Monday, April 28, 2008

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One Hundred Goals? YES! One Hundred Goals!

Was this speaker stark raving mad? One hundred goals? He thought I could come up with 100 goals for my life?

The speaker, Mark Victor Hansen, compiled the hugely successful Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books with Co-Author Jack Canfield. He challenged the assembled throng at the Women's Business Conference to brainstorm 100 life goals.

Further, he encouraged us to work with a partner with whom we would swap lists. Together we would encourage each other to develop our list. We would hold each other accountable. We would help each other eventually reach these 100 life goals.

Seeing that he was where he was, and I was where I was, I decided to take his advice! How many best sellers does Mark Victor Hansen have anyway? Exactly my point! He was a best selling writer, highly paid motivational speaker, darn good dresser too! And me? I was an employee of local government who read a lot of inspiring books. The kids in my Sunday School class were motivated by my speaking. That was certainly worth something.

My wardrobe? Usually bought on sale, or at the end of the season on clearance.

If Mark Victor Hansen got where he was by writing 100 goals? Then I figured it would not hurt to try! My co-worker and I buddied up to walk together through the process.

The next day I sat at my keyboard. At first I thought I would have difficulty in thinking up goals. Soon, though, I was on a roll. My goals were as diverse as "Have lunch with a friend one time weekly" to "Host a radio talk show" to "travel to Europe".

I approached my co-worker to share my list with her. I also wanted to do my part as her buddy. I knew I needed to encourage her to write her own 100 goals. She read through my list, saying "Great! Oh, and you wrote ‘Learn French twice!' ". With that, she went back to the tasks on her desk.

" is your list coming, buddy?" I tried to sound as positive as I could on this one. Never sound accusatory towards your buddy, I thought

She looked out her window and replied, "My 100 goals are to get up tomorrow and the next 100 days!" She laughed at her humor. Me? I didn't understand.

Then again, her dream in 5 years is to still be working in local government. Perfectly respectable. Nothing at all wrong with that goal.

It is just not something that I could be particularly passionate about. Not something that I would be especially inspired by.

So where does that leave you, today?

Can you think of your 100 goals? Where would you like to be in 5 years? If you had a magic wand and your life could look like anything, what would I see when looking at you? What would it feel like to live that ideal life? What would others think of your life? Would you inspire people? Annoy people? Learn from people?

In other words, what do you really want to do with your life?

Start slow if you think you can not possibly think of 100 goals. Take out a piece of paper or open a new document on your word processor. Go for ten goals at first. No set order of preference, just let your mind go. Let the ideas and thoughts flow.

You may find you need to write more than ten goals as your ideas start moving less like a trickle and more like a deluge. If you run into a roadblock? Stop working. Walk away. Save the goals you have written. Promise yourself that you will come back later.

And then do exactly that! Come back later. Challenge yourself to finish your list of 100 goals.

Finally, find someone with whom to share your goals. A buddy to encourage you as you grow. Do you have anyone who would encourage this kind of challenge? If not, I invite you to join our discussion list entitled LivePassionately2day.

We have set up Goal Buddies in addition to discussing Goals and Goal Setting on a regular basis.

As for me, I am on my way to reaching more and more of my 100 goals. I no longer work in Local Government. I spend my hours caring for my precious babies (one goal was to have another baby, who is now 2!). I am also writing, speaking and am a webmaster. You can find me at a place called 5Passions. It is all about Living a Passion Filled Life.

I have not yet made reservations for a European Trip, nor have I hosted a Talk Radio program, but listen to your local station. You just never can be sure when that goal will also become a reality!

100 Goals. A method for uncovering what you really want. 100 Goals. A way to find out what is stored in your heart. 100 Goals. The beginning of your future. 100 Goals!

By: Julie Jordan Scott

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How to Make a Non-Toxic Cleaning Kit

Most modern synthetic cleaning products are based on age-old formulas using natural ingredients that were passed down through the generations because the chemistry was right. Going back to the original naturally derived ingredients is a way to make cleaning products that work, don’t pollute and save you money. Most are found in your kitchen cupboards. Mix and match with well-chosen and environmentally friendly green cleaning products found in health food stores, and you can easily and simply transform your home into a non-toxic and healthy haven.

Non-toxic cleaning can give you a deep feeling of gratification in knowing that your family’s health is protected, and that your home is a place for your bodies to rest and recuperate rather than promote harm.

Making your own nontoxic cleaning kit will take you no time at all with these simple, straightforward directions, and with this kit you will be supplied with enough cleaning product for months of cleaning.

As an added bonus, ounce for ounce homemade cleaning formulas cost about one-tenth the price of their commercial counterpart—and that includes costly, but worthwhile essential oils, and concentrated, all-purpose detergents for homemade recipes.

Baking soda
Washing soda
White distilled vinegar
A good liquid soap or detergent
Tea tree oil
6 clean spray bottles
2 glass jars

Read more about these 5 basic cleaning ingredients, and a vinegar update.

Simply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit.

Note: Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store in a sealed glass jar, to keep the product moist. Otherwise just make as much as you need at a time.

1/4-1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups water
Spray bottle

Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up a bit, and use as you would a commercial brand. The soap in this recipe is important. It cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you might have used in the past.

1 cup or more baking soda
A squirt or two of liquid detergent

Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, then cover the grime with enough baking soda that the surface is totally white. Sprinkle some more water over the top. Let the mixture set overnight. You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning because the grime will have loosened. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the remaining residue from the oven. If this recipe doesn’t work for you it is probably because you didn’t use enough baking soda and/or water.

1/2 teaspoon washing soda
A dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.

1/2 teaspoon oil, such as olive (or jojoba, a liquid wax)
1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces. Cover the glass jar and store indefinitely.

Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight 5 percent vinegar in your kitchen near your cutting board and in your bathroom and use them for cleaning. I often spray the vinegar on our cutting board before going to bed at night, and don’t even rinse but let it set overnight. The smell of vinegar dissipates within a few hours. Straight vinegar is also great for cleaning the toilet rim. Just spray it on and wipe off.


Tea Tree Treasure
Nothing natural works for mold and mildew as well as this spray. I’ve used it successfully on a moldy ceiling from a leaking roof, on a musty bureau, a musty rug, and a moldy shower curtain. Tea tree oil is expensive, but a little goes a very long way. Note that the smell of tea tree oil is very strong, but it will dissipate in a few days.

2 teaspoons tea tree oil
2 cups water

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse. Makes two cups.

Vinegar Spray
Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82 percent of mold. Pour some white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy area, and let set without rinsing if you can put up with the smell. It will dissipate in a few hours.

6 Energy Saving Tips for the Dishwasher

Adapted from Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, by Alex Wilson, Jennifer Thorne, and John Morrill.

Whether buying a new dishwasher or using an existing one, you may be able to save a considerable amount of energy by changing the way you operate it.

Here are six tips on how to save energy:

1. Use energy-saving cycles whenever possible.

2. If your dishwasher has a booster heater, turn down your water heater thermostat. Most dishwasher booster heaters can raise water temperature at least 20 F, so a setting of 120 F for your water heater should work fine. The washing cycle will take longer if the dishwasher has to boost the temperature, but unless you need to wash several loads in a row, this shouldn’t be a problem.

3. Use the no-heat air-dry feature on your dishwasher if it has one. If you have an older dishwasher that doesn’t include this feature, you can turn the dishwasher off after the final rinse cycle is completed an open the door to allow air drying. Using the no-heat dry feature or opening and air drying the dishes will increase the drying time, and it could lead to increased spotting, according to some in the industry. But try this method sometime to see how well it works with your machine.

4. Don’t pre-rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Modern dishwashers do a superb job of cleaning even heavily soiled dishes. Scrape off food and empty liquids—the dishwasher will do the rest. If you must rinse dishes first, at least use cold water.

5. Wash only full loads. The dishwasher uses the same amount of water whether it’s half-full or completely full. Putting dishes in the dishwasher throughout the day and running it once in the evening will use less water and energy than washing the dishes by hand throughout the day.

If you currently wash dishes by hand and fill sinks or plastic tubs with water, it’s pretty easy to figure out whether you would use less water with a dishwasher. Simply measure how much water it takes to fill the wash and rinse containers. If you wash dishes by hand two or three times a day, you might be surprised to find out how much water you’re currently using. Whether or not you will save energy by switching from washing-by-hand to using a dishwasher depends on both the dishwasher and how you wash the dishes by hand.

6. Load dishes according to manufacturer’s instructions. Completely fill the racks to optimize water and energy use, but allow proper water circulation for adequate cleaning.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Cristiano Ronaldo named player of the year

Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year.

The 23-year-old wins the award for the second successive season after another outstanding campaign that has seen him score 38 goals in all competitions.

"I feel very happy. It is a great moment, it is an honour, a pleasure," said the Portuguese star.

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas picked up the young player of the year award.

Ronaldo beat off competition from Liverpool duo Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard, 20-year-old Fabregas and Gunners team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor and Portsmouth goalkeeper David James.

The Portugal international was also in the running to scoop the young player of the year award, a feat he achieved last year, but was pipped to the prize by Spain star Fabregas.

Torres, Micah Richards, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young were the other nominees.

Cristiano Ronaldo : "I feel very good but it is not just my award, my team-mates have helped me a lot this season"

Ronaldo did not attend the event, as he is busy preparing for Man Utd's Champions League semi-final second leg clash with Barcelona on Tuesday night, but was presented with the award by United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

"When you work all season to play good, to do something for the team, and then at the end of the season the PFA give you this award, it is a great motivation to carry on like that, to work more and get better," said Ronaldo.

"I feel very good but it is not just my award, my team-mates have helped me a lot this season.

"They give me good passes to score goals - and I score - but it is a good moment for me."

Ronaldo revealed he voted for Arsenal striker Adebayor, but believes the right man walked away with the award.

"I voted for Adebayor because I think he has had a great season as well," he said.

"But you have many players who have had a good season - Torres, Fabregas, many players. But I think I deserve to win!"

Of his award, Fabregas said: "I'm very proud. It's a very prestigious trophy.

"Football is a collective game and you prefer to win trophies with team-mates but it's always nice to have this type of award.

"I dedicate it to my team-mates because without them I would not have won."

BBC broadcaster and former England and Blackpool full-back Jimmy Armfield received the merit award for his services to the game.

Your Personality From Your Favourite Fruit

Take a look at the list below and choose one. Your choice reflects your personality - Your inner self & your outer self.
The apple freak is outspoken and has a tremendous enthusiasm.
A grape lover has enduring patience and will power.
A peach person is a fiery and passionate lover.


If apple is your favourite fruit, you are an extravagant, impulsive and outspoken person; often with a bit of a temper. While you may not be the best organiser yourself, you make a good team leader; and are good at taking things forward. You can take quick action in most situations. You enjoy travel immensely. You ooze with charm when you are with your partner. You have an enthusiasm for life, unmatched by most.


You are a softie! Loving, gentle, warm and sympathetic by nature is the banana lover. You often lack in self-confidence and are quite timid by nature. People often take advantage of your sweet temperedness, and sheer vulnerability to a situation. You adore your partner in every which way, both for their mental and physical beauty! Because of the way you are, your relationship is always, very much in harmony!

Black Grapes

You are a polite person in general, but do have quick flare-ups of temper that cool down just as quickly. You enjoy beauty in all forms, including beautiful people. You are very popular because of your warm, gregarious nature. You have a zest for life; you enjoy every thing you do, right from the way you dress, to your style and élan in your day-to-day life. Your partner must share your zeal and zing for life… to enjoy all you have to offer!


If cherry is your favourite fruit, life isn't always as sweet for you. You often face ups and downs, particularly professionally; and find that you make small sums of money, instead of a lump sum. You have a fertile imagination and are often involved in creative pursuits. You are a very sincere and loyal partner; but find that expressing your feelings is not very easy. Your home is your haven, and you love nothing more than being surrounded by close family and your beloved partner.


The coconut lover is a serious, very thoughtful and contemplative person. Though you enjoy socialising, you are particular about the company you keep. You tend to be stubborn but not necessarily foolhardy. Shrewd, quick-witted and alert, you ensure that you are right on top of any given scenario, especially at work. You need a partner with brains, and while passion is important it certainly isn't everything for you.

Custard Apple

You are a modest and conservative person; who can be quite sensitive at times. You tend to be thoughtful and contemplative, and therefore are rarely rash in doing things. You are quite ambitious; and are good at anything that requires much detailing or working with numbers. You are quick at finding fault with others. While looking for a partner, you value a person's intellect far above their looks or good old passion. You are quite shy and not very comfortable demonstrating affection.


A mango lover is a personality to be reckoned with; quite often you are a person who has quite fixed ideas, and influencing you is no easy task. You tend to be an extremist with strong likes and dislikes; and at times even like to control a situation. You enjoy getting involved in something that presents mental challenge. Strong as you may be, you are like a kitten when you are with your partner. You accommodate the love of your life, and make up for all the strong will elsewhere!


If orange is your favourite fruit; it speaks of a person who has enduring patience and willpower. You like to do things slowly; but very thoroughly and are completely undaunted by hard work. You tend to be shy; but are a reliable and trustworthy friend. You have an aesthetic bent of mind. You select your partner with care and thought; you love with all your heart, and are not in for just a fling. You avoid conflict at all costs.


You are truly fearless and take much that happens in life, in your stride. You give considerable thought to things you do. You have a sense of humour that along with your generous nature keeps you in most people's good books. You are a go-getter in your professional life, and have a knack for being in the right place at the right time. You enjoy meeting new people and seeing new sights whenever you can. Your sense of humour is what attracts members of the opposite sex to you more than anything else. It is simply charming!


Like a peach, you enjoy the juice of life… it all its lush ripeness! You are the friendly sort, and are quite frank and outspoken, which adds to your charm. You are quick to forgive and forget; and value your friendships highly. You have an independent and ambitious streak in you, that makes you a real go-getter. You are the ideal lover, fiery and passionate but sincere and faithful in love. You don't however like to display all that passion in public.


If you put your mind to something you can do it successfully, but by and large you tend to be fickle and have trouble completing a task with the enthusiasm you started it with. You need to know the results of your efforts almost immediately. You enjoy mental stimulation; and love to get into a good discussion. You tend to be a restless and high-strung person, and are easily excitable. While you are quick to strike up a friendship with someone, maintaining it does not seem to be easy for you.


You are quick to decide and even quicker to act. You are brave in making career changes; if that is what is to your advantage. You have exceptional organising abilities and are undaunted by the size of the task at hand. You tend to be self reliant, sincere and honest in your dealings with others. Though you are not given to making friends very quickly, but once you do, it is for life. You rarely, if ever, make romantic overtures. Your partner is often impressed with your sterling qualities but disappointed in your ability to show affection.

Too Much Sleep

Media reports tell us that America is a sleep-deprived nation of workaholics who are sacrificing their health to achieve the overscheduled modern lifestyle. But we seldom hear about those at the other end of the spectrum who sleep well beyond the recommended seven to eight hours a night.

Some studies have found that sleeping nine hours or more a night may have a negative impact on health. However, the evidence is not nearly as clear as data showing that too little sleep (four to five hours) can lead to illness, accidents, and lowered productivity. We do know that depression can manifest itself through both insomnia and low energy levels leading to extended periods of sleep.

So is it possible to sleep too much? How can you develop healthy sleep habits? Here are some tips.

Don't Use Sleep to Escape
Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed, I can become a bit of a possum - curling up and falling asleep when threatened. While this isn't a particularly destructive way to escape uncomfortable emotions, it also isn't an indicator of being able to deal with them. If you are a "possum sleeper," I would suggest trying to sit through a period of discomfort using a different behavior, such as exercise, to lessen anxiety.

Don't Overdo the Napping
Naps have gotten a bad rap in the United States, but there has been a trend over the past few years to embrace the power nap (a fifteen- or twenty-minute refresher in the afternoon). Numerous studies have shown that these short naps are in fact an excellent way to sustain our energy and focus throughout the day. However, a power nap can easily turn into a two-hour deep sleep for some of us. This amount of sleep in the afternoon will leave you feeling groggy and likely disrupt your sleep pattern at night.

Don't Make Sleep the Weekend Reward
Those of us with busy work schedules often treat ourselves to long sleeps on the weekend. You shouldn't feel guilty about this, but I wonder if this behavior falls into the same pattern as overeating on the weekend and then starving yourself during the week. A consistent level of sleep throughout the week seems like a healthier option.

Don't Get Bored
If I don't know what to do with myself, I will often feel tired and sleep more than I think is necessary. The reality is that there is always something to do if we want to seek out activities, such as exercising or volunteering. Keep busy and you will feel less tired.

Good health is usually dependent upon moderation, and it seems, sleep is no exception.

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Ferrari Finish One-Two At Barcelona

Can Anyone Stop Them ?

Who among the also-rans can rise up to challenge the mighty Ferrari team ? Apparently, the answer right now is none of them. Not McLaren. Not BMW. Not Renault. What we have right now, is simply a one-horse race.

The mighty Ferrari team simply subjugated all challengers today at the Circuit de Cataluyna prancing to their second straight 1-2 finish of the season. 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen led the way riding along at an easy pace with 2007 Spanish Grand Prix winner Felipe Massa in tow. It was another awesome display of how good the Maranello based team is, and a disheartening suggestion that there is only one ‘big’ team right now… and that team is Ferrari. Maybe it’s time to send some more technical documents to McLaren ?

Kimi Raikkonen scored his second win of the 2008 season, and his 17th career F1 victory. In doing so, he became the eighth straight Spanish Grand Prix Pole sitter to follow-up with a win. The Finn also extended his points lead to a dominant nine points over McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton, with BMW’s Robert Kubica one point arears of the Briton.

“It was a good day, and everything went well,“ Raikkonen said of his perfect day. “For sure we could have gone a bit faster, but there was no need. If you look at last year, our car should be quite strong heading to Turkey”

The message is clear to the rest of the field… not only must you up your game, but when you do we can go even faster.

Brazilian Felipe Massa has completely turned his season around after retiring twice in the first two races, he now has a second-place finish to go with his Bahrain triumph and rests in a comfortable fourth in the Formula One driver’s points standings heading into the Turkish Grand Prix which he has won the last two seasons.

“Qualifying was very important for this race,” said Massa. “I started third and I did a very, very, very good start which got us past Fernando. During the second stint I built the gap (over Lewis). After testing, the car looks more in the right direction now.”


Lewis Hamilton finished third in his silver arrow. The youngster got by the faster BMW of Robert Kubica during the launch off the Barcelona starting grid, and made it stick heading into Turn One.

“Robert is probably one of the hardest to overtake, and it was a good start for us,” said the second-year driver. “It’s amazing how close all the cars and teams are so close,” echoing Massa’s comments. “I had to try to keep up with Massa, and kept pushing and pushing right to the last lap. And I kept looking in the mirrors, and Kubica always seemed to be there in the same spot.”

And quite frankly, the only reason the beemers are in Lewis’ mirror is because the team have yet to sort out their launches from the starting grid. Though one could say today’s start looked a bit better, the BMW boys still pulled away slower than the top teams around them. Kubica was on equal fuel, in a better car, and had a better qualifying position, but he just couldn’t keep the McLaren behind.

If BMW are going to challenge the front-runners, the must resolve this issue.

“We had a very good pace during today’s race,” said Kubica. “Unfortunately I lost a position at the start. Anyway at the end our gap to the leader was only five seconds. If someone had told me that yesterday I would not have believed it.”

The scare of the race came on the Lap 22 when McLaren driver Heikki Kovalainen crashed heavily at Turn Nine. Both the safety car, and the medical car were deployed to the scene of the accident with TV coverage carefully kept away from the site. Though the second-year driver was removed and placed on a stretcher, he was later flown to a local hospital. McLaren Boss Martin Whitmarsh reported that Kovalainen was OK, but had suffered a concussion, so it needed to be checked out. The Finn is expected to race in two weeks at Turkey.

For hometown hero, and front-row man Fernando Alonso a DNF was a sad way to end the day. The two-time F1 World Champion started the race in good shape and raced very competitively at the front easily keeping Hamilton’s McLaren behind him during the opening laps. It looked as though Alonso was on course for a strong points finish, but trouble struck at half-distance with an engine problem forcing the Spaniard into retirement.

"This weekend has been both sweet and sour,” said Alonso. “The car was very competitive and we were up there with the Ferraris and the BMWs, which is a good first step. I think now we should hopefully start enjoying races again and racing closer to the front. Although I am disappointed not to finish, it was a nice surprise to see that we are more competitive than we thought we would be."

And definitely more competitive than anyone thought the team would be!

In the end, it was a strong weekend for Formula One. Although the winner was predictably a Ferrari, and they didn’t have any real fight, three teams in the field can threaten to keep this championship close. Heading into the Turkish Grand Prix, we can’t see anything except another Ferrari one-two…

But then again… maybe it will rain… maybe the Renault will get even better… maybe the BMWs will get their launches figured out… and maybe McLaren will stop their slide downward.


By: Mike Sulka



1.   Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
2.   Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
3.   Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
4.   Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1 Team
5.   Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing
6.   Jenson Button (GBR) Honda Racing F1 Team
7.   Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) AT&T Williams
8.   Jarno Trulli (ITA) Panasonic Toyota Racing
9.   Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1 Team
10. Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Force India F1 Team
11. Timo Glock (GER) Panasonic Toyota Racing
12. David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing
13. Takuma Sato (JPN) Super Aguri F1 Team

Not Classified
Nico Rosberg (GER) AT&T Williams
Fernando Alonso (ESP) ING Renault F1 Team
Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Honda Racing F1 Team
Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Anthony Davidson (GBR) Super Aguri F1 Team
Sebastian Bourdais (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso
Nelson Piquet (BRA) ING Renault F1 Team
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Toro Rosso
Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 Team

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Much To My Surprise

A small change can make a big difference.

A few months ago I saw a book on the Internet, "The One Minute Millionaire". The authors of this book were Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen. I knew of Mark Victor Hansen because of his involvement with the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. I was curious about what type of book this would be with Mark Victor Hansen as one of the authors. So I ordered the book.

The weeks past and truly I had forgotten that I had ordered it. I arrived home from work and my husband said a package came for me. Upon opening the package I found the book, plus a CD. The book intrigued me. I started reading it and found it was unlike any book I had previously read. The book is actually two books in one. The left hand pages are theory and the right hand pages are a story. I started reading the book together, but the story got my attention.

The story is one where you think nothing else could go wrong, but it does!! Every free minute I had I found myself wanting to read the book. When I wasn't reading the book I found myself thinking about the story and wondering how it would turn out. Well this morning I finished reading the book, the story part of the book. I read a lot of books, and I can honestly say this book is one that inspired me to write about it.

The book not only teaches principles for becoming independent, it truly teaches good values for life. It uses real life situations and analogies that really do make you think.

One analogy I especially like is:
"The wind might cause a kite to rise, but what keeps it up there is the fact that somebody on the ground has a steady hand. You have to hold steady to your values - your integrity. It's your anchor. You let go of that…well, it isn't long before your kite comes crashing down."

The title of the book, "The One Minute Millionaire" is intriguing but after reading the book the second title, "The Enlightened Way to Wealth" now makes sense to me. Enlightened being the key word!

To sum it up I would say:
It's not all about money,
it's about helping yourself, helping others and giving back.

I should point out I paid very little for the book, and truly wondered about the quality of what I would receive. I am sure you have heard the quote, "you only get what you pay for!" Well, MUCH TO MY SURPRISE…..what I got was worth far more than I paid for it. I highly recommend this book!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And better yet, I hope it sparks an idea or makes you look at how you live your life.

by: Catherine Pulsifer

A Mothers Love

A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing supper, and handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on. After his Mom dried her hands on an apron, she read it, and this is what it said:

For cutting the grass: $5.00
For cleaning up my room this week: $1.00
For going to the store for you: $.50
Baby-sitting my kid brother while you went shopping: $.25
Taking out the garbage: $1.00
For getting a good report card: $5.00
For cleaning up and raking the yard: $2.00
Total owed: $14.75

Well, his mother looked at him standing there, and the boy could see the memories flashing through her mind. She picked up the pen, turned over the paper he'd written on, and this is what she wrote:

For the nine months I carried you while you were growing inside me:
No Charge

For all the nights that I've sat up with you, doctored and prayed for you:
No Charge

For all the trying times, and all the tears that you've caused through the years:
No Charge

For all the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were ahead:
No Charge

For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose:
No Charge

Son, when you add it up, the cost of my love is:
No Charge.

When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were big tears in his eyes, and he looked straight at his mother and said, "Mom, I sure do love you." And then he took the pen and in great big letters he wrote: "PAID IN FULL".

The Gift of Friendship

An Inspirational Story, Motivational Story -
The Gift of Friendship

by: Jackie Sagner

A few years back when my father was very ill in Nashville and I was living in Florida I learned the value of friendship.

I learned that no one is a stranger when someone needs help.

I was living In Orlando and my father lived in Nashville. He had a stroke and was gravely ill. I was a plane ride away but went up as often as possible. I did not make a lot of money at the time so I relied on credit cards to fly back and forth and to rent a car once in Nashville. This became expensive and my cards soon had large balances on them. I knew that I had to see him so I continued to charge whatever expenses were needed.

My father did pass away and then there were funeral expenses as well and I did not know what to do. I received a knock on my door right before we were to leave for the funeral. It was a co-worker with an envelope. The office had banned together and taken a collection to help with the expenses. I could not believe the generosity! Some of the girls in the office I knew quite well others were just acquaintances but they wanted to help. This was such a help to my family and I will never forget the girls at the office and the kindness that they showed at such a low point in my life.

Thank you to the girls at Florida Otolaryngology Group wherever you are now !!!!

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Traffic Jam (Picture)

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by: surrendo

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by: javajive

Behind the Success of every Man, there is a Woman

Amazing picutre! Just press CTRL+A to select all and you will know why it is so. (properly work in Internet Explorer)

The pictures are used to test the level of stress a person

Test Yourself, its Amazing "The pictures are used to test the level of stress a person can handle"

The slower the pictures move, the better your ability of handling stress.

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Finally: None of these images are animated - they are perfectly static!

Provided by: K Raman

Importance of Vacations

Everyone seems to believe that vacations are good for our health. Is there really scientific proof that supports this thinking?

Yes! A study published in the year 2000 in the medical journal Psychosomatic Medicine has shown that taking regular vacations is associated with a longer, healthier life. Vacations, along with sleep, exercise, and other leisure time activities, appear to be restorative and protective against the ill effects of psychological stress. Over 12,000 men enrolled in a heart health study were followed over nine years. The men who took vacations in most years were 20 percent less likely to die of any cause than those who forewent regular vacations. The vacationers were also 30 percent less likely to die of heart disease. The association of vacations and lower death rates held even after controlling for higher education and income (conditions that might make vacations more possible), and poor health (existing heart disease might prevent vacations).

How does taking a vacation help protect health? Here are some good "excuses" to take a vacation:
  • Vacation reduces stress by removing us from familiar stresses at work and home. During a vacation, we are more likely to unwind, relax, and put anticipated threats out of our minds.
  • Vacations may also provide a unique opportunity to indulge in other behaviors that have restorative and stress-buffering effects, such as social contact with family and friends.
  • For some, a vacation may be more of a personal, internal adventure. Many self-seekers want to be alone to solve personal problems or simply enjoy themselves. Solitude is not a luxury; it is a periodic necessity.
  • One of the most compelling reasons to take a vacation is to pamper yourself. Many people work quite hard and are generally frugal. Everyone deserves to taste the fruits of their labors – an occasional time to splurge, to live it up, to fulfill dreams, to be treated well, and feel important.
  • The essence of a vacation is the freedom to do what you want when you want. It also offers the freedom to explore our own wishes and fantasies. For a brief moment, we may escape the time pressures of the modern era and rediscover the joy of a less regulated lifestyle.

So, do not forget to take time off for a vacation. It will not only be enjoyable but will also be healthful!

Axiotron Modbook (Apple)

Spec Data :
Type: Media, Tablet
Operating System: Mac OS X
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo T7500
Processor Speed: 2.2 GHz
Weight: 5.4 lb
Screen Size: 13.3 inches
Screen Size Type: widescreen
Graphics Card: Intel GMA X3100
Storage Capacity: 120 GB
Networking Options: 802.11n
Primary Optical Drive: Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW

Apple has long neglected the tablet community by not offering a tablet PC of its own. But now, another company has stepped into the breach with its take on a Mac-based tablet PC. The Axiotron Modbook ($2,629 list) is certain to pique the interest of Mac-based graphics designers and illustrators who prefer to work with a pen rather than a keyboard. Axiotron literally took an Apple MacBook 13-inch (Core 2 Duo), ripped off the lid, and fused a Wacom digitizer screen to the chassis. The Modbook is a slate tablet (rather than a convertible tablet that would have had the benefit of an integrated keyboard), but it's a better alternative to plugging a Wacom device into an Apple computer. This slate tablet doesn't come cheap, though, and it's available only through Other World Computing, an online Mac retailer.

Apple's sole attempt at making a PDA—the Newton—was the closest thing to an Apple tablet we'd seen until now. Handwriting recognition woes (and the fact that it might have been ahead of its time) caused it to fizzle out of the market. A lot of the Newton's handwriting technology was integrated into the Mac OS X operating system and improved upon somewhat, then spun into an application called Inkwell. With current MacBooks, you can connect a Wacom device like the Bamboo Funand take advantage of the "inking," or the tablet-like capabilities, built into OS X. It's not a true tablet, however, because you have to plug in an external device. That's where the Axiotron Modbook comes in.

The Modbook is essentially a modified version of the Apple MacBook 13-inch. The screen is surrounded by three layers of metal (nickel, copper, and magnesium alloy) to form a chrome-like trim, fused to the MacBook's polycarbonate plastic base. The top of the screen is further protected by scratch-resistant glass. With all these fancy materials, the Modbook is 0.4 pounds heavier than the MacBook 13-inch, tipping the scales at 5.4 pounds. A slate tablet like the Motion Computing LE1700 weighs a mere 3.3 pounds. Even convertible tablets like the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet (4.4 pounds) and the Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 (3.9 pounds), with rotating screens and full-size keyboards, weigh significantly less than the Modbook. I can understand the difficulty in adding a rotating screen, but seeing how tablet users have embraced convertibles, Axiotron's decision to go slate might come back to bite the company later on.

The Modbook lacks the ability to change the screen's orientation. Aside from that, the features are solid. Because it's essentially a MacBook, the Modbook comes with a slot-loading, dual-layer DVD burner, two USB ports, a FireWire port, and the MagSafe magnetic adapter. Despite the lid's absence, the Modbook even managed to integrate the iSight webcam. It also comes with a built-in GPS module, which is a little puzzling on a slate tablet. I would much rather have seen an embedded Sprint or Verizon cellular modem than a navigation device used for geo-tagging and driving directions.

The Modbook's digitized pen works flawlessly with the Wacom screen. The pen flows smoothly over the tablet, and I didn't experience any lag between writing something and seeing the text appear on screen. As with Windows-based tablets, Wacom technology allows the pen to hover over the screen without actually touching it. When it came time to apply pressure to the screen, the sensitivity levels were some of the best I've encountered—512 pen-pressure sensitivity levels, to be exact. I'm not a professional artist, but I could accurately draw with Corel Painter and fiddle with Adobe Photoshop CS3 as if the Modbook were a real canvas.

Converting my handwriting to text and attempting functions in word processing, on the other hand, were frustrating endeavors. Apple's Inkwell, which comes with OS X, is an aging application in desperate need of an update. It's clearly not as powerful as the tablet capabilities built into Microsoft Windows Vista. Even with the neatest handwriting, I couldn't get Inkwell to convert what I wrote accurately to text. If you just want to doodle, scribble, or jot down basic notes and save them as handwriting rather than text, the Inkbook application (a free download, and not to be confused with Inkwell) does a terrific job. Axiotron doesn't really add any software to the Modbook. About all you get is an on-screen virtual keyboard with some cool transparency effects and some shortcut buttons preconfigured with basic Mac applications. Full versions of the trial applications that came with my review unit—Corel Painter X, Adobe Photoshop CS3, and ArtRage 2.5—are sold separately.

To save a file in the documents folder, you need to use the virtual keyboard (unless you have a USB keyboard attached to the Modbook), a process that proved to be complicated. You have to punch in the filename using the virtual keyboard on the screen. Remember, this is not like Vista's Tablet Input Panel (TIP), where your handwritten letters can be converted to text. Similarly, you can't just hover over a Web address bar with your pen to bring up any kind of input panel; you have to use the virtual keyboard to type in, say, Axiotron is working with Vision Objects to integrate a better handwriting recognition engine called MyScripts, but there's no word on when it will be introduced. In the meantime, you have the option of dual-booting Windows Vista by installing Apple's Boot Camp. Because it's a Wacom screen, the tablet capabilities work the same way as with any Windows-based tablet. You get the best of both Mac and Windows environments with the Modbook.

In terms of energy consumption, the Modbook isn't an electricity guzzler, but it doesn't get our PC Magazine GreenTech Approved seal, either. It consumed 19 watts at idle state, as measured with our Kill A Watt meter, 5W over the Energy Star Version 4.0 requirement. Since this is considered a MacBook 13-inch, Apple has this particular model listed as EPEAT Silver and RoHS certified. Proper recycling methods would have to be done through Apple, though. By contrast, the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet complies with all the environmental standards, such as Energy Star Version 4.0, EPEAT Gold, and RoHS.

Factored into the Modbook's hefty price is the fact that you're paying for premium parts. My configuration came with a 2.2-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 CPU and 4GB of RAM, making this one of the most powerful tablets—slate or convertible—to date. My benchmark tests ran on Windows Vista Home Premium, using Apple's Boot Camp. The Modbook's SYSmark 2007 Preview Overall scores topped both those of the HP Pavilion tx2000z and Lenovo X61 Tablet by 16 percent. Because it loads 4GB of RAM, Adobe Photoshop CS3 scripts easily finished in less than a minute. I did notice that the CPU fans were working extra hard in Windows Vista, as the Modbook's 97º F temperature (as measured at its base with a Fluke infrared thermometer) was 15 degrees warmer than when working with OS X. The higher temperatures in Vista, fortunately, did not impact battery life. The Modbook scored 2 hours 55 minutes on MobileMark 2007, which is average.

The Modbook comes with a one-year warranty on parts and labor. Of course, the warranty is covered by Other World Computing, not Apple.

The Axiotron Modbook is the best way to score tablet capabilities on a Mac operating system. There's nothing else like it in the industry, although it'll cost you a pretty penny. It caters to a niche market of graphics designers and illustrators who have longed for a pen-based tablet that runs on Leopard. Nonetheless, those who need to write on a consistent basis will be better off with a better handwriting-recognition engine and a built-in keyboard, like the one found on the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet.

From: PCmag

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Vista SP1 Released to Automatic Update

Windows Vista customers can now receive the first service pack for the operating system via the Microsoft Automatic Update service, Microsoft said Wednesday.

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 will download automatically to PCs that have the automatic update feature of the OS turned on, the company said. Previously, Vista was available to customers via Windows Update, but people had to specifically download it.

Not all customers will receive SP1 immediately via Automatic Update, however. The company is distributing it in phases to "ensure a seamless download experience," Microsoft said. A timeline for when all customers would receive Vista SP1 via Automatic Update was not immediately available.

SP1 is a rollout of software updates that fix bugs and glitches in Vista and is seen as a milestone that will inspire many customers -- especially those in the business market -- to adopt the OS. In fact, in a recent report, "Building the Business Case for Windows Vista," Forrester Research said more business customers plan to upgrade to Vista now that SP1 is available. This comes as no surprise, considering companies often wait for the first service pack after a major Windows release to update corporate desktops.

However, even SP1 will not guarantee that enterprises and business customers currently running XP or an earlier version of Windows will upgrade, as some have said they would skip the OS altogether. The same Forrester report said as much, although the research firm is recommending that companies don't skip Vista because they would not be well-positioned for future versions of Windows if they do.

Microsoft has acknowledged problems with application compatibility and lack of driver support, among others, that customers have had with Vista. It says SP1 and other updates that the company continues to make should remedy these problems. What the company hasn't said is why there were so many problems with the OS when the company had more than five years between the releases of Windows XP and Vista to ensure a smooth transition.

In fact, Microsoft seems to be looking past Vista to the future rather than addressing continued concerns about the product. In a meeting with reporters on Microsoft's Redmond, Washington, campus on Tuesday, a presentation on Windows Vista turned out to be anything but that.

Instead, Shannen Boettcher, general manager of Windows product management at Microsoft, discussed future plans for tools to virtualize corporate desktops and applications. He implied this would be an important aspect of the Windows client OS going forward, but was vague about timing.

Apart from that, Boettcher's main discussion specifically about Vista was a mention of its green-computing merits. He asserted that upgrading 10 corporate desktops to Vista is comparable to taking one automobile off the road in terms of reducing carbon footprint.

When asked about criticism of Vista in the marketplace and why there were so many problems after five years of development, Boettcher had little to say other than to acknowledge that Microsoft did not do "a very good job in preparing people for when we shipped" Vista.

He added, however, that the upgrade cycle for an OS doesn't begin to pick up until 12 months to 18 months after the OS is released, and since Vista was released to business customers in November 2007, it's right on schedule.

by: Elizabeth Montalbano, IDG News Service

Taking Advantage of Mac Freebie Tools

what people do on a computer is look things up, mainly through Internet search engines and other online tools. You have help closer at hand - in the Applications folder. Some of the tools in the Applications folder are described in the following sections.


Finding the meaning of words or phrases is as simple as typing them in a search box. Finding the meaning of life is something else altogether. The Mac supplies versions of the New Oxford American Dictionary and Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus. The computer can even read a dictionary entry out loud.


TextEdit is a freebie word processor. Although it offers nowhere near the flexibility of an industrial-strength word processor such as Microsoft Word, it's no slouch either. You can create tables and lists, and apply a bunch of formatting tricks. And it can accommodate Word documents (if someone sends you some). Truth is, most Word users exploit only a narrow subset of Word's features. Just remember that you already have a decent little word processor onboard.


If all of us could do math in our heads, we wouldn't need calculators. In fact, the Mac supplies three on-screen calculators: Basic, Scientific, and Programmer. Choose the one you need from the calculator's View menu.

The Basic calculator is for people who need to perform simple arithmetic here and there. You can use the numeric keypad on your keyboard or use the mouse to click the calculator's keypad. The Scientific version adds square root, sin, cos, and other keys.

The Programmer calculator is even more intimidating. It has keys labeled Hide Binary, Byte Flip, Unicode, RoL, and RoR. You earn extra credit if you know what all these do.

The Mac calculator can do tricks that blow away even the fanciest pocket calculator, such as going online to fetch the latest currency exchange rates.


QuickTime, the Mac's free multimedia player, comes to the rescue when you want to watch a movie (but not a DVD), play sounds, or display pictures. QuickTime typically pops up as needed.

If you want to edit movies or have other bold ambitions (that is, have full-screen playback), consider buying an upgraded version of the program called QuickTime Pro.


Preview is a versatile program that lets you view graphics files and faxes, take screen shots or screen captures, and peek at PDFs. (That's shorthand for Adobe's portable document format.) It typically loads automatically as needed. For example, if you double-click a PDF file that someone sent you, Preview is probably the program that lets you read it. You can use Preview to rotate, resize, and crop images in one of the many file types it recognizes.

Enabling the Security Features in Outlook 2007

Although it isn't too likely that some hacker out there wants to steal your personal information for nefarious purposes, it may be wise to think about security when it comes to your Outlook 2007 email and personal information. If you work in a corporation, you may be required by law to maintain certain standards of security over the messages you send and receive.

Outlook includes features that enable you to keep your secrets secret, to keep your identity secure, and to be sure that the messages you receive actually came from the people who seem to have sent them.

In most cases, you need to add some small program to Outlook to enable these advanced security features, but after you install these features, you never have to fuss with them again.
Getting a Digital ID

Sneaky hackers can send out email messages that appear to come from someone else. So how can you tell if the message actually came from the person who appears to have sent it? Of course, if you know the sender personally, you can simply phone him or her to verify that what you received is what he or she sent. But you can take a quicker, high-tech approach by using a digital signature - a tiny piece of secret code mixed in with your message to prove three things:

1. That the message really comes from the person who seems to have sent it.
2. That the person who seems to have sent the message really is the person he or she claims to be.
3. That the person who sent the message sent it intentionally. It's like putting your signature on a check; it shows that you really mean to send a specific message.

If you want to take advantage of Outlook's security features, you first need to get yourself a Digital ID.

If you work in a large organization, your employer may have obtained a Digital ID for you - and your local computer gurus may have installed all the software - in which case, you can skip these steps.

If you want to get a Digital ID for your own use, you can get one from one of the many companies that issue and maintain Digital ID services. Just follow these steps:

1. Click Tools --> Trust Center.

The Trust Center screen appears.

2. Click the words Email Security.

The Email Security page appears.

3. Click the button labeled Get a Digital ID.

A Web site opens, offering a range of choices for obtaining a Digital ID.

Quite a few companies offer Digital IDs - some for free, others for a fee. After you pick a provider for your Digital ID, you fill out a number of forms and pick a password for the ID. You also need to exchange several emails with the Digital ID provider; that's how you prove that your email address is really yours.
Sending Digitally Signed messages

After you have a Digital ID, it's simple to send someone a message containing your Digital Signature. A Digitally Signed message does more than simply assure your recipient that you're really yourself. Suppose you want to send an encrypted message that only your recipient can read. To do so, you have to send at least one Digitally Signed message first so Outlook can capture details about your Digital ID.

Send a message with a Digital Signature by following these steps:

1. While creating a message, click the Options tab at the top of the message screen.

The Options Ribbon appears.

2. Click the icon to the right of More Options.

The Message Options dialog box appears.

3. Click the Security Settings button.

The Security Properties dialog box appears.

4. Click the Add Digital Signature to This Message check box.

5. Click Send.

The Signing Data with Your Private Exchange Key dialog box appears.

5. Click OK.

Your message is sent.

Adding a digital signature slows down the process of sending a message somewhat because your computer has to check with the computer that issued your Digital ID to verify your signature. But because Outlook does check your Digital ID, your recipient can be sure that your message really came from you - and that's the whole point of digital signatures.

You can set up Microsoft Outlook to attach a digital signature to every message you send, if you want. Just choose Tools --> Trust Center, choose the Email Security tab, and then click Add Digital Signature to Outgoing Messages.

135 Degree Angle

This bizarre house really doesn't have an official name, but it does have a 135 degree angle. So that's what we're going to call it. Unfortunately, the only info we have about this house is that it was built in China or Japan. And that it has a silly pink roof. And if you look real close, you'll notice that its on a 135 degree damn angle.

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Dancing House

Here's a building that should really get your attention when walking pass it. The Dancing House is considered as one of the more real controversial buildings in Prague. The DH was actually designed by a great architect from California, which only proves that he had done some type of hallucinogen while designing it.

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The Astra Haus

The strange building is actually a brewery in Hamburg, Germany. The floors can move up or down on its skinny column core. As of now, the unique building has been destroyed. One of its more famous beer brands was recently bought by a big refreshment corporation. And that beer brand was called Astra.

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Upside Downer

Take a journey into the unknown with a building called Wonder Works. Its central Florida's only upside down attraction. And an amusement park for your mind, and your stoner friends. This odd building has over 100 wacky interactive exhibits for your entire family to experience. But make sure you free your weed before coming.

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Crooked House

You know that your looking at a real building right? The Crooked House was built in 2004 as an addition at a popular shopping center, and is a major tourist attraction in Sopot, Poland. We just wonder what happens when someone who's under a controlled substance sees this building for the first time in their life.

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Just For Today

Just for today I will be happy.

This assumes that what Abraham Lincoln said is true, that "most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Happiness is from within, it is not a matter of externals.

Just for today I will try to adjust myself to what is and not try to adjust everything to my own desires.

I will take my family, my business and my luck as they come and fit myself to them.

Just for today I will take care of my body.

I will exercise it, care for it, nourish it, not abuse it nor neglect it, so that it will be a perfect machine for my bidding.

Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind.

I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

Just for today I will I will exercise my soul in three ways.

I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out. I will do at least two things I don't want to do, as William Janmes suggests, just for exercise.

Just for today I will be agreeable.

I will look as well as I can, dress as becomingly as possible, talk low, act courteously, be liberal with praise, criticize not at all, not find fault with anything and not try to regulate nor improve anyone.

Just for today I will try to live through this day only.

Not to tackle my whole life problem at once. I can do things for twelve hourse that would appal me if I had to keep them up for a lifetime.

Just for today I will have a program.

I will write down what I expect to do every hour. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. It will eliminate two pests, hurry and indecision.

Just for today I will have a quiet half-hour all by myself and relax.

In this half-hour sometimes I will think of God, so as to get a little more perspective into my life.

Just for today I will be unafraid.

Especially I will not be afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, to love, and to believe that those I love, love me.

by: Sybil F. Partridge

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Rules For Being Human

1. You will receive a body.
You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire
period this time around.

2. You will learn lessons.
You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called life.
Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons.
You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.

3. There are no mistakes, only lessons.
Growth is a process of trial and error, experimentation.
The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately "works".

4. A lesson is repeated until learned.
A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go
on to the next lesson.

5. Learning lessons does not end.
There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons.
If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

6. "There" is no better than "here".
When your "there" has become a "here", you will simply obtain
another "there" that will, again, look better than "here."

7. Others are merely mirrors of you.
You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.

8. What you make of your life is up to you.
You have all the tools and resources you need.
What you do with them is up to you.
The choice is yours.

9. Your answers lie inside you.
The answers to life's questions lie inside you.
All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.

10. You will forget all this.

Parable of Heaven & Hell

A man spoke with an Angel about heaven and hell. The Angel said to the man, "Come I will show you hell."

They entered a room where a group of people sat around a huge pot of stew. Everyone was famished, desperate and starving. Each held a spoon that reached the pot, but each spoon had a handle so much longer than their own arm that it could not be used to get the stew into their own mouths. The suffering was terrible.

"Come, now, I will show you heaven," the Angel said.

They entered another room, identical to the first. The pot of stew, the group of people, the same long-handled spoons. But there everyone was happy and well- nourished. "I don't understand," said the man. "Why are they happy here when they are miserable in the other room and everything was the same?"

The Angel smiled. "Ah, it is simple," she said. "Here they have learned to feed each other."

99 Ways to Love Your Mate

1. Hug them.
2. Write a love note.
3. Call them at work just to say "Hi."
4. Give them a foot massage.
5. Tell them a joke.
6. Caress them with slow gentle strokes.
7. Go for a walk with them.
8. Send them a "happy gram."
9. Admit your mistakes.
10. Say: "I love you."
11. Indulge a whim.
12. Listen to them talk about an interest of theirs.
13. Be trustworthy.
14. Instead of complaining, tell them what you would prefer.
15. Look at them when you're in a discussion.
16. Send flowers.
17. Compliment something they did.
18. Offer to help.
19. Ask them to show you how to do something.
20. Call when you are going to be late.
21. Take them out to dinner.
22. Write them a poem about how special they are.
23. Cut out a cartoon they'll enjoy.
24. Ask them what they'd like sexually.
25. Go shopping together.
26. Take an afternoon drive.
27. Cuddle.
28. Put your arm around them in front of others.
29. Take them out on a surprise date.
30. Do something they want to do.
31. Listen.
32. Plan a candle light dinner.
33. Look at old photos together.
34. Serve them breakfast in bed.
35. Hold hands.
36. Share sexual fantasies.
37. Do a work project together.
38. Rub their back.
39. Take a shower together.
40. Carry their photo in your wallet.
41. Go away together for a weekend holiday.
42. Kiss them.
43. Smile more when you look at them.
44. Go for a bicycle ride together.
45. Surprise them with "special" attire.
46. Plan a picnic lunch.
47. Read something together about how to have a better relationship.
48. Repeat what they say before answering.
49. Say "Good morning" first.
50. Ask if they have a few minutes first before interrupting.
51. Send them a card.
52. Surprise them with a gift when it's a non-holiday.
53. Cook them a favorite meal.
54. Try a new restaurant.
55. Ask them how they feel.
56. Let them know when you are proud of them.
57. Ask for their opinion.
58. Turn on some romantic music.
59. Dedicate a song to them.
60. Send them a balloon bouquet.
61. Watch a sunset together.
62. Play a game together.
63. Have them teach you something they know.
64. Tell them they have the night off.
65. Go to a movie they select.
66. Ask them for a hug.
67. Wear some new cologne.
68. Discuss future plans with them.
69. Ask if you can help when they look sad.
70. Ask them about their dreams.
71. Meet them for lunch.
72. Enlarge a scenic photo of a place you've shared.
73. Give them a gift certificate for their favorite store.
74. Tell them what you like about them.
75. Buy them a new perfume.
76. Take them to a scenic spot.
77. Send them a gourmet gift basket.
78. Send them a joke card.
79. Let them know when you've thought of them during the day.
80. Buy them a toy.
81. Compliment them to their friends.
82. Bring them a thirst quenching drink.
83. Tell them when they look attractive.
84. Send them a post card.
85. Invite them to a secret rendezvous.
86. Give them a massage.
87. Take a lesson with them.
88. Look at photos together of when you met.
89. Plan a vacation with them.
90. Listen openly to their opposing opinion.
91. Buy them a new piece of jewelry.
92. Watch a TV show they like with them
93. Write them a letter.
94. Listen to music with them, such as an old favorite.
95. Whisper sweet nothings in their ear.
96. Tell them what you like that they do.
97. Give a head massage.
98. Invite them to a concert.
99. Let them know you care.

Food as Medicines

Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin E & fiber. It's Vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Although an apple has a low Vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of Vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

Protective fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protects the body from cancer causing, blood vessels clogging free radicals. (Actually, any berry is good for you..they're high in anti-oxidants and they actually keep us young.........blueberries are the best and very versatile in the health field........they get rid of all the free-radicals that invade our bodies)

Sweetest medicine. Taking 2 - 4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessen the risk of colon cancer.

Coolest Thirst Quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene - the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are Vitamin C & Potassium. (watermelon also has natural substances [natural SPF sources] that keep our skin healthy, protecting our skin from those darn sun rays)

Guava & Papaya
Top awards for Vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high Vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene, this is good for your eyes. (also good for gas and indigestion)

Tomatoes are very good as a preventative measure for men, keeps those prostrate problems from invading their bodies.

Red beans
Red beans including small red beans and dark red kidney beans are good sources of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and thiamin. They're also an excellent low-fat, low-calorie source of protein and dietary fiber. Red beans also contain phytonutrients that may help prevent chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer!

They are often reffered to as the good fungus and their nutrional benefits are plenty. A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health showed that men who consumed 160 micrograms of selenium per day cut their risk of prostate cancer by 65 percent! Mushrooms also contain valuable niacin, riboflavin, copper, potassium and pantothenic acid, much of which is vital for turning food into energy! They are also known to have potent immune-boosting and cancer-
fighting properties!

Now we all remember how as kids we were coaxed by our parents to drink milk! Milk is a good source of calcium that may help prevent brittle bones. Milk and milk products are still considered to be the best and easiest source of calcium!

Garlic was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians, chewed by Greek Olympian atheletes and thought to be essential for keeping vampires at bay! No matter how much we talk about the benefits of garlic, it's not enough! Garlic is known to reduce the risk of heart attacks, killing bacteria, keeping your heart healthy & warding off coughs and colds. It is also known to reduce cholesterol. New research indicates that taking garlic during pregnancy can cut the risk of pre-eclampsia (raised blood pressure and protein retained in the urine)

Many of us dislike broccoli and avoid eating it but the truth is that this magic vegetable is a good source of calcium, potassium, folate and fiber, broccoli contains phytonutrients, a group of compounds that may help prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Broccoli is also a good source of antioxidants that protect your body's cells from damage

Nuts are good for you since they conatin high levels of mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which are good for your heart and almonds are a great source of fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron and calcium and vitamin E. In fact, almonds have more calcium than any other nut. Like most nuts, almonds provide one of the best plant sources of protein!

by: K Raman

PayPal to block unsafe browsers

If you're a PayPal user still using an older browser without anti-phishing tools, you may want to consider upgrading soon. As you probably know, PayPal is one of the most frequently spoofed sites on the Web, and the company is prepared to block unsafe browsers soon as part of a large anti-phishing effort, according the BBC.

It appears there's still an "alarming" number of PayPal customers who use really old versions of Internet Explorer, so the company wants to ensure these users don't fall victim to scam emails that appear to come from the company. Michael Barrett, PayPal's chief information security officer, said that in order for a browser to be considered safe by PayPal, it must support Extended Validation (EV) certificates that turn the address bar green when the browser visits a legitimate site. Without this certificate, browsers like Safari could be blocked out and users will have to turn to newer versions of Firefox or IE to conduct PayPal transactions.

Safari didn't make PayPal's list of recommended browsers last month because it lacked a built-in anti-phishing filter and didn't support EV certificates—we'll see if PayPal's anti-phishing request will prompt Apple to take some action. The company hasn't said when it plans to launch this browser blocking initiative, but it did say it plans to warn users with older browsers at least once before blocking them out.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Nokia TUBE - IPhone Killer

Nokia said they didn't care about the iPhone back when it was introduced, not even commented on it beyond a brief "smeh." Then, they presented their iPhone killer concept, a demo that looked and acted exactly like Apple's handset, even while it was "no competition for Nokia." Now they have announced they are "readying" the final product, code-named Tube. They showed it yesterday, while pooh-poohing on His Steveness' toy:

"We've done that [volume] since we've had dinner on Friday."

That SteveBallmerism was pulled out of his hat by Tom Libretto, vice president of Forum Nokia, talking about iPhone's sales, apparently forgetting that taller giants have fallen after similar words. Specially when he is conveniently ignoring that Apple's record volume is just one non-subsidized model that competes with your top of the line—handsets like the Nokia N95 and the N96—in just a handful of countries (and for the longest period of its lifetime, in only one market, which is not as big when it comes to mobiles like Europe or Asia.)

Now, it's not that we don't think Nokia's Tube can't be a great success or that Nokia is in a bad position at all. They are clearly the Número Uno, without a doubt, and for all we know, Tube could be the best thing since either the iPhone itself or the Beamz. However, publicly smashing a newcomer, a still small and young player in the cellphone market, doesn't give credibility to Nokia, as the incumbent player: it gives credibility to the new kid on the block, who doesn't only look smarter and cooler to the general consumer, but now also looks like a clear and present danger to the Finnish company.

And while all that happens in a single quote, there's just a slide to show about Tube and still no planned date for shipment.

NITENDO Wii suffers glut of weak games

Nintendo's Wii has dominated video-game hardware sales since its debut in November 2006, and it shows no sign of slowing down. In March, U.S. stores sold more Wii consoles than Xbox 360s and PlayStation 3s combined.

And now that shortages of Nintendo's machine seem to have abated, there's nothing to stop its momentum.

Or is there? Consider that almost all of the best-selling Wii games, like "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" and "Super Mario Galaxy" have been published by Nintendo. Games from other companies haven't done nearly as well.

Some publishers have grumbled that Nintendo hasn't done enough to support their products. But the real problem is more obvious: Most of the Wii's third-party software doesn't measure up. There are a handful of good non-Nintendo Wii games (like Capcom's remakes of "Okami" and "Resident Evil 4"), but an awful lot of lackluster junk is being shoveled onto the platform. And gamers are the ones getting burned.

_"Opoona" (Koei, for the Wii, $49.99): Koei, known mainly for historical epics like "Romance of the Three Kingdoms," deserves some credit for trying something different with "Opoona." It's a lighthearted role-playing game with a distinctively whimsical style, but it's not quite lively enough to hold the attention of the younger players in its presumed target audience.

After his family's spaceship crashes on the planet Landroll, Opoona comes to in a high-tech colony that under siege by "Dark Rogues." You'd think his rescuers would help Opoona find his parents and siblings, but no — they send him alone into the wild to battle the monsters. Fortunately, he has an "energy bonbon" floating above his head, and he can heave it at the bad guys to knock them out of commission. The combat is fairly innovative, requiring only the Wii's nunchuck; you hold back the joystick to determine the bonbon's power and distance.

It's all the stuff between fights that drags down the experience. Landroll's bureaucracy is a little too sprawling, so you spend a lot of time wandering between offices while you're trying to figure out your next mission. And you're encouraged to make friends with every colonist you meet, but they don't help you toward your goal. "Opoona" has some promising ideas, but the game overall feels half-baked. Two stars out of four.

_"Baroque" (Atlus, for the Wii, PlayStation 2, $39.99): I had high expectations for Atlus' first Wii role-playing game, thanks to the publisher's reputation for memorably off-kilter adventures like last year's "Persona 3." "Baroque" is enticingly bizarre, but it's so fundamentally flawed that it will tax the patience of even the most avid Atlus fanboy.

It begins in a world that's been devastated by a cataclysmic event called "The Blaze." The neighborhood mutants blame your character for the disaster, although you can't remember anything. The only way to atone for your sins is to descend into a dungeon called the Neuro Tower.

There, you fight hundreds of monsters and occasionally get an ambiguous clue about the apocalypse. Eventually you die, and get another vague hint. Then it's back to the beginning of the tower. The rewards are parceled out so stingily that it's hard to get excited about another round of repetitious combat. I really wanted to know what happened in the world of "Baroque," but not enough to endure the same dungeon over and over. One star.

_"WWII Aces" (Destineer, for the Wii, $39.99): Of all the small companies that have tried to make a buck off the Wii, Destineer may be the most consistent, churning out dependably awful games like "Monster Trux Offroad" and "Rig Racer 2." They're the sort of products that gamers instinctively avoid, although well-meaning but clueless gift givers may be more easily suckered.

"WWII Aces" is, obviously, an aerial combat simulation, in which you machine-gun the flying targets and bomb the ground targets. Flying and fighting are a lot harder than they should be, thanks largely to awkward controls. There are dozens of missions, which sounds great until you realize you're doing the same thing over and over.

Different models of planes are pretty much indistinguishable from each other, and the scenery is so bland you might as well be dogfighting over Iowa. "WWII Aces" may not be the worst Wii game on the market, but that's only because Destineer has given it so much competition. No stars.


Polygamist clothing has roots in 19th century and 1950s

For a society accustomed to the likes of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, the images of the women from the polygamist compound in Texas are almost shocking in their understatement: Ankle-length dresses, makeup-less faces, hauntingly uniform hair.

And while no one would accuse the women of making a fashion statement, the pioneer-style outfits are a rare example of how in an age of overexposure, modesty, too, can give pause.

The puff-sleeved, pastel dresses worn by the women in the sect are a combination of original 19th-century wear and 1950s clothing that was adopted when the church took a conservative turn, according to Janet Bennion, an anthropologist who studies polygamist women.

The dresses are meant to show modesty and conformity: They go down to the ankles and wrists, and are often worn over garments or pants, making sure every possibly provocative inch of skin is covered.

John Llewellyn, a polygamy expert and retired Salt Lake County sheriff's lieutenant, says the women cover themselves "so that they're unattractive to the outside world or other men."

The appearance of unity through uniform dress, however, can belie the jealousy that often arises when the women — who might all look alike to an outsider — find themselves in competition with one another over the affections of the same man, Llewellyn says.

The clothing is also stitched with special markings "to protect the body and to remind you of you commitment," Bennion says. She declined to go into detail about the stitchings because she said it would be an infraction against the fundamentalist Mormon community to talk about their sacred symbols.

Pastel colors evoke femininity and don't come across as bold or strong, says Bennion, a professor at Lyndon State College in Vermont.

Then there's the question of the elaborate hairdos.

The women never cut their hair because they believe they will use it to wash Christ's feet during the Second Coming, Bennion says. A Biblical quote says a woman's hair should be her crowning glory.

The bangs are grown out and rolled (but usually not using a curling iron, because that would be too modern). There are sausage curls on the sides and often braids down the back.

The exact history of the hairstyle is unclear, but it is reminiscent of the Gibson Girl image of the 1800s. It's a pre-World War II look, exaggerated with the pompadour, Llewellyn says. Chloe Sevigny's character in the HBO show "Big Love," about modern polygamist Mormons, has mastered the 'do.

Celebrity stylist and salon owner Ted Gibson thinks it gives off a "homely" impression.

"It says 'I don't really care very much. I really don't have time to worry about the way that I look, because I have 20 children,'" Gibson said. "He's going from wife to wife to wife, so why should I look any better than the other ones?"

Still, it's not outlandish to imagine the prairie look influencing today's styles, given that trends can come from unexpected places, and Sevigny is known as a style-setter. You can already find blouses with high necks and ruffles in stores, and puffed shoulders on short and long-sleeved shirts.

Prairie skirts are in fashion this season, while dusty pastels and neutrals are being introduced to offset trendy bold colors and patterns.

Long hair is also on its way back in, preparing to replace the currently fashionable bobs, Gibson says. Buns never go completely out of style, according to Gibson — he often gives celebrities a half-up-half-down 'do, essentially what we're seeing in the photographs coming out of Texas.

But for the most part, the looks that arise from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are likely to stay there.

On her blog, the fashion editor of wondered if the spotlight on the Texas raid would make otherwise innocuous pastels unsavory, given their dubious association with polygamists.

"Unexpected perversion? Right-wing fads?" Susan Cernek wrote. "Sounds like a good Halloween costume ... or Marc Jacobs Spring '09."

Allison Berlin, founder of Style Made Simple, doesn't expect Mormon-inspired fashion to go mainstream.

"Women don't actually want to look like that," she says. "I can see the Brooklyn hipsters rocking a French braid, but not in a serious way. Maybe ironically."


Sunday, April 20, 2008

How to beat spyware and viruses, 2008 edition

The last time I wrote a piece on how to remove spyware from your computer was in 2006. Time for an update, I think. Here's my perennial "How to Beat Spyware" howto, revised and updated for 2008 (and combined into a single file instead of two parts).

Here's what to do if you suspect an infection on your Windows PC. (Please note these steps apply to both Windows XP and Vista.)

1) Are you sure it's spyware or a virus? Windows pop-ups and alerts can often seem invasive enough to be viruses, especially with Vista. Try searching the web for the exact text you see on the screen to make sure you aren't dealing with an aggressive Windows message. (Many of these can be turned off, so try whatever instructions you find.) On the other hand, some viruses masquerade as Windows alerts, so tread lightly.

2) Boot in safe mode. If you have a virus, first step is to try booting in safe mode. You can get to safe mode (a simplified version of Windows that disables a lot of extra gunk, possibly including some spyware apps) by restarting your PC and tapping F8 during boot. Soon you'll get a menu of options. Select "Safe Mode" (it's at the top of the menu) and wait for the machine to fully boot. The system will look funny (with a black background and larger icons, probably), but don't worry about it. This is only temporary. (Also note that many spyware applications can disable safe mode, so if you find this doesn't work, just boot normally.)

3) Run your antivirus application. This is of course assuming you have an antivirus application. (Need one? Check here.) You're in safe mode now, so run a full scan of your PC at maximum security levels (include the option to scan within compressed files, for example). This will probably take an hour or more, so be patient. Fix any problems the virus scan turns up. Then reboot into safe mode again using the procedure in step 2.

4) Run one or two anti-spyware applications. I used to recommend running multiple anti-spyware apps, but virtually all antivirus apps now do a pretty good job at getting rid of spyware too, so you don't need an army of additional applications just for spyware. Also, I now recommend starting with AdAware (which is free) and moving on to Spyware Doctor (free as part of the Google Pack) if you feel you need additional help. (Please note that recent versions of Spyware Doctor and Norton Antivirus have some trouble with each other.) You can try other apps too, but the once-recommended SpyBot Search & Destroy is no longer very effective, sadly. (Neither is Microsoft's own Windows Defender.) Of course, fix anything and everything these apps find.

5) Reboot normally. (Not in safe mode.) Now take stock. Still got spyware? It's time to move along to my more advanced techniques for removing the nasties.

6) Run HijackThis. HijackThis is a free software tool that scans your computer to find malware that other apps might miss. Scroll down to "Official downloads" to download the tool. Next, simply open the ZIP file you downloaded, extract the application, and run the tool (you don't need to install it). Click the "Do a system scan and save a logfile" button. You'll receive a large text file as well as a dialog box which gives you a list of active software processes, which you can then choose to delete. Unfortunately, this list includes both helpful and unhelpful software, so don't just start deleting items. Continue in step 7 to figure out how to fix your spyware infection.

7) Post your log file online. Visit this page, which offers a list of forums staffed by volunteers who can help you interpret your HijackThis log. The SWI Forums are especially busy, but most of the forums on the list are equally apt. Go to SWI and visit the "Malware Removal" forum which has over 50,000 topics listed: Those are all people like you who are seeking help getting rid of spyware. Register for an account, read the FAQ, then visit that Malware Removal forum, and post a new topic. Paste the content of the text file you created in step 5 into this topic and (politely) ask for help. You will get a response from a volunteer helper, typically within 3 days. You'll be given specific advice on what entries to remove with the HijackThis tool, and you might be pointed to additional software to run to help remove common spyware infections. Follow all the instructions and keep working with the forum helpers until either you or they give up. (And no, don't send your log file to me or post it here. I am not nearly the spyware removal expert that these guys are.)

7a) Alternately: Paste your log file into an automated tool. Don't have three days? Try simply pasting your HijackThis log file into this form. It does a pretty good job at auto-analyzing what's wrong with your machine, with no waiting. As well, if that doesn't work, you can search for the items you find in the HijackThis log by name to see what they are and how to remove them, if they're spyware. This can be quite time consuming, though.

8) Try System Restore. If that doesn't work, you might try running Windows System Restore to roll back your OS to a time before the infection happened. This isn't foolproof: You might not have System Restore turned on, or the spyware might have shut System Restore off, as well. But it's worth a shot. With either XP or Vista, System Restore can be found under Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore.

9) Give up and wipe your hard drive. At this point, you've exhausted all the options I know of. You might try again at steps 6/7 to make sure you've done everything you can to salvage the PC. Forum helpers will often work with you for weeks to help fight a spyware infection, but there are tens of thousands of possible variants out there, with new ones cropping up every day. It's just not possible to clean them all, every time. Sometimes the only thing you can do is call it quits, reformat your hard drive, and reinstall your OS. Again, make sure you have your backups ready and verified. Once you're up and running, reinstall your antivirus and anti-spyware applications, and stay vigilant against infection. Good luck.