Saturday, April 30, 2011


Uh oh, looks like another book to take a look at...

Their web site:

Horizon's Economic Growth Show

This was aired this past week and contains segments from previous shows giving indications where economic growth is occurring within the State of Arizona.

Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke's Press Conference

In case you missed this with the Birth Certificate release, the budget issues in Congress, the Royal Wedding media blitz, further revelations regarding an investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and other assorted news, Ben Bernanke, who is the Chairman of the Federal Reserve (they handle the flow of currency and interest rates, among other things) gave a unique press conference this past week. The reason why it is notable is due to the transparency and the explanations to the public, not to Congress, as to what decisions were made and why.

For a better explanation of the Federal Reserve, view the video below.

Online Genealogy Volunteer Opportunities

For those who do not know, there are a few opportunities where anyone can help with the digitization process of genealogical records.

One of these, recently mentioned in the comments section for a previous blog post (thank you, Kevin), is the RecordAGrave app on Facebook.

The easiest link for it is here:

The resulting text can be found on

Another opportunity to spend a little free time is with the LDS Church's Records Extraction Program. It used to be called FREP when I was first introduced to it.

This isn't digitizing LDS records per se, but is digitizing the microfilms kept in the granite vaults outside Salt Lake for a number of years. The pictures have been digitized, however now those pictures have to be put into text that can be used on the web site.

Looking for a productive way to spend your summer? This just might be the answer.

One Last Bit of Video From The Royal Wedding

This is too funny, and I'm sure it's already gone viral.

The Aroma of Books

Do the aroma of books in a bookstore or library calm you? They do me. After a particularly stressful day yesterday, I went to Barnes and Noble. It's in the same mall as Petsmart, (time to replenish my supply of cat food for Rachel) so I decided to go. I spent more than I meant to, I wanted to get "Malled" by Caitlin Kelly and "Idea Man" by Paul Allen. While there I found "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Personal Workbook" by Sean Covey on clearance, so I bought it to take to school for any students needing something like this. I also found "The Steve Jobs Way" by Jay Elliot, and given that I'm a business geek as well as a computer geek, I thought this might be something interesting to read.

So, which one of these do you think I'm reading?

Answer: Trick question.

I'm still reading "Jane Austen: A Life" by David Nokes. His is a more in depth look at the life of Jane Austen without painting her as perfection.

On Amazon

A Benefit of Keeping A Written History

One of the benefits is to allow your progeny to see what your life was like and what you did.

Here's a good example:

The Handy Chronicles

Friday, April 22, 2011

Modeling Cities

It's too bad we can't get more cities to look to their young population to see what kind of answers they would come up with to solve local problems.

This is from the show Need To Know on PBS:

Watch the full episode. See more Need To Know.

Giving Up Talking For Lent

Personally, I find this boy to be courageous. Good for him! I"m sure he's counting down the hours, though, until Easter Sunday.

Malled By Caitlin Kelly

This past week as I was driving to work, I heard part of an interview with this author over the radio. I'm thinking this is going to be a good book to read, particularly if you've ever worked in retail. I have.

From USA Today

On the link below, scroll down on the page until you see Caitlin Kelly's picture. The radio interview is in two parts.

KEZ Archives Page

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Paul Allen on 60 Minutes

This is someone I could definitely have an interesting conversation with.

Here's the extra part with the tour. I'm loving the artwork with the water slide.

Here is some footage you won't see anywhere else.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Google's New Web 2.0 Doodle

I've posted previously (Halloween) on their doodles, this time they've combined their talents with their YouTube service.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

HBR Podcasts

I'm catching up on the Harvard Business Review Podcast Videos and I liked this one. This is something that could apply to a lot of different industries, including education.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

In Preparation For Easter

A really touching video about Jesus the Christ.

Midway To Heaven

The plot is predictable, but it's a great movie to watch. There were some really funny moments, but some moments that really made me cry, given that I understand where this father is coming from after losing his wife. It's a clean family friendly movie; no need to worry about sending the children out of the room.

God's Handiwork

Somehow I'm becoming more and more convinced that God has a hand in these "abnormalities". After all, He is aware of the fall of a sparrow, isn't He?

Sunday, April 3, 2011