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Nick Vujicic :: Attitude is Altitude :: No Arms, No Legs, No Worries June 16, 2009

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Nick Vujicic was born with no arms and no legs yet is inspiring millions worldwide to “Never lose HOPE! Life can be good no matter what.”

I hope seeing Nick will inspire you as it has me.

To see more about Nick click here: http://tinyurl.com/n2md77

~RS

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Let’s Talk Poverty June 10, 2009

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What is 420 anyway? May 22, 2009

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I’ve been seeing 420 used so often recently, I decided to find out what it is. After reading the answer, I thought there are probably a lot of people asking the same question. Here is a 420 explanation via Craigslist. So, now we know. 

Connotative Use/Meaning 

420 is a phreak’s (and not just a hippie’s) favorite number for a variety of reasons, or maybe for no reason at all, but colloquially the number says pot — “let’s smoke pot”, or “someone’s smoking pot”, or “gee, i really like pot”, or “time to smoke pot”, either by time (4:20 a.m. or p.m.), date (April 20th), or otherwise (e.g. State Route 420). April 20th at 4:20 is marked by annual events in Mount Tamalpais, CA (an informal gathering); Marin Conty, CA (the 420 Hemp Fest); Ann Arbor, MI (the Hash Bash); and Washington, D.C. (buildup towards the July 4th Smoke-In). 

Original Source(s) 

Conventional wisdom: The most common tale is that 420 is the police radio code or criminal code (and therefore the police “call”) in certain part(s) of California (e.g. in Los Angeles or San Francisco) for having spotted someone consuming cannabis publicly, i.e. “pot smoking in progress”; that local cannabis users picked up on the code and began celebrating the number temporally (esp. 4:20 a.m., 4:20 p.m., and April 20); that the number became nationally popularized in the late 1980s and, more ferverently, in the early- to mid-1990s; and is colloquially applied to a variety of relaxed and/or inspired contexts, including not only pot consumption but also a “good time” more generally (in contrast to the drug war surrounding). 

Conventions are legends

420 is not police radio code for anything, anywhere. Checks of criminal codes (including those of the City of San Francisco, the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, the State of California, and the federal penal code) suggest that the origin is neither Californian nor federal (the two best guesses). For instance, California Penal Code 420 defines as a misdemeanor the hindrance of use (“obstructing entry”) of public lands, and California Family Code 420 defines what constitutes a wedding ceremony (Marco). One state does come close: “The Illinois Department of Revenue classifies the Alcoholic Liquor Act under Part 420, and the Cannabis and Controlled Substances Tax Act are next, under Part 428.” (RB 5/19/99) 

True story?

“According to Steven Hager, editor of High Times, the term 420 originated at San Rafael High School, in 1971, among a group of about a dozen pot-smoking wiseacres who called themselves the Waldos. The term 420 was shorthand for the time of day the group would meet, at the campus statue of Louis Pasteur, to smoke pot.“Waldo Steve,’ a member of the group who now owns a business in San Francisco, says the Waldos would salute each other in the school hallway and say “420 Louis!’ The term was one of many invented by the group, but it was the one that caught on. “It was just a joke, but it came to mean all kinds of things, like `Do you have any?’ or `Do I look stoned?’ ‘ he said. “Parents and teachers wouldn’t know what we were talking about.’ The term took root, and flourished, and spread beyond San Rafael with the assistance of the Grateful Dead and their dedicated cohort of pot-smoking fans. The Waldos decided to assert their claim to the history of the term after decades of watching it spread, mutate and be appropriated by commercial interests. The Waldos contacted Hager, and presented him with evidence of 420’s history, primarily a collection of postmarked letters from the early ’70s with lots of mention of 420.
“Maria Alicia Gaura for the San Francisco Chronicle, 4/20/00 p. A19; and thanks to Noah Cole for the submission 
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Fast Internet Access from my Electrical Outlets… Yes! March 9, 2009

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Last night I was thinking about the speed of my home network (too slow) wondering about a solution and I find broadband connectivity through my home “electrical circuits”.

No new wiring is needed! HomePlug certified products use your home’s power lines – which are already installed – as a path to send high-speed digital data!

You mean, just use the same power outlet I plug my computer into and it will connect all my computers throughout the house… oh ya! 

And, fast…. around 200 mbps fast!  That’s HDTV and full-blown hi-fidelity audio fast. 

The HomePlug Experience

Imagine: Entering your house, you unpack and plug in your newly purchased flat-panel TV. Simply and quickly – the TV automatically connects to the cable box, the DVD player, the Digital Video Recorder, the Home Theatre system, and also to the Internet.

The member companies of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance are making sure that happen today.

By developing industry-standard specifications for powerline communications technologies, the HomePlug Alliance is focused on building the market for all applications of the technology.

From in-the-home applications – such as sharing High-Definition television programming — to to-the-home applications – such as enabling utility companies to deliver high-speed Internet access to rural areas, powerline communications allows you to plug in, and simply connect!

Lots of affordable HomePlug certified products are available today throughout the world! You can use them to create a fast and secure home network that is available at every power outlet in your home.

Products based on the HomePlug 1.0 and HomePlug AV specifications can bridge an existing networking technology (such as a wireless or Ethernet network) and your home’s power lines.

via Products and Technology – HomePlug Powerline Alliance.

Who’s an American? February 1, 2009

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The following is not written by myself, rather mailed to me. But, I appreciated it and thought it worth adding. It is popular for some in Canada to bash Americans, but I find such attitudes very distasteful, and feel strongly the sentiment expressed below.

It is reported that someone recently published in an international newspaper the offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American.

The following day, an Australian wrote an editorial to inform readers just what an American is… so they would know one when they found one.

‘An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish , Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be C anadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani or Afghan.

An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as native Americans.

An American is Christian , or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim. In fact, there are more Muslims i n America than in Afghanistan.The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them chooses.

An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.

An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world.

The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence , which recognizes the God given right of each person to the pursuit of happiness..

An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return.

When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country!

As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan

The national symbol of America , The Statue of Liberty , welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, temp est tossed. These, in fact, are the people who built America.

And, some of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11 , 2001 earning a better life for their families. It’s been told that the World Trade Center victims were from at least 30 different countries, cultures, and first languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists.

So, you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General Tojo , and Stalin , and Mao Tse-Tung, and other tyrants in the world over.  But, in doing so you would just be hurting yourself, beecause Americans are not a particular people from a particular place, they are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. And everyone, everywhere who holds to that spirit, is truly an American.

Author unknown.

I’ve heard it said that one of the best long-term things that can happen to a country is to go to war with the Americans. Interestingly, just ask follow the post-war history of Germany, Japan or Korea. Perhaps it’s true.