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Got Goals? Put up $ or Shut Up!

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Serious enough about your New Year’s resolutions to put money on them?
To appoint a referee and cheering section to check in on your progress?
You can do just that at StickK, a goal monitoring web site where you
commit to achieving something and literally pay if you don’t make
progress. Set up a goal at StickK, like losing 20 pounds in the next
four months, and then decide to put $20 a week towards that goal. If
you don’t make it? Your total cash goes to a charity of your choice.
You can also appoint a friend or relative to be a referee, who checks
up on your progress. Looks like a neat way to turn peer and financial
pressure on yourself to achieve your goals.
[via Web Worker Daily]

stickK promotes healthier and happier living by helping people achieve
their personal goals through the signing of Commitment Contracts. Happier
people = happier world! more…

What is stickK ?

Personal goals. We all
have some, be they daunting or mundane. Lose weight. Quit smoking. Clean
the garage. Call Aunt Zelda more often.

Yet time and time again, we just can’t seem to get it together and
achieve the goals we set out for ourselves. We get discouraged. We feel
guilty about our lack of discipline. We give up.

That’s where stickK comes in.

On stickK, you draw up an official commitment contract that binds you
to achieving a personal goal, be it big or small. By agreeing to this
contract, you publicly state your goal and commit to achieving it. Or,
if grand public pronouncements aren’t your style, you can tell only
people you select. Either way, you’ve committed to a goal and people
know about it – so now it’s your reputation at stake!

To make you accountable as you work toward your goal, you file weekly
reports on your success. (And don’t even think about lying — because
you appoint someone you know as a “referee” to verify the
accuracy of your reporting!) You also enlist as many Supporters as you’d
like to encourage you, via the website, every step of the way. If being
part of a group gives you momentum, you can join a community of people
on the site who are working toward the same goal as you (this feature
will be ready in February). To keep yourself focused throughout your adventure,
you record your progress – daily — in a personal journal.

Want to up the ante? Gamble more than your reputation.
Place a financial wager on yourself. If you accomplish your goal, you
get your money back. If you don’t, your money goes to charity or
to someone you’ve designated in advance. (How about to a foe,
or to a cause you dislike,
for some added incentive?)

All these support tools make you more likely to stickK with it
— until your goal envisioned is a goal accomplished!

Why? Because when people put their goals in writing,
are accountable to someone monitoring them, have a support network around
them, and regularly record their progress, they’re more liable to
stay on trackK. Then there’s putting even your money on the line;
research has shown that people with a vested interest in accomplishing
a goal are two to three times more likely to succeed than goal-seekers
with nothing invested!

So, if you’re ready to stickK your neck out and invest in achieving
your personal goal, click here to find out how to draw up your commitment

What is stickK
How to create a commitment contract
Contract structures
Create a commitment now!


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Flash 99 Rooms

is a unique internet art project that interweaves wall painting, photography, animation and sound in a manner entirely unknown until now. Shortly after its launch in June 2004, more than two million individuals throughout the world have already visited this interdisciplinary composite work of art.

99rooms stemmed from the mystical, often apolocalyptically charming pictures created by Berlin artist Kim Köster within the countless vacated premises of East Berlin‘s industrial sector. Photos of these paintings were initially produced in digital form and then animated through a cooperative effort between Richard Schumann & Stephan Schulz and then subsequently complemented through a personal sounddesign from Johannes Buenemann. The final product of this year long effort is a scintillating intermediary world which invites the observer into an journey through its morbidly-beautiful rooms.


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Need A Baby Name?

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Your personal baby name assistant
Nymbler is the smart baby name guide that responds to your personal taste. Just choose a few names that appeal to you or let Nymbler offer ideas. Then press “Find Names” and Nymbler will start using its expert knowledge to brainstorm names tailored to fit your style.

The Baby Name Wizard Nymbler makes name connections with insights from baby-naming expert Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard.

Ready to find your perfect name? Enter Nymbler

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Track Your Miles Easily With

 Just discovered this cool tool
Just fill out a form. Tell us whenever you fill up your vehicle with fuel, and answer a few simple questions. We’ll take care of the rest.

Create Reports…

Graphs in a snap. See charts of your distance traveled over time, and compare it to your fuel economy. All in a nice, easy-to-read format.

Even On The Road…

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Royalty Free Stock Art Pricing

iStock strives to balance the creative needs of our customers with the financial rewards desired by excellent artists.
In 30 days (January 7th, 2008), iStockphoto is adjusting the credit pricing structure in the Photo and Illustration categories.
These changes are detailed below.

<!–2007 Pricing Structure–>

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Photo Credit Pricing

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Vector Credit Pricing

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Video Credit Pricing

Video Credit Pricing Bar

Bundles & Credit Pricing

Bundles have been modified for 2008. Credits can still be purchased in bulk for as low as $.97 (USD) per download credit. Please refer to the chart below for details:

2008 Bundle Pricing

Credits Price % Bonus $/Credit
10 $13.00 0% $1.30
26 $33.00 2% $1.27
55 $67.00 7% $1.22
115 $130.00 15% $1.13
300 $325.00 20% $1.08
600 $600.00 30% $1.00
1500 $1,450.00 34% $0.97

*Credits purchased at 2007 prices will be honored in 2008

2008 Extended License Pricing

Extended License Options Images & Illustrations Video
Multi-Seat (unlimited) 50 credits 100 credits
Unlimited Reproduction / Print Runs 100 credits 150 credits
Items for Resale (limited run) 100 credits N/A
Electronic Items for Resale (unlimited run) 100 credits 150 credits

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Extravigant Plans for New Years

Guys, Need something to do this year?

If you are single you might want to splurge and check this out: VegasFantasyights
Official site:

Tickets: $400, VIP $1,000, VIP Cabana $1995
Who will be there: 100 models

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TechCrunch Missed One Thing In This Post

I think perhaps TechCrunch should have suggested forget the computer “friends”, and “simply get out and exercise” with some friends… was in order for this recent post from my much loved entry below:

Christmas Recovery Web 2.0 Style

Posted: 25 Dec 2007 02:00 PM CST

is often a time of gluttony for many. From a traditional roast through
to too much alcohol, many will be suffering long Christmas hangovers,
particularly those not fortunate enough to live in a country with a
gazetted post Christmas recovery public holiday (Boxing Day on
Wikipedia here).

Even if you do have December 26 off, with January 1 around the
corner it’s time for resolutions about getting fit and healthy. Here’s
a few sites we’ve reviewed that will help you along the way.

fatsecretsmall.jpgFat Secret

(review: April 2007)

Fat Secret is designed to help overweight people leverage a network
of friends and online resources to lose weight by building a support
network around you to monitor your progress.

Users first state their current and goal weights, and are urged to
report in daily with their updated weight. This data builds a graph
that is included on their profile page showing progress over time. Each
user is also provided with a blog/journal and can add other Fatsecret
users as friends.

(previously Diet Television: review November 2006)

The site is a directory of diet plans that combines user ratings and
professional nutritionist analysis of various factors like ease of
implementation, speed of weight loss and allowable alcohol consumption.
The company says it is based on two ideas: that dieting is hard and
that community is one of the biggest factors in successful weight loss.
There was information available on 47 different diets when we first
reviewed the site. To search for a diet, users move 12 sliders to
indicate which diet and food factors are most important to them. The
site recommends which ones could best fit their needs. Users can also
contribute off-site links related to any diet.

(review December 2006)

Traineo is a health and fitness support site where users report
their weight, diet, and exercise daily to a group of friends who help
monitor and support one another….Instead of inputting how many ounces
of cheese you ate in your burrito, and how much cream you put in your
coffee, Traineo allows you to just give an estimation of how you think
you ate each day. Based on your age, weight, and goal, it tells you how
many calories you should aim for and, at the end of the day, you tell
the program if you ate poor, average, fair, or great.

If you’ve spent Christmas alone, or you need some more rounded/ broader help, here’s a few sites that may help as well:

(review January 2007)

Wellsphere is concerned with day-to-day sorts of health choices that
make up “wellness”, the kind you don’t ask your doctor, but consult
your peers about. Wellsphere is meant to help people with these choices
and motivation by providing users with access to similar people and to
health-related resources in their area. These resources are split
between personal profiles and databases of health-related locations
they’ve put together.

(review November 2006)
A social network that provides a space for people with a wide variety
of medical, psychological and life conditions to discuss their
struggles and the treatments they are undergoing.

The highlight of DailyStrength is that users are asked to describe
medical and psychological treatments they have undergone. They indicate
what conditions those treatments were for, whether they were effective
and provide a narrative about the experience. That information is then
aggregated by condition and treatment – so it’s easy to see what a
large number of people have done in response to a condition or what
it’s really like to undergo a certain treatment.

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