Morality Compass – Outline

A Morality Compass for All Seasons

I was thinking to myself one day, like I normally do, and I thought about how we are faces with different moral dilemmas everyday – determining how we should behave at work, resolving conflict, dealing with attraction, and such.  Then, I saw a compass – and voila!  I mashed it together – so I present the series I dub ‘Morality Compass’.

Enjoy.

Oppositional Disorder

Oppositional Disorder

Hate, Misdirected

I think this may be a trait of good ‘ol haterism, oppositional disorder is one of those created theories to describe the tendency of people to just oppose anything – any argument, no matter how logical and plausible the argument is, they will still oppose. And you may get to thinking, “Damn, Rhonda is just a bitch; that bitch opposes anything”, and yes, she may be a Bitch, but she is not necessarily opposing your arguments, but she is opposing the idea of ‘you’, and anything that you stand for, or utter. And this oppositional disorder tendency is prevalent throughout society; we have examples of oppositional disorder characters all over.

Politics
– I’m sure the initial ideals of politics are nothing like the current political landscape, because now politics are only about directly opposing the position of your competitor. Even if one party fundamentally agrees with a proposed policy or bill of another party, they will find/create some flaw to oppose it.

News Pundits
Though the environment is created by the news producers, but most news shows focus on discussing a topic, having one person from the left, one person from the right, and having the news anchor moderate the argument between the two – that makes for ‘Great TV’

Most Parents vs Adolescents
I’m sure most teenagers and youth feel that their parents just ‘hate’ and oppose everything they wanna do, and similarly, I am sure that Parents feel the same way – as their children that they have raised from birth, whom are now forming their identity and opinions, seem to oppose each & everything they say.

Flirting
Believe it or not, the oppositional disorder can be used in the romance department. To create intrigue, mystery, and conversation going strong – just oppose what she says, because 9 times out of 10 she will be wrong, and it creates a case for you to show off your wonderful rhetoric skills (make sure you have such skills before attempting)

In all, the oppositional disorder is all over, and if you oppose anything I said in this piece, then you have the disorder too.

.:: LiBM ::.

Ben Greenman’s Charts about Graphs and Graphs about Charts

Charts about Graphs, Graphs about Charts

Came across this article after roaming the Internet and thought that the idea was a bit too ingenious not to mention and give credit: especially nowadays where every day a shitload of articles are produced with a bunch of charts and graphs – all in an attempt to persuade us to do something.

So on that note, here are some of Ben Grossman’s ‘Charts about Graphs and Graphs about Charts’

 

Source:

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/columns/ben-greenmans-graphs-about-charts-and-charts-about-graphs

.:: LiBM ::.

Push Back and Management

Management Tales 101

Gotta give a shoutout to all Managers of the Independent Artists out there; management is a real tough gig. By definition of the job itself, Management is working for others, and hoping to fulfill their wishes and intent to the best of your capacity; so thus, you are working for people that already think highly of themselves and are a tad bit self-absorbed.

And the management of independent artists is a whole different beast I imagine; as the artist(s) are also co-managers, and necessarily do not have to take heed to your comments and recommendations. As most artists already have a ‘beautiful roadmap’ as to how they will make it in the game. The best thing you can do as a manager is to try and offer advice and constructive criticisms; though this may be a bit hard, because as a manager you are by very nature/definition a ‘control freak’ and/or have control issues – so not having free control over whatever you are managing, can prove to be frustrating.

So, here are a list of resources and potential problems with solutions for dealing with your independent artists:

Recording
How to deal with artists not recording and/or sticking to their schedule?

This is tricky, because part of the reason they may not be recording is due to lack of creativity, or due to laziness. So to sift through this if you are experiencing recording problems, is to stop making the schedules for them, and tell the artist(s) to start scheduling their own damn schedule – this way you can test their seriousness and work ethic.

Promotion & Brand Visibility

What do to with artists whom are not engaging and interacting with fans?
Some artists think that they just make music and perform – and that’s it. But in this day of age, I would liken artists as brands – and their are many ways to manage and promote your brand, and more importantly engaging and communicating with your followers/fans. With the range of tools that are available to us, it is easy to engage in ‘CRM’ (Customer Relationship Management) with a brands following, here are some good tools:

    HootSuite – scheduled sending of tweets (offers free & PRO accounts), and has mobile apps on BB, iOS, Android
    http://www.hootsuite.com
    Gmail – the amount of tools and features that gmail has makes it easy to send and respond from any computer or device
    http://www.gmail.com
    Google Voice – Allows you to get a virtual number that you can use as a business number; and can be managed via your Google gmail account.
    http://www.google.com/voice


Miscellaneous & Organization
Other things to help keep you organized:

    Notebook: bring these to meetings and document major goals and ideas so that in the future you can go back to these failed goals and see ‘what went wrong’
    Calendar: Usually everyone has a smartphone, so teach your artist(s) about how to use the calendar function (you’d be surprised how many people that have smartphones don’t use this feature). And for important events and milestones, add several reminders so that they can’t say ‘I never knew’. I love the Calendar, its a fail-safe bullshit meter

If you have any other items that I may have missed, please feel free to comment and let me know – heck, I’m still learning myself.

P.S.;  and I guess the greatest asset to have is PATIENCE, as you deal with some things and thoughts that make no logical sense.

Opportunity Cost & Tech Analyst/Blog Buffonery

Image Source: zzoux on Flickr

Opportunity Everything

Why companies do what they do in releasing products, and why Tech Analysts are ridiculous

According to Wikipedia, ‘Opportunity Cost’ is defined as “the cost of any activity measured in terms of the value of the best alternative that is not chosen (that is foregone). It is the sacrifice related to the second best choice available to someone, or group, who has picked among several mutually exclusive choices”.

In the technology sector, Opportunity Cost is an economic term that explains how companies develop and release products into the marketplace. So this explains why there is some disparity between the expectations of the tech analysts and the needs of the average consumers.

For example, the tech community hated on the iPhone4s for not being that much different from the iPhone4, but yet, sells 1 million phones in 24 hours. One can argue the tech upgrades are not a leap over the competition, but as we all know, the most/highest specs are not always important.

Similarly, the Amazon Kindle Fire a.k.a. BlackBerry PlayBook ‘light’ without a microphone, camera, bluetooth, sold a ridiculous amount of units – even though technically it is a double-A minor league team to the Major leagues of the iPad and Android tablets. But what the ridiculous tech analysts don’t understand, is that these products don’t have to be the best, just moderately good. And this being Amazon’s first product with limited features, they can always sell a second iteration of the Kindle Fire with all of the features that most tablets have, and it will still sell.

I always tell people the following, for example, Apple could of put a 5 megapixel camera in the first iPhone, but then they would of missed the opportunity of selling a phone with 2 MP, 3MP, 5MP, then to the iPhone4s at 8MP – heck with Apple’s R&D they could of sold the initial iPhone with an 8MP camera, but they would of lost potential revenue on many smaller increments.

And I haven’t even gone into regional Opportunity Costs – like how Asia’s technology trickles down to the America’s years after it reaches market saturation in Asia.

But I may touch on that for another day