Thu, 14 Jun 2007 01:00:20 GMT
Productivity Tips for Home Workers
Scott Young shared a great list of productivity tips entitled20 Ways to Stay Productive when Working at Home.
What I'm guilty of the most of the tips or what I sometimes have a hard time following is this:
Don't Count the Low-Value Tasks - Determine what is most important and count that first. I've heard from home entrepreneurs that they work 10-12 hour days. But then I manage to see them making forum posts and lengthy e-mails. It makes you wonder what they consider work. Only count time from your extremely important and difficult tasks. Spending one hour writing a blog article or finishing several pages of my book is worth a dozen hours of answering e-mails.
When clients inquire or when some blog commenters try to communicate with you, it's a form of distraction that is so hard to avoid. Sure the client needs to be prioritized but if you can't discount the value of communicating with your blogs' followers either. One way that makes me get around this problem is to time the minutes I spend in answering emails. If it exceeds 30 minutes of my time, finished or not finished, I have to sign out of my email account.
What home business distraction can't you stop yourself from yielding to?
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Wed, 13 Jun 2007 23:57:57 GMT
Rainforests of Congo in Danger of Exploitation
Rainforests are known to be the Lungs of the world. They dominate the equatorial regions that provide them sufficient sunshine and enough rainfall. They are the breeding ground for many flora and fauna species. But, the greedy man on his cutting spree has plundered the rain forests for wood, skin and food and to make a space for himself in the woods. The recent story of such a plunder comes from Central Africa where a steady cutting spree is going on for the past 30-years.
Remote sensing satellite images taken between 1976 and 2003 have recognized road building as particularly dense in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gabon and the Republic of Congo.
The rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo are the largest in the world after Amazonian forests, covering around 1.3 million square kilometers. An estimated 35 million people inhabit these forests, including Bantu farmers, and Twa and Mbuti hunter-gatherer Pygmies. The survey, published in Journal Science, expresses concern over accelerated logging as regional and foreign companies build more new roads through virgin forests, which indirectly allows easier access to poachers, who kill wildlife for the bush-meat trade.
The most vulnerable area in Republic of Congo is its northern part, where road construction surged from 97 miles per year between 1976 and 1990, to more than 410 miles per year after 2000. Between 1986 and 1990, 208 miles of roads were built per year in the DRC. This increased to 283 miles per year between 2000 and 2002.
In 2004, around 100 environment and human rights activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo called on the World Bank to discontinue plans that would whittle the world’s second-largest rainforest into widespread industrial logging.
Central Africa’s thick rain forests have long been looked upon as among the most pristine on Earth. They provide food, materials and shelter for over 20 million people and play an important role as a sink for the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide. But, in recent decades industrial logging has become the most widespread form of land use in the region.
Exploitation of the rainforests also known as Carbon sinks should be stopped. The rights and needs of forest dwellers should not be sacrificed in pursuit of spurious economic benefits from the logging industry.
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Sat, 09 Jun 2007 17:49:52 GMT
Miss Statue of Liberty: The Carbon-neutral Solar-n-wind Hybrid Ferry
New York Harbor will soon see a green revolution to its waterborne transportation. No, not by any man this time, no NGO, no human movement, its a state-of-the-art green ferry.
It will ply the waters along the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island fleet with its solar and wind powered hybrid electric ferry. The environment-friendly ferry is rightly named Miss Statue of Liberty.
The sail of the hybrid vessel is embedded with solar panels, thus can collect energy from both the sun and wind. The boat will just not emit fumes, but will also not produce any noise or vibration, thus, providing a relief to the marine life living just beneath its ferrying route.
Thanks to Circle Line the company providing ferry service to the statue of liberty — for unveiling this environment-friendly state-of-the-art.
JB Meyer , President and CEO of Circle Line - Statue of Liberty Ferry, Inc. said,
This is the first vessel of its kind and represents the very latest in environmental and nautical technology. Miss Statue of Liberty will quite simply revolutionize how we move on water. With its exceptional comfort for passengers, and the fact that it emits zero emissions while docking, it will change the nature of transportation in New Yorks harbor forever.
The vessel seems to be just the waterways counterpart of the hybrid car, which can be plugged in and its batteries can be recharged over night.
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Sat, 09 Jun 2007 09:20:23 GMT
Japans New Bullet Train Bids to Combat Global Warming
Though Japans celebrated bullet train, scheduled to provide service from July, will travel no faster than the current bullet trains, is been catapulted to the headlines for a different and nobler cause its environmental and a bit more comfort.
No, the new N700 model’s joint designers did not try to beat France’s TGV in speed, rather focused in improving its comfort levels as well as the environmental performance. Its important, especially amidst the increasing concerns for soaring global warming and its considerable consequences.
According to a statement,
The substantial reduction in power consumpion and CO2 emissions contributes significantly to the effort to counter global warming.
Seeming to be honoring its stoppage at Kyoto — the namesake of the pioneering environmenal treaty the bullet train will be using 19 per cent less electricity, compared to the earlier models.
Unlike the current models, the new bullet trains will lack the smoking sections, in spite, will have sealed, ventilated rooms for passengers to light up in.
The 260 billion yen (2.1 billion dollars) N700, can run at the maximum speed of 300 kilometers per hour (185 miles per hour).
To let you enjoy the pleasures of technology, the train will have an electric plug installed at every seat along with a jack to plug in headphones for listening to a music selection.
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Sat, 09 Jun 2007 06:51:02 GMT
Cause and Effect
A recent commenter noted that this blog seems to be more about international politics and globalisation than social entreprise. I invite conversation on this, but I would like to make note of something in my defense.
Here at Audeamus I report on what is going on that affects social entreprise, and what social enterprise has affected, in addition to the social enterprises themselves. Who would I help if I only told you about so and so entrepreneur taking care of such and such problem? Really?
My point here is, I am trying to show the direction of social enterprise. Not only what still needs to be attended to, such as the AIDS pandemic, but also what they have accomplished, such as global warming becoming a major issue in the G-8. Not to mention what is going on around social enterprise, such as the politics that may or may not limit their ability to conduct business.
Yes, you could have simply read a newspaper to see what is going on at the G-8, but I saved you the trouble, and gave you the part that matters to social entrepreneurs. My official job is to report on social enterprise, but I'm taking that a step further, and seeking to actually help social enterpreneurs conduct business, in addition to assisting the social bottom line by reporting on what will affect consumers.
So tell me again, has this blog gone off track?
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Thu, 24 May 2007 19:25:01 GMT
Free DVD Ripper Software
Here's some free software I could have used a few months that would have made a project I was involved with a whole lot quicker and easier.
Remember that this free download is only available until midnight tonight so get it now!
This software allows the ripping and conversion of DVD movies into virtually any other format including those used by mobile devices.
Many of you have transferred your camcorder or digital camera video files to DVD and may want to use these DVD's to transfer the videos to a different file format and this software is advertised as having the ability to do just that.
There are too many other options available to mention here so check out the download page to see if this software is useful to you.
It's only available until midnight tonight so act fast if you're interested.
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Thu, 24 May 2007 12:49:43 GMT
SoBe Arush Energy Drink
This is an innovative print advertisement campaign launched by SoBe Arush Energy Drink to promote its product. The campaign is apparently showing how this drink instills energy into people just as energy batteries. The campaign is showing the energy drink as energy batteries in order to emphasize as energy batteries boosts life in an electronic gadget the same the product does with human beings. The campaign also indicates towards the essentialness of the drink to remain energetic.
The presentation of the campaign is unquestionably impressive and photogenic. Impeccable photography with a great execution of the idea has helped this campaign to become extremely effective in conveying its message across. Apart from great re-touching work the art direction of the campaign has made the advertisement almost self expressive. The need of a copy for the campaign was not considered following expressive presentation. The campaign was created by BBDO, Toronto, Canada.
Via: Ads of the World
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Thu, 24 May 2007 00:35:10 GMT
Chrysler To Manufacture Imperial
In the wake of the nasty divorce with Daimler-Benz AG, Chrysler is set to fire off its outsized and outstanding 2006 Imperial Concept as the marque's future flagship. The bad news is, consumers will have to wait until 2010 for the suicide-doored mammoth.
Said to evoke the 1930s in modern design (wasn't the 30's associated with the Great Depression?), Chrysler executives believe that the Imperial's design will be the dawn of "the truly American, American car company."
This is in spite of plans to manufacture the sedan at Chrysler's Canadian facility that currently produces the gangsta-licious 300C.
But don't just take my word for it.
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Thu, 24 May 2007 00:30:38 GMT
Naomi Watts Style Statement
Hollywood actress Naomi Watts really knows to carry on with the pregnancy without compromising with her style statement.
Even today with her billowing top and denim jacket Naomi looks ravishing. Though her ex fiance might be telling her that how to carry on safely in the family way, but actress needs no tips when it comes to dress sense.
Sometime back this King Kong’s actress appeared at Vanity Fair Oscars party clad in sun coloured Escada dress and her maxi dress but that wasnt the only thing that caught everybodys attention, even her charisma was exalted. But it seems that a crop pants with a billowing top and denim jacket are her favouraite at the moment.
Naomi Ellen Watts is a British-Australian actress, who is famous for her roles in movies like The Ring and her Academy Award-nominated role in the movie 21 Grams.
Watts also has the National Society of Film Critics Award as Best Actress and the National Board of Review award as Breakthrough Performance of the year, to her credit.
Well, presently the actress is concentrating on her babys arrival and all we can say is, happy motherhood Naomi.
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Thu, 24 May 2007 00:25:40 GMT
Century-Old Automotive Literature Discovered
Collecting old automotive catalogs, books, and brochures must be a fascinating hobby, especially when something truly unusual comes along. It seems that our friends at McLellan's Automotive History have acquired just such a find, as explained in their Automotive Chronicles newsletter: "Once in a while we still uncover 100-year-old literature. Not long ago we received a call from a Texas museum that, in itself, was over 100 years old and they had a storage room of literature that had not been cataloged. They went through it and drew the conclusion that their time would be better spent doing something else." McLellan's was able to acquire the literature for a contribution to the museum and are now in the process of cataloging it for sale.
Judging by what I saw it's an understatement when they say "....among the brochures were some impressively old catalogs that you might find interesting." The 34-page catalog shown above is 8" x 5." Its heavy brown hardbound cover has gold embossed lettering and emblem.... frontispiece is an art rendering of a beautiful young woman with bonnet sitting in American Mercedes 45 H. P. Touring Car. Eight tipped-in photo renderings and drawings show a side view of car and mechanical parts. Apparently this brochure is extremely rare. When Mercedes reprinted it in 1961 the only copy they could find was in the Philadelphia Free Library Collection. You can view more of this and other examples on the McLellan's site.
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