Monday, February 23, 2009

Periphery comet...

It is said that the comet named Lulin (which was only discovered in 2007 by Chinese and Taiwanese astronomers) it making its way out of our solar system to never return. Here is a map of where to find it if you are into these type of once in a lifetime opportunities. Otherwise you can get PDF maps here

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Damage Inc. and Paper or plastic?

Damage Inc. 

Well, on my way to work this morning...

BOOM! happened. 

What happened? (you might ask)...

Yes I am OK...hopefully the car will be OK...

Now moving on...

Paper or plastic?

Whole Foods will be there first chain to completely stop using plastic bags! They plan to do so in all U.S., Canada, and U.K. store location no later than on Earth Day 2009 (April 22). They have stopped all orders for new so as they run out; they will no longer be available. Let us now just hope that other stores will follow in their footsteps. Some 4 to 5 trillion plastic bags—including large trash bags, thick shopping bags, and thin grocery bags—were produced globally in 2002, according to the Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2004 report. It is said that more than 100 million bags will be kept from the environment in 2009 alone as a result of this action. I for one would be happy to take a road trip and not see one of these bags in a tree or shrub. 

Perhaps less widely known is the destructive impact that plastic bags have on marine life. As the they make their way into streams, rivers, storm drains, etc.; these bags are the major source of human-related waste on the seabed. Over 250 different species have suffered from entanglement or ingestion of marine debris...and that is only what has been reported. 

So kudos to Whole Foods and let us hope and pray that other corporations will follow in their footsteps. 

I know that is a strange combination of topics but being that this is my 100th post on this blog I did not want it to end on a

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tersely stated...

more proof that (American) football is the greatest and most popular sport in the United States. I just discovered that the Pro Bowl beat out the Lakers-Cavs game in the ratings by almost 20%. That is truly amazing to even me. For those that know me; know that I have to be among the top five percent of fanatical football fans. Yet, even for me it is hard to fathom that there was that much of a separation be tween the two. I mean you have Kobe Bryant and LeBron James on the court competing against one another. WOW! That is all I can say is WOW! Although I watched the Pro Bowl I had no idea that it had that much popularity. 

...I'm just sayin'...LOL

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Guilty of obfuscation...

many have implied or flat out stated Google is. Is it because they track a lifelong record of every search query each of its users had made, also including the IP address the query was executed from and a cookie ID to link together queries from a user's computer even if the IP address changes?  I realize that they have an inordinately large amount of information stored on individuals web surfing habits; but this is all public knowledge and is explained in Google's privacy policy

Additionally, you are notified any time you install something like Google desktop, Picasa, latitude, Grand Central, etc. They are not trying to be secretive about it. 

There are plenty of conspiracy theories out there about the what they intend to use the information for...or why? Is it to ingratiate themselves with the governments of the world when information is needed? Is it simply to get into our mind so they can send us the advertising ads with the most relevance to us? Both seem logically possible and yet that of being theoretical all at the same time. 

Regardless of their intentions I am a fan and a huge advocate of Google and all of their services. That is why I want to introduce the following new initiative the my four regular readers (and anyone else that comes across this...LOL). 

Introducing Google powermeter! At this time I believe it is only available for the employees of Google currently testing it out. But think about the positive impact this could have on individuals expenses as well as the carbon footprint we as a nation put forth currently. IN fact if I still lived in the DC area I would happily attend the Plug into the Smart Grid event! 

That I really all I have for the world today! I hope that this is available for me someday in the near future. I will absolutely utilize the service to save myself some money as well as reduce my energy consumption. 

P.S. - Do not forget to install the Google Energy Saver Gadget on your computer to adjust your computers power settings to save the worlds energy as well. 

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Surreptitiously observing the workforce...

I sit back and watch. It pains me at times but I know that life is full of tests and one thing that only we control of ourselves is our integrity. I also know that trust, whereas it takes time to build, can be completely taken away and removed in seconds. That is why I continue to be "that guy" at work. You know the guy many people talk about and call a brown noser? Why do they call me that?

I can tell you why. Because, I do what I am paid to do. I show up to work on time. I actually work while I am there. I do not take excessive breaks, lunches, or meaningless trips to the printer/copy machine. I do not take personal calls (nor give out my work number). I do not email on personal matters at work. Nor, do I surf the net while at work. 
...and this all makes me some sort of a freaky nerd? Tell you what I will gladly accept that label. 

One thing that consistently shows at EVERY place I have ever been employed is that my performance and results are among the leaders every time. I can go home every day knowing that no one can look at me and my actions and state that my work day was just a subterfuge. You get what you see when it comes to my work. 

What is frustrating is seeing so many individuals in the work force that lack true work ethic and are essentially "equals" in the work force. Is it possible that this is all envisaged by myself? I suppose it is possible but, I see and hear people complaining about the most insignificant things on a daily basis. Their pejorative behaviour seems to be contagious as well as you watch it spread through a work place like a wild fire. I often times become enervated with it all. 

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Tantalisingly trippy...

the mind truly is an amazing thing. We will never fully understand the complexity of God's true design of it all. But here are some fun hack tricks for your brain!

P.S. - You do NOT even need LSD or mescaline to do these. These are safe and fun for the whole family.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Inequity in life...

I am truly amazed when I am out and about in public. Whether it be work, the grocery store, a restaurant, and even church *gasp* (yes even at church) common occurrence that I witness is someone complaining about something. They may be on the phone going off to the mystery human on the other line; or even just bantering to another individual near them. Either way I am truly amazed that out of everything we have in this country that there is so much to complain about. A country where our homeless live better than many people in third world countries. 

I challenge anyone reading this...from this day on...take the opportunity to focus on the positive things in your life. The blessings that have been given to you. If you need to stop and look around at is soothing, relaxing, and can really allow for you to acknowledge some of the great things we have in life. If you apply your attention prosaically on a daily basis you will find things begin to look up for you. Once you reach the point of feeling more optimistic about yourself and the world around you; you can then share that optimism with the world. 

With all that being NOT let the negativity become your idiosyncratic style. It is ugly and repulsing. No matter how bad things get...remember what you DO have. 

If you focus on these things they will drag you down and not allow you to grow and move forward to reach your future goals and aspirations.