Thursday, July 31, 2008


Check out the new social search engine, Scour. I will add the search widget to my web site later on. Ego is listed #6 at the moment. Here is an excerpt from the About page:

The Mission

Scour’s purpose is to bridge the gap between searchers and relevant results. Our goal is to provide users with the most relevant results available by providing a platform for searchers to vote on relevancy, share their feedback and connect with one another creating a true social search community, attained through innovative solutions to meet the needs of the Scour community.

So, login and get active! Play a part in the Scour community and get rewarded for what you already do- Search!

Monday, July 28, 2008


I will write posts on the remaining three lectures (Saudi Arabia, Israel, and an evaluation of the history and the prospects for the future of the Middle East) of Scott Powell's course, The Islamist Entanglement, during this week. In the meantime, check out 1066 and All That: A Memorable History of England, comprising all the parts you can remember, including 103 Good Things, 5 Bad Kings and 2 Genuine Dates.


I have added Blake Bell's book, Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko, to my wish list on the Shelfari bookshelf. Read more about Blake Bell at Fantagraphics Books. I bought a Mr. A story a long time ago.



I got an email from Prodos and he said that he will start again with SolidVox podcasting interviews in September. Please stay tuned for more information on the relaunch of a radio program created for thinkers. I have a list of individuals I want to conduct an interview with, but I am open for suggestions and tips on interesting candidates. Who do you want to listen to? What kind of topics could be of interest? I think the program will be in the same format as before, without any special editing. I guess that the length of the interviews will be around 30 minutes with a couple of commercial breaks between the different segments. I want to create a laid-back and benevolent atmosphere with my interviewing style and the listener should be curious to learn more about my guest.

I want to send a thank-you note to Dennis McDonald for his comment on my post, SUMMER TIME OFF.

I'll be interested in seeing what you do about getting back into podcasting - I'm interested in doing the same after having been involved in The Podcast Roundtable ( a couple of years ago. What killed me was the editing. (Dennis D. McDonald)

I will have a talk with Wayne Hurlbert of Blog Business World regarding his experiences with BlogTalkRadio. I have a radio station there, but I have not schedule a show yet.

Talking about podcasting, I recommend you to listen to Dr. Leonard Peikoff's podcast with questions and answers regarding Ayn Rand's philosophy, Objectivism.


Will you test the search engine, Cuil? You could now search 121,617,892,992 web pages and Google has found 1 trillion (1,000,000,000,000) unique URLs on the web! The question is: Do you find relevant stuff? I miss Greg Linden's personalized news site, Findory.

I have added Amazon page recommendations widget to my blog.


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Tuesday, July 15, 2008


If you are business professional, field expert or industry specialist and want to get free trade magazines, white papers, downloads and podcasts, check out NetLine Corporation and [Hat tip to Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends.] Here is an excerpt from Anita Campbell's post, Monetize Your Website or Blog by Offering Trade Magazines:

Why I use TradePub

I’ve had a TradePub storefront for several years now. I don’t participate in many affiliate programs (even though I get 3 or 4 requests a week to do so). But this program I have found valuable and worth sticking with for almost 4 years. Here’s why:

* Your visitors get valuable B2B magazines without having to pay a dime (they will appreciate that!).
* You earn a little money every time one of your readers gets a new magazine subscription, white paper, etc. It helps subsidize the many hours you put into your blog or website. (, 07/13/08.)

Anita Campbell points out an interesting aspect of using this service, you could get a better picture on what your readers are interested in by checking out the online control center at By looking at the visitors' different requests for material, I will get a list of the popular items and with this information it would help it me to come up with topics to write on my blog.

Here are some examples of publications that I think look interesting to explore further:

The Scientist
The Scientist is the magazine for life science professionals. For 20 years The Scientist has informed and entertained life scientists everywhere. Our target audience is active researchers that are interested in maintaining a broad view of the life sciences by reading articles that are current, concise, accurate and entertaining.

Nutraceuticals World
It has been our mission from the beginning to provide our readers with the most relevant information as it relates to the nutraceuticals marketplace.

Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Supply & Demand Chain Executive (formerly iSource Business) provides comprehensive coverage highlighting business strategies trends and issues on supply chain management. The magazine explores each area of the global enabled supply chain including order/demand capture, sourcing, procurement, fulfillment, logistics, payment, CRM, consulting, information sharing, financing. It also provides the most advanced and detailed information so that industry professionals can stay informed.

World Trade
Monthly, World Trade examines each sector of world trade - transportation, logistics and supply chain management, technology, finance and trade services, and domestic and international economic development. Emphasis is on executive interviews and in-depth company profiles designed to assist our readers in making their businesses more profitable.

Website Magazine
Until now, there has not been a magazine that caters exclusively to the business of running a website. Website Magazine has tapped premier talent in the Internet industry for our content and each and every issue will contain practical advice and insights for website owners.

White paper, Security: The Wireless Revolution is Here by Motorola.
Learn to address security risks in wireless handheld computing systems with a solution that provides end-to-end security.

Marketing brief, Social Media Marketing: 12 Essential Tips for Success by Motivelab.
Learn how to effectively engage customer communities with a new, social marketing mix. With all the hype surrounding social media and consumer–generated content, marketers need clear and simple information to make sense of this new and powerful trend.

If you take action and fill out the application forms for the stuff that is matching your interests and skills, you will learn new things, be updated of what is going on in your area of expertise and therefore stay ahead of the competition. At the same time, you will support my future blogging. I want to send you a thank you note in advance and I wish you all the best with your new source of information.

Monday, July 14, 2008


As I have said before, I have to take a break from my regular blogging and do some other stuff. I will wrap up my posts on Scott Powell's history course, Islamist Entanglement, during this week. I want to sit down and plan ahead regarding my future blogging. My idea at the moment is to start doing podcasting and interviews again. I have to get some help with the technical aspects of it and figure out which platform I should use. I have registered an account at BlogTalkRadio and I am interested in comments on this service. I have to get in touch with Prodos again and see what is going on with SolidVox.

In the meantime, check out my timeline on Plurk and feel free to give me suggestions on topics that I should write about. Check out the Skribit widget in the right column, under the tag cloud section. Please read Blogger Block: The Four-Step Program by Annie Binns. [Via Dennis McDonald, LinkedIn YahooGroups.] [Editor's comment: I will not do all the parts of step 3 ("Step 3: Admit to God, ourselves and the blogging community the general nature of our wrongs.") as you could understand. By the way: I had a refreshing talk with a couple from England at a local pub the other day. They called themselves non-believers and expressed rational ideas on how to tackle religious people.]

Blogger's Dilemma

Maybe I am starting to have a conundrum over this post in particular and blogging in general? I better ask the hot teacher...

Blogger's Cycle

I have gone back to my post, WRITING DOWN NEW RESOLVING THOUGHTS, and have been thinking of the core values regarding my career, hobbies and relationships. I have got the following summer reading and watching material:

Here is an excerpt from the article, Firms 'miss' social site success by Maggie Shiels.

Businesses are missing out on the huge potential that social networks present, a leading information technology company has warned.

Researchers for Gartner found that huge opportunities for improving the management of large firms exist. (BBC, 07/11/08.)

I have signed up for a business social network called APSense.

I want to end this post on a beautiful note. Did you watch the Miss Universe pageant? [Editor's note: I look forward to Body in Mind's review of the show.]

Friday, July 4, 2008