Facebook @ Work… LinkedIn Killer?

facebook at workThe buzz around Facebook’s professional social media platform is once again firing up.  It was mentioned a few months ago and not a lot happened, but now it appears to be close to launch.

The immediate cry of “LinkedIn Killer” was heard across the Internet… but let’s take a look at that.

Yes, Facebook has roughly 1 billion MORE users than LinkedIn, but the it is viewed as a bastion for cat pictures, grandmas checking on young’uns, selfies at the park, what I ate for lunch photos and countless cute and/or fail videos.  It is not seen as a place for business people to congregate.

In fact, back in Episode 6 of The Marketing Drive, I came out and said Facebook company pages are a waste!

LinkedIn controls the mind space of a networking site for business.   It has a huge advantage in being the first big fish to market.

I will definitely be signing up and playing around in Facebook @ Work when it launches… not because I think it is going to take over that segment of the social media world, but because it is my business to know what works and doesn’t work for my clients.
What are your thoughts?
by Chris Doelle

Is Google Spam-phoning you?

new-google-logo-300x131I generally don’t complain about things… but I have to break that habit because I’m getting steamed.  I have gotten at least a half dozen phone calls from someone claiming, “This is a notice from Google.  To save your Google listing, you must act now or your listing will be deleted.”  I am paraphrasing the messages, but they are all very similar.

It is unlikely that the calls are actually coming from Google. I expect they are just some scammy little companies trying to feed on people’s fear to sell some service of theirs.

I have hit the button to talk to a representative just to hear their pitch.  They say that your Google listing has not been claimed and that they can help.  I tell them that not only has it been claimed years ago, but that if they do not remove my number from their call list, I will sue.  That usually gets an apology or just a quick disconnect.

I have also had five of my clients call me in a panic when they were called with the same scare.    I will suggest to you the same thing I told them.  Do NOT buy into any scare about losing your Google listing… that is just cheap fear-mongering.

If you have any doubts about your Google listing, shoot me an email and I will give you the skinny – just ignore these losers.

by Chris Doelle

Book Review: Grain Brain

2014 Book Goal: 52 (mostly non-fiction)
2014 Books Read: 66 (91% non-fiction)

Grain BrainThe book Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers by David Perlmutter, MD is an eye-opening book.  First, let me say that it is dense.  There is a lot to absorb (which is why I am rereading it right after I finished.) Between this book, Wheat Belly by William Davis MD, the gluten-free revolution and the whole paleo movement… nobody seems to have anything good to say about grains.

The whole concept makes a lot of sense.  As the world has moved more and more toward factory farming, the nutritional values of our foods have dropped dramatically.  The premise of this book is that all the grains – including the so-called ‘whole’ grains, carbs and sugars are responsible for a large number of maladies.  The most prevalent problem is the damage that is being done to our brains on a regular basis.

Again, the material makes some pretty wild assertions and at times gets pretty deep.  It is for that reason that I am going to reread the book.  I still can’t decide if I am a grain brain convert or not… let’s just say now I am intrigued but skeptical.  The recommendation by Mehmet Oz doesn’t really add any credence to the claims in my book. (pun intended)

by Chris Doelle

12 Monkeys – the SyFy series

Okay, so the SyFy remake of the brilliant Terry Gilliam film Twelve Monkeys (I rated 9 starts IMDB) is set to begin its life as a television series in January of 2015.  At first blush, I thought, “way cool!  I loved that film!”  I wonder though…

I checked out the trailer on YouTube:

I still think it looks like it will be mildly entertaining.  The production value appears pretty lame (typical of SyFy) and because it follows the film so completely, I wonder how you make it a series that lasts past just a few episodes unless you really streeeeeetch the storyline – or maybe have side adventures each week.

Look one of my all-time favorite science fiction television series is Quantum Leap and they had the episodic thing down pat.  While this one doesn’t look nearly as fun as QL, I will give it a chance.  That is a lot more than the trolls on YouTube are doing.

I ready so many reviews of the trailers saying things like, “Why?”  “OMG NO NO NO!!!”  “What a lame ripoff of a great movie” etc. etc.

What do you think?

by Chris Doelle

Book Review: Escape

2014 Book Goal: 52 (mostly non-fiction)
2014 Books Read: 65 (91% non-fiction)

escape carolyn jessopCarolyn Jessop’s book Escape is just the latest in the reading I have done about the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) and the atrocities and crimes of the cult leaders and (sometimes) members.  I have a hard time understanding what makes a person think they have the right to manipulate and dominate another person.  Like a wreck on the side of the road, I am drawn as a moth to a flame every time I hear of an account.

This book reiterates a lot of what I have read.

The main theme behind all of them is the oppression of the women and children of the religion.  These so-called leaders take advantage of their positions as elders and leaders of the church.  They take something that should be positive and useful and turn it into something evil and manipulative.

Jessop’s story is not a whole lot different than accounts of other FLDS women survivors.  Her tack is quite a bit different however than Rebecca Musser’s (The Witness Wore Red) While Musser focused on the fight – the battle to expose and hunt down the “prophet” leader and the ensuing legal wranglings, Jessop’s book spent much more time explaining what happened prior to her escape.

The detail she goes into about the emotional and physical abuse by her high-ranking husband is shocking.  Her daily abuse as an unloved polygamist wife was hard to read at times.  What is more shocking is the involvement of other sister-wives in that degradation, humiliation and manipulation.  If you assume that all the women in the FLDS are victims, this book sets that incorrect assumption straight.  Just as the power of male hierarchy corrupts, so too the hierarchy of being a favored wife or child leads to abuses.

The less powerful men of the sect are also victimized as young men are kicked out of the group as they grow to an age of being able to compete for the affection of the young men these vultures prey upon.  Adult men are also made to give over all they have to the prophet and his cronies  in order to assure their place in Heaven.  It is sickening.

As a cautionary tale against those type of psychopathic, manipulative predators, this is an excellent read. If the only thing you take from this is a distaste for religion, then you miss the point of the book entirely.  Just as the Reverend Jim Jones, the Branch Davidians and the ____ were nutjobs, the FLDS is nothing more than a cult.

by Chris Doelle

Reflections on 50

Chris Doelle

What happened to this guy?

Yes.  I am officially 50 years old today.  How crazy is that?

I understand intellectually that I have indeed hit the half century mark, but somehow I still feel like I’m about 28.

So what is in an age?  What does getting older mean to me? The first thing that comes to mind is gratitude.

No, it is not about, “whew, I’m glad I was able to make it this far.”  Its more about gratitude as a way of life.  I think I become more grateful as time goes by.

I’m grateful for education.  That is at the key to everything I am – an ongoing drive to learn.  From that learning, all my growth has developed.

I have learned who I am as a man.  I have learned where I fit in the big picture.  I have learned how lucky I am to be playing whatever tiny role I have been given in the lives of others.  I am so grateful for my education – regardless of how long it took in some of my more stubborn areas.

I am grateful for the role my family played by instilling in me that desire to learn.  My father would occasionally point out that he only graduated 8th grade (although my mother says that was an exaggeration and indeed he attended high school.)  Regardless, he never went on to college or “higher learning.”  His higher learning was hands-on.

I watched my father devour books and learn by doing so many times that I absorbed that as a just the way it was done.

My mother too, told me from the time I was very young that “you can be anything you want to be.”  Her firm belief in me added to her constant reading also gave me a foundation that the only limits I had would be those I imposed myself.  The only thing I couldn’t learn would be the things I didn’t put forth the effort to learn.

I hope to have time to do more introspection this week on various topics, but wanted to make sure to make some official note that I do indeed realize I’m getting older… and digging it.

by Chris Doelle

I am digging musicovery.com

I was surfing the other day and discovered Musicovery.com.  Okay, it was actually a re-discovery.  I had seen it years ago but the user interface just seems so much more useful now.

musicoveryThe graphical audio map allows you to choose the music to fit your mood.  Yes, all the rest do that too, but you have to know what you are looking for.  Musicovery allows you to actually explore a bit more.

If you are in a chill mood, mouse over the area around the “Calm” section and songs will begin across all genres of music that fit that mood.  It would actually be a great tool for folks trying to learn about music genres.  You instantly notice that whether it is Rock, Pop, County or other genres… they all have songs that fit each of the moods.

I, of course, went straight to the upper-right quadrant between “Energetic” and “Positive.”  That is all me.   I blipped through a dozen songs totally digging on the mood.  I fell further down the rabbit hole of upbeat Jazz & Blues that had me grinning while I worked.

I also discovered a couple of artists that instantly struck a chord (pun intended) with me – Eric Bibb & Ellis Hooks.

Like the other streaming music sites, you can create a radio station based on any song, artist or mood.  Now if I can just figure out how to scrobble my plays to Last.fm like I do with all my other devices and sites, the nerd in me too would be happy.

Check it out!

by Chris Doelle


Book Review: Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life

2014 Book Goal: 52 (mostly non-fiction)
2014 Books Read: 64 (91% non-fiction)

steve martinBorn Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin is just what you expect.  It is a look at the life of one of the world’s greatest comics.  Too much?  I don’t think so.  Martin has built an amazing career and I would venture is known well worldwide.

Is he that much more talented than the thousands of lesser-known comedians?  No.  He will be the first to tell you – as he did in his book, ““Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent.”

This book, more than anything, is a book about working hard.  It is about having a goal – working hard toward that goal and not quitting.  It is about taking advantage of opportunities and working your butt off.

Yes, it is more than a motivational or inspiration cheering of work ethic.  It is a vulnerable expose of Martin’s real life and a historical look at his single-minded pursuit of the stage.  This book focuses mostly on his life as a stand-up comic, but there is much more. From his first gig at Disneyland selling guide books to stardom on stage, screen, in print and more… Martin has only grown his audience.

It is a good read.

by Chris Doelle