Had a very inspirational session yesterday with an iBook guru and realized that I definitely need to get back on the program. It will take some time, and dedication, but the results are definitely worth it.

Related links: Take Control of iBooks Author

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Just a quick reminder that there are only 11 more days until RoboGames 2013 kicks off!

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It appears that fate has finally caught up with Robert Kiyosaki, though he’s trying to wiggle through Chapter 7 bankruptcy apparently to avoid having to pay the piper all they are due. Kiyosaki, the most well-known and most vocal advocate of using any means necessary to put other people’s money to work for you, recently lost a court judgement for close to $24 million dollars – money he owed but never paid to The Learning Annex, the company that originally organised his speaking engagements and platform.

According to Bill Zander, the founder and chairman of The Learning Annex:

“Oprah believed in him, and Will Smith believed in him, but he didn’t keep his promise to us.”

Fortune magazine weighed in with a harsh, but well deserved, critique of Kiyosaki’s malarkey:

“tips ran the gamut from ridiculous to illegal and downright hurtful and included advocating for insider trading, arguing for the purchase of multiple real estate properties with little or no money down and telling followers they could purchase stocks on margin via unfunded brokerage accounts.”

More details at – MSNBC Today Money

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Alfie Goodrich

[Alfie Goodrich - Ginza, Tokyo, Japan]

I’d heard about Alfie Goodrich ( and his outstanding reputation as a professional photographer and instructor for years and finally had the chance to meet him in person at the Photo Fest Japan 2011 seminar in Yokohama last month. During the event I mentioned that I really wanted to hone my skills and gain more experience at street photography. Alfie mentioned that he holds regular workshops and I immediately signed up for the November 5th Street Photography Workshop in the Ginza.

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He was standing on the opposite train platform taking photos of the same trains that pass here a hundred times a day, every day, at exactly the same times, same speeds, and probably the same train engineers at the controls. He had to be in his 60′s or maybe 70′s. It was hard to tell exactly from that distance.

Why was he spending so much time and effort to capture yet another train photo? Didn’t he have better things to do? Wasn’t he old enough to know better than to waste precious time?

Then, I realized, I’m standing on this side of the tracks, in my 60′s, watching him, taking yet another photo of life in Japan. Aren’t I old enough to know better? Don’t I have better things to do? Don’t I know better than to waste precious time…?

No. He isn’t, and I’m not. And, I’m glad it’s that way.

Life is for living, experiencing, enjoying. If taking photos of trains, or observing and pondering day to day life, gives you satisfaction, if it improves your quality of life, if it keeps you active, engaged, and alive, then just do it without guilt or any twinge of regret.

Coming home

I’ve noticed that the typical Japanese work patterns have shifted radically since the March 11th earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear incidents. People are leaving their offices after work, as before, but then most of them are heading home rather than going out drinking with co-workers and friends.

The suburban train stations are more crowded in the evenings as people arrive home, and almost deserted later at night. The local community streets and walkways are as empty as a graveyard by 10:00 pm while there used to be quite a few cars and people on bicycles traveling home even after midnight.

The implications are obvious. When companies report their annual results next spring, the hospitality sector, including restaurants, bars, hotels, taxis, trains, travel bureaus and airlines are going to get hammered. It isn’t going to be pretty, though some smart investors will make out all right.