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    To my delight, surprise, and slowly dispelled confusion I am a recipient of Fight for the Future’s “Nyan Cat Medal of Internet Awesomeness.” Me? Huh?

The Nyan Cat Medallion

Start: I have been honored.

Holmes Wilson, Tiffiniy Cheng, and the fighters of the Good Fight at Fight for the Future have seen fit to induct me into the “Order of Defenders of the Internet,” and have presented to me — via the United States Postal Service — the “Nyan Cat Medal of Internet Awesomeness,” pictured above.

Me? What did I do?

Enclosed was the letter explaining exactly what it is that I did:

After careful review, the committee for the Defenders of the Internet identified you as one of the top internet defenders in the world. You went above and beyond the status quo and staked out against SOPA, PIPA, and censorship on the internet. Your efforts have been noted because they required an exceptional combination of wit, tenacity, vision, and a belief in the transformative good the internet give to society. You helped lead us to a gigantic victory against internet censorship – it was an important fight for the public good and our free society. The web continues to be great because of you.

On behalf of the Internet, Fight for the Future bestows upon you the Nyan Cat Medal of Internet Awesomeness – the highest honor known to Internet Defenders.

Me? Really?

I later discovered that two other fellow recipients of this honor were none other than Marvin Ammori, a First Amendment scholar and de facto activist that helped lead the charge in the battle against SOPA/Protect-IP, and Mike Masnick, business and technology expert and the driving force behind the eye on technology, politics, the internet, and where they all collide known as TechDirt.

(Marvin Ammori wrote a simply delightful post about receiving his medal — a post I could not even dream of upstaging: “Medal Ceremony in Real Life: for Internet Awesomeness.”)

And then there’s … uh … me.

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Should we take Wallace Wattles’ personal development classic “The Science of Getting Rich” seriously, or is it full of wild blueberry muffins?

Wallace D. WattlesStart See this guy? Kind of makes you think of Ichabod Crane, doesn’t he?

His name is Wallace D. Wattles, and he’s the author of a New Thought/personal development classic, The Science of Getting Rich.

He was a student of the New Thought Movement, the movement that produced the Church of Religious Science (not to be confused with Scientology) and the Unity School of Christianity, and became one of its voices, sharing some of the same concepts in his writings.

If you do even a brief internet search, you will find the entire text of The Science of Getting Rich (which has long since passed into the public domain) published on several websites (such as this one) and available as a free promotional ebook and audiobook by at least one personal development writer/coach. Having seen this book touted by many, I started into it, but a few pages in I thought I’d ask a friend I knew that was familiar with the material if he felt it had any validity.

This friend is Lyman Reed. He lives in the L.A. area, he’s been blogging on personal development topics for quite some time, and he and I have been aware of each other for about three years. I’ve never met Lyman in the flesh, but somehow something “clicked” early on, and we’ve developed a bond I suspect will last for many years to come.

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