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The Authentic Classic Muscle Car Era; 1964 – 1972

Posted in Classic Muscle Cars, The American Consumer with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2009 by novawizards

Born in the 50’s I was fortunate enough to be blessed with so many gifts that we just do not see today. Things I have done that were “pushing it” (stupid) riding a bike down a steep hill at night time, peddling as hard as I could, wearing no protective gear whatsoever, no reflectors or lights on my bike and waving both arms/hands over my head yelling like a madman. At the bottom of the hill a car came and I only had a front wheel break lever on the handle grip. My rear wheel break had worn out and I just had not replaced it. BUT I was going to. When I saw that car I knew two things for sure; the driver of the car does not see me therefore I am screwed. The second thing I knew for sure was that I would be airborne in about 0.3 seconds. Sure enough the driver never looked my way. (I was positive about this because as I was sailing of the car I looked and their thoughts were completely on something else) Getting to the “airborne mode” was very simple; Hands down to the handlebars at lightning speed, pull on break lever as hard as you can and don’t think about the consequences but hope for… anything but death. When I landed I remember the side of my face and shoulder were kind of like skimming a stone across water but this was my skin on tar. I once again knew two things for sure; this is going to hurt tomorrow and my Mother is going to kill me. Well, as it turned out I only knew one thing for sure but I was close to the second. After this experience I couldn’t wait to get a dirt bike. A Yamaha 360 enduro which could outdo most… the operator on mine though was usually in the way of these achievements. Cruising down a country road on my Yamaha early one warm summer evening, not quite dark but dusk, I was thinking about nothing but what a great warm summer night it was. I wasn’t wearing a helmet, gloves, or any type of body protective gear. Not even a tee-shirt. In fact, all I was wearing were shorts and sneakers. I saw a huge open hilly field to the left of me and thought what a great place to ride. Without a second thought I turned towards the field, gave it all the power I could and the next thing I knew was me and the bike were rolling together on the ground being wrapped up in barbed wire. I went through a barbed wired fence but never saw it. When the “wrap n roll” came to an end the exhaust pipe was resting on my ribs and just above my… where the tops of my legs come together. Since I was under this mess, the best I could do was kind of hold the bike off my body with one hand and with the other hand I was grabbing stones, sand, pebbles, anything I could lay my hands on and would throw at cars that went by hoping I would hit one, they would stop and save me. I was in the country, it was now night time and a car went by about every 10 minutes at best. I hit the third car and as predicted he stopped. He jumped out and was running aimlessly as I was yelling I’m over here. After a five minute search from this bloodhound he did find me and just stared at me. I finally suggested that he help me out here and get me untangled. His reaction was; “Boy, how could you be so stupid and live! There’s something about kids like…” All the while I am thinking two things; This really hurts right now and my Mother is really going to kill me over this one. Once again, only one thought was correct but the second one came the closest to being true ever. There are countless other wonderful memories followed pain and near death experiences that I will share from time to time. The point now is how we lived back then. The era, the pop culture we were creating, the styles, the attitudes, the music, the movies were the best ever, Clint Eastwood was cool but Steve McQueen was way more cool. Bullitt was released in 1968, and to this date has the best two car chase scene ever. The cars were a 1968 Dodge Charger and a 1968 Mustang GT both modified. Hence the Muscle Car was shaping it’s persona. Young people took noticed and there was just something about these cars that you had to have. They were fast, they were loud and they were reckless. But man, were they fun! The first true Muscle Car was the 1964 Pontiac GTO.
The authentic original Muscle Car ERA was 1964 – 1972. Here is a list of the top ten Muscle Cars that we wanted. Once 1972 rolled into 1973 the auto industry in America changed. Whether it changed for the good of the consumer or not (my personal opinion there were probably a couple of other directions the auto industry may have been considering at the time. Man, did they pick the worst one possible. Today people still view American cars as junk. And they’re not authentically american cars. Many of the parts are manufactured overseas/china and shipped here. That’s the short list of it anyway and I will cover this another day. Getting back to the good stuff, the TOP 10 MUSCLE CARS during the 1964 – 1972 MC ERA. Starting with number 10 and rolling backwards to number 1 Muscle Car of all time.

# 10 – 1966 Buick Skylark GS
The Skylark GS (Gran Sport) appeared back in 1965 when Buick decided it was a good idea to put a 402ci (6.5li) V8 in the front. They were right of course! It was a success for Buick and carried on into the early 70’s with the GSX, a 454ci (7.5li) engine developing over 400bhp and 500lb.ft torque!

# 9 – 1969 Oldsmobile 442
Oldsmobile were the second company to offer up a massive engine on a mid sized platform. In the case of the 442, it was a 310bhp 330ci (5.4li) V8 which was a Police spec engine. The 442 came from the name 4-4-2, referring to the 4 barrel carb, 4 speed box and twin exhaust system. It was also known for it’s good handling, which is rare for muscle cars.

# 8 – 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
This was the response to sister company Pontiac’s GTO. The normal SS only had 300bhp, so this SS model was upped to a more respectable 375bhp 402ci (6.5li) V8. Sadly, it was known to be terrible under breaking and didn’t like going round corners, to much extra weight in the front with that massive engine. Over the next few years, the suspension and brakes were tweaked to massively improve this. In 1970 the ultimate SS came out, the 427ci (7.0li) 450bhp and 500lb/ft version.

# 7 – 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T
The late comer to the muscle car party. After the success of the Charger, Dodge released the slightly larger Challenger R/T (Road and Track) with either a 427ci (7.0li) Hemi with 425bhp, or a 440ci (7.4li) producing 390bhp, the Hemi was the one to go for of course. This has also just had a 2008 revival with a modern day Challenger SRT-8 launching. We all wish they’d make the Challenger SRT 10 though.

# 6 – 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner
The name for this car cost $50,000, which in the 60’s was a lot of money. Plymouth bought permission from Warner Bros to use the Roadrunner name to help people know it was fast. It was, 14 second quarter mile for $4000 is very cheap! There was a 335bhp 385ci (6.3li) or the bigger 425bhb 427ci (7.0li) V8 options, both were fast and popular.

# 5 – 1967 Pontiac GTO
In 1964, Pontiac released the GTO which is regarded at the first Muscle Car. Pontiac took a 389ci (6.3li) for a bigger car, and replaced the 326ci (5.3li) in the tempest, and thus the GTO and muscle cars were born. Interestingly, one of the men behind the GTO was John Delorean, who later formed and designed the Delorean DMC12 of Back to the Future fame.

# 4 – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS
In 1966, GM had to watch the Mustang come out, and sell, oh did it sell. It’s to this day one of the fastest selling cars, and the fastest selling sports car. To respond, the year after they released the Camaro. The Best of the early models was the Z28. A small 300ci (4.9li) v8 which was race prepped to 400bhp was the engine to go for, if very hard. The SS got the 427ci (7.0li) 425bhp engine, which was easier to get, and still awesome.

Down the stretch and the top 3 Muscle Cars of the Muscle Car ERA;

# 3 – 1968 Ford Mustang GT390 Fastback (Bullitt Baby, Bullitt)
The Mustang is the biggest selling, which also makes it the most common and therefore not the best. This particular model was made famous by one of the greatest car chases of all time in Bullitt. The GT390 was a 427ci (7.0li) 390bhp V8, not the biggest engine, but 30bhp more! It was and is a legend car.

# 2 – 1970 Plymouth Barracuda (427 HEMI, this car was an animal!)
The ‘Cuda was actually released before the Mustang, but due to the popularity of the Mustang, and the Barracuda’s under powered engines, it almost bombed. However, in 1970 it got a restyle, and a new range of engines, the Hemi ‘Cuda was born. The Hemi being a 427ci (7.0li) 425bhp monster.

And the number one MUSCLE CAR of that ERA and my personal favorite by far was and still is;

1969 Dodge Charger R/T (Someday, someday I’ll rent one)
The daddy of muscle cars. The 69 R/T is a legend car that many around the world dream of owning. Yes, being the General Lee in The Dukes Of Hazard, and also being the bad ass car in Bullitt helped a lot. But look at it, it was always going to do well. It’s evil, especially in black. The original Hemi was rated at 425bhp, but it was more like 500bhp! It’s a shame modern day car makers don’t do it that way! The R/T was slightly less powerful, but was massively more reliable which meant it could offer up a 5 year warranty.


Join me in supporting Children with Cancer

Posted in 1, Classic Muscle Cars, Home projects you should do yourself, PharmaWater, Technology & Employment, The American Consumer with tags , , , , , , on October 1, 2009 by novawizards

Show your support by adopting a chemo duck, donating your time, money even if it’s just a $1.00 or show your solidarity by shaving your head. Once you have done this donate at least $1.00 or a $1,000 to a Children with cancer hospital of your choice. I’ll

HOPE, it's all the want.

HOPE, it's all they want.

challenge you, once I receive photos to this site of 1,000 people who have shaved their head for this cause, donated at least $1.00 and adopted a Chemo Duck. I will then shave my head, donate some money to a Children with cancer hospital AND dress up as a duck passing out fliers regarding our responsibility to help these kids in any way we can. I will do this in a crowded public area for the entire day. Understand this, all these kids want is hope and to know people care. Time to step up to the plate!
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Quit banging your head on a wall. Set your Brain on Fire and Run With It!

Posted in 1, Classic Muscle Cars, PharmaWater, Technology & Employment, The American Consumer on September 27, 2009 by novawizards
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Brains on Fire – The Word of Mouth Revival

Posted on May 20th, 2009 by Geno and currently 6 commenting.

Word of Mouth Marketing has taken it on the chin lately. Social Media has grabbed the spotlight as the tools to use to create Word of Mouth. Last week WOMMA’s WOMM-U launched a comeback with a ferocious people-powered counter punch (in the interest of total transparency, Brains on Fire is a governing member of WOMMA and on the Board of Directors). But I’m getting ahead of myself, so let’s go back to the beginning.

Last week was a blur, the Brains on Fire Fire Sessions and then right out the door to WOMM-U in Miami. But, after some time to reflect on last week, it was, in my opinion, a great week for Word of Mouth Marketing. WOMMA’s WOMM-U event falls in my top two of all WOMMA events, and I’ve attended them all.

Why? I heard fewer conversations about tactics and pitching of services and more conversations about strategy and what’s working and what’s not working. Both events were powered by dialogue.

I shared a workshop session with Chris Aarons of soon to change their name Buzz Corps. We had a lot of fun sharing the lessons and differences of building a long-term sustainable word of mouth program. This dynamic facilitated great discussions that often lead to folks lingering long after the workshop ended and over drinks.

The first WOMMA event in Chicago four short years ago was an inspiring opening round, urging all of us to be inspired by the customer. Now we have so many powerful tools that we can put into the ring and just manage safely from the corner. Who can blame us? We can now see all of our comments and the faults of what used to be trusted brands.

WOMM-U was the great hope. The battle is still on, and brands and institutions are not giving up in these difficult economic times. Brands from Texas Instruments to Disney want to engage in the ring of conversations. Yes many tools will be applied – but not before engagement happens with the real stakeholders – employees and customers.

6 Responses to Brains on Fire “The Word of Mouth Revival”

Gary Piano June 2nd, 2009 at 5:11 am Web Wunderkind Wizards

Hi Folks and hopefully unsolicited visitors may speak on this subject though uncalled for advice on the golf course makes me nauseous. In any event, Agnostic; “a person who denies or doubts the possibility of ultimate knowledge in some area of study”, “One who professes ignorance, or denies that we have any knowledge, save of phenomena; one who supports agnosticism, neither affirming nor denying the existence of a personal Deity, a future life, etc.”, disbelieves, questioner, scoffer, leery, in a quandary and you get the picture. Now take the contrary side for just a moment; trusting, certain, believe, non-doubting, confident, convinced and so on and so on. There are literally 1000’s of Social Networks out there today. The fact is coming that only a few will survive. This means when we get through these difficult times the consumer will relax and think rationally. Personally, I have no idea what a twitter does that is so exciting that companies are chasing down the Alpha User. What I do understand though is the brand MEK JEANS became immediately popular in Japan when Keanu Reeves was seen leaving a restaurant wearing a pair. I won’t even go see his movies! LinkedIn doesn’t really fall into that Soc Cat because it’s business and considered the most credible. Bill Gates has his profile on there, perhaps this is why, there’s only something like 60 million users and people are signing up to LinkedIn in record numbers. This economy has treated LinkedIn well because of the lack of good jobs/any jobs. is a good one for reaching people. Blast something of yours out, it reaches millions of people in seconds and wow, who knows what that can lead to. I agree with Spike that it’s still about strategy, strategy and more of it. NOW it’s strategic planning incorporating these Social Networks. If Belkin wanted you to come up with a campaign for their laptop stand where would you begin? I would listen to the client, obviously cover the demo which I can intuitively estimate to be 12 – 24 and would be insistent and perhaps unrelenting that MySpace be a big part of our strategic planning. It’s not the only way to skin a cat but it does have proven merit. Think about it this way as well, you’re invited to a party that your colleague is going to. It’s at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles. All the CEO’S are going to be there from every major company up and down the west coast. The economy is the best we have ever seen it, sales is told, mandated to spend a lot every quarter, everyone is advertising, you can’t get a no from anyone… and the odd thing is, you will be the only one from an ad agency at this party. Do you NOT go?

And remember this now so you’re not in a corner later, wireless technology, telecommunications and hand held devices are really going to make Social Media Agnostic (Nice sounding acronym anyway – SMA) take off to heights we are not currently thinking about. Pod cast, video, Interactive games… this is changing the entire way we do business, and how we live, and even how we prepare for the day. If you’re old enough what would you have said to your Dad when you were about 10 if he told you we would get to talk and see one another on a computer monitor in his/her lifetime… you might smell his breath before you laughed out loud. I’ll wrap below;

Web Intelligence is the study and Research of the application of Artificial Intelligence and Information Technology on the Web in order to create the next generation of products, services and frameworks based on the Internet.

Although individual Web based information systems are constantly being deployed, advanced issues and techniques for developing and for benefiting from Web Intelligence still remain to be systematically studied. Broadly speaking, Web Intelligence exploits Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Information Technology on the Web and Internet.

It is the key and the most urgent research field of IT for business intelligence that is happening today.

It would be great if you who read this related to it entirely. If you read it and thought what a bunch of horse manure then this is cool. And, if you didn’t read it but are walking around saying you heard it sucked then you have just made me smile. Maybe Spike has it nailed, Our Culture, stupid. There have never been 3 simple words that have ever been stated more truthfully!

gary piano – Web Wunderkind Wizards

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Posted in 1, Classic Muscle Cars, Home projects you should do yourself, PharmaWater, Technology & Employment, The American Consumer on September 20, 2009 by novawizards

The history of Web 1.0 – 3.0

Posted in 1, Classic Muscle Cars, PharmaWater, Technology & Employment, The American Consumer on August 23, 2009 by novawizards

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Web 3.0 – Wikipedia technical and social possibilities identified in this latter term are yet to be fully realized the nature of defining Web 3.0 is highly speculative. In general it refers to aspects of the Internet which, though potentially possible, are not technically or practically feasible at this time.

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High Power Web Presence – 1.0

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  • One High quality Website
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  • Converts visitors to leads or assists in sales process
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  • Some organic web presence
  • Your clients can find you
  • Occasionally new prospects find you

High Power Web Presence based on Web 2.0 Technology

As you can see, a Web 2.0 Presence requires engineering.  The details in outline form follow:

  • · Guided approach, more specific information
  • · Multiple types of contact forms
  • · Interactive and targeted email marketing
  • · Multiple websites dedicated to individual target markets, products and prospects.
  • · Targeted traffic marketing
  • · Paid Google Advertising generating leads and/or web sales
  • · Landing pages or Landing Websites for specific search terms
  • · Sub-websites dedicated to individual products within your lineup
  • · Potentially optimized to gather targeted web traffic

Web 3.0 – Online Business Streamlining

Web 3.0 is taking web engineering to the final level.  It involves finding and creating opportunities to streamline and enhance your business through online integration.

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Defining what Web 3.0 is and what it does still very much an ambiguous matter.

Posted in 1, Classic Muscle Cars, Home projects you should do yourself, PharmaWater, Technology & Employment, The American Consumer on September 16, 2009 by novawizards

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The master can teach the student, but only if the student is teachable.

“A Champion, like a Tiger, is Superior for one reason, he knows he is

Have we yet to agree on a Web 3.0 definition? The answer is still no.

Just in case you missed it, the web now has version numbers. Nearly three years ago, amid continued hand-wringing over the dot-com crash, a man named Dale Dougherty dreamed up something called Web 2.0, and the idea soon took on a life of its own. In the beginning, it was little more than a rallying cry, a belief that the Internet would rise again. But as Dougherty’s Silicon Valley start-ups—and blogs are already abuzz with talk of the Web’s next generation.

To many, Web 3.0 is something called the Semantic Web, a term coined by Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the (first) World Wide Web. (this is debatable unless Tim was on the team that pioneered the Web of the Department of Defense in the 60’s) In essence, the Semantic Web is a place where machines can read Web pages much as we humans read them, a place where search engines and software agents can better troll the Net and find what we’re looking for. “It’s a set of standards that turns the Web into one big database,” says Nova Spivack, CEO of Radar Networks, one of the leading voices of this new-age Internet.

But some are skeptical about whether the Semantic Web—or at least, Berners-Lee’s view of it—will actually take hold. They point to other technologies capable of reinventing the online world as we know it, from 3D virtual worlds to Web-connected bathroom mirrors. Web 3.0 could mean many things, and for Net-heads, every single one is a breathtaking proposition.

Tim Berners-Lee has described the semantic web as a component of ‘Web 3.0’ “People keep asking what Web 3.0 is. I think maybe when you’ve got an overlay of scalable vector graphics – everything rippling and folding and looking misty – on Web 2.0 and access to a semantic Web integrated across a huge space of data, you’ll have access to an unbelievable data resource.” 2006

Web 3.0 Debates over Definition
Since the origins of the concept of Web 3.0, the debate continues goes on about exactly what the term Web 3.0 means, and what a suitable definition might be. As emerging the new technology, a new definition emerged:

Transforming the Web into a database
Transforming the Web into a database is the beginning step towards transforming definition of Web 3.0 when the technology of ‘Data Web’ emerged as structured data records that can be published to the Web in reusable and remotely query able formats, such as XML, RDF and micro-formats. The Data Web is the initial step in the way of full Semantic web that enables a new level of data integration and application interoperability, which makes the data openly accessible and linkable as Web pages. To make available structured data using RDF is primarily focused in Data Web phase. The full Semantic Web stage will expand the scope that both structured and semi-structured or unstructured content will be widely available in RDF and OWL semantic formats.

An evolutionary path to artificial intelligence
Web 3.0 has also been used to describe the trend of artificial intelligence, which is being popular in the web like a quasi-human fashion. Some cynic believes that it is an unobtainable vision. However, this is being used new technologies on mass level that yields amazing information like making predictions of hit songs from mining information on college music Web sites. There is also debate on the driving force behind Web 3.0.  Will it be the intelligent systems, or whether intelligence will emerge in a more organic fashion and how people interact with it?

The realization of the Semantic Web and Service Oriented Architecture
Another debate originates over the artificial intelligence direction in which Web 3.0 can be extent to Semantic web concept. Academic research is going on to develop such reasoning software that must be based on description logic and intelligent agents. These sorts of applications can perform logical reasoning operations through using sets of rules expressing logical relationships between concepts and data on the Web.

But some critics disagree on the viewpoint, which describes that Semantic Web would be the core of the 3rd generation of the Internet and suggests a formula to summarize Web 3.0. Web 3.0 has also been associated to a possible hub of SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) and Semantic web.

Evolution towards 3D

The evolution of 3D technology is also being connected to Web 3.0 as Web 3.0 may be used on massive scale due to its characteristics. In this process Web 3.0 would transform into a series of 3D spaces, taking the concept realized by Second Life expansion. This could open up new ways to connect and collaborate using 3D shared spaces.

Proposed Expanded Definitions of Web 3.0

Nova Spivack has proposed the expanded definition of Web 3.0 that indulge in itself the collection of various foremost harmonizing technology developments that are growing to a new level of maturity simultaneously includes:

Ubiquitous Connectivity, broadband adoption, mobile Internet access and mobile devices

Network computing, software-as-a-service business models, Web services interoperability, distributed computing, grid computing and cloud computing.

Open technologies, Open APIs and protocols, open data formats, open-source software platforms and open data (e.g. Creative Commons, Open Data License)

Open identity, Open-ID, open reputation, roaming portable identity and personal data

The intelligent web, Semantic web technologies such as RDF, OWL, SWRL, SPARQL, Semantic application platforms, and statement-based data-stores

Distributed databases, the “World Wide Database” (enabled by Semantic Web technologies)

Intelligent applications, natural language processing, machine learning, machine reasoning, and autonomous agents

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Eat all the apples you want and walk through any web…

Posted in 1, Classic Muscle Cars, PharmaWater, Technology & Employment, The American Consumer with tags , , , , , on September 16, 2009 by novawizards

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From old and blah to new and hip.

Posted in 1, Classic Muscle Cars, Home projects you should do yourself, PharmaWater, Technology & Employment, The American Consumer with tags , , , , , , , on September 16, 2009 by novawizards
Gutted bathroom including stripping off all the old wallpaper

Gutted bathroom including stripping off all the old wallpaper

Same bathroom a couple of weeks later

Same bathroom with a brand new look. Greens, orange, dark browns with antique accessories. From old and dark to a stylish new, urban and contemporary bathroom!