My Favorite Quotes from my Favorite Philosophers ~ Dean Kosage

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The following are my favorite Quotes taken from my favorite Philosophers who helped me on my learning and understanding about Planet + People + Profit. ~ Dean Kosage


“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

~ Abraham Lincoln

It is our American habit if we find the foundations of our educational structure unsatisfactory to add another story or wing.

~ Albert Einstein

It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.

~ Alec Bourne

I wonder whether if I had an education I should have been more or less a fool that I am.

~ Alice James

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

~ Alvin Toffler

Education is that which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.

~ Ambrose Bierce

I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education.

They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think.

~ Anne Sullivan

Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.

~ Beatrix Potter

If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

~ Benjamin Franklin

A gentleman need not know Latin, but he should at least have forgotten it.

~ Brander Matthew

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

~ Derek Bok

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others,

are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

~ Douglas Adams

It don’t make much difference what you study, so long as you don’t like it.

~ Finley Peter Dunne

Ye can lead a man up to the university, but you can’t make him think.

~ Finley Peter Dunne

Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers.

My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.

There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

~ Flannery O’Conner

Education is too important to be left solely to the educators.

~ Francis Keppel

Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know,

about something you do not want to know.

~ G. K. Chesterton

No man who worships education has got the best out of education…

Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete.

~ G K Chesterton

A college education shows a man how little other people know.

~ Haliburton

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

~ Henry B. Adams

What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.

~ Jim Rohn

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

~ John Dryden

I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education

as it is practiced in most schools today

and wonder that we could have tolerated anything so primitive.

~ John W. Gardner

Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.

~ Joseph Stalin

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind;

yet, strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.

~ Kahlil Gibran

Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.

~ Laurence J. Peter

No one wants a good education. Everyone wants a good degree.

~ Lee Rudolph

The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

~ Malcolm S. Forbes

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

~ Mark Twain

Many public-school children seem to know only two dates–1492 and 4th of July;

and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion.

~ Mark Twain

A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension.

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound.

Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever.

If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence.

~ Oscar Wilde

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

~ Oscar Wilde

When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.

~ Peter F. Drucker

he trouble with being educated is that it takes a long time;

it uses up the better part of your life and when you are finished what you know is that you would have benefited more by going into banking.

~ Philip K. Dick

Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.

~ R.S. Ingersoll

I pay the schoolmaster, but it is the school boys who educate my son.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

There’s a new tribunal now higher than God’s –The educated man’s!

~ Robert Browning

The mark of a true MBA is that he is often wrong but seldom in doubt.

~ Robert Buzzell

Most people are willing to pay more to be amused than to be educated.

~ Robert C. Savage

If you have both feet planted on level ground, then the university has failed you.

~ Robert F. Goheen

The three major administrative problems on a campus are sex for the students,

athletics for the alumni, and parking for the faculty.

~ Robert M. Hutchins

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car;

but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.

~ Theodore Roosevelt

We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history.

But they’ve got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.

~ Timothy Leary

Anyone who has passed through the regular gradations of a classical education,

and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape.

~ William Hazlitt

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Real Life Millionaires



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Another great stories from successful people.. ~ Dean Kosage


Most entrepreneurs, active or potential, love to read about real life success stories of people who turned an idea into a business and grew it into a million-dollar enterprise.  The stories that are the most fun to read are the ones that are least likely to happen.  Like the ones where someone just stumbles upon a great idea.  Or great turn-around stories where someone goes from rags to riches.  We have discussed a few of these stories on this site in our I Love a Success Story series.

If you like these types of stories you are in for a treat.  This week Yahoo Finance published a great article called Unlikely Millionaires which is a collection of real life millionaire stories from several publications including Business Week, Fortune and Inc.  Let’s take a closer look:

From Homeless to Software Success – This great article from Business Week tells the story of Bob Williamson who went from being a homeless drug addict to becoming the CEO of a $26 million software company.  This is proof that no matter where you are today, you can always turn your life around.  There are many people out there going through hard times, but it is hard to imagine a more difficult situation than what Bob had to deal with.

Bear-Naked Ambition: The Inside Start-up Story – This is an inspirational story that combines hard work, persistence, a good product, and a little bit of luck to create a $65 million business.  Simply amazing.


Mena and Ben Trott – This article provides a quick snapshot of the entrepreneurial couple that founded Movable Type, a very successful blogging platform and multi-million dollar business.  The Trotts started their business working out of their apartment like so many other interesting high-tech stories.  To learn more about their successful entrepreneurial journey and so many others like it, I highly recommend the book Founders at Work.



Photo: Zach KleinJosh Abramson and Ricky Van Veen – Is it really possible for a couple of high-school students to create a million-dollar business out of a goofy website about “stupid college stuff”?  You better believe it!








Catherine, Dave and Geoff Cook – Talking about kids creating multi-million-dollar businesses, the story of the siblings that started is another inspirational story for any high-tech entrepreneur.




Courtesy: Poof-Slinky

Richard and Betty James – This is a hard to believe, one-of-a-kind story of how Richard James became inspired when he saw a torsion spring coil fall off a table.  He made it into a toy and turned it into the legendary Slinky, which has sold more than 250 million units worldwide.




Courtesy: Thales Panagides

Thales Panagides – This one is surreal.  The guy goes to Brazil to launch an internet search provider, loves the beach, and finds a compatriot Greek who sells Brazilian bikinis.  Next thing you know he tries selling the bikinis on eBay, and finds out he had just hit on a goldmine.  Now he is the largest Brazilian Bikini distributor in the world.  Mind boggling.


Carole-Nash.jpgCarol Nash – At 42 she gets laid off from her receptionist job at an insurance company.  As severance she gets a small portfolio of motorcycle insurance policies and starts her own insurance consulting business.  The business grows like crazy and she eventually sells it for more than $100 million.  Truly amazing.

I hope these stories have inspired you to pursue your own million-dollar dreams.  If these people could do it, so can you.



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Top 3 Wonderful Man Made Creations


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I have collected the Top 3 Wonderful Man Made Creations by different artists from around the world. Enjoy and free your mind to appreciate the beauty of wonders! ~ Dean Kosage

#1 Lilypad: Floating City For climate Change Refugees

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There are very few urban design solutions that address housing the inevitable tide of displaced people that could arise as oceans swell under global warming. Certainly none are as spectacular as this one. The Lilypad, by Vincent Callebaut, is a concept for a completely self-sufficient floating city intended to provide shelter for future climate change refugees. The intent of the concept itself is laudable, but it is Callebaut’s phenomenal design that has captured our imagination.

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Biomimicry was clearly the inspiration behind the design. The Lilypad, which was designed to look like a waterlily, is intended to be a zero emission city afloat in the ocean. Through a number of technologies (solar, wind, tidal, biomass), it is envisioned that the project would be able to not only produce it’s own energy, but be able to process CO2 in the atmosphere and absorb it into its titanium dioxide skin.

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Each of these floating cities are designed to hold approximately around 50,000 people. A mixed terrain man-made landscape, provided by an artificial lagoon and three ridges, create a diverse environment for the inhabitants. Each Lilypad is intended to be either near a coast, or floating around in the ocean, traveling from the equator to the northern seas, according to where the gulf stream takes it.

The project isn’t even close to happening anytime soon, but there is value in future forward designs like the Lilypad. They inspire creative solutions, which at some point, may actually provide a real solution to the climate change problem.

#2 Buble Tree Hotel in france

British tourists are apparently been flocking to France to try out this whole new camping experience.
Created by French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas, this luxurious 189-euro-a-night ‘Bubble Tree’ room offers visitors a chance to gaze at the stars while being protected from the elements. Here’s a closer look at the unique abode:




#3 Russia’s ‘Space Hotel’

Imagine sending a postcard from this vacation spot? Russian firm Orbital Technologies has unveiled this plans for their space hotel project, which could be open to greet intergalactic tourists by 2016.

The orbital outpost will have enough room to house seven guests in four cabins, and will also serve as a hub for scientific research. Tourists can enjoy commercial activities like viewing the solar system with binoculars and cameras from little hotel room pods.

As expected, experiencing the final frontier from your bedroom window will cost more than a few rubles. The price just to travel to the commercial space station is expected to cost $410,000, while five-day stay could be around $165,000. So only the privileged will be able to enjoy this kind of luxury.

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"Majestic Time-lapse Landscapes"



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This spellbinding video is by master photographer and time-lapse creator Dustin Farrell, who took a Canon 5D Mark II digital SLR and created an awe-inspiring work of art.

In his latest work, “Landscapes Volume Two,” the Arizona photographer has elevated the artform to the highest level, using motion control and HDR (High Dynamic Range) techniques to reveal an unseen world of landscapes in Arizona and Utah, where space takes on a different meaning when he’s altered time. It’s set to the music of John Murphy’s “Sunshine (Adagio In D Minor).”

Specifically, how does Farrell create this magic? He says on his Vimeo site, “Every clip is a RAW image sequence (5616 x 3744) that I rendered out as a 1080p 23.976fps QuickTime movie. The motion control is achieved using servo motors.”

Sounds complicated, but that’s only half the work. After he shoots the images, he places them in Adobe After Effects, a professional video compositing program, where he says he “stacks” the clips, allowing the thousands of images to play back, drastically sped up for our viewing pleasure.

This guy is one of the foremost time-lapse experts in the world. Take a look at how he accomplishes these feats in greater detail here. By the way, Dustin urges you to watch these sequences in HD, full screen with sound.

Want to see more? Here’s Dustin’s “Landscapes Volume One,” representing a year of his time-lapse work:



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Simon Dale constructed this hobbit hole house for less than $5000 ~ Dean Kosage

Self-taught builder Simon Dale constructed this hobbit hole house for less than $5000.  It’s completely ‘off grid’ and only took four months.If you’re interested in a similar project, Dale has posted plans, process photos, and thoughts about the how and why on his website.

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I've found an iPhone 4S Cases today!


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 The following iPhone 4S Cases has 15 new looks!


Let’s get one thing straight — most iPhone 4 cases will fit the iPhone 4S, so if you’re upgrading your phone, but happy with your existing case, you don’t need to splash out on a new one.

That said, some people will want a fresh new look for their fresh new phone, and that’s where we come in.

We’re always on the lookout for striking iPhone cases, and as the 4S goes on sale, we thought we’d compile a roundup of designs that have caught our eye recently.


Take a look through the photo gallery below. Let us know in the comments which case you’d like to see covering your new iPhone 4S.

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I have been blessed to watch quite a few brilliant people emerge in the last 30yrs like Steve Jobs – Dean Kosage

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I have been blessed to watch quite a few brilliant people emerge in the last 30yrs.  In fact the last 20 yrs has been unreal in the 3 areas of PLANET , PEOPLE & PROFIT.

Well one the people who has effected most of us in all 3 of these areas passed away , Steve Jobs. His vision and his teams have allowed me personally to create my future by giving me the tools I need to connect with the world in a magical and fun way.

Many families around the globe  have shared moments of laughter ,  been inspired , and started to dream because of Steve Jobs.  I personally know he gave me the permission to be myself and to be authentic , even if it was to just wear a jeans and a normal shirt to work. To realize that music and the arts did have a place in the corporate world as well as style.

He helped many of us shift what corporate business looked like and has given us a glimpse of the fun what it can be.  I feel proud and blessed to have been alive during his lifetime. I was able to live through many of his dreams and visions as they came to life.

Many of you know I have formed my new company last year around 3 organizations and their culture.
1 The imagination and child like joy of DISNEYLAND
2 The healthy and champion culture of NIKE
3 The style and open architechure of APPLE.

He has left not only his personally legacy but has helped to shape many of the companies and people around the world with his style and vision.  He has left us Hope , & Excitement , & Opportunities.


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How a Blogging Duo Is Changing Fashion Photography With Animated Cinemagraphs



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A cinemagraph created during New York Fashion Week last month. 

Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg comprise the rising star duo behind the wildly popular Tumblr From Me To You.

(One might argue, given recent campaigns with Ralph Lauren and Juicy Couture, a photo editorial in The New York Times and an appearance in Lucky Magazine, that their stars have already risen, but we firmly believe the best is yet to come.)

Beck, 28, and Burg, 30, combine an unusual set of talents that have attracted not only the notice of the Tumblr community, but also of a growing roster of brands and editors.

Beck is the photographer and the blog’s primary model and stylist. She leverages her pinup figure, makeup and hair-styling skills, and a wardrobe of vintage finds to create spreads that connote the glamor of American icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.

Burg is the more technical of the two, leading the blog’s design and the creation of their signature (and trademark-pending) cinemagraphs — animated GIF images that look like moving photos. He also — from what I observed in meetings with one of their clients and their manager, Karen Robinovitz of DBA — heads up business relations, jotting down notes on clients’ expectations and deadlines for deliverables.

The two met in 2006 through mutual friends, and are now engaged. Before they began working together at the beginning of this year, Beck — who says that from the age of 13, photography is “all [she’s] ever done, and all [she’s] ever wanted to do” — was still shooting in film. Burg encouraged her to purchase her first digital camera with which to begin blogging and tweeting, and more recently, to begin uploading her iPhone snapshots to Instagram. (“I’m obsessed,” she discloses.) He also designed her Tumblr.

Burg had, for some time, been taking frames from Saturday Night Live clips and turning elements into looping animations on a still background. These became the prototypes for the their first cinemagraph “Les Tendrils,” which was published on Feb. 13, 2011.


Beck and Burg’s first cinemagraph, “Les Tendrils,” published on February 13, 2011. 

After they published their first cinemagraphs, Beck recalls that no one wanted to book her for photographs anymore. They wanted her to create “that moving thing you do” — which is when they decided to coin the term “cinemagraph.” The two felt they needed the term because what they created was unlike an animated GIF.

“There’s a cinematic quality to it … like a living photograph. It’s always a photograph first and foremost,” says Beck.

How They Create Cinemagraphs

Beck and Burg never know for sure if a cinemagraph is going to work out, which makes it difficult when brands hire the pair. “We can be 90% sure,” Beck discloses. “When we shoot from the street or at [New York] Fashion Week, and I can’t control the environment, it’s never a guarantee.”

To create a cinemagraph, Burg and Beck focus on animating one object: a swinging chain, for instance, or a spoon moving around the rim of a coffee cup. In a studio setting, the pair will employ pinpoint light to create sparkle, and fans to tousle hair and garments. Beck directs the camera, a Canon D5 Mark II, while Burg controls the props that produce the animation.

Beck and Burg will then import and edit the files in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. The number of frames they use depends on the medium. For Gilt Taste‘s website, they were able to create much longer loops and embed their work on the site using HTML5 video layers. A cinemagraph that appears on their Tumblr will end up being between 25 and 100 frames; a banner ad is even more constrained.

Shooting a cinemagraph doesn’t take any more time than shooting a photo, roughly speaking, but the editing process generally takes a day, says Burg.

Both Beck and Burg expressed frustrations with the limitations of connections speeds and file sizes, which necessitate the use of GIF files, and consequently reduce the quality. Beck expects that in a year they will able to distribute cinemagraphs that look so lifelike that you could touch them.


At a test shoot for Juicy Couture in August. 


The Added Value of an Audience


A cinemagraph commissioned by Juicy Couture. 

It’s not just Beck’s and Burg’s photography and cinemagraphs that make them appealing to brands. The two have also amassed a large built-in audience — a series of six cinemagraphs they did featuring model Coca Rocha in Oscar de la Renta gowns merited around 55,000 notes and more than 2,000,000 impressions, Tumblr fashion director Rich Tong revealed at a conference in Paris earlier this month. That exposure makes the duo a valuable distribution force.

Take a recent campaign Beck and Burg did for fashion brand Juicy Couture. They were commissioned to create a series of cinemagraphs using Juicy Couture products, some of which appeared as banner ads across a range of fashion sites, and some of which — like the one above — appeared solely on their own Tumblr, racking upwards of 15,000 notes (reblogs and likes) apiece.

“The great thing about Jamie and Kevin is that they’re not just artists, but they also have a distribution portal,” says Robinovitz. “Why would you just hire a photographer when you can hire a photographer who has a place to share photos… [and] a hungry audience?”

Robinovitz’s question was rhetorical, of course, but also a good one to pose.

In a recent interview, Scott Schuman, the photographer behind street style blog The Sartorialist, says that he earns somewhere between a quarter of a million and half a million dollars per year running ads on his blog, in addition to the assignments it has earned him. Will photographers who don’t blog and market themselves online stand as much of a chance? And will blog coverage be written into assignment contracts?

Beck says that while she has not negotiated blog coverage into any of her contracts directly, it is discussed with brands during an assignment — namely, she says, to figure out timing and what she’s allowed to post. Brands don’t control what goes on Tumblr, and she is careful to only accept assignments true to her aesthetic.

“If I am going to work with somebody, it has to be part of my life, something I want to share,” Beck explains. “I can be hired to make banner ads, but I want people to see the whole 360, and hopefully my readers will be amused or inspired.”




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10 Facebook Timeline Designs That Will Blow You Away


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Facebook’s new Timeline design gives users a large “cover photo” space at the top of the page. We think this revamp is a great opportunity to get creative with your profile presentation.

We recently asked the Mashable readership to share how they’ve played with the new design. Here are 10 examples of Facebook Timeline cover photo designs we think are particularly creative, and that offer a witty take on the new layout.


SEE ALSO: How to Enable the New Facebook Timeline NOW | HOW TO: Make the Most of the New Facebook Timeline Cover Photo  

Take a look through the image gallery below. Share your new Timeline designs in the comments and don’t despair if yours didn’t get chosen this time around. Our coverage of the new Facebook continues, so keep your submissions coming!

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The Stark Hand

In The Workshop One of the inspirations for Mark Stark’s [below] invention was an artificial hand designed for NASA. “It was a challenge,” he says. “I thought, ‘I can do better than that.’” John B. Carnett

Prosthetic hands typically come in three varieties: purely cosmetic models; hooks and other low-cost mechanical appendages that provide a limited range of motion; and electronic versions that better mimic natural hand movements yet can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Mark Stark’s prosthetic incorporates the best elements of each. Although its minimalist plastic assembly is nearly as light and inexpensive as a common steel hook, it looks and moves like a high-end electronic hand.

Stark, who makes his living designing valves for dryers and other appliances, got into prosthetics in part to help his friend, Dave Vogt, who was born without a left hand. Stark’s creation is electronics-free, but its fingers each have three knuckles (two on the thumb) that bend separately to conform to anything the wearer grasps, including irregularly shaped objects that a hook can’t hold.

Hooks attach to a socket at the end of an amputee’s arm and are operated by a cable that runs up to a shoulder harness. When the wearer shrugs his shoulders, the cable pulls the hook open; when he relaxes, the cable slackens and the hook closes. The Stark Hand screws into the same socket-and-cable system but adds a lever on the palm that connects to five more cables, each running up the back of a finger. A shoulder movement triggers the lever to tug all five fingers open at once, and the individual cables let each finger rebound on its own. Springs in each joint contract until each finger comes to rest on an object, so some fingertips can curl around, say, a wineglass stem while others grasp the cup. The springs exert a level of pressure gentle enough to hold an egg but strong enough that you can lift a chair.


How It Works: The Stark Hand: The prosthetic hand attaches to a cable that runs from a shoulder harness worn by an amputee. A lever on the palm opens all five fingers at once, and separate cables in each finger and springs at each knuckle allow the fingers to close individually and bend around objects with a secure grip.

In 2004, Stark constructed a proof-of-concept from hardware-store supplies and gave it to Vogt to try out. Within an hour, Vogt caught a ball left-handed for the first time in his life. Since then, he has helped Stark test and improve four more prototypes. Stark designed stronger, compact springs, re-engineered the fingers into a few easy-to-manufacture shapes, and set the thumb at a new angle to better replicate a real thumb. He also strengthened the joints in the hand against side impacts after Vogt broke a prosthetic knuckle when he hit something while swinging around on the dance floor.Vogt now wears the hand everywhere except to his job as a machinist, where he has to do heavy lifting for which a hook still works better. A more durable production version, which will use tougher plastics and sleeker parts, could be on the way as early as this winter. Edison Nation, a company that helps inventors develop their ideas, recently selected Stark’s hand for commercial development and is now in talks to license it to a major prosthetics manufacturer.


By Lauren Aaronson





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