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My narrative template

Storytelling is HARD for me. I tend to analyze and abstract, which kills the narrative. So I have blended two storytelling models into one I can use for Creative Houston. The two models which influenced me are from Pixar and John Hagel

  1. Once there as a WHO... 
  2. Every day they did WHAT (ACTION)... 
  3. One day they DECIDED… (WHY? What challenged them?)... 
  4. Because of that they took ACTION (HOW)... 
  5. WHEN they did that, the result was… 
  6. That led to another DECISION... 
  7. Until finally they found a PATH headed to WHERE
  8. Now they invite you to join them in going there. 

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A better way to understand the internet: weather

A useful metaphor allows us to manage our work around a force of nature. We think of the internet as a manmade thing but it's gotten way out of hand. Now all we can do is learn how to ride it. Or should I say--ride it out? (Everything below was written by "Blogdana".)

@Bogdana: A metaphorical explanation for the Internet (for planners), 2019-Sep-7

For a very long time, I thought of the Internet as a whole other world with its very separate rules. A separate but a complete world. A world that was missing physicality but had everything else. People, relationships, marketplaces, connections, content, feelings, etc. Everything you find in the real world. So what you needed to do was not very unlike what your do IRL, but accounting for the lack of physicality. The truth is this view of the Internet helps only up to a point.... 

Now, I think of the Internet as similar to the climate or weather patterns.... the Internet “moves” operates across three layers:

  1. There’s medium-sized, local “weather fronts” — patches of information that move within a set “space”, defined by various coordinates: a community of followers on social, a specific forum, a newspaper’s readers, etc. This is why where you “live” on the Internet is important and this is what some people describe as your internet bubble....
  2. There’s small but intense storms. You know these: memes, trends and virals. Things that form small, grow exponentially in size, and hop from one community to the next. Think of them as tornados. That visualisation is important because it reflects how this information cluster circulates. Tornados are punctual and sometimes expand, but mostly they move fast in a direction. Very much like virals or memes leave the communities where they grew and move on to “attack” other spaces. It’s hard to understand where and how these tornados will form, much harder to get them to form. But not impossible. They are also hard to control and usually not brand-made :)... 
  3. Finally, there’s the jetstreams. The big guys, those who pretty much decide everything else above and below. This is things that really form in people’s heads over time and then begin to influence how people behave online. Think of adblocking. Think of widespread adoption of better data practices. Think of people using password storage software. These are widespread practices which are not temporary, they grow hand in hand with, and as a response to, the development of the Internet itself.

May as well post to the blog. Or not.

Dave Winer was one of the first bloggers, and he doesn't take it seriously. Just words. May as well put them out there. So I guess I'll keep doing it, just as he does. 

Scripting News: Blogs are little things, 2019-Oct-11 by Dave Winer

I know what a blog is, behind the scenes. It isn't a place. It's just a few files on a server, very small files, and a few database entries perhaps. The reason companies like Automattic and Google host blogs for free is that's how much it costs to host one a blog. It really is of no consequence.

You imagine that your blog is lonely and angry that you're not visiting, but that's purely a figment of your imagination. The blog doesn't exist in any corporeal sense. It has no thoughts or feelings. I doesn't give a shit if you live or die, because it doesn't have an ego, it doesn't care about anything. 


Asakura Robinson Open House

The Houston architectural planning and design firm Asakura Robinson has just relocated to 2500 Summer in the Houston Arts District. Last night they gave a wonderful open house. I appreciate the 'cloud views' available in the windows. 

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What color of makers do they need for landscape and environmental design? Lots of green and tan, of course. 

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