On Baltimore: Distress, Distractions and Discipline


Photo Credit: Jim Bourg / Reuters

For quite some time, I’ve kept my thoughts on the issues affecting minority communities around the country to myself.

Occasionally, I’ll share my thoughts with my wife or a close friend.

But mostly I’ve spent my time listening to understand and not to reply; to conversations on blogs, in the news media, on Facebook, etc.

I think I finally have a little better understanding of the various perspectives weighing in on the issues of which there are many.

Since writing is thinking on paper, I wanted to try to organize my thoughts and opinions on the subject.

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Swimming Against the Current

Swimming Against the Current

Photo Credit: Justin Leibow

My favorite time of the day is every morning between 4 a.m and 6 a.m.

The roads are clear. The gym is empty. The house is quiet. My mind is fresh.

I always feel like I’m getting ahead of the rest of the world.

Whether I’m reading, exercising, working or thinking — it feels like everyone else isn’t.

But that’s not actually the case.

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Involuntary Role Models

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10-year old entrepreneur, Cory Nieves, Photo Credit: http://www.corynieves.com/

Did you know that you’re someone’s role model?

Somewhere out in the world, there’s a kid, a colleague, a friend, a relative — someone — who thinks the world of you.

It might be easy to identify them. Maybe you’re a famous athlete. Maybe you’re a professor. Maybe you’re a parent.

But it might be harder. You might inspire or impress someone and be totally unaware of their admiration for you. Maybe because of your title or just your proximity.

You might be a role model to your parents; to your boss; to a friend. You could even be a hero to YOUR heroes.

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Trust, Transparency and Keeping it Real

Trust, Transparency and Keeping it Real

In 1973, a study was published in the journal Science (riveting title) by psychologist David Rosenhan that tried to answer a simple question: ‘if sanity and insanity exist how will we know’?

Eight totally sane people were recruited and secretly admitted to various hospitals across the country. ‘Sane’ meaning “people who [did] not have, and [had] never suffered, symptoms of serious psychiatric disorders”.

As the premise went, if the staff could detect their ‘sanity’, that would suggest we could distinguish the sane from the insane.

If not, then the support of traditional ideas regarding psychiatric diagnosis could be challenged.

So what happened?

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What Meerkat, Periscope and Mobile Live-Stream Video Could Mean for Brands


Periscope, a live streaming video app that allows you to share and watch live video from your phone, was acquired by Twitter back in January. The confirmation came via Twitter in March. When Facebook, Google or Twitter makes an acquisition, we pay attention.

At that point, the app was still in beta and not live for public use.

Not long after the acquisition, Meerkat, an app that does virtually the exact same thing was debuted at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX that took place March 13 — March 22. The app quickly gained buzz at the festival and climbed the ranks on Product Hunt and made it’s way onto the phones of thousands of early adopters.

This isn’t the first time that live stream video has rapidly garnered our attention, though. In 2007, the likes of Justin.tv (now defunct) and Livestream were the talk of the town. Their popularity blossomed and withered before they truly became part of our daily verbiage.

However, many people believe that this time will be different.

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