Mike Farris: Trouble

Warning. Don’t watch this video if you have a weak heart. You might die…

I first saw Mike Farris at the Strawberry Music Festival. The guy has that sort of voice that rips your heart out. That’s one hell of a strange analogy, but by god…. just listen to this:

Really, the video speaks for itself. Listening to Mike doesn’t even make you feel inspired. It makes you want to shrink down into an groveling Samurai in front of the Emperor style bow and proclaim “glory to the master of all great noises.” YES!

Anyways, I hope you like this guy too. Best of luck to you champ.

Jack White – Love Interruption


Jack White continues to be the author of my life’s soundtrack. Everything he touches turns to gold constantly morphing with new exotic sounds and arrangements. His music carries a omnipotent soul slicing theme and I’m constantly left awestruck with his work. He is a deep inspiration to me. His new song Love Interruption is no exception:

The Hidden Beauty of CAPTCHAs

I’m constantly blow away with the complexity of this new world… enter Luis von Ahn:

What a tremendous accomplishment. While we are hesitantly authenticating ourselves as human beings, we are simultaneously developing the power to digitize difficult to read books at an unheard of rate. This is how fast the new smart economy is going to develop. Attention will become a new source of productivity and wealth.

Tiny little fractions of peoples attentions can be harvested from these enormous fields of data to produce real value. If these fractionsattention can be harnessed to digitize books. Don’t you think you can get some incredible value out of your attention?

I urge you to turn off your TV and look into something amazing.

Thanks for reading, please leave a comment if you think this video is inspiring.

Luis von Ahn

CRUSH IT by Gary Vaynerchuck: This is a Must Read!

Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuck : Move to Democratic BuisinessHave you ever had someone explain a great idea to you? You know what they are talking about, you’ve been thinking of it in a similar way, but when they break it down for you, you get that “AH HA” moment. With Crush It, Vaynerchuck breaks it down.

He excitedly describes whats going on in the new media. He tells of how we are living in the most opportunistic time in history for individuals to promote themselves. Now is the time to do what you love and make a living doing it. The old media system is decomposing as we speak. Newspapers are losing, the record industry is crumbling and people are taking their media consumption to the net. Who wants to own a tower records (are there still tower records around?)

All these big changes are a tremendous opportunities for the everyday person with a serious passion. As these million dollar industry come down, we as young entrepreneurial people, have an amazing opportunity to be able to break free and provide entertainment without the permission of the old system.

I see it like the great compost of the media economy. The old system has been thrown out in the dirt with the worms. Now is the time to get wormy and chew up that old system to make some awesome soil (if you are a gardener, you understand that this is a really positive thing.)

I’m all about traveling the world and being able to work from anywhere. This book cuts deeply with me. There is no way my life can be the same after reading his book.

Vaynerchuck not only explains this, but he inspires action! Action is the most important thing.

Do it. :^)


Think About Building Your Webite Like Building Your Home

When you build a home, you want it to be great for you while you live there.

Building Websites is Like Building Houses
Building Websites is Like Building Houses

You want your home:

  • to look clean and tidy
  • to have lots of natural light (natural beauty)
  • to be something to show to your friends
  • to be productive place when you are there
  • to be a place where you enjoy your time
  • to be close to the things you enjoy

These desires for a home translate directly to your desires for a website.

You want your website:

  • to look clean and tidy
  • to get natural attention from search engines
  • to be something to show to your friends
  • to be a productive place
  • to be a place where you enjoy your time
  • to be linked into websites of things you enjoy

When you move on, you can give it to your kids, or sell it to the next person. The second party will be happy to take it off your hands, and you will be happy to let go of it and move onto your next big project.

This is why high value websites are called web properties.

Costs of Affluenza

Costs of Affluenza
Costs of Affluenza

Is our generation still suffering from affluenza?

Being motivated is great, but where are you going? Do you want an enormous house and fancy foreign cars? Do you want a bunch of enviable objects (remote control helicopters, super yachts parked in your back yard dock…)? Are you willing to pay the price?

In order to build that big house, loads of trees need to be cut down, the steel and glass fabrication requires heaps of fuel and raw materials, the paint needs to be synthesized, and the concrete needs to be produced.

Those fancy foreign things needs to be shipped from fancy foreign places.

Every-time you order something and go about acquiring it, you are incurring these unseen environmental costs.

Working for these things means you are choosing to incur these costs.

It’s important that we recognize the costs of the things we want.

Check out this NASA video.

Guy on a Buffalo

Every once in a while, something comes along that just brightens your day.

Guy on a Buffalo
Episode #1

Don’t worry, there is more:

Episode #2

Not over yet:

Episode #3

Still going:

Episode #4

Steve Jobs is Inspiring

A month ago while chilling on the Coromandel in New Zealand with V I read Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson over the course of three days. He’s just so inspiring! Here he discusses the importance of thinking outside the box:

To get to where I want to go, I’ll have to build great things. No more 10 hour days spending 6 hours wasting time. No more repetitious paperwork. Now I must make my own schedule…

It’s intimidating being on your own and developing your own projects. If I fail, there will be no process to follow and no one to turn to for help. This interview inspired me today:

Jobs is speaking from his NeXT office. NeXT was essentially a big time failure. None-the-less, all that experience he got while running NeXT must have translated into these apple products we are using today. So we are all very fortunate to live with the abundance created from Jobs’s failures. Thanks Steve.

I wrote a blog post about the book earlier. Also, becoming comfortable with failure has been a theme over the last few posts.

So I’ll just keep building things.

Entreprenuer Quote - Chris Ducker

Much Love everyone.