Archive: January 2014 - Spinland Studios, LLC

The Essence of Leadership

  • January 29, 2014

I recently saw an article on a professional social media outlet that talked about leadership. There were several comments and, in reading them, I realized that many of the commenters did not seem to grasp what leadership really means. Leadership is not about doing great deeds, nor even about being a great or "clued in" or otherwise outstanding person--that's heroism. Leadership is not about you, it's about how you affect others. You do not become a leader by accomplishing great things, you become a leader by inspiring others to accomplish those things. If no one wants to follow you into greatness...

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Your Portfolio: to Print or Not to Print?

  • January 26, 2014

In this "digital age" I see a common question pop up on social media: should I have traditional printed items for my portfolio, or show it digitally? For the more traditional arts and design fields this is an interesting question. Some people have reported that an interviewer or potential client described a printed portfolio as "quaint," while others assert that the tactile experience of handling demo pieces on carefully-selected stock is unmatched. On the digital side, being able to display your portfolio via a multimedia presentation on a laptop (or even a tablet) can be eye-catching, hip, and much...

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Brief Reflection on the Mac Turning 30

  • January 24, 2014

So, the original Mac turned 30 today. Honestly? I didn't use one apart from a brief one-class encounter in one of Ohio State's computer labs (and it was an assembly language class so we didn't use any of the graphics). I was a Commodore guy until I went PC around the 80286 era and DOS 4. Stayed with the PC paradigm through the advent of Windows all the way to Windows 7. In 2009 I'd finally had enough of PCs made with commodity parts and crazy device driver problems screwing with my 3D work and got my first Mac (the 17" MacBook Pro I'm typing this on right now). So, while I'll drink a toast...

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Unboxing the New Mac Pro

  • January 14, 2014

I've been wanting to upgrade my Studio workstation to a Mac Pro for a while, now, but have held off knowing a new model was imminent. When the "iCan" was finally announced, I waited some more. On the day they became available for ordering I took the plunge and then waited some more for supply to catch up to the surge in demand. Yesterday the shiny new bauble finally arrived and, to commemorate the event, I took some pictures of the "unboxing" like any proud Papa would. Here they are: It made the trek from Austin, TX in a "plain brown wrapper" of a box. Apple has long used such boxing to help...

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