Sponge Homer

Homer H. Hillis, Jr. sponges all kinds of information, business, political and trends. I've been seen on the Sally Jesse Rafeal show with noted trend spotter Faith Popcorn. My Blog will give you an over view of what I'm seeing and reflections on the same.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

"Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods."

Denis Waitley
Author, Speaker and Trainer

MercuryNews.com | 10/28/2004 | SMALL FOSSIL, BIG SURPRISE
New relatives!

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

"A person of power embraces challenges in complete gratitude. No matter the situation life may bring, discontent is never justified, rather all is experienced as an opportunity and a privilege to adventure and grow."

James Ray
Author and Speaker

Monday, October 25, 2004

Yahoo! News - U.N.: Hundreds of Tons of Explosives Missing in Iraq
This is serious! Really Serious. I call your attention to the Atlantic Monthly this month on an
article about the Green Zone. Very very informative.

"Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?"

George Eliot
1819-1880, Novelis

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Helping with the Flu!
I'm a big beliver in nutritional supplemention, about 7 yrs ago Ronda and I stated taking New Vision minerals, Ronda has had pain relief from her years of back pain. Now New Vision is launching a new company that will market Mangosteen: www.govemma.com
I'm a believer in building up your immune system as much as possible, and Mangosteen is one of the best antioxidants in the world plus its all natural.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

"Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs."

Mario Andretti
Auto Racer

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

I'm watching the NY Yankees and the Boston Red Sox game, they just brought our riot police to line the inside field in case the crowd gets out of control. This was caused by a disputed call that occured in the game. In fear that after the game 1000's of angry people might descend on the umpires. Why has baseball come to this? I can't imagine the mentality that would riot over a baseball game? Why would this rise to the level of riot?

"Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine."

William Feather
1889-1981, Author and Publisher

Friday, October 15, 2004

Elance - Home I leaned something new today: www.elance.com
in an interview I listened, this is what I learned. If you have have a project you need outsourced, Elance.com to the rescue. There's no end to outsourcing, its here for a long time.

The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Starbucks ratchets up growth forecast, sets sights on 30,000 stores OK you say people will not pay $3 for a cup of coffee anymore?

The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Starbucks ratchets up growth forecast, sets sights on 30,000 stores OK you say people will not pay $3 for a cup of coffee anymore?

Yahoo! News - Physics Professor Goes on Rage in Class
Mad science teacher! Too much learning hath made me Mad!

Thursday, October 14, 2004

"Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other man to die."

Malachy McCourt
Actor and Author

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Yahoo! News - Oil Surges $1, Winter Fears Reignite
There went our tax cut!

"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable."

Christopher Reeve
1952-2004, Actor and Speaker

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Yahoo! News - Pakistan Test Fires Nuclear-Capable Missile

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Religion: Group of Bishops Using Influence to Oppose Kerry
I guess you could call this seperation of Church and State when the church
doesn't want anything to do with you?

"There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures."

Josiah Gilbert Holland
1819-1881, Author

Monday, October 11, 2004

Bag Fashion Statement!

"It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders."

Ben Stein
Professor and Writer

Sunday, October 10, 2004

HoustonChronicle.com - Balloon fiesta ends with dramatic accident
And you thought you had a tough day?

Saturday, October 09, 2004

I was 5 months 13 days old when Kennedy and Nixon held there famous debate. I think Nixon scared me at that young age.

This Day in History: "October 9

1635 Rhode Island founder banished from Massachusetts
Religious dissident Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony by the General Court of Massachusetts. Williams had spoken out against the right of civil authorities to punish religious dissension and to confiscate Indian land.
After leaving Massachusetts, Williams, with the assistance of the Narragansett tribe, established a settlement at the junction of two rivers near Narragansett Bay, located in present-day Rhode Island. He declared the settlement open to all those seeking freedom of conscience and the removal of the church from civil matters, and many dissatisfied Puritans came. Taking the success of the venture as a sign from God, Williams named the community 'Providence.'
Among those who found a haven in the religious and political refuge of the Rhode Island Colony were Anne Hutchinson--like Williams, she had been exiled from Massachusetts for religious reasons--some of the first Jews to settle in North America, and the Quakers. In Providence, Roger Williams also founded the first Baptist church in America and edited the first dictionary of Native-American languages."

Friday, October 08, 2004

The guy who sales all the french fries to McDonalds is J.R. Simplot
in the 1920's he droped out of school to set up his own Pig farm. Rentless and Ambitious, he went onto become one of America's most prominent farmers and ranchers.
One saying he has: "Try Everything"
His Liscense plate reads: MR. SPUD
Read about his company!

I saw today where to keep the color of Tuna a dark red color they use CO 2 and inject it. All FDA approved. I had no idea my fish was
filled with exhaust fumes.

How would you like a company that will see $7Billion of its consumer revenue disappear over the next 10yrs? Long Distance will be close to FREE. Yesterday they annouced big layoffs and huge realignment.
Voice over IP will be the paradigm shift of the decade.

Yahoo! KKD: "In July, the SEC began an informal inquiry into Krispy Kreme's lowered earnings guidance and the way the company buys back franchises. Officials at Krispy Kreme have defended their accounting methods and handling of franchise buybacks. Krispy Kreme said then that it is fully cooperating with the SEC. "
Inflating assets, pipe lines, broadband transmission rights, options on companies that
had no real assets--Enron, or DONUT franchises is wrong.
I remember reading that the Krispy Kreme donut franchise in Dallas sold for over $50million I think.
Now just consider, how many years and donuts you have to sell for payback?

Thursday, October 07, 2004

"Our life is what our thoughts make it. A man will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people, things and other people will alter towards him."

James Allen
1864-1912, Author of "As A Man Thinketh"

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

BBC NEWS | Health | Killer flu recreated in the lab Why play with something this dangerous?

ABCNEWS.com : Meeting Was Not First for Cheney, Edwards
I guess you could say he didn't make a good impression on Cheney or Cheney didn't want to remember him!

"Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits."

William Hazlitt
1778-1830, Essayist

Monday, October 04, 2004

"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."

Christopher Reeve
Actor and Speaker

Friday, October 01, 2004

Today I got to visit Costco, my favorite store in the whole wide world. Why? Great products, the lighting is spectacular, the customer service is excellent and every time I visit there's something new to see.
Did you know that all fish products have to be labeled with country of origin. Maybe all meats, but I noticed the fish.
Crab Legs: Guess where they came from: Russia
Tulapia: Ecuador
Mai Mai: Phillippians
Salmon: Farm raised in USA, with a coloring called Chili, why I thought it was natural color
Catfish: USA
The Russian Crab legs really surprised me.