Thursday, March 30, 2006
The value of plussing
You've just finished a report, a project, a process, or you've built something with your hands, and you're satisfied with the way it turned out. But what if it could be a little better? Is there anything that you can do to "plus" it?
Plussing is a phrase coined by Walt Disney in an effort to try to take a good idea, and make it even better. Ward-o-matic gives an example in Ava Thursday: Plussing Faces. (via boingboing)
The business of indy bands
A nice short post from the lessig blog, with a happy ending for a disgruntled napster user, points to an excellent resource for indie bands.
Beatnik Turtle has published an Indie Band Survival Guide. They tout it as a guide to everything that they've learned so far about the music industry. And it's free.
There's some great stuff on copyright, promotion, contracts with major labels and more. You don't even need to be a musician to appreciate this. It gives a lot of insight into how the music industry works, and what it takes to maybe even make some money as an independent band.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Ever been a mentor?
A short article over at Sitepoint talks about the benefits of mentoring.
It's a great topic, and there are a number of people who've I've been fortunate to have had help me in a number of jobs I've held. I spend a fair amount of time every day on forums, offering ideas and suggestions to folks who are just learning about working on the web. Funny thing about that is the more I help others to learn, the more I learn myself. As the article notes:
By getting a mentor, you expose yourself to wisdom and new opportunities. I owe much of my financial success to mentors, and look for mentors in every business relationship. There is much to learn from just about anyone.I'd say that the same is true in being a mentor to someone else.
National Sleep Awareness Week
As a small business owner, sometimes getting a good night of sleep is difficult. I know. Some nights, I start doing research, or tweaking a web site, or writing blog posts, and I lose track of time.
I've even considered getting an alarm clock to put next to my desk - not to tell me when to awaken, but instead to tell me when to go to sleep.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has deemed this week National Sleep Awareness Week, and have issued a guide to healthy sleep (pdf) that's worth a look. It has lots of pictures and charts, and is very readable.
The document covers issues such as:
How much sleep is enough
What happens to your body when you sleep
Risks of working on a night shift
Dealing with jet lag
Top ten sleep myths
The benefits of naps, and when to not nap
Tips for quality sleep
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
Parasomnias (Abnormal Arousals)
Other resources about sleep
I guess if you're going to spend a third of your time doing something, it doesn't hurt to know a little about it.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Delaware’s Legal System Ranked No. 1 in Nation for Fifth Consecutive Year
For those in the know, this news will come as no surprise.
Delaware's legal system has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for the fifth consecutive year, according to an annual survey released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The study is a benchmark by which companies, policymakers and the media assess the fairness of legal systems in the 50 states. The more than 1,400 attorneys who participated in the poll were asked to judge a number of factors, including overall treatment of tort and contract litigation, treatment of class action suits and mass consolidation suits, judges’ impartiality and competence and juries’ predictability and fairness.
"Year after year, the U.S. Chamber proclaims what our member companies already know: Delaware is a great place to do business," said James A. Wolfe, president and CEO of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. "We are proud of our legal system's top ranking in the nation for the fifth year in a row. It's one of the many things that make Delaware such a business-friendly state."
Where do other states rank?
View the 2006 State Rankings List
The phones are operational again. Thank you for your patience.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Our Phones are broken
If you try to call us today (March 27, 2006), you may have problems getting through. That may be true until the middle of the week.
We are still here, but our phone lines are not working.
Over the weekend, some vandals cut four main phone lines in the Newark, Delaware, area where we are located. According to the Wilmington News Journal, we appear to be amongst 900 Verizon customers without phone service.
Verizon is trying to reconnect those lines, but it coould take until Wednesday or Thursday to fix the problem. Our internet access is still working, so please feel free to email us with any questions that you might have.
Verizon has also offered a $50,000 cash reward for anyone with "information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandals." Their phone number is in the linked article.
We look forward to hearing from you, by email.
Small Professional Newark Office in need of organized, responsible person to learn and grow with the company.
Full time, entry level position with the opportunity to demonstrate a variety of skills. Position offers significant growth potential for the right applicant. Good computer skills a must. Benefits.
Please forward resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 302-286-6337.
Just Another Reason for a Delaware LLC
One of the many reasons that Delaware LLC's are a favorite among businesses, is the law regarding Charging Orders.
Under Delaware's law governing Limited Liability Companies, a creditor can only get a Charging Order for a debt owed to him by a member of a Delaware LLC. It is his sole and exclusive remedy.
This Charging Order prevents the creditor from interfering with the operation of the LLC, and only allows him to intercept profit distributions to the debtor/member, if any such distributions are made.
This law provides a nice protected environment for uninterrupted business, when it is conceivable that one or more of your members might someday have an unsatisfied debt.