Let’s see …

Ok, given the hassles I have had with my blog on blogspot.com, I have decided to try Typepad.com out.  Got myself a 90 trial.  When I get a chance, I will import my Wired Gecko blog into this one and go from there.

Gmail invites up for grabs


  I just read a post on  Kitta.net about Nikita’s Gmail Invite contest and was inspired to offer a similar thing.  I have about 5 Gmail Invites which I am making available to 5 lucky people who mail me.  There is a catch and this is purely in aid of the people affected by the recent tsunami in South East Asia.  To receive a Gmail Invite, you must make a donation to one of the agencies providing disaster relief.  I see that Gmail Invites are going for about $1 per invite so the minimum donation is $1.  I propose that an auction be held and that the 5 highest donations will merit 1 Gmail Invite each.  To see a list of organisations you can make a donation to, visit the Tsunami Relief page on Google or visit sites such as CNN.com or any number of sites participating in these necessary effort.  You have until midnight on 31 December 2005 (GMT  +02:00) to mail me with some form of confirmation of your donation together with the name you want me to use on the list I will post (see below). 

  I will pick the winners of the Gmail Invites and my decision will be final.  Even if you don’t get one, you will still be a winner because you will have contributed to this very worthy cause.  I will post a list of all the people who made donations together with the amount donated and the organisation the donation was made to (this may depend on how well I can code the post but at least the name and amount will be there) for greater transparency.  This is a voluntary effort on your part and in aid of the relief efforts so open your heart to this human cause.  No funny stuff please, this is in aid of charity.  I do not profit in any way except the warm feelings I get when I see people helping other people. 

  One important thing: Don’t participate if this is illegal where you are or live or if you are, in some way or for some reason, not permitted to participate in this effort.

This offer has obviously come to an end.  Sadly there was no response whatsoever to my proposal.  I am sure you all contributed to the relief efforts in your own way though.


Upgrades …

Haloscan commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.

Quiet streets

Well, it is now past that magical date of 16 December and it seems like most of Joburg is on holiday and off the roads. It took me half my usual time to get to work today, which was a pleasure. I realised that I don’t have that much of an issue not going away this year. It is quiet in town and peaceful. It almost feels like a holiday town, to boot! I am almost certain that most of the usual holiday spots are packed and not at all conducive to a relaxing holiday (unless you make a point of hiding out somewhere).

That being said, I am still at work and have stuff to do.

Google Print

Google Print is a Beta offering from Google which looks like it is going to be both very ambitious and an amazing service when it really gains momentum! Take a look at what they have to say about this project:

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Since a lot of the world’s information isn’t yet online, we’re helping to get it there. Google Print puts the content of books where you can find it most easily – right in Google search results.

To use Google Print, just do an ordinary Google search. For example, when you search on “Books about Ecuador Trekking” or “Romeo and Juliet,” and we find a book that contains content that matches your search terms, we’ll show links to that book at the top of your search results. Click on the book title and you’ll see the page of the book that contains your search terms, as well as other information about the book. You can also search for other topics within the book. Click “Buy this Book” and you’ll go straight to an online bookstore selling it. If the book was scanned from a library, click the library link to find a local library that has it.


In addition to my many activities I am beginning to share many of the ideas I have picked up on and lessons I have learned. This article was posted on Healing Hearts @ Work, a group I established with my friend and fellow Reiki Master, Michelle –

There is suffering in this world. I don’t believe there would be much debate about that. What is of great interest are the causes of suffering. These include obvious causes such as famine, war, disease, domestic violence and crime. The list does not stop there. You probably have many more that come to mind when you think about it.

What about attachment as a cause of suffering? When we become so attached to things in our lives and those things don’t go the way we would like them to (relationships being a good example, or other
people’s behaviour) then we suffer. We become upset when someone doesn’t greet us or when our relationship doesn’t grow into the kind of relationship we imagined we would be a part of. Mostly we cling to the status quo. When we do that, suffering is inevitable because change is inevitable. Everything changes and one of the few objective truths is that everything is impermanent. So what can you do to limit this form of suffering? Let go. Surrender what you hold so tight to the Universe/God/Higher Power/The Way and let it be what it is. If your relationship isn’t working out the way you would like it to, let go of your idea of how that relationship should be and see it for what it is. It is the same with other people. If they don’t behave the way you would like them to, let go of that notion of how they ought to
behave and accept the way they do behave.

This is not to say that you must like the way things change. Not at all. What I am attempting to convey is that you may be better served by letter do of your expectations and accepting the way things are and
adjusting your behaviour accordingly. If you disapprove of how a friend treats you, perhaps you should re-evaluate that friendship and consider whether remaining in that relationship serves you and is healthy for you both.

What also begins to happen when you let go of your expectations is that you begin to work through your fears. After all, fears are False Expectations Appearing Real as well as False Evidence Appearing Real.

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Goodness gracious, great bursting bras

IOL: A Step Beyond reported on a story about a bra called the Deep Plunge Clearly Daring and made for diving necklines and which seems to have a bit of a flaw in that these bras have been snapping under the strain. This appears to be a defect in a small number of bras and the sturdier ones should be on the shelf shortly. I never seem to be around when these things happen …
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