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Summer's coming up and it will be time to travel again. After experiencing one day at the beach where I packed everything I needed into a waterproof container (so I could go into the water and out whenever I wanted) I was hooked.
I'm thinking of extending this travel philosophy into my packing. Are there any good deals on wool clothing currently? I've never had a piece of pure 'real' wool clothing before (rayon and the synthetics are probably the closest equivalents) but I've heard so many magical things about wool that I think it's worth looking into for this summer. I saw a bunch of wool deals pop up every so often here so if anyone keeping track could post when they find one would be much appreciated.
There are various reasons for small businesses not succeeding. The first reason I would say is that they lack having a system oriented approach...like franchises. The small business usually doesn't have a policy manual to follow. They make decisions based on reacting to what is happening at the time. They don't have a training manual or procedure to keep focus on what everyone's responsibilities are.
1. Budgeting: There is rarely a money or budget system in place to manage expenses or plan out purchases. If money is available, they buy what they think will get them more money in the short term.
2. Disagreements and decision making: There are usually disagreements or fallouts among the business owners, managers and employees. When the business starts, no one wants to think of how to deal with disagreements because everyone is positive. When disagreements start, there is no format to follow for who has the power to make the final decision. And, there are some people that don't want to be the person blamed for making a bad decision, so they stay quiet, and wait for the opportunity to blame someone else.
3. Competition: There is always competition popping up. I once worked for a restaurant that was the first delivery Chinese food in our city. As soon as we got super busy, and the word got around, there was 7 new Chinese delivery restaurants within 2 miles of our establishment. Of course, most all of the restaurants failed because of over saturation of the market.
4. Changes in customer habits: There have been multitudes of businesses that failed due to customers changing their routines. When Wal-Mart came to town, they knocked out a lot of Mom and Pop stores who couldn't challenge Wal-Mart on price. We hardly have an independent grocery store in town. Only in the low income areas that other stores wouldn't locate a chain store in the neighborhood because of crime and poverty.
Check out this project at Kickstarter http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/484889112/the-pocket-tv-makes-any-tv-a-smart-tv
And an Android one with a review over at Liliputing http://liliputing.com/2012/05/74-pc-on-a-stick-features-allwinner-a10-cpu-android-4-0.html
It depends why you carry a laptop with you, but many travelers would be able to leave it at home once they get one of these. For me, my work requires consultation over Skype video conferencing, so plugging in a webcam is essential.
There are some disadvantages. You can't just start using this in the middle of the airport because you need to plug into a tv. But I find that if you stay at a motel, or even rent a furnished apartment, TV's with HDMI/USB are available. Also in places like Korea and Japan, there are special study rooms / coffee shop hybrid places that have those TV's on the wall for you to do presentations.
At this stage in the development of these small PC's, you'll find yourself plugging in tonnes of peripherals.
Check out this project at Kickstarter http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/484889112/the-pocket-tv-makes-any-tv-a-smart-tv And an Android one with a review over at Liliputing http://liliputing.com/2012/05/74-pc-on-a-stick-features-allwinner-a10-cpu-android-4-0.html It depends why you carry a laptop with you, but many travelers would be able to leave it at home once they get one of these. For me, my work requires consultation over Skype video conferencing, so plugging in a webcam is essential. There are some disadvantages. You can't just start using this in the middle of the airport because you need to plug into a tv. But I find that if you stay at a motel, or even rent a furnished apartment, TV's with HDMI/USB are available. Also in places like Korea and Japan, there are special study rooms / coffee shop hybrid places that have those TV's on the wall for you to do presentations. At this stage in the development of these small PC's, you'll find yourself plugging in tonnes of peripherals. What are your thoughts on this kind of computing? Does it work for you?
I'm sure many of you that follow Tynan's annual Gear Posts are familiar with the magic of Merino Wool shirts. So I just wanted to share this KickStarter project by Wool & Prince for Merino Wool t-shirts and polo shirts that is ending soon. Wool & Prince is the same company behind the Better Button-Down Shirt that Tynan recommend in the most recent gear post, and now they are making t's and polos!
For comparison, the IceBreaker Tech-T is $65 if you get just 1 shirt on the Kickstart page it's only $58. There are other pledge options too which further increases the savings -- buying 4 brings the price down to $52/each which is pretty darn cheap for Merino Wool shirts.
The project is already funded so you're pretty much guaranteed to get the deal price. There's only 6 days remaining to get your orders in, and if they hit their stretch goal ($100,000) they will make the navy blue shirts.
Disclaimer: I want the blue shirt myself so that's why I'm promoting this campaign! :) I've actually pledged $426 myself for 2 polos and 2 t-shirts + and additional 3 t-shirts. I emailed them already and they are fine with that arrangement.
Support the project here: http://kck.st/1eA65IP
The news has been inundated with coverage of riots in impoverished communities. Years ago, it was L.A. with the Rodney King incident. This year we have had incidents in Ferguson, Mo, Florida, NY City, and now Baltimore. These low income areas are comprised of mostly minority citizens. The communities are known for extremely poor public schools, crime, drugs, single moms raising kids without dads in the support picture, and unemployment.
I read a study that stated the Dads are somewhere in the picture. They do some activities with their children it stated. And, some of those activities involved the children visiting Dad in prison.
I don't think I have to list all the challenges that these communities face because most everyone can imagine what those challenges are. If a person doesn't have a degree in a particular subject matter or had a poor education, it may exclude them from doing a lot of positions in the workforce. Although, it doesn't mean they don't have a strong work ethic.
I will cut to the chase here. Entrepreneurship is one answer to allowing people to help themselves "pull themselves up by the boot straps". There needs to be startup funding and business mentors/training in these areas. This is happening, albeit on a unnoticed scale in my opinion.
My city, Richmond, Virginia, has more than its share of poverty and communities that are in these conditions. Luckily, we have numerous non-profit groups that are working very hard to make changes. One of these groups is named www.unboundrva.org This group assists people in poverty to begin a new career in entrepreneurship. So far the results have been great. I have offered my assistance to a couple of the people who may want a website and marketing help.
On anything, be it airline tickets, tech stuff, clothes, etc. Where have you usually found the best deals? (Any sites, including those that sell used items).
Does anybody have any tips for automated marketing software for Twitter? Or at least how to Follow more than 5,000 accounts?
I am up to "Following" 5,000 people (accounts) on Twitter. I have done really well on getting orders from the people I have been following. It appears that Twitter won't let you keep following accounts past 5,000. I have Unfollowed some accounts and Followed new people. Any tips on how to break through this limit.
Of course, I can always create more Twitter accounts. Which may be my next course.
Thanks ahead of time for any tips on internet social media marketing. Especially automated software that works good at a low price.
As some of you may know, Captain Power, a member of Sett, currently published a book. I am writing this because I got it on kindle a few days ago and just read it today.
It is an awesome book - once I started it I did not stop until I was completely through a couple hours later. It is a biography of sorts, split up into very small chapters that almost all deal with bodybuilding or "game." The genius of the book is that all of these mini-stories also teaches a core concept - whether it is a weight loss tactic or a brilliant way to tease a girl.
These are also the reason the book is so addicting - once you read the first one, you cannot help but devour the next one, and so on. And if that wasn't enough to keep me chugging along, he strings a narrative of how he seduced a billionaire's wife throughout the book, before revealing how it all went down at the end.
Anyway, great read. Self improvement principles strung together in a very entertaining way. I recommend you guys check it out - it is only $3 on Amazon.
The language learning site iTalki is currently running a promotion, where if you sign up for an account you get 10 USD worth of free credits - enough for about one free lesson.
I teach for this website, but also plan to use it in the future for language learning. If you have an interest in improving a second or third language, or just in picking up another language, I highly recommend checking this site out. It's well-organized, easy to navigate, and offers VERY CHEAP private lessons in a plethora of languages.
Like I said - if you use this link: http://www.italki.com/?ref=1149807 - you will get 10 USD for free.
Happy language learning!
Senior citizens get away with murder in this country. I cant tell you how many so called "seniors" I know that try to pass off their laziness as old age. Well I have some news for you grandma, 70 IS NOT OLD ANYMORE.
70 is nothing. If you train hard you should hardly be much weaker or much slower than you were in your 30's. I see people everyday in their early 30's and even late 60's hobbling around like their life is about to end. That is BULLSHIT. There is no reason to let yourself deteriorate like that, you should be exercising until you are completely physically unable. And how about some Pride?
I compete in sports on a regular bias, and age doesn't mean anything. I get beat in races by 70 year old men and women all the time. My father gets beat in tennis by men near 80 and he is only 65. Until the very end you should be able to walk up stairs, shovel snow, bend down, and get off the couch unassisted.
Now before you call me a jerk, I am not talking about people who are LEGITIMATELY old. Or people with terminal illnesses or disabilities. 80 is old. 80 is the new 70, and in 20 years 90 will be the new 80.
Its amazing but the life expectancy in 1900 was around 50 years old.
When I retire hopefully at 62 I plan on walking outside my building, and ripping off my shirt like the incredible hulk. I will be tan, cut, and my 32 year old girlfriend will pick me up on her motorcycle.
So lets get motivated! You already destroyed social security for my generation, you blew up the housing market, and you are sucking up all the health care. Most gyms give seniors discounts, and the park is free.
Jack Lalanne was my hero, and this is for you Jack. RIP