no networking capability and the screen looked like crap. This is the time to keep focussed and do the last step —> “Load the Bootcamp software” et voila everything magically works.
  3. Overall this was the process for me
    1) Repair Drive via disc utility
    2) Partition Drive via Bootcamp Assistant
    3) Start Windows 7 Installation via Bootcamp Assistant
    4) Create Bootcamp install CD via Bootcamp Assistant
    5) Install Windows 7
    6) Install Bootcamp using install CD created in step 4
    7) done 🙂