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I added my blog feed to both Amazon.com and Facebook.com today. I also added a social bookmark link to my site, www.MikeMoyer.org.

So… if this works my blog will now start appearing on Facebook.com and, starting with this post, on Amazon.com too.

Just for the fun, I’ve added this picture of my son, Anson, and I from last summer (2009).
Anson and Dad

Popchips

popchipsI tried Popchips today and I was pretty impressed. They are quite tasty and to the untrained consumer (me) they appear to be more healthy than fried chips and more delicious than baked chips. I would be willing to go so far as to say they are as delicious as fried chips, but, I’ve only tasted the originals.

Nice job, Popchips.

Geoengineering

The following article was written by my uncle, John Brock, who is a Geo-engineer from Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s a very succinct argument against Global Warming. Pretty convincing. I don’t feel so bad about not trading in my Clunker now!

I was attracted to the recent Tulsa World Readers Forum article, “Geoengineering: Is it the Solution?” by Law Professor Rex Zedalis because I’ve been practicing Geoengineering for 56 years. The article recapped Geoengineering ideas of how to reduce energy from the sun (and thereby reduce global warming) by various schemes of shielding the earth by using mirrors or clouds of small particles in outer space, etc. This would be the equivalent of having Atlas hold an umbrella between the earth and the sun and just as likely. His intuitive conclusion was correct. DON’T DO IT! Professor Zedalis has lived long enough to suspect an unworkable idea when he sees it. He apparently made his decision based on his experience and his gut feel about the proposals. It would be wonderful if all laymen would do the same without the influence of those infamous witch doctors Michael Moore and Al Gore. Continue reading

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Awsome Smart Car

The Smart Car has taken America by storm. It’s a great little car, except for the fact that it doesn’t look very cool. I like cool or classic cars or both. The Smart Car gives me neither. It’s not even that unique anymore.

However, this Smart Car is different. They made these for a few years but cancelled production after too many warranty claims. It was never distributed in the US. Why, God? Why???

Smart Car

The Founders’ Pie Calculator

I’m always on the lookout for good tools for entrepreneurs. Frank Demmler from Carnegie Mellon has developed a  simple model for allocating equity in a start-up company called the Founders’ Pie Calculator.

Frank’s concept is on the right track. It attempts to allocate equity based on the individual contributions from participants. It does not account for financial inputs, intellectual property, relationships, resources, etc. Also, founders have to plan different phases in advance, which seems kind of subjective.

Since I first came across this model in 2009 I’ve developed my own model which is much easier to implement. It’s called Slicing Pie. Click the book below for more information.

Founders Pie Calculator

Google Sidewiki- Aaaaaargh!

Several years ago I came up with an idea to allow anyone to add comments to any site (I was pretty proud of myself). It would be a sidebar plugin that users could annoymously post comments to when they were on a particular site. When others, who had the plugin, looked at the same page the comments would appear.

I joined forces with a programmer named Marc Van Houwelingen (also wrote www.Calculatem.com) to develop the site. It’s called BlipNut.com and it’s cool.guy

Today I noticed that Google has come out with the same concept. It’s called Google Sidewiki and it does the same thing as BlipNut.com. The interface is a cooler, but it’s the same general idea. Too bad Google didn’t give us one of those big Google checks that they hand out to innovative companies to buy their technology. It would have been nice to be another Craigslist.com or YouTube.com. I guess I got in the wrong line.

Anywhoo. I can at least claim that one of my ideas was good enough for Google before Google even knew it!

The Asus EeePC- Nice

I bought my wife an Asus EeePC on Woot.com. I must say its pretty impressive. I paid $149 for it, which I think is pretty cheap for a laptop. I’m using it to write this post. I’m also listening to Pandora.com Radio.

The key to liking this thing is to understand it’s limitations. It is perfect for what my wife needs. Checking email, looking at the Internet and that’s about it. The EeePC is a tad slow compared to a full-size laptop, but it’s hardly noticeable. Also, the keyboard is small and takes getting used to, again, not a real biggie.

It comes preloaded with Open Office, but Anne is going to try using Google Docs.

Anyway, nice little product.