Today’s Meeting

Jim recounted the story of the CSS Hunley, and here’s video we posted when Chris Spielmann told the story last year. It includes the story of George Dixon and the gold piece that saved his life at the battle of Shiloh. There’s even more at The Friends of the Hunley site. Cult of Mac shows that stories like this one have persisted to the present day.

One of Deirdre’s Table Topics questions was about plugged-in job-seeking. It reminded me of a Fast Company story I used at TLIs a while ago to illustrate the challenges of membership building in the modern day—

Just over a year ago, a local 16-year-old high school student emailed me out of the blue, proposing that he join me as a guest on a TV show I host. Winston Sih didn’t send along a resume, but instead included links to his website, Twitter account, Facebook page, and three relevant YouTube clips. While there are plenty of examples of teens jeopardizing their digital reputation, with bullying and threats on friends’ walls or late-night “I hate my job” tweets, Sih is a perfect example of someone who has learned how to use the web to his advantage–building a strong and positive personal brand before he even reaches his adult years (12 months into his brand-building exercise, he is already a well-known regular tech TV expert and blogger–and he’s not even out of high school yet).

How do VPMs and VPPRs compete with that?

Unplug was the theme for the meeting, and here’s a video to help you keep The National Day of Unplugging in your thoughts.

It’s worth pointing out that this is a one-day observance. New Tech City recently sponsored something much more challenging.

Why all the fuss? Consider what Sherry Turkle had to say

To make our life livable, we have to have spaces where we are fully present to each other or to ourselves, where we’re not competing with the roar of the Internet.

or Pico Iyer

Still, it’s a lot to ask. For the pragmatists among you, here’s Scott Belsky’s post advocating seeking windows of non stimulation, and here’s Reid Hoffman’s article about active rest.

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6 responses to Today’s Meeting

  1. mikeschultz – Author

    This passage I found Saturday night focuses on an annual observance, not a weekly one, but it speaks wondrously of the transformation that might be achieved by retreating regularly—

    I think part of the challenge of High Holy Days is to, at some point during the hours and hours and hours that we spend really trying to focus our hearts and our minds over High Holy Days, to bring people to one momentary understanding of the fragility of life. But to take that and to leave with a commitment to live a life in which they’re able to transform themselves and their relationships and the world, knowing that every day they have might be their last.”
    Rabbi Sharon Brous, from “Days of Awe.

    Via On Being

  2. mikeschultz – Author

    There’s a real study in contrasts in today’s New York Times—

    The Washington Post gave pause for reflection, too. There’s a long article about the fading practice of sending postcards in the age of Instagram. For the record, I send postcards (often using Postagram to personalize the image) and I ask traveling friends to send a postcard from their destination. Here’s an image a card club member John Reynolds sent from Thailand several years ago.

  3. mikeschultz – Author

    Another Civil War story via BackStory—

    “We’ve all heard about the superstition that carrying a bible or prayer book over the heart could save your life. The owner of this Prayer Book, Pvt. Edward R. Graton, Co. C, 25th Regt. Mass. Vols. believed it, lived it, and almost had that happy ending”

    Graton is said to have been shot in 1862 at the Civil War’s Battle of Roanoke, surviving thanks to this makeshift body armor. For once, we can appreciate a book that is tough to get through.

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