About Sheree

Change Catalyst, Idea Explorer, Dot-Connector, Square Peg

The Downside to Virtual Reality

A few weeks ago, I tuned in to the TED channel on my Apple TV to catch up on some TED talks. One of the most popular that week was Alex Kipman’s demonstration of the HoloLens (I've embedded it at the end of this post). I have a lot of ambivalence about augmented reality and virtual reality technology. I can see benefits for sure—especially for advancing scientific understanding and medical … [Read more...]

Who Do You See?

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Henry David Thoreau. I've been mulling over this quote for the past couple of days......How might I use this bit of wisdom from Thoreau to frame a discussion on some topics that are close to my heart, right now. What do you see in your mind's eye when you read a blurb about someone who's 23, 33, 43, 53, 63, 73? Heuristics Who do you … [Read more...]

The Whole Habanero

Friday's Google Doodle celebrated the 151st birthday of Wilbur Scoville, the guy who developed the system to measure hot pepper heat. http://www.google.com/doodles/wilbur-scovilles-151st-birthday In one of those odd cosmic coincidences (that usually aren't coincidences), as I was driving home Wednesday evening I got into the car just as NPR's All Things Considered was finishing a news … [Read more...]

Overcoming Overwhelm

This is the system I described in a recent quick tips episode of the Discover Grow Shinecast, a new podcast to help you along the path to health, wealth, wisdom and a happier life. This is the system I use whenever I feel like I'm suddenly in the spinning-wheel of death mode that Mac-users know when their computer goes into system overload for too long. 1. Stop What You're Doing No matter how … [Read more...]

Learn From The Past, Don’t Replicate It

I've been reading Zero to One by Peter Thiel as I move into the next phase of my Shinecast® business and thought this quote would be a good reminder to share as I began to promote the Ignite Alabama podcast and resource website to Spark Innovation in Alabama. More later. … [Read more...]

Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness

The words of the Declaration of Independence are part of the core of my personal philosophy and helped to steer me in the direction of law, as an intellectual pursuit and a profession. The values that inspired the Declaration of Independence provide a big chunk of the foundation of the Shinecast® mission and this site, as well. I previously wrote about what I celebrate on Independence Day in … [Read more...]

Make New Holiday Memories

Does your family yearn for something new to do when a holiday rolls around? Are you tired of buying into the "buying" mentality that seems to accompany holidays in the U.S.? Today's Idea Machine focus is on ways to create new family memories on days when you want to spend time doing something fun without, as Claudia Altucher puts it, "following the herd." I decided to emphasize St. Patrick's … [Read more...]

10 Ideas to Help the Elderly

The topic for Day 43 of the Idea Machine Project is to come up with 10 business ideas to help the elderly. I decided to ignore issues of profitability and just focus on ideas that would accomplish one or more of three goals: Improve the health of elderly. Improve the quality of life of the elderly. Be accessible to the elderly who do not have access to top-notch retirement … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Writing Better Sales Copy

The prompt for Day 42 is to give 10 tips to help a friend write sales copy to sell her used car. This is a fun practice. I'm framing the examples for my tips using the used car as the product, but the tips can be applied to any product or service. If you stumbled upon this by accident, I'm blogging my way through Claudia Altucher's book, Become an Idea Machine, [Amazon affiliate link] which … [Read more...]

Personal Posts & The Idea Machine Project

I'm finding that many of the idea prompts are about topics that are more personal in nature, rather than generally-applicable. It's possible this will change at some point, as I seem to recall Claudia Altucher mentioning in a podcast that the first 90 days are personal ideas and the second 90 days are ideas for others. In any event, I've decided to publish some of the more personal daily … [Read more...]