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What colors do you mix to make the color burgundy?

1.   two parts red to 1 part green
2.   two parts red to 1 part navy blue
3.   red with a tinge of purple
4.   red and brown
5.   orange and brown

Follow Fewer People

It costs nothing to follow 1 million people on twitter.  But what's the cost of distraction?  Following even 1000 people on twitter is ridiculous.  There's no possible way you can keep track of who's doing what.  Trim the people who no longer inspire you.  Trim the dude who tweets whenever he buys a sandwich.  Trim the COMPLAINERS.  It's tough, because it feels like you're going to lose something, but you'll gain so much more.  Ditch people for the sake of your own clarity.  Drop the 'under performing' folks for new beginnings.  And please, if you don't dig my tweets, please drop me!

What if Google is just some insane religion?

This is the Google Doodle today:

It looks startlingly similar to one of those amazing Jehovah's Witness drawings:

It's Good Friday AND Earth Day today.  A coincidence.  Or is it?  Google's motto is 'Don't be evil' and their mission statement is to organize all the world's information.  Those fit in line with pretty much all the major religions.  Be good to others, question nothing.  God knows everything.  So does Google.  Or at least Google is trying to know everything. 

Most people I know scoff at the idea of organized religion.  They see it as a throwback to primitive times.  A time when the uneducated masses believed everything that was told to them.  To them, organized religion has no place in our world.  We're better than that, they say.  But to all you folks that will never pray at the altar of some organized religion, how many of you will ask the almighty Google a question today?  And how many of you will blindly click on the first link that's served to you? 

Will we one day look back on Google as some sort of insane cult?  Will we shake our heads in disbelief that the masses were so unilaterally led?  Will Sergey Brin and Larry Page be seen by our offspring as extremely influential nutjobs like Joseph Smith or L. Ron Hubbard.  Google's underlying technology is called Pagerank, after all.  I talked to Sergey at a conference last week and he was wearing a backpack...that's always a sign somebody's up to something, right?   


To all you sinners out there, go forth in your quest for knowledge, but be wary of the single voice who promises paradise and absolute truth.   

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Keep a Healthy Fringe

The awesome thing about the internet is we surround ourselves with all our favorite things.  We follow our friends on facebook and twitter.  We check the news we want to read, when we want to read it.  Our favorite things are always there for us.   It's all very neat.  But that's the problem:

It's too neat.

If you don't challenge yourself, you don't grow.

I was lucky enough to see an amazing talk by Lenny Ratchitsky at TEDxConcordia last week about serendipity.  He talked about how often the most important events in life come unplanned and unforeseen.  Chance encounters we seemingly have no control over often result in the most life altering things.  By surrounding ourselves in digital life with only the things we love, our chance for life-changing events and realizations diminishes greatly.  If we follow the advice of others too much, our experiences become generic.  We share the same experiences.  Instead of reading restaurant reviews, why not just go outside and eat at a restaurant you've never heard of?  Why not turn off GPS and find your way by your intuition?  Sure, you might eat some horrible meals and get lost every now and then, but being lost can be pretty fun sometimes.

So that's my idea for the day: Turn off the GPS on your digital life and do things on the internet that don't make perfect sense.

Keep a fringe.

Follow people you don't know.  Go to websites you've never been before.  Click on links that don't interest you at all.  Try new things.  Sure, most of the time these links will be complete duds, and some of the folks you follow will be so completely boring/annoying it hurts.  But keep it up for a bit before you cut them off.  The most surprising things always come from the most unexpected places.