Do What You Love

This is good advice for teaching us to support our children’s strengths but also our own strengths. When we do what we love and we do our best we succeed and thrive without the need for competition or taking anything from others. It’s kind of like how it works in nature, everything doing what it was meant to do and doing it perfectly.

Ecuador Grants Asylum to Julian Assange

This is excellent news for those who want truth to surface. I hope Assange does more shows for from his soon to be new home in Ecuador.

“Ecuador said on Thursday that it had decided to grant political asylum to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. Seeking asylum, Mr. Assange has been holed up for two months in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where the police scuffled with and arrested some of his supporters on Thursday.”

via Ecuador to Let Julian Assange Stay in Its Embassy –

All Choked Up

No really… the smoke here in Northern California is really getting tough to deal with. I ran a quick errand at lunchtime and was surprised to see so many people outside on foot – yikes – people stay indoors!

Checking the map and news websites I can see fires all around us. Up north there are wildfires, down in south Sacramento they had a multi-building fire, and of course there’s got to be some smoke from the Chevron oil refinery fire in the SF East Bay.

Really wishing I lived on the Mendocino Coast today. I know they get fires there too but I imagine those off-shore winds would be blowing the smoke away quicker than we’ll get relief here in the Sacramento area.

Curiosity Has Landed – Congrats JPL & NASA!

Congrats to the folks at JPL & NASA! It goes without saying, we’re all looking forward to seeing all the new photos/data coming in from Mars.

“Relive the nail-biting terror and joy as NASA’s Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT). See and hear the team inside JPL mission control along with a visualization of the spacecraft’s entry, descent and landing.”

via Curiosity Has Landed – YouTube.

From Lloyd’s Blog: Getting Out of the Stock Market

Alternative housing guru and publisher Lloyd Kahn posted this on this blog. Food for thought.

“A friend of mine from college told me recently that he sold all his stocks, has the money in cash, and is thinking of getting FDIC-backed Ally Bank CDs.

I cut out these headlines from today’s New York Times business pages.” –  Lloyd’s Blog: Getting Out of the Stock Market.

It does make one wonder – how the heck is this mess is going to turn out. I suspect we’ll have to wait until after the (s)election side show is over before anything is really allowed to correct itself.

Yellow Jacket: Stun Gun Case for iPhone

Yikes! Ouch! ZZZAP! What a great idea for a non-lethal self-defense item and a worthy addition to any EDC. If you can’t carry a concealed weapon for self-defense where you live – or don’t choose to – this little guy might be an ideal alternative. The inventors of Yellow Jacket raised over $100,000 via crowd-funding on and the first editions should ship by the end of October. It should be available for about $125. Visit their website and signup on their pre-order mailing list to get in line for one of these.

“scheduled to hit the US market in fall 2012 the case is advertised as being able to easily stop an aggressive male attacker, and ready for use in less than two seconds. its designer seth froom, a former military policeman came up with the product after being robbed in his home at gunpoint.”

Read more about the yellow jacket: stun gun case for iPhone.