Joe Cockrell

When I met Joe, I was a corporate refugee. We had each joined the communications department at around the same time — Joe from outside, me as a transfer — and ended up as two legs of a three-legged public relations stool. At the time, I was brought in as the nerd to handle “new media” relations — bloggers, web relations, and the like. Joe, the press. 

But we were both journalists, having traded in the press badges to go corporate at a time when corporate communications was changing radically. 

We struggled together. The organization was under constant fire from the media and keeping up with requests and pitches was a constant fight. I watched Joe manage the deluge with aplomb, not only kicking back eloquent and refined responses to media inquiries, but maintaining a constant flow of new angles for key publications, always fighting to keep the organization moving forward in just the right light. 

Ultimately, our time was not long in the department. The organization didn’t have a clear vision for the conversation they’d wanted to have with the market while we were there which made for a poor fit. I was given the alumni association for a brief period and Joe moved on, but I’ll never forget my time working with him, our introspective lunches, and his keen observations on the industry. 

To Joe, I owe my deepest thanks for changing the way I think about corporate communications, for approaching the media with a producer’s eye, and for refining what I understand as proactive placement. Joe’s one of the best. I’m honored to be in his professional orbit.

Using the Document Camera in Evernote Mobile

We had a listener question over on Taking Control: The Organizing Podcast about a feature of the Evernote Mobile app that I'd mentioned, the document camera. In my conversations with folks about Evernote, this is one feature that people don't seem to know about, so I thought I might record a quick video to demonstrate.  

There are three options in the Evernote camera now: Camera, Document Camera, and Post-it™ Camera. If you're scanning a page of notes or documents, the Document Camera can help you both align your documents appropriately and ensure that they're well lit by overriding the phone's camera settings and illuminating the flash automatically. It's a handy feature I use daily for receipts, mail, notes, the works! 

Brené Brown on Listening to Shame

Vulnerability is not weakness. I define vulnerability as emotional risk, exposure, uncertainty. It fuels our daily lives. And I've come to the belief — this is my 12th year doing this research — that vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage — to be vulnerable, to let ourselves be seen, to be honest.

Now is the time for all men to come to the aid

Jeff Bezos to buy the Washington Post

Just... you know... marking the day:

The Washington Post Co. has agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family’s stewardship of one of America’s leading news organizations after four generations.
Seattle-based Amazon will have no role in the purchase; Bezos himself will buy the news organization and become its sole owner when the sale is completed, probably within 60 days. The Post Co. will change to a new, still-undecided name and continue as a publicly traded company without The Post thereafter.


Go buy Curt Siffert's New CD "Not Today" Today

Sometimes, Curt Siffert hangs out in orchards. Always look for him, if you find yourself in an orchard, too.

Sometimes, Curt Siffert hangs out in orchards. Always look for him, if you find yourself in an orchard, too.

It's been years since Curt Siffert came to my house and played She Believes for me, and I still cry every time I hear it. I can't listen to it with other people in the room, or in the car, because of all the slobbery weeping. 

Related: get tinted windows on car. 

See, Curt wrote She Believes about my great anxiety in raising  a daughter. I'd confessed to him that I didn't know what the hell I was doing, that I was afraid I was messing her up, since all I knew about were boy things. We'd read Star Trek stories and play Transformers and G.I. Joe stuff, all the tropes and triumphs of my own youth. I was afraid she'd grow up worshipping John Rambo. I should say, I was afraid and excited that she'd grow up worshipping John Rambo.

So Curt wrote a song about it. Because apparently cementing a young parent's anxiety in song is something friends do for one another. 

And today, that song is on his first official CD. And it's about damned time. The whole CD is fantastic, apart from my favorite song. I've never met someone quite so attuned to music — and his work at the piano exemplifies this effortlessness. But the surprises for me, as someone used to hearing this thing straight piano and voice, are in the robustness of the arrangements. His collaboration with Jake Oken-berg (producer) and the cast of musicians filling out his session band yield an incredibly rich take on what I hope many others will add as standards in their own jazz collections.

Sometimes, Curt Siffert is a stone cold farmer.

Sometimes, Curt Siffert is a stone cold farmer.

That means that you should all click here to go over to Curt's website and by the CD right now for $10. SO CHEAP. 

PLUS! You will NEVER guess who did the photography on the thing. Never in a million billion years. 

Please... IT WAS ME! So, you get all of Curt's great music, and some fun photography, too! For $10! I dare you to beat that with a stick.

There you go: my pitch for you to make your lives better with great music, and Curt's better by selling it to you. You're all good people. You should get together on this.

I suppose I should add, regarding my daughter, I'm dutifully raising her as a fan of fantasy, science fiction, and nerdery, just like her old man. She can track, smelt, and quote from every series of Trek. Plus, she knows how to go outside and get dirty. I couldn't be more proud.

Sometimes, we just don't know things until we hear our own words rattled around back at us in song. 

... everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here ... now ... thank you. How are you?