1. “Twirl Me” by Wildlight: lyrical storytelling and downtempo chords and water drips evoke a fascinating place in this song:
And in case you’re a Behind the Scenes video nerd like I am, here’s the BTS.
3. Yuri’s Night: On to something happier! I attended my first Yuri’s Night, an international celebration of space. Los Angeles’ took place underneath Space Shuttle Endeavour! A few highlights: meeting R2-D2 (which I did quite a lot of at Star Wars Celebration this past weekend!) great costumes, geeky people, space art installations, and a Space Shuttle Main Engine. But the most fun was the intelligence, perspective and passion of my fellow space nerds:
4. “How Google Works”: No, not the search engine–though they do discuss that too–the company. How do you build a culture of innovation and quality? How do you help your employees thrive as the business scales? I especially love the way they discuss hiring practices and why it’s better to throw the typical “7-10 years experience” hiring rules out the window and instead hire “Smart Creatives.” It reminds me of the rule I use a lot for casting interactive experiences–no matter how well you plan ahead, the Guest/User/Audience will surprise you. So when you’re casting someone to interact with a Guest, cast the person, not their acting abilities. When everything goes out the window, they’re going to default to who they are and what experiences they have and can bring forward–this isn’t a bad thing! They’ll be more believable too, since it’s their true character. “How Google Works” postulates that industries are innovating so quickly, that being fully experienced in the incumbent software language or having done the job before isn’t the solution. Instead, you hire the wildly curious geeks (Smart Creatives) who you know will want to learn and take on the challenges head-first when curve balls get thrown.
5. FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Mark your calendars, not this Saturday, but next. I’ll be celebrating in LA at the Blastoff Comicsfest in the NoHo Arts District, but most comic shops should be having events! Say hi if you see me, I’ll probably be highly recognizable.