Archive for October, 2009

A View of the World Series

Friday, October 30th, 2009

I’m a Phillies fan dating back to the 1970s, but found this view from Yankee Stadium impressive.

Visualosity II

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Are small pictures worth more than words? Can we use small spaces to communicate big ideas?

Two great picture books I’d recommend are Ignore Everybody (And 39 Other keys to Creativity) and The Back of the Napkin (Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures).

The Back of the Napkin uses pictures to illustrate and manage complex problems. Similarly, Hugh MacLeod’s Ignore shows that there is no correlation between creativity and equipment (or gadgets).

MacLeod’s work (on the backs of business cards) reminds me a lot of one of my favorite cartoonists Sergio Aragones, but MacLoed uses some text and occasionally curse words.

I’d recommend Ignore for anyone who is contemplating quitting his day job or ending a hobby.

Friday Night’s Blue Light Special

Monday, October 19th, 2009
Eric Krasnow

Eric Krasnow

Sam Kininger

Sam Kininger

Nigel Hall

Nigel Hall

Soulive made a live recording at the Westcott Theater Friday Night, featuring the Shady Horns and Nigel Hall.

Jazz Seen

Monday, October 19th, 2009

I posted some more photos of the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival produced by Larry Luttinger and the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation.

Resist Destination Disease

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Media company executive Todd Harrison, who graduated from Syracuse University in 1991, thought he made it to the pinnacle when he was on Wall Street living as a Master of the Universe.  But he says there’s a difference between “being happy” and “having fun.”

Being happy has nothing to do with making a lot of money and having material possessions, he said.

Todd Harrison, founder of Minyanville

Todd Harrison, founder of Minyanville at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management

Harrison left his Wall Street position (over what he called philosophical differences) to create Minyanville (dot com), an Emmy Award-winning, animated, financial media company that he says covers the business “ABC’s to the 401ks.” He also created the humorous characters Boo the Bear and Hoofy the Bull.

Harrison encouraged those business students and others in attendance that the current unsettled economic climate is a reality, but it is also an opportunity.

Failures can help define your capacity, he said.

All in the family

Saturday, October 17th, 2009
Jackie Warren-Moore (left) and her daughter Andrea Moore perform together at Metro Lounge

Jackie Warren-Moore (left) and her daughter Andrea Moore perform together at Metro Lounge


Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

I am reading a book by Dan Roam called The Back of the Napkin. The book discusses the 6 ways we see as well as visual thinking and presentations. I looked up his website and found this great slide show that explains the Healthcare (or Insurance reform) Debate using simple symbols, pictures and minimal text.