Jamie talks marketing, promotion, and distribution tech on “Hollywood 2.0”
"You might’ve made the most amazing film in the world but you have zero followers on Twitter. What are you going to be doing to get the word out? In the old system, that meant you needed to take it to festivals, and get permission from a lot of people to get this out to audiences. But, in the new paradigm of the Web, there are so many people who can help you promote that it just becomes a question of: How do I get in touch with them? How do I get this in front of them? How do I send them a Screener, or send them a Free Copy, so they can check this out and fall in love with it, and then help me get the word out?" –Jamie Wilkinson re: direct internet distribution on Peter Katz’s podcast, Hollywood 2.0
“So while some complain that we were promised flying cars but got 140 characters instead, we should remember that 140 characters are far more important. It is through the ability to communicate and interact that we build the future. Throughout history, that has been the one truth that has formed the basis for all of human discovery.”—How the Future is Really Built
Wired profiles Darrell Pugh, a formerly homeless man who teaches people who have no homes or are otherwise in economically precarious position how to use networks and computers, at the Tenderloin Technology Lab in San Francisco. It’s an amazing story and draws an important connection…
Built on Firefox OS, the Matchstick is free software and open source hardware — anything in your Firefox browser-window can be “flinged” into your HDMI TV; it’s an incredible $12 for one stick.
Caveat, this is not from the Mozilla Foundation; it’s from a startup called Matchstick TV, and the company’s website doesn’t name any of its personnel, nor does it detail any projects any of the people involved have seen through to completion. This is a serious red flag when it comes to crowdfunding projects. I’m willing to risk $12 on this, but not much more.
I think a lot about what I would say to the younger version of myself if I met her again, if I met her through the still moments of all the motion of youth — when she was sitting at the piano, or if I saw her alone on the playground, or if I watched her read, voice quivering, her short stories in front of the class.
If I met the younger version of myself, we’d take a walk — the same walk I take every day — so I could explain to young me that routine and tradition are paramount. You have to choose a category header, but it’s only as permanent as you need it to be. You have to choose a theme song and stay with it. Decide. If only for an hour or a day or a week.
If I met me, but younger, we’d talk about the value of one thing. You have to choose one thing to do for yourself every day. No matter what practice you choose — how fulfilling or meaningful — it will sometimes overwhelm you. Choose something for yourself every day. Do it repeatedly and without fail. If you do something for yourself every day, no matter how many standoffs or negotiations or letdowns you face throughout the day, no one can take that away from you.
If I met younger me, we would sit quietly and listen to music. We might put instruments we did not know how to play in our laps. “Play,” I would encourage. Younger me would stare straight ahead uncomfortably. “No one knows what they’re doing,” I would continue. “Being expert means starting. Knowing is playing your first note.” We would scratch out notes on new instruments together.
If I met me, but many years before, we’d talk about love and time. Love will not be polite. It does not wait for opportune moments to approach you. It knows not your life plans or schedule or current or future intentions. It will not wait for you to be ready. There is, in this way, no time for it. If you wait for it, then, it will not come. As love — for a person, a professional, a practice, a city — comes to you. It crosses your path and is only yours to accept. It is up to you to open your hands and heart.
I used to think life was an intricate series of spreadsheets and grids, weights and balances, promotions and boardroom standoffs. As grew older I realized life is less grid and more raw data, less stop sign and more yield, less urban and more sprawl. Life passes by in seasons, not days, and best we can do is choose our category headers, theme songs, and instruments to make the most of every day. With that, we can see the world as we move through it.
Because there is stillness in motion.
First written for AIGA Centennial Voices series, September 2014.
“I’m really an anomaly, you know, as an artist. Here I am at 61 and I’m in a committed, satisfying relationship and I’m more prolific than I’ve ever been. But that’s how I wanted it to be. I hoped for that, you know.”—
“But the other thing this illustrates, that a civil rights pioneer with a solidly progressive record on issues like reproductive freedom, equal pay and voting rights could also be a man who is alleged to have harassed and assaulted women, is the knotty and complicated truth about violence against women in our culture. That it doesn’t fall neatly along ideological lines. That’s it’s everywhere. The story also also lays bare the strange calculus that women must perform each time they experience abuse or harassment, particularly from men who control, in ways perceived or actual, some power over their lives and careers.”—
We’ve seen how hackathons change lives. And students tell us: they blog, they post, they tweet, and they scream at the tops of their lungs about it from dorm rooms. Unfortunately, if we only sung the successes of hackathons, we wouldn’t be telling the…
I’m working with the Major League Hacking on an official inclusivity partnership for hackathons so we can put more resources towards training organizers to foster events that are welcoming to everyone. Pretty excited!
This is some awesome work by Jennifer, Jon, and MLH! Help spread the word!
“Entrepreneurship is three things: a set of business skills, a set of political skills, and a stash of hoarded unfair advantages, held in reserve for the right opportunity. When the latter two vanish, it becomes merely a teachable generalist skill, rather than a cultivated talent for successful risk-taking.”—
“When the brain’s default mode network yields incredible and useful insight, allows us to process higher-level, abstract information including social, emotional, and moral implications, helps us learn about ourselves, and derive meaning from our experiences — it’s hard to justify why we should so readily trade all this away for a bursting calendar, another round of Candy Crush, or electric shocks.”—via Why Curbing Your Fear of Being Alone Leads to Better Thinking (via idonethis)
A couple summers ago, I read a book a day. I’d heard when President Bill Clinton was in office, he read two books a day. I didn’t know if it were true or not, but I loved this idea. I was not President and not even that important, so I could certainly read one book a day. So it began.
“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’”—Toni Morrison (via medievalpoc)
“All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.”—Chuck Close (via bashford)
I’ve been thinking about voting systems and how they could be improved. One aspect of our voting system that has always made me uncomfortable is the opacity of the process: once I submit a ballot, I’m putting my trust in an agency contracted by the government to correctly tally my vote.
“I think establishing a culture of inclusion is more important than some of us getting to enjoy playing with new technology $X, while on a moon bounce, listening to a speaker who sold their company for $Y million dollars. Please do not lose sight of the root of what makes hackathons great, powerful, and positive: they can (and should) be a place where anyone can learn, collaborate and build the solutions to problems.”—
Every now and again I hear different departments or roles being described as support roles. Customer service, administrative, assistant, roles are just a few that are commonly thought of as support roles.
I hear people both in and out of those roles describe their roles as support roles.
"As an employee if you’re not supporting the organization, the business, or the customers you have no business being an employee."
In an interview with the german professor Byung-Chul Han and the german newspaper Zeit (he normally refuses interviews) , Han criticises among other things, the academic activities and the way it produces knowledge. According to his dystopian thoughts, science in general can be coined as…
Great thoughts by Minh. Do we ever ask ourselves why?
“Maybe the trick in the end is to stop searching for answers “out there.” Real answers—the ones that propel us to do the next thing confidently, the ones that allow us to feel like we are “on track” even if the world tends not to agree—are not obtained through listening to others or scanning through data alone. They are synthesized. Part of this comes from what you’re able to sense from users, from advisors, from the market. The rest comes from what you believe.”—Some excellent thoughts from Tina. Read the whole thing: On track