Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The 10 Petals of Success from

Mind Petals: Young Entrepreneur Network » About Mind Petals: "The 10 Petals of Success

These 10 petals of success originated from David (founder of MindPetals Young Entrepreneur Network), in [his] former office (garage) while thinking about some true paths to success for budding entrepreneurs wanting to make things happen with their lives.

1. Take risks
2. Start today, not tomorrow
3. Listen to yourself first
4. Never give up…try and try again
5. Use failure as fuel
6. Never stop thinking
7. Create something
8. Help others succeed
9. Solve problems
10. Change the world!

Evan Williams' Advice: Build on Facebook

From Evan Williams interview on VentureBeat Blog:

"If I were starting something from scratch, I would certainly consider starting out on Facebook, which is a really big deal. I think that they’ll drive others to be more open and I think every major player like them is going to have a similar platform. I think that’s good for innovation, good for entrepreneurs and hopefully good for users."

Ira Glass Video Interview on Story Telling

The Value of Embracing Limitations

I saw this featured in a post on the SvN Blog...
Jack White on embracing limitations:
The idea of wearing just these colors, having just the two of us on stage—these are just boxes that we’ve cooked up to put ourselves in so that we can create better. If we had five people on the stage, all the opportunity of a 300-track studio, or a brand-new Les Paul, the creativity would be dead. Too much opportunity would make it too easy. We just don’t want to be complicated, it seems unnecessary.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Friday, May 18, 2007

Guy Kawasaki Calls It Like He Sees It

Why do some people get so much press?

One reason: They give good copy and they say the things that others are too afraid to say.

Here are some gems from legendary author, motivator, Web guru Guy Kawasaki from his interview with the Wall Street Journal this week (subscription required).
"During the dot-com bubble, you needed $5 million to do stupid ideas. Now you can do stupid ideas for 12 grand."

"If you raise $2 million from VCs, you have to pretend like you 'know' all this stuff. The truth is whether it's $12,000 or $2 million, you really don't know. The only difference is what you think you can admit."

and one of his quotes from the speaking circuit:
"Those who can, do; those who can't, motivate."

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Happy 60th Mom!

Today is a special day. That's because it is my mother's 60th Birthday.

This past weekend my brothers and I threw a surprise weekend celebration for her back in Iowa. Unfortunately, the weekend went by too fast, but we did have time to BBQ a few times, build a big old bonfire and tell stories about the good ol' days, go for a Sunday brunch and play around the farm with the basset hounds.

Some more fun pictures in honor of Mom:

I call this one Grant Wood for obvious reasons.

Making homemade gravy with Grandma.

The family. Wintertime portrait.

Rockin' out.

Buzios, Brasil.

Amazing How Musicians Are Using Web to Collaborate

It is incredible to see how collaborative sites like and ejamming are changing how people are making music. Not only are people collaborating from afar, but they are making songs together without ever meeting or speaking to each other.

Listen to this great story on NPR about this trend.

"We've already seen the stage where people are consuming music over the Internet in a whole new way," says Wired News writer Eliot Van Buskirk. "What we haven't seen very much of is people creating music in a new way using the Internet and that's what this is all about."

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Who Says User Content Isn't Awesome!

These days we hear a lot of people moaning about how user contributed content is no good.

Oh yeah! Check this video out. It's awesome. And who wouldn't want to work at a cool company like this one. Looks fun.

Monday, May 14, 2007

My Old 1971 Cutlass Supreme

Great to see my old car again. When I moved back to New York City a couple of years ago I sold it to my brother where it is sitting in his garage being well taken care of. Can't wait to take a ride again soon...
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Forging Steel In Iowa (the Bros in Hard Hats)

Arrived back in NYC last night from a great Mother's Day weekend in Iowa. (Priceless pictures of us surprising Mom for her birthday and mother's day coming was spectacular.)

But first some pictures I took from my phone when I got to tour the company my brother works for back in Cedar Rapids. My brother PS (PatrickSpirit) is one of the mechanical engineers that designs the presses and machines that forge steel parts like the huge shackle below.

It may surprise you but this particular shackle below is worth more than my computer and can lift more than 50 tons of weight safely.

It was cool to see the process of how something seemingly so simple is produced. Seeing it, you realize how much design, energy, work, labor, and time goes into making everything from bolts to ball-bearings to hooks. Each piece requires an entire team and process and is forged from hot steel, pressed in a massive die, and then the steel is cooled, heated, cooled and heated again, cleaned, tumbled, painted, etc.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Great Grandma's Sorghum Gingersnaps

A few weeks ago, my mother sent a "kind of a late Easter basket/Valentine's gift." Among other goodies, the gift basket contained a bottle of Iowa Sorghum and a special recipe for my Great Grandmother's Gingersnaps.

I know it's sorta the wrong season for this, but heck, it's May Day today and cookies are fun all year round. Especially homemade Gingersnaps.

So I thought I would share this first-time-ever-published-online secret recipe for any and all to enjoy on this fine May Day.


1 c. sugar
1 c. sorghum
1 c. butter
1 egg
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. ginger
2 tsp. soda
1 tblsp. cider vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla
Flour to make a stiff dough

Combine sugar, sorghum (molasses), butter, egg, cinnamon, ginger, & soda. Mix well. Add vinegar, vanilla & enough flour to make a stiff dough. Roll very thin. Cut with cookie cutter. Bake in moderate oven (325 degrees) 10 - 12 minutes. Yield: 48.

That's it! Enjoy