I just heard a new song by Prince entitled "Beautiful, Loved, & Blessed" and it really pleasantly surprised me.
The song appears as part of a 2-song CD entitled "Black Sweat" and is available for download from most online music stores.
The song is a romantic love song to Christ but I did not hear Christ or Jesus mentioned directly within the song. But the lyrics include a reference to "the Blood on Calvary". It contains numerous biblical references as I heard.
It is more like a declaration song as in "I am beautiful, loved, and blessed" to more I listen to it as well as a statement to uplift or encourage someone else.
I heard the song on Napster. A young sister named Tamar also sings on the song.
The main song "Black Sweat" is traditionally Prince though;)
What are your thoughts regardless of whether you have heard the song or not yet?
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Posted by Roney Smith at 4:27 PM
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Last night I downloaded a ton of new extensions compatible with the latest version of the Firefox web browser.
There are so many new extensions available that it is like being a kid in a candy store and I am still trying to get a feel for them all.
Some are related to downloads, various websites often visited, a color picker (or identifier for web design purposes), using Gmail, and a host of other concepts.
I know that I will probably not use them all on a regular basis, but anything to minimize the number of new programs needed in addition a web browser I am for.
Posted by Roney Smith at 9:39 PM
I just saw Thomas Hawk's blog entry on Yahoo! asking a question while proposing an offer to people to use their search engine versus Google and receive a potential discount to use Netflix as a reward.
In my household, we have not tried Netflix yet although we have received literature and coupons from them within the mail.
But Yahoo's approach strongly reminds me of my recent blog entry on the autosurf industry.
I saw on yesterday's afternoon news an irresponsible segment done by consumer advocate Clark Howard which made me question his research into autosurf companies individually and collectively since he trashed 12 Daily Pro in yesterday's segment (probably nationwide at a minimum) without mercy. He did not even mention StormPay whatsoever.
The business model that Yahoo! is proposing has been executed as well by other companies and it is the same identical business model that 12 Daily Pro and other autosurf companies are using. This same business model is clearly going to grow worldwide and become accepted by consumers and product and service providers worldwide.
Because this new, global, business model lowers the cost the obtaining, acquiring, and keeping a customer by allowing the customer to identify themselves as being a candidate to use the company's products and services. The business model also lowers the cost of advertising since it focuses the advertising budget directly to those significantly interested within the advertisers' industry (and products and services) versus spending irrationally (on advertising) without knowing whether the right targets were ever reached.
The business model also has a direct implication for customer service issues because it will rapidly identify which customers are no longer customers and provide companies a fast-response mechanism to find out what has displeased the customer and whether there is temporary or long-term issue that needs to be addressed.
The new business model that I am referring to is the transfer of payments (direct and/or indirect, financial or barter) from product and service providers to consumers.
To a certain extent, this model has already been in existence wherever consumers have been asked to send proof-of-purchases to companies in exchange for rebates, discounts, or any other free offers.
Yahoo! is willing to pay Netflix to send free or discounted DVD rentals to identifiable customers in exchange for the customers using Yahoo! as a search engine.
Why is Yahoo! willing to part with their financial capital in this way?
Because Yahoo! clearly plans to resell access to the customers who accept the offer and in some cases, Yahoo! might even sell its ability to undoubtedly identify such customers.
As a result of this new business model, it will not be Yahoo! who ultimately directly funds or pays the customers or Netflix, but the advertisers that have paid Yahoo! to advertise their products or services.
The autosurf industry does the very same thing but since its usage of the internet is still primarily not mainstream yet, attorney generals of various states and consumer advocates such as Clark Howard are more than willing to improperly classify such companies as fraudulent, illegal, and/or unethical within their operations through their own vested interest of "protecting the public".
There are other companies who have directly or indirectly used the same business model and these companies consist of any company that has used an affiliate or referral based program online as well as any company that has paid someone somewhere directly or indirectly for advertising.
Does this new business model have a name yet? I do not exactly know and in lack of a clearly, identifiable name, I will call this new business model the PAID CUSTOMER or PAID EVANGELIST or PAID VIRUS or COMPENSATED CONSUMER method. Take your pick of the various names and let me know which one sounds most accurate.
Within a conversation with my wife Wyteria after Howard's television segment, she used the quote, "If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck..." To this I simply replied, " This is indeed a different animal because of the presence of the advertisers".
Without the presence of the advertisers (or traditionally the higher parties on the food chain), then the rushed judgments would be absolutely correct.
The upgrade of members simply works to qualify which participants are short-term users (the free, unpaid surfers) or dedicated, long-term participants within the industry regardless of the products or services advertised.
The companies (including the autosurf industry) using the new business model will have to be able to charge their advertisers a high enough advertising rate while delivering to the advertisers the needed reviewers of the company's products and services and have enough funds left over in order to directly or indirectly compensate the customers for their participation within the process.
One interesting aspect of such a business model is that it does require some effort on part of the participating consumers to know which companies are indeed interested in staying open for business for a very, long time versus those companies within the intent of getting rich quick.
Another aspect of the business model which eventually will entice the major financial services to participate within the new business model is that the payment processor or treasurer within the process has to be full of integrity, able to process large volumes of multiple transactions easily, and the ability to keep its doors open regardless of other events going on within the world.
Once these components are in place, you will begin to see compensated consumer business model more rapidly adopted worldwide. The benefits to each party are clearly visible and attainable while each party must be committed to staying at the table for life.
I am going to participate within this new industry and here is one page that I have created already. With the power of the internet, the compensated consumer business model experiences less friction than other business models have experienced offline.
Posted by Roney Smith at 12:24 PM
The following link is to an article/blog entry that reports some interesting but not yet totally foreign news to comprehend that the heart is affected in real-time to events about to occur.
Posted by Roney Smith at 10:56 AM
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
After reading the latest news from StormPay and 12 Daily Pro, I decided to create a blog entry on my thoughts about the autosurf industry overall.
From a historical perspective, every industry or endeavor faces a moment of truth which is a crossroads between turning back or moving forward.
As those of us who are participating within the autosurf industry have just recently witnessed, there were some companies that have experienced great and extreme difficulties in even deciding if the stress and pressures of dealing with StormPay or continuing their operations were too much for them to handle.
If we put ourselves within such companies' positions, we too might throw in the towel if it appeared that we were involved in an endeavor that might not withstand the heat of governmental scrutiny or legal actions against us.
We also might feel great stress if we had to find an alternative payment processor when such thoughts were far removed from our daily lives.
With this being said, there is no better time to start participating within the autosurf industry.
Because the worst is clearly behind us no matter what happens in the future.
With the adjustments and corrections that will undoubtedly occur within the payment processor segment of the industry, the worst is indeed behind us and the various autosurf companies will clearly band together to create and provide some type of industry oversight and lobbying against governmental pressures that are now closer to taking place than ever before.
The governmental pressure that is coming next has already started within North Carolina and Georgia supposedly as stated within the recent StormPay and 12 Daily Pro news release.
Various states and their attorney generals will clearly test the waters to see if the autosurf industry is another derivative of the various ponzi schemes and multilevel marketing plans of the past.
But being that the autosurf industry essentially contains elements of a dynamic business model that ponzi scams and multilevel marketing could only dream about while not being able to execute.
Simply put, the autosurf industry allows every participant the opportunity to benefit without being the first one in line. The last person to upgrade their membership has the same probability of improving their financial position as the person who either created or joined the autosurf company first.
Within no other multilevel or network marketing company have I observed or been a part of has this characteristic been truly and consistently possible.
As a result and just as soon as most autosurf companies determine which payment processor they will be using most consistently, it will time to fully dive head first.
The newly discovered confidence and potential of the autosurf industry will never be higher.
In addition to the people who are already on the internet every day, the autosurf industry has great appeal and potential for people who have participated within multilevel and network marketing in the past.
Because the autosurf industry completely fulfills the promises that many had witnessed to be broken in their past by the network marketing companies and the upline sponsors intentionally or by circumstances beyond their control.
The autosurf industry may even be more appealing to those who have failed at network marketing in their past because those who were successful within network marketing may not be able to make the adjustment to doing business in a way that everyone can truly succeed.
Their past success more than likely will completely blind them or not allow them to see the autosurf industry as being anything other than a ponzi scheme.
This is where I stand and from this position will I move forward. There is no greater risk than what has recently happened.
I still cannot get over my feelings to leave StormPay out of the equation no matter what 12 Daily Pro can possibly say going forward. StormPay's recent desire to be the only payment processor is a completely broken, systematic mindset in my opinion. The mindset was first broken by PayPal in my opinion.
Every Autosurf company will have to choose multiple payment processors even if a single payment processor is more effective and cost-efficient.
The risk is too great otherwise.
The autosurf business model is one that requires either blind faith (without trying to understand it at all) or an absolute trust within the system in order to make it work. This is only because the business model is more complex than witnessed within any other industry without years of secrecy, private club gestures, and handshakes.
Even with my MBA degree and work history, I could not have been able to fully comprehend how an autosurf company could actually succeed for itself and its members without the months I spent studying the forex industry on my own.
Even though some autosurf companies do not invest within the forex markets, the same skill set and mindset is required to invest within the forex markets as well as some of the financial derivatives and shrewd strategies available to those investing within other financial markets.
Some strategies were first learned through the studies required to pass the series 7 exam by the NASD. The months spent in 2004 are now only able to bear fruit it seems.
But American Express Financial Advisors did not expand the new understanding or allow its advisors to apply any of the lessons learned whatsoever.
I will end this message while looking forward to preparing a message for the type of person that will most quickly benefit from the autosurf industry with the lowest learning curve time frame.
I also now realize that everyone does not want to really be successful or financially abundant. Or I should better say that everyone does not get into the water to play and/or swim or get on the dance floor at the same time.
There are different levels of risk-taking and I already had a spreadsheet years ago entitled (Set It Off) to express the differences.
With the water and dance floor examples given, you will already begin to get the overall idea of what I mean.
It will take the observation of the fruits of our new success to loosen and break the conservative nature of many people or get them over the hump of forgetting or moving in spite of about their past failures.
As a result, it is my recommendation that we keep our enthusiasm limited to sharing the URL of our websites and pages to publicize our participation within the autosurf industry.
Word of mouth, phone calls, and most other ways of promoting and advertising will simply not work because the autosurf industry is too new out of the gate for most people to get their minds around.
I do love Terry's suggestion of putting our URL on business cards and I will expand the idea by including the URL within my signature within any e-mails that are sent.
Other than showing your new car or other purchases or new ability to make money, you will be wasting your time, effort, and energies trying to get people to understand and/or participate within the autosurf industry.
Posted by Roney Smith at 10:14 AM
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
The physical copies of the homegoing funeral for Mrs. Coretta Scott King are limited and probably have already run out. But you can download the digital file of the beautiful program online:
Forward the link to anyone that may be interested in this piece of history.
Posted by Roney Smith at 2:11 PM
Thursday, February 02, 2006
I just discovered a new Web 2.0 application this morning and it is totally super cool to use in conjunction with any online activity that features XML/RSS feeds in a more digestible format for viewing.
SuprGlu compiles all of your feeds in a very easy to use, graphical centralized website from multiple websites and their competitors (or coopetition) such as Flickr, Digg, Del.icio.us, Blogger, and Last.fm among a few others that I am currently not using.
If you have control of the content and its respective feed, then you can add to your free pages within a SuprGlu account. Otherwise, you risk losing your account if a copyright holder objects to you syndicating their content without their permission.
Since I feel that I generate enough content on my own from multiple sources, it will not be necessary to add any other feeds at the present time. Therefore SuprGlu will essentially help a person write or speak with a single voice in a centralized location online.
What makes SuprGlu cool in my opinion is that it removes needing any detailed knowledge about XML/RSS feeds out of the equation just like Apple has done with the iPod and other devices.
Check SuprGlu out and my SuprGlu page is already online and automatically constantly updated.
Posted by Roney Smith at 12:53 PM
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
The Wiki entry on Operation Northwoods is enough to make anyone a conspiracy theorist.
I never heard of some of the events that happened before I was born in 1965.
"Who gave the order?" asked Wyclef on his "The Preacher's Son" CD.
Posted by Roney Smith at 9:08 AM
If there was ever a story to break the silence within an empty room, then the press release which appears on Yahoo via PRWeb from various experts who claim that the events leading up to and after 9-11 are a hoax fulfills the bill.
I have always felt that the day itself was a little too clean cut and clearly convenient in spite of the lives that were lost.
Read it for yourself and any comments for or against are welcome.
Posted by Roney Smith at 9:04 AM