Friday, December 18, 2009

FSBO The New Financial Intermediary

The Newest Deals

mobile shopping via smart phones... a disruptive technology

A Very Busy Semester!

Funny how much the world has changed since my last post here. I continue to enjoy following Google's quest to compete with Apple Inc. (i.e. the Android versus the iphone). The NYT Online Technology section continues to chronicle the development of two "next big things": 1) the "Internet of Things" and 2) augmented reality. Of course cloud computing is getting significant "buzz."

I'm gearing up to teach a course on Google Inc this January and then it is back to Spring Semester. Over the holidays I intend to watch plenty of Turner Classic Movies and the MLB Channel. All of that and course preps.

Well that is about all of my drivel to share in this blog no one ever reads...LOL. But this is a journey not a destination. The experience of authoring this blog makes me appreciate bloggers who have weekly or even daily output.

Classic movie fans should check out the Movie Morlock at I am part of the TCM community and have even started a few threads of my own.

Friday, September 4, 2009


Best Free Music App Anywhere

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Browsers Galore

I am enjoying trying some new browsers: Avant, FlashPeak Slimbrowser, Flock and Maxthon.

You will find them over at CNET. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 22, 2009


A great place to learn about the transition to ubiquitous TV.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Visualizing Data

One of the courses I teach is "Business Problem Analysis." I get students started on skills at developing spreadsheets and graphics as well as database development. The idea of course is to get them to begin to see data so as decison makers they will be equipped to deal with the torrent of data innundating organizations.

Here is an interesting article at the NYT Online...

(and no, this is not a tiny url)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Twitter AR

Augmented Reality is coming to Twitter. It's a trending topic today. You will be able to see where the tweets are coming from.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Build a Web Site for Free

Here's the link to the book.

Here's the link to my review of the book.

Your Smart Phone as a Scanner: The Scan Phone App

This sounds like something you would need for the produce aisle or warehouse but it is a cool application that I am learning about and using. It is another example of Web 3.0 and the IoT (Internet of Things).

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

TCH The Cool Hunter Check it out!


This is a great tool that uses a bookmarking service to create books of links that are organized around any topic.

Well worth trying out!

It is a free service. I have used it to create a book of links on IoT. This service allows you to collaborate in the development of a book and many other features. It has good functionality ands is easy to navigate and use.

I see this as an excellent way to mentor students who need to develop outlines for a paper and learn how to discern internet the value of electronic sources for citation.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

We Choose the Moon

what an incredibly wonderful service provided to us. We can listen and via photos and virtual reality join the crew of Apollo 11.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Google Course for OBU J Term 2010

Starting to develop a course on Google which I will offer at OBU during J-Term 2010. I have selected two texts and have put together the course outline. I think I'll have quite a few students who want to take the course.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Enjoy the YouTube Video Bar

Here is a video news bar from YouTube, my third mashup. I just snatched some HTML from YouTube and I have a news video feed to go along with my TCM widget and my ads from Google.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

OK I just made some more Twitter posts. I have two followers. Who else will add me? 
My ad from adsense is another mash up 
My TCM widget is mash up with my blog 

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mind-Set This is a great article but one that makes me wonder why we don't take perfect storms seriously.

New Contract for Dick Bartley

sahwheet he will continue on into a fourth decade!!!!!!!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Dick Bartley Please Don't Go Away

See from his web site that his distribution deal with ABC will end by 3/31/2009. The best oldies from the 60s and 70s since the early 1980s every Saturday night from 6pm to midnight.

What a shame. Thanks to 93.3 KIOA Des Moines for many great evenings via Internet radio.

Let's hope Dick gets or finds a new deal. He is a national treasure. In the 80's his radio show was THE Saturday night party sound track. NO ONE gets the music of the 60s and 70s like him.

Thanks Dick for so may great memories.

Markov My Friend

Well we know a system steady state will be reached once all these joint probabilities play out. How many iterations? Can I buy a vowel?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tuesday Musings

In class today my students and I explored the world of FCF (Free Cash Flow) models. It was fun to see them come to the realization that the HV i.e. TV (Horizon Value aka Terminal Value aka Continuing Value) is essentially based upon the Gordon Growth Model where value of equity = (expected dividend/price of stock) + estimated growth.

Is a company simply an ATM machine?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sunday Musings

What if we had a depression and nobody came? The psychology of this situation is fascinating. It seems that the stress test for troubled banks is too optimistic. Seems economic conditions are worse than perceived.

Here is a nice article at NYT Online

Friday, February 27, 2009

What a Wild Ride

Since my flurry of blogs during the summer of 2008 I have had the "fun" of watching the financial meltdown. A perfect storm of lack of regulatory oversight, greed and the hubris of financial engineering.

The NY Times Online has a superb ongoing series and Charlie Rose on PBS continues to have exceptional interviews of key players and the best minds related to the process of recovery.

Cool tech things going on as well, especially Kindle 2.

HR Tools Interviews

Over the next several weeks I will be interviewed by the web site HR Tools. My first interview involved knowledge management. Follow up interviews will include these topics: Decision Theory,
Intellectual Capital and Corporate Valuation, and The Deep Web.