Friday, February 1, 2013

Looking Forward: 2013 Goals

Alrighty Then! What's it going to be Lord?
Mis Tribus' plans.

Before I could plan the rest of 2013, I had to hear back from the Vasarely Foundation. Unfortunately is was another "we regret to have to inform you.." notifications. It looks like breaking into the art world from a computer science background is harder than I expected. I'm now 0-2, in art competitions. One area I know that I'm weak in is my art portfolio. I've got to create a better portfolio.

Otherwise, with the loss of the Vasarely Prize, the Internet Society Community Grant and organizing the Puerto Rico Python Interest Group (prPIG), is Mis Tribus' only obligation. I had big dreams for 2013, but on the other hand, this now opens up a window, where I can choose my own goals. While that sounds great, anyone who's been self-employed knows, that choosing how to spend your down time can be challenging.

2013 Goals

  1. Organize prPIG: Obviously, getting things rolling for prPIG is priority number one.  We've already made a good start.  Over the past few days I've gotten most of the web infrastructure online.  Some of might evolve over the course of the project, but for the most part, we're set.  You can find the latest on prPIG on the official "Puerto Rico Python Interest Group" homepage.
  2. Build Artistic Portfolio:  This is where I may end up spending most of my time this year.  I've got such a backlog of art that it will be a huge task of getting it organized and cataloged.  Part of that process may also include setting up a online store.  The more daunting task, however, is building my artistic credibility.  I've got to remain vigilant for exhibition opportunities and continue to participate in competitions.
  3. Practice, Practice, Practice:  Two skills I want to improve on in 2013 are digital video production and programming in Python.  As with any skill, each of these skills requires many hours behind a screen doing, whether it is coding or video editing, each will require supreme discipline to make progress.
  4. Create, Produce, Ship, and Engage:  I have two projects that are waiting in the wings to finish, Guagua Publica and Financing Freedom. In each of these projects I've already done huge amounts of research and investigation, and all that is left to be done is produce the "final" products and ship them.  It's crazy, I switched from programming to publishing only to find out that they require almost the exact same methodologies.  To steal an idiom from sales, Mis Tribus' motto is "Always be Shipping!"

    Who knows whether I'll be able to muster the passion and commitment to ship either of those projects.  I've got a couple of irons in the fire, which, if any of them become reality, they will certainly shape the rest of 2013.
Lastly, I'm constantly on the hunt for new funding opportunities.  I shipped five (5) proposals in 2012, so I hope to keep up the passion and productivity levels.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Looking Back (2012 in Review)

Looking Back at 2012 Achievements for
Mis Tribus and Kevin Shockey
My primary home page has been broken since 2011.  All my old stuff is still there, but I just can't post any new blog updates. It's a PHP and MySQL thing. :-/ I have to upgrade everything and see if I can get her back up.  Until then, I've started this subdomain.  I also want to consolidate all my web efforts under Mis Tribus.  So in order to tell Mis Tribus' story, I have to tell Kevin Shockey's story first.

I've been studying transmedia almost full-time since 2006.  I've achieved some level of success and my own share of failures.  Most importantly though, I've been unsuccessful in convincing people of the value of transmedia's value.  What I've been unable to demonstrate clearly enough (I guess), is that machine intelligence is required to maximize the value of any social network.

I've said it before, but never forget, Metcalfe's Law clearly proves it, the owner of the largest social network wins.  Some have mistakenly taken that to mean that you should do anything to grow your networks, I am not.  I am not implying that spam is a valid technique to grow your network, but just look at the leader boards on Twitter and tell me I'm wrong.


Before I get caught up in my current thinking and projects, I wanted to go over the highlights (and low lights) of 2012.  I must confess, that I had a very large agenda for 2012. Most of it I never even came close to approaching with real work. However, I did receive some recognition for what I've been working on.  In addition, I believe that I generated a lot of work and made significant progress.

Really, the advancement of support for Mis Tribus' mission in 2012 was wide spread and regularly successful.  Some of the highlights of 2012 would definitely include receiving an Internet Society Community Grant for organizing the Puerto Rico Python Interest Group (more on that soon) and speaking at OSCON 2012.

As I mentioned, I was also able to teach a tutorial at the O'Reilly Open Source Conference.  As a member of the organizing committee, I was affirmed by my peers that I was making a positive contribution to the area of organizational building for open source software.

Part of their support was a live interview from the conference with Mac Slocum on the O'Reilly Media Youtube channel.  I was a little nervous, but Mac was great.  He really helped me through it, and I think I made a good case for my research on non profit funding.

Failure as Test Results

Sometimes, failure can give us just the right feedback to hone a clear message.  The Internet Society's  (ISOC) direct critique and my participation on their online web chats were instrumental in deciding to form  prPIG.  I was not approved for the project I submitted for the Spring 2012 call for proposal (CFP) from the ISOC, but prPIG was approved in the Fall 2012 Community Grant CFP. I feel blessed to have 50% ROI is truly incredible.

Frankly it still boggles my mind that none of Puerto Rico's most successful IT companies have given anything back to the IT community that serves them. They've done nothing to organize and grow their base.  As I've written extensively on Dondequiera, Puerto Rico is dominated by a zero-sum mentality.

I also submitted to drawings into a for call for art from US veterans.  The art was intended for exhibition at the Pentagon, an activity lead the Veterans Artist Program, a non-profit company dedicated to advancing the use of art as a therapeutic tool for combat veterans reintegrating back into society and transitioning back into civilian life.  I was "regretfully informed" that I didn't make the cut. :-(

Perhaps the biggest game changer I've ever encountered, I first learned from Anthony Robbins.  In one of his products he mentions that you never fail.  Even if the result was not the one you expected or prayed for, you always get a result.  And with what we know know about process driven testing, life begins to make much more sense; especially an entrepreneurial life!

Personal Health

With regards to my health, 2012 was a trying time. I had two trips to the VA Emergency Room, one which resulted in my hospitalization.  While those were some of the most painful and lowest moments of 2012, in the end though, I still consider my life blessed with abundance.  I thank everyone who has ever helped me in anyway, your friendship, love, and support are like mana from heaven.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

House Cleaning

Going forward all of my writing and projects will fall under the Mis Tribus umbrella.  Therefore, all of my personal musings will now be located here.