1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery. Or stay unmarried if you wish. 2. Work at something you enjoy and that's worthy of your time and talent. 3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. 4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. 5. Be forgiving of yourself and others. 6. Be generous. 7. Have a grateful heart. 8. Persistence, persistence, persistence. 9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary. 10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated. 11. Commit yourself to constant improvement. 12. Commit yourself to quality. 13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect. 14. Be loyal. 15. Be honest. 16. Be a self-starter. 17. Be decisive even if it means you'll sometimes be wrong. 18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. 19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did. 20. Take good care of those you love. 21. Don't do anything that wouldn't make your Mom proud.
The origins of punctuation marks we use in everyday life:
Question Mark ? Origin: When early scholars wrote in Latin, they would place the word questio – meaning “question” – at the end of a sentence to indicate a query. To conserve valuable space, writing it was soon shortened to qo, which caused another problem – readers might mistake it for the ending of a word. So they squashed the letters into a symbol: a lowercased q on top of an o. Over time the o shrank to a dot and the q to a squiggle, giving us our current question mark.
Exclamation Point ! Origin: Like the question mark, the exclamation point was invented by stacking letters. The mark comes from the Latin word io, meaning “exclamation of joy.” Written vertically, with the i above the o, it forms the exclamation point we use today.
Equal Sign = Origin: Invented by Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde in 1557, with this rationale: “I will settle as I doe often in woorke use, a paire of paralleles, or Gmowe [i.e., twin] lines of one length, thus : , bicause noe 2 thynges, can be more equalle.” His equal signs were about five times as long as the current ones, and it took more than a century for his sign to be accepted over its rival: a strange curly symbol invented by Descartes.
Ampersand & Origin: This symbol is stylized et, Latin for “and.” Although it was invented by the Roman scribe Marcus Tullius Tiro in the first century B.C., it didn’t get its strange name until centuries later. In the early 1800s, schoolchildren learned this symbol as the 27th letter of the alphabet: X, Y, Z, &. But the symbol had no name. So, they ended their ABCs with “and, per se, and” meaning “&, which means ‘and.’” This phrase was slurred into one garbled word that eventually caught on with everyone: ampersand.
Octothorpe # Origin: The odd name for this ancient sign for numbering derives from thorpe, the Old Norse word for a village or farm that is often seen in British placenames. The symbol was originally used in mapmaking, representing a village surrounded by eight fields, so it was named the octothorp.
One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore! ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact — the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality. ~ Adlai Stevenson
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~ Thomas Paine
I would really like if you integrated everyone's time zone into the profile and showed it on our hovercards and posts. It would make life very much easier for engaging with people from around the world.
Planning meetings or business Hangouts would be more efficient.
Also for us non North America dwellers it's not so clear, what time is 2 PM EST etc. GMT is used all over, wouldn't it be easier to use that instead?
Customer: “Hi, my son says that I have Spartans on my laptop and I should bring it to you guys.”
Tech Support: “…Ma’am? Spartans?”
Customer: “Yes, I called my son at school and told him that screens keep popping up all the time, and he said that I have Spartans.”
Me: “Oh! You mean Trojans! That’s a possibility; let me run this analyzer on your laptop real quick and we’ll see what’s going on.”
Customer: “Young man, my son is in college and he says it has Spartans. You just stand here in a little uniform and make minimum wage. I think my son knows what he is talking about.”
Tech Support: “You’re right ma’am. I was hoping to run a diagnostic and find out that it wasn’t Spartans, but just by looking at the login screen, I can tell that you probably have about 300 of the little guys running around.”
Customer: “300?! Is that bad?”
Tech Support: “It’s horrible. They cram themselves into a bottleneck and kill wave after wave of data, until there is a wall of dead programs blocking any more traffic through your computer.”
Customer: “Oh, that just figures. I’m going to go buy a new computer.”
Tech Support: “Ok, ma’am, I think that would be best.”
What I’ve enjoyed most in Google+ is the lack of status updates like ‘I had an omelet for brekkies’ or ‘I became Mayor of Thingummybob in Be-Square’. The standard of posts is very high, ranging from politics to religion, humor to science and all sorts of news. But the best bulletins to me are various opinions that the Plussers write on almost any theme possible.
Don’t try to please anyone on Google+ but be yourself:
Write about the things that interest you, share links and videos that you find amusing or intriguing. Post stuff with good content, as those posts people like to read. Google+ is what you make of it.
The annoying side to sharing is someone posting or sharing too often. I don't mean posting even 20 posts per day when they are well spaced: Firing 5-10 posts one after another is not the best way to attract circlers. For instance,when sharing photos, please don’t inundate the stream by publishing several single pictures in separate posts at one go, but rather publish one album. If you want just your nearest and dearest to see the latest baby/dog/cat/holiday pics, use your own circles share or even +name to share with just certain persons.
Let's keep signal to noise ratio balanced! :-)
Sharing to Circles and Notifying
Now here’s a hot potato of a subject! When you share something, please don’t notify anyone unless you know them personally and are sure that they don’t mind. +Michelle Marie even wrote a post about this. Try searching ‘Notify’ in Google+ and you’ll see what I mean.
Many of you have asked about how to control who can send you notifications, so Google has rolled out an option in Google+ settings: “Who can notify you.” They really do their thing well, don’t they, and always listen to us!
There are so many individual uses to this Circleverse of ours: Someone may be looking at the platform through professionalism and marketing, others are just having fun and being social.
No-one is telling you how to use it: However, when well-meaning people give advice on different aspects in how you could use Google+, please respect their suggestions. That's what they are: Suggestions and examples. Especially for those of you who'd like to grow your circles base.
If you don't agree, that's fine. But please refrain from berating the poster and others who might welcome those tips. Some people might find the advice suited to their situation and needs.
No one is forcing anyone to do anything on G+ against their will, so pass on if the advice is not for you.
Are you more honest than a banker? Under what circumstances would you lie, or cheat, and what effect does your deception have on society at large? Dan Ariely, one of the world's leading voices on human motivation and behaviour is the latest big thinker to get the RSA Animate treatment.
This is something Facebook cannot provide. Random laughter and making you feel better, hopefully... :-) Perhaps you might accidentally learn something, too! Hahhahhaaa!
This is just one example of the fun stuff Google+ search has to offer: Try your favorite hobbies, pets, books or games... Circle like-minded people and enjoy the freedom to choose who you want to follow and what topics you'd like to see posts about, by searching with hashtags like #funny#floralphotography#F1#freepussyriot or #farming
For now: Click under the pic or just search for Monday and choose Google+ posts. :-)
Langkawi sky bridge: This curved pedestrian bridge is 2000 feet above sea level at the top of Mount Mat Cincang in Malaysia. Tourists who want to walk across the 400-foot long structure must ride up to it in a cable car.
The kids have all their little SMS codes...like BFF, WTF, LOL etc. So here are some codes for the seniors:
ATD - At the Doctor's BTW - Bring the Wheelchair ... FWIW - Forgot Where I Was GGPBL - Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low GHA - Got Heartburn Again HGBM - Had Good Bowel Movement IMHO - Is My Hearing-Aid On? TTYL - Talk to You Louder WAITT - Who Am I Talking To? GGLKI - Gotta Go, Laxative Kickin in!
Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
- RICH COOK
For all the clever guys and gals who make code! :-)
Our late cat Pasha: (APR 2013) Pics I have missed taken by my husband...
I was driving my 86-year-old mom today past the cemetery where she has a plot booked. She's been a bit under the weather and started talking about how nice it would be just to rest in the grave.
I wanted to cheer her up and suggested that the ashes of Pasha (her favorite cat!) could be put in the grave with her and then he'd wake her up by meowing...
She was immediately thrilled and uplifted! We spent the drive speculating how Pasha would wake her and interact, purring, bringing her ghostly moles... It made my mom laugh out loud and cheered her up!
Even in death, my darling Pasha, you are a comfort and a joy.
Thank you. I miss you so much.
PS: I wonder if half your ashes will do for my mom as I want the rest... So that I won't feel lonely.
RESHARE: A feather duster worm emerges from its tube in this ultra-macro sequence. The timing is adjusted for the animation: the actual sequence took a minute. I speeded up the beginning and the end, leaving the middle at about actual speed.
The original video is in full HD and looks so fantastic!
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