13,600 / 20,000 (68%)

Samba story
7,926 / 8,000 (99.1%)

S.M. (Book 1)
580 / 10,000 (5.8%)

S.M. (Book 2)
1,010 / 10,000 (10%)

4,032 / 10,000 (40.5%)

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday World Wildlife Fund Raising

This is the last Friday of the month, and here I'm bringing awareness to another wild animal that is in danger and needs your help. Since tomorrow is Halloween, I thought the vampire bat would a good choice. *wg* Help save them!

Adopt a Vampire Bat

Vampire Bat facts:

Vampire bats inhabit the tropics and subtropics ranging from Mexico to Argentina and Chile. They are parasites and feed exclusively on the blood of other species, including livestock and wild animals. Vampire bats have 22 teeth, but use only about half of the sharpest ones for feeding. They peel back a small sliver of skin on their prey and use their long tongues to lap up the blood. Developing more slowly than other species, the young will often nurse for as long as nine months and may only reach maximum weight after several years.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Another landmark in my life gone

Man, I remember when the Internet was young back in the 90s. There were barely any websites out, Netscape was the first commercial browser, cyberspace felt like more like a small town, and Yahoo was the only search engine. Yeah, here I'm talking about the good old days. *winks* hehehe!

And for those of us who were starting to explore this new world and experiment with website creation didn't have any places where to host them. Until Geocities came out in 1985! It was one of the first places which host websites for free. Gosh, I remember that they had these neighborhoods named after cities like HotSprings, Athens, SoHo, and Tropics. See, the idea was to group websites by content, although after a while people chose to put their websites in whichever neighborhood was available. Hehehe! Anyway, each neighborhood had a number of "lots" where you could build your website. I parked mine in Athens 8623. Yep, I became a "homesteader" (that was what you were called back in late 1986), and my first website went up at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/8623/. Hahaha!

My first attempt at a website was...well...pathetic. Heh! Oh, I did have the whole HTML down, but the images... UGH! Yeah, visually it sucked. But not for long! With the help of a couple of graphic artists, I began to experiment with PhotoShop and then posted my "creations" on my Geocities account. It was an exciting time, you know. It was all about experimenting...and learning. Heck, it was fun!

I found out that Geocities is closing its doors today. *sighs* It's kind of sad, you know? Although I've not been to by it in a long time, I feel like a part of me is gone.

Good bye, Geocities! It was really fun. And thank you... *getting teary*


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A vamp movie for Halloween

Here I thought I'd not have something fun to see this October and along comes The Vampire's Assitant.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

So big strike?

Today the unions and all those who work for the government were going on strike to protest about the 30,000 employees getting laid off starting next month. They claimed that they'd paralyzed the island. And of course as always people panic. (Thanks to the Well, the strike came and went. Here was business as usual. Other than for the public schools being closed (and therefore, the traffic being lighter than usual), it was just like any other day. Yep... Too much panic, not much of much.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Counting blessings

Since I've been in my new job, I've been under a lot of stress (which has caused me severe back pains) and extremely overworked. But with the economy as it is and 30,000 people getting laid off starting next month, I should take a good look at what I've got and shouldn't complain too much. So after the meeting with the Big Kahuna this afternoon, I should be thankful that at least I still have a job *knocks on wood* and don't have to worry about how I'll pay my bills and mortgage. And I also should be thankful that I'm getting a raise.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

This is too perfect


This is exactly how my computer at work should have looked when I booted it this morning. Enuff said!


Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Another good thing ends

Last night, as usual, I went for my one-hour walk at the local track where I live. As I came closer to the basketball building, the first thing I noticed was this huge shining light hanging on the front of it. (Trust me, it was hard to miss!) The whole place was illuminated like it was daylight. Even the houses across the street didn't escape its bright light. I'd bet those poor people would be totally pissed. As I kept musing about this and moving toward the other street to get to the track entrance, I noticed the back of the building was brightly lit too. Suddenly, like Han Solo, I had a bad feeling about it. (Which became my worst nightmare.) As I approached the side street that led to the track, I saw another of those big lights hung on the back of the building, lighting up the whole track. Shit. Gone was the soft glow of the previous two light fixtures that had been my soothing companions. To say that I was angry about it...weeeell...it was an understatement. But I tried - I really tried - to give it a chance and enjoy my time alone as I always did. You know, keep a positive attitude; make lemonade when life gives you lemons. But honestly, there's a limit to how much I can compromise.

First, it was almost impossible to walk at all. The damn light was hung too low so it blinded me. All I saw was colored spots dancing before me, so I had to walk with my head down looking at my sneakers to avoid the psychedelic trip. And like I said before, the peaceful atmosphere I always found under the gentle glow of the previous lights was gone. If anything I felt the stress cranking up a notch or two. Before I could look up at the sky and see the stars shining like diamonds on a black velvet blanket. On full-moon nights I would stop at the far end of the track, where it was darkest, and watch it rise over the trees. Totally breathtaking. I'd feel the stress melting away. However, tonight I could hardly see the sky at all. I think even the nightly critters were ticked off about the new light fixture too because it didn't barely heard them.

To make this short, I didn't do my one-hour walk. I tried, but I couldn't finish it. Thirty minutes into it (see that I tried to make it work?) and I couldn't take it the whole damn thing anymore so I quit and went home. What's the use of going to the track if I can't relax? A lot of bozos think I was doing it for my health, and that was the farthest thing in my mind. Sure, walking for an hour daily was good for my body and physical health and all that jazz. But that wasn't the reason I started my evening walks. I did it to relax, to get away from people and be alone - me and my thoughts, to enjoy the beauty of the evening time and the sounds of the critters. Will I ever be able to see another full moon shine in the dark sky surrounded by little stars? Will I ever enjoy another wonderful show of fireflies dancing among the plants? I'm not holding my breath. *sighs* So after almost a year and a half, my nightly walks have come to an end tonight.


Tuesday, October 06, 2009

OUCH!... my neck

Today I spent over 3 hours in the "cave" filing records. Usually I don't mind do this kind of work. Although it's a bit tedious at times, I actually enjoyed it. I guess the fact that I'm alone in the vault - no other people around me nagging and complaining, no noises (especially of phones ringing) - makes it quite a pleasant time. I like to think of it as having some "me" time within my work time. However, today most of the records were to be filed on the upper shelves. Ugh! Even when I used the steps, I had to crane my neck and keep it tilted back. Right now my neck is sooo stiff, I can barely move it. Man, I'd give anything for a real good massage right now. But I'll have to settle for the heat pad and a rub with BioFreeze - oh and some Relafen pills - if I want to be able to sleep tonight.