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Our First Kickstarter Campaign – Artisan CRM

November 18th, 2012 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re excited to announce our very first Kickstarter campaign for a new iPhone application, Artisan CRM.  Artisan CRM will help artists and craftspeople manage their contacts and portfolios from their iPhones.  We’ll add the link to the Kickstarter campaign once we launch.  You can register on our website now to receive updates on our launch at www.artisancrm.com

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A Decade of Web Milestones

August 11th, 2012 No comments

Here’s a neat article from Template Monster on the (brief) history of web design.  Blast through a decade of developments in less than five minutes of your day.

Template Monster’s Decade of Web Milestones

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The Battle of the Ice Mound

August 5th, 2012 No comments

A great story from the island where many of my ancestors grew up.  It describes the capture of the H.M.S Dauntless off the coast of Maryland, on the Chesapeake.  Well done Joseph Stewart!

The Capture of the H.M.S Dauntless

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20 Amazing Mathmeticians

August 3rd, 2012 No comments

Another great post by Business Insider.  Never thought of Maxwell as a photographer, though.

Twenty Mathemeticians

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The Advantage of Being Awestruck

August 2nd, 2012 No comments

A wonderful video by Jason Silva on the biological advantage of being awestruck.  Enjoy

The advantage of being awestruck

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Timeline of a Breastfed Baby

August 2nd, 2012 No comments

This is more than a five-minute post.  But it is a really interesting article, especially for us, new parents. :-)

Timeline of a Breastfed Baby – Alpha Parent

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Optimist International

June 29th, 2012 No comments

Thanks to the Richardson Optimist International Club for letting me speak yesterday evening.

Optimist International

What a fantastic creed you have!

The Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself …
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

 

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15 Maps that Explain the World

June 25th, 2012 No comments

Great post on BI for those who love data and infographics:

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-15-maps-that-explain-the-world-in-2012-2012-6?op=1

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Another New Year, Another Resolution

December 26th, 2011 No comments

We’re just a few days away from New Year’s Eve.  A few friends, a few drinks, a few good stories of days gone by.  And then we’ll eventually drift off to dreamland, waking soon for our first day of 2012.

The past few years have been dramatic ones, with events seemingly more intense, more significant, than I can remember in a very long time.  Wars, earthquakes, financial crises, flu threats, tsunamis, revolutions, volcanoes, oil spills; the list of bad news, both natural and man-made, seems to go on and on.

And yet despite this, or perhaps to spite it, I know I’ll keep on moving, just as long as there is breath in my lungs to do so.  I’m still amazed, almost every day, by the wonderful world around me.  The times with family and friends become more precious, not less.  I appreciate ability to choose where I spend my time, and where I don’t, more every day.

And so my resolution this year, for 2012, is to cut back; slow down; focus on what I’m thankful for.  I plan to do this in greater detail than ever before.  And I’ll do it in single-step, just like I have every year since I created the product back in 2004.  I now have 20 major goals listed in my Completed Goals section.  Everything from a new home, to running a marathon, to creating an iPhone application, to healing my injured back.

It’s been a great seven years, and I’m hoping for more of the same.  Only slower, with more attention to the little things.

I wish you and your families all the best in 2012.

-Kenneth Lowe

 

 

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The Five Enemies of Self-Discipline

October 30th, 2011 No comments

In his excellent book “Self Discipline in 10 Days, Theodore Bryant outlines the five reasons why people fail to enact change in their lives.  These negative mental habits combine to thwart even our best efforts at change.  Some act quickly, stopping us right out of the gate.  Others act more slowly over time, causing us to quit even when things are headed for the better.  Combined, they easily fit the description Bryant used: Poisons.

After you read this list, you’ll realize that one of them isn’t actually a word.  But don’t let this negativity affect your assessment of this fantastic summary of mental poisons.

  • Cynicism – Questioning the value, appropriateness, timing, or effectiveness of any potential solution.
  • Negativism – Focusing on the negative aspects rather than the positive aspects, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • Defeatism – Finding a reason why something cannot work, and letting this keep you from trying.
  • Escapism – Diverting your attention to other activities, typically those that bring more short term pleasure.
  • Delayism – Introducing something as a roadblock or hurdle to prevent action towards your goals.

Any one of these items might be enough to stop your plans for change and self-growth.  A combination of several is usually enough to kill your efforts outright.  I suggest making a set of 3×5 cards or post-it notes with each of these items.  On the back, write the antidote.  Keep them with you as you try to change your habits, and learn to recognize the effect they have on your day-to-day activities.

 

 

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