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Crown Publications of BC


I thought this was interesting, I just came across it on the BC Provincal website… who knew our tax dollars were paying for this…  Since its there and you need something give them a call I’m sure they have very topic specific information on issues topics that relate directly to British Columbians.

1 800 663-6105 (toll free)
563 Superior St Victoria BC V8V 1T7

Crown Publications has a wide variety of books, reference materials and electronic publications. Many BC Government publications can be viewed free of charge. You can order books online using our secure shopping cart feature. Delivery is fast and reliable. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, just give them a call

October 24, 2009 Posted by | Books | Leave a comment

Obama’s Vacation Reading List

I would be curious to find out what the current Prime Minster of Canada, Stephen Harper is reading these days.  I did come across the book list that President Obama planned to read during his vacation to Martha’s Vineyard.  We can all  thank  his Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton for this piece of information.  Obama took  five books and I’ve listed them below.  There a mix of fiction and non-fiction, and all the authors are American, I think that sublimely sends the message of buy local and read for both pleasure and knowledge.   Enjoy the list:

The Way Home by George Pelecanos: Set in Washington DC, this thriller revolves around Chris Flynn, a 26-year-old released from a stint in juvenile detention. While working for his father as a carpet layer, he discovers a sack of money stashed under the floorboards at a job site, setting in place a chain of life-altering events. Pelecanos is a celebrated crime novelist, and was a writer for HBO’s award winning series The Wire. The book traverses familiar terrain─racial tensions, urban decay, and difficult family relationships.

Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas Friedman: The follow up to his bestseller The World is Flat, Friedman explores the impact of climate change and the possibilities for American leadership. He draws links between global warming and a crisis of American identity in the face of economic globalism.

Lush Life by Richard Price: Another crime novel, Lush Life centers on a shooting in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, exploring it’s ramifications in an already volatile community. Price has been writing since the early 1970s and is perhaps best known for his novel Clockers, which was made into a film directed by Spike Lee. He’s written screenplays including The Color of Money and the short film to promote Michael Jackson’s album Bad. Interestingly, Price also wrote for The Wire.

Plainsong by Kent Haruf: Plainsong is a novel set in the small, fictional town of Holt, Colo. It follows the intersecting lives of several residents and the impact a local schoolteacher has upon them. Haruf has written four novels set in fictional Holt.

John Adams by David McCullough: This Pulitzer Prize-winner needs no introduction. Based on the life of America’s second president, it was also the basis for HBO’s award winning seven-part miniseries by the same name.

August 25, 2009 Posted by | Art, Books, Business, Creativity, Government, Sustainability | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Best Waiting Room/ Coffee Table Book


12 – stencil stealthily
14 – carve hollow book
15 – super slingshot
23 – pvc pipe digeridoo
25- chain mail bikini
111 – dazzle with sabrage
124 – prepare tibetan yak butter tea
126 – understand espresso drink ratios
135 – chug from a boot
138 – how to look dapper in a suit
180 – repair ripped jeans
191- get out of a car in a mini skirt
204 – tie the texas rope handcuff
224 – fix a dented baseboard
277 – make suet snack for birds
344- deliver a baby in a taxi
371 – fold his clothes for travel
383 – share authentic yerba matte
405 – open wine without a wine key
414 – run with the bulls in pamplona
426 – catch a fish bare handed
447 wrestle aligator
453 create water in the desert
485 – escape from straight jacket
493 – breathe fire

And those are just a few! This book is definitely on my no fail list for gifting for all occasions! Maybe best waiting room/coffee table book i’ve found yet?

July 28, 2009 Posted by | Books | , , | Leave a comment

The Last Lecture (Professor Randy Pausch)

This was an interesting speech to listen too…

It was by Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008).  He gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals. For more, visit

The Video:

The Book:

The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Books, Inspiration, Life, Videos | , , , , | Leave a comment

Creating a World Without Poverty – Nobel Peace Prize

This is one of the latest books I’m reading… It’s from the Banker to the Poor, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus.  You can listen to a  quick concept of the video by clicking the below preview.  (I thought I would let you multitask)

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Books, Education, Great Ideas, Sustainability | , , | Leave a comment

The Vision Statement of the Year!

There’s lots of talk on the internets at the moment about the launch of Amazon’s e-book reader, Kindle 2.

It wasn’t the new design, or improvements from version 1.0 that struck me about this launch. It was Amazon’s CEO and Founder, Jeff Bezos’ expression of the company’s vision:

“Our vision is every book ever printed, in any language, all available in less than 60 seconds.”

Now that’s a vision… to bad it just made all of our visions suck! lol

July 19, 2009 Posted by | Books, Education | , , , | Leave a comment

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)

Children with the XO

Children with the XO

Children with the XO

Give a Laptop, Change the World!

If this is new to you?

Watch the video here, or you can read the mission statement below:

Mission Statement: To create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. When children have access to this type of tool they get engaged in their own education. They learn, share, create, and collaborate. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future.

And an Update for the followers:

July 16, 2009 Posted by | Books, Economics, Information Technology (I.T.), Inspiration, Life, Open Source, Politics, Sustainability, Videos | | 1 Comment

Success to Failure, Syndrome (8 Principles to get you there & keep you there)

Here’s a quick snapshot of what we usually see success as… A ladder to getting to our goal or vision.

What about staying there… Those lucky enough to make it there, should also look at ensuring they stay there!  I’ll right about goal setting in another post.  Just remember when we look at the steps of getting to success that it’s a vision that is continuous like a circle, not just steps…


Success Continuous Journey

The Eight Principles of Success

  1. Passion
  2. Work
  3. Focus
  4. Push
  5. Ideas
  6. Improve
  7. Serve

Richard St. John knew how he had found success and how he lost it. A self-described average guy said he  found success doing what he loved, then he spent more than a decade researching the lessons of success — and distilling them into 8 words, 3 minutes video and one successful book.  Find out the insight he gained from his500 interviews of successful people.

The resulting book, Spike’s Guide to Success: Stupid, Ugly, Unlucky and RICH, has spawned a new avenue of success for St. John as a motivational speaker and talk-show star. His newest book is 8 to Be Great: The 8 Traits that Lead to Great Success.

“It’s so great. It’s such a boost of confidence. This book really gives you a lot of self-esteem about who you are, and that you really can be somebody.”

Thomas Fischer, Habitat for Humanit

June 19, 2009 Posted by | Books, Business, Inspiration | , | Leave a comment