It is amazingly easy to create video content

December 19, 2013, 9:03 am

Tech tools available today make it easy for a novice to create usable videos. No one will confuse what you create with what comes out of Hollywood or Madison Avenue, but it won’t cost thousands of dollars per minute of content either.

To show how easy it is, I’ve accumulated several of my videos and briefly discussed them on my other blog, Outrun Change:

Here is my most popular video, with over 3,600 views:

Making videos is incredibly easy. I hope my simple efforts will encourage you to try it yourself.

Keep in mind I’m working with a point-and-shoot camera, have zero editing experience, and possess a level of creativity that is only slightly higher than the average accountant.

Equipment that is not cheapest on the market, some minimal experience, and measurable levels of creativity combined with the astounding tools available today would result in great video for your organization.

Jump in, the water’s fine!


Covering the controlled territory, battles, and casualties of the Civil War in a very short video? A superb creative visualization.

September 11, 2013, 7:24 am

How’s this for a very creative visualization? A four-minute video that tells the story of the American Civil War through the amount of territory controlled by the Union and Confederate forces with mention of major battles and a casualty counter in the corner.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum created The Civil War in Four Minutes.

You can view the video here at what appears to be the only authorized place to host it.

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4,000 years of history in 1 chart – superb visualization

August 19, 2013, 8:51 am

Think you could map out the history of the world over the last 4,000 years, showing the relative power of all the major governments and people groups, and then put all that info into one chart?

John B. Sparks did just that back in 1931. His five-foot-long chart can be seen at Slate – The Entire History of the World – Really, All of It – Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart.

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Five all-time best data visualizations

December 13, 2012, 8:07 am

The 5 Most Influential Data Visualizations of All Time” is a great collection of some of the most creative ways to present large volumes of data in such a way that the data tells its own story. When you ponder these visualizations for a few moments, you easily grasp the story hidden in the numbers.

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“Deck the Halls with Macro Follies” – Economists sing your favorite holiday carols

December 6, 2012, 7:02 am

Remember the rapping economists we saw here and here?  They’re back!

Just in time for Christmas, EconStories imagines their fantasy Christmas album featuring the classic hits from Keynes, Hayek, and other renown singers you know and love.

Enjoy the greatest collection of economic hits ever aggregated.

 Remember, the only one who has the power to create presents out of thin air is Santa himself.

If you want a few 20 second explanations of how to slow or increase the economy, check out the new interpretations of your favorite songs of the season.

Link, if you need it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=7uKnd6IEiO0#t=41s

hat tip Cafe Hayek


Views of my cartoons at YouTube increasing

October 6, 2012, 8:47 am

Last year I created two cartoons about internal controls for local churches. Those cartoons are featured on my other blog, Once Upon Internal Control.

Views on YouTube for all my cartoons have been running about 50 a week during 2012. For reasons I cannot detect, the traffic on the two main cartoons has surged.

In three weeks, there were 363 viewings of part 1.  In those same three weeks, part 2 was watched 108 times.

Total views to date for part 1 are 2,030 and for part 2 are 385.

Each cartoon runs about 8 minutes.  Here are the cartoons – –

Bank reconciliations and offering count procedures:

Good procedures protect from false accusations:

(Cross-post from Once Upon Internal Control.)


Moving up the value chain – data, information, knowledge, wisdom

April 9, 2012, 8:15 am

What’s the difference between data, information, knowledge, and wisdom?

John Bredehoft pointed me to an academic definition from Sujatha Das, in her post Difference between Data, Information, Knowledge and Wisdom.

Value increases dramatically with each step up. Knowledge is far more valuable that just information. Wisdom far surpasses knowledge in value.

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