This article, written by Rick Chatenever, was first published on the Maui News. <a href="http://www.mauinews.com/opinion/columns/2017/03/maui-connections-22/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read it in full here.</a>

Wearing a black T-shirt with the label “Nasty Woman,” she sang her first song to the “Nasty Man” now occupying the White House. It was a blistering condemnation, echoing many revelations coming out of the so-called fake-news media — only hers rhymed. Her original composition was not a very good song, she joked with the audience, adding that any of us could come up with a better one after we got home that night.

and Continue reading

            Why this article is headlined <a href="http://www.newsguardian.co.uk/what-s-on/music-gigs/four-albums-worth-a-listen-by-david-bowie-hinds-steven-wilson-and-ennio-morricone-1-7677546" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Four Albums Worth A Listen</a> is beyond me, given how Darin slams Blackstar, and how Hinds is highlighted. Personally, never heard of them, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/12/30/461281114/first-listen-hinds-leave-me-alone" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">so checked them out here</a>. I did - it isn't worth a listen. And then finally, The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of The Hateful Eight. Really ? That is one of the 4 worth a listen albums of 2016 so far. Heavens.

My take on Blackstar – before I heard of his death, recorded here for posterity.

But. I am glad that he called out 4 1/2. I  have just counted over 50 albums in my collection that are by – or heavily influenced by – Steven Wilson, so you could count me in as a fan and am eagerly waiting for 4 1’2 which is due next week.

Update Jan 20th : A Review From ‘Something Else Reviews’

Also interesting to note that Mr Wilson was heavily influenced by Mr. Bowie and his entourage … this is his post on Bowie’s passing.

I spent this morning listening to Bowie’s fantastic …

Personally I would pay a lot more attention to Steven than Darin.

 

            Careful what the question is, because that pretty much always defines the answer.

In recent Apple blogs a lot of questions have been asked as to whether an iPadPro can replace your MacBook (Pro). It seems we have been asking the wrong question.

Fraser turns it around and asks whether you can replace your iPad Pro with a MacBook (Pro). You shouldn’t be surprised by the outcome, but some snippets to tickle your taste buds.

The fact that the keyboard and screen are limited to being held in an L-shaped configuration seriously limits its flexibility. It is basically impossible to use a MacBook pro while standing up and downright dangerous to use when walking around.

and

No MacBook Pro offers a four-speaker configuration built into it’s body. This can put a bit of a dampener on your enjoyment of movies and TV shows as the sound is far thinner with less bass and richness than the iPad Pro can deliver.

and

You are also limited to landscape orientation of the screen, which makes reading books and browsing longer websites an exercise in frustrated scrolling.

and

You have to commit to a specific keyboard layout and language from the factory that can never be changed.


[ Source : Fraser Speirs ]

            Sometimes - just out of the blue - some people say the nicest things. Decided that this might be a place to store those personal references .....

From Analytics For Twitter 

John Philpin blogs with a unique perspective in regards to digital marketing at his site,BeyondBridges.net. His material is engagingly diverse and synthesized from a wide range of sources to form a cohesive themes about human interaction and connection amidst the chaotic, confusing world of data and analytics that now clouds the trades of marketing and sales.

            &nbsp;
sprout_social_logo This is one of a series of posts about Sprout Social that I am publishing throughout this blog, you can find the full list of posts here. I highly recommend that you check that set if you haven’t already.

Reading this just now reminded me that I need to get onto my next Sprout Social Post. Meanwhile – I thought I would share this.

Seems like I am not the only act in town that thinks so highly of this product.

Let me cut to the chase – the article ends with this comment.

The intuitive use of Sprout Social sets it apart from the competition. It’s a simple, effective way to manage your social media efforts.  However, every product is never without its short-comings. Google integration and publishing is NOT available on Sprout Social. So, posting to Google+ takes additional effort on the marketer’s part to increase their social media gamut. Sprout Social is not a be-all, end-all social media management system, but it is mant to conduct a good percentage of your efforts. With the reporting, messages, and publishing efforts of the platform, it’s a great tool for social media ROI and engagement.

I agree – “Sprout Social is not a be-all, end-all social media management system” – but then what is ? And surely the lack of “Google integration and publishing” is a Google API question (I think – must go and check that …). Will post more info when I find it.

But that all said – do click through and take a read – the writer goes into a tonne more detail than I ever will in my posts – and since it comes to you via Social Media Today – well – it must be right – no ?

            &nbsp;
sprout_social_logo This is one of a series of posts about Sprout Social that I am publishing throughout this blog, you can find the full list of posts here. I highly recommend that you check that set if you haven’t already.

Before you get started – you might want to check this post first.

The home page of Sprout Social is a veritable forest of goodness that you need to get your head around.

This post is JUST about the Home page that you are presented when you first log on. As I build out this series, I will cross reference to the other aspects of the application so that you get the full picture of what it can do for you. Continue reading

            &nbsp;
sprout_social_logo This is one of a series of posts about Sprout Social that I am publishing throughout this blog, you can find the full list of posts here. I highly recommend that you check that set if you haven’t already.

Before you get started – you might want to check these introductory ideas first.

There is no doubt that the complexity of the world is increasing each and every day – and part of that is the job of monitoring, managing and making sense of all of those confounded networks that you are signed up for that are supposedly generating business for you = but still – somehow you really really just do not KNOW.

I have been looking at Sprout Social since October. Continue reading

            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/sprouts.png"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-2130" alt="sprouts" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/sprouts-150x150.png" width="150" height="150" /></a>We all love them don't we? No? Well, they do unfortunately fall into an unfortunate category of vegetables kids love to hate - but now we can get a little insight into why that might be ....

Now I Know – Sprouted.

So why am I bringing this up in the middle of this steady stream of business commentary and ‘future think’ ?

Well, funnily enough I have been trying out a system called SproutSocial – which I discovered a while back. As I always do with stuff that catches my eye – I signed up – and even mentioned on this blog that I had just been reading about it on Venture Beat.

So now – three and a half months later here I am again. Still using it. Interesting huh ?

This is the introduction to a series of posts about Sprout Social. I am using this tag to bring all the posts together – I am that impressed with them – but more of that later. For now click through – take a look – and more to come – I promise.