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Setup an Online Store Under 5 Minutes with Google Checkout Store Gadget

July 30, 2009 | My Ramblings | No Comments

One thing I love about Google is that they offer so many free tools that makes your life easier, allows you to conduct business and even make you money.  

I currently use Google Documents, Google Reader (tracks RSS feeds from multiple websites), Google Base (list products for sale), Google Checkout (process orders, like PayPal), Google Webmaster (optimize website), Google Analytics (track visitors to website), Google Calendar, Google Adsense (make money from advertising), Google Sketch (create 3-D drawings), Google Mail, Google Alert (track new topics on the Web), Google Chrome (Web browser), Google Search (search engine for website) and Google Maps all for free.  Google however offers many more free applications that I’ve never used.

One interesting new Google application just released is the Google Checkout Store Gadget that makes it easy and quickly to create an online store using Google Docs spreadsheet.  The application allows you to easily add a store to an existing website or Blog.  This is great if you are novice and want to sell items on the Internet.  Google Checkout handles the credit card transactions for you (like PayPal).  With the Google Checkout Store Gadget no complicated coding or technical skills are required.  You can get your online store up and running in under 5 minutes, according to Google.

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Bernie Madoff January 2008 American Express Bill

July 29, 2009 | My Ramblings | 1 Comment

Want to see how a rich criminal lives?  Then check out the January 2008 American Express Bill for Bernie Madoff, his family and top business associates shown below.   The bill for the month was $100,121.99, which includes spending money for shopping, dinning and travel, all paid from the $50 billion Ponzie scheme.  The month prior the bill was $169,283.45.   That is some serious money!  How could Madoff sleep at night knowing that one day he would be caught?

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Use YouTube to Create 3D Videos

July 28, 2009 | My Ramblings | Videos | No Comments

This is interesting! YouTube is now allowing users to upload videos that can be converted to 3D. To produce a 3D film 2 cameras are required. You then upload the video and YouTube converts the video into 3D. Of course, you will need 3D glasses to watch the video.

See video below of CTV SWO creating a 3D Video


See 3D by CTV SWO at YouTube (3D Glasses Required)

I Won a Gold Pass to Affiliate Summit in NYC

July 20, 2009 | My Ramblings | 4 Comments

Thanks to I will be attending the Affiliate Summit Convention in New York City on August 9, 2009 to August 11, 2009. 

To my pleasant surprise I won a Gold Pass to the conference thanks to a contest that John Chow had on his Blog.

Affiliate Summit is the largest affiliate convention in the U.S.  It was founded in 2003 to provide educational sessions and provide a productive networking environment for affiliate marketers.  Affiliate Marketing is something I also do with some moderate successes but many failures.

John Chow is a famous blogger in the blogging world who earns $40,000 per month from his Blog, which is phenomenal.  John blogs about how to make money online and he was one of the first guys to really turn Blogging into a very profitable business.  I have learned techniques from reading his blog and free e-book which has allowed me to make additional income online.

Last July 13, John had a contest to win one of ten Gold Passes, worth $399 each, to give away to 10 lucky readers of his Blog.  Winners would also be able to join John Chow and Market Leverage (an affiliate marketing company) for free pizza.  I jumped at the opportunity.

To enter, all I had to do was to explain in the post comments why I should be awarded a Gold Pass. Too bad John didn’t throw in an airplane ticket and pay for hotel accommodations.  After all, he’s pulling $40,000 per month, not to mention his other very lucrative Internet businesses. :-)  Hey but who’s complaining!

Below is my the comment I left on John’s Blog post as to why I should win.


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It Never Hurts to Ask

July 20, 2009 | My Ramblings | 2 Comments

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that it never hurts to ask.  I’ve had job offers in the past and have always gone back and ask for more money and vacation time.  I’ve always gotten something by asking; either more money or vacation time or both.  

Years ago after being offered a job, I told the recruiter to go back and ask for more money and an extra week vacation.  He laughed at me and told me most likely the company wouldn’t offer any more money or the additional vacation.  I told me to ask because it wouldn’t hurt anything.  The worst thing that can happen is that they say no.  He did and they gave more money and the extra week vacation to my recruiter’s surprise.

When I was a single young man on the prowl, I would get very upset at myself for not asking a woman for her phone number.  I would meet an attractive woman, think about asking for the phone number, but then decide not to because I didn’t think she would give it me for whatever reason.  The problem is I would always then wonder if I should have asked.  I then realized I would rather ask and be shot down than not ask at all which would cause me to wonder what would have happened.  I soon learned that it’s best to try and fail, than not try at all.  Taking this new approach proved my gut feel was right most of the time where I wouldn’t get the phone number, but every once in awhile I’d get a surprise where I would get the phone number.  :-)

The reason why I thought of writing this post is because my home modem has been acting funny lately and causing a lot of noise on my phone line.  I called AT&T to get some help.  The representative told me it’s either my modem or the DSL filter on the phone lines.  I told him I swapped the modem filter with a filter that wasn’t being used and the line was still noisy.  He recommended changing the modem; however, I’d have to purchase one for $40.  I told him I’ve been a customer for a long time and I would like a free modem.  He stated he couldn’t give me a free modem.  I then asked to speak to his supervisor.  He then stated I’d have to speak to Customer Relations.   I said Ok!

He transferred me to the Customer Relations representative and I explained the problem.  She immediately said, “Mr. Birmingham, we’ll overnight a new modem to you at no cost!”  It was that simple.  It just never hurts to ask.

Study Finds Tall Men Make More Money than Short Men

July 15, 2009 | My Ramblings | No Comments

According to a recent study conducted in Australia, taller men make more money than shorter men.  The study suggests that people perceive taller men to be more intelligent and powerful.

The study found that men who are 6 foot tall had annual incomes almost $1,000 more than men 2 inches shorter.

According to Arianne Cohen, author of the book “The Tall Book”, tall people make about $789 more per inch per year.  There is nothing differentiating these people except their height.  

So if you are tall you are in luck, if you are short, sorry!

Source: The Economic Times

Get Injured By Criminal, You Are Liable for the Medical Bills

July 14, 2009 | Healthcare | My Ramblings | No Comments

Recently I was watching a “Who Done it” on NBC’s Dateline.  The show was about 2 hikers who befriended a stranger.  After a night of socializing with the stranger, for no reason the stranger tried to kill the hikers.  Fortunately, the hikers managed to escape but with very serious life threatening injuries. The injured men ended up spending a few days in the hospital after surgery and both had bullets permanently left in their bodies.

Here’s the kicker, both hikers had no medical insurance and as a result were now liable for tens of thousands of dollars.  One hiker owed almost $80,000 in medical bills.  I thought that was so unfair.  These gentlemen were almost killed and as a result now had medical bills that may bankrupt them.  

The shooter if he had lived (he died after a police pursuit where his car crashed and he died of his injuries), wouldn’t have to pay anything and would have been provided free shelter, food, medical care, and clothing (although in prison).  The 2 hikers now were stuck with huge medical bills and also I’m certain will require medical care for their injuries for the rest of their lives.

This is another example of how screwed up our healthcare system is.  If you get injured as a result of a crime or even an accident through no fault of your own, you will be liable for the medical bills, especially if the other party that caused the injury have no insurance or money to pay you.