Archives for the month of: October, 2010

When thinking about the world of business and trade of goods and services, questions may come to mind of exactly how one could start their own business. After some research, a number of options became clear as solutions for those curious in starting something on their own from a legal perspective. (One must note that this applies to the United States and laws will change between countries.)

Those who plan on starting corporations must register with Secretary of State or the Department of Corporations in their individual state. For example, if one wanted to start an S-Corp in Illinois, one would have to contact the State of Illinois Business Portal and look through their forms and documents for the necessary steps of starting the business. Each state will be slightly different with slightly different terms and organizations. In the states, the corporations usually fall into three categories, the C-Corp, the S-Corp and the LLC. This is often handled by a lawyer, for a fee, if the business man does not want to complete this himself. The corporation documentation will act as protection against taxes and liability in case of law-suits or other legal action where the owner’s personal finances may become liable. This is useful when attracting investors.

If one is thinking about starting and business based on a sole proprietorship or a partnership. The steps and laws are slightly different. The owners will not be protected under the corporation documents. For the small businesses which will hold the owner liable, one will need a business permit, a tax ID number (EIN) and a sales permit. Similarly, these can be obtained through a lawyer, for a fee, or with more work on one’s own. These businesses will be categorized under the proprietors name unless he or she registers the "doing business as" or DBA. The will give the business a fictitious name to operate under. For example a Jim Highsmith may want his business to be called "Highsmith Grocers" but will require the DBA to officially operate under the new name.

There are also non-profit organizations which help people start business on their own like SCORE. Trademarks can be used to protect business identities but also cost the business for registration. There are more details to each one of these start-up propositions, and other forms of business one can use, but these are the main methods and resources for starting as an entrepreneur.


I have recently been inspired to go back into my old classes and try to brush up on my chemistry basics. This is suppose to help me and the reader organize their thoughts about the elements on the periodic table. As we all know these elements are the building blocks of all material. You need protons, neutrons and electrons to build molecules which build everything around us. So here goes nothing…

There are 118 elements total, the first, and lightest elements being Hydrogen (H) and the last being Ununoctium (Uuo). The creation of this table is credited to Dmitri Mendeleev who first created the table in 1869.

The first thing to notice about the periodic table is that it has 18 columns which help categorize the groups and 7 rows. There is a second section to the periodic table outside of this main section called the “f-block” or the inner transitional metals with 14 elements across and 2 down. Inside this there are many sub-categories which can be organized as follows:

Temperature and Pressure Categorization

Occurance Categorization
From Decay

Chemical Properties Categorization-
Metals (alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, lanthanides, actinides, transition elements, other metals)
Non-Metals (halogens, noble gases, non-metals)

There is an extended periodic table with 54 extra elements which are only theoretical and have never been found in nature. These would be very unstable in nature, in terms of radioactive decay, and would have short half-lives.

What’s important to remember about the periodic table is that it is not something set in stone. More elements can be added and its possible to organize it in different ways. This is the standard way to organize it but this does not mean you should not be aware of other ways.

I am quite certain that more will come on the individual elements, and their associated properties, but this is a satisfactory beginning to laying down the structure for learning about chemicals and chemistry.

This is a post on E-Book readers because I have a Kindle and would like to let the rest of the world know about the joy of E-Book readers. They allow one to access a large world of digital content from a range of stores. E-paper and e-books are probably one of the most important inventions in the past 10 years so it is easy to see why one should pay attention to them.

There are three main companies producing e-books with some peripheral companies horsing around with the technology without much chance to beat out the competition:

Heavy-weight contenders:
1- Amazon’s Kindle
There are numerous versions of this hardware but the main sales have been the first, second and third generation Kindles. These stand apart from the Kindle DX but maintain a good reputation as market leaders. The DX allows for a greater screen size to mimic a magazine print, but is more expensive than the standard models. The Amazon store is one of the leading books stores in the world, sporting a wide variety of books from a large range of publishers. The wireless reaches internationally.

2- Barnes and Noble Nook
A close second in the industry. The Nook has access to a similarly large book database in the B&N store. The interface is slightly different with the addition of the touch screen at the bottom of the page. The wireless is restricted to the US.

3- Sony’s e-Readers
Sony’s line became very popular in the UK and they were able to produce a wide variety of readers covering many price ranges. This made it more confusing to purchase because they were less straight forward than the Amazon or Nook. None of these included wireless capabilities but they do include a touch screen to add that magic feel.

Middle Weight contenders:
1- Bookeen’s Cybook
The Bookeen company was one of the early developers and successfully created three models of E-Book. Their main issue is getting bookstores behind the product outside of France. Their US customers can access some lesser known stores but will not have the same variety as the Amazon counterpart.

2- The Kobo
The Kobo has the most potential of the middle weight contenders. It has a clean design and the bookstore is simple and straightforward. It might be called the poor mans Kindle but this may be their strong point with competitive pricing.

3- Hanvon E-Readers
This hardware may be the biggest loser on the list. It is relatively expensive and relatively unknown. One can purchase a model from Amazon but the reviews are few and the design looks hideous. One advantage is that it comes with a pen so the touch screen capabilities may enhance the experience.

That’s all for this post and I hope you enjoy your e-reading more and make informed decisions when you go out to buy one. If you don’t like the concept, or feel to attached to your old paper based books, try a friend’s first.

So I decided to go back through some of my old writing and see what kind of material I could dig up. I found old movie reviews that I did as a young teenager and boggle to think that I ever even considered them to be reviews. They are more like confusing summaries with an occasional opinion inserted to give it a little personality. I am giving an example of one below; a review of The Rock starring Nicholas Cage. Ahh, this is quite ridiculous and really more of a filler until I can think of something else to write about.  I may post more if I can muster the courage…



The Rock is actually one of those movies that I really liked but I had never even heard about until I watched it. It’s about a group of marines that break into a military weapons depot and steal some missiles, which are filled with a very deadly gas known as VX poison. Then they capture Alcatraz and use it as a base where they put their rockets and threaten to send them into San Fransisco is the government does not give into their demands.

The Marines call the director of the FBI and tell him that they had some friend in Vietnam and the Gulf war who were killed and were treated properly and wants them to give about 1.8 million dollars to each of the families of the marines. And if they don’t they will launch the rockets into San Francisco. So the Government freaks out and calls the tip chemical expert in the country and gets a criminal (Sean Connery) who had broken out of Alcatraz and explain the situation. So they go into Alcatraz with a group of seals and attempt to remove the guidance chips from the rockets. Then the seals and ex-marines get caught in the dead lock, which finally end up as the seals get killed and the spy and scientist are lift alone to defuse the rockets. So to sum it up they run into some difficulties here and their (understatement of the year) and finally make it out alive. All in all this is an excellent thriller, which struck me as quite realistic and not to mention pretty bloody. I recommend it to you if you like action, suspense and if you can find it.

Rating– 8

I am one third through the first in the Game of Thrones series, A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin. I will probably change my critique of the book after I’m finished, but I would just like to give a quick run down of the novel as I have read thus far.
First I would like to say that the writing is very good but it has a strange flavor in certain chapters. Martin seems to swing between a very syrupy tone, for a while, before swinging into a very dark, foreboding tone. This makes each chapter a little intimidating to read because you are never really sure what kind of mood the words are going to take.
Martin avoids numbering the chapters, and replaces the numeration with character names instead. This helps with the reading as you are always aware of the point of view, but it also adds an element of predictability to the reading.
As far as adult content, this is not a book for children. There is considerable violence and sex spread throughout the novel, usually toned down enough to avoid disturbing the reader. The character development is very believable and their personalities are realistic. Martin does not include much humor in the book, but occasionally I found myself chuckling at a sentence or description. It was often a morbid laugh as he rarely uses light moment to lift the atmosphere.
Like I said, I am only one third of the way through so I will probably update this in a few weeks but I wanted to get my current opinion out there, and have the opportunity to reflect on it later.

Because good writing, whether it be in law school or creative writing class, needs good format, I thought it would be useful to present the guide for students and researchers. This is, of course, the more technical side to writing, but without knowing this foundation its harder to create good quality material.

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers
The three-part format for the 7th edition also makes it easier to navigate. Part I is the new research guide; Part II is the rules for source citation; Part III is the style guide. In the 6th edition….

There are a lot of writing books out there and its difficult to choose just one for help in our writing practices. This post will cover some of the important resources and books on writing, with information on general popularity and the place to buy them.

1-General purpose: The Elements of Style by Strunk & White
Strunk and White is a wonderfully-written, extraordinarily concise tool that pays homage to classic high-end English. It takes language insight to make this prediction in 1979: “By the time this paragraph makes print, uptight… rap, dude, vibes, copout, and funky will be the words of yesteryear.” The book begins with eleven “Elementary Rules of Usage,” and then continues with eleven more “Elementary Rules of Composition,” and eleven “Matters of Form.”…

2– For Help With Fiction: On Writing by Stephen King
Short and snappy as it is, Stephen King’s On Writing really contains two books: a fondly sardonic autobiography and a tough-love lesson for aspiring novelists. The memoir is terrific stuff, a vivid description of how a writer grew out of a misbehaving kid…

3– For Grammar: The Gregg Reference Manual
The Gregg Reference Manual 9e by William Sabin is intended for anyone who writes, edits, or prepares material for distribution or publication. For nearly fifty years, this manual has been recognized as the best style manual for business professionals and for students who want to master the on-the-job standards of business professionals…

4-For publishing help: Writer’s Market
As always, Writers Market, including the 2010 version, is an invaluable tool for freelance writers, both beginning and experienced. What more can I say than that? For the beginner, it provides examples of winning query letters. For the more advanced, it takes one from beginning to end in how to set up a book proposal, with its initial 1-page query letter. More importantly, it provides all writers with the names, editors, addresses and phone numbers/e-mail addresses of prospective publications….

5-What everyone wants to do with their writing:Techniques of the Selling Writer
The book has 10 chapters. The first, Fiction and You, tells what the writer needs to know and gives common traps writers fall into. Then he discusses things like rules and the creative act of writing. His style is terse and sentences are short. That makes it easy to find specific information when you go back later to look for it.

This is largely based on searching bookstores and browsing forums. This may not be a big discovery for practiced writers, but it should help newbies and middle-tier writers. Remember that reading good novels and short stories is also one of the best ways to improve you writing. Use a critical approach next time you sit down to read something.

This is me again. I have posted my first just a short while ago but I have an itch. I want to test the image uploading system so here goes nothing. Someone I know is in the picture but I thought it was a cool shot for those soccer fans out there.

Anyways, as far as writing goes I don’t have much for now. I’ll expand some people’s vocabulary with: "Graphene" a one-atom-thick planar sheet of sp2-bonded carbon atoms that are densely packed in a honeycomb crystal lattice. It can be visualized as an atomic-scale chicken wire made of carbon atoms and their bonds.

This is Jonathan writing his first post and testing the system out to see how things go. I will give some introduction to the blog and hopefully some guidelines for what exactly I plan to put on the blog. I enjoy writing but have little experience or published works. This is going to be more of a thought flow blog for a while and area to store ideas I have. Everyday we all come across so much information sometimes it can feel good to just release your anxiety and stress on to a clean sheet.

I hope to gather a good collection of resources on the blog in terms of writing resources, useful vocabulary, links/excerpts from my favorite writing pieces etc. I may also try to attach images that I have taken or found with a short description of what is in the picture. As I said before this will be good for thought flow and may act as inspiration for my own works.

To finish this first post off, I will introduce you to a little background information on myself. I was born in the States but I am not currently living there. I graduated from a private high school and started into a business school out of the UK. I like a wide variety of music and enjoy a wider variety of food. Blah blah blah… boring garbage… I’ll see you in the next post!

-Tea Blogger
(Has nothing to do with the Tea Party)