The Science Of Getting Rich

Free Google Books link (select Download PDF from the gear icon drop-down menu) or my Google Drive (for international readers or those who can’t figure out Google Books)

The Science of Getting Rich by W. D. Wattles is a title many people might have heard of but can’t exactly place. It was the basis for a book and a movie called The Secret. But you’d never realize that after reading the original book! The Secret basically flung aside the logic and thought of the original book and made “The Universe” sound as if all a person had to do was make a wish for something to come true. Anyone who ever wondered why that didn’t work for them should go to this book.

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Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments For Making Money

Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money is a very surprising book. On the one hand, it seems to be stuff we once knew but have forgotten or, since the 1960s, thrown aside. On the other, there are new — and sometimes outright startling — ideas in it.

For anyone who has wondered where to begin with “self-help,” I’ve read enough of it to make this judgment: Start with this book.

This is bedrock stuff, the foundation of all things having to with money, business, and even life itself. I wish I had this book decades ago.

After this, Max Gunther’s books for both inspiration as well as concrete How-To.

It was my intent to quote a bit more from Thou Shall Prosper, but I’m really pushing the outer limits of Fair Use here, just with this.

Here are three excerpts on the subjects of belief and faith. These two ideas twist my head into knots. Anyone who thinks belief and faith are simple things doesn’t have much depth of thought. These are two exceedingly complex topics; they’re dendritic, frustrating, and do not make themselves comfortably at home in the human mind. People have been committed to asylums because they thought belief and faith were simple ideas. Sometimes, rarely, they were also committed for understanding their enormity.

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Xiaomi M365 Crash In VR

For the second time, I get to combine eScooters with virtual reality.

Here’s a VR video of a Xiaomi M365 eScooter being ridden, filmed with the new Lenovo Mirage VR180 camera, with a crash towards the end of it.

Lenovo Mirage Daydream Camera 180 degrees in 3D going 20mph on Xiaomi M365 Crash in Reston, Virginia

Put on a VR headset for the full VR180 and 3D. Or just mouse around with flat video on something else.

Too bad Lenovo cheaped-out on the microphones. Nearly every single video I’ve seen from that camera has unfortunate audio.

Previously here:

360 Video: Xiaomi Electric Scooter Off-Road
Video: Another Review Of The Lenovo Mirage VR180 Camera
Lenovo Mirage VR180 Camera YouTube Metadata Problem
Pioneer VR Director Sam Macaroni Promotes The Lenovo Mirage VR180 Camera
Video: Lenovo Mirage VR180 Camera
Virtual Reality category

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Weekend Review, May 19-20, 2018

Saturday was a cold, wet misery. Sunday was partly sunny and Summery. But I mostly stayed inside, determined to finish two books (I did). So all I saw was an unidentified electric skateboard, one Boosted, and two(!) people on one(!) unidentified electric scooter.

Weekend reading was:

The Robber Barons: The Great American Capitalists, 1861-1901 by Matthew Josephson. Josephson was a Socialist when he wrote it, which explains the pro-collectivist slant in it. But far worse, his scholarship is suspect. Most of his source material can be examined firsthand these days via Google Books (I’ve grabbed most of them from his Bibliography). And that source material is suspect to begin with. It’s filled with outright falsehoods as well as self-aggrandizement (when autobiography). None of the capitalists (and they were mostly that; not founders) of that time were personalities to be admired or emulated or held up as heroes. They were all bastards, mostly with one-dimensional minds. They manipulated stocks, the stock market, spread false rumors about themselves and others, bribed politicians at all levels, ruined thousands of honest investors, plunged the entire nation into periodic economic depressions that put millions into misery, conspired with and against each other, and most of them didn’t care about the companies they headed other than the profit they could wring from them. When the 1970s arrived with the advent of the corporate raider, we were so damned ignorant of history that we couldn’t see the bastards of the Gilded Age were returning. And they’re still here.

Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons by Edward J. Renehan Jr. This books tries to rehabilitate the reputation of Gould, who perhaps has the reputation of being the biggest bastard of that time. It doesn’t entirely succeed. While stating Gould was involved in the actual management of the Union Pacific railroad, it’s an assertion, without any quotes from the source material to prove it. Gould treated the Erie railroad — his first coup — like shit and as his personal bank account for speculative investing, so why would he treat anything else differently? That Gould read books, was devoted to his family, and cultivated a garden is just so much so what? Hitler loved his pet dog too. What matters is how Gould — and the rest of them — treated their companies, their employees, and their customers. The record is not good.

Previously here:

Weekend Review posts

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TeamGee Also Has An Electric ELOS Clone

YouTuber Daniel Kwan visited Shenzhen and stopped in at the TeamGee factory:

TeamGee makes electric skateboards that have a very thin profile. So thin, they don’t look electric.

And here’s what popped up without any mention in the video:

Surprise! Another ELOS clone! (Ugh. That druggie griptape design must go!)

And it’s even more surprising!

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Editing VR180 Video

John Chu previously reported a metadata problem with VR180 footage going to YouTube shot with the Lenovo Mirage VR camera. He now has a solution (see the Commentssame-day update: He has since deleted that video. Grrrr. But watch his Channel for another. Maybe.).

And wizard Hugh Hou on the CreatorUp! YouTube Channel has done this video:

VR180 Post-production In Depth with Adobe Premiere

Looking at all of the hoops both guys have to go through, I can’t help but think Apple will win in VR by making it all as simple as using iMovie.

Previously here:

Virtual Reality category

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ARGH! SINGLE-DAY Oculus Go Pop-Up Store In NYC!

Facebook Is Opening a Pop-Up Store in New York for Its New VR Headset

In its most mainstream push yet to combine fashion and tech, Facebook is opening a pop-up shop for its new virtual reality headset.

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With shelves of headsets displayed like shoes in a Nike store, the one-day event

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

WTF! If it continued through the weekend, I could — and would — have gone. This is too short notice.

If they’re allowing full access — and not just the five demos at Best Buy — I would have gone straight to the browser to try YouTube on it for myself.

And this is a MAJOR MARKETING FAIL. Why didn’t I get a damn email about this? They know I’m in NYC after the Best Buy demo I had!

Previously here:

Another Reason Why Oculus Go Needs The Official YouTube App
Oculus Go Tip: View The 360 Photos
Oculus Go Demo Survey Email
Video: Step-By-Step Setting Up An Oculus Go
Sideloading Apps To The Oculus Go
Video: Oculus Go Reviews
Oculus Go Demo
Virtual Reality category

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Video: Another Review Of The Lenovo Mirage VR180 Camera

This contains information about using it I haven’t come across elsewhere.

Tested: Lenovo Daydream VR180 Camera Review

I also didn’t realize the video could be viewed on the Oculus Go without the need for YouTube or another site as an intermediary. How stupid of me.

Previously here:

Lenovo Mirage VR180 Camera YouTube Metadata Problem
Pioneer VR Director Sam Macaroni Promotes The Lenovo Mirage VR180 Camera
Video: Lenovo Mirage VR180 Camera
Video: Lenovo Mirage Daydream VR Reviews
Virtual Reality category

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Lenovo Mirage VR180 Camera YouTube Metadata Problem

Infants always have teething problems. But still, this seems like yet another example of Google/YouTube lacking attention to detail.

YouTube Description:

I can join the files from the Lenovo Mirage, but I do not have ability to re-add the metadata so that YouTube can process properly. Still, one could view the side by side stereo video with Google cardboard or via a Stereo Lorgnette. (just no navigation).

The video:

Merged Lenovo Mirage Files – But Metadata Lost – Google needs to release the tools!

Previously here:

Pioneer VR Director Sam Macaroni Promotes The Lenovo Mirage VR180 Camera
Video: Lenovo Mirage VR180 Camera
Video: Lenovo Mirage Daydream VR Reviews
Virtual Reality category

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Pioneer VR Director Sam Macaroni Promotes The Lenovo Mirage VR180 Camera

Why I love the Lenovo Mirage camera by director Sam Macaroni.

It’s unclear if this is a Lenovo ad (it’s not on their own account but what does that matter these days?) or a personal recommendation.

I’ve asked in YouTube Comments.

With the ton of YouTube videos for the Oculus Go versus the Lenovo Mirage headset, Lenovo needs all the help it can get.

May 21, 2018 Update: I got a reply to my question at YouTube:

Thanks for the question. This is not a paid product placement. Lenovo asked Sam and Arcturus to give a quick courtesy video recap of how the camera works in the hands of a creator since we were one of the first groups to get to use this camera.

Previously here:

Video: Lenovo Mirage VR180 Camera
Video: Lenovo Mirage Daydream VR Reviews
Virtual Reality category

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