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How I Meditate – Examen by Darren Rowse

Sat, 10 Sep 2011 17:25:00 +0000

How I Meditate – Examen � Darren Rowse: As I mentioned above – if you don’t share my faith background I still think that much of it can be helpful. Stage 4 in particular is really useful for reflection. As I mentioned in the ‘note’ above – the practice of just setting aside time to think about how you live, react to situations and to notice the patterns that you slip into can be an enlightening one.

I love this meditation because it’s not overly ’spiritual’ and is quite practical. It does force me to stop, still myself and just ‘be’ for a few minutes each day but I find it also challenges me to work on aspects of myself that are slipping and also gives me a space to process and deal with the crap that life can throw at us and move forward.

The End Game

Sat, 10 Sep 2011 16:55:00 +0000


Rather than start another blog I think I can use the Thoughts Illustrated blog to journal my recently inagurated search for spiritual discernment.

The impetus for the search comes from two primary sources.
  1. the recognition of the need for an end game to address the issues of the last part of life, especially those that arise from Ginny's cancer and also those that effect me as I "grow" older.
  2. the eposure to Ignation spritiuality from the initial spark of the commencement speech at Melissa's graduation from Santa Clara in June, where the operative theme was For Others.
In the succeeding months, Anne led me to connect with Fr. Charlie Gagan who introduced me to the spiritual exercise ( prayer) devised by St. Ignatius called the Examen which is treated in detail in the link below.

Consciousness Examen by George Aschenbrenner, SJ –

The Examen is a form of prayer designed to increase your spiritual discernment in a twice daily review of the ongoing process of your life .

I have tried to get going with the Examen, knowing that it requires a faith in God that I do not at present possess. But it appears to be a possible pathway for developing the spiritual element of my "end game". We shall see.

David McCandless = visualizing data

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 13:21:00 +0000

This TED Talk video speaks for itself. Take the time to
see what it means.

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The mobile tool kit (draft)

Sun, 29 May 2011 15:58:00 +0000

iPad2 (for composing, "reading" and conversing)
  1. Flipboard ( with Flipboard for dummies included)
  2. Bret Victor's Magic Ink and Visual compilation tools
  3. Our Choice example
  4. Sketchbook Pro with stylus
  5. Keynote and Resonate for designing, rehearsing and presenting stories
iPhone 4 for connecting and small format viewing and composing

Steven Johnson "Where good ideas come from"

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 20:32:00 +0000

This voice-over speed graphic illustration gets the author's point across in seconds - with the final image a composite of the entire talk - Excellent Return on Attention (ROA)

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moleskine art

Fri, 08 Apr 2011 15:40:00 +0000

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the google art project - create your own personal art museum

Sat, 26 Feb 2011 20:08:00 +0000

The Google Art Project uses the google streetview technology to acquire 360 degree views of fine art on the walls of museums where they are displayed.

The Art Project offers you the opportunity to create a personal "museum" Eye candy at its best. take a look.
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The Living Intelligence Systen -

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 19:02:00 +0000

Thanks to ZenPundit for this fascinating look at a new way of gathering and sharing intelligence. IMO it has value beyond the Intelligence Community and you may glean some value for yourself by watching this short video which presents a way to combine the authority of vertical vetting with the economics of crowdsourcing.

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linkedIn - short description

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:47:00 +0000

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Google Earth map of wikleaks mirrors

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:30:00 +0000

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Creating Value jed emerson

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 15:44:00 +0000

This is a 38 minute video ( long but worth it) featuring JEd Emerson Blended Value > About > Jed Emerson at the Stanford Business School a year ago where Jed discusses how we create aggregrate value in the intersection between for profit and non-profit organizations.

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He quotes General Ceorge Marhall on the creation of the Marshall Plan to resucitate Europe after WWII
" Don't steer your course by the ships alongside you - steer by the stars!!

Slavoj Zizek - First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 22:31:00 +0000

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The Real Life Social Network -Paul Adams

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 21:12:00 +0000

This presentation offers a great view of your "friends" on social networks

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View more documents from Paul Adams.

where good ideas come from - Steven Johnson - RSA Animate

Wed, 13 Oct 2010 23:41:00 +0000

A time-lapse animation of a talk by Steven Johnson great technique - 4 minute video by the author. (object) (embed)

Make your public speeches Resonate -by Nancy Duarte

Fri, 08 Oct 2010 18:05:00 +0000

I had the great pleasure to attend the launch part for Nancy Duarte's new book Resonate - and not only enjoyed a superbly catered affair, but met a lot of interesting folks in the graphic design, speech coaching and information architecture arena. Best of all was Nancy's heart-felt and powerful dedication of the book to her Dad - and the compelling story of its creation. Nancy signed my book and I will soon be learning from it. Here's a blurb from Nick Morgan at Forbes:

Nancy Duarte’s New Book: “resonate” - Nick Morgan - Public Speaking and Communications Commentary - Forbes:

And as an extra benefit for reading this post, here is an example of Nancy's presentation style, proving that you don't have to bore your audience with PowerPoint ( the presentation was crafted using only the PPT tool)

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FlipBoard for the iPad

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 22:29:00 +0000

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