Friday, December 28, 2007

Blogging Course

I'm evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they're letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I'll let you know what I think once I've had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it's still free.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

How to Be as Rich as Warren Buffet

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I was reading a post on David Garfinkel's Blog about Warren Buffet.

According to Mr. Garfinkel's information, there are three things that Warren Buffet does every day.

He reads.
He talks to other people.
He thinks.

If it's good enough for him, I'll try it too.

The obvious questions now are...

What does he read?
Who does he talk to?
What does he think about?

Any suggestions?

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Problem with People is...

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Recently I asked the people of the MyLot Community what ticks them off. There were some beefs about technology and gas prices.

The one thing mentioned the most were people problems.

Here’s a link to the actual myLot discussion.

I’ve distilled the discussion comments down to this list of adjectives that were used to describe people.

  • Self-important
  • Self-Righteous
  • Hypocritical
  • Whiney
  • Moaning
  • Complaining
  • Lazy
  • Irresponsible
  • Negative
  • Judgmental
  • Greedy
  • Lying
  • Rude
  • Criminal
  • Free-loading
  • Uptight
  • Combative
  • Stupid
  • Illogical
  • Nosey
  • Gossipy
  • Selfish
  • Jealous

  • Now, since we all have to deal with people everyday in one way or another…

    Don’t you think it would be better if we didn’t apply those labels to people. After you apply such a label don’t you tend to always see that person through the label.

    Usually when you look at something or someone through something else you get a distorted image.

    So the next time you find yourself applying labels instead of understanding, consider these words of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus...

    "If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now."

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    Tuesday, May 08, 2007

    A Letter from an Anonymous Iranian to the People of America

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    This is from a post on Mark Joyner's Blog

    This is definitely a different picture than the one painted by the US media. And it's exactly the reason governments in some countries want more control and restrictions on the Internet.

    A Letter from an Anonymous Iranian to the People of America

    OK, I first wanted to deliver this message to you in form of a video containing interviews with people here, but after receiving some warnings from from family and friends about the risks of it here, I decided to share this message for you in form of a letter.

    But just know that there's actually a human being - just like you - behind this letter, typing every word for you...

    You know how much focus there is on the news about Iran these days. When you turn on the TV and read the paper, you hear about it.

    You see the media tries to create an image in your mind about Iran and Iranians.

    But have you ever wondered how real it is? Have you ever wished you could see behind the scenes and see the truth for yourself?

    Well, here's a chance...

    After talking with Mark about how many big misconceptions have been created by the media, I decided to clear up some of them for you in this letter. Hope you enjoy reading them and seeing the truth...

    Do Iranians hate Americans and the people in the West?

    No, not at all. Just ask someone who has come here as a tourist and he will tell you Iranians are very friendly and hospitable with people from other countries.

    It's true that the media here tries to make people think the West is the enemy because that's how they get power. But most Iranians don't have any problem with other nations and actually like them.

    Yes, there are some radical groups (like "Basij") who think the west is the enemy but they are the minority.

    Actually this minority group is even hated among most people here because they interfere with our own people - like attacking and arresting women if they're not wearing the kind of covered clothed they think is correct, among other things.

    But the big majority of people here like other nations and want to live in peace and harmony with the rest of the world.

    So do Iranian people want to enter a war with the US?

    What do YOU think? Do people ever like to enter a war at all? Hasn't it been always kings and governments provoke and force people to this?

    The Iran's government may not mind a war, but the people certainly don't want it.

    Because people are always people. They have families who they care about and don't want to risk losing in a war. Also they understand the other country's people have families too.

    You know, war never has solved any problems. It only creates more problems.

    What about the Iran president? Do Iranians agree with him and his politics?

    Some do, but the majority don't. So it's important to know he certainly doesn't speak for all Iranians.

    So when he says something about Holocaust, writes a letter to the US president, or makes a speech in United Nations, he is NOT speaking for us either.

    But doesn't the President of Iran want to nuke Israel and "wipe them off the map"?

    I have heard the exact statement Ahmadinejad said in Farsi so I know what he really meant. He meant the Israel government should give its place to Palestine - like it used to be before.

    He thinks there should be no country called "Israel' on the map, and instead it should be called "Palestine".

    So what about the Jews living there?

    Well, they can certainly keep living there in peace because neither the government of Iran nor our people have any problem with Jews. Actually, did you know there are many Jews and Christians living here in Iran in peace?

    So what about terrorists? Don't Iranians agree with and support groups like Al Qaida?

    I was really shocked when Mark told me some Americans think Iranians support Al Qaida and other similar groups.

    Because Al Qaida and Taliban were one of the most hated groups among Iranians - even years before the September 11 tragedy, because of what Taliban were doing to Afghan people.

    If you go to the streets here and ask hundreds of people if they agree with those groups, I guarantee you'll receive some shocked faces looking at you wondering what strange question is that?

    Are Iranians all Muslim?

    Even though most people here are Muslim, but there are also many Christians, Jews, Atheists, and others living here in peace.

    And just like other Iranians, they too like Iran's culture and are proud of their history, but don't agree with the regime.

    So how is life in Iran really like?

    If you come to Iran today and walk in the streets, what you will see may surprise you...

    You will see parents and their children walking happily together...

    You'll see children playing soccer in the corner of an alley...

    You'll see young boys driving a sports car fast and playing western POP music in the car...

    You'll see couples walking hand in hand and talking...

    You'll see normal stores, shopping malls, restaurants, and people living their ordinary life.

    You see, people are people - no matter if they are in New York, Paris, Tokyo, or Tehran.

    So how come the picture the media shows is so different?

    (I know because I sometimes watch CNN and BBC through satellite TV and check out their websites on the Internet.)

    You know, it's an art of the media to take a tiny part of the whole picture and make it look as if it IS the whole picture.

    Just like there are Ku Klux Klan in America. It would be easy to use images of the KKK and paint the picture: "See, this is America."

    They do it over there to show a cloaked picture of Iranians, and they do it here to show a cloaked image of Americans.

    But today the Internet gives us the opportunity to discover the truth for ourselves - if we are open to do it.

    So to you that are reading this letter, whether you live in the US or any other part of the world, warm regards from the people in Iran.

    [Your peace-lover friend from Tehran, Iran]

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    Wednesday, March 14, 2007

    Credit Report Lens on Squidoo

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    I just put up some information on how you can get your credit report for free. This is the real free credit report site with nothing to buy or sign-up for.

    You can get all the links and details on my Squidoo Lens called Free Credit Reports Online.

    Find out what's in your credit report today. It just might surprise you!

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    Thursday, March 08, 2007

    So Atkins was right?

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    The Journal of the American Medical Association is now backing the claims of the Atkins Diet. Seems they did some research that showed Atkins to be the most successful diet for losing excess weight.

    Notice they didn't say it was a healthy diet, just good for losing weight. And for some people that's a good thing.

    The real problem, (and Atkins does prove this) is people just eat too many carbs. Especially the wrong kind, refined and processed.

    I agree with some of the experts that say use Atkins short term to get rid of the pounds. Then gradually incorporate healthy carbs back into your diet. Monitor your weight and take action if it changes. Cut back on the carbs again.

    Even though another study showed that diet and calorie intake was the most important factor for weight loss, don't forget to exercise to get those benefits too.

    My favorite low carb snack is Jerky. It's natural protein. I look for additive free and filler free jerky.

    I get my organic jerky by the case here.

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    Sunday, February 25, 2007

    The Benefits of Pomegranate

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    If you are a person who is interested in living a healthy lifestyle (and you should be), then you've probably been seeing a lot about Pomegranates.

    The are some very good research studies that have been done that show Pomegranates have a beneficial effect on Atherosclerosis or artery disease.

    One article states that,

    "The findings observed in the pomegranate group were unprecedented.

    After one year, the group receiving the drugs, but not pomegranate showed a significant 9% increase in intima-media thickness. In contrast, the group receiving the pomegranate plus drugs showed a reduction in carotid intima-media thickness as follows:

    After three months: 13%
    After six months: 22%
    After nine months: 26%
    After one year: 35%

    Carotid artery blood flow (as measured by end diastolic velocity) improved in the pomegranate plus drugs group as follows:

    After three months: 16%
    After six months: 20%
    After nine months: 31%
    After one year: 44%

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    As someone in the over 50 age group, clean blood vessels are important to me. I am convinced that Pomegranate supplements are good for me. I take mine everyday.

    After a month or so I've noticed one particular thing that seems to be happening. Men, send me an email if you want the details, as this is a personal thing.

    I get my all my supplements including Pomegranate at Life Extension Products.

    It's one of the few places I trust to give me the highest quality products. You can also find out about nutritional research in their extensive online library.

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    Thursday, February 22, 2007

    The Most Important Step for Success in Anything

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    Did you know there is an important secret for getting what you want?

    It's the most important thing you have to do. More importantly, until you do this one thing, nothing matters. Your dreams are just fantasies. Your goals will never be realized.

    So what is the most important step? I'll tell you in a few days... I promise.

    First I want to hear what others have to say in a discussion I started over on myLot.

    Watch this blog for my answer.

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    Wednesday, February 21, 2007

    The Law of Attaction is taking some heat.

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    Not everyone is buying into The Secret hype. There is a growing firestorm over on Blair Warren's Blog.

    It seems the biggest complaint is the over commercialization of the ideas. Blair even called it "The Law of Extraction"... as in cash from the pockets of the believers.

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    Monday, February 19, 2007

    Kevin Hogan and The Secret

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    Kevin Hogan offers his opinion on "The Secret".

    I think he is right on with his criticism of the way it's being promoted.

    And I think he is wrong to lump the essence of ideas contained in The Secret with the blatant and obvious commercialization of those ideas. Not that I'm against honest capitalism, but keep it upfront with full disclosure.

    If you want to read one of the books that inspired the ideas in The Secret, you can read it FREE online. The book is called "The Master Key System" by Charles Haanel.

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