A Theory of Poetry: The Anxiety of Influence

It’s tempting to begin this essay, “It all started with…” But when talking about the origins, history, and future of the Internet, all starting points are more or less arbitrary. Progress – the notion that things can be improved over time – in any endeavor owes much to a phenomenon that scholar Harold Bloom identified as the “anxiety of influence.”

Each generation, eager to separate itself from the one that came before, wants to make its own mark. Yet each knows it’s only a pigmy standing on the shoulders of a giant, though it may see farther than the giant can – each strives to break away from its forebears, but is painfully aware that it can really only build upon the knowledge passed down to it since the beginning of time. Although Bloom ascribed the phenomenon to the Romantic poets, the same anxiety doubtless dogs the minds of technologists, pushing them to ever-greater efforts.

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States Designating Veteran Status to Support Active, Discharged or Retired Veterans

What is a veteran? Do you know or understand what designates a former military member as a veteran?  There’s a lot of misunderstanding surrounding what exactly a veteran designation entails.  Many Americans believe a veteran and a retiree are one in the same.  It’s important that Americans understand that a veteran need not have retired from the military.  But how can a veteran prove his service and honorable discharge?

When a veteran is receiving care with the Veteran’s Administration (VA) or is disabled he’s entitled to receive an ID card from the VA; however, an honorably discharged veteran is only provided with a DD-214 (discharge papers) and short of carrying around a complicated-appearing government form, there’s no easy way for a veteran to demonstrate his status.

The solution is to provide veterans with a special designation on their driver’s license that easily identifies them as having served and honorably discharged from the military.  Currently, there are only nine states, Georgia, Oregon, Minnesota, Connecticut, Arkansas, Florida, Delaware, North Carolina, and Utah that provide the option to make this distinction of veteran status on drivers’ licenses.   Several other states have legislation pending to make the option for veteran’s designation available to their state’s veterans.

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Online Vendors: Grow Up

The button reads, “click to submit order.” Having done so, the genie in the cyber-bottle is summoned, and like lightning gone mad, the invisible fulfillment machine hisses, spits, and bellows behind the curtain until – voila! – the set of Miles Davis CDs, the handsome array of neckties, or the wildflower wreath for Mom’s birthday arrive. Or don’t. Of course, when they don’t, the screams begin: Where’s the “money back” button?

A new study asks that same pointed question. Research firm Shelley Taylor & Associates of Palo Alto, Calif., have asked the hard fulfillment questions and classified a new malady in the process: Post-Transaction Anxiety Disorder, where shipping charges, sticker shock, and anxiety about whether items ordered online will arrive drive cyber-buyers’ sleepless nights. The research Taylor has published analyzes 100 consumer e-commerce sites (70 in the United States, which we concentrate on in our report, and another 30 in the United Kingdom) and their customer service practices.

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Breaking Ground On New Markets

Ask any entrepreneur: Breaking ground on a new market space ain’t easy. But K.B. Chandrasekhar, the founder of Exodus Communications, is clearly a glutton for punishment.

This time around, he’s going after the still-nascent application service provider (ASP) market, which research firm IDC predicts will grow to around $37.8 billion by the end of 2017, up from $19 billion last year.

And he’s doing it with Jamcracker, a startup whose name comes from the turn-of-the-century logging world. Jamcrackers were the men who had the unenviable job of keeping those big pieces of wood flowing freely along the river.

Founded at the tail end of 2009 in Sunnyvale, Calif., Jamcracker is what industry analysts have termed an ASP aggregator, a moniker shared by Atlanta-based ePanacea. The idea is that instead of going to individual ASPs, such as WebEx or Managemark, a company can go to an ASP aggregator for all its outsourced application needs.

Resources
K.B. Chandrasekhar Committee on Venture Capital (Facebook) – Read the article here
50 successful persons who have a GED (BestGEDClasses.org) – Read more here

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Talkin’ About My Boobies!

Shocking, I know. Me? Talk about my boobs? Never! Step back with me to avoid the lightning strike as a result of my lying. Lotus asked us to talk about our experiences in feeding our children with our boobies or with bottles while our children still mauled our boobies anyway, cuz that what babies tend to do it seems. (At least it explains why Bob continues to grab at Scout’s chest like it’s gonna yield anything but hair in his teeth.)

I have one SIL (Mrs. Deacon) who will nurse anywhere, without covering up. She’s also tiny and so subtle about it that I’ve been in the room with her and didn’t realize she was doing it.

My other SIL (Mrs. Forbes) will nurse in public, but only under her Hooter Hider. My third SIL (Mrs. Prof) is still on the fence about if she wants to use formula or nurse. And there’s me – riding the Ameda/Medela Express 7 times a day.

I’ve been working through my shame/embarrassment of the insane size of my girls since puberty. (As I’ve mentioned). I’ve passed up going swimming many times over the years because there was no swimsuit that would fit.

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Popular Searches in 2017

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Dog related questions

Why do dogs wag their tail?
How to crate train your puppy?
How to register a dog as a service animal?
How to register a dog with the AKC?
How to keep puppy from eating poop?
When do puppies get shots?
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Stupidity Wanted

It’s very strange. I’ve gone a whole week and not seen anything stupid. While it’s fun to see what stupid stuff I can find on the internet is available, I really like seeing stupidity in person.

We had a few opportunities this week where I thought FOR SURE we’d see something stupid…yet to our amazement, nothing stupid was to be seen. (I didn’t think this would even be possible to go this long without seeing something stupid!)

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Maximize Travel Marketing with Social Media

In a world where virtual networks seem to trump the physical process, it’s no surprise that all different types of businesses are taking to social marketing. 1.78 billion people in the world are taking part in social networks and by 2020, one in four people on a global level will be on social media. Social Media are used by almost every industry

Almost every industry uses Social Media to reach potential customers, from education websites to e-commerce and travel portals. Let’s take a look how some of them take the advantage of the constant popularity of social media. Many of the top marketers feel that social media and marketing is essential in their industry these days. The question you might be asking is how can companies use social media to benefit their business and consumers? There are quite a few answers to that question.

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Rules were made to be broken

I walked into the bathroom last night, where Dave was giving our darlings a bath, just as he wrung out a washcloth and set it back on the edge of the tub.

“Were you using that washcloth? You really shouldn’t have,” I said.

He shot me a look, an it’s-a-little-late-now kind of look. “I thought it was okay. I just grabbed it from right here.”

“Yeah, I put it there,” I said. I was about to graciously remind him of the If There’s A Used Washcloth On The Side Of the Bathtub, Don’t Use It rule, but opted to keep my mouth shut instead.

“What did you use it for?”

“To wipe out all of the loogies you left in the sink.”

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Avoid trying to sell sheep to pig farmers

sheep-617128Put yourself in the shoes of your ideal client. Do they want more choice or do they want what they want? If they wanted more choice than they would enjoy going from opportunity to opportunity and weighing up the best deal.

Guess what? People do behave like that but only out of fear. Choice actually annoys the heck out of them. Once they have made a decision they are left with a constant nagging doubt when they see another choice as to whether they made the made the best choice.

Most people spend their lives worrying about past mistakes and choices they made and are unable to alter. This is why they never move forward and just learn from past mistakes. As you develop as an entrepreneur you will learn the value of creating greater trust with fewer people than a little trust with many.

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