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Friday, September 30, 2005
The great thing .....
"The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving."

Oliver Wendell Holmes.

and also .....
"True happiness... arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self."

Joseph Addison.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Yesterday's quote
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld.

Today's quote
"To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation."

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist.

Sunday, September 25, 2005
A good plan!
"No plan can prevent a stupid person from doing the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time--but a good plan should keep a concentration from forming."

Charles E. Wilson, chmn., General Motors & U.S. Secretary of Defense

Saturday, September 24, 2005
Yesterday's quote.
"Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong."

Dandemis

Todays Quote.
"A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it."

G.K. Chesterton

Thursday, September 22, 2005
Today's quote
"If you can't describe your position in eight words or less, you don't have a position."

Seth Godin and Jay Levinson in "Get What You Deserve!"

Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Quote
"to do a common thing uncommonly well brings success..."

Henry John Heinz, 1876.

Monday, September 19, 2005
On being prepared for luck
"Being prepared for luck is like getting a voice message that tells you, 'Something good may happen to you between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. today. Make sure you're at your desk (or in your studio or office or at your laboratory bench) working. And keep your eyes open for it.'"

Twyla Tharp, from "The Creative Habit"

On independence
"Subtracting your dependence on some of the things you take for granted increases your independence."

--Twyla Tharp, from "The Creative Habit"

Saturday, September 17, 2005
Power-dressing man leaves trail of destruction

An Australian man built up a 40,000-volt charge of static electricity in his clothes as he walked, leaving a trail of scorched carpet and molten plastic and forcing firefighters to evacuate a building.

Frank Clewer, who was wearing a woolen shirt and a synthetic nylon jacket, was oblivious to the growing electrical current that was building up as his clothes rubbed together.

When he walked into a building in the country town of Warrnambool in the southern state of Victoria Thursday, the electrical charge ignited the carpet.

"It sounded almost like a firecracker," Clewer told Australian radio Friday. "Within about five minutes, the carpet started to erupt."

Employees, unsure of the cause of the mysterious burning smell, telephoned firefighters who evacuated the building.

"There were several scorch marks in the carpet, and we could hear a cracking noise -- a bit like a whip -- both inside and outside the building," said fire official Henry Barton.

Firefighters cut electricity to the building thinking the burns might have been caused by a power surge.

Clewer, who after leaving the building discovered he had scorched a piece of plastic on the floor of his car, returned to seek help from the firefighters.

"We tested his clothes with a static electricity field meter and measured a current of 40,000 volts, which is one step shy of spontaneous combustion, where his clothes would have self-ignited," Barton said.

"I've been firefighting for over 35 years and I've never come across anything like this," he said.

Firefighters took possession of Clewer's jacket and stored it in the courtyard of the fire station, where it continued to give off a strong electrical current.

David Gosden, a senior lecturer in electrical engineering at Sydney University, told Reuters that for a static electricity charge to ignite a carpet, conditions had to be perfect. "Static electricity is a similar mechanism to lightning, where you have clouds rubbing together and then a spark generated by very dry air above them," said Gosden.

A shocking story :)
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Monday, September 05, 2005
Computers! Huh!

Don't you just love computers! I mean, their so dependable, so always right, so correct, aren't they? :) Not! Mine was broken for two days when a stick of ram died for some unknown reason, and I hadn't a clue as to what was wrong and therefore couldn't fix it. When they work well, they're great .... but when they start playing silly b's, then I hate them! [End of rant :)