Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Jsut oen grils oppinoin!
12 Exercises for your brain:
- Spend an hour each day without saying anything except in answer to direct questions, in the midst of the usual group, without creating the impression that you're sulking or ill. Be as ordinary as possible. But do not volunteer remarks or try to draw out information.
- Think for 30 minutes a day about one subject exclusively. Start with five minutes.
- Write a letter without using the words I, me, mine, my.
- Talk for 15 minutes a day without using I, me, my, mine.
- Write a letter in a "successful" or placid tone. No misstatements, no lying. Look for aspects or activities that can be honestly reported that way.
- Pause on the threshold of any crowded room and size it up.
- Keep a new acquaintance talking about himself or herself without allowing him to become conscious of it. Turn back any courteous reciprocal questions in a way that your auditor doesn't feel rebuffed.
- Talk exclusively about yourself and your interests without complaining, boasting, or boring your companions.
- Cut "I mean" or "As a matter of fact" or any other verbal mannerism out of your conversation.
- Plan two hours of a day and stick to the plan.
- Set yourself twelve tasks at random: e.g., go twenty miles from home using ordinary conveyance; go 12 hours without food; go eat a meal in the unlikeliest place you can find; say nothing all day except in answer to questions; stay up all night and work.
- From time to time, give yourself a day when you answer "yes" to any reasonable request.
If you'd like to read a more lengthy explanation of the twelve disciplines, or about Brande's explanation for these exercises, go here and search for Chapter 11 - Twelve Disciplines.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
: the quality or state of being profligate
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Latin profligatus, from past participle of profligare to strike down, from pro- forward, down + -fligare (akin to fligere to strike); akin to Greek phlibein to squeeze
1 : completely given up to dissipation and licentiousness 2 : wildly extravagant : prodigal
— prof·li·gate·ly adverb
Monday, November 10, 2008
I love architecture that is out of the box (or in the box but a better version of the box). I wish I had the talent, vision and the basic grasp of physics that it takes to construct these great structures.
You can find an audio version of the pronunciation here
plural sine qua nons also sine qui·bus non \-ˌkwi-(ˌ)bu̇s- also -ˌkwī-\
Late Latin, without which not
: something absolutely indispensable or essential
An essential element or condition, as in A perfect cake is the since qua non of a birthday party. This phrase is Latin for "without which not" and has been used in English since about 1600. It appears more in writing than in speech.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Here is the New will.i.am song debuting on Oprah today. Hopefully I can get the whole video soon.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Similarities you ask?
Alan Alda played Arnold Vinick (and won an Emmy I might add), an older gentleman Senator with years of experience. He was a moderate Republican who didn't get quite as "right-wing" as McCain pretended to be during his campaign, but you get the idea.
Jimmy Smits played Matt Santos, the young Hispanic Senator who selects Bartlett's Chief of Staff as his V.P. pick. Leo was an older more experienced Washington insider that gave weight to the ticket.
Do we see some similarities already?
That is just the start. The TV had the Nuclear Leak in California that caused the race to swing in the favor of the Democratic Santos who was against Nuclear Energy. That was the show's catastrophe....and what did we have in real life? The Economy crashed.
I won't give away the whole season, but trust me, the similarities don't end there.
Next thing I know I overhear CNN today in passing about Rahm Emanuel being chosen as Obama's Chief Of Staff. Turns out that Rahm Emanuel worked in the Clinton Administration about the time that West Wing was in its heyday. The character of Josh Lymon (Deputy Chief of Staff) was based on who??? RAHM EMANUEL. Interesting!
There's more. It seems that Rahm Emanuel's brother is Ari Emanuel. Has anyone seen Ari Gold (Jermey Piven) on Entourage? The character of Ari Gold was based on Ari Emanuel.
Read More About it here
Life imitates Art and Art imitates Life.
S Italian dialect pron. of Italian acido, literally, heartburn, acid, from Latin acidus
: a feeling of agitation or anxiety
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Can you believe it? Election Day is finally, finally here!
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Monday, November 3, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Walked the dog yesterday afternoon. She is a strong dog and loves to pull me along. Mr. Incredible (husband) calls it "P takes her out for a drag". Yep, that was it.
We were almost home, and there were 2 blood hounds being walked by their owner ahead of us and a car coming behind us. P kept dragging me and I was trying to keep her safe and out of the road. I turned to see the car approaching from the rear and BAM! I fell so fast I wasn't sure what happened.
After hitting the ground I realized really quickly just what happened. I twisted my ankle so badly the pain was AWFUL! I was crying and groaning while trying to keep a strong hold on P by her collar. That was a feat in itself. The driver stopped and asked me if I was OK, which I really appreciated. However, he had 2 dogs in the back of his truck. Luckily it was covered so they couldn't get out, but they were barking at me and P and P was barking at the dogs and the nice driver. And of course the owner of the blood hounds was there with her dogs too. If you have lost count, that is 5 dogs & 3neighbors in the middle of the street...and of course me...Grace is my middle name. Needless to say, P was trying to protect me, but was almost dragging me because she was lunging at both the guy on the street, the dogs and the situation.
The last thing Mr. I said to me before I left for the walk was "Do you have your cell phone?"
"No," I said, "I don't need it"...famous last words. As I was lying there in pain, I was thinking to myself...Yep, I'll never live this down.
Luckily Chris, the nice guy who stopped, offered to call someone. I wasn't thinking clearly and accidentally gave him a wrong number. Luckily I remembered Mr. I's cell phone number and was coherent enough to recite it.
I have to thank Chris and the other lady who also stopped for me. Luckily Mr.I was around the corner on his way to an appointment. So he was there to scoop me up within 30 seconds.
Today was spent at the orthopedic doctor. I have a lovely boot, brace and a nice prescription for pain killers.
Drama...2008 has brought a lot of it!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sycophant From the Free Dictionary Online
syc·o·phant (sk-fnt, sk-)
A servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people.
[Latin scophanta, informer, slanderer, from Greek skophants, informer, from skon phainein, to show a fig (probably originally said of denouncers of theft or exportation of figs) : skon, fig + phainein, to show; see bh-1 in Indo-European roots.]
syco·phantic (-fntk), syco·phanti·cal (-t-kl) adj.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2003. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
2008 has brought many things my way. Most were unwelcome. I'm finding that there are too many thoughts in my head. So instead of continuing to annoy my friends and family, I thought I would just post them here. Although I realize that I am now among the millions of bloggers, I wanted a place to express my views that had nothing to do with my business. I blog for the business too, but I needed a place that was free of insulting any future or past customers.
Back in the day, we used a private diary to purge our thoughts. However, why waste perfectly good and bad thoughts on a diary that no one will read? Seems more efficient, albeit self indulgent, to post them here and let the world read them. I'm not ever going to seek public office so what the hell. My guess is that few people will find this blog among the sea of blogs out there in the blogosphere or www.world. I figure I'm pretty safe in expressing views and ideas that may not be shared by the majority.