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“One thing is clear: The Founding Fathers never intended a nation where citizens pay nearly half of everything they earn to the government.” – Ron Paul

As a political junkie, I was trying to restrain myself from posting this blog, but I have given in.

I would like to recommend to anyone who sees this blog post to research presidential primary candidate Ron Paul.

Ron Paul is loosley determined as a Republican/Libertarian. In actuality is he a Constitutionalist, who believes in limiting the government rather than the citizen.

I have met with Congressman Ron Paul twice, and have found him to be a truly honest and dedicated man.

So Do You Want to Know About a Presidential Candidate Who:
– Never voted to raise taxes
– Never voted for an unbalanced budget
– Never voted to raise congressional pay
– Voted against the Iraq war
– Voted against the Patriot Act
– Voted against every bill contrary to or prohibited by the U.S. Constitution
In addition:
– he has never taken a government paid junket
– he is not accepting a government pension
– he returns a portion of the office budget every year
– he is Washington’s leading advocate for civil rights, liberty & freedom
– he was voted Taxpayer’s Best Friend
– he is Pro-Life, Pro-Liberty, & Pro-Family
– in over 40 years as congressman, he has the most consistent voting record among all members of Congress
And most importantly, he is a proven, dependable conservative who is for a smaller federal government, less spending, less taxes, & more freedom and privacy for the individual.

Click here to see a short news clip on Ron Paul.

And remember: Regardless of political affiliation, select a president whose values and goals line up with yours…

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There has always been the age old question of whether art reflects reality or reality creates art.

In a recent project of mine, I explored various artists’ interpretations of future technology. I was curious to see if the future projected through the art was a byproduct of our pre-existing societal influence, or rather a prototype by which we may soon follow.

To do this, I searched the internet for images that claimed to present a future technology, and compared societal influences with them.

To see the images, as well as some of my notes, visit my Flickr account slide show, Art of Innovation.

If you have found similar photos, or have interpretations of your own, please comment. I would love to hear your feedback.

And remember: Just because an artist predicts something about the future, doesn’t necessarily mean its going to happen…

(a flashback to 1985’s flash forward to 2015)

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John Diffenderfer recently wrote a new post in is blog Technovation, discussing the effects of CGI on the film industry.

In his article, John writes:

Nearly every aspect of film production and distribution has been enhanced or altered through computer technology. Modern films, while appearing to bear many of the hallmarks of traditional cinematography, have become increasingly divorced from the craft of early filmmakers.

I agree that CGI has changed the face of film development, mostly in a positive way. Even though effects are now animated, the overall picture quality now presented is more real to life than in the past.

However, I do not believe in the fear that CGI will ruin the careers of Hollywood actors. It is true developers have the technology to create an entire cast from scratch, but it is not likely to happen.

This is due to the fact that most people grow attachments to certain actors and actresses, creating the driving force behind watching a movie.

In truth, acting is an art form that I do not believe artificial intelligence will ever be able to pull off realistically.

And remember: It is not probable for a computer simulation or a robot to accurately portray a true person’s personality…

well maybe one…

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Motivated by Innovation’s recently posted about Apple’s upcoming Son of Newton (read post here).

After reading about this advancing technology I couldn’t help but wonder exactly how a good ideas get transformed into reality.

I mean, this Son of Newton grand idea was something I was thinking up at age 12.

You know, how people complain that they are the original inventors of the clap light? Well its sort of the same thing.

Now I’m not saying I was some genius

12 year old. I assume many people at one time or another have thought, “It would be nice if we had…”

So what makes the dream turn into cash?

I’ve seen those sleazy ads on t.v. about patenting your idea, but that seems like a straight up scam.

But if that’s not how you go about it, what is? Can anyone really get paid for their ideas alone? Obviously some people must be.

This post is nothing I have the answer on…I am hoping you might?

And remember: You next idea could be worth millions to some lucky OTHER someone…

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Ah Black Friday… the smell of peppermint candy canes, 50% off perfume, and sweat of 800 people crammed into a 20×20 store room.

In the most recent issue Wired offers hacks to holiday shopping, including plans for Black Friday, utilizing technology and proper strategizing.

How to Hack the Holidays and Score the Best Deals Online

Article teaser:

Clean your cookies. Retailers base a lot of their online promotions and price points on shoppers’ habits. So, it’s not uncommon for shoppers to notice price fluctuations after repeated purchases on the same site. Prices typically drop for these power shoppers as an incentive, but there have been documented occurrences of increases, too. You can check to see if this is happening to you by logging out from the retail site, clearing your browser’s cookies, and then revisiting the product page. If you find a lower price, buy it — re-registering with a new customer account if necessary.

Go ahead, get a jump on the Jones-es.

And Remember: Find gifts for everyone, even your boss who “donated” your Christmas bonus…

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Edit: On a serious note, be careful and considerate out there. You wouldn’t want this to happen to your grandmother…

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Environmental action day spurred a surplus of blog posts about eco-friendly hobbies, activities, and products. All in all, the event was successful at highlighting the importance of an eco-revolution. Interestingly though, Apple happened to be one of the most frequently mentioned environmental products on the market.

Now that the hype is over and those bloggers who were not so truly concerned with the environment on a day to day basis return to their work as usual, I would like to point out a bit of their ignorance.

That is, Apple right now is in the midst of one of the greatest environmental controversies in the news.

Recently, Greenpeace has called out the company who so proudly claims its products as “green” for their latest hit, the iPhone.

Apparently they discovered it is filled with toxic chemicals. Imagine that.

Read about it here, or here, or here.

The proof is here:

Funny how Steve Jobs claims: “Apple is ahead of, or will soon be ahead of, most of its competitors” on environmental issues.

Check out how to join the movement to make Apples greener.

And remember: Looks like Greenpeace is on its game, but that’s not always the case…

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It seems Gateway’s “the One” has hopes of slighting some of Apple’s incredible revenue. I believe Apple, who seems to be flowing out the ears with cash, might deserve such a wake up call.

Lets face it, Apple boasts little more than a sleek design, and yet somehow has managed to turn consumers into devotees. Its a product, not a religion.

So here we are with the new One by Gateway. A similar design is one thing, but how else does it compare with the Mac?

buymacarticle-width.jpgThe Power of One (information on the core of the computer) and the Beauty of One (the design philosophy) once broken down can compete with that of about a 20″ iMac. In fact the iMac comes out cheaper.

But before all you Mac-ies throw your hands up in victory, realize Gateway’s got one leg up on you. True to a PC, the guts of the One’s system are accessible. The back panel can be removed, providing a totally customizable computer. With this feature, there is no danger of purchasing a product that will simply be outdated in less than 3 months. As well you won’t be harassed with constant infrastructure updates like the Apple products demand.

For those who actually understand how to use a computer, the PC is the better way to go. For you, the One will provide everything you desire and nothing more. (How many people seriously use Garage Band?)

Beauty is skin deep no longer. Finally the bonuses of both worlds together! Apple is constantly on the platform of diversity while they continually streamline and cookie-cut everything. Where are the options? Now with One you have complete control, along with the looks of the Mac.

And Remember: Beauty + Brains = It is possible …

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…or is it?

Note: In other recent blogs about the One, many readers have left angry comments defending the Mac. I wonder why this is… why people would be in such an uproar over a useful new product. Why has merchandise become so personal?