Figure I might rattle this off while enjoying a brand new, Halloween-themed “Castle” (Hulu).
As part of a new pact with myself to reduce eating out at restaurants and cook more at home, I’m able to save a little more money. Unfortunately, this means a little more cash for my second indulgence: books.
What showed up last week?
- Game Frame: Using Games as a Strategy for Success by Aaron Dignan (twitter, site)
- Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Berlin Johnson (twitter, site)
- Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software by Steven Berlin Johnson
I’ve started Game Frame. It’s essentially an examination and guide to using gamification in real life. I picked it up after watching this speech by Dignan on the99percent. What? Not reading the99percent. You should if you’re interested in a brief site with amazing insights into making things happen.
The latter two have been stirring around on my wish list for a while and I’ve seen enough quotes on blogs and elsewhere from them that I felt it really necessary to read them, especially in context of my current interest new marketing and media models.
On that note: PressPausePlay. Watch it. Beautifully shot and highly relevant to the current and future of media creators and technology. It runs about 80 minutes and is available in 720p and 1080p via torrent.
Further, if you’re in any way involved, or want to be, in tv or film entertainment, you’ll do well to subscribe The Nerdist podcast. It not only has hilarious interviews with talented, funny people but Hardwick and crew are able to pull out great insights into career development for those wanting to be involved in entertainment. Throughout most of the interviews, you’ll find that being a working actor/comic/writer essentially came from hard work, patience, and, in many cases, creating your own opportunities.
That’s it for updates for now. Have some writing to do and some locations to scout and the day got started a little late. I blame the murky weather outside. Clouds?! In LA?! Come on…