Michael Jordan Turns 50

The greatest player in NBA history is turning 50. It seems like time flew by since he retired after hitting that big shot on Bryon Williams and the Utah Jazz. Ironically, I don’t remember the Washington Wizards MJ, I only recall the MJ that made Sportcenter’s Top 10 a nightly highlight reel. That guy, at guard, 6-6, from North Carolina!….

Everyone wanted to be like Mike. Michael Jordan allowed young kids playing basketball to dream about someday playing pro ball and doing the things that he did on the court. Kobe Bryant mastered the MJ turnaround fadeaway jump shot at the highest level because he practiced it. I also did a good job, but I had a little Reggie Miller leg kick in mine. There was only one MJ.

We can all remember a big shot or a famous move that MJ did. Below are my top MJ moments:

The shot on Craig Ehlo in Cleveland

The first championship he won

The double nickel he dropped on the Knicks when he returned from the first retirement

The dunk on Pat Ewing

The dunk from the foul line

The dunk over Tree Rollins

The six three’s in the Finals against Portland

The switch of the hand layup against the Lakers

Michael against Magic in the All-Star game

His buzzer beaters

And many more… 

What is your favorite moment? Send me a video via YouTube.

iOS vs. Android

There have been numerous blogs and articles written about Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android mobile operating systems. I think this blog post is very important because everyone has a smart phone these days. We are past the days of just having an iPod in every home. Not only are smart phones available to the 303 million people in the US, but smart phones are global. The same people just like you and I in India, China, Turkey, Russia and other places around the world are using smart phones for the same reasons that you and I are using them. With that said, I love that both Apple and Google are thinking globally.

iOS – I am partial to iOS because I truly believe they have the best operating system for 90-95 percent of their endusers. Of course there are features that we want in every version of iOS and I am sure we will get there, however Apple has truly created their “ease of use” system in all of their products. When you buy a Mac, that Mac becomes a hub for all of your computer needs. When you purchase an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or an Apple TV you have an opportunity to have access to some of the other Apple products that make it easy on the end user. You have access to iCloud, iTunes, iTunes University, iTunes Match, and a variety of other Apple software programs. What you have is true hardware and software integration as well as the cloud. What I love about Apple products is that no matter how young or old you are, you can use i OS. In the marketing world, we call this stickiness. Yes, I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t mention some of the issues that we have with Apple, like Maps, but overall its a pretty solid system.

Android – I admire what Google tried to accomplish and I think they have a solid platform. Google has also tried to create stickiness. Google markets Android as a free open system without any restrictions. Apple’s iOS is considered to be closed and with Android anybody can create an app or a handset to run on their platform. Android does really well in terms of capturing marketshare. It was the leading operating system on the market before the iPhone 5 was launched. Samsung has been able to develop a competitor to the iPhone 5, with it’s Samsung Galaxy S III. It’s an awesome phone, but where it lacks is the ability to be tied in across the entire operating system. End users that don’t have a use for iCloud, FaceTime, iMessage, etc. then it may make sense to go for a feature rich phone like the Galaxy S III. With Android, you have all of the Google apps which are great.

Final Thoughts – While I think both operating systems are good depending on the endusers and how they plan to use them. I love that my sister has a baby and she has an iPhone and we can do FaceTime to see the baby anytime. I love that it’s easy. She doesn’t have to have Skype or another third party app in order for us to see the baby. I also like that I have a family photo stream that I can share with everyone pretty quickly. I also prefer a unified hardware, software, cloud operating system. If you surveyed a large percentage of endusers that have access to both, a significant number will probably choose iOS. Just my opinion…

Does Work Zap Your Creativity??

I have been conducting an independent study indirectly over the last six months or so about whether our normal 9-5’s zap our ability to be creative. Define creative in your own words, but my definition is that you have the ability to think about fresh ideas that meet the needs of society. The ability to get excited about something you’re passionate about instead of succumbing to the doldrums of life. I know as a provider for your family, kids activities, normal household duties, and work, I can hardly keep my eyes open long enough to read a chapter in the biography of Steve Jobs that I’ve had since Christmas 2011.

I’ve read a number of books that suggests that we should spend time outside to clear our minds of all the clutter that is in our minds. In addition, writing and meditating were also suggestions to help us find that creativity that we may be losing as a result of working to pay the bills.

When I worked for a prominent bank, I remember waking up everyday, spending an hour traveling, parking, walking to the front entrance and entering through the turnstile, only to be disappointed before I turned on my computer. Everyday, I equated that process to being herded like cattle. That may be extreme, but I have always thought of myself as an entrepreneur that has the ability to do great things.

There is a study that is out that suggest that we are at our creative genius in kindergarden and as we go through the education process and become older we tend to lose it. True to the saying, “use it or lose it.” In that same vain, I have researched a number of studies that indicate we plateau and start to drop in our level of creativity at the age of 41. That’s not something that I am excited about considering, I am almost there.

I think you will agree with me that something has to change, if not for you, at least for me. I started this blog to help explore some of my interest. I started a journal that I write in pretty consistently. I spend time running and exercising hoping to get the creative juices flowing again. I encourage you to not let your job zap anymore of your creative ability. You deserve more!

Changing Education Paradigms

The importance of collaboration.

From what I am learning from the likes of Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos, collaboration is the single greatest attribute that one can utilize to have success these days. I think this video hits the nail on the head on how we should reform our school system. The problem I believe is that the school system is as big as a steam ship, the size of the Atlantic ocean that cannot make a sudden turn. It is up to us (the parents) to ask of this from our politicians, but also to take action in the home. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Please share this with your friends and family and let’s get the ball rolling.

The New BlackBerry 10

True to my word, I wanted to give you my review of the new BlackBerry 10. My initial thoughts are that I like it. I think it is the freshest product that BlackBerry has innovated in almost 12 years. I want to get my hands on one shortly to see how it compares to my iPhone 5. Here are four reasons to get excited about BlackBerry 10.

BlackBerry Hub – Everything you want to know, you are now able to do that with the Hub. Follow Facebook post, Twitter post, email, and text messages in one place. You can peak into other applications without closing out the Hub. It’s the ideal multitasking tool on the market for busy parents, like me or a busy professional, like me. Check out the video.

BlackBerry Keyboard – This a very cool feature and could make typing on a virtual keyboard, easier to do. The new BlackBerry Keyboard is a smart keyboard that learns how you type and it suggests words to help you type faster. If you tend to make mistakes as you type, the keyboard will remember and adjust to make sure you hit the key. I think the major feature that I like is that as you see words appear as you type, you can flick upwards and they are instantly inserted into your sentence. Pretty cool! Check out the video.

BBM Video with Screen Share – This is undoubtedly my favorite feature. I love my iPhone 5 for FaceTime. I think it’s a great way to keep in touch with family and do conference calls. I think BlackBerry takes it to the next level. In this busy world that we live in and the increased need for collaboration, this new feature allows people to chat fact to face but also share documents and photos in real time. Whoa! This is great. Check out the video. 

Camera with Time Shift Mode – As a parent with young children, I love this feature because I can never get the best shot. Time Shift mode captures your photo in milliseconds before and after you hit the button. You can scroll back to open eyes, make someone smile, or move someone’s head. You can also create a short film with all of your photos and share it immediately. FaceTime can’t do that, yet! Check out the video.

This is a sharp improvement for BlackBerry and users of two devices may be able to put down one. I look forward to getting a Blackberry 10 to play with and then write a formal review.

My only concern about Blackberry is getting on the Internet with a BlackBerry device. It has always been painfully slow to use their browser. BlackBerry is also behind the times and I am wondering if they are too late to the party. They lost market share with the arrival of the iPhone and Android devices. In addition, they don’t have an icloud service to backup with or an ecosystem like an app store, iTunes, and iCloud to tie in all devices that you own.

Find Your Passion

I started thinking about Matthew Quick, author of the Oscar nominated film, Silver Linings Playbook. His story is quite interesting to me.

You have probably heard the phrase, “follow your passion.” Well Matthew Quick did it. You should check out his story. The story itself is a true inspiration for those that aspire to follow your dream and passion.

To summarize, I don’t want to spoil it for you, Quick was a teacher and always shared his philosophy with his students to follow their dreams. The students challenged him and he quit his job, moved in with his in-laws (guys, you know what a sacrifice that can be) in their unfinished basement and took three years to write Silver Lining Playbook. The rest is history.

I’ve heard Steve Jobs say, “Do what you love because life is fleeting.” I’ve heard just about anyone that I look up to tell me the same. I still feel like I am on this journey to discover my true passion. Ironically, I can’t stop thinking about Matthew Quick and the price he was willing to pay for his dream.

Ultimately, I started this blog to chronicle some of my interest and passions. I’ll post quotes, pictures and ideas that will hopefully get me to where I want to be. I believe the brand Dluxedad will evolve into something special. I have a ton of ideas, but I am trying to lock down that passion.

Until next time, “do what you love,” or at least start working on your plan.

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