Caine’s Arcade: Cardboard Arcade Goes Viral

Being able to see loved ones succeed is a fantastic experience, and in many cases for parents, watching their children succeed is even better than their own success. With this in mind I can’t imagine how Mr. George Monroy is feeling right with all the attention his used auto-parts store is now getting… not from his own business but because of his sons small cardboard arcade.

Caine is the kind of kid that needs to know how things work, he needs to create fun things, and he wants to bring joy to anyone and everyone he meets. This story of a little kid in L.A. is just plain inspirational and to see what a little bit of curiosity and creativity can become makes me want to do something cool as well.

 

I’ve watched this video several times now and each time it makes me smile. I love that this young kid wandering around his dads used auto parts shop decides to do something fun! This reminds me of those days when I used to make a pitcher of lemonade and bring a table down to the corner. I must say however that this idea trumps mine by far as it is way more original not only that but he’s also making way more money. While I pulled in maybe $5 for an entire day of trying to sell my sugary nectar the foundation that this video has started has raised over $170,000… yeah… that is actually how much has been raised by individual people. The Goldhirsh Foundation is helping out by matching every dollar raised (up to 250k) and that money will not only go to helping Caine get to college but also to help find, foster, and fund other creative young entrepreneurs.

While I’m not sure how Caine’s Arcade plans to help these kids there is a way that you can get involved in helping to ensure that kids are getting a better education and that, my friends, is through the Team NFL & United Way partnership. I hope that this little boy’s arcade gets you excited to help the youth of America and to foster this type of creativity in all. Wether it’s building an arcade or cutting a golf course into your grandparents lawn, (don’t cut it too short or you’ll get in trouble… trust me) kids are creative is so many different ways. Head to either Caine’s Arcade or United Way’s website to learn about donating your money or your time.

Now think back with me to childhood and share some fun stories from when boredom fueled something fun!

Undergrad Business Majors: Are We Screwed?

An article I read for class focuses on the way that business programs are changing to create more innovative, “think outside the bun” type of business students. You can check it out on The Wall Street Journal The title doesn’t seems to completely fit with the article but I really did enjoy the line, “The undergraduate degrees focus too much on the nuts and bolts of finance and accounting and don’t develop enough critical thinking and problem-solving skills,” and while I left out the part about writing long essays (gross) I completely agree with that here at Hamline. While the Hamplan forces us to take a broad range of classes, I would have much rather taken classes that are interesting and relate more to marketing as opposed to say managerial accounting or finance.

“Firms are looking for talent. They’re not looking for content knowledge, per se,” This of all the lines in the entire article speaks volumes for me. I know a few people who’ve been outside the world of academia for a few years who say that they really haven’t used much of anything that their degree taught them in the actual business world. It seems as though most of what we learn comes from the job or training for the job and the rest comes from the talent we already possess. I’m not trying to say that there is no reason to get the degree (I am still here) but more that learning facts and theories can only get you so far and without a decent amount of talent you’ll just stall.

Years back if you had an undergrad degree you got a job… now it’s beginning to look like we need to go and get our masters. Will this soon transfer to the doctorate? I refuse to go through that much school so I really hope this isn’t the way its going to go. What do you think? Are we progressing to a world full of Dr’s?

Facegram… Instabook… How Will the Merger Affect Instagram

There has been quite the explosion over the news that Facebook has purchased Instagram for $1 billion and the majority of it has been extremely negative. I found this article HERE that was both negative and optimistic. I believe this author really hit the nail on the head as far as how Facebook should handle this merger, taking a google & youtube approach as opposed to the many other messy mergers that killed some great products. I don’t yet have an iphone but one of the things that I’m most excited about is the ability to take solid pictures anytime I want and with my current phones camera being broken I really miss the ability.

One thing that really sticks out from the article and from what many people on twitter seem to be worried about is that this merger will cause Instagram to become a cog in the ever-growing machine that is Facebook. I can see where they are coming from but if FB makes sure to keep instagram a separate entity there could be fantastic opportunities for growth with the social media powerhouses resources. With the uproar and people leaving the site so that facebook didn’t have their photos anymore I must say that I think the general public is overreacting. I’m excited to see where this is going and I don’t think that Zuckerberg will screw this up. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

“Creativity is the Residue of Time Wasted” – Albert Einstein

Thank you Mr. Einstein! I know that the phrase wasting time has some bad connotations that come with it but at the same time there is evidence proving those connotations to be false… well, false in the sense of creativity. Some of the best ideas I’ve ever had have come when I am just “shootin the shit” with friends out to eat, having a drink, playing beach volleyball. When I discuss my schedule with other students in classes as well as with my good friends we have such a difficult time finding a time to meet up. Everyone is way too busy! Ensuring that we have a bit of time to actually follow Einsteins suggestion is the key to not exploding with stress.

When I talk about completely pointless things with my  friends different jokes, stories, and the continuous dishing of crap makes me think of different connections that I would never have before.

‘‘Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences than other people.’ -Steve Jobs

So with this long weekend it is my suggestion to all the students out there to not just participate in Thirsty Thursday with gusto but also to go out and do something recreational. Waste your time! You never know what you’ll come up with.

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