Monday, December 31, 2007

The Secret Strategies Behind Many “Viral” Videos

This guy really did lay out the secrets he is using.

I bet he got alot of business too, but he told the whole story.

Eric Standlee

Shelfari - Welcome to Shelfari! Read, Share, Explore!

Have books, will share.

This OpenSocial site allows you to library your books to others.

Eric Standlee

The TWiT Netcast Network with Leo Laporte

If you are smart and loaded and have a Mac, then you need to listen to these geeks talk about all things Mac.

I have loved Leo since his TechTv days and he is the life of the party.

Eric Standlee

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Google Press Center: Zeitgeist

Look back at the trends of 2007 and older.

Eric Standlee

Google Trends: Dec 28, 2007

Here are today's trends on Google.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Top 7 Medical Misconceptions |

Number four is shocking:

We use only 10 percent of our brains. The notion that our brains are not running at full speed simply doesn't hold up. 'Numerous types of brain imaging studies show that no area of the brain is completely silent or inactive. Detailed probing of the brain has failed to identify the 'nonfunctioning' 90 percent,' Carroll and Rachel Vreeman, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, write in the British Medical Journal study. Carroll says the notion may go as far back as the snake-oil salesmen of the early 20th century, who used the myth to sell a tonic that would increase brainpower.

Eric Standlee

My Network Value

Check this out and then tell me what your value is in the comments, please

Eric Standlee

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Re: Invitation to connect on LinkedIn


Thanks for asking. I have searched the net for a suitable answer to your question and didn't find one I liked, so I am answering your question on my blog ( ) so that I can share this answer with others.

What is an "open networker"?

This term comes from a staunch debate amongst those who use social networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and plaxo to meet new people.

This in my opinion spawns from the diametrically opposed opinions regarding business networking in general.

One side claims that their list of names is like a pie. Imagine the most expensive, rare, and hard to buy pie that everyone would claim they had died and gone to heaven after eating. This is the sort of pie and each person in their black book of names represents a slice in this pie. When they happen upon a new person, they are very open to have this new person share names and connections with them, but they feeling isn't mutual and they don't want to share from their precious names list. In my opinion, this type of thinking comes from the idea that by sharing a slice of their pie or a connection in their network that somehow they will have less value in their network because after all there is only so much pie in the universe.

The opposition claims that their network is more like a muscular system which only grows stronger with constant consistent use. To this crowd, it does no good to just know someone and possibly know their contact information unless you are able to introduce them to others you meet and know. In this camp, they want to dance and they didn't come to the dance to be a wall flower.

I know many successful millionaires, multi-millionaires, and billionaires even and I can tell you that even amongst these there are some in both camps.

So, "what is an open networker?" you ask. Well, in my opinion to be an open networker is the only way to live. There is no use in going to a dance unless you are prepared to meet the people there and risk getting hurt by those who wont dance with you if you ask and wouldn't ask you even if they had the chance. An open networker thus by definition will err on the side of connecting with anyone and everyone and building a relationship with them despite the risk involved as they believe in abundance and not lack and that there will always be more good returned to you when you give. The open networker believes that when you toss your bread upon the water it comes back to you 100 fold, pressed down and shaken together.

Through my 1 and 1/2 year journey of social networking I have been an open networker, I have taught others to be open networkers, and I have seen extraordinary value because of it. I have added monthly revenues of over $4 million, and I have also been able to help raise over $4 million for the orphanage charity of a friend. I have been able to do all of this by being an open networker and growing my network by an average of over 6 new connections a day to the point that I now have over 3900 direct connecitons on LinkedIn and many more elsewhere.

So, an open networker choice may not be right for everyone and for some may be impossible to get their heads around, but for me it has been the right one. That is because of what it has meant monetarily to our firm and to my friend's charity, but also to the many many lives I have been able to impact in a positive manner I believe.

So, Mark, and everyone else reading this on my blog. I pray you understand where I am coming from and if you are open to the idea of connecting with a guy like me that you will accept my invitation. Everyone else, if you want to connect with me, I'd be happy to connect. Just invite me from my LinkedIn profile at and I will accept, but I am out of invites so I cannot invite anyone else. Apparently LinkedIn policy is that I can only invite 3000 people to connect with me.

No matter what you think, you receive what you believe, so believe wisely,

Eric Standlee

On Dec 25, 2007 1:12 AM, Mark wrote:
Hi Eric:

What is an "open networker"??


Sunday, December 23, 2007

Install Ubuntu (written by newbie)

Linux is a relatively good choice as it runs well even on very old machines and is also relatively more secure than a Windows-based PC for people who don’t know (or can’t be bothered) to install and maintain the battery of antivirus and anti-spam applications to keep a Windows XP machine safe. <read more>

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LinkedIn Groups you need to know about

Ferrazzi said if you cannot join the chamber you want, then just create your own.  We have taken that advice and built communities around Entrepreneurial Networking in these groups.

Join the InHouston LinkedIn Group
Join the InHouston Group

Join the EnVision LinkedIn Group
Join the EnVision Group

Join the InSanAntonio LinkedIn Group
Join the SanAntonio Group

Join the TAMU LinkedIn Group
Join the Texas A&M Group

Eric Standlee

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Noah's Ark News

News on this blog about Noah's Ark

More directly from Arch Bonnema at Arch's Orphanage ministry here.

Eric Standlee

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quicktime on flock on ubuntu

Here's a quick how-to so that you can watch quicktime on flock on ubuntu.

First install firefox (installed normally)

sudo apt-get install mplayer

Then go to :/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins and
sudo cp m* /opt/flock/plugins/

This will get mplayer into flock.

Happy quicktime viewing on flock.

Eric Standlee
Recovering Geek  

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

JAXTR invitation emails and process is STUPID allows you to make calls using their service.  However in order to make free call you have to connect with other users, but they make that near to impossible as the invitation email links only work if you haven't got a account yet and there is no way to invite those you know who already have accounts.


Eric Standlee

Great LinkedIn Groups to Join: InHouston, TAMU Alum, InSanAntonio

Please consider passing these groups on to those you know:


   1. join
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TAMU Alum:

   1. join
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Eric Standlee

I am also working with the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M to promote their Conference.  Please take a look and pass this around.

Time to plan for next year if you haven't

How are you going to execute for next year?

What goals are you shooting for?

Where will your businesses be by this time next year?

How many new people will you have met and gotten to know beyond a superficial way by this time next year?

What will your giving and service have looked like by then?

How are you going to tear those larger than anything you can achieve goals down into bite sized pieces to execute on a monthly, weekly, and daily level?

What values, missions, objective and goals should you focus on to stay on-purpose or are you going to finally find out what your God given purpose is so that you can learn to stay on-purpose?

Who are you going to solicit to help you and how are you going to meet them and talk with them about it?

As an accountability step, I recommend that you answer these questions and ask us more questions using the comment feature on this post at our blog.

Eric Standlee

Subscriber Blitz

Please invite everyone you know to subscribe to our blog by sending them an email inviting them to go to and filling out the form on the sidebar and submitting.  Don't forget to tell them to click the link in the confirmation email sent to them immediately.

Thanks for your support of our blog and don't hesitate to share what you'd like to cover and the questions you'd like answered.

Eric Standlee

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Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at Texas A and M

This video explains what the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship is doing for Texas A and M, her students, her former students, the surrounding community and the state and world.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Chicken or Eagle

Chicken or Eagle

A long time ago in a remote valley, there
  lived a farmer. One day he got tired of the
  daily routine of running the farm and
  decided to climb the cliffs that brooded
  above the valley to see what lay beyond.

  He climbed all day until he reached a ledge
  just below the top of the cliff; there, to
  his amazement was a nest, full of eggs.

  Immediately he knew they were eagle's eggs
  and, even though he knew it was profoundly
  un-ecological and almost certainly illegal,
  he carefully took one and stowed it in his
  pack; then seeing the sun was low in the
  sky, he realized it was too late in the day
  to make the top and slowly began to make his
  way down the cliff to his farm.

  When he got home he put the egg in with the
  few chickens he kept in the yard. The mother
  hen was the proudest chicken you ever saw,
  sitting atop this magnificent egg; and the
  cockerel couldn't have been happier.

  Sure enough, some weeks later, from the egg
  emerged a fine, healthy egret. And as is in
  the gentle nature of chickens, they didn't
  balk at the stranger in their midst and
  raised the majestic bird as one of their

  So it was that the eagle grew up with its
  brother and sister chicks. It learned to do
  all the things chickens do: it clucked and
  cackled, scratching in the dirt for grits
  and worms, flapping its wings furiously,
  flying just a few feet in the air before
  crashing down to earth in a pile of dust and

  It believed resolutely and absolutely it was
  a chicken.

  One day, late in its life, the
  eagle-who-thought-he-was-a-chicken happened
  to look up at the sky. High overhead,
  soaring majestically and effortlessly on the
  thermals with scarcely a single beat of its
  powerful golden wings, was an eagle!

  "What's that?!", cried the old eagle in awe.
  "It's magnificent! So much power and grace!
  It's beautiful!".

  "That's an eagle", replied a nearby chicken,
  "That's the King of the Birds. It's a bird
  of the air... not for the likes of us. We're
  only chickens, we're birds of the earth".

  With that, they all cast their eyes
  downwards once more and continued digging in
  the dirt.

  And so it was that the eagle lived and died
  a chicken... because that's all it believed
  itself to be.

See, we're not really born chickens or eagles,
predestined to fail or succeed. We are all
about as successful as we DECIDE to be, aren't
we? We become what we think about.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Groups on steroids

This is what I have been looking for to make managing the huge volume of my groups' emails in one place.
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Fwd: Usable Insight - How to Avoid an Argument

I don't think the subject of this email was what the article was about and I think that it comes down to we both need to listen just as much now as we did before we were married and as we do now with others we aren't married to.  It all boils down to laziness in my opinion and everyone I know is guilty of this.

This goes on my new year's resolutions.

---------- Forwarded message ----------

Wife: You never talk.

Husband: You're absolutely right…so tell me what it is that you'd like me to agree with.

A few years back I was on Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus, a television magazines show geared towards women, pitted against two females on the topic of male/female communication.

She asked me: "Why don't men talk?"

I responded: "It's because when a woman says that, what they really want is for the man to listen, agree with what the woman says and then change what he feels, thinks and does according to what she wants and to do it with a smile, because she only wants what's best for him.'"

She replied with a smile: "And what's wrong with that?"

That's why men don't talk.

What's the solution? Men (and for that matter women) do not like to feel manipulated. And when a women says, "We need to talk" but means "I need to talk and you need to listen and agree with a smile, men feel manipulated.

If instead a woman was less pushy, more forthright and asked for what she wanted or needed, she might do better. If for instance she were to say: "I would like to ask you something and I'd like to do it when I can have your undivided attention and when you think you can listen with an open mind and then respond. When would be a good time to have that conversation?" as verbose as that might seem, its respectful quality would have a better chance of a favorable reply. In fact there is a very good chance that the paranoia triggered in the guy would cause him to give her his undivided and open attention immediately.

If a woman responds to this with: "I'm not going to walk on eggshells or ask his permission to speak with him" she certainly has the right to blurt it out the way she usually does. But then of course he has the right to tune her out for being so pushy and rude.

© 2007 Mark Goulston

Monday, November 26, 2007

Fwd: Give One Get One starts today!

If you are looking for a new simple laptop, you might consider this one too.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
one laptop per child  

Give One Get One starts today!

From all of us at One Laptop per Child, thank you for your interest in our mission. Today marks the first day of our limited-time "Give One Get One" program. Starting today, when you donate an XO laptop to a child in the developing world, you'll receive one for the child in your life. The price for the two laptops will be $399, $200 of which is tax-deductible. Additionally, T-Mobile is offering donors one year of complimentary access to T-Mobile HotSpot locations throughout the United States, which can be used from any Wi-Fi-capable device, including the XO laptop.

Please visit to participate in Give One Get One and discover more about the revolutionary XO laptop. You can also donate by calling toll-free 1-877-70-LAPTOP (1-877-705-2786). This is the only time we're making the XO laptop available to the public and quantities are limited, so early purchasers have a better chance of receiving their XO laptops by the holidays.

Once again, thank you. We sincerely hope you'll join our growing community of people working to create a connected, educated, enlightened future for the world's most essential resource -
it's children. | privacy policy  

One Laptop per Child
PO Box 425087
Cambridge, MA 02142


Sunday, November 25, 2007

Re: thanks and question from Zadoc

Thanks for that testimony and the question Zadoc.  Please send me a screenshot of what you see there.

You can take a screenshot in windows any number of ways, but the quickest way is to use the "PrtScn" button or the "Print Screen" button on the top right hand side of just about any keyboard.

  1. You go to the screen you want to take a screenshot of, and then you hold down the shift key and press that "PrtScn" or "Print Screen" button once.
  2. Then, you go directly to a new word or open office word processor document and paste the screenshot into the document.
  3. Save that word processor document and send it to me and I will be able to see what you are seeing.

I have a feeling that either you ran out of invites on LinkedIn, limit 3000, or someone slapped your hand one too many times and clicked the "don't know" button in LinkedIn and now LinkedIn has automatically shut down that feature for you.  More than likely you will find that you have thousands of connections and average about 6 new invites a day so you aren't in the least bit slowed down by this.  But, you can ask LinkedIn for forgiveness and they will release this feature one more time to you.  I wouldn't worry about it.  But, it may not be that at all, so send me that screenshot and I will get back with you on what I think it really is.


On Nov 25, 2007 8:34 PM, Zadoc Henry wrote:
Dear bother Eric,
Thank you for showing me how to send out so many invitations, by last names, at the MMC. One person went to my web-site as a result. And I have not only had good interactions to one person about his faith in God, but have sent out about 20 copies of SYG.
However, I am down to about letter P, and seemingly forgot how to get additional invitations sent out. I go to my LINKEDIN site. click on connections, then other contacts. At this point, the pop-up does not allow me to send the invitations. Could you help me here, please?
Have a most fruitful week, brother, in the fullness of the meaning of the word.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Business Ideas - Creativity Pool

Ever run out of ideas?

I just found this great marketing idea. Make a difference and advertise. Add to this a website where people could order boxes of t-shirts/jackets/hats/sweat pants with their ads on it and you have a great idea. You heard about it here an you should give credit to and the author if you use it.
Ads on the homelessPrinter Friendly Version
Ads are popping up everywhere these days. Why not advertise on the back of homeless peoples' clothes? They have great exposure, as they're up and about all day, everyday! Everyone wins: the homeless get free clothing and a stipend; advertisers get exposure; your company will get a charitable tax receipt on top of all profits!Apartment advertisers would definitely win!Reward: A chance to get into heaven after kicking all those innocent puppies last Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Am I receiving someone else's email?

Am I receiving someone else's email?

Because Gmail doesn't recognize dots as characters within usernames, adding or removing dots from a Gmail address won’t change the actual destination address. Messages sent to and are all delivered to your Inbox, and only yours.

Gmail allows only one registration for any given username. Once you sign up for a particular username, any dot variations are made permanently unavailable for new accounts. If you believe that a message was sent to you accidentally, we suggest contacting the sender to inform him or her of an incorrect address.

If you created your account with a dot in your username but want to change it, you can edit your 'Reply-to address.' To edit your reply-to address:

  1. Click Settings at the top of any Gmail page.
  2. Open the Accounts tab.
  3. Find the email address marked default and click edit info.
  4. Click Specify a different "reply-to" address.
  5. Enter your username without dots in the 'Reply-to address' field.
  6. Click Save Changes.

For security reasons, when you log in to Gmail, you must enter any dots that were originally defined as part of your username.

Note: Google Apps recognizes dots. If you'd like to receive mail with a dot in your username, please ask your domain administrator to add the desired username as a nickname in your user account.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Lt. Col. RET Denny Gillem's Frontlines of Freedom blog


Here is a great blog to keep up on the real news about the war.

Every report I can get from the folks on the ground in Iraq indicates that there has been a sudden shift in the environment of the battlefield.While many of the native Iraqi are uneducated, they’re not stupid. They do know who it is that is trying to build schools for their children and who it is that is trying to blow up those schools with their kids in them. Lately, there have been numerous occasions where hundreds of once hostile Sunni have turned on al Qaeda, ceased resistance, and are seeking to join government security forces and begging the Americans to protect them from both al Qaeda and Shiite militias.Field commanders are cautious. They know that if the Shiite dominated government in Baghdad stays vengeful for decades of past suffering at the hands of Sunni Baathists, the reconciliation will fail. Thus, many American officers and officials are doing all they can to urge ministries to start distributing at least some of the wealth of Iraq’s $80 a barrel oil revenues to Anbar and Diyala before the Sunni revert back to insurgency.

This is a great opportunity. Let’s hope that there’s enough wisdom in Baghdad to exploit it and that our congress doesn’t deliberately sabotage it.

Eric Standlee

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CrusaderX 3

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Solar Heater

We are thinking about building one of these as a homeschool project and using it to heat our pool.
You may have seen Garrett Yazzie and his family the other night on Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Extreme Makeover built his family a new "green" home. But what is most isolar water heaternteresting is the solar water heater he built from an old car radiator so he could heat his home. His younger sister has severe asthma and burning coal and wood in their wood burning stove was causing her problems.

That's why this young inventor and Navajo Indian, Garrett Yazzie, built the solar water heater - to heat his home for his family. Garrett has won numerous awards for this invention including a Discovery Channel Young Scientist Award. Not only did his solar water heater provide much needed heat for his family, but it got his family a new green home and a new Ford hybrid SUV. Not too bad for a 13 year old!

I think everyone should have one of these on their home. What I like about his solar water heater is he uses it to heat his home and his water. I believe he uses some kind of heat exchange system made out of a window fan. And, of course, the hot water can be utilized right out of the system - be careful though - it will be scalding hot. It looks like the water is heated in the radiator which is obviously under a sheet of glass or plexiglass. I'm not exactly sure what the soda cans are for. My best guess is there is a glass covering over the soda cans too and the soda cans are used as a crude air driven heat exchanger for heating the rooms. Of course, everything is pained black to absorb more of the suns rays. The rest is basic solar oven technology. The suns rays enter the glass and upon hitting the black surface, is converted to thermal energy which is trapped inside the glass by the greenhouse effect.

Start saving yourself some money today! If a 13 year old kid can do this, you certainly can do it. It costs very little money, it's easy to understand, so what are you waiting for? If you need more information, get my book "Electricity - Make it, Don't Buy it". There's a whole chapter in the book on solar heating and cooling. In addition to the other chapters, principles like thermosiphon, solar cooking, thermal walls, cryophorous, evaporative cooling, thermal mass, thermal chimney, parabolic and trough collectors, solar room, etc are discussed. Click the banner below for full details...
Instead of aluminum cans, you can use multiple radiators for greater affect without higher cost. It is also recommended to use at least two layers of glass and to seal the device to increase efficiencies. Blessed to be a blessing, Eric Standlee Slay Your Giant:

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My new favorite game

Why play just a game when you can get smarter instead?

Einstein puzzle is a free cross-platform open source remake of old DOS game Sherlock which was inspired by Albert Einstein's puzzle. Einstein said that only those with an intelligence quotient of 98 percentile and higher should be able to solve it.

The game goal is to open all cards in square of 6x6 cards. For this, a number of hints describing relations between card positions are given. Use them to find the correct layout.

Einstein 2.0 features sound support, full internalization, Russian localization, reengineered resource subsystem to allow custom graphics themes and in-game rules browser.

This is a good game to help you develop your logic skills.  Remember, work on your strengths for dollars and your weaknesses for growth.

Blessed to be a blessing,

Eric Standlee

Stop following the 99.5% and stop paying interest to others.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Bush Budget Plans for Iran Attack -

This has to be important even though we know America doesn't stop Russia and Iran from attacking Israel in the end.

An item buried in President Bush's latest request for $190 billion in emergency war funding offers telling evidence that the U.S. could be preparing an attack on Iran.

FW: Fear Not

I was in tears after this and I watched the semi's and the final too.


---------- Forwarded message ----------

Fear Not

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 10:56 AM CDT

We have some incredible gifts within the body of Christ that are not being used. The following is absolutely beautiful. It touched me when I think of all the books to be written, songs to be written and sung, businesses to be built, that will never come to pass because people are in fear instead of faith. Fear not, as He is with you.

This is a story about a guy (car phone salesman), a guy like most of us, common, questioning his existence, measuring himself to others, never believing in his abilities or his worth. Then one day, his passion outgrew his fears as he stepped onto a stage, a stage that took him to a place beyond his self-imposed prison.

Watch the faces of the judges as this guy walks out on the stage. You can almost see what they are thinking as they pre-judge this guy based on his looks and the fact that he is a cell phone salesman. Maybe he had stopped believing in what people told him for so many years and ultimately started listening to his passion.

Eric Standlee

PS. I just found out about how to stop paying interest to banks and pay yourself instead:

PPS. Stop the stinking thinking sabotaging your success: Slay Your Giant book free (normally $29.95)

FW: Greetings From Liberia

I had to share this letter about the impact of my friend's book Slay Your Giant.

---------- Forwarded message ----------

Dear brother Tim Darnell,


I bring you heartfelt greetings and warmest Christian sentiments from the Body of Christ in Liberia.


I am Rev. David G. Snylder of the Charismatic Episcopal Church in Liberia and Founder of the Christian Alliance for Missions and Church Planting, an indigenous grass-root association of churches working together for the Lord's harvest in Liberia.


I have been relating with Brother Eric Standlee, a wonderful brother indeed. He has been encouraging me to take membership with AC which I agreed to do but have not been able to do so due to some constraints. I am praying about that and hope to register soon. I participated in the conference call and was amazed upon hearing the testimonies of many others on what the Lord is doing in their lives. He even sent me an electronic version of your book; "Slay Your Giant", a classical master piece indeed.


My wife and I read that book over and over and it was like a big log fell from our eyes! We are graciously blessed by your book and want to say thanks again.


I believe that you are an Apostle and Prophet of the Lord to the marketplace, helping to shape the mindsets of men and women who in tern will transform their generation, having maximum impact across the nations of the world. We want to thank the Lord for the insight given you to shape the destiny of nations.

We have been praying and want to invite you to come to our country, Liberia. We need the word the Lord has given you for the nations including Liberia. Every strata of our society needs this message of hope and restoration especially with what Liberians suffered over the years.


We shall be glad to hear from you very favorably and until then, may the Lord keep you safe in His arms.


His love is stronger than death.


Rev. Fr. David G.  Snylder

Dean, Charismatic Episcopal Church Liberia Inc.

P. O. Box 10-2899

1000 Monrovia, 10 Liberia

West Africa

Phone: +231-658-1665

Eric Standlee

PS.  I just found out about how to stop paying interest to banks and pay yourself instead:

PPS. Stop the stinking thinking sabotaging your success: Slay Your Giant book free (normally $29.95)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Fwd: Tip 93 – Connect for the Success of Your Child

Keith Ferrazzi is the man who pushed me to learn how to network.  He has wonderful ideas that have lead to much success in my life.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Keith Ferrazzi
Tip 93 - Connect for the Success of Your Child
You attended Back-To-School Night and you're on helping-with-homework duty, but that's not all you should be doing this new school year. You should be building a relationship with your child's teacher, who is an important person in your child's life. Public schoolteachers usually spend their own money on classroom supplies, so she would be grateful if you donated books in good condition. If your child is studying animals and their environments in science, and you read an article on about polar bears and melting ice caps, print it out and send it in with your kid. You just gave the teacher a gift of 15 minutes of engaging instructional time. Let the teacher know that she is appreciated with a kind note or a few words. Being generous to your child's teacher is the right thing to do - but if your child gets in trouble or needs extra help, you will be glad that you've been helping her with her very difficult job all year long.
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Eric Standlee

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


That isn't a new swear word, it is probably the solution to swear words in the hyper connected world of social networking, social bookmarking and blogging. and find out what you have been missing.

Eric Standlee
Houston Techsan

Operation Welcome Homes -- Support Our Troops

Even if you don't have a vacation home, you can help by spreading the word on this powerful mission to help our troops.

After recently purchasing a vacation home in Door County, Wisconsin, Don and Barbara Rubin realized how much of the time homes like theirs remain vacant. They envisioned a plan where “dormant” space in condos, time-shares and even commercial lodging facilities could be donated to uplift the morale of returning soldiers and their families.

"It's a way for those of us who are more fortunate to repay them for their service to us all," says Rubin. "Now we are hoping to see this vision expand. We plan to begin in Door County, developing a model that can be implemented coast to coast."

Please, contact or call Operation Welcome Homes at: 202.257.5165 to learn more about how you can join in this effort.

Eric Standlee

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Sears: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

As a vet, I am very impressed to learn of Sears' support of our troops. I am going to look at Sears and buying there first as a way to support my troops who lay their lives on the line for our freedom. I suggest you consider it and making a donation to Heroes at Home:

Sears is indeed one of the employers who take additional steps to show support for employees involved in serving their country (either in the Reserves or the National Guard) by guaranteeing the continuance of their civilian pay (for up to 60 months) and allowing continued participation in life insurance, medical and dental programs.

Reality: Islamic Extremists

Thanks to my friend James Boy for sharing this with me.  It is important that every American read this.

---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: Brig Gen R. Clements USAF (Ret.)

Subject: Reality: Islamic Extremists

Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 01:32:14 +0000

Maj Gen Hank Stelling USAF (ret.) forwarded the following from one of his readers:
Former Moundsville Penitentiary Warden Don Bordenkircher just got back from a two-year contract in Iraq working with prisoners. His document is non-political, short, powerful, unique and frightening.

Reality: Islamic Extremists
by Don Bordenkircher:

Reality: Islamic extremists? Goal is worldwide domination Don Bordenkircher

June 07, 2007 I've just returned home after serving two years as national director of prison and jail operations in Iraq. During that time I resided within a mile of Sadar City, traveled countrywide to all correctional facilities, and coordinated activities with the U.S. military and the Department of Justice. I wore armor and carried weapons every day. I talked with many prisoners, most of whom spoke English as well as you and I do. They were of every skin color and looked just like you and me.

Since returning, it seems to me too many Americans work desperately hard to avoid reality about our presence in Iraq and our enemy. I want to share my reality.  All known terrorist groups were in Iraq before the United States invaded to liberate the Iraqi people. They were harbored, trained and paid for by terrorist operations worldwide. Members of these groups told me this and I believe them.

Our enemy is the radical fundamentalist arm of the worldwide nation of Islam. They use many names but embrace the same mission. Their mission is worldwide domination by fundamentalist Islam. They will destroy or kill anyone who does not convert to their Islam. They enjoy most destroying Muslims who do not share their vision for world domination. Members of these groups told me this and I believe them.

There were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The warheads were shipped to Syria and hidden in the Bekka Valley. The majority of casings are buried somewhere in the thousand miles of desert in Iraq. Prisoners told me this and I believe them.

There is not a civil war occurring in Iraq. There has always been sectarian distrust and acts of violence between Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. Iran currently arms, trains, advises and monetarily supports the Sunnis and Shiites, as well as foreign terrorists in Iraq. The Kurds are functioning very
well and have a serious dislike of Iran. The mission of Iran in Iraq is to destabilize the country and, when America leaves, assume control without firing a shot. Iranian, Sunni and Shiite prisoners who engaged in these activities told me this and I believe them.

America won the battle for Iraq in three weeks. Now we must, as requested by the Iraqi government, assist in their war against radical fundamentalist Islam and stabilize their government. When will U.S. troops and civilians come home from Iraq?  My opinion, based on experience, is that our folks will come home when we withdraw our troops from Japan, Germany, France, Korea, Kosovo and

Terrorist cells of radical fundamentalist Muslims are already embedded in the suburbs of America, South America and Canada. They will attack the United States when instructed. As prisoners told me, we will kill you, your wife and babies, burn your city, and condemn you to a torment in hell, until you convert and submit to the nation of Islam. So pray and prepare? I believe them and that is my reality.

Bordenkircher is a former Marshall County sheriff, Moundsville police chief and two-time warden of the old state penitentiary at Moundsville. He currently lives in Florida.

"If It Weren't For The United States military"
"There Would Be NO United States of America"
"Home of The Free, Because of the Brave"

What will it take for the majority of Americans to believe them?




Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm

Winston Churchill


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Eric Standlee

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Google Gears (BETA)

If you use gmail for all of your email like I do and recommend everyone does, then you should be using firefox too. It is just smart. If you are then, you will want to install this immediately. It allows you to use gmail offline.

Google Gears (BETA) is an open source browser extension that enables web applications to provide offline functionality using the following JavaScript APIs:
Store and serve application resources locally
Store data locally in a fully-searchable relational database
Run asynchronous Javascript to improve application responsiveness

Eric Standlee

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Re: [TeamAC] TGIM- Recommended Reading & Audio

Great questions Catherine,

Start as many blogs as you can handle on which hosts on  You can set them up so that you can email your posts to them.  It makes it more simple. 

And, once you have the blog created, always add an html/javascript element in the layout to your sidebar with a simple text ad like the one I have on at the top of my sidebar.

For every blog you create, once you have articles on it, take the address to and burn the feed.  The first time you do that, you need to create an account, then subsequent times you can add new blogs to the account burning them each time after you are logged in.  This way you don't have multiple accounts and it is much easier to manage. 

But, more important is that once they are burned, you should turn on pingshot and email subscription for each feed in the feedburner interface.

Linkedin is a training I gave just recently and you can get the notes here:

I recommend starting with LinkedIn and then gradually adding profiles on myspace, facebook, plaxo, pathconnect and the plethora of other such sites with tons of traffic.  Here is a list of some in order of size (priority):

But, first watch this video on Social Networking 101:

Thanks for the great question and I hope that this starts to answer your question.  As always, if you have some questions that you think might be beneficial to my podcast listeners, then let's schedule a time for a phone call and I will put that up on my show.


On 10/16/07, Catherine Johnston  wrote:
... I've been working through the blog calls in the RRC.  I know how quickly the net can change and the info is more than a year old
so just want to make sure these are still the best blog,,  I hear alot about MySpace.  Understand that it is more networking but what do you recommend?
These all still good?  Appreciate your input....

Eric Standlee

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Social Networking 101


This is probably the best way to understand social networking. For the neanderthals in your life who don't connect with you on your favorite site, start sharing this video with them.

Don't forget the training I recently did for an international company on LinkedIn at:

Eric Standlee

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

PHARscape - Home

Use this site to figure out which PC DataCard (used on laptops to get internet connection when wi-fi doesn't work) will work with linux.

Eric Standlee

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Audio-Mail Free

Audio-Mail Free

You know that I use for my podcast if you have been following me at all.

I just ran across this free service. I am going to try it out for landing pages and splash page and other places where say audio testimonials would work.

Just thought I'd share what I found.

Eric Standlee

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Dell's cheap linux laptop

The Next Leap for Linux
New York Times - United States
Dell is testing the waters with a Linux-equipped notebook computer, in a challenge to Microsoft and Apple. Dell's Linux PCs are cheaper than computers with ...
See all stories on this topic

I am writing this post from a Dell Linux Laptop.

Eric Standlee

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Find Your Candidate for the 2008 Election – – Where the Military Matters Most

Find Your Candidate for the 2008 Election – – Where the Military Matters Most

I am former USAF, and I took this quiz to see who I should vote for. Never heard of Hunter, but I am looking into him now. You should try the quiz.

Eric Standlee

Your friend Eric sent you a link to the Candidate Calculator

Hi There!

Your friend Eric seems to think you'd enjoy our Candidate Calculator at
It allows you to find out which 2008 presidential candidate best reflects your actual views, so give it a try!

If the link above didn't work, just cut and paste into your web browser.

Thanks for your time,

10 steps to more appointments for coffee every week.

Here is the image that I will be teaching on tonight's call:

10 steps to more appointments for coffee every week.

Click the image to view it. You might have to click it again to see it zoomed to readable size.

Eric Standlee

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Become Your Own Bank

Become Your Own Bank

When a new concept or product is introduced, do you find yourself being skeptical before you truly do your homework? I may be the only one that applies to, but I have struggled with that most of my adult life. Sometimes for me it is a matter of trust and at other times it is a matter of faith. There are also so many so-called experts out there that make their living selling products and services that compete directly with that new idea or concept. Look hard enough and you will find people to tell you what you want to hear.

Most of us have heard the adage, buy term insurance and invest the rest. And by the way, my current life insurance is term (and it serves a purpose--pure death protection while you are younger), but it will not be for long. Guess what? The term insurance industry is a cash cow for insurance companies. Why? The fact is that 99% of term insurance never pays out a death benefit. People get older and it gets too expensive and they let it lapse. Term is good while you are young to provide coverage only. The reason that many financial advisors have been against whole life is often because they make their livings focused on the securities/investment side of the equation vs. the insurance side.

Dividend paying whole life is a great product for our personal banker vehicle. This system is a long term approach and what many fail to realize is with dividend paying whole life, you can borrow from it (100% of your cash value) and pay yourself back the interest AND receive the dividends on your policy regardless of the loan. There is not another product in the investment community that allows for that, that I am aware of. I am pretty astute when it comes to investing and this is a no brainer for me personally to do. That is where my focus will start. I am thinking generational wealth, not what the masses are thinking. There is an entire industry that promoted buy term and invest the rest. The problem is, very few people (including myself) had the discipline to invest the rest regularly, so they wake up at 50 years of age, term has skyrocketed (or they get a condition and are no longer insurable) and they have little invested.

You know the saying an open mind, once expanded, cannot go back. Well, I have a new one...A closed mind, not expanded, will follow the masses and have what the masses have.

This product is such a good fit for AC as we address mindset, building income, and now building wealth. It is a 20+ year plan (for me) and most people don't have the mindset or focus to wrap their arms around that. I will also still invest in other areas to round out my personal investments. I am excited to open the Standlee Bank and Trust or I should name it Trust Standlee Bank, because I can trust my own bank to have our family's best interest (pun intended) at heart.

Have a blessed week.

In Service,


Eric S. Standlee

Advantage Conferences, LLC

Christian Entrepreneur and Mentor

281.500.4098 direct phone

Monday, October 01, 2007

Fwd: Taxes & Urine Testing

This was too good to let sit still.

Thanks Jim for sharing this:

---------- Forwarded message ----------

Like a lot of people, I have a job.  I work, they pay me.
I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as they see fit.

In order to get that paycheck, I am required to pass a random urine

test, which I have no problem with.

What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people

who don't have to pass a urine test.  Shouldn't one have to pass a urine

test to get a welfare check, because I have to pass one to earn it for them?

Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on

their feet.  I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone

sit on  their butt.

Could you imagine how much money the state would save if people had to

pass a urine test to get a public assistance check.


Storm: the largest botnet in the world?

Storm is a virus/trojan you need to avoid and be fully aware of.

Storm may not be the most creative or malicious piece of malware ever written, but it’s on track to become the most productive; threat researchers’ recent estimates put the number of PCs it has infected at more than 1 million.
Pass this on.

Eric Standlee

Sunday, September 30, 2007 ... About

Pass this around to your friends and consider printing it out for your friends who don't have computers as these scams are done via regular postal services as well. ... About
This Web site was created by the National Consumers League (NCL), the nation's oldest nonprofit consumer organization, as a central source of information and advice about fake check scams. NCL created the site in collaboration with the Alliance for Consumer Fraud Awareness, a coalition of consumer and business organizations, government agencies, and companies that are committed to fighting fake check scams.

I get bombarded with these scams in my inbox. I know it is tempting to comply, but it is a slippery slope.

Eric Standlee

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Be Afraid - Be Very Afraid .......

I had to share this:

---------- Forwarded message ----------

Who said this?

Josef Stalin? Karl Marx? Fidel Castro?

(1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

(2) "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few, and to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity."

(3) "(We) can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."

(4) "We have to build a political consensus, and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own turf in order to create this common ground."

(5) "I certainly think the free-market has failed."

(6) "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy - that they are being watched."

Now you might think these were the famous words of the Father of

communism, Karl Marx.

And you would be on the right track in thinking so.

But you would be wrong.

These pearls of socialist/Marxist wisdom are from non other than

our very own, home-grown Marxist. . . .

Hillary Clinton!

Comments made on:
(1) 6/29/04
(2) 5/29/07
(3) 6/4/07
(4) 6/4/07
(5) 6/4/07
(6) 9/2/05

Be afraid, Be very afraid!!

Eric Standlee


Monday, September 24, 2007

One Laptop Per Child -- XO Giving

One Laptop Per Child -- XO Giving

Thank you for your interest in One Laptop Per Child. Our mission is to provide a means for learning, self-expression and exploration to the nearly two billion children of the developing world with little or no access to education. While children are by nature eager for knowledge, many countries have insufficient resources to devote to education—sometimes less than $20 a year per child. Imagine the potential that could be unlocked by giving every child in the world the tools they need to learn, no matter who they are, no matter where they live, no matter how little they may have.

If you'd like to donate an XO laptop today, simply click the donation button on the right, above the photo. A donation of $200 will pay for and deliver one XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, $400 will pay for and deliver two XO laptops, and so on.

Starting November 12, One Laptop Per Child will be offering a Give 1 Get 1 Program for a brief window of time. For $399, you will be purchasing two XO laptops—one that will be sent to empower a child to learn in a developing nation, and one that will be sent to your child at home. If you're interested in Give 1 Get 1, we'll be happy to send you a reminder email. Just sign up in the box to the left and you'll receive your reminder prior to the November 12 launch date.

Once again, thank you. We sincerely hope you'll join our growing community of people working to create a connected, educated, enlightened future for the world's most essential resource—its children.
I know that there are more pressing things like orphanages, but this intrigues me.

Eric Standlee

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

5 steps to a huge network on LinkedIn

With over 60,000 connections in Houston and growing every day, I don't plan on running out of people to schedule lunch or coffee with.  This is the key to building a large and vibrant network.  Here are 5 steps to make your linkedin experience a good one and the first step to many social networking site successes.

Go to and:
1. join
2. create a complete profile
3. add you email to your last name field on your profile
4. add your website(s) on your profile
5. join and add your information there. This will place you in front of thousands of people and give you tons of free exposure.

Prospered not to increase my standard of living, but to increase my standard of giving,

Eric Standlee

Saturday, September 15, 2007

A Special Invitation From Eric Standlee


Eric thought you would be interested
in generating lots of traffic to your blog with a new
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BlogRush can help you drive tons of traffic to
your blog on an ongoing basis, but you need
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Episode 19 is in the can with Tim Darnell

Listen to the new episode of our podcast that just got added to the player on our sidebar at or you can subscribe to at

Tim covers a powerful business and personal wealth concept about how to stop paying mortgages, banks and credit cards high interest rates and start paying yourself.

Thanks Tim for a powerful call,

Eric Standlee

New Podcast Episode

Please check out my new podcast episode with Rick Reece. It's in the player on the sidebar or at

Be blessed,
Eric Standlee

Do you listen?

Just got this in a letter from

12 questions to help you gauge how well you listen and where you might need to improve.

Are you ready to listen?

Take the quiz

Eric Standlee

Google Gears (BETA)

Install this and you will have gmail off-line too.

Eric Standlee

Google Gears (BETA) is an open source browser extension that enables web applications to provide offline functionality using the following JavaScript APIs:
Store and serve application resources locally
Store data locally in a fully-searchable relational database
Run asynchronous Javascript to improve application responsiveness

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Fwd: Austin, Houston "Big Al" Workshops + great prospecting tip ...

I am going to this, you want to come?


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <>
Date: Sep 10, 2007 11:18 AM
Subject: Austin, Houston "Big Al" Workshops + great prospecting tip ...


Tom "Big Al" Schreiter here.

Two quick announcements ....

1. When people register to start their own business, most
   times the records are public. You can go to the local
   government building and get the details of anyone
   starting their own business.

   These are great prospects. They are entrepreneurs.

   But don't contact them immediately. Only contact those
   people who registered their business about a year ago.

   Why? Because the first few months they are enthusiastic
   about their business. But that enthusiasm wears off when
   they see how much overhead, government forms, and
   problems traditional businesses have.

   So when you contact them a year after they started,
   they are more open to network marketing and the ease
   of our business.

2. I'll be teaching training workshops on how to
   sponsor more people quickly in Houston and Austin,
   TX  on Wednesday and Thursday, September 26 and 27.
   If you attended previously, you will enjoy the new
   skills this time :)

   Please tell your downline and networking friends to
   take advantage of these workshops. They are a great way
   to learn new skills, new things to say, and to find out
   the best places to find new, hot prospects who want to

   You can register online and get more information at:

   Here are the locations:

      * Houston, TX
            September 26 (Wednesday), 7pm to 10pm
            Holiday Inn Select Greenway
            2712 Southwest Freeway
            Houston, TX 77098

      * Austin, TX
            September 27 (Thursday), 7pm to 10pm
              Keller Williams Training Center
              9430 Research Blvd. (Echelon IV, 1st Floor)
              Austin TX 78759

   For more information and to register, just go to:

   Have a great day and I hope to see you at one of
   the workshops.


   Tom "Big Al" Schreiter

Fortune Network Publishing
KAAS Publishing
PO Box 890084
Houston, TX 77289
Phone: (281) 280-9800

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but when around those with it is easily caught."

"Prospered not to increase my standard of living,
but to increase my standard of giving."

"Many, many people avoid Giant Slaying.  
Worse - they don't even  know certain Giants exist.  
Those who are not accomplishing  much in life don't have to worry about Giants."
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