Feb 16

nist-logo.gifCourtesy of The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), I have discovered this incredible collection of algorithms, algorithmic techniques,
data structures, archetypal problems, and related definitions.

You might ask yourself: “What’s so special about a few algorithms”? Well, I don’t care who you are, if you are a programmer of ANY type, this stuff is good for you to know and use!

I actually enjoyed going back and looking at some of the problems I worked on back in college. Truthfully, these bad boys can make your job (as a programmer) a whole lot easier and your code a whole lot more efficient.

So come on, check out The Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures.

Note: The Byzantine Generals Problem is still my favorite.

Feb 12

bubble-comments.gifCame across a pretty neat little CSS trinket this afternoon on del.icio.us.

It provides a very simple, yet powerful way to generate “CSS Speech Bubbles“. It does use a bit of Javascript (25K – Yikes!) which confuses me because that really makes this thing, “Javascript/CSS Speech Bubbles”, doesn’t it?

However, I’m guessing the Javascript was used to make the code cleaner (and probably validate properly).

With that being said, still seems a tad hokey to me, but I suppose the project could nonetheless be useful in some instances. Too bad I don’t really have a use for ‘Speech Bubbles’ right now… maybe someday.

You can see original site here: CSS Speech Bubbles or just download the package directly.

Feb 09

cakephp.gifLately, I’ve been taking some serious time out of my schedule to sit down and really examine a few of the top PHP Web frameworks (CakePHP, Symfony, & Zend) even more than I had previously. After a bunch of reading, tinkering, and playing around, I can now officially declare: “I think CakePHP is the best”. There I said it, I hope I won’t regret it… heh.

In fact, after actually sitting down and expanding on the basic blog tutorial offered in the manual, I am tepidly excited about the prospects of implementing something cool and truly useful in Cake (I may even switch The Weber Report over to my new, fancy, Cake-Powered, conglomeration that I created during the learning process) and really start taking advantage of the MVC Design Pattern.

Now that I have read through the manual a few times, I can humbly offer some of my favorite parts of the Cake experience:

Powerful Associations Between Models

“One of the most powerful features of CakePHP is the relational
mapping provided by the model. In CakePHP, the links between tables are
handled through associations. Associations are the glue between related
logical units.

There are four types of associations in CakePHP:

- hasOne
- hasMany
- belongsTo
- hasAndBelongsToMany

When associations between models have been defined, Cake will
automagically fetch models related to the model you are working with.
For example, if a Post model is related to an Author model using a
hasMany association, making a call to $this->Post->findAll() in a
controller will fetch Post records, as well as all the Author records
they are related to.”
Powerfully Flexible Data Validation Features

“Validations are defined using Perl-compatibile regular expressions,
some of which are pre-defined in /libs/validators.php. These are:

- VALID_NOT_EMPTY
- VALID_NUMBER
- VALID_EMAIL
- VALID_YEAR

But custom validation (outside of regular expressions) is also extremely easy. If you’d like to perform some custom validation apart from the
regex based Cake validation, you can use the invalidate() function of
your model to flag a field as erroneous. Imagine that you wanted to show
an error on a form when a user tries to create a username that already
exists in the system. Because you can’t just ask Cake to find that out
using regex, you’ll need to do your own validation, and flag the field
as invalid to invoke Cake’s normal form invalidation process.”


Stringent Security Component

“The Security component is used to secure your controller actions
against malicious or errant requests. It allows you to set up the
conditions under which an action can be requested, and optionally
specify how to deal with requests that don’t meet those requirements.

So if a request doesn’t meet the security requirements that we
define, what happens to it? By default, the request is black-holed,
which means that the client is sent a 404 header, and the application
immediately exits. However, the Security component has a
$blackHoleCallback property, which you can set to the name of a custom
callback function defined in your controller. Rather than simply give a 404 header and then nothing, this
property allows you to perform some additional checking on the request,
redirect the request to another location, or even log the IP address of
the offending client.

Every time the Security component is loaded, even if it is not
being used to protect an action, it does the following things: First, it
generates an authentication key using the core Security class. Then, it
writes this key to the session, along with an expiration date and some
additional information (the expiration date is determined by your configuration file).
Next, it sets the key in your controller, to be referenced later.

Then in your view files, any form tag you generate using
$html->formTag() will also contain a hidden input field with the
authentication key. That way, when the form is POSTed, the Security
component can compare that value to the value in the session on the
receiving end of the request. After that, the authentication key is
regenerated, and the session is updated for the next request.”

Cool Scaffolding (Similar to Rails)

“So cool that you’ll want to use it in production apps. Now, we
think its cool, too, but please realize that scaffolding is… well…
just scaffolding. It’s a bunch of stuff you throw up real quick during
the beginning of a project in order to get started. It isn’t meant to be
completely flexible. So, if you find yourself really wanting to
customize your logic and your views, its time to pull your scaffolding
down in order to write some code.

Scaffolding is a great way of getting the early parts of
developing a web application started. Early database schemas are
volatile and subject to change, which is perfectly normal in the early
part of the design process. This has a downside: a web developer hates
creating forms that never will see real use. To reduce the strain on the
developer, scaffolding has been included in Cake. Scaffolding analyzes
your database tables and creates standard lists with add, delete and
edit buttons, standard forms for editing and standard views for
inspecting a single item in the database.”

Remember, these are just some of the highlights. There is a LOT more in the manual to get you excited. In the near future, I’d really like to contribute a bit to the Bakery and really begin discovering the power of Cake in ways I can’t yet foresee.

You know you want to check Cake out, so stop wasting time… take the leap!

Feb 07

A while back, a friend of mine showed me some “secret” photos he had from a Nuclear Power Plant located on the East coast

At first, I was a little worried that he had ascertained the photographs in some clandestine way.  However, it turns out that a close friend of his actually worked in the reactor and had taken some these amazing pictures of the inside bowels of a modern nuclear reactor.

Feel free to check all the pictures out in my gallery if you have a bit of interest.

Interesting Note:  That blue glow seen in some of the pictures is no Photoshop effect my friends; it's actually Cherenkov Radiation.  According to Wikipedia, the glow is caused by “electromagnetic radiation emitted when a charged particle passes through an insulator at a speed greater than the speed of light in that medium. The characteristic 'blue glow' ” seen above is an example of this phenomenon.

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Jan 25

cakephp.gifOver the last few weeks, I have been attempting to learn two major PHP frameworks: Symfony & CakePHP.

Originally, I had decided (in a bit of short-sighted wisdom) that Symfony was the obvious champion. I think I may have been wrong. I spent nearly a week tinkering with Symfony off and on. I came to a simple conclusion: I’m confused.

The Symfony framework is so huge and poorly supported that it confused the heck out of me. Their basic “sandbox” tutorial doesn’t work in any way close to what the documentation states. And the documentation, oh the documentation; what could be the best part of this huge framework fails because of one fatal flaw: no one updates it for the new each new revision that (sarcastically) seems to come out every other day.

After seeing my co-worker struggle with the installation process for days and my own copy just barely functional (with hardly a thing to show from it), I called it quits. At least until I read this (from The Symfony Blog):

“You know that we spent the last months writing a complete guide for
symfony that will be released in bookshops on January 29th. We also
mentioned the fact that the content of this book would become the
official symfony online documentation and be published in HTML on the
same date.”

So, it looks like I’ll put Symfony off until this new-fangled documentation goes live, then I’ll give it another swing.

In the mean time, I’ve been working with CakePHP and genuinely lovin’ it. After tinkering around with it for a while, here are my thoughts about the two frameworks:

Documentation
- CakePHP: Up to date, but not totally complete and somewhat difficult to search through. They also have an extremely helpful CakePHP Google Group that helped most problems I ran into quickly (almost instantaneously during normal business hours) and efficiently. You can’t beat live support that’s free.
- Symfony: Until the new release, not all that helpful because much of the content is dated. However, what is there is easily searchable and they have an active forum that seems to be full of knowleable (yet somewhat arrogant) people.

Installation
- CakePHP: Very easy to install. For the most part, just copy it into your web root and you are good to go (provided you have Apache and mod re-write previously enabled). Once it’s in there, all you really have to do is setup the DB connection and you can be off and running.

- Symfony: Ouch… this is my major sticking point here. I know people that would say, “If it’s not hard, it’s not worth doing”. I agree with that idea, but this is one tough cookie to crack. There are so many little tricks, files, variables, and directory permissions to set-up… it’s a wonder I even got to the point I did. Their basic tutorial, “my first project“, wouldn’t work by following the given instructions… no matter what I did. They also rely on Pear to deliver the goods, which is inherently fraught with little tricks to keep it all running smoothly.

Directory Structure
- CakePHP: It makes sense and it’s extremely logical for almost anyone. You don’t have to be the creator of the framework to understand what each directory is used for. The framework code is in a separate directory totally away from all of your own code. Props to these guys, it works well.

- Symfony: File and directory overload. We’re talking a huge amalgamation of directories buried within directories and files scattered all over the place. When I started really digging, it left me dazed. Truthfully, after spending countless hours working with Symfony, I still haven’t figured out what all the directories are there for (which could be because the framework kinda mixes it’s own libraries in with the programmer’s code).

I could go on for hours, but I think you get the picture. For the time being, I have revised my opinion on the matter of PHP web frameworks. In my somewhat humble opinion, I think CakePHP is the current champion. However, Symfony may present some good competition just as soon as their new release comes out on the January 27th, 2007. Only time will tell I suppose. Rest assured, I’ll be choosing one or the other.

UPDATE: My mind is made up – CakePHP wins! Please read this, and this.

Jan 18

symfony-logo.gifThanks to a great mentor (Greg) in my starting days of web development and a strong background in Computer Science from several excellent professors in college, I had a good start at web development a few years back. My original skills for PHP featured an Object oriented approach, secure validation & error reporting, some nice Pear DB functionality (with MYSQL), and the Smarty Templating Engine. My skills and knowledge regarding PHP have continued to grow each day (especially regarding efficiency and security).

Recently though, I began playing with the big new talk of the town: Ruby on Rails. I have to admit, the process hasn’t been as easy as I thought. Most of the slowdown revolves around the fact that I don’t know Ruby all that well. Combining a totally new realm of development (the Rails framework) with a new language makes the switchover difficult for me. Regardless of the difficulties, I certainly see the power of Rails and understand how it’s framework can make the development process amazingly more agile and efficient.

With that being said, at Consumer Testing Labs we’ve been talking extensively of doing some major changes to how we code. We thought it would be a great idea to implement a standard templating system (like Smarty) for everyone to use, develop some internal libraries that all the developers could agree on and use frequently, and even strong rules on everything from coding practices to directory structures to design patterns. I think we all sorta hit a no duh moment when considering how to implement all these ideas effectively: a PHP MVC framework!

The discussions at work piqued my interests enough to send me on a quest of nightly rituals over the last week or two discovering, testing, and playing around with the nearly fifty frameworks that currently exist for PHP. Ok, I didn’t try them all out, but I did try out the best of the best according to my reading (and the ones that seemed to fit into the MVC layout). After tinkering around with CakePHP, Zend Framework, and Symfony, I did a lot more reading on these types of agile development packages.

Here are my conclusions on things at this point in time (01-17-2007):

CakePHP: Had a great basic install and easy to implement first run of things. I really liked being told what to do from the Cake code itself. Sorta like a wizard. Getting into more advanced coding had me pulling my hair out though. Mostly, the documentation was at fault – but not that it was all lacking. I just thought it was sorta scattered and hard to follow. Some tutorials I found helped a bit, but I was still left confused much of the time.

Zend Framework: Where do I begin? I had an icky feeling from the get-go with this thing. First, I’ve been a little off put by Zend for trying to commercialize something that has for so long been open-source… at least for the most part (PHP). In my opinion, the problem with the Zend Framework is that it appears to be a half-hearted attempt at a framework. It seems like it’s more like a collection of libraries than a true framework. When I compare it to Cake and Symfony or even Ruby on Rails, it just doesn’t feel quite right. There are lot’s of specific reasons I feel this way, but anyone’s attempt to convince me otherwise would simply be futile, heh. I don’t think Zend would ever be the type of framework I would want to use on a daily basis (at least until they make some major revisions or enhance it a bit more).

Symfony: If you hadn’t guessed it yet, Symfony was the winner in my book. I saw a lot of true similarities here between it and my reference: Ruby on Rails. Now, don’t get me wrong; it isn’t a straight-up clone of Rails, but the good parts are all there. So what does this mean to me? It means I get to use all the power of the Rails framework (albeit a tad different) without having to learn an entire new language (Ruby). It’s the best of both worlds!

So, if you are out there looking for a well-rounded and properly executed PHP web framework, be sure to check out Symfony.

UPDATE: I have actually changed my mind! Please read this, this, and this.

Jan 11

Quoted from here:

Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 uses the HTML parsing and
rendering engine from Microsoft Office Word 2007 to display HTML
message bodies. The same HTML and cascading style sheets (CSS) support
available in Word 2007 is available in Outlook 2007.

The limitations imposed by Word 2007 are described in detail in the article, but here are a few highlights:

  • no support for background images (HTML or CSS)
  • no support for forms
  • no support for Flash, or other plugins
  • no support for CSS floats
  • no support for replacing bullets with images in unordered lists
  • no support for CSS positioning
  • no support for animated GIFs

Read More.  What do I have to say?  Buh.

Jan 06

I was recently presented with two projects at work that offered me a good opportunity to delve into the 'scary' world of Javascript WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) content editors for the web. 

Normally, I try to avoid Javascript like the plague, but lately with the advent of AJAX and Javascript effect packages, I'm feeling a bit more used to it.

In this case, I needed two specific and diverse solutions to a few problems I had.

Problem 1: I needed a way to embed an editable spreadsheet in a web page without any special plug-ins or proprietary Microsoft scripts.  In basic terms: a web spreadsheet application.

SolutionCodeThat, a small venture heralding from the Ukraine offers a powerful, simple, and easy to configure all-in-one solution called CodeThatGrid

The power of this software is it's simple ability to allow any web user access to a simplistic replica of Microsoft Excel.  It closely resembles Microsoft's product in form and function, so there isn't much of a learning curve.  Best of all, it's relatively lightweight size-wise and seems to have a robust feature-set.  Overall, I think it's a great solution for a tough problem. 

Problem 2: I needed a simple yet powerful text editor that would allow a user to post content to the web without the need to know any html or any knowledge beyond Microsoft Word.  In basic terms: an advanced rich text editor.

Solution:  After lot's of research, Moxiecode's TinyMCE seemed to have the easiest to use and most robustly supported Rich Text Editor I could find at this time. 

When fully decked out, this thing looks almost exactly like Microsoft Word… and has almost all of the features.  Some highlights: real-time spell checking, table support, image insertion (even an optional file/image management system), a fully-compliant gzip compressor, and support for PHP, JSP, .NET, and Coldfusion.  It works well and I'm thoroughly impressed by the wide range of plug-ins and options available for the software.

So, remember to check them out if you have a need for some powerful WYSIWYG tools for your next web project.  And no, neither one of these companies paid me for this review.  I truly just like them a lot!

Jan 05

If you are in the process of seeking a job now or in the near future, check out Audio Resume.  It seems like a pretty neat idea, even though I truthfully haven't tried it out myself.  It's a fairly unique product that allows someone seeking a job to show off their verbal talents to prospective employers.  At first, I was left scratching my head at the idea, but as I started understanding the basics of the process… I can see how it could have merit for some types of job applications.  I'd say it's especially helpful for jobs that require human interaction of any great amount or where social skills are especially important (ie: not web developers – heh).

So if you want to learn more about audio resume,  I'd recommend checking it out. 

Dec 31

When I read this, I scratched my head:

Technalign, Inc. has announced it has released its Beta 1 Pioneer
Linux Christian Edition operating system to the community. The beta includes
many of the features that come standard with Pioneer Linux. The application
includes the King James Bible and many study applications. 


“The Christian
Edition provides users with the ability to get full support from our user
community as well as boxed sets from authorized resellers,” claims
Technalign CEO Dianne Ursini. “The Christian Edition provides users
the ability to purchase products for full support or download the free
version”. 


The Pioneer Christian
Edition replaces the Frontier Christian Edition previously retailed by
Technalign's partners. There will be a non-installable edition available
for Windows users who only want to use the Christian Edition for study.


Technalign requests that users report back any applications they would
like added as well as applications that they wish removed along with bug
reports.  The commercial versions
have minor differences between the free version. Individuals may choose
from either the free version or a boxed set available from the over 600
Technalign partners in the US and Canada. 


The Pioneer Linux
Christian Edition is targeted at new Linux users as well as experienced
Linux users who are looking for a study guide as well a solid operating
system. The Pioneer Christian Edition provides compatibility with many
existing proprietary applications, Pioneer enables migration to Linux
with a minimum of effort. By running the most popular desktop Office suite,
users can keep their data safe and secure, and initially not learn a new
application. 

I think I've now seen everything.  And yes, I'll be downloading it tonight.  Do you want it too?  It can be found here.

Dec 26

google-gmail.gifAccording to Google Operating System:

“If you sign out of Gmail, you’ll notice that the storage doesn’t
increase. It used to increase with about 0.33 MB a day, but the Gmail
team forgot to add the code that manages the quota increase after 31st
December 2006.


On April 1st 2005, Gmail space increased from 1
GB to 2 GB and started to grow every day. They called this: “Infinity+1
storage plan”.


‘Storage is an important part of email, but that
doesn’t mean you should have to worry about it. To celebrate our
one-year birthday, we’re giving everyone one more gigabyte. But why
stop the party there? Our plan is to continue growing your storage
beyond 2GBs by giving you more space as we are able.’”

Hmmm. I always love that little counter sitting there counting on into the the future no matter what. Sigh. I hope it makes it back.

Dec 21

A few months ago, I found myself seeking a new web development job.  Although the entire process itself could make for a very entertaining narrative, I think the most memorable portion was my experience with a local car dealership in my area. 

The story began with a simple newspaper ad mentioning their [the car dealership's] need for a “web guru with experience in search engines, design, and keywords” (yes, they were seeking a web developer exclusively through the newspaper).  Although hesitant about a job title of “web guru”, after viewing their dreadful web site, I thought I'd give them a call.  My call was greeted by a sales manager with a welcoming (although somewhat fake) attitude of excitement and interest in meeting me.  I had lots of experience from my last job (Eponym.com & Scrubshopper.com) in development, design, e-commerce, marketing, search engine optimization, and even personal experience marketing cars on Ebay– so I felt like it was a great fit and they seemed to agree.

The obvious down-side: I knew it wouldn’t be easy working for a car dealer. Surprisingly though, the initial interview process went off without much of a hitch (except for an expectation they had for me to work Saturdays and be a car salesman part-time).  Fast forward to our final meeting:  After setting up meetings and having them canceled repeatedly, I began to feel that they were playing games with me.  This infuriated me and as time wore on, things would only get worse.  After yet more delays, I finally showed up to see their offer and haggle it out with them.  They first ushered me into a cold, dark, and tiny office buried deep within the building that had a very hard, uncomfortable little chair in the corner for me to sit on.  The sales manager came in and said a little blurb about how much they needed me, then decided to go check and see where the owner's son, we'll call him John, was.  After a lengthy period of sitting in this blank, cold, room — alone with nothing to do or look at (another typical car dealer tactic), he returned alone.  “He’ll be here shortly,” he stated matter-of-factly.  After yet more fruitless minutes, John came in and we began haggling back and forth on typical employment issues and miraculously came to an agreement on most of them, but salary still hadn’t been mentioned yet.  John jogged out of the room “to grab the offer from his Dad” (who apparently made these types of decisions). 

He was gone for another good amount of time (again more delays), in which he returned with a plain piece of white paper with a number scribbled on it hot out of the copy machine.  Now I can't be certain, but I truly believe he simply wrote a number on a piece of paper and photocopied it so that it looked like it hadn't come from him (still more silly tactics).  He had gone to a 'higher authority' such that it seemed the decisions on the salary weren't within his control at all.  I won’t tell you the number written on the piece of paper, but I can honestly say it was pretty degrading.  I had the knowledge and skills to completely change the profit margins of this business, but they had just effectively ruled me out – by treating my like just another car sale.  I stared at the paper big-eyed, and using a technique they use themselves, stated: “well, that’s not really a do-able number for me.”  I let my words hang in the air which created an awkward silence, knowing one of the two men would eventually respond.  I could feel them doing their very best to make me squirm… they had done this throughout the entire process.  I wondered how often poor customers were trapped in this room bitterly seeking a decent deal on their new car, but instead feeling confused and upset by the entire experience.

After a tense minute or so, John cautiously asked me what I felt was a better number.  I was prepared with salary data from our area for similar job descriptions (courtesy of Salary.com) and offered them both copies of what I was expecting.  The median salary was considerably more than twice their offer.  “We can’t go that high at all, it’s just not feasible,” the sales manager blurted out gruffly.  I shrugged my shoulders and started packing up my things.  “Don't worry, we’ll put our heads together and come up with a new number that you might like more,” said John.  They had already lost me; there's no way I would work for a company that would treat a prospective employee like they had.  As I walked out, the sales manager promised he would call me the next day with another offer.  I knew it wouldn’t come; instead, they would wait for me to call them and I simply never would.  How could I ever trust an employer like that?  I am still in awe of the tactics they used on me. 

Two weeks later, I received an offer from Consumer Testing Labs (my current employer) that made me feel that I was a valued employee– even before I ever started the salary negotiation process.  This feeling of value contributed greatly to my accepting the job.  You may be thinking: “spoiled kid, that’s nothing compared to my horror story job offer.”  I agree, it wasn’t that bad– but it was bad enough for me to want to share my experience with any other young web developers out there seeking a new job.

So what's my point with this article?  I don't have a vendetta out against this dealership or any member of the company.  Truthfully, I just want to show young developers out there who are in the process of seeking a new job what to look out for.  I'd also like to inspire companies seeking a talented web developer to carefully review their hiring and salary negotiation processes before assuming existing methods will work for this type of specialized employee.  Web developers & programmers are a completely different type of person than you [likely] currently employ and deserve special attention.  We are information specialists and our value is not only in the skills and experience we possess, but our ability to instantly change the profit margins of your business (if sufficiently motivated and talented).  Moral of the story: invest in us and we can more than offset our salary in sales, profits, and other intangible benefits.

- Dustin Weber

Dec 14

As the Christmas holiday quickly approaches, the number of ridiculously bad pictures taken certainly increases proportionately (at least for me). 

One thing I have always struggled with is getting Christmas lights to turn out in my darn pictures.  Now that I think about it, I'm not sure I've EVER had any turn out well.

Lucky for me, I came across this handy guide

“You don't need a high-end camera for great results. You can use a very
inexpensive digital camera and do just fine. You don't even need flash.
It all comes down to what time of the day you shoot. And a couple of
other little tricks.”

Click Here to check the article out.

Dec 13

I have recently been mulling over real-estate investment oppurtunities in my area.  I have been spending a good amount of my free time researching real-estate investing and attempting to fully understand the process (and have a wonderful mentor coaching me along the way).

The area I live in is a prime example of a good market for real-estate investment.  It has wonderful property appreciation rates, herds of renters, and a whole bunch of “flip-ready” homes.  As I mull that over and continue to learn, I stumbled across a unique investment oppurtunity pitched below:

“As most investors are aware, the SW Florida real estate market has
experienced tremendous growth and appreciation over the last few years.
Although this growth has been extremely rewarding for most investors,
it has also created a significant problem of affordable housing for the
working class community.  Today, affordable housing is considered by many in government and
industry as one of the most significant problems affecting the Florida
market. Shop owners, restaurants, hospitals and schools are finding it
extremely difficult to find employees because of the high cost of
housing.

Although the affordable housing problem is significant, it also
creates an excellent investment opportunity to enter the market during
the front end of an affordable housing growth cycle.  We have found a group who has created a business model that helps
address the affordable housing issue while also providing a significant
investment opportunity to qualified investors.

The proposed investment opportunity is for duplex housing in the cities of Lehigh Acres and Cape Coral in Southwest Florida.  Duplexes are two units, each approximately 1050 to 1200 square
feet, with each unit having 2 bedrooms, den, 2 bathrooms and a 1-car
garage on the smaller unit and 2 car garage on EACH SIDE on the larger
unit.  Currently the all-in cost of the duplex project is approximately
$285,000. The cost includes the land, building, and site improvements,
closing cost and interest during construction. Make NO PAYMENTS DURING
CONSTRUCTION.

The cost of the project can be financed with a construction loan at 85%-90% of appraised value.  The current market price of the duplex today is between $325,000
-thus providing the investor with built in profit before construction
begins. Because the market value is more than 10% higher than the
necessary loan, this is done with very little money out of pocket which
can be as low as just $1500 or as high as $5500.”

 
If this is a totally accurate pitch, it seems like a reasonably good one.  I think I'll be spending the next few weeks looking into the Florida investing and seeing what possibilities exist.  With that being said, I'm not sure I will immediately jump at an oppurtunity like this.  I don't think I'm far enough along in the investing game to fully understand all the possible outcomes, but maybe in the near future.  Regardless, I'd like to hear your opinions on the matter.

If you'd like to check out this offer in more detail, Check It Out Here.

* Important Note: Remember to do a LOT of research before jumping into ANY investment.  Be careful.. you work hard for your money, so work hard to make sure it's a worthy investment.  In general, you should spend an equal amount of time researching an investment as you do earning the money to invest in it!

Dec 09

What exactly is déjà vu anyways? 

According to this source, “Déjà vu, French for 'already seen', is the illusionary feeling that one
has previously witnessed or experienced a new situation, and has been
reported to occur in up to 96 per cent of the population.”  I have always been slightly freaked out by that feeling.  I always sorta wondered about the real cause of it, but never really took the time to figure it all out. 

So that's why I found this article so interesting: 

“A blind man who feels like he has 'already seen' some unfamiliar
situations is challenging the long-held belief that déjà vu involves
sight, according to a new U.K. study.

Hearing and touch and smell often seem to intermingle in the déjà
vu experiences,” said the study subject, whose name has not been made
public. “It is almost like photographic memory, without sight obviously
… as if I was encountering a mini-recording in my head, but trying to
think 'Where have I come across that before?'.”

Continue Here if you'd like to read the whole article (and I highly reccommend it).