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"Free Time" – or No Time for Freedom?

No Time for Freedom
The other day I caught myself saying to a friend:

Ya, I’ll get to it when I have free time …

What a concept no? Free – Time? It’s a statement that immediately presumes that time is occupied. Time is Expensive, as if it’s a tool to be wielded or a possession to be owned; lol hello to all you time-managers out there!

As a disclaimer I should say we are discussing perceived spatial time by humans here, this is not a post on quantum physics and the physical dimensions of the universe. When referring to how we view time, the intention is to provoke questions on how we rationalize and organize the actual hours that we are awake during a day. All of which can be a bit curious when you really stop to analyze the conditions of time, of social interaction, and of the purpose and quality of life. However, it’s all completely normal when you don’t, which more often than not is what we do. As a society, we don’t autonomously or creatively analyze enough or much at all, probably because we’ve learned to manage our time better than that :-/.

In fact, the majority of readers who inhale this post within a crisp one minute interval (before having to run back to their “responsibilities”), may find this message overstated, meaningless, and immature.

Herbert Marcuse, a very influential French philosopher in my life, historically discussed the power of over – rationilization within the fabric of a society. The depicted reaction above would fall under this notion of “over-rationalization”. The things that we do in our lives, the daily tasks, schedule, and general thought process, become as ritualistic as items packaged every morning in a factory’s conveyor belt. The point of this post is difficult to fit into a bit-size-press, but here is the moral: wake up, make time, and be sure to creatively think, laugh, cry as much if not more, than you rationally operate!

I am at a point in my life where the pressures of personal finances, marriage, and business are breathing down my throat each morning. If your like me, our goal at this point should be to focus on the small things that bring us joy, especially if it’s not harmful to others, simplistically pure, and gratifying to the soul. Sure sounds like hippie talk, but wisdom shines from the most unlikely of spaces, and as it does, even labels cannot suppress the visibility of it’s reflection.

Yes we live in a capitalistic society, and time is equivalent to money in such a setting. One of my older cousins once said to me:

“Mikey, who are you to change the world?”

At the time my response was convoluted, but today my response would be such: I am a man with an idea and a lot of wherewithal to fuel it with. Change is such an illusive topic, it depends on how you choose to measure change. We live in too small of windows in history, perhaps if we could live 200 or 500 years we’d have a different concept of “change”. It begins with a principle, and carries through with consistent and unconditional advocacy for that principle. In my mind, whether or not the end result is experienced to it’s full expectation is not as relevant as it may be to others. I conclude that the change itself is within the realization of that principle, and the effort, energy, and of course time, that the idealist places into fulfilling that principle.

The world’s pace can through one’s natural ability to form perspectives and idea’s about their relations with others and their existence itself, into a big blender called discipline. Discipline is very much necessary and valuable. however, without balance, it can be deadlier than a stealth poison who’s harm produces few visible symptoms. Remain balanced in your discipline, and make time for freedom!
High Paced Discipline

Until Next time Folks,

Michael Bhrad: Web Marketing Consultant at Ensight

“Free Time” – or No Time for Freedom?

No Time for Freedom
The other day I caught myself saying to a friend:

Ya, I’ll get to it when I have free time …

What a concept no? Free – Time? It’s a statement that immediately presumes that time is occupied. Time is Expensive, as if it’s a tool to be wielded or a possession to be owned; lol hello to all you time-managers out there!

As a disclaimer I should say we are discussing perceived spatial time by humans here, this is not a post on quantum physics and the physical dimensions of the universe. When referring to how we view time, the intention is to provoke questions on how we rationalize and organize the actual hours that we are awake during a day. All of which can be a bit curious when you really stop to analyze the conditions of time, of social interaction, and of the purpose and quality of life. However, it’s all completely normal when you don’t, which more often than not is what we do. As a society, we don’t autonomously or creatively analyze enough or much at all, probably because we’ve learned to manage our time better than that :-/.

In fact, the majority of readers who inhale this post within a crisp one minute interval (before having to run back to their “responsibilities”), may find this message overstated, meaningless, and immature.

Herbert Marcuse, a very influential French philosopher in my life, historically discussed the power of over – rationilization within the fabric of a society. The depicted reaction above would fall under this notion of “over-rationalization”. The things that we do in our lives, the daily tasks, schedule, and general thought process, become as ritualistic as items packaged every morning in a factory’s conveyor belt. The point of this post is difficult to fit into a bit-size-press, but here is the moral: wake up, make time, and be sure to creatively think, laugh, cry as much if not more, than you rationally operate!

I am at a point in my life where the pressures of personal finances, marriage, and business are breathing down my throat each morning. If your like me, our goal at this point should be to focus on the small things that bring us joy, especially if it’s not harmful to others, simplistically pure, and gratifying to the soul. Sure sounds like hippie talk, but wisdom shines from the most unlikely of spaces, and as it does, even labels cannot suppress the visibility of it’s reflection.

Yes we live in a capitalistic society, and time is equivalent to money in such a setting. One of my older cousins once said to me:

“Mikey, who are you to change the world?”

At the time my response was convoluted, but today my response would be such: I am a man with an idea and a lot of wherewithal to fuel it with. Change is such an illusive topic, it depends on how you choose to measure change. We live in too small of windows in history, perhaps if we could live 200 or 500 years we’d have a different concept of “change”. It begins with a principle, and carries through with consistent and unconditional advocacy for that principle. In my mind, whether or not the end result is experienced to it’s full expectation is not as relevant as it may be to others. I conclude that the change itself is within the realization of that principle, and the effort, energy, and of course time, that the idealist places into fulfilling that principle.

The world’s pace can through one’s natural ability to form perspectives and idea’s about their relations with others and their existence itself, into a big blender called discipline. Discipline is very much necessary and valuable. however, without balance, it can be deadlier than a stealth poison who’s harm produces few visible symptoms. Remain balanced in your discipline, and make time for freedom!
High Paced Discipline

Until Next time Folks,

Michael Bhrad: Web Marketing Consultant at Ensight

Red Cross Japan Relief

Why Help?

 

Recently Living Social ran an awesome donation match for the Japan Tsunami Relief effort. Besides a great marketing stunt, I’m sure the powers that be over there, realized what kind of influence could be made while they grew their brand. I often touch on the pitfalls of capitalism in this blog; well here is one of the brighter spots.

If your reading this, chances are your sense of the concepts security, shelter, necessities, much like mine,  is skewed. This globe is far greater than our eye’s allow us to see through our backyard. It makes it so much easier to shrug away social responsibilities when we can’t hear, touch, smell, or see them … let alone understand them.

    If it was your mother or father would you help?

  • Brother or sister?
  • Cousin or Uncle?
  • Best Friend and family friends?
  • Work colleagues and acquaintances?
  • Neighbors?
  • Those within Your Province?
  • Countrymen?

When does it Become OK to Feel Less Sensation for One Human over Another?

 
It seems the more something reminds us of ourselves, not only the more we care, but the more responsible we feel for caring. This is a great shortcoming, and it is our responsibility to our kind to evolve beyond it!
 


 

How to Get Involved Now!

 
Although living Social’s deal is over, we know the fight won’t be for sometime. There are a multitude of organizations working tirelessly to
aid these unfortunate people. Sincerest gratitude to them! Please visit the Red Cross’s primary donation center and donate to the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund.

 
When Indonesia was struck a few years back, I sent out a mass email with a similar link. One of the recipients of that email (whom I didn’t know too well), took exception to the effort, 1 claiming that he shouldn’t feel responsible for others because it wouldn’t be reciprocated, and 2 that I would be reported for spamming if I sent him another reply. So I replied to him with the same piece I leave you with tonight:
 

Rudyard Kipling – The Law of the Jungle

Now this is the Law of the Jungle — as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.

As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back –
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

 
Until Next time Michael Bhrad | Internet Marketing Consultants

Explaining the Placebo Effect

Wow…

Now this is a “wow” we’ve all been through, as everyone knows how Placebo’s work and how they can’t quite be explained.

Well, if your looking for an explanation, sorry, I don’t have one nor does this video. In fact, one singular explanation probably does not exist. It’s probably more like a complex algorithm that makes Google’s CPU protocol look like 3rd grade mathematics.

However what this video does do is further intrigue us on just what the human mind is capable of… and in a very cool style of creative presentation.

Until Next Time,

Mikey

Michael Bhrad Bay Area Web Design & SEO Consultant | Internet Marketing Consultant Profile :-)

Branding with Likability, Usability, and Utility in your Webpage

Website Owners Beware, you have an average of 4 secs to get your visitor attention while assuring them of your credibility. So get a move on!

Some short thoughts on building your web Brand and organizing your web content to design the best interface that ensures Likability, Usability, and Utility.

• Brand yourself or your company before someone else does!

This means control what comes up in search engines for “your company” name.Make sure more of your results are displaying than your competitors or third parties. Create the “visible message” prospects will store away in their sub-conscious, the message that will increase your chances of getting their business next time they see you. Here is a somewhat unrelated but cool piece, on how we learn visually: Visual communication on the web.

• Once built, protect your Brand’s consistency with your life!

DO NOT EVER use different brand colors, images, messages, typography, ideas, etc… What this really means is, be sure if you are purple and like goats, to present yourself as purple and goat-loving throughout all of your web efforts as you’ve done in the original

efforts (e.g. your website, early social media accounts, etc…).

It is imperative to you remain consistent to your core brand proposition; marketing is largely about touch points and messaging, you have to make the most of each touch, or you may not see it again. Here is a another well written article on this branding topic: Rules of Brand Consistency.

•Make your Website and collateral more Likable

The term Website Likability on the internet refers to how drawn a prospect may be to your visual efforts. Use professional design,

spend the extra dollars to add serious flavor and memorability to the way your customers and competitors alike experience you on the internet. This can be problematic if over-used or applied in the wrong instances, but using good Java Script and/or Flash programming to supplement your design style can add a greater sense of visual attraction/satisfaction. Continue reading

Bart Scott still Can't-Wait … Until Next Year that is…

Today Bart Scott’s (click name for his twitter)  awesome rant has been silenced… The AFC Championship game is over, and so are the New York Jets.

Big – Ups to the Pittsburgh Steelers:

I want to first congratulate the Pttsburgh Steelers, what a bunch of pros! That’s not downplaying my teams, collapse in the first half, but don’t you dare think these guys weren’t responsible for it! Forget the smack talk and such, it’s football, but Mike Tomlin has this team ready to do calculated battle. A weapon like Ben Rothelisberger is the cherry on top that you can’t really prepare well for but see that backfire.

Our coverage was still just as good as last week, but our pass rush not so much with this bear of a QB. Continue reading

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