Sunday, November 19, 2006

What will you be doing Dec 22?

Link: Global Orgasm - December 22nd, 2006 - Peace through Global Ecstasy

Well, this site encourages you to have an orgasm that day. You, your partner, your friends, heck, the whole dang world! Now that sounds like a smashing idea doesn't it.

But why are they encouraging this? What is their purpose?

From their site:
"WHY? To effect positive change in the energy field of the Earth through input of the largest possible surge of human energy a Synchronized Global Orgasm. There are two more US fleets heading for the Persian Gulf with anti-submarine equipment that can only be for use against Iran, so the time to change Earth’s energy is NOW!"

Well, I'm not sure if the science works, though they provide a link to a reputable university. I do believe too that folks could do worse than spend the day having sex. All of that said, I'd like to remind Christians that we believe God rules the universe, and if we want to reach him, the most effective means is prayer, not an orgy.

I'm not saying don't go for the big O, but perhaps do it in the spirit of indulging in one of God's greatest gifts, with the partner He provided for you. Also, take time out that day, and every time God brings it to your heart, to pray for world leaders, soldiers, and your neighbors. Pray that God's will sees fruition perhaps, or pray for their salvation, but please do pray.

Anyway, for an interesting idea, and a well designed web site, please visit Global Orgasm.

Yours,
Tojosan

Light angel


Light angel
Originally uploaded by simis.
Simis, a flickr friend of mine, created this portrait with the help of some friends. This is basically a light painting. Lights were aimed at her and moved around in a painting motion while the camera was on long exposure. Very interesting effect.

If you visit her flickr stream you'll find more information about this technique.

A fan,
Tojosan

use your voice

Nice and simple statement: user your voice while you still have it.

I hear the amount of voters was much higher on our recent election, yet still there are folks that do not get involved.

From a totally different aspect, each of us has a creative and expressive voice, yet many never use it. Make a pledge to yourself today to stretch your creative side a bit. Even if all you do is sing to yourself, do it with gusto, perhaps imagining yourself on stage. Oh wait, just don't do that in my ear okay?

Have a good day,
Tojosan

Crashed


Crashed
Originally uploaded by Tojosan.
This is me after another long day at work recently. Talk about busy. I got what I wished for recently in this new job at work. More to do and a greater variety, and actually some interesting stuff to work on.
But boy does it wear me out more. It could be that spending 5.5 hours in meetings is more tiring than working though. :)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Work or not...

Have you every spent more than 5 hours of your day in meetings? Have you spent an average of 3 hours/day in meetings?
I feel like I'm going crazy some days and getting brain dead. Ever get in that sort of daze at work. The day seems endless by the fourth meeting of the day. Is this a taste of what managers do all the time? Wow. I guess I'm just not quite ready for the big leagues.

Your blown out blogger,
Tojosan

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Standing There

Standing There

My new Blogger blog! Please check out this alternate blog of mine; it is setup on beta.blogger.com.
Thanks,
Tojosan

tojosan - Zazzle Contributor Gallery

Link:tojosan - Zazzle Contributor Gallery

So I've just discovered Zazzle for myself. Initial review: Thumbs up!

In just a short time I was able to upload images and begin making products. Straight from there, a wizard takes you through the steps to put your items in a gallery to be purchased.

Are there any hidden fees? None, and no requirement to order.

Is there a large variety of items to customize? Quite large, and they cover things from clothing to mousepads. (some items can be created but are not yet available to sell)

Do I honestly expect to sell anything? Not really but hey, if I make $10 it's better than zero.

Come, check out my stuff and all the other great things at Zazzle.com.

Your intrepied entrepreneur,
Tojosan

Monday, November 13, 2006

curiouskiwi - Zazzle Contributor Gallery

Link: curiouskiwi - Zazzle Contributor Gallery

CuriousKiwi describes hereself as follows:
Ex-pat American living in New Zealand. Took up photography as a hobby about 3 years ago. All of my photos can be seen on my flickr account (flickr.com/photos/curiouskiwi). If you see any there that you'd like to use in a product, please contact me and I'll load them up here for you. Cheers!

Well, I can say for sure that she has quite the eye. Her zazzle site is to allow folks to purchase some of her best photographs on a variety of items, including t-shirts. You'll find all of her work at flickr.com/photos/curiouskiwi.

Please do give both her zazzle and flickr sites a visit. You'll be glad you did.

Tojosan

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Communication Nation: The horizontal city

Link: Communication Nation: The horizontal city

From the post...
More and more people in the "real world" have been asking me about blogging. "What's the big deal?" they say. "I talk to them about how conversations are unfolding online. "So what?" they reply. After awhile, I figured out that the best way to explain blogging is to talk about the horizontal city.

This opening leads us to a quick into of the horizontal city - the city that anyone with internet access can visit, but if you don't have an online presence, that's all you'll be is a visitor.

Read this great post, evangelize your friends.
Join me as a blogger,
Tojosan

Got it?!


Got it?!
Originally uploaded by Nanna J.
Some chicks got it!

Wait, there's two of her. ;)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Dense Rationals


Dense Rationals
Originally uploaded by Tojosan.
Or sometimes I study math.

Part of a brownbag lunch session with our local math genius at work. Today was all about rationals and reals. Lots of mental goodness.

Skype Me!


Skype Me!
Originally uploaded by Tojosan.
Got yours?! Please do check out Moo.com and their minicards.

Lotsa goodness.

Tojo

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Forbidden Kitchen tests McDonald's menu�|�In Depth�|�Reuters.com

Link: Forbidden Kitchen tests McDonald's menu|In Depth|Reuters.com

I'm not normally a big fan of McDonalds over other places, but this article made me want to visit China. It seems McDonalds is cooking up some tasty Asian and other dishes in a little place in Hong Kong.

The little kitchen, affectionately referrred to as the Forbidden Kitchen, prepares such dishes as the McCurry Pan, and the McArabia, a seasoned chicken sandwich.

It all sounds too tasty to be McDonalds, or at least the one in my neighborhood. Maybe they will be the place to eat again. Believe it or not, the big local favorite it Taco-Bell.

More power to you McDonalds, and bring on the shrimp burger!

Tojosan

Deepest Fear - quote

Someone shared this with me tonight. Please share it with your friends.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

© Marianne Williamson, 1992

Insulin Stem Cells Hold Hope for Diabetes Treatment

Link: HealthDay - Insulin Stem Cells Hold Hope for Diabetes Treatment

A new study notes the positive effect of stem cells injected into diabetic mice. More accurately, these are adult stem cells, grown in the lab. These were obtained from adult bone marrow, and then injected into mice.

The results were promising as repairs appeared in both the pancreas, where insulin is produced, and the kidney. Researchers haven't locked it down it seems, but this is incredibily promising in my opinion.

Just a reminder, this research was done with cells like adult stem cells, retrievable from adult.

Please read the article and share the hope.
Tojosan

Man Says Bibles in Pocket Stopped Bullet - Examiner.com

Link: Man Says Bibles in Pocket Stopped Bullet - Examiner.com

When they say the Bible saves...they don't mean just eternally. Very short article, but cool.
Share with your Bible friends.

Tojosan

did you VOTE? It's clear you should.

If not, why not?

My wife and I voted after work this evening. The most unusual thing was the ballot was of the 'color in your choice' type. I've always had punch ballots before.

Oh well. It felt good to vote, and I'm sure a couple of my conservative buddies might take chagrin with some of my votes, but hey, you gotta go where you feel lead on things.

Happy voting day,
Tojosan

Monday, November 06, 2006

His and Her VOTE

His VOTE:

-- from melissa.. - (?)

Her VOTE:

-- from melissa.. - (?)

Brought to you by the magic and with permission of Melissa. Melissa is outspoken, with a great eye and lens. She and others on Flickr are turning their talent to encouraging folks to vote.

Encourage your friends and family to vote. Heck, do it up like Melissa if you can. Join the fun.

Your fellow voter,
Tojosan

Sunday, November 05, 2006

vote early. vote often.


vote early. vote often.
Originally uploaded by smalldogs.
Go.Vote.Declare your stance.

It is none of my business which side you vote on, but please do consider voting.

Declaring where I stand on Tuesday,
Tojosan

Someone tell him British Punk is dead

And when did the mohawk come back in style? Or was it ever in style?
My young friend here just paid good money for this haircut. I'm really not sure what he was going for other than to fit in. Gosh, I so do not miss high school.

I'm just wondering what sort of crowd a mohawk is required for to be in with them? Anyone? I only ask because he is not into punk of any sort, and I'm very much hoping not a skin-head either.

Argh, luckily it will grow back.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Big blue cat head


Big blue cat head
Originally uploaded by Nanna J.
Just in case you didn't get enough of the big cat earlier.
Tojosan

Butterfly House


Butterfly Postcard 4
Originally uploaded by Tojosan.
If you are in St. Louis and looking for something warm to do, today is your day to visit the Butterfly House. Located in Faust Park in the Chesterfield area, the Butterfly House is kept at the same temperatures year round. Trust me, you won't need a coat in there.

There are over 100 species of butterflies, as well as giant moths, scorpions, and beetles to see. Click on the picture to be taken to a larger version and to locate other shots I took there.
Enjoy your day,
Tojosan

Church

So, you've been going to a church for over four years. God has worked through that church personally to grow you and your relationship with him. But now, you are feeling you are ready to grow and stretch. How do you make that leap to another church?

Do you just show up on Sunday one time and say, hey I'm outta here?
Do you call your compadres and let them know personally, then just start going to another church?
Do you call the pastor?

What would you do?

Trick or Treat


Trick or Treat
Originally uploaded by Nanna J.
Teachers get their costumes on!

These are teachers from one of the schools on my wife's bus route.

Us


Us
Originally uploaded by Nanna J.
'Nough said.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Man Escorted From Gym For Grunting

Link: cbs5.com - Man Escorted From Gym For Grunting

So there you are, lifting your weights, and suddenly, unbidden, a grunt escapes your lips. On my part, I'd say that's not too unusual, but not in Planet Fitness. Planet Fitness has a no grunting rule, among others. The intent being to elminate "musclehead behavior." Apparently it eliminates muscleheads too. Al Argibay was escorted from Planet Fitness by local police after an incident of grunting. Hmmm.

Please read the article and enjoy.

On a pondering note, will programmers start getting escorted out for hrmming while they think?

RPG on the AS/400 - do you /FREE?

Programming on the AS/400? Still using RPG III? Or even RPG II? Good grief, it's time to step up to the 90s already.

RPG IV has been available now for over a decade yet I'm still running into folks that not only won't touch RPG /FREE but not even RPG IV. What's not clear is what's scaring them off.

Finding myself in the fun position of having to right programs from scratch, I've been able to dive right into /FREE on them.

Let's see...
fileKy PLIST
PARM Item
PARM Group
PARM Branch

fileKy CHAIN myFile 97
*IN97 IF *OFF
.... ...

Chain (Item: Group: Branch) myFile;
If %found;
.... ...

You tell me which is easier.

One of the other benefits is procedures. Procedures allow for the use of internal subprocedures and external modules. This allows the use of data and functions to be encapsulated and reused/shared.

For example, if you frequently have lookups against an item file, you can package that bit of code into a procedure and make it accessible to any program that needs it.

In the latest iteration of /FREE, you can even make use of a variable number of parameters, including *NULL value parameters. This will allow for even more abstraction in procedure use.

Well, I'm not going to point any fingers, but you know who you are. Get out there and code some /FREE. And don't let yourself off the hook with the old excuse of not having time. Heck, just dig in next time you have to write a program from scratch on the AS/400.

Oh yeah, another bonus is the interoperability with the other ILE languages, including shared module use.

A practicing coder,
Tojosan

Sudoku @ Indystar.com

Link: Sudoku | IndyStar.com

An easy to use, web-based Sudoku game. The level of skill varies from 1 to 5 stars, generally getting more difficult as the week progresses. Weekends usually have the tougher puzzles.

The site is actually hosted via uclick.com, which hosts several other games on their site.

Give it a go Sudoku fans.
Tojosan

Apple - Aperture - Free Trial

Link: Apple - Aperture - Free Trial

Give it a try today, for 30 days. Apple is offering a free test drive of Aperture 1.5. This is their professional photographer tool. It was a quick download and runs well on my Intel iMac, with 1.5 gig of RAM.

If you want, drop back here and give me your reactions.
Tojosan

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Catdorable


Catdorable
Originally uploaded by Tojosan.
Sometimes you just have a big cat around.
Follow the link to see him closer.