it’s fitting that the first post breaking my dry spell in adding content to this site is about a book that passionately describes how to overcome creative blocks and produce work, whatever that is. if you’re an artist of any flavor I heartily recommend a copy of Steven Pressfield’s the War of Art, a short and powerful exploration of what it means to be bring creative energy to life and how to overcome the artist’s mortal enemy, Resistance. Esquire called it “a vital gem…a kick in the ass” and I agree with both. Check it on Amazon, buy it from your local independent bookstore.
The momentum continues to build! We presented at Boulder Denver New Tech (BDNT) last Thursday and were well received by the crowd. A number of developers, designers and media professionals approached us afterwards to learn more about getting involved.
If you haven’t already, check out the redesigned Slipstream website. We’re updating the content regularly as we focus the building out initial deployment, working tagline:
Slipstream – Unify Your Cloud
We approach the completion of the alpha product (target date mid-April) and look forward to showing off the demo!
Obviously keeping fresh content on this blog has not been high priority for me. That will likely change when I figure out exactly what I want to do with this space. For the time being, I am enjoying using the password protected portion to house my ideas.
Out of the gate let me say this – it is clear to me that SOPA and PIPA are the *wrong* way to address the issue of protecting intellectual property online. I attempted to comment on a blog posting I came across but the comment thread was locked and wouldn’t allow me to post so I’m posting my response here.
“I respectfully disagree with your statement, “the reaction to SOPA intends to justify violation of intellectual copyright and illegal downloading of movies, media content, etc, which, in plain words, is stealing.” Justifying piracy (or stealing as you call it) is NOT the reason I contacted my elected representatives and advised them to vote against SOPA/PIPA. From Clay Shirky’s TED Talk (watch it, it’s great!): “Suddenly the burden of proof for legal vs. illegal falls on us and on the services that might be offering us any new capabilities. The real effects of SOPA/PIPA are going to be different from the proposed effects.” THIS is why I am advocating for the rejection of these bills and the advancement of a better solution, one that does not threaten the connective, innovative capabilities of the Internet but does protect legitimate IP claims.”
One day into the new year and I feel a building sense of excitement about the possibility that ’12 holds for myself and those around me. It seems like there is a pervasive sense of optimism afoot – that perhaps the toughest times are behind us, that we have turned a corner and are headed in a new direction. Right or wrong, I admire starting the year off with a fresh dose of confidence and positivity because it has been said many time, after all, that thoughts become things. Here’s to your thoughts and mine becoming bright new ‘things’ benefitting the world in this new year!