Listening to Sir Ken Robinson this afternoon talking about his book “The Element.”

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William James told us “common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds“ and we’d all do well to remember this and how to shift speeds (and change directions).

Beware, we don’t know most of the things that we take for granted…because we take them for granted. If you are over 25 years old, you are probably wearing a wristwatch, and didn’t think about putting it on this morning. Look around at those under 25 years old, and most of them aren’t. They’ve grown up surrounded by digital clocks. They don’t understand why we choose to strap on a “uni-tasker” to simply tell the time, since you can see it all around you (cellphone, computer, DVR).

Considering that the obverse of the “wisdom of crowds” is the “madness of crowds” and Jaron Lanier’s new book “You Are Not A Gadget.”

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"The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise -- with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disentrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country." -- December 1, 1862 - Lincoln's Second Annual Message to Congress

In the IT Pro world, I have the sense today that a paradigm shift has occurred: “Microsoft and HP announced a $250 million engineering, sales and services partnership to advance cloud computing and help customers better use IT for business success.  The press release, supporting documents and (embed-ready) videos of Steve Ballmer, Bob Muglia and HP executives commenting on the agreement are here. “