Rocketboom: Breakdancing

Today’s rocket boom is worth watching.  www.rocketboom.com/vlog/archives/2006/08/rb_06_aug_11.html

Today’s episode shows a break dancing event in NYC.  It is just amazing what some people can do with their bodies.  Anyway, it is worth a look.

JOKE: Manager and two workers go out to eat

I heard this joke at Toastmasters yesterday.  I thought it was pretty funny and that you might enjoy it as well.

A Manager and two workers go out to lunch.  At lunch they see this old lamp on their table.  They begin to rub it and sure enough a genie comes out.  The genie says, “Normally I would give you three wishes.  But since there are three of you, I will give each of you one wish.”

Worker 1 says, “Let me go first.”

The Genie says, “What is your wish?”

Worker1: “I want to go to Florida, be on the beach all day, and not have to worry about anything.”

And just like that, it was done.

Worker 2 says, “Let me go next”

The Genie says, “What is your wish?”

Worker 2 says, “I would like to Hawaii and surf all day.”

And just like that, it was done.

Next it was the Manager’s turn, and the Genie says, “What is your wish?”

The manager says, “I want those two workers back here right now so they can finish their jobs!”

Moral of the story: “Let your manager go first!”

Bush: “Is that Sam Donaldson?”

I like reading the quotes in the U.S. News & World Reports. You find people saying all sorts of interesting things. In the August 14-21, 2006 edition, we have the following Bush quote:

“Is that Sam Donaldson? Forget it. You’re a has-been. We don’t have to answer has-beens’ questions.”

The caption under it says, “President Bush, at a ceremony to close the old pressroom for renovation during which past media and White House press personalities like Donaldson, who shouted a question, appeared.”

My first thought was, “What was the question?”

The question appears to have been, “Should Mel Gibson be forgiven for claiming that the Jews start all the wars?” (Source: The Raw Story and YouTube)

My second thought was, “How could a President treat such a distinguished reporter that way? And he may not have to answer ‘has-beens” questions, but he need to answer Citizens’ questions, and Sam is a citizen.”

Well, thanks to the power of the Internet, I was able to see a live video recording of the event on YouTube The entire event was a funny event with the President calling himself a “Crackpot from Texas”. Based upon the video, everything was said in jest.  I do not even think that Sam was asking a serious question but rather just going along with the mood.  Yet, that is not what was communicated by the U.S. News & World Report blurb.

Roadtrip Nation

Michael Marriner and Brian McAllister from Roadtrip Nation came to my work today and talked about their roadtrip that they took after college. They also showed several short documentaries of their trip.
Here is the blurb about it from the RoadTrip Nation website:

“Roadtrip Nation was started when some recent college grads, who had no idea what they wanted to do with their lives, decided to take a roadtrip to figure it out. They bought an old run-down 31-foot RV, painted it neon green, and hit the road for 3 months and 17,000 miles to explore how other individuals found their roads in life. Along the way, they interviewed over 80 people, including: a Lobsterman in Maine, the scientist who decoded the Human Genome, the Director of Saturday Night Live, the stylist for Madonna, and Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz. All of the leaders shared where they were in their twenties, and how they resisted pressures of conformity to find their roads in life.”

Here are some quotes that came from the documentary. Many come from college students that they interviewed.

“What’s the next step? I don’t know and it scares me.”

“Small decision now will affect my entire life”

“Sometimes I feel like the path that I am on was laid out for me some way”
“I don’t need to sit here and say I’m going to do this or I’m going to do that. I’m going to be who I am right now.”

“I’m still kind of lost about what my road will be, but I feel that will be part of my adventure”

“Everyone’s road was completely different, but the one thing that we say was no one’s path was linear.”

“Live your life with integrity.” –be true to yourself

“You are hardwired to do something in this world. All of the seeds for what you are to become are there. It is just a matter of accessing it and fulfilling it.”

“Let’s be honest with ourselves. If we do not have the answers, then let us not pretend that we do.”

Sam Ross, Founder of Fantastic Sams: “When you want to do what you want to do, you got to throw the book away. And as long as you do it honestly, then you will win every time”

Interviewer: “What if you don’t know what you want to do?”

Sam Ross: “It will come to you”

Interviewer: “What do you do until then?”

Sam Ross: “Keep breathing”

They wrote three books that were a result of what they learned during the roadtrip about how other people found their paths and how you can find your path.

Roadtrip Nation: A Guide to Discovering Your Path In Life

Finding The Open Road: A Guide to Self-Construction Rather Than Mass Production (Roadtrip Nation)

Roadtrip Nation: Destination Unknown (Define Your Own Road in Life)

Star Wars parody – Chad Vader – Day Manager

This is a really funny Star Wars parody.

Part 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CiW838wNiM

Part 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPVlljVWqBg

 

Can you walk a mile in 6 minutes?

Friday’s episode of RocketBoom featured Race Walking.  The gentleman in the show claims to be able to walk a mile in 6 minutes.  It is worth a look.

 So, what is the difference between walking and running when you do a mile in 6 minutes?  Well, it all comes down to form.  There are two rules that must be followed to be considered walking.  First, you must maintain contact with the ground at all times.  Second, the knee of the supporting leg must be kept straight from the time it touches the ground till the time it passes under the body.

 You can see Race Walking 101 for more information.

 

Product that will allow you to easily build a community wireless network

I have dreamed about building a wireless network in my community that would allow for our neighbors to connect to one another without depending on a internet connection, it would allow for wifi devices to operate all over the neighborhood, and it would allow for us to share our network connections to improve reliability and perhaps performance.

I have looked at MIT’s RoofNet project.  It looked interesting, but required a lot of time to research and get going.  A new company called Meraki Networks is planning to release some products to make it possible for people like us to create such a network.  www.meraki.net/products.html 

Is Google going to make Microsoft look good?

Why do we like Google?  Is it because they are the “do no evil” company?  Is it because they are not Microsoft?  Is it because they make our lives easier through their search, email, and other services?  The fact of the matter is that a lot of people from users, to developers, to workers, and to investors like Google.  Heck, even I like google!  (Look at the ads.)

But I am wondering if we are creating the very thing that we feared in Microsoft, that is the fear of world domination.  Microsoft has a very aggressive business and so far successful business.  Microsoft has managed to make the majority of desktops and laptops run Windows.  Their Office product has taken over.  People are beginning to look in.  Microsoft raises prices and what can you do but buy their product?  (You could use Linux, which I am currently using to write this post, but that is not really practical considering the number of people and companies that use and support Windows.)  So, we are feeling a little trapped and make Microsoft out to be some kind of enemy.  We begin to wonder if the NSA has or will put a back door into all of our computers.

However, it is possible to secure our computers.  It is possible to firewall them and prevent unauthorized communication with the outside world.

So, we can escape Microsoft.  But in Google, we are giving them something that we can not escape, information.  We use their search engine to find out things.  Controlling what people find or don’t find is a very powerful tool, one that China understands and has forced Google to change their practices.  The otherside is that understanding what people are searching for tells you a lot about those people.  Something that the US government wanted to know but that Google refused to give in.

But more than search, Google has access to our emails.  They are able through their analytics and AdSense products to track people as they move across the web.  How tempting of a target will this be for business managers attempting to maximize profits by steering you in a particular direction?  How tempting will this information be to the law enforcement official that is tracking criminals or a government that is looking to squash threats to its power?

Google may be the “do no evil” company, but they will continue to do be so only as long as we watch them.

Use Update Servers to increase traffic

A good way to increase traffic is to have every post you make to wordpress send an update to an blog update server.  This will alert that server that there is a new post on your site, you want to take the entire list on codex.wordpress.org/Update_Services  and put it in the update list on WordPress.

You get to this list by the following steps:

1) Log into the wordpress admin tool

2) Click “Options”

3) Click “Writing”

4) insert the list under “Update Services”

5) Click “Update Options”

Here is a screen shot to help you.

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