Zec Online Journal

2002. - 2013.

3.2.14

Problems with a script

Troubled text


When you are writing movie script, there are numerous problems you can encounter. Here are some :


The story begins too late in the script

The scenes are void of meaningful conflict

The script has a by-the-numbers execution

The story is too thin

The villains are cartoonish, evil-for-the-sake-of-evil

The character logic is muddy

The female part is underwritten

The narrative falls into a repetitive pattern

The conflict is inconsequential, flash-in-the-pan

The protagonist is a standard issue hero

The script favors style over substance

The ending is completely anti-climactic

The characters are all stereotypes

The script suffers from arbitrary complexity

The script goes off the rails in the third act

The script's questions are left unanswered

The story is a string of unrelated vignettes

The plot unravels through convenience/contrivance

The script is tonally confused

The protagonist is not as strong as [he or she needs to] be

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28.11.13

Countdown to 2014.

Countdown: Chrismas Eve

18.10.13

One Voki Test

6.10.13

New Music

Recently I bought new guitar. I try to listen music whenever I have time to do so.

Back to the past when I did music almost every day for consideable time.
Try to unearth some new music and artist.

So, here's what I've been listening lately:

Valerie June
Pushin' Against a Stone

Jack White
Blunderbuss

Mazedonian Ethnic Music

Exploring music with knowledge:
Practice, ask, desire, get it from yourself, walk around it, experiment, teach, read, write, listen, observe, put in order, define, combine, reason.

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23.7.13

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

18.7.13

Web / Internet Kustos aka Web Curator

Curating Web sources

Need one ?

Don't hesitate to contact me.

I can deliver daily via email brief report about the most important information in your industry pointing you to relevant source on the Web ( with or without analysis ).

3.6.13

Business Intelligence

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31.5.13

Crazy reading

Note to myself in the future:

Already read 30 books this year. Approx. 5 per month.

26.4.13

Facebook Talk

People talk about these topics on Facebook:

3.4.13

The Lean Startup - Visual Summary

2.4.13

Experiment goes with introspection

Introspection is not enough

Experimental phase is important. We do experiments to test our hypothesis.
We need to work hard and have fun with our pilot program or beta phase.

a.) to test our assumtions, whether they are valid or not

b.) to see the effects, results and statistics

c.) to mark advantages and disadvatages

d.) to do split testing, see which assumtions are better

e.) to observe all related information, get explanation and reach conclusions

f.) to rank ideas according to success criteria.

If we fail, we must fail fast. If we're right, we must put our resources behind right idea and multiply.

Simple formula: observation --> explanation --> conclusion.

First, we do introspection in the form of white paper or short review / report and then move to experimentation.

The last step is presentation of the findings and reaching of consensus.

Go or no-go.

( note: this should be our corporate memo )

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26.3.13

Web Design Trends In 2013.

Web design evolution

Anno Domini 2013 - must-have

* responsive design - desktops, smartphones, tablets

* social logins - FB, TW and LKNDIN

* white hat SEO status quo - great content and shareable

* bigger everything
- pics, calls to actions, phrases, fonts

* simpler design - simple layout, white spaces

* video on homepage - visual content

* mega menus - really

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1.3.13

Social Media Cheat Sheet 2013.

The most important social media networks for your business in 2013.

Source: imgrind.com via Zec on Pinterest

28.2.13

Send To TV

The AirPlay-style "send to TV" function that Android YouTube users got in November is now coming to iOS. In an update pushed out today, Google updated YouTube for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, allowing users to automatically pair with Google TVs by tapping an on-screen button.

27.2.13

Experiment !

Introspection is not enough


26.2.13

Telecommuting Blues

Corporate memo for Yahoo pajamas workers. Far from the eyes, far from the heart.

All Yahoo employees will have to work side-by-side in the corporate office and forget about telecommuting. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO, introduced this new policy that, as she hopes, will bring better productivity.

Memo's full text:

Over the past few months, we have introduced a number of great benefits and tools to make us more productive, efficient and fun. With the introduction of initiatives like FYI, Goals and PB&J, we want everyone to participate in our culture and contribute to the positive momentum. From Sunnyvale to Santa Monica, Bangalore to Beijing — I think we can all feel the energy and buzz in our offices.

To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.

Beginning in June, we’re asking all employees with work-from-home arrangements to work in Yahoo! offices. If this impacts you, your management has already been in touch with next steps. And, for the rest of us who occasionally have to stay home for the cable guy, please use your best judgment in the spirit of collaboration. Being a Yahoo isn’t just about your day-to-day job, it is about the interactions and experiences that are only possible in our offices.

Thanks to all of you, we’ve already made remarkable progress as a company — and the best is yet to come.

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22.2.13

The Chromebook Pixel

Google Air

Google Inc., a media, internet, software and advertising company, does hardware. The Chromebook Pixel is the newest high-end notebook from Google dedicated to power users and early adopters who embraced cloud philosophy.

The Samsung Chromebook has been #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list for laptops every day since it launched 125 days ago in the U.S.

But who actually needs Chromebook ? Those who need to be constantly online and who are on the go - We can call them '' The power cloud users ''

If the entire world was your coffeeshop, if you were a fully empowered road warrior, where would you work?

Main points:

- the highest pixel density (239 pixels per inch) of any laptop screen on the market today,
- touch makes it simple and intuitive to do things like organize tabs, swipe through apps and edit photos with the tip of your finger,
- 720p webcam for clear video,
- the backlit keyboard,
- Intel® Core™ i5 Processor and a solid state Flash memory architecture,
- WiFi,
- 4G LTE network,
- one terabyte of Google Drive cloud storage,
- built-in virus protection,
- Google products like Search, Gmail, YouTube, Maps and Google+ Hangouts are integrated,
- The WiFi version ($1,299 U.S. and £1,049 U.K.), the LTE version ($1,449),
- giant glass trackpad,

Media reactions:

Computerworld : a beautifully designed laptop with a gorgeous, state-of-the-art touchscreen display and a generous amount of cloud storage

PC Magazine: It looks fantastic, and purchasing a Pixel may be an investment in the future, as Google adds more functionality.

All Things D: The Chromebook doesn’t have some of the power and graphics capabilities of the MacBook, and only runs Web-based apps, which aren’t as robust as native desktop apps. Factor in the high price, and it might be a tough sell.

See video:


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21.2.13

Start-Up Stack

Show me ! Don't tell.

The capitalism is teaching us that for any business startup you need to create business plan.

Although it helps to inform your investors about your business intentions and help you clear the path and your business journey, sometimes it makes more damage that good.

The business plan is too often static document. We need more dynamic document that documents various hypothesis and alternatives under the stress test of market forces and real customers.

We do this with a help of these tools: 1. ) Business Model Canvas Tool, 2.) Customer developement methodology, 3.) Lean start-up methodology.


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Give 2 Take

First and foremost, give, be helpful to others and don't do this because you expect something in return.
Just give !

14.2.13

The Harlem Shake Now In Croatia

"this harlem shake stuff is blowing my mind."

I wondered if "The Harlem Shake" was still in full effect on the Internet after posting about it last week? The answer: Yup, still going strong. Don't believe me? Croatia is crazy about this meme.

As of Feb. 11, there have been over 12,000 “Harlem Shake” videos, and they’ve been watched more than 44 million times. Now, YouTube says, over 4,000 of these crazy dance videos are being uploaded per day. Those videos — more than 4,000 of which are posted each day — have been watched upward of 44 million times.

Back in the '80s, the body-quaking move was invented at a Harlem basketball game. From there, it went on to become a hip-hop dance move involving shimmies (shoulder shakes), tics (robotic starts and stops) and pops (leg spasms).

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13.2.13

InDemand Employers 2012 / 2013

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Stages Of Small Business Success

12.2.13

IBM's Watson Fights Cancer


Mr. Digital Doctor Colleague

IBM introduced the first three applications of its Watson software. It will help healthcare industry to better treat cancer.

What this app really does, is that it helps doctors make informed decisions about cancer treatment options. In simple terms, it's like the combination of Google search and Apple Siri only that it is special dedicated to pull medicine data from journals, latest lab trials or physician's notes.

Watson is learning on top of new data so they call it cognitive computing.

IBM's ready to push Watson computing platform to other data-intensive industries like banking, insurance and telecommunication.

They have choosen healthcare as the first industry for Watson application because , as Manoj Saxena said, the general manager of IBM Watson Solutions, ''it has the most meaning and impact on society ''.


11.2.13

Right & Wry

Who's right and who's wry ?

Midas Touch

All Win

According to english dictionary: The ability to make, manage, and keep huge amounts of money. An ability to make and manage large amounts of money.

6.2.13

Zec goes Google

Google Apps for Zec Inc.

Zec is deploying Google Apps for business. It will be easy switch since Zec Inc. is doing Google every day, mostly Gmail and Calendar.

The need for cheap, simple and effective web-based solution for writing documents, spreadsheets, presentations and other office duties is fullfilled with Google Apps for business.

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31.1.13

Let's do some music

Tired from writing, mostly tweeting. So, I'll just post videos for a while or some other stuff. Would behave just like this is Tumblr. Luckily, it isn't.

Is that clear ?


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10.1.13

Experimenting

Let's make tweets and not blogs. Just joking :)
But prefer to write short. From now on.

Happy 10th of January 2013.

Wooza ;)

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2.5.12

30 Terrific Twitter Facts and Figures

  1. Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and launched in July of that year.
  2. Twitter’s origins lie in a “day long brainstorming session” that was held by board members of the podcasting company Odeo. While sitting in a park on a children’s slide and eating Mexican food, Dorsey introduced the idea of an individual using an SMS service to communicate with a small group.
  3. The first Twitter prototype was used as an internal service for Odeo employees and the full version was introduced publicly on July 15, 2006
  4. The original project code name for the service was ‘twttr‘, an idea that Williams later ascribed to Noah Glass, inspired by the name of the social media image website ‘Flickr’ and the five-character length of American SMS short codes.
  5. The team finally settled on the name ‘twitter‘, which means ‘chirps from birds’ in essence ‘a short burst of inconsequential information’
  6. The tipping point for Twitter’s popularity was the 2007 South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. During the event, Twitter usage increased from 20,000 tweets per day to 60,000.
  7. It had 400,000 tweets posted per quarter in 2007
  8. In 2008 there were only 3 million registered users
  9. In 2008 there were only 1.25 million tweets per day
  10. Jan 2008  there were only 8 employees
  11. In 2009 or 3 years ago  had 8 million registered users
  12. In 2011 there are now over 400 employees
  13. 75% of Twitter traffic comes from third-party applications
  14. 60% of all tweets come from third-party apps
  15. There are over 100,000 Twitter applications
  16. A Forrester report revealed  that “Twitterers are the connected of the connected, overindexing at all Social Media habits.  For example, Twitterers are three times more likely to be Creators (people who create and share content via blog posts and YouTube) as the general US population” (source Forrester report “Who Flocks to Twitter”)
  17. 3 years, 2 months and 1 day…the time it took from the first tweet to the billionth tweet.
  18. It now takes one week for users to send a billion Tweets.
  19. In March 2010 the average number of tweets people sent per week was the the 350 million.
  20. 140 million is the average number of tweets people sent per day in February 2011
  21. 177 million tweets sent on March 11, 2011.
  22. When Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 there were 456 tweets per second (TPS)…a record at that time.
  23. The current TPS record is 6,939 tweets per second set 4 seconds after midnight in Japan on New Year’s Day
  24. 572,000 is the number of new accounts created in one day (March 12, 2011)
  25. 460,000 is the average number of new accounts per day created in February, 2011
  26. 182% is the increase in number of mobile users over the past year.
  27. In March 2011 there are an estimated 225 million users
  28. 25 billion tweets sent on Twitter in 2010
  29. 100 million new accounts added on Twitter in 2010
  30. The first unassisted off-Earth Twitter message was posted from the International Space Station by NASA astronaut T. J. Creamer on January 22, 2010

50 Facebook Facts and Figures

  1. 1 in every 13 people on Earth is on Facebook
  2. 35+ demographic represents more than 30% of the entire user base
  3. 71.2 % of all USA internet users are on Facebook
  4. In 20 minutes 1,000,000 links are shared on Facebook
  5. In 20 minutes 1,484,000 event invites are posted
  6. In 20 minutes 1,323,000 photos are tagged
  7. In 20 minutes 1,851,000 status updates are entered
  8. In 20 minutes 1.972 million friend requests are accepted
  9. In 20 minutes 2,716,000 photos are uploaded
  10. In 20 minutes 2,716,000 messages are sent
  11. In 20 minutes 10.2 million comments are posted
  12. In 20 minutes 1,587,000 wall posts are written
  13. 750 million photos were uploaded to Facebook over New Year’s weekend
  14. 48% of young Americans said they found out about news through Facebook
  15. 48% of 18 to 34 year olds check Facebook right when they wake up
  16. 50% of active users log on to Facebook in any given day
  17. Average user has 130 friends
  18. People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook
  19. There are over 900 million objects that people interact with (pages, groups, events and community pages)
  20. Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events
  21. Average user creates 90 pieces of content each month
  22. More than 30 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each month.
  23. More than 70 translations available on the site
  24. About 70% of Facebook users are outside the United States
  25. Over 300,000 users helped translate the site through the translations application
  26. Entrepreneurs and developers from more than 190 countries build with Facebook Platform
  27. People on Facebook install 20 million applications every day
  28. Every month, more than 250 million people engage with Facebook on external websites
  29. Since social plugins launched in April 2010, an average of 10,000 new websites integrate with Facebook every day
  30. More than 2.5 million websites have integrated with Facebook, including over 80 of comScore’s U.S. Top 100 websites and over half of comScore’s Global Top 100 websites
  31. There are more than 250 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices
  32. People that use Facebook on their mobile devices are twice as active on Facebook than non-mobile users.
  33. There are more than 200 mobile operators in 60 countries working to deploy and promote Facebook mobile products
  34. Al Pacino’s face was on the original Facebook homepage
  35. One early Facebook function was a file sharing service
  36. The first “Work Networks” as well as the original educational networks  included Apple and Microsoft
  37. The meaning of the term poke has never been defined
  38. There is an ‘App’ to see what’s on the Facebook cafe menu
  39. Mark Zuckerburg (CEO of Facebook) calls himself a “Harvard Graduate” when in fact he didn’t graduate (apparently his reply is that “there isn’t a setting for dropout”)
  40. Australian’s spend more time per month on Facebook than any other country at over 7 hours on average
  41. A Facebook employee hoodie sold for $4,000 on eBay
  42. Facebook was initially bank-rolled by Peter Thiel the co-founder of PayPal for $500,000
  43. It is the second biggest website by traffic behind Google (at the moment)
  44. Facebook is now valued at approximately $80 billion
  45. Facebook makes money through advertising  and virtual products
  46. Facebook was almost shut down by a lawsuit by ConnectU who claimed that Zuckerburg stole the idea and Technology for Facebook (the issue was settled out of court)
  47. The USA has the largest Facebook user base with 155 million people which represents 23.6% of Facebook’s total users
  48. There is over 16,000,000 Facebook fan pages
  49. Texas Hold’em Poker is the most popular Facebook page with over 41 million fans
  50. More than 650 million active users

30.4.12

Jobs for bloggers


There are some...

Just a note to myself about jobs for bloggers.

When I started my blog in 2001., there were no available jobs for bloggers and no job description for such title.

Now, in 2012., I am aware of the few such jobs, so I'll just quote some descriptions, this one is for medical blog site copywriter:

We require content written for a clients new web site.

We estimate each piece of copy will be between 500-1000 words. The text will aim to give a detailed overview of the treatment, and answer common questions about the treatment giving the reader an indication of whether the treatment would be right for them.

All of the copy will have to have to follow strong brand guidelines, and an in depth medical knowledge of the treatments. This company are doctor led, so require a high degree of medical knowledge throughout the site copy.

If you think this sounds like something you would like to work on then could you answer the following questions. We will be starting the work almost immediately so if you fit the profile of someone we are looking for then you will be contacted with specific requirements and article titles.
• How much do you charge? (Cost per word)
• On average how quickly could you turn around a 500-1000 word article?
• Could you please provide examples of applicable relevant copy, and provide a brief description of experience relevant to this task?
• Do you have sufficient medical knowledge?

Following description is for blog writer by some media company:

We are looking for a flexible content writer to provide engaging, topical guest posts on a wide variety of subjects.

Most good blog owners will not accept generic posts that don't add value to their blog, so we're looking for someone who can provide bulk orders of interesting content that will appeal to bloggers and would be appealing to their readers.

This type of blogging tends to require a small amount of research to produce posts along the lines of '5 ways to reduce your energy bills today' or 'the funniest socks ever made' - the titles will be for you to write, but we will provide keywords for SEO purposes.

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10.2.12

Pinterest got me in

I have to thank folks from Pinterest. They were very responsive to my aim to get beta invitation for their social pinboard.

From now on, follow some of my pins on the interest board:

Follow Me on Pinterest

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7.2.12

Hilltop retreat

Imagine this...

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2.2.12

Blogging anniversary - 10 years of persistance at Zec Online Journal



You can't blog me away


Time to celebrate a bit. It's more than 10 years of my blogging with Blogger.com and Blogspot.com.

The first blog post is dated January 19th 2002. It was very revealing for me, I still remember those days.

It was real epiphany. Writing on the Web without any technical knowledge for HTML or web design. After setting up my blog, It took me only few moments to publish my first post. At first, I wrote in croatian, later on from around mid 2005 , I started to write posts in english.

I fell in love with blogging and ''everything blog''.

Throught the years, I wrote blogs with TypePad, Moveable Type , Blog.hr and many other blog tools. I become an expert for this. Later on, consultant for blogging.

The crucial moment for me was in the summer of 2003. when I got mail from Dario Markus, a young and talented IT journalist at the time, who had similar dreams to mine.

He wanted to start blogging service in Croatia. At the time, blogging was almost unknown in southeastern Europe ( even in Western Europe ).

So we did it. Blog.hr went public in 2004. and it was extremelly popular blogging service which eventually became one of the most visited websites in Croatia. Later, the blogging service was sold to an american company.

I feel proud for my persistance and endurance on this Blogger-based blog which I write to these days.

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6.1.12

2011 Review


It was a great year. I don't count assholes on the road.

+ 10 340 points of experience. + 120 000 karma points. Health just fine. Got my mojo started in every corner of my zen interest. $$$$

Just great year, the best so far. And this year will be even better.

To say few things:

- done 21 live performances of folk music
- played guitar session with Slasgh
- had vodka with Ronnie Wood
- wrote 12 screenplays
- founded NLP cooperative
- worked as a waiter for many nights
- got my own apartment
- 3 days of full time nudism with great people
- brokered business for Qatar hedge fund
- consulted some of the top emerging entreprenurs in internet matters
- got published my short novel
- invested in social media PR agency with monthly growth of 130 %
- grow spiritualy, found my zen
- went to classes for connosieur
- organised 4 Web events
- wrote curriculum NLP for courtisans
- co-founded lounge music radio
- cooperated with UC University on Kansius machine
- meet some realy good people

And helluva more.

Kick the champagne ;)

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26.11.11

Banking panic in Croatia is reality


One bank down, four to follow

My patience is over.

I have completely lost faith in croatian banks. More so, I have lost faith in Croatian Central Bank who failed to act properly on the recent Credo Bank banruptcy.

More so, I have lost faith in some croatian investment funds who never disclosed information that they had parked the money of their clients in no name - zombie banks.

The whole system is not stable anymore, although many state officials tried to calm down public and try to prevent panic.

Now we need to wait and see. Financial disease spreads faster than I thought before and in places where you wouldn't expect normally.

Extraordinary times, indeed.

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21.9.11

Bank runs started in Europe ?


Siemens has no faith in European banks anymore. Siemens Bank roll on.

In a shocking representation of just how bad things are in Europe, the FT reports that major European industrial concern Siemens, pulled €500 million form a large French bank, which is not BNP and leaves just [SocGen|Credit Agricole] and deposited the money straight to the ECB.

What is it if it's not bank run ?

The implications of this are quite stunning, as it means that even European companies now refuse to work directly with their own banks, and somehow the ECB has become a direct lender/cash holder of only resort to private non-financial institutions!

As Bloomberg reports further on the FT story, in total, Siemens has deposited between 4 billion euros and 6 billion euros, mostly through one-week deposits, with the ECB, FT says, cites the person. It isn’t clear from which bank Siemens withdrew its deposits, per the FT... but it is hardly difficult to figure out.

BNP Paribas isn’t the bank involved, FT reports, cites unidentified person familiar with the bank. This story should be having far more impact on the EURUSD than any rumors about Greece lying it will fire all of its public workers only to make sure Eurobanks can survive one more day.

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