High Costs Make It Harder To Grow Young Farmers : NPR

“[Some people are] sitting in New York [and] saying, Well, I dont know, Ive never even been to Nebraska, but by golly, Im going to buy some Nebraska land, ” Goss says. “And you have these groups coming together … that are buying farmland [and] driving up farmland prices to prices weve not seen before.”

via High Costs Make It Harder To Grow Young Farmers : NPR.

Michael Moore Kills Capitalism with Kool-Aid – Michael W. Covel – Mises Daily

Oh sure, in theory I would like to see everyone with their own homestead, money in their pocket for regular shopping frenzies, and no health worries despite eating at Burger King 24/7, but arriving at those goals is not exactly doable unless government robs Peter to pay Paul and/or starts up the printing press.

And that view of course puts me in opposition to Moore since he has no problem with government as his and our father figure. That is his utopia. He truly believes that warehouses of federal workers, in Washington, D.C., remotely running our lives is the optimal plan. He is an unapologetic socialist who really doesn’t care why the poor are poor or the rich are rich, he just wants it fixed. So not surprisingly — and with some generalization as I proffer this — Democrats like Moore and Republicans don’t.

However, I was excited to see a “mainstream” film that was backed by big Hollywood bucks conclude capitalism is “evil.” Arguably the most successful documentarian ever — a man who has made untold millions of dollars — was going to legitimately make the case that there was an alternative to capitalism. I sat down in a packed Mann’s Bruin Theatre in Westwood, California, eager to see how his vision could possibly flesh out.

Moore is a rather simple guy. He is likable. He sees the world as good guys (people with no money) and bad guys (people with money). His Flint, Michigan, union-worker upbringing is his worldview. If you did not have that upbringing or if your life started less severe than his, you are an evil capitalist. If, on the other hand, you are a laid-off factory worker with a sixth-grade education, you are a true hero.

via Michael Moore Kills Capitalism with Kool-Aid – Michael W. Covel – Mises Daily.

@thenorthface, nice $250 boots that can’t keep up with a computer guy.

I make it a point to only purchase products that will last. I put my faith in the name of The North Face with intentions that a pair of boots would be able to keep up with me for at least a few years. Glad to see your supposed quality and “Never Stop Exploring” slogan can’t get you to crank out a pair of boots that can last more then a year of walking on carpet and sitting at a desk 5 hours a day.

I have no idea where these boots were manufactured and could really care less. I don’t care if they are foreign made or American made, they are shit.

Unless your past experiences are highly divergent from mine I would make it a point to avoid North Face products ESPECIALLY if you plan on putting your life in their hands, ie climbing a mountain, like they want to feature on every damn page of their website.

I do like the look and style of these boots, if anyone could offer me a recommendation, preferably American made, I would greatly appreciate it. I’ve grown rather tired of the annoyance of water leaking in the sides of BOTH boots the one time a month I manage to step in a mud puddle.

The only thing that about this whole experience that makes me smile is the irony of one of the most prominent blowouts being located directly on the North Face logo..

Book Review: Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything – Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

Overall a very strong “ok” rating. Nothing that blew me away but interesting and informative, just a little long winded and slow to read at times.

Lot of interesting case studies, but it felt like the same narrow points were made over and over and every example was brought out to just repeat the authors firmly entrenched views again and again. Never was there any sort of counter argument offered or any sort of outlier example featured.

While the concept of “wikinomics” or I think more appropriate termed “collaborative economics” is very valid, I felt this book was just trying to capitalize on being the first to the press and the first to have “wiki” in the name. If it was released today it would probably be called “Facebooknomics”.

But after rereading this review it feels like I’m bashing, that wasn’t the intent, the book was good but just wandering at times and the author chose to approach a very interesting topic in an odd way. Not the way I would have written it for sure.

Relaunch of tbohen.com, could something actually useful show up here??

Well its been said countless ways and countless times that “Real writers write.” You can’t get more simple then that. Since one of my goals going back to pre teen years has been to be a writer, its time I finally use this blog to progress towards that goal.

After numerous fits and starts with numerous platforms, domains and styles, I have proved what I already knew to be true. The tools and the method have absolutely nothing to do with the writing. You just have to put the butt in the chair and put the words on the page. Thinking and dwelling non stop about what to write about, and dicking around with different tools will only accomplish one thing, produce NO writing.

So dear reader, you and the one other person that most likely will visit this page get prepared to read a non stop daily dump of my thoughts. Ideally over time the quality will improve, I pity you poor fool who is here in the early days. But I know and have proven to myself through countless examples that I am a creature of routine and truly thrive through consistency. Whether it be business, fitness related, stock trading, productivity enhancement or writing. Another quote that has been said a million different ways is “What we do we become” or more specific to me, “What we consistently do we become.”

After writing to my journal EVERY day for close to 150 days, I have found the quality to have greatly improved and the great desire to never miss a day grow and grow as the streak gets longer.

So what should you expect to read? Basically my interpretation and experience of reading, using and analyzing the procedures and products I use every day. There are millions of them out there, and  more every  day, but in essence I foresee a “Lifestyle blog”. I am an active learner and goal setter. In the past year I have logged these accomplishments:

-Read at least one book per week

-Obtain a CCW

-Write consistently to a daily journal

-Trade stocks profitably and consistently and refine my processes.

-Weight train consistently

-Eat NO farm raised meat

-Write children’s short stories (collaborating with my kids to create the plot)

-Eat NO fast food (For the second year running)

-Minimize consumption of processed food

-Enhance productivity in everyday business and create a progressive workplace

-Became a proficient welder, specifically the GMAW process

-Consistently rise between 4-5AM (most days, this still is a little buggy)

More then anything I’m bummed I have not written or blogged or tracked these accomplishments outside of my own software and journal. So 2011 is the year I change that.

Some of the goals for the coming year that will be tracked here:

-Learn Ruby/ROR and develop a web app

-Step up my weight training to the next level (need to figure out the actual metrics still)

-Learn to play acoustic guitar

-Only drink one unique six pack of beer per week (good beer) and review it here

-Write something for public publication six days a week

-Speak publicly on a consistent basis  (monthly?)and improve my presentation skills

-Write something that can be sold (ebook, novel, magazine article?)

-Become a certified welder and proficient in the SMAW and GTAW processes

Wow, this was supposed to be a couple hundred word introduction, it really turned into a ramble.  I guess I will leave it at that for today, ideally through consistency this forum will become useful to anyone who shares my interests in improvement and skill building.

After rereading this entry I’m far from impressed, but I guess every journey begins with a single step. This first step may have been a little more like a stumble but I did move slightly forward this morning.

Book Review: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation – Steven Johnson

Exceptional book on the creation and cultivation of ideas and innovation. Really enjoyed the brevity more then anything! I frequently complain about the constant need to push the 300 page mark in business books. This concise book clocks in at a very efficient just over 200 pages. I was able to read it completely in a couple day span and frequently looked forward to picking it back up.

I seem to fall in love with most ideas I read in books and this is no departure. Not sure if I can find anything to disagree about, many of the concepts and techniques described are methods I have used myself. One of the best parts was discovering that I was using ideas that some of the greats had used for many years. Kind of a funny seque since this book is firmly centered on the idea of “standing on the shoulders of giants”.

Not sure if I will now cultivate some great idea, but this book was for sure motivating and exciting to think about both during and after the fact!

Book Review: Freedom, Inc.: Free Your Employees and Let Them Lead Your Business to Higher Productivity, Profits, and Growth – Carney, Getz

I enjoyed this book and there was tons of great content, but like so many business books it was just to damn long. I know there is some sort of unwritten rule that you have to hit 300 pages, or who knows maybe its not even an unwritten rule. But so many books like this have the feel that the writer is really just trying to stretch things out. Overall GREAT book, with tons of awesome case examples and research. But strip the filler and cut it done to 200 pages and it might be in the top 10 business improvement books I’ve ever read.

Lots of great ideas and examples on how to improve your business by creating more freedom in your enterprise. I have already implemented several of the ideas in my business. And I have plans to utilize more concepts found in this book. If you are a business owner or manager looking to enhance the productivity of your staff I highly recommend it. Just be prepared to get bored at times with the filler content.