Monday, July 31, 2000

Have you seen the new Internet marketing tool?

We've now moved beyond banners to store sponsored clubs like the one at Greatcoffee.com. If you join you get a free coffee maker with your first purchase. We are actually getting to the point that it is cheaper for advertisers to pay us to use the products than it is to buy ad space.

Weird!
Bush has been complaining about Clinton selling the Lincoln bedroom in exchange for campaign contributions. Ok - that's fair. But maybe he should be careful about where he's throwing stones.

You see I think that Bush may be living in a glass house. In a recent article in Newsweek it appears that Bush is having major contributors place a tracking number on their campaign contribution checks. Don't you think that having them do so would appear as if he was planning on rewarding these people in some way?

I'll be interested in seeing if any of his major contributors stay in the Lincoln bedroom when he's elected to office. You know, I'd like to go and stay there for the weekend. But I bet the line is already long - and he hasn't even been elected yet!

If you're interested there are a whole host of sites that help you follow the money and the candidates. Here a few I've found worth looking at:

Gore campaign profile
Bush campaign profile
Billionaires for Bush
Issues 2000 - Gore's Stance
Center for Public Integrity - Gore Profile
Speak Out

If you are interested in collecting campaign memorabilia, like I do, the Bush campaign finally has a online store up. McCain was the first to do this during this election. I ordered a T-shirt. It's kinda cool. Gore has a few stores now. I haven't ordered anything from them yet. If you have let me know , I'd love to know what you think of the products.

Hey maybe Gore or Bush will call me to have my car wrapped with their campaign ads. I'd do it. I'm not particularly fond of either one - so why not??
My Dad sends me these articles. Sometimes they're interesting and sometimes they're definately not. But the one I got this week grabbed my attention. It was from Time magazine. The article talked about these three companies in California that sell advertising space on peoples cars. The company they focused on was the first to try the idea. They interviewed this marketing director who was disgusted that billboards were going for upwards of $100,000 a month in San Fransico - so she bought a car, wraped it in an ad for her new dot com company and hired a guy to drive up and down the highway. Her total annual cost - less than one month of a static bill board. Brilliant!

While I think it's disgusting that we've become so materialistic that we are selling every inch of our lives to huge corporations, I think it is a great way to raise money for law school. So yes, I've applied to have my car wrapped. We'll see if they're interested in the idea here in Dallas. If I remember correctly, at the moment all of the companies are out of California.

Friday, July 28, 2000

I was watching the Today Show this morning and they had this piece on the 24 year old, George Prescott Bush . It's Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's son. In case you aren't up to speed on the entire Bush family, Jeb is the son of former President George Bush and the brother of the current presidential candidate George Bush.

The point. George P Bush is half spanish which makes him very attractive as a political candidate. Yes, he's bilingual like his mother and raised Catholic which is not the norm in the Bush family.

If you haven't figured out by now that I'm not a big supporter of the Bush campaign - I'm not. But you know the genetics of this powerful family are going to lead them into a prime position politically. Not only is America browning but so is the Bush family - and you know it's very attractive. In fact this fourth generation Bush was recently named by People Magazine as one of the most eligible bachelors. If you want you can e-mail George P through the People Website.

I'd be interested in knowing if George P holds the same beliefs as his uncle. Remember not everyone supports the Bush campaign. In fact there are organized movements against him and I would assume against the political stance of the entire Bush family. But regardless of your beliefs they are going to be a family to watch for years to come.

Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Gary and I had our fourth anniversary this month and you know last night I realized that every night is like having a sleep over with him. I can never go to sleep because I just lay awake giggling and chatting. Granted my topics are much more serious than his but still it's like being in Junior High all over again.

Tuesday, July 25, 2000

My discovery in Scientific American is scaring me. So, I've started doing some research on depression - which I have and have probably contributed to through activites I chose to participate in years ago along with a family history of the mental illness. Glaxo Wellcome has a great site with an extensive section on depression. Yes, they have a vested interest in us learning more about depression since they make many of the drugs that help those of us who are dealing depression.

I take Wellbutrin, which I'm having problems finding information about - at least the information I want. Specifically how it interacts with Serotonin. When I was diagnosed with pseudo tumor I found out that hormones affect the serotonin in the brain and I know now that some recreational drugs affect the serotonin in the brain. Couple this with the fact that when I took Redux I did really well on it. No doubt - "Redux's action in providing weight control is to modify a chemical in the body called serotonin, its action is to increase this chemical similar to anti-depressant drugs". So, it would seem that serotonin is at the heart of the issue. Now Wellbutrin - which I still haven't been able to find out enough information on - apparently either produces more serotonin or faciliates your body into thinking it has more is classified as a drug affecting the central nervous system - this is the scary part.

Does this mean that I'm at risk for other disorders affecting the central nervous system??

You know diseases like Alzheimer's, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis or Muscular Dystrophy. These all have an awful impact on the central nervous system which is the area of the body depression impacts. It makes sense to me - I wonder if anyone else has put 2 and 2 together and come up with 4?

Resources for people with depression or other mental illnesses:

National Foundation for Depressive Illness
PO Box 2257
New York, NY 10116
(800) 248-4344

National Mental Health Association
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(800) 969-6642

National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association
730 North Franklin Street
Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60610
(800) 826-3632

American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(202) 336-5500

American Psychiatric Association
1400 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 682-6325

The Alliance for the Mentally Ill/Friends and Advocates of the Mentally Ill
432 Park Avenue South, #710
New York, NY 10016-8013
(212) 684-3264 (Helpline)

National Institute of Mental Health
Depression Awareness (DART) Program
5600 Fisher Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
(800) 421-4211

I think I've found what has been wrong with me for the last ten years. Ok - there are several things wrong. This is just a major one. I had a good time causing the problem but sadly there is no one to blame for the damage but me.

Monday, July 24, 2000

There are thousands of search directories on the Web these days. So, how do you ensure your site is registered?

Well there are lots of ways. The easiest is to pay someone to register your site for you. But I'm too cheep for that option. The next way is to guess which registration sites will get you on the most search engines. This option I can live with. One of the biggest registration sites is Open Diectory. It's become a conglomerate, services some of the bigger search engines like Google.

And the final option is actually going to each of the search engines sites. Even though it is very time consuming I kinda like this option. You get a chance to explore what's new and how different companies are categorizing sites these days. To give you a heads up - I'm sharing with you a few of the search engines Piece of Mind is registered with:

Whats Nu
Add Me!
Excite
Web Crawler
Scrub the Web
SubmitFree: Submit to 25+ Search Engines for free !!!!
Northern Light

Good Luck! And let me know how many search engines you were able to get your URL registered on.

Friday, July 21, 2000

This morning I was watching the news when this young pharmacist caught my attention. She with the help of Planned Parenthood are suing her employeer, the Bartell Drug Company, for discrimination. It appears to be sexual on the basis of not meeting the basic healthcare needs of women but providing the basic healthcare needs for men.

The Today Show had some bimbo from the other side saying that next we were going to have men suing because condoms aren't covered. Please! Condoms aren't a prescription drug and men don't also have the expense of going to their doctor to get a prescription for condoms.

It appears this may turn into a class action lawsuit - so if your company doesn't provide insurance coverage for birthcontrol you may have a new option available you. Keep your eyes open!
Money is a major issue for me. Ok - not really money but the fear of not having any. Beacuse of this I constantly follow issues related to retirement security. The government has managed to reach a bi-partisian agreement on this issue.On Wednesday the House passed a bill that will expand Individual Retirement Accounts and 401(k) coverage for millions of Americans.

For me that will mean that by the year 2005 I will be able to contribute up to $15,000 a year tax free to my 401K instead of only $10,000 now. This is a big deal for younger people rather than older people because contributing a little bit to our retirement now will mean having a lot more money later. For people like my mom who began funding her retirement, and not very seriously, at age 50 this bill won't have a big impact.

So, if you like this bill and want it to pass, write your congressional representatives. You may be asking WHY? Why do I need to write if the government is in agreement. Well it's the democrats and republicans who came together - not the President. Clinton is holding out for a bill that would give the very low income retirement benefit perks too. Since I definately don't consider myself the very wealthy or even the wealthy I'm thrilled with this bill.

Not to be one to give you a task with out a means to do so I am providing a link to a government site which will allow you to identify who your congressional representatives are with very little information. All you need to know is the state you live in and your zip code. The Senate doesn't have a cool tool like that, but does have a listing of Senators which is pretty easy to use.

For quick reference, if you live in Texas Phil Gramm and Kay Bailey Hutchison are your Senators:

Gramm, Phil (R - TX)
370 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2934
phil_gramm@gramm.senate.gov

Hutchison, Kay Bailey (R - TX)
284 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5922
senator@hutchison.senate.gov

Thursday, July 20, 2000

You know sometimes the packaging is better than the product. An example of this is PETS.com. The PETS.com puppet has captured the hearts of many of us. And I'm certain the reason behind many of us actually visiting the site.

Sadly there is no reason to go back. The site is flat and boring. Unlike the lovable sock puppet created to pitch the products. The puppet puppy has become so popular during its first year in existance it has become a regular topic of discussion on NBC's Conan O'Brian Show and copies of this adorable pet with his beloved microphone are now available on Amazon. So even if the PETS.com site fails, I'm certain their spokesdog will be able to find employment with one of the animal friendly Websites .

Wednesday, July 19, 2000

I was listening to KERA this morning, which is the NPR affiliate here in Dallas, anyway they were talking about the effort underway to bring the Olympics here in 2012. I have mixed feelings about the effort.

I've always loved watching the Olympics. I'm not prejudice - summer, winter - I like them both. Since I was five watching Olga Korbet I've wanted to be in the stands cheering for the most graceful gymnast, violent hockey team and the fastest runner. But this dream includes experiencing some remote, intriguing, far away land - not Texas stadium down the street. Having the games in your own back yard would be cool if you were a participant, but not as a spectator.

Australia is a perfect example. I've always been intregued with this country and now that Steve from the crocodile hunter has revived my interest in the island, the 2000 Olympics in Sydney would be a dream. Sadly, with only 57 days left in the games it's a dream I can't yet afford.

With this reality staring me in the face, I've decided that I better take advantage of the opportunity because it may be the only chance I have to be involved in the Olympics in a way that doesn't involve my couch. For those of you in driving range of Dallas you have two options to support the effort to bring the games to Dallas. The first is to volunteer and the second in to become a member. And yes being a member involves money and of course being a volunteer never does not.

Apparently this effort will be entirely funded with private money. Another example of the free enterprise system at work in the United States. And a sure way to get one of the tee-shirts even if the games end up somewhere else.
Have you seen the online gambling sites? The ones like Web millions are pretty harmless.

In fact, it's kinda cool! It's a lot like the Texas Lotto but it doesn't cost you anything except a little time. But at the same time since you don't have much invested the anticipation and I suppose the reason you play in much smaller. Now some would argue that the real reason for playing is the millions of dollars gambling companies like Web millions gives away every day. And yes that would be nice - but do you really expect to win the lottery?

Yes, everytime I buy a lottery ticket I think about how much different my life would be if I had one, two or even three million dollars. I'd like to think it would be easier or at least less stressful but I know many people with millions of dollars and their lives don't seem much easier. Granted they have someone to clean the house - but they also have to deal with worrying about the maid steeling their stuff. We occassionally have a maid - but there isn't much to steal.

I guess it is the fantasy we are buying when we purchase a lottery ticket - or taking the time to play online. And that can be a pretty neat thing - even if you don't find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If you are interested in checking out some of the online gambling sites I've searched a few out for you:

Web millions
Easy Winning
Free Lotto
Lucky Surf
Ultimate Dream

Now in the interest of not supporting someones addiction - if you have a problem with gambling, there is help for you. Many states have programs for people who are addicted to gambling. Amazingly it can be like a drug for some people. So, how do you know if you have a problem? Well I would say that if you are spending your rent money at the race track - you've got a problem.

Friday, July 14, 2000

Ok - I picked McCain over Bush. Still would, but he didn't get the nomination so why is his campaign still sending me e-mail almost daily?

I like it that McCain continues to bring issues to the surface that Bush would rather sweep under the carpet. It just doesn't seem as relivant since he's not a candidate. Maybe he should run as a third party candidate?

Isn't that what the role of a third party has traditionally been in America?
To bring forward issues that the two party system would rather ignore?
Doesn't it seem like a perfect fit?

Perhaps McCain has rejected the idea because too may of Ross Perot's ideas are still controling the leading third party organization. You know that is a weird statement because the foundation of the party is actually a good one. In fact, it's the same idea that our founding fathers had when they established this country.

The idea if you've forgotten is that the government in run by the people - the majority of the people - not just the ones who have wormed their way into politics. Politics was not intended to be a career for anyone. It was designed to be something that people felt compelled to do inorder to contribute to the people and government of their country. More of a volunteer position which you would be a part of for a few years then go home and resume your real life.

Now, Perot founded United We Stand on those same principals but appeared to be overwhelmed and consumed by the attention and power the reserection of this idea gave him and basically abandoned the fundamental principals to which so many were drawn. Sad, but true!

Luckily new blood is entering what is quickly becoming America's third party and actually fighting for the values that it was built on. Yep! You know who I'm talking about - Jesse Ventura, Minnesota's multi-talented new governor. You may not know that he recently appeared on CBS's soap opera the Young & the Restless. He played himself, encase you didn't see it. You know the show is set in Minnesota.

To the point, Jesse Ventura was a WWF wrestler. Maybe that is a good thing for people in politics to have done. At least he isn't afraid to stand up for what he believes in!

You know after talking through this I think Jesse Ventura and John McCain might make a good team. Both continue to talk about issues they care about even when they are forced to use non-traditional means to get the attention they think the issues deserve. And the most important part - people listen!