Bayfield Wisconsin Tree Lighting Event.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Wassail Concert
Saturday, November 26
4:30 – 6 pm
Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion
 
The season officially begins with the town’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony from 4:30pm to 6pm on Saturday, November 26. Enjoy holiday treats and warm beverages while listening to Christmas carols performed by the talented Rittenhouse Inn Singers in the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion. Then, join in the procession as the crowd moves outside to serenade the holiday tree as it is ceremoniously lit for the season.
The Chamber is still in need of donations of holiday treats and goodies for this celebration. If you are able to provide a couple of dozen cookies, bars or other holiday treats, please contact Angie today, at office@bayfield.org or 715-779-3335. You may also drop off your donations at the Pavilion on Saturday at 4 pm.

 

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Conference to Inspire Post-Election Refocus and Recovery

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#140conf Brings Together People in Technology, Business, Arts, Health, and Lifestyle

Friends can get a jump start on post-election recovery by hearing inspirational speeches and making connections at the #140conf, returning to Los Angeles on November 14 at The Crest in Westwood.

With both name and format inspired by the brevity of Twitter, the #140conf schedule is fast-paced. Influencers in the areas of technology, lifestyle, health, art, mindfulness, and more will take the stage. These 10-minute talks and 15-minute panels are interspersed with networking throughout the day.

The #140conf events have taken place worldwide since I started hosting / curating and producing them in 2009. #140conf provides a platform for people to listen, learn, and most of all, create relationships that inspire positive change. Dubbed “The State of Now,” the conference underscores a commitment to exploring how the “real-time web” affects business and personal lives, but it’s much more than that. I am grateful for everyone who will be both speaking at the conference as well as those joining us in the audience. #140conf has had a positive effect on my life and I am looking forward to bringing the conference back to Los Angeles this year.

Taking the time to listen to people who have a story to share that can resonate with you, that’s priceless. Yes, you can go for business purposes and you will learn things to better your practices, but more importantly, perhaps, better yourself and realize that people have the same struggles as you, and maybe you can help them as well. At the end of the day, we are all about community. The #140conf is not your ordinary networking event. It’s filled with people who genuinely want to help each other and create meaningful relationships.

Speakers include award-winning poet and author J. IvyOscar and Peabody Award winner Howard Rosenman, The Sonnet Man Devon Glover, Youngry founder Ash Kumra, Techwalla Editor-in-Chief Dave Johnson, The Fit Cycle’s Andia Winslow, and authors Chandresh Bhardwaj, Marsha Collier, Robert Rosenthal, Amy Friedman, and Liz Strauss and many others. About 40 people will be speaking during the course of the event.

In addition to learning and engaging, the conference also creates a sense of synchronicity and serendipity. There’s something to be said about sitting next to somebody you’ve never met, but who could possibly change your life, or someone with whom you may be virtually acquainted, but who otherwise would not have met in person.

The #140conf “State of Now” will take place on Monday, November 14, 8:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Crest in Westwood, 1262 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, 90024. Tickets and the complete speaker lineup are available on the event’s page.

Looking forward to co-hosting the 2016 #140conf next week in Los Angeles.

Hugs, Jeff

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Conversations not had.

Conversations not had during the current Presidential election cycle.  Voters legal and illegal

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Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon during the first televised U.S. presidential debate in 1960. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

and those multiple voters haven’t been having any of the following conversations.

Why isn’t the federal government held to account for their budget as any of the voters are ?

Why are any statists afraid to call the terrorist incidents on U.S. soil what they are?  

Are the most recent, and current Secretary of State really the best and brightest we have to fill the position?  If not, why are/were they selected for the position?

Healthcare for the citizens of the U.S. is in a free fall from both a financial and service perspective.  How or why should we as voters entrust that even more government bureaucracy will correct the boondoggle the ACA has become?

Why do the statists wish to forego our borders in favor of letting anyone come to our country with zero vetting?  Have they not been paying attention to Norway, Sweden, Germany, and France?

As I watch the Presidential Debate tonight, I’m reasonably certain, none of the above-mentioned questions will be raised.  Rather, it will be more of the same salacious, minutia, which drives these made for TV events.

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Auto Play Video Ads.

Why have we returned to the interweb’s of the 80’s and 90’s? I’m of course referring to the screenshot_1propensity of web sites to have auto play video start playing when you go to their site.
What is even worse is that the video more often than not, has nothing to do with the site content. The videos are simply ads. If I wanted to watch TV type ads I’d have cable or satellite thank you very much. This is directly why we don’t have cable or satellite, as there are entirely to many ads.
One of the worst offenders I’ve found is Dailywire.com. Not only do they have the auto play video ads, and they have the same ad playing in two different places on the article page.
Dailywire.com has great content, and yet the video ads are a complete distraction from their content. I know that there are other sites that I’ve gone to who have something similar and yes, it’s just as annoying.
I’m wondering if this is simply a push for ad dollars during the presidential campaign and nothing more. We shall see after November 8th, 2016

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Five Problems with Social Media.

Screen-shot-2010-04-14-at-6.11.31-PM.pngFive problems with Social Media. Only five? Please!
I’ll begin with a list of things.
Snapchat
Facebook
• Friend Requests
• Communications overload
• Simplify
I’m on Snapchat, you can find the link to the right side of the blog. I’ve been on for a few weeks now and I’m still learning. I’m using it at 10% of its capabilities. The learning curve is a steep one to be sure. It’s not the making and posting of video’s or photos, rather it is the interacting with my friends. Also, some sort of threading of postings would be nice so I can go back and find a post I want to reply to or comment upon.
I have mixed emotions about Facebook. There are times when it is a fun and informative place and other times a frustrating piece of horribly designed user interfaced software. The fact that I need to change my settings each and every time I log into the software to see the most current postings is a major #FAIL. I know they want me to see their ads and promoted items, and that’s not what I go to Facebook for. If they bothered to look at my purchasing habits from Facebook promoted ads, they’d find none. Get a clue guys.

Friend Requests are a mixed blessing. I get some each and every week from the usual suspect social media outlets. Some are welcome and others are clearly and blatantly #SPAM. It would be great to stop the latter type of requests before they reach me. If algorithms are so great, why hasn’t anyone written one to address this issue?

I’ve written about communications overload previously, so I’ll direct you to that missive to draw your own conclusions.

Simplify, simplify and once again, simplify. I have an iPhone, no cell service, and an iPad with a duplication of many apps. Sometimes it depends on my mood or if I’m going to the store or out and about town. I seem to have many apps that function in the same way, providing the same end result. I’ve begun to use Skype as my primary communications app for daily use. Yes, I’m using other social media apps for postings and some communications, as not everyone is on Skype.

Ok, there are my five. Let me know your thoughts.

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Welcome to Wednesday.

Welcome to Wednesday, the day formerly known as “Hump Day,” and thankfully that marketing meme is over. Rain and more fog from last night into this morning, and as I write this, it continues to rain. I went to sleep with the sounds of foghorns on the lake and they were back this morning as well.
Some random thoughts and musings:
Is Flonase a medical treatment or a way to get us to learn math?
I hear ads on iHeart Radio about home phone service. Do people really still have home phones and if so what percentage of the population of the U.S., falls into this category?
Glen Beck continues to repeat a fact that 500,000 pages of new regulations have been added, by the Obama Administration, to the ever growing list of federal regulations. While this seems to be an overabundance, how does this compare to previous administrations at this point of their second term?
I saw, thanks to my friend Duane Lester that McDonalds is now going to be serving breakfast all the time. It’s great to see important headlines and news stories like this move to the forefront of the news cycle. We all need a break from “The Donald,” changing the names of mountains, and there’s certainly no need to be discussing the Iran debacle.

In passing, I am glad to see that Carly Fiorina is to be included in the upcoming Presidential debate. I’m not confident that CNN will be able to bring any substance to their viewing audience, the same as Fox News was unable to do so either. The larger issue here is the fact that the first primary isn’t until February of 2016, so this is, to put it in a sports analogy, all just preseason fluff.

Dinner is cooking away in the crockpot. It’s cool and rainy and so, in went some chicken thigh quarters, onion a variety of spices and some liquid. Covered and set on low, and dinner will be mostly done by later afternoon. I’ll do some rice and some veggies, and we have tonight’s meal and plenty of left over chicken for another couple of meals.
I’ve been posting more photos and some video to Flickr and some of the other social media sites to give folks a look at our world. Please feel free to comment and like or not as the mood strikes you.

Black Lives Matter has been an ongoing meme and news item for the past couple of weeks. I’m wondering just why this has taken hold of peoples conversations and news feeds. As a reasonable person, who can think for themselves, why are we segmenting our population. If we’re all just supposed to get along, why don’t “All Lives Matter?” As I read postings and news items, “All Lives Matter” appears to be as offensive as anything else that comes along these days. Again, as a reasonable thinking human being, don’t all lives matter? Apparently not depending on your upbringing and or political leanings.

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Ongoing Hootsuite challenge

I have this Ongoing Hootsuite Challenge. Please check the notes and description associated with the attached photo. This has been an ongoing irritant for me with making full use of Hootsuite.

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60th Birthday Review.


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60th Birthday Review.  Yesterday was my 60th birthday. A milestone of sorts, and yet I never thought much about these anniversary days and milestones.

Yesterday was a day not unlike any other day around here. Another day of writing, another day of worry about rent and food, another day of applications to potential employers and of course answering lot’s of Happy Birthday Greetings from the 80 or so of my Facebook friends who proffered greetings.

I’m most appreciative of all of those who took the time to send me birthday greetings. What was interesting was none of my family were aware or acknowledged my special day. Also the Amazon Wish List that I’d created and promoted to anyone who wanted to send me a birthday gift, sits gathering cobwebs.

I’m disappointed and a bit hurt, and this too shall pass. Now begins a new year and new possibilities.

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5 HR Policies That Worked for my Startup

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5 HR Policies That Worked for my Startup

Completing four years of operations, Bangalore based Foradian Technologies can now boast of some good HR policies that have evolved over the period of time. Foradian?s COO Vishwajith shares with us some successful policies and practices in managing the “Hacker News Age” employees. So what worked for Vishwajith?

1) Flexible timings. We offer flexible timings for the employees to reach and leave the office. Initially, we had also tried the „working from home? option. But it was a failure and it was better to bring advantages of home-atmosphere to our workplace. So we work from office but to make it a win-win situation, we are a little relaxed with the timings.

2) Non filtered internet available full-time. One has to define a thin-line between being stern and strict. We don?t want our employees to feel like they are in a school classroom. We exercise controls but it is important to exercise controls on our controls as well. This simply means, we have to give them some lee-way and respect their personal space. We let our employees access Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Youtube and all other social networking websites during office time. As long as they can manage their time effectively and deliver, we don?t intrude.

3) Multiplayer game in the office after lunch. Like Benjamin Franklin rightly said, “Games lubricate the body and the mind.” And that lubrication is much required for the employees of a startup to perform at their optimum levels. Our employees spend 30 to 45 minutes playing multi-player games in our network everyday. Their present craze is the BZFlag which is open source and highly addictive. In fact, there are times when the directors of the company also join the employees. Such games play a very indirect yet highly significant role in building team-players. Employees gel along better and any formal ice is broken.

4) Non-compromising Leadership
Our CTO Arvind who leads the entire engineering team never uses social networking. He doesn?t waste time browsing internet during office hours. He leads the company silently. So all employees respect his words and commands.

5) Saturdays as Innovative Day If there is no emergency or urgent work, we spend the time in training and innovation. However, more often than not, this policy fails, as we are a growing company and have lots of work for the Saturdays. But whenever we can, we make sure we make the Saturday more than just another day at work! Don?t think that you can solve the employee problems 100% with innovations like these? Remember what Colin Powell told “The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.” – Vishwajith, Foradian Technologies

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Beaver Creek’s 2nd Annual Prezfest Returns.

Beaver Creek’s 2nd Annual Prezfest Returns.  Beaver Creek Resort presents the 2nd annual PrezFest celebration this President’s Day week as part of Beaver Creek Resort - PrezFestthe popular family program, Beaver Creek Loves Kids. PrezFest will take place from Feb. 15- 21, 2013 and will be a celebration of all things “Americana” and all that is wonderful about winter. New this year is the American Icon Ice Sculpture Exhibition, presented by IceSculpture.com. Watch as six world-class sculptors create masterpieces throughout the village – from a Harley Davidson motorcycle to Abraham Lincoln. Make your way to Avon on Sunday, Feb. 17to see these sculptors compete for icy glory at the Westin Riverfront Fire & Ice in Nottingham Park Competition, followed by the largest winter fireworks display in the state. Visit www.avon.org for event details.

The President for a Day contest, which proved exciting for participants last year, honors one child who is nominated by a parent on Facebook to serve the resort for a day. The President for a Day contest was wildly popular last year and all it takes is for a parent to nominate their child on Facebook. Parents just need to post a photo of their child – must be 14 years old or younger– and explain why they should be President of Beaver Creek for a day. The candidate with the most “likes” by 4 p.m. on February 17 wins. The President, his or her chosen Vice President and the “First Family” get to experience presidential treatment on and off the mountain for the day on Monday, Feb 18.

After enjoying the slopes, the fun continues in the village where, in proper President’s Day fashion, Beaver Creek will host historical characters on the Plaza nightly along with a parade at 4 p.m. Be sure not to miss the festivities on the ice rink including a figure skating show on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Disco Skate Night on Monday.

Celebrate our nation and the ski season in Beaver Creek this President’s Day week. For information on travel packages and lodging or to learn more about the PrezFest events, visit www.beavercreek.com or call (877) 204-7883.

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