Dream Realization: Wisdom and Insights From Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas

July 25, 2012

A Day In The Life: Will.i.am

There’s a new series I found on Hulu called A Day In The Life. Their first episode showcases a day in the life of billionaire Richard Branson.

So far, I’ve only watched Richard Branson, Girl Talk, Will.i.am and Timothy Ferriss. Besides offering a glimpse into each of their lives, there are some good nuggets of wisdom i take away from. Even if it’s not something they said, it could be how they go about doing things, how they interact with others, their mannerisms, etc. The shows are disappointingly short – less than 25 minutes long.

In series one, episode 3, they follow around Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas fame.

Will.i.am seems quite grounded and humble in his success which he has worked long and hard at. The show catches up with him while the Peas are performing in Paris. In the car, he is amazed at how once upon a time it was all just in his head and now 10s of 1000s of people are waiting to hear them play.

He also expressed qualities that helped him get to where he is today:

  • Dedication
  • Focus
  • Discipline
  • Patience
  • Passion for his craft
  • Thick skin – have had to endure a whole bunch, heart broken, screwed in business deals, etc. But through all that learning to turn those negatives into positives.

Finally, he says why he was able to accomplish these things is due to his close friends who trust and support each other. Having good people around you is one of the cardinal rules to reach your goals.

Friday Night Film | F-N-F | October 28, 2011

Friday Night Film (video) | Eff-En-Eff

October 28, 2011

Occupy Wallstreet Protest

Peter Schiff Speaks for the 1%

Finally someone makes some sense and sheds some light on this Occupy Name-Your-City Movement.

Amazing and yet depressing to see how ignorant and misguided and in some cases, just plain stupid people are.

F-N-F | Friday Night Film | My Two TED Picks

F-N-F | Friday Night Film  April 1, 2011

April Fools Day All Ya Pranksters

I’m bringing back the EffEnEff – aka Friday Night Film or Friday Night Funny – whichever fits the bill.

Tonight I share two TED Talks that I like – most of them are sooo good it’s hard to choose just one.

Number one is Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution movement.

Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food

Number two is Magician David Blaine explaining how he was able to hold his breath for 17 minutes

breaking the world record – and what his often death-defying work means to him.

David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 min

For more inspiring TED talks, you can visit their site where you can even download

talks for free to your computer or mobile phone.  Now that’s good brain food.

New Irish Green Gem Juice Drink For St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s 2011

Thanks to the local City Idiot for this gem.

JUST IN TIME FOR ST PADDY’S DAY

HERE’S A TWIST ON A FAVORITE OF MINE



Since i am often the DD – “designated driver” verses the luckier DD – “designated drunk”, I have to find a non-alcoholic beverage to consume while out at the clubs, bars, restaurants and parties.

YOU GET THE LUCKY LEPRACHAUN

GOLD RUNNING THRU YOUR VEINS!

So what’s better than tiger blood juice and a perfect drink for St Patrick’s Day?

why, Lucky Irish Gem Juice!

Careful how you say that. Don’t let drunk friends order it as if they’re slurring their speech  it could sound like you’re asking for Jim Juice, aka Jim Jones Blue Kool-Aid suicide drink. Just remember Green Good. Blue Bad. Simple alliteration memory jogger there. GG good, BB bad.

This drink can pass as non-alcoholic and safe for the non-idiots to drink who are the chosen ones to take their village idiot and city idiot buddies home from their favorite Irish Pub this St Paddy’s day.  An excellent choice for those who choose not to imbibe the green beer monster.

LUCKY IRISH GEM JUICE (inventor – Terry P Carter)

Drink Recipe:

  • Ginger Ale
  • Ice
  • Bitters –  i like the taste – it really amps up the ginger ale.  Bitters does have alcohol but it’s like the equivalent of adding vanilla extract to a drink. A few drops aren’t going to do anything to your sobriety. Here’s a few BITTERS I like to use.
  • Chloroxygen – 4 to 10 drops will do the trick depending on how ‘healthy and energetic’ you want to make the drink.

REGULAR Chloroxygen or MINT Chloroxygen can be used depending on your preference.

be sure to use $5.00 coupon IHE882 @ iHerb.com

to get your Lucky Leprechaun Magic Elixir, aka CHLOROXYGEN today.

*disclaimer 1*

THE LUCKY IRISH LEPRACHAUN GRASS  is actually CHLOROXYGEN chloropyll supplement – great for natural energy boost and great for solving and avoiding altitude sickness / acclimating yourself to high altitude especially if you are like me and live most of the time near sea level.

*disclaimer 2*

Regarding the video – it’s my interpretation of a city idiot – urban version of the Village idiot.

It’s not polished, predictable, professional, etc. and it’s not supposed to be. He’s an IDIOT, duh.

It’s a bit off, stupid, and just a little out there…. although as with the special idiot savant variety, there’s always a little bit of wisdom in older idiots – they are most likely the smartest of the bunch as they are still alive.

. . . and yes, i AM Irish but pretty far removed from the homeland – ancestors bailed out of the Blarney ages ago.

Proud to be Chinese Shoes?

Ok, for all of those people who want to keep purposely buying Chinese made shoes (can you say NIKE?) and don’t care about playing ignorant to the fact you are helping China buy more and more of the US one step at a time, why not embrace it whole-heartedly and help the Li-Ning brand make it big in America.

I have to say, this commercial they put on YouTube is rather funny – full of stereo-types and jokes. But like every other ad – it’s just using humor to push product. That said, enjoy a laugh if you dare 😛

Some funny quotes from the vid (seems like most of the good lines are given to the Indian:

It’s cow’s head … I know cows, trust me I know cows.

Eff me? Eff you!

Why is it wet if it’s waterproof?

Kiss him… kiss him! Suck his face!

I’m li-ning towards kicking your ass!

the Indian talking in mocking chinese – “engwish”

The Indian actor reminds me of an older version of actor Ajai Naidu from Office Space fame.

Interested in buying a pair yourself? Get Li Ning Shoes here.



Social Media Revolution

Oh, HAPPY 2011!

Ok got that out of the way…

Found this video on Social Media and it’s impact on the world.  Reminds me of a comment a naive professor said about the pointlessness and uselessness of the internet back in the early 90s…. He had to eat a dead bird for that one.

This video speaks for itself.

OH, and here’s the first one I remember seeing about a year earlier:

Green Green Green | Funny Video With A Great Message

Green Green Green

A friend of mine has a really cool company called EcoBold.  She has a popular YoutTube channel and website that encourages and educates people about the importance of going green and buying from companies that are not destroying the planet in the process.

Recently, she posted this hilarious video that shows off just how funny she is and how you can have fun and be entertaining while touting the virtues of living a healthy lifestyle.

Best Designed Products for 2010

Just got my new subscription to Fast Company – a great magazine for the entrepreneurial and curious.

I remember when i first got a neighbor’s issue by accident back in 99 in california.

I think i actually saved it for a while somewhere [hey, no pac-rat comments now].

Anyway, this is a fun way to spend an hour or two looking over the International Designers Society of America’s top 150 picks for 2010.

TFT – Terry’s Favorite Things

So many of these are coming out of California – especially the bay area…

Does that surprise anyone?  A place where Art and Tech come together.

There were so many favorites for me, including the JAMHUB for musicians.

Note – if you go to the company’s site, you won’t find it yet, but there is an inflatable guitar that is really cool.

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Yet another skateboard like device that reminds me of a TRON light cycle made by Brooklyn Workshop called the FREE RIDER.

$150 gets you your own ride.

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Great wine glasses that everybody can afford – and you don’t have to worry about breaking these. GOVINO Go Anywhere glasses.

The thumb notch is a nice design touch.  And hey, these are only $3.00 a glass.

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This one by Hyundai Engineering is dear to my passion for vertical farming – this time on a micro scale – for the condo or apartment dweller!

The Kitcken Nano Garden.

EAT YER VEGGIES PEOPLE!

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Other notables – the Laundry POD by RKS – when you just need to wash a few little things.

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A LED light bulb by Panasonic that might simulate the same coverage as our old favorite, the incandescent?

Although I think Process Taiwan has a better design with their T-Tech LED Dimmable Light Bulb.

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If you like motorcycles and going green, there is hope down the road with Mission Motors Mission One Sportbike.

150 mph and 150 miles per charge.

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Like to kitesurf in the arctic circle?  Keep dry, warm and stylish with this outfit.

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Perfect your push up with the Perfect PushUp V2.

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Here’s the first folding bike design that in my opinion is actually a gOOd One. The Ville folding bike

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The Write? Light! idea is a perfect solution to people like me who start having ideas pop into our heads

just when we are ready to go to sleep and the lights are off.

Combining a pen and a light in one in a new aesthetically pleasing design.

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Here’s an interesting solution to the toilet situation… You know, the one where some guys can’t seem to

contain their #1?  2in1 Toilet concept

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Being a fan of Parkour, here’s a shoe that’s supposed to be better than what PKers usually use.

980 TATOU

Although I have read that many PK enthusiasts aren’t all that impressed with the current offerings for

specialty shoes and besides, true PK would ideally be done in bare feet. OUCH!

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Finally, the Zen Wagon by KaiKu will give the Red Radio Flyer wagon a run for it’s money.

HAPPY TRAILS 🙂

Health Care or Disease Management?

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dingdongYo, Step away from the Ding-Dong!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three-fourths of health care spending now goes to treat “preventable chronic diseases.”  Not all of these diseases are linked to diet — there’s smoking, for instance — but many of them are.

We spend $147 billion to treat obesity, $116 billion to treat diabetes, and hundreds of billions more treating cardiovascular disease and the many types of cancer that have been linked to the so-called Western diet.

Cheap food is going to be popular as long as the social and environmental costs of that food are charged to the future. There’s gobs of money to be made selling fast food and then treating the diseases that fast food causes. One of the leading products of the American food industry has become patients for the American health care industry.

Take for example the market for prescription drugs and medical devices to manage Type 2 diabetes, which the Centers for Disease Control estimates will afflict one in three Americans born after 2000.

So you might be thinking, what about the insurance companies? Where’s the incentive for them to encourage prevention over disease management?

As for the insurers, you would think preventing chronic diseases would be good business, but, at least under the current rules, it’s much better business simply to keep patients at risk for chronic disease out of your pool of customers, whether through lifetime caps on coverage or rules against pre-existing conditions or by figuring out ways to toss patients overboard when they become ill.

Maybe if they made it so you can’t deny pre-existing conditions for new customers and not charge exorbitantly higher fees, then the insurance companies might be enthusiastic fans of healthy lifestyle choices.

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The status quo is slow to change and to entertain the idea of expulsion of those currently running the show is a bit ridiculous and likely to cause too much mayhem and chaos in the process.

True education and the desire to own and rediscover each of our divine personal power and use our waning ability to think and question for ourselves is a much more long term solution to this epidemic.

The secret to saving the world (assuming that it even needs to be saved)  is to start with yourself first and don’t worry about what the other person next to you is doing.  Get your own house in order. If these words are heeded by a majority, then we’ll be in pretty good shape.

and Hey! Put that Twinkie down!

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Vertical Farming

I’ve seen the Future and Vertical Farming is It

Vertical Farming, or more definitive, Vertical Hydroponic Organic Urban Farming is coming to a town near you.  Or it should be, in my opinion. Yes, I know I’ve been on a farming bender lately with my blog, but hey, after air and water, food is pretty important to staying alive.

Even though I currently reside in a condo and don’t currently fancy myself possessing a green thumb unless it’s from paint, thanks to my mother and grandfather  et al, I’ve got  farmer’s blood  in me. And it is true that I’ve always been into quality food, health and nutrition.

Before I get into the cool pics and advantages of Vertical Farming, I need to bring up something else about our relationship with . . .

FOOD

Now of course, this ties in directly to the elephant in the room many people try to avoid confronting.  And that is the horrendously unhealthy typical American diet and its catastrophic effect on the out-of-control health care in this country.  Wait, we’re still calling this Health Care? More like Disease Management.

It’s the quality of food we eat – mostly processed and devoid of enzymes and basic nutrients in adequate levels. It’s the quantity too – most of us eat way too much food, much of it garbage.

It’s also when we eat.  Too many people skip breakfast or think a cup of joe is a sufficient breakfast. This is followed by eating the biggest meal of the day at dinnertime – often much too late in the evening.

Finally, lack of quality fresh food, effective, bio-available nutritional supplements, and eating while under time stress  and other stresses creates the inability to absorb and digest what we DO end up shoving in our mouths.

Artists Conceptions Gallery

There are a myriad of ‘pie in the sky’ artist conceptions and designs.

Perhaps a smaller model would be more easily created in a shorter amount of time.

Here’s a few interesting ideas:

Advantages of Vertical Farming

Year-round crop production; 1 indoor acre is equivalent to 4-6 outdoor acres or more, depending upon the crop (e.g., strawberries: 1 indoor acre = 30 outdoor acres)
No weather-related crop failures due to droughts, floods, pests
All VF food is grown organically: no herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers
VF virtually eliminates agricultural runoff by recycling black water
VF returns farmland to nature, restoring ecosystem functions and services
VF greatly reduces the incidence of many infectious diseases that are acquired at the agricultural interface
VF converts black and gray water into potable water by collecting the water of
evapotranspiration
VF adds energy back to the grid via methane generation from composting non-edible
parts of plants and animals
VF dramatically reduces fossil fuel use (no tractors, plows, shipping.)
VF converts abandoned urban properties into food production centers
VF creates sustainable environments for urban centers
VF creates new employment opportunities
We cannot go to the moon, Mars, or beyond without first learning to farm indoors on
earth
VF may prove to be useful for integrating into refugee camps
VF offers the promise of measurable economic improvement for tropical and subtropical
LDCs. If this should prove to be the case, then VF may be a catalyst in helping to reduce or even reverse the population growth of LDCs as they adopt urban agriculture as a strategy for sustainable food production.
VF could reduce the incidence of armed conflict over natural resources, such as water
and land for agriculture

As the world’s population has already surpassed 6 billion and billions more on the way, before we know it the traditional soil-based farming model developed over the last 12,000 years will no longer be a sustainable option.

Irrigation of crops uses 70 percent of the fresh water that we use. The excess agricultural runoff, contaminated with silt, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, is unfit for reuse.

VF food production will take advantage of hydroponic and aeroponic technologies. Both methods are soil-free.  Hydroponics allows us to grow plants in a water-and-nutrient solution, while aeroponics grows them in a nutrient-laden mist. These methods use far less water than conventional cultivation techniques, in some cases as much as 90 percent less.

For every indoor acre farmed, some 10 to 20 outdoor acres of farmland can return to their original ecological state (mostly hardwood forest).

A vertical farm will behave like a functional ecosystem, in which waste is recycled and the water used in hydroponics and aeroponics is recaptured by dehumidification and used over and over again. The technologies needed to create a vertical farm are currently being used in controlled-environment agriculture facilities but have not been integrated into a seamless source of food production in urban high-rise buildings.

High rises aren’t the only structures that could house vertical farms. Farms of various sizes and crop yields could be built into a variety of urban settings — from schools, restaurants and hospitals to the upper floors of apartment complexes. By supplying a continuous quantity of fresh vegetables and fruits to city dwellers, these farms will help combat health problems, like Type II diabetes and obesity.

Vertical farming can finally put an end to agricultural runoff, a major source of water pollution.

City dwellers will also be able to breathe easier – literally. Vertical farms will bring a great concentration of plants into cities. These plants will absorb carbon dioxide produced by automobile emissions and give off oxygen in return

One estimate for proof of concept: constructing a five-story farm, taking up one-eighth of a square city block, will cost $20 million to $30 million.

An actual indoor farm developed at Cornell University growing hydroponic lettuce was able to produce as many as 68 heads per square foot per year. At a retail price in New York of up to $2.50 a head for hydroponic lettuce, you can see how profitable this and other similar crops can be.

Learn more about Vertical Farming @ http://www.verticalfarm.com/