Activities for the Art of War

17 06 2010

The United States has some really great war monuments to visit and understand the bravery and sacrifice of our soldiers.  One interesting way to learn more about warfare is to visit these monuments.  Here are a few in the US to visit:

- Korean War Veterans Memorial

- World War II Memorial

- USS Arizona Memorial

- Vietnam Veterans Memorial

** Giveaway ** Questions from the Art of War

16 06 2010

Answer any of the questions below to be entered to win a free code to download the Art of War Audiobook Text + Audio for your iPhone or iPod Touch.  Comment on this post by 5:00 PM on Monday, June 21.  You must be in the US, and have an iPhone or iPod Touch to use the app.

1. Why is the Art of War considered a great work not only on War but also on Leadership in all arenas?

2. What are the similarities and differences between the Eastern views in the Art of War vs. Western views?

3. Of all the advice given, what do you find to be the most valuable?

Art of War – Quotes

15 06 2010

Here are some great quotes from the Art of War:

So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.

If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.

If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself

The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.

Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys.
Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death!

Audiobook Review – The Art of War

14 06 2010

Studied in military academies and training programs to this day, not to mention by thousands of curious readers, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is one of the oldest most widely read military tactic books in the world. This might explain why it is also one of the most downloaded books in Traveling Classic’s Audiobooks library! Sun Tzu was a Chinese military general who wrote in the 6th century BC. In his definition of warfare, Sun Tzu breaks elements of five constant factors in war into thirteen chapters. The factors included are The Moral Law, Heaven (weather/ climate), Earth (natural surroundings), The Commander, and Method and Discipline. Although his claim that all those who dutifully ascribe to his direction in war will win, and those who do not face defeat, may seem a bit arrogant, the timelessness of his literature testifies to the fundamental value and depth of Sun Tzu’s wisdom in war tactics. He states (translation) that “All war is based upon deception” and who can argue with that? Everyone today knows that the best way to stay alive is not just to have the biggest and the best, but to outsmart your opponent while he is unaware of your plans. From the kids in the backyard with water-guns to governments around the world, Sun Tzu’s several thousand year old text rings true. Traveling Classics hopes you enjoy this classic while becoming better informed on a subject that has always preoccupied man’s thoughts.

Books Made into Movies

11 06 2010

There are so many books that are made into movies, and rarely do the movies follow the book exactly.  But, typically the plot follows pretty closely, with some of the details either changed or cut out a little bit.  I was pretty surprised how much they changed from the How to Train your Dragon book for the movie.

I thought the book was a really great story about thinking outside the box.  The movie was also a great story, but it was completely different, adding a love interest, and changing the story quite a bit.

I haven’t seen the new Robin Hood, has anybody else?  How well does it follow the classic book?

Awesome Book Cakes!

10 06 2010

I love the blog cake wrecks – it is hilarious to see how professional cakes get messed up sometimes, and to see some really awesome cakes, too.

Recently, they featured some amazing book cakes, and I thought everyone would enjoy seeing them.

So, click on over to cake wrecks to see them all, and let me know which one is your favorite – mine was the giving tree cake, gorgeous!

New Books in the App Store

9 06 2010

We have 10 delightful audiobooks recently added to the app store – hope you enjoy them!

Her Mother’s Hope

House Rules

In Plain Sight

The Language of Bees

Let the Great World Spin

Love and Summer

Out of Range

Paradise Valley

Songs of the Humpback Whale


Fun with iPad

8 06 2010

I thought this video about the iPad + velcro by Jesse Rosten was really cute.  Would anybody actually use velcro to mount their iPad on their wall like this?

If you don’t want to velcro your iPad to everything, how about wearing it?

How about charging it with solar panels?

What do you do with your iPad?

My Recipe Book for iPad is here!

7 06 2010

My Recipe Book – your Recipes, finally organized.  Plus 1000s more for free was designed by 2 moms who love to cook and saw the potential to use the iPad as a great place to organize and store favorite recipes passed down from family, copied from friends, torn out of magazines, and found online.  We also love the full-page view that allows you to see the whole recipe on one page when you’re actually in the kitchen cooking.

Great features included in My Recipe Book:

  • SORT recipes by keyword, category, ready time, or dietary restriction
  • DOUBLE or halve recipes as needed
  • KITCHEN TIMER built in
  • CUSTOMIZE your categories & dietary restrictions
  • SURPRISE ME decides what to make for you
  • FAVORITES button for quick reference
  • QUEUE button to add recipes you want to try
  • FONT SIZE selector tool
  • SHARE recipes with friends via email
  • ADD recipes directly into the iPad
  • SEARCH for recipes on popular recipe sites and save to My Recipe Book
  • CONVERSION tools including temperature, weights and measures, and metric to imperial

Whether you’re a busy mom looking for a great go-to app to get dinner on the table, a gourmet chef who wants to look for a recipe to use up the rest of your truffles, or you typically only cook for one or two, and need to halve all your recipes, this app is for you.

Multi-task suite for iPad

7 06 2010

You should check out our multi-task suite for iPad.  There are so many things to keep up with while you’re browsing the web, these apps will allow you to follow your social networks while reading the news, or checking your email.


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