Sunday, December 23, 2012

Suitable Technologies' Beam Remote Telepresence Robot

My "Beam" will be dressed up in appropriate office attire...

I want to "Beam" myself to work - with a Telepresence Robot. And I want my Telepresence Robot to be "Suitable" - meaning, "well-dressed". So I have created my own robot attire for the office. I feel that this will really help the planet, i.e. save fossil fuels and lower air pollution. It will also save me time commuting each day to work. Driving to work is so old school. Currently, I drive 3 hours a day to commute from my home to my cubicle in Emeryville, CA. Once in my little office cubicle, I telework to Washington, DC and other remote Treasury offices. (This equates to at least 3 months of driving 40 hours a week to work per year - bad for me, bad for the environment. Each "Beam" costs $16,000. It costs me approximately $10k per year to drive to work. A Beam is a tax write-off, but my commute is not...)

More employees are working from home, but there's still no substitute for actually being at the office. Enter the Beam. It's a roving computer screen _ with video cameras, microphones and speakers _ that stands five feet and rides on motorized wheels. Read more.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Michio Kaku on the future & my New Year's commitments

To see move Michio Kaku videos, go to Big Think.

Okay, moving on to my New Year's commitments, here is my list:
Kale with cranberries and pine nuts.

1) Eat kale at least 4 times a week, preferably every day. 
2) Eat brown rice (with my kale).
3) I my next position as team lead/supervisor, I will make team members my "Board of Directors" who will hold me accountable. Yes, I am inverting the vertical hierarchy. I want them to help me with key decisions and be there to support and encourage me as I will do for them. "To-do" list for leading my future team:

  • Be on time
  • Be committed
  • Be honest
  • Be supportive
  • Be creative
  • Be an active participant
  • Don’t be embarrassed
  • Don’t be afraid to share
  • Don’t hold back
  • Don’t judge
  • Check your ego at the door
  • Everything must be held in strict confidence
  • Each member must be accountable to the group
  • Expect greatness from each other

Sunday, December 9, 2012

"One day I started blogging... and, then, something happened..."

One day I started blogging from AnneMarie Arnold on Vimeo.

I created this video using PhotoShop, Premiere Pro, and Apple Keynote. It will be the intro to my series about learning/teaching blogging using WordPress.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Planets aligned, organic compounds found on mars, and the Pope will start tweeting - Great News!!!

Today is December 3, 2012 and something interesting occurred for me today: another great job referral. I already have an offer in hand, but this time, the prospective duty station is within driving distance from my little Napa Farm! And it's in Public Relations - a career move that should be interesting as long as I can employ my design and social media skills. Could the alignment of these planets today have something to do with this? Maybe. Why not?

Rumors and speculation - waiting for the "earth-shattering news" 
YES!!! Organic Compounds Found on Mars!!!

News conference about the NASA Mars rover Curiosity was be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in San Francisco at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). >Read more.

Audio and visuals from the briefing also will be streamed online here.

The following text is from this source:

Numerous rocks on Mars are not real rocks. They are fossils (note 1). Some “bedrocks” on Mars are fossils, too. Meteorites originate from Mars and most of them are Mars fossils (note 2). For example, the following is a photo of a “rock” found at Rocknest. It shows textures rarely, if ever, seen on real Earth rocks:


And finally, the Pope will start tweeting...
Pope Benedict XVI will start tweeting in six languages from his own personal handle @Pontifex on Dec. 12. ... The Vatican said Monday the pope will be using a question and answer format in his first Tweet, focusing on answering questions about faith -- in 140 characters. > Read more.