Just found out that so many people tried to access the live James Ray webcast last night that they not only crashed the webcast but brought down the webcast company. Well, that would explain why I couldn’t get that working after I lost the Skype call. Wish it explained the loss of the Skype call but, no, that’s just because Skype (or more likely my USB port) gets temperamental if it’s on too long.


Little bit of a disappointment

Was listening to the James Ray teleconference on Skype and Skype decided to crap out after about an hour. Do you think I could get any of the webcasts to work at that point? No, of course not. *sigh*

It was an OK conference call. They opened up the mics at the beginning and had everyone (no, not me) yell their names and locations. Not enjoyable to have hundreds of people screaming in your ears. There was a freaky depth to the call bridge, making it seem like you were actually in the same room with all of the people — some people sounded like they were on the other side of the room and others sounded like they were sitting right beside you.

It’s an interesting concept, much like Wayne Dyer’s Power of Intention stuff. Bit annoying that part of the conference call entailed them urging people to buy large numbers of Harmonic Wealth to give to their friends and families. Do individual people really buy 100 books to give away to their families and friends? Or is it just businesses that do that?


As an aside, for crying out loud. American Idol had two freakin’ hours to air its poxy little finale — did it really need to go several minutes over into the CSI: New York fifth season finale? No, I don’t think so. Thank God David Archuleta didn’t win. That’s all I can say.

Law of Attraction

I get e-mails periodically from ConsciousOne, opt-in spam type e-mails. (Spam = bad; opt-in spam = good.) A recent one advertised a special live book launch VIP party tonight for James Arthur Ray‘s new book, Harmonic Wealth. It’s a free webcast so I registered for it — free is almost always good. (I was going to say “always good” but I can picture some freebies that would be Not Good.)

So, anyway, while reading about James Ray and his book, I came across mention of the 2006 movie “The Secret“. I haven’t watched the full thing yet but the trailer is slick; very well-produced. The full movie is free to watch online (have you sensed a trend in my thinking this week?) so I’ll probably watch it, but it’s interesting to see the various viewpoints expressed by people about it and the Law of Attraction. People seem to range from an almost cult-like obsession and adherence to complete skepticism and derision. I suspect most people fall somewhere in the middle where it’s an interesting concept that you’re both skeptical of and open-minded about (to varying degrees). That’s where I am, anyway. I fully believe that your attitude in any situation is important but, let’s face it, having a good attitude isn’t going to stop bad things from happening to you. But my own experiences have shown me that, given the choice between indulging negative energy and embodying positive energy, the latter is the only thing that stands a chance of actually being a benefit to you.

The real lesson in all this? I should probably watch Oprah (and Ellen) more often. 😉

Speaking of Oprah, I see in the Spirit and Self section of her Web site that she has a webcast series called Oprah’s Soul Series in which she talks to spiritual thinkers and authors. Damn, she’s got a lot of stuff on her site. This is how people lose time — they get lost while browsing other peoples’ Web sites.