321-Contact Charity Smörgåsbord

Trees for Charity

A good project I endorse is trees for charity, which a business Linkedin connection from Mexico is sponsoring. I’ll let her share this in her own words:

“An original and affordable gift for Christmas 2008 could be the “Treesmas Tree”: Besides being a symbolically help for the planet, the holder of the Treesmas Tree will obtain economic benefits. We suggest the quick and easy reading of the page www.merrytreesmas.com.”

“I wish you a very nice Christmas and Happy New Year 2009.”

Nathalie Langner – Sifoeco

Small Business

A couple groups that help folks explore running a small business are:

  1.  Jewish Vocational Services (http://www.jvschicago.org/ ).

 In Illinois (USA), Jewish Vocational Services teaches a Core Four (http://www.corefouronline.com/) workshop, over the span of two days. LDS in Naperville (and elsewhere around the world) teaches a half-day small business workshop. Both are either free, or low cost.

For small business development in the US, consult:

  1. http://www.asbdc-us.org/

  2. http://www.score.org/index.html

  3. The free Internet course at


A few days ago, I participated in Contact 1-2-3. This is a program where you give free help for 1-2 hours in an area of expertise. In turn, you can sign up for help from other small businesses.

  1.  The program was hosted at COD ( see http://www.cod.edu/BPI/sbdc.htm)
  2. Someone from a church small business-networking group (http://www.ccobnetwork.com/), help to facilitate it.

What I offered is help with writing copy, and developing websites.

The News

I’m expanding my horizons on international news, by:

  1. Watching the BBC news on WTTW during the morning (http://news.bbc.co.uk/).
  2. During the evening, on another public TV stations (WYCC), I watch World Focus (http://worldfocus.org/)
  3.  During the day, I listen to five-minute news briefs on WFMT (http://www.wfmt.com/), a classical music station.

Physical Memories

On another front, they claim proof of E=MC2 at news.yahoo.com/s/afp/2…. I thought it was interesting that they proved it with supercomputers. I took a few physics courses during my undergraduate years, so I know about scientific theory. I can remember the physics professor from yesterday, as he had a can of “dehydrated water” on his desk – just add water. He talked about the fly traveling in circles, following a spinning top – then changes its mind, and goes in the opposite direction. Then there’s the piece of anti-matter traveling towards earth that…Never mind…I’m getting a headache.

Philosophy Again

As I celebrate Thanksgiving in the US, two quotes are sticking in my mind:

“One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.” – Socrates

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” – Hamlet Act 1, scene 5, 159–167…

I always see a disconnection between what is experienced, and putting things into a philosophical discourse.

  1. For example, there is a Roman Catholic priest, in the Chicago area, who has a few spiritual gifts – one being the gift of healing. I been to a few of his services, and have fallen down, from his touch. There’s a woman in a church he visits, who was cured of inoperable cancer in France, which a team of medical doctors declared a miracle. When I have visited other Pentecostal and Catholic Charismatic healers, I have not fallen.
  2.  I’ve experienced Native American ceremonies where people had pronounced incurable illnesses – such as cancer – healed of these ailments.
  3. There’s a case of an Eastern holy person, who cured diabetes by a highly concentrated sugar food treat.
  4. Then there’s a medical doctor – who watched a Native American Medicine Man – resuscitate a person he pronounced dead from a heart attack.

I can’t prove any of this by philosophical discourse, and scientific measurements can only occur, if you are set up to record measurements, at the time of happening. Medical scientists can explain these away by placebo effects, statistical abnormality, etc. So I go back to Socrates and Hamlet. Regardless of what academic philosophical lens I view reality through (I.E. – Existentialism, Phenomenology, Zen), everything I know through philosophy is summed up by the above quotes.

Computer Technology

I was asked if I prefer PHP, Java, or .NET for web development

  1. I look at PHP as a scripting language, and it is easier to learn and maintain, for website building. It goes well with a LAMP (Linux-Apache-Mysql-PHP) framework

  2. Java has its purposes for complete web applications, in the J2EE framework. Java is also more object orientated. For large databases, use Oracle, and for small ones, you can hook up Postgresql and Mysql. Apache has Open Source Tomcat and a J2EE server they are developing. Jboss is a good – yet inexpensive – J2EE server.

  3. . NET is great, but you lock yourself into a Microsoft environment. If you run SQL Server, Source Safe, Visual Studio, and other Microsoft hardware and software, you will do well.

I have worked in all three environments, and my vote is for LAMP (but you can substitute Postgresql for Mysql).

Some Charity Work

I’m doing some pro-bono work on an Annual Report, for a Chicago metropolitan nonprofit corporation. The sponsor is the Taproot Foundation (http://www.taprootfoundation.org/), and I work with a team. Recently, a master black belt from IBM asked me about this. He wanted to expand the Taproot project scope, to include Six-Sigma/Lean Six Sigma projects – it’s a great idea.

Randy Kemp




2 thoughts on “321-Contact Charity Smörgåsbord

  1. About the computer technology…well I can understand why you prefer php but I myself just love .net… and if you ask me..it is the easiest of the three mentioned to learn how to program in….

    1. Eric:
      I do like .net, but I think it’s easier to learn a scripting language, over a non-scripting language. If you program in VB in .net, it’s fairly easier to learn. C# takes a bit more learning, unless someone has a background in C++ and/or Java. I do prefer C# and Java over C++. Both take care of garbage collection, and pointer problems. What language(s) do you use in .Net?

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