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--- ?? ----- The More You Know...
"All that 'can,' do. All that 'cannot,' teach." Why Do Many Small Businesses Fail?

According to the Small Business Administration, two-thirds of new
businesses survive for at least two years, and only 44 percent survive at
least four years. Why some businesses fail and some businesses succeed is a
matter of debate, although there are common mistakes that can
sink a business in no time.

Give your new business venture a fighting chance by taking care to avoid
these fatal errors:

* Overexpansion. Being the first to market with a new
product, taking on added overhead, and the need to demonstrate
revenue growth to anxious investors can all induce businesses to
overextend themselves financially. Rather than head down this
path, start with realistic goals and allow yourself to grow as needs
dictate. Let your revenue, not pie-in-the-sky projections, dictate
your hiring practices.

* Poor capital structure. Look at the businesses that fail and
you'll find that many of them took on too much debt. Learn to pay
strict attention to your finances and keep careful records of all
money coming in and going out. Even if everything's coming up
roses today, trouble can still be right around the corner.

* Overspending. Many start ups spend their seed money before
Cash has begun to flow in at a positive rate. This often happens
because of misconception about how business operates. If you're
just starting out in business, seek out seasoned veterans you can
bounce your ideas off of prior to making big financial

* Lack of reserve funds. Failing to prepare for volatile markets
and uncontrollable costs like energy-rate increases, materials,
labor, natural disasters, and the like is another top reason many
businesses fail. Make sure you protect your investment and keep
enough reserve cash to carry you through market down trends and
seasonal slowness.

* Bad business location. Don't let a cheap lease tempt you into
opening your doors in the wrong neighborhood if your gut is
telling you it's not right. Key factors to consider include
competition (how many other similar businesses are located
nearby?) and accessibility (is the area well served by freeways,
public transportation, and foot traffic?).

* Poor execution and internal controls. Poor customer
service, accounting controls, and overall employee incompetence
can all combine to bring down the ship. Make sure you and your
employees place a premium on customer service to generate
repeat business, establish protocols for how tasks should be
accomplished, and remain continually in the know on all things

* An inadequate business plan. Your business plan is your
blueprint for success. A well-thought-out business plan forces you
to think about the future and the challenges you'll face. It also
forces you to consider your financial needs, your marketing and
management plans, your competition, and your overall strategy
for coming out on top.

* Failue to change with the times. The only constant in
business is change. Once mighty behemoths fall to earth while
unknown upstarts rise to prominence. The ability to recognize
opportunities and be flexible enough to adapt to changing times is
a key ingredient to surviving and even prospering in the toughest
business climate. Therefore, learn how to wear multiple hats and
to generate new interests and areas of expertise.

* Ineffective marketing and self-promotion. Customers can't
walk through your front door if they don't know you're there.
Learn how to cost-effectively advertise and promote your business.
through such tried-and-true methods as direct mail, ads in local
newspapers, Web sites, blogs, even by sponsoring a local little
league team. The number of advertising and promotional ideas
that exist is only limited by your own creativity.

* Understanding the competition. Consumer loyalty doesn't
just happen; you have to earn it. If you don't take care of your
customers, your competition will. Watch your competition as
closely as you do your own employees.

-- -- Thought of the day --

-- "The first step to getting things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. The second step is: What are you willing to do to get it?"

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--> > Fear – Greed – Guilt – Anger - Exclusivity – Salvation – Flattery --> > "These are the emotional hot buttons that make people respond: to order goods and services, donate money to charities and send for more information."

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--> "Yeh, close... like in horseshoes and handgrenades.."

--> "No, I mean even closer, like in 'Close Relatives.'"


--> > To get a man's attention, just stand in front of the TV and don't move. He'll talk to you, I promise.

-- "C'mon, Honey. Really, Honey. Honey!" A real man will just sit there and wait for you to step aside. If you don't, eventually he'll say, "What? All right, what? I'm sitting here, okay? I'm listening!"

-- More attention getters: scratch the paint on his car, throw out his favorite sweatshirt, or punch him in the stomach when he's not looking. His expression alone will be priceless.

-- Tim Allen
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--> > A husband and wife were involved in a petty argument, both of them unwilling to admit they might be in error. --

"I'll admit I'm wrong," the wife told her husband in a conciliatory attempt, "if you'll admit that I'm right!"

He agreed, and like a gentleman, insisted that she go first. -- "I'm wrong," she said.

With a twinkle in his eye, he responded, "You're right!"

-- -- Thought of the day -- --

-- "When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another." -- Helen Keller (1880-1968)
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-- What does third cousin once removed mean anyway?

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How to screw-up and get away with it:

1. Take a survey and end it only after enough people become the majority of votes on the issue that you favor. Or, you somehow lose the unfavorable votes and count your desired results.

2. Vote on the issue when you have your 'in-the-bag people' to vote 'your way' and the opposition party isn't there and ready to vote opposing you.

3. Talk the proposal to death when it isn't to your liking. Filibuster!

4. To win, attach a rider to an issue that everybody wants, and then your proposal will go along for the ride and be voted through.

5. Hide or bury deep what is unfavorable to the opposition to read. Put it way back on the second to the last page. There's too much to read, and that way they will fail to read it and will not oppose it.

6. Promise to give something you cannot give, in order to gain a positive 'yes' vote for your proposal. They will forget your 'little' error.

7. Disguise your issue in the text of the message by using words that are bigger than the reader can comprehend. [Do you understand?]

8. Attach Amendments to an opposing issue that is being brought up for a vote, and by the Parliamentary Rules, the amendments must first be voted upon. Then talk to the assembly that the amendments are to be reviewed by an ad hoc committee. Table the main issue for a later date to be voted upon. Then, bring up your opposing proposal for the membership vote.

9. Claim that it is what they wanted, needed, and desired. It was their idea in the first place and now they should vote positively for it.

10. If it works later in time, tell them all that you were 'For' it. If it doesn't work, tell everybody that they should have listened to you; 'You' were 'Right' in the first place! - [They won't remember.] When the next issue comes up, they will vote after seeing how you have favored it, and vote 'your way.'

Robert Scheinkman, President/Director
Inventors Association of St. Louis (04/02/2012)

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Sometimes the biggest ideas come from unexpected places. Twitter was born out of a dispatch routing software for taxi cabs
that Jack Dorsey developed as a teenager.

He was intrigued by the way taxis could briefly update others on their whereabouts, and soon he began to contemplate
developing an online program that would allow everyday people to send short messages to others in their online
"community. A few years later, he and co-founders Biz Stone and Noah Glass started Twitter.

Twitter has become an integral part of our lives, and the mindset that led to its creation is just as critical to those looking to
market their organizations. Dorsey speaks passionately about creating a “user narrative” when developing a product
that tells a story of the user’s day-to-day life. This allows his companies, like Twitter and Square Reader, to create
products that are built with the sole intention of filling a particular need.

This same mindset can also be applied to marketing. Often, businesses market themselves without the prospect in mind. But
successful marketers align all their marketing efforts with a prospect narrative. Creating a prospect narrative is an easy
and powerful way to put yourself into your prospect's shoes--and ultimately increase the effectiveness of your

Here are five questions to consider when developing a prospect narrative for your company's next marketing campaign:

Most organizations create their marketing materials without considering what the potential customer will be doing when he
receives a marketing message. People are busier than they have ever been. In fact, they are spending over a quarter of
their day just responding to emails. In order for your campaign to break through the clutter, you must consider how the
person you are trying to reach is spending his time.

Usually, a company centers the majority of its marketing efforts around the company itself or the features and benefits of a
specific product. However, no one cares about your company. All they care about are the issues they are dealing with
right then and there. What are the challenges that your potential user takes home with her each night? If you want your
marketing to elicit a particular behavior, then spend some time matching your message to the challenges your audience
cares most about.

Most organizations are so focused on broadcasting how great they are that they don’t think about what will most effectively
catch people's attention. Most commercials, for example, are generic and not memorable, so in order for yours to stand
out, you need to develop a message that is so appealing or jarring to your audience that he has no choice but to react to it.

So many marketing campaigns are solely focused on increasing awareness of an organization, rather than encouraging
someone to take some action. This is like burning cash. Think about what action someone would most realistically take
after absorbing your message. Would she most likely go to a website, send a text, pick up the phone, or find you on Twitter?
Once you know which medium the person is most likely to use, then you can develop a call-to-action that aligns with it.

Rarely do companies develop marketing campaigns that create long-term engagement. However, those that do receive
dividends over and over again, all from that initial investment. Therefore, the question great marketers want to answer
is: What are realistic ways to engage him in the long run? This will be the difference between developing a one-time
customer and a long-term fan.

By formulating answers to these five questions, you begin to create a story of what your potential customer is doing and
thinking about. After the prospect narrative is created, your marketing team should channel Dorsey by fitting campaigns
precisely into that narrative.

--Marc Wayshak is the author of two books on sales and leadership, Game Plan Selling and Breaking All Barriers, as well as
a regular contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine and the Huffington Post business section. Follow him on Twitter at

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-- -- Thought of the day -- --

-- " If you don't like who you are and where you are, don't worry about it because you're not stuck either with who you are
or where you are. You can grow. You can change. You can be more than you are."
Zig Ziglar

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-- "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." -- Henry Ford

-- In 1914, Henry Ford offered customers of his Model T Ford a famous Hobson's choice, making it available "in any color so long as it is black." -- "In 1924 a new Ford cost $265."
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"Salary Theorem" states that "Engineers and Scientists can never earn as much as Business Executives and Sales People."

This theorem can now be supported by a mathematical equation based on the following two postulates:

1. Knowledge is Power.
2. Time is Money.

As every engineer knows:
Power = Work / Time

Knowledge = Power
Time = Money

It follows that:
Knowledge = Work/Money.

Solving for Money, we get:
Money = Work / Knowledge.

Thus, as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity, regardless of the amount of work done.

"The less you know,the more you make."

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Laws of Life:

* Murphy's First Law for Wives: If you ask your husband to pick up five items at the store and then you add one more as an afterthought, he will forget two of the first five.

* Kauffman's Paradox of the Corporation: The less important you are to the corporation, the more your tardiness or absence is noticed.

* The Salary Axiom: The pay raise is just large enough to increase your taxes and just small enough to have no effect on your take-home pay.

* Miller's Law of Insurance: Insurance covers everything except what happens.

* First Law of Living: As soon as you start doing what you always wanted to be doing, you'll want to be doing something else.

* Weiner's Law of Libraries: There are no answers, only cross-references.

* The Grocery Bag Law: The candy bar you planned to eat on the way home from the market is hidden at the bottom of the grocery bag.

* Lampner's Law of Employment: When leaving work late, you will go unnoticed. When you leave work early, you will meet the boss in the parking lot.

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As scientists and concerned citizens, we applaud the recent trend towards legislation which requires the prominent placing of warnings on products that present hazards to the general public. Yet we must also offer the cautionary thought that such warnings, however well-intentioned, merely scratch the surface of what is really necessary in this important area. This is especially true in light of the findings of 20th century quantum physics.

We therefore propose that the following list of warnings appears on every product offered for sale in the United States.

WARNING: This Product Warps Space and Time in Its Vicinity.

CAUTION: The Mass of This Product Contains the Energy Equivalent of 85 Million Tons of TNT per Net Ounce of Weight.

HANDLE WITH EXTREME CARE: This Product Contains Minute Electrically Charged Particles Moving at Velocities in Excess of Five Hundred Million Miles Per Hour.

CONSUMER NOTICE: Because of the "Uncertainty Principle," It Is Impossible for the Consumer to Find Out at the Same Time Both Precisely Where This Product Is and How Fast It Is Moving. (Note: This one is optional on the grounds that Heisenburg was never quite sure that his principle was correct)

ADVISORY: There is an Extremely Small but Nonzero Chance That, Through a Process Know as "Tunneling," This Product May Spontaneously Disappear from Its Present Location and Reappear at Any Random Place in the Universe, Including Your Neighbor's Domicile. The Manufacturer Will Not Be Responsible for Damages or Inconvenience That May Result.

ATTENTION: Despite Any Other Listing of Product Contents Found Hereon, the Consumer is Advised That, in Actuality, This Product Consists Of 99.999999999% Empty Space.

PLEASE NOTE: Some Quantum Physics Theories Suggest That When the Consumer Is Not Directly Observing This Product, It May Cease to Exist or Will Exist Only in a Vague and Undetermined State.

HEALTH WARNING: Care Should Be Taken When Lifting This Product, Since Its Mass, and Thus Its Weight, Is Dependent on Its Velocity Relative

-- When I was a young kid and going to grammer school, the kids in my class would laugh and say:
-- -- "The more you study, the more you know. The more you know, the more you forget. The more you forget, the less you know. So, why study?" --> I never did quite follow this dumb logic. I did devise my own way of learning tho, which was by paying rapt attention, I listened and learned. When other pupils were bent-over taking notes while the teacher was talking to the class, I was looking directly at the teacher and writing short notations. The teacher ended up by talking directly to me. This upped my grades. It also proved my own theory, and that was: Most of the vital questions and answers that were to be on the test would be emphasized by way of the teacher. This also provided me with an uncanny memory. -- Now, I'm your teacher, so pay attention. I've "been there, done that," and I'll be your guide and mentor. It's not quite true that, "All that 'can,' do. All that 'cannot,' teach."

-- The Shocking New Way Girls And Women Are Doing Their Makeup

-- -- "Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach."-- -- Aristotle
As for me, all I know is that I know nothing." - Socrates
-- -- "I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come." - Abraham Lincoln

Meanwhile, brush-up on Inventing. Select an IASL Topic and scan over the articles.


Find what interests you. They are grouped together to add interest. Hyperlinks will lead you to more of the same.

Learning should be fun. Within the website of the IASL, you will find that there are jokes and articles of inventive nature.

Pretty soon you will catch-on to the reality that inventing is easy when you don't take it too seriously and very hard and complex when you try to out-think the subject. Just go with the flow..

It reads similarly to the way we hear and learn things:

1. Someone tells us about something that concerns them and they think we should know. -- You, in turn, listen halfheartedly and you tell them something, anything, to make them feel you heard what they said.

2. Another person tells us the very same thing. He or she tells it their own way. -- You remember the news, now that it was repeated.

3. When a third person comes and tells you the very same story, you begin to understand that everybody thinks that this fact is 'important.' -- You want to get to the heart of the information and so you look to hearing the broadcast on tv, or on the radio, or find it on the internet, or go to whoever started this chain of information?

4. When someone approaches you to tell you this *factoid, you now tell them. You tell them more than what they have heard.. for You want to become important in their eyes.

-- This is how we learn and this is how we impress others with our importance.

Robert Scheinkman, President/Director and Mentor of the Inventors Association of St. Louis




Thesaurus: trouble

no problem" is a stock phrase (or, some would say, viral "meme") which seems to carry a wide variety of contradictory meanings. Some people associate it with the British Empire and certain former colonies, e.g. Jamaica, Nigeria.

It is typically used to mean "I've taken care of it" or in place of "You're welcome", in response to "Thank you". (i.e. "No thanks are necessary; my effort was no problem for me.") It has no real meaning outside of the context in which it is used.

A phrase or idiom dictionary translation of "no problem" might read "I'll take care of it" or "there's nothing to worry about". However, it effectively means "I'm not going to give you any other assurances", and thus ends a conversation about whatever risk is about to be incurred. Some think it means roughly the same thing as "shut up".

Although the phenomenon of such slowly-reversing meanings is widely observed and agreed to exist, there is little study of the issue or why it may occur. Some think it has to do with the process of colonization, and misleading the colonial ruler; others think that it is just an example of etiquette, i.e. a "white lie" that the utterer actually believe causes "no problem". For the utterer, at least.

In Internet slang, "no problem" is often abbreviated "np" or "NP".

The Australian equivalent of the phrase is "no worries", frequently used in the longer phrase "no worries, mate."

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1. Money isn't made out of paper; it's made out of cotton.

2. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the varieties of pickles the company once had.

3. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.

4. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

5. The dot over the letter 'i' is called a "tittle".

6. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to
the top.

7. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

8. A duck's quack doesn't echo ... no one knows why.

9. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

10. Every person has a unique tongue print.

11. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

12. The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was albino.

13. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

14. During the chariot scene in 'Ben Hur' a small red car can be seen in the distance.

15. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

16. Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small sized dog.

17. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to

18. Most lipstick contains fish scales.

19. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

20. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

21. Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in the time when all original print had
to be "set" in individual letters, the upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored
the smaller, 'lower case' letters.

22. Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

23. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

24. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

25. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan, there was never a recorded Wendy before!

26. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple and silver!

27. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.

28. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

29. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was a Captain Kirk mask painted white.

30. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount
of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.

31. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand (and you thought this list was
completely useless).

32. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law, which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with
anything wider than your thumb.

33. American Airlines saved $40,000 in '87 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.

34. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most
known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

35. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
It's the same with apples!

36. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

37. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

38. Guinness Book of Records holds the record... for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

39. Back in the mid to late 80's, an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible
unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator game.

40. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit
damages them. I can't believe I have made it this far in life... unaware of some of these facts.

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-- "Obama: 'We've let our grades slip' - White House" --

-- "You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand." -- Leonardo da Vinci

--> There are experts who know where to locate the answers. -->

-- PRODUCT COACH:/ Home - How To Get Your Invention Into The Market

-- "BBC NEWS | Technology | Optical disc offers 500GB storage" --

-- "BBC NEWS | Technology Google rolls out search changes" --

--> > "Invention Evaluation Product Evaluation Assessment Advantages"

-- "Making It Big as an Inventor" --

-- "10 free alternatives to popular, pricey programs - USATODAY.com" --

-- "Invention Commercialization Process; Marketing an Invention" --

-- "List of inventions named after people in TutorGig Encyclopedia" --
-- " Scientific phenomena named after people in TutorGig Encyclopedia" --

-- "Market Launchers newsletter: THE ONLINE INVENTOR archives" --

-- -- "References Regarding Invention Services"

-- -- Sidebar: --> "Trivia Facts" -- a little of this and a little of that.

And a lot of what's happening NOW!

* * *

-- "Inventors: Jump to Lightspeed." --
- "You will succeed." - "The Force will be with you." - "Feel the Force flowing through you." - "Stretch out with your feelings."

Yoda: "Luminous beings are we . . . [Yoda pinches Luke's shoulder] . . . not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you. [Gesturing] Here, between you . . . me . . . the tree . . . the rock . . . everywhere! Yes, even between the land and the ship."

Luke: [Discouraged] "You want the impossible."

[Quietly Yoda turns toward the sunken X-wing fighter. With his eyes closed and his head bowed he raises his arm and points at the ship. Soon the fighter rises above the water and moves forward as Artoo beeps in terror and scoots away. The entire X-wing moves majestically, surely, toward the shore. Yoda, perched on a tree root, guides the fighter carefully down toward the beach. Luke stares in astonishment as the fighter settles gently onto the shore. He walks toward Yoda.]

Luke: "I don't . . . I don't believe it."

Yoda: "That is why you fail."

-- "The Empire Strikes Back"

-- "If you listened hard enough the first time, you might have heard what I meant to say." -- Yoda

* * *

-- -- TRIVIA -- -- -- What was the length of the mission of the USS Enterprise from the original Star Treck TV Series? -- -- -- > >

-- "Software 'gives children a voice'
-- Scientists claim to have developed the first technology of its kind to allow children with communication problems to converse better."

-- "BBC NEWS | Technology | Texting 'improves language skill' --

An angel suddenly appears at a faculty meeting and tells the dean of the college that, in return for his unselfish and exemplary behavior, he will be given his choice of infinite wealth, wisdom or beauty. Without hesitating, the dean selects infinite wisdom.

"Done!" says the angel, and disappears in a cloud of smoke and a bolt of lightning.

Now, all heads turn toward the dean, who sits surrounded by a faint halo of light. At length, one of his colleagues whispers, "Say something wise."

The dean looks at them and says, "I should have taken the money."

-- -- -- > > five years; "To explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before."

-- "Study shows eBay buyers save billions | Technology | Reuters" --

PROCRASTINATION -- "Don't put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today" --

COURAGE -- "You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatist quality of the mind next to honor." -- Aristotle

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When deciding to bring on a partner, ask yourself the following questions:

1. What business tactics, systems or connections are they bringing to the table that will benefit my organization and myself?

2. What are their best attributes?

3. What are they about to contribute that I cannot get elsewhere?

4. Am I doing this for the money?

5. How have they reacted to my offered shareholder or partnership agreement? Do they want to partner with me?

6. Have I found from others that they will keep and honor their commitments? Have I checked their credit responsibility?

7. Would I partner with them if I had all the money in the world? :-)

8. From what I have found from others, do they have integrity with their relationships?

9. What should make them as committed as I am towards my business? Are they acting true and positive in what they say?

10. Do they have characteristics that I don't like and if so, can I live my future life as a partner with them?

Think about this. We believe that by honestly answering the above questions, that your decision for partnership will make your commitment a successful one that will flourish.

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-- "HowStuffWorks "The Top 10 Game-changing Military Technologies" --

-- I don't know much about history, and I wouldn't give a nickel for all the history in the world. History is more or less bunk. It is tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today." --
-- Henry Ford

-- "Modern Marvels Ultimate Gadgets" --

-- "The Tax Foundation - Where Are Cell Phone Taxes Lowest?" --

-- "Casa D' Ice Sign" --

-- "How to Investigate and Evaluate a Resource"
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"Don't put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today"
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"Whatever the cost, it will be a relief for you to know that you are in good hands. They, the attorneys, take pride in their practices."

--> If you cannot get to an IASL Meeting, do get in touch with a Patent Attorney or Patent Agent? You are a 'fish out of water' - don't strangle. Definitely go to the experts. -- Whatever the cost, it will be a relief for you to know that you are in good hands. They, the attorneys, take pride in their practices. -- I haven't run across a bad patent attorney yet and usually the clock doesn't start ticking for their first hour. You'll get expert advice that way for free.[___][___] [___][___][___] [___][___][___] [___][___][___][___] [___][___][___][___] [___][___] [___]
-- "From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step." -- Napoleon

--> Go to and be sure to try out the
Official U.S. Time Clock at NIST Time and Frequency Division - Division 847
-- "An atomic clock is accurate to within 1 second in 1.7 million years."

--> "InventorPrise" "to help independent inventors who might have more time than money."

-- -- "How To Recognize The "Perfect" (I.E) "Winnable" Contingent Fee Case" --

-- -- "Trade Secrets / Espionage" --

-- -- "Nokia sues Apple over iPhone patents" --

-- -- "Patent Logistics"

-- -- "Recent Federal Circuit Cases on Claim Construction" --

-- -- "Mediation: Frequently Asked Questions" --

-- -- "Consequences of Patent Examination Errors"

-- -- "'Geek’ blamed for online poker cheating - Security - MSNBC.com" --

-- "Don't get taken in by work-from-home scams - USATODAY.com" --

-- Subject: safety tip -- Snopes verified & approved...So Be Warned!

-- "I locked my car. --- As I walked away, I heard my car door unlock and I went back and locked my car again, three times.

-- I looked around and there were two guys just sitting in a car in the fire lane next to the store. When I looked straight at them, they did not unlock my car again.

-- How to lock your car safely........ While traveling:

-- My son stopped at a roadside park. He came out to his car less than 45 minutes later and found someone had gotten into his car, and stolen his cell phone, laptop computer, GPS navigator briefcase.....you name it. ... He called the police and since there were no signs of his car being broken into - the police told him that there is a device that robbers are using now to clone your security code when you lock your doors on your car using your key-chain locking device.. They sit at a distance away and watch for their next victim.

-- They know you are going inside of the store, restaurant, or bathroom and they have a few minutes to steal and run. The police officer said to be sure to manually lock your car door -by hitting the lock button inside the car. That way, if there is someone sitting in a parking lot watching for their next victim, it will not be you.

-- When you hit the lock button on your car upon exiting, it does not send the security code; but if you walk away and use the door lock on your key chain, it sends the code through the airwaves where it can be stolen. Something totally new to us...and real. Be aware of this and please pass this notice on."

-- Man dreamed of the day that his computer was as easy to use as his telephone. He got his wish. Now he doesn't know how to use his telephone. :-))

-- "Planet Wally: Wide World of Pranks: Fake Caller ID on Phones" --

"Maybe things don't go as planned, but whose plan was it anyway?" -- R.S.


--> MAN - Achieving success through maturing/growing-up, living the life and finally fulfilling a lifetime: -->


-- -- There is the World Innovation Network (WIN) -- Center for Business & Economic Development, Southwest Missouri State University, 901 South National, Springfield, MO 65804 --> This was formerly the Wal-Mart Innovation Network: Call -- 417-836-5671

-- -- Assessing the marketability of your inventions is the fee based Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC). This facility is a cooperative effort between the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Small Business Development-UW-Extention, and the federal Small Business Administration.
-- For information: Telephone 262-472-1365, Fax 262-472-1600 -- and go to e-mail: --> academics.uww.edu/BUSINESS/innovate/

--> "Neustel - Zimmer Approach to Successful Inventing"

-- MAN - Achieving success through maturing/growing-up, living the life and finally fulfilling a lifetime: --

-- Keeping your pants pulled-up when you wore diapers as a child.
-- Wearing the pants in the family 'when you are the man.'
-- Being the Boss of the House and not losing your pants in business or in the downward stockmarket.
-- Having at least two pair pants to your name, one for every-day and that good pair for Church on Sunday.

-- Having your small child or grand-child grabbing on to your pant-leg for support. Now sitting on your lap, looking into your eyes and making you feel like a million dollars. :-)

-- "Maybe things don't go as planned, but whose plan was it anyway?" -- R.S.

-- "Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." -- Albert Einstein

--- Nothing was perfect in the Old Days
-- "Stay Off the Midway:
Article Nov-Dec 1992

-- "These days, we do not have too many marks left. So, you just substitute inventor instead."

-- "In the 1960's at 3M, developers were trying to find a powerful glue. The chemist assigned to the project, Spencer Silver, often experimented with variations in formulas--one resulted in a substance that would only weakly stick and could be easily pulled apart. He worked on it for ten years but despite improvements in its stickiness, it went undeveloped. In 1974 Arthur Fry, one of Silver's co-workers, was trying to make a bookmark stick in his church songbook and in a flash of recognition discovered the application: "Post-It Notes." Silver later stated, "If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this." ==========================================
The Internet began on March 15, 1985.

Internet historians believe the Internet would have evolved "very differently if commercial interests had not asserted themselves, particularly at the dawn of the Web, but even in the pre-Web period," Rainie said.

By 1992, fewer than 15,000 .com domains were registered, but the number would flourish after Web browsers brought mainstream consumers into the World Wide Web and "made it so convenient to navigate," McLaughlin said.

Since then, .coms have defined the Internet. Now there are 84 million domain names, including 11.9 million e-commerce and online business sites, 4.3 million entertainment sites, 3.1 million finance-related sites and 1.8 million sports sites.

According to a study released today by the Information Technology & Information Foundation, the annual economic benefits of the commercial Internet equal $1.5 trillion, which is "more than the global sales of medicine, investment in renewable energy and government investment in R&D (research and development) combined."

The Internet should add $3.8 trillion to the global economy by 2020, which would exceed the gross domestic product of Germany, the report said. An estimated 1.7 billion people, 25.6 percent of the world's population, now use the Internet.

"One can rightly describe the commercial Internet as a general-purpose technology, one whose significance to society should be viewed as on par with the advent of inexpensive steel, the telephone, the internal combustion engine or electricity," according to the report, "The Internet Economy 25 Years After .Com."

VeriSign logs 53 billion Web site lookups every day, about the same number handled for all of 1995, McLaughlin said. "We expect that to grow in 2020 to somewhere between 3 and 4 quadrillion," he said.

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-- "It is better for you to do your own research and then you will uncover the truth??" --> Carry a pen or pencil and a scrap of paper to immediately jot down your "flash of brilliance," your "inventive idea."

-- The first ballpoint pens were invented by the U.S. during the first manned space exploration to solve the problem of leaking fountain pens in space. The Russians just used pencils to solve this problem. :-) --
The first ballpoint pens that were sold to the anxious public were sold at $12.50 each. They wanted to be the first to own these futuristic devices.

-- You liked the above story, did you? Well, don't believe all that you read. -- It is better for you to do your own research and then you will uncover the truth?? -->

-- "That the first ballpoint pen was invented by a Hungarian journalist Lasalo Biro and his chemist brother Georg, in 1938?"
-- -- However another resource contradicted this and stated: --
-- "June 10, 1943, the ballpoint pen was invented by Lasalo Biro of Budapest, Hungary. As necessity is the mother of invention, the British Royal Air Force had commissioned him to invent the pen. They needed a pen to write at high altitudes during the war."

-- What do you believe? Are you sure? Always check it out.

-- "The Battle of the Ballpoint Pens.

-- "If you believe everything you read, better not read." -- Japanese proverb


-- -- "We are drowning in information and starved for knowledge."

-- --> The IASL is opening windows of opportunity. We learn from each other - that friendship is only a click-away on the Internet.

--> "Hungarian Academy of Sciences

"Everybody thinks inventors are crazy. ?? - Well, not quite that many 'are' crazy.."

"You'll be laughing all the way to the bank someday." -- Liberace

--> :-) "No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness." -- Aristotle

----> > "Microsoft develops shape-shifting touchscreen - tech - 26 November 2010 - New Scientist" --

--> --> :-( "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" --
-- Screenshot of actor Peter Finch as Howard Beale, in the 1976 film Network

Program Director: Take 2, cue Howard.

Beale: I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth; banks are going bust; shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter; punks are running wild in the street, and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it.

We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat. And we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be!

We all know things are bad -- worse than bad -- they're crazy.

It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out any more. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we're living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, "Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials, and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone."

Well, I'm not going to leave you alone.

I want you to get mad!

I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot. I don't want you to write to your Congressman, because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street.

All I know is that first, you've got to get mad.

You've gotta say, "I'm a human being, goddammit! My life has value!"

So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell,

"I'm as mad as hell,

and I'm not going to take this anymore!!"
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--> --> Chew on this for a while:: "Inventors, there's a hairs-breadth of difference between insanity and eccentricity." --

-- "A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men." - Willie Wonka, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

- Everybody thinks inventors are crazy. ?? - Well, not quite that many 'are' crazy and not that many 'outsiders' think that far ahead to make this momentous assumption.

- Any time that 'they' don't understand - they might say, "That's crazy!" or "You're crazy!" -- They really mean you no harm. :-)

-- You'll be laughing all the way to the bank someday, so let them think what they will. -- "Small minds are within small thinkers," I say. -- The IASL will 'better your odds' that you will succeed or know the reason why! Stick with us. I'll repeat: --> "Jot down your inventive ideas before you forget them." "Keep your eyes and ears open for 'the' opportunities." "Weigh these offers before taking any unwarranted chances." "Acquire resources to refer, recall, and question, -- for what was true years ago may have been disproven lately, -- and what wasn't known or isn't known -- gives you a niche." "Explore, explain, and venture forth."

-- "FOXNews.com - Dutch Company Uses Road Asphalt to Heat Buildings - Science News" --

-- "My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people; those who work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there." -- Indira Gandhi

--> "Stupidity got us into this mess, why can't it get us out?"

--> Woman: He's very successful. I'm sure he's a millionaire by now, and he's only 26. He never even graduated from college.
--> Girl Airhead: I'm soooooo jealous. I wish I didn't have an education. -- ---> -- --> -->

-- --> "This is where the United States is falling behind. “Most U.S. high school students don’t take advanced science; they opt out, with only one-quarter enrolling in physics, one-half in chemistry,” the National Science Foundation found. The National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century concluded that U.S. students were “devastatingly far” from leading the world in science and math."


-- "A New Tech Generation Defies the Odds in Japan - NYTimes.com" -- 10/03/2012 --
-- “There’s a lot of uncertainty in Japan right now, and that’s actually made younger Japanese more willing to take risks and try out new ideas,”


-- "'Wake-up call': U.S. students trail global leaders" --

-- "BBC NEWS | UK | Education | Computers enter learning 'core'" --

--> When you are inventing, remember "KISS" -- Keep It Simple, Stupid.

-- --> "National Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination Council (NIPLECC) Annual Report Released" --> Logon -->

The Feminine Mystique http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/speeches/02-69.htm

 -- OH THIS IS VERY TRUE (female comment!!)

Subject: TO BE 6 AGAIN

-- A man was sitting on the edge of the bed observing his wife turning back and forth, looking at herself in the mirror.

-- Since her birthday was not far off, he asked what she'd like to have for her Birthday?

--"I'd like to be six again." she replied, still looking in the mirror.

-- On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to a Six Flags Theme Park.

-- What a day!! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, The Screaming Monster Roller Coaster... everything there was. Five hours later, they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down..

-- He then took her to a McDonald's where he ordered her a 'Happy Meal with Extra Fries' and a 'Chocolate Shake.'

-- Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy.. M&M's.

-- What a fabulous adventure!

-- Finally, she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed, exhausted.

-- He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, "Well Dear, what was it like being six again?"

-- Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. !!

-- "I meant my 'Dress Size,' you dumb a** !!"

-- The moral of the story: "Even when a man is listening, he is going to get it wrong." :-))

** *** ( Pet Peeve )
-- "One of my pet peeves is women who don't put the toilet seat back up when they're finished ;-)