Quick Kistarter stuffz

Stylish Corpse

Tabletop and non-MMO stuff, oh noes.

First off, the Interface Zero kickstarter. If the name means nothing to you, this KS might not be for you. Me, I knew immediately and I am throwing some money at them because tabletop frenzy. And because cyberpunk. And because I like Kickstarter. Click the pic for the KS project page.

IZ KS project

I had this discussion with several different groups over the last few weeks, namely how I love Kickstarter and how they either don’t like it or don’t trust it. I get that, and I’ve heard some of the horror stories. I’ll just say that for myself, I don’t view it as ‘I’m buying a stake in an enterprise/company, so I should get to share in the profits’ (as some people I was talking with have said). I view it as providing undemanding patronage to someone whose work I feel deserves support. And I…

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Taxes on the Broken Window Fallacy


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A tax is a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc. It is also defined as a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand. Every country has this, and everyone must pay taxes.

When a government intervenes to build a bridge, it is supposed to build it with the tax money. A bridge is supposed to make transportation easier and faster. It is a construction that makes many people happy. It is interesting to see that when the bridge is built, nobody thinks about the taxes they paid for the government to build it. People simply applaud to the government, thinking it is finally doing the right thing. That it is using the money for the right cause.

The thing seen is the bridge. The thing not seen is the tax money. However, with the tax…

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Digging for Trouble: Conflict and Mining in Rural Colombia

There is very little that compares to the thrill of riding a motorcycle through the Colombian countryside. I was a bit apprehensive when our host, Juan Camilo, first invited me to hop onto his motorbike and give me a lift to the community assembly meeting I was attending that morning. But this was maybe the only opportunity I would ever have to ride a motorcycle through rural Colombia, so with a bit of trepidation, I climbed onto the seat behind him. As he sped off, we left my coworkers and my fears far behind us.

As we rumbled down the gravel rode, a majestic scene was laid out before us. Beneath a clear blue sky, emerald-colored mountains rose up all around us. Juan Camilo has probably made that journey a thousand times, but it was clear the view would never cease to amaze him. In the midst of all this…

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Any problem is soluble if you act upon it properly.

Sacrifice and Progress

Elizabeth's Journey To Success

Been MIA again…it is weird how when you really start to focus on getting healthy, other things fall to the side a little.   I know a lot of  people still read this, people who go back and reread certain entries to keep them going.  I know I need to get my message out there to give people hope and maybe inspire some one to keep on this journey. Even if it is just one person…if I help just one person find that spark within themselves to keep going, to keep trying…it is worth it.

So update on me…Numbers first because we all enjoy numbers.  They are something solid, something we can see an actual change in.

As of October 25, 2015, I weigh about 473.  That means I have lost 60 pounds total.   I am actually coming very close to my personal low.  Well, aside from  6 pounds…

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Breaking Free From The Millennial Stereotype

The Life of a Working Girl

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Millennials have been the talk of the town.

For a long time, companies were trying to figure out what attracts them and, more importantly, how to keep them. After being placed on a pedestal for a significant amount of time, it seems like the business world has begun to do a 180. Now, all I see is ‘6 Things Millenials Are Doing Wrong in the WorkPlace’, ‘Mistakes Costing Them The Promotion’ and statements claiming that an entire generation can be labelled as either lazy or having a sense of entitlement.

Now, while I know that all generations are subject to some criticism, some of these stereotypical depictions just don’t sit well with me at all. Technically, I am considered as a millennial (whether I like it or not) and while it looks like we’re now being labelled with a negative stereotype – that doesn’t mean that we have to accept it.


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You’ve got a job offer, now what?


This is the fourth article I’ve written in a loosely connected series about taking a new career path, the questions you should ask yourself, and how to avoid making mistakes along the way. This latest article is about what to do after you’ve received a job offer. Employers will anticipate that you’ll need 24-48 hours to discuss the offer with your family, and in that time there are some items you’ll want to check off your list.

Obviously, this doesn’t apply to everyone. If you’re offered the job you want at the salary you want and everything seems lined up perfectly, maybe you don’t need 24-48 hours. But sometimes you don’t want to take a job just for the money, or you might end up turning down the offer.

I got some advice from an expert on Ashford University’s Career and Alumni Services team, and you can read it on…

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Joomla SQL Injection Vulnerability Exploit Results in Full Administrative Access

Robert's Interests

Joomla SQL Injection Vulnerability Exploit Results in Full Administrative Access

Trustwave SpiderLabs researcher Asaf Orpani has discovered an SQL injection vulnerability in versions 3.2 through 3.4.4 of Joomla, a popular open-source Content Management System (CMS). Combining that vulnerability with other security weaknesses, our Trustwave SpiderLabs researchers are able to gain full administrative access to any vulnerable Joomla site.

Joomla had a 6.6 percent share of the market for website CMSs as of October 20, 2015 according to W3Techs—second only to WordPress. Internet services company BuiltWith estimates that as many as 2.8 million websites worldwide use Joomla.

The vulnerability can be exploited in Joomla versions 3.2 (released in November 2013) through version 3.4.4.

Because the vulnerability is found in a core module that doesn’t require any extensions, all websites that use Joomla versions 3.2 and above are vulnerable.


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The Mysteries Of Money


From fake money to dirty money to funny money to fast money, people are being fascinated with coins, paper bills, and cards that let them accumulate wealth and sometimes, happiness. Where did cash come from? What is in a coin or bill?

Some Money Facts You Must Know

MoneyBefore money was made of coins and bills, items used as currency include ivory, live animals, grain, and conch shells. Wooden bills were used temporarily in Washington in 1932 since there was a major cash shortage and that wood was readily accessible.
Did you know that the first banks were likely religious temples? This is because the security was always tight.
The term “cheque” or “check” was derived from the game chess. Placing the king in check means that he has limited choices – similar to a modern day cheque that limits opportunities for alteration and forgery.
Did you know that the…

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Make Your Meetings Work for You

The Effective Marketer

If you have been wondering how to make your meetings more effective and successful, look no further. Lane End Conference Center recently came out with this amazing infographic, which compiles some interesting facts and figures about office meetings along with some great tips on how to make them work for you. For example, did you know that you could encourage attendee participation in your meetings and keep things lively by including activities and vibrant visuals? Or that conferences held in an outside location, built specifically for that purpose, can have a greater impact on the participants?
Check out the infographic below.

Meetings Infographic Click for larger version

For additional tips and tricks to avoid wasteful meetings and ensure you make the most out of meeting time, check out a book I wrote on “Running Effective Marketing Meetings“.

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Make Your Meetings Work for You

The Effective Marketer

If you have been wondering how to make your meetings more effective and successful, look no further. Lane End Conference Center recently came out with this amazing infographic, which compiles some interesting facts and figures about office meetings along with some great tips on how to make them work for you. For example, did you know that you could encourage attendee participation in your meetings and keep things lively by including activities and vibrant visuals? Or that conferences held in an outside location, built specifically for that purpose, can have a greater impact on the participants?
Check out the infographic below.

Meetings Infographic Click for larger version

For additional tips and tricks to avoid wasteful meetings and ensure you make the most out of meeting time, check out a book I wrote on “Running Effective Marketing Meetings“.

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Impact Makers


Productive thinking is a mental exercise with a focused intent on seeking for an answer to a probing question, searching for a solution to a nagging problem or finding possible or new ways of achieving a set goal. It is also a mental exertion for generating ideas or receiving creative insights.
Quoting from Wikipedia, productive thinking is solving a problem with insight.
According to Tim Hurson, the author of ” Think Better”, “The better you think, the more successful you can be. Great companies are better because they have better ideas, better plans, and better execution. Great people are better because they can think more clearly and creatively about where they want to go and how to get there”.
I have discovered in my personal study of successful people that they invest a good portion of their time on productive thinking more than any other activities or tasks. In doing…

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Innovation landscape & adaptive cycles – Part 2

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In the previous post I’ve investigated the relation between two of the major concepts that I had discussed earlier: the innovation landscape on one hand and the adaptive cycles on the other. I focused on the part of the innovation landscape that is defined by known problems, i.e., the business as usual quadrant and the research quadrant. Together, with some overlap, those two quadrants cover the front–loop of the adaptive cycle. So the relation between the two concepts turned out to be a pretty straightforward.

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Before we turn to the other side of the innovation landscape, the area that is defined by unknown or not yet understood problems, it is prudent to first spend a few thoughts on the differences between the two sides of the innovation landscape: what separates the disruptive quadrant and the wicked quadrant on one side from the business as usual quadrant and the research quadrant on…

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The Republic of Tea: How an Idea Becomes a Business


Want to do a start up? Want to do it in a systemic way? Read the Tea leaves.

The Republic of Tea” is a fly-on-the-wall’s inside view of how a groundbreaking business was started. In what Fortune Magazine termed a “wildly creative” exchange with their young operating partner, Mel and Patricia Ziegler, founders of Banana Republic, reveal in real time, through faxes, sketches, and ruminations how they brainstormed the birth of the company that spawned the specialty tea movement. The reader is privy from day one to a process Tom Peters calls “charming, eccentric, profound, practical, lovely and unique.” It’s all here—the epiphanies and the doubts of how an iconic brand grew out of the spark of an idea, from product to packaging to distribution, in a book voted “one of the hundred best business books of all time.

The Republic of Tea: How an Idea Becomes a Business– 

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Building the Foundation for a SWOT Analysis


Three of us professors were standing at the podium and discussing plans for the next segment of the session. One of our students came up to us and asked a clarifying question about her team’s approach. She shared that her team had decided to start by working separately to organize their SWOT Analysis and  wanted to ensure they were on the right track. When they came back together and compared notes, they observed that their SWOT Analyses were organized similarly.

One takeaway from this discussion was that it is important to identify the author’s assumptions and point of view as one is designing a SWOT Analysis and be prepared to supply supporting evidence as a backup. Professor Belcher shared the example that some people may consider Dayton’s proximity to larger metropolitan areas such as Cincinnati and Cleveland to be a potential weakness while others may consider it to be a…

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How to Make Your Advertisers Happy?


If you depend on online advertising as one of your revenue sources, you need care and dedication to ensure your advertisers are happy. After all, they are the ones that provide the necessary funds for you to pay your web hosting, domain name, and cover your operating expenses. Simply placing the ads from your advertisers on your website will not be enough to keep them content. You need to continuously provide them different ad metrics from your ad server and help them with online social activities. It is important that you respond to any of their questions quickly and correctly so they can make decisions about their campaigns. This way, you will have a much better chance that they continue doing business with you and keep providing the much needed revenue you need to maintain your site.

One method of ensuring your clients renew their campaigns on your site is…

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$1 Billion Dollar “City” That Will Never Have a Resident

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CITE (Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation) is a billion dollar city in the New Mexico desert that no one will ever populate.

The city, which lies in between the site of the first atomic bomb testings and the border of Mexico, is a life size scale model of your average American town. The only difference is that CITE will never be a residential town. Instead, the city will be the home of numerous technological experiments that hope to test new technologies that will shape the future of urban living.

CITE is set up in the form of specialized zones, which will test technologies specific to that zone’s basis. The zones include an Agriculture District, Energy District, Water District, Development District, and a City Lab in the center of all the district zones.

The purpose of creating this realistic town is so that scientists can test upcoming agricultural, energy, and…

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Hear the success tips from the Real Iron Man


The Real Iron Man or Elon Musk as we know him is a Canadian-American entrepreneur, engineer and inventor. Currently holding the CEO position in Tesla Motors and SpaceX both companies being found by himself. musk inside

With a net worth of $13.6 billion, Elon Musk is said to be working 100 hours per week.

Think it’s insane? Take a look at his success tips:

  1. Never give up.
  2. Really like what you do.
  3. Don’t listen to little men (naysayers).
  4. Take a risk.
  5. Do something important.
  6. Focus on signal over noise.
  7. Look for problem solvers.
  8. Attract great people.
  9. Have a great product.
  10. Work super hard.

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Elon Musk: We need to leave Earth as soon as possible

Science of Singularity

October 18, 2015


In all the billions and billions of planets in our home galaxy, humanity happens to find itself on one perfectly suited for life.

Earth isn’t without its hazards though. The planet has seen five mass extinctions throughout its history, due to cataclysmic disasters like giant asteroids and massive volcanic eruptions.

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is worried about the next apocalypse.

He’s so concerned that he thinks we need to get off Earth and become a multi-planet species as quickly as possible, according to a post written by blogger Tim Urban called “How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars.”

Musk’s reasoning is straightforward. Maybe by the time the next giant asteroid heads our way, we’ll have the technology to shield the planet or redirect the space rock. But if it’s something more catastrophic, like a nearby star exploding, we may all get vaporized. Musk says we…

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The Prodigal Child

Linda Studley

If necessity is the mother of invention
then imagination must be the dad.
Grandma must have been patience
and the grandfather must have had

a penchant for puttering in toolsheds
and building something from naught
so there might be a few aunts and uncles
who may not have turned out as they ought

(spare parts sometimes being scarce).
Perhaps there are siblings who taunted
invention when she was a child
and made her feel ugly and haunted

her self esteem till she doubted
her sense of her own self worth
so she kept her ideas to herself
instead of enriching the Earth

with her brilliant ideas and advances
bowing instead to her siblings
and inventing them new toys to play with
to quiet their whining and quibbling.

Then one day she looked in the mirror,
saw the person she knew she could be,
saw the dreams that she could believe…

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The Best Thing Possible to Help Startup Communities

David Cummings on Startups

One of the most common questions I get on a weekly basis is “what do we need to do to help our local startup community?” People expect me to talk about more local funding options, more national press, and more local talent. While all of those things are great, the best answer is also the hardest answer: produce more huge success stories. Now, small success stories are fine but they don’t move the needle. What’s needed is huge success stories, the kind that changes the trajectory of the region.

Here are a few benefits of big success stories:

  • More success stories — whether exits, IPOs, or jobs created — creates more attention and reasons for the media to cover the community.
  • More wealth creation provides capital to fund the next generation of entrepreneurs and enables investors in the region to make riskier bets.
  • More people starting companies because they’ve seen it…

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Marvel: Drone on Fire

AdPitch Blog

I love Marvel. A lot. But this is just very lax for something with their name on. To promote the new Fantastic Four movie they created a drone, in the shape of the human torch and started flying it round. Cool right? Hmm bit more thought would have been better. They tried to copy this campaign from the 2012 film Chronicle but with fire. But while the Chronicle version worked, the Marvel one just falls flat. Because it was a closed small audience event whereas the previous one flew all round New York. I know it’s for safety reasons, but doing a live stunt for just some firefighters and posting a video of it just doesn’t have the same effect, at all.

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Smart: Smart Effect

AdPitch Blog

This feels like a form of illusion when you first see the execution. Clever use of technology to allow drivers of normal size car feel what it’s like to park a Smart car with the #SmartEffect. What it does make you wonder is why most of these would attempt it in the first place, clearly their car wouldn’t have fitted in those spaces if it wasn’t from a little help from Smart!

Other great examples of Smart adverts include:

Smart Twitter Animation
Smart Pop Up Billboard
Smart EBall

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Rules – Success Needs A Playbook


This issue is my final installment devoted to business infrastructure.  In my experience people respond to rules in two very different ways – they rebel or they embrace.  Two opposing perspectives that imply rules function to consent or restrict a particular action.  The job of the business leader is to harmonize these two seemingly conflicting viewpoints so that the business’s fundamental objectives are satisfied.  To do so it is beneficial to have a context for rules.  That is my ambition with this issue of The Business Odyssey.

I use the term Rules to convey clear and unambiguous standards not a convenient excuse to impose autocratic, arbitrary, or oppressive authority.  Quite to the contrary, rules should serve as the foundation to thoughtfully empower people.  Rules do so with explicit interpretations or appropriate actions the business has adopted to guide the response warranted for a particular circumstance.  Rules enable the confident…

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Seven Aha Moments That Started Late-Blooming Businesses

Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

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Entrepreneurs need research to determine if a business idea has the potential to succeed. But the idea itself often comes from an “aha moment,” defined by Merriam-Webster as “a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension.”

Here’s a look at the aha moments that led to seven businesses founded by 40-and-older entrepreneurs:

1) Filling a need in the souvenirs market — While living in Doha, Meredith and Lee Hedrick considered starting a business that would offer unique souvenirs and crafts from Qatar. Then Meredith happened to encounter a woman in a coffee shop who was buying eight or nine mugs to ship home to family and friends. “The person who comes up with a good Doha souvenir will become a millionaire,” the woman predicted. Soon after, the Hedricks started Doha Designs.

2)  Making diaper changes easier — Grace Welch’s business idea surfaced while she was changing her baby’s diaper. Snapping…

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Story Tellers, Super Powers And Second Lives

Now Serving: Random Ideas - Stirred and Shaken

Quick Read: For the first time in the history of story telling we seem to be having the means to explore the dimensions of *actual* time and space in building narratives. Story telling might just be at an inflection point.

Andrew Stanton while talking about The Clues to a Great Story quotes an incredibly insightful definition of what constitites drama.

Drama is anticipationmingled with uncertainty.” 

Now, while keeping the uncertainty element constant, what if you can build anticipation at the rate of actual human experience?

Wouldn’t the drama get amplified?

Let’s elaborate.

World’s Most Boring Television 

Stick a camera to an ordinary train on an ordinary day. Shoot the entire 7 hr + footage of this ordinary journey as the train pulls from station to station, and put it on national TV with almost no editing.

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On Points Of View

Now Serving: Random Ideas - Stirred and Shaken

Quick Read: Some businesses thrive by driving a singular POV regarding their offering amongst their target audience. And there are some that take pride in celebrating multiple POVs regarding theirs. 

Some elite restaurants in Japan areichigen-san okotowari (first-time customers not allowed), meaning a regular customer has to introduce you before you can make a reservation.

The genius of this system is that it ensures that you buy yourself into a singular and a specific POV about its food, experience and its clientele if you want to be able to get a reservation at the restaurant.

Almost by definition.

And the story continues. One customer at a time.

It works because the ichigen-san okotowari system ensures that a single consistent POV gets bought into, replicated and passed on.

Meanwhile elsewhere..

A recent print campaign by Shutterstock made it to the shortlist of Clio Awards 2015 under the Print category.

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