Review: Personal Development for Smart People

Review: Personal Development for Smart PeopleMy friend Steve Pavlina recently published a personal development book which I recently had an opportunity to read. If you’re not familiar with Steve, he’s a video game creator turned personal development blogger who has made quite a name for himself. Steve’s website ( gets over two million visitors per month.

Help Squash Leukemia and Lymphoma

The most rewarding thing about blogging is getting to meet people that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to connect with outside of this medium. In addition to the readers that I have had the pleasure of communicating back and forth with, I’ve also met some fellow bloggers. One of these bloggers is Tip Diva, a woman who has an excellent blog that’s full of useful tips. She is a lymphoma survivor and is participating in a fundraising event on October 4th. I have a friend who’s battling this right now and I’ve seen firsthand how this horrible disease can affect sufferers and their families. So please visit Tip Diva’s site for more information on how you can help.

Follow Me on Twitter

Even though Twitter has been around for years, I’ve been reluctant to try it out. But I finally decided to give it a whirl. Writing real blog posts can be chore so I wanted to see what this micro-blogging business was all about. Using a service like Twitter can help you promote your business as well as any other projects that you’re working on. Both Presidential candidates here in the United States are supposedly using the service.

Happy Independence Day

I just want to wish all my friends in the USA a safe and happy Independence Day. For me, this holiday has always been about history, parades, cookouts and my personal favorite, fireworks. Here are two videos that I found that I’d like to share.

God Bless the USA:

Fireworks from Disney World:

Have a great Fourth of July.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Sneak Preview

The sixth Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, is coming out this November. I haven’t seen a trailer or teaser for the movie yet, but I did find a sneak preview that has some behind the scenes footage as well as some clips from the actual film.

It’s interesting how what originally started out as children’s books evolved into books targeted towards adults. Although JK Rowling’s writing style is geared towards children, the themes in the books are more for adults (hence the PG-13 rating of the fifth film). It’s an example of how goals can change when you have an unexpected success.

Cloverfield Monster Picture

I haven’t seen the movie (and I don’t know if I’ll catch it in the theaters) but the marketing of the movie has created a significant amount of buzz. The movie appears to be a cross between Godzilla and the Blair Witch Project. A monster attacks New York City and the audience follows the story via cell-phone video cameras, news programs and other non-traditional filming techniques.
The big mystery prior to the film being released this past weekend was the story itself. Now the big mystery is the monster. Here’s a clip from the trailer that reveals part of the monster.

Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking allows internet users to share and organize links in a central location. Social bookmarking services have been around for over a decade but they’ve just recently become popular (over the last few years).

If you use any of these services, please feel free to bookmark posts from this blog. This is relatively easy to do thanks to the I Love Social Bookmarking plug-in. Simply hover over the “Share this” link at the end of the post that you want to bookmark and choose the service you use (if your service isn’t there, let me know and I’ll try to add it). If you haven’t used one of these services, you can still click on any of the links and then create a new account (they’re usually free).