He said that I could have a free outboard motor. The housing on it had been lost, and it got a little wet, but it was good for parts. It was free to cart it away. He didn't tell me that it was sitting in three feet of salt water twenty feet from shore, as the result of a storm that blew through the harbor.
Family members had some Super 8 converted into a DVD and they wanted to separate out a wedding from the mishmash of child films and vacation adventures.
I needed to edit the DVD and re-burn it, and I wanted to do it with free software or freeware. Here is how I did it:
Download DVDShrink from: http://www.afterdawn.com/software/cd_dvd/copy_dvd/dvd_shrink.cfm
It is free.
Open DVD Shrink. I did this on my laptop, and DVD Shrink took forever, and then it just froze. The analysis went for a few minutes and then stopped. I couldn't believe it. DVD Shrink froze. Something was wrong. I couldn't get it to work. I then took it to a Pentium desktop machine, and tried it again. It accomplished the job in seconds.
Hit the Re-author button in DVDShrink.
Select the movie that you want from your computer DVD Drive in the right hand pane and right click to add it to the upper right pane. It will be added.
Then in the right hand pane, you can right click on the movie and choose the start points and end points. You don't have to know the time exactly, you can go through it frame by frame with the slider.
When you have chosen the start and end points (if you want the whole movie, just skip the start and end points) and hit the Backup button. You will prompted for a folder. I chose one on my desktop that I previously made.
When the backup is finished to your desktop, you will need some burning software. I downloaded Burn4Free, and when I burned the DVD, it played fine on my computer, but it wouldn't play on a DVD player. I googled "DVD plays on computer but won't play on DVD player" and wasted a lot of time and blank DVDs trying different things.
Finally in desperation, I downloaded ImgBurn from this link: http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download
I installed the free download, and burned it onto a Memorex DVD. It still wouldn't play. I burned it onto a Verbatim DVD and it worked perfectly in the DVD player and on my computer.
I was in Walmart the other day, and I went to pick up a bottle of hydrogen peroxide. It is used in our household to kill the germs on a sponge or pot scraper. When they are put away wet, they are an excellent breeding ground for germs, and a shot of hydrogen peroxide sanitizes everything nicely.
The usual price is .99 for a bottle. I was shocked to see it priced at $1.27. This was interesting in many ways. First of all, it is a trend with Walmart. They quietly jack up the price on stuff that you don't notice, but when they raise the price, they drop it from say $1.29 to $1.27 to give the impression that they are .02 cents cheaper than the competition. The psychology is intriguing.
That got me to thinking. Walmart probably uses data-mining to determine these things. They probably crunch numbers and go through reams and reams of data to determine which products they can quietly raise the price on, while not losing sales. In other words, they determine which products have a low sensitivity to price thresholds.
If they jack up a loaf of bread by .29 cents, the public will notice. But the public doesn't buy hydrogen peroxide every day or every week, so if they do a huge price increase, pretend it didn't happen by lowering it a couple of cents from the new high, then over the hundreds and hundreds of stores, they get a real kick to their profitability. They must have many products that have a sensitivity threshold that consumers don't really notice. Or if they do notice, then they don't mind paying the few extra cents due to the convenience of already being in the store, and they aren't going to drive elsewhere for .27 cents.
This got me to thinking. I bet that the supermarket is full of products like this. With a bit of number crunching and data-mining, one could figure out what these price insensitive products are and jack up the prices by a few pennies.
Supermarkets are probably doing this already. I am told that the margins are low on supermarket products because of the intense competition. However, I am sure that this will be a burgeoning field in data mining as the box stores get bigger and bigger. In contrast, my gut instinct tells me that this would work for small boutiques as well.
I have a algorithm for this concept. Maybe it's time to incorporate it into a software program.
I found this tropical flower growing in Nassau. I wish that I knew the name of it, but I know. I have been Googling "tropical flowers" and "Flowering Trees" along with "tropical", but I haven't gotten any hits. If you know what kind of flower this is, please leave a comment. Thank you.
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Wyndow+Watcher legally monitors your computer. It lets you know what websites are being visited, what applications are being used and when, the title of emails being read and composed, and who is chatting or skyping with who. It keeps track of search terms used on Google.
It is not a keylogger which records every key stroke or an email reader. Those activities are an invasion of privacy and illegal in most states and countries. Wyndow+Watcher is completely legal.
It creates a log of everything that happens on a computer all the time, and writes it to a secret file. It is not noticeable. Wyndow+Watcher does not degrade performance of the computer. It does not compromise or reveal log-in id's, passwords or banking information, which is an illegal activity. It does not access that information.
Wyndow*Watcher keeps track of websites even though the history has been erased. It is plain old good insurance and protection for a computer owner.
It lets parents monitor the web activities of children. Wyndow+Watcher lets employers know when non-standard applications are loaded onto a work computer. It monitors employees who visit banned websites at work. It can be used legally to catch a cheating spouse.
I've never seen a fish on a bike, but how about a fish on a motorcycle. There is a definite downside to going fishing on a motorcycle. What if you catch a whopper -- I mean a real whopper. Can you say "Sand in the Sushi"?
The carcass of this large creature washed ashore in the Bahamas on the island of Acklins. It is fifty feet long and estimated to weigh 1,000 pounds. Because it is so large, a crane or a barge will have to used to dispose of the huge rotting hulk.
Executive Director of the Bahamas National Trust Eric Carey is certain that the creature is not a whale. “It’s obviously not a whale. It appears to be some sort of marine animal,” he said.
The stomach has been exploded from gas build up in the sun, so it cannot be ascertained what the creature ate.
Sea monster anyone?
The $600 Dollar Car
This is not a joke and they do sell for $600.00 they won't be able to make them fast enough--be good just to run around town.
Here's a car that will get you back and forth to work on the cheap.......
$600 for the car.
258 miles per gallon...
Only a one-seater, however
Talk about cheap transportation .......
Volkswagen's $600 car gets 258 mpg.
China launches $600 car that will get 258mpg
This $600 car is no toy and is ready to be released in China next year.
The single seater aero car totes VW (Volkswagen) branding.
Volkswagen did a lot of very highly protected testing of this car in Germany, but it was not announced until now where the car would make it's first appearance.
The car was introduced at the VW stockholders meeting as the most economical car in the world is presented.
The initial objective of the prototype was to prove that 1 liter of fuel could deliver 100 kilos of travel.
Spartan interior doesn't sacrifice safety
The aero design proved essential to getting the desired result. The body is 3.47 meters long and just 1.25 meters wide, and a little over a meter high. The prototype was made completely of carbon fiber and is not painted to save weight.
The power plant is a one cylinder diesel positioned ahead of the rear axle and combined with an automatic shift controlled by a knob in the interior.
Safety was not compromised as the impact and roll-over protection is comparable to the GT racing cars.
The Most Economic Car in the World will be on sale next year:
Better than Electric Car – 258 miles/gallon: IPO 2010 in Shanghai
This is a single seated car
From conception to production: 3 years and the company is headquartered in Hamburg , Germany ..
Will be selling for 4000 Yuan, equivalent to US $600..
Gas tank capacity = 1.7 gallons
Speed = 62 – 74.6 Miles/hour
Fuel efficiency = 258 miles/gallon
Travel distance with a full tank = 404 miles
The first mistake was that I shopped at WalMart. The second mistake was that I bought Memorex DVDs to write. I had to edit some Super 8 films from the 1960's turned into a DVD. I used the editing tool, and when I burned the new DVDs, they would play in my computer DVD drive, but they would play on a DVD player. The medium is crap. I remember when Memorex was a good name, but now it is faulty, cheap, re-branded media that is a waste of money. The best DVD media is Verbatim. Do not buy Memorex.
OK, I am going to get you to try and guess what this amazing technology from Japan is. Are you ready?
Can anyone say, 'Good-bye laptops!
You will not be able to know what is ahead until you have seen the pictures and read the explanation of what they are, our future is here,incredible!!
What an age we live in!!!
Look closely and guess what they could be...
Are they pens with cameras?
Any wild guesses? No clue yet?
Ladies and gentlemen.... congratulations!
You've just looked into the future...
yep that's right!
You've just seen something that will replace your PC in the near future.
In the revolution of miniature computers, scientists have made great developments with blue tooth technology.... This is the forthcoming computers you can carry within your pockets .
This 'pen sort of instrument' produces both the monitor as well as the keyboard on any flat surfaces from where you can carry out functions you would normally do on your desktop computer.
Can anyone say, 'Good-bye laptops!
Wow -- never would have guessed a portable pen computer with projection display and keyboard!!!
This is my homemade fox feeder. At our place in Canada, we have a fox that goes through our yard every morning. I am fairly certain that it is a female, and if so, she has some kits in a den somewhere. Foxes keep mice and vermin away, and since the weather has been so bad, I decided to give her a little hand with nutrition. I had to make it so that the mice and raccoons wouldn't get it. The tracks to the left are hers. She has a regular path under the garage every night. I feed her dog treats pictured in the corner.
In the old days (pre-television), newspapers and magazines ran on the scarcity model. You would buy a newspaper because you couldn't get the information any other way. Entertainment was based on the scarcity model when movies were invented. You went to the theater for your entertainment, and they had a monopoly on film stars creating your entertainment pleasure.
The heyday of print cartoons began in the 1930's and now they are slowly dying as the traditional newspapers drop off the face of the earth. In those days, the cartoons actually sold the newspapers, because people followed the adventures of Buck Rogers, or Terry and the Pirates.
Along came television, and it started the revolution to change the scarcity model to that of the advertising model. After a few years, television programming was made as a vehicle for advertising. Large corporations sponsored game shows, soap operas and variety shows as a vehicle to sell their product. The content of the shows was given away for free, but you had to take the advertisement that came with it.
With the development of the internet, the model of scarcity was further obviated. The content was free, and the revenue model was based on advertising surrounding the content. This is still not the case for movies and songs -- the ultimate products in the content scarcity model. This leads me to wonder two things:
1) Is the scarcity model a better generator of money than the advertising model?
2) Which model makes more money?
If you ask Google, their entire model is based on advertising with free content. And they make billions. But is that the way to go for the small company? Somehow, I do not think so.
The whole question requires further research. Comments are invited.
I am intrigued by human psychology. I often wonder how people react to certain images, stimulation and situations. People who know me well say that I am addicted to experimentation just to see what happens.
I just recently monetized this blog. I noticed that some days, I would have a gaggle of click-throughs, which was money for me, and other days, even though I had higher traffic, I didn't make a cent. I figured that it had to be the ads. There were certain ads that appealed to the impulse urge in the visitors to this blog.
So I started analyzing the ads that produced for me. I started to notice a lot of common elements. I kept notes and discovered certain traits among all of the successful ads.
I converted my notes into an eBook called "Top Secrets of the Google Ad Masters". I then found PayLoadz (www.payloadz.com) which allows you to sell downloads from their site.
Twenty minutes after I had published the .pdf , it was on the PayLoadz store and it was for sale. PayLoads is an amazing way to sell your downloads.
But first you have to attract traffic to go to the PayLoadz store. You need an ad. And that is where my book "Top Secret of the Google Ad Masters" comes it. It spells out the psychology, theory and practice behind the successful ads, replete with examples.
You can buy my book here: http://store.payloadz.com/go?id=927688 . It is only $9.99 and gives you a great headstart in creating successful ads.
This is my video of the golf course of the rich and famous. It is the One & Only Ocean Club golf course on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. For 10 years, the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitation was held here. This golf course has more billionaires per capita than any other golf course in the world.
The One & Only Ocean Club was also the venue for the James Bond movie Casino Royale.
Take a look at the calendar for this coming July 2011. Notice anything? This year July has 5 Fridays 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens only once ever 823 years!
You will never see this again !!
A reader of mine recently asked my opinion on "The Law of Attraction". For those of you unfamiliar with it, it is a premise and a recipe sold by hucksters stating that you can have anything you want and get rich quick with a satisfying life if you follow their methodology.
There basic tenet is that you can attract the things you want by affirmations, meditations, recitations, writing lines, collecting pictures of what you want, visualization and the life will come to you automagically.
The purveyors of this say that there is a universal law of attraction that you can harness to get the things that you want.
The first step of the law of attraction is positive thinking. This is a good thing. However one does not need to pay $29.95 to someone to learn how to think positively -- especially in this day and age of Google.
Let me state that there is no force or mystical power or supernatural, cosmic law of attraction.
It is good to build up your confidence, your self esteem and your hopes. However relying on something that is patently untrue is not a good strategy.
All the visualization in the world of living the lifestyle of the rich and famous will not help if you do not have the tools, skills, personality, luck and work ethic to achieve that.
A billionaire that I know attributes most of his success to luck -- being in the right place at the right time.
However, if you still insist on spending $29.95 to tap the Law of Attraction, send the money to me, and I will tell you how.
Here's a hilarious video that I made that shows Charlie Sheen morphing into Moammar Gadhafi. Both are nutbars that are insane and out of control.