So who is Aaron? Some kind of Libby extremist? California hippie? Anti-Bush Michael Moore stalker? Uh, no. He’s a guy from Texas. A patriotic American who is sick of the image of Americans in the global community. Me, too.
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I love books. Of course, I love to read books, but I also love the feel of books and the aesthetic of how they look stacked here and there, in shelves, in baskets, on my nightstand. I have a lot of books. I have so many books that I had to get a storage unit to hold some of them. I would rather pay to store my books than part with them. I’m silly that way. So when I stumbled across LibraryThing I was excited to see a Web 2.0 (whatever) social-networking site pop up that actually has some value for me. ‘Course I’ll never in a million years have the time to enter all my books (even with the obligatory bookmarklet), but it is interesting to see what other people have in their libraries and our interested in discussing. If you’re a bookworm, I suggest you give LibraryThing a whirl. You can catalog up to 200 books with a free account or upgrade to a paid account to catalog any number of books. Paid personal accounts cost $10 for a year or $25 for a lifetime.
I love crafts…scrapping, knitting, you name it. The truth is, though, that I’m more of a craft rookie so keeping up with my growing stash and projects is a little overwhelming. Enter my new best friend: Craftmemo.com. CraftMemo helps you organize & keep track of all your craft goodies, projects and suppliers; generate detailed lists of your inventory, out of stock items, what you need for a project and where to purchase them from; and plan what supplies you need & calculate the cost for your upcoming projects.
Features of CraftMemo (from the website):
- Easy to use and flexible record management system
- Powerful filtering, sorting and search capabilites
- Ability to upload images of your craft supplies and completed projects
- Generate and print inventory, supplier, project requirements, out of stock lists
- Import/Export data from commonly used Financial Applications (Excel, MYOB, Quickbooks, etc)
- 24/7 access to your inventory and projects information from anywhere
- 100% Web based. No downloads. No Installs. No Virus. No Spam.
Since I’m working on a complete redesign of my corporate website right now, I spend a fair amount of time browsing over some of the web showcase sites for inspiration. I stumbled on one that caters to the blog-only crowd, called Lovely Blogs, run by college student Ben Bleikamp.
Lovely Blogs is a design showcase, similar to Stylegala or CSS Beauty. Unlike those two sites, the focus is 100% on blogs. Along with showcasing the best looking blogs online there will be articles teaching people how to make their blogs look lovelier – from customizing a template to using a editing a plug in to match your site.
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Something really cool just happened to me. A few weeks ago I signed up for Grist Magazine’s newsletter, Daily Grist, which is a snarky, clever look at the current environmental headlines. When I signed up, I guess it made me eligible for a $250 gift certificate from the swanky, eco-tailer Greenloop. I won. Can you believe it? I won. And I just finished my little shopping spree and am patiently awaiting my very hip loot.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Marktd is a reference system that highlights marketing articles considered valuable by the marketing community. Marketers submit articles they either write or just find on the web and other marketers vote on the value of those articles. The most popular articles reach the front page.
Has the potential to be very cool resource for marketers and other interested folks, but the abuse potential factor is pretty high, too. It’s hard for a lot of us marketing/promotional types to deny old habits and not look for a way to self promote. Another reason why going Pinko is so appealing…it lifts the burden of constantly needing to get the edge and outwit your customers/readers/clients/partners/competition.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
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After seeing the hot button topic of Net Neutrality pop up everywhere the intellectual wannabe in me decided to get off my butt and find out what all the hubbub was about. And now I’m a little freaked out. Why in this day and age of war and phone tapping and outed CIA agents am I still so naive to believe that some things, like the Internet, are sacred, is beyond me. Basically, telcos such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are lobbying Congress for control of what and how we access and view the Internet. Compaines like Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are lobbying for laws that would make Net neutrality mandatory.
On a personal note, elimating net neutrality would impact my life significantly. Because of my rural location, I depend on net neutrality to run both my home and professional lives. Contrary to popular belief, it is small businesses, not big big businesses, that are the lifeblood of our struggling economy right now. Ending net neutrality would damage, if not destroy, the fragile fabric that businesses and families have built their foundations on. Ending net neutrality would essentially put me out of business.
If you’re interested in finding out how this might effect you and what you can do about it, please visit some of these links:
Below is the MoveOn.org suggest text for emailing friends about this issue.
Subject: Congress is selling out the Internet
Do you buy books online, use Google, or download to an iPod? Everything we do online will be hurt if Congress passes a radical law next week that gives giant corporations more control over what we do and see on the Internet.
Internet providers like AT&T are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutrality–the Internet’s First Amendment and the key to Internet freedom. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. BarnesandNoble.com doesn’t have to outbid Amazon for the right to work properly on your computer.
If Net Neutrality is gutted, many sites–including Google, eBay, and iTunes–must either pay protection money to companies like AT&T or risk having their websites process slowly. That why these high-tech pioneers, plus diverse groups ranging from MoveOn to Gun Owners of America, are opposing Congress’ effort to gut Internet freedom.
You can do your part today–can you sign this petition telling your member of Congress to preserve Internet freedom? Click here:
I signed this petition, along with 250,000 others so far. This petiton will be delivered to Congress before the House of Representatives votes next week. When you sign, you’ll be kept informed of the next steps we can take to keep the heat on Congress.
Snopes.com, which monitors various causes that circulate on the Internet, explained:
Simply put, network neutrality means that no web site’s traffic has precedence over any other’s…Whether a user searches for recipes using Google, reads an article on snopes.com, or looks at a friend’s MySpace profile, all of that data is treated equally and delivered from the originating web site to the user’s web browser with the same priority. In recent months, however, some of the telephone and cable companies that control the telecommunications networks over which Internet data flows have floated the idea of creating the electronic equivalent of a paid carpool lane.
If companies like AT&T have their way, Web sites ranging from Google to eBay to iTunes either pay protection money to get into the “fast lane” or risk opening slowly on your computer. We can’t let the Internet–this incredible medium which has been such a revolutionary force for democratic participation, economic innovation, and free speech–become captive to large corporations.
Politicians don’t think we are paying attention to this issue. Together, we do care about preserving the free and open Internet.
Please sign this petition letting your member of Congress know you support preserving Internet freedom. Click here:
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Axis of Justice is non-profit organization formed by Tom Morello of Audioslave and Serj Tankian of System of a Down. Its purpose is to bring together musicians, fans of music, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice.
We aim to build a bridge between fans of music around the world and local political organizations to effectively organize around issues of peace, human rights, and economic justice.
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Amiglia is a social software site for families, focused particularly on sharing photos and building a family tree.
After reading Emily Chang’s interview of the Amiglia founders, I decided to go sign up and give it a whirl. I haven’t had a chance to really play with it yet, but next month I’ll give an overall review of all the “family” sites I’ve tried out. In the meantime, you may want to check out Amiglia if you have an interest in building an online family tree and photo albums.
Social bookmarking for the product and shopping obsessed.
Now that I no longer have the dough to shop-at-will, I still have an eye for style (bummer when your “eye” doesn’t match your pocketbook). At first I didn’t get the whole idea behind Stylehive, but I think I do now. I can’t help it. I just love stuff. I’ll never make a good Buddhist…Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
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