New SBDC Digs in Sonora

When I’m working as an Small Business Development Center consultant, I often meet with local clients. Until now our Tuolumne County office space has been shared with the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority, in downtown Sonora.

Starting January 1st, we are moving to the Innovation Lab, at the site of the old Tuolumne General Hospital. This facility is the only thing of its kind in Tuolumne County. It includes blazing fast Internet, a networking center, meeting rooms, video studio, electronics lab, training area and maker’s lab. It’s ambitious goal is to be the hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in the foothills.

If you have a new or existing business and are in need of free business consulting from working professionals,  check out the SBDC website and get in touch. And maybe we’ll meet up at the Innovation Lab.

Content Battle Plan

Owner logoYou know you need content: blog posts, podcasts, e-books, and all the rest. Before diving in (or after, if you’ve already started) you need a plan and advice from someone who knows what works. Chris Brogan’s webinar How to make more business with content marketing (affiliate link) is a 1-hour Content Battle Plan to help you create effective content.

Watch it live Wednesday, November 5th at 4:00 PM (PST) or recorded at any time. Cost is $20.

Info & Registration

50th Anniversary of the Moog Modular Synthesizer

Moog Modular SynthesizerOctober 12, 2014 marks the 50 Year anniversary of the unveiling of the Moog modular synthesizer at the Audio Engineering Society’s New York convention. Unlike today, there were no robotic assembly lines. These were completely analog instruments. Each one was hand crafted, with every electrical component soldered to a circuit board. Modules were fitted into wooden cabinets with screws. But more important were the new sounds, which could be combined in infinite variations. In many ways, Moog defined the sound of late 60s and early 70s rock.

This mini documentary follows the company’s reproduction of the modular system built for Keith Emerson, of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and delivered in 1969. It includes interviews with a Moog engineer, Moog historian and Bob Moog himself.

Below that, take a listen to Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s Welcome Back My Friends, which holds up surprisingly well over time.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Chris Brogan

Chris Brogan

I’ve been learning about business, communication, online marketing and more from Chris Brogan since 2011. His one hour webinars are a great introduction to longer courses, such as The Owner’s Heart, Digital Business Mastery, Love Letters and Owner’s Mastery Foundation Group (OMFG).

Chris’ next webinar is Success in the Time of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” Economy. Tuesday, October 14, 7 pm (ET) or watch the recording at any time. Cost: $20.

Please take a look and let me know if you find it valuable.

Full disclosure: If you click on any of the links above and sign up for a course, I get a referral fee. But I’d be recommending these courses even if I weren’t. I am currently enrolled in Brave, The Owner’s Path and OMFG. If you are too, make sure and say hello.

For Those With Courage


Yosemite, CA — Cal Fire has released more details about the S-2T air tanker that crashed while fighting the Dog Rock Fire near El Portal in Yosemite National Park.

As reported last night, the pilot of the air tanker died in the crash, but his name has not been released. Cal Fire reports NTSB officials are expected at the wreckage site this morning to begin their investigation of the crash.

by Amelia Earhart

Courage is the price which life exacts for granting peace.
The soul that knows it not, knows no release
From little things;

Knows not the livid loneliness of fear
Nor mountain heights, where bitter joy you can hear
The sound of wings.

How can life grant us boon of living, compensate,
For dull gray ugliness and pregnant hate
Unless we dare

The soul’s dominion? Each time we make a choice we pay
With courage to behold resistless day
And count it fair.

Update (10/16/14)

A fund has been set up to help the family of the pilot, Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt, of San Jose. Donations can be sent to:

Hollister Air Attack Base
For Benefit of (FBO) Craig Hunt
2300 San Felipe Road
Hollister, CA 95023