Searching Digital Video

I spoke to a group of educators recently and demonstrated a dozen or so powerful web based tools that anyone can use to do research and stay current on virtually any topic. One educator was concerned that only about 15% of students are self-learners, and that the power tools I demonstrated might not help the rest.

I suggested that instant messaging and social networks could help the other 85%. Self-learners could interact with others and provide them with help and guidance that they need.

Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Omniture Co-Founder Spoke at BYU

John Pestana, co-founder of Omniture, the world\’s leading provider of enterprise-level web analytics, lectured on the importance of web analytics at BYU earlier this month. (View his entire lecture here)

As John said, this is a hot field. Anyone who studies and masters marketing and web analytics can do extremely well as an internet entrepreneur or key player for a larger ecommerce concern.

Inspired by Warren Buffett

I\’m 150 pages into The Warren Buffett Way: Investment Strategies of the World\’s Greatest Investor, a book that was published ten years ago that I bought onsale for $5.98. I have been slowly and carefully studying this book, marking it up, and writing each big idea that I find inside the back cover, in good Tim Sander\’s fashion. I truly want to understand why Warren Buffett has succeeded.

Here are a few of the key points so far (I have highlighted more than 100 key ideas):

My First Use of Google Answers

I was pleased when Google launched its Google Answers service way back in 2003. It is a remarkably simple and powerful tool when you can\’t find an answer to any question on the world wide web. I\’ve searched the answer database and found some pretty interesting questions and answers, but today I used it for the first time to post a question:

I\’m looking for the leading classical music labels in the world.

Customized Feeds on My Yahoo!

My sister told me that she recently customized her Yahoo desktop so that all of my latest blogs would show up. So I did the same thing. It\’s amazing to see my posts show up on My Yahoo right next to CBS Marketwatch news and Reuters Internet news. (I wish I knew how to post images to my blog–I\’d show you a screenshot.) I\’ll be adding my other favorite bloggers (besides me!) to My Yahoo soon.