Posted by: danzaland | April 11, 2012

The Food Machine – America Revealed

I happened upon this episode of America Revealed and stayed with it. Maybe having been a listener of The Survival Podcast for a few years I was appalled at how awful our systems are and the crap they turn out. One of the interviewee’s spoke to the point of having to up the yield year over year, and it made me wonder how long can that go on for? How long can we continue to genetically modify our foods, both vegetable and animal before it stops?

I hope that the last five minutes that dealt with Urban Farming, vegetables grown on vacant/abandoned land in cities resonates with people and that more organic, less traveled food is better for us. I will admit I am a food growing newb, and that I am a consumer of our Food Machine’s end product, but I am trying not to be.

Posted by: danzaland | March 9, 2012

72 degrees in my head, All the time

Okay so it wasn’t 72 degrees, but it was close. Early March and a 60degree plus day in Rochester, NY, you want to be outside. SO I was. I squared up a round log.

Log Overview

I used my Logosol Timber Jig and a 2×6 rail I built (seen here).

Close Up 1

Close Up 2

So now with my circular saw and a hand saw I plan on cutting this 8×8 down to 4×6’s and trying to make sawhorses.

Posted by: danzaland | February 29, 2012

Sarcasm Tags

I’ve been doing it for a while. I’m sure there are some who will say they invented it so who knows.
The sarcasm tag.
<sarcasm> Yo Momma </sarcasm>
Due to the expressionless nature of emails, tweets and other forms of written communication, the sarcasm tag makes for a nice delineation for that throw away comment.

Posted by: danzaland | February 27, 2012

Manifest Complacency

Complacency. Define it for yourself. For many it is having a job that they may not really like doing or even really care about. For some the job is something they really like to do, but it’s not the be all end all. Others are reaching for that complacency because they are trying to make ends meet and just plain survive.

I constantly battle my complacency. That game of spider solitaire is so much more inviting than pushing out another resume. When I do have a paycheck, complacency taps me on the shoulder and tells me I’ve done a good job, the check is in the account, relax.

It takes tons of effort to break the grip of complacency. Your family, your friends, your co-workers all pile on in their various ways if you begin to try and rock the boat. It seems the harder you try the stronger the resistance. It’s tough. The system is set up against the average person.

George Carlin clip:

Bill Hicks clip:

But maybe things are turning. Glenn Elhers posted on Facebook that he took part in an interview for a documentary about complacency.

I’m Fine, Thanks is that documentary.


The film is associated with the website, which looks very interesting in my initial overview.

I find my self latching onto, being motivated by, and getting behind projects like this using what little I have at my disposal. Right now that is my words and my community. I hope you will take a look at what is being said and reflect upon it and how it affects your life now and in the future.

I’m also hoping to set off the Google Alerts for Gary Vaynerchuk of WineLibraryTV and Vaynermedia, MJ DeMarco of The Millionaire Fastlane and Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast and Five Minutes with Jack. I’d love to see these guys get behind the film or at least into it and for you to discover what these people have to say in hopes that something one of them says improves your life.

Posted by: danzaland | February 9, 2012

Insert Positive Cliche HERE

Redouble and Compete. Final Answer.

From wanting to vomit on my keyboard when I saw legitimate competition to meeting with my developer today, I have run the gamut of emotions and spun multiple possibilities around in my head.  I know that one of the biggest things that made me question moving forward is that the competition is not charging the job hunter or hiring managers to sign up. As I move forward I will be delving into their site to try and find how they plan on generating revenue. It’s gotta be somewhere or else other people would not have put in millions of dollars.

We both agreed it is a good idea and that we let our lives get in the way. Until we hit a large stumbling block that we cannot figure out or would take a ton of cash to solve, we are pressing forward.

Thanks to my brother Pat for an inspired vote of confidence and support in response to my Facebook post about this. I know I am going to need his and your help to get this thing flying.

Posted by: danzaland | February 8, 2012

Demoralization Day

I have been working on an idea called for over a year. So far my execution has been poor. Then Monday via a couple day old Google Alert, I saw a website that has executed the idea.

Enter the Demoralization Zone.

The other company is up and running, has a working site with customers and $1.75 million in venture capital.
I have a demo wordpress blog, a non-functional website, myself as a customer and no capital.

I now have a decision to make. Do I mothball the whole project or do I redouble my effort and compete?

Either way I know that the lesson is to execute, execute, execute.

Posted by: danzaland | February 5, 2012

A Different Gary Vaynerchuk

I am one of the many Vayniacks out here on the net. Jack Spirko of hipped me to Gary and his first book Crush It! in 2010, and I’ve been hooked since. I previously posted his 2008 Web 2.0 video and still continue to find it inspirational.

I received Gary’s Feb 3rd email with his newest video and saw a different Gary. Here’s the video

I really like what he has to say.

DNA – some people are born with it. I’ve have questioned my DNA and how much of it is business related, can I get my current project off the ground, into the air and soaring?

B and C players – He also mentioned knowing and always having a feel for business even as a kid. I don’t know that I felt that strongly about much when I was young. Does this make me a B or C player? Probably. But I also think that it might be okay. So I may be the Ford version instead of the Mercury or Lincoln or even the Bentley. I’ll just have to be the best Ford I can be.

About Himself – I got the feeling, and I emailed him about it, that the tug between work and family might be getting to him and he is now recognizing that and trying to deal with it.

I think Gary has another Youtube hit on his hands here and looks to show a growing and maturing guy. When you go looking for other videos by Gary, know that they have a different feel and bravado than this one, but are no less powerful.

Thanks Gary.


Posted by: danzaland | November 7, 2011

70 years ago

The Great Dictator – 1940 – Charlie Chaplin

Hope… I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor – that’s not my business – I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that.

We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.

The way of life can be free and beautiful.

But we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls – has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.

We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in: machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little: More than machinery we need humanity; More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say “Do not despair”.

The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress: the hate of men will pass and dictators die and the power they took from the people, will return to the people and so long as men die [now] liberty will never perish…

Soldiers – don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you – who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder.

Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate – only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers – don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty.

In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written ” the kingdom of God is within man ” – not one man, nor a group of men – but in all men – in you, the people.

You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let’s use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfil their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfil that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers – in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

Look up! Look up! The clouds are lifting – the sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world. A kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality.

The soul of man has been given wings – and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow – into the light of hope – into the future, that glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up. Look up.”

Posted by: danzaland | March 31, 2011

Millionaire Fastlane

I am embarking upon a through read of MJ DeMarco’s The Millionaire Fastlane. I made a previous post about doing it, made a Facebook post about it and got a message from Mr. DeMarco himself saying I would get the book faster than projected Amazon dates, and that he too was frustrated with the Start-Up/Entrepreneurial spaces.
A little about my background includes working for a website start up in 2000-2001 that failed, venturing away from my graphic design career track and getting into timberframing. Got laid off from the timberframing twice. Since then I have made attempts to get my own things off and going.

Projects is my dba for any freelance work I might get. That is on hold due the need for the proper software and computer. is the most recent project in it’s infancy stage. There is a rough prototype up. Finding a balance between contract work and has been interesting. is a one page newspaper of articles missed or underreported by the mainstream media, or any article I find interesting.


The Chain
I listen to Alex Jones and and learned more about being self prepared.
Was introduced to James Wesley, Rawles book Patriots.
Found Jack Spirko and his site The Survival Podcast.
TSP then introduced me to Gary Vaynerchuk and his 2 books, Crush It! and The Thank You Economy.
Researching Gary brought me to and Jason Calacanis, his show This Week in Start-Ups and his blog
Also at is Mark Suster his blog and his show This Week in Venture Capital.

There are many leads from there to sites like Y-Combinator and their news site, and Bitly’s news site to read news and articles.

I lay all this out, because I think Fastlane may cover some of this ground. I will keep this in mind as I read and try to speak to the newbie and to the more advanced entrepreneur.

I would also like to disclose:

I have gotten the free chapter and looked through the Amazon Look Inside to try and get a better idea about the book.

I looked for it through my local library system and didn’t see it.

I already did believe that the current way of saving and working suck and don’t deliver what they should. I just didn’t know how to say it in an elegant way.

I am currently working the standard job thing, but strive to work for myself.


Send your questions and comments along and I will do my best to answer them. I expect to post chapter write ups. I am not sure what shape these will take, I don’t want to rob Mr. DeMarco of his intellectual property.

Posted by: danzaland | March 25, 2011

I will read Millionaire Fastlane

I just ordered Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco. I have dealt with a few bouts of unemployment in the last 2 years, so this is an excessive purchase that I hopes changes that.
I have been wandering around in the Start-up/Entrepreneurial space for about a year now and have 2 projects that haven’t gone anywhere.
I’m hoping to see something I didn’t already know.
I want to see something pointed out that I am doing wrong.
I want to see something that points me in the right direction to get one of the projects moving along quickly.
I am leery I will not see anything beyond what I already know.
I hope it is more than just get a good idea – Grow it through hard work – Cash out.
I will one star it if it is that and does not add any value to what I already know.
64 5-star reviews does set off my crap meter and give me cause for concern. I can say I am worried this is a too good to be true scenario, much like those Infomercials. I will say I know that I like the concept/idea that the standard way is not the way to go. I like to think of myself as an open minded person who is not afraid to go against the norm. Just look at some of the political postings I have done here already.
I will do my best to give the book a fair shake. I will make notes about every chapter in regards to “yeah know it” “that was half an idea” “I’ll do that” and others I’m sure I’ll invent as I read the book.
Mr. DeMarco I welcome your comments once this pops up in your Google Alert!

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