What’s Working?

For the longest time, my livelihood has been based on gathering answers to questions.

You can find out more about my work on LinkedIn.

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Are you curious about what I’m curious about?

Here are some of my favorite topics. Here ya’ go!

Abundance Acceptance Ahimsa Awakening Awareness Balance Buddhism Change Choice Communication Community Compassion Connection Dance Death energy Enlightenment fear flow Grace Gratitude Grief Growth Hafiz Happiness Infinite Love Infinite Romance Interbeing Interconnected Joy Life Life purpose Listening Living Love Love Principles Loving Lovingkindness Lyrics Meaning Meditation Mindfulness Now NVC Openness Peace Personal Growth Poetry Precepts Presence Principles Purpose Quest Quotes Reality Relationship Responsibility Romance Rumi Sacred Listening sadness Self-Realization Seventh Principle Simplicity Source Spirituality Suffering Sufi Thanksgiving Thay Thich Nhat Hanh Time Valentine Voluntary Simplicity Yoga

Oh yes, and Chocolate Cake!


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So many Dans

I guess I’m not the only one who has typed my name into Google to see what comes up. I haven’t looked lately, and I can tell you that even years ago there were many people named Dan Ness that came up.

So, if you’re curious about Dan Ness, one place to start is finding out if I am the Dan you think I am.

He did what?
He did what?

Dan (or DAN), may refer to any of the following:


  • Dan (king), several kings of Denmark, known from pre-christian medieval Scandinavian texts, including Dan Mikilláti, from whom Denmark took its name.
  • Dan I of Denmark, the progenitor of the Danish royal house according to Saxo Grammaticus’s Gesta Danorum.
  • Dan (Bible), one of the sons of Jacob
  • Crown Prince Dan, prince of Yan in ancient China
  • DJ Dan, electronic music artist

People with the surname

  • Fyodor Dan (1871–1947), Russian Marxist revolutionary
  • Nicușor Dan (born 1969), Romanian activist and mathematician
  • Tomoyuki Dan (1963–2013), Japanese actor and voice actor


  • Dan River (disambiguation)
  • Gush Dan, metropolitan area in East Israel
  • Dan (ancient city), the biblical location also called Dan, and identified with Tel Dan
  • Dan (cuneiform), a cuneiform sign
  • Dan, Israel, a Kibbutz in northern Israel
  • Dan, subdistrict of Kap Choeng District, Thailand
  • Dan, West Virginia


  • Dan Dare, a classic British science fiction comic hero
  • Desperate Dan, regular in The Dandy since 1937
  • Dan Cahill, a character from The 39 clues
  • Dan Hibiki, a character from the Street Fighter Alpha series
  • Dan Moroboshi, alias of the title character in Ultra Seven, a 1967 Japanese TV series
  • Dan Humphrey, fictional character in Gossip Girl
  • Dan Kuso, a character in the Bakugan anime series.


  • Dan-Air, a defunct airline in the United Kingdom
  • Dan Bus Company, a public transport company in Israel
  • Dan Hotels, a hotel chain in Israel
  • Dialogue Australasian Network, an educational organization
  • Direct Action Network, a confederation of anarchist and anti-authoritarian affinity groups, collectives, and organizations
  • Divers Alert Network, a non-profit organization for Scuba diving
  • Defeat Autism Now!, a defunct, controversial program of the Autism Research Institute


  • Dan, a 1914 film starring Lois Meredith
  • Dan (Chinese opera), a female role in Beijing opera
  • DAN (protein), a family of tgf beta signaling protein inhibitors (I bet you already knew that!)
  • Dan (newspaper), a daily newspaper published in Montenegro
  • Dan language, a Mande language spoken primarily in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia
  • Dan people, an ethnic group located in West Africa
  • Dan (rank) in Japanese, Chinese and Korean martial arts and Go
  • Dorsal attention network, a sensory orienting system in the brain
  • Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons, a scientific instrument on board the Curiosity rover
  • Tribe of Dan, one of the Tribes of Israel

Contact by Telephone

Telephone number can be obtained through:

Jean Betsy Chaplik,

Address: 242 Via Tierra, Encinitas, CA 92024

SSN 564-10-1358

DOB 16-Aug-1934

CA D/L I1173514


Fast Facts Online-Search Strategies for Finding Business Information

Fast Facts Online – Search Strategies for Finding Business Information
Author: Dan Ness, Jr
Publisher: Dow-Jones Irwin
Publication Date: 1986
Available on Amazon

This book is a guide to using the Internet for research written and published years before Google was a verb, and before most people knew about the Internet. Winner of a Computer Press Association award.

In the early 80’s, I had produced several successful seminars as a volunteer for the ACM – Association for Computing Machinery. I saw how my interest in libraries, knowledge, teaching, and technology could come together into a possible business idea. I could help many people learn about how to access online information. It seemed to me the first adopters would be business types, as they would have the time, money, and incentives.

I mentioned this to a respected friend of mine. He pointed out that I would need to produce seminar materials. So, he went on, I may as well have them published by an established publisher. This would bring the benefits of having the materials produced professionally, being more legitimate, and that might even produce a little income. I was convinced.

I sought out publishers who were established in either in business trade or technology fields. Most of the technology publishers in those days were fairly small or focused on very narrow technical topics. Many of the business trade publishers, though, were eager to jump on the technology bandwagon.

I requested the catalogs of several publishers I had identified after visits to local libraries and bookshops. Then, I wrote a query letter with an outline of the book, and sent it to 2 or 3 publishers that seemed most likely. Within a week, an acquisitions editor at one of them called me on the phone. He caught me a bit off-guard with his one question “How much would you like as an advance?” We quickly settled on a number, a contract arrived, and before I knew it, my elation to turned 180 degrees from joy – because I now had a deadline!

It took me nearly a year to write the book. By the time I was done, I no longer was interested in producing seminars. However, during the time I was writing the book, several magazine editors had gotten wind of the project and hired me to write many articles on the growing field of online research.

Shortly after the book came out, I learned that it had been nominated for an award by the Computer Press Association. I was surprised and honored, as I knew this was a singular group of the best technology writers of the time. We only learned about the nomination a week before the New York event, and it’s one business lunch I wish I had attended.

The book went on to be on the Dow Jones-Irwin catalog for years, and was most popular with research libraries such as those at Stanford, Harvard, and corporate libraries such as Apple.