May 7th, 2009 by gkraft
(the following is my attempt to give you a visual sitemap of my thinking)
The past year has seen a difficult economy, a contentious Presidential campaign period, and a crash of the American stock market. And some people that had been offering up to 46% return on investment in private Hedge Funds are now in jail.
And me, struggling to get my life going again at the tender young age of over 60… I had been prepared to “check out” due to the difficulty I was having with extreme high blood pressure which was determined to be caused by over 90% blockage of my arteries… Then suddenly, I was hospitalized, and I expected to get a “splint” when the Doctor told me that I was in too bad of a condition for merely a splint to correct, and he told me no problem, we will knock you out, stop your heart, fix the clogged areas, start your heart again, and you will be fine! I still think that the Medical Industry should be able to make a pill that cleans out your arteries without surgery… But I guess that is a way’s off…
So, with my brain working better than I can remember for the past several years, I now am strong like bull! My brain works great, body is a little slower than it used to be, but strong still. So I thought what can I do to help others with what my dear departed friend Nathan Morton (CompUSA) used to call my “basket of Internet sites”…
So here is what I have been trying to do:
1. www.bigkahuna.net – Find a Hawaiian Partner that will use the site to Educate the world about the Hawaiian Culture, Family Values, and Hawaiian History. You see, I always knew that someone (probably not Hawaiian) would use the site to sell “cookies or surfboards”… So in 1997 after having lived and worked in Maui I knew how important the word “kahuna” is to the Hawaiian people, since I owned Big Kahuna Productions in Maui from 1992-1997.
2. www.talkstory.com – Use the site to tell my story, including my TalkStory.com Offshore Racing Team videos from 1998-2002, and this past year as a BLOG that shares my opinion of the world and how Aloha can help improve the world. I am pleased to tell you that www.talkstory.com is a global website with readers from all over the planet…
I always wanted to be a philospher when I was young, but then the opportunity to earn a living was far too suspect to actually try. At this point in my life, I have traveled the world, succeded in creating the PC Diagnostics Industry, and sold my last software company DiagSoft, Inc. to Sykes, Inc. in 1996.
As a result, I was able to “retire” at the tender age of 52.
Then after buying everything on my personal wish list… I soon realized that even though I had retired at a young age there were no friends for me to play with, so I became close to a few of my old lifetime friends like Don Harris, my brother Jeff, and my crew of my Lazzara 76′ motoryacht that I named “DREAMS do come true”.
Soon I also realized that even though I was retired, that my brain did not get the email!
So that is how my basket of web sites came to be. I invested in StarPower of Dallas, a high end Home Theater retail operation with my friend Nathan Morton as the Chairman and soon was on their Board of Directors.
I also realized that DREAMS might sit at her dock behind my home in Marco Island if I did not figure out a plan to use her. I decided to start a APBA Offshore Race Team, then I used www.talkstory.com as my Team name, and succeeded in getting Dick Lazzara of Lazzara Yachts to be our sponsor. The videos tell the story pretty well.
Then this last couple of years I became active as a philospher by writting the stuff that you read here…
I mean to be light hearted, funny as possible, yet serious in some things that I write.
I hope you enjoy my ramblings they are typically a response to what I see on CNN, etc. as well as read on the Internet.
I hope I don’t go to far even though sometimes I just want to yell at the top of my voice, to try to get you to think about what I say.
3. www.avstreams.com is a Quicktime Streaming site that I use to show my old Videos in the best quality computer video streaming image possible. I wish that they were in HD… I am proud that my http://www.youtube.com/gkraft page has had over 120,000 viewers to date of most of these videos, but the youtube video quality does not match the www.avstreams.com video quality, so it is an alternative…
4. www.aiengines.com is my Brainstorm site, I have used it to develop and test various Digital Library ideas and also as my Digital Home Theater…
This past year I changed www.aiengines.com to demonstrate my ideas pertaining to a Entrepreneur Incubator Project. And within it to begin work on my CBT Internet Training Project, used to show a typical Entrepreneur Incubator product idea. I have long thought about attempting to shorten and improve the time for education of virtually any topic. With the large number of unemployed we need to develop a solution that will re-educate these workers. And the Entrepreneur Incubator needed a sample company idea to focus potential contributors on the concepts.
5. http://www.linkedin.com/in/gkraft page has several RedHerring Group Discussions that I have used to cross ref my above web sites, and to attract additional input and comments.
Because, WE can all help with these sites content and the purpose is to cause YOU to THINK and evolve the ideas. THUS giving back and sharing things to do to improve the world… And ALOHA is the core of all of my ideas.
Enjoy, mahalo dudes!