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A Day for Fun


Here are some bits and pieces that came in while I was away. FYI: the photo at the top is Glenorchy, an incredible place I stayed in New Zealand.

(You'll have to wait to the end of this post to learn why I posted a picture that has zero value to anyone but me.)

These are in no particular order:

How to kill creativity from Slowleadership. (Thanks to Metavitae's William Lamson for the link. By the way, Metavitae is an excellent health/fitness blog)

A marvelous optical illusion (thanks to my co-hort Eric Freeman for the pointer)

Moo Tube Kind of Web 2.0, but for cows. You'll just have to see it.

Blog of Macromedia's John Dowdell (I've been listening to this guy for the last decade)

Absolutely stunning interactive flash physics (thanks to Metafilter)

Why our brains love exploration from ScienceDaily. (One of the cognitive pleasures we discussed earlier, and something to keep in mind when designing user experiences!)

I gave a keynote at the Training Director's Forum a week ago, (where I took the Flamingo pic) and it was a fantastic experience for me. A thank-you to the wonderful folks from VNU (hi Julie!) for inviting me and hosting such a productive (and fun... wine-tasting-as-team-building-exercise rocked) event. If you're involved in the slightest way with adult--especially corporate--learning/training, you should consider attending the Training Conference they put on (I've been and it was so worth it).

A highlight for me was meeting a woman I deeply admire, Ann Herrmann from Herrmann International, developers of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument. I'll say a lot more about that in a later post, but for now--I've been using the HBDI for the last ten years, and it's been the single most important tool for us when creating the Head First books. (I'll describe how and why in a later post.)

Jason posted about a quote by Douglas Coupland in Douglas Coupland agrees that meetings are toxic. This was especially funny for me because I started reading his latest book JPod, which has one of my all-time favorite lines (from a character sitting in a marketing meeting):
"John BlackBerried me: I CANT FEEL MY LEGS"

(and this gem from the cubicles: "we're having a contest--we're trying to see if there's any way to hold a knife and walk across a room and not look psycho.")

A couple of marketing blog I like:
MarketingProfs and the new one I'm really getting into: Make Marketing History.

The comments to my previous dog sign post are both interesting and funny (check out the gender discussion), but this one from DL got me:
"a future archaeologist might come up with the theory that the sign belonged to a temple in a dog worshipping society and that acolytes had to be accompanied by one or two dogs to proceed along the path."

One thing I'm learning from this "exercise" is that even a seemingly simple idea can become slippery once your past the first glance. In a new (and coincidental) twist, when I went out for my morning run (on that same trail) today, the rangers were posting a new sign with a dog on it, announcing that as of August 1, all dogs off-leash must be wearing a special tag. And how do you get the tag? You pay $15 to attend a little class and watch a video! Fortunately, your dog does not have to pass a voice-control test, or Clover and I would be screwed.

And finally, to test my theory that nobody reads to the end of my rambling, today is my birthday. And I got a very fun gift--this blog is mentioned (with a screen shot and everything) in my birthday (June 19) print issue of BusinessWeek magazine. It's mentioned in two places, one as a favorite blog by one of their Top 25 Innovators, Claudia Kotchka from P&G, and in a separate page about innovation blogs. We're honored. We're horrified.

Exactly one year ago, I was lying in the middle of a street 90% certain I was going to die. It's been an amazing year, although not the easiest--I had cancer surgery (not a big deal), some new brain complications, and made the very tough decision to go back on anti-seizure drugs (which thankfully have improved a lot since the last time I was in this spot).


1) Live with passion

2) If not the day you die, then not today

Thank you all for giving me such a wonderful year.

Oh yes, The reason I posted pictures for no benefit to you is because it's my birthday and I can do WHATEVER THE HELL I WANT ; ) Tomorrow, back to thinking about what's in it for you.

Posted by Kathy on June 19, 2006 | Permalink


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Happy Birthday Kathy - and here's to many more good ones to come.

Posted by: Matt Moran | Jun 19, 2006 12:26:29 PM

Happy birthday Kathy!

I just wanted to say thank you for the excellent blog. Reading it is always a bright spot in my day.

Posted by: Jacquee | Jun 19, 2006 12:27:07 PM

Kathy. Happy birthday. I hope this day and this coming year are bountiful with blessings.

Let me take a moment to thank you for your present to us, on your birthday. You insights, challenges, and observations light the path for so many. We are blessed by your role in our lives. So we celebrate you, on your birthday. Thanks and happy birthday.

Posted by: Kendall | Jun 19, 2006 12:32:24 PM

Happy b-day Kathy.

Thanks for giving me back my passion for programming.


Posted by: Johannes de Jong | Jun 19, 2006 12:33:08 PM

Happy Birthday! And ++ everything everybody said above :)

Posted by: Ryan Allen | Jun 19, 2006 12:48:29 PM

Happy Birthday Kathy! You may not have intended it but I bet I am not the only one revising my 5 year vacation plan after seeing that photo.

Posted by: Julie | Jun 19, 2006 1:04:35 PM

Happy Birthday Kathy.

Posted by: Jake Ingman | Jun 19, 2006 1:07:54 PM

Happy birthday

Live with passion! indeed

Posted by: Misja | Jun 19, 2006 1:37:42 PM

Happy birthday! Keep on rocking!

Posted by: Emile | Jun 19, 2006 1:38:32 PM

Happy Birthday Kathy!

It's been a great year for me as a reader of this, my Number One blog. Now I just need to find a conference of my own in NZ to go to...

Posted by: Charlie Evett | Jun 19, 2006 1:45:10 PM

Happy Birthday

The picture was enjoyed too!!!

Posted by: Earl Moore | Jun 19, 2006 1:46:36 PM

I wish that all days in your live will be happy days.

Posted by: Jan | Jun 19, 2006 2:04:51 PM

Happy Birthday. That picture was also for all the proud NZers out there!

Posted by: Alex James | Jun 19, 2006 2:26:10 PM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: RickH | Jun 19, 2006 2:48:39 PM

Dynamite post as ever. Many happy returns and wishing you many more of them.

Posted by: Neil Kirby | Jun 19, 2006 3:08:07 PM

Dynamite post as ever. Many happy returns and wishing you many more of them.

Posted by: Neil Kirby | Jun 19, 2006 3:08:08 PM

I really like the death meditation thing -- asking yourself how you'd live if today is was your last day is a powerful exercise. But I like to balance it with another meditation: how would I live today if I knew I'd live for 500 years?

The first question allows you to recognize unneeded baggage. The second question helps you to recognize thinking that's too short-term. If I'm going to live to be 500, I probably want to invest a lot more into learning, heath, finances, relationships. And environmental issues take on a whole new importance if mentally connect ourselves to longer time-cycles than our usual 70-some years.

Posted by: Scott Raymond | Jun 19, 2006 3:13:10 PM

Happy Birthday Kathy! Thanks for the great blog!

Posted by: Chris | Jun 19, 2006 3:24:48 PM

Happy Birthday!!!!! Thanks for reminding us all to slow down. I say that after I spent part of the day in a scheduled massage :) ... get out there and get yourself one!

Posted by: Lauren | Jun 19, 2006 3:46:04 PM

Happy Birthday :)

Posted by: Rimantas | Jun 19, 2006 4:00:30 PM

Happy Birthday Kathy!!

Posted by: Bill Mietelski | Jun 19, 2006 4:35:05 PM

Happy birthday, Kathy!!

Posted by: Liz Lawley | Jun 19, 2006 5:11:19 PM


As always, you are an incredible inspiration. Happy Birthday!


Posted by: Alex Bunardzic | Jun 19, 2006 5:25:53 PM

Happy Birthday Kathy, and thanks for bringing me pieces of wisdom (aka "kicking-ass factor") almost everyday!

Posted by: Wilerson de Oliveira | Jun 19, 2006 5:36:06 PM

I believe your theory about no one reading to the end has been overwhelmingly proven false. Happy birthday.

Posted by: Scott Reynen | Jun 19, 2006 7:36:04 PM

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