Five Points – 25

GenuisScan  – 

Someone recently told me via their iPhone that they would get the a countersigned contract back to me next week because they were on the road.  Then I made a frown face.

It would seem to reason that in the business of getting contracts signed, countersigned, and returned such that a deal is memorialized…that one would go to the end of the earth to do just that.  That collecting all the signatures…signing on the line that is dotted…is the thing!  That is the hard part.

If you do any work that involves the signing of contracts or the need to scan something, you may consider Genius Scan.  The app allows for the taking of a photo of some thing (paper) with your phone, turns it into a PDF, and formats it all to quickly zap it off in an email.  And it costs exactly nothing.  Its free.

Too clever by half – 

I found this article incredibly enlightening.

It personifies two characters present during change – the coyote and the raccoon.  One is too smart for its own good and will ultimately die.  The other is a bandit, has no shame, and unfortunately, will persevere.  It also highlights the meta-game…the game about the game…that is crucial to understand, if one wants to win.  The topic of the article is the blockchain and cryptocurrency, however I extrapolated the lesson to be more about life in general.  There are a lot of moving parts here and I think it’s well worth a look.  15 min read.

World Record Badminton Volley – 108 hits in the 2013 World Championship – 

Holy &*#$ the poise of these guys.  And the fact it was match point as well –

What I’m Watching –

Dear Basketball by Kobe Bryant –

This animated short (5 mins) by Kobe Bryant was captivating.  I believe the sentiment is shared by anyone saying goodbye to something they truly love after having given it their all.  I know I felt some of these things when I finally hung up my rugby boots.  It won an Oscar this year for good reason.

Intercourse by Jonatan Etzler (NSFW) –

This is a short film about a pretty strange twist in the sexual relationship of a couple.  It was a Vimeo staff pick last week and has been featured on a few different outlets.  It pushes a few buttons and made a few people I discussed it with uncomfortable and others’ turned on, so they reported. Swedish with English subtitles. Mature content.

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey –

Do you need to watch a documentary that’ll make you feel good?  Love 80’s rock – Journey!!!  Watch this.  It’s really pretty awesome.  The film follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey.

1,000 True Fans – 

I found myself heading back to this iconic article this past week.  Penned by Kevin Kelly, the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, and a former editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Review.  It’s become famous in its own right, as it’s dang good advice.

To be a successful creator you don’t need millions. You don’t need millions of dollars or millions of customers, millions of clients or millions of fans. To make a living as a craftsperson, photographer, musician, designer, author, animator, app maker, entrepreneur, or inventor you need only thousands of true fans. …