Wednesday, January 31, 2007

10 Business Lessons From a Snarky Entrepreneur


As a companion to 10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job and 10 Stupid Mistakes Made by the Newly Self-Employed, here are 10 positive lessons I learned from more than 12 years as an entrepreneur. A few of these are rehashed from the 10 Mistakes article, but most are new.

This list is the result of the liberal application of the advice from item #5, “Fail your way forward.”


Without further ado:


1. Network selectively. Nothing says “business newbie” like shotgun networking. “You never know when someone might say yes” is marketing for dummies. Take the time to build a profile of your ideal customers, and target your networking activities to reach them. Speak to those who are already predisposed to want what you offer. Almost any profile is better than “anyone with a pulse.”


2. Buy the best chair you can find. You’ll probably use your chair more than any other piece of business equipment, including your computer, so don’t settle for a crappy one. Consider a chair with padded arms and a high back (to the top of your head) for maximum comfort. The most expensive chairs aren’t necessarily ideal for you, so you must test your way to comfort nirvana.


3. Understand that relationships are more important than contracts. Business deals are relationships between people. The signed piece of paper is important, but it’s merely the result of the relationship, not the cause. If the relationship crumbles, the contract won’t save you, although it could be very lucrative for your lawyer.


Source: stevepavlina.com
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10 Business Lessons From a Snarky Entrepreneur


As a companion to 10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job and 10 Stupid Mistakes Made by the Newly Self-Employed, here are 10 positive lessons I learned from more than 12 years as an entrepreneur. A few of these are rehashed from the 10 Mistakes article, but most are new.

This list is the result of the liberal application of the advice from item #5, “Fail your way forward.”


Without further ado:


1. Network selectively. Nothing says “business newbie” like shotgun networking. “You never know when someone might say yes” is marketing for dummies. Take the time to build a profile of your ideal customers, and target your networking activities to reach them. Speak to those who are already predisposed to want what you offer. Almost any profile is better than “anyone with a pulse.”


2. Buy the best chair you can find. You’ll probably use your chair more than any other piece of business equipment, including your computer, so don’t settle for a crappy one. Consider a chair with padded arms and a high back (to the top of your head) for maximum comfort. The most expensive chairs aren’t necessarily ideal for you, so you must test your way to comfort nirvana.


3. Understand that relationships are more important than contracts. Business deals are relationships between people. The signed piece of paper is important, but it’s merely the result of the relationship, not the cause. If the relationship crumbles, the contract won’t save you, although it could be very lucrative for your lawyer.


Source: stevepavlina.com
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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Jailed reporter testifies in Libby trial


A former New York Times reporter testified Tuesday that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby told her the identity of a CIA operative weeks before Libby told investigators he had learned of the agent's identity.

Judith Miller said that Libby brought identified Valerie Plame Wilson on June 23, 2003. Miller said she and Libby also discussed Plame on July 8, 2003.


Miller served 85 days in jail in 2005 for refusing to testify before the grand jury investigating who blew Wilson's cover. It is a crime to knowingly reveal the identity of an undercover intelligence agent.


Libby told investigators he learned her identity from "Meet the Press" moderator Tim Russert on July 10, 2003.


Source: cnn.com
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Sunday, January 28, 2007

LA Times Will Now Break News on the Web, Expand it in Print


The Los Angeles Times says it is transforming its editorial and business model so that no matter what platform people use to gain information The Times will be there as the primary provider.

The newsroom will now be expected to “continuously break news online, and publishes in print the analysis, personality and utility that great writers and editors can provide in that medium” a company statement said.


“People choose different platforms and products to meet their varying news and information needs throughout the day, and we are positioning The Times to be there when they turn to us,” publisher David Hiller said.


Source: followthemedia.com
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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Happy 25th birthday to the computer virus!

I wonder what kind of lootbags there will be at the party.....hmm.


This year marks the 25th aniversary of a moment which changed computing forever; The first self-replicating (though non-malicious) computer virus, Elk Cloner. The author (who was 15 at the time, but is all growed up now), reminisces on his blog, "Back then nothing was networked. We had these computers in a lab, and there was software for them on floppy disks. You stick in the disk and run the software. Simple. The aha moment was when I realized I could essentially get my program to move around by itself. I could give it its own motive force, by having it hide in the resident RAM of the machine between floppy changes, and hitching a ride onto the next floppy that would be inserted. Whoa. That would be cool."

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Qutb in America


The Denver magazine, 5280, ran a story in 2003, detailing Sayyid Qutb's encounter with small-town Colorado in 1948. It's a fascinating article, not least because it reveals Qutb's first reactions to America and the West. He is repelled - by the apparent joylessness of post-war suburban America. His critique is reminiscent of many left-liberals of the time

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Israeli President Charged with Rape



Breaking News


Katsav to face rape charges


Israel’s attorney general decided that President Moshe Katzav should be charged with rape.


Menachem Mazuz’s office issued a statement Tuesday saying it had collected enough evidence to support charging Katsav with rape and sexual harassment of former employees, obstruction of justice and fraud.


A final decision on whether to indict Katsav will be made after a hearing in which the president may present his case.


The president has immunity while in office, but said last month that he would resign if indicted.


Katsav has denied any wrongdoing.


Source: jta.org
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Israeli President Charged with Rape



Breaking News


Katsav to face rape charges


Israel’s attorney general decided that President Moshe Katzav should be charged with rape.


Menachem Mazuz’s office issued a statement Tuesday saying it had collected enough evidence to support charging Katsav with rape and sexual harassment of former employees, obstruction of justice and fraud.


A final decision on whether to indict Katsav will be made after a hearing in which the president may present his case.


The president has immunity while in office, but said last month that he would resign if indicted.


Katsav has denied any wrongdoing.


Source: jta.org
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Day 2 at Pickton Trial - Jurors to Hear Tapes


Another intense day is expected at the murder trial of Robert William Pickton Tuesday when jurors hear the accused speak during hours of videotaped police interrogations.

Pickton is on trial in connection with the deaths of six women from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.


His trial opened Monday when Crown prosecutor Derrill Prevett told the jury that Pickton admitted he had killed 49 women and wanted to make it an even 50.


The Crown will introduce videotapes of Pickton answering questions from police. Defence lawyers have asked the jury to do more than just listen to the tapes, but to pay attention to Pickton's intellectual capacity while he speaks.


Lawyer Donna Turko, who is watching the case for CBC News, said juries do have to be cautious when considering so-called jailhouse confessions.


Source: cbc.ca
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Friday, January 19, 2007

Mondale rips Cheney for giving bad advice to Bush


Vice President Dick Cheney has bullied federal agencies and given absurd advice about the nation's risk and Iraq, Walter Mondale said Friday.

Mondale said behavior such as Cheney's never would have been tolerated when Mondale was vice president.


"I think that Cheney has stepped way over the line," Mondale said at the opening of a three-day conference about former President Jimmy Carter at the University of Georgia.


Mondale, who served under Carter, said Cheney and his assistants pressured federal agencies as they prepared information for President Bush.


"I think Cheney's been at the center of cooking up farcical estimates of national risks, weapons of mass destruction and the 9/11 connection to Iraq," he said.


That does not serve the president, because he needs facts, Mondale said.


Source: cnn.com
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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Why I Will Never Move to California

I remember the days when California stood for something. It was a beacon of everything wholesome and productive in the United States. Cali was the true physical representation of the American Dream. 1950-1970's California is an era that may never be replicated again. If you lived there, people were envious of you...after seeing this video, I am not sure the same is true today. What a different world this state has become.

I don't want to generalize and I know these problems exist elsewhere, the problem is, these guys captured it in it's glory and the images are gruesome.

Something tells me Danny and Sandy didn't have to deal with this at Rydell High.



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Video of Israeli Army Gunning Down A Terrorist

This is footage taken 3 days ago of an Israeli border patrol that captured two terrorists trying to sneak over the border. After calling out to the individuals with no response, the border patrol opened fire which detonated the explosives the terrorists were carrying. This is a great example of the kind of precision and expertise the Israeli brigades have. Very difficult to carry these operations out, but amazing to see on video.


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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Pizzeria manager suspected in third abduction


A suburban St. Louis man suspected of kidnapping two youngsters is also under investigation in the disappearance of another Missouri boy 16 years ago, The Associated Press has learned.

Michael Devlin, 41, was arrested last week after police found two kidnapped boys in his apartment in suburban Kirkwood: 13-year-old boy Ben Ownby, who was seized on January 8, and 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck, who vanished 4 1/2 years ago.


Lincoln County sheriff's deputies said Wednesday that Devlin is now the "most viable lead" in the investigation into the 1991 disappearance of Charles Arlin Henderson of Moscow Mills.


Both Shawn and Charles vanished at age 11 while riding their bikes on a rural road about an hour's drive from St. Louis. Both boys were slight, weighing about 100 pounds, and had close-cropped hair.


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