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FAA Green-lights Commercial UAV Drone Use for 6 Hollywood Film Production Companies

September 27, 2014 3 Comments
FAA Green-lights Commercial UAV Drone Use for 6 Hollywood Film Production Companies

On September 25, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted an exemption to its ban on commercial drone use to six movie and television production companies. Negotiations for a similar exemption with a seventh company, Flying-Cam Inc., are currently pending. The waiver will allow the companies to use for filming use unmanned aerial drones within […]

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How Teatro Degollado Almost Ruined My Vacation in Guadalajara, Mexico

September 21, 2014 1 Comment
How Teatro Degollado Almost Ruined My Vacation in Guadalajara, Mexico

Things are finally settling down now after our epic vacation to Guadalajara, Mexico specifically for El Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y la Charrería and to see the beautiful state of Jalisco (the birthplace of tequila). Looking back, our week and a half there was pretty spectacular, but there was an instance during our visit that continues to […]

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Some of You Are Being Unfriended on Facebook. It’s Me, Not You.

August 18, 2014 7 Comments
Some of You Are Being Unfriended on Facebook. It’s Me, Not You.

OK. I really debated with myself about whether or not I should post this or not, especially because it only applies to my current Facebook connections. In the end, my decision to post this came down to my consideration of other people’s feelings; undeniably, some people get a bit freaked out when they’ve found out they […]

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Back in Startup Mode. Time For A New Direction.

August 16, 2014 3 Comments
Back in Startup Mode. Time For A New Direction.

Don’t let them fool you, semi-retirement isn’t all that it is cracked up to be. I was never fully able to relax knowing that I’d eventually have to either find a J-O-B or get cracking on another business startup sooner rather than later to ensure that I’d maintain an uninterrupted stream of income. My options […]

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Using Apps to Overcome Writer’s Block

July 4, 2014 0 Comments
Using Apps to Overcome Writer’s Block

I just tried out this tool on a website called Write or Die (http://writeordie.com/) as I have been trying to get over some writer’s block I’ve been experiencing lately. I took the challenge to write 500 words in less than 15 minutes. Write or Die features a “consequence mode” that kicks in whenever your writing slows […]

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Building Rapport to Get What You Want – Secrets from an Elite FBI Boss

April 22, 2014 0 Comments
Building Rapport to Get What You Want – Secrets from an Elite FBI Boss

My wife remarked the other day, that I am able to strike up a long and deep conversation with just about any stranger I meet. Specifically, Julie was laughing about how much personal information this one particular lady had just shared with me and, admittedly, it was some pretty shocking stuff. Getting people to tell […]

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90 Second Reads – 13 Great Tips for Starting a Blog & Keeping it Going

April 19, 2014 0 Comments
90 Second Reads – 13 Great Tips for Starting a Blog & Keeping it Going

With the demise of Facebook’s free organic reach for brands and businesses, many of my friends and colleagues are moving to Google Plus and going back to blogging, and for good reason: Google Plus has been shown to dramatically improve the search engine rankings of associated blog contents. Blogs continue to be one of the most important […]

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90 Second Reads – 11 Easy but Effective Negotiating Tips

April 9, 2014 1 Comment
90 Second Reads – 11 Easy but Effective Negotiating Tips

Negotiating cannot be avoided if you are involved in the operation of any sort of business.  If you actively avoid negotiations you probably aren’t getting everything you deserve and are leaving opportunity or profit on the table. The first step to mastering the ability to effectively negotiate is to get over the idea that the […]

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“Can I Make Money In Any Online Business Using A Simple…?” No, You Cannot.

April 8, 2014 1 Comment
“Can I Make Money In Any Online Business Using A Simple…?” No, You Cannot.

A dear friend from high school asked me this morning what I thought about an advertisement disguised on Facebook to look like an article titled “Learn How to Make 6-Figures In Any Online Business Using a Simple 3-Part Blog Formula” in which the authors are touting a free online webinar promising to teach others: Why there’s […]

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My First Edited Drone Video

April 7, 2014 0 Comments
My First Edited Drone Video

This is my 4th or 5th flight ever with the DJI Phantom but the first video I’ve recorded. I still need a lot of practice to get smooth flight movement and I didn’t take a lot of time to edit to the music or work with color correct, brightness or contrast. It is what it […]

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