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Publishing your Family Tree


I always want to trace my family’s ancestry.  I thought it would be great to get all the stories and information about my family into a nice book to share with everyone.  Well now somebody has just done that. AncestryPress is company that allows you to create a book on your family’s ancestry or a beautiful family tree poster.  Not only this is real cool, but it makes a great gift idea.  The price is very reasonable: $29.95 for a family history book, and $19.95 for a family tree poster.

AncestryPress books are printed on 100-pound gloss, acid-free, archival paper. Each book is stitched and hand bound with a hard leatherette cover. Your custom two-line title is stamped on the cover in gold foil.

(via Springwise)


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GQ Men of the Year:Ron Paul????

Ron Paul

GQ released their list for the 2007’s  Men of the Year.  It includes only one presidential candidate. Ron Paul.  Check this video of the GQ Man of the Year from 1988’s Morton Downey Jr. Show (remember that show?).  Listen to his position on the legalization of drugs.

Here is the rest of the GQ’s list:

– Casey Affleck – Breakout of the Year
– Judd Apatow, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd – Comedy
– Javier Bardem – Villain
– Brad Bird, director of ‘Ratatouille’ – Innovator
– Cate Blanchette in ‘I’m Not There’ – Performance of the Year
– Mike Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York – Maverick
– Boise State vs. Oklahoma at the Fiesta Bowl – Game of the Year
– Josh Brolin – Tough Guy
– Cast of ‘Mad Men’ – Instant Classic
– David Chang of New York’s Momofuku – Chef
– David Chase, creator of ‘The Sopranos’ – Final Act
– Simon Cowell – Mastermind
– John Cusack – Comeback
– Daft Punk – Trailblazers
– Daria – Supermodel of the Year
– Sgt. Joshua Delgado and the new breed of medics serving in Iraq – Unsung
– Roger Federer – Court King
– Tom Hanks – Icon
– Emile Hirsch – Wild Man
– Ryan Howard, first baseman, Philadelphia Phillies – Slugger
– Lil Wayne – Workaholic
– Josh Marshall, blog founder, Talking Points Memo – Muckraker
– James McAvoy – British Import
– Derek O’Dell, student, Virginia Tech – Lifesaver
– Hayden Panettiere – Obsession of the Year
– Ron Paul, presidential candidate – Dark Horse of the Year
– Alex Rodriguez – Hit Man
– Seth Rogen – Father of the Year
– Mark Ruffalo – Secret Weapon
– Julian Schnabel – Visionary
– Jason Schwartzman – Cool Kid
– John Smeaton, baggage handler, Glasgow International Airport – Employee
of the Year
– Channing Tatum – Man of Next Year
– Robin Thicke and Rihanna – Smooth Operators
– John Varvatos – Designer of the Year
– Shaun White – Reinvention

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Book’em Danno: Amazon Kindle


Amazon just dropped their iPod for books called Kindle. It is a wireless e-book reader. The concept of a portable e-book reader is nothing new. Amazon is trying to change the landscape of print publishing with this device. A screen that is easy to read in any setting including outside in bright sunlight. It has the ability to read not only books, but magazines, blogs, and even your own documents from application such as Microsoft Word. It looks like it took some of it is technology from the XO. The kicker is that has the ability to connect to the EVDO network just like a cell phone. So you can purchase books, and magazines anywhere without the need for a wi-fi connection. Plus Amazon doesn’t charge you for the connection. You can even connect to Wikipedia for no charge as well.

This could be the future textbook for students, imagine the cost saving for students (this might not work well for medical students). Amazon has over 90,000 e-books available for the Kindle right now. Check out these couple of videos on the Amazon Kindle. It costs $399.00. I think it is a little steep. Once the price comes between $100-150, I think it will catch on.

Would you try this and do you think this could replace traditional books or at least a specific area of books such as textbooks or newspapers?

A more detail video of the Amazon Kindle

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