This is a cicada.
Cicadas emerge from the earth every 17 years to mate like crazy, lay their eggs, and die. I personally find their story amazing, and am fascinated by the 17 year cycle in which they exist. I am currently living in Northern Virginia, smack dab in the middle of cicada central and expect to be hearing them for most of the summer, before they are either eaten by animals and human alike (yes, seriously – Google it!).
I actually remember the last time they were around, it doesn’t seem like all that long ago. 17 years seems to go pretty fast these days…and yet. Here’s a few things that were going on 17 years ago:
- Nintendo 64 was released in America
- Dolly, the first cloned sheep debuted.
- Pfizer patented Viagra
- Larry Page and Sergey Brin began working on a search engine that will be called Google.
Puts it in perspective a little, huh?
Imagine the change that we will see in the next 17 years!
I heard some sad, but not all that surprising news today:
RAY MUZYKA & GREG ZESCHUK RETIRE
Article Link: Here
Ray and Greg founded BioWare over 15 years ago and went on to build some of the greatest games I’ve ever seen – more importantly, the greatest games created as rated by the consumer over that time! It was their dedication to quality that really attracted me to join BioWare back in April of 2009.
Interesting article by Paul J. H. Schoemaker on Inc.. that a friend of mine pointed out to me today:
You’re the boss, but you still spend too much time on the day-to-day. Here’s how to become the strategic leader your company needs.
In the beginning, there was just you and your partners. You did every job. You coded, you met with investors, you emptied the trash and phoned in the midnight pizza. Now you have others to do all that and it’s time for you to “be strategic.”
Whatever that means.
On September 26th, 2011 (last year), EA and BioWare opened up our official building location in Galway, Ireland.
I wrote a brilliant post yesterday. I spent a good 30 minutes on it, outlining my thoughts over the last week on a couple of interesting articles I had come across online, and how they intersected in the middle to create an amazing epiphany on the secrets of leveraging every customer contact into the community sentiment that your organization wants from its support base. It was wonderful, the creative juices were flowing and the inspiration was glowing. I felt good, it felt good, and as I re-read it over and over for edits before posting, I was excited to get it up.
That is at least according to Maija Palmer, technology correspondent for the Financial Times.
Came across an interesting article today by Om Malik. He was able to sit down with Mark Pincus, CEO at Zynga, and have a nice little interview on what it means to lead and how one must grow and change as they expand in their career. The title of the article is: