Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Energy Equation - making a difference individually in our homes 

The Americans for Energy Independence website has an excellent editorial on switching to solar power for the average home, and what that entails, what tax incentives are available and so on.


Certainly something to be considered and bringing this within reach of a higher % of Americans and providing the technology to make this seamless is obviously something we can all look to understand more about.

Monday, August 08, 2005

A Timeless Lesson of Life, Family, Human Spirit and the Closeness of Evil 

Alan Elsner was at Kent University, Canterbury with me; we were both active in student politics with our different circles and colleges. Fast forward to 2005 and Washington DC and we now live 15 miles apart.

Alan has just published a book about his family and their life through worn-torn Europe - Guarded by Angels - a deeply inspiring recounting :- http://www.alanelsner.com/WWIIbook.htm

Behind the mere mechanics of the story is the realization that this happened just 60 years ago. The line between life today in Europe and N.America and the Europe of 1939 is all too thin. Technology has changed our lives but people still live the kind of life experiences of the Elsner family in Africa, Asia, parts of Europe and S.America today.

Everyone needs to read this book and take inspiration from it, especially the younger generations who cannot quite believe that this could be "real". Life is not just merely about what you own, it is about what you do and how you respect others. It is about how society allows those with power to treat people also. It is the unheard voices that still cry out uncounted today.

Alan has laboured hard over this book, the Elsner family is sharing a true gift in this recounting of all the details of this darkest time for their family and it deserves to have the widest possible audience. The story may not be market or Hollywood "fashionable" but the message is timeless and essential.

This book is deeply inspirational - I hope that you purchase this book and tell other people about it.


Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Becoming a virtual merchant in 2005 

My 15 year old son has just completed a summer project making the construction of "Paintball Surplus!" as an online resource for his friends and marker fanatics. Actually it only took him a few hours to stand up the first version.

He is using the VisualScript toolset that exploits Amazon.com webservices. Essentially he is now a virtual merchant, adding his time and energy to create a branded focus site from the millions of items Amazon sells. This saves people time and effort trying to hunt and find these items themselves on Amazon. Leveraging his expertise and knowledge about the particular topic to allow you one-stop shopping and great deals from the menus and site he has created.

To try this for yourself - download the tools from http://visualscripts.net and see the sample website for Wines - http://winebin.net that is included.

Welcome to a whole new concept of sales and marketing!

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