Archive for January, 2012

Transferrable skills

Friday, January 27th, 2012

When I first made the leap into my current real estate career, I did a skills inventory and concluded that I would be suited to the job.

I looked at my project management experience and my ongoing fascination with language, including legalese.  I looked at my communications and public speaking experience. Finally I looked at my ability to get technology working for myself and others.

What I didn’t realize at the time was that my earlier experiences in life also come into play in this career: retail sales is an obvious one that seemed so long ago as to be irrelevant (yet it comes up almost every day), and journalism.

Journalism? Yes, I now realize that those skills are very relevant.  I am not the only person with on-air broadcasting experience and interviewing skills to get into real estate.  Lance Chilton and Jim Tatti, two high-profile broadcasters in the Greater Toronto Area are real estate agents now.  Asking the right questions and getting to the bottom of things are critical in any real estate transaction.  Knowing how to frame a story and present the facts are also key skills.

The lesson of course is that your life experiences accumulate to make you who you are.  I’m just happy to have a strong sense that nothing I did was “wasted effort”.

Innovation and the Film Studios

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

There’s a fascinating infographic that summarizes the long history the Hollywood film studios have with trying to stop innovation.  SOPA is really just the latest round. Click on the image to go to the original site and see it properly.

Red Herring Soup

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Since November, when I wrote about the legislation coming through the U.S. Congress and a similar one in the Senate, SOPA has become a household word.  PIPA is almost as common.  OPEN is still quite obscure.  They are all legislative forays with the same goal.  OPEN is the best of the three, but the same driving forces behind the legislation are copyright holders: the big companies that own copyrights.  The laudable introductory text that says “Americans have a right to benefit from what they’ve created” ignores the fact that these days copyright benefits the artist who actually created the work in very few cases.

There are lots of laws on the books that are already used (and abused and abused and abused) to enforce copyright and generally hold people accountable for their online actions.

Meanwhile, Adam Curry postulates that “winning” over SOPA (which happens to be Spanish for soup) and the big Internet blackout that is coming tomorrow in protest of these bills, is nothing but a red herring.