Internet DSL without phoneline…

December 30, 2007

Here is the code “AZ”, and ATT will only charge you for the internet access. The number they want you to call is 888.300.1672. This would had been a good deal for me when I used to have ATT, but I cut them out of my life. I support Meraki Free the Net (www.meraki.net), but before I wish I could had this type of deal mentioned above. ATT always used to tell me “You must have a phone line.” B.S.

Enjoy from the greatest business man in the world!

best of 2007 list

December 30, 2007

Best of 2007:

1. What was the best song to sing in the shower, club, or in traffic jam?
Umbrella Rihanna, classic new song of 2007 for everyone.
2. Best film of the year?
Grrr….this is a tough one between 300 and No Country for Old Men…and I am really excited about There Will Be Blood. BUT NO SCREENING IN THE BAY TONIGHT FOR BLOOD…I miss LA.
3. Person of the year?
Wil Rowan Pacific Art Collective Founder. PAC TOUR, NYE 2x, and SF best!
4. Tech gadget to play with?
Buddha Machine FM3
5. Best place you discovered?
Cochino Islands and SeraPhi Wellness Center
6. Best sports story?
My struggle with working out at 6am, damn hard yo! Its not for the faint of heart, and this guy named Tom Brady he was pretty big this year.
7. Was it easy to accumulate and stack money in 2007?
Hell no, in June 2007 at Market and Montgomery st I screamed “I am the poorest man in San Francisco…!” To the top of my lungs.
8. Best new friend you found in 2007?
Dr. Christopher Becton
9. Best book you read over the year?
A Framework to Understanding Poverty, and Governance as Leadership.
10. What is the most important thing you learn in 2007?
Behaviors of poor, middle class, and affluent people from Framework to Understanding Poverty.

Bonus:
Best website? Foreign Policy’s Passport
http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/
Best Youtube Video

and

Best tv show
Robot Chicken

Family Values

December 8, 2007

I claim to be the greatest business man in the world, but I discovered this weekend that I am not even the biggest business man in my family. My father is.

I am going to be frank with you. My life is far from being the greatest business man in the world. Which has been my vision for a year now. So far it has not taken me where I want to go. I have to change my direction in my life. I am going to start looking at the bottom line of money, because this is what my family has taught me.

The first task is to stop paying so much for entertainment and dining experiences. This means I will have to start watching films outside of the movie theater, and stop drinking a lot of expensive drinks at bars and clubs. Also, start checking your bank account for miscellaneous expenses that corporations are starting to charge their customers in order to protect the bottom line.

I am not talking about fastening my belt. I am talking about a revolution in the heart. A fury, an eternally burning fire that will not cease to fire up until I am happy with my reality. I believe this is the true power of family. It is not the happy faces, or touches they have throughout your lifetime. It is the fact that they are able to shape you, in the direction that makes sense to you and them, wether it is prosperity, recognition, and sheer kindness to others in the family and the world. Bottom line: To be the greatest business man in the world, I first have to be the greatest business man in my family, for my family.

information, knowledge, wisdom…

November 27, 2007

Did you know that most communication is broken into this pattern? Old people are full of wisdom, unfortunately if you are young you cannot digest wisdom easily. It must first be broken down into knowledge or even just plain information/data. The person who taught me this concept is my spiritual mentor Dr. Christopher Becton.

This is a very important communications concept because most of us are always communication to each other, and if we do not understand our audience we cannot make the impact we desire to make. If a person is young and has green ears, be careful with how much wisdom you give them to digest. It is hard for many young people to understand that it is dangerous to be out late at night at the urban park. Instead information like “Police officers will give you a ticket of $40 if you are in the park hiking after dark.” This information might be more valuable and comprehensive to the young mind than wisdom.

Information are bits of data, that are compressed into patterns to create knowledge, that after much testing and life becomes wisdom.

This video has information, yet information is not that valuable…

But wisdom; as in everything that you visualize can become truth if you work hard at it, is truly powerful.

Housing Crisis in America Today.

November 9, 2007

work in the financial district in San Francisco, CA at the second largest bank in the country. The hottest place in the city to buy real estate is in SOMA, next to the bay bridge. Remember those Dockers commercial with the F line and the Bay Bridge…well it has done wonders for the zone, plus one of the most beautiful ballparks in MLB does not hurt.

soma street view

But as prices of real estate continue to drag or drop in many places. Is it still a good time to stay on the sidelines and watch what happens? Yes. I don’t see any improvement in the housing market in any area. Banks are not making it easy for people to refinance old loans that have adjustable high rates after teasers intros.  It causes people to sell before they lose their home to foreclosure because mortgage payments jump. That’s one stakeholder selling a home, add them up.

Soma Street View

Then there is the household who just got laid off from one of the big corporate companies, whose profit making are shrinking.  After the layoff, this type of stakeholder will first live off their equity with an equity line of credit and then start thinking about selling if they cannot find another job…if the stakeholder is a specialist then it will be hard to get another similar paid position. Perhaps a pay cut and an apartment might be a better environment, less stressful. Another stakeholder wants to sell their house.

Then there are the builders who want to sell you and I a brand new home with freebies like a jacuzzi, top of the line French showers, and high end appliances on marble floors. Don’t forget to throw in a flat screen lcd screen with a free trip to France for two, among other gifts. Another stakeholder wants to sell a house.

Finally, don’t forget the banks who are selling foreclosed homes, on the sidewalks of city halls around the country. What does this all mean? There is nothing wrong with hanging around the sidelines. We have not reached the bottom line of the housing crisis. I have two apartments, one spectacular residence in a high rise in Silicon Valley and a studio in San Francisco. I can tell you living in apartments is not bad at all right now.

What are the signs to look for? Growth in the economy from the benefits of green technologies in terms of industrial savings. Increase in jobs, and location location location is still the best piece of advice you can get. If you live in a cool neighborhood call Levis and ask them to do a commercial about your neighborhood and landmarks, and it will help people visualize living there and drive up desire to be there as a homeowner.

Be cool off the real estate, like my friend artist Pete Doolittle look into the future and be patient in San Francisco…occupy your mind on other great things the city has offer.

Man Vs Machine

October 22, 2007

Around the world as we know it today technology is moving life at the speed of light. I was looking through Youtube and found a contrast between human and machine going for the same objective to solve Rubik’s Cube.

Human

Machine at its best…

And then there is Michel Gondry doing his version…

Technology is always one step behind the human brain, because it is our brain that is the creator of everything human invent by accident or by decades of schooling. I thought it was interesting looking at the first video of a child on what looks to be a television show in China perhaps. It is interesting Chinese culture values this type of participatory media type of entertainment. I am pretty sure they have their version of American Idol, but to see this child embrace the objective and the challenge was eye opening.

In the machine video we see a computer directing what looks to be a lego set with a laser of some sort to solve the puzzle. It works effectively, it does not make a mistake, it does not reverse a move and I felt that was powerful. Perhaps the human brain is one step ahead of the technology it creates, but this technology can be more effective and efficient at tasks.

Michel Gondry I did not know he had hobbies, but I thought this was cool vid so enjoy it.

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October 22, 2007

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