Collision 2018: Hot Tech Talk Stimulated in NOLA

The annual tech mecca descended on New Orleans in May 2018.  It was sensory overload, and this is a retrospect.

First time in NOLA, New Orleans Morial Convention Center, and a Collision tech event – I arrived prepared for the coming shocks and awe. Collision 2018 delivered the shocks and sweet NOLA immersed my awe in tasty food and personalities. My Fitbit logged a little over 11 miles in two days.

I didn’t think it possible to get so much diversity of technologies and an extensive list of celebrities into one venue. Housed in a huge concrete and steel beam trussed arena, Collision 2018 hosted the best in tech tribalism introducing the synchronicity of AI to the mind.

The event housed sleek exhibits and cozy well appointed conversation nooks. Although time went quickly within the confines of Media Village, I stole random moments to explored kiosks that introduced innovations from genius digital marketing applications to health foods that feed brain synapsis.

A freelance media tag offered me a smorgasbord of small and midsize businesses… brilliant startups to explore and share. As one of the voracious, I salivated over an “all you can eat buffet” of tech brilliance and eager startup pitches.

Groups of burgeoning tech commerce kiosks occupied the center arena while larger or established sponsors like AWS flanked its perimeter. They arrived well-armed to garner attention and evolvement with how to tutorials in relaxed settings. The comfy cozy furnishing and libations served well group discussions and introductions. The tech corporate culture of laid back, leaning in, and casual genius felt natural.

Like speed dating an eager and greedy attendee swung from one presentation to the next tasting the latest and most aggressive in technology. All coming away feeling like lucky recipients of cutting edge – that much coveted IT innovation not yet released to the world.

A few of the supreme initiators I wanted to explore more were,

Amanda Denatala and GoWithMeApp offers a brilliant solution to safe dating.

Jean-Marie Grange, Founder of Centify.co brings an elegant simplicity to blockchain utilization that will transform publishing.

Joseph Daniels, Co- Founder of Figgo is the awakening of new energy provider solutions.

Christopher Leacock – Jillionaire celebrity DJ and music producer introduced me to the genius driving his rapidly expanding music influence. Spreading its cultural shifts over generations and continents. It was time and conversation well spent.

Emma Ryan, Co-Founder & CEO WATTL takes digital marketing into the next generation.

and Andre Haddad CEO of Turo making driving luxury dreams come true.

Diversity in genius defined for me the true essence of Collision 2018.

There was no pause in the business of tech consumption at sundown.

When daylight began to fade over gator’s in NOLA, Collision of 2018 continued the business of building new social networks and friendships within the casual elegance of the French Quarter.

In this writer’s opinion Collision 2018 met and exceeded expectations.  Looking forward to Collision 2019 in Toronto.

Thank you Eoghan Dillon.

 

 

ZoZo By Carlton Lamberth

 Book Review

Impressions

You’ve been warned about the dangerous seduction inherent in using weirding board games for fun like Ouija Boards.  Guilelessness can easily succumb to evil domination.  Residual energies of ancient spirits can wreak havoc, cause pain, or the need for retribution.

He waited. The case of the ancient spirit ZoZo.

This author takes the reader on a revealing journey that exposes all the emotional layers of dogmatism. And in story tells how an ancient evil gained dominion over the living and innocent.

The ZoZo tale relates in exquisitely explicit sexual detail how the breadwinner and older brother succumbs easily to carnal seduction. ZoZo quickly exploits hidden needs that soon give way to betrayal and separation from morals.

Carlton Lamberth gives clarity in how evil is rooted in every fiber of the old house. And exposes the tragic generations of possessed souls. The ones that endured abuse and ungodly needs for sexual depravities and seekers of retribution.

The book is long but the elements mesh wonderfully in characterizations. The evolution of story makes for a memorable plot.

This book is a innovative fresh take on old haunted houses, the possession of a terrible monstrous evil and the loss of innocence.

“So we meet again beast!” Dori shouted with anger as another sharp pain traveled down his left arm.

 This time the pain settled om the left side of his face in the area of his jaw.  Dori opened his mouth wide to try and ease the uncomfortable ache in his face. He placed the handbook back in his coat pocket. He recited from memory now as he stared down the demon.” ~ ZoZo

Story/Plot/Conflict

Lovers of the demonic possession genre will love this sensually compelling riveting story from the first to last page.

This age-old tale about vengeful demons, ghosts and carnal bondage takes a more sensual view. The book of ZoZo is not for the faint of heart. It’s a real and gritty honest portrayal of a young family’s horrifying fall from grace.

Husband, father, and older brother Jon Crawley moves his family to a small town and discovers a deeply discounted dream home. But he lacks the awareness of the true cost of his new home. Ancient hate lives in every fiber of every brick and beam, awaiting possession and awakening of dormant unrequited lust.

The ancient demon ZoZo releases hidden pent up longings.

Evil is ZoZo.

This primeval spirit detaches morality from the unsuspecting, freeing the weak to indulge untold carnal proclivities that blackens the soul of a young family. The resulting chaos makes this a compelling read.

Main Characterizations

 

Katherine (Katie) Anderson Crawley was simply a young pretty wife whose world revolves around her family. Mother to nine-year-old Jessica and another on the way – she remained loyal to her own naivete until it was too late.

Jonathan (Jon) Lawrence Crawley has a need for little brother James’ wife. His sexual cravings feed the ancient evil that rules the house.

Nicole Lee Crawley uses a Ouija board to stoke sexual appetites and unknowingly becomes a carnal tool for the beast ZoZo. Wife of the younger brother…. her sexual needs understand no boundaries.

James Andrew Crawley is the younger Crawly brother. He unknowingly loses his wife Nicole the moment they cross the threshold of the Crawley home.  

Critiques:  It is rare that an author can capture so completely the BDSM microcosm of demons, devils, and carnal retribution. There’s difficulty in creating a fresh scary storyline based on the time-tested value of a storytelling about demons, ancient witchcraft, and the haunted. But this book conquers that challenge and creates an enjoyable read.

Genre: Supernatural, demonic possession, haunted houses

My rating is 5/5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grant Peters the Man We Should’ve Known

 

‘Twas like any other first day of the first semester of the academic year at Malcolm X Community College.  They called them Community Colleges back in those days. They were places where the needfulness of a good education found one.  But truth beknown, for a meager tuition that education was superior. Location was its only challenge.

Bordered by less than perfect neighborhoods then Malcolm X College is situated on the southwest side of Chicago.

In a predominantly African American community college on the first day of Letha Robinson’s new Nephrology Technology homeroom class, sat a very white small guy named Grant Peters. Aside from a few staff and faculty Grant was the only white man outside Cook County Medical Center on the opposite side of the Douglas Expressway.

Grant Peters may have presented as a small framed white male that looked far too frail to be in a westside Chicago neighborhood.

But his self-assured attitude and look of confidence soon dominated the small class. Grant wore an angry determined look that silently said, “leave me alone because I already know more than you” or “please come be my friend cause I’m alone and brave”. I embraced the later and that was an excellent choice.

As our friendship grew we learnt a lot about each other.

Grant was from a small suburb of Pittsburgh, I grew up on Chicago’s southside. Comfortable with my pedigree I was always amazed with how Grant managed to gain respect outside of that nurturing bubble of doting older parents left behind in Pittsburgh. I remembered thinking that was why he was so brave. His parents were fearless enough to love their only child with open arms.

Our class soon came to understand that Grant Peters was the finest reasons of why we were there. His challenge to us was to become just as smart about his disease to become its greatest advocates… like him.

His challenges were never outwardly visible.

To the contrary, he rarely talked of his three times weekly dialysis, or the fact that for the first time in his life strangers not his nurse mom, were administering to his needs as an outpatient at Northwestern Memorial satellite dialysis unit.

In those days there were few schools equipped to teach that discipline and the science of renal dialysis was new. But my buddy managed to keep his 4-point average and complete the curriculum to move on to study first at University of Illinois Chicago Campus and later return to Pittsburgh to complete his undergraduate and become part of a research team.

Years, life, and different states separated us for a time.

But one day during one of our heated phone discussions about End Stage Renal Disease Grant expressed the need to challenge the current treatment choices – or lack of. You see he acquired a new kidney – a successful transplant that added quality to his life. Grant felt that choice should be part of treatment offerings for all End Stage Patients. He felt it was their right to have the choice of adjusting daily routines around machines or have the chance of an improved quality of life with transplantation.  So I dared him to do something about this idea and he did.

First he composed An Argument for the Clinical and Economical Efficacy, on the Utilization of Kidney Transplantation Over Long-term Dialysis in ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) , framed as a proposition.

On April 30, 2015, we began work on his idea of attending a John Hopkins post graduate program. On May 22, 2015 we completed the edits and submitted to Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Master’s Program in Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

I don’t think I could be prouder then in that moment when he called to tell me was accepted. But then moments of silly pride took me again in the years that followed when he called to complain that he set the grade curve yet again.

 He thought it awful that his fellow students were not committed enough.

You see this was the point of his life. This was the legacy gifted to him from parents, family and friends, the drive to improve life…. never give up on making things better.

Beneath the gruff exterior of an unyielding man challenged in telling his truths in soothing language, beat the heart of a warrior. He didn’t rise at dawn to advantage a wonderful physique. He rose to make brain muscles in order to know how to make his life and others’ lives better.

The Grant Peters that I knew was brave, strong, sometimes funny, and a loyal friend. Most of all he was the smartest man I will ever know.

Grant passed today, January 24, 2018. Didn’t want to cry today, but the tears come anyways.

 

Curving the Arc of European Politics and Yanis Varoufakis by Barbara Cerda #politics #Varoufakis, #EU

Something awesome happened during the period of the Greek economic crisis. Through the angst of monetary collapse, the nascent politics of FM Yanis Varoufakis’ came to be. It was a quiet emergence from a womb of bitter contention. Everyone understood that the Greeks were getting a raw deal. It was a matter of signing on the dotted line for that balloon payment that came due far to quickly. Fairness be damned, what creditors agree to renegotiate in the favor  debtors?

An unnoticed uprising found its voice in the oft time boisterous but very handsome Yanis Varoufakis. Compelling because he’s smart and a rebel.

Compelling because he’s the elegant eloquent professor of a new Greece… the conscripted soldier of an economic over throw. His army is growing in the face of another upstart or …. a reawakened conservative movement. They are an opposing force, bound to collide.  I think the outcomes will shape global economic futures. The BRICS will have to rethink trading agreements. FANG will become toothless in its formation of trading partners. And why you say? The monetary influencers, regulators, will focus on the biggest economic engine gaining steam, a politically mature and stable EU.

Led by Angela Merkel, the EU is growing in governmental and economic power. Even immersed in partisanship, the Germany collective mind is centric and owns sovereign pride. And it’s the leader of a block of countries that are economically united. Pinching one… the group yells ouch.

There’s a growing need within the populace of Europe to resist embracing the idiocies of the singularity in religions and the politics of “the other”. Neither mindset serves the greater purpose to increase power by way of sound economics and GDP growth.

This type mindset is heresy and is slowly eating at the economic marrow of the current global influencer, the United States. While Americans have allowed the corrosive politics to consume its confidence and economy, Europe is coming into its own. Professor Varoufakis gets this. And has preached this for over a decade. Now the young and liberal are excruciatingly slowly growing into a new European state.

The oligarchs of corrupted wealth are gazing nervously in their rearview mirrors.

Whether intentional, intuitive, or just the product of a financial upheaval, Varoufakis has become the leading nemesis of passé’ oligarchs. The Greek socio-economists has become the emerging leader in a world facing melting borders and monetary shifts.

Coupled with America and the UK’s tumble down the rabbit hole of sectarianism, the EU culture gains control. It’s becoming the stronger influencer of financial exchanges and sovereign border agreements.

DIEM24 is his love child.

Genuine politics is a powerful art. The owner of that talent wields global outcomes. In my opinion, a reconfiguration of global wealth can be anticipated… it’s a given. And history will note that SYRIZA versus Varoufakis was its impetus.

 

 

Supply Side Content Management

A Doji Candle chart is an indispensable tool in a day trader’s toolbox.

Whether they’re watching the markets for future’s trading opportunities or contemplating longer-term investments. Consideration of the supply side policies of a product/service is an important part of becoming a predictor of ROI outcomes.

It’s important to understand that outcomes, by its definition, are stories of past performances.  What’s being communicated is what is already influencing millions of global businesses, the fundamentals of change are already set in place.

What fundamentals drive change?

At the end of a trading day those charts are mere indications of how much is won or loss…. or whether you correctly understood the economic environment. The default indicator is the cost of doing business. Changes to the cost of supplies of goods and services, drives the fundamentals and the end of year balance sheets. It defines ROI.

Did you get a great ROI or just good?

Charting is to brokerage what content management is to communication…. it’s a big part of business storytelling.  Producing quality and volume of content comes second to understanding your market supply side environment. Here’s where your best content becomes re-purposeful and an important asset. It’s a precise snapshot in time an accurate relating of events.  Great copy remains agile and smart over time and proves measurable in relevancy and value.

Valued re-purposed copy is a source of SEO rich long or short form to social media commentaries and well placed YouTube videos.   A well-organized curated library can be useful to future content strategies.  This is good stuff writing that remains renewable and adaptable. Valued re-purposed copy is an indication of an author’s understanding of business and the environment that it thrives in

The one stable dynamic on earth is the need to communicate.

What’s true in business today was not the truth yesterday. Content management must be agile enough to communicate immediate changes occurring in supply chain behavioral economics and growth. Change comes in the wink of an eye.

Content must own and hone agility.

This skill places you in the lead of anticipating customer needs before the customer.

Understanding the supply side dynamics that shift the costs not only influences your bottom line but those businesses that your products or services serve.

Not every content maker can track your supply side costs and produce clever creatives to explain it to stakeholders.

BCScontent.com is the solution to content intention.

Elon Musk and Tesla Branding by Barbara Cerda

 

If you’ve been blessed to attend an Elon Musk interview you realize that people come away with their own interpretations of his newest concept explanations.

Most folks that are inherently geeky always enjoy the content. Because Mr. Musk has the innate ability to speak to the nerd in all of us. I like to think of him as the “What if guy” or the “Genius solution provider”, ‘cause that’s what he does best.

Thinkers and wish takers always find value in his bells and whistles that create his amazing new toys, problem solvers and drawing board concepts that become fodder for the next Sci-Fi novel.  But most of all – the world wants to know what makes him different and how can they become the next universal “problem solving genius”.

What I’ve noticed most is that he spends an inordinate amount of his talent and resources on the following;

  • Innovation that serves the masses.
  • Concepts that improve communication
  • Simple solutions that address complex challenges.

And then I wonder what features make his branding so sexy and compelling? And my take on this is the following;

  • He manages to make geeky a valuable and sexy commodity
  • He addresses his audiences in simple English
  • There’s a sense of honesty in his body language, gestures and manner of speaking
  • Most important he’s persistent. These are traits everyone values… persistence produces stability.

In composing content, I take in consideration a few of these observations.

Storylines created about the maker of a product or service should be compelling and attractive, drawing on the readers imagination.

The language should speak to the audience in plain simple words. The content, whether visual or articles, should convey a sense of unforced honesty.

The marketing strategy must be consistent and constantly innovative.