Disc Sports, Thoughts

Ahhhh Throwing…Outside Again :)

No Comments 12 April 2009

So for those who know me…and even those who don’t…I love ultimate frisbee. The best part about ultimate being the frisbee. And the fact that when you throw the frisbee it can do some amazing things.

When I throw a disc, I love watching it fly into the sky and watching how it moves and is affected by the wind. It’s never the same and it’s a great feeling when you can put something up into the sky and it floats there for 10 seconds. Just watching it spin and fly. I think sometimes I wish I could be like a frisbee and just take off and float around. It’s truly the coolest toy because it can do so many things simply by throwing it with different edges, angles and velocities.

I love when the snow melts and the air gets warmer because it means I can get out and throw again. And after moving downtown, I was worried I wouldn’t have a field close by where I could throw, but I found one on Saturday just a few blocks away from me and it’s perfect. It’s about 110 yards from goal post to goal post (I have to pace it so I know what I’m throwing) but it’s flat with a pretty steady wind so I’m looking forward to throwing there lots.

For me throwing is more than just practice for playing a game. It’s fun as hell. When the profs were on strike at Dal, I threw everyday for 1.5-2 hours for the entire 4 weeks. It was amazing. Not only is it relaxing for me to get out and throw but it’s great exercise, it’s great for my throws in game since my throws become more accurate, longer, smoother and all around I improve my game.

It’s a simple formula. Practice throwing + practice playing = better player. You won’t improve your throws much by just throwing in practice. You must throw on its own (like a golfer goes to the driving range). It’s not boring, it’s actually a lot of fun. There are a lot of things you can do just by purely throwing to get better and to keep it interesting. There are a lot of things I do. Throw hammers through the uprights. Throw I/O flicks into the soccer nets. See how many throws it takes to get from one end of the field to the other and then try to beat that on the way back. You just have to figure out what works for you and commit to it. The best part is that your throws will get better. Guaranteed. But you just need to get out and throw.

Computers, Internet, Social Media, Technology, TED, Thoughts

Best Guess…That’s All You Can Try For

No Comments 03 April 2009

So part of my job is to try and anticipate what is the future of social media and the internet. This is a difficult thing. There are many smart people all trying to make their best guess as to the future of the intenet based on the past, how the different paradigms have evolved and what they feel will be the next way of communicating with each other.

I watched Tim Berners-Lee’s presentation on TED today and it was very interesting. Tim is the creator of the internet and it’s interesting to think what our world would be like had he not created what he did. What if a company had done that. Would the internet be as open and free as it is today?

I also watched Kevin Kelly’s presentation (also on TED) in which he talked about the next 5,000 days of the web and what the first 5,000 days were like.

It’s very easy to see how the web has progressed but difficult to predict what is next. Web 1.o and Web 2.0 (which we are currently in) and now the future of the web (Web 3.0). There is a lot of focus on social media and social networks. I consider a social network to be a place (either a time or location) in which at least 2 people are having a conversation. The internet has enabled us to have conversations in real-time and in delayed time.

I get asked the question fairly often and that question is: what’s the next big thing in the internet?

Well, that’s really difficult to predict. Who could predict Google? Or Facebook? I don’t think anyone really saw that coming and those who did, how do you really capitalize on it?

If the majority of your customers are using existing networks and resources, does it make sense to be on the next “big” thing? Many times, no. The point of social media is to join the conversations which are happening about you. No matter where they are.

But, I see the future of the internet as continuing to be more open and having more access to information. Which I think we will start to feel overwhelmed with at a certain point and go back to being interested in only small pockets of resources. I’m online more than I would bet 95% of people. Hell, it’s my job. And I find the amount of information online overwhelming sometimes. I used to check 3 or 4 websites per day and now I barely have time to read Seth’s blog some days. The internet has every conceivable bit of information we could want. And we complain that it’s slow. Woe is us. But really, the internet is a machine. The largest, most powerful, most intelligent machine that has ever existed. And the future of that machine is what we make of it. Which I think will be a return to a more simple time. One in which we choose which information we receive and we finally don’t have to worry about pesky spam emails, popup ads and all the bullshit that exists online.


About Rob

Rob "Frisbee Rob" McLeod is a motivational speaker and frisbee ambassador living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He competes in ultimate, disc golf, dog disc and overall flying disc competitions. Rob currently holds 6 Guinness World Records, 10 World Championships and the Canadian Distance Record.


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