Thursday, January 31, 2008
[Editor's comment: Do you know about the origin of the word, bluegrass? Talking about this kind of music, please check out my friends, Rum River Blend, in Troy, Ohio.]
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Related: My post, SPREAD THE GOOD WORD.
Here are two excerpts from The Economist:
Mr Schultz says he wants to slow down the pace of expansion in America and to close struggling locations while accelerating expansion overseas. He also wants to improve the “customer experience” at American stores and streamline management. There is no “silver-bullet” he said, but rather a scaling back of the expectations of a company famously named after the coffee-loving mate of the Pequod in Herman Melville’s novel, “Moby Dick”. Ominously, Frank Starbuck comes to a sticky end when he eventually comes up against the great white whale. (Not enough froth, Economist, 01/08/08)
Analysts and investors welcome Mr Schultz's return because it shows the company is taking action to correct its drift. The main architect of Starbucks' expansion is seen as the best person to lead a return to the firm's roots as a specialist coffee shop with a local touch. McDonald's, by contrast, having just recovered from its own overexpansion, is venturing into a whole new market. May the best latte win. (Coffee Wars, Economist, 01/10/08.)
The Economist has started a blog and audio & video center.
Related: My post, WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE.
- LEGO Celebrates 50 Years of Bricks by Geekdad from Wired.
- Google celebrates 50 years of LEGO by Garett Rogers of ZDNet.
Related: My post, MCDONALD'S HAS BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR 50 YEARS.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
There is no way I could build Businesspundit from scratch to the traffic levels that it has today if I had not gotten such an early start. As I look at people who are much better writers and have much more interesting things to say than I do, I am reminded how much luck and timing matter in all things. (BusinessPundit, 01/23/08.)
Related: My post, TRAFFICSWARM.
Read ESPN: A Classic Do-As-I-Say, Not-As-I-Do by Bob Parks and see if you agree with his angle against "liberal media bias"...
While she hasn’t been quoted as apologizing to Christians, or Jesus himself, it would appear Dana Jacobson has been “forgiven”, as she’s still employed, for now. She’s lucky she only went off on those intolerant Christians, because had she said the same thing about Muslims, she’d be in the Witness Protection Program today.
To think that an organization with as many liberal sports commentators as ESPN would even take such an action, instead of excusing it “free speech”, is notable. (Canada Free Press, 01/23/08.)
English posts that contain "Dana Jacobson" per day for the last 30 days.
Get your own chart!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Image source: Matamoros Comic at MySpace.
UPDATE 01/25/08: Read Kendall J's post, Bill Gates - Apologist for the Welfare State.
Related: My post, CYBERTIPS.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The deepening gloom about the economy may well warrant such an aggressive response. But the timing is puzzling. There is more than a whiff of panic about slashing rates little more than week before a scheduled meeting. The Fed statement issued with the decision rationalises the cut as a response to “downside risks to growth”—the phrase is repeated twice in six short paragraphs—and cites recent gloomy data on housing and jobs. Yet the economic news has not grown any worse in the past few days and, given the time needed before monetary policy affects spending, the added urgency seems odd. (The Economist 01/22/08.)
Are We the Greatest Threat to Global Prosperity? by Jonathan Hoenig of SmartMoney.
The "R" Word and Franchising by Joel Libava of the Franchise King Blog.
Have you read Alan Greenspan's book, The Age of Turbulence?
Related: My post, MARKETS DON'T FAIL!
[Editor's note: Check out Jonathan "CapitalistPig" Hoenig at 3:18 in the video clip "Very Mad Money" by Jon Stewart of the Daily Show.]
Police arrested two people on Tuesday for allegedly defrauding Stockholm taxpayers of millions of kronor, on the pretext that the money was to be used to finance preschools. The money was allegedly transferred to accounts in Africa and the Middle East, in a case that is reported to have links to a terror financing probe. (The Local, 01/22/08.)
Related: My post, TEACHING SHARIA IN STOCKHOLM.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
UPDATE 01/22/08: Read Darren Rowse's post, My Search for the Perfect Cafe [And What it Taught Me about Blogging]. [Editor's note: I made a comment.]
Will you watch the Super Bowl XLII game on February 3? [Editor's comment: I still remember one TV ad from 1999...]
Related: My post, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS.
"New England Patriots"
I asked about Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle and if they have seen the movie, The Name of the Rose.
It becomes clear that the only remaining copy of Aristotle's Second Book of Poetics is somehow related to the deaths. William deduces, thanks to a scrap of parchment with hastily written notes, that all of those who died under mysterious circumstances had read the book. His investigations are curtailed by the arrival of Bernardo Gui of the Inquisition, summoned for the conference and keen to investigate the deaths. The two men clashed in the past and the zealous inquisitor has no time for theories outside his own: that The Devil is responsible – and torture will reveal the truth. (Wikipedia The Name of the Rose on Answers.com. Wikipedia Copyright © 2007 by Wikipedia. Published by Wikipedia.)
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Introducing Snap Shots from Snap.com
I just installed a nice little tool on this site called Snap Shots that enhances links with visual previews of the destination site, interactive excerpts of Wikipedia articles, MySpace profiles, IMDb profiles and Amazon products, display inline videos, RSS, MP3s, photos, stock charts and more.
Sometimes Snap Shots bring you the information you need, without your having to leave the site, while other times it lets you "look ahead," before deciding if you want to follow a link or not.
Should you decide this is not for you, just click the Options icon in the upper right corner of the Snap Shot and opt-out.
Related: My post, OPEN ID.
|You Are a Pundit Blogger!|
Your blog is smart, insightful, and always a quality read.
Truly appreciated by many, surpassed by only a few
Related: My post, WHAT KIND OF BLOGGER ARE YOU?
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Here is an excerpt from Kelly K. Spors's article, New Services Help Bloggers Bring in Ad Revenue. [Via Pay Per Play blog.]
Audio and Video
Starting Feb. 1, San Diego-based V2P Communications is offering five-to-eight-second audio ads, called NetAudioAds, that will automatically play when a visitor lands on a blog or Web site. Publishers sign up for the free service and V2P then lines up advertisers, who bid on rates they will pay to have their ads played on a given blog. Bids generally start around $14 per 1,000 plays. Blog publishers get a 25% cut of the ad revenue.
About 25,000 publishers have signed up so far, says Michael Knox, V2P's co-founder, and several large companies and 2008 presidential campaigns have expressed interest in becoming advertisers through the service. A site that gets 2,000 unique visitors per day with an advertiser paying $14 per 1,000 plays might earn $28 a day, or $196 a week. (Wall Street Journal, January 15, 2008.)
[Editor's note: I have signed up for having Pay-Per-Play audio ads on my blog.]
"Venomous Kate" argues in her post, Audio Ads And Earning Money At Readers’ Expense, that an audio ad played automatically could be received as intrusive in its nature. [Editor's comment: I have to wait and "hear" how the reactions will be... The audio ads should start streaming in beginning of February.]
Related: My post, PAY PER PLAY MEDIA.
Related: My post, THE CHURCH OF LAFAYETTE RONALD HUBBARD.
I have registered a profile on WikiAnswers. [Editor's note: I will ask D.R. how you could compare and contrast WikiAnswers with his advanced vocational data base (KYDB.se).] Check out No Stupid Answers blog.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
[Editor's note: Maybe it could be a belated 2007 or an early 2008 X-mas gift...]
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
The Pursuit of Happyness, based on events in Chris Gardner's life, casts Smith as a man attempting a remarkable realignment of his values, his goals and his life.
In a time before cellular phones and voice mail, struggling father and aspiring businessman Gardner (with Smith's son, Christopher, as his kid) aims to think his way out of poverty, adopting the optimism inspired by a Founding Father's noble phrase from the Declaration of Independence. "How did Thomas Jefferson know to put pursuit in?" the destitute Gardner wonders, embracing the idea that happiness is earned. (Box Office Mojo, 03/16/07.)
Recommending reading: My post, RED OR BLUE STATE OF MIND [Editor's comment: I have to visit San Francisco]. Here is an excerpt from my post, RESTORE THE WORLD TRADE CENTER:
I have stored a framed poster of Bryan Larsen's painting, A New Height, at a friend's place in Ohio. I look forward to the day when I once again could place the poster on a wall in my future home, somewhere in the Land of Opportunity - America... (EGO, July 17, 2004.)
Monday, January 7, 2008
Have you watched the countdown clock lately? [Editor's comment: I think it is time for shock therapy...]
Five Minutes to Midnight
Related: My post, IRANIAN ANIMATED NUKE MOVIE.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
You could support my blogging by ordering stuff with the new EGO image from EGO Online Store at CaféPress and a new store at Spreadshirt in the near future.
I have now created SpreadShirt stores for Europe and North America.
From Lindsay's post, Reminder - Save 20.08%.
Just a reminder about the New Year, New You promotion.
20.08% off all orders from December 31 - January 14. Valid on all orders over $10. Use coupon code newyear08 (Candaian code: CADnewyear08). Shipping charges not included in discount. (SpreadShirt Blog, January 5, 2008.)
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Related: My posts, MTV CHOOSE AND LOSE ON MYSPACE and LIVE FREE OR DIE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.
The recipe originates from Finland.
Pierogi for 4 people.
Pie crust / dough
- 125 grams of margarine
- 3 deciliters of flour
- 3 tablespoons of cold water
- 100 gr. smoked pork or ham
- 2 carrots
- 1 piece of celeriac
- 2 dl of water
- 1 tablespoon margarine
- 1 pinch of salt
- 2 hard boiled eggs
- 2 pinches of marjoram
- 2 tablespoons of sour cream
1 egg for the "coating" of the surface.
Turn the oven at 225 degrees Celsius. Mix the ingredients for the pie dough, work it well and then let it "rest" as you prepare the filling. Cut the pork / ham. Coarsely grate the carrots and the celeriac. Put the carrot and celeriac in some water with 1 tablespoon of margarine and 1 pinch of salt. Let the "stripes" rinse off. Boil the eggs and chop them. Mix meat, vegetables, the chopped eggs, spices and the sour cream.
Roll out the dough (couple of mm thick) and cut out big, round plates in sizes of circa 10 - 12 cm in diameter. Add about a tablespoon of the filling on every plate and fold it as a crescent. Press the edges together with a fork and coat them with an egg. Put the good stuff in the oven for circa 12 minutes.
Serve them with salad and beer. [Editor's comment: End the meal with a shot of Unicum. Cheers!]
UPDATE 01/16/08: Read Technogypsy's post, Piroghi - the other kind just for Martin.
I have removed the "Digg It" application due to the negative attitude floating around on such type of sites. [Editor's note: You could still use Digg It and other services, if you use the "Add This!" bookmark function.] I will keep the StumbleUpon feature, because you never know when a new visitor will find this place. I am still using the Sphere gadget to find related content to my posts.
The whole idea is to get more organized and inform people what I am up to at the moment. I will start to use Netvibes as my start page. It is a similar service as iGoogle, but I think you could use it for more stuff.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I have created a profile page on Mixx. If you have a smart filtering system, you could end up with a great source of personalized bits and pieces in one place.
Related: My post, IGOOGLE.
First read Brendan Miniter's article, What Would Jesus Drive? What kind of silly question is that? and then read Onkar Ghate's piece, "What Would Jesus Drive?" Campaign Shows Greens' True Mystical Colors.
It is Thor's day (Thursday) of thunder, so here comes a great excerpt from Edward Cline's hard hitting post, Hoary Old Chestnuts.
I rarely bother to beat dead horses. God is a dead horse, although religion is not quite as dead as most atheists believe, because it is alive and snorting and being harnessed to contemporary American politics. That is religion’s special danger; churches of all stripes and sects are enlisting their congregations in the army for various welfare state, environmentalist, and collectivist crusades. Their primary object is to resurrect the country’s alleged “Christian” values and rid that “Holy Land” of the infidel, the atheist, and incidentally clean up the earth, stop global warming, and herd everyone into a welfare state corral. It is God’s will, they say, to take care of the lame, halt and poor by impoverishing the healthy, the independent, and the industrious. (Rule of Reason, January 3, 2008.)
I have added The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever and Sparrowhawk Companion to my wishlist.
Robert Tracinski is endorsing Rudy Giuliani in the latest issue (Vote for Rudy. Support the Defense of Freedom over Religious Politics.) of The Intellectual Activist Daily newsletter.
With the opening of the primary season—tonight's Iowa caucus isn't a real primary, but it is the first test of candidates' support among grass-roots activists, and thus it will have an impact on the primaries to come—now is the time to give TIA's official endorsement for the Republican primary.
I say that this is my official endorsement, because it has been clear where I've been leaning, unofficially, for most of the past year: I support Rudy Giuliani as by far the best candidate for the Republican nomination. He is the only candidate who will promote the influence of what I call the "secular right": support for free markets, a strong national defense, and strict separation of church and state. (TIA Daily, January 3, 2008.)
[Editor's note: Please vote in the Pajamas Media Presidential Straw Poll. Scroll down the right column and look under the section EGO poll.]
[Editor's comment: Have you heard about Betty Bowers & her "invisible running mate"? ;)]
Related: My post, CHOOSE OR LOSE 2006.
Men of Hope by Mike Allen of Politico.com.
From Ari Armstrong's post, God Wins in Iowa.
The big winner in the Iowan caucuses is Jesus Christ. Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama are the two most religious -- politically religious -- candidates of their parties. I'm surprised that those candidates came in first. However, I don't believe that they'll win the nominations (though I think it likely that Obama joins somebody else's ticket). Indeed, I would be stunned if either candidate made it to the general election. If both make it, that will demonstrate that this country is in worse shape than I thought, and that we are likely headed toward more expansive religious-based politics. (Ari Armstrong, January 4, 2008.)
God's Candidate by John Cox.
In the news: Onward superstitious soldiers! Is Huckabee God's choice tomorrow in Iowa? - "Deadline USA" - The Guardian Blog.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Read Paul Rushing's post, PayPerPlay: The Next Generation of Intrusive Internet Marketing.
Related: My post, TEXT LINK ADS.
English posts that contain "PAY PER PLAY" per day for the last 30 days.
Get your own chart!
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
I have updated the EGO template with some new features. [Editor's note: A nice upgrade of the layout will occur during next year. It will be a top of the line thing and the perfect "icing on the cake". For a "mysterious" clue, read my post, WARCRAFT...]
From John Cox's post, Banner Rough:
Martin Lindeskog hired me to do his blog banner for his site, http://egoist.blogspot.com/. I thought it might be interesting to show the steps in its production.
This is the sketch I came up with after having read his suggestions. (John Cox Art, January 1, 2008.)
EGO Banner Rough
Related: My posts, EGO ONLINE STORE and INTERVIEW WITH JOHN COX & ALLEN FORKUM.
UPDATE 01/02/08: Step 2: Blog Banner in Progress.
I establish where the black tones (cityscape and other details) are in relation to the "finished" color pencil outline of the figures. (John Cox Art, January 2, 2008.)
UPDATE 01/06/08: STEP 3: PRESTO!
Done. Added Martin Lindeskog's blog name for a touch of pizzaz. Me likey. (John Cox Art, January 5, 2008.)
From the post, About Matamoros:
Part political thriller, part war story, and part “classic” action comic book, Matamoros follows one of America’s heroes in the “Long War” - an ordinary guy who discovers that only extraordinary situations exist when the enemy is a protean entity which refuses to adhere to the laws of war or the laws of civilized nations.
Written by Sleet and Darius LaMonica, and illustrated by John Cox of the Cox & Forkum political cartoon team, Matamoros is the first comic book focusing on the U.S. military’s fight against radical Islamists. (Matamoros Comic, December 11, 2007.)
From the book:
[Editor's note: I don't endorse this "backward" site...]
Check out the carnival "This is not my country, but it is 2008" at Hell's Handmaiden.
The irony of trying to plan accidents, and orchestrate their frequent occurrence, is not lost on Mr Williams. So he tries mental tricks. One is to ask “what can we take away to create something new?” A decade ago, you could have started with Yahoo! and taken away all the clutter around the search box to get Google. When he took Blogger and took away everything except one 140-character line, he had Twitter. Radical constraints, he believes, can lead to breakthroughs in simplicity and entirely new things. (The Economist, December 19, 2007.)
The article gave me inspiration for my future work with creating a physical "mash-up" of the third place for small business owners and members of a new type of online community. [Editor's note: I am interested in getting in touch with fellow entrepreneurs in order to discuss my future business plans for Blue Chip Club members.]
English posts that contain Twitter per day for the last 30 days.
Get your own chart!
Link: International Atomic Time.
I have to test a different way of consuming Guinness... Read My Second-Favorite Way of Consuming Guinness by Salma Abdelnour at Mouthing Off blog. [Editor's note to Gus Van Horn: Have you tested it?]
Related: My post, GOOD LIFE WEEKEND 16.