December 2008

and hugs him! I saw a cool animal video on the tube last night.  Its about these two men who saw a lion cub and Harod’s Department store and bought it and reared it and . . . well, just watch the video!


Merry Christmas from Build Big (well, ok, from me!)!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

freehugsIts funny. Although we can jet halfway around the world or pick up a phone and call someone on the other side of the planet or chat with people from another country, sometimes, its difficult connecting with people right where we are. Here is a link to the Free Hugs Campaign site, which I first read about on Ryan Graves blog. Here is Juan Mann’s story:

“I’d been living in London when my world turned upside down and I’d had to come home. By the time my plane landed back in Sydney, all I had left was a carry on bag full of clothes and a world of troubles. No one to welcome me back, no place to call home. I was a tourist in my hometown.

Standing there in the arrivals terminal, watching other passengers meeting their waiting friends and family, with open arms and smiling faces, hugging and laughing together, I wanted someone out there to be waiting for me. To be happy to see me. To smile at me. To hug me.

So I got some cardboard and a marker and made a sign. I found the busiest pedestrian intersection in the city and held that sign aloft, with the words “Free Hugs” on both sides.

And for 15 minutes, people just stared right through me. The first person who stopped, tapped me on the shoulder and told me how her dog had just died that morning. How that morning had been the one year anniversary of her only daughter dying in a car accident. How what she needed now, when she felt most alone in the world, was a hug. I got down on one knee, we put our arms around each other and when we parted, she was smiling.

Everyone has problems and for sure mine haven’t compared. But to see someone who was once frowning, smile even for a moment, is worth it every time.”

Hope that the video made you smile.  I think that its the perfect way to say . . .

Merry Christmas!


Ah, the age old question! One of my favorite lines to this is, “if you’re in danger a dog will run and get help. A cat only hopes that its new owners are richer than you.”

But then, I ran across this:

Cats keep lost boy warm

So, there is hope yet!

Oh yeah, another favorite line is, “thousands of year ago cats were worshiped as gods. The cats have never forgotten this!”

merchant_acctJust ran across some important notes on possible eCommerce Solutions.  If I had to set one up right away, I would probably check out, as its gotten a favorable endorsements from a couple of people that I know.

Today, on the Small Business Ideas forums, ktaylor310 was advising on osCommerce, which is free.  It accepts both merchant accounts and Paypal and is easy to configure for a wide range of products.  She also said that most of her customers use as their account gateway?

Christmas is almost here. Time to gear up for the holidays. I stumbled across this at Ryan Graves blog. As a result, Matt conquers another website.  Tell me that you can watch this without smiling 🙂

bestdomainnameBecause good domain names are getting scarcer with each passing moment, whenever I have golden idea, I am tempted to jump online and immediately register it. Yet,  I already have enough names registered to keep me busy and am determine to generate some revenue with my current inventory first, before spending anymore money.

And of course, as my current domains expire, I have to justify renewing them. Its always a battle to justify (re-) registering domains.  And yet, all I have to do is ask one simple question.

“Can I provide great content for this domain?”

That’s the entire key to this.  If I can provide great content for the domain, whether generating it myself or by outsourcing it or by referencing third party sites or user generated content, than the domain is money and worth obtaining. If not, then it will be a waste of money and time: valuable resources that are diverted from potentially more valuable domains.

Tomorrow’s deal is a gem of a tool from LifeHacker’s Best of 2008 list. We here at fully approve of the name, Free PDF to Word Doc, which precisely describes what this utility does.  The interface is just as straight forward. Point to the source document, specify the destination, then click on the convert button.


On my initial test, I thought that it was a dud.  I had converted a faily simple work holiday memo: just a short paragraph and a list of dates.  The converted Word doc turned out to be one gigantic, un-editable, picture, not much of an improvement from the original PDF.

But then, I tried converting an ebook on blogging and it converted correctly!  The table of contents, pictures and text all converted properly into an editable word doc. Right on!


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