Author Archives: Paul Langdon

Pep Talk From Kid President

This is making the rounds as the next viral video around, and it totally made my day.  I am standing in a crossroads in life, and this is set my mind on the tasks at hand.

~PL

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Designing For Our Bodies

Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color — and yes, even listen to faces and paintings.  Neil Harbisson’s “eyeborg” allows him to hear colors, even those beyond the range of sight, such as ultraviolet and infrared frequencies.

His story is unbelievable; a remarkable use of modern technology.  This is just one example of a growing trend of technology integration with our biological “hardware”.  I want to talk about encouraging the innovation that will push the boundaries between technology and our world.  To do this, we have to start designing for our bodies, for our native ecosystems.  There is a lot of material in this post, so make sure you catch all of the exciting developments! Listen to Neil’s story, and get excited! Continue reading

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What Does Healthy Behavior Cost?

I am really bad at being healthy. Exercise? Diet? Healthy lifestyle?  My motivation is always low. One of the talks at TEDxJNJ was about looking at why it is so hard to be healthy.  It’s not like we don’t know what’s good for us.  Implementing a lifestyle that we know is healthier than our current one always falls to the wayside. Is it because we lack the energy, or the time, to be healthy?  In the spirit of the new year, and new year’s resolutions, let’s talk about how to get over the procrastination hump and start living healthier, based on a talk from the TEDxJNJ Main Event on 12/12/12. Continue reading

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I Caved… iPhone 5

I finally made the switch.  My DROID X, while valiant, has made it’s last call. It’s fired its last text. Never again will I stand confused after having taken a picture only to find the gallery says, “Picture not found”. Never again will my phone forget that my camera, or my microphone, exists. I shall put to rest the habit of taking off my case to cool my phone from seething temperatures whilst using GPS for extended periods of time. Never again will I have a phone bill over $100.

Never again will I wake up to math and noise. I shall laugh at the Galaxy Note 2 users that cannot reach the left edge of their screen whilst holding their phone in their right hand. I shall shed tears of shame as I become “just another phone in the crowd”.

This is the end of an era, and the beginning of a new age. This is the evening, that Paul Langdon switched to AT&T from Verizon and purchased an iPhone 5.

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Finding Your Lens, and Sticking To It

Chuck HobermanChuck Hoberman has made a career out of looking at the world with a different perspective.

Hoberman, internationally known for his “transformable structures”, seamlessly fuses the disciplines of art, architecture and engineering. Through his products, patents, and structures, Hoberman demonstrates how objects can be foldable, retractable, or shape-shifting.

He is the founder of Hoberman Associates, a multidisciplinary practice that utilizes transformable principles for a wide range of applications including consumer products, deployable shelters and structures for aerospace. His art has been exhibited around the world on many occasions over the last 20 years.  Examples of his commissioned work include the transforming video screen for the U2 360° world tour, the Hoberman Arch installed as the centerpiece for the Winter Olympic Games (2002), as well as exhibits at a number of major museums. Hoberman spoke at TEDxJNJ about his accomplishments in a calculated, almost too humble manner, but in the midst of explaining his way of viewing the world, he imparted on me some words of wisdom that really stuck with me. Continue reading

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Cyber Attacks on 9 US Banks Continue

No U.S. Bank Is Safe

If the picture doesn’t send the message, let me spell it out for you. All of the banks in that picture have reported Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks from the hacktivist group Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters.  The group claims that its second phase of distributed-denial-of-service attacks has affected nine banks since Dec. 11, and it warns that more attacks are on the way. The group will continue to target U.S. institutions until a YouTube movie trailer believed by the group to be anti-Islamic is removed from the Internet.

Normally, this sounds to me like another half baked conspiracy theory, but the number of stories are starting to add up, and this story is gaining more and more steam. Continue reading

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Ubuntu Phone OS: A Welcome Change

It’s Time for a Change

wpid-Photo-Jan-3-2013-319-PM.jpgI’ve been depressed about my mobile situation.  I have the original DROID X, and it is acting like a senior citizen with dementia.  It forgets it has a camera, a microphone, and needs to be rebooted twice a day. I have loved my android experience until last month, to be completely honest. I bought the phone in March of 2011, and I have really come to think of my phone as an extension of myself.  That said, with carrier concerns, and the degrading performance, it is time for a new phone for me.  But what phone to get? Continue reading

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Thoughts on Modern Leadership

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What is Modern Leadership?

An entire section of TEDxJNJ’s 12/12/12 event was dedicated to leadership. We had speakers talk about their experiences growing as leaders. One was the leader of a large organization, one was a coworker and colleague of mine. Leadership occurs at all levels, yet “some people got it, some people don’t.” At least, that’s what it feels like, right? What is changing about leadership today? What’s working, and what’s not?

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BYODiscussion: Millennials talk BYOD with Generation X and Y

WorkingWith-615x400On December 18th, an employee resource group for the Millennial generation hosted the first of many “Bring Your Own Discussion (BYOD)” Lunch and Learns at work.  With J&J working on implementing its BYOD strategy in 2013, the topic was, fittingly, Bring Your Own Device.

Millennials are often labeled as inseparable from their technology. Several leading industry studies and articles believe that this new generation will demand BYOD programs, and challenge traditional work environments to change the way we work to meet this need.

BYOD means different things to different people, and the key to keeping afloat in the BYOD discussion is understanding what problem you are trying to solve.  Interestingly enough, different generations have different expectations for this BYOD program.  All are valid, but which will we tackle? Continue reading

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