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July 24, 201711:22 PM

Toto's Shem Von Schroeck On This Month's Groove - The No Treble Podcast

Shem Von Schroeck from Toto is this month's conversation on Groove - The No Treble Podcast.

You can listen the new episode right here: Groove - The No Treble Podcast - Episode #31 - Shem Von Schroeck.

Who is Shem Von Schroeck?

Most people know Shem Von Schroeck as the longtime bass player in Kenny Loggins' band. At the beginning of this summer, Shem got word that he landed the coveted bass gig in Toto. The prolific and proficient bass player has also worked with everyone from Don Felder of The Eagles to Christopher Cross. He's been playing since the age of three as a part of a highly musical family and is a multi-instrumentalist along with having incredible vocal capabilities. And, that's not hyperbole. Shem is also a professional opera singer and is a regular tenor soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, The Philly Pops, and the Jacksonville Symphony. He has released his own solo music (Son Of Arthur) and is also known for playing in Ambrosia. We had a chance to spend some time with Shem right after his soundcheck in Montreal before Toto crushed it on stage. Enjoy the conversation...

Listen in: Groove - Episode #31: Shem Von Schroeck.

What is Groove - The No Treble Podcast?

This is an ambitious effort. This will be a fascinating conversation. Our goal at Groove is to build the largest oral history of bass players. Why Groove? Most of the content about the bass revolves around gear, playing techniques, and more technical chatter. For us, bassists are creative artists with stories to tell. They are a force to be reckon with. These are the stories and conversation that we will capture. To create this oral history of why these artists chose the bass, what their creative lives are like, and where inspiration can be found.

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July 23, 2017 6:49 AM

Real Artists Don't Starve With Jeff Goins - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #576 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.

If you are responsible for being creative (and, who isn't these days), there are few that are more inspiring than Jeff Goins. He believes that we all have a creative gift worth sharing with the world. And that is our art (and yes, work is art too!). So, whether you are grappling with a business idea, are thinking about writing a book, or there's a project you want to create, Jeff has amazing insights into how to get that work out and into the world. Plus, if you're more of a traditional artists, he believes that you don't have to starve to do it. His latest book is called, Real Artists Don't Starve. He's written other books as well (The Art Of Work, You Are A Writer, Wrecked and The In-Between). He's not just a bestselling author (writing is his passion), but he's a professional speaker and offers online courses (Tribe Writers) for those who want to follow his career path. Looking for a kick in the creative cranium? Enjoy the conversation...  

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast #576.

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July 22, 2017 5:51 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #369

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS; chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: 

  • All of my Issues With the "Goodnight Moon" Bedroom - The Ugly Volvo. "It turns out that I am not the only one with issues about this." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Cooking Lessons - The California Sunday Magazine. "Doing the right thing is hard and chewy. I found this story riveting; a celebrity chef tries to make a fast food joint that isn't bad for you, in Watts, home of the Crips. Like Jaimie Oliver fixing school lunches, but full of North America's social and racial issues." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • From Cells To Cities - Waking Up With Sam Harris. "Fascinating interview with Geoffrey West, the theoretical physicist, who turned his attentions to biology, and developed mathematical models for how organisms scale, why they stop growing, and how/why they die. Interestingly, much of his work applies to cities as well as beings. One particularly mind-bending section focuses on why cities continue growing and don't die. The answer, according to West, is that cities grow to the point where they would die, but then humans develop a transformative innovation (think: plumbing/sewage systems; electricity; the Internet) that allows the system to to get bigger without failing. But, projecting out, West calculates that at a certain point, humanity will need to come up with such innovative revolutions not once a century or once a decade, but once every year, in order to avoid total collapse. Are you ready?" (Hugh for Alistair).
  • A Minor History Of / Miniature Writing - Cabinet Magazine. "Tiny books, tiny writing... we've been doing it since at least 2060 BCE, and it's still pretty cool." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • How Twitter Fuels Anxiety - The Atlantic. "It's easy to look around and be anxious about the world. It's easy to do that without social media. Now, add that into the mix. It's not that Twitter fuels anxiety (we've seen countless articles like this). It's about the digital pile-on where everyone has an opinion. If it's an issue that is personal, we have a bigger paradox going on here. We can connect to those who are like us, get help and build great connections and communities beyond our personal geography. Still, that could make things worse..." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Here (with 2 Years of Exhausting Photographic Detail) Is How To Write A Book - Ryan Holiday - Medium. "My buddy, Ryan Holiday, just published his latest book, Perennial Seller (you can hear us talk about it right here: Ryan Holiday Wants Brands To Be Perennial - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast). Like any smart author (and, he's one of the smartest), he is promoting the book by pushing out a lot of compelling content in compelling places. This is an exhaustive read about what it takes to create and write a great book (from his perspective). It's loaded with genius and great thinking. It's going to take you about forty minutes to read this, and it could well have been a book, in its own right. If you know someone who wants to write a book, send them this link as well." (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

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July 16, 2017 8:35 AM

Ryan Holiday Wants Brands To Be Perennial - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #575 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.

He has quickly become one of the most interesting people that I know. Ryan Holiday is a strategist and writer. To me he is really becoming one of the best writers on the state of business and growth that there is. He seems to lead two lives. In one life, he's an astute marketer that has released bestselling books like Trust Me, I'm Lying and Growth Hacker Marketing. In another life (that he seems to running at the same time) he's taking ancient stoic philosophy and making it cool again with his wildly successful bestselling books, Ego Is The Enemy, The Obstacle Is The Way and The Daily Stoic. His book, The Obstacle Is The Way, has been translated into seventeen languages and has a cult following among NFL coaches, world-class athletes, TV personalities, political leaders, and others around the world. Now, he's back with a fascinating new book called, Perennial Seller - The Art of Making And Marketing Work That Lasts. I jumped at the opportunity to discuss this thinking in a world of Snaps, 140 characters, always-on marketing and more. Enjoy the conversation...

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast #575.

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July 15, 2017 5:12 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #368

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS; chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: 

  • Nihilist Startup Haikus - McSweeney's Internet Tendency. "I'm going to wax poetic this week, because I had a couple of videos that, on rewatching, were way too dark. So, let's start with these short pieces on startup life, which should resonate pretty well. My favorite?
    SOW. ROI by EOD. OK LOL."
    (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Ancient wisdom from the neural network - Lewis And Quark. "Seems like you can use machine learning to generate new ideas pretty easily these days. While many of the aphorisms this coding experiment generated were nonsense ('A fox smells it better than a fool's for a day'), a human editor could easily use this raw material to create new things that seemed genuinely original ('A good anvil does not make the most noise.') Putting to rest, perhaps, the question of creativity: The future is algorithm-augmented humans." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Umbrella-sharing startup loses nearly all of its 300,000 umbrellas in a matter of weeks - Shanghaiist. "How will you protect yourself from all the tech bubbles falling from the sky if your local uber-for-umbrellas stand has no umbrellas left because they've all been stolen?" (Hugh for Alistair).
  • 2 Chickens Break Up Rabbit Fight - YouTube. "Maybe we just need to put the chickens in charge." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • AI And 'Enormous Data' Could Make Tech Giants Harder To Topple - Wired. "More data means more performance. We are quickly leaving the world of 'big data' as we enter into the world of 'enormous data'. Now, if you follow this trail, and believe that data is the new oil (it's not just a turn of a phrase... think about it... it's true), we now have companies with 'enormous data'. So much so that it's going to be ever-harder to regulate, topple or understand the competitive landscape. Oh... this is one article that will boil your noodle." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • How to Create a Perennial Bestseller - The Tim Ferriss Blog. "This is an epic guest post on Tim Ferriss' blog by my buddy, Ryan Holiday. Ryan is known as one of the people who is modernizing stoicism, and has many best sellers under his belt. His upcoming book, Perennial Seller, is coming out soon. Here's a massive and hugely insightful read about how to write a book that matters... and sells. This is his behind the scenes thinking and it's glorious." (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

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July 9, 2017 8:51 AM

The Power Of Curiosity And Hunches With Bernadette Jiwa - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #574 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. When Seth Godin recommends a guest for your show, one should listen. In the decade-plus that Six Pixels of... Read more

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July 8, 2017 5:49 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #367

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS; chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire... Read more

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July 3, 2017 8:07 AM

More Than 25% Of The World's Population Is On Facebook And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening... Read more

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July 2, 2017 7:49 AM

The Realities Of Finding Your Passion With Corey Poirier - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #573 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. I'm not sure that I have ever met someone who has had as many conversations and interviews as I... Read more

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July 1, 2017 4:50 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #366

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS; chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire... Read more

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