Happiest Place On Earth

Well, it seems I will most likely need to learn Spanish if I intend to live in one of the happiest places on Earth (and no, it ain’t Disney World).

However, I believe that list is highly skewed because Cuba seemed to have made the top 10, but I know there are a whole bunch of pissed off Cuban people here in South Florida who would say otherwise. Hmmm…now I’m wondering what the margin of error is.

In any event, I’ll at least visit Vanuatu at some point and judge for myself whether it is the happiest place on Earth.

Calling Ford Motors

You need to hand your slogan over to Mercedes-Benz.

Built Mercedes Tough.

(Here’s a quick hint…3 feet of water, bumpy terrain, a 4 ton monster truck, and in the end, they blew up the engine with dynamite and it still started.)

The Insanity Is Back Online

So, for about 24 hours this weekend, the insanity was offline. Needless to say, it was a hectic 24 hours as I decided to move some ultra important sites to a different hosting provider (the insanity, however, is staying right where it is for now).

Did I ever mention that moving hosts is like moving house? A pain in the ass. At least it is when you have a large site to move (not so much for the smaller websites). But it’s finally done and I’m ready for a vacation.

Since I really can’t take a vacation right now, I plan to do the next best thing and go on a book binge. Once I finish a few of the projects I currently have on my plate (one which was delayed due to the down time), I plan to spend the month of August relaxing and releasing free WordPress themes.

My August reading list includes:

  • Dear Zoe, by Philip Beard. I had to get this book as soon as I saw The Lovely Bones mentioned in a review. I fell in love with The Lovely Bones (though it did drag on in places); it touched my heart so deeply it became an instant favourite. I’m hoping that Dear Zoe, doesn’t disappoint. It looks fairly short, about 200 pages, so it should only take me a couple days to complete.
  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. This book is on the list because I absolutely want to see the movie and I have some weird thing about reading books before I see the movie. It gives me a sense of deja vu while I’m in the theatre. Since it’s another relatively short book, it’s fully possible to complete it before the movie leaves the theatres.
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Okay, I really don’t know what I was thinking when I picked up this book, but it just caught my eye. The author is a Nobel Prize winner for literature, that means it has to be good, right? After scanning the first few pages, something tells me it would help greatly if I knew Spanish or at least how to roll my R’s properly. (I know what you’re thinking, but the book’s in English. A lot, if not all, of the surnames are of latin origin though.)

    Hmmm, just discovered that this book has also been added to the Oprah Book Club reading list, and so far, I’ve not been disappointed with any of the books I’ve read from the list. That means this book should be a real treat.

So as not to bore you, dear blog visitors, I only plan to post the reviews on my book review blog, but I may come back here and post a quick update to let you know which ones I liked and recommend.

I’m curious to see what others are reading this summer, if anything, so don’t hesitate to leave me a little note or drop me an e-mail with a suggestion.

Back Home From Affiliate Summit

The trip to Orlando for Affiliate Summit was a safe one. I’m back home now and finally starting to recuperate, however, I think I picked a hitchhiker along the way: a cold bug. That aside, I managed to pick up quite a bit of information and meet a few people.

Though I said I’d take plenty of pictures, I didn’t. I never even brought my camera out, and the only picture I managed to take while at the event was with my camera phone. I did manage to get a nice shot of downtown Disney from the room…neither photo deserves its own place under the “life on film” section of the blog.

When I attended PubCon, I had brought along my laptop, but didn’t use it in the sessions. Notes were taken the old fashioned way and to this day, they are right where I left them — in that notebook.

This time around, I decided to geek out and bring my laptop along with me, and I’m very glad I did. I was able to take notes while sitting in on each session and it will also be much easier for me to actually blog them at Destination: Success when I get some time next week.

Though I didn’t care much for the venue, I still had a good time. If I had kids, it probably wouldn’t have been so bad, but elbowing people while trying to make my way around downtown Disney and having to wait an hour to be seated in a restaurant at any given time was not my idea of fun.

One can argue that I didn’t go for the venue, I went for the education, and it was great. Rosalind Gardner and Dave Taylor‘s respective sessions were great; I even got to chat with them for a little while afterward. Both of their sessions have inspired me to start a few new projects as well.

In the meantime, I’ll be focusing on my upcoming 31 WordPress themes in 31 days project slated to start August 1.

The next Affiliate Summit will be in Las Vegas January 2007, but since I’ll be attending PubCon Las Vegas in November, I probably won’t make it.

For Future Reference

“The Magnificent Adventures of Gropey and Moe”

(As you may have guessed, there will probably be an Affiliate Summit notable quotes post shortly following this…though it probably won’t be as great as the PubCon Boston notable quotes.)

Leaving On A Jet Plane

I’m really starting to like the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport. You get free wireless internet access while you wait :) .

For some strange reason, not that I’m complaining or anything, it only took about 10 minutes to breeze through the security check point and now I’m about an hour and a half early for my flight to Orlando.

By the way, I’m heading to Orlando for Affiliate Summit. Honestly, it still hasn’t even sunk in yet that I’m getting ready to depart. I’m not even sure I packed everything I need…oh well, I guess if worse comes to worst, I could just buy whatever I need when I get there.

As always, I will try to take plenty of pictures and post them whenever I can.

Thanks For A Swell FFAF

I want to offer my sincerest thank you to Pandora, Luka, and Kenny for making the June 2006 FFAF a swell one. :)

While the rest of the world (or U.S. rather) was off preparing for the Independence Day weekend, they took the time to leave a little love on my site.

See ya’ll next month…

Where the world happens to be at

First off, thanks for guest posting on my site.

Right now, I think I’d very much like to be in Germany, where almost the whole world has their attention focused on. It’s that time of the year again, and the next time it ever comes around would be another long four years.

Surprisingly, contrary to popular believe, I’m not that huge a soccer fan. :wink: Where most guys my age are heavily into it, somehow, I don’t seem fazed by it all. Still, that’s not a valid reason enough for me not to join in the merry making! It’ll be a real blast to be able to find myself right smack in the middle of a match (okay, not right smack in the middle of the pitch, in the middle of a game. It’ll be so rude to interrupt the game. Appearing in the grandstand would be just fine) and getting all caught up in the excitement of it all.

Post match, I’ll probably find myself at a nearby bar, drinking and joining in the celebration for a match well played by the winning team.

I think it’ll be real fun!

It’s Kenny here, from EndlessTrail