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How to Create a Successful Web Application

You should probably read this BEFORE you start to build one. It is not the end all be all, but it gives a lot of good knowledge tidbits which should prove infinitely useful.

Read it online Getting Real by 37Signals (I have the paperback).


"The 4-Hour Workweek" Book Review


I just finished the The 4-Hour Workweek, which is saying a lot because In my reading list is not all that impressive. In the last few years, I finished a total of like 3 books. The The Da Vinci Code, Choke, and I attempted to read Atlas Shrugged (and only got about 200 pages in).

In the Beginning (of the book)

The book really dragged for me in the beginning as Timothy tried to brag, but not brag about everything he has done. He lists how he has won a kickboxing championship, a world record holder in tengo, went to Princeton (but didn’t finish until he came back after a break) and owns his company BrainQUICKEN. This was annoying, but it soon passed, and some decent knowledge began to trickle through.

The “New Rich” (NR)

The “New Rich” are the type of people who have setup business that can run without oversight, or the owner’s time. They are people who live with a series of “mini-retirements” rather than vacations, and cut out the extra fat from their life. This being things they don’t need whether it be a job, or possessions, or anything.

Becoming part of the “New Rich” – Cutting out Time Wasters

One of the biggest thing Timothy Ferris suggests is to cut out all time wasters. This being emails. He suggests that you only check email at certain times and make sure this is known by everyone. If someone constantly tries to start conversations without a purpose, tell them you have something you’re in the middle of and ask them to send you an email. He loves email because it either makes the person define a problem instead of running in circles, or has them go ahead and figure it out on their own.

Outsourcing your Life

It almost gets to the point of hilarity, but he suggests that you should outsource work that is purely time consuming and not something you need to do. He suggests getting someone in India, or elsewhere to do it, based on the costs. For about $X a week, you can have someone working full-time for you who could do research on a certain topic, do scheduling, whatever. My two favorites were when he used one of his outsourced employees to write part of a chapter in the book, and when he cited someone using a outsourced employee to send their wife flowers, and apologize for him.

What’s the goal?

He sums up the goal is to free yourself of the burdens of what people “assume” they must do, and then enjoy life. He defines enjoying life as “loving, being loved and always learning” which I would pretty much agree with.

A-

Final Thoughts and Grade

I thought this book had a lot of really good quotes and ideas, and would highly recommend it. On a grading scale I gave it an A- because it contains a lot of really cool ideas that I liked, but I did not like his tone in the beginning of the book. There is a lot more in the book that I found important, but I did not mark those sections as I read. Being the first book review I have done, I will attempt to “doggy-ear” pages when I read next time so I will have exact quotes.

If you have an office job, and feel like it could be better, I would definitely go grab it down at your local library or on Amazon.


Stump – A New (To Me) Tailgating Game Review

I was introduced to a new tailgating game called stump… it was pretty fun :-)

Players 2+
Age range Legal drinking age
Setup time 5 minutes

Equipment:

  • 1 Hammer
  • 1 Tree stump or flat portion of tree trunk
  • 1 2.5″ – 3″ Nail per player
  • Beer

It involves flipping a hammer, earning the right to strike nails and keeping your nail as the last one standing!

Check out the offical rules on Wikipedia.

(Image taken from Wikipedia)


Jeff Dunham At Airventure 2008 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (Day 7 continued)


Well, today was just a darn good tootin’ day, eh? I betcha folks think I’m up from Wis-con-sin. Oh wait, no, but I’m here now at Oshkosh in the CHEESY state of Wisconsin! I got into the EAA campground here in Oshkosh at around 8pm after getting my oil changed and alignment tuned at NTB near Chicago. If anyone doesn’t know what “Oshkosh” (Officially called Airventure) is… it’s the largest general aviation event in the world. I quickly set up my tent and then headed over to see the comedy show I had rushed here to see! This wasn’t just ANY comedy show… It was “Guitar Guy”, and then Jeff Dunham. Hilarious! One of the best comedy skits I have seen, AND it was free, kinda :-) If anyone has not seen anything from Jeff Dunham, I HIGHLY recommend it.

Jeff Dunham and Achmed the Dead Terroist on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uwOL4rB-go

Jeff Dunham and Peanut on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9KK3FlVC2w

Oh wait, I never really described what this whole Oshkosh thing is like. Man, well, granted I didn’t have much daylight, but so far it seems like it is a family camping trip on crack. 35,000 campers here? RIDICULOUS. Everyone was riding a bike, or a motorcycle or walking and this “Theatre in the Woods” was completely jammed pack. Luckily, because I am 6′ 3″ I didn’t have too much trouble seeing the stage. Everyone seems to be friendly and this seems like it is a good place to be :-)

Anyways, I got back to the site after the Jeff Dunham show and was still amazed that I was still somehow awake after such an early start to the day. I stumbled over to the neighbor campers and introduced myself. They were awfully friendly, Mike and Kevin who live about 30 minutes west of Chicago. We talked a bunch and talked about road trips. Good times.