3D Bio-Printer’s Future Financial – Internet-Virus Contagion

The art of 3D printing refers to any of the various processes that are used to make three-dimensional objects with plastics, polymers, alloys, mixtures of chemical substances and cells. This industrial robot is capable of generating objects of almost any shape or geometry by following instructions and commands from electronic data sourced from a tablet, android or computer.

3D bio-printing is the process of generating spatially-controlled cell patterns using state-of-the-art technologies, wherein cells within the printed structure are still viable and well preserved. The first patent related to this technology was patented in the United States in 2006.

The manufacturing process follows a sequential deposit of material in a spatial manner through nozzles of inkjet printer heads.

Organovo, a San Diego-based firm in the USA was the first company to commercialize 3D bio-printing technology as the 3D bio-printer was optimized to be able to print skin tissue, heart tissue, and blood vessels among other basic tissues that could be suitable for surgical therapy and transplantation. Efforts have also been made by scientists to adapt bio-printing technology to produce soft tissues and artificial bones for use in reconstructive surgery.

To say that the 3D bio-printer would be ubiquitous internet linked equipment is an understatement because of its versatile potential application in all fields of human endeavor.

Within the next decade, scientists would be looking at the possibility of re-inventing, incorporating or adapting the famous Miller-Urey experiment into 3D bio-printers to enable the machines synthesize or cross-link substances such as sugars and amino acids with the capability of making, peptides, proteins, lipids, genes, telomeres, prions and invariably, living organisms!

As the 3D bio-printer evolves into the realm of science fiction, its impact on human civilization becomes unfathomable.

Would its usage be well regulated by the governments of the day?

Potential applications of the 3D bio-printer include:

• Printing mini organs such as hearts, livers, and lungs as the potential to test new drugs more accurately and perhaps eliminate the need for testing in animals.
• Developing tissue models for research, drug discovery and toxicology.
• Developing essential bio-active proteins such as insulin.
• Developing vaccines.
• Developing more exotic perfumes.
• Developing exquisite wines that even the best connoisseur cannot produce.
• Developing network computers that allow an array of internet-linked 3D bio-printers to generate models in any remote location from the instruction of a computer in workstations.

The time has come for pro-active scientists and activists to begin drafting the framework of regulatory mechanisms that is required to reign in rouge scientists, unscrupulous businessmen and eccentric end-users from turning the cutting-edge 3D bio-printing technology into the harbinger of fast-tracked Armageddon.

What would be the reaction of financial market responses to such massive catastrophe?

Mass infection of international computer networks with malware that causes internet-linked 3D bio-printers to churn out toxic or contagious substances and biologically active organisms would cause a domino effect, a crisis in one country leads to crises in others because of financial and internet connectivity. Many countries with no contingency plans for such scenario might experience the following:

• Emerging data extraction failures.
• Inability to objectively access information that is desperately needed to asses changing fiscal fundamentals.
• Changes in global interest rates, exchange rates between major currencies, commodity prices.
• Recessions in major industrial countries.
• Panic among foreign investors, financial institutions and citizenry who become paranoid about the domestic and international implications of the situation.
• Reduction in volumes of bilateral trade.
• Confusion and protectionism among countries that have integrated their financial system with international financial markets and institutions.
• Turmoil in international financial markets.
• Crash in regional financial markets.
• Plummeting of bilateral trade volume among neighboring countries.
• Long term global financial crises

Eventually, people notably politicians and economists would begin to play the ‘blame game’ by attributing any policy or implementation failure to the ‘global economic meltdown’ that occurred as an aftermath of the ‘3D bio-printer contagion’.

Would such chaos lead to a global debt crisis? Sure, it would!

The complexities of 3D bio-printing technology require the integration of technologies from the various fields of science that necessitates plugging the devices into the World Wide Web.

An internet-linked array of the global network grid of innumerable 3D bio-printers present a mind boggling source of viral contagion that could cause a horrible blood cuddling scenario of total destruction of vulnerable organisms within all nooks and cranny of earth’s biodiversity with no safe haven in bunkers and hidden underground cities.

3D bio-printer induced internet mayhem might also ensue as a fall out of the malware that would have caused proliferation of the contagion-causing-commands to unleash severe damage to electronic data of computers linked to the World Wide Web.

This gut wrenching scenario might be worsened by the current reactionary mode of all stakeholders to the possibility of a dual purposed algorithm that is capable of forming biological cum computer virus. Viruses of this nature might spread much more quickly as they would have been embedded within the normal functional programs of the 3D bio-printer.

Hence, within the coming decade, a 3D bio-printer would be able to spew out a biological virus as well as its malware virtual counterpart in cyberspace!

Would all stakeholders heed this early warning by joining the fray to begin strict regulation of 3D bio-printing technology?

There is no doubt that 3D bio-printing is set to impact positively on human civilization in the coming decades but this mind blowing technology like the proverbial sword of Damocles hangs over the heads of mankind. Its immense threat to biodiversity is too strong to ignore.

Therefore, the emerging trend in human civilization require scientists, intelligentsia and politicians to be pro-active rather than being reactionary as mankind gropes through a seeming blind alley into an uncertain future without fully understanding the impact or considering ramifications of new technologies that are being applied with reckless abandon.

Bio Fuel and Bio Diesel

Grow our own fuel is the battle cry of the move to bio fuels and bio diesel. In fact the American Trucking Association is now endorsing a plan for up to 5% blend of all diesel fuel to be bio diesel.

Sound great right, well a few climate-ologists say not so fast, what about severe storms and crop failures? In fact I myself have some issues with Bio-Diesel that no one has bothered to answer for me. You see it takes water to grow our fuel. The more we need Bio-Fuel the more water we need to process and to grow the Bio Diesel. It also takes fuel to grow it from the Tractors and farm equipment also that also includes turbines to keep crops from freezing, cultivators, irrigation pumps, etc.

Indeed as Monsanto with terminator seeds and Cargill with genetically modified seeds are getting the growing water usage issues down to 2-gallons of water to grow the equivalent of one gallons of fuel. Then it takes 8-gallons to process and refine with fairly good super water purification, filtration and recycling. That means it takes 10 gallons of water to produce one gallon of fuel and Lots of capital costs too to build all these refineries and filtration stations.

But if our bio-fuel is subsidized by government, by reducing taxes and funding, then it seems in the end economically it is not a good deal? If the government halved the taxes on fuel now, the prices would come down by quite a bit and help our economy and lower normal diesel prices and thus, make the competition of Bio-fuels real cost even more gapped. Crude is relatively free, you suck it out of the ground. That is a good amount of cost of goods sold. Like selling dirt and filtering out the rocks and selling those for people’s gardens. We take crude and refine it and then sell the other to chemical and plastic companies.

The issues are with the efficiency in getting the Bio Fuels grown, ready and to market Then there are the bouquet fuel issues demanded by governments. So Bio-Fuels have some reality checks and hurdles to get over in my opinion, I want the real numbers. Sounds like a Corporate Welfare deal without a demand for deadline proof, that it is really economically viable, without fudging the figures? So much for SOX, free pass on Bio-Fuels? I have questions, no one will answer and you cannot find them in Ethanol News or any other place, so I kind of like the “Turn Coal into Fuel” better. Battelle has some very interesting new technologies there and the State of Montana is up on the Research stuff there too and it is getting some political play also.

I have nothing against whatever makes sense, but it must be economically feasible and viable before we go running off without an efficient solution to our supply and demand issues in the World Wide markets as China and India come online with needs of their own, needs which will eventually far surpass the demand here at home. Yes we need to do something, will someone please show me the real numbers, complete reality and stop the BS? Think on this.

Content Management Software Supports Bio Technology Firm

Since 1987, Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) has been a major force in advancing biotechnology research both as a leading supplier of custom strands of DNA (also known as oligonucleotides) and a developer of innovative new biotechnologies.

Through offices in Coralville, IA (headquarters), Skokie, IL, San Diego, CA, Glasgow, Scotland, and Leuven, Belgium, IDT, an ISO 9001 company, serves a global network of more than 77,000 customers ranging from university labs to international pharmaceutical companies.

IDT processes orders for thousands of products a day with customers using the DNA strands IDT manufactures for:

o Diagnostic tests for genetic diseases, like breast cancer or cystic fibrosis
o Diagnostic tests for infectious diseases, like Hepatitis or AIDS
o Research to discover new drugs or treatments for a variety of diseases
o Producing safer and more plentiful agricultural products

“At one point, IDT relied heavily on paper to coordinate sales and production activities and drive workflow across our Front Office, Lab, Shipping, Invoicing, and Collection Teams,” said Bob Schafbuch, Assistant Vice President, Enterprise Application Group. “As orders escalated, our teams became overwhelmed with paper.”

In December 2001, IDT installed an electronic content management system designed to streamline IDT’s sales process and to make information more readily accessible. The company converted its hardcopy sales documents to electronic images that they uploaded into a server-hosted content management software system.

To support information access across multiple departments and office locations, IDT configured its content management system as a thin-client application, allowing IDT personnel to search for, retrieve and view documents over the company’s intranet. OCR (optical character recognition) was applied as documents were imaged – allowing IDT the convenience of conducting full-text searches on documents stored in the system. IDT also integrated its content management software with the company’s order entry system, capturing e-mails and faxes.

While the system was initially designed to support sales and order entry, IDT quickly realized the benefit of managing information in a less paper-intensive environment. IDT extended the use of its ECM system to additional departments including: training, purchasing, material control and human resources.

“As we’ve reduce our reliance on paper-based processes, we have continued to achieve greater efficiencies with our internal processes,” Schafbuch says. “We are processing and storing less paper and sharing more information. Best of all, we have empowered our workforce with broader access to the information they need to perform their job functions.”

Prescription for the Future and Technological Revolutions

The world sure has changed in the last two-decades hasn’t it? When I started out in business, there were no cell phones, fax machines, computers, etc. And I am not that old, having just retired at age 40. Indeed, in the better part of two-decades everything changed. And it is still changing and moving along. What will the next two-decades bring? You can probably figure it out with a little thought and watching the trends, new discoveries and think of what kinds of things the military, health care, entertainment and government industries will want. I recommend this book which foretold much of what we see now about a decade before we had it:

“Prescription for The Future-How Technology Revolution is Changing the Pulse of Global Health Care.-By Gwendolyn B. Moore, David A. Rey, John D. Rollins.

Why this book is so intriguing is because we came so close but the dreams of the book were cut short for us by the dot com crash, due to the greed of the vulture capitalists. It is unfortunate that these companies could not have been run by real entrepreneurs instead of robot burn rate jet jocks with after burners. This book should have been read by those of the dot com day and those of us who should remember that the next wave of technology which is funded by private enterprise should be done so with careful regard to its benefits mankind and not the PR value of the story. For instance when a company has the possibilities of a break through in solving the problems of a type of cancer, it should at all costs protect the public trust of its mission while simultaneously protecting the investments of the stockholders.

When a short term play is made on the promise of future great technology as it was in the productivity driven promises of the Internet, then those companies and individuals involved need to see it through and not just the short term play on their personal holdings in the company at the expense of all peoples needing such productivity increase or in the cancer case a cure to stop it from spreading. It was a great book and prediction of the future and the author was right that it was for the most part a possible of the potential futures yet most of the technology which is actually possible ended with the collapse of the dot coms and the money flowing into its technology. If you read it you will understand what I am saying and we should be very careful that a repeat is not going to occur in the Bio Tech field, because now we are becoming very serious with peoples greatest fears. Death. It is a known fact that self-preservation is amongst one of the greatest needs of our human species. So if these venture capitalists are going to exploit peoples fears and do another screw job on the investment community and run up the PR on these start-up Bio Tech companies, they may end up taking down some of the biggest known drug makers in the process by trying to build up these small Bio Tech companies and trying to attempt create merger scenarios.

Although it is only money it also is playing on the fears of Americans and when the crash of the Bio tech occurs if it occurs then you will have allowed the hearts and spirits of the American people to be broken and this time it will be much more severe and take down millions of elderly investors and their lifesavings. No venture capitalist is worth that much. The future painted in this book was possible and almost completed, but was cut short by the fallout, which occurred by the down fall of the dot coms. Investors figured these were mostly scams, most were, but a few were real and this book shows the possibilities. We should not allow these people to do this, even though they operate within the law and have political connections. Perhaps that itself is the true travesty and why this dot com situation will move to bio tech and wreak havoc where we least want it.

It is time to bring the third class into the first class, we need the markets, we need the labor, and the biotech industry can eventually save us from our own demise as we infest the planet and over run our resources with too many people. As Gates put it to the IMF and other economists of the world at Devos, we have two thirds of the population living on less than $1.00 a day, why? Indeed, as we learn more about genetics and proteins, DNA and RNA we will unlock the secrets we need to take the entire World to the next step. However if we allow it to be torn apart by trickery and exploitation of our financial markets and the enrichment of a few to the detriment of all, we will lose the future markets for economic growth, one currency, one people, one united countries. Yet if we fail to provide the tools needed to allow AIDS in Africa to be defeated then we will see peoples of all third world countries systematically fall prey to the same fate. Yet we nearly have the power to fix the problem.

If we allow the distrust of fake, smoke and mirror start-ups to remove the trusts of the financial markets entrusted to provide capitalization of Americans greatest ventures, then we can never achieve all the greatest accomplishments of mankind that clearly await us. Dare to dream and understand human nature and use it to propel not repel. It will be interesting how this BioTech venture capital dollars drive the market. We are seeing CA offer incentives to investors tax-free who fund venture capitalists as they fund start-ups in Bio Tech. Is this really to be considered job creation and economic development or favoritism, which will lead to more heartache? (literally). Pay attention folks here is where we can change the course of history or simply repeat the past over and over again like some twilight zone movie. We must help reward the venture capitalists, who do the right thing, because they do it for the pure profit. We give bonuses to those who complete certain road construction projects ahead of schedule, why not an incentive to those start-ups for performance rather than excessive burn rate and spending sprees. If not they will take down good companies with important projects, which really can achieve their goals. Just some thoughts after re-reading this book. I recommend you read this book twice. Once now and then again in a few months after you have thought about it.

Growing Our Bio Fuel and Bio Diesel; Challenges on the Road Ahead

Growing a percentage of our fuel makes sense from a philosophical standpoint and should be implemented. In consideration of the Distribution of Bio-fuels, I do not see any problems in economic terms, which would prevent this ramp up at 10% per year. Until which time we could not grow any more to meet demand.

With card key fuel stations, travel centers, government and truck fleet use the supply will be made available. Blended fuel programs have also been very popular in many states.

Problems I see that no one is addressing are listed below. I am not necessarily suggesting we cannot over come these issues with our current technology or that we should necessarily introduce them now to the public debate, but we need to be thinking here too and make sure our comprehensive strategy takes these issues into consideration.

· Long Term Droughts.

· Over turning soil too much.

· Need for terminator seeds to prevent messing up wild blends of corn.

· Crop failure due to weather or catastrophic wildfires.

· Use of Nitrates downstream in Gulf of Mexico (algae blooms-ecosystem).

· Price Spikes out of control and commodity trader fluctuations

· Profitability in future without government incentives (making them weak now) IE. Reagan speech; “if it moves tax it, stops subsidize it”

Although these challenges seem huge, I believe we have in place the needed solutions to conquer these last hurdles, as listed below:

· Use weather control strategies and transfer technologies from Military

· Monsanto Terminator seed use

· Water rights issues with Canada need to be considered and Underwater aquifers monitoring

· Better seed genetic manipulation to use less water in growing, processing and to use less fertilizers, pesticides and nitrates.

· Separate Commodity sector for Bio fuel blends; all move together as one like an index fund, prevent price spikes.

· Slowly remove the government subsidies on Bio-fuels completely by 2012.

· Taxation strategies of Bio-Fuels must not bankrupt government in its never ending thirst to spend our money.

· Moratorium on new regulations and limits of liability to companies and entrepreneurs involved in growing, refining, cars, components.

We must remember when embarking on such a huge endeavor that the devil is often in the details and thus if we are to change the way America uses our fuel, we must consider the entire production, distribution and financial issues from capital flows to commodity markets. Consider these additional items in the Bio Fuel strategy vision for America as we move from the present period into the next. Think on this in 2006.

Bio Ionic Hair Straightening Products Are Changing Hair Styling

Every time I think had seen or heard it all. I’m pleasantly surprised by something new and exciting. It is incredible, but at one point in time in some countries woman used a regular iron to straighten their hair, yes an iron that was also used to iron clothes. When it come to hair styling products it seems that technology is making giant strides forward and it is not boring anymore. The Bio Ionic Hair Straightening products are one of those that one must say is revolutionary and ahead of the curve. Bio Ionic makes several hair styling products that include flat irons and hair dryers.

What is so different about Bio Ionic Hair Straightening products is that they are based on a patented system that uses the power of natural negative ions that work to re-condition and add texture to the hair. Their products contain what is termed a Nanolonic Complex that is able to naturally make the hair emit natural ions, which in turn breaks down the water molecule in the hair and ultimately results in rehydration and reconditioning that restores moisture and balance. Another features of these products are that they help to protect and lock in the natural hair color.

The technology may be a bit difficult to comprehend unless you are an expert. What is evident from the reviews I have read from customers is that they mostly all say the same thing, that Bio Ionic Hair Straightening products are the best.

Among their straightening irons is the Itools One Pass 1.5 Nano Ceramic Straightening Iron. This flat iron is said to be the fastest around, because you only need one pass around through each hair strand. It uses Silicon Speed Strips on the plate’s to achieve the increase in speed, which also leaves the hair shinny. There are various other hair strengthening irons in their line and all are called “one pass” because that is all that is required to get the desired results.

Bio Ionic also makes a complete line of hair dryers. One such model is Idry Nano 15x Conditioning Pro Hair Dryer that is based on Nano-Ionic technology that uses a Nano-Ionic mineral to produce five times greater levels of natural negative ions and far infrared energy. This results in quicker drying and at the same time conditioning the hair in the process.

Bio Ionic is definitely one company that is on the leading edge of technology when it comes to hair products. Their products use revolutionary technology that produces great results as evidence by the reviews they have received. Bio Ionic Hair straightening products and hair dryers are worth looking at by those that interested in a product that is the latest technology, faster to use and provides incredible results.

How Does Bio-Diesel Work?

With ever increasing fuel costs, and concerns about greenhouse gas emissions damaging the climate, many of us are looking for alternatives. One of these is bio-diesel, but how does bio-diesel work and how well does it answer these problems? The quick answer is this fuel works in exactly the same way as regular diesel, and it can be used in most modern engines without any modification. Below are some points you should consider if you plan to make the switch.

Environment:

Making use of bio-diesel reduces greenhouse gas pollutants a lot more successfully compared with ethanol, gasoline, and standard diesel fuel. It will in addition help you to alter your power usage towards better renewable options. There’s a 90% decrease in emissions if you choose to employ 100 % pure bio-fuel above fossil fuel diesel. The reason for this is that oil-bearing crops like soybeans soak up co2 (carbon dioxide) out of the surroundings as they grow. When this vegetable oil is made into fuel exactly the same quantity of carbon dioxide will be introduced into the environment when it is burned by your engine. This action is known as being “Carbon Neutral,” since there’s an identical trade in co2 usage by the plant and discharge by your engine. Burning non-renewable fuels continuously increases the co2 load of the surroundings, because the co2 in the fossil oil was absorbed by plants millions of years in the past.

Switching:

If you decide to make the switch to this fuel then you don’t necessarily have to go from regular to full bio in one step. You can buy a bio and regular diesel blend, if you live in Europe chances are you already use 20% bio blend as commercially available fuels are required to contain at least this much in their composition. Whilst most modern engines can use the fuel in its pure form without modification, older engines may need to be converted. This is because older engines tend to have natural rubber seals, and bio-diesel degrades rubber over time. Modern engines with their synthetic silicone rubber components are not affected.

Better running:

Many people using bio-diesel report that their vehicles start better, and travel much more smoothly. So the advantages of this fuel definitely outnumber the disadvantages. This kind of technology can potentially be applied to numerous kinds of motor vehicles and applications: trucks, boats, buses, trains, vans, construction machinery, agricultural machinery, generators, and automobiles, in fact anything powered by regular polluting diesel can be almost instantly made greener just by switching to this fuel.

An additional favorable effect of this renewable fuel will be the improvement in the lifespan of the vehicle’s power-plant. This is a significantly cleaner fuel, so the harmful effect of deposits of soot and sulfur on the motor is drastically decreased, plus it has a much better natural lubrication effect which reduces wear. All this means you will get a much longer life out of your car or truck.

As you can see if you are wondering how does bio-diesel Work? It works exactly like regular diesel, with the added advantages of being kinder to your engine and to the environment. There are many reasons to run your vehicle on clean renewable bio fuel, the advantages are obvious so what is stopping you from making the switch today?

Bio Mats – Experience the Benefits

Advancements in technology and science have led to the creation of many alternative forms of health healing and techniques. People are now trying out therapies of various kinds in order to achieve good health and a cure to some of the more obstinate problems they have been facing and which they have been unable to cure through conventional means.

So you have reiki, pranic healing, colour therapy, gem therapy, ion therapy, and usage of different rays for healing and so on. People are now interested in not only the physical but also the mental aspects of healing as they have realised the importance of a healthy mind in a healthy body and how that can change the quality of their lives.

Bio mats is one such development and invention that brings together the benefits of a number of different products such as infra red rays, ions as well as crystals like amethyst to provide a physical and mental healing experience. The bi-metal used in these bio mats is of the highest quality and unlike the other common infra red devices in the market, this is safe for the body and will not cause any side effects. Moreover, it delivers negative ions that produce energy within the body.

Let us look at some benefits;
• The amethyst bio mat leads to better circulation as well as heart condition
• It boosts the immune system in an individual
• It helps control weight gain by burning calories
• It provides relief from joint aches and body pain
• It has a soothing effect on the skin and improves its texture

The utility and usage of the Far Infrared rays is not something new and has been gifted to us by nature itself. The sun is the major source of such vital energy and it has in its fold energy wavelengths of different kinds. Scientists discovered the benefits of amethyst crystals as having the ability to provide the benefits of long wave rays of the infrared kind and started working on making it available for human beings. These rays can penetrate deep into the skin and are therefore able to reach across to the blood vessels, lymph nodes, nerves and other areas where other type of rays cannot reach. By this action, they stimulate better working of these areas, improve the circulation of blood and when organs of the body receive the right quantity of blood at the right time, they function properly.

This bio mat technology is being successfully used to treat diseases like cancer, joint pains, low blood pressure, asthma and chronic back pain. The positive aspect of this therapy is the lack of any side effects on the body.

How to Write a Bio for the Web

You’re starting a new online project when the dreaded request arrives: Please send a bio of yourself. Or, you’re setting up your profile on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. Whatever the outlet, the biographical sketch seems to unsettle otherwise invincible folks like nothing else.

A big part of the reluctance has to do with societal norms. Don’t brag or boast. Don’t puff yourself up. Don’t blow your own horn. We’re trained from an early age to wait for others to recognize us.

So, your first challenge is overcoming your shyness. Here’s a tip: Imagine you were writing about someone else. What would you highlight or call out? What’s exceptional? What do you find interesting about the person? No one knows you the way you do. You can do it! And what’s more, no one else is going to. Realistic self-respect is healthy. If you write it and it’s an atrocity, you can also crumple it up and throw it away. So get to writing.

Biographical information is also becoming more important than ever. If a resume is an elevator pitch, then services like Twitter and Facebook are one-floor trips. Your bio has to be more succinct and grabbier than ever before. It’s a truism of sales: People buy from people. Therefore, potential customers need to know who you really are. Consider this Twitter bio from @Lmockford:

Educator, infovore, educational technology activator; second life aficionado, MEd student. SL: LoriVonne Lustre

We learn a lot about @Lmockford in these few characters; we get a clear sense of someone who is creative, inquisitive and energetic. “Infovore” describes a whole worldview–it enables us to determine whether we might be of a like mind and thus open to connecting. “Infovore” is also a striking term–it stands out, which is important when every word counts.

At the same time–and this is important–this bio invites us to learn more about the writer. What is a “technology activator”? I am interested in finding out. I’ll be motivated to take an action and make a deeper connection. This is a great lesson: An online bio is an invitation. It’s the start of a conversation rather than the answer to a question.

Starting a conversation means understanding one’s audience. In this regard, writing a bio is like any other writing challenge–it begins with figuring out what you want to communicate and to whom. Are you trying to communicate professionalism to potential employers? You’ll want to highlight different points and use more conventional language. Do you want to make new connections? You’ll want to make your bio personal and expressive.

Consider the targeting inherent in the Twitter bio of Guy Kawasaki: “I am a firehose that answers the question: What’s interesting? Co-founder of Alltop.” Here again we have a term, “firehose,” that leaps out at us, painting a picture of volume and energy, which aptly describe this tech evangelist and entrepreneur. But he also tells you he’s trying to find things of interest to you–inviting you to find out more. Finally, he refers you to Alltop.com, his primary business interest. When you put this together, you have a very clear indication that you’ll get large volumes of information that should be interesting, and in exchange, you’re going to hear some Alltop ads from time to time. I think that’s exactly what he delivers. (In marketing, we might call this a “brand promise” or a “unique selling proposition.”)

Not all bios for the web have to be so terse (though parsimony is always a noble goal; I love that of @LollyDaskal: “Mission: To Empower, Inspire, Connect, and Collaborate.”). One of the best-written bios I’ve seen is from the blog of local real-estate agent Malissa Kullberg of Santa Fe Real Estate Consultants. It begins:

A passion for quality, and the drive to make it happen, have earned me awards and acclaim for service, leadership and creative achievement. I am spontaneously warm, scrupulously honest, and dedicated to a tenacious and responsible management of a transaction’s many details. As a result, I consistently earn loyal clients and heartfelt referrals.

It continues at some length. This is a brilliant bio for a number of reasons, but my main reason for including it here is that it illustrates another need of a good online bio: a strong narrative thread. Malissa takes the diverse elements of her life and creates a coherent whole, painting a picture of a person with wide-ranging interests who finds lessons in all she encounters. She shows you what her experiences have taught her. She tells a story. You’d certainly be interested in learning more.

One final lesson for writing an online bio: As with any other writing, at least half of it is in the editing. Get something down–anything–and then polish, trim, revise, whittle and rewrite until your message sings.

Afterword: I’ve started a Twitter list where I’m collecting nice bios I’ve seen: http://twitter.com/wreichard/great-bios. If you have a suggestion, please let me know!

Bio Force 1.7 Home Gym-Getting a Lower Price on Fitness

With obesity figures skyrocketing, medical research points to the importance of exercise to ward off excess weight as well as other health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even depression. Many people look to a gym membership as the answer. And certainly, this is an excellent choice as there are gym types to meet the needs of just about everyone. For those who wish to focus on strength training, this article will attempt to compare the cost of strength training at a gym or fitness center versus the cost of purchasing a Bio Force 1.7 home gym system.

The Cost of Strength Training at a Gym

Gyms are a great place for strength training. They offer a staggering variety of machines that suits the needs of everyone, from novice to pro. But here are some of the costs involved in purchasing a gym membership:

  • A basic gym membership, which gives you access to all the strength training (as well as cardio) machines may cost anywhere from $25-$60/month ($300-$720/year). Some gyms or fitness centers may also feature an indoor running track, a pool, and/or child care. Other services may be available that may or may not be covered by your monthly membership fee. For instance, classes may be an additional fee. And many of these gyms also charge a registration or initiation fee that can be as much as $100. Also, many gyms require you sign a contract for a minimum of one year, and charge penalties for early termination.
  • How far is the gym from your home? How much of your time, gasoline, and wear and tear on your car will it cost you to make that trip on a regular basis?
  • Many people feel pressured to look like a pro at the gym, and therefore feel the need to outfit themselves with the latest in workout wear and shoes. Trendy clothing and shoes can cost a great deal of money, especially for those shoes!
  • If you have children, does your gym offer child care? And is it included in your membership fee or does it cost extra? Or is it only available at certain times that may not be convenient for you? Some gyms may charge about $5/child for this service.

Strength Training at Home

There are many cost savings involved in working out at home. Here are just a few:

  • There is no cost involved for gasoline, wear and tear on your car, or the time involved to drive to and from the gym.
  • While you may still need to invest in a decent, supportive pair of shoes (and a good sports bra if you’re a woman), there is no pressure to purchase trendy, expensive workout clothes. Any old sweatpants and a t-shirt will do nicely.
  • Where child care is involved, working out at home is a great option. You can do this while your spouse or significant other is home, while the kids are in school or sleeping, or with some very clear rules, your children can even be in the room with you as you work out.

The Bio Force 1.7 Home Gym

This home fitness system features Total Nitrocell Technology (or TNT), which is unique to the Bio Force 1.7. The system uses two nitrogen-charged cylinders to create resistance that is smoothly fluid. The resistance stays consistent throughout the entire range of motion-from the beginning of the rep all the way to the end.

The Bio Force 1.7 resistance levels can be changed easily with a slide-n-lock mechanism that will adjust from 10 pounds to 170 pounds in mere seconds. Changing from one exercise to another is quick and easy, and there are no bows to adjust or weights to move. So your routine becomes more effective and much simpler.

The Bio Force 1.7 is designed to work every muscle group in your body. It features a two-position seat and comes with an owner’s manual that outlines over 100 body shaping exercises. Also included are separate exercise charts for men and women, meal charts, and a DVD that demonstrates proper form and technique.

The Bio Force 1.7 is compact, taking up less space than a treadmill. As assembled, its dimensions are 52 ” L by 82″ H. It weighs 174 pounds and comes with a 12-month warranty on the parts and frame. The Bio Force comes complete, with nothing additional to buy.

So What Does it Cost?

The full retail price of the Bio Force 1.7 is $999. However, it can be found online ranging in price anywhere from $657 to $799.99. Shipping may or may not be included in that price.

Summary

For the sake of comparison, we will look at the cost of three years’ membership in a gym as opposed to using the Bio Force 1.7 for three years:

  • A basic gym membership can cost anywhere from $25 to $60 per month. There may be additional costs for child care, transportation, and clothing.
  • The Bio Force 1.7 can be purchased for as little as $657.00. This breaks down to $18.25/month over the course of three years. With the possible exception of a good pair of shoes and a sports bra, there are no additional costs involved in purchasing the Bio Force 1.7