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Audio Post – An Experiment


Update 01/20/2011: Since this is a relatively new feature of WordPress, figured I would give it a try, it worked pretty well although it is only possible via telephone as there is no way to directly attach sound files to the post from either the web interface or otherwise. Which may simply be because of the fact that such things are part of the premium packages here on


The Temptations – Movie Review


For a group that put together such classic hits as My Girl, and I wish it would rain, along with countless others, their story played out to be a sad one of growing from only a simple neighborhood band to an International Sensation, this movie tells the story from one standpoint, up to their final performances in the reunion tour.

Of a journey of men fragmented except when they were a whole on that stage, keeping it consistent up until the last and final time they came together through Motown Records.

This documentary speaks about their journey from beginning to end of suicide, drugs and drinking, two of which later resulted in their death. Along with an illness, osteoporosis that eventually removed the use of another primary singer of the temptations.

Truly a spectacular film that did not sugarcoat the facts and the inevitable challenges of such an amazing journey from simply neighborhood singers to later become an internationally known group who went so far even through some of the areas of the south where hatred was still consistent against the black man.

Overall the movie presents the story in a unique way, working through the stages from the start to the not so happy end. As such I recommend it as a medium to understand the wonders of this group – The Temptations.

Just finished one more tablet full of in


Just finished one more tablet full of information – the next choice is to go green and electronic or buy more tablets? Thoughts?

HootSuite | WordPress Integration | 1st Entry


Taking some time now to try the new WordPress Integration with, to see how it goes is to ponder what is next and what shall be in the not to distant future. To wonder what is next and how to approach it is a starting point, whereby growth becomes a constant and progress a regular thing.

That is as long as you make a quality decision to grow beyond your own preset limitations, which are only there because you made a choice to do just that, to not move forward you limited your vision and forgot about the future being to concerned about the past. Certainly we can only do something about the present but regardless, to experience the future, there needs to be change, to make quality choices to make the progress we all should be making.

Hootsuite has taken some first steps in unifying the world of and the world of Social Media as spoke about on that link. There is much to be said about social media and hootsuite is only one part of a bigger picture. It is good they have taken these first steps in taking integration to the next level, to truly be able to use whatever twitter client you choose as your fully enabled dashboard seems to be the strategy with this angle. As such in my opinion – this speaks all the more to the changes that are occurring each day. Many of which are an improvement over past experiences. What do you think? In fact what twitter app do you use?

Old Ideas In A New Society


Is recovering from signing all those cards 🙂 It’s funny when you think about it, why in the world of today, still so many go and buy the cards, write thoughts and sign not considering what affect it may have …Not so much emotionally but on the environment …

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Old Ideas In A New Society with the artificial dyes, on the paper that used to be a tree, considering where it goes, from the post office to the home, only to eventually end up back in the environment, a sort of recycling. Though that is not the point at all, it is the idea that with the world today, while more and more people are becoming part of the Internets, accustomed to email, status updates all done online. No trees affected, no dyes used to be put back in the ground as they decompose because these same cards have been through the cycle, where they always end up in the same situation. Eventually discarded, certainly appreciated in the first place, the wonder of getting a card from someone you may not of heard from in so long. In a paperless society, of an environmentally aware civilization, where we would hope to be today, would it not be better to save those trees in the first place? To keep those dyes out of commonwealth, so that something as artificial as they are does not have a chance to affect this already sensitive eco system.

Why some of these old ideas, continue to exist even today, in what should be a more advanced society, of future town if you will where there is a different consciousness, of the understanding that we can either help or destroy this world we live in.To make different choices over this holiday season of 2009, to improve the future that at this point is really just around the corner in a matter of weeks already 2010 will have begun. A new opportunity to set a New Years Resolution to grasp the technology of today, to understand that more trees can be saved simply by understanding how a paperless society should be. To make a choice to change these old habits. Not to say they are so bad, but there is a point where they must be challenged don’t you think?
In the most simple terms this is a time for change long overdue, as it should be so clear from the Presidential Election, how things truly were set in motion to bring about the change we dearly need, to stop destroying this planet we live on but instead to try to make it better for the generations yet to come. Instead of taking the ideas at face value that 2012 will be the end, to say what can we do to make the years ahead much better, how can we as a whole plant seeds that will grow and become what they need to be to incite the change? How can we the people on this planet today make this a better place for the people of tomorrow?

The old idea of cards long antiquated, as more destructive than beneficial, of what is lost to make that card, to fill that paper with artificial inks and impressions so it looks pretty at first yet will still end up in the exact same place it started but instead on a living tree more as a piece of paper discarded long past its prime. No longer with any life only death and slow stagnation and decay to once more reconnect with the earth, perhaps to rise again as the ground cover of a newly rooted tree. Never to see the original glory when it was a tree itself tall and flowing in the wind, taking in the sun and making friends with the animals that rely on it, for food and for shelter an amazing interdependence.

That glory that will fade away once the wood saw begins to cut, and slowly weakening as deeper and deeper the blade goes a slow death, only to be put on a conveyor belt and cut to smaller pieces, with no regard for waste or of those same sentient beings, the animals it once knew, of the ground that nourished and fed it as deeper and deeper the roots went. To be severed from what gave it life, to make piles of these cards, their artificial ink discoloring what was once natural and golden. Being crushed and smashed made to smaller pieces to be put together in a card 4 1/4 inches of many trees being crushed and destroyed. All with similar backgrounds and only distant memories of what it was once like to be alive and to be depended upon, and provided for in a perfect cycle of natural life and natural death.
Instead what was once a tree, or multiple trees, just becomes one of the millions of cards on shelfs all across the land and in any number of stores. That people buy offer their thoughts, send em off, for them to only be appreciated for a moment whereby after the season, the holiday, the birthday they are thrown away like any other thing, long dead, their memories long forgotten now only a piece a paper at a dump site, no longer a tree, no longer a living, existing natural wonder. Simply one more piece of paper to be burnt to stoke a fire or to be sat on, thrown away, nothing but death, alone and by itself no longer an animal to make friends with, no longer the ground beneath where the roots can grow deep as they choose. No longer waving in the wind or feeling the sun instead alone in a pile somewhere just waiting to fade away for the last time.

You see the point is, there is more to consider when you receive those cards, yes they look pretty artificial as they are often within them a person shared their thoughts, of a warm statement or a heartfelt idea, in by their own hand written. They are a piece of the people, they are a part of someone who knows you, who relates with you. Yet it is only seen as yet another card in the endless stream of cards that travel from hand to hand through the holidays, special events. Nice for the moment but afterwards only trash a mere shadow of the once great tree that waved in the wind, that had many friends who also knew it once as the tree it was. To have only a moment where there is appreciation, afterwards an eventual loss and a new place in a large pile of trash of peoples ideas, of whole forests that were lost to just make these millions of cards.

Instead consider we live in an interconnected world, where paper is no longer a necessity but an option, as there are electric mediums, that travel more quickly, that can reach a person no matter where they are in the world in a matter of seconds. Why not let that tree live another year, instead of support the cutting down of trees for this artificial piece of paper with its false dyes and design modification for aesthetics. It is not necessary to support that industry in this day and age so why do we still? Possibly because there is not been someone who educated us any other way, who spoke eloquently of the alternatives, of Bicycling Instead of Driving A Car, of Electric Mediums instead of Paper made from trees that contribute to deforestation. To find a person, a guru, if you will who wants you to be more aware of how something as simple as that can affect the environment we live in.  I make no claim to be a guru, but what I do know is that every little bit helps and any singular thing we as people can do to help the world we live in all the more power to it.

Consider these ideas, read this through, the saying goes “You should always walk a mile in someone else’s shoes …” so why not consider how it affects the tree? How that singular tree has a purpose to help there be the balance we so desperately need in today’s world. Instead of only seeing it as paper read through how it was made, to understand the roots of what paper actually is. Take some time to look at these new electric mediums to see how you can reduce the paper you use. Recognize there is other ways then to destroy one more tree.

In closing I wish you the Happiest of Holidays, as 2009 comes to a close and 2010 begins, why not make the conscious decision now to start looking at alternatives, to open up your mind to other ways of doing things then rehashing the same old ideas. We are in a different world now, and it is about time, everyone, myself included, needs to reevaluate, how things can be done in this new year to begin the process of the changes we need to make this world a better place for the generations yet to be born.

Homeless For The Holidays – Been There.


As we have been in the holiday season for a time now, since Thanksgiving has come to pass and here we are, less then a week from Christmas, and even through this supposedly joyous time, it is important to remember where I have been. The life I lived not to many holidays ago. A life few should ever have to endure, but I found it to be a hard lesson that must be learned. Reality can be a disciplined teach to say the least, the article shared below speaks more to this trying time in my life and how I overcame it to be where I am today.

My reflections on being homeless for the holidays, is the article that follows from a first person point of view starts in the simplest things I have been without a home over the holidays, I dealt with this, with survival first hand, so whether you are looking for a personal viewpoint or an informative article the hope is this could be both…

Read More @ Helium

Cell Phones For Elderly – Beneficial Yes.


Considering during the holidays there is importance that there is communication, particularly when your mother, grandmother comes along a bit in her years, when things are not as easy as they once were the importance of a lifeline a connection to family can mean life or death. This is where a cell phone becomes an indispensable tool. Particularly if your Mother or Grandparents are Suffering through Alzheimer’s when the mind is not what it used to be. This is when a cell phone becomes important, with the tracking enabled. To be able to find your Parent or Grandparent to bring them home and not to lose them to their own dementia. Cell phones today have become indispensable tools, to keep track, keep in touch and to be able to keep them in the loop no matter what may occur. The Article quoted down below will speak more to the reason why cell phones, in today’s society are becoming so ubiquitous, and as indispensable as an id card.

Cell phones and the elderly, a good combination? Yes it does hold true, the necessity of the times, as the years pass, and life is lived eventually there is a point where it is important to be able to communicate to any one person in the event of an emergency.

Read More @ Helium

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