October 4th, 2010 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal
Oct. 4th, 2010
01:28 am - Gershwin Seance
"And now it gets spooky. I have a recording of the piano rolls Gershwin cut, his own performance of his work as he heard it in his head – fast, nervy, heedless. The rolls were fed into modern computer-assisted pianos capable of reproducing dynamics, and the results are remarkable. But as this short video shows you, it’s like a seance. No: it’s like those plaster casts of the victims of Pompeii. You know the story: they were buried in rock and ash, the bodies evaporated, and centuries later they poured plaster into the empty spaces to define the shape left by the vacant soul. It’s like that. He’s here. But he’s not."
04:39 pm - Facebook | How to Be More Interesting: 100 ideas for my Facebook friends. Part 1 of 5 (20 ideas each
Conscious incompetence. I used to live with a Harvard architect named Susan Gill, back when I lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We decided to be more interesting, and agreed that if either of us said something was boring, we’d say, right away, “Boring”, which we found ourselves shortening to “B!” It was sort of painful for a few days (which felt like months) hearing each other say, “B!” “B!” “B!” However, it shocked us how much of what we said was, objectively, boring. This is one of the most amazing exercises I’ve experienced for achieving the state of “conscious incompetence” about being boring, which is almost halfway towards “unconscious competence” about being interesting.
Nice list of steps to take to become a more interesting person.
1. Make a personal goal of being more interesting. Write this goal down, in your own words. Be specific about what this means to you. Come up with a plan. Write the plan down also. Goals are “SMART”. Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-limited, with a date for completion. My SMART goal: “By January 1, 2011, be so interesting that I have 5,000 friends on Facebook who will give me at least 100 Likes or comments each day to my 10 or more links, photos, and Status updates.” Also, “Be recognized, formally as informally, as being an interesting and interested host for an ongoing salon discussion about any and all topics, in which FB friends feel safe to be themselves, and find themselves appreciated as much or more than other places in their lives and work.”
2. Think of how your skill at “being interesting” will go through the four levels of competence: unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence, and unconscious competence. Recognize that you and most people don’t really know what they don’t know about being interesting. Humility is the beginning of wisdom. And being more interesting.
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