A Little Humor for Your Day – Microsoft vs GM

Microsoft vs GM

At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated: “If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving twenty-five dollar cars that got 1000 miles to the gallon.”

In response to Bill’s comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:

If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

1. For no reason whatsoever your car would crash twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines on the road you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason, and you would just accept this, restart and drive on.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn, would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Only one person at a time could use the car, unless you bought “Car95” or “CarNT.” But then you would have to buy more seats.

6. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, reliable, five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive, but would only run on five per cent of the roads.

7. The oil, water temperature and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single “general car default” warning light.

8. New seats would force everyone to have the same size butt.

9. The airbag system would say “Are you sure?” before going off.

10. Occasionally for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key, and grab hold of the radio antenna.

11. GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of Rand McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary), even though they neither need them nor want them. Attempting to delete this option would immediately cause the car’s performance to diminish by 50% or more. Moreover, GM would become a target for investigation by the Justice Department.

12. Every time GM introduced a new model car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

13. You’d press the “start” button to shut off the engine.

 

Source:
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Ok, just two more things and I’ll get to work, Promise!

Real quick, ha! First off, did you hear about the glitch in Internet Explorer 8. This morning they released it on the News about this glitch in IE 8. It seems to be a pretty evil glitch to me. Hackers can easily access your computer through this glitch and take it over. They recommended you either go to the Microsoft page and get a patch for it or you switch browsers. When I go to Microsoft it takes all day for me to get anything done (and I don’t consider myself computer ignorant). So I simply switched browsers. I am now using Google Chrome, which was one of the browser they recommended. This is just an observation but, have you noticed how hard the internet is getting hit with hacks, virus, malware and etc., here recently. Makes me stop and think, none of this use to happen so often till a certain person ran off with laptops full of government secrets. And you know as well as I do, some of those files had to be about the internet, how it operated and it weakness. Hmm, does make one wonder?

Ok, so much for that, now last but definitely not least…….there is numerous comments and questions in the back. If you are one that has wrote to me, then I will start answering them this afternoon. It is not my intention to ignore you at all, just been a bit busy. But hang with me and I promise you will get your answers.

Now, off to work I go, hi-ho, hi-ho, lol!

Have a great one!

Lady A

 

January 9 – Daily Feast

January 9 – Daily Feast

 

Sometimes great distances exist between the high points of our lives. Time moves swiftly and we tend to let it slip away without making it count while we wait on another high experience. We discount it as nothing unless we have reached some spectacular height and have passed ten other people on the way. The Indian does not consider himself idle when he stands still watching, listening, seeing the stars, or watching the sunset. His spirit-eyes absorb these signs and wonders to feed him when he cannot see the rolling hills, the flowing streams. A narrow view is one that constantly asks, What shall I eat? What shall I wear? What can make me feel secure? And all the time, the beauty and peace which cost nothing surround us unnoticed. Envy and lack of inner joy rob us of our peace of mind.

~ O, listen! Hear! Sing with me, for I am joy. ~

CHEROKEE SONG

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

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Finally, Good Saturday Morn Or Afternoon I Should Say!

Left to Right: Mystie (holding the inside of the puter), Me (laughing my ass off) and finally, who is that? Hmm, heck if I know, somebody who like to have their pic took, I guess!

This was the picture at our office this morning. And I should also add this is what we think of Windows 8. But thanks to our skilled craftsmanship, we are not operating on a squirrel cage. The other two are out trying to find more squirrels in case this one get tired!

Anyway, I am running late enough. Let’s see if I can make up some time real quick.

Have a very Blessed & Relaxed Weekend, my precious family!

Luv & Hugs,

Lady A

 

Celebrating Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Hi Matsur

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October 22 and 23

Hi Matsur

Hi Matsur is a Japanese festival of purification and is celebrated annually at this time. Beginning on the eve of the 22nd there are torchlight processions and parades through the streets in honor of the ancient Gods. The procession ends at a sacred shrine in Kurama, where it is believed that the ancient ones return to Earth at the stroke of midnight. Prayers and invocations will be offered the following day.

 

Daily OM for January 21 – No Need to Wait

No Need to Wait

Come Together

by Madisyn Taylor

In our world, there is always someone in need of our best efforts to rally a group of helpers and healers.

 

We humans have a knack for coming together and rising up to our potential in the face of a tragedy. Natural disasters and acts of violence bring us out of our small selves and into the world, ready to lend a hand to those in need. This experience is often life-changing for those who are willing to step into the position of helper. We feel as if we are finally doing something really important, and this leads us to feeling more self-actualized. We feel more connected to the people we are helping, as well as more connected to humanity in general. As we expand beyond the boundaries of our individualistic pursuit of happiness there can be a complete reality shift. We often find that it is much easier to be happy when we are motivated in an effort to make the world better in tangible ways, by coming to the rescue of those who are suffering.

Considering the many benefits of this kind of gesture, it is surprising that more of us don’t devote our lives, or at least some portion of our time, to serving people in need. We don’t have to wait for a tragedy to come together, as a community or a nation, and offer ourselves to the world in service. Sometimes it’s easier, of course, to respond to an event that has just happened rather than to ongoing problems like homelessness, poverty, and illness. But the truth of this world is that there is always someone in need of our best efforts to rally a group of helpers and healers. Maybe we feel discouraged because these smaller acts and gestures don’t generate the same kind of energy and attention from other people as heroic acts in the face of immediate disaster, and perhaps an effort to change this is one way to change the world.

The more we promote, applaud, and actively inspire humanitarian efforts in the world, the more others will be drawn to this kind of work. We might pay a little less attention to sports and celebrity gossip and a little more attention to those everyday heroes who devote their lives to alleviating suffering. The more attention we pay, the more we will inspire others and ourselves to be of service in a world that greatly needs our attention.

Microsoft Tops List of Google Takedown Requests

by Kristina Chew

In its annual transparency report, Google reveals that it is receiving more than a million requests a month to remove sites from its search. The majority of these are not from governments concerned about the revelation of sensitive or unflattering information but from copyright owners including Microsoft, NBC Universal, Universal Music Ltd. and Sony Music. All told, Google now receives more than 250,000 requests a week, more than it did in total for 2009.

Just in the past month, Google received over 1.2 million requests for URLs to be removed from its search from over 23,000 websites on behalf of 1,322 copyright owners. Indeed, in 2011, Google received 3.3 million requests for removals; it expects that number to quadruple this year. The most targeted website was Filestube.com, which enables users to find downloadable files (audio, video and documents); file sharing site torrentz.eu was the next most-targeted. Google complies with 97% of removal requests and said that it usually takes about eleven hours to remove links.

As Dominic Ruche (from the Guardian via Raw Story) notes, the notable increase in removal requests follows the defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which was supported by the largest media companies in the world and the likes of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). SOPA was virulently opposed by the technology community whose all-out online protest against it led to the measure being tabled.

Microsoft’s dominance is also its Achilles’ heel: 90 percent of all PCs run Windows and 95 percent of users use its Office software, so these products are “a major target for illegal file-sharers” and indeed, “the most pirated bits of software on the Web,” says Zack Whittaker in ZDNet. Microsoft can only do so much in fighting the “global piracy battle”; requesting that Google remove links to pirated copies of its software is often all that it can do.

Emphasizing that “transparency is a crucial element to making this system work well,” Fred von Lohmann, Google’s senior copyright counsel, notes that copyright holders are overstepping and even abusing their powers in some cases. As he writes on the Google blog:

At the same time, we try to catch erroneous or abusive removal requests. For example, we recently rejected two requests from an organization representing a major entertainment company, asking us to remove a search result that linked to a major newspaper’s review of a TV show. The requests mistakenly claimed copyright violations of the show, even though there was no infringing content. We’ve also seen baseless copyright removal requests being used for anticompetitive purposes, or to remove content unfavorable to a particular person or company from our search results.

Media companies continue to express frustration, and exasperation, towards Google. Says BPI boss Geoff Taylor in the BBC,

“It’s wrong for Google to be wilfully blind to the clear data it has that particular sites are massive copyright infringers.”

“When Google has been told 100,000 times that sites like The Pirate Bay and beemp3 distribute music illegally, why do they come top – above Amazon and iTunes – when I search for ‘download music’? It’s irresponsible, it misleads consumers and if Google won’t sort it out voluntarily, Government should get on with doing something about it.”

Is Google being “willfully blind” — should governments step in and regulate Google’s search? Or should it be left to us users to avoid sites (and downloads) that infringe copyrights?

You’re Forgetting Something…

You’re Forgetting Something…

Author: Chi

The Pagan culture has forgotten something, very dire, and very central to who we are. (And I say this with no degree of arrogance, because I forget it, too) We lie docile in armchairs or on couch cushions, meditating for some time each day and quietly hoping divinity will swoop down and come to us in the midst of our internal peace. Which is all fine and good-

-For a while.

But there is, undeniably and importantly, something else. There’s another kind of divine contact, another way to get to the core of who we are. I have often contemplated that perhaps we like to quietly go about our spirituality because it’s easier that way. We like to think that if we sit in quiet for a few minutes that we can manipulate energy and reach the divine – it is, after all, much easier than “the old fashioned way”.

So, what is “The old fashioned way”?

To break your leashes. They may have been put there by the media or today’s society. But break them, every now and again, in thousands of little ways.

Be natural. We have the ancestors of empires that ceased opportunities, we have tribal blood in our veins, and even back further we have our cousins in the animal kingdoms, of apes and chimps, and back even further we even have the spirits of other creatures; if you go back far enough we are the gazelles on the grass plains, and we are the cheetahs who are hunting them.

We’re like a plump house pet. A tubby dog or cat. We laze around the house. Our idea of excitement is dinner time (just for the sake of the food) . But common house pets, if you give them a chance, can race through the rainforest chasing prey – even if it’s a rainforest of garage tools.

Now, animals are capable of things that many humans, me included, find unacceptable. Gang rape and cold blood murder aren’t foreign in the animal world. But think: mothering instinct, playfulness, and a respect for the harshness and caring of nature are parts of the animal world too. Is it not unreasonable to think that there may be some part of spiritual wisdom that comes from the chaos of the natural world, maybe even a kind you can’t get from reading books and meditating?

Think about it. How often do your eyes flash with an animal instinct? How often do you race through the forest? How sacred is the feeling of the earth on the soles of your bare feet? When the wind whispers to you, do you hear what its saying? Do you know the smell of rain or drought? Can you tell when it’s going to snow based on the pinkish color of the skies?

There are ways of reaching the divine, or some altered state of consciousness, from exhilaration. From going off our instincts. The bears and the snakes know the earth better than we do.

But in every house cat, there is the spirit of a lion or tiger or panther (oh my!) and in every dog there is a wolf or coyote; in every canary there is an eagle. And no matter how ‘cushy’ they seem, they have that instinct inside of them, there are still their roots in the feral realm, they have a deep connection with the earth, and maybe ours will never be that pure.

But it’s still there. The living things of this world are our cousins. We have that wild spirit inside of us too, we have a pack instinct somewhere, even if it’s buried under “does this make me look fat?” or “Darn you, Microsoft! Why won’t you open Word?” It’s there, but you have to get rid of your quiet house pet nature to get to it, even if just for a minute.

When was the last time you pounced an unsuspecting sibling? When did you last roll around in the soil and not worry about your clothes? Do you know how bright a butterfly’s wings are when you hold still, and let one land on your nose such that you can see the light through its wings? Do you ever chase the dragons made of incense smoke around the room? Do you know the best mattresses or furniture in your house to jump on?

Can you play tag with your cats? Do you climb just to climb and play just to play? When was the last time you ran just to see how far you could go? Can you feel Divinity when you swing from tree branches? Because it’s there…

Most of us like to think that we don’t care what others think of us. But that isn’t totally true, no matter how much you think it is. And I’m guilty too, here…Otherwise, I would probably walk around public naked whilst chasing and pouncing on strangers (To clarify, I don’t) .

But there is a kind of divine peace that comes with the excitement of getting in touch with that childlike, wild part of ourselves. Even if we can’t be animal, we can still make snow angels and roll down grassy hills.

And you can do this in your back yard; with your parents, kids, friends or siblings; you can be alone in a deep forest; you can be puddle-jumping across the parking lot. You can do it in your dreams, the astral plane, or anywhere, because it’s all a way of discovering Divinity “the way nature intended” so anywhere you can be with the Divine you can let loose.

Sometimes I think that we’ve forgotten our roots as people. We come from so many diverse cultures, and we come from such a rich earth and animal kingdom that there must be some profound glimmer of it left – but where?

It’s in the parents that still have contests to see who can go the highest on children’s swing sets. It’s in those of us that know how to talk to the trees and grass. It’s an animal part of us, and a childish part of us, but it is vital. Maybe society can’t take us impersonating lions in the middle of the grocery store. But I’m sure we won’t shred the fabric of life as we know it too much if we dance to music on a whim, or if we race to the car, or roll around in the park.

You can’t forget how to play, how to run, or how to climb. Some part of it is always going to be there, and you have to be able to connect to it when you need to.

The World of Dryads

The World of Dryads

Author: Crick

As a child growing up in the mountains of Tennessee, Dryads were welcome companions. They often took the place of human companions who were scattered about on neighboring farms that dotted the area. Over the years I have always respected these woodland spirits as wise teachers. I realize that many neo pagans underutilize such wonderful spirits, but they are there willing and able to assist ones spiritual journey as we traverse the mysteries of life.

Dryads are often thought of as originating from the Greek. In fact the word Dryad comes from the Greek word “drus” (Tree) . In Greek mythology there are two types of Dryads. There were the nymphs who lived in the trees but could leave them to revel away the night.

And then there were the Hamadryads. These Dryads were said to have the upper body of a woman with the lower body being that of a tree trunk.

These particular Dryads were permanently attached to their trees and when the tree died, so did the Nymph attached to the tree. Within Greek society, it was believed that Deity would punish anyone who cut down a tree without first honoring the Dryad within.

Unfortunately, humans now mow down trees without any sign of respect or remorse. Perhaps this is why there is so much death and destruction amongst members of the human race, retribution by the Gods if you will. At any rate the “Deipnosophistae of Athenaeus” (The Banquet of the Learned) lists eight Hamadryads. They are the daughters of Oxylus and Hamadryas. And they are:

Karya (Walnut or Hazelnut)
Balanos (Oak)
Kraneia (Dogwood)
Morea (Mulberry)
Aigeiros (Black Poplar)
Ptelea (Elm)
Ampelos (Vines)
Syke (Fig)

In addition, the Greek dryad of ash trees was called the Meliai. According to Hesiod (father of Greek didactic poetry) , Theogony 187, the Meliai appeared from the drops of blood spilled when Cronus castrated Uranus. Along with their association to ash trees they are also associated with fruit trees.

One of the Meliai, known as Amalthia, is thought to have tended Zeus when he was an infant. His mother, Rhea hid him in Idaion Andron to protect him from his father, Cronus, and she had Amaithia in attendance as his nurse.

And if one reads the myth of “Daphne”, you will discover that she was the nymph pursued by Apollo and that she became a dryad associated with the laurel bush. But the Dryads are not limited to the Greek pantheon, they are found all around the world.

For instance there is the Shamantin (Tall Ghost) . This African Dryad forest faery is thought to be the female form of the “Sasabonsum”. Her name comes from the word “srahman” (ghost) . She is said to be white and is very tall. Unlike her male aspect, she is benevolent to forest travelers. If you come across her she will teach you the lore of the forest. But the male aspect is known to be quite evil to though who pass by their trees.

Next are the Vanadevata, these Indian Dryads make their homes in the trees and are quick to punish those who cut down their trees. These female dryads are often portrayed embracing a nagakesara tree with their left arm and leg while her right hand grasps a branch above her. Throughout the European continent one can find Dryads who are associated with various trees and who have varying degrees of temperament.

In Romania for instance resides Zina Magdalina. She is a Romanian faery/dryad who resides in the World Tree, which is thought to support the earth. To the south in Albania one can find the “Aerico”. These Albanian Dryads can be found in old and barren Cherry trees. They are very mean spirited and do not like humans. It’s said that if one were to venture into the shade beneath their branches that one will come away with pain and swelling in both, the hands and feet.

If you travel to Scandinavia you may encounter the “Askafroa” (Wife of the Ash) . She is considered to be a very evil Dryad. At one point in history she was presented with a sacrifice every Ash Wednesday just to keep her appeased.

Also found in Scandinavia and Germany as well is the Wood Wives (Wish wives) . They are said to inhabit old forests and sacred groves. They are also said to be extremely emotional, as they will start crying and wailing without warning. They are said to be covered in moss and to have a shaggy like appearance. On occasion they will ask humans for assistance or for food and in return they leave a handful of wood chips that turn into gold. They are considered to be the prey of the Wild Huntsmen, though if they can reach a tree with a cross-etched in it they are safe from the frenzied Huntsmen.

There are also other Dryads to be found in Germany such as the “Barstukken”. This is a German or Prussian Dryad that lives in the roots of trees. In addition there is the “Baumesel” (Ass of the Trees) . This is a German Dryad that lives in the branches of the trees and is considered to be evil.

If you travel to Hungary you may encounter the “Vadleany” (Forest Girl) . This forest dryad is said to have long hair that drags the ground. She excels at seducing young men in order to drain their strength. When the forest trees rustle it is said that she is about in the area.

From here we look towards Poland, which is home to the “Boruta”. This Polish Dryad prefers to inhabit Fir trees. And not too far away In Lithuania resides the “Kirnis”. The Kirnis are Lithuanian dryads who guard the Cherry trees. Local folks once placed lit candles in the crowns of the cherry tree to honor the Kirnis. There are some interesting dryads in the Near East regions as well.

For instance in Indonesia there resides the Bela. These are Indonesian Dryads of course, live in the trees. If a forester wishes to cut down a Bela’s tree, they must first offer it food and politely coach it to move to another tree. Failure to do so will cause the Bela to inflict illness or cause nightmares to the offender.

The dryads of Burma are known as the “Nats ‘. They are divided into four different classifications. The “Akakasoh” are said to dwell in the top branches of a tree. The “Shekkasoh” dwell in the trunk of the tree. The “Boomasoh” dwell in the roots of the tree. And last, the “Hmin” range freely through the forest and are said to violently shake those unfortunate humans they encounter, thus causing them to come down with malaria. And you thought it was mosquitoes that were responsible for malaria!

The list of dryads goes on, but I would like to finish this article with the dryads from my favorite country of Ireland. In beloved Ireland resides the Bodach Na Croibhe Moire. This Irish tree faery lives in the branches of trees. He is often depicted as a small, strong old man and is sometimes mistaken for a goblin. And there is the Lunantishee (Moon Faeries) . These Irish dryads appear as old bald men with pointed ears. They have long arms and teeth. And they guard the Blackthorn bushes.

It is said that they will not allow a branch to be cut on May 11th or Nov 11th (these are the old dates for Beltain and Samhain) . To do so will result in bad luck. They are said to dance in the moonlight and to have a strong dislike for humans.

And last but certainly not least is the Elder Mother. She is said to be the guardian of the Elder tree. If one wishes to pick Elderberries, they must first obtain her permission. If one fails to do so, then their livestock will become afflicted with illness, so show some manners. As you wander about what is left of the woods in the area and you feel that someone is watching you, perhaps it’s a dryad. And just maybe they will offer a lesson of life to you.

Will you be willing to listen?

Earth Science Pic for Sept. 28th – Cloud Carpet Across the Alps

Cloud Carpet Across the Alps

September 28, 2011

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Photographer: Hans van Hoogstraten; Hans’s Web page
Summary Author: Hans van Hoogstraten; Jim Foster

 

This stratocumulus cloud deck is blanketing the Jungfrau, the third highest mountain of the Bernese Alps, after Finsteraarhorn and Aletschhorn. The photo was snapped at approximately 11,500 ft (3,505 m) above sea level. At such altitudes, mountain slopes are still snow covered even in mid to late summer, as can be seen in the foreground. On this day, it seemed as though you could walk across the billowy carpet of clouds to the adjacent ranges. Photo taken on July 25, 2011.