Wednesday, June 27, 2007

My kids in Japan, I miss them



Foreground Mami, On Stage Kenji



Mami and Kenji on bikes



Yumi at Japanese Preschool



I thank God for the ability to send my kids and wife Wakayo to Japan every year. I know how hard it is to live in a foreign country and not go back home once in a while. Besides, I want my kids to grow up citizens of the world and not of just Houston, Texas. This opens their horizons.



Eric Standlee

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Two new podcasts with Kurt Green

Listen to the new podcasts on the player on the right side of crusaderx.blogspot.com .

The first one is with Kurt Green answering questions about mini-sites.

The second one is with Kurt Green talking about our impressions of the latest MMC.

--
Sincerely,
Eric Standlee
713.690.8877 x205

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Convert Real Media Library to MP3 if you have linux

Linux has a bunch of benefits, but one very powerful benefit is the ability to convert file formats with very powerful software that you can install for free.

If you have linux, and you have access to a library of files in the Real Media format which you'd like to get into MP3 so you can get it on your iPod or MP3 player, then this is the way to do it:

1. go to the folder you are keeping these files in
2. get all ram files from the web library with DownThemAll firefox extension
3. for file in `ls`; do wget `cat $file | tr -d '\015'` ; done
    -  This is how you download the contents of the .ram files you got with DownThemAll which sometimes have the \015 or 0d character at the end of the url which we are taking off with tr -d '\015'
4. for i in `ls *.r[a,m]`; do mplayer $i -ao pcm:file=$i.wav ; done
    -  This converts the files in that directory from rm or ra to .wav files.  If you don't have mplayer installed you will need to install this package first.
5. for i in `ls *.wav`; do lame -f $i $i.mp3 ; done
    -  This converts .wav files to mp3 files.  Again if you don't have lame installed, you will need to use your package manager to install it first.

Of course, those without linux will cry unfair because they cannot do these things.  Get a copy of Ubuntu and burn it to cd and install Ubuntu on an old computer you aren't using now.

Of course, others will ask why someone hasn't made a gui that can do this.  Of course, that is easy to do, but it is just as easy for you to learn how to do the above steps.

If you really want me to make a gui that will do this for your linux computer, it is possible for the right price.

--
Sincerely,
Eric Standlee
http://crusaderx.blogspot.com

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

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Friday, June 15, 2007

The AC Rep Convention and The Mindset Mentoring Conference

Gang,

If you missed the convention, you missed alot.  I was blessed hearing Alan a millionaire alum and his partner Bill Bates a former Dallas Cowboy.  Doug Firebaugh was a HUGE blessing and I pray that Jerry Rasamni's message of our God of Love for Muslims around the world is heard by millions.  In fact, Mr. Rasamni's book should be required reading by muslims in prison.

This morning so far has been a tear jerker.  And, the early bird lunch with Tim and some millionaires was also great.

Make up your mind to believe that you will attend the next one.

--
Sincerely,
Eric Standlee
713.690.8877 x205

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Coaching Tip: Overcoming the Fear of Prospecting

Warren is a good friend of mine and has posted this coaching worth reading:
Coaching Tip: Overcoming the Fear of Prospecting: "Action eliminates fear. Once you take action prospecting for your business, the fear of the unknown will fade away. The Phone will get smaller!"

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Free WiFi hotspots wi-fi cafes coffee shops hotels wireless airports

Free WiFi hotspots wi-fi cafes coffee shops hotels wireless airports

I found this free service that lists free wi-fi hotspots by zip code and address. You have got to bookmark this post or the page so that you can get back to it when planning impromptu meetings where you need wi-fi to close the deal.

Eric

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Birds in the back yard

This year we decided to get a cheap bird feeder and hope that some birds would come. Apparently we are the only feeder in the neighborhood because when there is feed in the feeder the whole neighborhood's birds come.

Today I took some pictures. You will see a red headed female woodpecker in one and a full house of four feeders in the next one.

I hope the pictures come through clear.


--
Sincerely,
Eric Standlee
http://www.crusaderx.com

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Here is something I was reading to my kids tonight

I thought this reading from Jesus Wants All of Me, Smouse, was very appropriate to our business lives:

Ship Ahoy!

My life is like a little boat anchored in the harbor.  The water is calm and smooth.  The breeze is gentle and warm.  And, I am safe.  But I cannot stay here forever.  God wants me to launch out into the wild, open water, to ride the mighty, crashing waves.  He wants me to let go.  He wants me to trust Him and follow Him wherever He may go.

"If you know these things, happy are you if you do them."
John 13:17

You haven't been give the gifts you have been given just for you.  God blessed you with forgiveness, wealth, business, life, love, friends, family, and success so that He can get it through you to someone else.  How do you do that?  You can do it stuck at harbor.  You have to get out there and mix it up.  You have to do them.

Stop grumbling about what you don't have yet and use what has been given to you already.  Are you surprised that more don't find success?  Not me.  It is only those who figure out that success is for those who "do it" and persevere in "doing it" and not for those safe at harbor with sails furled.

Instead, be grateful for everything.  List all the things you have to be grateful about.  Then chose to be grateful for even those things that others wouldn't chose to be grateful about.  Unfurl those sails.  Risk bumping into other ships and stumbling into uncharted waters.  You only have this life.

--
Sincerely,
Eric Standlee
713.690.8877 x205

Friday, June 08, 2007

A Tip from Keith Ferrazzi

I had to share this with you.

Many thanks to Keith for helping this recovering geek on the road to recovery and to Advantage Conferences for the ongoing mentoring to help me build the muscles necessary.

Eric Standlee
http://businessconferences.info

---------- Forwarded message ----------
-------------------------------------------------------
Tip 78 - Meeting people you don't like
-------------------------------------------------------
 
Recently I was playing polo (my new favorite pastime), and a new person was introduced to our regular group. The first impression I got was that he was pretty inauthentic, even untruthful about a few things, and it was a definite put-off.
 
When you meet someone you don't like, you've got two choices. Become annoyed at having to deal with the new person. Or step back and realize that usually when people act like that, it's because of some insecurity and their defense mechanisms are kicking in to protect from being hurt.
 
Initially, I reacted the wrong way. I'm human. But luckily, when it was obvious I was pretty tweaked, a good friend who's also part of my accountability group called me on my behavior.
 
Then I remembered the advice a friend once gave me about how to handle these situations. Do the opposite of your initial reaction. So if I started to push back and be defensive and gruff myself, I actually should choose to be positive and very affirming to help create a comfortable, safe environment for the person I didn't like so much at first, to give them the best opportunity to demonstrate the good they probably really have inside. 
 
Even in these relatively brief relationship situations, it pays to focus on generosity and helping others. And in the end, that's the best way to help yourself, too.
 
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Re: I don't care!

Thanks for sharing this Stacia.

As a former member of the USAF, I commend all who feel this way and do something about it.

Eric

On 6/8/07, Stacia Pratt wrote:

This is great!  Leave it to a NJ housewife to get mad and say her mind!
Note: forwarded message attached.

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

>Could Not Be Said Better Written by a housewife from New Jersey and
>sounds like it! This is one upset lady.
>
>Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not
>started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11,
>2001? Were people fr om all over the world, mostly Americans, not
>brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac
>from our nation's capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania? Did nearly
>three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or
>crushing death that day, or didn't they?
>
>And I'm supposed to care that a copy of the Koran was 'desecrated' when
>an overworked American soldier kicked it or got it wet?...Well, I don't.
>I don't care at all. I'll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns
>himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11.
>
>I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start
>caring about the Holy Bible, the mere possession of which is a crime in
>Saudi Arabia.
>
>I'll care when these thugs tell the world they are sorry for hacking >
>off Nick Berg's head while Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed
>throat.
>
>I'll care when the cowardly so-called 'insurgents' in Iraq come out and
>fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in
>mosques.
>
>I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of
>nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide
>bombs.
>
>I'll care when the American media stops pretending that their First
>Amendment liberties are somehow derived from international law instead
>of the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights.
>
>In the meantime, when I hear a story about a brave marine roughing up an
>Iraqi terrorist to obtain information, know this: I don't care.
>
>When I see a fuzzy photo of a pile of naked Iraqi prisoners who have
>been humiliated in what amounts to a college-hazing incident, rest
>assured: I don't care.
>
>When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not
>to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank:
>I don't care.
>
>When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat,
>and fed 'special' food that is paid for by my tax dollars, is
>complaining that his holy book is being 'mishandled,' you can absolutely
>believe in your heart of hearts: I don't care.
>
>And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled 'Koran' and
>other times 'Quran.' Well, Jimmy Crack Corn and - you guessed it - I
>don't care ! ! ! ! !
>
>If you agree with this viewpoint, pass this on to all your e-mail friend s.
>
>Sooner or later, it'll get to the people responsible for this ridiculous
>behavior!
>
>If you don't agree, then by all means hit the delete button. Should you
>choose the latter, then please don't complain when more atrocities
>committed by radical Muslims happen here in our great country! And may I
>add:
>
>'Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a
>difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.' -
>Ronald Reagan
>
>I have another quote that I would like to add AND.......I hope you
>forward all this.
>
>'If we ever forget that we're One Nation Under God, then we will be a
>nation gone under.' Also by.. Ronald Reagan
>
>One last thought for the day:  In case we find ourselves starting to
>believe all the anti-American sentiment and negativity, we should
>remember England's Prime Minister Tony Blair's words during a recent
>interview. When asked by one of his Parliament members why he believes
>so much in America, he said: 'A simple way to take measure of a country
>is to look at how many want in... And how many want out.'





--
Sincerely,
Eric Standlee
http://crusaderx.blogspot.com

Thursday, June 07, 2007

STOP IT NOW!

Stop typing an internet address in the search bar.

Every month a billion new pages are created. Maybe that isn't the right number but it is just as unbelievably huge.

If that is the case, then why do you think you are going to find the site you are looking for using search?

If you have been told to go to http://www.crusaderx.com then put that into the address bar and go there. You are wasting time putting it into the search bar.

Yet, 95% of all the people I know do just that. If they are told to go to businessconferences.info then they put their cursor into the search bar or they go to their favorite search engine and search for BusinessConferences.info . BIG mistake.

It is going to continue to get more and more impossible for search engines to find crusaderx.blogspot.com so don't search for it. You know it so just go there.

While we are talking about that something else bothers me.

Stop typing http://www. before every address. Your computer knows how to figure that out. So, just select all of the text in the address bar and then without doing anything else like pressing delete just go ahead and type the domain like linkedin.com/in/ericstandlee into the address bar so it looks just like that without the http://www. Then just hit enter.

IT WILL WORK. TRUST ME.

In Service,
Eric Standlee
crusaderx.com

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Electricity Book Newsetters

Electricity Book Newsetters

This is a great source of alternative energy. Imagine free power and heat from composting the fire hazard of brush wood and generating electricity.

Be blessed,
Eric Standlee

Fwd: Audacious Faith

This was forwarded from a very close friend and I thought it perfect for us.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dan Miller -- 48 Days
1. Audacious Faith
We have had an abundance of unusual birds at our house in the last couple of weeks. A Baltimore Oriole and a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak have attempted to come in my office window. I always stop to watch, listen and learn.

My favorite is still the eagle. In both the Hebrew and Christian faiths the eagle represents the flight of the soul to heaven. It is the symbol of faith � the connection with the seen and the unseen. With any growth or change, there comes the inevitable time when a step of faith is required. �The greatest of miracles is that we need not be tomorrow what we are today, but we can improve if we make use of the potentials implanted in us by God.� � Rabbi Samuel M. Silver

Remember in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark � The Last Crusade, Harrison Ford comes to that impassable chasm. Yet the goal was on the other side and he had clearly been led to this point. With heart pounding and sweat beads breaking out all over his body, he closed his eyes to numb the uncertainty and anticipated crash to the rocks below, but still stepped out � and the path appeared. He knew he was on the right path, but a bold �step of faith� was required in order for him to continue. In every worthwhile personal or business venture, there comes the time of that required step of faith. Those things clearly predictable are not likely notable. Real success blends faith and reason.

Interviewing for a new job, negotiating for a raise or starting a business all require that step of faith. But without moving into new territory we will never experience anything better than where we are now.

The eagle goes where no other bird goes. It embraces storms as leverage to go higher � not as an excuse to cower in fear. Fear of failure paralyzes action. Confidence is learned by taking specific action. To think confidently, act confidently. Plan to win � prepare to win � expect to win.

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." II Tim. 1:7

Eric Standlee
http://crusaderx.blogspot.com

Social Networking sites rated by users (traffic)

Team,

Here is the same information I found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites
But, this is sorted by size:

Update: I found that I miss typed Facebook's numbers so if you want the most recent version of this spreadsheet as I keep it updated:
http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p5Puv3ZcRpbxtq_hb_K5LPg






NameDescription/FocusUser countRegistration

Windows Live SpacesBlogging (formerly MSN Spaces)120,000,000Open (Windows Live ID)

Hi5 General50,000,000Open

orkutOwned by Google46,423,762Open (Google login)

Classmates.comSchool, college, work and the military40,000,000 Open

XangaBlogs and "metro" areas40,000,000Open

BeboSchools and colleges34,000,000Open

FriendsterGeneral 29,100,000Open

Broadcaster.comVideo sharing and webcam chat26,000,000 Open

NetlogEuropean young adults (14-24). Formerly known as Facebox.18,000,000 Open

BlackPlanet.comAfrican-Americans16,000,000Open

CyworldYoung South Koreans15,000,000Open

Last.fm Music15,000,000Open

LiveJournalBlogging12,900,000Open (OpenID)

Friends ReunitedSchool, college, work, sport and streets12,000,000Open

LinkedInBusiness11,000,000Open

PiczoTeenagers, Canadians, photo sharing 10,000,000Open

WAYNTravel & Lifestyle8,000,000Open to people 18 and older

MixiJapan8,000,000Invite-only

Care2 Green living and activism7,151,375Open






Gaia OnlineAnime and Games7,000,000 Open

FacepartyBritish teens and 20-somethings5,900,000Open to people 16 and older.

Yahoo! 360°Linked to Yahoo! IDs4,700,000Open to people 18 and older

Passado General4,700,000Open

BoltGeneral (music and video)4,000,000 Open

FlickrPhoto sharing4,000,000Open (Yahoo! login)

MultiplyReal world4,000,000Open

eSPINTeen Dating 3,800,000Open

MiGente.comLatinos3,600,000Open

HyvesGeneral Dutch social networking website.3,266,151Open

The Doll Palace Cartoon dolls and dress up games2,500,000Open

XINGBusiness 2,000,000Open

Meetup.comGeneral2,000,000Open

TagWorldGeneral (tagging)1,850,692Open

CarDomain Car enthusiasts1,600,000Open

iWiWHungary1,500,000 Invite only

StumbleuponWebsurfing1,200,000Open

LunarStormSweden1,200,000Open

Vampire FreaksGothic industrial culture 1,020,500Open

NexopiaCanada1,019,372Open






43 ThingsTagging1,007,433Open

Grono.net Poland1,000,000Invite-only

XuqaColleges1,000,000Open

IMVU3D chat software1,000,000Open

Fotki Photo sharing1,000,000Open

myYearbookGeneral950,000Open

My Opera CommunityGeneral (blogs, photo albums, forums, groups, etc.)834,753Open

The Student CenterTeens and colleges800,000Open

Graduates.comSchool, college, and work650,000Open

Tribe.net General602,876Open

PlayaheadSwedish teenagers530,000 Open

SconexAmerican high schools500,000Open

DeadJournalDark490,310By invite or payment (OpenID)

IRC-GalleriaFinland 400,000Open

GoPetsVirtual pets400,000Open

ThreadlessCustom T-shirts364,474Open

FlirtomaticFlirting/Dating 265,000Open to people 18 and older.

RyzeBusiness250,000 Open

DontStayInClubbing (primarily UK)235,000Open

CouchsurfingCouchsurfing192,000Open






MySpaceGeneral162,000Open

aSmallWorldEuropean jet set and social elite150,000Invite-only

TakingITGlobalSocial action145,000Open

ProfileHeavenBritish teens 100,000Open

Geni.comFamilies, genealogy100,000Open

EcademyBusiness100,000Open

Travellerspoint Travel90,000Open

Blue DotLink sharing80,000 Open

MEETinGeneral72,000Open

FUPEI General (Photo, Video, Music, Games, Event, and Chat Room), membership mostly from Indonesia53,000Open

Doostang Careers53,000Invite-only

ZaadzSocial consciousness50,178 Open

Reunion.comLocating friends and family, keeping in touch28,000 Open

FacebookCollege/High School students and General23,000Open

ConsumatingConsumeetings21,000Open

SportsviteRecreational Sports 18,000Open

Fr├╝hst├╝ckstreffGeneral11,600Open

AdvogatoFree Software and Open Source developers11,000Open

Amina - Chechen Republic OnlineChechens3,500Open

MOGMusic 0Open






Joga BonitoFootball (soccer)0Open

imeem Instant messaging0Open

YelpUnited States adults0 Open

StudivzUniversity students, mostly in the German-speaking countries0Open

Dodgeball.comMobile location-based service, owned by Google0Open

TwitterUpdate friends with your status through SMS, IM, web interfaces0Open

WebBiographiesGenealogy & Biography0Open

(Yahoo! login)
0

VoxBlogging0Open

ZooomrUniversal Photo Sharing0Open (OpenID)

DandelifeCollective narratives or "shared biographies" 0Open

The ZooplexGeneral0Open

ShelfariOnline community for book lovers0Open

RateItAll Consumer ratings + social networking0Open

Monday, June 04, 2007

Google keeps tweaking its search engine | CNET News.com

You WANT to understand search engines and how they decide which sites get to the top of a search. This article is eye opening.
Google keeps tweaking its search engine | CNET News.com: "But at its core, Google remains a search engine. And its search pages, blue hyperlinks set against a bland, white background, have made it the most visited, most profitable and arguably the most powerful company on the Internet. Google is the homework helper, navigator and yellow pages for half a billion users, able to find the most improbable needles in the world's largest haystack of information in just the blink of an eye.

Yet however easy it is to wax poetic about the modern-day miracle of Google, the site is also among the world's biggest teases. Millions of times a day, users click away from Google, disappointed that they couldn't find the hotel, the recipe or the background of that hot guy. Google often finds what users want, but it doesn't always."


In Service,
Eric Standlee

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Clipmarks :: Firefox Add-ons

Clipmarks :: Firefox Add-ons: "With Clipmarks, you can clip the best parts of web pages. Whether it's a paragraph, sentence, image or video, you can capture just the pieces you want without having to bookmark the entire page."

Friday, June 01, 2007

Laran Wilke Call

Please be sure to listen to the first in a series of calls where I talk to small business owners and entrepreneurs about their questions and help them with marketing and technology issues.

This calls is with Laran Wilke from Colorado. It should show up in the player on the right sidebar eventually, but if you'd like to listen to it now you can go to the feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/crusaderxpod. And if it isn't there you, you can go directly to the source: listen to the call on garageband.com. If it is not there yet, please come back or subscribe to the podcast feed via email from the feedburner feed page.

Enjoy.

Eric Standlee
http://www.crusaderx.com