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Extremely proud...

Over at Blairgowrie High School, the Modern Languages staff are on a school trip with students. One of my top clients, Wendy Pieroni took wee digital recorders, a camera or two and a laptop. The result is over at the school website . It's very impressive. In a wiki, she has, together with the rest of the teachers, managed to post photos, interviews and actuality of the trip. There are funny bits and even some semi serious bits, but everyone is clearly having a whale of a time. There have already been some favourable comments, along the lines of " it's a great way to keep in touch with the little darlinks :-) " . I totally agree.
My question is; why can't this be the norm ?

Seeing things and not understanding

AmazingimageThis simple grainy black and white image is  amazing. It's the Phoenix Lander on its' descent to Mars. You can click on the image to enlarge it. What you are seeing is the photo taken by the HiRISE camera in the Mars Reconnaissance of the Lander and parachute on its' way down. Robot shooting robot. The achievement is remarkable and the simple photograph belies the complexity of effort. Fantastic.

Project overload and the non-returned phone call

Communicate, communicate, communicate is the mantra for my clients. And I am sitting here feeling a bit red faced. My current project portfolio and sales funnel is getting bigger every day. A nice problem to have , you might say. It is. Being a freelance means chasing everything and communicating to a smaller pool of clients and prospects than the whole world. Hence, my blog gets ignored and that's a worry. To the casual visitor, this might imply non activity on my behalf. Well, actually, no, when you consider; I have been interviewing Russian gymnasts, planning community radio stations, recording school podcasts, programming an arts community of interest web site, writing proposals, doing photo shoots and editing for existing clients, writing more proposals and chasing down interview subjects for a new series of podcasts.

And the point of the non returned phone calls. Once upon a time, when someone failed to return a call, I used to view it negatively. Now, given where I am in terms of managing multiple ongoing projects, it's just their way of helping out. So, to everyone who owes me a call - thanks for your help. I appreciate your concern.

A better mouse trap

Fin_mousetrapA lot of the stuff I do is about helping people doing things in a new way. Often, I hear the expression; " if you build a better mousetrap then the world will beat a path to your door." . Recently, in Helsinki I came across that better mousetrap. Why did you build a better mousetrap, I asked a Finn. Because we built a better mouse came the reply.