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  • A Sympathizer is a Synthesizer, from the blog
    We d take one of those rotten little wormy green red apples off the ground dig a deep hole in them with a stick and force a little firecracker inside Then we d light it and chuck it Boom The apple would be destroyed to kingdom come I can still smell the sizzle of the fuse the sweet gunpowder as it blew aloft the tart apple juice wafting towards us It was so much fun And also kind of sad This is Day 4 of the Seth Godin gig called YourTurnChallenge and the question posed is this Teach us something that you do well I admit that I enjoyed every minute of blowing up those apples But I can now admit that I also felt badly for each individual apple we blew up See back then I had this feeling that every single object even bricks rocks and books was imbued with a spirit Those apples were alive in some way connected to a larger thing to a universe that belongs to us as much as we belong to the universe Those apples were designed to belong with us Some people call the association of spirit with inanimate objects magical thinking But it was how I grew up And I still feel that way To this day I find it hard to throw things away to say goodbye to close accounts and even to delete files off my stupid Desktop What does this have to do with doing something well I think it s sympathizing Whether it is listening to a person talk or watching an animal walk or staring at a stone I can imagine how that person animal or object is and is being It s a trait that in my 20 s I wanted to turn into

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/a-sympathizer-is-a-synthesizer/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Idea of Writing, from the blog
    Blake s Marriage of Heaven and Hell which is an exquisitely drawn short graphic novel crafted 300 years before the dawn of the graphic novel It is a mid length poem hand illustrated and hand printed illuminated by the artist and the work tackles many subjects all at once industrialism nature the complexity of a universe with and without divinity and the innocence of children That thesis was the longest piece of writing I ve ever tackled taking me two years of study I lived in the Rockefeller Library carrel nearly every day working eating and sometimes sleeping I designed my life around that thesis and I m glad I did it That was 25 years ago I have written much since then particularly on a blog that lasted about ten years called Deckchairs on the Titanic But part of my writing problem is that damned pun intended thesis There are three reasons why First and most importantly my honors advisor wrote it was the best thesis he had read in 25 years of teaching After reading this in his office I remember thinking How can I ever do better than this I have not I am truly grateful for all of the guidance cajoling and rallying my advisor provided And it is so hard to live up to superlatives Second that thesis was written and produced using the fine tuned machinery of critical and literary theory Theory is a way to look at the world contextually as a means of aesthetic production and I built and established my thesis mainly on the building blocks of historians literary theorists Marxist criticism and detailed visual analysis I don t discount my methodology or the work that supported my thesis But it is sometimes hard to find a personal voice in criticism

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/the-idea-of-writing/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Writing for Godot, from the blog
    jumpstarted this little excursion into writing is a new challenge by Seth Godin and his colleague Winnie Kao The idea is to create seven yes 7 meaningful notes one each day between tomorrow and 7 days after that This makes it about a week It s called Your Turn Challenge which feels like a name that doesn t work but it does The hashtag for it if you re interested is YourTurnChallenge Sure there have been other writing challenges that I ve considered One most recently is by the author of the Desk App But as someone who has followed Seth yeah I do call him that sometimes and his trajectory as a truth teller for 20 years now this one feels right It s got honesty and integrity written all over it with a dollop of humour and a smidgen of transgression This note I m writing here is the prologue so that I don t have to explain myself tomorrow Here s the real scoop I wake up nearly every day saying that I m going to write That I m going to provide a point of view on a particular subject design writing content web family technology

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/writing-for-godot/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Writing
    more and more websites are running on WordPress In fact according to WordPress they host 3 455 212 sites for schools universities colleges and districts There s good reason for that WordPress is a platform that allows web developers to build amazing websites and best of all they are incredibly easy for university administrators to update Read more 28 January 6 2015 Why Your University Blog Needs an Editorial Calendar You ve probably heard the phrase consistency is key about a million times You ve seen inspirational quotes about consistency framed on boardrooms and on Pinterest for things ranging from relationships to practicing your jump shot to refining your professional work ethic Blogging along with social media is a key component to your university s communications and marketing strategy The problem however is doing it consistently With a schedule filled with meetings press releases and memos it s easy to forget to update your university s blog Twitter and Facebook That s where the editorial calendar comes in Developing an editorial calendar to organize all of your content may just be the key to unlocking your blogging consistency Read more July 6 2013 Not a Boring Book Reading Our colleague client and friend Stuart Horwitz is coming to Winnipeg as part of a North American book tour Stuart runs the book and writing consultancy Book Architecture which is based in Providence Rhode Island He ll be speaking and then signing his new book Blueprint Your Bestseller at McNally Robinson on Grant Avenue here in Winnipeg Monday July 8 at 7 00 pm It will not I promise be boring We re very honuored to have Stuart in our fair city If for whatever reason you can t make the book signing visit the Book Architecture Tour page and then give

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/tag/writing/page/3/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Ideas
    works a little differently than regular snaps When you add a snap to your Story as opposed to directly snapping somebody your friends have up to 24 hours to open your snap Whichever method you use to share your moments once the allotted time expires the photo or video is gone forever Read more May 10 2015 Get to the Point Millennials Want Content Brevity Insight and Authenticity It s probably not that much of a surprise to you that a huge majority of Millennials use smartphones I know I m not alone when I say that my iPhone is the last thing I look at before falling asleep and the first thing I look at when I wake up It s an ingrained habit and I don t know if I d have it any other way You can see from Nielsen s chart at right that 85 of Millennials aged 18 24 and 86 of Millennials aged 25 34 own smartphones Browsing the web doesn t just take place on computers anymore and with the massive number of smartphone users amongst Millennials I can t emphasize how important it is to build websites that are responsive to the size of screen you re using Google obviously agrees per its shift in rankings in the last few weeks Millennials also want their information fast Just the other day I looked up a local fast food franchise s website for its hours and surprisingly it was not optimized for mobile devices The site was designed so poorly that it took minutes yes minutes to find its hours of operation If I wasn t so hungry I would have been off that website within seconds We want our information fast and when it s not given to us within seconds we

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/ideas/page/4/ (2016-02-09)
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    Manoverboard Inc Please enter your username or email address You will receive a link to create a new password via email Username or Email Log in Back to Manoverboard Inc

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword (2016-02-09)
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  • andrew
    crowded very busy very intense marketplace of ideas information and transactions Last week I presented on the topic of distinguishing your site from the rest by designing to educate customers which I believe is the future or definitely a future of the web The event was sponsored by the local chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society a membership driven organization that supports professional communication and PR professionals Read more January 25 2015 Building a Sustainable Writing Practice Seven days ago I told myself that I needed to complete the challenge of writing something compelling revealing or helpful every single day It would last just one week which is less than an eternity I m now sitting in front of my desk at my office in front of a monitor using WordPress distraction free writing mode to craft this piece It s been an incredibly gratifying experience and one that I will not soon forget Before I answer the Day 7 question I d like to answer its opposite which is this What are you not taking with you from this Challenge The one thing that I wish I had achieved is the ability to lock in a certain time of the day to write Some people might poo poo this and argue that as long as the pieces got written and they re relatively not bad then I should be happy And the pieces did get written and they re not all bad and I am satisfied Read more January 24 2015 Design Process is Human All Too Human We always design a site in stages Our process is built to facilitate the production of highly usable scalable and engaging websites that endure First we spend a substantial amount of time talking with our client about their business the

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/author/andrew/page/4/ (2016-02-09)
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