I was watching the movie Moneyball the other night, it’s on the STARZ network and if you haven’t seen it, it’s a good film to watch now. This is the story of the Oakland A’s baseball team and their manager who lost a lot of their top players and looked like there was no way out of it when the manager of the team went to do some calling to see if he could trade up for some of the players he had. In the office of the Cleveland Indians the manager there had a goofy looking guy in the meeting, who was saying yeah or nay to a lot of the trading suggestions that the Oakland A manager was making. He searched out the guy who turned out to be a computer nerd but that he loved baseball. He had a degree in Economics from Yale and knew how complicated numbers projection-type formulas worked. Yeah, that stuff is way beyond me too, but I do know that it works, and I also know that it’s above my pay grade!
So the A’s manager starts talking with this geek and discovers that there’s a whole new way to pick players. Using statistics that this computer guy set up he has given each player a stat number so that they can all be ranked and the A’s manager can go out and get them. It’s a fascinating story and of course, the ending is very heart-warming. And if anything it’s uplifting in these times.
One of the great quotes in the movie, when the A’s manager is attacked for using this new method is “Adapt or die!” Well, that’s a little strong maybe, but I do believe that each day presents a new challenge and these days there are probably more challenges than not. So toward that end, I’ve subscribed to Zoom and want to start doing live videos with your feedback, questions, comments, and suggestions, etc., live while we are doing the video. Before each session, I would love to get your questions, and that way I can tell how much time I can devote to each question.
I want to open this up to all of you who have purchased items – anything, but not the free items (that’s the Re-deux Rag and the FANBAN Mask) so that if you have questions about the product or questions about something else, you can ask them and we can discuss solutions to your questions.
This is something that I’ve been doing with another wonderful teacher lately, George Kao. When I purchase something from his shop, then he does a live video so that all of us who have questions can talk about questions we may have about his product. Like me, his products are almost over-whelming they are filled with so much information so he likes to make sure that we all have a chance, for 3 months and for free (which is the same I would do), can ask and work through any of the issues or questions we have about the products he sells.
I find this a great way for us to start a vibrant interactive relationship. As I’ve said before. It’s been so long since I’ve sat and learned about sewing, and my process was so quick, as I had wanted to learn about it all my life, but was thwarted in so many ways and for so long, that by the time I met my mentor, I was all over her like bark on a tree. I literally learned so fast, that today it’s all I can do to remember what I learned first, where I went after that and how I progressed. For my memory, it seems that one day I didn’t know and then years later (which today seems like weeks) I knew how to sew.
That’s all great now, but it’s lousy when I try to think back about why I chose my mentor, what and how she taught me and the whole process of learning to sew. To be honest, it went by so fast and furious that all I can remember is finally one day waking up and realizing that the only thing that could hold me back was my own imagination. It was like one day I was all frustrated that I didn’t know how to sew and the next day the only thing keeping me from doing anything was my own imagination!
Having constant interaction with you all – my students, my followers is the best way I know to figure out what you want to learn. And this isn’t a matter of you all supposed to know. After all, if you knew what you didn’t know, you would probably know a lot more than you do now. One of the problems here is that you don’t know what you don’t know and therefore many times don’t know what to ask for because you most likely don’t even know that there’s a process, technique or method out there to do what you would like to do, but again, if you don’t even know that the process, technique or method is there, how are you going to know to ask for it. It’s a little like the old riddle – what comes first – the chicken or the egg.
As a side note, many of you may have heard that Zoom was hacked, and they were, but they have been really fast in reacting, and as a result, everyone must have a password in order to participate in the live video. In case you aren’t familiar with Zoom, here’s a good primer guide on how to operate Zoom. It works best on your home computer, but there is also an app for your tablet and for your smartphone, but the whole system was developed for business meetings so it’s really best fitted for a computer.
Look for my email soon as I would like to set this up as soon as possible and start having interactive (that’s computer fancy talk for that we get to talk back and forth in real-time or all at the same time), with you students soon, and with a lot of us home right now, this is the perfect time to start that!
Of course, if you aren’t sure this is for you or have any comments, ideas, suggestions or additions to this – I would love to know. I really enjoy hearing from all of you – honestly – even if there are problems!
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