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From Homeless Shelter To Science Star!

Talent Finalist Is An Incredibly Amazing Kid, once was Homeless!

 

In March, Lane Gunderman, a senior at the University of Chicago Lab High School, will fly to Washington, D.C. to compete for one of the nation’s most prestigious high school science awards. The 18-year-old is one of 40 finalists — out of more than 1,700 applicants — for the Intel Science Talent Search.

 

Such an achievement may not seem unusual for a student at an elite private school. But Gunderman’s journey to reach this point has been anything but typical. Six years ago, he and his family were homeless and living in a crowded Chicago North Side shelter. Schoolwork, he says, is what helped him get by.

 

There wasn’t much to do at the shelter, and there was very little privacy“, he said the other day. “I focused my attention on on schoolwork — especially since lights had to be out at 8 P.M. Through his tenacity in the classroom, Gunderman who now lives in an apartment with his mother and younger sister, has found a niche in the intellectual hive of the University of Chicago.

 

Lane was brought into a completely different part of the city and culture; he started out a little introverted and shy,” Lab School Assistant Principal Asra Ahmed said, “he’s an incredibly amazing kid that’s never asked for any special treatment — even when he should have. He rose to the challenge of this school and has done exceptionally well.”

 

Gunderman said his family has been “poor or extremely poor” for his whole life. They always managed to scrape by, but in 2006, Gunderman, his parents and two siblings lost their apartment. Over the next several months, they stayed with a relative in a pop-up trailer and moved around the Chicago area.

 

When his parents divorced that same year, the bottom fell out. One night his father dropped the family at a police station and drove away. Gunderman and the others slept on a bench in the police station, later moving to a temporary overnight shelter. The family spent the next year or so in various homeless shelters. Previously home-schooled by their mother, Gunderman and his siblings enrolled in public school for the first time.

 

Gunderman gained the attention of teachers for his dedication to schoolwork. He received high grades and did well on tests, leading teachers to suggest he could make it to the U. of C. Lab School. Gunderman’s application to Lab and back story stood out, Ahmed said. he was accepted and awarded a full scholarship from the Malone Foundation, a group that provides educational options for gifted children.

 

After a year of living in homeless shelters,, Gunderman and his family managed to stay in various apartments. And after 3-1/2 years at Lab School, Gunderman is thriving both academically and socially. He was accepted last year into the school’s Summer Link Science Research Program, which helps place science-focused students in real lab settings. Gunderrman was able to work with Greg Engel, an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Chicago, in a lab where his Intel Science project was born.

 

Last summer Gunderman joined a working team of scientists and graduste students on a project that “explains how photosynthesis uses quantum physics,” Engel said. After just a few weeks of working together, Engel said he realized Gunderman’s immense potential in the field. “Lane jumped into a dfficult project in a complex system. It was great fun watching him tackle big questions in the field,” Engel said. “He’s so driven and talented, I think he’s someone with potential to be a truly spectacular scientist.”

 

Over the summer, Gunderman created a computer simulation of his project, along with an in-depth analysis of the work.  That was submitted to Intel in November and this week he found out he was one of 40 finalists and could win up to $100,000. “It’s the dream of a science teacher to see someone achieve what Lane has,” said Lab School biology teacher Sharon Housinger, who had encouraged Gunderman to apply to the Summer Link Program.

 

Gunderman has big plans for his future. He has applied to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago and is also looking at schools like Harvard, Princeton and the California Institute of Technology. The trip to Washington, though will be his first time aboard an airplane. He admitted he’s a little nervous about that. “It’ll be an adventure to my next adventure,” he said.

This article written by Chicago Tribune reporter Bridget Doyle appeared in the Tribune January 25.

 

Hope you were as inspired as I was when I first read Lane Gunderman’s story. It truly shows what an individual can do when one has the right attitude and is willing to seek their next adventure. Perhaps your next adventure could be owning your own business. I know it made a difference in my life when I opened my own business in 1970 and saw it grow into Chicago’s largest independently owned mail order advertising agency and it could make a difference in your life, too.

 

With just a computer and an internet connection you could be in business for yourself in just a few months selling your products all over the world from your own home. The book I wrote HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE contains everything I’ve learned about mail order selling. Mail Order experts have called it “the definitive guide to success in direct response/mail order.” It is a complete guide to starting your own business.

 

You’ll learn:

  1. HOW TO GET STARTED
  2. HOW TO FIND GREAT PRODUCTS
  3. HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS PROFITABLE RIGHT FROM THE START
  4. HOW TO PRICE YOUR PRODUCT FOR BIGGEST PROFITS
  5. SECRETS OF CREATING WINNING MAIL ORDER ADS
  6. 14 SURE FIRE CHECK-OFF LISTS THAT GUARANTEES SUCCESS

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All Humans Have A Blind Spot!

HUMANS ARE BLIND

The human eye sends signals to the brain that allow us to navigate our environment. For the most part, we see things as they are. However the human eye has a blind spot — located at the area of the retina where the optic nerve leads to the back of the brain.

 

These spots in each eye are symmetrically aligned; at each given moment one eye is compensating for the blind spot, or loss of vision, in the other. We take information from what surrounds that blind spot and fill in the blank.

 

Unless you’re Superman, you can only see what scientists call “visible light.” Some animals are able to see infrared and ultraviolet, but we cannot. Also humans are unable to distinguish the difference between polarized and non-polarized light, but many birds can.

 

Light passes through the pupil directly to the retina, where the light is “digested” by proteins. The information the retina receives from the amount of light given is sent through the optic nerve to the brain. This tells us what we are seeing — or what we think we see.

 

This can tested by covering one eye and focusing on one singular detail. A corner of your line of vision falls away and the details are blurred.

 

Cameras are instruments that capture exactly what the eye sees… more or less.

 

A Selected History of the Camera

400 B.C. Chinese philosopher Mo-Ti first discovers a version of the pinhole camera. He refers to his invention as the “locked treasure room,” essentially a darkened room with only  a pinhole in the window shade, through which light can project images on the opposite wall.

 

350 B.C. Aristotle appropriates Mo Ti’s technology to safely observe solar eclipses.

 

1021 Abu Ali Al-Hasan Ibn al-Haitham, an Egyptian man, is the first to document the technology of pinhole cameras in a book called Book of Optics. Not until the 19th Century will the “camera obscura” be combined with photosensitive paper to record images.

 

1839 Louis Jacques Daguerre presents his Daguerreotype process to the French Academy of Sciences, and the Daguerreotype camera is born. Early Daguerreotype cameras require exposure times as long as 30 minutes and are incredibly cumbersome. The earliest of these devices are today some of the most expensive cameras available.

 

1883 After toiling with wet-plate technology for years, George Eastman announces the invention of the first dry photographic film.

 

1888 Eastman begins selling the Kodak camera, which is designed to utilize the new Kodak film in rolls. These revolutionary inexpensive and portable devices come loaded with 100 exposures. Once all exposures are used, the whole camera is sent back to Kodak headquarters in Rochester, N.Y., for reloading.

 

Little more than a hundred years later, the now indespensible smart phones do all kinds of amazing things including taking pictures that are easily and instantly shared with friends thousands of miles away.

 

Much of this posting is courtesy of Timeline Theatre Company’s current production, Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West in its midwest premiere. The playwright is Naomi IIzuka.

 

Talking about things you can see and not see…. would you like to see how easy it is to find out if going in to your own business is right for you. Do you need to find some way to make more money? If your answer to that question was YES, read on.

 

HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE, is a complete guide to starting your own home based business. Fred Broitman is a well known mail order authority and principal at SUNMAN DIRECT, Chicago’s largest independently owned mail order advertising agency has completely revised and up-dated his  book. This comprehensive manual to help you start, run and manage your own mail order business includes an all new section on how  to use the power of the Internet so that you can sell anywhere in the world right from your home.

 

Chapters include:

HOW TO GET STARTED

HOW TO FIND GREAT PRODUCTS

HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS PROFITABLE RIGHT FROM THE START

HOW TO PRICE YOUR PRODUCT FOR BIGGEST PROFITS

SECRETS OF CREATING WINNING MAIL ORDER ADS

and an entire chapter of 14 SURE FIRE CHECK OFF LISTS THAT GUARANTEE HUGE PROFITS.

 

HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE is available from Amazon at its published price of $39.95 plus s&h or you can order direct from the publisher and save 25% Send your name and address along with check or money order for just $29.95 to SUPERIOR PRESS 333 N. Michigan Avenue Suite 1032 Chicago IL 60601. Postage is FREE and it’s sold on a 100% Money Back Guarantee of Satisfaction.

Nostalgia For All Those Born Before 1945

WE ARE SURVIVORS!!! CONSIDER THE CHANGES WE HAVE WITNESSED

 

We were born before televison, before penicillin, before polio shots, ballpoint pens; before pantyhose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air conditioners, drip dry clothes — and way before man walked on the moon.

 

We even got married first and then lived together. How quaint can you be? In our time closets were only for clothes, not for “coming out of”. Designer Jeans were scheming girls named Jean or Jeanne, and having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with our cousins.

 

We thought fast food was what you ate during Lent, and outer space were the upper rows in the balcony of our favorite movie theatre. We were born before anybody had coined the term house-husbands. There were no such things as gay rights or computer dating, dual careers or commuter marriages and this was before day-care centers, group therapy and nursing homes.

 

We never heard of FM radio, tape decks, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, word processors, let alone computers, yogurt and guys wearing earrings. For us, time-sharing meant togetherness not computers or condominiums; a chip referred to a piece of wood, hardware meant screw drivers or hammers, and software wasn’t even a word.

 

In 1940, “Made in Japan” meant  junk and the term “making out” referred to how you did on your exam. “Macdonalds” and Instant coffee were unheard of. We hit the scene when there were 5 & 10 cent stores, where you actually bought things for 5 and 10 cents.  Ice cream cones cost a nickel or at the most a dime.  If you lived in a big city you could ride a streetcar from one side of town  to the other for a nickel. What else could a nickel buy? Well you could make a telephone call, buy a “Pepsi” or enough stamps to mail one letter and two postcards.

 

A brand new Chevy coupe was available for $600…but  who could afford one? A pity, too because gas was only 11 cents a gallon! In our day cigarette smoking was fashionable. Grass was mowed, never smoked. Coke was a cold drink and pot was something you cooked in. Rock music helped grandma’s put their babies to sleep and “Aids” were helpers in the principal’s office.

 

We certainly knew there were differences between the sexes but changing sexes would have been unthinkable. We made do with what we had. And we were so dumb as to think we needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder we are so confused and there is such a generation gap today.

 

But we survived!!!  What better reason to celebrate?

 

Another reason to celebrate is finding a new job for those who have been downsized by  their companies having to close stores or outsourcing jobs to low wage countries. If you or somebody you know is in this fix, I have good news for you. Here’s an inexpensive way to learn how to start your own money making business right from your own home A business you can be never be fired from.  A business that can provide a way for you to make part-time income when you retire or full time income without the expense of an outside office or the rent for a storefront. That business is MAIL ORDER and it’s booming like never before… all due  to  the world wide web. Selling a product or service right from your home to someone living hundreds or thousands of miles from you, even, overseas is a way for you  to say goodbye  to uncaring bosses forever.

 

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George Lauer — The Man Who Changed The Way Everyone Shops!

The Biggest Surprise is That Neither He or His Company Patented It

 

On a Sunday afternoon in 1971, an I.B.M. engineer stepped out of his house in Raleigh, N.C., to consult his boss, who lived across the street. “I didn’t do what you asked,” George Lauer confessed.

 

Lauer had been instructed to design a code that could be printed on food labels and that would be compatible with the scanners then in development for supermarket checkout counters. He was told to model it on the bull’s-eye-shaped optical scanning code designed in the 1940’s by N. Joseph Woodland, who died in December. But Laurer saw a problem with the shape: “When you run a circle  through a high-speed press, there are parts that are going to get smeared,” he says “so I came up with my own code.” His system, a pattern of stripes, would be readable even it was poorly printed.

 

That pattern became the basis for the U.P.C., the Universal Product Code, which was adopted by a consortium of grocery companies in 1973, when cashiers were still punching in all prices by hand. Within a decade, the U.P.C. — and optical scanners — brought supermarkets into the digital age. Now an employee could ring up a cereal box with a flick of the wrist. “When people find out  that I invented the U.P.C., they think I’m rich,” Laurer says. But he received no royalities for this invention, and I.B.M did not patent it.

 

As the U.P.C. symbol proliferated, so, too, did paranoia  about it. For decades, Laurer has been hounded by people convinced that he has hidden the number 666 inside the lines of his code. “I didn’t get the meat,” Laurer said ruefully, “but I did get the nuts.”.

 

This article first appeared in the New York Times Magazine January 6, 2013 under the byline of Pagan Kennedy.

 

Did you know there’s a Museum dedicated  to the bar code? The ID History Museum is run by Bill Selmeier who was interviewed for this story:

You worked at I.B.M. in the 1970’s and then helped promote the U.P.C? Yes, I started the seminars where we invited people from the grocery and labeling industry into I.B.M. We were there to reduce their fear.

 

What were they afraid of? They were afraid that anything that didn’t work right would reflect badly on them — particularly if it was only their own package that wouldn’t scan. The guy from Birds Eye said “My stuff always has ice on it when it goes through the checkout.” So we put his package in the freezer and took it out and showed him how it scanned perfectly.

 

Why are you still so interested in the history of the U.P.C. code? Let me put it this way: What bigger impact can you have on the world than to change the way everyone shops?

 

Even my book How To Become A Mail Order Millionaire has its own unique U.P.C. and as a visitor to my blog I want to offer you a special low price to order the book on a no risk trial. Plus an extra bonus. You can save more than 30% off the price and if you’re not completely satisfied, return it for a full refund. Sold everywhere for $39.95 plus s&h, you can order it direct from the publisher for only $29.95 and shipping is FREE.

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You’ll learn:

 

How To Get Started
How To Find Great Products
How To Make Your Business Profitable Right From The Start
How To Price Your Product or Service For Biggest Profits
Secrets of Creating Winning Mail Order Ads
14 Seure Fire Check Off Lists That Guarantee Huge Profits
and included in this newly revised edition:
 
Complete Up-To-Date Information on How To Use the Internet To Super-Charge Your Mail Order Business

 

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Seeing Ourselves in a Grain of Sand!

Science Can Really Deflate You!

You really think human beings are special? Well, crows can use tools, chimps can paint, and Neanderthals had bigger brains.

Heck, octopuses can open jars. Is earth special? Not really. Astonomers have found well over more than a thousand planets orbiting distant stars and they will probably find a “mirror earth” — a rocky doppelganger with liquid water — within the year. In a book review by Sam Kean, “THE UNIVERSE WITHIN” written by Neil Shubin and first appeared in the Saturday/Sunday January 12-13 issue of the Wall Street Journal.

Sam Kean, continues. Surely, though, the universe itself is unique, almost by definition. Afraid not. Physicists now routinely invoke the “multiverse” with its bazillions of parallel universes to explain how space-time works. As Neil Shubin writes in his book, “you could legitimately wonder if it is part of the job description of scientists to make people feel utterly puny and insignificant.”

So is science inherently depressing? Absolutely. At least at first. But once you accept our cosmic triviality, and let go of the man-is-the-measure-of-all-things attitude, you can learn to see science in a more affirming manner. Books like “The Universe Within” teach us how to see things the right way around.

Mr. Shubin, a professor of biological sciences, at the University of Chicago, wrote this book as a sort of sequel to “Your Inner Fish” (2008), which traced the origin of various human body parts back to fish and worms and their ilk, to show how we can still see vestiges of our fishy ancestry inside us today. “The Universe Within” reaches even deeper: It tracks  the very atoms in our bodies back to the Big Bang, and shows how all the molecules that comprise us have roots in the formation and maturation of Earth. As Mr. Shubin puts it, “the bodies in the graves, and the stones that mark them, are united by the history they share.”

That might sound like one more disheartening fact — we came from nothing, and in the long run, we’re all dead. But Mr. Shubin makes it all seem rather glorious. You mean there are traces of the moon’s cataclysmic birth inside of every human being? (We owe the length of our days, seasons, and circadian rhythms to the moon.) You can see remnants of ancient supercontinents in the birth of little old me? (The rift that created the Atlantic Ocean long ago raised oxygen levels worldwide and allowed mammals to gestate their babies intenally.) It is downright flattering: Every speck around us betrays a hidden compliment, and anyone can learn the trick of identification with a little training.

Seeing our connections to the natural world is like detecting the pattern hidden inside an optical illusion.” Mr Shubin writes. “When you learn to view the world through this lens, bodies and stars become windows to a past that was vast almost beyond comprehension.” Amid the poetry, Mr. Shubin interlaces anecdotes about hunting for fossils in Greenland as part of his own fieldwork, as well as historical tales about oceanography, geology, and natural history. (I especially enjoyed the “experiment” where two Harvard professors chucked a bucket of frogs off a five-story building.) The leaps from one domain to another can be dizzying.

When discussing the origin of color vision in primates, he comments, “every time you admire a richly colorful view, you can thank India for slamming into Asia, continents for retreating from Antartica, and the poles for becoming frozen wastelands.” But he also takes the time to explain, quite clearly, how a cooling earth, by reducing the supply of edible vegetation, created conditons that favored those organisms that could discern one color of a plant from another. After he has lain out his chain of reasoning, it does seem reasonable to think about color vision and plate tectonics together. More than reasonable. It seems inevitable.

Mr. Shubin doesn’t present, and doesn’t claim to present, any profoundly new facts or theories here. What is special about the book is its sweep, its scope, its panorama — how physics, biology, geology, chemistry and seemingly every other science are brought to bear on the most intricate details of human life.

The romantic poet William Blake had many misgivings about science, in part for the reeason Mr. Shubin mentioned above—science dehumanized us, made humankind seem trifling. But I have a sneaking suspicion that Blake might have enjoyed parts of “The Universe Within.”  In “Auguries of Innocence” Blake wrote with rapture about the ability: “To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wildflower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.” Mr. Shubin’s ability to do all this comes from long experience, not blissful Blakean innocence. But the two ends some-how wrap around and meet: They tap into the same awe, and this makes science seem a very uplifting enterprise indeed.

Another uplifting enterprise, especially if you find yourself on the outside looking in as far as your career goes these days is owning your own business. Many highly qualified men and women have lost their jobs due to no fault of their own. Companies have downsized or sent jobs overseas or just plain shut down due to the present economy.

One business, however, is doing better than ever and that’s Mail Order. The reason is because of how easy it is to sell products or services to eager buyers all over the world using the power of the World Wide Web. Your potential customer can live anywhere in the world and you can reach them just as easily as if they live in your own home town.  My book How To Become A Mail Order Millionaire answers all your questions on how to succeed.

You’ll learn:

HOW TO GET STARTED

HOW TO FIND GREAT PRODUCTS

HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS PROFITABLE RIGHT FROM THE START

HOW TO PRICE YOUR PRODUCT OR SERVICE FOR BIGGEST PROFITS

SECRETS OF CREATING WINNING MAIL ORDER OFFERS

14 SURE-FIRE CHECK OFF LISTS THAT GUARANTEE PROFITS

and included in this newly revised edition:

Complete Up-To-Date Information on How To Use The Internet To sell All Over The World

Sold on a 100% Guarantee of Satisfacton…..or Your Money Back!

HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE is available from Amazon at its published price of $39.95 plus s&h or you can save $10 and order it direct from the publisher for only $29.95 and postage is FREE. Send check or money order along with your name and address to: Superior Press 333 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1032 Chicago, IL 60601

A Truly Amazing Inventor You’ve Never Heard Of!

 
This obituary of Mr . Ovshinsky originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune October 24, 2012 reported by Elaine Woo.
 

Self-taught inventor Stanford Ovshinsky was not a household name like Thomas Edison or Albert Einstein, but he was often compared to them, for good reason.

He invented the nickel-metal hybrid battery, which has powered high-tech items such as cellphones, laptop computers and hybrid cars.

He created paper-thin solar panels potent enough to work on a cloudy day and cheap enough to be produced in sheets a mile long.

He founded a whole field of electronics that earned him a mention in dictionaries (see “ovonics”) and led to such marvels of modern life as the flat-screen TV.

Scientist’s work in hybrid cars, flat screen TVs: ‘Only genius I ever met,’ says University of Chicago physicist

Mr Ovshinsky, who never went to college yet transformed the alternative energy,  information and automotive industries with his inventions, died of prostate cancer Oct. 17 at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, according to his son Harvey.  He was 89.

The self-taught scientist-inventor pursued audacious ideas throughout his long career,often attracting the scorn of other scientists who said his schemes were foolish, impractical or just plain impossible.

In some respects, they were right. He ran Energy Conversion Devices, a product development company for 40 years, few of which were profitable. Although it drew blue-chip investors such as General Motors, 3M and Intel, it performed so poorly from a business standpoint that Forbes magazine once described it as “a high-tech Roach Motel” where the money goes in but it never comes out.”

But Mr. Ovshinsky’s path-breaking discoveries led his admirers to associate him with other brilliant minds.

“It’s difficult to compare one genius with another genius,” said University of Chicago physicist Helmut Fritzsche, who consulted for Mr. Ovshinsky and later became a vice president of Energy Conversion Devices, “but I’ve known great people, having been at the University of Chicago for over 40 years, and I consider Stan Ovshinsky the only genius I ever met… Everything he touches is new, different, wonderful.”

Mr Ovshinsky made a scientific name for himself in 1968, when he went public with research showing that glass could be engineered to conduct electricity. He predicted that glass semiconductors would one day replace crystalline transistors.

To argue as he did, that cheap noncrystalline materials such as glass could perform as well as more expensive silicon crystals sounded preposterous and derided by readers of Physical Review Letters, the prestigious journal that published Mr. Ovshinsky’s findings.

But his paper eventually became one of the five most cited publications in the journal’s history, and his prediction became prophecy, spawning a new field he called ovonics.

Born in Akron, Ohio, on November 24, 1922, he  was the son of Bertha Munitz and Benjamin Ovshinsky, a Lithuanian immigrant who later entered the scrap business.

Young Stan fell in love with machinery while accompanying his father to foundries and machine shops.

A mediocre student he spent hours in the Akron public library, where his real education took place. “His teachers didn’t understand him, but his librarian did,” his son said. “The librarian let him take out adult books.  ….. He was tireless in his curiosity.”

Mr. Ovshinsky’s formal education ended when he graduated from high school in 1941. Exempted from military service during World War II because of his asthma, he worked as a toolmaker and married Norma Rifkin, a childhhood sweetheart.

That marriage ended in divorce. In 1959 he married Iris Miroy; she died in 2006. He later married Rosa Young, who survives him along with three sons from his first marriage, four stepchildren, a brother and six grandchildren and stepgrandchildren.

In 1960 he and his second wife, Iris, founded what became Energy Conversion Devices with the goal of using science and technology to solve the world’s environmental and social problems. It’s nickel-metal hybrid batery, often called the NiMH, was one of its most successful products, used in electric and hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight.

Mr. Ovshinsky’s commitment to alternative energy sources earned him a spot on Time magazine’s list of “Heroes for the Planet” in 1999.

He retired from Energy Conversion Devices in 2007. The company filed for bankruptcy this year.

But Mr. Ovshinsky, who held more than 300 patents, did not stop inventing. “A real inventor,” he told the Detroit Free Press in 2008, “is not motivated by money. It’s about the idea and the creation.”

 

If only Mr . Ovshinsky was aware of the book on how to sell by mail order written by Fred Broitman. He might have been more successful in selling the wonderful products he invented.

 

Have you ever thought you had a great ideas for a product but didn’t know how to go about selling it?

How to Become A Mail Order Millionaire could be the answer you’ve been looking for. Many experts in the field have called it “the definitve guide to starting your own business.”

Long time mail order expert Fred Broitman has written this complete guide to starting your own home based business. If you would like to start a business that you can operate from your home and sell all over all over the world then this is your lucky day.

With the power of the world wide web you can become successful in a business of your own just by following the plan outlined in this newly revised edition. Mr. Broitman guarantees it.

Learn:
HOW TO GET STARTED
HOW  TO FIND GREAT PRODUCTS
HOW  TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS PROFITABLE FROM THE START
HOW TO PRICE YOUR PRODUCT FOR BIGGEST PROFITS
SECRETS OF CREATING WINNING MAIL ORDER ADS
14 SURE FIRE CHECK OFF LISTS THAT GUARANTEE HUGE PROFITS

and included in this new revised edition:

COMPLETE UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON HOW TO USE THE INTERNET TO SELL ALL OVER THE WORLD.

This book will provide you with an easy to follow “Road Map to Success in a Business of Your Own”

HOW TO BECOME A MAIL ORDER MILLIONAIRE is available from Amazon at its published price of $39.95 plus s&h or you can save $10 and order it direct from the publisher for only $29.95 and shipping is FREE. Just send check or money order along with your name and address to SUPERIOR PRESS 333 N. Michigan Avenue Suite 1032 Chicago IL 60601

Sold on a 100% Guarantee of Satisfaction or Your Money Back!

 

David Ogilvy Continues to Teach Us – We Sell or Die

It still so true we should repeat it at the start of every new year.

Albert Einstein gets it right again!

Mystery Tug on Spacecraft Is Einstein’sI Told You So

It’s been a bad year to bet against Albert Einstein. In the spring physicists had to withdraw a sensational report that the sub-atomic particles known as neutrinos were going faster than the speed of light. Einstein’s cosmic speed limit; they discovered they had plugged in a cable wrong.

Now scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have reported that they have explained one of the great mysteries of the space age, one that loomed for 30 years as a threat to the credibility of Einsteinian gravity.

The story starts with the Pioneer 10 and 11 space probes, which went past Jupiter and Saturn in the late 1970’s and now are on their way out of the solar system. In the 1980’s it became apparent that a mysterious force was slowing them down a little more than should have been expected from gravity of the Sun and planets.

Was there an unknown planet or asteroid out there tugging on the space-craft? Was it drag from interplanetary gas or dust? Something weird about the spacecraft? Or was something wrong in our calculation of gravity out there in the dark?

General relativity has passed every test on Earth. Without it GPS systems would not work.

That last explanation would have been big news indeed. Much of what we know about the universe — for example, the existence of dark matter, which seems to swaddle and shape the galaxies, and of dark energy which seems to be speeding up the expansion of the universe — comes from presuming that Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity which describes gravity as the warping of space-time geometry — is correct over cosmic distances.

General relativity has passed every test on Earth. Without it GPS systems would not work. But some theorists have suggested that if gravity behaved differently over large distances from what Einstein thought, it would relieve astronomers of the embarrassing need to posit that 96 percent of the universe consists of various kinds of unknown dark stuff. A similar, but larger kind of deviation from Einsteinian theory could explain the Pioneer anomaly, as it is called. Pioneers 10 and 11 were launched in 1972 and and 1973, respectively, and are now both about 10 billion miles out. They were last heard from in 2003, when the radio signal from Pioneer 10 got too weak to be detected. They were the first spacecraft to go past Jupiter and Saturn, though their biggest impact on pop culture until then might have been a controversy over the nude human figures on a plaque designed for the benefit of any distant aliens who might find them.

In 1988, however, John D. Anderson of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and his colleagues discovered that the spacecraft were running a little late on  their timetable to eternity, it seemed as if general relativity might be up for grabs — allowing the news media to ask their favorite science question: Was Einstein wrong? There was talk of a special deep space probe whose only mission would be to track its own movements.

The effect was slight — slowing the spacecraft by about 300 miles a year — but the crack interplanetary navigators at J.P.L., who can slip a probe through Saturn’s rings or buzz the moons of Jupiter, take great pride in their knowledge of the forces and foibles of the solar system.

Slava G. Turyshev, a Russian physicist and gravitational expert working at the laboratory, heard the challenge and took it on, feeling “a sense of responsibility to get to the bottom of it.” And so he set out to reconstruct the history of the Pioneer voyages.

You might think that would be easy. But the Pioneers spanned the history of the space age and also of the computer age, occasioning a major effort in what Dr. Turyshev calls “space archaeology“.

He and his colleagues had to scour NASA labs for old punchcards and magnetic tapes and for vintage devices that could read the data stored on them — then reformat all that data to a single modern standard.

Among other things, that meant ascertaining the positions of every antenna in NASA’s Deep Space Network to an accuracy of one centimeter over all that time.

It took much longer than Dr. Turyshev had imagined, and he had to depend on money from the Planetary Society as well as from NASA to keep the project going, all the time aware that nobody was ever likely to retrace his footsteps. So he had better get it right.

The more we learned, the less optimistic we became about the new physics,” he said. It became apparent that the fault with the Pioneers’ travels turned out to lie not in the stars or the shape of space-time but in the spacecraft themselves.

As designed, they radiated more heat in one direction from the circuits and generators that produced their electricity. And that imbalance, Dr. Turyshev and his colleagues concluded in a recent paper in Physical Review Letters, was all that was needed to explain the Pioneers’ behavior.

Gravity did not need to be fixed! Einstein was right again! In fact he was doubly right, as it turns out.

The idea that light, of which heat radiation is one form, can carry momentum and thus a propulsive force is implicit in the basic equations of electromagnetism. A comet’s tail, blown by sunlight, is one example. But it acquired new visceral meaning when Einstein, beginning in 1905, showed that light can be thought of as little particles — now called photons — that carry energy and momentum. As with bullets, if you shoot them in one direction, there will be a recoil in the other.

If you drive at night, Dr. Turyshev explained “your high beams would emit photons and it would push you back.”

So the Pioneers’ problem is that they have been driving the solar system with their high beams on. Dr. Turyshev said he had set out in search of new physics. When I asked him if  he was disappointed at the final results, he laughed and replied; “Of course. People were ready for something big.”

Still, he said, the Einsteinian explanation “also helps.” The findings should help in designing new spacecraft for sensitive missions like measuring gravitational waves.

“It’s a win-win“, he said. You may dream of freaky new physics, but sometimes the freaky old physics is all you need.

If Albert Einstein were alive today, he would probably have said “I told you so!”

This article first appeared in the New York Times July 24,2010 written by Dennis Overbye.

Who Really Invented the Internet?

Now There’s A Headline That Really Caught My Attention!

It’s from the July 23, 2012 issue of The Wall Street Journal written by L. Gordon Crovitz.

“The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all companies could make money off the Internet.” – President Barack Obama

Mr. Crovitz quotes President Barack Obama saying, “The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all companies could make money off the Internet”  It’s an urban legend that the government launched the Internet.  The myth is that the Pentagon created the Internet to keep its communications lines up even in a nuclear strike. The truth is a more interesting story about how innovation happens— and about how hard it is to build successful technology companies even once the government gets out of the way.

“The creation of the Arpanet was not motivated by considerations of war.” – Robert Taylor, Computer Scientist

For many technologists, the idea of the Internet traces to Vannevar Bush, the presidential science adviser during World War II who oversaw the development of radar and the Manhattan Project. In a 1946 article in The Atlantic titled “As We May Think“, Bush defined an ambitious peacetime goal for technologists: Build what he called a “memex” through which “wholly new forms of encyclopedias will appear, ready made with a mesh of associative trails running through them, ready to be dropped into the memex and there amplified.”

That fired imaginations and by the 1960s technologists were trying to connect separate physical communications networks into one global network—“a world wide web.” The federal government was involved, modestly, via the Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. Its goal was not maintaining communications during a nuclear attack, and it didn’t build the Internet. Robert Taylor, who ran the ARPA program in the 1960s, sent an email to fellow technologists in 2004 setting the record straight: “The creation of the Arpanet was not motivated by considerations of war. The Arpanet was not an Internet. An Internet is a connection between two or more computer networks.”

If the government didn’t invent the Internet, who did?

Vinton Cerf developed TCP/IP, the Internet’s backbone, and Tim Berners-Lee gets credit for hyperlinks.

But full credit goes to  the company where Mr. Taylor worked after leaving ARPA: Xerox. It was at the Xerox PARC labs in Silicon Valley in the 1970s that the Ethernet was developed to link different computer networks. Researchers there also developed the first personal computer (the Xerox Alto) and the graphical user interface that still drives computer usage today.

According to a book about Xerox PARC, “Dealers of Lightning” by Michael Hiltzik), its top researchers realized they couldn’t wait for the government to connect different networks, so they would have to do it themselves. “We have a more immediate problem than they do,” Robert Metcalfe told his colleague John Shoch in 1973. “We have more networks than they do.” Mr Shoch later recalled that ARPA staffers “were working under government funding and university contracts. …and all that slow, lugubrious behavior to contend with.”

So having created the Internet, why didn’t Xerox become the biggest company in the world? The answer explains the disconnect between a government-led view of business and how innovation actually happens.

Executives at Xerox headquaters in Rochester, N.Y. were focused on selling copiers. From their standpoint, the Ethernet was important only so that people in an office could link computers to share a copier.

In 1979 Steve Jobs visits Xerox Parc – “They just had no idea what they had”

Then in 1979 Steve Jobs negotiated an agreement whereby Xerox’s venture-capital division invested $1 million in Apple, with the requirement that Jobs get a full briefing on all the Xerox Parc innovations. “They just had no idea what they had,” Jobs later said, after launching hugely profitable Apple computers using concepts developed by Xerox.

Xerox’s copier business was lucrative for decades, but the company eventually had years of losses during the digital revolution. Xerox managers can console themselves that it’s rare for a company to make the transition from one technology to another.

“The Internet, in fact, reaffirms the basic free market critique of large government.” – Tyler Cowen, Economist

As for the government’s role, the Internet was fully privatized in 1995, when a remaining piece of the network run by the National Science Foundation was closed—just as the commercial Web began to boom. Economist Tyler Cowen wrote in 2005: “The Internet, in fact, reaffirms the basic free market critique of large government. Here for 30 years the government had an immensely useful protocol for transferring information, TCP/IP, but it languished…In less than a decade, private concerns have taken that protocol and created one of the most important technological revolutions of the millennia.”

It’s important to understand the history of the Internet because it’s too often wrongly cited to justify big government. It’s also important to recognize that building great technology businesses requires both innovation and the skills to bring innovations to market. As the contrast between Xerox and Apple shows, few business leaders succeed in this challenge.  Government had a role, but it is those who make it happen that deserve the credit.

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15 Simple Rules For A Healthy Happy Life!

REVEALED!  THE UNLOCKED SECRETS ON HOW TO ACHIEVE HAPPINESS AND PEACE OF MIND.

Suffering, he said, arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable.

Epictetus was his name. Born a slave in Rome in 55 AD and lived there until he was banished. He spent the remainder of his life in Greece where he taught philosophy as a way of life. Suffering, he said, arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable. He strongly believed that human beings have a duty to care for all fellow human beings. The person who follows his precepts will achieve happiness and peace of mind.

It is not known how he attained his freedom but he began teaching his philosophy and founded his own philosophy school in Rome until 93 AD when he and all philosophers living there at the time were banished.

Lame since childhood, he lived his life with few possessions and great simpilcity. For much of his life he lived alone but in old age he adopted a friends child who would otherwise have been left to die and raised him with the aid of a woman. Not much more is known about him other than his 15 RULES FOR A BALANCED LIFE. He died around 135 AD.

His philosophy became known as Stoicism. It is a philosophy grounded in accepting everyday reality. While some believe the term refers to numbness,  his original followers known as Stoics sought to maintain a balance between life’s highs and lows.

The philosophy of Epictetus is well known in the American military through the writings and example of James Stockdale an American fighter pilot who was shot down during the Vietnam War. In his book Courage Under Fire, Stockdale credits Epictetus with helping him endure seven and a half years in a North Vietnamese military prison—including  torture—and four years in solitary confinement.

The philosophy of Epictetus plays a key role in Tom Wolfe’s book A Man In Full. His philosophy is also mentioned in James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man; also in Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger and is referred to in Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie.

Psychologist Albert Ellis, the founder of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy credited Epictetus with providing a foundation for his system of psychotherapy and last but not least his philosophy is an influence on the acting method introduced by David Mamet.

EPICTETUS ANCIENT SECRETS TO A LONG, HEALTHY BALANCED LIFE!

  1. Know what you can control and what you cannot.
  2. Make full use of what happens to you.
  3. Seeking to please is a perilous  trap.
  4. Approach life as a banquet.
  5. Avoid adopting other peoples’ negative views.
  6. Never supress a generous impulse.
  7. Character matters more than reputation.
  8. Self-mastery depends on self-honesty.
  9. The virtuous are consistent.
  10. Be suspicious of convention.
  11. Widsom is revealed through action, not talk.
  12. No shame, no blame.
  13. Pursue the good ardently.
  14. Treasure your mind, cherish your reason, hold to your purpose.
  15. Disregard what doesn’t concern you.
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