YES!! a #giftofdata <3 ridiculous and wonderful. via daniel!
Way back in October 2008, my now husband and I went on our first date. On our one year anniversary, his gift to me was a Word doc of all of our text messages since our first date (what he likes to refer to as #thegiftofdata). This was especially high tech back in the day (given that we both had feature phones) and what I considered to be the most thoughtful gift ever (given that we are both nerds).
To celebrate our six year anniversary, I decided to take his present to the next level. I took a look at all of our text messages from our first year of dating and compared them with our text messages from the past year as an engaged couple and then newlyweds. I started by looking at the words we used in our text messages six years ago versus present day.
First of all, we can clearly see that my husband has an obsession with the word “home”. As for me, my early twenties self frequently started conversations with the term “hey”, and more recently I seem to have decided to no longer greet my husband, but instead agree with most of the things he texts me.
I then looked at the frequency of specific terms we used in our text messages when we started dating compared to the past year.
Our conversations changed from “hey, what’s up?” to “ok, sounds good”. We stopped saying each other’s names in our text messages. We don’t say in “love” as much anymore. Several words stayed relatively consistent over the years though, such as “home” and “dinner”. I took a look at the actual text messages that contained these words, and found that although the terms stayed the same, the context they were used in actually changed over time.
The main difference is that while we were dating, we didn’t see each other every day, so a lot of our communication had to happen via text. We’d often message the other person to see what they were doing or tell them that we were thinking of them. As a married couple, since we’re together all the time, we set up date nights and say sweet things to each other in person, so texting is mostly used to confirm logistics or share random thoughts.
Two little monsters will help me illustrate the point.
Every time, in the heat of arguing, it’s in our human nature to do our best to win. However, arguing can get quite irrational when we lose focus on what we’re trying to resolve. If we’re not focused on solving the problem,we’re wasting time and energy that can be diverted into something more positive.
On the bad stage of an argument, our empathy for the other person disappears, and empowers our own self to come through, in a defensive way. We basically turn into angry chihuahuas, cursing sailors or angry cavemen. All that matters is our own view of the problem. Our proposal to resolve it. Our solution. Screw everything else.
——-Step 1: Shut up.
It’s such a waste of time to spend your energy arguing. Once the discussion reaches the point when you’re irrational, there’s no way in the world you’re gonna end up victorious. Instead, you’re gonna end up sleeping on the couch. Eating some ugly microwaveable food. Watching TV till late. Drinking a beer on your own pretending you’re reflecting on your brilliance. Slamming doors like an idiot.Note how awkward it gets for the monsters.
After a couple of minutes, thisalways helps to end the discussion. Thanks to this method, we have learned a lot about ourselves and each other. And saved countless moments of angry body language and words bouncing between the walls of our home.
There’s no better way to realize if you’re right or wrong than speaking with yourself with honesty. Honesty, however, is easily deprived from exposure when we can’t control our emotions and interactions.
By standing back-against-back, you no longer have another person across the room to argue with. You become vulnerable because your words are aimed to nobody in front of you. You’re on your own, looking at a corner of the room. Your voice resonates in the walls and yells back at you. You will hear what the other person in the room hears. It’s a wonderful experience.“You will trick your mind. For your brain, it is illogical to be arguing with nobody. Your mind’s logical self-preservation instinct will fight against doing something as dumb as yelling at the air.”
i still love this company. SUBVERSION. STORYTELLING as being an essential human skill. experimenting and figuring out what works. creating an emotional, memorable experience rather than information transfer. one thing that i’ve really started being cognizant about recently is how conversation is rarely about actual information transfer; it’s strictly trying to come up with opportunities where you can be interesting. [pasted stuff from various sites related to museum hack]
The museum experience is all about storytelling, both offline and online, from the way the chairs are made, to how an exhibition is put together and beyond (@hannahfox and @silviaff20)
Museums and learning go hand-in-hand, but what’s equally important is what we learn from enriching the experience of others. (@sree)
Building on point 2, digital is a learning curve - you need to try things, test ideas, and most importantly fail before moving on. (@silviaff20)
Museums are awesome - we all know that already, but getting other people to realise can be a challenge. One of the best ways to do that is to change the tour experience from a didactic one, to one full of unique insight, gossip, and fun. MuseumHack run fast paced, physical tours, aimed at millennials and designed to excite and entertain. The group decide what they want to hear, with ‘gossip’ often being the winner. (@museumhack)
Involving visitors is key to getting them to learn. Telling and teaching aren’t enough - the most oft-used quote of the day was the following from Benjamin Franklin:
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
Where Ethan presented us with a challenge. Everyone had to take a picture of one thing that they would bring with them to a party. At the end of the tour, we each had 10 seconds to display our photo and make an argument in favor of our choice. The winner would receive a fun surprise!
I chose Jesus, because then you would never run out of alcohol! See what I did there?!
I received 2nd place- so close!
Can you believe it actually hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the most renowned art museums in the world?!
Or this one, where everyone’s face is exactly the same. Creepy.
Reaching out to millennials is an important conversation to be having at the moment- our fresh perspective on how to engage with them sparked interest across the conference. We talked about how we bring social media, selfies and photos into our tours, making the museum experience fun and unique.
Speaking of selfies…check out this blog post, selfies definitely happened at the conference!
"Museums are awesome - we all know that already, but getting other people to realise can be a challenge. One of the best ways to do that is to change the tour experience from a didactic one, to one full of unique insight, gossip, and fun. Museum Hack run fast paced, physical tours, aimed at millennials and designed to excite and entertain. The group decide what they want to hear, with ‘gossip’ often being the winner."
-Antenna Lab, (Read the full article)
We know there are a lot more conversations that need to happen about how to make museums more appealing to those who don’t like museums. New visitor engagement is such a key topic right now. It was such a great opportunity to be in a room filled with such influential museum movers and shakers, but we think we can do more-we want everyone to fall love museums.
Story Telling and Getting People Excited
For this particular group, we worked on storytelling by getting them to tell the stories to each other. Kate trained them on the elements that make a good story- things like how to make a story relatable, how to pick out mind blowing bits of information to add to the story, and how to connect what you are saying to the person and what they are doing. She asked the group to spend sometime creating stories about the pieces of art they were looking at.
The results were fantastic. Even though there were no art experts on the team, they were able to start spinning wonderful yarns about the pieces. They broked down the barriers of “I don’t know anything about this stuff” and turned the challenge into an opportunity to express themselves. Telling stories about paintings was indirectly teaching them how to get people excited about what they were excited about, something that for a marketing team is a valuable skill.
“We are not just lecturing at them, or doing trust falls, it’s really really fun. One of the things I love the most is that It’s a totally different experience to what they are expecting.”
-Kate D, Museum Hack Tour Guide
in other news i noticed that they are much more focused on corporate bonding events/tours and took down their BUTTS!!!!!!!!!!!! bachelorette party tour :(
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The New York Times that first reported on the 28-year-old’s book tour “circus” and outlined how 600 people responded to open call video auditions on her web site to serve as her opening acts during her 11-city book tour— for free. But on Monday, in a post headlined"Lena Dunham Does Not Pay," Gawker took it further by listing Dunham’s alleged annual income ($6 million), her book advance ($3.7 million), and book tour revenues ($304,000).
Dunham took to her Twitter page to admit she had learned a lesson and the artists would be paid, even as she mocked the source of her newfound wisdom. The tour begins in New York City on Tuesday.
an interesting exercise in supply and demand. not sure how i feel about this, but it reminds me of how the superbowl is forcing the halftime performers to pay for the privilege of performing during the superbowl halftime show.
This year’s prospective performers may be singing a different tune, however. Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal reported the NFL is now trying to convince acts to pay for the privilege of playing the halftime show, either by forking over a percentage of subsequent tour income or by making “some other type of financial contribution.”
According to the story, the NFL has contacted three candidates—Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay—but the reception wasn’t warm. That makes plenty of sense. Those three acts combined to earn well over $100 million last year without having to pay for a 12-minute commercial on the world’s biggest stage.
But playing a free show is also a financial sacrifice for stars of that ilk, who can easily command multimillion-dollar nightly guarantees on the road. And while the Super Bowl bounce is undeniable, the effect isn’t as important for a touring artist whose concerts are already sold out.
Those realities, coupled with the rock star egos in the mix, make the NFL’s rumored plan a tough sell for the sort of A-listers the league has attracted in the past.
“I don’t think you’re going to get that caliber of act—the Rolling Stones, U2, Springsteen—to pay to play,” says Gary Bongiovanni, editor of concert data outfit Pollstar. “There’s no doubt there are acts out there that would pay for exposure, but I think that’s the wrong message for the NFL to send.”
The Super Bowl halftime show has been a marquee music event ever since Michael Jackson revolutionized the broadcast with an electric set that kept viewers glued to televisions around the country even as the Dallas Cowboys dismantled the Buffalo Bills in 1993.
“Beyoncé has delivered countless surprises in her 15 years on top of the music world, but she’s never dropped a bombshell like this,” Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield wrote at the time. “The whole project is a celebration of the Beyoncé Philosophy, which basically boils down to the fact that Beyoncé can do anything the hell she wants to.”
Secretly partnering with Apple, Facebook, and Instagram, the rollout was a huge artistic and financial gamble for Parkwood Entertainment, the management company that Beyoncé heads, and for her label, Columbia Records, which share the risks and rewards of her recorded-music sales. As it turned out, the critically acclaimed album debuted at No. 1 the following week, selling more than 600,000 copies in its first three days. But did the high-stakes wager pay off long-term?
A new Harvard Business School (HBS) case study to be published next week examines what it took to pull off the ambitious and costly campaign, the prevailing market conditions, the structural and technical obstacles, as well as the many difficult decisions Beyoncé and her management team confronted along the way. With insights from top executives at Parkwood Entertainment, Columbia Records, Facebook and Apple, the HBS case asks M.B.A. students to decide what they would have done if they were working for Beyoncé.
“She’s clearly among the most powerful people in the music industry at the moment … so to understand the operation behind such a powerful figure is always very interesting,” said Anita Elberse, the Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration at HBS who co-wrote the case study with a former student, Stacie Smith, M.B.A. ’14.
Elberse studies marketing strategies in the entertainment, media, and sports industries and has written extensively about the growing trend of hosting “blockbuster events” to grab the public’s attention. She says the unconventional album release and the very hands-on role that Beyoncé plays in overseeing her own business interests present a number of instructive dilemmas for M.B.A. students to consider. Elberse will teach the case in her course “Strategic Marketing in Creative Industries” early next month. “For instance, how did they keep that a secret for so long? It’s quite amazing that they pulled that off.”
The unique rollout was driven “first and foremost” by Beyoncé’s desire to make an artistic statement through a complete work, not just one 3½-minute single, Elberse said. “They could’ve made their lives a lot easier just going for a conventional release.”
The recording release also raises questions about whether it was a smart move for Apple, Facebook, and Columbia Records, and has other broad implications for students to consider, Elberse said, such as how the unusual strategy will affect future releases by other musicians. Is a maneuver like this only available to superstar talent? How do record companies put together marketing plans and structure partnerships with their artists? What effect might the release have on Beyoncé’s relationship with companies left out of the launch, and with her fans?
In fact, the major retailers Target and Amazon refused to stock the record even after iTunes’ exclusive weeklong sales window closed. And, unlike most digital releases, consumers were required to buy the whole record, not just cherry-pick a song or two.
“I think most people regard this release as a huge success artistically, and I am among them. But whether it was worth it from a business perspective is for the students to figure out,” said Elberse.
If you think of the famous three legs of the Republican stool (the money conservatives, the foreign-policy conservatives, and the cultural conservatives) and think about which of those legs have had the biggest policy impact during periods of Republican governance in recent history, you have to conclude that the money and foreign-policy conservatives have made out like bandits (in some cases all too literally). The money crowd got all the deregulation it could realistically hope for. The neocons got two wars. The social conservatives haven’t done nearly as well. They’ve gotten some judicial appointments, but Roe v. Wade is still law, and that turncoat Kennedy is probably going to let the gays marry.
Now we’re getting to why on one level I feel a pang of sympathy for them. The disasters the Republican Party has brought us in the last decade—the economic meltdown and the wars—were the fault of the other two legs of the stool. Yet we know that these two groups are going to have permanent power in GOP. The money people own the party, and the neocons still dominate in Washington and—Rand Paul notwithstanding—will always have a considerable degree of influence in the party. The social conservatives are the only faction within the triad that hasn’t heaped wreckage upon the nation (not for lack of trying), and yet they have far less power in the upper echelons of party than the other two groups. And when they complain, as they occasionally do, that they’ve largely been paid back for all their work in the vineyards with lip service and symbolic little executive order-type things, they have a point. It’s a little like labor in the Democratic Party.
And now, 2016 is going to be a pivotal election for them. Many of them want Ted Cruz, who won the Values Voter straw poll. But of course this is ridiculous. Cruz isn’t going to be the nominee. In fact Cruz’s win, and the fact that Jeb Bush and Chris Christie weren’t even invited to the meeting, is a sign of their retreat from serious politics toward something entirely gestural. Bush, from these people’s perspective, is too squishy on immigration, and Christie last October decided to stop fighting the tide of history on same-sex marriage when a decision by the state’s Supreme Court led Christie to withdraw an appeal his administration had lodged against a pro-same-sex marriage lawsuit.
That’s a childish way to do politics. If somehow they were to get their way with Cruz, then Hillary Clinton will easily be elected president, and she’ll almost certainly have the time and opportunity to flip the Supreme Court back to a liberal majority, and they’ll be finished for the good, the cultural right, and they will have contributed mightily to their own well-deserved demise.
OK. Whew. I’m over it.
Panoramic Interests completes a 23 unit micro housing project aiming for LEED Platinum certification in San Francisco built with prefabricated modules by local builder ZETA.
Located in the heart of SoMa on Harriet Street is the SmartSpace micro housing project. Inside are 23 units each at 295 sq ft that include a full kitchen, a queen bed, dining room table, full bathroom and lots of storage. Most micro apartments just have a little kitchenette, but this one has a full-sized dishwasher, sink, 2-burner stove and a Euro-sized refrigerator. The bathroom is also amply-sized. To pack everything in, the apartment has a SmartBench 6-person dining table that folds down to make way for the bed.
Besides packing in a lot of housing on a small lot, the project was prefabricated off-site by ZETA then trucked in and assembled, minimizing waste, construction time and neighborhood impact. There is no on-site parking, but space is provided for secure bike parking and a City CareShare is nearby as well as public transportation. Inside, the apartments feature Plyboo flooring, Energy Star Appliances, a washer and dryer, low-flow fixtures, LED lighting, daylighting, natural ventilation, and extra sound-proofing. The building features a rain screen exterior, solar hot water heating, a cool roof, and a shared outdoor patio.
This next year, the 23 units will be leased to the California College of the Arts for student housing. Panoramic Interests is looking to sell the project so it can be used for rentals or privately owned units.
so awesome. thanks mason!! i LOVE the windowside two person table. and i love how everything is in arm’s length of the tv.