Time

April 16, 2011

Welcome to my new website.

I most like that I made it work myself. A process like assembling a piece of furniture that comes in a box with instructions in pigeon english and lots of parts that need to fit together just so.

And even if I can just barely understand the instructions, I need to get help by checking posts from all over the internet – and these are just scattered all over- some are outdated, most are irrelevant, but there is a clue here and a clue there and pretty soon, through lots of trial and error… voila!

I know it will continue to evolve… And that is one of the great things about this publishing technology. Hit the Update Button… and it all changes. As often as you want.

To those who are digital natives – my accomplishment is no big deal.

To those of us who grew up prior to there being an App for That – it is an immensely big deal.

Rather than purchase the expertise, I followed the advice of Douglas Rushkoff… to Program or Be Programmed.

I personally put in the time.

Even though time is a scarce commodity for me (and I am guessing for you too).

A couple of years ago – 20 or so (time flys doesn’t it?) – I wrote, produced and directed a series for a TV station I worked for in LA. I chose to discuss the difficulty of finding enough time to do things with Deepak Chopra, among others.  He is a provocative and well spoken physician, thinker and writer.  I knew having him in my mini-series on Time would attract eyeballs back then – even before he became a life-consultant to the stars as well as the masses.

Those days saw the beginnings of the proliferation of the personal pager and the cell phone.  There was no internet or always-on stream. Even then we all were rushed and always out of time….  Here is an excerpt of our interview, shot by KCAL news photographer (before he transmogrified himself into a video on the web expert at that big M company in Seattle) David Cronshaw.

Then there is this take on time (thanks to Frank X. Christ)

“Time. Time. What is time? Swiss manufacture it. French hoard it. Italians squander it. Americans say it is money. Hindus say it does not exist. Do you know what I say? I say time is a crook.”

Julius O’Hara (played masterfully by Peter Lorre)
Beat the Devil (1953) via imdb

So it isn’t that we don’t have enough time.

We simply don’t put our focus or attention deeply into what we are doing in the moment.

As Dr. Richard Alpert put it so famously… Be Here Now.

And you will have all the time you need.

 

 

 

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Jenny Burman April 18, 2011

Alex, I don’t know if we have met. I graduated in ’83. Congratulations on doing your web site yourself. A new horizon for DIY… But, I read your interesting post, and then tried to watch the clip, but it isn’t working. I thought you might want to know. Good luck with the site, and I am looking forward to seeing the clip.

Viewser April 18, 2011

Hi Jenny –
Thanks for the words of encouragement… they really help! As for why you can’t watch the clip… we may be in an area where my limited knowledge really has me up the creek. I know I can see it on a PC or iPhone – so I wonder what you are watching it on. I will send you an email so we can try to trouble shoot – if you have the time and or the patience.

Marc Freedman April 21, 2011

I have video problems too on Firefox 4 when viewing from the SOM LinkedIn group. That link creates a framed page with LinkedIn crap at top and the blog at bottom. That appears to be the cause of the problem. It goes away if you close the LinkedIn window (‘X’ at upper right) or click the YouTube logo, which plays the vid in a new window at youtube.com.

Viewser April 21, 2011

Thanks for helping to diagnose, Marc. I start down the road of trying to fix this problem – wish I could call IT for help!

Viewser April 22, 2011

So it turns out to be a Linked In Problem – Got this from their customer service :

Hi Alex,

Unfortunately, at this time we do not have the functionality available to post videos within your group which is why you are having the issue. Your feedback has been sent to our research and development team for future consideration.

Viewser April 22, 2011

Video Playback turns out to be a problem for Linked In within “groups” –
At least it isn’t viewser – or your computer!

Bruce Janis April 18, 2011

Very cool Alex. Congrats!

Bruce
SOM ’96

Viewser April 18, 2011

Thanks Bruce, I really appreciate your checking it out and for being encouraging!

Jim Firestone April 22, 2011

Alex,
It’s been a long time. Loved your take on time. Must have been great to interview Chopra. And I had no problem with the video.
Keep it up!
Jim

Viewser April 22, 2011

How great to hear from you! Thanks for the kind words. It was great to speak with Chopra. His publicist arranged the interview, and neglected to tell him, so when I showed up with my camera crew he was a little taken aback. But ever gracious (and aware of the power of publicity, as well, I think) – he agreed to sit and take my questions – the entire 40 minutes was fascinating. Hope to see you soon, Alex

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