Monthly Archives: December 2012

Agriculture Secy on gun control: This could be a unifying conversation and Lord knows we need to be unified.

II think the Secretary hit on an important point that seems to be missed by most of the media. Because controversy sells media ads, too often there is a silent complicity between the media and those practicing the politics of division. I believe that most citizens are tired of the polemics and would welcome all parties coming together to solve the pressing issued that confront our nation.

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CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley  featured an interview with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Crowley spoke with Secretary Vilsack about guns in rural America, the potential for price increases on dairy products and more. A highlight from the interview is below and the full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sotu.html.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s State of the Union”

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Empire Avenue Strategies & Thoughts

mogul2I am a bit over 6 months into Empire Avenue(EAv); so I guess it is time to help folks understand what I am doing.  I was very fortunate to have excellent guidance that helped me focus on being successful with EAv.  The advice was simply to concentrate on building wealth.  Everything else will follow.  I have found that continues to be true.

I am not a Social Media or any other kind of rock star.  I joined Empire Avenue because I didn’t really know much about Social Media.  I started with dormant LinkedIn account and a few hundred friends on Facebook.  I really wanted to us EAv as a sandbox for learning and experimenting.  It has gone reasonably well.  My Klout score is 77.  My Kred is 762/8.  My PeerIndex is 66.  I have thousands of FB, G+, Twitter, LI, other connections.  I have an active blog presence on WordPress, Blogger, & Tumbler.  I am a TrustAnchor in TrustCloud and have a presence on a ton of Social Media platforms.

mogul1My Share Price exceeded 300 at about 6 months,  my Net Wealth is over 250M, and I receive over 1M  in Dividend Income each day.  My next goal is to produce Dividends over 2.00(e) per share. I am around 1.75(e) now.  I am invested in about 2,500 profiles and have about 2,000 shareholders.  My 5 scoring networks in EA are FB(84), EA(64), Tw(54), G+(53), WP(43).  That puts me in the top 100 EA players in all but Twitter.
I have not spent any cash to play EAv for anything.
A few folks have asked how did I get to this so quickly.  From my side, it felt like it took forever, but I can offer a few suggestions.  I completed a ton of missions.  That was my primary source of income for most of my time on EAv.  I also learned a lot and met a ton of great folks.  I did not create missions until a few months into EAv.  My first missions were occasional buy missions on days that I had trouble with being red.  I only did few buy me missions; because if you do them all the time; then folks wait to purchase your stock until your next mission.  I bought a ton of stock.  I divided my purchases in thirds.  I started with purchasing stocks that looked like me.  About the same share price, activity level, and preferably stock with a substantial Portfolio to Shareholder ratio.  That meant they were actively investing.  This often produced buy backs to support my share price.  Next I purchased Fresh Face stocks.  I selected attractive new stocks; then sold as they lost interest building capital rapidly. Buying & selling Newbies was my second largest source of wealth growth.  Finally I bought the “name brand” stocks.  The leader board folks with the insane dividends.  I invested slowly in these stocks.  I did not want to tie up too much of my capital until I could really afford it.
My summary for growing wealth is:
  • Invest aggressively for growth in the beginning.
  • Complete tons of missions.  Do them well and build a good reputation.
  • Shout always, often, and everywhere.  Thumbs up are good also.
  • Avoid creating missions unless you have a serious need.  Do them infrequently and not as a crutch.
  • Avoid buying the really expensive stocks.  Purchase enough for a reasonable buy back; since they will frequently max in you, but do not try to match.  The big players understand.  They know if you try to match with them, it will hurt your ability to play EAv.
  • As your income increases, focus on high dividend stocks to grow & stabilize your income.
  • Do your Pie upgrades early.  They hurt, but they are necessary for your growth.  Dessert is OK, but not a great value early in the game.
  • Do your Portfolio upgrades as necessary.  Be sure to clear your Portfolio of slider stocks  first to clear space. This is the one place where I think that spending cash might have been smarter.  Seems like a Portfolio upgrade costs one to two days of income to buy with eaves.
Each day I try to run 3 to 5 missions designed primarily to improve my EA activity scores. I budget about 200K for that.  I complete a fair number of missions from other folks.  That is becoming a less important source of income.
Each day I use Dr. Dittrich’s Inside EAv tool to buy 3 to 10 shares of my top 300 to 750 stocks spending 300K to 1M depending on eaves available.  This is helpful for my EAv activity and reminds folks about my investment in them.  I own more shares of all these stocks than they own of me.  I realize that my share price is higher (much higher in many cases) than most of my portfolio.  I understand that many will have difficulty matching my investment immediately.  I also know that I could be bought for 10.00(e) a few months ago.   I do want some sense of mutual effort toward investing back.
I also try to go through the list of folks who bought my shares each day.  I want to acknowledge the investment and to be sure that I appropriately reward that investment with a buy back.  If your price trends and dividends are attractive, you will find yourself nicely rewarded.  If you are struggling, I am likely to simply match.  There is no magic formula here.  My level of buy back is partly dependent on how many eaves I have and partly on my attitude toward life at that moment.
If you want to be bought; invest in me, shout at me, be active on the Avenue, have great dividends, and have positive share price graph.  If you have questions, ask.  If I somehow missed a buy back, let me know.  It was an oversight, and I am sorry.  I will fix it within a day if I know.
A couple of dark side items:mogul
  • I usually don’t check for mission thieves, but when I do…I report you, I block you, and I ask my friends to do the same.  Typically that will turn you red.  It is a bad value; so just don’t do it.
  • If you sell me, you are stupid.  I guess that is arrogant, but I have never had a red day and my dividends are rising; so why sell?  I usually don’t check or worry much about that either, but if I happen to catch such silly behavior, I use the same strategy as I do for the mission thieves…sell, block, & ask my friends to do the same.
  • If you don’t invest back in me, I consider you my savings account.  If you turn red, your dividends drop, you quit playing, or I am broke; you are at risk to be sold.

Let’s just be friends, treat each other with kindness, and have some fun on Empire Avenue!mogul3

Portfolio upgrades, Pie purchases, and life sometimes will override my strategy.  I view this as a statement of intent not a promise.
Best wishes and good luck on your quest down Empire Avenue.  Again if there is any way that I can help, please just ask.

The Blame Game

Since the horrific events of December 14 in Newtown, Connecticut, I have tried to figure out how to respond.  I spend last week answering the unanswerable questions in the Sunday School class that I teach.  I can’t imagine how empty the Christmas season must be for families  that have presents that will never be opened.

I want some sort of soothing salve that I can pour over the situation and smooth away the pain and anger and fear.  I want answers; so we can all make sense of this.  I want to know how and why it happened; so we can make sure it never happens again.  I want to know if it was the guns, mental illness, bad parenting or video games that caused this. I am looking for someone or thing to blame.  I also want to choke the life out of the next person who says it was all a part of God’s plan.

Faith should provide answers to the problems of great evil.  Faith should prove hope in times of grief.  Faith should provide light in the midst of darkness, but spiritual giants have often witnessed the “dark night of the soul.”

Faith as a “get out of hell free card” or “fire insurance” is too often the message.  My witness is to a faith where God is with us in tragedy not creating tricky escapes.  My faith is in a God who deals with the tough times.  My faith is in a God who weeps.

My faith is also in a God who loves and laughs.  I suspect there is a lot of time spent giggling at my foolishness.  My faith is in a God who can use tragedy; not one who seeks or causes it. I believe that in the midst of grief, God’s love is still present providing hope.

My faith is in a God who entrusts us with a mission to make the world better.  Most amazingly my faith is in a God who has faith in us,,,yep you and me.  Ain’t that crazy!

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Rolido Boys Tennis Survey

Response Summary
Total Started Survey:  17
Total Finished Survey:  17  (100%)
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DownloadCreate Chart1. Do you want/plan to plan tennis with the Rolido Boys this Spring?
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DownloadCreate Chart2. Where would you prefer to play?
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Missouri City Tennis Center
68.8% 11
Lee LeClear Tennis Center
31.3% 5
DownloadCreate Chart3. This season there is an over 40 and an over 18 age division for leagues. They will play on different evenings. Please check the age division or divisions where you want to play AND are eligible.
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Over 18
76.5% 13
Over 40
52.9% 9
DownloadCreate Chart4. The HTA/USTA have changed the way that players of various ratings can play together on one team. You must be at or .5 below the level of the team to play on it. That means the Rolido Boys 4.0 can only have 4.0 & 3.5 members. Please check the teams that you would like to join. (This does not mean that we plan to have all these teams.)
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17.6% 3
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64.7% 11
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DownloadCreate Chart5. The changes to the league structure also modify the singles and doubles league. There may be some singles only, some doubles only, and some singles+doubles (like the USTA summer league structure) in the Spring. Do you want to play singles, doubles, or both?
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52.9% 9
Doubles
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DownloadCreate Chart6. With all these changes, I am concerned about the structure of the league divisions. If the number of teams in a division is small, a large geographic area will be required to get to some reasonable number of teams. This would require a lengthy trip to play the away matches. Tomball, Richmond, Katy, Jersey Village, Cypress, Clear Lake, and anywhere in Houston could be possible locations. Are you OK with playing anywhere they assign us, or will you only play in the South West?
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I will drive anywhere
52.9% 9
I will only drive around the South West side of town
47.1% 8
Download7. With the number of bump-ups, the 3.5 teams may not be viable. We also are likely to be short on the 4.5+ part of the team. Who do you know that might be interested in joining our team?
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I agree with the NRA

funny-gun-people-09I carefully read the response to the Newtown tragedy from Wayne LaPierre and the NRA.  Even as a gun owner, I felt a bit of revulsion upon my first reading.  As a Texas country boy, guns have always been a part of my everyday world.  We were taught to be careful but not afraid of guns.  I have enjoyed hunting and really get the connection between animals dying and me eating.  Occasionally I have even known the name of the primary contributor to my meal.

Still the idea of even more armament is a bit tough for me to accept.  I don’t like the idea of an escalating arms race trying to make sure the good guys have better weapons than the bad guys.  I am unsure there is any evidence that increasing guards really will reduce violence.  If we add that many new guards; will friendly fire, mistakes, misunderstanding, and bad intentions actually reduce or increase gun violence.  I am not sure.

3695I thought carefully about all of this before I decided that I completely agree with Mr. LaPierre.  As someone supporting him, there is one tiny thing that he seems to have neglected considering.  I have some help for him.

I think this new program may be expensive.  We all want the brightest and the best guards armed with the most lethal arms weapons that money can buy.  I figure about ten million a year per campus for 7X24X365 monitoring should do it.  The statistics that I saw indicate around 150,000 schools in the US with multiple locations we might get to 200,ooo, but who is quibbling?

I am confident that the NRA is ready, willing, and able to write that check to handle things.  Surely nothing is as important as the safety of children; except perhaps the second amendment rights of gun owners.  The NRA has an amazing fund raising machine; so I am sure there would be no problem.  If on the slight chance the NRA might decline, I have an alternate proposal.  Let’s just tax gun purchases to handle that expense.  This seems to me to be a win for everyone.  Guns for everyone, guards everywhere, and best of all a great solution for the economic doldrums!

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Instagram backpedals as celebs take their concerns public

At least Instagram backpedaled quickly.

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On Tuesday, we reported that popular photo sharing service Instagram was preparing a controversial update to its terms of use and privacy policies that — among other changes — would grant it sweeping rights to user-generated content. Just a day after the new policies were announced, Instagram faced a huge backlash from its user community, leading co-founder Kevin Systrom to attempt to defuse the situation with a statement on the official company blog.

In the blog post, Systrom clearly states that it is not Instagram's intention to sell users' photos,…

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via Imaging Resource News Page http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2012/12/21/instagram-backpedals-as-celebs-take-their-concerns-public

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White Bread & Mayo

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White Bread Sandwich

In a blog post last week, I frustrated about the information overload that we all face.  I am especially concerned how Social Media seems to be a major contributor to the flood of stuff.  I am still not clear how to manage that, but I received a very helpful suggestion that frightened me.

Don Frederiksen hopes that automatic curation could solve our information overload.  The idea is that a software system could examine what I read and respond to; then provide me with only that kind of content.  Seems like  a great plan.  Figure out what I want to consume and give it to me.  I never see anything that I don’t want to see.  I never see anything that I disagree with…wait…there’s the rub.

I admit that I am suspicious that any system can figure me out.  I am weird and complicated and wonderful.  I have a bit of experience with Gmail trying to help.  I installed a lab app that promised to flag important messages for me.  That horrible experiment wasted a ton of time and seldom got anything right.

The disconcerting problem  relates back to my title.  Sometimes I really do like white bread and mayo but not every time.  Some days I enjoy being confronted and challenged.  I learn so much more from folks who disagree.  They question me and cause me to examine my beliefs.

I don’t like feeling swamped by all the messages coming at me, but I like even less the idea of something deciding what I should see.  Perhaps I underestimate the awesomeness of automatic curation.

What do you think?  Is the loss seeing diverse ideas a risk?  Is it worth it to pare the flood of data down to some reasonable rate?

Are we farther down this path than I suspect?  Isn’t this really what Google’s PageRank & Facebook’s OpenGraph are doing already?  And I thought Big Brother was going to be the government deciding everything for me.

Nikon D600 reviewed: Smaller and lighter full-frame digital SLR is a kick to use

I was thinking that I need a camera beyond the phone…this is tempting.

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Nikon leads the way again, with the first “affordable” full-frame digital SLR. Fun to shoot, the Nikon D600 offers as little or as much control as you want, perfect for both amateurs and more advanced photographers; even pros will feel right at home. Its 24.3-megapixel sensor offers excellent detail, and performs well in low light. In addition to stills, the Nikon D600 captures Full HD video at a greater range of frame rates, and includes not only great audio controls and an external mic jack, but a headphone jack to monitor what…

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Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator CS6 now support Apple’s high-res Retina displays

The adaptation of technology continues with hardware & software syncing up again.

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For photographers, the latest-generation Apple MacBook Pro notebooks are mighty appealing thanks to their extremely high-resolution displays. All those extra pixels let you see more of your images on-screen at once without discarding the fine detail. Even if you fit your image to the screen, you're still looking at a full five megapixels of detail, more than double that provided by even the best MacBook Pro models from 2011.

There's a catch, though. Your software has to support Apple's Retina HiDPI displays to take full advantage of all those extra…

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