Monday, June 30, 2008

My prediction for the future

Tele-video conferencing is going to explode in the next 5 to 6 months.

People wont be able to afford gas to meet for networking with the cost of gas/oil climbing like it is.

So, in order to network with people, social networking and video teleconferencing will take the place of meeting for coffee and lunch.

Eric Standlee

My Journey to a healthier me

Here's my ticker.

Please pray for me.

Eric Standlee

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Tips for Traffic and business in general

Here is a great article with 110 tips you can use right now:

Here’s some resources to help you with your traffic generation:

Some great places and resources to get articles written:

- How to get articles written for you for $4 - Great article
- - request for a writer in the “Main” forum
- “Content Creation” section

Thanks to Aurelius Jin for these tips.

Eric Standlee

Friday, June 27, 2008

Have you seen Tumblr?

Gang, you have got to check this out.

I went to:

I created my account.

I followed the instructions there to host a domain on this account by using and pointing it to their IP via my account.

Now is live!

Simplest way to create a cool site.

Try it and add me as a friend.

Eric Standlee

PS. try out GlideOS too.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

japan waist - Google News

People who are fighting being overweight don't really need something else to worry about. When I first heard about this from my mother who had watched some TV news about it, I thought "that has to be a joke."

I searched and found actual references to it. 29 to be specific.
Another Thing Big In Japan: Measuring Waistlines
Wall Street Journal Blogs, NY - Jun 13, 2008
Ultimately, Japan hopes this campaign will help curb its health-care costs, which have been increasing, just like waist sizes. Some people are worried about ...
Is Japan waisting its time? The Age
Japan, Seeking Trim Waists, Measures Millions New York Times
Metabo tightens belts in land of rising tum Scotsman
TheMedGuru - MedIndia
all 29 news articles »

It doesn't surprise me since Japanese weigh and measure their children from the beginning of elementary school until the end of High School in their skivvies in front of their classmates.

The fact is that while the elder generation might have a portion who have large waists which affects their health, the majority of the rest of the population is already obsessed with weight and waist size. There are probably more young girls and ladies with eating disorders in Japan than any other country period. So, is this callous law going to help Japan or serve to hurt it like any law where Federal government invades personal privacy?

Eric Standlee

Monday, June 23, 2008

Fwd: A Profound Truth You Can't Deny

This was well put.

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

Emanual Tany, a respected German psychiatrist, was born in Lithuania, a part of Russia at the time, prior to WWII.  His father was killed during the war by guards at a German Krakow prison camp.  Emanual is a holocaust survivor.  He came to the United States in 1952 at the age of 19.    He recently distributed an email which is both profoundly true and merits serious consideration by all who profess to love peace and freedom.

 A German's point of view on Islam"
By Dr. Emanual Tanay, Psychiatrist
A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War ll owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism."Very few people were true Nazis" he said, "but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories." We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.
The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is that the 'peaceful ma jority', the 'silent majority', is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people. The average Japanese individual prior to World War ll was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.
And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'? History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghanis, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts: the fanatics who threaten our way of life. Lastly, at the risk of offending, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands, world wide, read this - think about it - and send it on.
Emanuel Tanay, M.D.
Ann Arbor, MI
Professor G. L. Esterson
Ra'anana, Israel

Eric Standlee

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Paint over Wallpaper? Yes You Can!

Can you guess why I am sharing this?

I am painting over wallpaper in the house I am selling:

Paint over Wallpaper? Yes You Can!

Stripping wallpaper is a tedious job, and sometimes it's not merely tedious, but darn near impossible. If there are numerous layers, or it has been pasted to an unpainted, unsized wall, you simply cannot remove it without doing major damage to the underlying plaster or wallboard, requiring extensive repair. There's an easier way. It is possible to paint over wallpaper, if you do it correctly and with a little work, you can hide all the seams too.

  • Remove all the loose paper, taking special care around the seams. Using wallpaper seam glue, paste down remaining loose edges.

  • Prime the walls one coat of fast-drying shellac or alcohol based primer. These tend to be smelly, so make sure you have lots of ventilation. Unlike waterbased primers, these will not loosen the wallpaper. Use a short nap roller, one sold for smooth walls.

  • Using the widest drywall knife you can, apply drywall mud over all seams and flaws. Sand smooth. Prime over the drywalled areas. You may need to go back and re-drywall some flaws. Take time with this step, and make sure you have good light. Use a large sanding sponge, available in paint or hardware stores, rather than sandpaper. It will be easier to get a smooth, flush finish.

  • Using clear or white caulking, caulk along the ceiling, baseboard and trim. This will help you get a nicer line when you cut in the edges with a brush.

Now you're ready for paint. Don t use cheap paint over all your hard work! Go to a good paint store one that real painters use - and buy the best quality available. Use PVA drywall primer to seal the surfaces. Since glossier paints will show up remaining imperfections in your wall, consider some of the excellent washable flat paints now on the market, or an eggshell finish if you want lustre. No matter what finish or color you choose, count on doing two coats for the best looking, most washable surface.

Does this sound like too much work? You can save some steps and texture your walls. No sanding required and you can be a bit messy! Prime the walls as above, and caulk the edges. Buy a 4-6 flexible drywall knife and a 5 gallon bucket of joint compound for an average size room. On a scrap board or piece of cardboard, experiment with applying the compound until you have a pleasing finish. Have fun with it! If you don t like the way it' s coming out, scrape it off and try again until you have a technique and finish you're happy with. Tape the trim before applying it to the walls. Once your walls are done and the texture dry, you can use a large wet sponge to smooth out any rough edges.

Prime the walls with PVA primer, and apply two coats of your chosen finish paint, using a medium or long napped roller.

There. Nobody will ever know there's wallpaper under your gorgeous new paint job!

-Carina MacDonald

Carina MacDonald has been a painting contractor since
1979 and has tackled everything from large commercial buildings and Victorian homes to faux painting a child s room and wallpapering a bathroom. If it stands still long enough, she can figure out a way to paint it correctly!

Pray I don't wear myself out.

Eric Standlee

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Texas Department of Agriculture

Before you go get gas, know that about 1/4 of all gas station pumps are rigged to charge you for more gas than you actually bought:

Check this page or get the latest information here:,1968,1848_16094_0_0,00.html?channelId=16094

Tell your friends in Texas.

Eric Standlee

Thursday, June 12, 2008

My First TOMTOM file


You can use this link to download a list of free wifi spots in Houston.