I'm emigrating to Oblivia. I'm leaving this place and its work culture. I have spent too long trying to live with the tenets of our national work zeitgeist. It's time to visualize my exit. No, I'm not retiring just yet (I've got two children to get through college). But I am thinking about it. Eighty years ago, on August 14, 1935, the same day the Social Security Administration was founded, Obliva became a bona fide and well-sought-out destination. Suddenly, retirement was closer to reality for
Chris Anderson's The Long Tail: Products that are in low demand or have low sales volume can collectively make up a market share that rivals or exceeds the relatively few current bestsellers and blockbusters.
Chris Anderson, editor of Wired magazine, popularized the term The Long Tail to describe a strategy for businesses that sell large numbers of items, each at a relatively low volume. Despite fewer sales per item, according to Anderson, such businesses can make big profits if they reach many,
Trees with Mormon Temple, 2009, ©Jeff Gates. Click on image for larger view. Yesterday, as I was driving the DC Beltway I suddenly saw the spires of the Mormon Temple above the leafless branches of Rock Creek Park. With no other man-made structures around, these steeples have always reminded me of the Morlocks' towers rising above the growth of 802,701 A.D. in George Pal's 1960 adaptation of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine.
I'd always wanted to make a photo that evoked this feeling. And this
The brain is an incredible organ. Our ability to express complex and meaningful ideas sets us above the rest of the animal kingdom --if you can harness and master it. Without cognitive control humor can turn into fits of hysteria, anger into unbridled rage, and intelligent thoughts into pure pabulum.
Yesterday, I was part of a high level meeting to discuss Web strategy. My strategy in these types of meetings is to sit quietly, absorb the dialogue, and to contribute something meaningful only when
Window Washers Outside My Former Office Window
Our offices recently moved and I no longer have a coveted window on the world outside. But before I left I got the opportunity to document my view and take this portrait.
I saw and almost saw quite a bit out that window. In September 2005 I just missed seeing the Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani, as he popped in to the Starbucks across the street. A caffeine blast is always a good idea after a meeting with Bush the Second.
But, over the years I did get
You know your job is secure when you make it on Wheel of Fortune. Click the image above to start. (Quicktime, 5.5 MB)
Last night: the end of a very busy week. I'm preparing for my first back-to-back business trip (DC-SF-NY-DC) to give a talk and attend some meetings. So I've been in pre-flight high gear the entire week, making sure all my projects are where they need to be before my long hiatus. You know how it is, you want everything in order before taking off.
I'm tired as I sit down