Nikola Tesla Musings

“The wonders of yesterday are today common occurances.”

  • 1966 Star Trek communicators…
  • 1996 Cell phones commonplace.

N.M.I. [Not My Idea] . . . . . . N.I.H. [Not Invented Here]

. . . on new disruptive technological inventions . . .

“The greatest impediment is encountered in the prejudicial opinions created in the minds of experts by organized opposition.”

Icon A5 Sport Aircraft Update – No License? No Problem.

The folks over at Icon Aircraft will even train you to fly your new A5 amphibian.

Being classified as a sports plane, you only need 20 hours of training for your license to fly.

If you don’t have one, they will train you over the course of a few weeks before you take delivery of your plane.

Training will run about $3000 to $5000.  Hey, if you can afford the very affordable price tag of the A5 [$139K], then a few extra Gs should be nothing.

Delivery is still expected to be in late 2010… oh, the waiting is the hardest part.

Hey, why not go get your license now if you haven’t already?!

Top URL Link Shortening Services

Link Shortening Service Alternatives To Bit.ly

Trying to post on Craigslist is getting more and more difficult.  As of November 25th, 2009, 2 of the most popular link shortening services, Bit.ly and tinyurl.com are now blacklisted.  So I went out to find some new ones to see if I could find one that still works. . . and I did.

Backstory:
URL shortening services were initially popular because web addresses started to get long and links would break when sent in an email. However, as microblogging services like Twitter have become popular, an increasing number of services and applications, including tracking & metrics, have been added to the basic URL shortening features.

Service Customizable URL Tracking 301 Redirect Unique Features
tinyurl
tinyurl.com
Yes No Yes Toolbar button
cligs
cli.gs
Yes Yes Yes Stats are private, real time and very detailed, geotarget URLs based on country of visitor, bookmarklet.
zima
zi.ma
Yes Yes Yes Bulk URL shortening, registration not required for stats, download stats to CSV, bookmarklet, “popular” links page
bitly
bit.ly
Yes Yes Yes Saves copy of page linked to, tracks “conversations”, Twitter search fo uses of shortened URL, bookmarklet, import to Google spreadsheets
tweetburner
twurl.nl (aka tweetburner)
No Yes No Most popular items linked in last hour, bookmarklet, built in to Twhirl
isgd
is.gd
No No Yes Really bleeping short URLs, bookmarklet, Firefox plugin, built in to Twhirl
snipurl
snipurl.com (aka Snurl Snipr Sn.im)
Yes Yes Yes Popular snips, snip search, RSS feed for snips, export to Excel, claim snips before you registered, edit snips
poprl
poprl.com
No Yes No Most POPular links, top domains, public stats, search, must register with Twitter account – boo
adjix
ad.vu (aka adjix)
No* Yes No Optional ads that share revenue, scheduled Tweeting, *use your own domain name as the link URLs, bookmarklet, option to use ad.vu
trim
tr.im
Yes Yes Yes Uses Twitter or identi.ca info for login, bookmarklet
budurl
budurl.com
Yes Yes* No** Detailed, real time stats (*if you upgrade) this is the only service with fees but there is a free version, **uses 307 redirect

Thanks to TopRankBlog.com for this table of the best URL Link Shortening Services!

EmInEm | Monday Night Movie | The New Secrets Of The Universe

image021Monday Night Movie

November 23, 2009

A well produced film available soon on DVD, that attempts to explain the clues to how to manipulate magnetism to move large, heavy objects – a la, Coral Castle in Florida, or Pyramids in Egypt, etc.

The premise is the clues and knowledge has been hidden in plain site all this time but we don’t see it or understand it or question it.

UPDATE JUNE 7, 2012

SHORTLY after The New Secrets of the Universe were uploaded to Vimeo, they were pulled/set to private.

I am happy to say that the two part documentary is now available to watch on YouTube. Enjoy.

And Part 2 [youtube]

THE NEW SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE [2009/DVD 2010]

LEARN MORE @http://www.code144.com

also http://www.coralcastlecode.com/

Leadership | Review of Tribes by Seth Godin

A buddy of mine recommended the book, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin so I grabbed a copy and just finished it this weekend.

An easy read, it offers some real life examples of all kinds of people leading a tribe, big or small and what sort of person makes a leader [hint – all kinds].

While reading this book, I was reminded of this quote:

It’s easier to ask for forgiveness after the fact than to ask for permission first.

He offers some food for thought, of which I’ll mention a few bites here. . .

Here’s most people:

“Isn’t it sad that we have a job where we spend two weeks avoiding the stuff we have to do fifty weeks a year? . . .”

Life’s too short.  You don’t have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre. It’s not just pointless, it’s painful.  Instead of wondering where your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.:

We have an OBLIGATION.

Don’t settle.Living in places like America, we have so many advantages, resources, opportunity and ability to build momentum.  Yet too many of us settle for mediocrity and maintain the status quo out of ignorance and fear.  The world is going through a shift and transfer of wealth and power – if you aren’t stepping up yet, now is the time.

The last morsel I’ll share pertains to the challenge of leading.  This is why passion and commitment is so important to lead successfully.

Once you chose to lead, you will  be under tremendous pressure to rethink your choice, to make compromises, to dumb it down, or to just plain give up. That’s the world’s job – to shut you up and be a good sheepwalker.  That’s why it’s called the status quo.

Good book – I encourage you to read it yourself. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

How To Protect Yourself From the Flu Without Getting Vaccinated

IF you are against or not planning on getting a flu shot this year, here’s some alternative tips to keeping yourself protected from catching it.

I  don’t get flu shots.  Well, actually, I did get a flu shot once in college, and guess what? I got the flu that year. Since then, I refuse to get a flu shot [aversion to needles] and have not caught a flu since.  Doesn’t hurt that I’m young and healthy, but on the other hand, I do work in extremely close proximity to clients on a daily basis so it’s not like I’m a hermit.

Most all of this is common sense you’ve probably heard countless times before, still worth repeating until it’s drilled permanently into your brain.  Also a few new ones I haven’t heard myself and am now doing on a daily basis.

One new bit that deserves further research is this bit about cutting an onion in half. Apparently it acts as an air purifier or absorber of germs.

Here’s some more advice – #3 is one I hadn’t heard before and am now doing.  It really helps even when you just have a bit of a tickle in your throat from allergies or a germ? eek!

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is. While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

  • 1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).
  • 2. “Hands-off-the-face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).
  • 3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water. *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.
  • 4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*
  • 5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption. Shaklee’s NUTRIFERON is an excellent immunity booster that should be taken all of the time for better health.
  • 6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

I’ll add to these, the common sense but often not followed guidelines of:

  1. Moderation in everything you do
  2. Get Enough Sleep
  3. Exercise Regularly
  4. Reduce or eliminate intake of refined sugars and ‘fake foods’ – fast food, artificial additives and preservatives
  5. Supplement your diet with quality Nutritional Vitamins and Supplements
  6. Take time for yourself and engage in something you love to do

New SEO Tactic You Should Embrace

You heard it here first [ok, maybe second, since I am passing along the info].

On your feet everyone.  Pay Attention if you want to stay in the game.

B.S. tactics that marketers have been using to get their content at the top of Google is being challenged again with a smarter, better way of crawling websites.

This is good news believe it or not as it will help bump off those bits of content that is just annoying crap, where every other sentence has those keywords ‘in your face’ as if written by a retarded salesman trying to shout louder than the rest.

So without further rambling, here is the article in its entirety:

How To Make Your Website Search Engine Friendly

Search Engine Friendly Websites.

Much has been said about making your website or blog search engine friendly. Many talk about algorithms, Meta tags, keyword density and getting your site listed on the first page for your chosen keywords and of course good original content.

And hopefully your website will get top rankings. Of course this is what we all want. Search optimization works very well but until recently I’ve been reading about something that will totally blow away SEO. Many of you already know what it is but I will give you a layman’s term on how and what all the hoopla is about.

LSI or Latent Semantic Indexing has changed the inteet world of search engine optimization. Today, SEO specialists or webmasters have found that most of their best ranking websites on Google were in trouble. Google has now updated its crawler bots to contain LSI and has moved in a more relevant rating list. This makes it much more appealing to the general search engine public.

Unless you are a complete newbie you know that SEO is what most website developer’s stress. You will need the usual meta tags, keyword density (not that important anymore), heading tags and adding your keywords throughout your website.

It is called LSI or latent semantic indexing. If you Google LSI or latent semantic indexing you will get a slew of websites, forums and blogs that try to describe what this new way of pleasing the search engines is all about. Most of these

Websites do a poor job of trying to explain what it means or what it will do to your online marketing efforts.
This is what it all boils down to. If a person searches for say “car prices” you know the documents you have found is about the pricing of cars.

Humans can understand this but search engines will have a harder time trying to figure out if you are looking for “cheap car prices” or “pricing cars in Germany” or even “expensive car prices”. But with semantic indexing or analysis it can now figure out that you are now looking for “cheap car prices” if the website or document you are reading is indeed about the pricing of “cheap car prices”.

If you are looking to get top search engine rankings I highly recommend you start writing or developing your website or blog using keywords that are relevant to the search engines. For instance if your website is about racing cars you need to stop using high keyword density or using “racing cars” on every other sentence. [besides, that is incredibly annoying to the reader who actually graduated college]. Instead concentrate on good content and use other words that pertain to racing cars. For instance: automobiles, speed, fast, driving fast and other keywords the search engines will think are relevant to “racing cars”.

This is pretty simple and basic and is the wave of the future. What really matters is that you should now worry less about algorithms, keyword density and start developing, writing and blogging with your own natural ability. [tell that to the marketers who don’t even write their own stuff]. The search engines are now looking for that natural flow of writing and this is the way it should have been all along.

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Thoughts On Attitude And Success

What Is ATTITUDE?

Attitude = the composite of our thoughts, feelings, and actions.

We tend to think in pictures which we internalize and add feelings to them which moves us to take action.

“A bad attitude doesn’t produce good results and a god attitude doesn’t produce bad results.”

On Success. . .

Common denominator of success – doing things that failures don’t want to do.

The thing is, successful people don’t like doing these things either, which is why they turn them into HABITS.

[see Law of Cosmic Habit Force – Napoleon Hill >>>  The Master Key to Riches]

Accumulation of great wealth calls for power.

Power comes from highly organized and intelligently directed Specialized Knowledge [such as a mastermind group].

This knowledge does NOT have to be possessed all by you.

All successful people get help. Through courses, books, online information, other people, mentors.

[Mentoring is the transferring of knowledge from one mind to another.]

Top 20 US Metropolitan Markets

Comparison of top 20 [22] Craigslist US marketplaces as to 2004 demographics information.

2004 Demographics:

  1. New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA
  2. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA
  3. Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, IL-IN-WI
  4. Washington-Baltimore-No. Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV
  5. San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA
  6. Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD
  7. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
  8. Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-NH
  9. Detroit-Warren-Flint, MI
  10. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL
  11. Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX
  12. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA-AL
  13. Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia, WA
  14. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
  15. Minneapolis-St. Paul-St. Cloud, MN-WI
  16. Cleveland-Akron-Elyria, OH
  17. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
  18. St. Louis-St. Charles-Farmington, MO-IL
  19. Denver-Aurora-Boulder, CO
  20. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

CraigsList top markets by percentage of traffic [Alexa.com source]

  1. sfbay.craigslist.org 7.6%
  2. • newyork.craigslist.org 6.6%
  3. • losangeles.craigslist.org 5.6%
  4. • seattle.craigslist.org 3.2%
  5. • washingtondc.craigslist.org 3.0%
  6. • chicago.craigslist.org 2.8%
  7. • sandiego.craigslist.org 2.6%
  8. • phoenix.craigslist.org 2.6%
  9. • boston.craigslist.org 2.5%
  10. • atlanta.craigslist.org 2.2%
  11. • portland.craigslist.org 2.2%
  12. • dallas.craigslist.org 2.1%
  13. • lasvegas.craigslist.org 2.0%
  14. • orangecounty.craigslist.org 1.9%
  15. • miami.craigslist.org 1.7%
  16. • denver.craigslist.org 1.6%
  17. • post.craigslist.org 1.5%
  18. • minneapolis.craigslist.org 1.5%
  19. • orlando.craigslist.org 1.4%
  20. • austin.craigslist.org 1.3%
  21. • sacramento.craigslist.org 1.3%
  22. • tampa.craigslist.org 1.3%

Eff-En-Eff Friday Night Film November 13, 2009

F N F  . . . November 13, 2009

Ooooh… Friday the 13th… how cliche.

Tonight I bring you a few funnies – think of them as trailers

Main Attraction: Freedom to Fascism

Village Idiot [Monty Python]

James Brown Celebrity Hot Tub – Eddie Murphy – SNL

Found Better copy on Hulu….

IS the water hot? Is it gonna make me wet?

Aaron Russo’s Freedom to Fascism, Director’s Cut [2006]

A documentary that explores the connection between income tax collection and the erosion of civil liberties in America.

Go to FreedomToFascism.com to buy a DVD.