March 6, 2011

Mass Couture - Inexpensive custom made clothing

I’ve discovered an amazing source for custom made clothing in addition to a great business opportunity. This clothing company allows you to choose colors and styles and fit, for suits, jeans and shirts. You input your measurements (they have very specific how to videos to get the exact measurements you need) and then custom make your items in their Hong Kong factories.

Shirts are $20 and suits are $99. And these aren’t crappy clothes, either. They’re REALLY nice. They are spreading the word through a 5 level deep network marketing organization. Anyway, check it out. (Affiliate link.)

December 16, 2010

Rattle has launched…

I’ve been working on this amazing communication app for more than 6 months. It has finally hit the app store. Check out our site for it at rattle.me. It’s a new communications platform that we’ve initially launched via an Apple app, but will migrate to some very interesting places, eventually.

November 2, 2010

I’m running for President….

I am running for President. Yep. I’m throwing my hat in. But my campaign will start in the 2023 for the 2024 elections. (My youngest child will be graduating from high school so I’ll be free to engage in such endeavors.)

I’m preparing now because I want to get a jump on my competition. But I thought it would be best if I start my campaign by publishing my inaugural address. That way, people don’t have to wait until AFTER the votes are in, to see my vision. They can know what they’re buying, before they decide to buy. (Kind of like shopping at Albertsons.)
 
Of course, the world might be completely different by then. So, each year, between now and then, I will change and edit my inaugural address so that it keeps up with current events. This is my most current version. Enjoy.
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My Fellow Americans. Yesterday was the past and today is unchangeable. But tomorrow… oh, glorious tomorrow. I can’t wait for tomorrow.

Let me stand here today and report to you what our tomorrow will look like with Dan Sherman as your President.

As of tomorrow, I will remember our past only as a history lesson. I will NEVER bring it up as a way to deflect criticism of myself or my administration. As a wise President once said, "The buck stops here." As President of the United States, I am the one now responsible for our nation’s good or bad fortunes, whatever they may be or whatever might have caused them. Period.

Let me start my vision for tomorrow with a very contentious issue. As of tomorrow, we will start removing all American forces from all overseas locations that are not owned or governed by the US or its territories. With this action, the baseless and unwarranted charges of American Imperialism will finally cease to be the straw man that it has always been. The draw down will take a few years as our various treaties run out and are not renewed. This will also give the countries that benefited from our military presence, time to raise the forces necessary to protect themselves from hostile attacks. Because as of tomorrow, we are out of the protection business.

As of tomorrow, if you are a terrorist or a state sponsor of terrorism, I have a word of caution for you. Just because we won’t have an official military presence in countries outside the US, doesn’t mean we won’t have the ability to strike anywhere on earth when we have a need or will to do so. If you provoke us or our national interests we will bring the full power of our ability to project our military might, directly to your doorstep. As a result of our response, you will wish you had not heeded the call of whatever crazy god you pray to and wished you had not committed whatever atrocity said god told you to carry out in his name. If you were hiding in a mountain, the mountain will no longer exist. When we’re finished, 
you will not even recognize the country from where your craziness originated. Bottom line… you leave us alone, we leave you alone. Understood? 

As of tomorrow, we will be eliminating all foreign aid to almost every country on earth. The days of American largess are gone. There will be exceptions over time, but only with countries that share the traditional western value of freedom of the press and other liberal values of individual freedom and liberty. Which, coincidentally, if you have these attributes as a nation, you most likely will not need our assistance. Go figure. And please do draw a conclusion from that statement.

This also means that the United States will no longer pour money into countries only to watch the leaders of those countries grow fat on corruption. Need help with a famine and you’re not a democratically run nation, with periodic elections and legislative and judicial systems in place to ensure your people have liberty against tyranny? Call France for help.

As of tomorrow, if you are attacked by a neighboring country and you’re not a democratically run country with western liberal standards of equality and liberty, perhaps you should call China for help.

As of tomorrow, I will work with Congress to redirect the multi billions of dollars we’ve been using to prop up corrupt countries, to the people of this country, through lower taxation and more efficient use of existing tax payer funded public assistance programs. 


As of tomorrow, the Secretary of State will deliver a letter of resignation to the United Nations, on behalf of the United States. The United Nations has become a mockery of it’s former self. Instituted in 1945 to bring together the nations of the world and to improve the lot of mankind, instead, it has only undermined democratic rule throughout the world and given cover to tyranny and despotism. As of tomorrow, the American people will no longer be a part of this corrupt and toothless organization.

And as a result of no longer being a part of the UN, I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the many UN diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan and treat them the same as any traffic law violator of the great state of New York. As of tomorrow, diplomatic immunity does not exist. If you’re in this country, you abide by our laws or leave.

Speaking of being in our country. As of tomorrow, if you are a foreign citizen attempting to gain illegal entry into the US, or are already here illegally, you might want to start loving your own country once again. We will not allow your first action in the US to be breaking our immigration laws. You come here legally, under a system of orderly integration into our way of life, or you do not come at all. And if you come from another country, we want you to share your FORMER national culture with us. But don’t expect to be able to do anything in this country without the ability to speak English. Other than transitionary educational classes, this country speaks English and English only. As of tomorrow, "Press #2" is no longer an option on our phone tree. You’ll press #1, or find someone that can. English is a vital part of our culture. Get used to it. But please don’t misunderstand my heart on this matter. Your native language and culture is valuable to the overall history and tapestry of life on earth and there is no one language that has more or less intrinsic value over another. But in order for Americans to retain our national identity and share in the experience of being an American, it’s imperative everyone speaks the same language. And that language is English.

As of tomorrow, I will do everything I can to eliminate the costly stranglehold unions have over entire industries. Unions are a thing of the past. Today, they are killing the ability of US companies to compete on an international stage. Union employees are paid far more on average than a non union employee, for the same work. In the public sector, this raises your taxes and we all suffer at the hands of a few. This will stop. Existing union contracts will be honored at the federal level, but the federal government will no longer enter into any contract with union workers. We will pay fair wages for work rendered, but we will not pay artificially high negotiated wages at the expense of the American tax payer. I say here now… the days of public unions extracting blood from the American taxpayer is gone. And if your union is a private sector union, you will no longer have the federal government’s protection through rules designed to steer contracts to union workers. You will compete on a level playing field. If you’re more expensive than a non union shop, you will lose your bid. Then we’ll see how much support you continue to get from your unemployed workers.


On the energy front…. as of tomorrow, we’ll be signing contracts with more than a dozen exploratory drilling companies to tap into our domestic oil reserves, mainly in the state of Alaska and the gulf areas. We will do this knowing the risks associated with oil drilling and knowing full well that no one is going to take care of their own natural surroundings better than those that live there. Catastrophes are always a risk we take in any human endeavor. But it doesn’t stop us from undertaking them. It just allows us to learn and take all the necessary precautions we can take, in the next project. And if you’re an environmentalist who opposes this decision… um… well… I don’t care.

As of tomorrow, I’m making America my focus. I’m going to concentrate on the morale and welfare of OUR citizens. If this means we’re accused of isolationism, so be it. It’s not that we’re withdrawing from the world, we’re giving up being the world’s arbitrator of right or wrong, good or bad, rich or poor. We’re done. Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around the world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about everyone on the planet, at one time or another. I say, we’re done. Done. D. O. N. E.     DONE!


As of tomorrow, it’s time to make sure any American that wants to work and earn enough to put a roof over their heads, feed their families and save enough to live off of in their old age, can do so. If you don’t want to do that, you’ll starve. That’s your choice. If you CANNOT work to put food on your table, your fellow citizens will help in the form of local and state charity. The federal government is not and should not be the source of welfare for the individual citizen because we’re not the best entity to judge the needs of individuals. There are various levels of government and the federal level should not be assisting or governing local problems.

As of tomorrow, we are Americans with no hyphens. Your skin color will be a description not an identity. If you talk, walk, act, laugh or eat differently than your neighbor, and they don’t care for the way you do that, don’t assume it’s because they are "phobic" to your niche of human existence. Respect their sensibilities and they’ll respect yours. If you walk into a corporate job interview with a pierced nose and hoop ears, that company is probably going to exercise their freedom to associate with whomever they want and not hire you. If you want to be successful in whatever culture you are attempting to be successful in, fit in. Be respectful of the social norms into which you are trying to integrate. Otherwise, seek out the social community that WILL accept you and stop trying to make others accept your social norms.

As of tomorrow, if you know someone who is an outright racists and is willing to abrogate another’s basic human rights because of an immutable trait like skin color, disassociate yourself from them and cut them off from your social structure. That is the only way we’re going to eliminate racism. It’s a collective effort, but an effort that societies must reconcile among each of us, without government intervention.

As of tomorrow, I will encourage Congress to simplify our tax code. Our current tax system is the most asinine system for asking citizens to fund the operation of government, that has ever existed in a free society. As of tomorrow, I will work with Congress to upend generations of stupidity and special interest control over taxation and rework it so that it makes sense. The people of this nation should not be sending one red cent directly to the federal government. Allow me to explain how this should logically work. Stay with me because it’s so simple you might pass out from shock. States decide how best to tax their citizens for services rendered. The federal government then taxes the states for federal services rendered. It’s a one way street. Citizen to state, state to federal. This will create a system of competition among the states, for your continued citizenship. If one state feels they have to take 50% of your income in order to render services and another takes 25% and renders the same level of services. Guess what? The 50% state is going to lose citizens and revenue and they’re probably going to try to become competitive once again. This is the same system that our private sector works on. It’s called free markets. Then states will be billed for federal services rendered according to how many people live in their state. If a state has 10% of the total population of the US, then they pay 10% of the federal operating bill. And by the way, that federal bill will be orders of magnitude smaller than they’ve been in the past 50 years because I will ensure that the federal government is doing what the federal government was originally designed to do. I can assure you, that isn’t making sure each person in the US has things that they have not earned through ingenuity or sweat equity. Just because you were born a US citizen does not make you automatically entitled to a life of charity. Take that how you wish. But if you’ve been getting a free ride, you’re going to have to get off the ride and buy a ticket, like everyone else.

As of tomorrow, federal mandates are gone. I will work tirelessly to unravel almost every federal mandate there is. There are exceptions, but almost every issue that is federally controlled can be moved to the state level and be more efficiently managed that it is now at the federal level. The fact that someone from Washington DC is mandating a rule that South Dakota has to abide by, is an arrogant power grab and I won’t stand for it.

In closing, I realize there is a segment of the American populace that does not agree with my view of the world or my view of what America is about. I can respect that. But we’ve tried your way for many generations now, through Democrat and Republican administrations. And we’ve survived and most of the time, thrived. But only DESPITE the policies in place, not because of them. That tells me that if we actually managed our treasure in a fiscally responsible manner and remove the barriers to true free trade and free markets and reduce the government footprint on the backs of the American people, the American spirit will take over as it has never done so before. When that happens, we’ll not only be the better nation for it, but the world will be a better world. Because America, through thick and through thin, has ALWAYS been the standard bearer for what is good and what is right in the world. We’re not perfect, by any means, but if perfection were a rainbow, we’d be the pot of gold at the end of it.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not a government entitlement. In fact, it is only attainable through government NON intervention. What God has granted, let no man or government put asunder.

God bless this great nation. America is its name. Tomorrow is its destiny.

August 18, 2010

Mapcut App Now in iTunes

Hooray. We finally got the mapcut app approved. It is now available in iTunes.

This app is REALLY cool for geocaching games. Get a mapcut for any spot on earth and then give out hints as to what the mapcut is, for clues in a geocaching game. 

April 5, 2010

Mapcut Launched

I’ve been working on this project for more than a year. We’ve finally launched this nifty service into public beta.

Imagine your home address being "ShermanHouse" instead of "12456 SW Sheppard Ln, Leandro TX 76895." Do you think it would be easier to convey to someone your address, if that were the case?

That’s what we’re working towards with our new service at Mapcut.com.

Mapcuts are map "shortcuts" to any location on earth. Even a tree or a swingset on a playground. Every single square meter on earth has its own Mapcut.

If Mapcut goes where I want it to go, someday, you’ll be able to write "ShermanHouse" on an envelope and it’ll make it to wherever you currently live. Your address (mapcut) will never change, even if you move over the years.

So go to Mapcut.com and check out what your free Mapcut is. Everyone has one and they are free. (We have Premium ones too, where you can choose your own word or phrase and they stay with you forever.)

Make sure you give us some feedback if you have any comments or problems…etc. It’s in beta, so we’re actively seeking feedback.

June 6, 2009

Rank My Income

We’ve just launched a fun little tool that interfaces with the online finance tool called Wesabe. It takes your live income data from your banking info, via Wesabe’s API, and ranks your income compared to other users of the system. Those of you worried about privacy, it’s a non-issue. We don’t store the actual numbers. We just look at the rolling total of income for a 30 day period and then rank that total compared to all other registered users of RankMyIncome’s service.

If you’re a blogger that blogs about money, it’s a cool tool to see where you rank compared to your friends or other bloggers, without actually seeing their income or revealing your own income. It even has a widget that will allow you to display your worldwide rank, on your own site or wherever else.

We JUST launched, so we’re in a public beta phase. Please go and sign up so we can start populating the system with actual rankings. :-)

RankMyIncome.com

July 28, 2007

BiggestOnEarth.com Relaunches

This fun online service that I launched a while back has been revamped and is now relaunching. The major difference is now each award is free for the electronic version. So, if you think you’re the biggest "something" on earth, claim your spot now. We do give you the option to upgrade to a hard copy in addition to the electronic copy, when you sign up. You receive these via snail mail. They have a gold seal and look very official. Suitable for framing, I like to say. :-)

Check it out. 

July 7, 2007

Will 7/7/07 See a Major Terrorist Attack?

Terrorists love to do things on dates that are memorable from a number standpoint. You can’t get much more memorable than 7/7/07. Will we have an attack today? It’s a little after midnight now… we’ll see, I guess. Hope not!

Meanwhile… some updates on all the projects I’m working on:

MegaSticky.com - This is my over sized sticky note business, that sells 1 foot by 1 foot sticky notes. It’s coming along nicely. We just recently got some mention somewhere since business has picked up dramatically. Right now, it’s doing about $100 to $500 a day in business.

LetsFax.net - Prepaid faxing service. This was just launched a couple weeks ago. Very slow since no one knows about it yet. I need to do some press releases…etc. Income is negligible.

BiggestOnEarth.com - We’re in the middle of revamping this site to offer the awards free of charge, with an upgrade option of buying a hard copy certificate. So, the site is non functional right now. Once we get it back up and running, I suspect it’ll start slow and build. Maybe $20 to $100 a day in revenue.

Great American Collectibles - This is one of my businesses that has languished, when it comes to my efforts to grow the company. But I will be putting more effort into it in the coming months. We’re going to be coming out with a new line of miniature carved collectibles. The characters will only be 1.5" tall and will be just about as cute as you can get.

Right now we have the following lines of collectibles… Uncle Sams, Old World Witches, Old World Santas and a line called "Flatys".

EbookPrintouts.com - Without even trying hard, this company is doing about $40K in annual revenue. I need to flesh out the infrastructure more to facilitate more clients and this could easily grow to well over $250K a year within a 12 month period.

Sticky123.com - This is one of my businesses that is too labor intensive to grow. So I’ve allowed it to stop growing. We still get an order every once in a while, but my plan to automate it has fallen through. I was going to get some help from a Chinese outfit, to perfect my methods of getting stickys printed through a more efficient method, but I can’t find a company that can do it to my specifications.

Twitmoney.com - This is an exciting project that is not completed yet. So, there’s nothing at the site. But it’s one of my most promising ideas (in my humble opinion) and I can’t wait to launch it. Can’t wait. Stay tuned.

I have other business ventures that I don’t mention, only because of business confidentiality. But they are all going along smoothly.

You just gotta start small and work each and every idea that comes to you, to at least some degree or another. But be discerning. If an idea is not fleshing out to be potentially profitable, drop it like a hot potato and move on.

Watch your back today. Don’t go to a major city and if you live in one… get up early and take a drive into the country. Never hurts to be too careful. 

 

 

June 28, 2007

877-LETS-FAX: New Prepaid Online Faxing Service

Update 5/2/09 - This service has been closed down. 

Haven’t posted to my blog for a while. Too busy making money! :-)

I have just finished the development of a new, very unique, online faxing service. It allows you to pre pay for incoming faxes, without having to pay a monthly fee for your own fax number. It’s really cool. Here’s how it works.

Everyone uses the same toll free number to receive faxes. It’s 877-LETS-FAX. The only thing you have to do is make sure the person faxing you puts your email address somewhere on the fax cover sheet. It can be hand written or typed…whatever.

When the document(s) is faxed to 877-LETS-FAX, the system will sort and forward the fax via email to whoever’s email address is noted on the cover sheet. It arrives as a PDF attachment.

The system keeps track of your prepaid balance and the cost is a flat 25 cents per fax AND 20 cents per page received (remember, this is a toll free call to the sender, too!) Compare this to Kinkos or any other publicly accessible fax machine and you can see how inexpensive and convenient this service is.

If you get a fax and you haven’t deposited any money into your prepaid account or you don’t have enough to cover the incoming fax, you’ll get an email from the service telling you that you need to add money to your account in order to receive the incoming fax. You can also check your balance anytime you want by clicking on the "Balance" link on the front page of the site. 

This system isn’t for everyone, of course. You can get a toll free number that can be used to call you AND act as a 24 hour fax line as well, for as little as $2 a month plus per minute usage charges. Many people would do that before using LetsFax.net. But for those that don’t want any monthly financial commitment and only receive 3 or 4 faxes a year, or less, LetsFax.net is a great deal.

It’s also a great way for businesses to be able to fax something to a customer without the customer having to figure out how to gain access to a fax, since they can use one prepaid account to fax something to a multitude of customers over time. The customer just receives the fax as an attachment to their email. Nice and simple. Customer doesn’t have to do anything.

It also allows you to use your fax machine as a scanner to scan documents into a PDF format. Just fax it to 877-LETS-FAX and have your own email address on the cover sheet and it’ll show up in your email as a PDF attachment.

Again, this isn’t for everyone. But it’s a good little niche’ product for those that need it.

Covert Calling Card - Select Your Own Caller ID Number

Update to this post below.

I just recently came across a very cool calling card that entrepreneurs like me could definitely use. In my example, I have several businesses, all of which have their own toll free numbers so I can know what business is being called before answering the phone. Each has their own voicemail…etc. I use this toll free phone service. You can choose your own vanity toll free number and each can have their own voicemail. Among so many other options. I even have all my calls recorded so I can take an order while I’m on the golf course and then when I get back to the office, listen to the call again and transcribe the call.

My problem is when I call a customer back, their caller ID sees my cell or home phone (whatever phone I’m using to call them back on) instead of my toll free number associated with that particular business. With this very unique calling card, I can choose what number they see on their caller ID. That way, if they use the number on their caller ID to call me back, I will be able to answer the right way, enabling me to answer with the name of the business…etc. If I call back a customer on my home phone, which I do a LOT, they could be calling me back on that phone number and my wife could be answering and just saying "Hello"…etc. This way, I keep all my businesses and customers on the right lines and I don’t have to worry about mixing things up.

It also allows you to choose a female voice for your listener to hear when you talk, disguising your voice. (Or a male voice, if you are a female.) I have no use for that, but it is a COVERT calling card, so I guess that’s one of the covert features. It also will record your call for later playback, if you wish.

Anyway, check it out if you have multiple businesses, or just a need to disguise the number you are calling from. It’s a pretty nifty thing to have around when you need it. (Oh, and they have an affiliate program! This could be a door to door sales item, easily!)

Update June 2007

There’s a better way to mask your outgoing phone number than covert call, mentioned above, now. The best way to make a call to someone now, and have their caller ID show a different number than the phone you’re actually calling from, is to get a toll free number (for your business, of course) from this service and then do the following. When you want to call someone and have your toll free number show up on the caller ID of the party you’re calling, dial the following: 18004889999 then dial your toll free number without the "1". So, if your toll free number is 888-555-5555, then dial that. Then enter your PIN. Then dial 5 and then the number you are calling.

To make it easier, I have the following put into a speed dial on my phone. The "P"s are hardcoded pauses that most address books allow you to use when inputting speed dialed numbers. The "X"s should be your own toll free number and the "pin" is your 4 digit PIN that you have set up in your toll free number service control panel.

18004889999PPXXXXXXXXXXPpinPPP5

After the "5" at the end you enter the number you are calling. One thing nice about this service is you can dial ** at the end of your conversation and then just dial another number without having to hang up and do the whole thing over again. So, you can group your call backs in one session and save some time. 

January 24, 2007

BiggestOnEarth.com Launches

I’m happy to announce my latest online business. Without further ado… I give you BiggestOnEarth.com. It’s a site that ranks you (highly unofficially) among dozens of fun, serious and heart warming categories.

The site is currently doing a soft launch. There might be a bug here and there so if you catch one, please let me know. Use the contact form on the site to let me know.

Right now, it’s just a fun site but we’re adding features that will allow you to advertise your own business or endeavor (whatever it might be) on the URL that is given to you for your particular award. 

So what number are you and in which category are you the biggest on earth?  :-)

Update: We’ve changed the pricing on each award and you can just buy an electronic version without getting the hard copy sent via snail mail.

September 18, 2006

Giant Sticky Notes - Mega Stickys

Update: Here’s our press release.

Here’s a really cool marketing/office/home product. They’re called Genius Pads and are finally available in the US. Basically, they’re huge sticky notes that measure about 1 foot by 1 foot. I can’t tell you how many uses I can think of for this product. I’ll be writing about some as time goes on.

Oh, and I forgot to mention… I’m the one selling them. :-) Yep, that’s my site at megasticky.com. I saw this product about 6 months ago somewhere on a blog. I went to the site selling them and realized they were ONLY available in the UK. I paid $65 to have a pad of 300 shipped to me here in the US.

Spotting an opportunity, I arranged to be the US distributor for the product with the original manufacturers, and viola! MegaSticky.com was born.

Spot an opportunity, formulate a plan and implement. It’s called Entrepreneurialism.

More about uses for this product as time goes on. Watch this space!!  :-) 

September 17, 2006

Damn that Hillary!

Just when it was safe to think that pretty much the entire left has gone off its common sense rocker, Hillary says something sane.

I certainly hope she goes back to saying looney stuff to garner favor with the anti-American, hate filled left, so I can get back to the real world. Appreciating the comments of Hillary Clinton is just not something I’m used to. Between that and her sporadic support of the Iraq war, what’s a die hard Republican to do?  :-)

September 14, 2006

Give a Prisoner Something to Dream About

Got a message from Dane Carlson, regarding Chuck Huckaby’s suggestion to send a business book to a prisoner. What the heck… why not? I have about a million of them and if it can motivate a person to make something of their lives, it’s postage money well spent.

Find a business kind of book and send it along to:

L.Haddock
Pre Release Program
South Central Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 279
Clifton, TN 38425-0279

Cheers!

Dan 

August 27, 2006

I’m the 258th Most Awesome Person on the Internet

It says it here, so it must be true. :-)

August 8, 2006

My Take on Iran

Just something to think about. Does anyone find it timely that Iran has told Hezbollah to start a skirmish with Israel at this particular time? I don’t think they would have done that, if they didn’t have a deliverable nuclear weapon already developed and ready to go. Everyone knows the President of Iran is looney tunes. It is my opinion that they would never have started something resulting in Israel defending themselves with a vengeance and risk escalation to a regional conflict without having an Ace up their sleeve. They’re crazy, but not brain dead. They know that Israel would outright trounce any opponent in a conventional war. This, coupled with the fact that Ahmadinejad’s convinced he will usher in their 11th Iman… I mean, come on folks. All this is riddled with the obvious. Iran has nuclear capability NOW. Not later, but NOW. And they fully intend to use it, to usher in the 11th Iman.

Update: And now I read the following from the Drudge Report (this link will expire soon, as it normally does, so I’m quoting it below):

WSJ: Scholar Warns Iran’s Ahmadinejad May Have ‘Cataclysmic Events’ In Mind For August 22
Tue Aug 08 2006 10:22:35 ET

In a WALL STREET JOURNAL op-ed Tuesday, Princeton’s Bernard Lewis writes: "There is a radical difference between the Islamic Republic of Iran and other governments with nuclear weapons. This difference is expressed in what can only be described as the apocalyptic worldview of Iran’s present rulers."

"In Islam as in Judaism and Christianity, there are certain beliefs concerning the cosmic struggle at the end of time — Gog and Magog, anti-Christ, Armageddon, and for Shiite Muslims, the long awaited return of the Hidden Imam, ending in the final victory of the forces of good over evil, however these may be defined."

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "and his followers clearly believe that this time is now, and that the terminal struggle has already begun and is indeed well advanced. It may even have a date, indicated by several references by the Iranian president to giving his final answer to the US about nuclear development by Aug. 22," which this year corresponds "to the 27th day of the month of Rajab of the year 1427. This, by tradition, is the night when many Muslims commemorate the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on the winged horse Buraq, first to ‘the farthest mosque,’ usually identified with Jerusalem, and then to heaven and back (c.f., Koran XVII.1).

"This might well be deemed an appropriate date for the apocalyptic ending of Israel and if necessary of the world. It is far from certain that Mr. Ahmadinejad plans any such cataclysmic events precisely for Aug. 22. But it would be wise to bear the possibility in mind."

Developing…

All I gotta say to this is… Holy Armageddon, Batman!

July 26, 2006

Computer Backup Business Revised - Carbonite Rocks!

I wrote about this idea a long time ago. Since then, backup services have become cheaper and cheaper. They are now so cheap, it really doesn’t make sense to rely soley on an inhouse backup system that is susceptible to theft and damage during natural disasters, along with the main computer.

Check out this $5, unlimited online backup service.  That’s right… unlimited backup for $5 a month and it’s continually secure from theft or damage because it’s on the web. It’s also VERY automated and very hands off. Set it once and never worry about backing up again. It’s truly remarkable that computer storage space has gotten so affordable.

But the nice thing is, they have an affiliate program. They pay up to $3 per lead that you bring to them. That means the customer only has to enter their name, email address and download the software. That’s it. You get $3 for that. (This is because I can’t imagine someone not continuing the service after the trial and I’m sure they have an extremely good retention rate.)

But read my original computer backup idea and then apply it to this new program. Just go door to door, with a nicely done business card that just says, "Unlimited Online Backup - $5/month" then the URL to your own site that forwards to your affiliate link. On your site, offer to help them if they have any problems at all (giving your personal number and email address.) If no one is home, leave it at the door. Or just leave it at the door without knocking. Whatever. If you could manage to get 25 people a day to enter their email address and name and download the software, you’ll be making $75 a day. I would imagine you’d have to pass out about 500 cards a day to do this and with business cards being so cheap now a days, it’s doable.

If nothing else, you should get it yourself. 

June 15, 2006

Hell Has Frozen Over

I never thought, in a million years, that there would ever be a link from this blog to the blog called "Huffington Post." But here it is, below… one of the most persuasive arguments for a point that I’ve read in a very long time. If you’re a conservative, you’ll enjoy this article. If you’re a liberal, I HOPE you’ll enjoy it. (And if you’d like to comment, please use civil language or your comments will be deleted.)

The article

June 7, 2006

Sherman Empire Update

I’ve been receiving emails from readers of my blog asking when I’m going to post again. This blog is near and dear to my heart, but it’s so easy to let it slip because of how busy one can get. I like to think that if an entrepreneur has time to post to their blog, they aren’t working hard enough or spending enough time on their ideas. Haha!

We’ve also just had a new baby. Here’s our new daughter, Zoe Belle Sherman. (This drawing was done from a picture taken when she was about 10 days old. Yep, she’s that hairy!)

Zoe Belle Sherman
 

She was born on May 16th and is healthy. Now we have two girls and that’s it. No more for us. :-) 

Meanwhile, in case you’re interested, here is an update on all my businesses:

Sticky123.com - Going good. I’ve neglected it a bit only because the logistics are not set up to do MAJOR sales with this business yet. However, I’m changing that and so I’ll be able to ramp this business up a bit. Current annual revenue from this business is about $3000.

Gr8American.com - This business is still solid. Just finished this year’s line of Old World Santas. I think they’ll be great sellers this year. (New guys aren’t posted on site yet.) Current annual revenue from this business is about $175,000.

EbookPrintout.com -  Gang busters. I’m working on an add on to this service, for author’s of ebooks that will make it even more appealing for them to use our services. Amazingly, the site isn’t even live yet and we already are making about $25,000 a year off this business.

AboveBlack.com - My book is still selling. It’s been out now for 9 years, so sales have slowed of course. But we just printed our 6th print run and we’ve now sold over 10,000 copies. Annual revenue is about $6,000. But this revenue is essentially all plowed back into advertising. I wrote the book not as a money maker but as a tool to educate the public as to what is going on in certain circles of the US government.

PurpleStreet.com - (The site is a template right now… we’re doing development on it so what is there now is nothing like the actual final site.) This is a new site I’ll be launching soon. It will be a service for micro businesses that have one or two products to sell and don’t want to spend lots of money on an online store, getting approved for a merchant account…etc…etc. With this new service, they can upload their product to this ecommerce enabled website, in their own category, and then just link to the cart from whatever one page sales copy they have on the internet. The cart is REALLY professional looking with the ability to track orders, process payments, do sales tracking, ROI…etc. This kind of service is way over due on the net. I don’t know of one place on the net like it for real goods. It’s all inclusive. All you have to have is an inventory of products and a picture of the product. Now that’s simple ecommerce. :-)  Estimated annual revenue by December 2007: $250,000.

MegaSticky.com - (Site not functional yet.) I will be selling sticky note pads that are just like 3M’s Post-It Notes, but BIGGER. Perfect product for schools and businesses alike. Imagine having a 1′ x 1′ (that’s "1 foot by 1 foot" folks) sticky pad in your sales arsenal or in your day care or in your classroom. Estimated annual revenue by December 2007: $750,000 to $1.5 Million

OrderDept.com - (Site not functional yet.) I’m building a database system for small businesses. Most small businesses get orders and fulfill them. They don’t think much beyond that. Most can’t even begin to imagine actually pulling data from their database and doing follow up marketing based on certain criteria…etc. Of course, everyone has differing levels of competency with database manipulation…etc, but for the most part, small businesses do not even come close to optimizing their current customer base the way they could if they had an easy way to do it.

With the system I’m building, a small business can simply forward their cart’s order notification emails to us and we’ll store their customer’s order data, just off that notification email. Then, we’ll have an online interface they can log in to at any time and it will provide an EXTREMELY easy way for them to extract lists from their customer base, from selectable criteria. The cool part is, we’ll be compiling this data into one location. A lot of small businesses may have several different systems going at one time. They’ll use one cart for one thing and another system or cart for another and to get all that data working together is a nightmare. We put it in one location, regardless of what cart system they are using to collect the info. They can even move their entire operation to another cart system and not worry one bit about all their historical customer data. It’ll all be safely tucked away into our system. Once they start up at the new cart, they just continue forwarding order notifications and everything continues like they hadn’t moved at all.

Also, it’ll help small businesses keep their database "clean". Meaning… let’s say you have a customer order a Widget X and then right after that, they discover Widget Y and they order that. With all the data going into our system, we’ll recognize that customer as already having ordered another product and just add this new purchase to their existing customer record. So, when you go to query the database, you’re not going to duplicate your mailing by sending something to this same customer twice and you’ll know that they ordered both of these products without having to compare your product purchases against each other for duplicate customer records. Of course, if you have a cart that requires registration and for the customer to have an account, that won’t happen. But MOST small businesses don’t have carts like that. Estimated annual revenue from this business as of Dec 2007: $25,000 to $50,000.

Mystery Business - I have one business that I’m reluctant to discuss in detail. It’s too sensitive to competition and right now is our biggest money maker. So it would be silly of me to expound. But I at least wanted to let you know that it exists and definitely makes money. Projected 2006 revenues (not profit, revenue): $500,000. 

ForSaleByColor.com - (Template right now.) This is a new blog I’m having designed at the moment. I’ve alluded to this business in the past. Yes, it’s a blog. So why create another one when I don’t have time to add to this one… right? Well, it’s because ForSaleByColor.com will actually make money (butt loads of it.) Plus, my assistant, Francy, will be doing much of the actual blogging, I think. At least once it gets rolling. So, keep an eye out on that one. It might get some high profile attention when it launches since it will be a faily new take on the blogging concept. Estimated annual revenue as of Dec 2007: $50,000 - $150,000 (Lot of "what ifs" on this one.)

CarSticky.com - In early stages of conceptualization. Not much to report at the moment.

DanSherman.com - This blog actually used to make money with AdSense, but about a year ago or so, they started serving crappy public service ads ALL THE TIME on the site. So, I just removed them. So, DanSherman.com used to make about $1500 a year in just AdSense revenue, but it doesn’t any more. Perhaps I’ll rethink my monetization plan for this at some point.

Various Affiliate Links - Over the years, I’ve signed up with affiliate programs and displayed them on various sites of mine. (Some of them I haven’t even visited or worked on in over 4 years.) I just get checks in the mail every so often for these programs and for the most part, I have absolutely no idea how I made the money. Annual revenue: $1000

So that is the status of the Sherman Empire such as it is. Every day is another challenge. But challenges that I cherish and wouldn’t change for the world.

Be different and never give up. 

May 5, 2006

Watch For Terrorist Attack on 5/5/06

This is by no means a prediction based on any particular information. I’m just pointing out that they love to pick memorable days to do their evil upon mankind. The date of 5/5/06 is obviously a pretty memorable date. So is 6/6/06 that’s coming up next month. Of course, since that’s the mark of the beast in Christianity, that would be fitting since their ideology and beliefs are of the devil.

Anyway, watch and wait tomorrow (the 5th.) God only knows what they have up their sleeve.

May 3, 2006

Earthquake Prediction Came to Pass

My prediction has come to pass. An 8.0 earthquake would be comensurate with the level of sounds I heard which led me to the prediction in the first place.

In case you’re keeping track, that’s 2 for 2 on my predictions. Two public predictions and two massive quakes.

Yes, you can argue that anyone can make a prediction about an earthquake happening at any time and they will be correct much of the time because of so many earthquakes happening around the world. But consider that both my predictions were for the massive kinds of quakes. There are only an average of 1 "great" quake on earth per year. A "great" quake is 8.0 or better.

In an update to this post, on April 21st, I said the following:

Update 4/21/06: Very large quake happened in Siberia. Remote area but quakes of this size do not happen very often. Watch the next 3 or 4 months though. I think there will be a bigger one. At least based on my experience with the auditory signals I get preceeding seismic events.

I realize many people are skeptical, but I’m batting 1000 with my last two predictions (read about my first public prediction that came to pass here) and I’ve batted 1000 with many more previous to that. I just haven’t announced them in a public forum like this. However, I will continue to post my predictions here as time goes on. Maybe I should start a separate blog predicting seismic activity. :-)

April 20, 2006

Earthquake Sounds Update

I just came across an article regarding something mysterious that scientists are baffled about. It correlates well with what I hear prior to earthquakes. I would be interested to know when they have been sensing these "tones" and see if it correlated to my latest prediction.

April 7, 2006

Rule of Law Doesn’t Apply to San Francisco

I just read one of most assinine things I’ve read in a while. Evidently, the mayor of San Francisco has decided, in his infinite wisdom that SF will not abide by any laws passed by congress if it has to do with enforcing the prevention of illegal entry into the US.

This guy is amazing. I hope it does pass so that he is arrested and charged with whatever it is that you are charged with when you don’t uphold the rule of law as an elected official. Such an ass. It’s okay to have an opinion, but to break the law in the course of your official duties is just amazing.

Here is the article

Here’s an idea. Why don’t we lock down the CA border? Then allow them to admit whomever they want into CA. They can just fling open their border to Mexico. It can become Mexico north. When it gets so unliveable that they start rethinking what they did, we’ll just have to tell them that our borders are tight and you can’t move to the rest of the USA. You made your bed, now lie in it… in other words.

Think about this folks… Mexico has been around for much longer than the US. They’ve had WAAAAYYYY more time to make Mexico a great place to live. A country that you wouldn’t want to leave. Why is it that they haven’t gotten it right? What makes them want to come to the US? I’ll tell you why… because our values and culture have made our society desirable to live within. So, if we allow unchecked immigration into our country, by people who make up a country that is NOT desirable to live in… WE SLOWLY BECOME A COUNTRY THAT IS UNDESIRABLE TO LIVE IN AS WELL. Think!!!! Mexico isn’t undesirable to live in because of the dirt there. The dirt is the same as here in the US. It’s not undesirable to live there because of the beaches… heck, the beaches are nice. Let’s see… what is it that makes it undesirable to live there…. hmmm… let’s think REALLLLLYYYYY hard… maybe it’s the sun… it’s too hot. Nope. It’s hot in Arizona, but Arizona is a great place to live. How about the houses there. No, you can build a really nice house in Mexico, too. Just like here in the US. Hmmmm… still thinking… hmmm…

I know… ding! It’s the PEOPLE!!! Now, don’t get me wrong… there are nice people everywhere, including undesirable places to live. But it’s their culture. It’s their every day standards. It’s the way they choose to live in their cities… from the planning of their cities, to their corruption…etc. But all that stems from the people. The people make a society. Not the buildings (people make the buildings), not the weather, not the food, not the location in relation to any other country… it’s the PEOPLE. So, if you extend that logic out. If the same people that make Mexico an undesirable place to live, move to the US. What happens to the US, slowly, over time?

Bingo!

It doesn’t take rocket science here, folks. We should have controlled, legal immigration, from all nations including Mexico. But ONLY if they agree to and have a desire to assimilate into our way of living. If they cannot do that, and they feel their own culture should be brought with them, then why don’t they STAY in that culture if it was such a great culture that you must cling to it when you enter into another country.

This whole topic irritates me. Liberals yell discrimination when people say the things I just got done saying. But facts are facts. It has nothing to do with discrimination. It has to do with protecting our culture and our borders. If we want to become what Mexico is… just keep allowing the flood of illegal immigrants in and see what happens.

April 3, 2006

Another Seismic Prediction

Hello everyone. Let me first say, I hate when bloggers open their posts with an apology for not posting to their blog for "x" amount of time. Like they’re God’s gift to blogging and somehow everyone’s life has stopped because they weren’t getting new posts from this particular blogger. So, no apologies since I’m sure you’ve been fine in my absence. Ha!

However, I will tell you why I’ve been away for so long. Busy!!! I just don’t see how consistent bloggers find the time to add to their blog on a daily basis. Yowza!! I’m actually trying to find a full time assistant to help out with my businesses, but I can’t seem to find one competent enough to take the wage I’m offering, in this competitive job market. Woe is me.

But I needed to get this post written in a timely manner since I think it’ll be important to document this. As many of you might know, if you followed my blog in 2004, I made a prediction regarding earthquake/seismic activity, which culminated in the Indian Ocean earthquake and subsequent tsunami. I won’t repeat all the details here about how I can predict seismic activity…etc. If you need a refresher, you can read what I said in the past and then come back here.

The thing that happens in my ears is happening again. I woke up this morning with I’d say about 30% to 40% hearing loss in my left ear. Not quite as bad as what happened leading up to the Indonesian earthquake in 2004. But it’s definitely the second worse I’ve ever seen it. I usually get this thing in my ear for perhaps 30 seconds or so and then it goes away. That is usually good enough to precede a pretty sizeable seismic event. So, when it lasts this long (it’s already been about 3 hours since I woke up and it’s persisting), I can’t help but think we’re in store for a VERY sizeable seismic event soon. The one preceding the Indonesian event lasted for days before my hearing was back to normal.

I wish I had a scientist interested enough to test my hearing and try to reproduce what it is that I hear before seismic events. Sure would be interesting. But meanwhile, all I have is this blog to communicate to the world what happens to me before such events and when they actually happen. Unfortunately, I can’t pin it down to a time or a location. With the Indonesian one, the thing with my ears happened a full 4 months prior to the event (although there were two 7.0 earthquakes in Japan within 24 hours of my post that detailed what was happening with my ears.)

Anyway, there you have it. It’s down on "paper" so to speak. Now let’s see what mother nature has in store for us. :-(

Update 4/21/06: Very large quake happened in Siberia. Remote area but quakes of this size do not happen very often. Watch the next 3 or 4 months though. I think there will be a bigger one. At least based on my experience with the auditory signals I get preceeding seismic events.

December 15, 2005

King Kong - Gong!

I just read on Drudge that the opening receipts for King Kong were the 21st best Wednesday opening in history. It didn’t even do as well as the Pokeman movie when it was released on a Wednesday.

I had to laugh. Only because I was reading all these glowing reviews and how it might become the biggest blockbuster in history…etc. All the while, I had absolutely no interest in it whatsoever, myself and I couldn’t imagine many people having an interest in it either.

The days of big monster movies are gone. We waved goodbye to that era when “Apple” was only something we ate. Jurassic Park was an exception only because they were monsters that actually roamed the earth. They were real, which lended a certain curiosity to it.

Just because you spend a LOT of money on a movie doesn’t mean people are going to want to see it. Even if it does have a compelling story and critcs fawn over it. It doesn’t matter. If the public in general doesn’t have an interest in the overriding subject matter (large apes), it’s going to flop.

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