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The events in France are shocking.  The events in Australia were also shocking.  My heart goes out to the people involved directly and their families.  Also to the human race in general that we continue to divide ourselves by any means of categorization possible.  Looking at our differences rather than our similarities.  So I don't want this gripe to come across as unsympathetic to the underlying situation.  But why does CNBC drop almost all of their market and business programming to cover events like that almost endlessly?  With market updates and business news an afterthought?  For those of us who rely on business news for our day jobs it's beyond frustrating.  I finally switched the network off in disgust and went to the web.  I get a lot of trading breadcrumbs and information listening to their analysts debate stocks and markets and news.  It is like having my own team of analysts which I most definitely could not afford.  But on days like today the value is simply not there.  Not to mention being forced to listen to the same agonizing details of human suffering over and over again while waiting for that scarce information titbit that might fill in a piece of my own trading paradigm and puzzle.  I miss the regular coverage on days like this. I guess their mandate is more news than Business news but where do I go on a day like today to get what they normally offer?   #CNBCfail  
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This is over a year old but I find it still pretty powerful when I watch it.  If contemplating your mortality freaks you out then you probably don't want to watch it!  Either way life is still finite.  At least until my son Logan invents his pill to make people immortal!  If you haven't done it in a while you should take one of those Jelly Beans for yourself.  Take a day in the very near future and reflect on how you spend your time, how your life is playing out.  There is no right or wrong on how you spend it.  No one can you tell you what is the right allocation of jelly beans for you except you.  But how you are spending your time needs to be in sync with your values and priorities or you will feel out of whack and disconnected.  That will have a knock on effect to all areas of your life and to the people in your life.  I've used various systems over the years and probably the easiest is just to carry around a note pad and a pen.  Or figure some capture or note taking system on your phone.  Take a moment to capture when you feel really happy or really miserable and what you are doing at the time.  Review it at the end of the week and try to figure out how to eliminate the miserable and spend more of your time chasing that happiness.  You might be surprised how easy it is to adjust your life.  I hope you get to savor every bean my friends.
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My wife got called out 3 times for the icebucket challenge.  My boys decided to go with the flow as well although Logan has an overdeveloped survival instinct and missed twice in a row.  He did nail himself on the third try.  I guess I'm next.  Thanks honey!   ALS is a terrible disease.  Our hearts go out to the families who are affected by it.  We'll be sending in a check as well and we hope the success with the campaign brings about some break through treatment to all those afflicted.

#alsicebucketchallenge  
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It is good to be good.
It's an unexpected side effect of globalization: problems that once would have stayed local—say, a bank lending out too much money—now have consequences worldwide. But still, countries operate independently, as if alone on the planet. Policy advisor Simon Anholt has dreamed up an unusual scale to get governments thinking outwardly: The Good Country Index. In a riveting and funny talk, he answers the question, "Which country does the most good?" T...
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We are thinking of selling these but want to figure out if anyone would want one.  Let us know if they are hot or not.
 
A new towel bag prototype.  What do you think?   #towelpants  
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Hi Suzanne.  It's a beach / pool bag.  For your towel / bathing suit or other bits you want to carry to the beach or pool.   Plus if you forget your towel you have something to dry yourself with!
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If you are thinking about donating to help fight Ebola.  For every $1 of your donation Google will donate an additional $2 more up to the 7.5million cap.
Help #FightEbola. For every $1 you donate, Google will donate $2 to four nonprofits doing critical humanitarian work in West Africa. Together we can do more. Donate now.
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Stay in bed until 11?  Put on autopilot choices about food and clothing?  Cut off contact with everyone for a week just to think?  There are some interesting ideas in this article.

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/08/22/peculiar-habits-of-incredibly-successful-people.aspx?source=ihpsitth0000003&lidx=4
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Life is a gift.  Enjoy your present!
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I just listened to the President respond to a question on corporate taxation..  He said something along the lines that Inversions were not fair and not right.  That businesses were enjoying the benefits of actually being American while avoiding taxes.  That they didn't want a herd mentality of businesses adopting tax inversion strategies as they see their competitors game the system.  That there was a bill working it's way through that would halt the trend.  Maybe the one mentioned in here allowing it only when more than 50% of the company is owned by overseas shareholders?  http://online.wsj.com/articles/tax-inversions-turn-into-campaign-fodder-1405900499

I have to totally disagree with him. If the Government are unhappy with businesses inverting then they should go ahead and make some changes so the USA becomes attractive and competitive again.  Rather than adopting an obstructionist bureaucratic solution to stop people leaving, they should be looking at closing loopholes, reforming the tax code, cutting the corporate tax rate and being globally competitive to grow the base and attract businesses here to the USA.  
I posted a long time ago about http://thetransactiontax.org/ and it seems like the perfect opportunity to implement something like it if they really are going to reform the taxation system.  With 0% corporate income tax rates the USA would suddenly become the most competitive place in the world to locate yourself if you were a business.  A massive shot in the arm to the economy.  With low tax rates on individuals they would have more disposable income to spend.  Another shot in the arm for the economy.

It's extremely simple and would immediately bypass all of the loop holes and inefficiency in the current system.  Overseas business would pay their fair share of tax on all USA transactions   Big companies like Microsoft and Apple could repatriate funds to the USA and deploy them in the economy because the cost to do it would be negligible.  There are plenty of risks to be looked at and worked through but it sure seems a lot better than what we currently have.  The biggest losers would be the accounting profession and hi frequency traders. 

#taxreform  
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In the last week I just had my first root canal and I'm now waiting with a temporary crown for the lab to make the permanent one.  So I read this and hope I don't need another before my dentist gets their new laser rig installed! 

http://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2014/05/researchers-use-light-to-coax-stem-cells-to-repair-teeth

#dentist   #stemcells   #lasers  
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Brain...hurts....  If you haven't seen this yet it's worth a look.
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Wedding crashers are often a couple's worst nightmare. But when the crasher is a giant sea turtle, the bride and groom might let it slide. Redditor In3 posted the following picture Sunday after tying the knot in St. Croix, where a very unexpected...
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Andrew Solomon: The Father of the Sandy Hook Killer Searches for Answers
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Colorado 6th grader's beer-making experiment headed for Space Station
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Eleven-year-old Michal Bodzianowski is too young to drink the stuff, but the Highlands Ranch sixth-grader will be the first person to experi

America's Cup: Oracle stays alive with two victories
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Oracle Team USA defeats Emirates Team New Zealand in Races 14 and 15 and keeps comeback hopes going.

Technology Entrepreneurship Part 1
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Udacity - How to Build a Startup Course (EP245)
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The History of Programming Languages [Infographic]
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Rackspace recently published a nice infographic on the evolution of programming languages. It starts with FORTRAN and COBOL and runs throug

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This is the official TinEye Chrome extension. Find out where an image came from, how it's used, or find higher resolution versions.

Seamounts - Photo Gallery - Pictures, More From National Geographic Maga...
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Hundreds of thousands of seamounts rise from Earth’s ocean floor. Life has been explored on barely 300.

Project Glass
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RewardzGame
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RewardzGame is an app which motivates children to complete their chores and schoolwork while learning new skills with self worth and smiles.

The Future: An Instruction Manual
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Written with Jeff Howe.Earlier this year Shawn Henry, America’s top cyber cop, retired. Before he left his post he made one last stop to giv

A Short History of US Credit Defaults
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A credit default is not unprecedented. One occurred as early as 1777 and another as late as 1979.

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These Sitting Exercises Can Help Avoid the Dangers of Sitting Down All Day
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Hopefully we all know by now that sitting all day is killing us. Thankfully, for those of us who can't leave the confines of a desk during t

Outside the Box (One critical question)
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Presentation at the "For The Win" smart gamification symposium, Wharton School, August 8, 2011.

Tom is great...when you get him there. We used him a year ago to replace our air conditioner and he did a good job at a very reasonable price. But I had to chase him three times and he missed a couple of appointments on that occasion. This time around it was our furnace that had died. I called him on a Sunday to leave a message and get into his schedule in the coming weeks. I was surprised when he answered and said he could come out that day. Two hours after he was due I called him and left a message asking if he was still able to make it? The next day, Monday, I called again on two occasions and he never picked up. I went with someone else since we were expecting a cold snap. It's been two weeks and he hasn't called me back so I assume he isn't that upset about my decision. He has two negatives on the BBB for the same lack of response. He really seemed like a nice guy which is why he gets 3 stars and not 1. If you get him to come and do your job you'll probably be very happy.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Giving it a second star because of the free ribs they gave us, because they at least tried with the service, and because my 6 and 7 year old boys were delighted that you get to throw peanut shells on the floor. It was our first time there and we had out of town guests. They gave us some free ribs to try which were awesome. Melt off the bone and just the right amount of sauce. I ordered the special which was pulled pork and ribs. The pulled pork was jerky. Literally jerky. There was no liquid in it at all and I could not choke it down. Normally I don't like leaving meat since something had to die to feed me. But while I feel bad about the pigs sacrifice eating more than the couple of bites I managed might have had me join it. My ribs tasted like charcoal because they were burned black on the bottom. Nothing like the free ribs that came earlier. This was close to the worst meal I've ever had in Denver. I ordered my sweet potato loaded thinking I'd get it loaded like a normal potato with cheese, sour cream, bacon etc. But it came loaded with marshmallows. That was my bad not theirs. They always do it that way. My wife asked for her steak medium well as did one of our guests. Our guest's came out medium rare / rare (bleeding) and my wife's was like shoe leather and totally overcooked. I should have said something but they were crazy busy and our waitress already looked stressed. We might try the one in Parker to see if this was just a bad night and if they can do better. But the food was mostly just awful and at $140 for the 4 adult and 2 kids meals and our drinks, I'm not risking going back to this one a second time. In fairness our guests enjoyed some of the mixed appetizer they ordered like the cheese / halapeno balls. But even on that the potato skins were overcooked. The mashed potato and gravy was a hit all round. The boys liked their hotdogs.
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Public - a year ago
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