Friday, June 22, 2007

How cool is this...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

What to pass onto your kids...

1. A lucky number. Memories accrete around specific things.

2. A passion for tax-free growth.

3. About £3,000. An inheritance cuts your kids' ambition in half, robs them of the satisfaction of making their own way, and keeps them from lessons worth learning. So you spend it.

4. A team to love. It's a durable pleasure, best passed from father to child.

5. A team to hate. Despising a team--with all the venom you can muster and for no discernible reason--is a gift that gives life shape.

6. A will. And prearrange a really, really, really inexpensive funeral, too. Rule: Money is best spent on people who are alive.

7. Love of country. The quiet, grateful kind.

8. A decent carving knife.

9. A dented wheelbarrow. Associate yourself with stupid donkey work, as in moving this stuff that's here, over there.

10. A fragment of inspiring verse. Memorized, so they'll always have it when they need it.

11. Stories of your screwups. In the interest of less pedestal, more human, be sure they've heard tell of your greatest misses.

12. A holy book. Your copy of the Bible or Torah, if either has sustained you. Your Huck Finn or Heart of Darkness, if you're of a literary cast. An atlas of the world around which a pilgrim is free to roam.

13. Enthusiasm for two movies: one stupid, one stirring. Say, Caddyshack and Braveheart.

14. A tattered road map. An old-fashioned, service-station map of a region you've traveled a lot with the family. It should have a few words scribbled on it, a couple of routes highlighted in yellow. Some of the crease lines should be torn from wear.

15. A baseless prejudice in favor of a particular make of car. Everybody knows that [fill in name of car manufacturer here] makes the best cars on the road. Period. End of story.

16. A family catchphrase. A brief yelp that captures your take on life and can invoke your spirit long after you're dead. More in the manner of "Onward!" than "Life's a bitch, then you die."

17. Respect for baby steps. Most work gets done an inch at a time. Teach them to just break ground.

18. A coat. Barn jacket, tweed topcoat, or camo hunting shell, there's something warm about the old man's coat.

19. REMOVED - not relevant!

20. Savings bonds. They seem the very symbol of hope.

21. A handwritten description of a happy day. So what if you're not Tolstoy? Scribble a few contented lines about that 16th of October and stash it in your desk for post-death discovery.

22. A pleasure in people. Some get annoyed that people are so odd; lucky folks know that's the fun part.

23. A maintenance jones. If they see you changing the oil in the driveway, they'll learn to get more service from their stuff and have deeper friendships.


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New South African Emblem

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Facebook F8 Keynote Speech

Mark Zuckerber’s pitch to 800 developers at the San Francisco Design Center about Facebook Platform is available on video. (http://developers.facebook.com/videos.php)

some of the highlights:

* Facebook adds over 100,000 users per day
* Current user base over 24 Million (growing at a rate of 3% per week since opening network to the public in Fall 2006)
* Expected to reach 50 Million active users by end of 2007
* 50% of users not in college, by end of year estimated to be 75% not in college
* 25 and older is the fastest growing demographic
* 50% of users use Facebook everyday (including yours truly)
* Recently passed eBay in daily traffic, and working on passing Google (yay!!)
* Number one photo sharing application on the ‘Net despite lacking features of others like Photobucket
* Facebook’s Events application more used than Evite

Friday, June 08, 2007

I wonder who!

Who could this be? Jonno, Nico or me?

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Awesome photos of a whale flying!

These photos were taken in New South Wales...



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I am an African living in Scotland. A son, a father, an ex-husband, a boyfriend, a teacher and friend trying to piece together the stories that my God, my parents, my ex-wife, my girlfriend, my pupils and my friends are telling me, so that I can tell my own story. Thanks to all for your support and advice. I still love good coffee and popcorn.

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