The NSA Spy Hub in New York, Hidden in Plain Sight

The NSA has operated a top-secret surveillance program out of an iconic AT&T building in Manhattan, documents indicate.

Source: The NSA’s Spy Hub in New York, Hidden in Plain Sight

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SURFING | Fri Feb 12: “Titans of Mavericks” 2016 Surf Competition at Half Moon Bay

The Titans of Mavericks’ committee gave a green light for the contest to happen on Friday. Subscribe to KSBW on YouTube now for more:

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Just 20 minutes south of San Francisco, and 1/2 mile offshore from Pillar Point Harbor, MAVERICKS rises from the wintery horizon to form perfect, massive waves that reach up to 60 feet, exploding with such ferocity that it can be recorded on the Richter scale.

Titans of Mavericks is the most coveted event in big wave surfing. Mavericks has a rich history among the annals of surfing lore. Being touted as the one of the most hazardous events in the world, and having 24 of the best conditioned big wave surfing professionals compete against each other to win this prestigious competition makes Titans of Mavericks the greatest show on earth. The 24 who compete possess fearless character and endless passion that give them these unique set of skills to challenge Mavericks each and every year. Each winter season the nation turns its focus on the quiet, yet historical coastal town of Half Moon Bay, California. Sports fans and thrill seekers bear witness and watch these Titans of great strength, mental toughness and dedication in challenging themselves. Each athlete that has been part of the history of Mavericks has shaped this event in one way or another and has given us a unique perspective in how we look at this phenomenon. Titans of Mavericks is the marquee big wave surfing contest in the world, and 24 of the world’s best in the sport vie for the opportunity to win, make a name and be etched into history.

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SUPER BOWL 50 | Event | Taste of the NFL “Party with a Purpose” | Sat Feb 6, 2015

Join us on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Legendary Cow Palace to Kick Hunger at the only Super Bowl Party with a Purpose
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Join Taste of the NFL at the 25th Annual Super Bowl “Party with a Purpose!”. Savor fabulous food and wine pairings from more than 40 of the nation’s top chefs. Mix and mingle with NFL legends and today’s playmakers and special musical guest Third Eye Blind, all united in the fight against hunger in the Bay Area and around the country.

Special Guests:

  • HOST: Comedian – Larry the Cable Guy
  • Joey Faugno & Mauro Castano – TLC’s “Cake Boss”
  • Andrew Zimmern – TV Personality and Host of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods”
  • Adam Richman – TV Personality and Culinary Host
  • Nick Lachey – Singer-Songwriter, Actor, Producer
  • Alyssa Milano – Actress, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
  • Third Eye Blind – San Francisco Alt-rock Icons
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SUPER BOWL 50 | CBS VIDEO | Chris Isaak Kicks Off Opening Night Of Super Bowl City – San Francisco Embarcadero

Chris Isaak Kicks Off Opening Night Of Super Bowl City

San Francisco’s very own Chris Isaak rocked the crowd on opening night of Super Bowl City in Justin Herman Plaza.

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KICKSTARTER | Progo- A Revolutionary Carry-on or Camera backpack

  • The only carry-on backpack you need for traveling or carrying your camera gear. 
  •  Travel organized and keep your clothes wrinkle free and clean with the integrated removable shelf and dedicated shoe compartment. 
  •  Bluetooth anti-loss device gives you the peace of mind from theft or loss. 
  •  Charge all your electronics at once in your bag. Simply connect them to a power bar in your bag and plug the power bar cable to the wall socket via the dedicated zippered outlet at the bottom of the bag. 
  • Experience the comfort on the go.

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Social Media Video Marketing: An Experiential Breakthrough

The absolute highlight of my live Playshop, “The New Rules of Business & Social Media Success,” presented last Monday with my coach and colleague, Andrea J. Lee, were interactive, smartphone-enabled exercises that I called “Video Play Experiences.”

A few of the participants learning to shoot social video during our Playshop.

Our Playshop’s Video Play Experiences.

These interactive exercises—illustrated by the photos in this post—opened up a whole new avenue for me to empower people to make their own videos. This delightfully surprised me and participant feedback ranged from real “ah-ha” moments to “getting over the hump” (i.e. overcoming fears of video’s challenges). Almost everyone came away with the feeling, “I CAN do video!”


The results of these exercises were a two-way breakthrough:

  • They was a real eye-opener for me in terms of how I can help people with these all-important skills and
  • They showed us all how doing more video (a requirement, in my opinion, in today’s social media environment) is just like any other skill: if you work at it like a practice (not unlike the practice required to learn to meditate, to hit a golf ball, or play a piano, for example) that you can make real progress, step-by-step, and the progress is rewarding in its own right.

A Unique Experiential Sequence

Susan Shloss of Susan Shloss Bookkeeping Services,, during a Video Play Experience.

And, these results were not only about video technology. One of my mantras is that “it’s about the communication, not just the technology.”

What emerged, as I was designing this day in collaboration with Andrea, was a unique sequence of exercises that not only let the participants stretch their technical capabilities, but they got to stretch their emotive abilities as well (as shown to the right by Susan Shloss of Susan Shloss Bookkeeping Services.)

During the course of the day, we did three (3) Video Play Experiences:

  1. The first was “A Rant.” I helped the participants to get emotional by directing them to do a video clip where they expressed their strong feelings about something. I modelled this for them in front of the room by ranting about how much I detest “get rich quick” internet marketers who claim to have a “magic formula.”
  2. The second Video Play Experience was a Vulnerability Exercise where I asked them to speak to the camera about something very personal, as if they were sharing something intimate with a life partner, a family member or very closer personal friend.
  3. Finally, in the late afternoon, I asked them to talk about “How I Serve” so that they could bring it all home to the kinds of value that they authentically deliver through their businesses.

Suzannah Rose, realtor from reviews her video exercise.

The result was a kind of experiential learning that exceeded my expectations and clearly added significant value to the day.

A Valuable Digital Take-Away

Workshop exercises are often hard to remember and can quickly become ephemeral memories. Not in this case.

The fact that virtually every participant owned a smartphone meant that they were recording these exercise on their own devices. Because they would obviously take these home after the Playshop was over, the recordings are right there for them so that they can review them and continue to learn. The recordings, thus, inherently provided a record of the work that they did. So valuable! (Can you see the appreciation on the face of Suzannah Rose, realtor from Living in Marin in this picture?)

Another New Idea Emerges

Two participants who are also coaches, David Drake of and Linda Curtis of engaged in video play.

One of Andrea J. Lee‘s favorite teachings is that “Anything worth doing is worth doing in community” and that added to the value of these exercises. (To the right are two participant coaches, David Drake of Narrative Coaching and Linda Curtis of Honorable Closure.)

The way that these Video Play Experiences played out was expressed through the enthusiasm of the participants for the exercises themselves, so much so that by the end of the day they invented the idea of Video Parties!

Now, as a result of their engagement and creativity—a true community collaboration—I’m thinking of both the possibility of follow-on “Video Party” evenings as well as a possible online, virtual Video Playground. Sound good?

I’d love to hear from you if you are interested in either of these, or if you have other ideas?

For sure, I am excited by the participant enthusiasm that we all experienced together, and, I am personally looking forward to more Video Play Experiences of every kind. 😉

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