Silicon Valley Summer

It’s been a jam-packed week or so already here in Silicon Valley. There have been trips to the beach with friends, hundreds of laps swam, meals with dear pals, and I even flew a drone – courtesy of a local startup called EnjoyFlew a drone in Silicon Valley courtesy of EnjoyI love the idea of this company. You basically buy yourself some cool tech, pick a time for it to be delivered, and then you get a hand-holding session on how to use the stuff.

Here in California, unlike in the UK, you don’t have to have a license to fly one. Now that I’ve done so I kind of would like to own one. Imagine the footage you can get in some pretty amazing places and spaces!

I loved this one of Glasgow when I first saw it.

Anyway the drone flying was a fun event but the next one could be even more exciting…as it’s having a shot on one of these Boosted Boards. While I was a bit of a tom boy growing up, skateboarding – this looks like it will be taking the whole thing to a new level.

It’s not just the weather that I love in Silicon Valley – it’s the entrepreneurial spirit that’s everywhere you look. It’s a little inspiring…I’d love to be working with a fun company like Enjoy, but I believe they’re only available in a few of the biggest cities in the US.

…And, in truth, I am not sure how their revenue streams won’t end up like the rest of California’s streams. (e.g. Dried up). A friend used them recently and expressed the same concerns – telling me what he bought and that he had a 90-minute stay that was simply not cost effective…so I do wonder if they’ll manage to launch in other cities in the US or around the world.

I mean “Free delivery and expert help”. How can they actually manage that?

Love and the Brain

Just to prove it’s not all about the tech while out here, I signed up for a talk in Palo Alto called “The Neuroscience of Love”. I’ve always been intrigued by the brain, how it works, and of course you can’t create a site like soyouvebeendumped.com and not be interested in the wide topic of love… I’ll take notes and report back later (probably over on SYBD rather than here).

Streaming TV

And finally the other thing I seem to spend a tone of time doing whilst in Silicon Valley is catching up on all kinds of TV shows – old and new. My dad is the king of streaming – Amazon, Netflix, Hulu etc. So that’s what we spend most evenings doing together. I did try to take him out to the movies – to see Mission Impossible and it was a nightmare. He talks (loudly), makes strange noises, and is completely oblivious to being in public so I’ve concluded staying in is our best option.

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Thea’s Ted Talk Tuesday – #1

Recently, I’ve been watching a fair few Ted Talks. I’ve always been interested in them but of late they’ve been quite a fascination – almost an obsession!

I think it started with my friend Heather recommending this one last month. I’d seen it last year (I think it was my cousin Lisa who recommended it then,…) But for some reason, when I watched it this year, it just really struck a cord. If you haven’t seen it – I do highly recommend it. It’s funny, thought-provoking and totally utterly human! It’s by Brene Brown and it turns out this talk has been totally life changing for her…You can find other more recent videos of hers after this one ends. They’re all worth watching in my humble opinion.

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

April 16, 2013 · www.ted.com · Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share. (Filmed at TEDxHouston.) Brené Brown studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. Full bio »

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It actually has inspired me to want to write a 20 minute (or more) talk to take to Edinburgh or some other Ted Talk somewhere. So that’s on my long-term goals now. If she is the Break Down Queen that I shall dub myself the Break Up Queen and do something of a similar ilk (more personal and less educational though as I don’t have a doctorate….yet). I could really just stop there, but I’ll throw in another short one that I like, for good measure.
It also struck a cord in me – but in a different way. Our lives are so busy, so wired, and down-right overwhelming, at times. In the job that I do, (which is primarily a lot of social media for a variety of clients), it can be a bit schizophrenic and challenging.
I am constantly spinning plates, or switching hats between profiles, and thus I can sometimes end up feeling totally depleted by day’s end.
This talk reminded me that, every now and again, it might be better to MONO-TASK. Focus on one thing at one time. Not my forte!

Paolo Cardini: Forget multitasking, try monotasking

Paolo Cardini: Forget multitasking, try monotasking

April 16, 2013 · www.ted.com · People aren’t just cooking anymore — they’re cooking, texting, talking on the phone, watching YouTube and uploading photos of the awesome meal they just made. Designer Paolo Cardini questions the efficiency of our multitasking world and makes the case for — gasp — “monotasking.” His charming 3D-printed smartphone covers just might help. Paolo Cardini is a product designer who asks serious questions about how we live — and answers them with whimsical and playful designs. Full bio »

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Well, that’s enough for now, I think. Will find two more I’ve loved recently for next week’s blog. If you have any TED TALKS you love then please let me know.
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A New Beginning

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FRESH START

It’s time to update my site and try a new ‘theme’ on for size. It’s never easy trying to work out, exactly, the right thing to say on your website. Something that manages to be intriguing but not particularly arrogant. Here goes nothing…

DIGICONX

Today was spent connecting with my piers at Digital 2013 and soaking up as much information as was humanly possible. It also felt like time for me to relaunch my website. It will just take me a few days to gather the content. For now – consider this a first “hello”. More to come soon. (Hopefully).

Anyway, as I say, it’s my intention to write a blog, via Spundge, about today’s Digital 2013 event and post it here as soon as possible…There was a lot to take in and process though…