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The History Of Internet Usage And Speeds

In Journal on March 30, 2011 at 9:37 am

Not a fan of infographics? Be gone!

For I felt compelled to share with you this infographic made by the folks over at Webhostingbuzz, visually showing how fast the Internet has made its way to the people of this world in the past 15 years – and how fast the Internet has become in some parts of it.

Here’s what stood out for me: the United States leads the world in broadband penetration, with Americans consuming way more gigabytes per month than Europeans or people in Japan and South Korea.

The United States only ranks 30th when it comes to downloads speeds, however, thus trailing countries like South Korea, Latvia, Andorra and the Republic of Moldova. Surprisingly, downloads speeds in the US still surpass those in the UK, Canada, Australia and Israel.

From Horseback To Bullet Train: The History Of Internet Usage And Speeds


Momma D BBQ

In Journal on March 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm

A White Chick who Grew up in Detroit during the Era of Motown Uses GR for Healing in Charm City

In Journal on March 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

From PopTech:

This past fall, Peter Durand’s graphic facilitation expertise was in full effect as he trained PopTech Social Innovation Fellows to more efficiently convey their organizations' missions.  He particularly struck a chord with Community Conferencing Center Founder and 2010 Social Innovation Fellow Lauren Abramson, who could see the potential value of his particular communication style in relation to her work with the Community Conference Center (CCC), a conflict transformation and community justice organization.  So, recently Abramson invited Durand to Baltimore to graphically record her organization’s 20-hour Facilitator Training.  What came out of their meeting was so much more than either could have anticipated. In a conversation between Abramson and Durand with PopTech sticking its nose in occasionally, we got a first-hand account.


Major Sweet Hand: Typographic Inspiration from Carolyn Sewell

In Journal on March 27, 2011 at 10:03 am
Take a look at these hand-drawn postcards by Carolyn Sewell. Colors, letters, lines and curls, I might just beg to be her peep.

As Graphic Recorders and Facilitators we are called to not just write neatly, but to render mind-seizing, heart-grasping images.

Sewell brings both together in her illustrative scriberdoodles.

Check out her sketchnotes to see how she employs this style of text-based graphic capture during lectures, presentation, and private journaling sessions:

Gravity Mounds

In Journal on March 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Sketchnotes, Graphic Recording Rock the Day Stage at SXSW

In Journal on March 24, 2011 at 10:50 am

After 3 conferences, 74 panels and 20 breakfast tacos, Heather Willems and Nora Herting of ImageThink are back from SXSW to the relative quiet of Brooklyn, New York. 

For those of you who weren't able to make it out to Austin, TX you can view all of the panels they captured as part of Ogilvynotes here and a description of their experience at

Brushes Painting by Leah

In Journal on March 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Peter Durand

9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make Your Day Better

In Journal on March 19, 2011 at 11:38 am

9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make Your Day Better

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist monk

Post written by Leo Babauta.

Are you simply moving through your day, without fully living?

I did this for many years. It was as if life were just passing by, and I was waiting for something to happen. I always felt like I was preparing for something later.

But today isn’t preparation for tomorrow. Today’s the main event.

Fully live today by being mindful. I realize this is easier said than done — mindfulness is a habit that’s not easily picked up. And so I’ve decided to share with you some of my favorite mindfulness rituals to help you appreciate every moment.

You don’t need to do all of these, but give a few of them a try to see if they make your day better.

Mindfulness Rituals

Ritual isn’t about doing a routine mindlessly. It’s a way of building something good into your life, so that you don’t forget what’s important. Done mindfully, a ritual can remind you to be conscious. Done mindlessly, a ritual is meaningless.

Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Sit in the morning. When you wake up, in the quiet of the morning, perhaps as your coffee is brewing, get a small cushion and sit on the floor. I will often use this opportunity to stretch, as I am very inflexible. I feel every muscle in my body, and it is like I am slowly awakening to the day. I’ll also just sit, and focus on my breathing going in and out. I’m an absolute beginner when it comes to meditation, but this always starts my day right.

2. Brush your teeth. I assume we all brush our teeth, but often we do it while thinking of other things. Try fully concentrating on the action of brushing, on each stroke of each tooth, going from one side of the mouth to the other. You end up doing a better job, and it helps you realize how much we do on autopilot.

3. Eat mindfully. Turn off the TV, put away the computer and mobile devices, even put away the book or newspaper. If you eat with any of these things (most people do), eating without them will seem boring. And yet, unless you do this, you are not truly appreciating your food. I like eating my oats (with nuts and berries — see my diet) mindfully, paying attention to each bite. It makes the food taste better, and I eat slowly and with gratefulness.

4. Wash your bowl. When you’re done eating, wash your dish immediately. Do it while paying full attention to your washing, to the water and suds. Read more.

5. Drink tea. There’s something ancient about the tea ceremony — and when you drink tea as a mindfulness ritual, you’re connecting with millions of others who have done so over the centuries. Make your own tea ceremony — prepare the tea carefully and mindfully, pour it slowly, sip it with thoughtfulness. See if you can set aside one time each day to do this, and it will transform your day.

6. Walk slowly. I like to take breaks from work, and go outside for a little walk. Walk slowly, each step a practice in awareness. Pay attention to your breathing, to everything around you, to the sounds and light and texture of objects.

7. Read in silence. Find a quiet time (mornings or evenings are great for me), and a quiet spot, and read a good novel. Have no television or computers on nearby, and just immerse yourself in the world of the novel. It might seem contradictory to let your mind move from the present into the time of the novel, but it’s a great practice in focus. Also, I love a good novel more than almost anything else.

8. Look at someone gratefully. Each day, find someone you care about. Instead of just seeing what you always see, really look at the person. Try not to do it creepily. See this person for the miracle that she is, and be grateful for her existence. If you’re feeling generous, tell that person how thankful you are for her.

9. Work with focus. Start your workday by choosing one task that will make a big difference in your work, and clearing everything else away. Just do that one task, and don’t switch to other tasks. Single-tasking is a great way to find focus. Increase your Monk Mind.

These rituals aren’t the only time you should be mindful, but they’re great reminders. Today, try a few of them to fully live and fully appreciate this wonderful day.

Tweetness & light

When I do even 1 or 2 of these, it changes the day.

Intro to Graphic Recording Workshop: May 21-22, 2011

In Journal on March 17, 2011 at 7:26 am

Earthquakes Visualized

In Journal on March 14, 2011 at 7:20 am

To interpret/appreciate the magnitude of the earthquake in Japan better, the Hive Group posted an interactive visualization of the most powerful and deadliest earthquakes in recent history to provide a context:


(from Dan Struebel)