Going to see some great live music tomorrow in San Francisco. It's a buddy of mine from high school; Rodney brings a lot of love, tolerance and compassion to a stage that needs to be seen by more than are actually going to see it. Directions here.
Been researching for Neuroinsights for about a month now and would like to bring some useful/intriguing information to the blogosphere table. Again in an ongoing effort to involve more than the nomenclature-adept so as to sharpen the image and create a more robust definition.
* Neuroinsights is a research and advisory firm that provides in-depth analysis of neurotechnology, the set of tools that make it possible to analyze and influence the human brain.
* In a magnanimous light one could see neurotechnology as the sixth wave of techno-economic change. Since the industrial revolution there has been a relatively consistent pattern of 50-year waves of techno-economic change. We are currently nearing the end of the fifth wave of information technology diffusion, while a sixth wave is emerging with converging advancements across the NBIC (nano-bio-info-cogno) space making possible neurotechnology, the set of tools that can influence the human central nervous system, especially the brain. [via neuroinsights wiki]
* Specific to my job tasks, I am collecting data on companies that reside in some shape or form in the universe of neurotechnology. Some examples of the areas to which the companies belong are cogniceuticals (focus on learning, attention, memory, and consciousness. Disorders in this category include: ADHD, Alzheimer's Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, dementia, psychosis, sleep disorders, addiction.), sensoceuticals (focus on seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing, touching, pain) and emoticeuticals (Emoticeuticals focus on feelings, mood, and addiction). Data includes pipeline info, funding history, management, etc.
* One of the most fascinating aspects of the data gathering thus far for me has been the aspect of deciphering companies backed by strategic investors vs. venture funding. There are many reasons to be a strategic investor
but sometimes its the beauracracy involved in big pharmaceutical drug/technology development that is a catalyst for creating a spin-out.
* You want to see a sector with a lack of diversity? Try visiting about ten or twenty venture firm websites and you'll begin to see a collage of thousands of white old men proud of their portfolios telling where they spent their bucks.
I know to optimize battery life you should exhaust the battery completely every once in a while to exercise all the battery's cells. Lately I've been waking up and just going without eating first and associate this with battery charging behavior. I get a little irritable in the morning and especially without food. It has been good discipline for me to go the first two hours of the day without food to exercise those energies needed to be both functional and civil in my surroundings.
I do quirky things like this from time to time and have only found one friend that can relate. I used to work with a guy while I was a pizza delivery boy at Round Table that told me he would say the pledge of allegiance in front of the toilet before indulging the temptation to urinate. Now I can't say that I have ever done this but I can relate to that outlandish discipline.
I think from time to time at least for me its important to exhaust the particular mindset present when enduring that type of discipline to not only appreciate other less frictional mindsets but to expose yourself to tolerability constraints.
My uncle has initiated a blog intermediary-type dialogue between he and I (me being more of a generational proxy). I think its great and if I can get more of my peers to participate, a more robust definition of neurotechnology emerges.
Notes to Eric is is how I think I'm going to position my blog; As notes to a young person exploring a future in business, who wants, as others in his generation do, for business to make sense, to have connection to broader meaning. Since it is opposition by people of Eric's generation that led to genetically modified food from failing to be deployed widely when U.N. Development agencies say it is needed, but it is being denied because of its image.
A mentor like conversation is what I am suggesting I create in this space as we try to build a good business (one that is good on all important metrics; from its impact to its profitability) and to help with the adoption of equally important NT technology, to do all we can to keep it from being resisted by increasingly powerful movements that are anti corporate, that are against callously implemented globalization.
So in that sense, I'm suggesting I make my nephew (to even further objectify him) a generational proxy, at least for our permeable, internal dialogue at our business. I am saying I will try to represent a capitalism that is trying to reform itself, as it has awakened to a wider more holistic sense of its impact. And that our dialogue be part of what forms the ethical substrata that we bring to this business; that while we create and sell a report for $5,000, we talk about what it means to us in our blogs, what it represents in what we are trying to do in the world. A multidimensional view that should help our taxonomy be adopted.
This also relates to what I talked to Maryanne Thompson of Point by Point and Eric about; an online NeuroInsights lens where we track the flow of money into our space each week and break it down according to our taxonomy; number of dollars and number of deals in cogniceutials, compared via relational database. We will have many weeks of that data for trend lines etc. by the time the report is published, that can direct them online. As a sales teaser it's a great thing; we have our marketing brief that, as it sits on their desk as they contemplate whether or not to write a check for the coming report has a link to a dynamic site (deliver the brief on a cd so that the brief opens up a browser and a pdf when they launch it?) That's a heck of a sales/marketing presentation method, anyway, in a wifi environment; tie the physical report (or its image) becoming more valuable over time.
We are selling a definition that becomes more valuable over time, as we flesh out its parameters. That is a formula for an increasing returns business; one that gets cheaper to sustain as it goes forward. When you couple it with pricing power; the ability to be recompensed for that efficiency as we establish and extend it over time, it's the best kind of business to have....
Think its great to have a broad range of participants that we can engage in giving the business a depth that reflects multiple psychographics/demographics. Not just the audience that an arcane neurotechnology language first attracts.
GMO's in food is an issue directly impacting us and my generation now, giving people an extra gravitational pull towards participation in the debates. I think we'll have to be a bit craftier to get as many participants helping us to open the gates to the industry with a compassionate ethical view.
To our advantage is you and Zach putting this concern at the forefront of the definition; roots that will be needed to span the distance from now until Ashcroft has thoughts to give us tax cuts for having clean thoughts for most of the year.
I'm a KGO news talk 810 loyalist, and was recently listening to Karel, , who I think offers more entertainment value than substance to cause. So I'm not usually emotionally invested. However he made a comment last night that really struck a chord. He was comparing Eminem to Elvis in a sort of capitalizing and exploiting the blacks music slant.
He couldn't be more off. Now I don't have a problem with the Elvis argument, America wasn't ready to allow blacks to dominate a market. Today hip hop on the producing side is largely dominated by blacks yet consumed primarily by whites (Whites are the primary consumers in many music genres). This being said you have to have some lyric and skill credibility as a successful white hip hop culture participant.
Im not especially fond of Eminem and I don't buy his albums because I think he is only adding sludge to the stagnant pond of mind numbing lyrics that mainstream hip hop is. He could revolutionize the state of mainstream hip hop with his wicked maneuvering of lyrics but he chooses to accomodate to the lowest common denominator instead.
However he is a rapping wizard and his success can be attributed to skill not race. There are plenty of white rappers that didn't make it simply because they lacked adequate skill. I'll admit the byproducts of being a white rapper, such as sensationalism, have complimented his progressive success, but I'd like to ask Korel this: Is there a way a white rapper can make it without exploiting the culture? How can a rapper be more sensitive and accomodating to those that his predecessors have "exploited"?
I think its about time I do a quarter one blog report for my 12.03 daily readers out there. Blogging and its informalities are a gift to its readers. But it takes work to write naturally and informally.
I have tried journaling just for myself and even then I have to remind myself that no one is grading it, that grammar and legibility and cohesion are all ancillary components if even necessary. I utilize journaling as a creative outlet, a personal sandbox where I build a beautiful sand castle just by throwing sand in every which way. Yet I sometimes have to remind myself of the freedom journaling affords me.
The same went for blogging in the beginning. I wanted to use it as a means of honing my writing skills, articulating my thoughts and using the comments in the blogosphere as a thought ingestive body where my ideas might be tweaked on the way out. Yet I had to remind myself that my ideal conception of a blogosphere required that I write for those purposes, for myself and also for the hope that I can promote others to blog and in turn expand the blogosphere, expand our sources of information and ideas.
I think I am becoming more successful at this as I realize many possible informal blog postings are conceived in informal settings; while driving my truck, walking the dogs, talking to family or close friends. These idea eggs have the biggest potential to hatch.
I must say to conclude that I get a mega dopamine release everytime I produce a blog post (I'm strategically doing this one before a soccer game to capitalize on the dopamine rush and play like a billy goat in heat). Maybe its because I feel like my thoughts are being digested by others, I'm being heard and there is a possibility that the idea being heard can be improved by comments, maybe we all just get a kick out of something we create ourselves like when we look at our tissues after sneezing.
My sister asked me to make her an underground hip hop CD and so I brought it to her over mother's day this weekend. She's living in Sonora, a boon docks gated community. Actually she is a director of a camp up there and the people in her surroundings aren't your stereotypcial hip hop listeners but according to her she's starting to see a flocking trend towards the genre.
Now if you are like my mom, who made me turn off "the music with the heavy boom boom, hoes and weed rumblings" you associate hip hop with what you hear from that 2002 Honda Acord with tinted windows and spinning rims by your side at the stop light. This being said, I still have yet to hear a music genre's lyrics come relatively close in regards to its social and political cognizance. If you want to hear some sticky icky ripe hip hop check out Sage Francis and the non-prophets or Visionaries.
My sister brought up an interesting point though. There is another way that Hip Hop diverges from other genres; a persistant echo of self-promotion. Although touted for its collaborative accolades, self-promotion is a relentless staple in the culture. Although definitely less evident in the underground, its there .
Ill have to investigate this and get back to the blogosphere for a response. I know Hip-hop originated in the 1970s in the south Bronx section of New York City. It is the culture from which rap emerged. In its earliest days, it included graffiti art, break dancing, cutting and scratching records and emceeing (rapping). It originally appealed to a mostly black culture. From this I could extrapolate that the self-promotion and insistence to reiterate self-identity could be tied to the abominable fact that for such a long time blacks were deprived of a full identity . . . will update if I find out more.
Im excited to be assisting an industry with such astounding potential. Essentially the goal of NeuroInsights, a research and advisory firm that provides in-depth analysis of the neurotechnology market, is to accelerate the flow of capital to neurotechnology ventures by clarifying emerging market opportunities and risks. All the while keeping a vigilant eye on ethical issues dealilng with equitable distribution gates and thwarting nefarious political acts such as getting a tax write-off for having clean thoughts for most of the year.
I started thinking though how great it would be to unmuddy other categories out there. Crossing with the illustrious neurotechnology potential, defining other categories a bit better might just bring a richer appreciation for some of life's joys.
Take baseball for example. I love using sport analogies to better my understanding of various business senarios. For some people baseball conjures images of slow speed action, some lame song people sing at the seventh inning stretch and a lot of quiet time. I feel if there were an outlet for a broader, more intricately rich definition that baseball games have to offer people would flock. For example the garlic fries at Pac Bell, (I still refuse to call it SBC), watching kids chase their dreams at the wiffle ball park and for the extremists a shot at Bonds' HR ball that breaks Ruth's record by kayaking in the cove.
This is just at the ballpark, but by clarifying different ways to appreciate player skill via tv can further enrich one's experience viewing a game. For example the way a player positions himself before the ball is hit, tendency to stretch a single to a double, etc. These enriching definitions could accelerate the flow of capital to baseball, hey maybe an alternative to spider webbed bases here guys. . . No in reality I don't think baseball is the best example but it just helped me visualize the NeuroInsights mission more clearly. More to come. . .
Just started familiarizing myself with general subject matter in a new research gig Im doing with neurotechnology. For my particular tasks at hand I don't need to delve into the nit and grit of it all, but I am a comprehensive learner and so I sort of do.
Its a bit like when I started doing work for Socialtext and looking back when I had my first interview with Ross, it may have seemed like I was asking the wrong questions. Although as a comprehensive learner I excel in doing the job tasks assigned to me in the foreground much better when I can get a general understanding of the happenings in the background as well.
It was easy for me to put this into soccer terms; if initially I didn't know what the game was about I would ask why people played, who benefitted and how the game sustained its stimulation for players and audiences, when all that was required of me was to describe what a fullback does.
Im extremely excited to be working on a topic that will directly affect me, marketing, mental illness and things that cant be encapsulated in a run-on sentence.
Thinking of a way to encourage both transparency and rhetorical ability in the political arena. Spurred by my cringes and tendency to turn away when Bush gives his press conferences, I look to England and its use of cultural and political filter nets such as PMQ's and Speaker's Corner to promote rhetorical adroitness.
We saw a hint of it, albeit bipartisan fueled, on the senate floor last week with the chicken hawk remarks. McCain tried to quell the the sequence of rancorous expressions, but I hope a pattern emerges.
I think I can create a ripple of influence in this direction. Im looking for a couple of partners to help me create a speaker's corner type medium of rhetorical encouragement. I think I could get some media outlets to enlarge the ripple and some organization heads from the community and UC Davis to collaborate on a chapter one event.
I think I would need a panel to decide which speakers would be placed in the pipeline. The community might be turned off by a dichotomy-like proposal; this medium is for the whole community to use granted the panel allows you to do so. The panel would be useful though in filtering advertisers and less community driven rants.
I think I could hold them at the farmer's market every two weeks cutting down on advertising time committments.