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Be Amazing Because You Are Beautiful

April 2, 2013
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I stumbled across this story set to stills and music. Its a great way to deliver a message of kindness, openness and beauty. You’ve noticed talking with someone that after a few minutes they become more and more beautiful? They pause, they listen, they are tickled by your response. They see you. You see them. Maybe it was a another life. Maybe it is...

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Electric Vehicles: X-Prize the Local Economy

April 1, 2013
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Electric Vehicles: X-Prize the Local Economy

X-Prize for local economic innovations in energy. Using entrenched old-school world of economics to determine ‘market viability’ of a new breed of transportation is like saying MRIs will never prove cost-effective to the developers of it before the first 1/10 of 1 percent of Americans begin to use them. The commuter market for small vehicles coupled with transportation sharing and innovative market approaches will...

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Orcas Beauty: Music and Grace McCune

March 18, 2013
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Orcas Beauty: Music and Grace McCune

Orcas Island is beautiful in so many ways. Beyond the turquoise blue seas, deep forests and fresh water lakes Orcas island’s human treasure include a wonderful artist, Grace McCune. Attending one of Grace’s performances is something every Islander should plan to do. You’ll leave uplifted and smiling, the natural result of being in this talented artist’s presence. I had the opportunity to interview Grace...

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San Juan Islands: Smart Guide – Free Listing

March 17, 2013
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San Juan Islands: Smart Guide – Free Listing

Visitors to the San Juan Islands will enjoy the iPhone app, a guide to the San Juan Island region. Includes everything you need to rest easy and enjoy your visit to the Islands.

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San Juan Islands: Access is a Broadband Right?

March 12, 2013
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San Juan Islands: Access is a Broadband Right?

Is Internet access a right? Is a Broadband Right even a human right? Do we live fundamentally better lives by communicating? Switzerland, Finland think so. Google offers 1 megabit free service. What will our local Broadband organization offer? If we to set an example, draw positive attention and promote the concept of egalitarian and positive access for *all* islanders, irrespective of their ability to...

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Google Glass FTC and Freedom of Speech

March 12, 2013
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Google Glass FTC and Freedom of Speech

“The Citizens United ruling did however remove the previous ban on corporations and organizations using their treasury funds for direct advocacy. These groups were freed to expressly endorse or call to vote for or against specific candidates, actions that were previously prohibited”. – wikipedia article on a Supreme Court decision clearing the way for Corporations to exercise political and other public influence under the new ‘Constitutional...

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OPALCO Broadband Preliminary Wireless Tower Map

March 10, 2013
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OPALCO Broadband Preliminary Wireless Tower Map

OPALCO recently published a map showing where they are placing cellular towers around the islands. These cellular antenna arrays could be the size of a electric ‘telephone pole’ – possibly much taller. OPALCO notes… “Map shows preliminary coverage (purple) estimates based on initial radio study and measured at 12Mbps. Field testing is underway to test assumptions with actual equipment. Areas outside of the coverage...

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San Juan Islands iOS Guide Features Video

March 4, 2013
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San Juan Islands iOS Guide Features Video

The San Juan Islands Smart Guide for visitors and islanders helps promote a socially conscience experience in the San Juan Islands, Washington State. This Spring, the San Juan Islands premier Guide, the San Juan Smart Guide now features: Locating Emergency Services, a nearby Pharmacy or emergency number is easy with the Smart Guide. I’ve designed this system to be your personal Guide to your...

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Port Townsend Small Business Sustainability

February 19, 2013
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Port Townsend Small Business Sustainability

Port Townsend Small Business Sustainability is a model for other communities. Port Townsend is a city in Jefferson County, Washington, United States. The population was 9,113 at the 2010 census, an increase of 9.3% over the 2000 census. It is the county seat and only incorporated city of Jefferson County. In addition to its natural scenery at the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula,...

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San Juan Islands Broadband Without Debt?

February 16, 2013
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San Juan Islands Broadband Without Debt?

“The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has just released a new case study on community broadband — this one examines how Chanute, Kansas, built its own broadband network over a period of many years without borrowing.” The OPALCO Plan calls for spending 38 million membership dollars to build a new network, perhaps a bit less or 40 million more, no precise plan is currently available....

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