2011 New Year’s Resolutions

Here are my top 11 new year’s resolutions for 2011:

1.  Get back into podcasting/blogging.
2.  Loose the rest of my weight — and go streaking, EVEN if it’s winter-time!
3.  Finish a 100 Mile Century cycling ride. (and ride my bike more…)
4.   Drink more water —- drink more tea (hot).
5.   Engage in more charitable fundraising (locally, nationally, and globally)
6.   Create an iPhone app.
7.  Travel more (more trips to San Fran, maybe Europe or Asia)
8.  Do more Yoga and meditation
9.   Pick up playing bass/guitar again (play live with others) –See more live music.
10.   Learn now to bonsai (tree)
11.  Connect with friends and family more.

Have a great 2011!
Cheers,
Will

Some inspiring people-sites



Hi, a few weeks ago, a friend asked me what are some of the interesting sites/people that I follow. So, I thought I would just post here. Enjoy.

Here are a few sites that I look to when I need inspiration, etc, etc:

Gary Vaynerchuk: http://garyvaynerchuk.com/
Gary is awesome… I’ve met him a few times in person—and he is truly nice. A little “spassy”, — but a great guy. This is one of my favorite videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhqZ0RU95d4&feature=player_embedded


Tony Hsieh: http://www.zappos.com – http://www.deliveringhappinessbook.com/
Tony is one of those people that is just as nice in person as he is online. His views on corporate culture, caring about your customers/employees is extraordinary. His book, Delivering Happiness, will be out soon!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63WFjoFiXns&feature=fvw


TED: http://www.ted.com/ — TED isn’t a person; but a group where the best minds of all human endeavors meet to discuss great ideas. Here is my profile: http://www.ted.com/profiles/view/id/397021
Here are some of my favorite “talks” that have truly moved me: http://www.ted.com/profiles/favorites/id/397021


Some of my very favorites are:

Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight:
http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html

Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors: http://www.ted.com/talks/itay_talgam_lead_like_the_great_conductors.html

Steve Jobs: How to Live before you die
http://www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die.html

Jamie Oliver’s TED prize wish: Teach every child about food
http://www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver.html

Tim Ferris: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/
His book: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/introduction/ — Kind of hard to really do in real life— but a VERY good book to learn from.


That’s a good start… If you have any questions at all, please feel free to call, txt, etc.


My personal website is: http://wsellers.com
Some of my “social” links are here: http://www.wsellers.com/im-sociable/


One last site/person that I keep up with: http://kevinrose.com/


Thanks,
Will

Matcha Green Tea Shake

*** FYI:  I’ve created a dedicated website just for tea:  http://thisweekintea.com ***

Here is my recipe for a kick ass Match Green Tea Shake.  This will make a little more than 1 serving.  This will give you a really good start to any morning.  “Healthy” calories and a great boost from the green tea.  Plus it’s ULTRA easy to prepare.

Total calories approximately 283-300 calories. If you are trying to lose weight, you may want to use this as a meal replacement.

1 – 6oz container of vanilla yogurt. = 110 Calories
I use Yoplait; however any yogurt with active cultures/L Acidophilus is great.

1 – 6oz serving of slim milk. = 68 Calories
I just use the empty yogurt container to measure out the milk. Easy.

1 – Medium banana. = 105 Calories
You can use any fruit you like… I like bananas because of the potassium, etc… But blueberries ROCK also.

1 – 1/4 tsp of good quality Matcha Green tea powder. = Trace calories
I typically use 1-3 1/4 tsp scoops of Matcha; however, I really like green tea.
Soooo, you’ll need to start with 1 1/4 tsp— and add to taste.  You can find this tea at http://www.teavana.com

1 – Good handful of cubed ice. = No calories.
You may want to use more of less… The ice is just for coldness and consistency.

1 – Tablespoon of Agave Nectar = 60 Calories OPTIONAL
You can find this at any Whole Foods… Great substitute for sugar or Splenda.

Blend for about 45 seconds—until well blended. Enjoy.   Also, if you want a little extra “umph” into this concoction, try adding about 6oz of Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries cereal.  I’ll update this post with new calorie counts shortly.  However, if you do this, I would recommend that this drink become more of a meal replacement.  Still, a very healthy start to a day.

*** UPDATE: You can find this and more at http://www.thisweekintea.com

-Will

Good Tea, Great Tea

A few people have asked me about the teas I’ve been drinking lately. I will say that it’s very hard to find good loose leave tea here in Baton Rouge. The closest place to finding “decent” teas are at Whole Foods and World Market. These are good teas—but why just settle for “good” when you can have “great.” Believe me, forget about the good ol’ tea bag—-and look for some loose leave love. I recommend these online sites: http://www.teavana.com and http://samovarlife.com/.

Here are the teas I’m drinking now:

Silver Needle (White Tea): VERY light, clean tasting white tea. Delicate taste—and great for infusing mixing with other teas. Also, it is very high in anti-oxidants; so great health benefits to drinking this stuff! It’s the healthiest tea I’ve had so far. These tea leaves can withstand multiple steepings.

Monkey Picked Oolong: In my opinion, this is the Ferrari of all teas. Very light, crisp taste—but complex. Great benefits also. Not as high in antioxidants as white or green tea; however, this tea is great for boosting your energy and metabolism. GREAT for dieting and keeping hydrated. These tea leaves can withstand multiple steepings — in fact, some of the flavors change after different brews.

White Avurvedic Chai: When I first tried this tea in Houston, it knocked my socks off. VERY, VERY flavorful. Great for boosting energy and hydration. It’s almost like drinking candy!

Mate Vana + Rooibos Chai: This blend KICKS BUTT too. If you are a coffee drinker; and trying to make the “switch” into teas— this one is for YOU! This blend brews very dark and reminds me of coffee on the palate.

And there you have it… These are the teas I’m enjoying right now. —- I will forewarn you: loose leave teas are ALOT more expensive than your regular “Wal-mart” tea from a tea bag. But, worth it? ABSOLUTELY. When I made my first “purchase”, I had sticker shock when told that my bill was $90 for two full tins of tea. But, ohhhh here is where the addiction begins… Just to show you how bad: the last time I was in Houston to see my “dealer”, I dropped $250 on these teas I described above. HAPPILY walking out with my “fix” — talk about “Holy Herb!?!?” BTW: It’s Camellia sinensis … 🙂

Of course, I typically buy in bulk—-and this amount of tea lasts me for like 4-6 months.

So give it a try… If you are wanting a good “starter’ experience try this Starter Kit.

Want more? Checkout the Doctor Tea videos. Also, if you are on Twitter, follow Kevin Roses’ “Good Tea” account. OH, and by the way— drink all the tea you want. Unlike coffee, tea has a chemical called L-Thiamine that counteracts the “jitters” you would get from caffeine. Read HERE for more info on the health benefits of drinking tea.

Thanks,
Will – http://twitter.com/wsellers

Apple OSX Leopard Terminal Phonebook

Here is a little tip I found in the Terminal.app application in Apple OSX Leopard: The Remote Connection Phonebook.




If you can find a way to “tell” terminal to open new connections in TABS instead of new windows, GREAT. It can probably be done with a default write command. — Leave a comment.

 

Thanks,
Will
twitter.com/wsellers

My Top 10 Christmas gifts under $100…

Not that my friend Gary Vaynerchuk asked—but here you go. Here are my Top 10 pics from Christmas gifts under $100:

#10 – SanDisk Ultra III 4GB SD Card – Good digital cameras under $100 may still be hard to find; however, high capacity SD cards are cheaper than ever.  I like these higher quality/faster SD cards.  They are more expensive that others — but I trust SanDisk with my digital photos.  *Make sure your camera supports SDHC cards.  If you are not using a DSLR camera, you can get by with these MUCH cheaper/slower ones.

#09 – A massage from a professional.  I know it sounds un-Christmasy— but I had a massage today and it was GREAT.  Check your local listings or Craig’s list.  If you live in Baton Rouge area, I recommend http://www.alphabodyspa.com – Laura is awesome! – Many massages are under $100

#08 – TomTom ONE 125 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator – First, I will admit that my favorite GPS unit is the http://www.dash.net unit.  However at $99, This TomTom One unit is great.  Plus at this low price, you won’t feel guilty in this bear market.  I also think that this model has Celeb. voice-overs. What would be better than Mr. T giving you directions, FOOL!

#07 – Netflix – Let’s face it, EVERYONE likes to watch a movie now and then.  Netflix remains the leader in Mail-in movie rentals.  I use the $18 subscription model that lets me have 3 movies out at one time + unlimited movie streaming to a Mac/PC/XBOX 360/Roku, etc.  

#06 – Gift a domain name with Godaddy.com – You’ve always heard that most people like hearing their name… Well, people LOVE having their own domain name.  -Even if you are just gifting a persons “first_name_last_name.com” to point to their facebook/myspace page.

#05 – Whole Foods Gift Card – Again, this might not scream Christmas— but if your gif-tee has a Whole Foods in their town—they are probably already a fan.  I love the cheese and wine.

#04 – Brenthaven Trek BP Laptop backpack – If you are guying for a laptop user, these are the “Cream-of-the-crop” when it comes to laptop bags.  I will personally endorse these bags.  I’ve had this exact one for over a year now; and, it’s saved my gear many times.  Great warranty.  Brenthaven stands by their bags— I like that.

#03 – Western Digital 320GB Passport USB powered HD – Nothing says I love you like— a new portable Hard Drive.  —and of course spending time showing someone how to backup their data!  Again, I have one of these—and highly recommend them.  Of course, you don’t have to get the bright yellow model…

#02 – V-MODA Vibe Duo Earbuds/Headset (iPhone Compatible) – I couldn’t resist throwing in one of my favorite iPhone accessories.  I’ve been using these for about a year now; and, these are great.  I had problems with my original version; however, V-MODA promptly replaced my set after 6 months of EVERYDAY use.  For under $100, I feel these are a very nice stocking stuffer for your iPhone user.

#01 – Just be nice to someone.  Cost = $0 bucks!  Value = Priceless!…  Nothing is more valuable than just spreading a lil LUV.  And believe me, Karma happens. — Just remember to help someone get their “Boogie Down” … 

…. And there you go, — my 2008 Top 10 Christmas gifts for under $100.

Open letter to Starbucks…

Greetings,

I would just like to say that I am very disappointed with Starbucks’ decision to close store #8321. This store is located in one of the most busiest areas of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My wife, son, and I make a trip to this Starbucks every weekend—-and usually spend no less that $15-$20 every time we come. James Schenk, the store manager and the other staff members work extremely hard to make their patrons satisfied with their experience. So, I sincerely request that Starbucks PLEASE leave this store open. There are other Starbucks in Baton Rouge that perhaps would make better since in closing…. JUST NOT STORE #8321 @ Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge, LA. 

Sincerely, William Sellers
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

Apple Store: Mall of Louisiana Opening March 6

Please checkout: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wsellers to see a live broadcast from the opening of Louisiana’s FIRST Apple retail store. Here is a link to the store: http://www.apple.com/retail/malloflouisiana

* I’ll only be able to do the live feed “IF” there is some kind of Internet connection, wifi, etc.