Sunday, October 31, 2010

Take Notes Like Thomas Edison

Famous inventor Thomas Edison is probably the most experienced note-taker in the world. His diary which is still maintained as an important part of the United States historical record contains five million (5,000,000) pages. Important developments such as his work on perfecting the light bulb and electric lighting systems are captured in great detail. He never met a sheet of paper he didn’t like.
What lessons can we take from his work today, a century later? How did his note-taking help him to become the world’s most famous inventor with over a thousand (1093) U.S. patents in his name for a wide range of technologies from movie cameras and phonographs to cement making and electric lighting? In short, what made his note-taking and filing system so great?

Edison’s system was developed to support his life work and was very successful in doing so. The main elements of his system can be found here...


Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Wisdom of Joe Pa

Penn State Coach Joe Paterno has had a thing or two to say about football and life...

Believe deep down in your heart that you're destined to do great things.

Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.

Its the name on the front of the jersey that matters most, not the one on the back.

Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.

Publicity is like poison; it doesn't hurt unless you swallow it.

Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.

The minute you think you've got it made, disaster is just around the corner.

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.

When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.

You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That's the mark of a true professional.

You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you'll lose again, and then losing becomes a habit.


Friday, October 29, 2010

A TV Channel With Personality - Mevio

MEVIO hosts networks of personality-driven episodic entertainment to best engage customers-comprised of viewers, producers, advertisers and partners. MEVIO is one of the fastest growing entertainment sites on the web.
Guided by an A-list of venture capital and thought leadership, including the investors that brought you Google and a management team that brought top shows, hits and releases to consumers. MEVIO is backed by leading venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital, Sherpalo Ventures, DAG Ventures and Crosslink Capital.
MEVIO has over forty shows in production, ranging from technology to comedy and general entertainment. They currently have an audience of over six million monthly unique visitors and are ranked by comScore as a top twenty site for both general entertainment and music.
Checkout their technology and music channels.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Remember Everything with Evernote

I've been using Evernote for years to keep track of things I want to read, status reports, agendas, reference information, clippings etc.

The best feature is that I have it installed on my laptop, my desktop and my phone and they all synchronize so everything is always up to date.

If you aren't using Evernote - what's your excuse?


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Have You Ever Seen A Dragon Fly?

Hey - doesn't this look like minutes of fun???

FlyTech™ Dragonfly is the world's first radio-controlled flying insect. With it's ultra-light, dual-wing design and "high-flex", crash-resistant structure, this green dragonfly is an easy-to-fly aeronautical marvel.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Welcome to MG Music

MG Music was established in 2003 by Medwyn Goodall, premiere instrumental music composer, performer and producer. Since their humble beginnings they have continued to represent the cream of instrumental and new age music talent, steadily releasing throughout the year a range of titles to calm, relax and inspire. Their range is second to none, so buy the best!


Monday, October 25, 2010

Guide Your Thinking with Exploratree

Exploratree is a free web resource where you can access a library of ready-made interactive thinking guides, print them, edit them or make your own. You can share them and work on them in groups too.

With Exploratree you can:
  • Use our ready-made thinking guides
  • Make a new thinking guide from scratch
  • Use it to set class projects
  • Print them out (they can go as big as A0)
  • Change and customise thinking guides, you can add or change text, shapes, images etc.
  • As a teacher, you can set up the sequence that you want the thinking guide to be revealed in, so that you can stage the thinking activity
  • You can fill in a thinking guide and complete your project on the website
  • You can present your project
  • You can send your thinking guide to a whole group of people
  • You can submit a thinking guide for comments, so it can't be edited but just reviewed
  • Work in groups on the same thinking guide
Thinking guides support the thinking or working through of an issue, topic or question and help to shape, define and focus an idea and also support the planning required to investigate it further. Exploratree guides can be used as a basis for whole class discussion, or emailed to individuals or groups to complete. They can also be used as a presentation tool to share your findings and thinking with others.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

10 Smartest Ways to Live Beneath Your Means

From the Dumb Little Man archives...
  1. Whenever possible, buy store brands. 
  2. Avoid prepared foods.
  3. Shop at "you-bag-it" supermarkets. 
  4. Brown bag your lunch. 
  5. Don't buy clothes or shoes with designer labels. 
  6. Use coupons, but be smart about it. 
  7. Buy used books instead of new. 
  8. Keep your car as long as you can. 
  9. Severely restrict your credit card spending. 
  10. Reward yourself for your efforts. 
Much of living beneath your means requires seeing through the false promises of prestige and fulfillment found in advertising. You're too smart to fall for that. And, it takes discipline to resist peer pressure, but whenever you're doing something worthwhile, you have to stand up for your convictions. Living beneath your means is a proven way to avoid debt and the stress that goes with it.

Read the full post...


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Lost World Series Game Hiding in Bing Crosby's Wine Cellar

The decider of the 1960 World Series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees ended with Bill Mazeroski's electrifying home run which won the game 10-9 and clinched the series for the Pirates.

It was believed that a grainy 40-second clip was all that survived of the match as television networks erased the tape, as was routine up until the 1970s.

But a pristine copy of the entire two-and-a-half hour broadcast has been discovered, four decades on, in Bing Crosby's wine cellar.

Read more at:


Friday, October 22, 2010

Pump It Up with PureVolume

PureVolume is a website for the discovery and promotion of new music and emerging artists. Each artist has a profile that typically contains basic info, updates, photos, shows and music for streaming. Artists have the option of making each of their songs available for free download. Listeners and fans can also create profiles to interact with artists and each other, as well as track and share music they like.

Since the site's launch in 2003, PureVolume has been widely recognized as a premier social music site and has received praise in the New York Times, L.A. Times, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and beyond.

PureVolume also has an off-line presence at top music festivals around The United States, including South by Southwest and College Music Journal's Annual Festival in NYC. In the past, the site has been a sponsor of The Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Energy Drink's Taste of Chaos and the Take Action Tour. PureVolume has partnered with companies such as Vans, M-Audio, Gibson, Hot Topic, Levis, Ernie Ball, Private Phone and The John Lennon Foundation in exciting, interactive ways to bring you new music.

Find out what songs are on top at:


(NOTE: We first discovered PureVolume back in 2005)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Are You Socially Prepared for Flock?

What is Flock?

Flock is a browser that is faster, simpler, and more friendly. Literally. It's the only sleek, modern web browser with the built-in ability to keep you up-to-date with your Facebook andTwitter friends.

The people at Flock are committed to building a browser unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before - because they start by focusing on user needs. They take pride in solving for common behaviors on the Web that seem clunky today, and will seem ridiculous tomorrow. They're taking us there.

They're focused on keeping us close and better connected to the people, places and things we love, more informed about the topics that turn us on, and smiling about the way it all comes together. They love nothing more than hearing from users who didn’t know they were experiencing ‘conventional browser fatigue’ until they’ve downloaded Flock..and voila. Their lives get that much better.

They're big fans of the many interesting and innovative sites and services that continue to emerge to keep our online lives interesting. They also share a common vision that our browser should do much more than just get us to where we want to go. It should make sure we don’t miss out on things that are important to us and help us break down any barrier to easily share, publish, discover and communicate, so that we can enjoy the web to the fullest extent possible.

If you’re not sold yet, download Flock and get ready to meet your new favorite browser.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Thinking of Going Green? Checkout Earth Day Network

Earth Day Network was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. Their mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable environment. They pursue their mission through a combination of education, public policy, and activism campaigns. Earth Day Network has a global reach with more than 20,000 partners and organizations in 190 countries. More than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.

If you want to see the company you'll be keeping should you join, checkout the who's who of the Global Advisory Committee...


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Get Ready for the 10th Annual dlr Festival of World Cultures

Ireland’s largest intercultural celebration celebrates its 10th Anniversary July 23-25, 2010.

Over the past decade, the Festival has contributed greatly to the cultural and economic life of the County and has brought a celebrated and acclaimed programme of music, arts events, family events and theatre to DĂșn Laoghaire each summer since its inception in 2001.

The ethos of the organizers is to “Excite, inform, and create awareness of the worth and potential of a multicultural society.”

The dlr Festival of World Cultures aims to enhance artistic expression and the integration of Ireland’s newer communities by providing a platform for intercultural creative exchange and dialogue.

We aim to expand the arts experience and broaden perceptions of culture, enabling audiences to participate and contribute more fully into contemporary life in Ireland.

Crossing cultural, ethnic, religious and social bridges the Festival aims to build a positive public response to integration, nurturing respect for diversity through the arts and entertainment.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Learn Chinese with ChinesePod

ChinesePod is a convenient way to learn Chinese that combines audio lessons, web & mobile study tools and integrated, live speaking practice with teachers. Founded in Shanghai, China in September 2005, ChinesePod has developed into the global leader in delivering Chinese-language training. Their mission is simple: to make language learning easier for adult students by taking advantage of modern pedagogical principles and the latest web and mobile technologies.

Checkout a sample lesson at:


Sunday, October 17, 2010

The World's First Wristwatch : 1811

If you've ever wondered who made and sold the first wristwatch, the answer is A.-L. Breguet (1747-1823),  who conceived it in 1810 and sold it to Caroline Murat, queen of Naples in 1811.

Read on about this legendary Parisian watchmaker and his innovations here...


Saturday, October 16, 2010

What Makes A Room A Writer's Room?

Take Peter York's for instance:

"How did it happen? How did my lovely slick room get buried? How could books drive me out of my book room? It's just as well that I write in the same facile way wherever I am - no blocks or anguish, no contemplation, no elaborate revision, no need for love-tokens or nice views. Mine is street-level urban W1, but I usually close the shutters."

Read on at:


Friday, October 15, 2010

Whatever Happened To: The Human League

Sure - you remember "Don't You Want Me" and "Fascination", but my favorite was always the melancholy "Louise." I have to say I would have loved to have been part of the creative process on this video: "Right - so how about we have Phil floating down a canal on a barge covered with books, singing into a tape recorder..."

Checkout their tour dates at:


Thursday, October 14, 2010

You Can Find the Hits at everyHit

Now you too can impress your friends like I do by dropping little trivia teasers like, "Wasn't it Cliff Richard & The Shadows that sang the theme song from 'The Young Ones'? I think it went to No.1 in January of 1962..." is a website for fans of The British music scene from the beginning of the rock 'n' roll era right the way through to the present day.
It aims to inform about the world's fastest-moving and most vibrant music industry and promote it across the planet.

The site is non-profit making. There are no sponsors and no banner advertisements.
The database is a dream come true for professionals, music fans, and anoraks alike. It enables you to answer many types of questions which have, until now, been difficult to address.
  • List the hits of any artist (in date, chronological or alphabetical order).
  • Search for song titles - or titles containing a particular word or phrase.
  • List all of the tracks available during a specific period of time (monthly or more).
The best way to use the database is to have a play. So off you go!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

VOX on a Roll with 15 New Products in 2010

VOX JUST KEEP ON ROLLIN’… 2010 has already seen some of the best and diverse new gear from VOX with the arrival of new guitars, hybrid amps and amps for acoustic & bass players. Now, Vox are rolling out even more great guitar gear with 15 new products on the way, making 2010 one of the most prolific years for VOX in decades.

The new product line up includes something for everyone, from flagship hand-wired valve AC30 & AC15s to smaller micro amps like the valve powered Lil’ Night Train. The new Valvetronix+ range pushes the realms of modeling technology even further with more amp models, more effects and more power. For practicing at home take a look at the mains/battery operated mini3 modeling amp or the new AC1 Rhythm Vox - a great jam-along desktop amp.

Last but by no means least, Vox have also been continuing their work with the legendary Joe Satriani who has helped to develop the 7th amPlug featuring Joe’s signature lead tone with your choice of delay on or off..



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

All About Michelangelo

He is one of the greatest artists of all time, a man whose name has become synonymous with the word "masterpiece": Michelangelo Buonarroti.

As an artist he was unmatched, the creator of works of sublime beauty that express the full breadth of the human condition. Yet in a world where art flourished only with patronage, Michelangelo was caught between the conflicting powers and whims of the Medici family in Florence, and the Papacy in Rome. Unlike many artists of his time, his genius was recognized, but at what cost to his personal life?

Learn more at


Monday, October 11, 2010

The World's First Ocean-Surge Energy Plant to Launch in 2011

The world's first ocean-surge energy plant has moved a step closer to completion after Finnish developer AW-Energy signed a deal with compatriots Metso to create and supply an automation system for the innovative technology.
AW-Energy said it is now well set to deploy its WaveRoller 300kW demonstration power plant in Peniche, Portugal during 2011.
The WaveRoller consists of a panel that is anchored to the sea bed at a depth of 10 to 20 metres. The panel moves back and forth with the flow of the ocean near the sea bed, setting it apart from most other marine devices that generate energy from surface movements.
The idea was first suggested by a diver who watched a swaying door on a shipwreck.

Read more at BusinessGreen


Sunday, October 10, 2010

New Mother House for Northumbria Community

It was last September when we first were able to communicate the good news that prayers had been answered and a new Mother House for the Community had been found. Since then there’s been much prayer and cycles of activity and waiting as we’ve worked through the design and planning processes that have been necessary to transform Acton Home Farm into the new ‘Nether Springs’.
Over the last few months we’ve been working closely with the landowners and the architects on developing the final plans. They have now been completed and a planning application has been submitted to the planning authorities. The application is for: change of use; the addition of a glass-covered walkway around the ‘cloister’ – needed for dry passage between rooms; and a small additional ‘new build’ to provide a guest bedroom and complete the fourth side of the ‘cloister’.
The Design

Read on at Northumbria Community New Mother House


Saturday, October 09, 2010

Get Yourself Caught in a Crowdstorm

Here within lies the vision of Crowdstorm...

Up to 88% of people who buy online research before they buy, but it is a fragmented marketplace where users have to consult multiple sources to extract any relevant information (search engines, retailer web sites, brand sites, customer reviews, expert reviews, shopping comparison sites, and blogs). This can often lead to a time consuming and frustrating experience, especially when different sources give differing opinions, leaving the user to judge which of the sources to trust and are most relevant for them.
There is also no simple way to directly interact with these experts and trusted individuals in order to get advice and recommendations for a researchers’ unique personal situation. Crowdstorm attempts to address this market fragmentation by aggregating content from experts across the web (buyers guides, reviews, blog posts) and blend it with content and question / answer style advice from people you trust (friends, family, colleagues, peers...). The vision is to provide a single point of contact in helping users research products and find the right one for them before sending them off to the best place to buy it and at the right price. We also firmly believe in the web being an open platform where content lives and breathes in many different location, hence Crowdstorm has been built in this way from early on to let anyone submit content to and export from anywhere on the web - we want to be for product review content what Flickr is to photos. One day - everyone will "Crowdstorm It" when researching products!


Friday, October 08, 2010

Classical Music from the BBC

Expose yourself to a new old genre of music by heading over to the BBC's Classical Music section.

Great reviews and access to live performances are waiting...



Thursday, October 07, 2010

US Government Websites You Didn't Know You Can Use

Overlooked and difficult to find, there are hundreds of thousands of U.S. government web sites that can help you accomplish a variety of tasks. At the right federal .gov destination you can locate historical documents, keep tabs on Congressional happenings, view presidential paperwork, and a whole lot more, such as:

For sheer accessibility, wins hands-down as the U.S. government's official portal on the Web. You can find all sorts of goodies here: grant information, hundreds of online services (drivers' license renewal, shop government auctions, contact elected officials, etc.), the latest government news, and a ton more.

Related: For more government Web portals, check out, or one of the coolest sites I've ever seen - the New York City Maps Portal.


Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Share Your Collection with LibraryThing

LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.

A free account allows you to catalog up to 200 books. A paid account allows you to catalog any number of books. Paid personal accounts cost $10 for a year or $25 for a lifetime.

For example, here is a widget from my collection....


Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Big Bertha Onboard Video

I launched one of these right onto the roof of a church parsonage once - that would have made a good video.

I was so crazy about model rockets when I was a teenager, I dragged my family to the Estes factory for a tour while on vacation.

An all time classic rocket video can be found over at Aussie RocketCam Model Rocket Onboard Inflight Video


Monday, October 04, 2010

Bella Vista - The Continental Restaurant

The next time you find yourself in or around San Francisco, treat yourself to some excellent French cuisine at this skyline venue.

Established in 1927, the Bella Vista Restaurant retains the "roadhouse" feel of the original French country inn. With our menu of French and Italian continental cuisine, fine china, white linens, and tuxedoed waiters, the Bella Vista is a combination of old-world elegance and upscale dining. It has become a favorite "special occasion" destination on the Peninsula and is regularly featured as the "most romantic" dining experience in guides and reviews. The Bella Vista has won the prestigious Wine Spectator "Best of Award of Excellence" annually since 1999 for it's extensive wine list featuring over 600 fine wines.


Sunday, October 03, 2010

How Well Do You Understand?

Occasionally, I have had to evaluate individuals for their skills and abilities. Here's a tool I've employed to aid in the process of matching workers and projects based on how well they understand the challenge at hand.

Level of Understanding

  1. No Understanding Demonstrated - “I don’t know it”
  2. Demonstrated Understanding - “I know it, but haven’t done it before”
  3. Demonstrated Understanding, Has Performed - “I know it and have done it before”
  4. Performs With Significant Direction - “I do it but often need help”
  5. Performs Regularly With Limited Direction - “Most times I’m okay but sometimes need help”
  6. Performs Independently - “I am comfortable doing it alone”
  7. Performs Independently, Able to Teach Others - “I know it well enough to show you how”


Saturday, October 02, 2010

Games for the Brain

Head on over to Games for the Brain to play neverending quiz, memory & brain games to train your thinking. 

My favorites is Masterpieces

What other people are saying:

Games for the Brain is excellent for a little tune-up for the part that thinks.”

“... get into shape in a more leisurely fashion at Games For The Brain. From Suduko to jigsaws to word puzzles and more, there are plenty of brain busting time wasters here for you to enjoy.”
 BBC Click

– Gary Price, ResourceShelf


Friday, October 01, 2010

Bei Bei Plays Gu Zheng

Bei Bei is an internationally acclaimed Gu Zheng (Chinese Zither) performer, composer and educator. She was born in Chengdu, China and now resides in Orange County, California. She started to play the Gu Zheng at the age of seven and received her professional musical training, majoring in the Gu Zheng at the Central University of Nationalities in Beijing, China and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong from several Gu Zheng masters such as Li-Jing Sha, Mu-Lan Hai, Chun-Jiang Teng, and Ling-Zi Xu.

She is a multi-award winner of many national and international competitions such as the 1993 National Chinese Instruments Competition, the 1999 College Students Art Festival in Beijing and the 1st Dragon Cup International Gu Zheng Competition in 2001.
She released her debut album “Quiet your mind and listen” in 2006. Her collaborative album “Heart of China” with Richard Horowtiz was released by Killer Tracks in 2008.

Give a listen at: