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My Favorite Gadgets

Posted on February 14, 2010 09:34 AM

It's been said that the only difference between men and boys are the price of their toys. I don't know if that's still true, but I do know that I've always been into gadgets. Raised on video games (I remember when Space Invaders and PacMan showed up next to pinball machines), I've always had a thing for electronics. I owned the first cartridge-based video game system that didn't require overlays on your television screen. This... Continue Reading

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The KaChing Button "Push It and Win" Sweepstakes

Posted on February 13, 2010 07:57 AM

There are now over 150,000 unique apps in the iTunes AppStore. The over fifty million iPhone and iPod Touch owners have downloaded several billion apps, and there is no sign of slowing. But have you ever seen an app that has a sweepstakes built in to it? With "The KaChing Button", you can enter to win daily cash prizes of up to $1000! Continue Reading

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Blogger Roulette

Posted on February 12, 2010 05:55 AM

Whenever I teach people about making money with AdSense, I make sure to let them know how easy it is to get started. Once they understand that their original content can translate to a revenue stream, they usually want to know what to do. For someone who has never blogged before, I recommend they set up a Blogger account. Not only is it easy to use, but it is also free. And since Google owns... Continue Reading

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Your own iPhone App

Posted on February 9, 2010 06:13 AM

The iPhone and the iTunes AppStore have become a staple of our culture and our daily lives in a very short time. Over fifty million iPhone and iPod Touch units have been sold and users have downloaded billions of apps from the AppStore. Do you remember when the World Wide Web was new? I do. In 1995 my site was one of only 25,000 websites in the entire world. Today there are billions of web... Continue Reading

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Skittles - Taste the Psychedelic Rainbow

Posted on February 7, 2010 08:02 AM

I'm not a big candy eater. I used to eat a lot as a kid, but my sweet tooth has changed with my age. If I am going to eat candy, it's usually a Three Musketeers bar. Anyhow, you are probably familiar with Skittles candy. I include them in my Twitter presentation because of an innovative, but ill-fated website approach they attempted last year. Continue Reading

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10 Ways to NOT Be My Facebook Friend

Posted on February 4, 2010 10:46 AM

How did Facebook ever get to be so big? Honestly, the site is chock full 'o so much garbage that it has become the new MySpace. But beyond all the stupid vampire and zombie games, there is a solid social media site that can be useful for businesses. For over a year, I have peaked at my 5000 friend limit. However, people close their accounts or unfriend me from time to time. So I've always... Continue Reading

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Starting an Online Business with Just $100

Posted on February 3, 2010 01:14 AM

One of the most frequently asked questions that seems to surface again and again is "How do I start an online business with very little money?" Unlike brick and mortar businesses that frequently require retail or office space, inventory of products and an in-house staff, an online business can be run from home with no inventory and outsourced staff. This entry will lay out the absolute bare essentials needed to start your own online business... Continue Reading

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The Dark Side of Internet Marketing

Posted on February 1, 2010 08:57 AM

WARNING: Today's post is going to rattle cages and put a spotlight on a potentially dark side of Internet marketing. Yeah, I'm probably going to tick some people off. That's life. I'm more concerned with speaking the truth. This is #2 in a series called The Truth About Internet Marketing. Part one was called "The Long Form Sales Letter. For some time it has been suspected that there is a "secret cabal" of Internet marketers... Continue Reading

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Giving Away my Ebooks for Free

Posted on January 27, 2010 07:28 AM

Over the past five years, I have been heavily involved in proviiding resources to help people make money online, particularly in the content-based blog space. I believe creating a blog or other content site focused on a niche or micro-niche can draw visitors and repeat visitors. I believe that content can be monetized a number of different ways creating multiple revenue streams for the site owner. And I believe that the playing field has never... Continue Reading

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Independent iPhone Developers Conduct Relief Efforts for Haiti

Posted on January 19, 2010 12:31 PM

Tragedies have a way of helping us forget our differences and of reminding us how vulnerable we all are. The massive earthquake in Haiti has claimed tens of thousands of lives and devastated the very small country. Thankfully, support and aid is pouring in from all over the world. With so much need, it's hard to believe that every little bit makes a difference. But it does. Thanks to the leadership of Justin Williams at... Continue Reading

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Using Social Media to Promote and Enhance Events and Conferences - Free Report

Posted on January 17, 2010 12:20 PM

Social media is a revolution in marketing. It allows businesses to identify their most important leads, understand what interests them the most, and talk to them en masse while still making each person feel like an individual. If that sounds like the kind of thing that a good speaker does, there's a good reason for that. Social media and conferences have a great deal in common. Social media marketing doesn't deliver the kind of depth... Continue Reading

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TweetPages for Custom Twitter Backgrounds

Posted on January 15, 2010 11:38 AM

So you have signed up with Twitter account and uploaded your profile picture. You've even tweeted your first tweet. Pretty soon you'll be hooked. Or maybe you are a Twitter veteran, with scads of followers hanging on your every word. Either way, make sure you aren't overlooking one of the best features that Twitter has to offer... The ability to create your own Twitter background! Continue Reading

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Joel Comm Workshop

Posted on January 15, 2010 09:43 AM

These are challenging times. There's no question about it. And it is during challenging times that we find out what we are made of. I've discovered there to be two types of people. The first type goes along with the current and feels unable to orchestrate a change. They don't believe their choices can make a difference. Essentially, they feel helpless to achieve their goals and dreams. When you hoping to build an online business... Continue Reading

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iFart - The world's most famous iPhone application

Posted on January 6, 2010 11:07 AM

December 12, 2008. A day that will live in infamy. The aftershocks are still being felt (and smelt) throughout the iPhone universe. And the world has never been quite the same. For on that day, iFart Mobile was released to an iTunes AppStore public unaware of what was to come. Pure global flatulence domination. Continue Reading

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Joel the Star

Posted on January 5, 2010 08:20 AM

How often do we hear about celebrities that allow their fame to go to their head? After all, the more people that know who you are the more special you must be, right? Of course that's nonsense. But that didn't stop me from poking fun at celebrity at my own expense! I think you'll enjoy this excerpt from The Joel Comm Show. Continue Reading

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Inspiration Takes a Vacation

Posted on January 4, 2010 11:13 AM

As December was coming to a close, I began to think of how I might help inspire you in the new year. I knew I would write something and post it on January 1st. But it didn't happen. In fact, January first found me uninspired. I was enjoying hanging out at home with my family and doing absolutely nothing. I thought to myself, I'll just write something on the second instead. Guess what? It didn't... Continue Reading

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Lego Construction Contest - The Perfect Team Building Exercise

Posted on December 31, 2009 04:59 AM

I'm always looking for interesting ways to create unity amongst my team. With over twenty people on staff, its easy to get bogged down in our daily load. Being a kid at heart, I try to think of things that will be engaging and fun. One step into my son's room gave me the inspiration I needed. He is a huge fan of Legos... always has been. So what if I purchased several large lego... Continue Reading

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Apple Approves The KaChing Button

Posted on December 28, 2009 04:29 PM

I few months ago I came up with the idea of creating a simple app that entrepreneurs would enjoy. Being a big fan of buttons that make sounds (eg: The Easy Button), I thought a bit about what that app would be. Since I've got a book called "KaChing: How to Run an Online Business that Pays and Pays" coming out in the Summer, why not create a digital KaChing Button? That's exactly what I... Continue Reading

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Foreign Translations of My Books

Posted on December 24, 2009 03:58 PM

I've had the privilege of authoring three books which have done quite well in the marketplace. The first one, The AdSense Code, came out in 2006 and went on to hit the New York Times Best Seller list for two months in a row. The book still sells quite well as an introduction to making money with Google AdSense. The updated second edition is due out in early 2010. Click Here to Order was released... Continue Reading

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The Secret to Getting Rich

Posted on December 18, 2009 08:25 AM

What is the secret to making money online? What strategy has been known to be effective for the vast majority of people who faithfully implement it? What is the one thing that you are fully equipped to do RIGHT NOW without any further training? Many in the Internet marketing and online business space won't tell you this. They don't want you to know. But I'm about to spill the beans... to show my hand... to... Continue Reading

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Mike Filsaime, TweetGlide, Legos and a Piranha

Posted on December 17, 2009 12:46 PM

What do you get when you mix Internet marketing, a world-renown guru, an intense lego-building competition and a dead piranha? It can't be good. Or maybe it can be! Check out the latest episode of The Joel Comm Show featuring special guest Mike Filsaime, advice on how to publish your own iPhone application, a look inside a team-building exercise at my office and general silliness. Continue Reading

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Clickbank Stats App for iPhone - Check CB

Posted on December 4, 2009 08:43 AM

A lot of online affiliates use ClickBank to promote, buy and sell digital products. It's an easy way to sellebooks, audio and member sites, and earn commissions. We have just released a free iPhone app that all ClickBank users with iPhones will want to download right away. It's called Check CB. Continue Reading

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The $25,000 Lunch

Posted on December 3, 2009 09:56 AM

Branding is more than just getting your logo right and coming up with a catchy slogan for your company. While these things are obviously very important, branding can also include things like the outward appearance of you or your employees, and how you comport yourself in all the various details of business dealings. The following story is something that actually happened to me, and proves the saying that truth is stranger than fiction. In retrospect... Continue Reading

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Twitter Hashtags Connect You To Your Community

Posted on November 30, 2009 08:00 AM

Twitter is simple stuff. It's powerful stuff, but it's not complicated. Just tell people what you're doing or thinking, keep them informed and a part of your life and your business, be you, and you should find that you're building both a following and a community. Continue Reading

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GameDock is Coming! Multiplayer gaming on the iPhone

Posted on November 20, 2009 01:09 PM

Our iPhone development team is responsible for some great apps in the iTunes app store. iVote Mobile was in the first batch of 500 apps that were released in the app store when it first went live in Summer of 2008. Last holiday season, iFart took the world by storm. It has gone on to become one of the most frequently mentioned iPhone apps in the world. Our team was among the first to develop... Continue Reading

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Top Ten Things I Learned About Life from Playing Computer and Video Games

Posted on November 19, 2009 08:05 AM

I'm a computer and video gamer from waaaay back. I remember when Pong came out. I owned a Fairchild Channel 1 video game system. That came out just before the Atari 2600 for you video game buffs. I played games on my TRS-80 model 1 computer in 1979. From adventure games and first person shooters to strategy and massively multiplayer online games, I've been there and done that. Computer and video games have a way... Continue Reading

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The Joel Comm Show with Jen Groover

Posted on November 18, 2009 08:18 AM

For over one year, Dan Nickerson and I co-hosted a live video stream every Wednesday at 11 am. The show was called Joel Comm LIVE!. For one hour we would discuss internet marketing, answer questions from viewers, welcome guests and be silly. However, with my travel schedule becoming busier and busier, it became more difficult to pull off a regularly scheduled live program. Continue Reading

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iFart Featured on CBS Sunday Morning Show

Posted on November 16, 2009 08:52 AM

Nearly one year after the release of iFart, the app continues to sell like clockwork. I believe that iFart is also the most-referenced app in iPhone history. It seems like every week one media outlet or another is referring to it. A Google search for iFart now turns up 106,000 results. Continue Reading

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Rare collectibles - Myst Puzzle and Extremely Rare Jim Henson Muppet

Posted on November 8, 2009 09:29 PM

I have a confession to make. I am a packrat. It's not like when I die they are going to find stacks of National Geographic magazines in my house, but I do have a tendency to hold on to stuff that I think is cool. My old software collection always blows away people who visit my home. Perhaps I'll make a video of that someday. Continue Reading

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The NEW Joel Comm Show is Coming!

Posted on October 29, 2009 04:29 PM

Joel Comm LIVE has been absent from the Internet since the spring. For over one year, Dan Nickerson and I welcomed guests to our program in a live format. We interacted with viewers, answered questions about Internet marketing, played with flying monkeys, read a number of humourous Top Ten lists and had a generally fun time. However, with my travel schedule being so heavy, I was unable to do the live program each week. And... Continue Reading

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TweetGlide

Posted on October 28, 2009 07:36 AM

Hardly a day goes by that I don't hear about a new Twitter app, web tool or other utility created to make the use of Twitter easier or more interesting. It's pretty hard to keep up with them. And it's pretty rare that I endorse a tool or app. Just as I wait to see new sites pick up steam before jumping on board, I usually don't start using new tools until they demonstrate widespread... Continue Reading

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Blastoff Network Launches

Posted on October 27, 2009 03:15 PM

Some of you may know that I own one of the web's oldest and most popular deal sites, DealofDay.com I've watched the growth of online shopping and deal sites over the years and trust me... it's not slowing down. That's why I was intrigued by the launch of The Blastoff Network recently.  It's a cashback shopping portal which also pays you on the purchases of those in your network.  Continue Reading

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Entrepreneur Bootcamp 2009

Posted on October 19, 2009 01:51 PM

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of traveling to London to speak at Andrew Reynold's Entrepreneur Bootcamp 2009. For the past few years, Andrew has put on an annual event that has dwarfed other marketing events in both size and scope. This year sought to outdo them all with a massive two-day event at the London O2 Arena. Continue Reading

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What happened to my goatee?

Posted on October 14, 2009 09:02 AM

What do people see when they look at you? Initially, they see your physical appearance. However, I believe our bodies are really a small part of who we really are. Man is a three-part being. We are body, soul and spirit. The body is just a casing (or an earthsuit as John Eldredge likes to say) to give our real selves something to walk around in during our brief stay on this planet. And yet... Continue Reading

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Comment Spam

Posted on October 13, 2009 09:34 AM

In the beginning there were blogs. And yea, God saw that they were good. After all, what a fantastic way for anyone to become an online publisher. Sure, the word "blog" doesn't roll off the tongue. It sounds more like you are about to upchuck yesterday's hot dog. But being short for "web log", it does work in a "oh well I guess it will do" kind of way. Continue Reading

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How Many Social Media Experts Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb?

Posted on October 9, 2009 10:19 AM

Everyone and their grandmother is calling themselves a Social Media EXPERT these days. I'm not sure what the term really means any more. While I still use the term from time to time (even on this blog for SEO purposes), I fancy myself more of a Social Media EVANGELIST. I'm out there beating the drum to get businesses to use social media as part of their marketing mix. Continue Reading

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Twitter Verified My Account

Posted on September 27, 2009 03:39 PM

A few months back, Twitter announced their Verified accounts program. Essentially, they would put a "Verified" badge on accounts that were deemed to be genuine. This is especially important for people with a high profile, where there are bound to be imposters. For the past two years, I have had at LEAST seventy (70) or so imposters. Usually, they sign up with a derivative of my name, post my photo on the profile, and proceed... Continue Reading

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Behind the Scenes of The Daily Show

Posted on July 23, 2009 12:02 PM

By now, you know that I am the creator of the world's most-talked about iPhone application, iFart Mobile. Although most people know me these days as the best selling author of "Twitter Power - How To Dominate Your Market One Tweet At A Time" and a successful internet entrepreneur, my staff and I eagerly jumped into iPhone development as soon as the app store launched. If you have been following me on Twitter, you are... Continue Reading

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Fourteen Types of Tweets

Posted on June 25, 2009 06:13 PM

Apart from Twitter's own terms of service which prohibit obvious things like harassment, transmitting viruses and spamming other members, there really aren't many rules to the site. You can essentially use Twitter however you like. However, for people and businesses who want to use Twitter successfully (eg: build a following and grow their circle of influence), there are a number of best practices that can be observed. I cover many of these in my book... Continue Reading

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A Twitter Oddity

Posted on May 1, 2009 08:45 PM

I have a hard time keeping up with my tweets. I just get so many each day. I have an ever harder time keeping up with Direct Messages on Twitter (DMs). I usually don't read them. However, I took a peak at my DMs tonight and I came across something highly unusual. Continue Reading

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Amazon.com closed my associate account and kept the change

Posted on April 23, 2009 05:48 PM

I've been an Amazon.com Associate since the beginning. I'm not sure when they started their program, but it's been over ten years that I've promoted Amazon's products and services. Imagine my surprise when I received an email from Andrea, an Associates Account Specialist (is that for people who can't get jobs with the post office? I'm kidding.. relax...), that informed me my account was being closed. First of all, let me say this. I am... Continue Reading

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Ashton to CNN... My Kutcher is Bigger Than Your Kutcher

Posted on April 16, 2009 01:10 PM

Twitter has experienced massive growth in the past year, with the number of people signing up each month accelerating. It has also become the media darling of the day. It seems that everyone is Twittering. However, with only 10-12 million people on the site, its clear that everyone is NOT Twittering. Don't fret. They will be soon. So where is the media paying the most attention to Twitter? You guessed it. It's all about the... Continue Reading

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Twitter and a Box of Donuts

Posted on April 16, 2009 08:28 AM

With Twitter becoming such a powerful force on the social media scene, there are those who get it and those who don't get it. There's a certain number of the "don't get it" crowd who will invariably take an outright aggressive posture and make a statement like this... "Twitter is a waste of time. Who cares what you had for breakfast?" Many on Twitter will hem and haw about the content of the question, almost... Continue Reading

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Experts and Journalists Connect

Posted on April 15, 2009 09:36 AM

Editors are newspapers, radio shows and television programs are human beings, just like the rest of us. They have deadlines to meet and a never-ending stream of work they must do in order to deliver newsworthy content to the public. You can imagine how difficult it must be for them to find quality sources for stories on a regular basis! Continue Reading

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iFart is in Apple's Top 20 All-Time iPhone apps sold!

Posted on April 14, 2009 11:26 AM

It had to happen. The world was waiting for it. And then it was unleashed on the world like a tazmanian devil on steroids. Yes, I am talking about none other than iFart Mobile, one of the world's most-talked about applications for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch MP3 player. Continue Reading

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A Twitter Experiment - Favorite Color

Posted on April 11, 2009 10:26 AM

Now that my book, Twitter Power, is moving up the charts (#15 on Bookscan last week!), I have a lot of people asking me how effective Twitter actually is for business. Certainly, it is difficult to put a price tag on relationships that have been built on Twitter. It's also very hard to quantify the effects of branding on a Twitter profile page correctly designed. But the question remains... Does Twitter use convert to sales? Continue Reading

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A visit to Microsoft

Posted on April 5, 2009 01:15 PM

This week, I had the pleasure of being asked to speak to Microsoft employees on the subject of Twitter. Eckhart Boehme invited me to talk about how businesses are using Twitter, demonstrating that Microsoft is taking a very engaged position on social media. I was treated quite well by Eckhart and his team, and I met a number of very bright Microsoft people. The campus is ENORMOUS. I saw buildings numbered all the way up... Continue Reading

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Big News! Judge Grants Joel Comm Rights to All ".Com" Addresses

Posted on April 1, 2009 10:24 AM

In a landmark decision that will be sure to usher in a new world Internet order, a World Wide Web judge has just granted Internet marketing guru and entrepreneur Joel Comm the exclusive trademark rights to the ".com" web address suffix, placing all websites everywhere with a ".com" domain under the jurisdiction and discretion of Joel Comm. The decision came about when Joel Comm successfully sued Al Gore, who had previously laid claim to "inventing... Continue Reading

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Gmail TRASHED my Inbox!

Posted on March 30, 2009 02:33 PM

I do not use my Gmail.com account for business. It is my personal account that I use to correspond with friends, family and close business associates. But I DO use the account and have a number of messages that I have saved for one reason or another. Around 2 pm MDT I went to check my Gmail account and was SHOCKED to see that my inbox was EMPTY! I thought, "surely this must be a... Continue Reading

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UStream.tv live from my iPhone!

Posted on March 28, 2009 01:34 PM

I've been a fan of UStream.tv ever since I discovered them a little over a year ago. Every Wednesday, I do a live show with my co-host Dan Nickerson. It's called Joel Comm LIVE! UStream has proven to be innovative as they continue to add cool features for broadcasters, including the ability to bring in co-hosts from other locations, add titles and also play YouTube or local videos within your program. Continue Reading

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Twitter Overload

Posted on March 27, 2009 03:06 PM

I love coming up with new ways to demonstrate the power of Twitter. With such a massive network of users, it's fun the push the boundaries and see what is possible. I decided I would make myself available to anyone who wanted to interact. I had to set aside time to do this because its just not possible to answer every @ reply that comes your way. So around 2:20 pm MDT today, I decided... Continue Reading

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Twitter Power Day - A Global Holiday

Posted on March 4, 2009 12:43 AM

It's a national holiday! I know, it's not on the calendar. But I am declaring a national holiday. In fact, I am calling it a GLOBAL holiday! What's the special occasion? It's Twitter Power Day! Yes, that's right. Today is dedicated to recognizing and embracing the power of Twitter to build relationships, enhance branding and grow your online business... ... and it's all FREE! Continue Reading

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Twitter Power on The Denver Morning Show

Posted on March 3, 2009 07:53 AM

I had the opportunity to be a guest on the Denver Morning Show today. The show broadcasts on Channel 2 out of Englewood, CO and is anchored by Tom Green. (Not THAT Tom Green.. the other one...) The interview was to focus on my new book, Twitter Power, and I certainly had a skeptic in Mr. Green! The set was typical as you would expect of a local news program. It's always fun to watch... Continue Reading

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Do You Have Twitter Power?

Posted on February 21, 2009 12:47 PM

Twitter Power is quickly moving up the charts, entering Bookscan at #45 in its first week! The first book on Twitter to receive mainstream distribution (it's at your local bookstore), my hope is that this is the big breakthrough for more businesses to understand how social media can be used to grow their business. I invite you to pick up your copy of Twitter Power at any of these fine booksellers. Barnes & Noble Amazon.com... Continue Reading

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iFart Mobile takes Pull My Finger to court

Posted on February 13, 2009 02:38 PM

My team and I came up with the idea for an iPhone fart application in summer of 2008. We knew it would be a hit. We just needed to develop it. We took great pride in developing iFart Mobile. It was more than another iPhone application. It was a true entertainment machine with a unique interface. It didn't LOOK like an iPhone app. When we submitted the application to Apple, it was put "in review... Continue Reading

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Twitter Goes Down for 24 Hours

Posted on February 13, 2009 10:59 AM

I use Twitter very naturally. I rarely schedule a tweet. If I have something to say, I say it. If I feel the notion to reply to an @joelcomm tweet, I reply. If I want to take photos while on the move, I'll use Tweetie and Twitpic. And if I want to talk business, I talk business. I am not on Twitter all the time, but I also do check in at least once/day to... Continue Reading

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Check me out. I'm in the New York Times Magazine!

Posted on February 1, 2009 11:07 AM

A few weeks ago when iFart was at the height of its popularity, I was contacted by Rob Walker. Rob writes the Consumed article for the New York Times Magazine, published every Sunday. He thought that the success of iFart was an interesting barometer of American pop culture and asked if I would do an interview. Of course, I was delighted to provide whatever information he wanted. The article was just published in today's edition! Continue Reading

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MC Hammer releases iPhone application using our Mobile Syndication Solutions turn-key system

Posted on January 30, 2009 03:14 PM

A few weeks ago we announced the release of our Mobile Syndication Solutions turn-key system where anyone could easily get their own iPhone app developed for a fraction of the going rate. I'm excited to say that a new app using this system has just been unleashed into the Apple iTunes App store. Not only that, but it is for a musician that you all know, none other than Grammy-Award winning MC Hammer! The HammerTime... Continue Reading

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Facebook Gives Me Back My Account

Posted on January 26, 2009 01:32 PM

As I'm sure you read on my blog or elsewhere on the web, Facebook had suspended my account. After sending a few emails and having some friends with contacts at Facebook work on my behalf, my account has been reinstated. Here is the email I received from them... Continue Reading

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Facebook Booted Me for Having 5000 Friends!

Posted on January 23, 2009 10:36 AM

I've been a fan of Facebook for a couple years. I think it's a great way to network with others and build your business. I've used the site create my own groups, build a fan page, post videos, interact with family, friends and fans, and basically enjoyed its functionality. I've always abided by their terms of service, even though thousands of people break the rules every day. I'm a credible marketer with a 15-year history... Continue Reading

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Top Ten Signs that Obama is President

Posted on January 21, 2009 01:53 PM

He's been President for just twenty-four hours, but we're already seen a global impact. On today's show we discussed the top ten signs that Obama is President. We also introduced our new Mobile Syndication Solutions service for those who want their own iPhone application. I also have a new sound button to push, which makes Dan crazy. All that and more on this edition of Joel Comm LIVE! Continue Reading

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Announcing the Joel Comm iPhone App

Posted on January 11, 2009 01:53 AM

As of this writing, There are over 13,000 applications in the iTunes app store. There are games, utilities, novelty apps, lifestyle apps, social networking, weather and several other categories. New apps are appearing every day. Some apps are original, but many are just more of the same. That's why I am excited to announce an entirely new genre of apps. Several months ago I and my team were considering ways to deliver our content to... Continue Reading

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Don't worry, I won't quit my day job

Posted on January 4, 2009 07:13 PM

Yesterday I posted a video of my brother-in-law's legendary karaoke performance. Many have asked if I was going to post my performance. Being a high-profile marketer, I should no better than to do that. After all, why would I want people to see how badly I sing? But I thought about it and decided that transparency is a good thing. In fact, the more you share your life with your customers, the more they have... Continue Reading

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More exciting app store news

Posted on December 27, 2008 01:56 PM

I said I was going to go into silent mode regarding our sales, but so many people have asked me what happened through Christmas Day that I have decided to release stats just one more time. We left off December 23rd with stats current from our release date on 12/12 through 12/22. Everyone is curious about what happened next. You may be shocked. I know I was when I saw the numbers. Continue Reading

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The Twitter Night Before Christmas

Posted on December 24, 2008 09:28 AM

'Twas the night before Christmas and all across Twitter Tweeples eyes were lit, they were all a-glitter. The tweets they were flying with speed and delight as each one made plans for that great winter's night "I'm traveling", "I'm eating", "I'm hanging with family" "I just wrapped the presents, I can say now so happily" The news it broke fast, from Mumbai - attack we all were there to say "we've got your back" And... Continue Reading

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Updated iPhone App Sales - The Final Post

Posted on December 23, 2008 09:00 PM

Well, we've done it. A combination of marketing, timing, quality and providence has landed our application as the #1 best-selling app in the iTunes app store. I appreciate the coverage we've received through media outlets and blogs. Now that we've hit #1, I am going to post one more set of stats to add to those previously posted here. Continue Reading

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Updated App Store Data 12/20/08

Posted on December 21, 2008 10:18 AM

A few days ago I became the first app store developer to reveal sales-to-rank data. Some other sites have confirmed an interest in this data, such as The UnOfficial Apple Weblog. With iFart continuing its move up the charts, I want to continue sharing data with you, especially since something very interesting has happened since we broke into the top ten apps in the world. Continue Reading

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Twitter Stats

Posted on December 17, 2008 12:01 AM

How many people REALLY use Twitter? And what percentage of people account for most of the activity on Twitter? These are questions I posed on Twitter today. I asked "Would you say that 1% of Twitter members do 99% of the tweets?" Some answers from my followers and some of my own research has uncovered some interesting data. Continue Reading

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The Shorty Awards

Posted on December 11, 2008 09:31 AM

You never know what web 2.0 site is going to take off like crazy. Just yesterday I found a new awards site intended to highlight the best of Twitter, called The Shorty Awards. As the site says, "The Shorty Awards honor the world's top Twitterers." I have been nominated for a Shorty Award in the #business category. If I have helped you in any way, please consider seconding the nomination for me! It's easy to... Continue Reading

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TwitPWR.com

Posted on December 10, 2008 02:09 PM

It's been assumed that the more followers you have on Twitter, the more power you have. However, I think true Twitter power comes from the ability to have your followers follow your links. That's why I am not using TinyURL to shorten my urls any more. I am using Twitpwr.com. Dan and I discussed this new site on Joel Comm LIVE! today. We also answered questions and revealed our new iPhone application. Watch the replay... Continue Reading

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eMillions: Behind the Scenes Stories of 14 Successful Internet Millionaires

Posted on December 5, 2008 08:33 AM

I often hear grumbling from people who tell me how hard it is to make money online. And then I see a 16-year old kid do it and think "huh... maybe not so hard after all?" That's exactly what happened with my friend, Stanley Tang. Stanley understands the power of mentors... following those who have gone before and modeled the success you want to achieve. As a result, Stanley has found success on the Internet! Continue Reading

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Twitter Power

Posted on December 5, 2008 12:01 AM

On September 11th, 2008, I received an email from Matt Holt at John Wiley and Sons Publishing. Matt asked me if I would write the definitive guide on Twitter for business. And he wanted me to write it FAST. As in, we have to have the manuscript in a couple months so we can release it by February of 2009. Wow, that IS fast! Continue Reading

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Photoswap

Posted on December 4, 2008 03:54 PM

Here's a new time-waster that may be fun. The application is called Photoswap. The concept is simple. Take a photo with your iPhone and send it. Photoswap will send it to a random user who is also taking a photo. They get your photo, you get theirs. Continue Reading

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Amazon on iPhone

Posted on December 3, 2008 09:14 AM

I've been a huge fan of Amazon.com since Bezos launched the site out of his garage. When the pundits said "It'll never work", I said they were clueless. Of course it will work. I spend more money on Amazon then any other online store, as do many of you. I'm also a huge fan of my iPhone and I've used it to shop at Amazon many times. I joined Amazon Prime a couple years back... Continue Reading

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Clickbank - How to Make Money with Information Products

Posted on December 3, 2008 08:45 AM

The Internet has opened up business in all sorts of ways. It costs nothing to start a website. Anyone can write a blog. Putting ads on your pages takes minutes and requires no selling, no effort and almost no work at all. And the revenues can be fantastic. Millions of people have joined the Internet business revolution and have either swapped their day job for days of writing articles, or are enjoying some useful extra... Continue Reading

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Book Signing at Barnes and Noble

Posted on November 26, 2008 08:18 AM

I recently had the opportunity to do a book signing at our local Barnes & Noble store in Loveland, Colorado. The team at the store was very friendly and accomodating, setting up an area for me to do a couple presentations, interact with customers and sign books. They ordered plenty of copies of Click Here to Order and The AdSense Code, so there was enough for everyone. They placed a nice sign on the table... Continue Reading

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Turning Your Audience Into A Community

Posted on November 26, 2008 08:00 AM

Life must be hard for television executives. To decide how much to charge advertisers and whether they should commission another season of a show, they have to know the size of their audience. The only method they have to do that is by using a survey. The Nielsen ratings track what television viewers watch and then, based on demographics, make certain claims about what everyone else was watching at the same time. Those figures could... Continue Reading

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Who can you trust online?

Posted on November 25, 2008 07:59 AM

I got an email from someone the other day asking me which "gurus" they should listen to. There are SO many people teaching how to make money online. How DO you know who to trust? Here's a checklist for you to help you determine the answer to this question: Continue Reading

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Your Life In 140 Characters

Posted on November 15, 2008 08:00 AM

What would you say if I told you that you can boost your profits by typing just 140 characters? (That's about the length of this paragraph.) If you're smart, you might say "Which ones?" If you're really smart though, you'd say "I know." That's because the power of Twitter isn't a secret any more. CEOs are using it. Bloggers are using it. Marketers are using it. Everyone's using it (including me) and not only are... Continue Reading

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Smart Water, Baconnaise and Internet Marketing Answers

Posted on November 12, 2008 12:15 PM

It's an unplanned Joel Comm LIVE! featuring Internet marketing discussion, a new top ten list, and a reference to the new bacon-flavored spread. Joel's mom drops into the chat room and we talk about upcoming product launches. It's fun and games with a side helping of useful instruction. Check out this week's episode now! Continue Reading

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Live from Steamboat Springs

Posted on October 29, 2008 12:02 PM

Steamboat Springs, Colorado has always been one of my favorite ski spots. Well, there's no snow... yet. But I am vacationing here with my family this week. After Elevate 2008, I needed a break, and this place is just what the doctor ordered. With that said, I took the Macbook on the deck to broadcast Joel Comm LIVE! The following videos are replays of today's broadcast. There are no flying monkeys or top ten lists... Continue Reading

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Saturday Night Live with Joel Comm at Elevate 2008

Posted on October 25, 2008 10:21 PM

It was a very special 2-hour broadcast live from my first Internet marketing conference, Elevate 2008. Streamed and filmed before a live studio audience, the show was packed with great content, a trivia showdown, questions from the audience, flying monkeys, prizes and special guests. We had a great time and I'm sure you'll love watching as well. We lost the stream at one point, so the show is available in two parts. Continue Reading

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Top Ten Reasons to Not Do a Top Ten List

Posted on October 1, 2008 01:55 PM

I put Dan Nickerson under the gun and asked him to compose a Top Ten list ten minutes before our show today. He did it, and its pretty darned funny. On this edition of Joel Comm LIVE! we had a little bit of politics, answered questions, gave away some goodies and had fun. Ready for the replay? Watch below! Continue Reading

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Does Twitter need a new slogan?

Posted on September 17, 2008 04:14 PM

I was on Twitter the other day, noticing that I had passed 3300 followers (thanks everyone!), and also noticed that Twitter has no slogan. Well, there's "What are you doing right now?" But that's so 2007. So I asked my followers for some ideas for new Twitter slogans. Here is sampling of the responses I received... Continue Reading

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Amazon Election 2008 Interactive Map

Posted on September 12, 2008 07:30 PM

Here's a cool find. Do the books your fellow countrymen are reading indicate which way their vote may be leaning? You'll be fascinated as you explore Amazon's Election 2008 Interactive map. Simply visit the site and you are presented with a United States map color-coded to the current political leanings, based on the titles that are being ordered by people living within each state. Red is for Republican. Blue is for Democrat. Continue Reading

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Book found at local Barnes and Noble

Posted on September 12, 2008 12:02 PM

It's always a thrill to see your new book on the shelf of a major bookseller. Mary and I went to dinner at Hu Hot last night (yum!), and then made our way to the Barnes and Noble on College Ave. in Ft. Collins. Lo and behold, there I was on the business shelf. I asked Mary to shoot a snapshot, and we were subsequently reprimanded by one of the employees. Apparantly store policy says... Continue Reading

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Dan O' Day comes to town

Posted on September 11, 2008 09:37 AM

New media may be taking over the world, but millions of people still listen to their radios everyday. I listen on my way to and from the office, usually to talk-radio. A few weeks back I had the pleasure of meeting a living legend of radio, Dan O' Day. A former disc jockey and leading radio guru, I instantly connected with Dan and invited him to come spend a day with me and my team... Continue Reading

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Click Here to Order moving up the charts

Posted on September 2, 2008 10:42 PM

What a fantastic book launch day! My book, Click Here to Order, took Amazon.com by storm on Tuesday, September 2nd, moving up the charts at record pace! As of this writing, the book has taken #1 in several categories, including Movers & Shakers, Web Marketing and Ecommerce. The book is currently sitting at #18 of ALL books available on Amazon.com! Continue Reading

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Click Here to Order now available

Posted on September 2, 2008 07:32 AM

Google. Amazon.com. eBay. Yahoo! MySpace. Facebook. Everyone has heard of these Internet giants. These companies have generated billions of dollars in revenue and made their founders multi-millionaires. The mainstream media talks about them religiously. But ask yourself a question... Continue Reading

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Social Media Expert

Posted on July 30, 2008 12:14 AM

"You're a social media expert", he said on the conference call. I guess I hadn't thought of myself in that manner before. He went on to tell me that I have provided him with tons of advice on using social media to leverage his brand and increase traffic to his sites. I pondered for a while and realized that I had gotten so used to sharing my knowledge that I didn't recognize just how much... Continue Reading

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If I Owned Twitter

Posted on July 27, 2008 10:34 PM

Social Media is all the buzz right now. It started with MySpace, continued with YouTube and has brought about Facebook, Twitter and a host of other sites promising the help people interact in new ways. These sites have become very popular and two were purchased for a tidy sum. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp purchased MySpace for $580 million and Google bought YouTube for for $1.65 BILLION. I'm sure the boys from Facebook and Twitter have... Continue Reading

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Ask Dave Taylor - Special Guest on Joel Comm LIVE!

Posted on July 23, 2008 01:57 PM

Dave Taylor has one of the most popular question & answer sites on the web. His Ask Dave Taylor site welcomes thousands of visitors every day. Dave joins me for a fun session where we discuss blogging, social networking, flying monkeys, a top ten list and unexpected technical difficulties. You'll want to watch both parts to get the whole picture. Enjoy! Continue Reading

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Free Twitter Report

Posted on July 20, 2008 12:21 PM

Twitter is one of the web's leading innovative sites. People are just discovering new ways to interact with others, build relationships, share ideas AND market themselves and their products/services online. I've put together a 30-page report that will give you an overview of Twitter and how you can use it to help accomplish your goals. Things are changing VERY quickly online, so forgive me if some of the material is dated by next month! What's... Continue Reading

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Twitter Experiment #1 - Are Followers Active?

Posted on July 19, 2008 11:17 PM

While attending an Internet marketing conference in Chicago, I spent a lot of time networking with my peers. As I sat at the dinner table last night, I noticed that a bunch of us were twittering on our handhelds. Simon Leung, Donna Fox, Eric Farewell, Anik Singal and several others had their PDAs or phone out and were twittering away... sometimes to each other other, even though they were sitting across the table from each... Continue Reading

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What if you broadcast a show and nobody came?

Posted on July 10, 2008 12:03 AM

It's another wonderful day in Northern Colorado, and Dan Nickerson and I have placed another episode of "Joel Comm LIVE!" in the can. Did you miss the show? There's a visit from Rich Schefren (virtually speaking), a new Top Ten list, Q&A; and Flying Monkey Time. Enjoy the show? Continue Reading

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I've been nominated to run for President

Posted on July 2, 2008 12:05 AM

Life is a funny thing. Sometimes the most unexpected things take place, and often at the strangest moments! Somehow my name has gotten around and... well, someone thought I should be nominated to run for President! When you look at the two non-choices we have in this contest, I guess it's not surprising. But I didn't even know this was happening! Here's the cool thing... Continue Reading

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Joel's Greatest Hits

Posted on June 19, 2008 12:47 AM

Have you ever wondered what people did BEFORE they become Internet marketers? It's pretty cool to see that the greatest success stories are people just like you and me. I will tell you this about me. I used to be a DJ. Yup, I worked in the nightclubs to begin with, but then the entrepreneur in me discovered that there was more money to be made in playing music at private events. So I started... Continue Reading

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The Truth About Making Money Online

Posted on June 16, 2008 12:30 AM

I've been frustrated lately. Here's the thing... As you know, I speak at a number of conferences. At these conferences, I teach people how to make money online and many of them purchase one of my products to help them build their online business. I know that what I teach works and that the products I offer have value. I know this because I receive testimonials from people all the time. But its the ones... Continue Reading

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Book Expo America 2008

Posted on May 31, 2008 12:56 AM

I'm currently in Los Angeles for the annual Book Expo America, otherwise known as BEA. Why BEA? I have a book coming out on August 1st and I showed up to support my publisher and do some networking. Now I must confess. I am a trade show junkie. I love the vast conference centers with aisles and aisles of vendors hawking their goods and services. I'm especially a sucker for the freebies and swag. It's... Continue Reading

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Live from my iMac

Posted on May 28, 2008 12:15 PM

Time for another episode of Joel Comm LIVE! Chris "The Hand" Harper, our Producer, took ill today, so Dan and I were forced to muddle through on our own with today's show. We answered questions, did a new top ten list, played with the monkey and had a great time. Thanks to our sponsor, BeMyFirstSale.com Continue Reading

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To Goatee or Not to Goatee

Posted on May 3, 2008 12:40 AM

I came into the world without a goatee and mustache. Surprise, surprise. But sometime after I got married, I decided to give the goatee and mustache a try. It must have been around 1992, I believe. As it turned out, my wife really liked it. So I decided to keep it, rarely shaving it off over the years only to grow it back again. But times have changed... Continue Reading

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The Blog Classroom 2008

Posted on April 30, 2008 01:23 AM

I've been blogging since 2003. That seems like an eternity in Internet years! If you aren't blogging yet, you are missing out on a KEY component of your Internet business and online presence. The thing is, many people are totally and completely intimidated by the thought of blogging. You may even be reading this and thinking, "I'm too embarrassed to tell Joel that I don't even know what a blog is!" Don't sweat it. You... Continue Reading

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Rick Butts is Silenced

Posted on April 23, 2008 07:05 PM

Today's episode of Joel Comm LIVE! featured Internet marketer Rick Butts in an unusual guest appearance. We couldn't get Rick's audio on the stream, so he was forced to mime his communication. As usual, Dan and I answer questions, give away prizes and have a good time. Continue Reading

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Tony Little visits Joel

Posted on April 17, 2008 05:55 PM

He is known as America's Personal Trainer... He is world famous for his late-night infomercials... He has sold over $3 BILLION dollars in products... His name is Tony Little, and he was my special guest on Joel Comm LIVE! Check out this fun replay of my time with Tony. :-) Continue Reading

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How Many Internet Marketers Does It Take to Screw in a Lightbulb?

Posted on April 15, 2008 03:14 PM

I recently posed the riddle on Twitter, "How many Internet marketers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?" I think pasoderholm and FunDivaCristy tie for the best reply. What do you think? Do you have a funny answer to this riddle? Continue Reading

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Shopzilla Secrets

Posted on April 13, 2008 11:04 PM

Shopzilla is one of the largest online shopping sites. You've probably used them before for their price comparison tool. Recently, Shopzilla has been beta-testing a contextual ad program that would allow site publishers to place Shopzilla ads on their pages and get paid every time someone clicked on an ad, in the same vein as AdSense. I'm impressed with their program and I decided to research them further. My research led me to write a... Continue Reading

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The View from Here

Posted on April 6, 2008 02:42 PM

Ah... Kauai. We were here two years ago and had a great time. I think we did all the touristy stuff that week. Helicopter ride. Driving around both coasts... etc. Last year we went to Maui, and although beautiful, it doesn't match Kauai for beauty. Maui was also way overpriced and I can't see going there again just for a vacation. Anyhow, I don't think I've ever been in such need of a vacation and... Continue Reading

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Author and Grow Rich

Posted on April 5, 2008 12:55 AM

It was fall of 2005 when I was scheduled to speak at Robert Puddy's Focus 4 the Future Internet marketing conference. It was the first time I had spoken at an event and I was on a roster with Mike Filsaime, Gary Ambrose and Craig Perrine. Yes, I was nervous. But why should I be? My AdSense ebook was a huge success and my name had begun to spread in the Internet marketing community. The... Continue Reading

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Yanik Silver's Underground Seminar 4

Posted on April 3, 2008 01:19 PM

In March of 2006 I attended Yanik Silver's Internet Marketing Underground seminar in Washinton, DC. It was a life-changing date with destiny, for it was there that I met my future JV Partner, Eric Holmlund. I was also impressed by the high caliber of people who attended this seminar. It seemed that there was an awful lot of success in the room filled with over 300 people. Two years later and Yanik does not disappoint... Continue Reading

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Episode 2 - Lunch with Joel

Posted on April 2, 2008 08:44 PM

Episode 2 of Joel Comm LIVE was an extra-long episode that went over one and one-half hours. Dan and I ordered in lunch and I pretty much made a pig of myself choking down a chicken wrap and french fries. We answer tons of questions from viewers and enjoyed up to 150 people streaming the video at one time. There were three giveaways and we put some advertisers URLs on the whiteboard. All in all... Continue Reading

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Flying the Friendly Skies

Posted on March 29, 2008 09:36 AM

I'm not a big fan of the major airlines. In fact I have written several entries that demonstrated poor customer service by United and American. However, I had a uniquely good experience on United a couple days ago and wanted to share it with you. I was traveling to Los Angeles with Joel Ownby and Tim Prince, en route to Yanik Silver's Internet Underground conference in Los Angeles. The three of us board the 737... Continue Reading

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My first live Internet broadcast

Posted on March 25, 2008 12:00 AM

I love to experiment with technology. And on Wednesday at 1 pm EST, I am going to give you an opportunity to experiment right along with me! You've participated in teleseminars... And you've participated in webinars... But now I invite you to join me for the very first "Joel Comm LIVE!" TV show streaming direct to you over the web! During this one-hour program, I will be answering questions from viewers in real time. Simply... Continue Reading

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Leaders are Readers

Posted on March 24, 2008 01:54 AM

I've got a pretty colorful past. I got my first job when I was fourteen-years old, working behind the counter of a fast-food restaurant at Northbrook Court shopping mall in Northbrook, Illinois. After all, I needed to save up money to buy a TRS-80 Model I computer from Radio Shack! Once I acquired my driver's license, I worked in the health & beauty department at Venture. Yes, I was a stockboy. At the age of... Continue Reading

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Subscribe to my YouTube Channel

Posted on March 20, 2008 02:18 PM

I just uploaded a new video to my YouTube channel, designed to encourage people to subscribe and follow my latest videos. Go to my channel and watch the one-minute featured video on the main page. Check out the very cool video production in the middle. You'll know it when you see it! Mad props to Chris Harper, my video producer. :-) Click here for my YouTube channel Continue Reading

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The Photo Shoot

Posted on March 19, 2008 12:07 AM

Last summer, Revenue Magazine did an interview with me to discuss The Next Internet Millionaire. Lisa Picarille put together a great piece that you can read here. But one of my favorite things about the article were the photos taken by Alison Rose Williams of Fort Collins. Revenue hired her to come on location and take some shots of me for the magazine. While she was there, I asked if I could pay her to... Continue Reading

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Getting Your Share Of Microsoft's $44 Billion

Posted on March 6, 2008 12:02 PM

Whenever something big happens in the world of online advertising, I'm left scratching my head and wondering what it means for me. It doesn't get much bigger than Microsoft offering tens of billions of dollars for Yahoo!. So what does that mean for me... and for you too? At the moment, nothing. Yahoo! has rejected Microsoft's bid and probably holding out for more money. If the deal goes through, it won't happen overnight. Even then... Continue Reading

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One in Seventy-One Million

Posted on March 4, 2008 03:58 AM

Do you ever go to Google to search for your name? A search for David results in 719,000,000 web pages. Zoiks! A search for Brenda presents 31,500,000 results. And search for Fred will get you 120,000,000 results, including a stock chart for Fred's, Inc, whoever that is. Last year, I Googled my name to see where I came up in the results. Continue Reading

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How NOT to Propose a Joint Venture

Posted on March 2, 2008 08:11 PM

I regularly receive joint venture proposals from people. A small percentage of them have some really good ideas and products, but the majority of them are not good at all. Today I received an email from a couple gentlemen in Australia. I hope the email and my response will be instructive for the recipients and for others as they seek to do joint ventures. Continue Reading

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Feed Me Seymour!

Posted on February 23, 2008 12:47 AM

What are people talking about when they talk about RSS feeds? Let me make it simple. In fact, let me make it REAL simple. RSS stands for "really simple syndication". Basically, it is a format for distributing and gathering content from various sources across the web. This can include newspapers, magazines and ablogs. Using something called a "news reader", you can monitor headlines and summaries from many of your favorite sources without having to go... Continue Reading

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Another Satisfied Customer

Posted on February 21, 2008 12:33 AM

A few months back, I launched this groundbreaking Internet marketing course to the world... The Secret Classroom ... and the feedback has been fantastic! I regularly receive emails from people telling me what an impact this course has had on their online business. I wanted to take a moment today and share one of these emails with you. I think it says way more about the value of The Secret Classroom than I could ever... Continue Reading

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The Blog Has It

Posted on February 15, 2008 12:53 AM

My new blog has been up for over 24 hours now, and the verdict is in! Visitors to this site overwhelmingly approve of the look and feel of the new JoelComm.com. In fact, many people are asking me questions as they want to know how I put this new site together. Well, I've got nothing to hide and I will tell all... Continue Reading

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New Blog Design

Posted on February 14, 2008 12:18 AM

I've been blogging now for nearly five years. Honestly, I don't know why I didn't get started until 2003. Over the years, my blog has had several designs and the site regularly receive thousands of visits each and every day. But it was time for a face lift. (Not my face, the blog!) Continue Reading

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Coming Attractions

Posted on January 25, 2008 05:46 AM

I've had several people ask me what I'm going to be up to in 2008. I'm very excited, because this is going to be a breakthrough year for many people who will increase their online revenue. AND, I am excited because I am going to be doing several things that have never been done before! That's kind of a mantra with me. I don't like to do what everyone else is doing. You have to... Continue Reading

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Internet Marketing Explained

Posted on January 22, 2008 11:05 PM

In November of 2005, I went to Armand Morin's Big Seminar for the first time. My eyes were opened to brand new possibilities, and I can say without reservation that it was one of the most significant events of my life. Since that time I have gotten to know Armand as a friend and a mentor. I've been a guest speaker at Big Seminar, he has been a guest teacher on The Next Internet Millionaire... Continue Reading

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The Blog Strikes Again!

Posted on January 21, 2008 01:17 AM

Yesterday, I blogged about my experiences with American Airlines Aadvantage desk in regards to a change I needed to make with a ticket. Thanks to everyone who empathized with my plight. It appears I am nowhere near alone. Apparantly, Google is showing me some love. Check this out. Continue Reading

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The View from Here

Posted on January 19, 2008 12:56 AM

Have I mentioned that I love living in Colorado? Yes, I guess I probably have. I finally got around to resizing some photos that I have taken with my iphone since we moved here last year. Continue Reading

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What in the World is Joel Playing?

Posted on January 15, 2008 08:06 AM

I make no secret of it. I am a 43-year old man who loves playing computer and video games. And why not? I was a teenage when Space Invaders, Asteroids and Centipede took over the arcades. I was sixteen when I bought my first computer, a TRS-80. It was great for primitive gaming. And I've got a great collection of old computer software in a special room in my basement. Perhaps I'll do a video... Continue Reading

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How to Prepare for 2008

Posted on December 31, 2007 12:34 AM

Well, here we are on the brink of another New Year. I've recapped the highlights of 2007 on my blog As we enter 2008, I am more committed than ever to provide you with the best content... the best books... the best software... the best reviews... the best sites for making money online... the best of everything! 2007 was a groundbreaking year in many respects, but 2008 is shaping up to be even bigger. I... Continue Reading

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2007 - The Year in Review

Posted on December 29, 2007 07:05 AM

I'm at Will Rogers airport in Oklahoma City, getting ready to make the trek home to Colorado after a week of visiting with family and friends. I've had some time to reflect on the year and would like to take a stroll down memory lane. The year started with a crazy idea. I knew that others had dabbled with the idea of doing an Internet reality show, but no one had really taken the concept... Continue Reading

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas 2007

Posted on December 24, 2007 10:44 AM

'Twas the Night Before Christmas An Internet Marketing Adaptation for 2007 ----------------------------------------- 'Twas the night before Christmas and all cross the 'net Marketers were hoping that clickthroughs, they'd get. The products were finished and ready to go outsourced and prepared by those "in the know" Continue Reading

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Adobe Buzzword - Free Online Word Processor

Posted on December 17, 2007 05:13 PM

Buzzword. Defined as a word or phrase connected with a specialized field or group that usually sounds important or technical and is used primarily to impress laypersons. But Buzzword is more than that now. Look out Microsoft Office... there's a new player in town. Adobe announced the launch of their free online word processor, Buzzword. And I gotta say, it is a class act. There is a simple registration requiring your name, email address and... Continue Reading

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Follow me on Twitter

Posted on December 16, 2007 11:24 AM

Twitter this. Twitter that. Twitter, twitter, twitter. I must confess. I'm still not sure what the point is of Twitter. Basically, Twitter allows you to tell the world what you are doing at any given moment, embed a clever little widget on your site so they can keep up with you, and you in turn can see what they are doing. I'm not sure I get it. Nevertheless, apparantly millions of people do get it... Continue Reading

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JV Alert Live in Orlando

Posted on December 3, 2007 12:12 AM

You've heard this phrase a thousand times. "It's not what you know, it's WHO you know." Do you believe it? It's true! At the age of 17 I got a dream job at the local computer and video store... ... because I knew the owner. At the age of 20 I got a summer job at an advertising agency and learned a ton... ... because my mother worked there. At the age of 24 I... Continue Reading

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Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device

Posted on November 23, 2007 12:10 AM

It was only a matter of time. Google is coming out with their own phone. But Amazon has beat the Big "G" to the punch with their own electronic device. It's called Amazon Kindle, and it appears to be a contender for the coolest device of the 2007 holiday shopping season. Imagine being able to access thousands of books wirelessly and read them on a crystal clear display anywhere you go. Continue Reading

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Black Friday Shopping Deals

Posted on November 22, 2007 08:55 PM

I don't know about you, but I am still stuffed from the Thanksgiving meal! Anyhow, today is Black Friday. It's not a holiday, but with all the crazy shopping, you would think it is. You know how I always talk about building sites that interest you? Well, back in 1999 I was big into saving money online with coupon codes. Continue Reading

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Entrecard

Posted on November 19, 2007 12:40 PM

When I was at Blogworld last week, I came upon the booth of a company called "Entrecard." Their display caught my attention and I introduced myself to the CEO, Graham Langdom. To my surprise, Graham is also the creator of The Million Dollar Wiki. The reason I was surprised is that I had become familiar with that site the week before and had purchased a few pages on the site! Anyhow, knowing how innovative Graham... Continue Reading

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It's Where You Click That Counts

Posted on November 14, 2007 11:49 PM

Google is continually looking for ways to put the kabosh on click fraud. It is important that they protect the rights of their advertisers by making sure each click is an intentional click. That is, they want to be certain that the person clicking the ad is doing so deliberatel. Otherwise, the advertiser is paying for a visit that is not purposeful. So it has recently leaked out from a number of blogs that Google... Continue Reading

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Success in 12 Weeks

Posted on November 12, 2007 10:55 AM

Do REAL people make money online? Well, I consider myself real people! Let's face it, before I became known for my AdSense ebook, I was just another anonymous Internet entrepreneur. It's true! Now my success story may seem out of reach... ... but it's not. No way. If I can do it, ANYONE can do it. Trust me. I know myself and am still amazed that people consider me an Internet "celebrity." Continue Reading

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$10,000 in Bonuses for the Price of a Book!

Posted on November 7, 2007 10:06 AM

Hey Are you sitting down? I hope so. It would be strange to check your email standing up. The reason I ask is because what I am about to show you is going to absolutely blow you away! How would you like to receive of $10,000 worth of bonuses for the price of one absolutely incredible book? Seriously. Continue Reading

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Doh! I've Been Simpsonized!

Posted on October 16, 2007 12:21 AM

I use Google Alerts to let me know when someone is writing about me or one of my web sites. It's a great way to keep tabs on you or your brand. Anyhow, I got an alert today and discovered that one of my AdSenseChat.com members had written a blog entry about me. It's always interesting to see what other people think. It's actually pretty amazing to hear another perspective, especially from people who don't... Continue Reading

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Why I Don't Like Multi-Level Marketing

Posted on September 11, 2007 12:46 PM

I know I am opening myself up to criticism for this post, but it's been on my mind and I really just want to put it out there. I dislike the way multi-level marketing has been done by many companies. I don't dislike multi-level marketers, mind you (well, most of them anyway). I just think that business model has proven destructive to many individuals and families. Continue Reading

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iPhone Review

Posted on September 1, 2007 12:34 AM

I did it. I bit the bullet and picked up an iPhone. I've been a faithful Treo 650 user for two years, but the buzz regarding Apple's new device won me over. So I ponied up $599 + shipping and tax to get one of these puppies in my hands, though I was unsure of what I would find once I actually got to try it out for myself. I may now render the verdict... Continue Reading

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Travel the World

Posted on July 13, 2007 10:34 AM

You are invited to a one-of-a-kind webinar that you are going to love! On Tuesday, July 17th, you have the opportunity to listen in and watch as I interview Sheila Simkin, a seasoned world traveler who has been just about everywhere and knows how to travel the world on a budget. There is no one quite like Sheila. Not only does she blog her adventures on her site, but she provides tips that even the... Continue Reading

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The 7 Figure Code

Posted on July 6, 2007 10:02 AM

It was fall of 2005. I was in Charlotte, North Carolina, preparing for my very first public speaking engagement. I would be speaking before an audience of 25 people who had paid to hear me and a handful of other Internet marketers share how we make our millions online. It was at this time that I had begun preparing the manuscript for my first traditionally published book. But I was lacking a title for the... Continue Reading

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Hawaii Day 1 - Maui is Burning

Posted on June 28, 2007 10:16 AM

We arrived on Maui on Tuesday afternoon, snagged our rental car and made our way to the hotel. We're staying on the west side of the island in the Ka'anapali area. It's absolutely gorgeous here. From my fifth floor balcony I can see the ocean, the mountains, palm trees, sandy beaches and a beautiful landscape. It's 6 am Hawaii time as I blog this (my body says it is 10 am MST) and I've enjoyed... Continue Reading

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A Taste of My Own Medicine

Posted on June 26, 2007 12:07 AM

Running your own business and making money online is fun. But if you don't stop to enjoy the blessings that come from having financial freedom... well, what's the point? I've spent the better part of this year setting up shop in Colorado, creating new materials to help you make money, traveling and speaking at seminars, and preparing to shoot the world's first Internet marketing reality show. Let's face. I've been busy! And now I am... Continue Reading

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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

Posted on June 4, 2007 10:06 AM

"It was a dark and stormy night." That may as well be the beginning of this newsletter, because I have started writing it five times now. I get past the first line, read it, and delete it. So I figure you just can't go wrong with "It was a dark and stormy night." Well, perhaps if I was writing fiction... The fact is that I've got a lot to tell you this week and I'm... Continue Reading

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The Death of AdSense Arbitrage

Posted on May 23, 2007 12:03 AM

When Google takes action, they really take action. The forums have been buzzing recently with news that Google is in the middle of a content "quality initiative." There's nothing about it in the AdSense blog, but Jennifer Slegg of Jenstar.com has reported that a number of publishers have received emails telling them that they have "an unsuitable business model" and that their account will be closed within two weeks. They will be allowed to keep... Continue Reading

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Layoff Your Boss

Posted on May 22, 2007 05:56 PM

"Take this job and shove it... I ain't workin' here no more" And so went the lyrics of the popular country-western song belted out by Johnny Paycheck. It is a common practice to place a phone call to a local radio station and ask them to play this song when you "fire your boss" Let's face it. It's a fun tune. And more people than ever before are telling their bosses to "take this job... Continue Reading

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Internet Marketing Questions Answered

Posted on May 19, 2007 01:15 AM

You asked. I answered. You have made it clear that you want direct answers on a number of topics related to Internet marketing, AdSense, list building, advertising, joint ventures, affiliate programs and any number of other topics under the sun. I believe that video is the wave of the future, and I intend to use it to its maximum potential. That's why I am pleased to announce the launch of AskJoelComm.com, a video-based blog designed... Continue Reading

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What is the Secret?

Posted on April 26, 2007 05:11 AM

What is The Secret? No, no... not THAT Secret. That's an email for another day. MY secret is actually going to be revealed live at Armand Morin's Big Seminar on Friday morning. And the buzz is building. Everyone is asking me "What IS it, Joel?" My reply? You'll have to wait until Friday to see... just like everyone else. Continue Reading

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Visit to My Office

Posted on April 19, 2007 12:00 AM

Now that I am settled in to my new office in Colorado, I thought it would be fun to show you our new space and to introduce you to my staff. Yes, it is Joel unscripted and unplugged. Watch for a special appearance by the cows, and see if you can count how many times I give the "thumbs-up" sign. It's not exactly Masterpiece Theatre, so keep your expectations low. ;-) Continue Reading

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Doing Something That's Never Been Done

Posted on April 7, 2007 08:39 AM

They say variety is the spice of life. I have to agree. I love variety. It keeps things exciting. It's why you see me doing multiple projects and always coming out with something new. I just can't sit still. (My wife says it is ADD, but I think she is.. Oh! Look at the butterfly!) ;-) Well, you know how I teach people to find a niche and become the expert in that niche by... Continue Reading

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You Too, Can Squidoo

Posted on April 5, 2007 12:34 AM

Work in any industry long enough, and you'll find that there's a knack to it. Get that right and it doesn't matter what else you do, you'll always make money. For retailers, the rule is to treat the customer as king. For racing drivers, speed is king. For Internet publishers, content is king. And for Squidoo publishers? Well, that's a little different. I've been having a lot of fun with my Squidoo lens recently. I've... Continue Reading

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The Turning Point

Posted on April 4, 2007 12:16 AM

I was on the phone with Armand Morin last night, and I've been thinking about something he said ever since. We talked about the great ebooks that are out there... We talked about some of the cool software tools that are now available... And of course, we talked about AdSense. But here's what he said that stuck with me. Continue Reading

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Riathamus Lives - Kudos to Blizzard and World of Warcraft

Posted on March 31, 2007 08:29 AM

Last week, I wrote how my World of Warcraft account was compromised over a wireless network while at a hotel in Washington, D.C. My entire account was emptied of my hard-earned gold and loot. I was left without anything. I wrote to the support team at Blizzard with complete details of my account and what had happened. They wrote me back telling me that my case would be escalated to the investigation team, and that... Continue Reading

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Content Composer

Posted on March 29, 2007 01:03 AM

I recently received an email from a reader. May I share it with you? "Joel, I appreciate your newsletters and great tips. Out of all the so-called gurus, I feel like you deliver more real value in your email than anyone else. But I am feeling very confused about all the different ways you discuss to make money. You tell us about a new software tool that is the supposed answer to our problems, but... Continue Reading

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Amazon Announces Content Links

Posted on March 28, 2007 01:04 PM

Last July, I wrote about how Amazon.com was breaking into contextual advertising with its Omakase program. Now they're at it again with another context-based advertising system. This time though, they've taken a leaf right out of Kontera's books. Instead of placing ads in ad units, they're linking to keywords in the text and serving floating ad balloons. You can see samples here and here. Continue Reading

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Where in the World Are You?

Posted on March 27, 2007 07:50 AM

Where in the world are you? I thought it would be cool for people to check in and share their location on this planet we share. Maybe even tell us what you like the most about where you live. I recently arrived home from Washington, D.C. where I attended an internet marketing seminar. While I as there, I got to spend some time with Tom Kulzer of Aweber.com. For those that don't know, Aweber is... Continue Reading

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Naked and Penniless in Washington, D.C.

Posted on March 24, 2007 11:54 PM

I am currently in the Nation's Capitol for an Internet marketing conference and I am the victim of a crime, even a felony. It happened while I slept. I was robbed and left for naked... and didn't even know it until late in the afternoon. Amazingly, there isn't a bruise on my body. Nor have I lost any material possessions. So what happened? Read on... Continue Reading

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Be in My New Book - What's Your Story?

Posted on March 13, 2007 11:58 AM

Andy Warhol once said that every person gets their fifteen minutes of fame. I don't know if that is true, but I do know that every person has a story to tell. I am in the process of writing a new book centered around Internet marketing and individual success stories... ... and I am looking for real life stories to include in the book! So what's your story? Continue Reading

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The Grand Canyon Skywalk

Posted on March 9, 2007 07:31 AM

Last time I visited Arizona, I had the pleasure of visiting the Grand Canyon. Undoubtedly, one of the most moving experiences of my life, there is absolutely nothing on the face of the earth that compares to standing on the edge of the canyon face and looking down one mile into it's deep, deep enormity. It was an experience that actually moved me to tears. (Hey, when you spend the majority of your life on... Continue Reading

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Speaking My Mind

Posted on March 1, 2007 12:04 AM

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you've probably noticed that I tend to say exactly what's on my mind. Sometimes, that will have nothing to do with AdSense or Internet marketing. It might be something to do with my life. It could be something that happened to me. Or it might just be one of my occasional rants brought on by... well, anything really. I'm not what you would call "politically correct... Continue Reading

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Squidoo - It Took Just One Week to Get to #3

Posted on February 26, 2007 07:51 AM

There are over 29 Billion web pages in the world. There are over 108 Million web sites in the world. There are over 85,000 Squidoo sites in the world. And mine is now #3... ...in the world! Continue Reading

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Saturday Morning Stew

Posted on February 24, 2007 10:37 AM

Saturday morning ramblings. I know, it might be Saturday afternoon or Sunday... or even Monday, when you receive this. Nevertheless, it's Saturday morning as a write. So there. :-P Here come the ramblings, kind of a stew from me to you :-) Continue Reading

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The Power of the Blog

Posted on February 23, 2007 12:51 AM

Five days ago, I wrote about my experience with American Furniture Warehouse in Fort Collins, Colorado. It was not a glowing moment for their customer service team. This morning, my home phone rang and my wife informed me that American Furniture Warehouse wanted to speak with Joel Comm. I had been anticipating a call from them. Surely they monitor the web for mention of their name, and just 48 hours after blogging about my experience... Continue Reading

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Momentum

Posted on February 22, 2007 09:30 AM

Momentum. From Dictionary.com... "A force or speed of movement; impetus, as of a physical object or course of events: The car gained momentum going downhill. Her career lost momentum after two unsuccessful films." Let me throw in one more example... Continue Reading

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My Squidoo Extreme Makeover

Posted on February 21, 2007 04:50 PM

I've got a room with a view! My family and my office staff are finally settling in to our new home in Colorado, and it is stunningly beautiful. Every morning I awake to a new view of the mountains and every evening the sun sets behind them. This isn't heaven, but it will do for now. :-) I've put a webcam in my office, so you can see just a small portion of what I... Continue Reading

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Kontera - Making Friends with AdSense

Posted on February 20, 2007 12:04 AM

Ever since Google changed its Terms Of Service to allow other contextualized ad systems on the same pages as AdSense, I've been busy taking another look at its competitors. And what I've found was that Kontera has been pretty busy. Kontera has created an ad system that turns keywords on a Web page into double-underlined links. When users mouse over those links, they get a floating tool box containing an ad. It's unobtrusive and looks... Continue Reading

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American Furniture Warehouse - An Open Letter to Jake Jabs

Posted on February 17, 2007 10:13 PM

NOTE! - This issue has been resolved by American Furniture Warehouse customer service as of February 22nd. Please see this blog entry for the rest of the story. We now return to you the initial entry as originally posted... American Furniture Warehouse in Fort Collins, Colorado is officially on my "naughty" list. I write this entry today as an open letter to Jake Jabs, owner of this furniture chain. Since we moved to Colorado this... Continue Reading

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Google Knows What I Need

Posted on February 10, 2007 03:07 PM

Let's face it. Google's AdSense program is absolutely ingenious. It's not perfect, but it is ingenious. Occasionally, an ad will display that is not relevant to the content on the page. But more often than not, the AdSense bot knows what ads to show. This was never truer than the ad I saw displayed on my blog entry from yesterday. Continue Reading

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Breaking News for All Site Publishers!

Posted on February 5, 2007 08:24 AM

I hope it got your attention, because what I am about to share with you can be HUGE. And I have THREE things I need to share with you. So be sure you read all the way to end or you might miss out on the best stuff! Ok, here's the deal (pardon my excitement, but this really is big!) As you know, AdSense is not the only contextual advertising service on the web. Google... Continue Reading

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Monthly Templates Available January 10th

Posted on January 4, 2007 09:38 PM

It was a moment in time... ... and it went by in a flash. Did you miss it? Don't feel bad. Thousands of people did. Three months ago, I leveled the playing field as much as it could possibly have been leveled. On October 10th, the Instant AdSense Templates VRE Building System hit the web with a fury, and became one of the most-talked-about and valuable products of the year! On October 15th, the product... Continue Reading

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MySpace Takes Over the World

Posted on December 7, 2006 01:46 AM

If you haven't heard of MySpace by now, chances are you have been living in the outermost reaches of Siberia. And if you don't have a MySpace page of your own, you probably will soon. Yes, even I have a MySpace page. Anyhow, if you are wanting to know how to master the ins and outs of MySpace, here's a handy online guide to help you along. MySpace Revealed Continue Reading

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What Should I Do With WorldVillage.com?

Posted on November 9, 2006 09:53 AM

I regularly receive questions from my readers and subscribers. In fact, I get WAY too many questions to even begin to address them all. Today, I have a question for YOU! In fact, I am soliciting your input. First, a little history... Continue Reading

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JV Alert Live - Will You Meet Me There?

Posted on November 8, 2006 07:56 AM

Let's play a game. I am going to list several quotes from people, and you have to guess what they are talking about. These are all REAL quotes... Ready? Person #1 says... "Even though I am at loss for words I want to thank you again from the bottom of my heart for an experience that I will NEVER forget" Person #2 says... "I've met with more JV extraordinaires, created more wonderful relationships, and have... Continue Reading

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The AdSense Code an Amazon.com Bestseller... Again!

Posted on October 14, 2006 03:36 PM

It was real exciting the first time my book hit the Amazon.com Best Seller charts. But it is even MORE exciting to see the book on the charts a second time! As of this writing, The AdSense Code is #56 of ALL books sold on Amazon.com. And even cooler, it is #1 in Computers & Internet category! I'd like to thank each one of you that has purchased this book. I hope it has helped... Continue Reading

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Win a Free Year of Premier AdSense Coaching Club

Posted on August 19, 2006 10:58 AM

On September 27th, I am going to award FIVE people with a free one-year membership to the Premier AdSense Coaching Club, my members-only site designed to help people increase the profitability of their web sites. How can you enter to win one of these five memberships? Easy! I present you with... The AdSense Code Sightings Contest! Here's the deal... Continue Reading

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Answering AdSense Questions

Posted on August 11, 2006 11:08 PM

Here are some quick answers to questions that have been recently submitted at AskJoelComm.com. I read in your book "The Adsense Code" about taking ebooks and making them as free content website(s) and adding Adsense to the pages. I have several books I have authored over the years. Should each book (topic) be its own website or is a one "master" website with pages or directory by topic okay? This is a great way to... Continue Reading

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AdSense Code Still a Best-Seller!

Posted on August 6, 2006 04:40 PM

It's been an incredibly exciting month for me. Not only did The AdSense Code hit the New York Times Best-Seller list last month, but it is hanging strong at #9 on the Paperback Business list for this month as well! Then, I discovered last week that I also hit #7 on the Business Week Best-Seller List! I'm absolutely floored at how well the book is doing and am glad to see people reading it. It... Continue Reading

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Saturday Night Fever

Posted on July 29, 2006 10:23 PM

The kids have gone to bed and it is getting late. I decided to check in to the database of questions that have been asked recently at AskJoelComm.com and attempt to answer a few of them here briefly. As you might imagine, I receive more questions than I have time to answer. So if don't get to your question, please don't think I am ignoring you. There just isn't enough of me to go around... Continue Reading

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The AdSense Code a New York Times Best Seller

Posted on July 22, 2006 12:03 AM

When my book, The AdSense Code, was published in May, I was thrilled to see it go to #3 on Amazon.com. But it just got more exciting... I found out that the book is now a New York Times Paperback Business Best Seller, reaching #6 on the charts! Click here to see a PDF of the chart Continue Reading

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Crash

Posted on July 14, 2006 11:19 AM

I picked up a copy of Crash on DVD this week because I had heard that it was a fantastic movie. Mary and I watched it last night. I really wanted to like it, but I feel like it fell short. When I learned that it was awarded "Best Picture" by the Academy, I was amazed once again at how out of touch Hollywood is. Continue Reading

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My Space 4 Parents

Posted on July 10, 2006 12:22 AM

Did you know that MySpace.com is one of the most popular sites on the internet with teenagers? And are you aware of the type of content that MySpace users are regularly accessing? If you are a parent, you might be SHOCKED to find out what your kids could be viewing! If you have teenagers that could be using MySpace, I want you to RUN, not walk, and download a copy of... "My Space 4 Parents... Continue Reading

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The Affiliate Manager Available Tuesday

Posted on June 25, 2006 02:16 PM

I've been writing about Anik Singal's upcoming affiliate training course, The Affiliate Manger 1st Edition, for a week or so now. I created a special 15 minute video review of this course that has been viewed hundreds of times at Affiliate Classroom. This much-anticipated comprehensive course will go on sale at 12 noon on Tuesday, June 27th. And I've got a special BONUS DVD for those who order a copy of Anik's course through a... Continue Reading

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Les secrets d'AdSense en francais est arrives

Posted on June 22, 2006 12:09 AM

I am pleased to announce that my AdSense ebook is now available in a fourth language. Joining the english, spanish and japanese versions is the brand new french version! The name of the book is "Ce que Google ne vous a jamais dit sur la facon de gagner de l'argent avec AdSense", or "What Google Never Told You About Making Money with AdSense". It is the complete third edition, fully translated for our french-speaking friends... Continue Reading

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Affiliate Manager Deathmatch

Posted on June 20, 2006 01:06 PM

Did you know that I have been doing business online since 1995? Many people assume that I came out of nowhere with my AdSense training materials, but the fact is that I've been online creating profitable websites for eleven years now! (Wow, has it been THAT long?) One of the ways I generate revenue is with affiliate programs, that is, where I make a commission on products that I sell for OTHER merchants... Continue Reading

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AdSense Secrets v3.0 in Japanese Now Available

Posted on June 18, 2006 11:09 PM

I'd love to visit Japan one day, and now I might have the perfect excuse! Just a few days ago, the 3rd edition of "What Google Never Told You About Making Money with AdSense" was released in the Japanese language. If you understand Japanese, you can check it out at AdSense-Secrets.jp Continue Reading

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Arbonne Letters

Posted on June 15, 2006 09:21 PM

Who would have thought that my post about Arbonne would have generated so much discussion? Admittedly, it does get heated from time to time. But I have allowed the post to be a forum for free speech as long as people keep it clean and don't abuse each other. If you try to read it, expect to spend at least an hour... it just keeps going and going... A few months ago, I put up... Continue Reading

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The Internet Marketers Invade Universal CityWalk

Posted on May 30, 2006 12:03 AM

The other nght, several Internet marketers departed from the conference room at the Hawthorn Suites in Orlando to enjoy each other's company away from the seminar setting. Destination? Universal Studios CityWalk... Continue Reading

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How Do I Find My Niche or Passion?

Posted on May 29, 2006 12:05 AM

I received this question via AskJoelComm.com Joel, I can't find my passion. I have been a workaholic my whole life in areas that I do not enjoy. I don't even know what I enjoy doing. To make matters worse, my experience is not something that can become a product unless I compete with the top corporations. I have gathered and researched a lot of information on how to market, sales pages, setting up websites, etc... Continue Reading

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Most Recognizable Face on the Internet

Posted on May 28, 2006 05:22 AM

So, I am at this conference in Orlando and Paulie Sabol says, "Joel, you have the most recognizable face on the Internet". He is referring to the fact that my face appears as an avatar on Yahoo! Games. Recognize this guy? I'm pretty amused at the thought. I know that Brad Fallon is the coolest guy in the world (go ahead, Google the term "coolest guy in the world", but I hadn't heard of anyone... Continue Reading

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Live from Orlando

Posted on May 26, 2006 08:50 PM

I am currently in Orlando, Florida, attending Michael Penland's Internet Marketing Super Conference. I've been spending time with some great people, including Mike Filsaime, Gary Ambrose, Brian Edmondson, Keith Wellman and Tom Beal. Being here reminds me of how incredibly important it is to attend conferences if you want to be successful. Continue Reading

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Move Over DaVinci Code: Unknown Author's "The AdSense Code" Is #3 Bestseller On Amazon

Posted on May 25, 2006 01:29 PM

Internet entrepreneur Joel Comm and his new book: "The AdSense Code: What Google Never Told You About Making Money with AdSense." reveal how anyone can generate passive income on the Internet. Since only those books that appeared on Oprah ranked higher, Comm figures Oprah and her audience would find his Internet income strategies the real story. Read on for today's news release... Continue Reading

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The AdSense Code is an Amazon #1 Best Seller

Posted on May 24, 2006 12:13 AM

What an incredible day it was! My book, The AdSense Code, officially launched yesterday. You can read the official news release at PRWeb.com. But the most exciting thing of all was that the book reached #3 on Amazon.com's Best-Seller list! Out of the million-plus book titles offered by Amazon.com, The AdSense Code was the third most popular! Continue Reading

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The Water Cup

Posted on May 21, 2006 11:31 PM

I feel a rant coming on. Yes, it is time for "Joel's pet peeve". So what's my beef today? It's fast food restaurants that treat you like a second class citizen if you request water instead of a soft drink by giving you a special cup for your water. And this cup is different than the regular soft drink cup. It's always smaller than the smallest soft drink size. Continue Reading

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Dominating AdSense

Posted on May 16, 2006 10:00 AM

A few weeks ago, Andrew Fox phoned me and asked if I would speak to him for a bit about my AdSense strategies. I've known Andrew for a bit, having met him at Big Seminar in Los Angeles last year. (Remember, I always say how important it is to network at these seminars?) Anyhow, Andrew is a great guy... and he's pretty darned smart, too! Beating me to the punch, Andrew has put together a... Continue Reading

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Ask Joel Comm

Posted on May 6, 2006 12:09 AM

Got a question? I've got an answer. I'm not promising the RIGHT answer. But I do have an answer. If you ask me who won the World Series in 1978, I'd have to do a little research. But if you ask me a question about the best affiliate programs online, I could tell you off the top of my head. That's why I have launched AskJoelComm.com Continue Reading

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Invading MySpace

Posted on May 3, 2006 10:00 PM

Internet Marketers Invade MySpace... Or so the headline goes on Lynn Terry's blog entry. Remember a few weeks ago I mentioned how MySpace can be used to create a network of contacts? Remember how I indicated that the site can be used to link to your other sites and perhaps bring more visitors to your primary business? Continue Reading

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Yahoo Publishing Network

Posted on April 28, 2006 11:09 PM

Google AdSense is currently the reigning King of contextual advertising services. But the King always faces challengers to the throne. Kontera, Chitika and Intellitext have managed to absorb a small piece of Google's market, but they've barely made a dent thus far. So who can take on the 100 pound gorilla? Only another gorilla. Enter Yahoo! Continue Reading

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A Kauai Paradise

Posted on April 22, 2006 07:23 PM

My family and I just returned from a wonderful week in Kauai, Hawaii. I'll say this. Six nights is not long enough to be in paradise. And a paradise it was... Continue Reading

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Cracker Barrel Junk

Posted on April 13, 2006 11:20 AM

I like the food at The Cracker Barrel. It's usually pretty good, whether we go there for breakfast or dinner. They have done a great job of positioning themselves as the "Old Country Store", a combination restaurant/retail shop, where every store is positioned on a major U.S. interstate. And every store looks virtually the same. Continue Reading

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Arbonne

Posted on April 10, 2006 12:50 AM

It's been just over a year since I first discussed my experiences with Arbonne, the multi-level marketing skin-care company. Since that time, over 600 comments have been posted to that single entry! Diehard Arbonne supporters and vehement detractors have enjoyed spirited discussion and debate via my blog. Isn't the Internet great? My take on the company remains the same. They have good product, albeit overpriced... and an unfair Internet marketing model that favors those who... Continue Reading

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My Space

Posted on April 8, 2006 12:55 AM

With over 65,000,000 members, Rupert Murdoch's My Space is a juggernaut in the online world. Sure, it is largely a wasteland of 18 to 22 year olds trying to "hook up" with each other. But I can see where the networking tools of the site can be used for those who aren't just looking for a "date". Continue Reading

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Me and Mini-Me

Posted on April 5, 2006 05:47 PM

Last week, I wrote about my encounter with Vern Troyer, the actor who portrayed "Mini Me" in the Austin Powers movies. It didn't go all that well. Regardless, I just received the photo that was taken with Vern and I want to share it with you... because I know how much you care. :-) Continue Reading

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The Power of the Mastermind

Posted on April 4, 2006 10:36 AM

I am currently in a top-secret location with an unnamed group of people. What do we have in common? We are all online entreprenuers. Why gather? Because when people get together and begin discussing their lives, powerful stuff takes place. Continue Reading

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The AdSense Code on Amazon.com

Posted on March 30, 2006 11:24 PM

It was a pretty exciting day yesterday. The UPS man dropped four boxes at my front door. I instantly knew what they were. Carrying the boxes insides, I quickly found scissors and gently cut the tape that sealed the cardboard boxes. It was just as I had expected. Books. Dozens of copeis of the same book. My book. It had finally arrived... Continue Reading

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Internet Marketing Conferences

Posted on March 29, 2006 01:25 PM

I occassionally receive email that looks like this... "Dear Joel, I have purchased your ebook and applied your strategies to my web pages. It's been a week and I am not making any money. It just doesn't work" Welcome to our microwave society. We want our popcorn done in sixty seconds. And if we can get someone else to put it in the microwave and prepare it for us, all the better. So what is... Continue Reading

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I Offended Mini Me

Posted on March 27, 2006 08:40 AM

I offended Vern Troyer, the actor who played the role of "Mini Me" in the Austin Powers movies. Why would I do such a thing? I didn't mean, to, but it happened anyhow... If you've been following my blog, you would know that I've been in D.C. attending Yanik Silver's Underground Seminar. Yanik was very clever in putting the seminar together. He gave the entire thing an "Austin Powers" secret agent feel, which each attendee... Continue Reading

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You're Joel Comm

Posted on March 25, 2006 07:39 AM

I can't tell you how many times people have walked up to me at Yanik Silver's Underground Seminar and said, "You're Joel Comm!" Usually, I get a dumbfounded look on my face, look down at my badge to confirm their suspicions, smile, and look back up them... saying, "why, yes I am!" It's an incredilby humbling experience, actually, because I'm the same guy that I was before anyone thought of me as the AdSense guru... Continue Reading

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Outing Tim Carter

Posted on March 24, 2006 11:19 PM

I'm coming to you live from Yanik Silver's Underground Seminar in Washington, D.C. I'm sitting in my hotel room with Tim Carter and Christopher Knight. We've just enjoyed a long meal at a fancy-schmancy restaurant a few blocks from the JW Marriott. And, of course, we've all got our laptops jacked in as we catch up with our email and discuss ways to capture more doubloons! But I have another reason for blogging tonight... Today... Continue Reading

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My Xbox 360 Has Arrived

Posted on March 7, 2006 10:59 PM

I am extremely impressed with the folks at TextPayMe.com. Not only is their "send funds by cell phone" service ultra-cool, but they have made good on their free Xbox 360 offer in record time! Continue Reading

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I'm A Guitar Hero

Posted on March 3, 2006 06:04 PM

I can't remember the last time I had so much fun playing guitar. No, I'm not talking about my Yamaha Strat knock-off or my Ibanez steel string. I'm talking about a plastic guitar with no strings and five frets. Huh? Continue Reading

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New AdSense Tracker Program

Posted on February 27, 2006 04:21 PM

If you are an AdSense publisher, you know that Google tells you very little about your ads. They tell you how many ads you have displayed. They tell you how many ads have been clicked. And they tell you how much money they are paying you. If you use channels, you are able to gather a bit more data regarding the success or failure of a page or an ad to deliver revenue. But other... Continue Reading

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Free XBox 360 Confirmed

Posted on February 26, 2006 10:23 AM

Yesterday I wrote about TextPayMe and their free service that allows you to send and receive funds from any cellphone. It's like PayPal, only more 21st century. I also mentioned that they have a cool referral program. Simply get 36 other people to sign up with their service and they will give you a FREE XBox 306. The people who sign up get paid $5 just for signing up as well. This morning I received... Continue Reading

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How I Won a Free XBox 360 in Less Than 24 Hours

Posted on February 25, 2006 12:00 AM

You've undoubtedly seen offers for free XBox 360's all over the web. Most of them make you jump through all kinds of hoops in order to get the goods. I just found an offer that anyone can take advantage of and win a free XBox 360! Seriously, read on... Continue Reading

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And My Cholesterol Level Is...

Posted on February 24, 2006 11:33 AM

Three months ago, I told you that my cholesterol levels were high. My LDL (bad cholesterol) was approximately 138. My total cholesterol was 214. My primary care physician immediately wanted to place me on Lipitor. I told him that I was not eager to get on this medication as I heard it had some long-term side effects. I also do not like the idea of becoming dependent on the chemical compound du jour. So I... Continue Reading

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Fishing with my son, the Night Elf

Posted on February 22, 2006 11:28 PM

I don't like fishing. I couldn't care less if I ever catch another fish the rest of my life. However, my alter-ego, Zorigon, enjoys fishing quite a bit. It's even more enjoyable when I am providing fish for my son, BRMadcat. Sound weird? It's just another day in the alternate universe known as World of Warcraft Continue Reading

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Big Kitty

Posted on February 21, 2006 08:48 AM

Several years ago, I owned a yellow tabby cat named Mr. Mew. Adopted as a tiny little kitten, Mr. Mew proceeded to grow and grow and grow. By the time he was three, he weighed over seventeen pounds. He was one big cat. Mr. Mew was a midget compared to this big fella... Continue Reading

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New Design Coming

Posted on February 11, 2006 11:05 AM

It's time for my blog to "grow up". This coming week, I will be updating joelcomm.com with a brand new design. It will have remnants of the old and a whole lot of new. Watch for it and let me know what you think! Continue Reading

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People Will Talk

Posted on January 27, 2006 10:11 PM

Yes, people will talk. And the things they will say are quite interesting. Ever since my AdSense ebook has come into the spotlight, my name has become more well known. Once your name is "out there", commentary and opinion is not far behind. So how do you know when you have "arrived"? Continue Reading

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Helping Kids Around the World

Posted on January 25, 2006 12:53 PM

We' ve all seen the commercials of orphaned children on late night television. The images tear at our hearts, but it is so easy for us to turn a blind eye to their plight. Ken Surritte is a great friend of mine. Not only is he a great guy, but he also has an extremely compassionate heart for people who are in need. Continue Reading

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My AdSense Feed

Posted on January 23, 2006 04:48 PM

I have recently started adding my AdSense articles to EzineArticles.com. It's a great way to distribute content to the masses. A cool tool they provide is the ability to create your own RSS feed of your articles, which is exactly what I have done. Continue Reading

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Car-Cast with Glenn Dietzel

Posted on January 22, 2006 12:41 AM

Just the other day I was telling you about Glenn Dietzel from Awaken the Author Within. I had the opportunity to spend a couple days with Glenn. We had a fabulous time getting to know each other and at the last minute decided to put together a podcast as I was driving him to the airport so he could catch his flight home. Since we recorded this in the car, I am calling it a... Continue Reading

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Edirol R-1 Digital Recorder for Podcasting

Posted on January 21, 2006 07:32 AM

When I was in Las Vegas, I spent a little time with Paul Colligan. Paul is an expert in Affiliate marketing. But recently he has began beating the drum for podcasting. Now admittedly, I have been slow to come to the podcasting table. However, after spending some time with Paul and Declan Dunn in Las Vegas, the light has turned on above my head. Ding! Continue Reading

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Affiliate Summit Special Workshop

Posted on January 8, 2006 07:52 PM

This morning, I had the privilege of speaking before sixty Affiliate Summit attendees in a special AdSense workshop session. The room was a bit large (cavernous, even), but I managed to communicate my strategies to the attendees just the same. Here are a couple photos taken by my friend Mark Widawer. Continue Reading

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The Leader - An Anonymous Poem

Posted on December 4, 2005 11:21 PM

Here's an interesting story out of Pakistan. Pakistan censors poetic salute to Bush by Isambard Wilkinson in Islamabad (12/05/2005) A poem in a school textbook has been removed by embarrassed education officials in Pakistan after it was found that the first letters of each line spelt out "President George W Bush." The 20-line anonymous poem, The Leader, lists the qualities of "a man who will do what he must" and bears a passing resemblance to... Continue Reading

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Big Seminar Atlanta 2006

Posted on November 29, 2005 05:40 PM

For the past few weeks, I have gone on and on about what I learned at Big Seminar in Los Angeles. I continue to review my notes from this conference and my mind is still reeling with ideas. And beyond that, I have began developing great relationships with people that I met at the conference. Continue Reading

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Affiliate Summit Las Vegas 2006

Posted on November 28, 2005 11:37 AM

Are you going to Affiliate Summit? This is the PREMIER event for webmasters and merchants online. My friend, Shawn Collins, tells me that the event is nearing sellout and record attendance. I would love to see you there! Continue Reading

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Big Seminar Afterglow

Posted on November 8, 2005 03:01 PM

I just got back from one of the the most educational and inspiring seminars of my entire life. My friend, Jeff Walker, suggested that I go to Armand Morin's Big Seminar in Los Angeles. On his advice, I registered just a couple weeks ago. It cost $2000, but I trust Jeff and took his advice. Words cannot describe the weekend I just experienced. Continue Reading

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TRS-80 Emulator Page

Posted on November 2, 2005 02:08 PM

In 1978, I was just a youthful fourteen-year old. But I knew the future when I saw it, and I wanted a piece of it. It was this year that Tandy released their first home computer, the TRS-80, via their Radio Shack stores. As soon as I saw this black and gray beauty, I knew I had to have one. Continue Reading

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HelpFox

Posted on October 31, 2005 07:53 AM

Here's a cool way to find all kinds of information on just about anything you can think of. The site is called HelpFox. Go ahead, click the link and enter something in the search field. You'll instantly have access to pages that contain the term in a number of categories, including encyclopedia, news, links, blogs, shopping and more. Your term will be highlighted in yellow everywhere it shows up on the page. Continue Reading

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Eureka Springs Cottage Apple Annies

Posted on October 29, 2005 12:36 AM

My family recently returned from a fall vacation to Eureka Springs. While it was unfortunately cut short by a death in the family, we still enjoyed a few days in a tranquil and beautiful setting. Continue Reading

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If You Gada Be, You Gada Be

Posted on October 13, 2005 01:32 PM

Uber-Geek, Chris Pirillo, has done it again. His new service, Gada.be, is a fantastic new meta-search that allows you to get results on any terms. You can save time and keystrokes. You can pull the results to your mobile device without much load time. You'll see results from Google, Yahoo, Amazon and many more with just a few easy keystrokes. Try it out! See what happens when you click http://joel-comm.gada.be I Gada Be Me! Continue Reading

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How does sixteen children sound?

Posted on October 12, 2005 01:13 PM

As a follow up to my entry from June 2, 2004, regarding the Duggar family of Fayetteville, Arkansas, they have added another child to the mix. This brings the total to sixteen (16)! And the parents say they would like MORE! Wow, courageous people... Read all about it Continue Reading

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Help Alex Get a New Kidney

Posted on October 6, 2005 01:46 PM

One of my best friends in the whole world is Mark Jones. I met Mark and his wife Rebecca when attending Trtinity Bible Church in Richardson, Texas. Mark was the worship pastor and we just gravitated towards each other. He and his family are the definition of kind and trustworthy. I love him like a brother and would do absolutely anything for him. *Though he did NOT ask me to do this...) Continue Reading

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Free Popcorn!

Posted on October 5, 2005 02:13 PM

Who doesn't like popcorn? Seriously... I just came across this offer from Dale & Thomas Popcorn, and wanted to pass it on for your culinary please. For the month of October (apparanty it is "Popcorn Month"), they are giving away FREE popcorn to their site visitors. Don't believe me? Click here for free popcorn. These folks make all kinds of gourmet popcorn, including peanut butter with white chocolate drizzle, toffee crunch, caramel and more. You... Continue Reading

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Thoroughly Disgusted with Cindy Sheehan

Posted on September 25, 2005 11:24 PM

One of my friends recently said to me, "I'm surprised you haven't written anything about Cindy Sheehan." Truth of the matter is, I have felt sorry for this woman. She is clearly being used as a pawn of the far-left radical socialists. She is allowing the tragic death of her son as a platform to advance anti-American ideals that are incredibly damaging to the war we are fighting. Here she is being carted away by... Continue Reading

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Play Free Games Online

Posted on September 23, 2005 12:50 AM

I will never forget the thrill of seeing my first video game. Pong opened the doorway to electronic gaming bliss and most in my generation have never looked back. I remember when Space Invaders and Asteroids came out, displacing the pinball machine as the game du jour. I remember begging my father for a Fairchild video game system, the predecessor to the Atari 2600. I remember playing games on my TRS-80 and being absolutely floored... Continue Reading

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Help! Mom! There are Liberals Under My Bed!

Posted on September 22, 2005 12:29 AM

Yesterday, I received a press release announcing a new book that my readers might find of interest. The book is called "Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed" by Katharine DeBrecht. Being a solid conservative, I got a laugh out of the title and had to read on to find out what the book is all about. Since I haven't read the book myself yet (but have ordered it), I will just post this... Continue Reading

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Blogging for ReveNews

Posted on September 13, 2005 02:24 AM

Thanks to my friend Jim Kukral, my AdSense ramblings are now being posted in blog format at ReveNews.com, a fantastic site for anyone who is seeking to make money online. I will be posting at least one article each week, perhaps more if the spirit moves me. Thanks to Jim and Revenews for the opportunity! Continue Reading

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The Failure in New Orleans

Posted on September 6, 2005 12:32 PM

Liberal democrats and the mainstream media have been incredibly quick to bash President Bush and the Federal Government for their handling of the rescue efforts in New Orleans. Sid Blumenthal, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. , and Molly Ivins shots off condemnation pieces within 24 hours of this tragedy, revealing their true colors once again. Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for a 9/11-style investigation of Katrina, seeking to point fingers and cause disruption for the President... Continue Reading

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Widescreen and Living Large

Posted on September 2, 2005 02:21 PM

Man, I've been wanting to get my hands on one of these babies for quite some time. Now that I've got one, you ought to see the smile on my face. The photo probably doesn't do it it justice as you can't get the overall sense of scale. But this 24" Dell Widescreen LCD Monitor is just what the doctor ordered. Crisp picture 1920 x 1200 resolution Plenty of desktop space to spare Dell charges... Continue Reading

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Google Talk Instant Messenger

Posted on August 24, 2005 12:06 AM

You knew it was bound to happen sooner or later. There is Yahoo Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, Aol Instant Messenger and ICQ. Now, the Big Dog of search engines has entered the instant messaging market with Google Talk. The beta is now available for download. Google Talk has a colorful and simple design, similar to their web site. Your Gmail account name is your Google Talk login. Not only can you instant message friends, but... Continue Reading

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Google AdSense Forums

Posted on August 23, 2005 12:20 AM

Google AdSense has becoming a primary source of income for many Internet publishers. The ubiquitous AdSense text ad has brought life into many sagging business models and created opportunity for mom and pop site owners to actually make some money. In response to many requests from the readers of my AdSense ebook, last week I quiety launched AdSenseChat.com, an online discussion board for site owners who use Google AdSense. Continue Reading

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The Internet Money Tree

Posted on August 22, 2005 02:43 PM

I've been in the Internet business for over ten years. (Wow, has it been THAT long?) During this time, I have seen the highs and lows of riding the Internet roller coaster. If I have learned one thing, it is that there is more opportunity out there than anyone really realizes. I sat down at my computer this past week and I started compiling a list of unique ways that I make money online. After... Continue Reading

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Joel Joel Joel

Posted on August 18, 2005 12:08 AM

An artist friend of mine sent me a sketch he did of me. I guess he was bored. Continue Reading

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World's Ugliest Dog

Posted on August 15, 2005 10:27 AM

My eyes! My eyes! I've seen some heinous looking animals before, but this dog is clearly the most hideous creature on four legs. Continue Reading

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Got Zip - Online Opportunity

Posted on August 10, 2005 01:39 PM

Every now and then I come across a site that takes a familiar concept and turns it into something new. I recently was introduced to Got-Zip.com, a fascinating concept that mixes geographically based shopping with a killer money-making concept. When you visit Got-Zip, the first thing you do is enter your zip code. Once in the site, you can read about this pretty cool opportunity to claim your own zip code territory and EARN commissions... Continue Reading

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Get Google-fied

Posted on August 4, 2005 01:05 PM

A friend pointed this little diversion out to me today. Want to be Google-fied? Go to Logogle.com and make your own start page. Check this out! Continue Reading

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Multi-Level Marketing and Arbonne

Posted on July 29, 2005 11:58 AM

My post on the Arbonne business has continued to generate a great deal of interest. So I've decided to post my take on multi-level marketing in general here to start a new thread. What are the problems with Multi-Level marketing? 1) Most people are not mature enough to work the business truly looking out for other people. Greed is a huge motivator in MLM. There is the facade of "I have something to tell you... Continue Reading

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My greatest hits

Posted on July 25, 2005 09:45 PM

You never know which blog entries are going to stir the most controversy or interest. Here are a few posts in which the conversation seems to keep going and going and going... To Arbonne or Not to Arbonne - My simple evaluation of the way the company conducts business online has turned into an all out battle of the Arbonners vs. Anti-Arbonners. I have NEVER said Arbonne was a bad business. In fact, I am... Continue Reading

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Firefox Mentor

Posted on June 23, 2005 12:01 AM

A few months back I really got sick of my computer always being slow and having system errors. As it turned out, many of the problems I am having are related to the Internet Explorer browser (surprise, surprise...) Some friends told me about a new browser called "Firefox". Continue Reading

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The New JoelComm.com Coming Soon

Posted on May 14, 2005 12:04 AM

I love my blog. I love that I can share whatever thoughts and ideas come my way and that people actually enjoy reading it. And I guess it really doesn't matter who reads it. I just enjoy blogging. It's my little corner of the web. However, my site is about to get a face lift. I have deciding to test the waters of Internet consulting. After all, I've got ten years of Internet experience and... Continue Reading

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A Case for the Internet

Posted on April 15, 2005 12:01 PM

I've been slaving away attempting to make sense of this thing we call the Internet. In order to put things in proper perspective, I have composed this paper which I hope will prove useful. Continue Reading

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Tomb Raider

Posted on April 14, 2005 12:18 AM

In 1996, Eidos Interactive came out of nowhere with a game that has become one of my all-time Top 10 computer games. (Maybe I'll do a top 10 series if I ever finish my 15 Best Movies of All Time) Continue Reading

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I Am the GMail King

Posted on April 9, 2005 12:18 AM

Or one would think I had an endless supply of GMail accounts! On February 9th, I announced that I had SIX (6) free GMail invites to give away. All six were given away fairly quickly. Yet to this very day, people are STILL leaving comments on my blog saying, "I want a Gmail account. Please reply." Hello? Anyone home? Bueller? I had six. Six. SIX! Stop asking! Well, now I have 50 more to give... Continue Reading

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To Arbonne or Not to Arbonne

Posted on March 29, 2005 06:40 PM

It is true. I am an Arbonne consultant. (Actually, that may be past-tense by the time you read this...) For those unfamiliar with Arbonne, they are a fast-growing company focused on health care and skin care products. They claim the products are all natural and most of the people who try them truly love them. The downside is that they are ridiculously expensive. Still, you get what you pay for. For the record, I have... Continue Reading

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Wicked the Musical

Posted on March 27, 2005 12:32 AM

About a year or so ago, I was looking for a novel to read and came upon a very interesting book by Gregory Maguire. It was called Wicked, and it was a work of fiction that retold the story of The Wizard of Oz from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West. Not for children, Maguire weaves a tale of fantasy, love and politics that turns the classic story on it's ear. It's... Continue Reading

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Ruidoso New Mexico

Posted on March 19, 2005 05:01 AM

We have just returned from Spring Break vacation with the kids. It's good to be home! We spent the week in Ruidoso, New Mexico, a quaint village in the southern Rocky Mountains. Near the base of Sierra Blanca (elev 12003), Ruidoso is a blend of old west charm, mountain wilderness and desert atmosphere. Known for being the stomping grounds of Billy the Kid, Ruidoso is also home to the Mescalero Apache Indians (who operate the... Continue Reading

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Warped

Posted on March 1, 2005 07:13 PM

Ron Enderland has been writing online for almost a decade (that's forever in Internet years). His bizarre sense of humor and keen insight into today's top stories has provoked many individuals to laughter and/or anger. Now, Ron is back as the Editor-in-Chief of Warped, a site devoted to the controversies of the day. There are no sacred cows, or chickens, in Ron's world. Check out Warped and find out just how strange people really are. Continue Reading

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Googling Myself

Posted on February 28, 2005 06:10 PM

Have you ever Googled your name? I just did a search for "Joel Comm" and Google spit out 44,300 results. Of course, this is nothing in comparison to some other names. Take, for example, my friend Chris Pirillo. 241,000 results. Not bad, Chris. Then there is Bob Rankin, driver of The Internet Tourbus. Bob outdoes me with 55,200 results. How about my man, George W. Bush? 12,200,000 results. Whoa. Even John Smith has a good... Continue Reading

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Win a Spongebob Squarepants Inflatable

Posted on February 17, 2005 10:42 PM

Spongebob is everywhere. He's on TV. He's at the movies. He's on tshirts, socks and underwear. He's on my watch (really...) Let's face it. Spongebob is a mega-superstar. Remember those Spongebob Inflatables that were being stolen from Burger King restaurants last year? My friend, David Lawrence, is giving away FIVE (5) of these Spongebob Squarepants inflatable characters via his web site and radio show, Online Tonight Enter to win one of these cool thingamajigs, and... Continue Reading

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Add Games to Your Web Site

Posted on February 10, 2005 03:24 PM

Are you a teacher or a webmaster? Do you have your own personal web site? Did you know that you can add a variety of fun games to your pages? It's a great way to build content and invite others to visit your web site. Barb Feldman has written a fabulous eBook called "How to Add Games to Your Web Site". It contains a boatload of fabulous tips and specific steps to take in... Continue Reading

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#8 - The Truman Show

Posted on February 1, 2005 12:00 AM

Who would have thought that the rubber faced wildman from In Living Color would become an accomplished actor? While not crazy about Ace Ventura, I thoroughly enjoyed Jim Carrey in The Mask. I even appreciated the dark turn he took in The Cable Guy. But it was his part as Truman Burbank in The Truman Show that caused me to truly respect Jim Carrey's talent. With a superb screenplay, excellent cinematography and a top-notch supporting... Continue Reading

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Rent DVDs and Games

Posted on January 29, 2005 10:09 PM

It is getting easier and easier to rent dvds and video games on the web. With BlockBuster and Wal-mart in the game, pricing is going down and service is getting competitive. I have used Blockbuster online for several months now and have been quite happy with the service. For $14.95/month, I can keep up to three DVDs at one time. On top of that, I can print out two coupons that I can take the... Continue Reading

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Lemmings Flashback

Posted on January 26, 2005 11:39 PM

If you have played computer games for many years, you may recall an early real-time strategy game called Lemmings. Available on many computer and video game platforms, Lemmings was one of the first truly addictive real-time strategy games that appealed to boys and girls (er, men and women?) The idea was simple. Escort a predetermined number of lemmings through a level by assigning them various skills, such as digging, building staircases, climbing, floating, bashing and... Continue Reading

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Oh the Irony

Posted on January 25, 2005 03:25 PM

Is Ted Turner relevant to anyone anymore? Listen to what this buffoon had to say at the National Association for Television Programming Executives's conference Tuesday. "While FOX may be the largest news network, it's not the best." (sour grapes because they are beating Turner's CNN?) He followed up by pointing out that Adolph Hitler got the most votes when he was elected to run Germany prior to WWII. He said the network is the propaganda... Continue Reading

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Farewell Riathamus

Posted on January 21, 2005 11:40 PM

It is with much fondness that I bid adieu to World of Warcraft. I've been playing my character, Riathamus, for just over a month, and I have experienced a great deal of what the game has to offer. However, the game is so enormous, so huge, and so seemingly endless, that I am in turning in my two-handed mace and calling it quits. This game is simply too good. It's too beautiful. It's too much... Continue Reading

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Richard Hatch is in Big Trouble

Posted on January 18, 2005 01:13 PM

Well, well, well. Look who is in deep dookie.. Richard Hatch, the first winner of CBS's "Survivor," was charged today with failing to report his $1 million reality TV windfall to the Internal Revenue Service. The below two-count criminal information, unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island, charges Hatch with filing a false 2000 tax return that omitted his seven-figure "Survivor" winnings. The nudity enthusiast, 43, is also charged with filing a false... Continue Reading

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The Aviator

Posted on January 15, 2005 11:11 PM

I just got back from seeing The Aviator with Leonardo diCaprio as Howard Hughes. I believe Leonardo has gotten a bum rap as an actor for some time. I liked him in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. I thought he was perfectly cast in Catch Me if You Can. And whatever else you say about Titanic, his part as Jack Dawson will go down in history. But as eccentric inventor/businessman/aviator Hughes, diCaprio should be awarded an... Continue Reading

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Rent My Forehead

Posted on January 11, 2005 04:54 PM

A friend pointed out an incredible thing to me today. There is a guy on eBay who is renting space on his forehead. HumanAdSpace.com is one person's 15-minutes of fame. Basically, for a fee this guy will tattoo a company logo or website url on his forehead for 30 days. He is getting a lot of media attention and is actually going to be appearing on Fox News Live. As of this writing, the bid... Continue Reading

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Home Design Software Reviews

Posted on January 10, 2005 09:49 PM

We are in the process of designing a new home which we intend to build this year. A few years ago, we bought two acres of land in our city. We have been holding on to it and think the time is ripe to place a home on the property. My father is an architect, so he is drawing the plans. Thanks Dad! But I thought it would be a fun thing to play with... Continue Reading

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Most Popular Blog Entries

Posted on January 6, 2005 02:07 PM

I've been reviewing the log files from this site and found out some interesting stuff. Following is a list of the most popular blog entries, along with reasons why the entry received lots of reads and/or comments. Tsunami Video - I originally linked to a video which was then taken offline. But people searching the web for the keywords "Tsunami Video" found my site and visited by the thousands. The Passion: Mel Gibson's Labor of... Continue Reading

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More about Tsunami

Posted on December 28, 2004 12:10 PM

The body count continues to climb in what is undoubtedly the greatest tragedy of human loss in my lifetime. As of this writing, it is estimated that upwards of 44000 people have been killed by the massive earthquake and tidal waves in Indonesia. The concept of waves moving at nearly 500 mph is staggering. This graphic demonstrates how this takes place. The whole thing seems so distant, yet is brought home by the heartbreaking photos... Continue Reading

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Tsunami

Posted on December 26, 2004 12:31 PM

The biggest earthquake to hit planet earth in 40 years hit Southeast Asia with a vengeance today, triggering tidal waves and tsunamis that have killed thousands of people. JAKARTA, Indonesia - The world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years triggered massive tidal waves that slammed into villages and seaside resorts across southern and southeast Asia on Sunday, killing more than 7,200 people in six countries. Tourists, fishermen, homes and cars were swept away by walls... Continue Reading

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Cell Phone Radiation

Posted on December 21, 2004 08:53 AM

Are we creating a generation of mutants? While reality TV may be hazardous to our health, I am talking about a different danger. Recent studies have shown that electromagnetic radiation from cell phones may be causing permanent physical damage. What they are finding is that there is a significant break to single and double DNA strands when animals are exposed to this form of radiation for extended periods. Think about it. We are continually wearing... Continue Reading

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World of Warcraft

Posted on December 20, 2004 10:41 AM

I friend recently recommended that I give a look at World of Warcraft, the latest MMORPG to hit the market. WoW comes with a boatload of hype, mostly due to the incredibly successful Warcraft: Orcs vs. Humans RPG series. WoW, however, is an entirely different beast than the previous games (which didn't interest me in the least). WoW is a fully 3D world teaming with life and critters of all kinds. Since I enjoyed Star... Continue Reading

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Google Radio Light

Posted on December 19, 2004 01:25 PM

I received a pleasant surprise on my doorstep yesterday, arriving via DHL. I love getting goodies at Christmas. This particular package was a gadget from Google. It is a very hip retro radio light with cycling luminescent colors. I don't really care about the AM/FM radio function, the light is pretty cool. Thanks Google! Continue Reading

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The DaVinci Code

Posted on December 16, 2004 09:07 PM

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown is absolutely everywhere. It's been on best-seller lists for ages. It's on the front racks at all the bookstores. Many people are buying into this work of fiction as though it were truth. Some in the Christian community are having a good time pointing out that it is indeed nothing more than fiction. The book has spawned a catalogue of additional works discussing the original. And Ron Howard is... Continue Reading

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Your Brush with Greatness

Posted on December 13, 2004 05:13 PM

I've been developing a new site with a cool gimmick. It's called DropThatName.com. Sounds kind of weird, huh? It's not like "hey my name is Rudolpho and I don't like it so I am going to drop it". Nope. Nothing like that. Drop That Name! is a place where anyone can brag about their "brush with greatness". Who doesn't like to tell tall tales of their encounter with politicians, movie stars, rock stars, authors and... Continue Reading

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Lego Mayor

Posted on December 9, 2004 12:00 AM

Someone on Deal of Day introduced me to an amusing online toy today. It is called The Mini Mizer, where you can picture yourself as a Lego character. Created by Chris Doyle of ReasonablyClever.com, this little gadget allows you to select from different heads, bodies, limbs and more to customize a Lego character that looks like whatever you want. Here is me, with the addition of an airbrushed goatee. Fun stuff, huh? To create your... Continue Reading

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Target BOOTS the Salvation Army

Posted on December 2, 2004 12:52 PM

I am ticked off at Target. We shop there regularly, but not today. You may ask "why Joel, why?", and I'll tell you. For years, the Salvation Army has stood in front of various department stores and chain outlets ringing their bells, spreading good holiday cheer and collecting funds for very worthwhile causes, such as feeding the hungry and clothing the poor. When I was at Target earlier this week, I remember noticing the absence... Continue Reading

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Black Friday Shopping

Posted on November 25, 2004 11:49 PM

What kind of Internet entrepreneur would I be if I didn't point out that today is Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year? And what kind of friend would I be if I didn't point you to Deal of Day in order to find the best coupons, deals and discounts that online merchants have to offer? I hate to toot my own horn (well, not really), but we have added more offers to... Continue Reading

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Left Coast Insanity

Posted on November 25, 2004 12:07 AM

It is political correctness and anti-God behavior gone nuts. From the Reuters news wire... LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California teacher has been barred by his school from giving students documents from American history that refer to God -- including the Declaration of Independence. Steven Williams, a fifth-grade teacher at Stevens Creek School in the San Francisco Bay area suburb of Cupertino, sued for discrimination on Monday, claiming he had been singled out for censorship... Continue Reading

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Oklahoma City

Posted on November 22, 2004 11:17 PM

It was on the same exact date last year that a friend and I drove to Wichita, Kansas to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform their annual Christmas concert. This year, we were fortunate enough to have the show come to the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. If you have never heard the TSO or been to a TSO concert, you are missing one of the greatest holiday treats of our generation. Simply put, it... Continue Reading

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Don't Mess with Dubya

Posted on November 21, 2004 02:32 PM

I just love this guy. The President is in Chile for an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. He is entering the cultural center and gets inside the building when he notices a scuffle taking place outside. As it turns out, Chilean security officials had detained one of Bush's Secret Service agents and were not letting him inside. The President went back outside, reached in to the crowd for his agent and pulled him in. End of... Continue Reading

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Keyhole

Posted on November 18, 2004 12:01 AM

Stop whatever you are doing. Really. Unless you are caring for your sick mother, desperately need to go to the bathroom or there is a tornado heading for your house, stop whatever you are doing. I have just installed one of the coolest applications I have seen in a long time. I'm sure you will agree. Earlier this year, I wrote about Microsoft's Terraserver, which give an ariel view of the US using USGS topographic... Continue Reading

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The Generosity Index

Posted on November 12, 2004 12:00 PM

The post-election banter continues, as the blue states bemoan the fact that the "hicks and hayseeds" in the red states have held them hostage by re-electing George W. Bush to the Presidency. Some on the fringe left have created a new map of North America divided in to two areas, with the west coast states, the Great Lakes states and New England lumped together with Canada (the United States of Canada) and the rest of... Continue Reading

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The Myth of Separation of Church and State

Posted on November 11, 2004 12:00 AM

Ask the average American which constitution the phrase "separation of church and state" appears in and the majority will look at you as though only a moron wouldn't know the answer to the question. The most common reply will be "The United States Constitution". Imagine the surprise of these same people when they discover that not only does the phrase NOT appear in the U.S. Constitution, but the words DO appear in a version of... Continue Reading

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America's Heart and Soul - My Comments

Posted on November 8, 2004 10:43 PM

Way back in July 2004, Disney released America's Heart and Soul without any fanfare. I reported about the release of the movie and indicated that I was eager to see it. While the film received virtually no screen time, it is now available on DVD. I finally viewed the movie tonight and I am perplexed as to why Disney did not put some promotion muscle behind this brilliant and inspiring picture! America's Heart and Soul... Continue Reading

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The Incredibles is, er.. are.. hmmm

Posted on November 7, 2004 11:54 AM

The Incredibles is Disney/Pixars' latest cash cow. Can these people do no wrong? Pixar has animated toys, bugs, monsters and fish. But one realm they had not covered to date was people. The wait is over. I took the kids to see The Incredibles yesterday and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The Incredibles is a story of super heroes who have been exiled by the government and the people, due to ever-increasing litigation incurred as... Continue Reading

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Toast, anyone?

Posted on November 5, 2004 01:07 AM

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Good Morning America!

Posted on November 3, 2004 09:37 AM

It's a great day to be an American! I just woke up after a few hours of sleep and feel like I have a political hangover. Yet, I can't take my eyes off it. Let's look at some incredible things that came out of this election... George W. Bush won the most votes EVER, beating even Ronald Reagan. George W. Bush beat John Kerry by over 3.5 Million votes, making him the clear winner. A... Continue Reading

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Four More Years!

Posted on November 2, 2004 12:18 AM

A collective sigh of relief is heard across the fruited plains... George W. Bush is the first President to win a majority of the popular vote in 18 years. The Republicans have picked up seats in both the Senate and the Congress, as well as what appears to be a Governor's seat. It is a good day for America. Continue Reading

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Voices of Iraq

Posted on October 25, 2004 03:41 PM

What would happen if you took 150 digital video camcorders to Iraq, handed them out to the people, and allowed them to film whatever they want? You get a film titled Voices of Iraq, an independent film hitting theatres October 29th. The filmmakers wanted to let the Iraqi people create the content for a documentary that would allow people to see what life is really like for those living in this war-torn nation. The producers... Continue Reading

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Vioxx Hysteria?

Posted on October 23, 2004 02:28 PM

And so, the litigation hounds once again are unleashed on the prescription drug community. This time it is over Vioxx, an anti-arthitic drug manufactured by Merck. Research has long pointed to the fact that long-term use of Vioxx may contribute to heart attacks and strokes. Perhaps the FDA didn't study the drug long enough. Perhaps the pharmaceutical companies are only interested in money. Perhaps people don't read the warning labels. And perhaps some were willing... Continue Reading

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W Ketchup

Posted on October 19, 2004 11:54 PM

For the majority of my life, Heinz ketchup has been a staple in my diet. It's good on hamburgers, hotdogs and french fries. But ever since discovering that Heinz ketchup is owned in part by the wife of Senator John F. Kerry, Heinz Ketchup has left a bad aftertaste in my mouth. I don't support Democrats. Why should my ketchup? Or so ask the creative folks at W Ketchup. What you have here is little... Continue Reading

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Stolen Honor - Must See TV

Posted on October 17, 2004 10:34 PM

Ok, so Michael Moore has had his day in the sun. Fahrenheit 911 infiltrated movie houses across America and succeeded in persuading a segment of the population with incredible distortions and outright lies. Now, the Kerry campaign and Democrats have forgotten that the First Amendment means free speech for EVERYONE. This would include Sinclair Broadcasting and their plans to air a documentary exposing John Kerry for who he really is. The documentary is called Stolen... Continue Reading

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Democrat Snake Oil, Anyone?

Posted on October 15, 2004 06:08 PM

Charles Krauthammer, writing for the Jewish World Review, has come out with an article that precisely nails down the problem with John Kerry and John Edwards. Highlights from Krauthammer's article... This is John Edwards on Monday at a rally in Newton, Iowa: "If we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up... Continue Reading

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Bush took Kerry to the woodshed

Posted on October 9, 2004 01:10 AM

The second Presidential debate took place this evening and President Bush took John Kerry to the woodshed on foreign policy and domestic issues. After an extremely disappointing first showing in last week's Miami debate, the President was focused, personable and knowledgable. Kerry came off as stiff, repetitive and a bit unsettled by Bush's strengths. The President made a strong case for the war in Iraq, the economy, the environment, stem cell research and numerous other... Continue Reading

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Arguing till I am blue in the face...

Posted on October 6, 2004 08:35 PM

About fifteen years ago, I started using bulletin board services online. These were pre-world wide web servers that ran out of people's homes. You would dial up the BBS on your 1200 baud modem and connect to a text-only based site. These sites would provide forums for discussion, information for reading and programs for downloading. Some of the more progressive boards had games you could play online, text only of course. Way back then, I... Continue Reading

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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Posted on October 3, 2004 10:18 PM

Mary and I had the opportunity to enjoy a "date night" on Friday. First we enjoyed a nice dinner at Johnny Carinos Italian restaurant. Next we went to the mall and pigged out on ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery (superior to Marble Slab in case you are wondering). Finally, it was on the cinema to take in a showing of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. I received a great deal of chastisement... Continue Reading

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In a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Posted on September 20, 2004 11:55 PM

The most requested DVDs of all time are finally going to be hitting the retail shelves today. Faster than you can say, "Use the Force, Luke", The Star Wars Trilogy DVD set will probably break all records for DVD sales. I know that I will be contributing my $45 to George Lucas's pocketbooks as I plan on picking up my copy on my way to work today. If you can stand to wait a few... Continue Reading

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'Twas the Night Before Jesus Came

Posted on September 18, 2004 10:54 PM

As we approach the holiday season (yes, Christmas will be here before you know it), I am reminded of a poem that I first heard of about a dozen years ago. It is a take-off on 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. The poem subscribes to the theology that says Jesus Christ will return for true Believers one day in an event called the Rapture of the Church. If you read any of the books in... Continue Reading

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Six: The Mark Unleashed

Posted on September 15, 2004 01:27 AM

After the somewhat scathing replies I got regarding my review of the Christian film, Gone, I am somewhat reluctant to step up to the plate again. Regardless (or irregardless if you want to annoy people), I will now attempt to convey my thoughts on a film I viewed today. Six: The Mark Unleashed is a futuristic end-times thriller focusing on the coming one-world government and the ubiquitous "mark of the beast" which must be taken... Continue Reading

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Oprah hands over the keys

Posted on September 13, 2004 12:28 PM

I've never been a huge Oprah Winfrey fan. I've probably watched three entire shows my whole life. But I do appreciate the positive spin she has taken her show these past years. Instead of doing the Jerry Springer "dregs of society" type shows, she has sought to elevate her show by featuring encouraging and inspiring stories. From time to time, she has been known to provide her entire audience with a year's supply of dogfood... Continue Reading

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Attack on America: A Memorial

Posted on September 12, 2004 09:21 PM

Even though this is the day after the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on America, I came across a fantastic memorial site. I am dismayed that the media has done a blackout on showing 9/11 footage. I think we need to see it now more than ever. The attention span and memory of the average American is too short. Hopefully, the American people will not forget this horrific attack as we approach in incredibly important... Continue Reading

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Bush vs. Kerry - Who is more compassionate?

Posted on September 10, 2004 06:16 PM

I came across some very interesting information regarding the history of charitable contributions for the President and Senator Kerry. Check this out. John Kerry's charitable contributions from 1991-1995 Kerry's returns from 1995 and earlier, before his marriage to Heinz, have sometimes attracted criticism over the issue of charitable giving. In 1995, according to published reports, Kerry reported a taxable income of $126,179, and charitable contributions of $0. In 1994, he reported income of $127,884, and... Continue Reading

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Campaign Commercials

Posted on September 7, 2004 07:13 PM

Serious or superfluous? Truth or propaganda? These are some of the questions we must ask as we view political campaign commercials. Often influential and sometimes backfiring, political parties and their public relations teams attempt to discuss the issues of the day and portray their candidate as the best man for the job. Often, this entails little more than communicating how their opponent is the worst man for the job. The Living Room Candidate is a... Continue Reading

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Al Gore Pulled over for Speeding

Posted on September 4, 2004 01:16 AM

I have nothing personal against Al Gore. I'm sure he's a very nice person if you get to know him. I think his policies are attrocious and I can't thank God enough that he lost the Presidency. But he's in the news again and its a humorous story. A police officer in Oregon pulled over a speeding vehicle, only to find out it was none other then the former democratic candidate for President. Most of... Continue Reading

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George W. Bush IS Presidential

Posted on September 3, 2004 02:42 PM

I watched the President last night and was inspired. It is so refreshing to have a man in the White House who is "real". I know, I know. The Dems will scream about how "stupid" I am for believing the "lies" of the Bush administration. Save your breath. Your comments will be deleted. After surviving eight years of the worst Presidency to ever curse the White House, I can spot a liar and a con... Continue Reading

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Hurricane Frances heading for Florida

Posted on September 3, 2004 12:01 AM

As I write, a huge hurricane is headed for the Florida coast. This is the second one in a matter of weeks, only this one looks to have more devastating potential than the last one. "Frances" is tracking to the East Coast at about 10 MPH and is showing winds up to 140 MPH. 2.5 million people have been instructed to clear out if they value their lives. I can't imagine what it must be... Continue Reading

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Zell Miller Hits a Home Run!

Posted on September 2, 2004 12:01 AM

Zell Miller is a Senator from the great state of Georgia. Previously, he was Governor of the state. On Wednesday night, he stood before the delagates of the Republican National Convention, and all of America (and the world) via television, and gave one of the most impassioned speeches I have heard in some time. He clearly made the case for why we MUST re-elect President George W. Bush for a second term of office. Here's... Continue Reading

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George W. Bush: Faith in the White House

Posted on August 29, 2004 03:16 PM

Over my lifetime, I have seen a handful of Presidents come and go. From my earliest memories of Richard Nixon to our current President, each have brought their own beliefs and personality to the White House. I remember that Ronald Reagan was a man of quiet faith. Jimmy Carter was supposed to have been a born-again Christian, though his failed policies leads me to believe he was listening more to special interest groups than to... Continue Reading

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And I thought I was hairy!

Posted on August 25, 2004 01:14 PM

I am a hairy man. I can't help it. As soon as I turned thirteen I became a human chia pet. But compared to this chinese guy, I am Telly Savales. Yu Zhenhuan of Shanghai is China's hairiest man. 96 percent of his body is covered with hair. Zoiks! Continue Reading

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The Internet Wayback Machine

Posted on August 20, 2004 12:59 AM

Remember the Rocky and Bullwinkle show? "Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!" Among the other characters that were featured on this classic cartoon were a pair named Sherman and Mr. Peabody, in a bit called Peabody's Improbable History. In this toon, Mr. Peabody (the dog) would send Sherman to a period in time to see living history. The machine he used was called the WABAC (pronounced "wayback" machine). Fast-forward to... Continue Reading

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The Journey of Desire

Posted on August 16, 2004 11:29 PM

What do you want? This is the question that we must ask ourselves, digging deep into our souls to discover that which drives us onward. In The Journey of Desire, John Eldredge ignites that spark that may light the flame of desire within, moving aside all that we think we want in order to make room for the deeper desire that can bring us true fulfillment. Eldredge writes in down-to-earth terminology. He communicates eternal truths... Continue Reading

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Look, up in the sky!

Posted on August 12, 2004 02:03 AM

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, its the Perseids! No, I am not nuts. The Perseids is a meteor shower that has been around since the time of the Civil War. From Space.com... "The Perseids are the result of stream of debris in space laid down by comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the Sun every 130 years and spends most of its time in the far reaches of the solar system. On each... Continue Reading

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I, Robot

Posted on August 9, 2004 10:55 PM

Mary and I just got back from the theatre. There isn't much out there worth seeing, so we sat in for a viewing of I, Robot, with Will Smith. I have never read Isaac Asimov's both that inspired the film, so I cannot comment on whether or not it was true to the original. On it's own, the story was very average, with few surprises. The special effects were incredible. I just can't imagine how... Continue Reading

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Marble Blast

Posted on August 7, 2004 11:00 PM

I came across a fun little game a few days ago and have enjoyed diverting a few moments of my spare time to playing it. It is called Marble Blast and it is a simple yet addictive! Using the ASWD keys and your mouse, you simply roll your marble across a suspended platform, attempting to reach the finish line as quickly as possible. Obstacles, such as zero-gravity space, stairs, ramps, bumpers, mines and more, are... Continue Reading

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The REAL Story on John Kerry's Military Service

Posted on August 5, 2004 01:29 AM

The Swiftboat Veterans for Truth have come out with a brief commercial spot telling the truth about John Kerry's military service. It is a devastating blow to the lies and fabrications that Kerry/Edwards are telling on the campaign trail. Americans deserve to know the truth, and these REAL war heroes are putting themselves on the line to speak it. Click here to view the commercial Continue Reading

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Real Love in the Real World

Posted on July 31, 2004 11:52 PM

Mary and I attended a marriage conference at our church the past two days. It featured Gary and Michael Smalley of the Smalley Relationship Center. Gary is a best-selling author and speaker, with over 30 books in print. He has spoken to millions regarding relationships, marriage, parenting and so forth. His son, Michael, is equally gifted, and now has a counseling center and his own syndicated radio talk show. The seven hours spent in the... Continue Reading

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Spiderman, brick by brick

Posted on July 30, 2004 02:04 AM

Spite your Face productions has done it again! These folks may have too much time on their hands, but their creativity with Legos and film is unsurpassed. Their latest effort is Spiderman: The Peril of Doc Ock and it is a must-see! Click here to enjoy the film. Continue Reading

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John Kerry: Self Humiliation

Posted on July 28, 2004 05:49 PM

There is no better tool to defeat John Kerry than his own words. A new eleven-minute video is now available online. It is John Kerry, in his own words, basically falling on his sword. It is a conservative's dream and I am certain we will see some of this video in Bush commercials this campaign season. Liberals BEWARE! It will take much courage to watch this video. Definitely more than watching Michael Moore's schlockfest. Take... Continue Reading

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Is there no shame?

Posted on July 26, 2004 05:13 PM

The culture of death continues to make inroads into all that is good and decent about America. Take this latest item now available at the Planned Parenthood online store. I won't link to this site because I refuse to send them any traffic. But take a look at what they are selling! I am skeptical that many people would buy this shirt, let alone actually wear it, but just the fact that Planned Parenthood is... Continue Reading

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Picture of an Idiot

Posted on July 24, 2004 12:10 AM

Richard Swift, from The Colony, TX (near Dallas), is facing felony animal cruelty charges for wrapping duct tape around the snout of his brother's Labrador retriever, whose barking was bothering Swift. The poor dog, named Bull, suffered heat stroke and was later euthanized. Swift, who gagged the dog on a day that temperatures hit 95 degrees in the Dallas area, was released from the Denton County lockup after posting $4000 bond. He faces a maximum... Continue Reading

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Virtual Keyboard: Dead or Alive?

Posted on July 23, 2004 12:50 AM

One of the more popular articles on this site has been my review, and the subsequent discussion, of the IBIZ Virtual Keyboard. I received a review unit of the VKB and was led to believe that it was an IBIZ unit. As it turns out, the unit was manufactured by Enterprise Capital in Israel. Each side claims that they have severed ties with the other and it has gotten ugly. It seems that litigation is... Continue Reading

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Keystone, Day 2

Posted on July 16, 2004 10:51 PM

What a busy day! We started out with some breakfast and then a chairlift ride to the top of Keystone mountain. We were fortunate to have good weather this morning and the view from the top was spectacular. Zach and I decided that we would hike down the mountain, figuring it would take us an hour or so to make the 2000 foot, 3-mile descent. As it turned out, it took us 90 minutes and... Continue Reading

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Beaver Creek to Keystone

Posted on July 15, 2004 11:27 PM

We checked out of Beaver Creek around noon today, leisurely packing and enjoying the remainder of our stay. Jenna wanted to try the bungee trampoline, so we let her bounce for a few minutes before we left the resort. I think the height intimidated her, but she had fun. The drive from Beaver Creek to Keystone was less than an hour, but we stopped in Frisco en route to get something to eat. We enjoyed... Continue Reading

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Beaver Creek, Day 2

Posted on July 14, 2004 10:01 PM

I'm wiped out. It's not that we did a LOT today, but combining the altitude with the activity seems to have taken its toll on me. We started the day with a complimentary breakfast at the lodge. Bread, cereal, fruit, etc. Then it was off to the Steve Jones Stables for horseback riding. We scheduled a one hour scenic ride. All four of us are a bit more seasoned riders than we were a few... Continue Reading

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Boulder - Days 2 and 3

Posted on July 12, 2004 11:01 PM

One of the reasons we wanted to get out of Oklahoma and visit Colorado was because of the intolerable heat. Ninety degree days just don't agree with us. Wouldn't you know it... Boulder is having a heatwave! According to the temperature gauge in the minivan, it got up to 98 degrees today! Needless to say, we didn't feel much like hiking of being outside. However, since it is so beautiful here, it is hard to... Continue Reading

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Colorado Vacation 2004

Posted on July 10, 2004 11:41 PM

It seems like forever since we last had a family vacation. You might remember our last trip was a doozy. Since that time, I have traveled to Boulder, Colorado and Reno, Nevada on business. But this is the first chance we have gotten to pack up the minivan and hit the road! We left town around 10 am this morning and pulled into Louisville, Colorado (just outside Boulder) around 7:30 pm MST. It was an... Continue Reading

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Time Out of Joint

Posted on July 8, 2004 12:45 AM

One of my all time favorite movies is The Truman Show. In fact, when I get around to it, it is the next movie due up in my series of The 15 Best Movies Ever. (Yes, I am LONG overdue...) This past week, I was in Borders Books and I wandered into the sci-fi aisle. I've been doing a lot of non-fiction reading lately, so I thought it would be a good time to find... Continue Reading

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America Bless God

Posted on July 4, 2004 03:30 PM

The 4th of July. Independence Day, 2004. Time to barbeque and enjoy fireworks with family. But how many of us pause to take in the true significance of this holiday? How many of us remember the freedoms that so many died for? How many recall the courage of our Founding Fathers who risked their very lives in order to follow that which God had called them to do? America. A city on a hill where... Continue Reading

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Spiderman 2

Posted on July 3, 2004 12:22 PM

Before you go any further, I must tell you that this article is NOT a movie review. Rather, it is a smack to the side of the head of Activision regarding the release of the new PC game of the same name. Available last week, amidst much hype due to the release of the movie, Spiderman 2: The Game was promised to be an extremely open-ended game where you had all of Manhattan Island to... Continue Reading

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The Clinton Legacy

Posted on July 1, 2004 02:46 AM

Here is a great find. For years, diehard Clinton supporters have stuck by the former national embarrassment, applauding what a fantastic President he was. In my estimation, he will go down in history as little more than a blip. Yet, tell that to the people who waited up to EIGHT HOURS in line to get an autographed copy of My Life, Clinton's autobiography which even the New York Times called "sloppy, self-indulgent and often eye-crossingly... Continue Reading

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Everquest? Yawnquest...

Posted on June 30, 2004 09:31 PM

In my quest for the perfect online game, I have past by Everquest for several years now. However, I was reading a PC game magazine and saw that they were offering a 30-day free trial to the game. So I went to the site and downloaded an enormous 1.26 GB file. I installed it and signed up as Remotheus, a warrior of some sort or another, with devotion to some god of love. I figure... Continue Reading

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America's Heart and Soul

Posted on June 28, 2004 11:40 PM

Now HERE is a movie that Americans need to see, and its not that anti-American Michael Moore propaganda. Opening at theatres nationwide on July 2nd is America's Heart and Soul, a Disney film full of inspiring stories and vignettes that reveal that REAL America and what makes it the best place in the world to live. Louis Schwartzberg set off for the fruited plains with his camera and the hopes of capturing what makes America... Continue Reading

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Looking for a new adventure

Posted on June 25, 2004 02:00 AM

I have been wanting to find a new PC game to play, of the massive multiplayer style. I went through my Star Wars Galaxies addiction last year. I played City of Heroes for about 3 weeks recently, before getting bored. And I am having a difficult time finding something new that peaks my interest. I tried the Sim onlines for about 10 minutes when it came out last year. Yawn. I downloaded a free trial... Continue Reading

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Shadowmancer - A classic battle between good and evil

Posted on June 23, 2004 04:29 PM

I just finished reading Shadowmancer by G.P. Taylor. I bought it for my son to read and he really enjoyed it. On his recommendation, I gave it a read. A fantasy novel with a spiritual twist, Shadowmancer turned out to be a pretty good read. In the past, authors such as Frank Peretti and Randy Alcorn have managed to write some excellent Christian fiction that dealt with the spiritual dimension, that being the world of... Continue Reading

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The cough that wouldn't go away

Posted on June 21, 2004 12:55 PM

I have been sick for three weeks now. I'm not complaining. I rarely get ill, so this is just unusual. I don't know that I have ever coughed my head off like I have been these past few weeks. Tried decongestants, antibiotics, vitamins, hot soup and lots of sleep. I've got what I call a "hanger-onner". It just doesn't want to let go. So, its a rambling day for me as I sit in bed... Continue Reading

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My private jet

Posted on June 18, 2004 04:33 PM

How cool would it be to have your own private jet? Shoot, I'd settle for having the money to charter my own private jet! It's such a pain dealing with the major airlines. I hate the cramped cabins, the smell, the uncertainty of flight schedules, dealing with their policies, attempting to book a flight. I just hate it all. Ah, but a private charter jet! Check out this beautiful Cessna... There are those who say... Continue Reading

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Buying a DVD Recorder

Posted on June 15, 2004 11:12 AM

A few years back, I purchased a Pioneer DVD recorder for my home PC. I enjoyed burning a handful of videos onto disc (home movies), but I haven't really gotten much use from the unit. Incompatibility problems, buggy drivers and other obstacles have made it a bit less attractive then when I first purchased it. I've had my eyes on a DVD recorder for my home theater ever since that time, pining for the day... Continue Reading

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I Have Seen the Light, and It is Red

Posted on June 10, 2004 12:01 AM

A Review of the IBIZ Virtual Keyboard Up until now, portable keyboards for PDAs have been clunky and fragile This review is being written on a device the size of a cigarette lighter with a keyboard that is invisible. I am speaking of the IBIZ Virtual Keyboard, a new device from IBIZ Technologies that combines infrared and laser technology to deliver a keyboard that is both functional and portable. Using a standard laser, the VKB... Continue Reading

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Taco no bueno

Posted on June 9, 2004 12:32 AM

Oh, the humanity! Man Allegedly Assaults Taco Bell Employee With Chalupa DES MOINES, Iowa -- A man who claimed he didn't get the taco he paid for has been charged with assault for allegedly pelting a Taco Bell clerk in the face with a chalupa. Nancy Harrison told police she was working the drive-through Thursday night when Christopher Lame, 24, ordered some food. He later came into the store, complaining he didn't get the taco... Continue Reading

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Gone - A Review

Posted on June 8, 2004 01:10 AM

Several years ago, I remember going to the theatre with Mary to see a Martin Short film called Clifford. It took us about 15 minutes to walk out of the theatre and request a refund, something I had never done before or since. It was THAT bad. We just got done watching a movie that makes Clifford look like Shakespeare. Over the years, Christian film-makers have lagged behind secular filmmakers for lack of creative scripts... Continue Reading

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Zuma Zuma Zoom

Posted on June 7, 2004 01:12 AM

Parents, hide your children. Children, hide your parents. The computer game industry is turned on its ear with a game so vile, so addictive, so hazardous, that we have called upon the U.S. Government to impose new regulation banning it from the internet. Is it the latest incarnation of Grand Theft Auto? Is it the upcoming Doom 3? No, ladies and gentlemen. This is a stealth game. It looks harmless, but it pulls you into... Continue Reading

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Ronald Reagan - 1911-2004

Posted on June 5, 2004 06:29 PM

It is a very sad day in America, and indeed, the world. Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States of America has left this world and entered eternity. I was still a young skull full of mush when Reagan took office. I had not yet learned critical thinking skills and I believed many of the lies that were spoken of him in the liberal media. My conservative awakening took place in 1988. It... Continue Reading

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Me and my sidekick, revisited

Posted on June 4, 2004 03:30 AM

Earlier this year, I went to my local T-Mobile store and purchased a Sidekick, a unique cell phone and PDA that is pretty slick looking. T-Mobile has a 14-day trial period, so I took advantage of it, not really sure if I would want to keep it. Plus, I had already decided that I would be returning this phone as I found I could get it cheaper on Amazon.com. The phone retails for $350, but... Continue Reading

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The Amazing Race - Season 5

Posted on June 3, 2004 12:20 PM

The Emmy Award-Winning "Amazing Race" has not been victorious in the ratings race. In fact, there was a question of whether or not CBS would bring it back for another season. I am thrilled to announce that they have indeed renewed the show and the premiere of Season 5 is to take place on July 6th. My Tivo will be capturing every moment. Eleven teams of two, bound by some sort of relationship (father/son, best... Continue Reading

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If Eight is Enough, what is Fifteen?

Posted on June 2, 2004 06:13 PM

I thought two kids was challenging. Check out the Duggar family of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Michelle Duggar just gave birth to her 15th (yes, that is FIFTEENTH) baby this past week. She is 37 years old and she must be an amazing woman. Extra extra. Read all about it Continue Reading

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Memorial Day

Posted on May 31, 2004 01:08 PM

For all who have gone before to ensure our freedom and libery, I offer you a heartfelt "thank you". Thank you for your sacrifice. It has not been in vain. Glenn Beck did an incredible audio essay on Vietnam, but it is very appropriate for a day such as today. It is ten minutes long and worth every second. Have a tissue handy. Click here to listen Continue Reading

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Remembering 9/11, once more

Posted on May 28, 2004 01:34 PM

I've written of Glenn Beck in the past. He is currently my favorite syndicated talk show host, presenting an excellent mix of politics, religion, humor and satire, mixed together with some of the best production values I have ever experienced. Like many of us, Beck is tired of the media focusing on the wrong things, such as repeatedly "reporting" the abuses in the Iraqi prisons. A couple days ago, he did a little 6-minute piece... Continue Reading

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Google Adsense

Posted on May 25, 2004 05:47 AM

Over the past few years, Google has come on strong as a leader in the Internet search engine industry, giving Yahoo!, MSN and AOL a run for their money. With an initial public offering just around the corner, can anything stop this behemoth? I hope not. I love Google! One of their most recent additions to the site is their pay-per-click advertising program, Google Adwords. Here's how it works. You advertise your site on Google... Continue Reading

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I always feel like somebody's watching me

Posted on May 22, 2004 12:05 AM

Satellites are roaming the atmosphere, seeking out interesting sites. Actually, Microsoft's Terraserver contains 3.3 tera-bytes of high resolution USGS aerial imagery and USGS topographic maps. Basically, you can get an up close and personal aerial view of just about anywhere in the United States. Here is our home town of Edmond, OK. Zooming in reveals our house. It is the house on the bottom with the white car in the driveway. It's a great deal... Continue Reading

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The Dreamgiver

Posted on May 21, 2004 02:09 AM

I recently read a book that has given me much to think about. It is called The Dream Giver, by Bruce Wilkinson (of The Prayer of Jabez fame). The Dream Giver is actually two books in one. The first portion is a modern-day parable that tells the story of Ordinary, one who dares to leave the Land of Familiar in order to pursue his Big Dream. The second half discusses the meaning of the parable... Continue Reading

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The Swarm

Posted on May 19, 2004 12:17 PM

When I was a child in the Chicago suburbs, I recall one summer that our city was completely overrun by cicadas, those noisy flying insects that swarm by the thousands and leave their shell behind when they are finished with them. Cicada casings were absolutely everywhere. It was pretty darned cool. They're back! This time they are invading the east coast of the states along with a few states in the midwest. Literally, trillions of... Continue Reading

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City of Heroes

Posted on May 17, 2004 01:23 AM

Call me Mr. Wonderful. No, its not Mary's pet name for me. And no, I don't have a super-inflated sense of self. Mr. Wonderful has been my alter-ego these past two weeks in City of Heroes, a massively multiplayer online game recently released by Cryptic Studios. The fictional location of Paragon City has had a difficult time lately. What with an alien invasion and several gangs of thugs battling it out for control of the... Continue Reading

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A Reminder

Posted on May 15, 2004 03:04 PM

With the mainstream liberal media attempting to distract the American public by focusing on what is taking place in Iraqi prisons, let's not forget exactly why we are in Iraq and what the war is really all about. Continue Reading

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Survivor All Stars

Posted on May 9, 2004 11:06 PM

I am a Survivor fan and I am not ashamed to admit it. Tonight was the finale of Survivor All Stars, where 18 former Survivor contestants came back for another chance to win $1,000,000. Even thought Boston Rob Mariano schemed his way to the final two, along with his new love, Amber Brkich, I thought he was deserving of the money. As it turned out, Amber won by one vote. However, it was a moot... Continue Reading

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The Final "Friends"

Posted on May 7, 2004 02:00 PM

When Friends came to NBC ten years ago, Mary and I loved the program. We recorded it every week and rarely missed an episode. About three years ago, we completely lost interest in the show. Tons of sex jokes and too many on-again off-again relationships contributed to changing the channel. On top of that, Survivor was scheduled in opposition to Friends. However, we did want to see how the series ended. As far as series... Continue Reading

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Maestro Zachary

Posted on May 4, 2004 12:00 AM

I am one proud papa tonight. Zachary has been taking piano lessons since he was five years old. It took him a while to get going, but he has steadily improved over the years. Like his mom and dad, he has a natural love for music. This past year, I have noticed a marked difference in his playing. I am very impressed with the skill he has developed since turning twelve! Tonight was his piano... Continue Reading

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Eliminate Spyware

Posted on May 3, 2004 03:28 PM

A couple months back, I discussed my trials and tribulations with Spyware, the insidious software that automatically installs itself on your PC when you visit certain web pages. Once installed, it proceeds to hijack your machine by delivering annoying pop-up advertisements, unwanted browser toolbars, and generally causing havoc with your computer. I have recently discovered a new program which has been extremely effective in removing spyware from my computers (yes, I had it on THREE... Continue Reading

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GameZNFlix.com - Update 4/28/2004

Posted on April 29, 2004 12:00 AM

My investment in GameZNFlix.com is starting to pay off. Trading as GZFX on the OTC bulletin board exchange, this little penny-stock company has got guts. As mentioned in a previous entry, Ben Curtis of "Dude, you're getting a Dell" fame was on CNBC Wednesday afternoon and he talked about the company. He will be featured in three commercials to be broadcast nationally in early May. The stock hit a high of .14 today and is... Continue Reading

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Abortion Rights?

Posted on April 28, 2004 12:00 AM

It's gonna get heavy folks. Hang tight. On the heels of Sunday's "Pro-Choice" march in the nation's capitol, I continue to be dumbfounded by the rhetoric of these people. Underneath the surface of "women's rights" lies multitudes of women wounded by their choice to kill their own babies. Let's face it. This argument is NOT about abortion. It is about whether or not the "fetus" in the womb is a life. If it is not... Continue Reading

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It's quiet. It's too quiet.

Posted on April 27, 2004 12:02 AM

I just haven't had a lot to say lately. I've been working on developing some new sites. Check these out. QuotesPlace.com - interesting quotes from famous people, movies, books, proverbs and more. Smartpedia.com - Online encyclopedia with tons of books on a variety of topics. I am planning on getting to #8 in my 15 Best Movies Ever series. Soon. Continue Reading

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Reno, Part Deux

Posted on April 22, 2004 06:14 PM

The conference in Reno is going great. What a fantastic opportunity to face-to-face with so many of the people whom I have had the opportunity to work with online. Back in a 1996, I had the privilage of being interviewed for the now-defunct Boardwatch Magazine by the infamous Bob Rankin, a tech guru from the dark ages of the online world. Dr. Bob, as he is known online, is the originator of the Internet Tourbus... Continue Reading

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Reno, NV

Posted on April 21, 2004 09:47 AM

I'm in "The biggest little city in the world", Reno, Nevada, attending a meeting of the minds with other Internet entrepreneurs. Strolling through the streets of Reno last night left me quite unimpressed with the city. It feels like a throwback to 1970's Las Vegas, only cleaner. We dined at a very expensive, yet mediocre, buffet. But the highlight of the evening was visiting with some of the other attendees, each from a different niche... Continue Reading

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Books for Soldiers

Posted on April 19, 2004 01:08 PM

Want to support our brave soldiers in a material way? Here is a fantastic site that provides a way that anyone can participate. Books for Soldiers is a soldier support site that ships books, DVDs and supplies to deployed soliders and soldiers in VA hospitals, via a large volunteer network. If you have old, but usuable paperback books sitting around, collecting dust, why not send them to a solider for a big morale boost? Continue Reading

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Florida is ready for the 2004 Elections

Posted on April 18, 2004 12:00 AM

After the hanging chad debacle of the 2004 elections, the State of Florida has come up with a new voting booth that makes it simple enough for everyone get it right. Continue Reading

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John Kerry: Tax Invaders Game

Posted on April 17, 2004 12:05 AM

The Republican National Committee launched a new web game today that illustrates the massive tax increases required to pay for John Kerry's promised spending. Earlier this week the RNC unveiled the Index De Le Miserables, which calculated Senator Kerry's promised spending, promised tax increases, and unidentified tax increases. Senator Kerry's IDM was 20.46 the same as Carters MI in 1980. "John Kerry has promised $1.9 trillion in new spending and that�s just on the... Continue Reading

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Rent Video Games Online

Posted on April 16, 2004 12:15 PM

We interupt our regularly scheduled blog for this public service announcement. GPlay is the Internet's place to rent video games online. Simply select the games you want for your Playstation, Playstation 2, X-Box, Gamecube or Gameboy Advance, and Gplay will ship them directly to your home. There are NO late fees, NO due dates, unlimited rentals, free shipping (both ways) and over 1900 titles to choose from. Get a FREE two week trial now! Rent... Continue Reading

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Cloning now a reality?

Posted on April 15, 2004 12:07 PM

When I first saw the advertisement for the Godsend Institute, my first thought was "well that was only a matter of time". Along with the smiling, happy faces appearing on the banner ad which I clicked on, the ad presented this text... "When God fails you, come to Godsend. Cloning made simple" The slick web site presents a company with a service on the cutting edge. The Godsend Institute has perfected the art of cloning... Continue Reading

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Liberal Radio Network BOMBS

Posted on April 14, 2004 03:01 PM

It's fun to be right. It really is. Last month, I predicted the early demise of Air America, the liberal radio network featuring the very unfunny Al Franken. This story appeared on Drudge Report today. After just two weeks on the air, Air America Radio, the fledgling liberal talk-radio network featuring Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo, appears to have encountered serious cash-flow problems. The CHICAGO TRIBUNE is developing a story, insiders tell DRUDGE, on how... Continue Reading

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Cute? Or not so much?

Posted on April 13, 2004 01:26 AM

Here's a new site that takes the traditional rate-a-photo gimmick and adds a family-friendly twist. CuteOrNot.com allows you to upload your own image, or the image of your pet, and vote on how cute each man, woman or pet is! I put a photo of Socrates on the site, and he is doing really well. Upload your photo and vote! Continue Reading

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Let it Ride

Posted on April 12, 2004 08:47 PM

Ashley Revell is a British man who was vacationing in Las Vegas. He decided to sell ALL his possessions, including his clothing, and wager his life savings on the spin of a roulette wheel. The 32-year old man took $135,000 to the Plaza Hotel last month, did some low-stakes gambling, and then proceeded to bet the whole amount on Red. With a little less than 50/50 chance of winning, due to the two green spaces... Continue Reading

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Happy Resurrection Day!

Posted on April 11, 2004 12:00 AM

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. - Matthew 28:6 Click here to read more about Easter Continue Reading

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The President's Easter Message

Posted on April 9, 2004 10:18 AM

President Bush today opened his Easter greeting by citing Luke 24:34: "The Lord is risen indeed." He then went on to say: I send greetings to Christians around the world as they gather to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus' life and teachings continue to speak to every generation, and Christians believe his miraculous Resurrection provides hope for the future and offers us the promise of new life. Through His ministry and sacrifice, Jesus... Continue Reading

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The Passion Breaks Records

Posted on April 8, 2004 12:33 PM

The continuing story of the Passion of the Christ continues to make big news in the entertainment industry. As of this writing, the film has grossed $333,000,000 in the United States. It has grossed an additional $99,000,000 internationally, and it set a record for a single day opening in Italy just last night. It now ranks as the #10 top grossing film of ALL TIME. Look at some of the movies it has passed... Continue Reading

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Punting Gizmo

Posted on April 7, 2004 11:01 AM

I don't know why, but this sad story got my attention. A couple idiots took someone's 2-pound Yorkie and punted it like a football, killing the poor pup. A Priest Lake man killed his neighbor's 2-pound miniature Yorkshire terrier by kicking it into the air like a football, police said, and authorities have charged him with animal cruelty. Jelani Lewis and Jessica McKenzie say they are outraged at the death of their 17-year-old pet, Gizmo... Continue Reading

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The Spelling Bee

Posted on April 5, 2004 11:01 PM

Admittedly, my tastes run a bit eccentric. I don't enjoy odd films just because they are odd. Maybe I am odd. Anyhow, I ran across a documentary that I just had to have. It promised thrills, excitement and all the fun that is inherent in a National Spelling Bee contest. For real! Spellbound is a fascinating and fun film that follows eight children in their quest to become National Spelling Bee Champion. The eight children... Continue Reading

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Dude, you are getting a game!

Posted on March 30, 2004 09:46 AM

I've been telling you about a newcomer on the video game/DVD rental market, GameZNFlix.com. They have finally launched their new site and they just announced that Ben Curtis (the former spokesman for Dell Computer) is going to be appearing in their new television commercials. This is a huge coup for GameZNFlix.com as they seek to compete with Netflix in the huge DVD rental market. The thing that makes their company different is that the monthly... Continue Reading

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Help Coty-Girl Win!

Posted on March 24, 2004 02:08 PM

Want to do a good deed? Here's an opportunity to help someone in need with one click. Coty-Girl is a dog that was featured on 11Alive News in Atlanta, GA. Coty-Girl has been diagnosed with Cushing's Disease and she requires a very expensive diet. Her owner is strapped for cash but knows that Coty-Girl needs the food. Prescription Diet is currently running a contest for a one-year FREE supply of food for the winner. Coty-Girl... Continue Reading

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#9 - Brazil

Posted on March 20, 2004 12:57 PM

I am WAY overdue on this entry in my 15 Best Movies Ever series. Sorry about that, but I wanted to watch the film again before writing about it and recently got around to it. I know, I know. You were checking my blog every other minute just hoping the review was forthcoming. Wait no longer! #9 is a love-it or hate-it film by Monty Python alumnus Terry Gilliam. The only American in the troop... Continue Reading

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GameZNFlix.com

Posted on March 19, 2004 01:45 PM

As a follow up to my entry on VeeGeez.com, I am still holding a position in the company, now renamed GameZNFlix. The company is trading on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol GZFX. The new GameZNFlix.com is going to go up against NetFlix, the leading online place to rent DVDs. GameZNFlix has a different plan. They will be renting DVDs AND video games for one low monthly fee. This is a great plan, in... Continue Reading

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Happy Birthday Mary!

Posted on March 18, 2004 05:35 PM

Today is my sweetie's Birthday. Mary is loving, intelligent, creative, witty, beautiful, fun and as godly a woman as I could ever ask for. She is an incredible blessing in my life, a great mother to our kids, and I love her with all my heart. Happy birthday, Sweetie! Check out Mary's blog! Continue Reading

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Caption-This!

Posted on March 18, 2004 12:00 AM

A few days ago, I posted a humorous photo of two penguins and asked people to submit a humorous caption to go with the photo. It has been one of the more popular entries on my blog, so I decided to do a spin-off and launch a photo caption site! Check out Caption-This.com, where you can enter a humorous caption for a different photo each day. There is also a referral feature built in so... Continue Reading

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Click this

Posted on March 14, 2004 02:22 PM

Some recommended links if you have nothing better to do: Top Grossing Movies of All Time - as of this writing, The Passion of Christ is at #23 A Tasty Snack Food TV Game Show fun The Word Spy - just what IS a metrosexual anyhow? "Use the Force, Luke" Continue Reading

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Seussical the Musical

Posted on March 12, 2004 12:00 AM

About three years ago, I came upon the soundtrack for Seussical the Musical at Amazon.com. Seussical is a Broadway production based on the works of the late Dr. Seuss. The story follows many favorite Seuss characters including The Cat in the Hat (the Narrator), Horton the Elephant, Mazie McBird, Gertrude McFuzz, a cast of Who's and many more favorites, in a family-friendly joyful walk down memory lane. My family and I have worn out the... Continue Reading

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Caption Me!

Posted on March 11, 2004 09:09 AM

This series of images is just begging for a caption. Is your creativity sparked?Put your caption in the comments field below. Continue Reading

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Excuse me, do you have change for $1,000,000?

Posted on March 9, 2004 12:49 PM

This is hilarious. Wal-mart cashiers are not necessarily the nuclear physicists of the world (and neither am I), but Alice Regina Pike of Georgia apparantly believes they are dumber than a box of rocks. The 35-year-old woman tried to pass a $1 million bill at one of Walmart's superstores. The Covington Police Department reports that Pike was attempting to pay for $1671.55 in merchandise with a $1,000,000 bill. The Wal-Mart clerk called over her manager... Continue Reading

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Dark Side of the Rainbow

Posted on March 7, 2004 12:42 AM

What happens when you combine one the best-selling rock albums of all time with one of the best films of all time? Strange stuff. Filmed in 1939, The Wizard of Oz is an enduring classic from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Who hasn't delighted in the wonderful tale of Dorothy Gale and her journey into the weird and wonderful land of Oz? Dorothy, Toto, Tinman, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda the... Continue Reading

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George W. Bush Campaign Ads

Posted on March 4, 2004 02:22 PM

Right on time, the Bush campaign 2004 has released their first set of television ads. The ads are extremely positive and a wonderful alternative to the nasty attack ads the democrats have been running. However, the democrats are having an absolute hissy fit that there are images of the World Trade Center in the Bush ads. They claim it is "insensitive" to use the terrorist attack as a political event. Once again, they fail to... Continue Reading

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DictionaryWords.net

Posted on March 2, 2004 04:53 PM

Here's an incredibly useful site for you. DictionaryWords.net is a fantastic reference resource. Do a search for a single word or term and it will pull up results from several sources, including The CIA World Factbook (2002), WordNet, Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, The Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms, The Jargon File, Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary, The Collaborative International Dictionary of English, The U.S. Gazetteer, The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, Elements Database and Easton's 1897... Continue Reading

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The Passion of the Christ - My Review

Posted on March 1, 2004 03:18 PM

I saw The Passion of the Christ last night. I have to agree with something Glenn Beck said after viewing the film. It's unreviewable. Yet, there is so much to say. I hope you will endure my babbling to find something worthwhile in the words to come. By now, you have heard about this movie. I have been writing about it for nearly 9 months now as the opening day has drawn closer. One entry... Continue Reading

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Now THAT is a Pig

Posted on February 27, 2004 02:38 PM

Holy Moly. May I present to you dinner for the entire state of Rhode Island. This pig was a 1900 pound porker who died just last week. He made his home in China and the owners are appealing to the Guiness Book of World Records on his behalf. The pig belonged to Xu Changjin, a farmer of Wafangdian city in China. Xu said that he had kept his pig in a nicely built sty... Continue Reading

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America's Rabbi Speaks Up

Posted on February 27, 2004 12:00 AM

Michael Medved is not alone in speaking out against those who would attempt label The Passion of Christ as "anti-semitic". Rabbi Daniel Lapin, known on the national airwaves as "America's Rabbi", has written a thoughtful article taking his fellow Jews to task. Lapin states: Those Jewish organizations that have squandered both time and money futilely protesting Passion, ostensibly in order to prevent pogroms in Pittsburgh, can hardly be proud of their performance. They failed at... Continue Reading

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Posted on February 26, 2004 12:00 AM

Another project from the Central Command at InfoMedia, Inc., BuyersUniverse.com has launched today! Looking for the best deal on any product? Enter it in the search form and away you go. This engine will hook you up with the best deals currently found on eBay. Congratulations to Darkwolf for breathing life into this project. BuyersUniverse.com - Everything Online" href="http://joelcomm.com/buyersuniversecom_everything_o.html">Continue Reading

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Shopping for Books

Posted on February 24, 2004 12:28 AM

Darkwolf (my technical guru) messed with some free scripts and put together my own Amazon.com book store. Essentially, you can browse this site and find anything and everything that you would find at Amazon.com. In fact, when you go to make your purchase, you'll actually be making it from Amazon.com. AllBooks.info - Slick, huh? Continue Reading

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Loose change. Its whats for dinner.

Posted on February 18, 2004 02:20 AM

From the "people do the strangest things" department... Hundreds Of Coins Found In Man's Belly French doctors were taken aback when they discovered the reason for a patient's sore, swollen belly: He had swallowed around 350 coins - $650 worth - along with assorted necklaces and needles. The 62-year-old man came to the emergency room of Cholet General Hospital in western France in 2002. He had a history of major psychiatric illness, was suffering from... Continue Reading

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The Passion - Watch out, here comes Jesus

Posted on February 10, 2004 11:02 AM

In what may be a shocker to Hollywood, but I have predicted all along, Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ is set to be a blockbuster. Here's the latest story from Variety magazine... 'Passion' poised for heavenly B.O. (Variety) The movie that couldn't find a distributor a year ago is now poised to become this year's first surprise hit. Though not a single television ad has aired for "The Passion of the Christ" two weeks... Continue Reading

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First thing ya know, Old Jed's a millionaire...

Posted on February 7, 2004 12:12 AM

All she wanted was some time alone in the reading room. Instead, Leila LeTourneau of Longview, Texas returned from work late Monday to find crude oil covering her home�s floors and spilling from the toilets, bathtub and sinks. Experts have told her the oil kind of �burped up.� This is a hoot! It's a good thing she wasn't actually "doing her business" when the well sprung! Read the entire story here Continue Reading

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VeeGeez.com

Posted on February 6, 2004 02:42 PM

Last week I wrote about a new site I found, VeeGeez.com. VeeGeez is an online video game rental site. They intend to do for home video game rental what NetFlix did for the home DVD rental market. Well, they launched their new site this week and it looks GREAT! VeeGeez has some competition from GameFly and GPlay, but I think their site is better than the competitors. I am watching this one as an investment... Continue Reading

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Order Flowers Now

Posted on February 4, 2004 10:31 AM

We interupt this blog for a shameless advertising plug... If you are planning on ordering flowers for your sweetie for Valentine's Day, I HIGHLY recommend GrowerFlowers.com. I have ordered from them many times and the flowers are very fresh, lasting much longer than flowers from other growers. These flowers are shipped direct from the grower and they guarantee you will be thrilled with the quality! Now is the time to order for Valentine's Day. Get... Continue Reading

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#10 - Groundhog Day

Posted on February 2, 2004 12:17 AM

Not be confused with my groundhog day rant a couple weeks back, this entry concerns itself with the title of the Bill Murray film from 1993. Caddyshack was funny. Ghostbusters was trendy. The Razor's Edge was dramatic. But Groundhog Day is Bill Murray's finest hour and comes in at #10 on my list of The 15 Best Movies Ever. Groundhog Day is the story of Phil Connors (Murray), a cynical weatherman who feels he is... Continue Reading

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Seabiscuit

Posted on January 31, 2004 04:27 PM

Mary and I rarely go to the movies these days. I hate going to a crowded theater with people who talk during the film or make incessant noises as they scarf down their popcorn and jujubees. We are far more likely to enjoy a film in the comforts of our own home. We rarely see a film until it has come to DVD. Last night, we watched Seabiscuit. While I did not live through the... Continue Reading

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Where in the world have I been?

Posted on January 29, 2004 12:09 PM

Found this great site as a result of visiting Joel Blain's blog. Thanks Joel! MyWorld66 has a great tool that allows you to input the countries and/or states you have visited, and then creates a map the graphically displays where you have been. It's pretty slick. create your own visited country map create your own visited states map Continue Reading

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All Your Big Macs Are Belong To Us

Posted on January 25, 2004 10:14 PM

Did you know that a fast-food diet is bad for your body? Seriously. Morgan Spurlock decided a documentary of him eating nothing but McDonalds for 30 days would make a fascinating film. What he found out was far less fascinating. After just a few days of McDonalds food, three times a day, Spurlock was sick as a dog. It may actually make for an interesting film. Read the whole story Continue Reading

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Stumble Upon

Posted on January 21, 2004 12:15 AM

I "stumbled upon" StumbleUpon.com yesterday and have added their free toolbar to my Internet Explorer. A fantastic concept, the StumbleUpon toolbar allows you to easily rate sites and leave comments if you like the site. I recommend downloading the toolbar and giving it a go. Click the button below for more info. Oh, and one more thing. If you DO install it, please visit this blog again and click the "I Like It!" button. Thanks! Continue Reading

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And on the eighth day, God created Legos

Posted on January 20, 2004 12:08 AM

Incredibly creative is the phrase I use to describe a site that I found today. It is called "The Brick Testament" and it will amuse and inspire you. The Reverend Brandon Powell Smith has recreated scenes from the Holy Bible using nothing but Legos. Yup, we're talking about the classic children's building toy being used to recreate the Greatest Story Ever Told. See the Creation story presented frame by frame. Find out why Isaac and... Continue Reading

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Coke or Pepsi?

Posted on January 14, 2004 01:34 PM

I used to drink soda like crazy ("pop" for those of you in the north). I quit pouring liquid sugar down my throat several years ago (I opt for solid sugar these days), but many people still enjoy the refreshing fizz of colas. My personal preference is Coke. How about you? Tell these folks about it and you could win $10,000. Click here! Continue Reading

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Me and my sidekick

Posted on January 13, 2004 11:30 PM

I have been wanting to get my hands on a PDA/phone that would allow me to have wireless access to the web and email. The technology is finally at a level where the download speed is tolerable, so I have been shopping around for a unit. Today, I took a leap of faith and purchased a T-Mobile Sidekick. T-Mobile allows you to try out their products for 14 days. If I am not happy, I... Continue Reading

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Groundhog Day

Posted on January 12, 2004 08:02 PM

Groundhog Day? Not the movie, the holiday. (Thought I WILL be talking about the movie as I continue my series on The 15 Best Movies Ever). Why talk about ">Groundhog Day today? Because from what I just learned, the great majority of you have no earthly idea what day it falls on! Somehow, Mary and I got into a discussion about Groundhog Day and she asked me when it was? I said, "Seriously? You don't... Continue Reading

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#11 - Magnolia

Posted on January 10, 2004 01:55 AM

I have love. I just don't know where to put it. What can we forgive? It's been a couple weeks since my last review in the series titled, The 15 Best Movies Ever, but I now know why it has taken me so long. Initially not on my top 15 list, but a runner-up, I have been wanting to watch Magnolia for several weeks. Tonight I finally got the opportunity to do so. It is... Continue Reading

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Tivo or not Tivo? No brainer!

Posted on January 6, 2004 12:05 AM

When I look back on the past few years of technological advancements, several computer-driven products cause me to wax eloquently. My iPaq 3835 has been a trusty PDA for almost two years. But it has lost its shine and there are newer models that have stolen my affections. My Dell laptop rocks, but in a mere few months I am certain its big brother will find me coveting at its front door. My Pioneer CD... Continue Reading

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The Truth about Radical Democrats

Posted on January 4, 2004 07:57 PM

It is my belief that the large majority of voting democrats have little to no idea what the radical wing of the party really stands for. The party that for so many years has rallied their voters based on fear and lies continues to do so while the masses sleep. MoveOn.org, an organization that is unable to live up to its own name as they are still living in the crushing Presidential election of 2000... Continue Reading

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A picture is worth 1000 words

Posted on January 2, 2004 05:32 PM

I just LOVE that this clown is going to be the Democrat nominee for President! Bush is going to cream him. And they poked fun at Bush for appearing in a flight suit. How about this bozo with a cheese hat? LOL Here are some quotes attributed to King Cheesehead... "I wish we were so smart to have figured out the Internet thing� - Newsweek August 11, 2003 "We've gotten rid of him [Saddam Hussein... Continue Reading

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Happy New Year!

Posted on January 1, 2004 03:01 AM

Well, here we are in 2004. So far, it feels a lot like 2003. We had a great time with friends tonight. In fact, the last guests just left for the evening (It's 3 am!) We missed the ball in Times Square, but we did get to view the celebration in Oklahoma City at Midnight. Here is a cool panoramic view of Times Square with Dick Clark and a cast of thousands. Continue Reading

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Posted on December 29, 2003 11:13 PM

I have been a computer gamer ever since I encountered Space Invaders on my TRS-80 (that REALLY dates me) about 25 years ago. Dozens of computer games are published every year, but only a handful of those I try actually keep my attention for the duration of the game. The last game to do so we Star Wars Galaxies (which has since lost my attention and I am cancelling my account). I had a great... Continue Reading

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Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 25, 2003 12:00 AM

Christmas. It evokes thoughts of Santa Claus, reindeer, snow, presents, wrapping, shopping, a warm fireplace on a chilly night, children anticipating the big day, and time spent with family and friends. My hope for you is all of the above. But even moreso, my hope for you is that the real meaning of Christmas will land smack dab in the middle of your heart... and never leave. Christmas is Jesus. Christmas is the birth of... Continue Reading

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Christmas Eve!

Posted on December 24, 2003 12:18 AM

The most wonderful day of the year is almost upon us! Continue Reading

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#12 - The Sixth Sense

Posted on December 18, 2003 08:45 AM

M. Night Shyamlan is a modern day Alfred Hitchcock. To date, he has made several films, including Unbreakable (with Bruce Willis) and Signs (with Mel Gibson). I thoroughly enjoyed both of these pictures, but it is his first film that has stayed with me as unforgettable. I am speaking of #12 in my series of The 15 Best Movies Ever, The Sixth Sense. In this film, Shyamalan proves he is the new master of suspense... Continue Reading

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Weapon of Mass Destruction Found!

Posted on December 14, 2003 01:44 PM

Eight months after the war in Iraq began, our brave men and women in the Middle East have delivered up a Christmas gift to beat all gifts. Saddam Hussein has finally been captured! What? You mean that Bush didn't wait until it was politcally expedient to gain votes at election time? How can that be? Oh, the democrats must be beside themselves today. Not only do they have Howard Dean as their leader from the... Continue Reading

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Don't Mess with the Man!

Posted on December 12, 2003 01:28 PM

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#13 - The Princess Bride

Posted on December 10, 2003 12:01 AM

Hello. My name is Indigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. By most standards, The Princess Bride should have been no more than a mere blip in the history of cinema. The fairy-tale story of the handsome hero, of the beautiful damsel held against her will by an evil prince, and of the sappy happily-ever-afters undoubtedly attached to the end has been endlessly repurposed by Hollywood again and again. However, when Rob Reiner... Continue Reading

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Where's the Mayor?

Posted on December 8, 2003 06:42 PM

Things have been hectic lately. Lots of traveling. One month on the road with family. One week in Chicago with family over Thanksgiving. Three nights in Boulder, Colorado for an Internet conference. And now its time for the Christmas rush. Jenna's birthday is next week. Gotta buy gifts. Gotta work. Gotta remember to stop and smell the roses. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. Deep cleansing breaths. Inhale. Exhale. There, don't you feel better? #13 in my Best... Continue Reading

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Adding Games to Your Web Site

Posted on December 6, 2003 01:10 AM

Yesterday I told you about Barbara Feldman and SurfNetKids.com. Barbara sent me a copy of her ebook, How to Add Games to Your Web Site, and I am suitably impressed! If you run a web site for kids or teens, or if you just want some free cool content for your own site, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of Barb's ebook. Imagine adding crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, arcade games and... Continue Reading

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Light a Fire

Posted on December 5, 2003 12:59 PM

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting a fellow 'net pioneer this week. Barbara Feldman of SurfNetKids, one of the best kid sites writes a nationally syndicated article, writes books and keeps up with a handful of web sites. She is a really neat lady with great ideas! Barbara's latest feature is an inspirational flash movie called Light an Educational Fire. If you are parent, teacher, grandparent or if you are in any category that... Continue Reading

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Boulder, Colorado

Posted on December 2, 2003 04:20 PM

Yes, I just got back from Chicago. No sooner than I drove home for the airport and dropped my family off at home did I get back in the car and drive BACK to the airport. Destination? Boulder, Colorado. Reason? I'd tell you, but it is highly classified. Actually, I am at a "meeting of the minds" with a roomful of Internet entrepreneurs. Boulder is beautiful and the weather is great. Wish you were here. Continue Reading

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#14 - Memento

Posted on November 27, 2003 06:25 PM

What is the nature of memory? How accurate is your memory? Is it possible that your memories didn't really happen as you remember them? These are just some of the questions you may ask yourself when you get past the initial "wow" factor after seeing Memento, one of the most original thrillers ever put on celluloid. Memento is the story of Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce), a man who suffers from the inability to make new... Continue Reading

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Thanksgiving

Posted on November 25, 2003 10:18 AM

When we were on our month-long road trip, one of our key stops was in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the place where the pilgrims first set foot on the continent after disembarking the Mayflower. Click here to read about our journey to this historic location. And click here to learn more about the first Thanksgiving. One of the stops on our trip was in Niagra Falls, Canada. While we were there, we visited a church. As it... Continue Reading

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Steve Tyrell - LIVE!

Posted on November 23, 2003 03:37 PM

Mary and I had the opportunity to escape for a rare "date night" last night, and what a great night it was! We started the evening with dinner at Cascata Ristorante, a fine Italian dining establishment in Edmond. The atmosphere was charming and it was a pleasure to be waited on by a very professional wait staff. It all looked quite good so we decided to order two plates and share them. We ordered the... Continue Reading

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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra - LIVE!

Posted on November 21, 2003 03:22 PM

About six years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to a new Christmas CD by The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. For those not familiar with the band, they are all rock and rollers, many with a heavy metal background. Their first album, Christmas Eve and other Stories is unlike anything I've ever heard before. It's a rock opera. It's spiritual. It's progressive rock. Simply put, it is an album that captures the essence of Christmas better... Continue Reading

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Incredible Illusion!

Posted on November 20, 2003 02:36 PM

This is wild. Click to view this image. You will think the image in animated. Focus on one area and you will notice that it is not. But the area around it will appear to be animated. Wild! The image is about 500K, so it may load slowly on dialup connections. Continue Reading

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#15 - That Thing You Do

Posted on November 19, 2003 09:32 PM

We start my list of the Best Movies Ever (from my personal DVD collection) with an unlikely candidate. That Thing You Do (1996) makes the cut at #15 because, well, it just makes me feel good! Written and directed by Tom Hanks, That Thing You Do manages to take a trite, cliched storyline, add a perfect supporting cast and a hook that won't let go, and turn it into pure movie magic. The film tells... Continue Reading

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Best Movies of All Time

Posted on November 16, 2003 02:22 PM

I've been scouring my extensive DVD collection lately, attempting to figure out what makes a great movie. Certainly, films have the potential to entertain us. But a real filmmaker wants to do more than make us laugh or cry. True cinematic art is manifested in an engaging storyline, convincing acting and masterful directing that trancends the big screen, either affirming or transforming the way in which we see our world. As a Christian, I view... Continue Reading

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The Matrix Revolutions

Posted on November 14, 2003 03:07 PM

A little background... I LOVED The Matrix. I was confused by my first viewing of The Matrix Reloaded, though a a second viewing helped me assimilate the film a bit more. I still thought it was very weak next to the original. Yesterday, I placed the reviews of the critics behind me and decided to take in a viewing of Matrix Revolutions without preconceived notions. I was pleasantly surprised! --- WARNING - SPOILERS! --- Am... Continue Reading

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My Political Compass

Posted on November 13, 2003 02:10 AM

Where are you on the political compass spectrum? Ultra-conservative? Bleeding heart liberal? Take the Political Compass test and find out! Here is my chart. Click it for a larger version. Continue Reading

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Day 31: Almost home!

Posted on November 4, 2003 09:44 PM

A completely uneventful driving day. We traveled from Knoxville, Tennessee to Conway, Arkansas today, covering 550 miles of Interstate 40. Fortunately, the weather was very nice. The mountains helped add to the scenery as well. We arrived in Conway around 7 pm or so, grabbed dinner at Fazolis, and checked into the Best Western. Tomorrow we complete our journey and hope to be home in time for Wednesday night service at church. I can't believe... Continue Reading

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Day 29: King's Dominion

Posted on November 2, 2003 06:34 PM

We checked out of the Red Roof Inn around 9:30 or so and drove a few miles to Paramount's King's Dominion Theme Park in Doswell, Virginia. I purchased tickets online last night to save a few bucks. We checked Socrates into the kennel at the park and went on our way. Our first stop was the Spongebob Squarepants 3-D attraction. It was a standard theater/simulator ride with 3-D effects. The ride was very jerky, but... Continue Reading

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Day 28: Arlington Cemetery

Posted on November 1, 2003 08:47 PM

We had a casual morning, taking our time to get packed up and on our way. Packing is such a hassle and I do not look forward to "the big schlepp" each time we leave. I have streamlined the procedure a bit more with each stop, but we are also acquiring more souveniers along the way, so the van is getting more and more stuffed. We left our hotel around 12:30 pm and went to... Continue Reading

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Day 27: Never Forget

Posted on October 31, 2003 10:38 PM

Today we visited The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. As a Jew, I have been wanting to see the museum for a long time. I knew it would be a "must see" if I ever made it to Washington. I'm not sure I can put my experience into words, and perhaps it is best that I don't even try. I don't want to minimize my visit into simple cliches. I'll sum up by saying this... Continue Reading

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Day 26: We the People

Posted on October 30, 2003 06:53 PM

Once again, we got an early start and walked all over the place. We started by going to the Washington Monument, the tallest structure in D.C. It stands 555 feet high and is truly an awesome site. We took the elevator to the top and got to look out some very small windows in each direction. Of course, there are many others attempting to get a good view, so we didn't have much time to... Continue Reading

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Day 25: The Smithsonian

Posted on October 29, 2003 08:42 PM

Woke up bright and early to begin our tour of the Nation's Capitol. We found a subway station just across the street from the hotel and were at The Mall in a few minutes. Bam, there we were, surrounded by the greatness that is Washington, D.C. The Washington Monument to my left; the Capitol Building to my right; and The Smithsonian beckoning to us from all directions! It was my first glimpse of the city... Continue Reading

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Day 24: Gettysburg

Posted on October 28, 2003 09:49 PM

I'm not sure how to put today's experience into words. As i reflect on our visit to Gettysburg, I feel overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of information and emotions that I have yet to fully assimilate. We started the day by checking out of the Red Roof Inn in Harrisburg and driving to Gettysburg. It was around 1 pm when we arrived at the visitor center. I examined the CD audio driving tours and settled... Continue Reading

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Day 23: Chocolate Heaven

Posted on October 27, 2003 06:06 PM

We left Philadelphia early this morning and jumped on the highway towards Hershey, Pennsylvania. The kids have been looking forward to our visit to Chocolate World for the whole trip, so the anticipation had been building. Hershey's Chocolate World was just plain fun. Pulling into the parking lot gives you the feeling of, "Uh oh, there goes the diet!" The first thing we did was check out the free Chocolate Tour Ride, a Disney-style track... Continue Reading

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Day 21: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Posted on October 25, 2003 09:03 PM

Our time at the Conwell Inn has been great. The room is very nice and they have had some sort of breakfast downstairs every morning. When I took the dog out this morning, I was pleased to see a hot waffle iron and cups of batter. I surprised Mary and the kids with fresh waffles to get the day off on the right foot. Unfortunately, Mary hasn't felt good the past couple of days, so... Continue Reading

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Day 20: Let Freedom Ring!

Posted on October 24, 2003 09:11 PM

It was another walk in the footsteps of our Founding Fathers. The city of Philadelphia is where the Declaration of Independence was composed and signed. We can trace much of that which makes America great to the heart of this old city. We started the day by hopping a bus downtown. If I had known how crowded the bus would have been, I think we would have taken a cab. Anyhow, we arrived downtown and... Continue Reading

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Day 17: A Bite of the Big Apple

Posted on October 21, 2003 09:15 PM

We had a horrible night at the Quality Inn in Lyndhurst, NJ. It was supposed to be a non-smoking room, but the odor was there just the same. I went to the front desk and they gave me an ionizer to use in the room. We gave it a shot, but it didn't do the trick and the odor was giving Mary a headache. It was late and the kids were already falling asleep, so... Continue Reading

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Day 14: The Freedom Trail

Posted on October 18, 2003 08:17 PM

I am so exhausted after today! We walked the "Freedom Trail" in Boston with our friends Ro and Kyle. Starting at the Bostom Common (the first public park in the U.S.) and ending up at the Bunker Hill monument, the Freedom Trail meandered, twisted and turned for over two miles through over a dozen historical sites that captured the essence of the struggle for our Nation's Independence. We started by driving to the mass transit... Continue Reading

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Day 13: Boston, the continuing story

Posted on October 17, 2003 09:12 PM

We got to sleep in a bit this morning. After the kids did their schoolwork and I did some work, we went to lunch. Next stop was the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Museum and Library, south of the city. It is a beautiful building designed by I.M Pei. I was only two years old when President Kennedy was assasinated, so this was a great opportunity to learn more about this man that was much loved and... Continue Reading

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Day 12: Plymouth Rock

Posted on October 16, 2003 10:11 PM

The room at the Red Roof is great, but we have the world's worst Internet connection. It doesn't matter if I use AOL or MSN, and it doesn't matter which number I dial. The phone lines here STINK! The absolute worst I can ever imagine. Ok, done ranting. Today we went to Plymouth, the site where the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620. It was a one hour drive through Boston and into Cape... Continue Reading

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Catholic Errors

Posted on October 16, 2003 09:45 AM

Several months back, I blogged about Mel Gibson and his upcoming movie, The Passion. The comments thread has gotten extremely long on that page as a spirited discussion between Catholics and Protestants has evolved. I have created this new entry so the conversation may continue. As a primer for Catholicism and its many errors, I highly recommend Proclaiming the Gospel. As a dedicated Roman Catholic for over 30 years, the site's creator, Mike Gendron, speaks... Continue Reading

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Day 11: Massachusetts

Posted on October 15, 2003 08:56 PM

We started the day at Ro and Kyle's Bed and Breakfast. What great people these two are, and what a blessing it was to spend the night with them, enjoying good food and conversation. They are planning on driving to Boston on this weekend to spend more time with us exploring the sites. We hit the road around noon and set course for the Boston area. We weren't in a hurry and figured that we... Continue Reading

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Day 10: Vermont

Posted on October 14, 2003 10:40 PM

Woke up this morning and decided that Bennington, Vermont would be a very nice place to live. The colors of the leaves are absolutely beautiful. I know it won't last long, and before you know it, the cold weather will come and the snow will fall. I don't care. The town has so much charm, history and beauty. After a quick breakfast in the room, we followed the usual ritual of packing the car and... Continue Reading

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Day 9: The Hills are Alive

Posted on October 13, 2003 09:03 PM

We left the Best Western in Niagara Falls this morning and I had a brief run-in with the general manager. When I looked at my itemized bill, I noticed that I was being charged $5.00 for each local call I made. He explained that local calls are free, but any call over 30 minutes was subject to a $5.00 charge and that this information was clearly printed in the hotel information. Well, I had called... Continue Reading

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Day 8: Over a Barrel

Posted on October 12, 2003 09:15 PM

Finding a church to worship at while out of town is always a challenge. You just never know what you are going to get. As it turned out, I opened the yellow pages, placed a call to a church, asked a couple questions and decided that I had found a place. Redeemer Bible Church is a medium-sized church about five miles from the falls, just off the highway. The church placesa high emphasis on music... Continue Reading

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Day 7: Niagara Falls

Posted on October 11, 2003 08:07 PM

Slowly I turned. Step by step. Inch by inch. Well, you don't have to remember the old joke to appreciate the awesome Niagara Falls. Once more, I say Awesome. That is the word that best describes this natural wonder. 600,000 gallons of water per second rapidly rushing from the upper Great Lakes into Lake Ontario. Standing at the top of the falls, you almost feel like you could be swept away with the rapids towards... Continue Reading

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Day 6: Cleveland Rocks!

Posted on October 10, 2003 09:48 PM

Mary and the kids needed to take some extra time for school today, so I dropped them off at the Cleveland Public Library. I then excitedly drove down the street to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I've always want to visit this place and was thrilled to have the opportunity. The architecture of the building was very cool with a wide open atrium and six levels of exhibits. I only had a couple... Continue Reading

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Day 5: Ohio

Posted on October 9, 2003 08:25 PM

Started the day in Dayton, Ohio. It really is getting hard to keep track of where we are at any given moment. The cities and hotels are becoming one big blur. After breakfast and the daily schlep to the van, we went to the United States Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. There were two massive hangars of airplanes, including the original Wright "B" Flyer flown by Wilbur and Orville Wright. We saw... Continue Reading

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Day 4: Alma Mater

Posted on October 8, 2003 10:01 PM

After schlepping our stuff to the car, for what seemed to be the umpteenth time, we drove to the campus of the University of Illinois, my alma mater. Many things looked different, but much more looked exactly the same. I felt both relieved and sentimental as I walked "the quad". It was great to show the kids where I went to school, and I think they were impressed by the old buildings and the number... Continue Reading

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Day 3: Land of Lincoln

Posted on October 7, 2003 10:32 PM

We left Jacksonville, MO around 11 am and set course for Beardstown, IL, made famous by the Beardstown Ladies Investment Club. Our visit had nothing to do with investing. We visited friends, Carla and Rick Simmert. Carla is a blessing as she is the person God had in place to take over Mary's web site, SafeHaven, when Mary no longer had the time to give it the attention it needed. We spent a couple hours... Continue Reading

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Day 2: Where are we now?

Posted on October 7, 2003 12:16 AM

Man, am I beat. It has been a LONG day, but quite enjoyable. The kids did a lot of their school work in the room this morning while I took a walk around the area. I am determined to continue exercising while we are on this trip lest I move up a waist size. We got going around noon and set course for St. Louis. I did not realize that the mountains/hills went this far... Continue Reading

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Day 1: An Early Start

Posted on October 6, 2003 09:39 AM

Around 3 pm Sunday afternoon, Mary came into the office and said something like, "If we would have thought of it, we could have just left today." I stared at her for about one second and spoke, "Well, why don't we?" I don't think she realize what she got herself into! We furiously gathered everything together and packed up the van. Just when I thought it was full, Mary pointed out another item that needed... Continue Reading

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It's a mink-eat-mink world

Posted on October 3, 2003 01:50 PM

This is hilarious! The wackos at Earth Liberation Front (E.L.F.), the criminals that are vandalizing SUVs and buildings in order to liberate the earth from the clutches of corporate greed are at it again. This time, their zany hijinks backfired. SULTAN, Wash. -- An animal rights group's plan to free 10,000 mink from a farm turned deadly after many of the emancipated mustelids became cannibals while others went on a carnivorous feeding frenzy. About 9,000... Continue Reading

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ROAD TRIP!

Posted on September 29, 2003 02:34 PM

Here is the big news from the Comm household. As many of you may know, we homeschool our two children, Z and J. One of the subjects the children are learning is American History (without the revisionism perpetrated by the National Education Association). We have decided to take our homeschool on the road in order to give the kids a hands-on experience with our Nation's great heritage. To that end, we are taking a one-month... Continue Reading

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Indiana Jones Trilogy on DVD

Posted on September 26, 2003 10:31 AM

One of the best-loved action/adventure series of all time is coming to DVD! George Lucas and Stephen Spielbergs' Indiana Jones Trilogy is due to be released on October 21st. This is Harrison Ford as his absolute best. Action, adventure, romance, Nazis and snakes (why does it always have to be snakes?) It's all there in this four disk special edition. That's right. Each movie gets special treatment with tons of extras, including commentaries, documentaries... Continue Reading

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Woof!

Posted on September 25, 2003 12:05 AM

Say hello to Mr. Jeffies, the dog with the largest ears in the world as now recognized by the new 2004 Guiness Book of World Records. Mr Jeffries is a Bassett Hound, and his ears measure 11.5 inches each! He lives with his owner, Phil Jeffries, in West Sussex, England. The dog's full name is Knightsfollie Ladiesman and he is the grandson of Biggles, the face of Hush Puppies shoes. His ears are insured for... Continue Reading

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Sick cartoon

Posted on September 22, 2003 11:28 AM

Here's the story. A sick cartoon in which cuddly characters are maimed and decapitated is coming to UK audiences. Happy Tree Friends features a series of happy-go-lucky woodland animals which end up ripped to shreds in pools of blood in each short episode. Click here for full story There is an image from this cartoon, but I did not put it on the main page because it really is disturbing. Feel free to click here... Continue Reading

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Pirates of the Caribbean - A Review

Posted on September 21, 2003 12:00 AM

Mary and I had a date night on Friday and went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. Having grown up with the DisneyWorld ride that the movie is derived from, I was curious to see the film. While reviews have been mixed, the public has spoken by making it a summer blockbuster. I went with an open mind, very much wanting to be entertained. I wasn't. I was downright bored... Continue Reading

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Pork. The Other White Meat.

Posted on September 20, 2003 11:17 AM

Only in Oklahoma, folks. This one occurred about 20 miles from my home. 800 baby pigs shut down Oklahoma highway OKLAHOMA CITY - Interstate 40, the main east-west highway in Oklahoma, was closed for several hours Thursday when about 800 baby pigs spilled on to the road after the truck transporting them overturned, police said Friday. Several pigs were killed when their vented livestock truck overturned just east of Oklahoma City. And the pigs, all... Continue Reading

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Earn Air Miles and other Goodies

Posted on September 19, 2003 05:29 PM

I joined Milesource.com several years ago and have gotten some pretty cool stuff. Basically, you use their links to do your online shopping and you earn miles good towards air travel or any number of gifts and rewards. If you haven't signed up yet, take the opportunity to do so now and start earning for the shopping you do online. Continue Reading

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Bork! Bork!

Posted on September 18, 2003 12:50 PM

Remember the Swedish Chef on the Muppets? He has gotten hold of my blog and translated it into Bork Bork-speak! Click here for the Mayor Borks! Continue Reading

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EVIL!

Posted on September 18, 2003 09:46 AM

This bit of disgusting news hit the wire today... Bill on Hil: It's a maybe His hint she may run in '04 shocks Dems Clinton loyalists were startled yesterday to hear former President Bill Clinton suggest that his wife hasn't made up her mind yet about running for the White House. Asked in Monterey, Calif., on Tuesday about chatter that Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) might join the crowded Democratic field, the former President hinted that... Continue Reading

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Older than Moses?

Posted on September 17, 2003 09:56 AM

Not really. But older than anyone else walking the face of the earth. Mrs. Kamato Hongo of Japan turned 116 yesterday. One hundred sixteen! Think about the changes she has seen in her lifetime! Read more here. Continue Reading

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Does this look like "tissue" to you?

Posted on September 15, 2003 12:06 AM

Stick another notch in the belt of pro-lifers as the fight for the unborn continues. Check out this story. SMILING FROM THE WOMB Pioneering scanning techniques have produced astonishing images from inside the womb which show babies apparently smiling and crying. Experts believe the breakthrough could lead to advances in baby health for a whole range of conditions, including Down's Syndrome. The pictures offer a new insight into foetal behaviour. The ultra-sound scanning techniques capture... Continue Reading

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Let us not forget

Posted on September 11, 2003 03:45 PM

A moment of silence... Continue Reading

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Are You Green, Yellow or Red?

Posted on September 9, 2003 10:26 AM

Holy Moses. If this isn't BIG BROTHER attempting to claw away at your privacy with his big hands, I don't know what is. This from the Washington Post. Fliers to Be Rated for Risk Level New System Will Scrutinize Each Passenger, Assign Color Code In the most aggressive -- and, some say, invasive -- step yet to protect air travelers, the federal government and the airlines will phase in a computer system next year to... Continue Reading

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Brush with greatness!

Posted on September 6, 2003 11:55 AM

I've bumped heads with politicians and celebrities. But my most recent encounter blows all those away. How many of you can say you met these two? That's right. You are seeing THE R2-D2 and C3PO, not just any droids. Mary thinks I need therapy... hehe... Continue Reading

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Fat Tax Coming?

Posted on September 5, 2003 10:47 AM

What's that? You like your greasy cheeseburgers and french fries? Gasp! Don't you know you are contributing to the ongoing trend of obesity in America? And don't you realize that you are responsible for the exploding costs in health care? What kind of person are you, anyway? You should be punished! Or so say the liberal, wacko extremists that want to find another way to place restrictions on your Constitutional freedoms. Fortunately, they have lost... Continue Reading

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Restored faith in the American public

Posted on September 4, 2003 10:19 AM

My faith in the American public is slowly being restored with this news from the Hollywood Reporter newswire. Fox News gains, other news networks fall NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox News Channel was the only cable news service in August to grow in viewership from a year ago, gaining 20% in primetime and 29% across the entire day, according to Nielsen Media Research. By comparison, CNN fell by 9% in primetime and total day... Continue Reading

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Clinton is to blame... surprise, surprise

Posted on August 31, 2003 05:20 PM

President Bill Clinton had the opportunity to stop, catch, or kill bin Laden more than twelve times during his presidency, a new book set for release this week claims! And on at least two occasions through Drones and Global Positioning Systems the Clinton Administration knew exactly where bin Laden was -- and refused to take him out well after knowing he was as a national security threat. The book is called Losing Bin Laden and... Continue Reading

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Google Me!

Posted on August 28, 2003 10:51 AM

Google is good. Google is great. Check out the various results when typing in my name... Searching the web Searching Images - the first two results are computer artwork I did years ago. Searching Groups - this blew me away! Google has archived every blasted newsgroup that I participated in many years back. 8/24/97 - the launch of ClassicGames.com 7/5/95 - looking for software reviewers for our "new" site 7/26/94 - attempting to sell my... Continue Reading

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Ping a Pal

Posted on August 24, 2003 02:44 PM

This is one of the funnest sites I have seen in a long time! Ping-a-Pal is a free greeting card site that allows you to select from existing animations and design a custom greeting card on the fly! You can then send your card to anyone with an email address. It's loads of fun, so go try it! Continue Reading

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Are YOU a Jedi?

Posted on August 22, 2003 12:35 PM

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is one of the most anticipated PC games ever to be released. It is already out for XBox and has received RAVE reviews. Unfortunately, PC users will have to wait until November to buy the game. In the meantime, check out this fun Jedi Test on the KotOR web site. I came out as a 33. Can't help but be on the good side! How about you? Continue Reading

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Buy a taco and vote!

Posted on August 21, 2003 01:11 PM

Just when you think the wackiness in California can't get any wackier, it does. Here's the deal. Visit a California area Taco Bell and place your vote for California governor through your choice of menu items! That's right. A crunchy beef taco is a vote for Ahnold. A soft chicken taco is a vote for Gray "Gross" Davis and a grilled stuft burrito is a vote for any of the other hundred plus candidates... Continue Reading

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Uru: Ages Beyond Myst

Posted on August 20, 2003 01:51 PM

Finally! The third sequel to the best-selling adventure series, Myst, is gearing up for release. Unlike its predecessors, Riven and Exile, Uru: Ages Beyond Myst is going to be massively multiplayer online role playing game. The game will have both single-player and multiplayer components, taking place in a a myst-like environment, surrounded by places to explore and puzzles to solve. It is a very ambitious project, to be sure. Continue Reading

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I am a Tupperware "lady"

Posted on August 19, 2003 02:30 PM

Yes, it's true. I sell Tupperware and I'm not ashamed! There are plenty of men who sell Tupperware. Stop snickering. Buy some now. Actually, I don't have to do much of anything. I signed up as a rep you NEED Tupperware and I pay a very sweet lady to update my site, PlasticBargains.com. I sell a fair amount through this site spend all your money, and I end up winning Tupperware prizes. Mary has... Continue Reading

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Mel Gibson's continuing story...

Posted on August 15, 2003 11:54 AM

I am completely dumbfounded by the heat that Mel Gibson is catching for his film, The Passion. In an age where "tolerance" is preached as a virtue and the First Amendment is wielded as the rationalization for every kind of aberrant behavior, I am amazed at how intolerant and oppressive some people are being in regard to Mel's upcoming movie. I've covered this some, here and here, but this latest news chaps my hide. The... Continue Reading

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Journeys through the Galaxy

Posted on August 14, 2003 02:30 AM

Here are some photos taken along the way as Mmoc Leoj has pursued a life of fame and fortune in the Star Wars Galaxy. Banthas smell BAD! Corky wears his Tusken Raider mask with pride. It's ugly. Say Cheese, Corky! Goin' fishin. And I HATE fishing. Big fictional, pixelized creatures that want to hurt me must die! Continue Reading

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Glenn Beck's "The Real America"

Posted on August 13, 2003 12:42 AM

Definitely the best thing to come along in talk radio since Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck is rapidly becoming the "must-listen to" host of the decade. Limbaugh is still the King of talk radio (sorry Howard Stern), but Beck brings a freshness that has been missing. Politically, he manages to hit the nail on the head again and again, giving voice to what many of us already think and believe, but with an insightful approach that... Continue Reading

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Taking a seat

Posted on August 12, 2003 03:22 PM

After yesterday's entry, I think I just need to sit and think a while. Continue Reading

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Web site list

Posted on August 7, 2003 11:35 AM

Making a list of the various web sites that I own... WorldVillage Deal of Day FreeBitz Family First Family Seek Family Software Spot PlasticBargains DotCom Profit Center The Mayor Speaks Safety Surf Virtual Whassup FunStarters Village IRC More on the way... Continue Reading

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The Passion - Movie Trailer

Posted on August 1, 2003 11:31 AM

As a follow-up to my previous entry on Mel Gibson's The Passion, their site now has the official movie trailer. Warning! It is quite graphic. It may even leave you in tears. I can't wait to see this movie. Finally, an realistic representation of what Christ went through on the day He died. Continue Reading

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Red River, Day 8

Posted on July 27, 2003 11:47 PM

Woke up around 8 am and went to breakfast at The Hole Thing, once again. Back to the room to load up the van and say goodbye to Red River. We stopped in Cimarron for one last look at the scenery before making the long trip back to Oklahoma. We did manage to make one more scenic stop along the way. Just outside Amarillo, TX is the Cadillac Ranch. We stopped many times along the... Continue Reading

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Red River, Day 7

Posted on July 26, 2003 04:34 PM

Our last day and we've really got nothing left that we want to do. We considered going to Colorado to see the sand dunes near Alamosa, but it was over 1.5 hours away and it was going to be hot. So we opted to have lunch in town and play it by ear. But first, we stopped at the Red River Candy Mountain Fudge shop. As you may recall from yesterday's entry, the manager asked... Continue Reading

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Red River, Day 6

Posted on July 25, 2003 10:30 PM

Another beautiful morning in Red River! We've been eating breakfast in the room all week, so we decided to go out for eggs and pancakes this morning. We went to The Hole Thing Donut Shop and were very pleased with the meal. It was pricy, but that's the way it goes. Afterwards, we found a nice park where the kids could play, the dog could sniff, and Mary and I could sit and enjoy the... Continue Reading

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Red River, Day 5

Posted on July 24, 2003 10:45 PM

What a busy day! Jenna and I started the day with a one-hour horseback ride. She rode Questa and I rode Buck. They took us 600 feet up the mountain on a sometimes precarious trail. It was a great deal of fun. Socrates got to meet one of the horses as well. He wanted to see them until he got up close. He must have been thinking, "That's the biggest dog I've ever seen!" Afterwards... Continue Reading

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Red River, Day 4

Posted on July 23, 2003 11:17 PM

We got a late start this morning, but isn't that what vacationing is all about? Jenna is so excited about going horseback riding, so we walked to the stable and made a reservation for tomorrow at 10:30 am. She will be riding a black and white horse named Questa. Every time we passed the stable today, she pointed out Questa to all of us. Took a photo of Jenna out front of the lodge. For... Continue Reading

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Red River, Day 3

Posted on July 22, 2003 08:33 PM

I slept in this morning and Mary didn't feel great, so we planned on taking it easy today and not doing anything too physical. We jumped in the van and set out for Taos, about 45 minutes away. On the way, I was reading about things to do in the area and asked Mary to take a detour. About 20 minutes later, we found the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River Recreation Area. It was... Continue Reading

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Red River, Day 2

Posted on July 21, 2003 10:29 PM

The kids were up at the crack of dawn, around 6:15 am. But we didn't mind much as we all slept through the night pretty good. I usually don't sleep my first night at high altitude, so it was refreshing. I was still tired, but it was fine. We lazed around the room for a good while before jumping in the car to explore. We decided to drive to Questa, about 10 miles west of... Continue Reading

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Red River, Day 1

Posted on July 20, 2003 10:55 PM

We left Edmond mid-morning, around 9:30 am, and head for Red River, New Mexico. It was a VERY hot day for a drive, with temperatures reaching 102 degrees in Texas. The scenery is mostly plains and desert... not much to see. However, we DID see the largest cross in the Western Hemisphere. This sucker was huge. And you can kind of see it in this photo, except for the truck that blocked the view as... Continue Reading

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Mmoc Leoj explores

Posted on July 17, 2003 09:49 PM

I've been having a great time with Star Wars Galaxies. What a fun and addictive game. Here are the latest screen shots I have captured while exploring the galaxy. I took a few of me hanging out after a long night's hunt, as well as some HUGE creatures I encountered on Talus while doing missions with Vaba. Continue Reading

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Notes to Self

Posted on July 17, 2003 09:55 AM

Pre-order Indiana Jones DVD trilogy. No DVD collection is complete without these. Pondor feedback left by you regarding our plans to take a one-month family road trip. Stop. Smell roses. Or something similarly fragrant. Work less. Work smarter. Life is short. Be a friend to someone today. Do the hokey pokey. Because let's face it. That's what its really all about. Continue Reading

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Am I crazy?

Posted on July 14, 2003 12:16 PM

As many of you know, my wife and I homeschool our children. We are considering doing something "crazy" this fall. We're tossing around the idea of taking a month-long family road trip, driving from Oklahoma City to Maine, and back again. We would be stopping at tons of historical sites and make it a "teaching" trip. We'd spend extended periods of time in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Boston, trying to soak up as much of... Continue Reading

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Ketchup may have helped the situation

Posted on July 12, 2003 09:40 PM

Woman swallows fork trying to retrieve cockroach An Israeli woman has swallowed a fork while trying to retrieve a cockroach from her throat. The insect reportedly jumped into her mouth as she was cleaning her home in a village in northern Israel. The 32-year-old tried to scoop the cockroach out with a fork, but ended up swallowing that as well. Dr Nikola Adid, of the Poria Hospital in Tiberias, said: "It's a bit of a... Continue Reading

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Buy Elvis' Tooth!

Posted on July 8, 2003 11:06 AM

I kid you not. Elvis Presley's tooth is up for auction at eBay. High bid as of this writing? (are you sitting down?) $101,801.00 and the reserve on this item is not yet met. We'll be watching this one closely. Important stuff, you know. Continue Reading

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Mmoc Leoj

Posted on July 6, 2003 01:19 AM

Well, I have been playing Star Wars Galaxies for three days now. I can safely say that this stuff is digital crack. Highly addictive and just plain fun. See that strapping young lad above? Yup, that is my alter ego, Mmoc Leoj. Already sharp with a pistol and an up and coming rebel, I have ventured forth on many missions, encountering a good number of beasties and critters. I have met some very nice... Continue Reading

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America Bless God

Posted on July 4, 2003 11:41 AM

'nuff said. Happy Independence Day! Continue Reading

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What's the frequency, Kenneth?

Posted on July 1, 2003 05:18 PM

'CBS Evening News' Hits Ratings Low NEW YORK - "CBS Evening News" marked a low point in a storied history last week - its smallest average audience in at least 10 years, perhaps ever. The evening newscast with Dan Rather, for several years third in the ratings behind NBC and ABC, has lately been losing even more ground to its rivals. Awwww... I feel SO bad for Mr. Blather and his liberal cronies that wouldn't... Continue Reading

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Battling for my business

Posted on June 30, 2003 10:54 PM

Recently, I have been looking to get some inexpensive web design for new sites I am developing. A friend referred me to DesignOutpost.com. What makes this site so unique is that the client (that would be me in this case) runs a contest to have graphic design and html created. You simply post a message with the specifications for a site and offer a prize bounty for the winner. The bounty is pre-paid to designoutpost.com... Continue Reading

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Photos by phone

Posted on June 29, 2003 04:52 PM

I've had a few people ask me about the quality of photo taken by the Sanyo 8100 PCS Vision phone. I snapped a shot of Socrates, the philosopher pooch. What do you think of the quality? Continue Reading

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The Passion - Mel Gibson's labor of love

Posted on June 28, 2003 05:29 PM

Finally, a movie that depicts the last day of Christ's life in a realistic manner. Mel Gibson has gone against the flow of Hollyweird, stepping out to produce and direct The Passion, a project that has been close to his heart for many years. This movie depicts the last 12 hours of the life of Jesus Christ. And it isn't going to be easy to watch. Just about every Jesus flick I have seen shows... Continue Reading

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That'll be $11,000 please

Posted on June 27, 2003 04:04 PM

Woohoo! Starting today, the Federal Do Not Call Registry is accepting registrations at their web site. Simply click through, enter your phone numbers and email address, and do a "happy dance". In short order, telemarketers calling those numbers can be fined up to $11,000 per incident. It's about time. Continue Reading

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A dot.com story, Part IX: Peer Recognition

Posted on June 25, 2003 01:20 AM

We're picking up in part 9 of this ongoing series. To start at the beginning, visit the dot.com story archives One of the first things I did was to submit the site to every search engine, newsgroup and message board I could find. A Yahoo search displays 36 entries to WorldVillage sites. Of course, we were happy with the original one that helped launch our traffic. I'll never forget the thrill of receiving the coveted... Continue Reading

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A dot.com story, Part VIII: Resistance

Posted on June 17, 2003 02:46 PM

Back to the story... just jumping in? Catch up here... You'll forgive me if the order of events is not completely accurate. Around this time, Ken and I met with an attorney who shall be named Hal. We sat down with Hal to pick his brain and discuss raising capital. Essentially, we shared our over-inflated plans to take over the world via our little web site. We had put together a business plan reflecting the... Continue Reading

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Still here

Posted on June 16, 2003 05:24 AM

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. Life has just been busy this week. I'll be picking up a dot.com story and other topics this week. Stay tuned for more crunchy goodness! Continue Reading

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Get your share(s)

Posted on June 12, 2003 03:49 PM

Ever been to Blogshares.com? From their site... BlogShares is a simulated, fantasy stock market for weblogs where players invest fictional money to buy stocks and bonds in an artificial economy where attention is the commodity and weblogs are the companies. It's really a great deal of fun! This Blog is now listed and the price is skyrocketing. There are a few shares available, so enter the game and grab yours today. Click here to get... Continue Reading

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A dot.com story, Part VII: Let there be pages!

Posted on June 11, 2003 12:18 AM

It's been a week since the last entry. To catch up on the story so far, Click here. Next came the logo, created by Josh Williams. I printed out a large version of the image and ironed it on a tshirt. Josh also created the next generation image map for our front page. Check it out. We never did use this one on the main page, but it gave us a good idea of what... Continue Reading

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Childhood revisited ala eBay

Posted on June 9, 2003 12:48 AM

Today, I am eight-years old for the second time. Sure, I carry myself in the body of a 39-year old. I'm hairier and heavier than the last time I turned eight. But make no mistake. Thanks to the magic of eBay, I am reliving my childhood in a very meaningful way. I submit to you photographs of my favorite childhood toy animal. It was a kangaroo puppet named Foopy Doo. Lest you think I have... Continue Reading

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Explaining what I do

Posted on June 8, 2003 12:55 PM

Alright.. been at this web site thing since 1995... that's ancient in 'net years. Still, I struggle when asked to explain what I do. Typical conversation goes like this... "What do you do?" "I have an Internet business" "Oh, you build web sites. My cousin's sister's twice-removed great aunt wants to have a web site. Can you help?" "No, I don't build web sites. I have my OWN sites." "Oh. So, what do you do... Continue Reading

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Finding Nemo

Posted on June 7, 2003 03:04 PM

While on vacation in Enid, OK, we took the kids to see Finding Nemo. It may just be the BEST Pixar animated feature to date! As they have done with several recent flicks, Pixar first taunted us with a short film. Knick Knack was their very first computer animated short film. This story of a snowman in a snow globe pining for the disproportionate blond from Miami had me in stitches for several minutes. 'Nuff... Continue Reading

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A dot.com story, Part VI: Manifesting the Vision

Posted on June 3, 2003 01:02 PM

First-time visitor? You may want to Click here to read the story thus far. I can not recall where we met the guy who would be our first link to the net, nor can I remember his name. All I remember is the company was called "Powernet", and they had a multi-level marketing scheme for Internet dial-up accounts. I think I have blocked out much of what took place with these people because they left... Continue Reading

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A dot.com story, Part V: Brainstorming

Posted on May 30, 2003 10:16 AM

Part V? What happened to I-IV? Click here to read from the beginning By the way, the Consumer Electronics Show and the E3 are total schmooze-fests. I have a blast every time I go to one of these trade shows. You get to see stuff that the general public won't see for some time. My favorite part is the free stuff handed out by exhibitors. I have gathered so many tchotkes and otherwise interesting items... Continue Reading

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A dot.com story, Part IV: I have seen the future

Posted on May 28, 2003 01:57 PM

Just picking up on this story? You may wish to click here to read so far So Ken and I created The National Software Review (not very pretentious, huh?). Ken did a great job on the design and interface, but I have to laugh in retrospect. We coded a password scheme into the interface so that you would have to email us wih a randomly generated code in order to access the magazine. It was... Continue Reading

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A dot.com story, Part III: Floppy Foolishness

Posted on May 27, 2003 01:00 AM

Once again, if you are just joining us on this story, you may wish to click here to read so far. After the incredibly overwhelming reception (about 8 emails) I received from my print publication, I knew I needed to do something to get more exposure. It was then I met a guy who had some programming skills. We decided to team up for the next edition of the publication. Only this time, we would... Continue Reading

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Bruce Almighty

Posted on May 25, 2003 04:36 PM

The critics are all over the map on this one. MetaCritic has opinions ranging from 20 to 80 (out of possible 100). I give it a solid 80. Here's why. Bruce is a story of faith. It is a journey of coming out of darkness into the light. It paints a wonderful picture of prayer as a vital means for communing with God, and most certainly causes people to reflect on their own relationship with... Continue Reading

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A dot.com story, Part II: Hold the Presses!

Posted on May 23, 2003 01:01 AM

If you are just joining us on this story, you may wish to click here to read so far. Continuing... Those were the days of BBS's, bulletin board systems, where you would dial in to another computer with your blazing fast 2400 baud modem in order to post messages, download software and play text-based games online. It was also the time when AOL, Compuserve, Prodigy, GEnie and Delphi were battling it out to see who... Continue Reading

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All in the family

Posted on May 22, 2003 01:13 PM

Mrs Mayor now has her own blog! She saw my blog and wanted one as well. The design isn't final, nor is the name. But go take a look and perhaps you can encourage her in her blogging efforts. You'll find it at marycomm.com. Continue Reading

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God, Dancing and the Matrix

Posted on May 17, 2003 11:30 PM

We've got a full day planned for Sunday. First, we'll head to church in the morning. Afterwards, we've got time for a very quick bite to eat and then its off to Jenna's ballet recital. She is doing jazz, tap and ballet this year, so she'll be in three of the routines. She's just too cute in her outfits! Finally, we're going to see The Matrix Reloaded with some friends in the evening. It should... Continue Reading

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192 pounds

Posted on May 15, 2003 10:03 AM

Looks like I'm off to a good start. That's three pounds in three days. I'm going to visit an athletic club this morning to see if I like it. They've got an $18/month month-to-month deal with no contract. Registration fee is $149 and it includes the first and last month. I'll report back later. Man, I'm hungry. ;-) By the way, I've created a category for my weight loss entries. It's called The Incredible Shrinking... Continue Reading

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Cartoon of the Day

Posted on May 15, 2003 01:31 AM

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"Off the Deep End" Alert

Posted on May 14, 2003 09:00 AM

Tongue Splitting. It's getting really freaky out there, people. Socrates can't bare to look at it. Continue Reading

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Googlism

Posted on May 14, 2003 08:54 AM

Here's a fun little google tool called Googlism. Simply type who, what, where, or when in the field and away you go. I entered "Joel Comm" for who and got these results. ----------------------------------------- Googlism for: joel comm joel comm is president of infomedia joel comm is one of those people joel comm is the mayor of worldvillage joel comm is president and ceo of infomedia joel comm is president of infomedia inc ----------------------------------------- All true... Continue Reading

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Socrates

Posted on May 12, 2003 03:50 PM

I've gotten a few comments on the picture of our Yorkshire Terrier, Socrates. This one was taken just last week and is a far better representation of the way he looks now. Click to see Socrates! Continue Reading

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Grilled Chicken Caesar

Posted on May 12, 2003 01:46 PM

I can just about live on these when I am trying to lose weight. But I always get the dressing on the side. I dip my fork and then stick the rabbit food. I never use too much of the dressing this way. Continue Reading

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Tornados!

Posted on May 8, 2003 05:27 PM

Well, here we go again. A massive tornado just ripped through southern Oklahoma City, about 20 or so miles from here. Did alot of damage, as you can see from the photos. Hopefully that will be the end of it today. What a shame... some of the homes hit may be the same ones that were hit in the barrage on May 3rd a few years ago... Continue Reading

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Welcome to my BLOG

Posted on May 8, 2003 11:10 AM

Ok, so now I've got a BLOG. I've got it set up to point to my own domain, joelcomm.com. I REALLY wanted joel.com. If anyone deserves that domain, it should be me. Alas, another Joel got it first. He makes "peace poles" and other artsy kind of stuff. He's been very nice in our correspondence, but he ain't givin' it up. Sigh... Continue Reading

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Our kids are awesome!

Posted on May 8, 2003 11:04 AM

Zach and Jenna worked hard these past few weeks to be part of our church Children's Musical, "The Solid Rock Cafe". Both had solo singing parts and both were part of the choreography team on various songs. They did an awesome job! Aren't they too cool? We are so blessed. :-) Continue Reading

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Zach wants me to

Posted on May 7, 2003 10:33 PM

Zach wants me to auction these on ebay... Continue Reading

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Joel Comms Calendar of Events

Posted on January 1, 2002 12:00 PM

Joel Comm’s Speaking Schedule 2006 Continue Reading

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