…and were working at that same age I was absorbing algebra (and mowing lawns). It is a different world, 1913, Houston, and Marion Davis, Messenger #21 rode for the Bellevue Messenger Service. They must have been a rare breed, those young, young men.

From:  Fixed Gear Gallery :: 1913 messenger
“The boss don’t care and the cops don’t stop me.”

Originally from Shorpy: “Photograph and caption by the indefatigable Lewis Wickes Hine.”


Mr. DiLella

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Tuesday, 12 February, 2008 passed and so has one of the few, the finest, with family gathered. The band of brothers salutes the passing of one always faithful.

A temporary cloud hangs about those that remain, yet this Knowing lifts our mourning. We know that he served his God, his Corps, his Love, his country, his family and his life with diligence and honor. This celebrated human being—a man; This man—a fine Marine.

Thank you for the memories, Mr. DiLella.

Thanks for the dinners at the Italian Club.

Thanks for my good friend Joe.

A death notice was posted which reads as follows:

Frank J. DiLella Jr.


FRANK J. JR., Feb. 12, 2008 of Roxborough, age 80, husband of Mary (nee Piccinni), father of Frank (Patricia) DiLella, Daniel DiLella, Robert (Julia) DiLella, Maryanne (Ernest) Felici, Joseph DiLella and Linda (Anthony) Rapisardo; also survived by 10 grandchildren, 4 great grand-children; brother of Marie Seighman. Relatives and friends are invited to Viewing Fri., 9 A.M. followed by Funeral Mass 10:30 A.M. at St. Lucy Church, 140 Green Ln., Phila., PA 19127. Int. Westminster Cem. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory to Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kimmel Development Office, 1 Charles Center, 100 N. Charles St., Suite 234, Baltimore, MD 21201 or to St. Lucy Church Memorial Fund.

speak truth…

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…to power

can you believe I heard “Speak truth to power” for the first time on Ruforia’s Chronic Fatigue?

Want to try a pre-mixed holiday station? Here are a few stations created by Pandora’s Team. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

  •         Classical Christmas    Listen Now
  •         Rockin’ Holidays         Listen Now
  •         Swingin’ Christmas    Listen Now
  •         Jazz Holidays             Listen Now
  •         Country Christmas     Listen Now

Recently I suggested a Christian friend name their child Jesus. “What higher honor for a Christian could there be?” was my argument. Almost everyone I know has a name they got from their beloved father/brother/uncle/mother/sister/aunt/gran-whatever. If your father is God, and your beloved brother is Jesus, can’t your son be named for the one you love? Any Christians want to weigh in here?

I submit it would not go well for the new little “Jesus” in many communities in America. I guess it’s more acceptable in the Latin community, though; I met Jesus from South America a few years back. Wonder if pronunciation makes it less challenging to the devoted? Hey-soos was a fine—and funny—fellow.
And if naming the kid Jesus is challenging, wouldn’t Jessie set someone off too? Hey–let’s be on the safe side. Make a law against people with names that start with a J; No wait—that would be a bad idea.

Not that it matters—I would rather make my own name than borrow the fame of someone else. Still—I am glad I’m not Sudanese. They probably would be a lot harsher on their citizens than they are on their foreigners:

Bloomberg.com: U.K. & Ireland
The British teacher convicted by a Sudanese court of insulting Islam and sedition after she allowed pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad will be deported after serving a 15-day jail sentence

It may be this was a lenient, loving and compassionate response in their community.  It’s not like I have all the facts right?

I wonder if naming my teddy bear Hey-soos is covered under the first amendment? Think I’ll stick to Elvis; Everybody loves the King.

The religion we perpetuate without love and compassion is no worthwhile belief at all.

crop circles and corn starch…

courtesy of:

Linux Users Group – Oregon State University

learning 2.0

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the things we choose to do-create-be-become often depend on using our tools effectively. Each human experiences an identical number of hours in a day, but some of us complete more stuff, in less time, and with greater ease than others. Some of that speed and ease comes from acquiring 2.0 tool-sets. It may come from acquiring the 2.0 mindset as well.

Don’t get hung up on the term 2.0. Now that corporate giants are slapping a 2.0 on anything that is a little newer than last month, the term is less descriptive than ever. Focus on discovering that mental process or tool set which provides new vision, perspective or opportunity from the present set of raw materials.

Following is one of the first sites I saw that helped people leap into new perspectives without wasting more than a few hours….

Learning 2.0 – The Things

Another (more recent and infinitely more useful IMHO) is described in the Effective Procrastination with Hiveminder presentation which can be opened here…’Effective Procrastination with HiveMinder’ on SlideShare

buzz buzz busy bee…

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Hiveminder Badge


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…random acts of blindness.

Do you smile and wave the peace sign when someone honks their horn or are you the “I salute you with the universal finger” kind of person?

Bring it…

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…don’t sing it. People who take themselves too seriously, can be said to be too important in their own minds. It indicates a weakness and a conceit. Irritation arises because the mind is self-important and does not value others for the game–whatever the game might be.

The self important often must get, must achieve; They are likely to experience varied levels of irritation when they don’t get their way.

People who get up every day and go to play with other people never need to worry themselves—they are simply playing. They bring their best game, and they know that others brought their best game too. They may be fierce competitors, but they are aware of their human condition.

ubuntu 7.10…

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there are tons of reasons to install Ubuntu on the fastest, newest, available computer…especially if it has 2GB of memory and a vmware server!  That’s getting two machines for the price of one. Although engadget is right about old equipment being useful again with Ubuntu, Ubuntu really roars when given the same quality equipment one would give Windows Vista

With VMWare Convertor, and a couple hours work, I have all the benefits of of Gutsy Gibbon, while keeping my regular computer (Windows XP) running in a virtual machine. B-E-A-U-Tee-Full!

You might want a .gho of your hard disk as a restore point too.

…from the people at Motley Fool: Risk, Uncertainty & Reward by Frank H. Knight, Ph. D., then Associate Professor of Economics in the state university of Iowa. Copy right 1921.

notes on the forward by the author (1921):

  • This book was initially published to compete for a Class A (entries from any American without restriction) prize in a book publisher’s essay contest (in 1917) wherein it achieved for its author the second place prize of $500. It seems uncertain whether it achieved the publisher’s stated intention and drew “the attention of American youth to the study of economic and commercial subjects.” It would seem the publisher managed a little monetization from the contest. In the prior iteration, it sufficed as a doctoral thesis at Cornell in 1916, and was written during  1914-16.
  • Chapter 7 was recommended.
  • The effort”endeavors to isolate and define the essential characteristics of free enterprise as a system or method of securing and directing coöperative effort in a social group.”
  • A premise for endeavoring any projects of “social betterment” is action “in light of a clear understanding of the nature and tendencies of the system which it is proposed to modify or displace.” Simply—never loan your motorbike to a beginner.
  • To achieve the effort under the premise, one must “radically” separate “the description and explanation of phenomena from all questions of defense or criticism of the system under examination.” First describe clearly what occurs. Then solicit defense or criticism as appropriate. This would seem to apply to existing systems one wishes to change, rather than the more significant radical change required to remedy social structures that are broken. If one does not first know the system that exists, one is not qualified to re-engineer it? Simply—intimacy should precede re-engineering.
  • An engineer with cohesive knowledge of available systems of organization will make better re-engineering decisions than the technical expert on a single system. Simply—if all ya got is a hammer, everything you see will start to look like a nail.
  • “No one mode of organization is adequate or tolerable for all purposes in all fields.” Simply—get clear about your purpose if you expect to avoid pain, and secure pleasure.

advanced seminar – zefrank.com

too many systems…

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…and too many lists. It occurs to me that all the lists and folders I have been experimenting with since reading Getting Things Done have only a few things in common. Most contain actions, that completed on time, provide me the feelings that I enjoy—productive, creative, vibrant, healthy, flexible, effective—get the picture? Most have a common starting point—I|doing|Atlanta—go!

Looking at my lists, and looking at the growth of this blog, is like observing the growth of my papaya tree. It seems steady, beautiful, lush, but pretty soon the one tree is actually nine trees all trying to get to 3 meters tall while sharing a half-meter-round clay pot in my living room. Looking at my actions lists and blog posts, I have noticed an enormous opportunity for changing my routines to create more of the feelings I enjoy.

I am reconciled to the idea this blog is more of a shotgun than a rifle, and expresses a kaleidescope my work and interests. It has been very useful but now I am in need of a new publication that will be more focused on the nineowls brand and what I am doing with it.

Look for more information about that here in an update to this post by next weekend.

perhaps there is…

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…something great about anything–even PowerPoint?

See you at Octane?

I heard about Pecha Kucha via Communispond’s Echo:

“…how to raise your PowerPoint presentation to the level of an art form, check out Pecha Kucha, which originated in Japan as a discipline to keep architects’ presentations from turning into “death by PowerPoint.” The format is simple:

*    No more than 20 slides
*    No more than 20 seconds per slide

“Therefore, a PowerPoint presentation-no matter how complex-will never last more than six minutes, 40 seconds. People are now using it as almost an art form, creating elaborate presentations that fit in the constraints of the format.

“What’s more, there are now Pecha Kucha meetings and competitions held around the world. Even if you’re not a competitive person, use this discipline to make your presentations leaner and shorter.”

…from Bike Friday!  Too sweet. Right after we get back from “Meet the Parents 2007“.

Travel bicycles by Bike Friday, manufacturer of high performance folding bicycles and folding bike accessories.
The exciting news is that although BF are famous for making folding bikes with enough gears to take you up Everest, you can now also order a minimalist Bike Friday just like Walter’s.

Apart from simplicity and lightness for flat terrain riding, a fixed gear bike has marvellous training benefits: you get strength training going up even the slightest hill and spin training going down the other side.


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this lovely little piece of engineering will be turning current models of staffing on their ears…

Joi Itos Web: Otetsudai Networks

…different is response from responsibility.

Schneier on Security: The War on the Unexpected
If you ask amateurs to act as front-line security personnel, you shouldnt be surprised when you get amateur security.

wish I had found this four hours ago, but thanks cloud:

Binary Revolution Forums [Powered by Invision Power Board]
The g package is in the repositories. You do not need to get the binary from another resource. If youre having problems with the CD simply remove it as a resource in your sources.list file. Run
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
and delete the line referring to the Ubuntu CD I cant remember off the top of my head what it says, but it should be obvious which one it is
then run
sudo apt-get update
before installing the packages you want.

Linux.com :: Adding a basket tool to OpenOffice.org
No matter whether you are working on an article, an academic paper, or a novel, research is a crucial part of the writing process. And as with any research, you need a place to save your notes, ideas, relevant links, and text snippets. While there are tools like Basket Note Pads and the Zotero Firefox extension, wouldn’t it be nice if you could store and manage your stuff directly from within OpenOffice.org? This is not only doable, but also easy to implement using just a Base database and a macro.

PC Wizard

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Have not used it yet, but this looks promising. Will try tonight…

Found via anandtech forums

PC Wizard
Since 1996 PC WIZARD is among the most advanced system information programs on the market.

PC WIZARD 2008 is a powerful utility designed especially for detection of hardware, but also some more analysis. It’s able to identify a large scale of system components and supports the latest technologies and standards. This tool is periodically updated (usually once per month) in order to provide most accurate results.

PC WIZARD 2008 is also an utility designed to analyze and benchmark your computer system. It can analyze and benchmark many kinds of hardware, such as CPU performance, Cache performance, RAM performance, Hard Disk performance, CD/DVD-ROM performance, Removable/FLASH Media performance, Video performance, MP3 compression performance.

PC WIZARD 2008 can be distributed freely (ftp, archives, CD-ROMs …).

monocycle project

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I need a machine shop…

Handcrafted Wonder: 1873 Monocycle Replica Is a Mechanical and Engineering Marvel
This monocycle replica from 1873 is an stunning engineering and mechanical feat. Created by a spaniard using 19th Century documentation and old-style handcrafting techniques, it uses a 6.16-foot wheel, with a 238-teeth inner segment. As you can see in the gallery, the quality of his work is simply amazing.

How to keep the coons outcher corn; An ‘musing an-ec-dote.

Gourmet Food Editors Blog at Epicurious.com
“Now theres a knucklehead tactic. Subject those bandits to one of Rush Limbaughs rants.

“So vote Republican, guys. Whatever. Just lay off my sweet corn.”

I got there from Stress Yields a Sweeter…

…summons the creative  core to that new awareness now occurring in this present moment.

Helped along the way by music like Colors of Praise (Faith Rivera) And Standing As One (Faith Rivera, Conneta Johnson) we find new friendships as a gift of the process.

now listening

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“Maxwells Demon”
with remix by Alexi Delano
Download avail on Beatport

album cover

both releases available on limited edition vinyl with picture sleeve at halcyon and other proper shops worldwide for mail order call 718-260-9299 or email halcyontheshop@gmail.com


Workrave has a really elegant solution for those of you interested in extending your pain and injury-free working career. If you visit their site with ie they have a lovely response as well….use a browser

“Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses, rest breaks and restricts you to your daily limit. Please refer to the feature comparison for a complete list of features, and how the program performs with respect to other programs on the market. The program runs on GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows.”  from | on 20071009

talk to me…i have four 10% off coupons that can be redeemed at any AT&T company-owned locations.

If you’ve been waiting to buy an iPhone, we have exciting news. Starting today, active AT&T employees in the United States can receive a 10 percent discount off the retail price by redeeming a discount certificate at the nearest participating AT&T retail store.


The shortcut Target field, likely reads


Re-fill the target field so the line reads

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, E:\

now make as many Windows Explorers as you need…

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, E:\333

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, E:\work

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, e:\333\projects\mindmaps

nina & monk

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go get the dvd For Your Consideration and check out the bonus features. Nina Conti and Monk are killin’ ’em. Absolutely  b r i l l i a n t  ! !

You can book her here (apparently).

Mark Moore, a business acquaintance at Home America Mortgage Intown Team, indicated the guidelines are out from the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) to
“bail out” people who have ARM’s that have adjusted leaving them unable to afford what they borrowed. Home America Mortgage has been approved to handle these mortgage types and is a source immediately.

If you made bad choices, U.S. of America taxpayers are here to pay for them help you survive them!

…that just works
Free-Codecs.com : Download K-Lite Codec Pack 3.4.5 FULL, K-Lite Codec Pack 3.4.5 STANDARD, K-Lite Codec Pack 3.4.5 BASIC : K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of codecs and related tools

K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of codecs and related tools. Codecs are required to encode and/or decode play audio and video. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your movie files. With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play 99% of all the movies that you download from the internet.

give one…get one

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 Here is a nice opportunity to feel like you made a difference: http://xogiving.org/

BBC NEWS | Technology | ‘$100 laptop’ to sell to public
The organisation behind the project has launched the “give one, get one” scheme that will allow US residents to purchase two laptops for $399 (£198).

One laptop will be sent to the buyer whilst a child in the developing world will receive the second machine

The G1G1 scheme, as it is known, will offer the laptops for just two weeks, starting on the 12 November.

…is less difficult when done as part of a very large community. I am not locked into the old networks that provided costly, limited access to those who paid a relatively large monthly fee. Information is free and abundant. Access points are simple and easy to build. There is more knowledge in the network than I can learn in this lifetime. My task is to contribute, to live, to be happy and to love. Free software is helping me get there!

MarkShuttleworth – Ubuntu Wiki
To fix bug [WWW] #1 of course. I believe that free software brings us into a new era of technology, and holds the promise of universal access to the tools of the digital era. I drive Ubuntu because I would like to see that promise delivered as reality.