Friday, December 26, 2008



Life's Just A Story
Rewrite Your Life And Live Your Dreams
By Ed Moy


"I dream of painting and then I paint my dream." ~ Vincent Van Gogh




LIFE IS A CANVAS


You are the artist of your own life.

Everything is alive with energy.

Its all a living canvas.

And you are the painter.

Stop.

Look.

Listen.

Learn.

The canvas speaks to you!

Be present.

Feel its energy.

Experience its love.

There is nothing else but its unconditional love.

Let go of fear.

It's not real anyway.

All is just a portrait of your thoughts, ideas and beliefs.

Realize that All is Oneness and you'll experience harmony.






INTRODUCTION



"Life is like arriving late for a movie having to figure out what was going on." ~ Joseph Campbell



The concept of life being built around the stories that we tell ourselves is not some radical new idea. If you look back through history, all great religions and spiritual teachings were based upon various forms of storytelling.

From Egyptian Hieroglyphics to the Bible to the Bhagavad Gita to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, stories have for centuries been at the heart of all civilizations. You could say that stories are the core of our existence.

The fact is without stories, life would be nothing. There would be no life as we know it.

Since all of history is merely a story that will continue to be recorded as long as there's someone to think, speak and write about it, that means your life is just one of the billions of stories unfolding everyday around the world.

This knowledge can set you free from the "daily grind" of living.

Acknowledging that your life story, is just one of the billions that make up the pastiche of life stories that create our physical "reality" on this planet will allow you to take the "weight of the world" off your shoulders.

You don't have to "save the world" or be a "superhero" in order to contribute a worthy story to the world.

In "reality" your life story is no more or less valuable than another person's life story on this planet. But it's the way that you live and tell your story that gives it meaning for you and those in your life.

As the American mythology professor, lecturer and author Joseph Campbell wrote: "Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it."

From this point-of-view, you are the main character in your life story. You have the "power" to choose your own life path. You can make "conscious" choices to create what you want into your life that give it meaning.

Once you have the "conscious awareness" of this "power" to create your life, you can start to rewrite your story so that it aligns with your dreams.

My purpose for creating this book is to help you discover your current life story using simple techniques that I've used for the last 10 years as a journalist. These are the same techniques that have been used effectively by modern journalists for over 100 years.

As you read through this book, we will go over a basic journalist's tools for gathering information. Asking who, what, when, where, why and how. This old school technique is otherwise known as the "five Ws (and one H)." It's the primary step in finding your life story. In essence, with the help of this book, you will act as a journalist reporting on your own life. You will ask yourself these questions, along with your friends and family.

The answers will give you the needed information to begin writing your life story much like a journalist writing a news feature or profile about celebrities, politicians or athletes. You've read these kinds of stories in magazines, newspapers and online media, but now you get to be the center of attention. You will write your own story and shape it so that you can live your dreams.

Now you might be asking yourself, "How will writing my story change my life?

Well, it's simple. After you've discovered your current life story, you will begin to rewrite your story. And because "words have power," the story you choose to tell yourself and others does affect your outlook on life, as well as what comes into your life. So the "secret" to creating your dream life is simply to focus your life story on bringing more of "what you want into your life and less of what you don't want."

It has been acknowledged by many of the world's greatest thinkers that "thoughts become things."

In his classic book As a Man Thinketh, author James Allen revealed how thoughts determine reality. Whether or not you are conscious of it, your underlying beliefs shape your character, your health and appearance, your circumstances, and your destiny. Allen emphasized "all that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts."

More recently, books such as The Secret, Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires, The Law of Attraction: The Basics of The Teachings of Abraham have become bestsellers. Their authors have appeared on national television and radio, and travel the country holding speaking events and workshops. All of these authors and speakers are saying the same thing, which is that "what you think is what you get." Or simply put, there is an unseen "law of attraction" that exists.

This "law of attraction" is summarized in The Secret with the statement: "Your current thoughts are creating your future life. What you think about most or focus on the most will appear as your life."

However, accepting this "secret" as a legitimate fact is where the majority of skeptical and cynical people may get lost.

So for the sake of brevity and simplicity, in this book, we shall accept on faith that there is a "law of attraction" at work in the universe and as Prentice Mulford wrote: "Every thought of yours is a real thing - a force."

As for the skeptics or cynics, I offer this quote from Henry Ford: "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."
With that fully stated, I thank everyone for reading this book. You are a genuine seeker of knowledge and truly wish to change your life story and change your life for the better.



TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction

Life Stories

KISS

WWWWWH

News Style

Lede or Lead

Nut Graf

Inverted Pyramid

Kicker

Rewriting

Word Power

DIY

YAGNI

Afterword

Suggested Reading




LIFE STORIES

"Sometimes you've got to let everything go - purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything - whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you'll find that when you're free, your true creativity, your true self comes out." ~ Tina Turner.


As a journalist, I've always loved writing feature stories. I found it exciting and adventurous to learn about other people's lives, especially when they were living a lifestyle that I'd been dreaming of living.

Whether it was being in the presence of a star football player, successful filmmaker, lead actor, or a loving family man, it was always good to spend time with people who were successfully living their dreams.

Looking back, in many ways, much of my journalism career was built around my desire to meet people living their dream life so that I could observe what that lifestyle was like and discover their secrets to success. But that's not to say all of my story assignments were fun, joyous, and magically uplifting experiences.

In fact, I found many of the stories I wrote covered the gamut of emotions from joy to grief. Granted there were plenty of joyful, inspiring, triumphant stories, but there were also stories with dramatic, tragic and sometimes unhappy endings.

From the standpoint of being in balance and maintaining objectivity, I'd say that every story is useful, informative and enlightening in someway for the reader.

In my own personal experience, each story that I wrote was vitally important for my personal growth at that moment in time, so that I could witness how others made choices that created the life story they were living. These experiences also allowed me to see the duality inherent in our physical reality.

By duality, I mean that this physical reality we call life is made up of polarities, positive and negative, light and dark, yin and yang, good and bad, right and wrong. One side does not exist without the other side. That is to say, every legitimate coin has two-sides. This duality exists because in this physical reality we have the greatest gift of all - freedom of choice.

The more educated, intelligent and knowledgeable you are, the bigger responsibility you have for every decision you will find yourself making. You already have the free will to choose where to place your attention, focus and energy, but you also have responsibility to use it wisely.

Once you understand and accept that everything is a free will choice, you no longer need to blame, judge or hold others responsible for your life. This will be a vitally important piece of knowledge when you begin to rewrite your life story.

In order to keep things simple, I've also chosen not to focus upon the concepts of karma, reincarnation or destiny in this book. There are plenty of other excellent authors and books that focus on those subjects.

However, I will point out that a child born into a poverty-stricken country without the means to a proper education will seemingly appear to have fewer opportunities and free will choices than someone born in an affluent country. But even in that situation, there is hope and reason to believe that at some juncture in the poor child's life that he/she will overcome their life situation or encounter someone like a Mother Theresa that helps to uplift their life.

For the purposes of this book, though, I suggest that you focus solely on discovering your own current life story and how you can rewrite your story so that you live your own dream life.

If your dream is to become a Bodhisattva, Guru, Saint, or Avatar that's wonderful. The world needs more people like you. But if you are a Bodhisattva, I must ask you, "Why are you reading this book instead of saving the world?"

All kidding aside, I want to make it clear that your life story is a free will choice. Whether you consciously know it or not, you have chosen to be here now, experiencing the life story that you are telling yourself and others through the choice of words you are utilizing in your thoughts, speech and writing. For those of you who doubt this fact, I suggest reading the book As a Man Thinketh by James Allen.

In his classic book, Allen writes, "Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplish anything, and never can. They always lead to failure. Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in."

So to all those reading this book who genuinely want to experience the power of rewriting your life story, I suggest following the steps outlined within these pages and choosing words that empower you to joyfully live your dreams.

You will be amazed when you see the results showing up in your life.



Bottom line: Let go of your old life story so that you can start to create your dream life.


STORYTELLING TOOLS

"It's all storytelling, you know. That's what journalism is all about." ~ Tom Brokaw



Having interviewed hundreds of different people from all walks of life over the past 10 years, I've found that everyone has a valid story. And often times, their story will follow an inherent sequence of events, specific dilemmas, or what are known as "plot points" in screenwriting.

Anyone who has ever watched a Hollywood movie knows that there is a formula that screenwriters follow based on what is called the Three-Act Structure. Many plays and novels are written using this same structure.

As an example, in Spiderman, Peter Parker gets bitten by a radioactive spider and develops superhuman powers. At the end of Act I, we witness the death of Peter's Uncle Ben, which motivates Peter to become a crime fighting superhero using his new powers. In Act II, we see Peter learning to control his powers as he rids the city of crime. Finally, in Act III, Peter must confront the villainous Green Goblin and rescue the girl of his dreams.

However, in journalistic style, or news writing, we use what is called the "Inverted Pyramid" structure to tell a story. Using this structure, the writer will place at the beginning of the story the most essential and intriguing elements, with supporting information following in order of diminishing importance. This structure was developed over a 100 years ago to enable readers to quit reading at any point and still come away with the essence of any story. It allows readers to get the basic facts of any story without getting bogged down with details.

For example, an "Inverted Pyramid" structured news story might read something like this: "The FBI has begun questioning two of its most wanted fugitives about the unsolved disappearance of a jar of honey from Ranger Rick's cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. An FBI spokesman, however, was careful not to declare Smokey Bear, 44, or his wife, Sarah Bear, 36, suspects in the case. The two fugitive bears were apprehended during a raid at a cave party late Friday night."

Granted this is a humorous example of the use of an "Inverted Pyramid" news story, but it does give the reader all the pertinent details. The WWWWWH (Who, What, When, Where, Why and How) of the story. It also gives us an example of a "Summary lead" sentence.

The "lede" or lead sentence states the most interesting or important elements of a story. In this case, a jar of honey has disappeared from Ranger Rick's cabin and the FBI is questioning two fugitive bears.

In the following chapters, I will go over into further detail these basic storytelling tools that have been used by modern journalist over the last 100 years. You will learn how to further apply the tools in this book to discover your current life story and rewrite it so you can manifest the life of your dreams.

The storytelling tools we will cover in this book include:

  • Using the Five Ws (and one H) aka WWWWWH (Who, What, When, Where, Why and How) to gather facts and information.
  • News style (or journalistic style) of writing
  • Creating a Headline (or title) for your life story
  • How to write a lead sentence
  • Finding your "Nut Graph," and "Billboard"
  • Using the Inverted Pyramid
  • Feature style (or magazine style) of writing
  • Placing a "Kicker" at the end of your story
  • Rewriting your story to attract your dream life

Bottom line: Knowing the basic storytelling tools will help you to better understand your own life story.


WWWWWH (WHO? WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? WHY? HOW?)


"Just one more thing...." ~ Peter Falk as Columbo


In journalism, the Five Ws (and one H) are regarded as basics in information-gathering. It is a simple formula for getting the "full" story on something.
The purpose of the Five Ws (and one H) is to gather essential information needed to write a story by answering six questions: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How?

Let's apply this technique to the following: "The FBI has begun questioning two of its most wanted fugitives about the unsolved disappearance of a jar of honey from Ranger Rick's cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. An FBI spokesman, however, was careful not to declare Smokey Bear, 44, or his wife, Sarah Bear, 36, suspects in the case. The two fugitive bears were apprehended during a raid at a cave party late Friday night."

In this summary lead example, we have the who? FBI, Ranger Rick, Smokey Bear and Sarah Bear. We get the what? The two fugitive bears were apprehended and questioned. We find the when? Last Friday night. We get the where? Smokey Mountains National Park. We learn the why? There's a missing jar of honey. And we know how? During a raid at a cave party.

It is that simple.

Heck, you can make a game out of it. Kinda like playing reporter or detective.

So have fun with the Five Ws (and one H) as you discover the WWWWWH of your own life story. And as that famous TV show detective Joe Friday would say: "Just the facts."


Bottom line: Know your WWWWWH or Five Ws (and one H) so you can identify the "full" story that you've been telling yourself and make changes in your life to attract your dream life.

KISS principle


"Kisses are a better fate than wisdom." ~ E.E. Cummings



In my journalism classes I used to hear this one all the time. KISS ("Keep it Simple, Stupid"), which was a humorous way of reminding us to keep the story simple.

Also known as the golden rule for writing succinct story leads, KISS ("Keep It Short and Simple") is another variation on the acronym.

Some other common variants of the acronym include:
Keep it Simple, Stupid.
Keep it Simple & Stupid
Keep it Small & Simple
Keep it Sweet & Simple
Keep it Simple & Straightforward
Keep it Short & Simple
Keep it Simple & Smart
Keep it Strictly Simple
Keep it Speckless & Sane
Keep It Super-Simple
Keep it Sober & Significant

Bottom line: Keep your story simple so you can make major changes in your life in the shortest amount of time.


NEWS STYLE (AKA JOURNALISTIC STYLE or NEWS WRITING)


"I would not know how I am supposed to feel about many stories if not for the fact that the TV news personalities make sad faces for sad stories and happy faces for happy stories." ~ Dave Barry


If you read newspapers or magazines, listen to the radio or watch television, you've been exposed to what is known as news style, which refers to a prose style used for by journalists writing news reports (i.e. in newspapers) as well as reading news items that air on radio and television.

News style covers not only vocabulary and sentence structure, but also the way in which stories present the information in terms of relative importance, tone, and intended audience.
The goal of news writing is to answer all the basic questions about any particular event in the first two or three paragraphs, the Five Ws (and H).
Stories are usually structured into what is called the "Inverted Pyramid," refering to decreased importance of information as it progresses. We will go over the "Inverted Pyramid" in greater detail in another chapter.
News stories also contain at least one of the following important characteristics: proximity, prominence, timeliness, human interest, oddity, or consequence.
For the purposes of writing your life story, we will only use news style for the first draft. Our goal is simply to gather the "news" about your current life story, we will begin to write a story about your life.
However, unlike the usual "bad news" you see in the daily newspapers, hopefully, we will then find all the "good news" in your life so that we can focus more attention on what is positive and "feels good" in your life right now.
Once you have that first draft complete, we will start to rewrite your life story so that you begin to attract your dream life to you.
The key is to get started by answering your Five Ws (and one H).
Bottom line: Using news style or journalistic style writing allows you to see your story from the standpoint of a detached observer.



HEADLINE

"Only a fool permits the letter of the law to override the spirit in the heart. Do not let a piece of paper stand in the way of true love and headlines." ~ Rod Stewart

I'm certain you've all seen the headlines in newspapers, magazines, online websites and other media sources.

In journalist jargon, the headline is defined as the head of a story.

A typical news headline can be as short as three to four words, such as "Unions Set to Strike," or for news feature, it could read something like this: "Cabbage, an inexpensive nutritional powerhouse."
The headline, or title, that you choose for your life story sets the tone for everything that follows. Your choice of a headline, or title, gives you and your readers a clear sense of the story.
Understanding this, you will want to take your time to carefully choose your headline, or title so that it resonates with what "feels good" for you.

Bottom line: Choose a headline or title for your story that highlights your goals and dreams.


LEDE OR LEAD

"Many roads lead to the Path, but basically there are only two: reason and practice." ~ Bodhidharma

The most important structural element of a story is the lede or lead—the story's first, or leading, sentence. Simply put, its a brief statement of the most important facts in your story.
The lede/lead is usually the first sentence, or in some cases the first two sentences, and ideally is no more than 20-25 words in length.
As a rule of thumb, most news editors say the lede should answer most or all of the Five Ws (and one H).
Additionally, article ledes are typically categorized into hard ledes and soft ledes. A hard lede aims to provide a comprehensive thesis which tells the reader what the article will cover. A soft lede introduces the topic in a more creative, attention-seeking fashion, and is usually followed by a Nut Graph (a brief summary of facts).
Example Lede-and-Summary Design
Chimpanzees will be going to the moon. The NASA announcement came as the agency announced ten billion dollars of appropriations for the project. ...
Example Soft-Lede Design
NASA is proposing a new space project. The agency's budget request, announced today, included plans to send Chimpanzees to the moon. An Agency spokesperson said the plan is to establish a long-term facility as a jumping-off point for other space adventures. The budget requests approximately ten billion dollars for the project. ...
In applying this to your life story, you will want to distill all the information and quotes you've gathered from asking the Five Ws (and one H) into a succinct lede that captures the essence of your story.
Again, keep in mind the KISS principle. Less is more when it comes to a lead, whether its for a news story, feature story or your own life story.

Bottom line: Creating a well designed lede sentence sets the tone for your story.


NUT GRAPH

"It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble there lies your treasure." ~ Joseph Campbell


In journalistic writing style, a nut graph is a paragraph, especially in a feature story that explain the news value of the story. The term is also spelled as nut graf, nut 'graph, nutgraph, nutgraf. It is a contration of the expression nutshell paragraph, i.e., "in a nutshell paragraph, dated at least to the 19th century. Sometimes the expression nut paragraph is also used.
In most news stories, the news style of writing is used, and the essential facts of a story are included in the lede (or lead), the first sentence or two of the story.
For example, a story about crime statistics written in news style might start out with a lede like: "Violent crime is down in Anytown but shoplifting is soaring, according to statistics released by the Anytown Police Department Tuesday." Good ledes try to answer the who, what, when, where, why and how as quickly as possible.
However, in feature stories, or in news written in a feature style, the story will often begin in a more narrative manner.
For instance, if a story on crime statistics were written in feature style rather than news style, the first few paragraphs might start by introducing a local business owner who was affected by the boom in shoplifting. The nut graf, which often will start in the third or fourth paragraph, will explain what the story is about, including much but rarely all of the information that would have been contained in a lede, so as to keep the reader interested.
Bottom line: Knowing what to put in your Nut Graph helps to focus your story.


INVERTED PYRAMID

"Some dog I got, too. We call him Egypt. Because in every room he leaves a pyramid." ~ Rodney Dangerfield

When I started my career as a journalist, my high school and college journalism instructors always talked about organizing or structuring a news story using an ancient formula known as the "Inverted Pyramid."

Simply defined, when using the "Inverted Pyramid" structure, the journalist places the most essential and intriguing elements of the story at the very beginning, with supporting information following in order of diminishing importance.
This allows readers to quit reading at any point and still come away with the essence of any story. It also allows people to enter a topic to the depth that their curiosity takes them, and without the imposition of details or nuances that they would consider irrelevant.
Historically, newsroom practicalities resulted in the development of the "Inverted Pyramid" structure because it enabled sub-editors and other news staff to quickly create space for ads and late-breaking news simply by cutting items ("throw-aways") from the bottom ("cutting", literally, when papers still used traditional paste up techniques). The structure freed sub-editors to truncate stories at almost any length that suits their needs for space.
But with the advent of computer technology most of the editing is now done using specialized software programs.
As for applying this old school technique to your life story, probably the most important aspect that you can still utilize is that of organizing and structuring your story is to start with the most imporant facts first.

Bottom line: Place the most important aspect of your life story at the very beginning.


FEATURE STYLE

"Well, in features, and in writing especially, it's often the style of the writer comes in." ~ Kurt Loder

Everybody loves features. I know I do. Most celebrity profiles in magazines are feature stories.
Feature stories are also what you might read in the Sunday newspaper special inserts like Parade or USA Weekend.
Magazines tend to run lots of feature stories, but the articles that lead the inside sections of a newspaper, are often called features.
Feature stories differ from straight news in several ways. First off, you won't see a straight-news lead, most of the time. Instead of offering the essence of a story up front, feature writers will attempt to lure readers in.
While straight news stories always stay in third person point of view, often a feature magazine article will be written in the first person. The journalist will often detail his or her interactions with interview subjects, making the piece more personal
A feature's first paragraphs often relate an intriguing moment or event, as in an "anecdotal lede". From the particulars of a person or episode, its view quickly broadens to generalities about the story's subject.
The section that identifies what a feature is about is called the nut graf or billboard.
Billboards are usually the third or fourth paragraph from the top, and are up to two paragraphs long. Unlike a lede, a billboard rarely gives everything away. This reflects the fact that feature writers goal is to hold the readers' attention all the way to the end, which requires maintaining reader curiosity and offering a "payoff" at the end.
Feature paragraphs tend to be much longer than news stories, with smoother transitions between paragraphs. Feature writers also use active-verb construction and concrete explanations of straight news, but put more personality in their prose.
Finally, feature stories usually close with a "kicker" ending, which we will go over in the next chapter.

Bottom line: Writing in feature style makes your life story more personal.


KICKER

"I hate to be a kicker, I always long for peace, but the wheel that does the squeaking is the one that gets the grease." ~ Josh Billings



In journalistic lingo, a kicker is an ending that finishes a story with a climax, surprise, or punch line. It can be in the form of a snappy quote or anecdote.

In fact, if you want the kicker ending to your life story to be more powerful, I suggest making it an affirmation statement about what you "feel good" about in your life and resonate most with right now.

Your kicker ending can be as simple as placing a quote about living your dream life: "Now that I've rewritten the story of my life, I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and live happily ever after."


Bottom line: Find a strong kicker to your life story that is both satisfying and feels good to you.

REWRITING


"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls." ~ Joseph Campbell


I'm sure you've heard this before, too. But the fact is that all good writing is rewriting.

This is where you get to change your life by changing your story. You get to play story editor.

The first thing you'll need to do as editor of your life story is to get yourself a big red marker.

After getting yourself that big red marker, I want you to sit down with a printed copy of your life story.

Once you've got that printed copy, your first step is to "detach" from it so that you can view it from the standpoint of an observer. This will allow you to see the stories that aren't in harmony with you living the life of your dreams.

The next step in our rewrite process is to quiet your mind and come into the present moment.

This will be easy for those of you that have practiced any of the various forms of meditation, but for those who are not familiar with meditation, I want you to just sit quietly and take a few deep breaths.

After a few minutes, pick up the printed copy of your life story and begin reading through your entire story for content. You can do this silently or out loud.

(Note: For the purposes of this book, our rewriting process will focus strictly on changing the elements that make up your life story rather than correcting technical details like grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. But if you feel compelled to have every little thing perfect, there are numerous books on those subjects available. You might also choose to consult a good literary editor.)

When reading through your life story for content, you will start to find that there are parts of your story that make you "feel good" or "feel bad."

If any part of your story starts to "feel bad" or is no longer something you want to have in your life anymore, I want you to cross it out with a red marker. We will be removing these crossed out sections from your life story so that you can manifest what you do want into your life.

At this point, some of you might be thinking, "But that's my story and I'm sticking to it."

For those that aren't ready to let go of their old "story," I want you to ask yourself this question: "What do you get when you argue for limitations?" Limitations.

So anytime you find yourself holding on to an old "story" that doesn't make you "feel good," I want you to immediately focus all your thoughts, emotions, and actions on what "feels good" to you.

And just how will you know if it "feels good?"

Simply ask yourself if you're feeling any kind of stress, worry, doubt, fear, anger, jealousy, or any emotion that is not joyful for you. If you are feeling any of those emotions while reading a section from your life story, then cross out that section with your red marker and move on.

Honestly, a good editor has to be ruthless about cutting out the excess elements in a story.

In my college years, I often found that my first, second and third drafts of stories came back marked up in red ink by my instructor and copy editors. Mostly it was for grammar or structure but sometimes it was for story content.

Since I was working on deadlines, I didn't have the luxury of dwelling on all the emotional attachments to story content so I immediately purged the extraneous information and moved on.

That is what you as the editor of your own life story are going to have to learn to do for yourself. If you find it too difficult to purge parts of your story, you can have a trusted family member, friend or a good story editor do it for you.

But the key is to purge any unnecessary parts of your story that are holding you back from living your dreams. This can only take place when you "edit" it out of your life story mentally, emotionally and physically and start empowering yourself to rewrite your life.


Bottom line: Writing is rewriting.


WORD POWER


"Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world." ~ Buddha


Keep that statement in mind with every word you choose to use in writing life story. It will make a huge difference between success and failure when it comes to manifesting your dreams using this book.
If you learn but one thing from reading this book, I hope that it's a better understanding of the power that words have in your life.

Your choice of words will affect the outcome of your life story. If you truly wish to change your life through rewriting your life story, you must change the words you use to tell your story.

As simple as it sounds, you probably have noticed that the majority of people out there tend to use the same words over and over again. Now there's nothing wrong with that if the majority was using positive language that raises their vibration and "feels good" to them.

But, the fact is, when you read books and magazines or watch television and movies, you can usually tell which stories will be "positive" and which will be "negative" by the words they use in their stories. The same holds true for your family, friends, neighbors and people in your community. If you listen with "conscious awareness" when your around people talking about themselves or others, you will start to notice who the people are that are "positive" and "negative."

Again, their choice of words is affecting their outlook on life and what they are attracting into their life.

This is the most important thing to understand about the use of words.

So with this knowledge, I want you to rewrite your life story using "positive" language that makes you "feel good" about your story. If any of the words you choose to use start to make you feel upset, sad, angry, or any emotion other than "feeling good," I suggest you start to re-frame that part of your story until it makes you "feel good."

Again, remember that what you focus your attention on is what you will be attracting more of into your life. So in order to manifest your dream life by using the techniques in this book to rewrite your life story, you must be very mindful of the words you are choosing to use -- and the outcome that you desire.

Bottom line: The power to change your life can be found in the words you choose to think, speak and write on a daily basis.


DIY

"To find your own way is to follow your bliss." ~ Joseph Campbell


This is one of my favorite acronyms. I've seen it used by everyone from home improvement enthusiasts to alternative and hardcore bands releasing their own album.
"Do it yourself," is often referred to by the acronym DIY, a term that was coined to describe the various communities of people called do-it-yourselfers or DIYers creating or repairing things for themselves without the help of paid professionals.
The philosophy behind DIY is related to the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many modern DIY subcultures take the traditional Arts and Crafts movement rebellion against the perceived lack of soul of industrial aesthetics a step further.
The DIY subculture often critiqued modern consumer culture, which emphasized that the solution to our needs is to purchase things, and instead encouraged people to take technologies into their own hands to solve needs.
The phrase "do it yourself" came into common usage in the 1950s in reference to various jobs that people could do in and around their houses without the help of professionals. A very active community of people continues to use the term DIY to refer to creating and repairing things for home needs, on one's own rather than purchasing them or paying for professional repair. In other words, home improvement done by the householder without the aid of paid professionals.
In recent years, the term DIY has taken on a broader meaning that covers a wide range of skill sets.
Today, for example, DIY is associated with the international alternative and hardcore music scenes. Members of these subcultures strive to blur the lines between creator and consumer by constructing a social network that ties users and makers close together. There are various communities of media-makers that consider themselves DIY, for example Indie filmmakers, pirate radio stations, bloggers, podcasters, and the zine community.
The fact is that nobody else can live your life for you. If you want to change your life story and live your dreams, then it is your responsibility to take charge and DIY.

Bottom line: When push comes to shove, the best way to get something done is to "do it yourself" or DIY.


YAGNI


"I never want to get to the point where it's all about my needs, and the hell with anybody else." ~ Drew Barrymore


If you've worked around computers and software, you've probably seen the combination of letters forming YAGNI before.
But what in the heck does YAGNI mean?
Well, it turns out that in software engineering speak, YAGNI is short for "You Ain't Gonna Need It." It's a not so subtle suggestion to programmers that they avoid writing any unnecessary code that "might be" needed in the "future."
So what does this have to do with writing your story or manifesting your dream life? Nothing and everything.
You see, this falls into the same category as the KISS principle. Keeping thing's simple and not adding unnecessary elements to your story will allow you to start realizing and manifesting your dream life faster.
Now I'm not saying to leave out important details. I'm merely suggesting weeding out all the unnecessary parts that clutter your life story.
It's a fact that clutter bogs down a person's life physically, emotionally and spiritually.
In author Karen Kingston's book Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui, she informs readers that "clutter is actually stuck energy" that keeps you stuck in undesirable life patterns. Therefore, you can "sort out your life by sorting out your junk."
Kingston covers the reasons people keep things as well as the amazing stories of people who have cleared their clutter away. More than just junk, clutter is all those things that have negative symbolics and that collect stagnant energy. This includes your bodily, emotional, and spiritual clutter.

Applying clutter clearing to your life story makes common sense. By removing all the junk from your story, you will free up immense amounts of energy that can be used to attract more of what you do want in your life.

Bottom line: Less is more. Sort out the junk from your life story so you can create your dream life.


AFTERWORDS

"We must let go of the life we have planned so as to accept the one that is waiting for us." ~ Joseph Campbell


Congratulations!

If you've made it this far, I know you've succeed in discovering your current life story and gone through the process of rewriting it to focus more on what you want to manifest into your life.

Now give yourself a big hug - and while you're at it, you might as well go hug your wife, husband, children, parents, neighbors or your dog.

Totally embrace that sense of completion that you're feeling.

And it does feel good, right?!

Wonderful! Now keep feeling good!

Allow yourself to feel proud of yourself because you've just completed a major step towards creating the life of your dreams!

When you're ready, go back and read that new life story out loud.

How does it feel?

Are your current thoughts, feelings and actions in alignment with your new life story?

If they are not in alignment, start asking yourself what can I change to get them into alignment right now?

Does your story need to be revised or do you need to change something in your thoughts and actions?

Keep asking yourself these questions until you feel a sense of peace. When you have that feeling of peace, you will know you are on the right path because you will "feel good" about your life story and the direction that your life is now moving.

In closing, I want to express my gratitude to you for sharing in my vision of creating a book that reaches millions of readers around the world and gives them each the basic tools to joyfully discover and transform their life story for the good of all concerned.


Bottom line: Feeling good about the life story you're telling yourself and others is the most important factor in manifesting your dreams into reality.



SUGGESTED READING


Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires by Esther Hicks

The Law of Attraction: The Basics of The Teachings of Abraham by Esther Hicks

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don't by Micheal J. Losier

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston

You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Romantic Comedies Ruin Relationships?


According to relationship experts at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, romantic comedies give people unrealistic ideas about love and sex, and cause them to "fail to communicate with their partner." Here's more:

Psychologists at the family and personal relationships laboratory at the university studied 40 top box office hits between 1995 and 2005, and identified common themes which they believed were unrealistic.

The university's Dr Bjarne Holmes said: "Marriage counselors often see couples who believe that sex should always be perfect, and if someone is meant to be with you then they will know what you want without you needing to communicate it. We now have some emerging evidence that suggests popular media play a role in perpetuating these ideas in people's minds. The problem is that while most of us know that the idea of a perfect relationship is unrealistic, some of us are still more influenced by media portrayals than we realize."

Do you think this is true? Is real-life romance a big ol' letdown? Sure, lots of people like the idea of a perfect man or "happily ever after," but does that mean we're all unable to separate fantasy from reality?

Also, have you ever had an experience that could have been right out of a romantic movie (think John Cusack holding up a boom box)?

Friday, November 28, 2008

Life's a story


Life Stories
By Ed Moy

The more I think about it, the more I have come to realize life is just one big story we tell ourselves and each other.

That's why people around the world love books, movies and television.

We all want to see, hear and read stories.

Stories give our life meaning. Stories help to shape our reality. Stories define who we are as human beings in this physical reality that we all share.

Without a story, we'd be nothing. We'd be a blank canvas. We'd be forever living in the "void," which in and of itself is neither good nor bad. The "void" is simply that "emptiness" from which we can create our stories -- and the lives that we experience.

This rationalization dawned upon me on Thanksgiving Day when I visited a dear friend, who practices various forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and meditation.

I'd just encountered several "upsets" over mixed perceptions and projections with a friend.

As I climbed a ladder onto the roof of my TCM practicing friend's home, I found him patching leaks on the rooftop.

I had come to share my "story" that had happened to me involving our mutual friend, who insisted that I "tell the truth," which is also subjective because we each live our own "truths" and "realities" based on those perceived truths.

Anyway, I began telling my "story" of becoming angry or upset because of an emotional attachment that was not reciprocated and led to a "neediness" for having someone in my life that was not expressing the same kind of interest in being involved in an intimate or loving way.

But in my TCM Practitioner friend's presence, I found myself entering the "void" or "emptiness." I was at peace and serene in that moment.

In that moment, I found that the "story" I was telling had no meaning in the space and time my friend was occupying -- and that my "story" was only useful in that it created something into my life in order to learn and grow in relating as a human being in relationship with other human beings.

Was this an enlightened moment? Was it my TCM Practitioner friend's energetic presence? Had he helped me to suddenly become conscious and present?

As a journalist, freelance writer and screenwriter, I've been helping others tell their stories for nearly 10 years.

You could say my whole life has been about telling stories.

In fact, my own life is just a story.

As a journalist, I was recipient of the 2000 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's National Print Media Award for Excellence in Journalism.

I earned that honor by writing a series articles about their Team in Training fund-raising programs. It was an enlightening experience for me to meet all the wonderful people involved in the programs working towards a unified cause.

The stories were always filled with drama, turmoil, redemption, hope and the love of family and friends coming together to support each other.

But with my TCM practitioner friend, all of that goes away. We sit and drink tea. Hours pass. Life goes on. In his presence, friends, colleagues, clients and family are "healed."

This "healing" is really just a sense of being present in the moment. A conscious awareness of the "void" or "emptiness" from which we came.

Some call it that "Space Between."

Whatever you may label it. (My friend always prefaces his remarks by saying that being anything is just a label, i.e. Vegan, Vegetarian, Raw Foodist, Guru, Healer, etc.)

In any case, it's words that allow us to define something or somebody in tangible physical world terms.

But in that "Void" we are all "Oneness." There is only "Peace."

To me all stories are justified because the individual telling the story is valid in their beliefs. That is their experience. So in that sense, it is "real" to the one telling the story.

I do not choose to judge or take sides. My whole life has been about being as neutral, unbiased, and impartial as possible so that I can see both sides of the story.

Of course, often times I have to take sides in order to tell the most compelling story. And that leads to creating a polarity and conflict.

At that point, there are no easy answers or choices. You simply make the best choices you can based on what "feels good" or "feels right." Hopefully both are the same choice.

But I preface that by adding that doing what "feels right" doesn't always result in "feeling good" for everybody involved, including the person making the choice.

So as an old saying goes: "Choose wisely."

What is your story? What are you choosing to create?

I'd love to hear from you. Please share your story.

May you all receive peace, love, light and blessings.

You are all beloved friends in my life.
Ed Moy

Monday, October 13, 2008

Toi Maori: Small Treasures

Small Treasures arrive at de Young Museum
By Ed Moy

The Toi Maori "Small Treasures" exhibition opened following a sacred exchange of indigenous peoples from the Native American Ohlone tribe and the Maori from New Zealand in front of the de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park last month.

Local Ohlone tribe member Chuck Striplen met with Toi Maori representative Derek Lardelli in a traditional ceremonial greeting to "connect with the spirit" of each peoples.

The Maori are native to New Zealand, which is also known as Aotearoa, "the land of the great white cloud".

Stripen called it the ceremony a way for local "indigenous people to recognize other indigenous people arriving here in the Bay Area."

During the opening ceremony, Lardelli chanted several Maori invocations asking his ancestors to bless and look after the gifts and treasures brought to the museum for the exhibit.

"It's a beginning point for creating a sacred thread," Lardelli said of the meeting, which connected the Maori and Ohlone people together.

The exhibition of contemporary Maori art, which included works for sale from some of Aotearoa's top Maori artists, is a collaboration between Toi Maori Aotearoa, Pataka Museum and the de Young Museum. The three-day exhibition (Oct. 10-12) included taa moko (native tattoo art), gallery talks, a presentation of Maori garments and weaving demonstrations.

Toi Maori Aotearoa first established relations here in 2005 when a Maori waka canoe sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge as part of the Maori Art Meets America exhibition. The goal for Toi Maori Aotearoa is to create new markets for Maori artists in America.

Lardelli added: "When you enshroud things in mystery, you no longer survive, but if you demystify them there is understanding."

Friday, October 3, 2008

Scoring in Hollywood

Scoring in Hollywood
By Ed Moy

Since performing at Carnegie Hall with the Houston Youth Symphony as a high school student,
Asian-American film composer George Shaw's love for music has led him to pursue his dream of scoring music for Hollywood movies.

In recent years, Shaw has orchestrated on a number of films, including Ghost Rider (2007) (starring Nicolas Cage), The Darwin Awards (2006) (starring Winona Ryder, Joseph Fiennes), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) (starring Val Kilmer, Robert Downey Jr.), Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles (2007), and Chasing Ghosts (2005) (starring Michael Madsen).

Recently, Shaw
released his own CD album, 'Legendary Warriors,' which is filled with epic themes,meditative music, and pounding drums. The music blends cinematic orchestra with traditional instruments from China and Japan, including erhu(Chinese fiddle), bamboo flute, guzheng (Chinese string zither), taiko drums, and many more.

Inspired by his love of martial arts films from Asia, Shaw states that with this album, he wanted to 'compose music that would evoke images of warriors from the past.'
To see Shaw's 'Legendary Warriors' behind-the-scenes interview on youtube, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L99qrn_tWl8

After studying composition and film scoring at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and taking part in its world-class Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program, Shaw also participated in the 2004 ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop and the 9th AnnualBMI Conducting Workshop. He was a 2007 fellow in Film Independent's Project: Involve, a filmmaker mentor ship program that paired him with Emmy-nominated composer Christopher Lennertz.


At the 2001 Emmy Awards, Shaw had the opportunity to sing on stage with the USC choir accompanying Barbara Streisand.

'I'd never sung in a choir before,' Shaw recalls. 'I had absolutely no vocal training whatsoever. I was taking my first semester of choir because it was required for my degree, and suddenly the USC Choir gets invited to sing in the opening and closing of the Emmys.
'

Shaw also plays clarinet for the Golden State Pops Orchestra, which is probably the only orchestra that primarily plays music from films and videogames.

'We have even had a lot of big time Hollywood composers come and speak/conduct at our concerts,' Shaw points out. 'What I'm especially excited about, is conducting the world premiere of my own piece, J-OK'EL: LEGEND OF LALLORONA, at our next Halloween concert. It's a suite based on themes from my score to J-OK'EL. It'll be my LA conducting debut. I'm also excited about performing a bunch of other cool pieces from King Kong,Nightmare Before Christmas, Twilight Zone, and more.'

Shaw recently spoke about his Asian American heritage and current projects:


Q: What ethnic heritage are you?

A: I thought I was Chinese...but a few Thanksgivings ago my cousin mentioned our Grandma is Japanese. I was like, 'no way, how come no one told me?' So it turns out I'm also a quarter Japanese.

Q: How many films have you composed music for?

A: I've scored 10 feature films so far. The most recent being ASIAN STORIES, which stars James Kyson Lee, who is known as the character Ando on HEROES. It is the funniest film I've ever worked on, though one of the toughest to do schedule-wise. I think I had about 2 1/2 weeks to write almost half an hour of music. I was also writing in a lot of different styles (rock, latin jazz, ambient, suspense, cheesy tunes,ethnic drum beats), some I had never written in before. I'm reallyproud of the film though, it had a one week theatrical run in LosAngeles and Hawaii, and is out on DVD now.
I've lost track of how many short films I've done. I do about half adozen or so each year, and they are always fun. Short films are a greatway to try out different genres, and experiment with new things Ihaven't done before.

Q: You're currently working on Treasure of the Templars, an IndianaJones Fan Film. Tell us how you got involved with the project and yourinterest in it.

A: Kenneth Gawne, who is producing and starring in a new feature-lengthIndiana Jones fan film called TREASURE OF THE TEMPLARS, emailed meseveral years ago about the project. He liked the music on my website,and noticed I had a real affinity for writing in the style of JohnWilliams, the original Indiana Jones composer. Anyways, a couple yearspassed before I heard from him again, and I was really excited aboutwhere they had taken the film. I met with the director, Jonathan Lawrence, and talked to him about howexcited I was about doing the project, and how to produce the musicwithout much money. Fortunately by now I've had some experiencecreating great sounding orchestral scores with little money from allthe low budget films I've worked on. I've been raising money from fans (see my website for more info ifyou're interested in donating), and I've secured a soundtrack deal withMoviescore Media to release the score as well as partially fund therecording sessions. But most of all, I'm having a lot of fun working onthe film. The film was started out of frustration that there wasn't an upcomingIndiana Jones 4. That was years before Kingdom of the Crystal Skullcame out. Fans have been calling Treasure of the Templars the 'RealIndy 4'. It's an exciting prequel to the original trilogy, featuring ayounger Indiana Jones, and an interesting take on the background of alot of characters from the trilogy.

Q: What kind of musical score are you using for Treasure of the Templars?

A: Obviously you can't have an Indiana Jones movie without the iconicheroic theme. That will be in the movie, but on the CD release, I'vewritten a clever parody of the theme. Everything else will be alloriginal themes that I've composed and inspired by the orchestral styleof John Williams' original scores.

Q: What are some potential Hollywood films you maybe working on in the future?

A: I haven't been offered a Hollywood studio film yet, but I'm workingpersistently to get to that level. I'm certain many of the talented upand coming filmmakers that I work with will succeed in making studiofilms and bring me along. As with many other successful composers, allit takes is one big hit film to catapult someone's career into bigmainstream film work. For now, I'm just grateful to be working with thetalented people that I am working with.

Q: Tell me about your involvement in Marcus

A: I composed the music for this small award-winning psychologicalthriller/horror film. My job was relatively easy, I only had to writeabout 20 minutes of music, which is unusual, since most horror filmsscored with wall-to-wall creepy, moody, dissonant music. MARCUS is acharacter driven piece, and the acting was terrific. I mostly stayedout of the way and let the actors' performances carry the tension inthe movie. The DVD was just released on DVD by Warner Home Video, andincludes an interview that I did for the behind the scenes features.The soundtrack album was also just released by Moviescore Media, andcan be downloaded from moviescoremedia.com or iTunes. My favorite trackis from the climactic ending of the film, where I did a dark andviolent arrangement of the Christmas tune, Carol of the Bells with myown theme superimposed over it. The soundtrack also features selectionsfrom other films I've done to fill out the album, and showcases avariety of different genres that I've worked in.

Q: You scored the Korean American romantic drama Purity. Tell me about that.

A: I had a lot of fun working with NaRhee Ahn on her first feature,Purity. It was refreshing to write lush romantic melodies and even alove song (which can be heard on my myspace page,myspace.com/maestrosc), after having worked on several very dark,moody, and violent films. The music won an award at the Park City FilmMusic Festival for best impact of music. I was very happy with how itturned out, and self released the score through cdbaby.com. The film is about the 19-year-old daughter of a Korean Americanminister who falls in love with a bad boy. It has had good audiencereaction from Asian American audiences as well as non-Asian audiences,with people laughing in the right places. But the film has haddifficulty finding distribution. It doesn’t have enoughsex/drugs/violence for mainstream audiences, and too much for Christianaudiences. The film’s official myspace page is myspace.com/puritymovie.

The Golden State PopsOrchestra Halloween Concert will be held Oct. 25, 2008 at 8 p.m. at the Warner Grand Theater in Los Angeles.


For more information about the concert or to learn more about Composer George Shaw's music, please visit: http://georgeshawmusic.com

Friday, August 22, 2008

Food prices rising

I read this online today. Are we headed towards a breaking point? Gas prices, food prices, global warming...

Food prices to post biggest rise since 1990: USDA

By Christopher DoeringWed Aug 20, 5:43 PM ET

U.S. consumers should brace for the biggest increase in food prices in nearly 20 years in 2008 and even more pain next year due to surging meat and produce prices, the Agriculture Department said on Wednesday.

Food prices are forecast to rise by 5 percent to 6 percent this year, making it the largest annual increase since 1990. Just last month, USDA forecast food prices would climb between 4.5 and 5.5 percent in 2008.

"It's a little bit of a surprise how strong some of the numbers were in July," USDA economist Ephraim Leibtag, who prepared the forecast, said in an interview.

"We've been waiting for some moderation, but especially with some of the meat prices and how much has come through relatively recently (at the retail level) leads me to believe the overall number may be a little bit higher for the year," he added.

Leibtag said he expected food prices to moderate, but the timing depends on what happens to volatile energy and food ingredient costs.

Prices are expected to rise by 4 percent to 5 percent in 2009, lead by red meat and poultry. The forecast, if correct, would be the third straight year where food prices have surged at least 4 percent.

In its latest food prices report, USDA said the increase for 2008 was due partly to higher costs for meat, poultry and fish, which make up about 12 percent of total food spending. Overall, costs for these items are forecast to rise 3 percent compared to 2.5 percent estimated last month.

Prices for fruits and vegetables, which account for more than 8 percent of food spending, will also rise 5.5 percent versus 5 percent predicted in July.

USDA also forecast increases this year of 9.5 percent for cereals and bakery products, a 14 percent surge for eggs and a 13.5 percent hike for fats and oils.

A broad range of commodities posted record highs this year, including corn and soybeans. Prices have since backed off as concerns over smaller crops due to a wet spring in the U.S. Midwest have largely dissipated.

In its first estimate of the fall harvest, USDA last week forecast a corn crop of 12.29 billion bushels, the second largest on record.

Despite the near-record crops, farm-gate prices for this year's corn, wheat and soybean crops, while lower than earlier forecasts, will still set records.

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said last week he did not see any relief for food prices during the remainder of the year.

The cost of energy -- used to transport, package and process foods -- is still boosting food prices, even though energy prices have dropped. Oil has slumped from a record high above $147 a barrel on July 11 to $115.

"We haven't seen those prices reflected in the finished products yet," Schafer said.

Americans spend more than $1 trillion a year on groceries, snacks, carry-out food and meals in restaurants. Farmers get 20 cents of the food dollar and the rest goes to processing, labor, transportation and distribution.

(Editing by Christian Wiessner)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Who Killed the Electric Car?


I finally watched this film. Wow... what was with GM? They recalled all the EV1, dismantle and crushed them! Weird! And there was actually electric cars nearly 100 years ago?! Huh?!

Government supporting hydrogen cars instead of electric cars?

Conspiracy?

Check out the website: http://www.whokilledtheelectriccar.com


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Is TV dead?

I read this online today:

Is the Internet finally killing TV?

More than 80 million Americans have watched a TV show online. By 2013, a research group says, scheduled programs will account for less than half of all video viewed.

By Christian Science Monitor

Is this the summer that the Internet finally kills television as we once knew it?

Most industry observers are stopping short of that prediction, citing some significant hurdles still in the way.

But the growing number of new deals and new devices being announced suggests that a profound change in the way people watch video -- and what video they watch -- is under way.

The line between "television" and video via the Internet already has blurred and may disappear in coming years.

At least one industry analyst has declared "TV is dead" and welcomes Americans to a new age of video everywhere.

Increasingly, Americans are watching video when they want to, and on the screen that suits them at the time. And more programming is from new sources that threaten to unlock Hollywood's domination of content.

Video is now delivered on displays and devices of every shape and size, from gigantic theater screens and ever-larger home projector screens to flat-screen HDTVs and from desktop and laptop computer monitors to tiny personal screens such as those found on iPods and mobile phones. Meanwhile, NBC Universal is touting its coverage of the Summer Olympics in Beijing as "the single most ambitious digital event coverage ever." Along with video coverage on several of its cable TV networks, NBC is streaming 2,200 hours of live competition in 25 sports on the NBCOlympics.com Web site.

"The Olympic viewer will be able to define his or her own Olympic experience like never before," said Gary Zenkel, the president of NBC Olympics, in announcing coverage plans last month. Media coverage has speculated that heavy viewing of Olympics on workplace computers would cause systems to bog down or crash.

"NBC is certainly taking the right approach by stepping back and trying to look at (the Olympics) as a holistic suite of (video) offerings and then trying to figure out what pieces best go where," says Kendall Whitehouse, senior director of information technology at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The big disconnect

How do you get all that interesting Internet video onto your nice big-screen TV? Walt Mossberg, personal technology columnist at The Wall Street Journal, has some ideas.

NBC concedes that this unprecedented blanket of coverage across TV, Internet and mobile devices amounts to a giant experiment. "I have no idea how people are going to use this stuff," Alan Wurtzel, the company's research chief, told The Associated Press.

This spring and summer, deals to make video more ubiquitous across screens have popped up with more and more frequency:

* Netflix (NFLX, news, msgs), the video rent-by-mail company, has struck several new agreements to deliver its content online. A new $100 box from Roku the size of a paperback book lets users stream any of about 10,000 movies from Netflix to their TVs (though the vast majority of Netflix's library will still be available only through DVDs by mail). South Korea's LG Electronics announced it will offer a high-definition (HD) disc player that also will be able to access HD-quality movies from Netflix via the Internet. And Microsoft (MSFT, news, msgs) will stream Netflix video to its Xbox 360 videogame consoles. (Microsoft owns and publishes MSN Money.)
* Sony (SNE, news, msgs) says it will offer a movie and TV show download option for its Playstation video-game console.
* Apple (AAPL, news, msgs), which sells millions of videos online through its iTunes store, relaunched its Apple TV player, which can send that content to a TV set.
* Amazon.com (AMZN, news, msgs), the online retailer, is offering Amazon Video on Demand, which will give users immediate streaming access to 40,000 movies and TV shows. This video is now available only on a computer.
* At least a half-dozen TV manufacturers, including Sony, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ, news, msgs) and Samsung, have said they will sell sets that are continuously connected to a broadband Internet network, allowing Web content, including video, to move easily to the biggest screen in the house.
* TiVo (TIVO, news, msgs), the digital video recorder, will supply video from YouTube, the online video site famous for short, often amateur videos.
* Hulu was launched in March as a Web site offering free, ad-supported streaming video of TV shows and movies from NBC, Fox and other networks.

While these new services get video moving to new screens, none is a complete solution on its own, says the Wharton School's Whitehouse. "There are a lot of different companies supporting different file formats," he says. What you don't have is the one device that can "get content from all the major services like Hulu and Netflix and iTunes."

There's a kind of convergence between TV and Internet that's happening, "but not really a friendly one (for consumers), I think," says Bobby Tulsiani, an analyst who tracks developments in internet video for JupiterResearch.

TV networks, he says, have a time-tested model for making money through advertising and the fees cable TV companies pay to carry their programming. Online distribution presents potential new revenue sources, but also the danger that viewers will slide online, where profits are less certain.

YouTube has popularized video viewing online. But the conventional wisdom has been that people won't watch anything longer than two or three minutes on a computer screen.

That assumption has been proved wrong with the huge popularity of TV series online.

"We've moved from TV on this biggest screen to TV on this middle screen," the computer, says Tulsiani. It's "a critical change," he says. "That's the fastest-growing segment of who's watching TV content."


Nearly 80 million Americans (43% of those who go online) have watched a TV show on the Internet, according to a February survey by Solutions Research Group in Toronto. Just a year ago, the figure was 25%.

Total video viewing will rise from about six hours a day today to a projected eight hours daily by 2013, Solutions forecasts, and fewer than four hours of that will be spent watching conventional TV.

The Internet is producing more and more polished original content. This summer Joss Whedon, creator of the critically acclaimed TV shows "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel" and "Firefly," produced "Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," an Internet-only "TV series" that's become an online viewing phenomenon.

It's also the kind of Internet video that viewers may wish they could easily shift to their TVs so they could watch from their sofas.But not everyone is convinced that Internet video and TV are about to converge. "It's the most overrated, over hyped story in the tech world today," says Phillip Swann, president and publisher of TVpredictions.com. "It's simply not convenient yet."

Swann also disputes the idea that network TV schedules are going out the window as people call up online video whenever they want it. "People like routine, they like to able to know what is going to be on at 8 o'clock," he says.

Also standing in the way is the need for true HD-quality video to be available over the Web. "They're a long ways from that," Swann says.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Lightning GT Electric Sports Car


I read this article about a new electric sports car. Will it happen? Is it real?
Does it work?

New Lightning GT electric sports car promises 700bhp

By Quentin Willson, sundaymirror.co.uk
27/07/2008

British International Motor Show

This week's London Motor Show was a muted affair. Both mood and visitor numbers seemed low to me.

One of the busiest stands was in the green eco area where enthusiasts, who would once have been drooling over the Ferrari 599 Fiorino, were swapping mpg figures for the Mini Cooper Diesel and new Lotus Evora.

Most supercars seemed impossibly irrelevant, but there was one that made the most incredible promises.

If its maker's claims are true, the British-built carbon-fibre bodied Lightning GT isn't just a hugely desirable and sexy performance coupe, it could also hold the technology that will change the way we drive forever. With an electric motor at each wheel, the battery-powered Lightning is said to push out a massive 700bhp and can run for 200 miles on a 10-minute charge.

These Holy Grail numbers, which have yet to be independently tested, are due to the Lightning's revolutionary nano-titinate batteries that have a 12-year life expectancy, retain 85 per cent of their charge after 15,000 cycles and, unlike conventional hybrid batteries, are free from heavy metals, toxins and graphite.

And the Lightning lives up to its name. Sixty comes up in an unfeasible four seconds, but top speed will be limited to 130. It looks infinitely prettier than Tesla's much-vaunted electric Roadster, and comes with ABS, traction control, regenerative brakes and electric doors. You can even programme it to make the exhaust note of a throaty V6 or V8.

To be honest, it all sounds too good to be true, while the rumoured £120,000 price tag means we won't be seeing them in supermarket car parks any time soon. If the Lightning's incredible battery technology actually works, and can be produced at a lower price, the future of fast cars (or indeed any cars) might not be as grim as we all thought.

Engine: Hi-Pa Drive electric
Power: 700bhp
0-60: 4.0 secs
Max: 130mph (limited)
Price: £120,000
In A Word: Will this dream come true?

Friday, August 1, 2008

Japanese Car Runs on Water?


I was researching Hybrid-Electric Cars today and found out about this Japanese Car that runs on water? Do believe it or not? Is it a scam?

June 14, 2008

Japanese company Genepax unviels car that runs on Water

I would not believe it, if news would not be carried by Reuters. And if I did not see their video coverage. Also in my experience Japanese companies usually do not lie, and would not go public, if this was a hoax or not a completely working unit. Company CEO Kiyoshi Hirasawa presented their eco-friendly car that runs on nothing but water in a test drive. genepax h20 water carWhile test car is one of smalles (like Smart), the company is in talks for mass production of engine unit (converter from water to hydrogen), production of which currently costs 15.000 USD, but as soon as next year with right quantities it could be lowered to below 5.000 USD…

Big advantage of this solution is that there is only water in car's tank, and hydrogen is produces on needed basis. So no difficult hydrogen storage questions, and safety concerns… Genepax is alread in talks about mass production with another Japanese manufacturer.

The car has an energy generator that extracts hydrogen from water that is poured into the car's tank. The generator then releases electrons that produce electric power to run the car. Their new "Water Energy System (WES)," generates power by supplying water and air to the fuel and air electrodes using a proprietary technology called the Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA). The secret behind MEA is a special material that is capable of breaking down water into hydrogen and oxygen through a chemical reaction. Exact details were kept secret, but new process, while based on existing technology, is expected to produce hydrogen from water for longer time than any method currently available. Furthermore, WES does not require a hydrogen reformer, a high-pressure hydrogen tank, or any special catalysts to get the job done. Acording to Genepax's results, one liter of water (and you can use any kind of water, even sea water) powers the car for about one hour, with top speed of around 80 km/h.

During a recent conference, Genepax unveiled a fuel cell stack with a rated output of 120W and a fuel cell system with a rated output of 300W—and there are plans for a 1kw-class generation system for use in both electric vehicles and houses sometime in the future. At this point, the cost of production on the water-powered vehicle engine itself is around about ¥2,000,000 (US$18,522), but they hope to drop the price to ¥500,000 (US$4600) or less if they succeed in bringing it into mass production.

I Am A Money Magnet


Looking for some Money Magnetism! So I found some online! Here you go!

Say each 10 times and feel it:

I am a powerful money magnet
I am receiving $25,000 of unexpected income
I love money
I am wealthy now
Money comes to me effortlessly
My connection with Infinite Intelligence is yielding me vast amount of money
I thank you for all the money you have given me and my friends. Thank you for my neighbors new truck
I am a money magnet and money comes to me effortlessly and easily

• Visualize and imagine yourself spending all the money you want, as though you have it
already.
• Do not speak or think of the lack of money for a single second.
• Be grateful for the money you have. Appreciate it as you touch it.
• Make lists of all the things you will buy with an abundance of money.
• Appreciate all the riches around you, including the riches of others. Look for wealth wherever you go, and appreciate it.
• Be certain that money is coming to you.
• Love yourself and know that you are deserving and worthy of an abundance of money.
• ask yourself often during the day, am I attracting money now or pushing it away with my thoughts.
• Always, always pay yourself first from your wage, then pay your creditors.
(in that single act, you are telling the Universe that you are worthy and deserving of more).
• Do whatever it takes to feel good. The emotions of joy and happiness are powerful money magnets. Be happy now!
• Love yourself!

Wealth is a mindset.
Money is literally attracted to you or
repelled from you. It's all about how you think.

Now Let go of your thoughts and focus on the moment

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Palm Jumeirah



I saw this today on MSN. An artificial island owned by the government of Dubai.

Amazing to look at, but how will it all turn out?


According to the press material from the developers, the Jumeirah Palm island will feature themed boutique hotels, three types of villas (Signature Villas, Garden Homes and Canal Cove Town Homes), shoreline apartment buildings, beaches, marinas, restaurants, caf├ęs and a variety of retail outlets. Over 30 beachfront hotels will be opened by the end of 2009.

From Wikipedia: The Palm Jumeirah was created by pouring sand fill onto the 10.5 metre-deep seabed using dredgers. Above sea level, 3 metres of the reclamation were achieved by a dredging technique known as "rainbowing," in which the sand fill was sprayed over the surface of the rising island. Calcareous sand was used for the reclamation. The island includes a curved breakwater using natural rock, intended to encourage the creation of a natural reef and provide habitats for sea life. The land form was reclaimed by the Dutch company Van Oord, who are world experts in land reclamation. Total cost reached US$12.3 billion and maintaining the island is a costly expenditure.

Costly to say the least. I don't know that this project will turn out well. It's been delayed for the last two years. The workers are being mistreated. The temperature in Dubai averages close to 117 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. And there have been numerous environmental concerns about the project.

I found this revealing article from Guardian UK
:

Pitfalls in paradise: why Palm Jumeirah is struggling to live up to the hype
Low-paid workers and villa gripes cast a cloud over 'eighth wonder of the world' in Dubai

By Robert Booth in Dubai
The Guardian, Saturday April 26 2008

Dubai's sheikhs have claimed it is "the eighth wonder of the world", and seen from space the tree-shaped sand and rock formation of the Palm Jumeirah looks exactly that.

But after the hype about David Beckham buying a mansion here and the novelty of living four miles out to sea has faded, that claim is starting to look shaky. It seems there is a little trouble in paradise.

Four thousand "Palm pioneers" have moved in and are getting to grips with life in the sweltering Arabian Gulf. This week, when the Guardian visited, the gripes were as common as the plaudits among the Brits who are in the vanguard of this new community.

Multimillion-pound villas have been squeezed together "like Coronation Street", air-conditioning bills are hitting £800 a month and persistent snags have led some to joke it is more "eighth blunder" than "eighth wonder".

The villas were developed by the government-owned Nakheel Properties, and many residents believe the company's slogan, "Our vision inspires humanity", which flutters on flags around the place, is beginning to look over-egged.

It is not all bad news. The blue seas which lap the man-made shores are teeming with rays, hermit crabs and baracudas. Away from the ongoing construction, which has four years to run, life in the middle of the ocean is incredibly peaceful.

But for Rachael Wilds, 42, an exhibition organiser from Surrey who moved in with her family to a palatial villa on one of the Palm's "fronds" a year ago, it was not what she expected. She found her £3m property squashed against a neighbour's and set in a barren, almost treeless, landscape. "It was absolutely nothing as it was depicted in the brochure," she says. "There was a massive gap between the villas and it was full of lush tropical gardens. We were totally shocked at the closeness of the villas."

Despite summer temperatures of 48C and high humidity, access to centralised air conditioning was not included in the purchase price of apartments, and residents are rebelling against plans to ask them to pay extra. More seriously, there is evidence the low-pay and hard conditions endured by the thousands of migrant workers who built the area are driving many into despair and debt.

It has made for an awkward start for a development that is far more than a whim of the Dubai royal family. Palm Jumeirah is the testing ground for the United Arab Emirates' strategy for life after oil - big-scale tourism. Once complete, there will be homes and hotel rooms for 65,000 people.

Crucially, the Palm adds 40 miles to Dubai's coastline. The sheikhs are gambling this will keep the visitors coming back. Two even bigger man-made islands are under way along the coast: a replica of an existing island called The World and another called The Universe.

The lab rats in this experiment are a strange mix. They include England footballers, a battalion of middle-class Britons from places such as Salisbury and Weybridge, and even, it is said, Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, who is thought to have a house opposite Kieron Dyer, the West Ham midfielder.

Raffaele Cannas, 47, a British property consultant, was one of the first to pick up his keys in late 2006 and found himself squeezing a couple of England players into his Mini after they'd asked to see how he had decorated his apartment. "I didn't know who they were at first, but I had David James doubled up in the front seat and Andy Cole tucked in the back," he says.

After the Brits came the Russians, and a growing number of rich Iranians. Many aspects to life here are undeniably good. Residents can soak up an incredible amount of sunshine - some years it never rains - and the beaches are groomed at least twice a week.

But this is no picture-book desert island. Its size is the most arresting characteristic for newcomers. An eight-lane motorway is at the Palm's trunk, and each frond is a mile long. Meanwhile, there is yet more expansion, with 40 hotels being built on the breakwater.

At times it is also a harsh environment. Lawns routinely wither without intense watering and the tallest trees are, in fact, mobile phone masts dressed up to look like palms.

Just 18 months after moving in, Cannas is thinking of leaving for New Zealand. "The marketing machine was so powerful, calling the Palm the eighth wonder of the world, that people's expectations went through the roof," he says. "It hasn't turned out like that."

For many soaring property prices have softened any discomforts. A "signature villa" which went for £750,000 in 2002 is now worth £3m.

A nagging guilt for some is the quality of life of the migrant construction workers who built all this. Most are from India and Bangladesh and they travel in bus convoys from labour camps in the desert each morning.

A typical labourer earns £25 a week, and many are in debt to agents in their home countries who paid for their passage. KV Shamsudheen, a workers' rights activist in Dubai, says interest rates can be as high as 120% a year.

One hundred migrant workers killed themselves in the Emirates in 2006, and the trend is rising, he says. Alcohol is a growing problem, with workers racking up debts to buy drink.

In Jebel Ali, a dusty camp almost 10 miles from the Palm, 30,000 male workers live up to 12 a room in prefabricated blocks. "I am not happy," says a Bangladeshi carpenter known locally as Sofiull, 52. "The company said I would earn £60 a week, but I am getting £30. They have delayed my pay two months and it's a great problem."

Mohamed Mahboub, 30, has been in Dubai for three years. He hasn't seen his daughter since she was a baby, but sends £30 of his £45-a-week supervisor's salary home. "I miss her, but I am a poor man and I owe money, so I cannot go back yet," he says.

It is a world away from the exclusive gated fronds back on the Palm, where the only sound is often the splash of a paddle from a kayak, the favourite pastime of Palm dwellers.

"Life here is 150% better than in the UK," says Donna Dempsey, 46, a ballet teacher from Kent. "We have our garbage collected every day, we have clean streets, we have low crime. You can really chill here. Sometimes it's hard to go to work."

In numbers

13m
The number of litres of desalinated drinking water the Palm Jumeirah uses when at capacity

28
Bottlenose dolphins have been flown in from the Solomon Islands to populate Dolphin Bay, an 11-acre lagoon

94m
The cubic metres of sand used to build the Palm Jumeirah

84
The site has doubled the natural 42-mile coastline of Dubai

4
The Palm is four times the size of Hyde Park in central London