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Friday Round-up: Tune Out The Noise, Make More Money and Launch Your Film Online

What I read

While researching material for a blog post, I came across the fascinating “What I Read” series on The Atlantic Wire. I found it remarkable that both Chris Anderson and Clay Shirky, both pretty “tuned in” and media-savvy thinkers, pretty much ignore the daily news cycle in favor of more substantive, or alternative media sources (feeds, Twitter, magazines).

“In general, there’s no real breaking news that matters to me. I don’t have any alerts or notifications on any piece of software I use. My phone is on silent ring, nothing alerts me when I get a Tweet and my e-mail doesn’t tell me when messages arrive.” Clay Shirky

It certainly got me to thinking about my own media consumption and how easy it is to get sucked into the attention grabbing headlines and waste time reading about Charlie Sheen or the deficit rants by members of Congress and lose track of those topics that are more both more substantive and more relevant to my daily life. This week, I’ve tuned out the daily news and focused instead on deeper, more thought-provoking content. One of the highlights was listening to a podcast interview with author Robert Kaplan and a discussion of his new book Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power. Awesome.

I’m curious to hear how others manage their information consumption and separate the signal from the noise.


Make More Money

Lately it seems that both Inc. and Fast Company magazines have been a treasure trove of relevant, time-worthy articles. This month, Jason Fried’s article How To Get Good At Making Money caught my attention. While most of his suggestions are rather obvious when you really think about it, his willingness to tinker with pricing and an insistence to charge real money for a his products is a sound reminder to be confident in insisting on being paid commensurate with the value you bring to clients.


Launch Your Film Online

Which do you think would be more profitable to a filmmaker? Picking up awards and accolades at independent film festivals around the country or launching a video virally on Vimeo? For Andrew S. Allen and Jason Sondhi, creators of the Thomas Beale Cipher, the answer was Vimeo by a large margin. In this article, Allen gives you the roadmap to launch your own video online.


Oh, and while you’re at it, check out the Thomas Beale Cipher below.

The Thomas Beale Cipher from Andrew S Allen on Vimeo.

Based on a true legend of the famous unsolved code.

The film contains 16 hidden messages that hold clues to the characters’ secrets. Eight are fairly easy requiring only a close eye. Six are moderately difficult using various encryption methods. Two are extremely difficult requiring a genius mind to decrypt.

More about the film,

Distributed by Short of the Week,


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