British Actor Bob Hoskins Dies at 71

Did You know that Bob Hoskins became an actor by accident? Do you remember him in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Thanks for entertaining us, Bob. Rest In Peace.

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Who Do You Know That Can Help Before May 18th, 2014?

Lately I’ve been waking up PRET-TY early in the morning and not going back to bed because I don’t want to wake my wife, a light sleeper. So I get on Jelly (Know the Jelly app?!) & answer questions or forward questions through Twitter so that someone else can answer them as well. Twitter also gives me a chance to network.

This morning someone was kind enough to ask what I need for the project(s) I’m working on and after thinking about it I realize that right now is a very special time. I’m on the board of The San Dieguito Heritage Museum & I’ve been volunteering with Reality Changers for 7 years during the traditional September through June school year in Solana Beach, California.

If you look closely at the websites you’ll notice that the San Dieguito Heritage Museum is having their 26th Annual BBQ Fundraiser on Saturday, May 17th in Encinitas, California & Reality Changers is having their 14th Annual Scholarship Celebration on Sunday, May 18th at the University of San Diego with keynote speaker Vicente Fox!

What I am asking you to do is to check out both sites and:

1) See if one or both are non-profits you would be willing to support financially or otherwise before May 18. (Or after, but a sense of urgency helps get things done.)

Do you have an extra $10,000 or so (give or take $9995) lying around? Do you feel that either of these organizations is an especially good fit with your business/organization? Please feel free to contact me by phone or Twitter or by replying to this post. Or, if you prefer you can contact the organization through their website or phone number. Me? I’m 760.331.7115 & @ACrowdFunder on Twitter.

2) Whether or not you are able to do #1, would you be willing to send this post on (with some kind words of your own) to people you believe might find this interesting?

3) You’re cordially invited to attend either event! Or both! (San Diego is NICE this time of year.) Check the respective websites for details (or talk it over with me)!

Before May 18th, the three options above are where I really and truly can use a BUNCH of help. I AM @ACrowdFunder, after all!

Please feel free to do all three.

Who do you know that can help?

Awesome Tech I Didn’t Expect At My Monday Morning Meeting

About 45 minutes ago I had an online meeting scheduled with someone from Canada. I love that fact that we can so easily connect with people around the world using GoToMeeting.com or Join.me or other equally helpful sites.

When I can talk or do a presentation online it’s like a modern miracle. I’m sure there are plenty of people who take it for granted, but what incredible tools! I’m grateful that this technology is available to us.

As it happens, the person with whom I was supposed to meet didn’t show up.

Some of you have completely integrated this technology into your lifestyle and you’re thinking, “What’s the big deal?”

And some of you are having an “aha” moment.

Let me be clear. I was waiting for this meeting online and doing work at the same time. I was in my home.

In fact, I’m in my home right now as I type this post.

Please be patient with me (us) if you’re a veteran of online meetings.

What DIDN’T happen this morning?

I didn’t have to get in the shower after our son and hope there was enough hot water.

I didn’t have to rush to my meeting after dropping off my teacher wife at her school and helping her carry in supplies for her lesson today. (Juice in cylindrical containers! That sure beats the lessons I got from the nuns!)

I didn’t have to drive through traffic to get to a meeting where the other person didn’t show up.

I didn’t have to turn around and drive to my next meeting.

I didn’t have to get frustrated. I just moved on. Next.

While I was waiting I took a few minutes to watch a fantastic video on TED.com.

THIS technology will make an absolutely enormous impact.

James Patten – The Best Computer Interface

(Now is the time for all good humans to watch the video above. That’s ok. The rest of this post will be here when you get back.)

“What did we learn from the show tonight, Craig?”

When you have online meetings you not only save time, you’re less likely to get frustrated. (IF you choose that!)

There is even better and truly useful technology coming soon.

Charlie Hicks-Moore (me) likes to meet and do presentations online.

I’m willing to meet with you online, too. Contact me!

If you really embrace this technology I expect that you’ll find out things that you enjoy about it that I haven’t even noticed.

I’m going to take a shower now.

We’re Human Beings First

Lots of people want to narrow everything down with a website or a brand or a group and I’m sure I will as I progress, yet I believe we need to always remember that we have “being human” in common.

No one you encounter is from The Crab Nebula.

There are no invading reptilians that refer to themselves as The Race. There are no Martians, Kzin, Kryptonians, Gorns, Hortas, Bajorans, Shelliak, Klingons, Minbari, Scarrans, Sebaceans, Stykera, Delvians, Vogons, Reavers, Mondoshawans, Mangolores or even Targaryeans here. There is no Fifth Element – no Leeloo. *Sigh* (There are also no Vulcans or Romulans which means, sadly, no Vulcan or Romulan women.)

We’re all Homo sapiens from Earth.

We separate ourselves into groups for different purposes, but there is definitely one purpose we should avoid:

Believing that our group of humans is above another group of humans.

Just don’t do it.

Give the title of this post some of your “mindshare”.

Always. Always. Always. Remember.

We’re human beings first.