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Quotes of Note

"Finish, good lady; the bright day is done, And we are for the dark." -- Shakespeare

"Beware of fainting-fits, beware of swoons. Run mad as often as you chuse; but do not faint." -- Jane Austen

"Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant." -- Persuasion

"We have normality. I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem." -- Douglas Adams

"Thus goes every one to the world but I, and I am sunburned." -- Much Ado About Nothing

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams

"For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?" -- Pride & Prejudice

Poetry from ages past.....

Whispers

As children, they looked up at the night sky, and thought,
"Can I?"
And an unseen voice whispered, "You can."
And their spirits soared.

Then high school came, and along with it, uncertainty.
And they looked up at the night sky, and realized,
"I can!"

Then college came, and they were surrounded by competition
And more uncertainty. And they looked up at those stars and said,
"I must!"

Then they became astronauts, and they worked together,
Building their team and they said to each other,
"We will!"

And they sat on the launchpad, and felt the roar of the engines,
And the rush into the stars of that same night sky, and thought,
"We are!"

And as they worked they gazed down upon
the gliding green and blue planet
That slipped by their small windows and thought,
"I am."

And as they pointed their bright bird home for the last time,
They said their goodbyes to the silent stars, and felt in their
hearts,
"We did."

And somewhere tonight, a small child is looking up at the stars in
the night sky,
And thinking, "Can I?"
And they whisper in her small ear, "You can."
And her spirit soars.



--A.L. Thompson February 1, 2003

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The first time I ever touched a computer was some few decades ago when I was in elementary school. It was an Apple computer, rigged up to a giant TV from the A/V department, that had a very simple program in BASIC that went something like:


"Hi, my name is Charlie! What's your name?"

Then you'd type in your name.

"Oh, hi . How old are you?"

Then you'd type in how old you are.


There was more that I don't remember, but those white letters on the black background of that big ol' A/V television was my very first experience with a Computer. Steve Jobs was directly responsible for that First Contact with the technology that would eventually become the nerve center of our world some 3 decades later.

A few years later, when I was in 7th grade, I had actual access to one of those very same Apple computers when I wanted it. I had a chance to just "play" with this amazing machine. I checked out library books on BASIC computer language and toyed with writing what I know now were very simplistic graphics programs. At the time though, I was enraptured with the seemingly amazing colored blocks and stripes that I could create on the screen with the use of particular words and expressions.

The next year I took my very first computer programming class where we worked on computer programs that were saved in a painfully slow fashion on audio cassette tapes.....shortly to be followed by seemingly gigantic floppy discs (yes, the actual floppy type floppies....not the later ones that didn't "flop" at all). The following years expanded my exposure to computers even more, and eventually included the internet where to my amazement I discovered that I could communicate with people all around the world in just seconds.

The world has changed so much since those days. Today, I casually tote around tiny but amazingly powerful computers in the form of a cell phone, and an iPod Touch, the storage and capability of which dwarf those early computers I played with as a kid. I use these devices to communicate, to pay my bills, to entertain myself, to stay informed, and to find out even more about the ever changing and expanding world that we live in.

When I heard of the death of Steve Jobs today, I felt unexpectedly emotional. I didn't know him personally, so I couldn't quite understand why I felt such a seemingly personal loss. I had only really known him from the periodic product presentations he did for Apple; events where he was the face that had made technology very personal. Perhaps that was the point. Steve Jobs took something that could have just been cold and utilitarian and made it truly a personal experience. When I think back on my early experiences with computers, I realized that Steve had actually been with me along my entire lifelong journey with technology, and has helped to shape how we all interact with it today.

Thank you, Steve. You helped show us that the world could be a much bigger and more interesting and interactive place than we could have ever imagined without you.


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Go here and when prompted, click that you are UNDER 21. Make sure your speakers are on, and get ready for awesome cheesy fun. You are welcome.

Yes, it's totally work safe....but there's music involved, so adjust your volume/use headphones as your situation requires.

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Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS

Originally posted by seachanges at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
From galeni:

Originally posted by deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.


Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.




I dare you to try and watch this without smiling and/or getting a little misty-eyed.


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That is all.

Go The F*ck to Sleep - The best book for every new parent


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Ever seen Northern Lights before?


I used to see them a lot during the summer months, growing up in northern Minnesota.  The green ones are the most common, but once on the way home from the Twin Cities, we saw curtains of light everywhere in many different colors.

Anyhow, take a look at this video.  If you've never seen northern lights before, you'll be pretty floored.  Obviously, the film is speeded up, and they actually move very slowly.

http://vimeo.com/21294655



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Our gadgety goodness hits national TV


Two segments some of my co-workers were on this morning with our SEEK II device:

One local: http://www.wpbf.com/news/27767402/detail.html


One from Fox & Friends: http://video.foxnews.com/v/4675860/high-tech-tools-used-to-id-bin-laden

I think both of them did very well in terms of demonstrating our stuff on-air, particularly the live Fox & Friends segment.  Live demonstrations are always risky, especially given the fact that he had very limited time in which to make it happen, and it's the worst possible time for things to go wrong.  Glad to see it went well.

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