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In Defense of African Wild Dogs

I was horrified to learn, this week, that a small boy was killed by a pack of captive African wild dogs (Painted Dogs) at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Horrified for the boy and his family and for the dogs themselves.

I have spent a great deal of time with Painted Dogs and wrote a fictional book based on the life of two young dogs. I would not call myself an expert, but I would suggest that I know more about these dogs than the average person. With that in mind, I have to say: Read More

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– Occupy Your Life –

What Occupies Your Time?

What Occupies Your Time?

In 2011 we learned all about occupying Wall Street and other financial centers — lets make 2012 the year we occupy our lives.

Occupy your body — take care of your body; feed it lots of what it needs and only a little of what it doesn’t. Use your body — it was made for movement.

Occupy your mind with great information. Read good books. Learn a language. Study great content. Cut down on the bubble gum content and stimulate your brain — it will reward you.

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The Other Mind – Part 3 of 3 | Get Inside The Other Mind

Primates Learn by Watching

Primates Learn by Watching

Primates mimic. That is how we learn. Do as I say, not as I do is not an effective parenting method because children learn by observing and imitating. If they see you smoke, they are twice as likely to take up the habit.

 Imitation and mimicry are a natural part of primate instinct — it saves a great deal of time. Read More

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The Other Mind – Part Two | Are the Trustworthy too Trusting?

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Madoff

In the first section of this article I focused on understanding ‘the other mind’ when communicating or crafting a message. Now, I will focus on a danger of ‘the other mind’ — the way trust works.

Unfortunately, people who are trustworthy are often too trusting. Conversely, those who can not be trusted, are frequently skeptical, doubting and have a hard time trusting anyone.

This is another ‘problem of the other mind’ and results directly from the idea that people fail to remember that everyone has their own view of the world. Read More

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Understanding the ‘Other Mind‘ – Part 1

The Other Mind

The Other Mind

I first remember considering the concept of ‘the other mind’ when I was a little boy trying to manage the insanity of growing up with alcoholism and good old fashion dysfunction. I remember thinking, as a kid, that I had to find different methods for communicating my thoughts or ideas to others — methods more in line with their very different ways of thinking. It was clear to me, from a very young age, that people see the world differently from one another. Read More

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Kerner Optical, LLC — The End of an Era

Kerner Optical

Two years ago I invested in, and took over the management of, a struggling special effects company in Northern California. Sadly, I have decided to close the studio.

I will blog more about  Kerner Optical; I have learned a great deal, met the most fascinating people and had a great deal of fun.

The company, originally the ‘model shop’ that was Industrial Light and Magic, employed some of the most talented and dedicated people on the planet. There are some great stories to tell – and the overall experience has been a bit like living a Grisham novel – intrigue, suspense, deception, celebrity and huge sums of money.

I announced the closure in this letter on the company’s website:

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Inertia: The key to an outstanding 2011

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Inertia 

(ĭ-nûr’shə)

  1. n. Physics. The tendency of a body to resist acceleration; the tendency of a body at rest to remain at rest or of a body in straight line motion to stay in motion in a straight line unless acted on by an outside force.
  2. Resistance or disinclination to motion, action, or change: the inertia of an entrenched bureaucracy.

Inertia will make all the difference to your next year: It will either Read More

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Forbes | Kerner 3D Technologies

Forbes Interview | Edmeades

Forbes Interview | Edmeades

Kim McNicholas stopped in at Kerner Studios during one of Kerner’s famous pancake breakfast events to check out the latest in 3D and visual effects. Kim and Eric then spoke about 3D technologies, Kernercam rigs and the future of 3D for home cinema.

See the interview here.

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The Road Less Travelled

Eric and Cats

Eric and Cats

I have been getting back into running. 

So today I headed up to Point Reyes to run in the forest. And it was incredible. I have been to over 40 countries, lived in a dozen or so cities so I can tell you with some certainty that I live in one of the most gorgeous places on Earth: Marin County, Northern California.

Anyway, I had originally intended to head out for a 3-4 mile run since it has been a while since I did any long distances. I arrived at the visitor center and saw, on the map, that the run I wanted to do (to see the ocean) was 8.2 miles. I considered this for a minute and decided that if I took it easy, I could make it work. And so I set off.

This is when I started to notice something that made me think about business and, more specifically, some of things I have been going through recently. You see, the trail starts off extremely wide and easy going. It is not the road less traveled at this point. And while not exactly crowded, there were many people on the trail. Read More

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Taking action and the Action Matrix

How do you take action? Specifically, how do you decide to take action? How do you decide what to take action on?

The best way I have found to decide where to take action is described by Dr. Stephen Covey. Dr. Covey relates the use of a “quadrant system”. You see, every action in life can be classified by these two things: the level of importance, and the level of urgency. Read More