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From the wire services . . . The communications industry has been rocked by the surprise announcement today of a new microchip that developers claim will allow the sending and receiving of text messages simply by thinking of the person with whom a user will want to communicate. 

The bead-sized chip, called “BeeDee” short for BrainDrain(c) was developed after three years of research on chickens. 

BeeDee(c) is embedded in the skull with a simple, minimally-invasive procedure that any family physician will be able to do during an in-office visit.  No anesthesia is necessary. 

The announcement came early this morning from two teenage tech game developers who embarked on the research project as a response to their chronically sore thumbs.  

     Weird news, huh? 

     True?  Naw, at least not yet.  I suppose we couldbe close to something so bizzare actually happening.  Well, okay, maybe not “chickens,” but mice are kind of overused these days.

     What’s the point? 

     In business, as in life, it seems that those who succeed most often are those who expect the unexpected.  Now I’m not advocating endless planning and worrying about what hasn’t yet come (and may never).  I’m simply saying something I’ve said in other ways on different days, that the healthiest physical, mental, and emotional place to be is the same place every good Boy Scout would recommend: PREPARED.  You know that place? 

     No, don’t start getting out your boots, umbrella, parachute and belt-holstered knife.  Not that kind of “prepared” (unless, of course, these kinds of items fit your lifestyle or situation). 

     I’m talking about regular stretching and exercising plus eating and sleeping right to be physically prepared for whatever comes along.  I’m talking about quickly considering “what’s the worst that could happen?” before taking any non-routine action so that at least you’ve thought it out and can respond promptly if necessary. 

     I’m talking about always keeping an open mind when dealing with others and try forcing yourself to listen 80% of the time and talk only 20% of the time. 

     Whoa!  Are you kidding?  Nope.  Try it three times this week and watch what happens!

2 comments so far


  1. Judy Vorfeldon 26 Oct 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Great advice, Hal. We live in a magical age, where change is the order of the day. And yet, in order to be actively involved, we need to keep our minds and bodies fit.

    Want your thinking to be at its peak? Eat well, rest well, and take a walk, use a treadmill, or ride an exercise bike (or regular bike) after awakening in the morning and after a nap.

    When my husband was alive, he had short-term memory problems from time to time. We noticed that when he used the exercise bicycle daily, he had much better short term memory.

    It was kind of a joke with us. If we were talking, and he couldn’t recall something, I’d say, “Time to ride the bike.” And sure enough, every time he had a problem was when he hadn’t been riding it.

    Not a big thing, but I try to make sure to exercise (or have some coffee) before I dig into my work.

  2. Hal Alpiaron 26 Oct 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Thank you, Judy. I know I speak for all visitors to this blog site in expressing appreciation for your candor and sharing so much of your personal life . . . here, on your website, and in your ezine newsletters. And thank you as always for your ongoing support. Have a great week! halalpiar

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