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
   2. join

TAMU Alum:

   1. join
   2. join


   1. join
   2. join

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

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Eric Standlee

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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