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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Zuckerberg Takes a Bite Out of Apple

Article first published as Zuckerberg Takes a Bite Out of Apple on Technorati.

If you take the word apple and slice it in half, you get the word app.  Yesterday, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, took a new liking to an app, called Friendsheet, that again will change the reflection of Facebook in your eyes.  His liking came on the eve of Apples big announcement event, set to take place March 7th.

Many of us have taken a liking to Pinterest.  It's a neat bundle of ideas and inspirations in the form of pictures organized in a fashion that allows for quick visual browsing and additional filtering on the users end.

The Friendsheet App takes your photos and displays them in the Pinterest fashion.   As one user said, "Love it. A faster glance. Like the visual follow. Improvement to the slow feed and filters...nice."

Newsfeed is good for stories, but this new "Pinterest-like"  app gives your pictures a quick, new panoramic view. 

Some Facebook users continue to "dislike" changes to their beloved Facebook, but Facebook will continue to be a reflection of change, day in and day out, whether the user can see it or not.  I chose not to say whether the user likes it or not because the purpose of change is to improve the user experience, just realize the word "user" is all encompassing.  There will always be those that resist change, and always those that pave the way.  Who doesn't want to take advantage of someone's hard work that gives you an advantage?

This change, once again, puts more added value to the Facebook experience.  It's more pleasing to the eye.  It's more pleasing to my, what always seems to be lack of, time.  Friendsheet allows you to quickly scan the pics that are happening in the lives of you and your friends.  How do you like them apples?  The Apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  If you hurry up, you may catch their next one rolling down a hill near you.  If you haven't heard already, it's something about a new ipad, iphone or was it the new Apple T.V.?  Let me know.  I'm short on time today.

Dreaming....Out Loud

Wikipedia defines dreams as "successions of imagesideasemotions, and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not definitively understood, though they have been a topic of scientific speculation, as well as a subject of philosophical and religious interest, throughout recorded history."

Why is it then that we say it's o.k. to dream?  Specifically speaking of dreams, it is stated that dreaming is done during a state of sleep.  So....why is it then that so many of us refer to dreaming in a conscious state?  Are we ever really conscious when we dream?  

What is the difference between dreaming and desiring?  The saying goes...what ever your little heart desires.  But, Wikipedia defines desire as "sense of longing for a person or object or hoping for an outcome. Desire is the fire that sets action aflame. The same sense is expressed by emotions such as "craving" or "hankering". When a person desires something or someone, their sense of longing is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of the item or person, and they want to take actions to obtain their goal. The motivational aspect of desire has long been noted by philosophers."

One might say...without desire there is no dreaming.  Desire is the protagonist...the one that must light the fire such as Wikipedia proclaims.  Where desire do dreams.  Where dreams does pain.  

Pain? You say.  Pain.  Pain is the source of stalling.  Pain is the source of resistance.  Pain is the source of power.  Release the pain and you will release the desire to dream.

Is that in your sleep or in your reality?, you ask.  

Your pain body holds a force field around you.  It keeps you from your hopes and dreams.  So, if you desire something, you must find a way to materialize it...otherwise it will keep you from attaining your conscious dream. (If there is such a thing.  Plato says if you believe it, than it is thought to be true...therefore there is such a thing as a conscious dream because I believe it)

You see desire can be good and desire can be evil.  Put in perspective....desire must live to light a fire to an action.  For without desire lives an institution...the institution of what some may call life.  However, what one may call life, another may call a prison.  

Therefore...desire alone does nothing but burn, but desire coupled with a plan of action breeds dreaming out loud.

So, yes...dreaming is for both the conscious and the unconscious.  However good the unconscious dream my be...the conscious one must drop the match once it's lit...otherwise it will keep a burning desire in flames for eternity.  

So, when you dream unconsciously....don't forget to dream out loud in the the conscious.   As the saying careful what you dream...actually it's what you wish for...but wishing doesn't really do much for anyone, unless you have a fairy godmother like Cinderella.  

Dream a little dream with some desire and then make it happen with a plan....even if what you dream may seem can't get there without desire...feel the pain and then let it go..where there is pain...there is paralysis...but yet still life...where there is life, there are dreams...where there is life, there is pain...but if it wasn't for pain...there might not be much power....feel the pain...let it go...dream a little dream and do what you have to (of course only for the greater good) and then ship it.

The only caveat...sometimes you can't find a plan that seems to might need a prince charming when faced with that...and then a fairy godmother to make it all come true.  Don't forget that that's all built by desire...real life is full of mazes and riddles...don't get caught up in the matrix of desire...because you may never check out.

Light the fire, feel the pain, let it go, make a plan and live the dream....outloud. 

Did someone want to lend me a hand?...I might need one.  I was always told to ask for help when you need it.  I'm pretty sure I need it right about now.  How about you?  Are you dreaming out loud yet?