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I Like This – November 1, 2011

October 31st, 2011 Comments off

A collection of interesting items I found in my daily reading.

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Audio: Ghosts of the Internet 2011

October 31st, 2011 Comments off

Looking for a little Halloween-appropriate listening for tonight? Listen to Ghosts of the Internet 2011!


Listen to Ghosts of the Internet 2011!

More photos from the event


The whole family participated in this annual live reading yesterday and here is the recording of that event. We had a great time, as always, reading, noshing, joshing and laughing.

Video: Halloween light show is also a playable video game!

October 26th, 2011 Comments off

It is that time of year again and my friend, Ric, has set up his annual Halloween light show. As in year’s past, this is an interactive video game you play on the Halloween lights of the house. Punkin’ Chunkin’ pits the player against flying pumpkins as they try to catch as many as they can in their characters mouth. The show plays through Halloween night on Philbrook Street in Santa Clarita.

Check out Ric’s past shows and games on his YouTube Channel

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I Like This – Make your own fog machine for $5

October 26th, 2011 Comments off

A bit DIY for most people, but could be an interesting experiment to do with the kids and use for the Halloween haunt. — Douglas

Make your own fog machine for $5

from The Red Ferret Journal – gadgets, cool sites, freeware and tech trivia

With Halloween fast approaching, I’m sure that some of you are still trying to figure out ways to make your house spookier than ever. Scary decorations are nice, and having the perfect lighting helps, but […]

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Book: Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

October 25th, 2011 Comments off

Book Review: Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

The Domino Project

Anything You Want is the type of writing I have come to describe as a “Real World Example.” It is like sitting across the table of someone as they tell their story…a story that will hopefully change your life.

Over the years I am sure we have all had moments like this. The friend who educated us about the stock market, the soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend who taught us what a relationship should be, and in Sivers’ case, the story of one business — his business — that also encompasses the nature of business as a whole.

Anything You Want is a short book – only 77 pages in printed form – and yet it illustrates a complete journey. It also details Sivers’ attitudes towards business – slow to no growth, doing it all for the customer, and knowing when to get out. In these few short pages he gives us it all, alpha to omega, and we are better for it.

I unabashedly like this book. It matches with my own beliefs about career, business and life at many points. I too believe that money should never be the sole reason for doing anything and that bigger is not always better. Sivers also touches on another important topic, success. While he doesn’t come out and say it directly, I get the sense that he understands that there are levels to success. Too often today, we believe there are only 2 levels of success – Nobody and Rich and Famous. Hopefully people will use Sivers’ example to remind themselves that supporting yourself, providing for your family and being comfortable provides unlimited gradations of success.

Settle in with Anything You Want and your favorite beverage and an hour later you will come back with ideas, plans, hope and a deeper understanding of what it is to run your own business and perhaps, your own life.

Highly recommended


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I Like This – October 25, 2011

October 24th, 2011 Comments off

A collection of interesting items I found in my daily reading.

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I Like This – October 18, 2011

October 17th, 2011 Comments off

A collection of interesting items I found in my daily reading.

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Video: Doctor Who Location we visited in Cardiff, UK

October 15th, 2011 Comments off

It is always a bit cool seeing a real-world location you have visited pop up in a television show or movie. Living here in Los Angeles, that actually happens quite a bit. Imagine my surprise though when The Atrium in Cardiff, UK showed up in this episode of the Sarah Jane Adventures. We spent quite a bit of time in this building as this is where Rosanne presented her paper at a conference dedicated to the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood back in June 2010.

The Atrium is a really nice, modern designed building used by the media studies departments of the University of Glamorgan. Look for the shot down the spiral stairway. I have this same exact shot in my photos from the trip.


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New blog series — “Do It Like Doug!”

October 14th, 2011 Comments off

Self portrait

I am planning planning on starting a new series here on the blog and in my Twitter feed — “Do It Like Doug!”.

I often have people ask how I do everything that I do – from writing my Career Opportunities blog and podcast, to organizing CareerCamp, to speaking at conferences, to computer consulting. The fact is, over the years I have developed a series of tools and ideas that help keep me on track, no matter how many things are vying for my attention.

“Do It Like Doug!” will focus on my tools, tips and tricks how you can use them in your own life and work. They won’t all be easy, but I know from personal experience that they can help rein in the craziness in your life and turn it into something productive.

Watch this space, and my Twitter account (@douglaswelch) for upcoming [DoIt!] messages.

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What I’m Reading…Building your whuffie (?!?) and Being a Messenger

October 14th, 2011 Comments off

Two books picked up from the library today. Not necessarily and endorsement, but books that caught my eye recently. — Douglas

The Whuffie Factor by Tara Hunt

Comments about The Whuffie Factor

“Embrace the chaos! The Whuffie Factor weaves stories from Moleskine, 37Signals, Threadless, Willitblend, and Gary Vaynerchuk into a compelling story of the way business is now done. Tara doesn’t just talk about it, of course, she does it herself.”

—Seth Godin, author of Meatball Sundae

“Marketing–or doing business at all–in the age of whuffie and the world of social media means authenticity, listening, engaging, and trusting. That’s what Tara Hunt says, and it’s also exactly what she does. If you are in marketing now or starting a company that has customers, you need to read this book to understand exactly, and I mean precisely and with detailed examples, how the conversation between vendor and client, business and customer, has changed radically. Tara Hunt knows her stuff, and she knows how to put a great deal of knowledge into compelling ­stories that are a pleasure to read because her voice is not just the voice of extensive experience: Tara Hunt’s voice works well in this book because it’s who she is.”
—Howard Rheingold, author of The Virtual Community and Smart Mobs

The Millionaire Messenger: Make a Difference and a Fortune Sharing Your Advice by Brendon Burchard

Comments about The Millionaire Messenger

“This is a must-read for any author, speaker, coach, seminar leader, consultant, or online information marketer. Brendon Burchard shows you how to get your message to the public in a bigger way (and get paid for it too).” –John Gray, New York Times Bestselling Author of “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”

“We all have a life story and a message that can inspire others to live a better life or run a better business. Brendon Burchard’s book proves it and shows how you can share your message to make a difference and also make an income. This book will help you change a lot of lives.” –Marci Shimoff, New York Times best-selling author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

“The expert industry has been shrouded in myth and mystery for far too long. Now Brendon Burchard, one of our most innovative and powerful leaders, reveals exactly how we—authors, speakers, coaches, consultants, seminar leaders and online information marketers–make a difference and earn an income with our advice and expertise. This is an industry defined by how much value we add to others’ lives, and this book delivers and shows exactly why Brendon is one of the best.” –Jack Canfield, New York Times best-selling author of The Success Principles and originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) series
“I love making a difference in the lives of millions of people worldwide. It gives my life a deep sense of meaning and purpose. I wish I had read Brendon Burchard’s new book, The Millionaire Messenger, twenty years ago, because it has many of the lessons that would have dramatically boosted my career, both in terms of impact and finances. Lessons I had to learn the hard way. No matter what your age, now is the time to make the biggest difference in the world. Brendon will show you how.” –Daniel G. Amen, MD, New York Times best-selling author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Magnificent Mind at Any Age


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