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Nessibus Citizens: Octopushy (real estate agent) and Vincent McChops (tycoon)

January 9, 2011 Leave a comment

We are at our second to last set of Nessibus citizens — two more animal advisers.  Tomorrow is the grand finale, as we will reveal the stars of the show Tyler and Giselle!

Octopushy

Octopushy knows the property for sell, what it’s worth and what to watch out for. In Tyler & His Solve-a-matic Machine, she helps Tyler find the right land to build his factory on.  She’s a cheery lady who loves her cell phone.

Octopushy

Nessibus Citizen: Octopushy

Vincent McChops

Vincent McChops is a descendant of one of the founders of Nessibus, Thomas McChops. After making a fortune as a businessman, he now spends his time investing in his community — supporting entrepreneurs, sponsoring the Nessibus Film Festival and making sure the story of the Golden Key is never forgotten.

Vincent McChops

Nessibus Citizen: Vincent McChops

Tomorrow: Tyler and Giselle!

Did you miss any of the previous characters posted? Here’s the past postings:

More about the Future Business Leaders’ Series.

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More Nessibus Citizens: Wyatt and Gene

January 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Yesterday, we introduced two of the advisers (J.J. and Clint) in the town of Nessibus. Today, you get a peek at two of the kids of Nessibus: Wyatt and Gene

Wyatt Zacracker

Wyatt first appears in The Medina chapter of “Tyler and His Solve-a-matic Machine.” He’s distracting Tyler from finishing his mission by telling jokes. Wyatt is an all around funny guy. His passion for laughter leads him to open his own comedy clubs in Book 3 of the series.  Stay tuned for Wyatt’s entrepreneur adventure to be published in a few months.

Wyatt Zacracker

Wyatt Zacracker

Gene

Everybody needs a computer guy, and Gene is the coolest nerd in town. He’s super smart. He can fix hardware, set-up your network, program software and fight vicious viruses. No kid in Nessibus would start a business without him.

Gene

Nessibus Citizen: Gene

Young Inventors: Great Resource for Understanding Patents & Trademarks

September 20, 2009 1 comment

US Patent and Trademark Office - Kid's Page

US Patent and Trademark Office - Kid's Page

If you have a young inventor in your home or classroom, then you’ll want to make sure he or she knows all about patents and trademarks.  These FAQs cover different types of patents, why you need one, what would happen if you didn’t have one, plus a lot more.

http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ahrpa/opa/kids/kidprimer.html

Korea, here comes Tyler – the Books are Going Global!!

May 7, 2009 2 comments

Tyler & His Solve-a-matic Machine goes to Korea

Tyler & His Solve-a-matic Machine goes to Korea

We recently signed a deal with a Korean publisher to translate the first 2 books of the series into Korean.  I was wondering what the titles would look like, so I went out to Yahoo! Babel Fish to translate.  Here’s what they will be (I think):

Tyler and His Solve-a-matic Machine:

Tyler와 그의것은 기계를 해결한다 matic

Tyler Passes the Golden Key:

Tyler는 뇌물을 통과한다

OK, that was fun.  Thanks for playing with me.  🙂

I can’t wait to see what they will look like.   Here’s the Press Release that tells more about the Korean deal for the Future Business Leaders’ Series(TM).

Pictures from Book Signing

March 30, 2009 Leave a comment

On March 28th, I signed books for kids at the Atlanta Jam Session at Lark & Loon.  We has a great time listening to all the talented kids play.  They take lessons at Eclectic Music, this great music school for kids in Virginia Highlands.

One adorable kid started reading Book 1 of the series (Tyler & His Solve-a-matic Machine) right there at the signing table.   Then he disappeared with it, and his mom found him off in a corner completely captivated by it. By the time his parents were ready to leave, he was already on page 77!

Boy Captivated with Tyler & His Solve-a-matic Machine

Boy Captivated with Tyler & His Solve-a-matic Machine

Here I am signing the book for him.

Here I am signing the book for him.

A feline fan made himself comfortable at the signing table.

A feline fan made himself comfortable at the signing table.

Another boy reading the book

Another boy reading the book

TED TV: Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

March 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Friday morning, I toured a potential elementary school for my daughter. I was really blown away by the colorful monuments of creativity displayed along the hallways — masks, poems, stories, t-shirt designs, etc. for as far as the eye could see. They were very beautiful and a stark contrast to the plain hallways of our adult, sophisticated offices.

While I walked the hallways admiring the “masterpieces”, the word “magical” came to mind. It has been so long since I was in elementary school, that I had forgotten what a magical place elementary school can be…a place where you’re encouraged to tap into your imagination and create something unique, develop your talents, compete in contests and begin to understand how your talents are valuable to the world.

Later that same day, I coincidentally stumbled upon this TED video of Sir Ken Robinson talking about kids’ creativity and criticizing schools for not allowing kids to foster their creativity. Most of the video plays out like a stand-up comic routine, but in a brief serious moment, Robinson says, “our education system has mined our minds in the way that we strip mine the Earth for a particular commodity….We have to re-think the fundamental principles in which we are educating our children.” (18:13) And in essence, get back to encouraging them to use their creativity to discover value.

Enjoy!