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Spinny’s Networking Tips: Working a Room

  • June 26, 2014

I'm going to post a kind of series on this, starting today. No, I am not a "guru," nor a "rockstar," nor any of those silly over-used social media terms. I'm just a solopreneur making his way through the business jungle and sometimes I feel like I have a glimmer of an idea worth sharing. So, you're at your local Chamber of Commerce mixer, beer in hand, some hors d'oeuvres in your belly, and a room full of people surround you whom you know diddley about. Yikes. Rule one: they're all here for the same reason you are, to network. Relax, they're not going to recoil in horror when a stranger approaches...

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What Makes Spinny Feel Old

  • June 20, 2014

You know when I start feeling old? When I interact with situations like the "night life scene" and with people into "street" culture. Maybe those aren't even the right words for it. Noise and crowds bother the shit out of me. I avoid them whenever possible. When I think of fun live music my image is sitting on a couch where someone with a guitar (acoustic, of course) and a mike is all there is on stage, and you can hear the person next to you talking at a normal volume. Sure, I like to "rock out" to groups like Led Zep—but on my own, in my own space, and the volume is pretty low. I'm that guy complaining...

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Spinny’s Mini Review of Godzilla 2014

  • June 15, 2014

The verdict up front: generally good and a satisfying monster movie, with lots of homage to the original. Monsters going all WWF on each other is, after all, at the core of a Godzilla movie. I found the beginning slow, but they managed to start ramping up the tension towards mayhem before I got too restless. The rationale behind one of the principals ending up in the thick of every major event felt flimsy, but again a hallmark of the genre is seeing colossal mayhem through humans trying to survive it and that character's perspective gave continuity to the epic action happening all around. My...

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The Power of Prayer

  • June 8, 2014

This is potentially controversial. So be it. In light of the recent joint prayer for peace (including Jewish and Islamic leaders) facilitated by the Catholic Pope, I wanted to hold forth on why I consider such events to be important: People hear/participate in a prayer. People believe in that prayer. People modify their behavior based on that belief. Things thereby happen. That's how it works. I respectfully submit that if you merely say the words (regardless of how devoutly or fervently) and then passively wait for Divine Intervention you are destined for disappointment. "God helps those...

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Great profile piece on my Studio in today’s Observer-Dispatch.

  • June 4, 2014

All his life, Mark Dyson kept his two passions – art and technology – separate. That was until about two years ago, when the 53-year-old Deerfield man quit his job as a computer graphics designer with the Northrop Grumman Corporation and combined those loves into his own 3D animation business called Spinland Studios. “I went back and forth with my wife for about a year before finally pulling the trigger,” Dyson said. “It just felt like the right time … and I knew that the Mohawk Valley was historically underserved in this area and I could hopefully fill the gap.” Operating out of his home...

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