Thursday, February 13, 2020

Grit, Courage, and Creativity

What do you need to succeed in the real world? Well according to a recent builtin piece exploring Zillow's rapid growth their growth hacking team credits hiring people who have those three attributes to help them innovate and expand constantly iterating on new or static concepts to see how they can expand beyond just the current traffic that the platform was receiving.

Creativity to dream up new tests to run that may be the daily email alerts on properties you may like or coming up with the courage to take risks and “try things that fail, cause a lot of growth is failure.”

Not all things work all the time and timing is important but persistence with those 3 attributes are a combination for success IMO.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Quote From Scott Weilands Book Dead and Not For Sale

Sifu Simonet was a mentor to the late Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots. He practiced a kung fu art form called Pentjak Silat Tongkat Serak. He had his own philosophies that inspired Weiland deeply and potentially kept him alive longer than he would have been otherwise.

After reading Weilands book there's a quote that sticks out that says:

"My art form never stops evolving. I can never repeat myself because the past is gone and the present is ever new, ever changing."

It's from a book called Dead and Not for sale. I recommend it.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

2020 Fact: More People Will Go to Libraries than you think

The facts don't lie. While there are a lot more libraries than there are sports stadiums and teams it's still an impressive fact. Many use the local library to rent movies and books or to get online. Read more from this Team Builder project:

Monday, December 9, 2019

Removal of Maurizio Cattelan's Comedian on Sunday, December 8th 2019

For those who got to indulge at Art Basel 2019 the talk of the town was Maurizio Cattelan's Comedy piece which edition 1 sold for $120,000 followed by Edition 2 selling for $150,000. The other bananas will be on display at a museum in early 2020 (perhaps a good way to start off the decade)...

A letter to Perrotin's patrons who I have been fortunate with to work with in the past sent out the following email as to why the six figure banana would no longer be on display for the final day after another artist walked up and ate the banana in front of a large crowd. The email ensues below:

The artist Maurizio Cattelan and Perrotin gallery regret to inform you that Comedian will be removed from our Art Basel Miami Beach booth for the last day of the fair, Sunday, December 8th.
This morning, following recommendations, we removed the installation at 9am. We want to thank the organizers of the fair for their help and continued support. Art Basel collaboratively worked with us to station guards and create uniform lines. However, the installation caused several uncontrollable crowd movements and the placement of the work on our booth compromised the safety of the artwork around us, including that of our neighbors. 
Comedian, with its simple composition, ultimately offered a complex reflection of ourselves. We would like to warmly thank all those who participated in this memorable adventure, as well as to our colleagues. We sincerely apologize to all the visitors of the fair who today will not be able to participate in Comedian.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

3D Printed Meat Will One Day Be a Common Thing

I have a decently strong background and some recognition in the 3D printing industry from my time with the 3D Printed Eyewear company Protos. It's important to stay in tune to trends and see what's developing and changing the world and one such invention that has been worked on and discussed since my startup days in the industry is 3D printing food.

A recent Guardian piece discusses how meat is being 3D printed and will soon create a nice alternative to cattle and live stock agriculture. For more information on the article check out:

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Kids Sports Movies in the 1990's - Do they still make Films Like this?

The 1990's saw a series of films about kids, animals, and aliens playing sports that were geared towards children like myself at the time. I'm pretty sure these type of films are no longer coming out in droves like they were in the 90's and perhaps my theory is that todays kids are more in tune and drawn to their computers, cell phones, televisions, and just technology and they're not outside playing baseball or kick ball like they were when I was growing up so there's just not as much of a draw?

I don't know for sure but here are some of the 90's kids sports flicks that came out:

The Sandlot 
Little Giants
The Big Green
The Air up There
The Mighty Ducks
Space Jam
Angels in the Outfield
Rookie of the year
Little big league (I often get this one confused with Rookie of the year)
Air Bud
Cool Runnings

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Glacier National Park Montana - Richart Ruddie 2019

After having the pleasure of visiting BANFF in Alberta last summer I was told that the next best nature park in the area is Glacier National Park in Montana. I had the pleasure of visiting and driving on the famous "Going to the Sun Road" and visiting the Many Glacier Hotel that is a striking similarity to Switzerland. My favorite was the hike up to the Grinell Glacier which is 6.5 miles each way and ends with what was my first view of a Glacier in real life. It is very cloudy so good luck catching it on a clear day.

-Richart Ruddie 2019 Travel
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