Todd Lyden




SocMed/App Enthusiast

I'm Todd Lyden,
Entrepreneurial Advocate
from North Carolina

Once referred to as walking solopreneur wikipedia," I have worked for the last 13 years to help small business owners and entrepreneurs find their successes; however I can help them. I love being a first adopter. Just as much as I love discovering a good tool- I love sharing it!

What I Do

I can provide online training or help you provide online training, meetings or any virtual communication.

Mobile Apps

I keep up with the latest in web-based and smartphone apps that help small businesses start and grow.

Social Media

I can help you sort through the piles of social media to figure out which is right for you and how to best take advantage of the different platforms.

Blog Posts

My 2018 Movie Review Post

I have not done a movie review post since 2016, but I thought I would take a look back at 2018 and see how I did with the US movie box office.
I posted in order the movies by US take and was amazed how many I did not bother or haven't seen as of yet. 

1             Black Panther -   while we shouldn't be surprised considering the pedigree and the resources behind this picture, it is still remarkable how successful this movie is on virtually every level. Yes, it does have some shoddy CGI towards the end and the finale battle doesn't quite work or feel quite right, but otherwise as the recent Oscars bear out- the individual parts all worked in such concert it is amazing to think that this was only the third feature from the director.   
2             Avengers: Infinity War - a multi-year exercise over different franchises and creators has come to fruition with the ultimate crisis team-up film that feels like something I might have read in comic nearly thirty years ago. It works mostly due to the deft hands of directors the Russo Bros and the yeoman work keeping years of comic history and movie coordination via Kevin Feige.   
3             Incredibles 2     - this is probably the second best sequel of a Pixar movie (Toy Story 2 still wins), but considering the bar is so high with the first Incredibles, this one feels like a slight let down. It functionally repeats most of the same beats with flipped parents. Shame...
4             Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom  Wow, I had no interest in seeing this after the re-tread of JW and the sorry looking trailers.
5             Aquaman - the surprise of the year. Wow, you will believe a Momoa can swim. Who knew that a horror director with some Fast and Furious experience could create one of the more fun, inventive, and gorgeous comic films in recent memory?            
6             Deadpool 2  - not the let down of the Incredibles, but also faded in the shadow of its predecessor. Funny, but not as good as it needed to be considering the first movie.
7             Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018)     - no, just no.
8             Mission: Impossible - Fallout  - Tom Cruise will be making these films at 75 with Chris McQuarrie directing. They make it look effortless now.     
9             Ant-Man and the Wasp - This Marvel franchise is probably my secret favorite because it has such small stakes (pun intended). While it clearly fits into the overall picture of Marvel, it exists so well out in its own world. Peyton Reed deserves to helm the eventual Fantastic Four film based on his work on this film in particular. Beck is still one of my favorite composers in the Marvel universe for what he brings to these movies.
10           Solo: A Star Wars Story - ugh, so unneeded. I was ok with Rogue One, but clearly the problems have overwhelmed the production of these "story" films. They took one of the coolest characters in the history of film and made him, dull?
11           Venom (2018)   - wow, Aquaman is the biggest surprise, but this movie was a close second and apparently was trying to give a run for its literal money. I enjoyed the heck out of this.
12           Bohemian Rhapsody      - hopefully, my youngest never sees this, but it was ok. Nothing Oscar worthy here unfortunately. A good solid bio-pic but only two steps in production from being a TV movie.
13           A Star is Born (2018) I don't think I've seen any of the other ones... why start now?       
14           Ralph Breaks the Internet - I see no reason for this, maybe will watch when it comes to Netflix or whatever Disney is going to be streaming.            
15           A Quiet Place- You will believe that Jim from the Office can direct one of the best movies you've ever seen. This was a gem of a scary movie. And his love letter to his kids will break your heart.
16           Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse- best Spider-man movie ever? Probably. Believe the hype.
17           Crazy Rich Asians- Wow, who knew there were this many Asian actors in Hollywood? Great work- good rom-com, best ever? Meh.             
18           Mary Poppins Returns  - SEE #14
19           Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation - There was a second one???
20           Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald- Nope, just no way.        
21           Halloween (2018)- heard it was good and will see eventually I'm sure.
22           The Meg - Statham needs a new manager. Still haven't seen.             
23           Ocean's 8- I fear this because I would want it to not suck. Will see soon.           
24           Ready Player One - no thanks. Spielberg, why?          
25           Bumblebee- Will see eventually, and have hope for it considering the reboot look and relatively Bay-free.

Rural Voters HATE Hillary


I can't believe I'm finally writing this but why not? Hillary is so tone-deaf to how she lost, I don't need to read her book to understand how Trump was able to beat her with or without Russian assistance.

Let's just look at the county where I work which is quintessential rural North Carolina and increasingly representative of rural America.

At the end of the post, you will find the results of the last six elections going back to 2000.
EXCEPT for Bush's re-election year in 2004 (which you will notice was VERY close), the DEMOCRAT has carried the county by at least a "clear majority."

UNTIL this past election.

That's right. A county that clearly went for Gore in 2000, Obama TWICE (with even an increase in votes for his re-election), CLEARLY rejected Hillary Clinton.

Now before you turn this into a Clinton thing. Be clear: Bill Clinton CLOBBERED Bush in 1992 in Bladen with 55% of the vote and then repeated that statistic against Dole in 1996.

No, this is clearly a Hillary Clinton thing. Nearly 1,000 people that voted for Obama said "no" to Hillary in 2016. Now Trump MIGHT have picked up most of them with his nearly 800 vote increase over Mitt Romney as the Republican, but that still left a large number of voters who just did not vote for either. As of June 2017 in Bladen County, of 22,599 registered voters, 13,247 are Democrats and only 3,478 are Republicans. However, there are 5,835 unaffiliated voters.  Wow, that is a huge crossover.

Unless Democrats learn the lesson of Obama-fatigue and Hillary-decline this election, we are likely to see another Trump four years.







Paraphrasing, Re-Wording, Copying, Stealing

Seriously, there are times when I wish I weren't so jaded about the state of what happens on the internet.
Here are the results when you run that sentence through Google:

I ran that same sentence through several FREE online plagiarism detectors. Thankfully, Quetext did not find a copy. Searchenginereports was 100% clean. Even came back ok.

Why do I ramble about this? Because I have found yet one more example of "re-worded" plagiarism of one "business consultant" of another's work. 

I won't tell you where I found these examples, but based on the dates of the sites, this paragraph came out first in 2015: 
"The definition of success is a very personal one. It’s unique to each individual and only they can know if they’ve reached it. Unfortunately, most people say they haven’t attained it. A final word from Mr. Twain, “There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.”

The second one is recently published online within the last month:
"The definition of success is a personal one. It is unique to each of us and only we can say if we have reached it. Unfortunately, most people say they have not attained it. As the saying goes, “There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” (Mark Twain)"

Now, I don't know about you, but I was taught in school that this kind of copying was wrong. You might call it a paraphrase. There is even a paraphrasing tool,, that gave me this interesting re-do of Mr. Twain.

"The meaning of achievement is an individual one. It is one of a kind to each of us and no one but we would say be able to on the off chance that we have achieved it. Sadly, the vast majority say they have not accomplished it. As the truism goes, "There are essentially two sorts of individuals. Individuals who achieve things, and individuals who claim to have fulfilled things. The principal bunch is less swarmed." (Mark Twain)"

That might be the literal definition of paraphrase, but essentially- it is still copying. Thankfully, a recent article from LegalBeagle clarifies: 
"If you do any of the following, you have committed plagiarism: copy what someone has written or take someone's expressed idea and pass it off as your own without giving the owner credit, fail to put a quotation in quotes, change words but copy the sentence structure without giving credit, and use so many words or ideas from someone else's writing that it makes up most of your work."

Sadly, we can only protect ourselves, because it does not appear that others will look out for us in this regard. But hey, just for you... don't copy and it's not a problem.

Original post can be found here.
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