Thoroughly Thursday - the "Blatant Self-Promotion" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Blatant Self-Promotion Edition. After weeks of worrying relentlessly about Tuesday's election, it's great to be able to worry relentlessly about the Holidays for the next 47 days. However, I would like the world to know that I fully plan to keep with my usual tradition of putting up decorations on December 23rd after buying a discount tree at Big Lots, ala a Charlie Brown Christmas.
However, what I really want to talk about today is my newly completed online portfolio, scottmoecreative.com. So, along with the usual weekly suggestions, today I'm also going to let you know about a few cool things on my new site.
What I'm reading - The Age of Aquarius 2.0
Over the last couple weeks, I've been immersed in The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity by Byron Reese. Reese contends that humanity's progress from neolithic cave-man to modern human sorts into three major Ages: The First Age (the capturing of fire and the invention of language), The Second Age (the development of agriculture and cities), and the Third Age (the invention of writing and the wheel). However, he contends that we are on the cusp of the Fourth Age in the creation of AI and robotics. It's a fascinating look at humanity from an eagle-eye perspective and what our future may hold.
You know, people often get confused to what I do for work, and I've often been annoyingly vague in my responses (i.e., "I'm a consultant"). However, I've created a new Services page that breaks down the types of projects that I do for clients.
What I'm Watching - Good-Natured, Magical Girl-Power
I never watched the 90's sitcom Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, mostly because I'm allergic to TV shows with a laugh track. However, I'm enjoying the horror-liteversion of the young Spellman in Netflix's "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina." Far darker, and more cinematic than its predecessors, this series follows the empowered (in more ways than one) teenager as she forges her path among the human and mystical communities.
A large portion of my work is video development, and I finally have afilm demo that I can share. If you want to see a short (2m 30sec) example of my various video and animation pieces, you can find it here.
What I'm Listening To - Turning and Turning in the Widening Gyre
As a kid, my family owned a vinyl copy of Ravel's Bolero which got a lot of airplay during weekends and holidays. It was the first piece of classical music I ever loved, and not just because of that scene with Bo Derek. Recently, Radiolab had a fascinating episode about how Bolero's famously constant theme may be a clue to a neurological issue that later claimed his life.
I've done a variety of different podcasts. But this last week, I rediscovered an episode from the SDM Leadership Series, where I interviewed Steve Lipscomb, the founder of the World Poker Tour. It is probably my favorite interview I ever did, which took place late one evening in his house in New Mexico as he talked about helping to shape a national craze and the wild ride that followed. You can find it here.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
P.S. A few hours before this was due to go out, America experienced another horrible act of gun violence. To those TT-friends that are in and around Thousand Oaks, CA, I hope you and your loved ones are safe and secure.
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