Friday, June 27, 2008

Help Support 1-800-SUICIDE

"1-800-SUICIDE marks its tenth anniversary this year. It was founded in 1998 by Reese Butler in memory of his wife, Kristin who had committed suicide. The Kristin Brooks Hope Center has helped almost three million callers connect to help and hope.

As they enter their second decade of service to the public, continued support is needed to ensure that the confidentiality of every caller is protected. Because they are totally privately funded, they need to prove to the government that they are capable of supporting 1-800-SUICIDE to keep control of the line from being taken over by the federal government.

The Hope Center's volunteer staff and Board remain committed to preserving confidential suicide prevention programs. Your action today assures their sustainability!

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

PWCS Student Named Miss Teen DC International

PWCS Student Named Miss Teen DC International Date: 6/17/2008 - "Ashley Fleming, a student at Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, has been named Miss Teen DC International 2008 and is now eligible to compete for the Miss Teen International 2008 title. Through her platform of education, Ashley will be encouraging youth to take advantage of the educational opportunities that exist in our nation within their reach."

Just a little local news for some light reading. PWCS stands for Prince William County Schools.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

It's Hotter Away from Home

It's Hotter Away from Home By Sharon Begley | Newsweek Web Exclusive Jun 16, 2008 | Updated: 5:57 p.m. ET Jun 16, 2008 - "Andrea, a 27-year-old writer who lives in Philadelphia, recently went to Paris for a weeklong vacation with her 30-year-old boyfriend, a chef in the Philly area. The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre and the Tuileries all lived up to their advance billing, but one aspect of the getaway scored a clear "better than expected": the after-hours activities. "Even though we were running around like crazy seeing all the sights," Andrea recalls, "we still had sex almost every day," compared to an average of once or twice a week back home. "And the sex was better; we both seemed more relaxed.""

I must say that I have experienced this, myself. Not when I was in Paris, though. You can get this effect at home, too, with a little work. Just some simple redecorating, a few well chosen outfits and you can have a nice romping weekend. Apply rules number one and five from the Seven Ways to Keep Your Man list and keep the van rockin'.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Ban on Sex for Soldiers in Afghanistan Lifted ... Sort Of

Ban on Sex for Soldiers in Afghanistan Lifted ... Sort Of Stars and Stripes | Drew Brown | May 15, 2008 JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- "Single soldiers and civilians working for the U.S. military in Afghanistan can now have sex legally. Sort of.
A new order signed by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, commander of Combined Joint Task Force-101, has lifted a ban on sexual relations between unmarried men and women in the combat zone.

This is about interfacing with the local mores and customs. There's been sex in war zones ever since the first pseudo-man cracked another with a jawbone. IMO, because of the location and culture it would be advisable to make sure all nookie happens behind closed doors and away from the locals.

Friday, June 13, 2008

One-Horned 'Unicorn' Deer Born in Italy

One-Horned 'Unicorn' Deer Born in Italy Marta Falconi, Associated Press June 11, 2008 -- "A deer with a single horn in the center of its head -- much like the fabled, mythical unicorn -- has been spotted in a nature preserve in Italy, park officials said Wednesday."

This is really far out, I think. Yes, it's just a mutation but it's still cool to see a unicorn in some fashion. After all, the world should still have a little magic in it.

Have I ever told you about my belief that dragons are real?

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Ubuntu's need to catch a wave

Ubuntu's need to catch a wave Submitted by dag on Sun, 2008/05/18 - 00:38 -- "Let me play devil's advocate here. Mark Shuttleworth's recent pledge to join a synchronized release plan for Enterprise Linux distributions is no more than a wish to benefit from a lot of work that Novell and Red Hat are already doing in the Enterprise space."

Just ran across this. It's not an Ubuntu bash op-ed piece. It's simply pointing out some business aspects of the Enterprise Linux world.

Most Linux enthusiasts are Linux desktop users or Open Source supporters, like myself. This demographic is not likely to be paying for support due to the fact that they are much more capable of handling their own support issues with the help of the community. In the business world there is no way an Enterprise entity would ever use anything without a strong and detailed support contract. Not having one would be like throwing their revenue into the furnace.

Would you do that with your paycheck?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Congressman: Chinese hacked Capitol computers

Congressman: Chinese hacked Capitol computers By Pete Yost And Lara Jakes Jordan, Associated Press WASHINGTON — "A congressman said Wednesday the FBI has found that four of his government computers have been hacked by sources working out of China."

This won't come as a surprise to anyone in the tech/security industry. The real shocking thing is that even with decades of first hand evidence the governments and schools are still using Microsoft products. Might as well hang out the proverbial sign saying, "Come one, come all! Here's free data for everyone to get with little or not effort!"

Monday, June 02, 2008

Seven Ways to Keep Your Man

I was watching a repeat of the Tyra Banks Show (I seriously love Tyra) and the topic for the day was how to keep your man from leaving. Seems there's some occasions where a guy breaks up with a girl and she has no idea why. She had seven guys who had broken up with their girlfriends for various reasons plus a team of "experts" on relationships. I thought it was interesting so here's the list and some comments on it.

1) Don't go longer than 2 weeks without sex - This is more about not using sex as a bargaining tool. Sometimes women, when they get into a "disagreement" with their guys or want them to do something, will withhold sex. Making sex a part of the "battle" will do nothing but drive a wedge between you. Sex should be for love and enjoyment (and occasionally making babies). This goes for adults in a mature relationship that is already intimate.

2) Don't be a bitch - No picking at, nagging, complaining about or any other "bitchy-like" behavior. The only thing you're going to get out of this is dumped.

3) Don't be clingy - It's good to let men have a little guy time. The occasional boys night out or letting them have their man cave is good. But more specifically, no calling every 15 minutes or checking up on them or dragging them to something completely out of their realm (the example on the show was don't drag your guy with you to get your hair done). Like the old adage, the tighter you hold the more they move away.

4) Trust or get out - This one simply means if you don't trust your guy, especially to the point of spying on them, then you're not in a healthy relationship. If you are digging through his email or checking all his phone numbers or even following him around then either he's no good for you or your paranoid. Either way break off the relationship.

5) Keep it fresh - Don't get into a rut. Plan a date night or the like. The number one recommendation from the show was "Lingerie." Variation and surprise were the rule-of-thumb.

6) Don't let money rule your heart - If the only reason you like a guy is how much he can buy for you then you're likely going to be single soon. IOW, no gold digging.

7) Love yourself - If you don't like who you are how is anyone else supposed to? Self confidence and self assurance are very strong attractors for both genders.

And lest we forget the women, here's three good rules for when to get out of a relationship.

1) Never stay in an abusive relationship - While this might seem like common sense the fact is many women will stay with an abuser thinking they will change him. While you may love him if he's physically, mentally or psychologically abusing you then he doesn't love you.

2) Leave controlling men - In my opinion I feel that this falls under abusive behavior. A controller is just using physical and emotional tactics to get their way.

3) Leave if you find evidence of cheating - There are some basic indicators that cheating lovers usually exhibit. This doesn't mean forgetting #4 above but if you have evidence of cheating then it's time to bail.

And there you have it. If you keep to these general rules then your man will be happy at home. Unless he's a psycho or something.