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          Swipe launches KONNECT at Rs. 4,999 Exclusively on Snapdeal        

by Shrutee K/DNS 

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          Gli infiniti possibili di Giorgio Sollazzi, musicista        
All'epoca ero molto ingenuo e molto presuntuoso e pensavo di poter scrivere “recensioni” di grandi opere musicali del passato. Le pubblicavo su un sito commerciale (che esiste ancora oggi). Quando mi venivano bene, erano “schede" molto pedantesche, contenenti le stesse informazioni che si possono trovare su una qualsiasi garzantina. Infatti, qualche anno dopo, quando Wikipedia arrivò in Italia, smisi di farmi sfruttare dal sito commerciale e trovai quella che probabilmente è la mia vera vocazione internettiana.

Ad ogni modo fu sul sito commerciale che conobbi Giorgio Sollazzi. Anche lui scriveva recensioni. Con la prima, importante differenza che lui è musicista, e quindi sa di cosa scrive, e con una seconda differenza: le sue recensioni erano avvincenti, estrose, godibilissime, anche e soprattutto quando sembrava che non avessero nulla a che fare col brano musicale che - in teoria - ne costituiva l'oggetto. Le recensioni di Giorgio non parlavano precisamente né del brano musicale “in sé”, né della sua ricezione da parte dell'ascoltatore-recensore. Si situavano, piuttosto, in qualche punto lungo la relazione fra questi due elementi, come un acrobata in equilibrio su un filo, o come uno dei fuochi di due specchi parabolici contrapposti. Non per niente “mirrors” (con la m minuscola) era il nickname che Giorgio si era scelto.

A un certo punto Giorgio uscì dal sito e cancellò il suo account. Dev'essere per questo che, cercando ora qualcuna delle meravigliose recensioni di mirrors, non ne trovo nessuna. Qualche tempo dopo si iscrisse nuovamente con un altro nickname e cominciò a pubblicare recensioni di forma più tradizionale, ma sempre molto belle, come ad esempio questa, sulla settima di Beethoven.

L'interpretazione verbale di un brano musicale è sempre un grosso azzardo. "Scrivere di musica è come ballare di architettura", diceva Frank Zappa. Le descrizioni che amo di più sono quelle di musiche inesistenti, come la sonata di Vinteuil in Proust o le composizioni immaginate da Thomas Mann nel Doktor Faustus. Proust mescolava genialmente le carte, inventandosi una sonata per violino e pianoforte che prendeva un po' dalla Sonata in re minore di César Franck, un po' da un quintetto di Saint-Saëns, senza essere né l'una né l'altro; in piena coerenza, d'altronde, con la sua estetica, dove non esistono "descrizioni" "realistiche" del "mondo esterno". Quanto a Mann, Arnold Schönberg s'inalberò quando seppe che la sua musica aveva ispirato quella del romanzo, al punto da pretendere una smentita da parte dello scrittore. E dal suo punto di vista Schönberg aveva anche ragione, in quanto Mann interpretava la dodecafonia come un fenomeno di dissoluzione morale, che era quanto di più lontano dagli intenti del severo musicista.

Ma anche divagare è un'arte, che a me non riesce: ci provo inutilmente, per poi subito ricadere nel mio solito modo di scrivere pedestre e nozionistico. Dunque, meglio rimanere on topic e parlare di Giorgio Sollazzi. Ecco: quando lo conobbi, non attraversavo quello che si dice un buon periodo. Mi ero laureato, avevo fatto il servizio civile, abitavo a casa dei miei in provincia, lontanissimo dall'università e dai miei amici di laggiù. Gli altri miei amici, quelli del liceo, erano sparsi in giro per l'Italia. Facevo pratica in uno studio legale. Ero, in sostanza, disoccupato, e mi sentivo terribilmente solo e senza prospettive. L'amicizia epistolare con Giorgio mi aiutò a tenermi in piedi. Ci scambiavamo commenti e messaggi sul sito commerciale (che fungeva anche un po' da social network), email, ma anche lettere cartacee: ricordo un plico meraviglioso che egli mi spedì con un CD che aveva masterizzato per me. Dentro c'erano un brano di Stockhausen, Il canto sospeso di Nono, un coro dal Trovatore, e non ricordo cos'altro.

A quel tempo Internet non aveva ancora stravolto la distribuzione della musica. C'era Napster, ma con le connessioni lente di allora non è che si riuscisse a scaricare granché. Per ascoltare musica bisognava ancora affidarsi alla radio, oppure ordinare il disco al negozio e aspettare che arrivasse. C'era poi una circolazione semiclandestina di audiocassette duplicate artigianalmente, che passavano di mano in mano come samizdat. Tutta una dimensione romantica, di scoperta, che si è persa dal momento in cui è bastato digitare un nome su un motore di ricerca per avere subito a disposizione l'intera produzione di qualsiasi musicista antico o contemporaneo.

Poco tempo fa ho chiesto a Giorgio se, come musicista, non si sentisse stimolato da questa odierna vasta disponibilità di musiche, e come mai ciò non lo inducesse a scrivere in una tale, enorme varietà di stili e di linguaggi: oggi un brano dodecafonico, domani uno pop, dopodomani uno free jazz, e via dicendo. Non ricordo esattamente il tenore della mia domanda - che comunque era piuttosto stupida, si capisce. Ricordo invece perfettamente la replica di Giorgio: fare come gli suggerivo io - mi ha risposto - avrebbe forse aumentato il suo tasso di libertà ma avrebbe diminuito il tasso di scelta.

In uno dei suoi romanzi, Nicola Lagioia offre alcune riflessioni molto interessanti a proposito del ritrovare sui social network i propri amici di gioventù. Queste amicizie del mondo reale divenute poi virtuali - osserva Lagioia - hanno una strana consistenza umbratile. Simile a quella degli spiriti nell'undicesimo libro dell'Odissea (o nel sesto dell'Eneide), aggiungerei io. Colpa del mezzo, evidentemente, e non dell'amicizia in sé - ma questo è un altro discorso.

Conosco Giorgio da sedici anni e non ci siamo mai incontrati di persona: solo via Internet, e qualche volta per telefono. Però non ho mai avvertito come un limite la virtualità della nostra amicizia. Forse perché nel suo caso manca il confronto con l'immagine mnemonica della persona reale, o forse per il felice paradosso che Giorgio riesce a realizzare nelle sue comunicazioni virtuali, allo stesso tempo lievi e intense.

Sto pensando che “lieve” e “intenso” potrebbero essere i due primi aggettivi che mi vengono in mente ascoltando la musica di Giorgio. Mi rendo conto che come contributo critico è parecchio inadeguato, ma ho già detto che non sono del mestiere. Giorgio ha esposto la sua poetica (o almeno, una delle sue poetiche) in uno scritto che potete trovare qui.

In questo saggio, Giorgio prende le mosse dal personaggio di Amleto (con annesso spettro del re di Danimarca?) per proporre una sua complessa concezione della composizione, come “apparizione” o “evocazione” di “potenziali”. 

Shakespeare era un altro interesse che ci univa quando scrivevamo sul sito commerciale. Giorgio ha molto riflettuto, e qualcosa ha anche scritto, sia in prosa sia in musica, sulla figura di Amleto.


Quanto a me, partendo dalla constatazione che su Internet in italiano c'era ancora poco materiale sull'argomento, mi ero messo in testa di compilare e mettere on line una "recensione" per ciascuno dei drammi del Bardo. Tanto ero sprovveduto, a quell'epoca.

Più tardi abbandonai l'insano progetto, assieme alle mie velleità di anglista, e praticamente smisi di leggere Shakespeare. Oggi amo recarmi, di quando in quando, a visitare l'abbazia cistercense di Morimondo. Questo non c'entra nulla con quanto ho detto finora. Però nell'abbazia c'è un bel coro ligneo di epoca rinascimentale.

Ogni volta che lo vedo recito mentalmente la prima quartina del Sonetto LXXIII.

La migliore traduzione italiana è quella di Ungaretti:

"Quel tempo in me vedere puoi dell'anno
Quando già niuna foglia, o rara gialla in sospeso, rimane
Ai rami che affrontando il freddo tremano,
Cori spogliati rovinati dove gli uccelli cantarono, dolci".

Di solito i commentatori sottolineano il senso di desolazione che promana da quei bare ruin'd choirs, vuoti, semidistrutti e muti. Sta di fatto che Shakespeare, mentre ce li descrive, riesce in qualche modo a farcene riascoltare il suono. Forse questa è una delle cose che il poeta vuole dirci: la memoria, aiutata dall'arte, può riuscire ad evocare la musica di un coro assente.














          Tifiamo Scaramouche!        
Tifiamo Scaramouche è una raccolta di racconti in quattro volumi che possono essere scaricati liberamente in formato PDF dal sito dei Wu Ming. Si tratta di una fan fiction derivante da L'armata dei sonnambuli, l'ultimo romanzo storico del collettivo uscito nel 2014.

A curare la raccolta è stato Simone Scaffidi L. Da un'idea di: Pietro Pace, Mauro Vanetti e Alessandro Villari (Avvocato Laser). Il progetto grafico e l'impaginazione si devono a Franco Berteni (Mr Mill) e Simone Scaffidi L. La copertina e le illustrazioni sono di Alessandro Caligaris e Francesca Sibona.

Qui di seguito, ecco il mio contributo, pubblicato nel terzo volume della raccolta. Buona lettura.


Il flauto tradito
Parigi, 1801

1.

A suo modo, Ludwig Wenzel Lachnith era un uomo generoso. La sera del 20 agosto 1801, dopo la trionfale prima della sua opera I misteri d'Iside al Teatro della Repubblica, il compositore offrì la cena all'intera troupe, comparse e suggeritore compresi.
Benché relegate al tavolo meno prestigioso dell'ampia sala del ristorante, le due comparse Léo Modonnet e Emanuele Gizzio potevano udire facilmente i discorsi del tavolo principale, quello dove sedeva Lachnith assieme al manager del teatro, al librettista Étienne Morel de Chédeville e ai cantanti protagonisti. Per meglio dire, potevano udire il monologo del torrenziale musicista boemo, la cui voce sopravanzava quelle di tutti gli altri.
«Eh sì, caro Chédeville! Il buon Mozart aveva del talento, questo nessuno lo vorrà negare; ma aveva anche un'esecrabile tendenza al lambiccato, all'insolito... In una parola: troppa complicazione! Oggigiorno il pubblico non ne vuole sapere di una musica che sia troppo difficile. La gente vuole ariette semplici, presentate con garbo, che tocchino il cuore senza affaticare il cervello. Prendete il Don Giovanni: quante graziose melodie! Parola mia, credo che abbiamo fatto bene a prenderne una in prestito, per il nostro terzetto. Tuttavia, andiamo... La scena con la statua nel finale secondo... Chi può sopportare una tale rombante cacofonia? Pensate solo questo: in quattro battute, quel povero basso deve cantare tutte e dodici le note della scala cromatica. Sapete? Un mio amico italiano, galantuomo e compositore eminente, mi parlava tempo fa con orrore di un certo quartetto per archi, dove Mozart ha accumulato tante di quelle dissonanze da creare un ripugnante caos, direi quasi un giacobinismo sonoro, dove va completamente perso ogni giusto criterio di gerarchia tra le sette note... Di proposito dico sette, non dodici; giacché nessuno, a meno che il suo orecchio non sia guastato dalla musica per tastiera, crederà mai che un re diesis possa essere uguale a un mi bemolle... Anzi: un re è sempre un re, come dicono in Italia, non è vero?».
«Ma va' curcati, buffuni!» commentò Gizzio a mezza voce.
«Perciò, quando mi fu proposto di allestire per le nostre scene Il Flauto magico, la prima cosa che pensai fu: sta bene; ma, per carità, sfrondiamo! Semplifichiamo!
Smussiamo le asperità del testo! Rendiamo il tutto più comprensibile, più adatto alle orecchie del nostro pubblico. Più elegante, anche. E l'esito così radioso di questa serata ha dimostrato che avevamo avuto pienamente ragione. Prima di tutto: i nomi. Tutti quei Tamino, Papageno e Papagena del testo originale, così goffi e plebei, noi li abbiamo cambiati nei molto più raffinati Isménor, Bochoris e Mona...».
Modonnet rise.
«Non voglio parlare della parte musicale. Ho dovuto lavorare parecchio di forbici e d'ingegno per dare una veste accettabile alla barbarica partitura. Ma, per quanto riguarda il vostro lavoro, Chédeville, potete andare orgoglioso di avere addolcito il carattere di quella terribile regina della notte. Certo, l'aria del secondo atto l'abbiamo dovuta proprio espungere: a parte che è impossibile da cantare, ma quel testo “der hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen...”, “vendetta infernale sento nel mio petto”... Ahimè! Una gentile e amabile donzella come voi, signorina Maillard, avrebbe dovuto intonare tali parole? Per carità! Abbiamo già sofferto abbastanza, qualche anno fa, con quella spaventosa Medea di Cherubini. Basta, basta! I personaggi femminili, a teatro, devono rassicurare, non inquietare! Belle fanciulle, mogli e madri esemplari: questo vuole il nostro distinto pubblico. Perché la gente, la sera, vuole distrarsi dai traffici quotidiani del commercio e della Borsa, e trovare sollievo dalle cure dello Stato. Dirò di più: nell'epoca moderna la gente vuole vivere il proprio tempo come un affascinante, mutevole, infinito spettacolo. In una parola, vuole divertirsi. Il nostro compito è di farli divertire. E questa sera ci siamo riusciti; possiamo affermarlo con fierezza. Brindiamo!».

2.

Erano passate le quattro del mattino quando Modonnet e Gizzio ritornavano al foborgo Sant'Antonio. Davanti alle botteghe dei fornai c'erano già le prime code. I volti e i discorsi delle persone in fila per il pane manifestavano stanchezza, frustrazione, rabbia.
«Quattordici soldi per quattro libbre di pane! Così non si può andare avanti».
«Uno schifo, altro che!».
«Bonaparte non sta facendo un cazzo».
«Sbagli, cittadina. Bonaparte sta facendo parecchio. Solo, non per noialtri».
«Per i grandi proprietari. Per i nobili, gli speculatori, i fornitori dell'esercito e i finanzieri. Per quei merdosi, ecco per chi sta lavorando il Primo console...».
Gizzio sembrava ancora più taciturno del solito. Per tutto il cammino dal centro al foborgo, dove lui e Modonnet abitavano, disse a malapena due parole, eccettuate le strane bestemmie che ogni tanto sputava tra i denti.
«Toglimi una curiosità» gli chiese alla fine Modonnet mentre stavano per arrivare a casa. «Al tuo paese è normale invocare con tanta frequenza la ghigliottina su Gesù Cristo, sulla Madonna e su tutti i santi, come fai tu?».
Gizzio rise amaramente: «Lo facciamo di continuo. Tutti, anche i bambini e i preti. Vieni a vivere un mese dalle mie parti, e capirai».
«Non mi ricordo mai come si chiama la tua città».
«Io stesso vorrei non ricordarmene. Comunque, non è una città: è un villaggio di poche anime sperduto nell'Aspromonte. Ammesso che esista ancora. Non ho sue notizie da due anni, cioè da quando sono venuto qui a Parigi».
Era il discorso più lungo che Modonnet gli avesse mai udito fare.
«Ma no» proseguì Gizzio, come parlando fra sé. «Giudico troppo severamente i miei compaesani. In fondo, nessuno di loro si è arruolato nell'Armata cristiana e reale». Gizzio pronunciò queste ultime parole con una smorfia di disgusto.
«Ne ho sentito parlare» commentò Modonnet. «Le bande del cardinale Ruffo, non è vero? Una specie di Vandea...».
«Molto peggio. I vandeani, almeno, sapevano per cosa combattevano; i sanfedisti invece si sono solo fatti affascinare dai feudatari e dai preti. Hanno avuto quello che si meritavano. Li aspettano altri due o tre secoli di dispotismo e di miseria. E ti dico la verità: penso che anche qui, in Francia, andrà a finire allo stesso modo. Te lo concedo: finora il popolo di Parigi si è comportato bene, specialmente i tuoi compagni del foborgo Sant'Antonio. Ma quanto ancora potranno resistere? I contadini francesi non sono affatto
più intelligenti di quelli del Regno di Napoli; nelle campagne già da tempo monta la reazione. Gente che cerca solo un padrone cui obbedire; e in buona parte l'ha già trovato. E allora non chiedermi perché bestemmio, Léo: mi è rimasto solo questo, mannaia lu signuri!».
«Ho sempre apprezzato il tuo ottimismo, cittadino Gizzio!» concluse Modonnet.

3.

Uno dei vantaggi del mestiere teatrale è che permette di dormire sino a tardi; quando si ha un tetto sotto cui ripararsi, naturalmente. Léo Modonnet, per ora, l'aveva; ma quella mattina dormì lo stesso un sonno assai inquieto. Verso mezzogiorno, poco prima di svegliarsi, fece uno dei sogni più enigmatici della sua vita.
Era un sogno musicale. Modonnet udiva con una chiarezza allucinatoria una breve melodia, gentile e saltellante, in uno stile antiquato, suonata da una piccola orchestra. Poi, lo stesso tema, ma eseguito da un'orchestra molto più grande, con accenti molto più imperiosi e con una chiusa cromatica vagamente minacciosa. A questo punto appariva uno strano ometto, che si esprimeva con un forte accento tedesco. «Ogni vero artista, mein Freund, è anche uno Zauberer – un mago –, sì. Può capitargli di prevedere un futuro imprevedibile. Cosa, o chi, aveva in mente Rousseau quando, riferendosi alla Corsica, scriveva: “ho il vago presentimento che un giorno questa piccola isola stupirà l'Europa”? E quel ragazzino di dodici anni, che un giorno nel mio giardino mise in scena il suo Bastien und Bastienne – come poté presentire che un giorno la volontà generale sarebbe stata manipolata e circuita da un tiranno? Eppure, mein Freund, la storia non è mai un copione già scritto, così come una partitura non è mai immodificabile. E quando ci si accorge che la pagina è guasta, rimane sempre una soluzione: strapparla».
Modonnet si svegliò frastornato e con un forte mal di testa. Senza sapere bene perché, la prima cosa che fece fu aprire il suo baule per cercarvi un involto. Dentro c'erano una maschera nera, un mantello e un bastone dal manico lucente.
Quella notte, Ludwig Wenzel Lachnith, davanti al portone di casa sua, mentre frugava un po' alticcio nelle tasche del suo soprabito per cercare la chiave, notò una scritta di colore rosso fosforescente sul muro proprio accanto alla porta:

RACHE

Prima che avesse il tempo di chiedersi cosa stava succedendo, avvertì il brivido freddo di una lama proprio sotto il mento, e udì alle sue spalle una voce altrettanto metallica e tagliente: «Cittadino musicista, vogliate cortesemente condurmi nel vostro studio».
«Come volete, amico mio» diceva Lachnith mentre saliva le scale, tallonato da Scaramouche. «Non c'è bisogno di tutta questa commedia... vi ho riconosciuto, sapete?».
«Merda» pensò Modonnet.
«Eravate con me a cena ieri sera. Ammetto che il ruolo che vi è stato assegnato nell'ultima produzione è al di sotto delle vostre capacità attoriali; ma tenete conto che si tratta di un'opera, e che Voi non sapete cantare. Ho delle conoscenze, e posso farvi ottenere una buona scrittura per la prossima stagione di prosa... però, immagino che vogliate un risarcimento più immediato, e in contanti».
Erano intanto entrati nello studio del compositore.
«Immaginate male» disse Scaramouche. «Voglio solo porre rimedio a uno dei più insensati e odiosi crimini contro il buon gusto e il buon senso che si possano citare nella storia dell'arte musicale. Voglio cancellare la macchia con cui voi avete insudiciato la memoria di un grande musicista. Voglio che mi diate la partitura originale di quello scempio chiamato I misteri d'Iside».
«Eccola». Lachnith sollevò un manoscritto dal ripiano della sua scrivania e lo consegnò a Scaramouche: «Cosa ve ne farete, adesso?».
«Non lo so ancora. La strapperò in mille pezzi e la getterò nella Senna. Oppure ne attaccherò i fogli ai muri di Parigi per denunciare la vostra cialtroneria».
Lachnith rise: «Vedo che siete un idealista. Forse non vi siete accorto che i tempi sono cambiati e che la rivoluzione è finita. Permettetemi di darvi un consiglio: perché non ve ne tornate in Italia? Laggiù c'è ancora da fare per le teste calde come voi. Già che ci siete, portate con voi quel musone del vostro amico, e ditegli che non è colpa nostra se i giacobini napoletani erano degli imbecilli... se avessero dato subito la terra ai contadini, anziché perdere tempo in chiacchiere, le cose sarebbero andate molto diversamente».
«Ce ne ricorderemo per la prossima rivoluzione» disse Scaramouche.

Nota bibliografica

Questo racconto deve molto al primo capitolo del libro di Augusto Illuminati Gli inganni di Sarastro, Einaudi, Torino 1980, che indaga – sia pure con qualche eccessivo schematismo – le relazioni fra la teoria politica di Rousseau, le scoperte di Franz Anton Mesmer, il Bastien und Bastienne – la cui prima rappresentazione si dice abbia avuto luogo nel giardino della casa di Mesmer a Vienna – e Il flauto magico di Mozart.
Hector Berlioz nelle sue Memorie critica con estrema durezza l'adattamento molto libero de Il Flauto Magico realizzato da Lachnith sotto il titolo de Les mystères d'Isis. Il testo originale delle Mémoires di Berlioz (Parigi 1865) è facilmente reperibile in Internet.
Sulle critiche rivolte a Mozart dal musicista suo contemporaneo Giuseppe Sarti si veda il saggio Sarti contro Mozart di Massimo Mila, ora in M. Mila, Mozart. Saggi 1941-1987, Einaudi, Torino 2006, pp. 332-58.
La sorprendente identità fra il tema iniziale dell'ouverture del Bastien und Bastienne e l'inizio della Terza Sinfonia di Beethoven è, secondo Hermann Abert – citato da Wolfgang Hildesheimer nella sua nota biografia mozartiana –, una pura coincidenza. Com'è noto, Beethoven intendeva intitolare la sinfonia a Napoleone Bonaparte; secondo la tradizione, il musicista strappò la dedica quando seppe che Napoleone si era fatto incoronare imperatore.
Il parallelo fra Napoleone Bonaparte e il Sarastro di Mozart/Lachnith si trova in Jean Tulard, Napoleone. Il mito del salvatore, Rusconi, Milano 1980, p. 9. Alle pp. 183-85 dello stesso libro si parla della crisi alimentare in Francia fra la primavera del 1801 e il 1802.
Le idee esposte qui da Lachnith sulla modernità come spettacolo e sulla “gente” che si vuole divertire derivano in realtà dal libro di Alessandro Baricco L'anima di Hegel e le mucche del Wisconsin, Feltrinelli, Milano 2009.


          La cultura delle destre        
Il libro che sto recensendo è: Gabriele Turi, La cultura delle destre. Alla ricerca dell'egemonia culturale in Italia, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 2013, pp. 175, Euro 14,00, ISBN 978-88-339-2429-8.

L'autore insegna storia contemporanea a Firenze e dirige la rivista "Passato e presente". Il libro, nonostante il titolo, non ha molto a che vedere col celebre saggio di Furio Jesi; ha un approccio decisamente meno teoretico, in compenso Ã¨ ricchissimo di dati.

Il presupposto da cui parte è molto semplice: la cosiddetta "egemonia culturale della sinistra" nell'Italia del dopoguerra è una leggenda metropolitana. In realtà l'ideologia dominante Ã¨ sempre stata di destra; Turi si spinge fino ad affermare una "centralità del fascismo nella storia culturale e civile del paese". Il berlusconismo Ã¨ l'erede e il continuatore di questa cultura.

La trattazione inizia con un ampio estratto del famigerato intervento di Luciano Violante alla Camera del 10 maggio 1996 (quello che invitava a "riflettere" sui "ragazzi" di Salò in nome dei "valori nazionali comunemente condivisi"). Turi dimostra come l'exploit di Violante sia stato preparato da decenni di "edulcoramento storiografico della dittatura di Mussolini"; tappe importanti di questa operazione di normalizzazione del fascismo, a livello massmediatico, furono due mostre sugli anni '30, una allestita a Milano nel 1982 e l'altra a Roma nel 1984 (quest'ultima con la consulenza di Renzo De Felice): "entrambe promosse da amministrazioni socialiste", ha cura di specificare Turi.

Turi menziona poi un altro "caso esemplare": la proposta, da parte dell'allora sindaco di Roma Francesco Rutelli, nel 1995, di dedicare una via a Giuseppe Bottai. L'iniziativa riscosse il plauso (fra gli altri) di Massimo Cacciari, e fu bloccata solo dalle proteste della comunità ebraica; ci si era dimenticati, fra l'altro, che Bottai era stato uno dei sostenitori più ferventi delle leggi razziali; l'immagine corrente di Bottai era infatti quella giustificazionista del "fascista critico" delineata da Giordano Bruno Guerri nella sua fortunata biografia del 1976.

Il patriottismo, la ricerca di valori nazionali, di una "memoria condivisa" e di una "pacificazione" sono il Leitmotiv che, nella ricostruzione di Turi, caratterizza la polemica anti-antifascista condotta negli anni '90 da intellettuali come Renzo De Felice, Roberto Vivarelli, Ernesto Galli Della Loggia, spesso con l'assenso e il plauso della sinistra istituzionale. Troviamo ancora il buon Francesco Rutelli in prima linea nell'operazione di riabilitazione di Giovanni Gentile, filosofo a cui il comune di Roma dedicò un convegno nel 1994 presentandolo come un patriota al di sopra delle parti e dimenticandone l'organicità al nazifascismo.

Interessante notare che, in questo frame revisionistico, chi ostacola la "pacificazione", chi alimenta la "divisività", è un potenziale terrorista. Turi cita Vivarelli, secondo il quale per colpa degli antifascisti nell'Italia del dopoguerra "si perpetuò un clima di strisciante guerra civile, che [...] produsse la tragica stagione del terrorismo".

Turi sottolinea il ruolo degli intellettuali craxiani nel diffondere in Italia durante gli anni '80 le idee del neoliberismo reaganiano e thatcheriano e nel promuovere l'anticomunismo. Questi intellettuali poi, assieme ad altri di estrazione neofascista o cattolico-reazionaria, divennero nel decennio '90 gli artefici principali dell'ideologia populista berlusconiana, la quale nell'ultimo quindicennio si è dotata di "una rete di think thank, laboratori di idee ispirati al modello statunitense, capaci di costruire e diffondere un comune sentire"; tutta una serie di riviste, fondazioni, case editrici, "poco conosciute presso l'opinione pubblica" ma efficaci come centri di "aggregazione di intellettuali e di elaborazione culturale" (e, di solito, ben finanziate dagli industriali).

Turi ricostruisce minuziosamente alcuni fra i principali momenti dell'offensiva culturale di destra: la battaglia a favore del mantenimento del crocifisso nelle aule scolastiche (una battaglia vinta dalla destra anche a causa dell'atteggiamento imbelle assunto al riguardo dal centrosinistra); la vicenda, davvero tragicomica, della censura proposta dal centrodestra sui manuali scolastici di storia, anche qui in nome della "memoria condivisa", della pacificazione, dell'imparzialità e contro la presunta "egemonia culturale" della sinistra.

Interessante il confronto, proposto da Turi, fra il modo in cui il novantesimo anniversario della fine della prima guerra mondiale è stato ricordato in Italia e in altri paesi europei. Turi mostra come nel 2008 in Gran Bretagna, in Francia, in Germania, le celebrazioni ufficiali siano state improntate alla pietà per le vittime, all'orrore per l'enormità del massacro e siano state accompagnate, a volte, da gesti ufficiali di riabilitazione dei soldati che furono condannati come disertori. Tutto il contrario in Italia, dove "la sostanza della commemorazione è rimasta affidata al tema dell'identità nazionale" e dove il ministero dell'Istruzione ha promosso una serie di conferenze nelle scuole affidate non agli storici ma agli ufficiali dell'esercito, in quella che è stata definita la "più imponente manifestazione di propaganda militare che l'Italia repubblicana abbia mai messo in piedi".

Nell'ultimo capitolo del suo libro Turi prova a tracciare una mappa del revisionismo storico su Internet, individuando "un network molto ampio di riviste e di istituzioni [...] una rete circolare in cui appaiono ripetutamente gli stessi nomi, specchio di una visione della storia che in breve tempo da antagonista è diventata governativa". Il capitolo Ã¨ un ricco dossier di nomi e di indicazioni bibliografiche, una minuziosa schedatura di cui in questa sede non posso dare un'idea.

La conclusione cui giunge Gabriele Turi è che la cultura di destra è saldamente egemone ed è destinata a sopravvivere alla fine politica di Silvio Berlusconi. Aggiungerei che l'attuale esperienza dei governi di “larghe intese” (Monti, Letta, Renzi) getta una luce retrospettiva su molte delle prese di posizione filorevisioniste, da parte di esponenti del centrosinistra, ricordate nel libro di Turi. Bisognerebbe scrivere un libro analogo a quell di Turi, dedicato alla "cultura di sinistra", nel quale si mostrerebbe come a partire da Togliatti il nazionalismo abbia infettato nei decenni la cultura politica del PCI - PDS - DS - PD fino a stravolgerla completamente. Ma questa è un'altra storia.
          Harmonices Mundi        
Ecco qui di seguito il mio contributo alla raccolta Tifiamo asteroide. Cento storie sulla fine catastrofica del governo Letta.

Dai banchi del governo, il Presidente del Consiglio leggeva il discorso di presentazione della finanziaria 2014.

L'emiciclo di Montecitorio era completamente vuoto.

Il nuovo regolamento della Camera, approvato all'unanimità pochi mesi prima, prevedeva solo riunioni in videoconferenza. Gli onorevoli seguivano e votavano da casa, via Intranet, attraverso una rete locale controllata dal Ministero dell'Interno, con notevole risparmio per l'erario.

Il centro di Roma era deserto, recintato: "zona rossa" presidiata dalle autoblindo dell'esercito e da pattuglie mobili dei corpi di polizia. Gli abitanti erano stati invitati a non uscire di casa. Comunque quasi tutti erano già sfollati nelle seconde case in località di villeggiatura, perché non si sa mai.

Dal cielo, per ora, solo il rombo degli elicotteri. In lontananza, dalla periferia della città, si udivano provenire paurosi boati e colonne di fumo nero si levavano all'orizzonte. Stava accadendo qualcosa laggiù. Difficile sapere cosa, perché le telecomunicazioni erano state temporaneamente oscurate e Internet funzionava poco e male, evidentemente per intervento della polizia postale e dei servizi. Ma eravamo riusciti ad intercettare la linea Intranet del ministero, e dalla nostra base potevamo seguire la seduta del parlamento; ammesso che la si potesse ancora chiamare così.

I passaggi principali del discorso di Letta erano commentati da tonanti applausi preregistrati. Licenziamento di metà dei dipendenti pubblici (applausi). Chiusura di un terzo delle scuole e di un terzo degli ospedali (applausi). Abolizione dello statuto dei lavoratori (applausi). Nuova legge molto più restrittiva sullo sciopero, sui sindacati, sulla stampa (applausi), innalzamento a 80 anni dell'età pensionabile (applausi), e ancora tagli, tagli, tagli... Aumento dei finanziamenti alle scuole private. Applausi. Aumento delle spese militari. Applausi.

Arrivato al passaggio sulla chiusura dei Conservatori, Letta si interruppe. C'era un sostantivo tedesco, Sphärenmusik. Cosa diavolo voleva dire? Certo, il testo del discorso era arrivato solo un'ora prima da Francoforte, e la segreteria aveva dovuto farlo tradurre in fretta e furia. "Ma caspita", pensò il Presidente del consiglio, "questo significa lavorare col culo. Anche lì bisognerà licenziare"...

Letta non riuscì a completare il pensiero, interrotto da un fatto improvviso e incomprensibile. Gli altoparlanti della Camera, al posto degli applausi finti, avevano iniziato a diffondere il Capriccio n. 24 in la minore di Niccolò Paganini.

Che stava succedendo? Mentre Letta e gli altri componenti il governo si guardavano intorno, disorientati, la musica fu sovrastata da un sibilo acutissimo, che si faceva sempre più forte.

Dopo il boato assordante, con le orecchie che fischiavano, sentivamo ancora quella musica.
Dove fino a un istante prima si trovava Enrico Letta, capo del governo di larghe intese, si apriva una spaventosa voragine. Dall'enorme cratere si levavano nubi di fumo nero.



Nye mentions the possibility of threats to power girds, and doubts that they can be fully prevented by “air gaps” between grid or infrastructure pieces and the public Internet

He mentions the importance of rogue states or non-state actors.  One of his concepts, of norms, would preclude attacks on targets that have civilian use only (this might include political parties). Yet that seems to be the point of attacks by entities like North Korea, or some hackers motivated by ransomware (often in Russia or former Soviet components), or radical Islamists who resent modernism.   North Korea attacked a corporate entity outside its borders, Sony Pictures, in the US, for mocking its leader.  It seems as though a sufficiently radical and nihilistic actor could be motivated by asymmetric targeting of individual speakers in the US or other western countries just to prove it could wreak havoc with all parties associated with a particularly provocative person or private business.


          Seniorzy jak nastolatki, czyli kiedy zaczyna się starość | Nasto-dziadki        
„Sześćdziesiątka to nowa trzydziestka, a trzydziestka to dawna osiemnastka” – przewija się przez internetowe blogi, poradnikowe gazety i programy telewizyjne. Prawda to czy mydlenie oczu?
          Jak wygląda psychoterapia przez internet | Gadu, gadu o depresji        
Psychoterapia przez Skype’a albo Messengera? Mimo wątpliwości, czy to profesjonalne, w internecie aż gęsto od ofert.
          Registre seu celular ao entrar no Uruguai        
Recentemente fiz uma viagem para Punta del Este e, como sempre, contei com um simcard pré-pago do país com um bom plano de dados 3g para me manter conectado.
Chegando no aeroporto, enquanto minha esposa pa$$seava no free-shop, reparei num aviso da alfândega uruguaia que dizia que caso o viajante pretendesse usar seu aparelho celular com algum simcard do país era obrigatório o registro do mesmo.
O processo é simples, basta levar o aparelho celular no guiche da alfândega uruguaia que fica jundo das máquinas de raio-x antes de sair do local de retirada de bagagem. Lá um funcionário preencherá um formulário com os dados do aparelho e pedirá sua assinatura.
Leva aproximadamente 24 horas para que o celular esteja liberado para funcionar com qualquer simcard uruguaio.
Em Punta del Este acabei comprando um simcard da Ancel e ativando um plano de dados de 1GB válidos por 5 dias por U$148, aproximadamente R$15,00. Só para comparar, a internet wifi do hotel custava US$10 por hora...
          Internet para linhas pré-pagas no Uruguai        
Fazendo uma pesquisa nos sites das operadoras de celulares uruguaias descobri que a Ancel (http://www.ancel.com.uy) oferece pacotes de internet para seus clientes pré-pagos.
Existem várias opções de pacotes de internet. Para um visitante passando alguns dias no país os pacotes mais interessantes são os de 1GB válidos por 5 dias por U$100 (aproximadamente R$9,00) e o de 3GB válidos por 10 dias por U$200 (aproximadamente R$18,00).
Para ativá-los em sua linha pré-paga da Ancel, envie um SMS para o número 226 com o texto "BAM 100" para o pacote de 1GB ou "BAM 200" para o pacote de 3GB.
Para saber mais sobre os pacotes de internet da operadora celular Ancel, acesse este link.
          Vono no N97 - "receita de bolo"        
Já postei no blog um passo a passo para habilitar o VOIP nos smartphones Symbian^1 (N97). Agora consegui um tempo e vou postar as configurações específicas do Vono, provedor VOIP da GVT.

Estou partindo do princípio que já foram executados os passos necessários para habilitar o VOIP no N97, conforme explicitado num post anterior, bem como o usuário tenha se cadastrado no provedor de VOIP.

1. Entre em Configur. -> Conectividade -> Confs.administr. -> Configuraçs. SIP -> Opções -> Novo perfil SIP -> Usar perfil padrão.

2.Coloque os seguintes campos:
Nome do perfil: Vono
Perfil de serviço: IETF
Destino padrão: normalmente Internet, mas pode colocar o ponto de acesso de seu interesse
Nome público do usuário: sip:@vono.net.br
Usar compressão: não
Registro: Quando preciso
Usar segurança: Não

Servidor proxy: normalmente não é necessário configurar

Servidor de registro:
Endereço servidor regist.: sip:vono.net.br
Domínio: vono
Nome do usuário:
Senha:
Tipo de transporte: UDP
Porta: 5060

3. Entre em Configur. -> Conectividade -> Confs.administr. -> Configs. Net -> Advanced VoIP settings -> Create new service e selecione o perfil SIP criado no passo 2, chamado Vono.

4. Entre em Configur. -> Conectividade -> Confs.administr. -> Configs. Net -> Advanced VoIP settings -> VoIP services -> Vono -> Profile settings e marque as opções 'AWCDMA' e 'UAWMAC' para ON. Com isso será possível usar o Vono através de uma conexão 3G.

5. Caso o usuário queira ficar conectado continuamente é interessante configurar o STUN Server para manter a conexão ativa. Para isso, entre em Configur. -> Conectividade -> Confs.administr. -> Configs. Net -> Advanced VoIP settings -> NAT Firewall Settings -> Domain parameters -> vono.net.br -> STUN Settings e coloque as seguintes informações:

STUN server: stunserver.org
Port: 3478
Username:
Password:
Shared Secret: Off
Start Port: 49152
End Port: 65535

Clique em "back" e preencha as seguintes informações:

TCP NAT bind refresh timer: 1200
UDP NAT bind refresh timer: 28
CRLF refresh: ON
          Saiba quanto tempo você vai ficar na Anchieta-Imigrantes        
Sempre reclamei que as concessionárias das rodovias falhavam em não oferecer ferramentas para que usuários de internet móvel possam saber as condições do tráfego. Tanto que criei um site com as imagens das câmeras das estradas que levam ao litoral.
Assim, gostaria de mostrar um site criado pela Ecovias que mostra o tempo estimado de viagem entre a capital paulista e os principais destinos do litoral, o Tempo de Viagem.

O uso do mesmo é simples, basta acessar o site com o seu celular e selecionar o ponto de origem da viagem, São Paulo capital ou algumas das principais cidades do litoral. Na tela seguinte, será apresentada uma estimativa do tempo de viagem do trecho escolhido. Simples e sem frescuras!
Para acessá-lo, digite o endereço http://tempodeviagem.ecovias.com.br ou use o QRcode abaixo:
qrcode
          Vivo Internet Pré        
A Vivo acabou de lançar pacotes de dados para seus clientes pré-pagos, disponíveis tanto para quem tem uma linha de voz quanto para quem adquirir o kit de modem mais linha exclusiva para dados.
São 3 opções de pacotes:
1. Vivo Internet Diário, com um custo de R$12,00 e limite de tráfego de 150MB;
2. Vivo Internet Semanal, com um custo de R$35,00 e limite de tráfego de 250MB;
3. Vivo Internet Mensal, com um custo de R$130,00 e limite de tráfego de 1GB.
Em todos os casos, caso se atinja o limite de tráfego a velocidade cairá para 128kbps.
Para ativar o pacote de sua linha pré-paga, envie a palavra "DIARIO", "SEMANAL" ou "MENSAL" por SMS para o número 8200. O sistema enviará um SMS de confirmação que deverá ser respondido com a palavra "SIM".
Os pacotes, após ativados, não podem ser cancelados.
Na minha opinião os preços estão um pouco salgados, mas trata-se de uma boa maneira de manter-se conectado, por exemplo, numa viagem de férias e não ficar dependendo do WiFi caro dos hotéis...
Mais informações podem ser encontradas no site da Vivo.
          Configurando o PTT (Push-to-talk) nos Nokia S60        
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Fazem alguns dias postei sobre o site wippies, que oferece um servidor PTT/PoC (push-to-talk) gratuito para celulares que possuem a capacidade de PTT/PoC compatível com os padrões OMA (Open Mobile Alliance) como os Nokia S60 (N95, E71, N73, entre outros). Abaixo vai um passo a passo para configurar o serviço.

1. Acesse o site http://www.wippies.com e clique em "Join wippies" Caso o site esteja em finlandês, clique na bandeira do Reino Unido para traduzí-lo ao inglês.
2. Preencha as informações requeridas como login, senha, nome, endereço, etc.

3. Feito o cadastro, acesse o site http://my.wippies.com, coloque o login e a senha e será aberta a página acima com dados da sua conta. Clique em "Additional services order".

4. Na próxima página, clique em "Wippies PoC".

5. Na próxima página, marque a opção "Select price option", escolha um login PoC e uma senha, que pode ser a mesma do site wippies, e marque "I want to order this service".
6. Pronto, sua conta de PTT/PoC no wippies está ativa.
Agora é necessário configurar o celular. Para isso, execute o programa "PTT" e clique em "Opções" - "Configurações" - "Configurações conexão".

Na tela de configuração, coloque as seguintes informações:
Domínio: poc.wippies.com
Nome do ponto de acesso:
Endereço do servidor: poc.wippies.com
Nome do usuário: (o nome do usuário PoC criado no passo 5 acima)
Senha do PTT: (a senha PoC criada no passo 5 acima)
Pronto, o celular está configurado e deve se conectar automaticamente ao wippies.
Antes de fazer uma ligação PTT, é necessário cadastrar o endereço PTT do destinatário em uma entrada de Contato.
Crie um novo contato ou edite um existente, clique em "Opções" - "Adicionar detalhe" - "PTT" e digite o endereço PTT sem o "@poc.wippies.com".

Para fazer a chamada PTT, rode o programa PTT, selecione "Opções" - "Contatos", o nome da pessoa que você quer chamar e por fim, "Fazer cham. privativa".
Para falar, mantenha pressionado o botão "Send" (verde) do celular e solte-o para que a outra parte possa falar.
Pelos meus testes, o atraso nas conversas PTT é bem pequeno, mesmo entre operadoras diferentes. O consumo de dados também foi bastante baixo. Isto combinado com um simcard prépago com um bom pacote de dados no exterior pode se transformar numa ótima forma de comunicação.
          LGBT Christians Blog for Sanity        

Today, Christians across the internet are blogging their faith and their support for LGBT people through a synchroblog project organized by Justin Lee, the Executive Director of the Gay Christian Network. The synchroblog is timed to match the launch of Lee’s new book, TORN: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate.

Tired of politicized “debates” about the lives of LGBT people and Christians, Lee has attempted to take a middle approach. “This is an issue that is tearing apart families and damaging the reputation of Christianity. But as much as our culture talks about this issue, there’s very little actual conversation going on,” Lee claims.

Lee’s book, TORN, will reach those in both the Christian world, and those who are, know, or care for someone who is LGBT identified. It asks for people to examine assumptions and to have careful conversations with one another that seek to learn, instead of to “win”.

The synchroblog draws others into the same conversation. Bloggers are asked to write a blog post in favor of sanity and compassion in LGBT/Christian conversation. Several popular Christian bloggers are already participating, including Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner.

As the country reflects on the successes of marriage equality campaigns, we are seeing that caring conversation is making a real difference. Many in Minnesota credited the defeat of the anti-marriage equality amendment partially on a campaign of conversations across the state. Just a year ago, GLAAD launched a Thanksgiving campaign “I’m Going to Let Aunt Betty Feel a Little Awkward This Thanksgiving” to encourage conversations around the Thanksgiving table.

Check out the posts that have been submitted so far at Justin Lee’s Tumblr. Share the best quotes or links to the blogs that speak best to your experience. Bloggers interested in joining the synchroblog can still offer submissions and join in the conversation.

November 13, 2012
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          Gacetilla de Prensa        

El día sábado pasado, en la sede gremial de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Rio Negro y Neuquén, se realizó la tercera clase del “Curso de capacitación y actualización sindical” que viene desarrollando la Seccional local y la asociación civil Gestar.

“Convenio Colectivo de Trabajo. Concepto, alcances y leyes aplicables” fue el tema que expuso la Dra. Mónica Sepúlveda, especialista en derecho laboral y accidentes de trabajo, en una exposición que tuvo una duración de más de tres horas. Concurrieron 32 personas entre Delegados de plantas de empaque e integrantes de Comisión Directiva local.

“Al terminar las 13 clases programadas, en donde se analizaran diversos tópicos relacionados a las normas que regulan la actividad, se entregaran certificados a los asistentes que hayan cumplido con el 70% de asistencia” explico Sergio Poblete, coordinador del curso de capacitación.

Marcelo Portiño, Secretario General de la Seccional local, expresó “estamos muy satisfechos con las ganas que demuestran los delegados y demás dirigentes en capacitarse, en la última jornada desarrollada los trabajadores quedaron muy enchufados con la exposición de la Dra. Sepúlveda, y estamos esperando para el próximo 18 de Septiembre en donde ella continuara con el tema del Convenio Colectivo 1/76 que regula la actividad del empaque de frutas frescas”.

Cabe recordar que este Curso fue declarado de interés social por la Legislatura de Rio Negro en la sesión del 31 de Julio pasado.

Pablo Amadeo Camarada

Secretario de Prensa

Comisión Directiva

Seccional General Roca


          Gacetilla de Prensa        

El pasado sábado 08 de agosto se agasajo a las niñas y niños que se acercaron a la sede del Sindicato de la Fruta de General Roca, en donde se realizó la Fiesta del Día del Niño para los hijos de los trabajadores del empaque.

“La Fiesta del Día del Niño la venimos realizando desde que asumimos en el 2004, es una actividad que nunca hemos dejado de hacer porque nos parece que el esfuerzo para agasajar a los más chicos bien lo vale y nunca es mucho. Uno siempre quiere lograr una mejor fiesta, pero los impedimentos económicos atentan contra ese objetivo y realmente hay que agudizar el ingenio para lograrlo”, expresó Marcelo Portiño, Secretario General del Sindicato Local.

“Los integrantes de la Comisión Directiva queremos agradecer la colaboración de las empresas Agro Roca S.A., Bermejo Hnos., Primera Cooperativa Ltda., Maresba, Zetone, Fruempac, San Formerio., Flor del Valle, Moño Azul, como así a la Mutual de la Fruta, a la Dirección de Cultura del Municipio de General Roca, a la asociación civil “Gestar”, y a Sur Teatro por el espectáculo, ya que gracias a sus aportes hemos logrado concretar una Fiesta del Día del Niño muy positiva”, manifestó finalmente Portiño.

Pablo Camarada

Secretario de Prensa


          Festejo día del Niño        


La Comisión Directiva de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de obreros empacadores de frutas de Río Negro y Neuquén realizará, el próximo día Sábado 08 de agosto de 2009, la Fiesta del Día del Niño, tal como lo ha venido realizando desde el año 2004.

Será a partir de las 15.00 horas e invita a todos los hijos de los afiliados a participar de este festejo para agasajarlos, habrá juegos de integración, títeres, golosinas, castillos inflables y el tradicional chocolate con bollitos.

El lugar es en la sede del Sindicato, ubicado en calle Misiones 1675 de esta ciudad. Los esperamos.

Pablo Camarada

Secretario de Prensa


          Gacetilla de Prensa        


Inicio Curso de Capacitación y Actualización Sindical

El día Sábado pasado, en la sede gremial de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Rio Negro y Neuquén, se realizó el primer modulo del Curso de capacitación y actualización sindical”.

“Interpretación de recibos de sueldo y acuerdos de productividad” fue el primer tema del programa curricular del Curso, el que fuera dictado por el Secretario General Marcelo Portiño y por el Secretario Tesorero Mariano Grijera. Concurrieron unas 30 personas entre Delegados de plantas de empaque e integrantes de Comisión Directiva local.

“Estamos muy satisfechos con la concurrencia y notamos una muy buena predisposición de los compañeros a capacitarse, han participado mucho y bien, realmente estamos muy contentos. Este curso de capacitación lo estamos haciendo con mucho esfuerzo, pero contamos con la colaboración de la asociación civil “Gestar, promoviendo el desarrollo humano” quien es la organización que nos ayudo en la formulación del proyecto y es quien coordina y organiza las distintas actividades de este curso”, expresó Marcelo Portiño.

“El Viernes también nos llego una noticia que nos dio mucho animo para iniciar la capacitación, pues por iniciativa del Legislador Juan Elbi Cides del MPP, se declaró de interés social al curso de capacitación en la sesión de la Legislatura”, manifestó Portiño.

El próximo encuentro se realizará el día 15 de Agosto en la sede sindical de Misiones 1675 de esta ciudad, en donde se dictará la primera parte del modulo sobre el Convenio Colectivo de Trabajo que regula la relación laboral del sector del empaque, el que será dictado por el Dr. Jorge Crespo.

Pablo Amadeo Camarada

Secretario de Prensa

Comisión Directiva

Seccional General Roca


          Proyecto de Curso de Capacitación y Actualización Sindical        

Introducción

La continua capacitación de los hombres y mujeres que representan a los obreros en las distintas plantas de empaque de la Seccional General Roca, es necesaria para que el accionar de estos representantes sean los adecuados en la defensa de los derechos de sus compañeros ante la patronal. Una de las propuestas que la conducción actual llevaba en su plataforma electoral en las últimas elecciones, era lo referente a la capacitación gremial de los delegados y demás dirigentes del sindicato de la fruta.

La Comisión Directiva de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Río Negro Y Neuquén, están convencidos de que este es un momento propicio para encarar este desafío, con la intención de aportar una formación cualitativa para que la acción de los dirigentes sindicales y delegados de plantas de empaque sea acorde a las necesidades actuales, con la convicción de que sólo a través de delegados capacitados y concientes de su rol, se puede confiar en la construcción de un sindicalismo moderno y responsable.

No nos precede experiencia en esta área y será necesario mucho esfuerzo, colaboración y participación de todos los que tenemos algún grado de responsabilidad en la representación de los trabajadores, esto así porque la defensa de los derechos de los obreros de la fruta a sido y será un compromiso que hemos asumido, y que así lo hicimos porque tenemos vocación de servicio.

Para lograr esta meta, y advirtiendo que la Asociación Civil “Gestar, promoviendo el desarrollo humano” tenía como principal inquietud la formación ciudadana, es que nos hemos unido para consumar el fin propuesto por ambas instituciones: la del Sindicato para mejorar la defensa de los derechos laborales de los trabajadores del sector, la de la Asociación Civil “Gestar” para tener ciudadanos cada vez más consientes de sus derechos y con conocimientos del modo de ejercerlos.

Esperamos lograr, a través de esta mancomunación de esfuerzo e ideales, mejores representantes gremiales y, en el proceso, mejores ciudadanos.

Comisión Directiva Sindicato de la Fruta- Seccional General Roca

Comisión Directiva- Asociación Civil “Gestar, promoviendo el desarrollo humano"

FUNDAMENTOS

En los tiempos que corren se hace cada vez más necesaria la capacitación gremial, pues muchos de los delegados y demás dirigentes actúan en base a sus propias experiencias, la que lleva a un aprendizaje de prueba y error, y cuando se cometen errores en la defensa de los derechos laborales, los únicos perjudicados son los trabajadores que ven vulnerados sus derechos sociales. Con esto no queremos menospreciar la experiencia, pero a esto en necesario sumarle otros conocimientos.

Así, se hace cada vez más importante el acceso al conocimiento, pues este constituye un valor central, una necesidad y un derecho inalienable de los trabajadores. El conocimiento, en la hora actual, tiene un peso decisivo en la discusión con las empresas en la defensa de los intereses de los compañeros trabajadores del empaque.

El conocimiento es una herramienta indispensable, y se constituye en condición para pensar, proponer, defender y concretar estrategias de política sindical, educación no formal y acción social.

En el marco de este proyecto de capacitación, que en principio apunta a lo sindical o gremial, nos proponemos como meta, que sea mucho más amplio y abarcativo, ya sea en cuanto a los temas a desarrollar como también a los destinatarios; pensada para brindar posibilidades de acceso a todos aquellos a quienes la deseen, basándose en la solidaridad, la unidad y el reconocimiento de las experiencias previas de cada uno de los representantes de los obreros del empaque. De esta forma es posible integrar y reconciliar a los trabajadores de la fruta con su Sindicato.

También es necesario que la capacitación reconozca la diversidad y la diferencia de niveles y experiencias que traen los trabajadores, para de esta forma poner en práctica un principio básico de la sociedad: la igualdad de oportunidades.

Con este Curso de Capacitación Gremial buscamos dar respuesta a la necesidad de contar en los lugares de trabajo, con delegados que sepan representar los intereses de sus compañeros mostrando la solvencia necesaria para estar a la altura de la compleja realidad que presentan actualmente las relaciones laborales.

METAS

En esta primera etapa, la meta general es que quienes representan a los trabajadores estén preparados desde todos los aspectos (capacidad para negociar, asesorar, debatir, criticar, proponer, etc.) para realizar la tarea para la que sus propios compañeros lo han elegido.

OBJETIVOS

El objetivo que se propone es:

  • Capacitar a los representantes gremiales de los conocimientos necesarios que les posibiliten transformarse en líderes en sus respectivos lugares de trabajo, así como actualizarlos en la nueva legislación aplicable al sector.
  • Resaltar el conocimiento y la preparación como un elemento central en la tarea de la defensa de los derechos de los trabajadores.
  • Posibilitar el mejoramiento de la negociación contractual, logrando enriquecer y revitalizar el accionar sindical.
  • Acrecentar la credibilidad de los dirigentes del sindicato ante la mirada de los compañeros trabajadores del empaque, lo que posibilitara un mejor posicionamiento ante los empresarios.
  • Resaltar valores tales como compañerismo, solidaridad, respeto a derechos y opiniones de terceros, ética, asociativismo, compromiso, responsabilidad, vocación de servicio.

LUGAR

Sede Gremial del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Río Negro y Neuquén de esta Seccional, sito en calle Misiones 1675 de General Roca.

MODO

Se hará a través de seminarios, cursos o talleres, siendo este último el método más propicio para que puedan darse una serie de intercambio de conocimientos y experiencias entre los participantes. Los encuentros se realizaran los días sábados, cuyas fechas tentativas están especificadas en el Programa Curricular, con una duración de 3 1/2 (Tres y media) horas reloj por encuentro, totalizando 42 horas al finalizar el Curso, haciéndose entrega del certificado correspondiente.

BENEFICIARIOS

Los beneficiarios directos de estos encuentros de capacitación serán unas 65 personas entre delegados e integrantes de Comisión Directiva.

BENEFICIARIOS INDIRECTOS

Los trabajadores representados por los asistentes, calculados en más de 2.500 trabajadores.

COSTO DE LA CAPACITACIÓN: El costo del curso de la capacitación será afrontado con recursos de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Rio Negro y Neuquén y por la Asociación civil “Gestar, promoviendo el desarrollo humano”.

PROGRAMA CURRICULAR (con fechas tentativas de cursado)

PRIMER MODULO: INTERPRETACION DE RECIBOS DE SUELDO Y ACUERDOS DE PRODUCTIVIDAD. (01-08-09)

SEGUNDO MODULO: 1ra Parte: CONVENIO COLECTIVO DE TRABAJO: CONCEPTO Y ALCANCES. LEYES APLICABLES. (15-08-09)

2da Parte: CCT 1/76: PARTES INTERVINIENTES, VIGENCIA Y AMBITO DE APLICACIÓN. REINCORPORACION DEL PERSONAL. SUSPENSIÓN FIN TEMPORADA. PAGO SUELDOS E ITEMS QUE LO INTEGRAN. FALLOS. (29-08-09)

3ra Parte: CCT 1/76: NORMAS APLICABLES A POST-TEMPORADA. DERECHOS Y OBLIGACIONES DE LOS OBREROS, DE LAS EMPRESAS Y DE LOS DELEGADOS. FALLOS. DESACTUALIZACION CCT 1/76. (12-09-09)

TERCER MODULO: TECNICA DE NEGOCIACIÓN. (26-09-09)

CUARTO MODULO: NEGOCIACIÓN COLECTIVA O PARITARIA: NOMINACION DE PARITARIOS Y MANDATO DE LOS MISMOS. ALCANCES DEL ACUERDO. CONCILIACION OBLIGATORIA. LAUDO ARBITRAL. (03-10-09)

QUINTO MODULO: MEDIDAS DE ACCION DIRECTA. CLASES Y DIFICULTADES EN CADA CASO. CAPACIDAD DE LIDERAR Y DE NEGOCIAR. (17-10-09)

SEXTO MODULO. SINDICATO DE LA FRUTA: ESTATUTO. ORGANIZACIÓN Y FUNCIONES. FACULTADES Y ATRIBUCIONES DE LAS SECCIONALES. (31-10-09)

SEPTIMO MODULO: EVOLUCION DE LOS DERECHOS DEL TRABAJADOR. CONSTITUCION NACIONAL, PROVINCIAL Y LCT. (14-11-09)

OCTAVO MODULO: ACCIDENTES DE TRABAJO. LEY APLICABLE. OBLIGACIONES DE LA EMPRESA. TRAMITES Y GESTIONES CORRESPONDIENTES. (28-11-09)

NOVENO MODULO: SEGURIDAD SOCIAL: HISTORIA, ALCANCES Y VIGENCIA. ANALISIS DE CADA UNO EN EL MARCO DE LOS OBREROS DE LA FRUTA (TEMPORARIOS). (12-12-09)

CERTIFICADOS: Se extenderán certificados a quienes hayan cumplido con el 70% de asistencia.

EXPOSITORES: Cada uno de los temas será abordado por profesionales y/o personas idóneas en cada una de las temáticas a desarrollar.

FORMULACION, COORDINACION Y ORGANIZACIÓN: Lo realizará la Asociación Civil “Gestar, promoviendo el desarrollo humano”, pues este tipo de capacitación esta contemplado entre los objetivos estatutarios de la mencionada asociación civil, habiendo sido convocada por la gremial para la formulación del proyecto, la coordinación y organización de cada uno de los módulos, como así encargada de contratar a los distintos expositores.

Comisión Directiva Sindicato de la Fruta- Seccional General Roca

Comisión Directiva- Asociación Civil “Gestar, promoviendo el desarrollo humano”


          Gacetilla de Prensa        

Mariano Grijera, Marcelo Portiño y Pablo Camarada en la reunión de Comisión Directiva.

Sindicato de la Fruta y Pseudo-Cooperativas de trabajo

La Comisión Directiva del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Rio Negro y Neuquén de la Seccional General Roca se reunió el pasado Martes en donde analizo cuestiones vinculadas a los trabajadores de las cooperativas de trabajo que hacen servicio de empaque en la región.

“Nos ha llegado información de que estas pseudos cooperativas están realizando maniobras fraudulentas para con los trabajadores que se desempeñan en esas empresas, haciéndoles firmar la renuncia como socios bajo la promesa de blanquearlos. Aún cuando estos trabajadores no están en la orbita de nuestro Sindicato, no podemos permitir que, además que se los explote, ahora también se los quiera estafar,” expresó Marcelo Portiño, Secretario General de la Seccional General Roca.

“Es por esta razón que estamos convocando a los trabajadores que se desempeñan en estas cooperativas de trabajo a que se acerquen al Sindicato para asesorarse antes de firmar algo. En la reunión de Comisión Directiva hemos decidido dar la mayor cobertura gremial que podamos, como así que es necesario redoblar el esfuerzo y las acciones tendientes a “blanquear” la situación de estos trabajadores que en temporada ganan 800 pesos, y con eso tienen que pagar grandes sumas a la AFIP en concepto de trabajadores autónomos. Así, nos encontramos con trabajadores-socios de cooperativas que tienen deudas con AFIP por sumas superiores a los 5.000 pesos,” continuo explicando Portiño.

“Detrás de estas cooperativas están los verdaderos dueños, que son las empresas frutícolas de la región, que explotando a la gente logran hacer suculentos negocios. Lamentablemente, también debemos reconocer que en la región hay dirigentes gremiales que no solo hacen la vista gorda en este tema, sino que también hacen su propio negocio. En esto nosotros marcamos la diferencia porque desde que asumimos venimos trabajando para que se sincere la relación laboral que existe en estas casi-cooperativas,” afirmo Marcelo Portiño.

Finalmente, la Comisión Directiva invita a todos los trabajadores de cooperativas de trabajo que prestan servicios de empaque a que se acerquen al Sindicato local ubicado en calle Misiones 1675, a fin de que se asesoren ante ciertas medidas que están iniciando estas empresas, medidas que tienen el claro objetivo de perjudicarlos.


Pablo Amadeo Camarada
Secretario de Prensa
Comisión Directiva
Seccional General Roca

          Gacetilla de Prensa        


Suspensión inicio Capacitación Sindical en el Gremio de la Fruta

La Comisión Directiva de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Rio Negro y Neuquén decidió suspender el inicio del “Curso de Capacitación y Actualización Sindical” que estaba previsto para el próximo 11 de Julio, en razón de la Emergencia Sanitaria establecida en la Provincia de Rio Negro por la pandemia de la gripe A, como así se suspende toda actividad que implique concentración de personas en la sede sindical de calle Misiones 1675 hasta el 26 de Julio inclusive.


Asimismo, se informa que el Curso dará inicio el sábado 01 de Agosto en la sede Sindical en la que se hará la presentación del programa del curso, las expectativas de los participantes y se trabajara en el primer modulo que será de interpretación de recibos de sueldo y acuerdos de productividad, tarea que se desarrollara en una parte teórica para luego trabajar en la instancia de taller. Este primer modulo será dictado por Marcelo Portiño y Mariano Grigera.




Pablo Camarada

Secretario de Prensa


          Gacetilla de Prensa        

Capacitación Sindical en el Gremio de la Fruta

La Comisión Directiva de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Rio Negro y Neuquén aprobó la realización de un curso de capacitación sindical dirigido a integrantes de la Comisión Directiva y Delegados de Plantas de Empaque de la Seccional local.

“Con un gran esfuerzo vamos a dar inicio la última semana de Junio al “Curso de Capacitación y Actualización Sindical”, que es un proyecto que teníamos pendiente y que por fin podemos concretar. Tenemos muchos Delegados nuevos y que requieren conocimientos para afrontar la responsabilidad que han asumido frente a los trabajadores, y también lo necesitan los demás dirigentes y Delegados, porque estamos convencidos que capacitarse y actualizarse es necesario para poder defender los derechos de los trabajadores con mayor eficiencia”, destaco Marcelo Portiño, Secretario General de la Seccional General Roca.

“Con un total de 12 encuentros distribuidos en seis meses, con un temario que va desde el análisis de nuestro Convenio Colectivo de Trabajo hasta la historia de los derechos laborales y de la Seguridad Social, técnicas de negociación y legislación laboral que regula la actividad e interpretación de recibos de sueldo, son algunos de los temas que expondrán expertos en cada área, para luego pasar a la instancia de taller con un cierre en donde cada grupo expondrá sus conclusiones”, finalizó Portiño.

Jornadas de Seguridad Social de Rio Negro

Por otra parte, Delegados de plantas de empaque e integrantes de Comisión Directiva de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de la Fruta están participando en las Jornadas de Seguridad Social de Río Negro en el marco del "Programa de Fortalecimiento Sindical para la Promoción y Defensa de la Seguridad Social Integral y Solidaria" que se esta llevando a cabo en la localidad de Allen, y que fueron organizadas por la Secretaria de Estado de Trabajo de Río Negro, Anses, CGT y CASFPI. En estas Jornadas, de tres días de duración (8, 9 y 10 de Junio), se están viendo temas tales como Sistema Integrado de Jubilaciones y Pensiones, Asignaciones Familiares y Prestación por Desempleo, y participan representantes de distintos gremios. Los disertantes son Norma Noseda, Maria E. Luengo y Horacio Sagman, los Dres. Hugo Di Génova y Walter Chaparro.

“Nosotros estamos participando con muchas ganas, ya que todo lo que sea capacitación es importante. Pero este tema en especial nos interesa ya que estamos trabajando junto a la candidata Nora Mancini en la elaboración de un proyecto sobre la seguridad social para trabajadores temporarios con el objetivo de que asignaciones familiares vinculadas directamente a la protección de los niños y niñas, como así de las mujeres trabajadoras, sean abonadas durante todo el año, independientemente de los días trabajados”, expresó Marcelo Portiño.


Pablo Camarada

Secretario de Prensa


          Gacetilla de Prensa        
Dirigentes de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Rio Negro y Neuquén coincidieron en objetar el proyecto impulsado por el Legislador Fabián Gatti, vinculado a la negociación paritaria de los trabajadores de la fruta, por considerarlo discriminatorio, inconstitucional y totalmente desacertado.
“Nos sorprende que haya legisladores que tengan tan poco conocimiento de la legislación que regula nuestra actividad, pues el Sindicato de la Fruta es un gremio Nacional, y CAFI también lo es, y por ende el ámbito de discusión y negociación de nuestros salarios se da en paritaria ante el Ministerio de Trabajo de la Nación, y además tenemos un Convenio Colectivo de Trabajo que dispone que la negociación se realice en ese ámbito. El desconocimiento de este Legislador realmente nos preocupa, y nos sorprende la liviandad que tiene a la hora de presentar proyectos de ley”, expresó Sergio Poblete, integrante de la Comisión Directiva.
Marcelo Portiño, Secretario General de la Seccional local del Sindicato, manifestó “queremos pensar que la intención no es mala, pero vemos que con la iniciativa de Gatti se nos sigue atacando y se nos hace cargo de los problemas de la fruticultura, cuando lo que deben hacer es buscar a quien se queda con el pedazo más grande de la torta, y que no somos nosotros. Además, nos preguntamos que significa esto de “garantizar las condiciones salariales para el normal desempeño de la actividad”, cuando con este proyecto se nos quiere coartar nuestro derecho a huelga, lo que nos lleva a pensar que esta hecha a medida de los empresarios empacadores, y no para defender a los productores.”
“Nadie desconoce que el momento en el que los trabajadores de la fruta somos fuertes para reclamar por los salarios es cuando comenzamos nuestras labores con el inicio de temporada. Pero tampoco nadie tiene en cuenta que las negociaciones paritarias se inician en el mes de Octubre de cada año, y no nos gusta llegar a un conflicto como el de este año, y esto queda demostrado porque hacía 20 años que no realizábamos una medida de fuerza de este tipo, y recordemos que somos trabajadores temporarios”, expresó Mariano Grigera, integrante de Comisión Directiva.
En coincidencia, Portiño agregó “los trabajadores de otros sectores realizan medidas de fuerza en cualquier momento, pero nosotros con el proyecto de este Legislador no podremos realizar ninguna medida de fuerza, viola nuestro derecho a huelga y precarizan aún más la relación laboral, lo cual entendemos que es inconstitucional, y además discriminatorio porque parece que el proyecto es solo para los trabajadores del empaque”.
Finalmente culmino diciendo “mientras nosotros trabajamos en la elaboración de proyectos inclusivos, como es el de pago de asignaciones familiares a los trabajadores temporarios para todo el año, Gatti elabora proyectos para coartar derechos a los trabajadores.”

PABLO CAMARADA
SECRETARIO DE PRENSA


Esta gacetilla fue emitida en razón de lo publicado por varios medios de prensa de la región, entre ellos el Diario Rio Negro en donde se puede ver la propuesta del Legislador Fabián Gatti:

http://www.rionegro.com.ar/diario/2009/06/04/1244123603.php





          RESOLUCION LAUDO NRO. 1/09        

B.O. 13/03/09 - ST - Laudo 1/09 - Define incremento Concepto “Sueldo Básico” correspondiente a la Categoría Embalador de Primera de la escala salarial

MINISTERIO DE TRABAJO, EMPLEO Y SEGURIDAD SOCIAL

Laudo Nº 1/2009

Bs. As., 27/2/2009

VISTO el Expediente Nº 101.214/08 del Registro del MINISTERIO DE TRABAJO, EMPLEO Y SEGURIDAD SOCIAL, y

CONSIDERANDO:

Que por el Expediente citado en el visto tramitó la negociación mantenida, en los términos de las leyes Nº 20.744 (t.o 1976 y sus modificatorias), 14.250 (t.o. 2004) y 25.877, entre el SINDICATO DE OBREROS EMPACADORES DE FRUTA DE RIO NEGRO Y NEUQUEN y la CAMARA ARGENTINA DE FRUTICULTORES INTEGRADOS, en relación a las escalas salariales para la actividad de empaque de frutas frescas, en el ámbito de las Provincias de RIO NEGRO y NEUQUEN, con vigencia a partir del 1º de enero del año 2009.

Que luego de sucesivas audiencias celebradas ante la autoridad de aplicación, con fecha 16 de enero de 2009, ante el inicio de medidas de acción directa, se encuadró el conflicto en el marco de la Ley Nº 14.786, iniciándose un período de Conciliación Obligatoria por el plazo de CINCO (5) días, que en una primera etapa no fue acatado por el sindicato, tema éste ajeno a la cuestión en análisis.

Que con fecha 23 de enero de 2009 se dispuso la prórroga del período de Conciliación Obligatoria, por el término de DIEZ (10) días a partir de la CERO HORA del día 24 de enero de 2009.

Que con fecha 23 de enero de 2009, en la audiencia celebrada al efecto, la autoridad de aplicación propuso someter a las partes a un laudo en los términos y alcances de la Ley Nº 14.786, en razón de poder alcanzar una justa composición de intereses que garantice el mantenimiento de la paz social en la región, atento a los hechos de público conocimiento que han acontecido en la región del Alto Valle.

Que con fecha 24 de enero de 2009, la CAMARA ARGENTINA DE FRUTICULTORES INTEGRADOS manifestó su disponibilidad para encauzar la solución del conflicto por la vía del laudo arbitral, en tanto se den las condiciones para ello.

Que con fecha 25 de enero de 2009, el SINDICATO DE OBREROS EMPACADORES DE FRUTA DE RIO NEGRO Y NEUQUEN manifestó su acatamiento a las disposiciones que encuadraran el conflicto en los términos de la Ley Nº 14.786 y, en consecuencia, aceptó someterse al laudo propuesto por la autoridad de aplicación.

Que con fecha 27 de enero de 2009, se celebró una nueva audiencia en la sede central del MINISTERIO DE TRABAJO, EMPLEO y SEGURIDAD SOCIAL, destinada a consensuar los términos del compromiso arbitral.

Que luego de un breve cuarto intermedio, las partes aceptaron la cláusula propuesta por la autoridad de aplicación y suscribieron de común acuerdo el compromiso respectivo. Asimismo, ratificaron el contenido general del acuerdo celebrado el 7 de enero de 2008 y en especial la estructura de la escala salarial y los premios que surgen del convenio suscripto en dicha fecha.

Que en cuanto al procedimiento a sustanciarse, las partes acordaron que el árbitro sea designado por el MINISTERIO DE TRABAJO, EMPLEO y SEGURIDAD SOCIAL, dándose un traslado de UN (1) día para que ejerzan el derecho a que hubiera lugar. A su vez, se pactó el término de CINCO (5) días hábiles a los fines de ofrecer y producir la prueba, la que limitan exclusivamente a la informativa e instrumental, y dentro del mismo plazo presentar una memoria escrita, dándose luego un plazo común de DOS (2) días hábiles para alegar.

Que las partes establecieron que el cómputo del plazo indicado para el ofrecimiento, producción de prueba y presentación de memoria escrita corre a partir del día hábil siguiente a aquel en que quede firme la designación del árbitro. El cómputo del plazo previsto para alegar se contará a partir del día hábil siguiente al del cierre período de prueba.

Que finalmente, las partes estipularon que el árbitro dispondrá de un plazo de DIEZ (10) días hábiles para emitir su laudo, plazo que comenzará a correr a partir del día hábil siguiente del vencimiento del plazo para alegar.

Que mediante el artículo 2º de la Resolución de la SECRETARIA DE TRABAJO Nº 98 de fecha 2 de febrero de 2009 se designó al Dr. Leonardo Jesús AMBESI (M.I. Nº 18.317.925) cómo árbitro en el presente proceso de arbitraje voluntario.

Que con fecha 3 de febrero de 2009, el citado se notificó y aceptó el cargo para el que fuera designado, en tanto las partes quedaron notificadas de dicho dispositivo con fecha 5 de febrero de 2009, sin formular observación alguna.

Que con fecha 12 de febrero de 2009, las partes realizaron sus presentaciones, en tanto con fecha 13 de febrero de 2009 se ordenó su traslado y se clausuró la etapa probatoria, pasando los autos para alegar.

Que con fecha 16 de febrero de 2009 se notificó de lo precedentemente dispuesto la parte empresaria, en tanto que, con fecha 17 de febrero de 2009, hizo lo propio la parte sindical.

Que las partes presentaron sendos escritos dentro del plazo estipulado para alegar, pasando los autos a resolver con fecha 19 de febrero de 2009.

Que con fecha 23 de febrero de 2009, el Dr. Leonardo Jesús AMBESI decidió excusarse para continuar desempeñándose como árbitro en las presentes actuaciones, por las razones expuestas en el expediente de referencia, lo que originó el dictado de la Resolución de la SECRETARIA DE TRA BAJO Nº 258 de fecha 24 de febrero de 2009, por la cual se aceptó la excusación del mencionado y se designó a la suscripta como árbitro.

Que en este estado, con carácter previo, corresponde el tratamiento preliminar de cuestiones incidentales arrimadas por las partes, a fin de despejar el sendero que conduce al análisis sustantivo del asunto sometido a laudo arbitral.

Que en primer término, cabe aludir a la reserva expresada por la CAMARA ARGENTINA DE FRUTICULTORES INTEGRADOS en su escrito de alegato, donde impugna el contenido de la memoria y alegato presentados por el sector sindical, lo que a su parecer, derivaría en una violación a su derecho de defensa, por afectar el principio de contradicción.

Que al respecto, debe advertirse que, tal como se ha dicho, los términos del procedimiento han sido fijados de común acuerdo por las partes y, en el caso de las memorias y alegatos, no existen pautas expresas en lo relativo a las modalidades de cada presentación, más allá de los límites impuestos a los medios de prueba (cfr. fojas 80).

Que desde esta perspectiva, la riqueza u orfandad de los argumentos desplegados por las partes constituyen un motivo de consideración por el Arbitro pero en modo alguno pueden derivar en una causal que afecte la validez del procedimiento por ellas mismas articulado; máxime, cuando se encuentra registrado el pleno acceso a las actuaciones y a las posiciones interpuestas por la contraria.

Que en otro orden, la parte sindical ha expresado, en su alegato, el presunto perjuicio causado por parte del sector empresario en razón de la falta de convocatoria en término al personal, limitando así la temporada laboral.

Que al respecto, dichas circunstancias forman parte de la etapa previa a la formulación del compromiso arbitral y no se encuentran expresamente detalladas en los puntos acordados previamente, por lo que no pueden ser materia de evaluación del arbitraje, ceñido al temario estipulado por las partes.

Que delimitado el marco general por el que transitará el presente laudo, corresponde expedirse sobre la sustancia sometida a consideración.

Que los puntos sometidos al arbitraje voluntario son los siguientes:

1- Definir el incremento que debe ser aplicado a cada uno de los rubros remunerativos y no remunerativos que surgen de la escala salarial vigente para la actividad al 31 de diciembre de 2008 y que fuera pactada por las partes en fecha 7 de enero de 2008, respetándose la misma estructura y premios.

2- Definir el incremento sobre los premios por productividad previstos en acuerdos vigentes a nivel de las empresas comprendidas en el CCT 1/76, aplicándose en las mismas condiciones de tiempo, modo y lugar que rige de cada empresa conforme lo acordado por empleadores y sus trabajadores para la temporada anterior.

Que sobre el particular, las partes refieren que sus últimas posiciones en relación a los puntos acordados finalmente para someter al arbitraje, son las indicadas en el acta suscripta en esta misma fecha antes de pasar al cuarto intermedio.

Que ello significa que para la parte sindical el incremento salarial debería fijarse en un TREINTA Y CINCO POR CIENTO (35%), estimando que el incremento sobre los premios por productividad previstos en los acuerdos vigentes a nivel de empresas, también debería fijarse en un TREINTA Y CINCO POR CIENTO (35%).

Que por el contrario, para la parte empresaria el incremento salarial debería fijarse en un VEINTIUNO POR CIENTO (21%), en tanto correspondería establecer el incremento sobre los premios por productividad previstos en los acuerdos vigentes a nivel de empresas en un DIEZ POR CIENTO (10%).

Que de los antecedentes reseñados surge la existencia de una divergencia apreciable en las posturas mantenidas por las partes así como en la interpretación que realizan de la abundante prueba documental aportada.

Que sin perjuicio de ello, a pesar de la disparidad en evidencia, surge un elemento probatorio común, aportado por ambos sectores, que se identifica como “Costos referenciales de producción y empaque”, Convenio I.N.T.A. - U.N.C. - S.F.R.N., para las Temporadas 2006-2007, 2007-2008 y 2008-2009 (ver puntos 3.c., 3.d. y 3.e. de la presentación sindical y Anexo VIII de la presentación empresaria, referido a las dos últimas temporadas).

Que dicho instrumento, en su punto titulado “Retribución de la mano de obra”, expresa: “La cantidad de personal afectado al proceso de empaque varía según la capacidad y eficiencia de la planta de empaque.

Dada la diversidad de situaciones presentes en el sector del empaque de la región, no es posible determinar un único modelo representativo del mismo, más aún cuando no existe una relación directa entre tamaño del establecimiento/productividad/costos.

Esto se confirma al realizar un relevamiento de los costos asociados a la contratación de mano de obra en el sector. Surge allí la disparidad que existe en el costo laboral entre las diferentes empresas debido tanto a la relación laboral (convenio, cooperativas de trabajo) como a la productividad alcanzada” (cfr. punto 2.3.-).

Que lo expuesto refleja las características singulares de la actividad, que no permiten, en principio, adoptar conclusiones genéricas en uno u otro sentido.

Que ante ello, debe recordarse, como lo ha sostenido la doctrina, que “...es una realidad incontrastable que el conflicto forma parte de la vida social y en particular de las relaciones laborales, su contracara inexcusable debe ser la construcción de medios o procedimientos de solución de conflictos, aprovechando las herramientas e institutos que nos brinda el Derecho del Trabajo, a fin de que los efectos del conflicto recurrentemente inevitable, se minimicen en sus alcances cuantitativos, cualitativos y de duración, para beneficio de los actores sociales y de la sociedad en su conjunto” (cfr. RIMOLDI, Alberto, “Métodos alternativos de solución de conflictos en la negociación colectiva”, Derecho del Trabajo, noviembre 2005, pág. 1557).

Que en ese sentido, cabe aclarar que, aun cuando el arbitraje constituye una garantía constitucional reconocida al sujeto gremial (art. 14 bis C.N.), ello no obsta a reconocer su génesis como producto de la negociación. Así, se ha dicho: “La afirmación que alguna doctrina formula respecto del carácter transaccional del Derecho del Trabajo quizás pueda ser discutida en lo que hace al derecho individual del trabajo, pero parece más difícil negarla en lo que hace al derecho colectivo. Es de la esencia de esta rama tanto el conflicto como su superación por vía de la negociación. El arbitraje voluntario es precisamente el resultado de una negociación” (cfr. SIMON, Julio César - PAVLOV, Federico, “El renacer de un viejo remedio”, La Ley, Suplemento Convenios Colectivos, marzo 2007, pág. 3).

Que con lo expuesto, la suscripta ha deseado poner de relieve la naturaleza particular que reviste esta clase de arbitrajes, destinados a superar el cerco formado por las posiciones rígidas de los contendientes.

Que en este contexto, es dable interrogarse acerca de la pauta a tomar en cuenta para resolver las cuestiones planteadas. La respuesta se encuentra en los recientes pronunciamientos de nuestro Máximo Tribunal de Justicia, en donde se ha destacado que: “... en la relación y contrato de trabajo se ponen en juego, en lo que atañe a intereses particulares, tanto los del trabajador como los del empleador, y ninguno de ellos debe ser descuidado por las leyes. Sin embargo, lo determinante es que, desde el ángulo constitucional, el primero es sujeto de preferente tutela...” (CSJN, 14/09/2004, “Vizzoti, Carlos c/AMSA”, La Ley, Suplemento Especial Septiembre de 2004).

Que tal concepción ha sido integrada por el tribunal con la interpretación brindada a la garantía constitucional de asegurar “condiciones dignas y equitativas de labor, donde se enuncia un mandato que se proyecta sobre los restantes contenidos de la norma que, sin perder su identidad y autonomía, también son susceptibles de integrar el concepto de condiciones de labor. De allí que “equitativo” significa justo en el caso concreto (v. fallo citado).

Que en consecuencia, el arbitraje en el conflicto colectivo de intereses constituye una solución derivada de la negociación y no puede obviar ese origen transaccional pero a la vez, debe atender los principios y criterios que informan la relación laboral y la posición de cada una de las partes.

Que respecto al modo de resolver, se ha facultado a la suscripta para definir el incremento de cada uno de los rubros remunerativos y no remunerativos que surgen de la escala salarial vigente, con el único límite de respetar la misma estructura y premios.

Que esto implica la posibilidad, en el marco antes descrito, de adecuar individualmente los rubros señalados, en tanto y en cuanto no se altere el diseño general apuntado.

Que, como se señalara, la estructura salarial contiene un detalle de conceptos vinculados al Salario o Sueldo Básico junto a otros de valor fijo, siendo de naturaleza remunerativa y no remunerativa.

Que ello motiva la necesidad de establecer el aumento en tales rubros de manera diferenciada, a fin de alcanzar una recomposición equilibrada y efectiva de cada uno de los conceptos que integran la grilla salarial.

Que por lo expuesto, teniendo en cuenta lo anteriormente manifestado y la información aportada por las partes, se estima adecuado incrementar en un VEINTICINCO POR CIENTO (25%) el Sueldo Básico correspondiente a la Categoría de Embalador de Primera, máximo nivel de la grilla, con vigencia a partir del ámbito temporal fijado para el laudo.

Que en función del nuevo valor se calcularán los Conceptos de “Temporada” y “Presentismo”, de acuerdo a los porcentajes vigentes y se relacionarán en forma proporcional decreciente las restantes categorías y especialidades, de conformidad con la estructura salarial vigente.

Que asimismo, se estima pertinente incrementar la suma a percibir por el ítem “Reducción al Ausentismo”, en PESOS CUARENTA ($ 40.-), para la categoría de Embalador de Primera, con la relación proporcional decreciente que ello tendrá en las restantes categorías y especialidades, de conformidad con la estructura salarial vigente.

Que asimismo, se entiende necesario incrementar la suma remunerativa existente en PESOS CIEN ($ 100.-) y la suma no remunerativa existente en PESOS CIENTO VEINTE ($ 120.-), a fin de mantener una vinculación razonable en la estructura salarial aplicable, y posibilitar que la recomposición impacte a la totalidad de las Categorías.

Que en cuanto al aumento sobre valores actuales de los premios por productividad previstos en los acuerdos vigentes a nivel de empresas, se estima equitativo fijar su incremento en un DIECISIETE POR CIENTO (17%).

Que por último, debe dejarse constancia que el laudo arbitral tiene carácter de fuente de derecho conforme el artículo 1º, inciso c), de la Ley Nº 20.744 (t.o. 1976 y sus modificatorias) y los efectos de una convención colectiva de trabajo cuyo cumplimiento es obligatorio, en los términos de la Ley Nº 14.250 (t.o. 2004).

Por ello,

EL ÁRBITRO

LAUDA:

ARTICULO 1º — Definir el incremento del Concepto “Sueldo Básico” correspondiente a la Categoría Embalador de Primera de la escala salarial vigente para la actividad al 31 de diciembre de 2008 y que fuera pactada por las partes en fecha 7 de enero de 2008, en un VEINTICINCO POR CIENTO (25%), sobre los valores actuales, con vigencia a partir del 1º de enero de 2009 y hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2009.

En función del nuevo valor se calcularán los conceptos de “Temporada” y “Presentismo”, de acuerdo a los porcentajes vigentes, y se relacionarán en forma proporcional decreciente las restantes categorías y especialidades, de conformidad con la estructura salarial vigente.

ARTICULO 2º — Definir el incremento del Concepto “Reducción al Ausentismo” de la escala salarial vigente para la actividad a l 31 de diciembre de 2008 y que fuera pactada por las partes en fecha 7 de enero de 2008, en el monto de PESOS CUARENTA ($ 40.-) sobre los valores actuales, con vigencia a partir del 1º de enero de 2009 hasta el 31 de enero de 2009, el cual se relacionará en forma proporcional decreciente para las restantes categorías y especialidades, de acuerdo a la estructura salarial vigente.

ARTICULO 3º — Definir el incremento del Concepto “Suma Remunerativa” de la escala salarial vigente para la actividad al 31 de diciembre de 2008 y que fuera pactada por las partes en fecha 7 de enero de 2008, en el monto de PESOS CIEN ($ 100.-), sobre los valores actuales, con vigencia a partir del 1º de enero de 2009 hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2009.

ARTICULO 4º — Definir el incremento del Concepto “Suma No Remunerativa” de la escala salarial vigente para la actividad al 31 de diciembre de 2008 y que fuera pactada por las partes en fecha 7 de enero de 2008, en el monto de PESOS CIENTO VEINTE ($ 120.-), sobre los valores actuales, con vigencia a partir del 1º de enero de 2009 hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2009.

ARTICULO 5º — Establécese, en consecuencia, la siguiente escala salarial que regirá a partir del 1º de enero de 2009 y hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2009, correspondiente a la categoría de embalador de primera y cuyas sumas serán abonadas en forma proporcional decreciente a las otras categorías y especialidades, cuando así corresponda y conforme a la estructura salarial vigente:

 
Salario Básico: PESOS UN MIL QUINIENTOS                ($ 1.500.-).
Temporada (10%): PESOS CIENTO CINCUENTA                ($ 150.-).
Presentismo (30%): PESOS CUATROCIENTOS CINCUENTA       ($ 450.-).
Reducción al Ausentismo: PESOS DOSCIENTOS              ($ 200.-).
Suma Remunerativa: PESOS TRESCIENTOS                   ($ 310.-).
Sub-total Remunerativo: PESOS DOS MIL SEISCIENTOS DIEZ ($ 2.610.-).
Suma No Remunerativa: PESOS CUATROCIENTOS SETENTA      ($ 470.-).
Total: PESOS TRES MIL OCHENTA ------------------------ ($ 3.080.).

Las Horas Extras al CINCUENTA POR CIENTO (50%) y CIEN POR CIENTO (100%) se calcularán conforme la normativa aplicable.

ARTICULO 6º — Establécese un incremento del DIECISIETE POR CIENTO (17%) sobre los valores actuales de los premios de productividad previstos en los acuerdos vigentes a nivel de empresas, comprendidas en el C.C.T. Nº 1/76, aplicándose en las mismas condiciones de tiempo, modo y lugar que rige en cada empresa conforme lo acordado por los empleadores y sus trabajadores para la temporada anterior.

ARTICULO 7º — Las partes deberán presentar ante la autoridad de aplicación la escala salarial resultante de este Laudo, con el detalle para cada una de las categorías de la estructura salarial vigente, en el término de CUARENTA Y OCHO (48) horas de notificado el presente.

ARTICULO 8º — Notifíquese al SINDICATO DE OBREROS EMPACADORES DE FRUTA DE RIO NEGRO Y NEUQUEN y a la CAMARA ARGENTINA DE FRUTICULTORES INTEGRADOS.

ARTICULO 9º — Regístrese, comuníquese, publíquese, dése a la Dirección Nacional del Registro Oficial y archívese.

— Dra. MERCEDES M. GADEA, Árbitro.


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For 80 years, the FamilySearch Family History Library (FHL) has made its enormous stash of microfilmed genealogy records available to researchers through an inexpensive rental service through local FamilySearch Centers.

That's about to change: FamilySearch has announced that this service will end Aug. 31. Reasons include declining demand for film, dramatic increases in the costs of reproducing films, and the difficulty of supporting aging microfilm technology.

It’s easy to be dismayed by the news, even when you acknowledge it was bound to happen. Many of us have solved family history mysteries with these microfilmed records. 

Fortunately, most FamilySearch microfilm is already been digitized and posted on the free FamilySearch website or another genealogy site. That's more than 1.5 million rolls, including the most popular ones. “The remaining [eligible] microfilms should be digitized by the end of 2020," according to the announcement. "All new records from its ongoing global efforts are already using digital camera equipment."

I've been a grateful user of the film rental program. And the millions of records FamilySearch makes available online for free more than offset offsets this inconvenience to my research.

But after Aug. 31 and before 2020, what can we do about accessing records that aren't yet digitized? Try these seven ideas:

1. Keep using the FamilySearch online catalog of the FHL's books and microfilmed records.
You can order microfilm up through Aug. 31 (click here to see how); you'll get 90 days to view the film. When digitized films are posted at FamilySearch, the item's catalog entry links to the online collection. Even if you don’t find a borrowable item in the catalog, it's useful for identifying records you may be able to access elsewhere (see below). Here are our tips on searching the catalog.

2. Check other libraries.
If you find a noncirculating item described in the FamilySearch catalog, click the link to view the catalog record in WorldCat.



It'll take you to this item's listing in WorldCat, a free catalog of holdings in libraries around the world. You'll see libraries that have the item, and link to their lending policies. You may discover records in other formats, such as digitized, in a book or original manuscript records.

3. Search for digitized versions of the records.
Search the web for the names and descriptions of records you've identified in the FamilySearch catalog. You may find digitized versions at free sites such as HathiTrust, Internet Archive, state library websites, and others. Also search the database catalogs on genealogy websites such as Ancestry.com, MyHeritage and Findmypast.

4. Visit a genealogy library such as ...
5. Use library lookup and photocopy services.
Some libraries fill requests for lookups and photocopies for a fee. Check the website or call for instructions; usually, you must provide the book or microfilm title and specifics such as a name, date or page number. Firms offering research at the FHL include Genealogists.com.

6. Hire a researcher.
If you need someone to search through records—not just check an index or flip to the page you specify and copy it—consider hiring a researcher by the hour. Many libraries offer in-house research services, or they may supply a list of local researchers.

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It might be easier to access original records, if they exist, than microfilmed versions. Start with the FamilySearch catalog listing. Look for the name of the repository that provided the original records (often under "Author"). Search that repository’s website to see if the records are still there. Another option is to search ArchiveGrid, a catalog of archival items in US repositories. Here's how to use ArchiveGrid.

FamilySearch's renewed focus on digital efforts means its free online genealogy resources will grow even faster. Watch ShopFamilyTree.com for my Aug. 21 webinar on the free FamilySearch website, in which I'll share my search tricks for getting the most out of this website.

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          Interface deal good for the industry         
08/09/2017

The $600 million Interface Security Systems deal has sent—as The Beach Boys once sang—“good vibrations” throughout the security industry, as it provides not only a vote of confidence for what Interface is doing as a modern systems integration company, but also a vote of confidence in the security industry, in general, as companies like Interface represent a new breed of integrator that is staying at the forefront of new technology and innovation.

John E. Mack III, executive vice president, co-head of investment banking and mergers & acquisitions at Imperial Capital, which acted as financial advisor to Interface on the deal, astutely pointed out that this deal goes beyond validation of what Interface is doing in the space.

“This is a very cool story for the sophisticated new-age security provider, which is what Interface is—the 2.0 version of what the right kind of security player should be,” he told Security Systems News. “We spend so much time in this industry talking about the residential side of the business, which is interesting, but there is a massive opportunity on the commercial side of the business that Interface is tapping into that I think is a compelling theme.”

He continued, “There is a lot of validation for a very successful business model here that Prudential is putting up $180 million of new capital, and SunTx is putting up additional capital into the deal. And that you’ve got a very attractive set of debt investors, and just the fundamental backing for the business, is a meaningful part of a positive message for the industry.”

Jeff Frye, SVP for Interface, told SSN that the support from equity partners is not only a stamp of approval for what the company is doing, but the “capital gives us more fuel to build on our current, better than 15 percent compounded annual growth rate, so we know that we can do more with a little more gas in the tank and we are anxious to prove it.”

Frye noted that the equity will allow the company to expand its products and services around providing business intelligence, as security is becoming so much more than just, well, security.

“As a network provider, and a managed services provider of network services and cybersecurity services, we touch a lot of aspects of our customers’ businesses,” Frye explained. “And as a leading purveyor of Internet of Things services, we are able to aggregate intelligence from all of those sensors and data sources to bring actionable insights to a customer’s business. There are some new verticals that we would like to focus on more, including financial services and banking, so this makes that horizon much brighter and much more approachable.”

And it also makes the security industry’s horizon a little brighter.


          Wzrasta sprzedaż produktów świeżych przez internet        
- Cały czas sprzedają się tzw. artykuły ciężkie, czyli wody, mleka, czyli rzeczy, które zajmują zarówno dużo miejsca, jak i przede wszystkim są ciężkie w doniesieniu do domu. Ciekawe jest to, że wzrasta sprzedaż artykułów świeżych, owoców, warzyw. Niektóre sklepy podają, że nawet w 75 proc. koszyków znajdują się produkty świeże – mówi Kinga Szewczyk z Brandbank Polska w Polskim Radiu.
          eCarrefour.pl ze zdjęciami i opisami produktowymi od Brandbanku        
26 października sieć Carrefour uruchomiła sprzedaż artykułów spożywczych w swoim sklepie internetowym. Wszystkie zdjęcia oraz dane o produktach z tej kategorii pochodzą z Biblioteki Brandbank.
          Nowe unijne rozporządzenie o etykietach nakłada dodatkowe obowiązki na e-sklepy        
- Jakkolwiek jeśli chodzi o sklepy tradycyjne za dostosowanie się do Rozporządzenia Parlamentu Europejskiego i Rady UE nr 1169/2011 i dostarczenie do sprzedaży produktów z etykietami zawierającymi pełne wymagane informacje są odpowiedzialni producenci, tak w e-commerce ta odpowiedzialność została przeniesiona na właścicieli sklepów internetowych - o ile etykieta na sprzedawanym produkcie jest zgodna z wymogami - mówi serwisowi portalspozywczy.pl, Kamila Wrońska, Country Manager Brandbank Poland Sp. z o. o.
          Nowe zasady etykietowania żywności wyzwaniem dla e-commerce        
Rozporządzenie Parlamentu Europejskiego i Rady (UE) z 25 października 2011 r. w sprawie przekazywania konsumentom informacji na temat żywności wprowadza wiele zmian w zakresie etykietowania żywności. Producenci produktów spożywczych będą mieli 3 lata na dostosowanie się do nowych zasad. Sprawa obejmuje jednak nie tylko producentów, ale również handlowców, a w szczególności coraz chętniej odwiedzane sklepy internetowe.
          Tesco i Brandbank pracują nad e-sklepem tesco.pl/ezakupy        
Brandbank, firma zajmująca się tworzeniem i dystrybucją danych produktowych, współpracuje z powodzeniem z Tesco przy uruchomieniu sklepu internetowego tesco.pl/ezakupy dla polskich klientów. Usługa oferowana przez Tesco wystartowała w czerwcu.
          Mars chce mocniej inwestować w sprzedaż internetową        
Mars, producent znanych na całym świecie marek takich jak Snickers, Bounty, czy Chappi, nawiązał współpracę z firmą Brandbank, europejskim gigantem w tworzeniu, zarządzaniu i dystrybucji cyfrowych danych produktowych.
          Na polski rynek spożywczych zakupów internetowych wchodzi firma Brandbank        
Firma Brandbank, dostawca rozwiązań w zakresie tworzenia i zarządzania danymi o produktach, otworzyła swoje pierwsze biura, studia fotograficzne i magazyn w Polsce.
          Mr. No-Pay…You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide.        
Family law lawyers now have access to information that can transform a case from an up-hill battle to a slam-dunk, and it’s all thanks to the internet. Case in point: I have a client whose ex-husband, a venture capitalist, stopped paying his child support about one year ago. Exhibiting the patience of a saint, my … Continue reading Mr. No-Pay…You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide.
          Investors Underground ***Update***        

Thanks for reading today’s brief update of Investors Underground. I have been highly critical of Nathan Michaud and his live, stocks day trading room. You can read my original review of Investors Underground here. Investors Underground, when analysed using Google search patterns and estimated volume of traffic, is one of the most popular live, stocks day trading rooms on the internet. The hustle has its roots planted in Timothy Sykes Investimonial’s website, where Nathan has massive number of fake positive reviews. My original review was a pretty scathing hit piece on Nathan Michaud as well as some of the moderators

The post Investors Underground ***Update*** appeared first on Trading Schools.Org.


          Cachorro faz massagem e lambe bebê        
Momento fofura! Cachorro lambe bebê e vídeo vira hit na internet!
          So what is this internet thing?        

Breagha says: “Oh goodie, Sheltie Nation!” ;) JT & Amy

Sheltie Nation - Largest Community of Sheltie Lovers on the Net!


          Comment on Internet Explorer Must Be Stopped by Amani        
There should be a petition to kill internet explorer.The backward browser stuck in the 20th century
          Comment on Internet Explorer Must Be Stopped by sona        
Not just IE6 but all versions of internet explorer!
          Comment on Wyndham Partners With TC Works by Anson H Jett        
Was at Fairfield Bay for a couple of days and nev r had reliable Internet connection. Hope it improves before I return.
          We can stop hacking and trolls, but it would ruin the internet        
A new way to run the internet would scupper ransomware and hacking, but its authoritarian backers could control everything we do online
          Internet giants need to be reined in for the public good        
Self-regulation doesn't work for information monopolies like Facebook. Should we treat them as if they were utility companies to protect ourselves?
          VM Marketing        
Agencia de publicidad dirigida por Victor Martinez que le ayuda a crecer su negocio administrando su publicidad en Internet,  Radio, Televisión, Revistas y Periodicos.
          Tänker tills det knappt finns nÃ¥got kvar         

"Men jag behöver dig, kom hit och rör om Jag behöver nåt att skriva om."

Så sjunger Melissa Horn i sin låt "Jag Saknar Dig Mindre Och Mindre" och detta relaterar jag till på ett visst sätt. Eftersom så fort det händer något i mitt liv eller jag gör något utöver det vanliga, så blir jag så inspirerad till att skriva. Men också inspirerad till att förändra. Förändra min vardag, mitt tankesätt och mina värderingar. Detta kanske inte är den bästa egenskapen då det blir en väldigt instabil och upp och ner vänd vardag, men jag vill mycket hellre ha det såhär än att allt alltid är konstant, jag vill ha det levande liksom.

Det som hänt nu som jag klassar som utöver det vanliga är inget mindre än en katastrofal tinderdejt. Mer detaljer än katastrofal tänker jag inte ge, dels för hans skull och dels för att det inte är tyngdpunkten i detta lördagsinlägg. Det som faktiskt är tyngdpunkten är nämligen att jag har ändrat min inställning till både tinder och "pojkvänsdrömmen".

About Tinder, no more. Det är typ allt jag kan säga. Jag tänker radera mitt konto av många anledningar som väl har byggts på sakta men säkert nu ett tag. Den första och största anledningen till varför tinder är skräp är nämligen eftersom jag vill träffa någon i det verkliga livet. Jag vill inte lära känna en person över internet. Det känns så fel och går emot många av mina ganska nybildade principer och det jag även lärt mig idag är att det kan bli så fel när man väl träffas. En annan anledning till raderingen är en ganska logiskt en tycker jag. När jag frågade mig själv vad jag hade fått ut av appen kunde jag knappt få fram en enda positiv sak och det lilla jag kom på täcktes över av en majoritet av kämpigheter, kan man säga. Så jag vinkar därför glatt hejdå till tinderlivet och säger hej till det verkliga.

Det här med "pojkvänsdrömmen" låter värre än vad det är men jag har lite svårigheter med hur det annars ska formuleras... Vad jag menar och vill reda ut (mest för min egen skull) är hur fel uppfattning och inställning jag har haft. Något jag länge strävat efter är just att hitta någon men helt ärligt, denna "strävan", den har gett mig lika lite som tinder har gett mig. Jag tror med hela mitt hjärta att det inte är det viktigaste just nu och inte heller något som kommer att vara lösningen på mina bekymmer. Lösningen på mina bekymmer finns gömd bland mina vänner, gymmet och att jag tar tag i skolan och körkortet och där emellan får inget annat plats helt enkelt.

Så, detta var mitt lördagsinlägg. Det första som ska göras härnäst är att radera mitt tinderkonto och det ska göras med en enorm lättnad! Dock tror jag att jag kanske bör skriva något till min hopplösa dejt idag och inte bara sluta svara, annars kommer jag få så dåligt samvete...






          Good bye....for now        
All jewellery charity shopped.
Our heatwave finally departed last Thursday. On Wednesday it was 31 degrees and by Thursday it was much cooler at around 20 -21 degrees, cloudier and with a slight breeze. Thank God, I said.

This was last Tuesday's outfit. I just wore the jacket to and from my volunteering and stayed sleeveless the rest of the time - bingo wings and all!


Everything charity shopped except the watch (present) and sandals which I bought in the Clark's sale about six or even seven summers ago. Note I'm not wearing any bangles in these photos but see below...


The cotton trousers are by F&F, the jacket is by M&S and charity shopped in Kettering just before Christmas 2016. I've had this sleeveless navy top for donkey's years...

On Monday and Tuesday I volunteered as usual at the Red Cross and the Food Bank. When I was at the Red Cross on Tuesday afternoon I finally began my training on the till. Whilst the manager was training me, my colleague; who had been previously been on the till went out to the sorting area and took over from me. I'd been sorting the jewellery. 

When I got home from the shop I realised I wasn't wearing my bangles. The last time I'd seen them they were on the sorting table at the shop; I always take them off as they get in the way when I'm writing the price labels. Yes, you've guessed it - my colleague had priced them up and put them out on display! Luckily, they weren't sold and I picked them up the next day.

I had my hair cut and eyebrows done on Wednesday and ran a few errands in town which included a visit to the 3:16 shop. I bought a tunic and a couple of winter items for 1.00 each. When I finished I came home and stayed in the coolest room in the house reading.  I didn't do the Weds evening Summer Solstice walk as it was still too hot at 8.30 pm.

 I've relegated these trousers to the charity shop bag. They always wrinkle around my calves
I don't know why...




I managed to get out for a walk on Thursday and walked almost 6 miles in a much cooler temperature. 

This was Thursday's outfit - everything charity shopped except the shoes which are from local retailer PJ shoes. Trousers; H & M; t shirt; 1.00 rail somewhere; green kimono jacket from a 50 p bin in a charity shop. What a bugger it was to iron - I can see why someone donated it! I've donated it too...



All jewellery charity shopped.


I passed this colourful front garden on my walk and had to take a picture of it.

On Friday the weather was cool again so I went for another walk after the school run. I started out from Great Denham; having had a look in Barnardo's first, then walked to Kempston Mill: along the river Great Ouse to the Queen's Park area of Bedford. From there I walked back to Great Denham along the the other side of the river; 6.42 miles in total. Queens Park has a beautiful Hindu temple:



And on the return journey I saw these magnificent, huge willow trees:




Everything charity shopped. The yellow tunic is from the 3:16 shop on Wednesday and I bought the beads in Barnardo's. Jeans from Red Cross charity shop.


I can't remember where I got the white lace top but I bought earlier this year somewhere. Sandals also charity shopped.


All jewellery charity shopped.


On Saturday OH wanted to go for a rummage. We had thought of going to London where we could fit in a visit to his mum but we ended up going to Luton and Dunstable instead!

Everything I'm wearing above is charity shopped except the sandals - my comfortable Clarks. The kimono is from Primarni; the top is a M&S one and white jeans are from Matalan.


All jewellery charity shopped except the earrings - from Sainsbury's.


My jacket was much admired by total strangers. They were very surprised when I told them where it came from. When I was last in Devon visiting Hilary I found another similar one - also by Primarni;  it had a beautiful print on it and Hilary bought it.

Of course you want to know if I bought anything. I did. I bought some interesting mustard colour cotton trousers in the Red Cross for 1.99; a blue kimono jacket from the 1.00 rail in Keech Hospice and some padded hangers; a pair of earrings and a yellow sleeveless top for 2.00 in Age Concern. (The earrings seem to have disappeared. I remember taking them out of the bag at home but haven't found them since - they'll turn up somewhere). There were only six charity shops in Luton town centre which I found surprising. Bedford is a smaller town and has twelve. Dunstable had about five charity shops and I din't buy anything in them. I don't think I will be rushing back to Luton or Dunstable for some rummaging any time soon...


On Monday I stayed at the Red Cross until it was time to pick the grandchildren up from school. Two of the volunteers were off to celebrate Eid and the manager had a day off leaving just myself and the assistant manager. There were so many donations to sort and I served at the till, too.

This is what I wore. Everything is charity shopped except my underwear - and you're not seeing that! Jacket; Next, 1.00 Red Cross, zebra print trousers from Barnardo's last week: 2.49. Next top; charity shopped last summer.


Sandals; charity shopped.


All jewellery; charity shopped.

This is going to be my last post for a while. On Saturday I'm going to drive to Holyhead and catch the ferry to Ireland on Sunday morning. I should reach the van about 4 pm having stopped off at Lidl to do some shopping. As I've said before the internet connection at the site is both weak and intermittent so I doubt that I'll be able to post more than once every couple of weeks and then only when I'm somewhere with free wifi.

I'm so looking forward to the next couple of months where I will just be chilling out; reading, crocheting, walking; visiting family, sight seeing and a bit of charity shopping of course! I'm looking forward to having a few visitors to stay. I shall miss my children and grandchildren and OH but I will see them in Ireland. Whatever transpires I'll be back in September so I hope you all have a wonderful summer.

          How my brother found us...Part 2        
The Ballad of Kathy Flynn - (2012) - Julian Littman

Long ago, young Kathy Flynn took a train to London Town
She fell in love with an Indian hero - he turned her heart around
With a Vir Chakra into his jacket - how could she resist?
He took  her to his hotel room and there they more than kissed
He said;"Kathy, will you marry me?"
Of course, she answered yes.
She dreamed of life in far Madras - an Indian Princess.

He telephoned long distance to his father in Madras
And told him of his intention to wed the Irish lass
The old man flew into a rage and said your future's been arranged
Marry her and you'll die without a rupee to your name
Without a word he slipped away leaving not a trace behind
And left poor Kathy waiting -  out of sight and out of mind.

Chorus: I'll sing a lullaby to the Irish girl and the dreams she could not keep
I'll sing a lullaby to the Irish girl and sing that girl to sleep.

She met a man of magic - the Great Marlo was his name
They took a mind reading act out on the road and found some kind of fame
Pretty soon she realised a child was on the way
Her Indian hero had left her with more than a broken heart that day
She cast her fate to the Mother Church who duly took her in
She gave away the boy at birth and never saw him again.

Chorus: I'll sing a lullaby to the Irish girl and the boy she could not keep
I'll sing a lullaby to the Irish girl and sing that girl to sleep.

The boy grew up in a happy home but when his folks had gone
The boy was curious to know more about his mum
He traced her to a little town and called her on the phone
But she hung up when she heard his name - shaken to the bone.
She wrote him a letter saying never a day goes by
 When I don't think about you, boy, but I must go on living a lie
You see, I've a family of my own  - our secret's never been told
The truth would tear this house apart and I'm too frail and too old.

2nd chorus again
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Julian knew he was adopted from about the age of 8 or 9. He came home from school one day and asked his mum a question that he was constantly being asked at school. "Mum, why is it that I'm a different colour to J (Julian's adoptive parent's natural son) and you and Dad? His mum told him in a very matter of fact way that he was adopted and his biological parents were an Anglo Indian pilot in the Indian Air Force and his mum was an Irish actress.

Julian's dad, Anthony Ignatius Kenneth Suares, was an Indian hero; he had been awarded the Vir Chakra in 1949 and you can read about it here. He died some time ago and Julian never managed to trace him. He still wants to explore that side of his family.

 My mum came to England from Ireland in 1948, aged 16, as a Nanny for a family in Edgeware. When she was 18 she was 'discovered' in Lyons Corner House in Marble Arch by the man I knew throughout my childhood as 'Uncle Marlo'. Marlo, or the 'Great Marlo' to give him his stage name; was a magician and mum was his assistant;  'Georgette'. They did a mind reading act together and travelled all over the UK. Mum had a tiny speaking part in a film about boxing in the 1950s, but we've never been able to discover the title. She would never have described herself as an actress but she always said she had been 'on the stage'. She and 'The Great Marlo' often did publicity stunts for their act; below is a still from British Pathe news item  - narrated by Eamonn Andrews - and available here on youtube; where mum was buried alive for one such stunt. It was a very cold day; everyone is wearing overcoats but mum appears dressed in a bra and skirt - some things never change when it comes to women...



As children we loved Uncle Marlo - he used to make sixpences and shillings appear out of his ears or from up our sleeves! He lived just off Church Street market in London; and he and his wife were very good to my mum because she when she applied to St. Pelagia's to have Julian; she gave her address as their address; she must have been living with them throughout her pregnancy.

What I have found out is Julian's birth was something that probably only one other family member; my Aunty Betty, knew about. Betty's name appears on the St.Pelagia documentation as mum's next of kin. In the latter stages of pregnancy mum could have told her four sisters; all of whom were living in London at the time, she was away touring with the Great Marlo. My dad never knew about Julian; in Julian's adoption paper's this is made clear as they state the adoption forms to be signed by mum must be sent in a plain brown envelope addressed solely to my mum.



This is my mum's oldest sister, Aunty Peggy's, wedding in 1950 or 1951 in Paddington, London; mum would have been 18 or 19 at the time. Mum is on the far left in the plaid dress; next to Aunty Betty, (her confidante); behind Mum is Aunty Mary and next to her, Aunty Ita.

Much of what Julian puts in the song above 'The Ballad of Kathy Flynn' is true but not all. We don't know how, when and where mum and Julian's dad met. We don't know if it was a one night stand or a relationship. We think the asking to marry bit is right because it's stated in the documentation Julian gathered together in his search for mum. I think it highly possible that getting married would have entailed mum moving to India and that she probably didn't want to leave England - but we'll never know.

Julian went to drama school aged 16 and has spent the rest of his life performing, singing, playing and composing. You can see his bio here. It's very strange to think that when I was a student nurse in the early 1970s I used to watch 'Rainbow' - a children's programme on at midday - in the nurses lounge whilst eating my lunch. I must have seen Julian on TV dozens of times but never knew he was my brother!

By 2005, Julian's adoptive parents had died. Julian knew a lot about his birth mother and her subsequent family, but he couldn't out find where she lived. One evening, after a gig two fans came back stage to see him; he found out they ran a business tracing adopted children's birth parents and or families. Within two weeks they had found mum living in Kettering; and as the song says a phone call was made and mum wrote Julian a letter, but didn't want to meet.

I've read the letter she sent Julian and it is a beautiful letter. But, I still find it really difficult to understand (although I do, in many ways) why she didn't want to meet him. By 2005, mum knew she had COPD and that it would it kill her soon. As her children, we would have been delighted to meet Julian and would have welcomed him with open arms and would never have judged mum's actions. Mum must have known that about us as well as we were all very, very close. I'm just so sorry that they didn't get to meet because mum would have had almost four years left with Julian in her life.

You must be curious to know how Julian did eventually find us and I'm now coming to that part...

Julian discovered mum had died using 'Google' (God bless the internet - it's a marvellous invention but what a horrible way to find out about your mum's death). We had published a small notice of thanks in the local Kettering paper after the funeral in 2009. Julian waited for several years (I can only marvel at his restraint) and one day in 2013 he was on his way to the Derngate theatre in Northampton, with a group he was managing at the time. They knew his story and pointed out that Northampton was only 14 miles away from Kettering and as he knew my brother Mark still lived in the same house he and mum had moved to in 1999; he should, at least, drop a card through the door. So, he did!

When I rang him that morning in February 2013 we spoke for two hours! We arranged for Julian to come to Bedford the following weekend and we would all go out for a meal and get to know each other. So, we did!

4th March, 2013


 At my house looking at Julian's paperwork. Seated L to R:  Brother Julian, me, brother Mark and standing, brother Tony. Someone's cracked open the beers!
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After the meal we went to a local wine bar and had a few more beers and bottles of wine...that's my OH, Wesley on the far left.
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Time to go home, lads!
  
It has been a wonderful experience meeting our 'new' brother. I have to admire his magnanimity and his generosity of spirit; he holds no hard feelings about his circumstances. He is not bitter that my mum wouldn't meet him. (I think I would have been, had it been me given up for adoption). We share a mother and although Julian was raised in the Home Counties in a nice middle class home and we were raised in the inner city, children of poor, working class immigrants, we have nothing but love and affection for each other.

We meet as often we can - Julian is always busy (thankfully, in his line of work). The one nice thing we were able to do for Julian was ask him to help us scatter mum's ashes (her ashes had been living in the sitting room for four years) later that same year; 2013. We videoed the ceremony - it was just laughter and jokes all the way.

RIP Mum - I'm sorry you had to live in such unenlightened times but your four children are united in their love for you.


          Día Nacional del Mate        
El amor por el mate es tan grande que todos hablan de él.

Nosotros desde hace muchos años quisimos hacer un homenaje bautizando este blog.
Día nacional del mate
#unemojiparaelmate 
 Hasta Google Argentina le dedicó un espacio.


          Site Internet Boucherie Rozier        

Kezaco Studio, graphiste webdesigner freelance à Lyon

Boucherie Webdesign

Création d'un site Internet pour le meilleur boucher de Neuville sur Saône

L'article Site Internet Boucherie Rozier apparait en premier sur Kezaco Studio.


          Manual para ser una Chica del Bosque (aunque vivas en la ciudad)        
Antes de empezar, quiero deciros que blogspot no me deja comentar en casi ningún blog, estoy buscando por internet como solucionar el problema, si a alguien le pasa lo mismo o sabe como solucionarlo, le estaría muy agradecida si me ayudara...
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Somos muchas.
Muchas las que hemos nacido y vivimos en la ciudad o en el pueblo y las que sin embargo sentimos que nuestro corazón pertenece a los Bosques. Como puede una mujer que vive una vida normal, en la ciudad, que se levanta para trabajar en una oficina, tener ese algo de la magia de los bosques?

En Japón existen las Mori Girls, que traducido significan Chicas del Bosque que viviendo en la ciudad sus vidas normales han cambiado su estilo de vida, su manera de sentir, de vestir para transformarlas en las que serían si ellas vivieran en el bosque.



He recogido esa información de muchas fuentes y he preparado este pequeño compendio en español ya que hasta ahora no existe para inspiraros a aquellas que como yo tienen su alma en un lugar más verde, más salvaje y hermoso... el Bosque.
 
Hay algunas cosas de las que he leído que no me han gustado, muchas chicas se toman lo de ser una Chica del Bosque como una moda, una manera de vestir, entre las cosas que he leído está por ejemplo "tener una constitución delgada" cosa que me ha dejado con la boca abierta, quiero decir acaso el sentirse del Bosque tiene que ver con el peso? JAMAS!! Eso está en el corazón. Quisiera aclarar que aunque escriba este artículo dando una serie de parámetros es por darle un aspecto práctico y a la vez juguetón, pero el Bosque está en nuestro corazón :)
 
ESTILO DE VIDA
 
Las Chicas del Bosque viven su vida como si se tratara de un cuento de Hadas, ¿como vivirías con un estado de ánimo totalmente apacible?

Disfrutando al ver como pasas de una a otra estación?
 
Quizá preparando maravillosas meriendas, tomando el té y cocinando deliciosos pasteles...
 
 
Compra tu Té online AQUÍ
 
 
Paseando en bicicleta o paseando, siempre con una cámara de fotos en la mano...


  
Leyendo libros repletos de historias  ymaravillosas ilustraciones... Conoceis a Los Duendes del Reloj?  es un blog lleno de historias con el bosque y las Hadas como protagonistas...

 
Y Conoceis a algunas de las maravillosas cuentacuentos de nuestro país?... podeis escuchar los preciosos cuentos de Lua Seomún en su blog lleno de Magia e historias que erizan la piel ...También me fascina la magia de Cris Purrusalda, es alimento para el corazón...
 
Aprendiendo de la Naturaleza, cultivando un pequeño jardín y /o huerto en el balcón.
 
Coleccionando cosas bonitas , cajas de música, bolas de nieve, cuentos, fotografías ¿qué es lo que te gusta, qué te hace sonreír? colecciónalo y sé feliz!! ^:^
 
Viviendo sencillamente, de manera natural....
 
Qué música te inspira el bosque? Quizá Agnes Obel?


  
Descubre música distinta... Priscilla Hernández, Kokia o Joanna Newsom pueden transportarte muy muy lejos ;)

Si vivieras en el Bosque no harías todo lo que pudieras tú misma? Aprenderías a tejer y harías este otoño tu propia bufanda?
 
 
APRENDE A TEJER FÁCILMENTE AQUÍ!

O harías tus propias conservas?


APRENDE A HACER TUS PROPIAS CONSERVAS AQUÍ!


Las Mujeres del Bosque se sienten de maravilla en las tiendas de decoración y de menaje, entre hermosas tazas, teteras, manteles y cortinas...

 
También en las tiendas vintage y de antigüedades...
busca en su bolsillo seguro que encuentras un pequeño reloj...
 
Y sobretodo disfruta la vida y de este maravilloso planeta en que vivimos, está lleno de maravillas ocultas, disfruta de cada pequeño momento: qué bien huele el café! como te estremeces bajo la ducha cuando el agua corre por tu espalda!! que bien saben los tomates!

Nuestro mundo está lleno de maravillas....

 
COMO ES LA "MODA" EN EL BOSQUE
 
EL CABELLO
 
El cabello natural, corto, largo, liso o rizado pero natural, adornado con un lazo o una diadema...arreglos de mariposas, fresas o cerezasquedarán maravillosos también... los flequillos cortitos quedan muy de cuento, y te hacen sentir protagonista de una maravillosa historia...
Aquí teneis unas fotografías con tutoriales para peinaros como auténticas Hadas del Bosque




  

LA ROPA Y EL MAQUILLAJE  

 
 
 
Lo importante es que sea todo natural y mágico a la vez...
Maquillaje natural, o ausencia de él, pero quedan tan de cuento las mejillas sonrosadas ^:^ tal vez algo de colorete rosa?



Las uñas , mejor cortitas que largas, cómo puedes recoger setas y flores con las uñas largas?
 

Las faldas y vestidos son la ropa de cada día...


Vestir en los preciosos colores de la tierra, ocres, marrones, blancos,  verdes...y el precioso burdeos, hacen sentir y sientan tan bien!!


Las Mujeres del Bosque llevan sin duda capitas, caperuzas y ponchos.


Guardan sus pertenencias en bolsos de piel (yo usaré imitación ^:^)

Como buena mujer de los bosques, ama los animales y por tanto también los motivos de animales en la ropa: erizos, ciervos, mapaches, osos....

Lo mismo que los motivos de dulces y pasteles, ya que la Mujer del Bosque se refugia en su cabaña al caer la tarde para cocinar sus maravillosas tartas!!!


AQUÍ teneis 50 patrones de delantales!!!


Los motivos de flores tanto retro como liberty nos bendicen con las virtudes y la energía de la esencia de los bosques.

La Mujer del Bosque como huele? a flores? a Bayas? a cerezas? Como hueles?

Los leotardos y leggings son superconfortables y divertidos
 
Teneis muchas más ideas ojeando la revista Spoon

Descargadla gratis AQUI (ABRIL 2011)
AQUÍ (FEBRERO 2011)

Ojalá os haya gustado ^:^yo he aprendido mucho mientras buscaba la información y escribía... muchas cosas se me han quedado en el tintero... pero ya se estaba alargando mucho ^:^
En mi  nuevo blog: Oh! My Windy Woods! teneis cositas para Mujeres del Bosque, hace poco que la abrí así que está un poco vacía, pero poco a poco espero llenarla de musgo magia, erizos y luciérnagas .... De momento teneis algunas cositas nuevas que he hecho estos días, como las Mariposas para Orejas...



Y pequeñas criaturas mágicas...



Estais invitadas a tomar un te!!


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Como siempre me teneis aquí : tiendapattyrain@gmail.com
  
 


          Un poquito de todo        
Queridísimas:

De verdad de verdad que no tengo ni idea de cómo comenzar esta entrada, llevo tantos días viviendo en el mundo de ahí fuera que me cuesta un poco concentrarme en todo lo que ha ido pasando aquí dentro.

Venga Pat
uno
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dentro
fuera...
afú
afú
yes, you can

ESTOY FELICÍSISISIMA DE VOLVER!!
 y aaaaaauuu aunque me duela decirlo este año estoy feliz de que ya hayan acabado las fiestas!!

Porque aunque antes de que empezaran estaba exultante de emoción de merrychristmas ha habido tanto tanto trabajo que no he podido disfrutar nada, y la verdad es que solo quería despachurrarme y refunfuñar, por no tener ni ganas de hacer una miserable galleta...

Tan agotada estaba que al final me he puesto mala y aquí me teneis medio zombi aun combaleciente pero sin poder esperar un segundo más por volver a estar en contacto con vosotras!! ^:^

Por supuesto ha habido momentos fantásticos estos días,

Nos hemos reunido todos, todos a los que quiero.

El árbol encendido me esperaraba cálido al llegar del trabajo.

Hicimos un pavo de 8 kilos para el día de navidad y quedó bueno !!!(solo tardamos un día y medio en cocinarlo!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Mi amigo Xavi que vive en La France vino a visitarme , y tras años sin verle fue para mí otro regalo de navidad, y me trajo una botella de sidra de Rennes, que espera su día.

 Santa Claus y los Reyes han sido muy generosos conmigo, y bueno la verdad es que no solo ellos!!

No he engordado ni un gramo! Y eso que he iba a tableta de suchard cada 3 días (yo sola!!)


Ha habido regalos esperados e inesperados: un chándal nuevo para mis vagabundeos por la casa y las playitas vecinas, un estuche de maquillaje, dos juegos de sábanas para mi nueva habitación ( cambiamos el cuarto de dormir hace un mes y nos faltaban las sabanas), un farolillo, el wii party, figuras de haditas, trapos de cocina, dos libros de la saga "oscuros" y, lo más inesperado de todo,

Para ser sincera:TOTALMENTE INESPERADO:

un jamón de bellota

Pero no creais que es un jamón normal, creo que está hecho con el rey de los cerditos por lo que me han dicho, vale medio reino.

Y es que sí, adoro comer, pero no sabía que se notaba tantoooo :___D

Ni que deciros que del pobre queda la mitad y que yo que no estoy acostumbrada a las exquisiteces me dieron ganitas de hacerle un lugar en la cama :)


Y la señora cartera ha ido sorprendiéndome también con regalos que han iluminado estos días... y no tengo suficiente baba para besaros y daros de lametones a las señoritas que me habeis mandado estos regalos y sabeis lo que os quiero y que os mataré a achuchones a la que tenga ocasión !!!

 y no es para menos:

ANGY  de mi alma ni que decirte que tu ya lo sabes la ilusión que me hizo tu paquete!

Fíjate ya quien se ha agenciado al Monsieur Cunillette que me enviaste! no hay forma de separarlos!!




Lo mismo que yo no me separo de las maravillosas joyitas del otro mundo que lo acompañaban!! Fijaros Casitas Setas, haditas,un broche de crochet, todo acompañado de caramelos en su preciosa caja!



Muchisimas gracias de verdad, no solo por los regalos sino por compartir tu maravilloso mundo en tus blogs, por la dulzura de tus amigurumis, por ser tan sol, tan generosa, tan guapa tan ayysss

Supercursi de mis amores tu sabes lo que te admiro y lo que te amo. Y sabías lo que quería una de tus hadas homónimas mías, y por sorpresa llegó y no me la quito de mi abrigo, bueno ahora la he quitado para sacarle una foto ¿no es sencillamente  DELICIOSA?


y por si fuera poco unos pendientes copo de nieve porque me encanta sentirme la reina del invierno y una muñeca metálica para mi árbol de navidad, y una nota que tocó mi corazón (me pusiste tonta)


Y que decirte que tu ya no sepas, que me siento super feliz de que estés en mi vida, al otro lado de la pantalla, con tus cosas, tus recetas, tus decoraciones, tus ideas y bueno ya tu sabes. !!!


Violeta, Violeta . Violeta y pequeña hadita a las dos ya sabeis lo importantes que os sois ahora par mí, que sin conoceros en persona os quiero. Que la ilusión que pusisteis en este paquete lo hacía brillar, con sus notitas que he desperdigado por la casa...para que me alegren cada vez que las veo con sus letras rosas y brillantes. muchisimas gracias.

Fijaros, la agenda que quería pero ellas no lo sabía, colonia de bebé, velitas, una caja preciosa... había más cosas en el paquete, un pequeño árbol-piña adhesivo que no lo he sacado porque lo tengo colgado en la nevera (junto con una de las notas) y no lo he querido sacar por miedo a que luego ya no se pegue...


Hablando ahora más intimamente y reflexionando a medida que escribo, veo lo mucho que tengo que agradecerle a este años 2010, agradecerle el ánimo para dar a luz a Patty Rain, porque gracias a ello he conocido (aunque no sea en persona ) a muchas de vosotras.... o he podido profundizar más en las relaciones con vosotras... es curioso lo fuertes que pueden ser los lazos que nos unen a tarvés de la red... Siento haber estado desconectada estos días, mis vecinos se fueron de vacaciones y no podía conectarme a internet en casa ... así que tengo mucho que leer en vuestros blogs.

Feliz año nuevo de todo corazón a todas.
          Fresas Salvajes y grajeas Bertie Botts de Todos Los Sabores (de todos todos)        
Queridas mías...

Esta brujilla, hoy no tenía muy claro sobre qué actualizar el blog, porque tengo un montón de cositas que tengo ganas de compartir aquí...
Pero justo ahora he encontrado entre las hojas del caminito que conduce al bosque la primera de las Fresas Salvajes de Invierno, con un hechizo muy básico la he transformado en este bolso, que acompañará a una personita en sus aventuras ;)



Acolchadito, perfumadito mmm suave como las fresas, las primeras fresas de invierno...


pero como con una sola fresa no me sentí del todo satisfecha y este época del año no es muy productiva frutíferamente, decidí entrar en mi cocina... para fabricar yo misma las...



FAMOSAS GRAJEAS DE TODOS LOS SABORES DE ...


Y cuando digo de todos los sabores me refiero a todos todos!!! Las Seguidoras de la Saga Harry Potter ya las conoceran... y seguro que muchas de vosotras deseais probar estos dulces tan de moda en el mundo mágico!!! Y bueno no todas podemos desplazarnos a Hogsmeade cada vez que nos apetece así que...

Quereis hacerlas vosotras mismas??? Si?? Pues Lapiz y Papel!! Ahí va esta receta supersecreta!!!


NOTA: la receta escrita a continuación ha sido sacada de un antiquísimo libro custodiado en la Biblioteca Nacional de Brujas y Magos asi que no me ha sido nada fácil conseguirla!!



Los sabores de las mermeladas utilizados para hacer las grajeas pueden ser cambiados a vuestro gusto... yo os daré algunos ejemplos, pero después podeis hacer grajeas de chorizo o potaje de garbanzos o de sandía!!! Lo que más os guste!! Creo que es una idea muy chula para la Noche de halloween!! Y a los niños seguuuuro que les encanta y os ayudaran encantados a prepararla!!!

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INGREDIENTES

300 ml de agua
300 gr de mermelada (a vuestra elección)
25 grs de maicena
150 grs de azúcar
15 grs de cola de pez (son unas láminas que se venden en el súper para hacer gelatina sin sabor)

PREPARACIÓN

Lo primero que tenemos que hacer es reblandecer la cola de pez en un taza de agua fría.

Ahora ponemos los 300ml de agua a hervir junto con el azúcar.
Cuando hierva le añadimos la maicena disuelta de un dedo de agua fría.
Mezclamos todo y removemoscon un cucharón (puede ser una cuchara pero lo  de cucharón suena más dramático) hasta que la maicena se haya disuelto del todo.



Cuando empieze a hervir de nuevo añadimos la mermelada y sin dejar de remover dejamos cocer un par de minutos.
Ahora escurrimos la cola de pez que ya se habrá ablandado y la añadimos a la mezcla, batiendo hasta que se disuelva del todo.
Seguimos removieeeeeeeendo y removieeeeeendo (se cantas sale más bueno) hasta conseguir una masa gelatinosa y homogenea.

Y ahora ya queda poco... vertemos la masa en un molde rectangular y lo dejamos reposar para que se enfríe y espese.

Cuando ya tenga buena consistencia la cortamos en dados y ya sooo queda el toque final, las pintamos con clara de huevo y las espolvoreamos con azúcar glas.

LISTAAAAS!!!

NOTA: PARA HACERLAS MÁS DRAMÁTICAS Y DIVERTIDAS PODEIS PONERLES TAMBIÉN COLORANTE ALIMENTARIO!!!


TODOS LOS SABORES:

Pero, ¿como darles sabores realmente peculariares a nuestras grajeas? Necesitamos mermeladas de sabores curiosos, calabaza, cebolla, calabacín... donde conseguirla? Cómo hacerla?? Don t worry!! Aquí os doy las recetas de algunas mermeladas muy fáciles de hacer en casa para preparar las grajeas!! Lo más divertido es hacer grajeas de sabores distintos, algunos agradables y otros no tanto, y mezclarlas todas de manera que no sepas cual te va a tocar!!!!

MERMELADA DE TOMATE

MERMELADA DE CALABAZA

MERMELADA DE CEBOLLA

MERMELADA DE LIMÓN

  Podeis buscar más recetas de mermeladas en internet!! podeis tambíén seguir la receta y no poner mermelada y en su lugar poner por ejemplo un montón de pimienta negra!!!

besitos de castañas haditas!!!! Voy a darme un paseo por vuetros blogs, pero tengo tan mala señal de internet estos días que tarda 10 minutos en cargar cada blog así que perdonadme si me veis un poco ausente, no lo estoy eh??? ;

CONTACTO:  awalkafterrain.shop@gmail.com
          Adoptert Riddersporing        
Bilde lånt av "Mormor og de åtte bloggene" - (Hagelivet på Solbakkjen)

Joda. Jada. Du har helt rett...

Blomsterstjernen har vært helt elendig håpløs både når det gjelder haging og blogging den siste tiden. Bekymrede naboer har gjentatte ganger truet med å melde meg til plantevernet. Det mumles høylydt om at plantene vanskjøttes og at de nok ville fått det bedre på et plantehjem. Samtidig er Google rasende! De klarer rett og slett ikke fylle fredags-morgenene med internet-trafikk etter at Blomsterstjernen fikk fredagskollaps.

Blomsterstjernens stolte svulmende Riddersporebed pr juli 2013

Bare for å gjøre det hele komplett har samtlige av mine 137 gode gamle bloggvenner forlatt meg i harnisk. De burde ihvertfall det. Her på nyåret lovde jo Blomsterstjernen at han i 2013 skulle være MYYYYYYYYYYYYE flinkere til å besøke sine medhagebloggere. Hvor mange har han besøkt? Toppen to siden januar (og det var til og med i embets medføre)... Nei, han skulle skamme seg skulle han! For når man ikke får det helt til selv, så er det jo deilig å kunne leve livet gjennom andre?

Vel, delvis gjør han vel gjerne også det i disse dager. Blomsterstjernen fikk nemlig en gledens melding her forleden. Riddersporefrøene han loddet ut til bursdagen i fjor har tydeligvis gjort stor furore i andre sine hager! Fantastisk :) Kanskje det ikke er så dumt om plantevernet kommer og henter plantene mine allikevel? Så kan jeg heller beundre dem bak et skyhøyt piggtrådgjerde i en bugnende velfungerende hage, sperret for plantemishandlere? Det er uansett svært hyggelig å adoptere bort noen hjelpeløse smårollinger for deretter se dem bokstavelig talt blomstre opp i andre hjem.

Både Drømmeriet og Hagelivet på Solbakkjen kunne nemlig vise til storfangst allerede første sesong! Fantastiske dyp-blå riddersporer som snytt ut av hamsen på Blomsterstjernens tidligere stoltheter.

Selv katten på Drømmeriet ble stum av beundring! (Bildet er lånt av Drømmeriet)

At staudefrøene klarte å fremskape blomstrende blomster allerede første år viser vel bare at frøene må ha vært stappet av knusktørt krutt? Eventuelt må damene bak "så-bragden" være magikere? Min personlige erfaring er jo at staudefrø ofte trenger 2 år (minst) før de er tøffe nok til å by på litt farge i kjakene.

Mormors fostersønn i stram givakt - (Hagelivet på Solbakkjen)

Men oppskriften skal visstnok være lekende enkel. Jeg har nemlig klart Ã¥ hacke meg inn i hvelvene hos bÃ¥de Tone og Tone. 

BARE FØLG MED HER!

Trikset er tydeligvis å så frøene innendørs allerede i november! Etter et døgn inne i varmen (slik at frøene trekker til seg fuktighet) settes hele plante-kassen ut til overvintring. Vinter, sno og sludd er visst som musikk i ørene på riddersporefrø! Kulden stratifiserer frem livsglede i frøene, og når våren kommer popper det (etter sigende) opp ridderspore-unger både her og der. Når de har fått vokse seg fete utover forsommeren er det bare til å prikle dem ut akkurat der både du (og brunsneglene) har lyst.


Om du er litt heldigere enn Blomsterstjernen er det ennÃ¥ ikke for sent Ã¥ høste inn sesongens rykende ferske frø fra akkurat din favorittplante. Men i Blomsterstjerneland fikk man derimot granat sjokk! For akkurat i det husfaren endelig fikk tilbake hagelysten hadde konemor typisk nok "ryddet" bort alle døde avblomstrede synsforstyrrende frøstengler. 

Men Blomsterstjernen bet tennene sammen og endevendte hele komposthaugen på jakt etter noe som ihvertfall kunne minne om ridder-levninger. Gleden var derfor stor da han helt i bunnen av dyngen fant noe som etter 74% sannsynlighet må være riddersporefrø....

Blomsterstjernen ble nemlig fryktelig motivert av å bevitne adoptivbarnas blålige glans. I 2014 skal hagen igjen få regjere (ikke Carl I. altså)! 50 kompostferske riddersporefrø ligger nå til tørk i kaffefilterposer klare for å danne 2014-sesongens frekkeste Riddersporebed. Med mindre det viser seg å være Skvallerkål-frø man plukket opp fra komposten...

Spenningen er jo halve spenningen! Ikke sant Alessandro Volta?

God helg til alle mine potensielt forlatte bloggvenner som smugtitter her allikevel,







P.S. 
Jeg lurer også VELDIG på om noen av Sommerfuglblomstene jeg adopterte bort i fjor overlevde første sesong? Noen som vet? Pappaen ville blitt stolt av å se karakterboken deres.








          Svigermors Mareritt        

I skrivende stund lider Blomsterstjernen av intense fantomsmerter i hjertet! Det kunstige åndedrettet skriker etter luft! Armer og lemmer faller fra hverandre... Man blir ikke bare hva man spiser! Men også det man leser...

Jeg har nemlig nettopp lest meg til døde om hagens giftigste blomst (?): Acontium, eller Storhjelm om du vil. Men jeg lever da? Gjør jeg ikke?!? Er det forresten lov å blogge fra himmelen? (evt skjærsilden?) Gi meg gjerne en tilbakemelding på akkurat det i kommentarfeltet.

Det hele startet med at svigermor skulle handle høyreiste stauder til sitt nye bed. Riddersporer, stokkroser eller høstfloks? Plutselig kjente hun at det pikket på skulderen. En rank og høy Storhjelm blunket forførende til henne, inntyllet i lilla herskapelig mystikk. "Hva med meg da?" Jo DEN ville hun virkelig ha! Den ville være perfekt helt bakerst i bedet!

Damen fra staudegartneriet så forskrekket på henne og spurte om svigermor ikke hadde barnebarn hun var glad i? Joda, det hadde hun jo. Minst 7 stykk!

"Da skal du absolutt IKKE ha denne i ditt nye bed!!!"

"Kom og smak på mig..." - hvisket det fra buskaset...

Gartneren fortalte oppglødd om at inntak av Storhjelm ville føre til en smertefull langdryg død for alle som kom den nær! Nesten garantert! Og som man vet, er jo barnebarn veldig flinke til å smake og plukke på det meste. Svigermor ombestemte seg derfor umiddelbart! Hun fikk plutselig langt mer lyst til å lage grønnsaks-bed istedenfor...

Men et par dager senere skulle hun få sitt livs sjokk! På vei ned trappen til selveste Blomsterstjernefamilien lyste den i mot henne. En 2 meter høy og vulgær Storhjelm! "Døden på stilk"! Den hvisket hest til henne: "Kom og smak på blomstene mine... Det er ikke farlig med bare en liiiiiiiten smak...." Men svigermor kan sine barne-eventyr. Hun fnøs fornærmet og klasket til blomsten med paraplyen sin så det sang etter.

Høye, voluminøse og egentlig ikke særlig pene når alt kommer til alt...

Blomsterstjernen fikk pÃ¥ pukkelen, som seg hør og bør. At han kunne finne pÃ¥ Ã¥ ha en slik livsfarlig mannevond plante i sin egen hage?!? Helt uhørt. Denne stauden mÃ¥tte elimineres fra hagen, og det pronto! Spesielt med tanke pÃ¥ at svigermor har 3 barnebarn tilhørende i denne dødens trappeoppgang... 

Noe motvillig måtte Blomsterstjernen til pers. Og det på røde rappen. Han hadde likevel et syltynt håp om at han ved å fjerne Svigermors Mareritt ville klare å gjenoppstå som Svigermors Drøm..?

Den til nå så populære entré-blomsten hadde rett og slett ikke liv laga lenger. Overbevist av svigermors ord, røsket han blomsten usett opp med både hud og hår (og rot) og stappet den nedi bosspannet for å aldri se den igjen! (Helt uten å gråte)

2 meter med henrettede potensielle massemordere! (Sjøstøvelen er kun med som målestokk)

Det var først dagen derpå at Blomsterstjernen fikk dobbelsjekket plantes giftighet på Wikipedia... Og det var da fantomsmertene begynte å inntre. Hurtigt!!! Internetten er nemlig stappfull av grufulle historier om denne dødens baron! Det er visst ikke for uten grunn at blomsten også kalles for "The Queen of Poison", "Devil's helmet" eller "Woman's bane"!

Bare hør her (sakset fra engelsk wikipedia, oversatt via Google Translate): "Ved inntak av selv minimale doser av denne drogen vil man merke symptomer nesten umiddelbart. Døden inntreffer vanligvis i løpet av mellom 2 til 6 timer ved dødelig forgiftning! De første tegnene er kvalme, oppkast og diaré. Etterfulgt av en følelse av brenning, prikking og nummenhet i munn, ansikt og mage. Ved alvorlige forgiftninger oppstår motorisk- og kutane-svekkelser i armer og ben. Og verre blir det ved inntredelse av hypotensjon, sinus bradykardi (?) og ventrikulære arytmier! Det hele avsluttes med lammelse av hjertet og luftveienes sentrum..."

Takk for maten!

Noen andre som begynner å føle symptomer der ute?

Hostaene stråler av lykke etter at de ble kvitt den høye død-bringeren i blant seg

Men Blomsterstjernen pustet likevel relativt lettet ut. For at han hadde vel tross alt klart å motstå fristelsen av å smake på disse lilla-blå dødsblomstene..? Men han mistet fort pusten igjen...

Wikipedia fortsatte nemlig med dette: "Forgiftning kan også oppstå om man plukker bladene uten hansker, da Aconitine toksinet absorberes lett gjennom huden..."

KVAKK!?!

"Det starter med prikking i absorbsjonspunktet og strekker seg videre opp armen til skulderen, hvoretter hjertet begynner Ã¥ bli pÃ¥virket. Kriblingen vil deretter bli etterfulgt  av en ubehagelig nummenhet...."




Hah ejn fjjiin hælgjsh...#¤/)9jmnj#¤"&/!








P.S. 
Kom plutselig på at jeg brukte hansker!!! Fantomsmertene er borte!!!

P.P.S. Er planten virkelig så farlig som sitt rykte?

P.P.P.S. Er det noen der ute som er sakkyndige nok til å fortelle meg hvilken type av "Hjelm" jeg her hadde? Tyrihjelm, Storhjelm, etc?








          Umaskert maskerade        

Kjære lesere...

Til alle dere som nÃ¥ ikke sitter med kaffe i vrangstrupen eller hjertet i rettstrupen vil jeg ønske et riktig Godt NyttÃ¥r! Til alle dere andre...  "God tur til sentralsjukeheimen..."

Det er 2013! Frimodighetens Ã¥r? Slipp dere fri! Sag av lenkene! Bort med burka, BH og bleier! Kast alle hemninger, kast pÃ¥ hÃ¥ret, kast masken! Alt er lov! Har du lov - har du lyst...


Fra tid til annen kan Blomsterstjernen være litt lettlurt, litt dumsnill, litt sursøt? Et godt eksempel var da han nylig ble lokket ut pÃ¥ dypet. Agnet smakte rett og slett alt for godt. Han klarte bare ikke holde fingrene av fatet... SÃ¥ hold dere fast! Det ryktes nemlig at han nÃ¥ kan observeres umaskert i et boligblad nær deg! ?! Og ikke hvilket som helst blad heller. Ikke "Hjemmet", ikke "Allers", ikke "Vi over 60"... Nei her snakker vi om Blomsterstjernens eget favorittmagasin (kanskje nest etter Airliner World):


Det er kanskje mange som innbiller seg at dette er et magasin for uteliggere og hjemløse som drømmer om Ã¥ fÃ¥ seg en bolig? Dere blir nok skuffet. BoligDrøm handler nok snarere om innbydende drømmeboliger, drømmehager og drømme-mÃ¥ltid (bÃ¥de sunne som usunne..). Og i dette hyggelige magasinet har da altsÃ¥ Blomsterstjernen gradvis gÃ¥tt gradene. Fra Ã¥ skrive ett innlegg i 2011, via 4 innlegg i 2012, til formodentlig hele 10 innlegg i 2013! Dersom han da ikke dummer seg ut... Noe han meget vel kan komme til Ã¥ gjøre om han ikke skikker seg vel...

Formatet er også forandret ørlite siden forrige sesong. Denne gang blir det en slags krysning av kåseri, lobotomi og botanikk. Vi har kalt det LOBOTANIKK... I 2013 får han att på til lov til å lobotanisere seg i hele 1800 tegn! Hver bidige måned! En skriftlengdeøkning på hele 50% i forhold til tidligere sesonger! For en drøm (ihvertfall for dem som liker å skrive langt...)!


For å gjøre det hele komplett har BoligDrøm fått med seg den svært dyktige Vilde Kamfjord til å illustrere det lobotaniserte. Så til alle dere som vanligvis ikke makter (eller orker) å lese seg gjennom Blomsterstjernens knotete langdryge historier er dette en lettelsens dag! Nå kan man enkelt og greit bare slenge et langt blikk på Kamfjords svært så rikholdige tegninger og vips har man fått sublimert hele tekstens innhold gjennom ett enkelt bilde. Genialt?

Ulempen (eller fordelen..?) er at all denne lobotaniseringen krever en god del watt. For å få regnestykket til å gå opp må vi derfor låne litt strøm fra Blomsterstjernebloggen. Men som dere sikkert vet: "Energi vil aldri forsvinne, bare gå over i andre former...."

En annen liten utfordring er at Blomsterstjernen i år har lyst til å nyte litt av sin hage, ikke bare skrive om den... Etter litt rask kalkulering han han nemlig regnet seg fram til at han i 2012-sesongen totalt tilbragte skarve 58 minutter ute i hagen, mens han tilbragte smått imponerende 786543,5 timer foran PC'en og blogget om hagen... Var det i det hele tatt hans egen hage han blogget om?!?


Om ikke dette var nok, har han ogsÃ¥ et par andre spennende prosjekt som han endelig tenker Ã¥ gripe fatt i nÃ¥ i det nye Ã¥ret. Det skulle derfor ikke forundre meg om dere kanskje vil kunne oppleve en noe redusert stjerne den neste tiden? En stjerne som ikke makter Ã¥ blogge hver fredag. Kanskje heller ikke annenhver fredag. Kanskje heller ikke hver tredje fredag? Men kanskje bare en gang pr mÃ¥ned? Formularet er ikke helt klart enda. Stien blir til underveis. Bare følg sjokoladepapirene som ligger strødd i hans fotspor.

Men la oss spole tilbake til starten av dette innlegget! 
La oss komme til dagens hovedpoeng!

 Avmaskifiseringen...

For alle dere som verken smugkjøper, stjeler eller abonnerer pÃ¥ Boligdrøm kan jeg berette at det uheldigvis er lekket en superhemmelig film av Blomsterstjernens avmaskifisering pÃ¥ Internettet... Den gÃ¥r i skrivende stund som ulm i vÃ¥tt gress gjennom dataverden. Hele 6 stykker har sett videoen allerede!!!

Mann dere opp! Hold dere fast! Eller bare spol rett forbi...

Sjekk ut videoen her (husk å skru på lyden - trykk på "play"-knappen):




Vel bekomme...

Sørg for å laste ned videoen og deretter kopiere den over på VHS-kassett slik at den kan sees til skrekk og advarsel hver bloggfrie Blomsterstjerne-fredag i det kommende året. Husk at videoen har 18-års grense.
(Om det har klikket for meg? Nei, jeg er bare lobotanisert...)

På tross av alt dette her vil jeg bare avslutte med å spå at 2013 blir et fantastisk år!?!
BÃ¥de for dere og for meg :)

Godt nyttår & takk for det gamle!
Vi sees inne i magasinet.









P.S. Følg gjerne med pÃ¥ Facebook for siste nytt i Blomsterstjernesaken

P.P.S. Vil dere høre en gladnyhet? Blomsterstjernen har nemlig et medmenneskelig NyttÃ¥rsforsett: Han skal bli 2-3% bedre til Ã¥ besøke og kommentere andre sine blogger i 2013.

P.P.P.S. Dette blogginnlegget er ikke sponset. Maskemannen taler rett fra hjertet (i halsen)







          Sidesveis & den syvende sidensvans        

Bildet er lånt av Internet

Helt siden Blomsterstjernen var en knøttliten guttepjokk har han vært glad i fugler. Ikke bare grillkylling, vaktler og ovnsbakt rype. Men også meiser, papper og finker.

Ja om man skal tro ryktene (og det skal man jo alltid) sÃ¥ kunne visstnok den unge kommende blomsterstjerne, allerede som 2-Ã¥ring, navnet pÃ¥ samtlige fugler som besøkte skjærebrettet. Inne pÃ¥ soverommet hadde han ogsÃ¥ en fugle-plakat som han til stadighet løp inn for Ã¥ dobbelsjekke. Var det virkelig en blÃ¥meis han hadde sett? Eller var det bare enda en kjøttmeis? En sjelden gang mÃ¥tte han duknakket returnere til kjøkkenet i visshet om at det kun var en frekk ekkel skjære (eller skjor som vi sier i Bergen)... Men han lærte stadig...

Et "must" på samtlige gutterom!

Etterhvert som Ã¥rene gikk ble han dyktigere og dyktigere. Fugletype etter fugletype ble pugget og lært. Og som gutter flest utviklet han raskt en slags samlemani. Han begynte sÃ¥gar Ã¥ samle pÃ¥ fuglearter. Kanskje ikke bokstavelig talt..? Det var jo ikke sÃ¥nn at han sto klar med hÃ¥ven for Ã¥ fange inn en av hver fugleart for Ã¥ ha i bur inne pÃ¥ soverommet. Selv om det selvfølgelig var VELDIG fristende! Akkurat det er han nok mer truende til i dag...

Neida. Samlemanien fortonte seg snarere slik at han pÃ¥ sin fugleplansje krysset av fugleart for fugleart etterhvert som de ble observert med egne øyne:

  • Kjøttmeis - OK
  • BlÃ¥meis - OK
  • Skjære - OK
  • Svarttrost - OK
  • GrÃ¥spurv - OK
  • Grønnfink - OK
  • Grønnsisik - OK
  • Dompap - OK
  • Spettmeis - OK
  • etc osv bla bla bla

Han var en ivrig observant! Og det tok ikke lange tiden før han hadde krysset ut nesten samtlige fugler på plansjen! Han var snart den komplette samler!!! Skjønt, noen fugler "satt langt inne", svært langt inne... Blomsterstjernen minnes fremdeles den vinterferiedagen i 5. klasse da han i hagen til mormor og morfar endelig bevitnet selveste Nøtteskriken!!! For en sensasjon! For en merkedag!

Nøtteskrike stjålet fra Rantenhagen (uten tillatelse) - Heldiggrisen!

Fugleplansjen var nÃ¥ nesten helt uleselig. Overalt fantes det kryss og notater i svart, rødt og blÃ¥tt. Med ett eneste unntak! Litt oppe til venstre sto plansjen fremdeles urørt og ukysset... Sidensvansen formelig lyste i mot Blomsterstjernen hver bidige morgen og minnet han om at oppdraget pÃ¥ langt nær var avsluttet enda. 

Men sidensvansen var rett og slett helt umulig å få has på! Mystikken ble ikke akkurat mindre da han i fugleboken kunne lese at denne fuglearten var svært sjelden på disse trakter og at den vanligvis levde på tundraen i Russland...

Minst like barsk som om et Tupolev bombefly (bilde lånt fra Internet)

Men åene gikk, rynkene kom og Blomsterstjernen begynte etterhvert å innse at han nok kom til å gå i graven som en fullstendig ukomplett fuglesamler. Noe så pinlig. Noe så tragisk. Noe så patetisk. Han drømte ofte om hvordan verden ville vært dersom bokbinderiet hadde latt vær å ta med denne russiske umuliusen på barneromsplakatene..? Livet ville nok vært annerledes, men komplett! Millioner av overlykkelige barn ville lekt harmonisk sammen, "slåsskamper" fant man kun i fremmedordboken og alle hadde antageligvis fått særdeles godt (S) i O-fag?

For Blomsterstjernens del kunne bokbinderiet like godt tatt med bÃ¥de kolibri, struts og pingvin pÃ¥ plansjen... Han ville aldri kunne komplettere den allikevel. Han hadde total-resignert. Plansjen ble forsiktig tatt ned fra veggen og stuet bort i en kartong pÃ¥ et mørkt og kaldt loft. Aldri mer skulle den fÃ¥ minne han pÃ¥ den dÃ¥rlige samvittigheten som fulgte i fotsporene av det ufullendte oppdrag... 

Blomsterstjernen fikk heller finne seg andre og mer overkommelige ting å samle på, som feks roser...
Hvor blir det av kolibrien?


Men så! Plutselig en dag skjedde det mest utrolige!!! Verden skulle omveltes...

Blomstersternen ante som vanlig fred og ingen fare der han sto okkupert i en helt normal telefonsamtale med sin søster. Som vanlig kikket han samtidig ut kjøkkenvinduet på jakt etter kjøttmeis, blåmeis og spettmeis. Dobbelprosessering. Plutselig ble han stum! Søsteren fortsatte ufortrødent i den andre enden...

SÃ¥ han syner?!? Var det ikke..? Nei det kan ikke..? Frem med fotoapparatet, zoom, zoom, zoom...

Kvekk?!? Er det ikke?!? DÃ¥n... TÃ¥rer... Druesukkertabletter...

Blomsterstjernen avbrøt telefonsamtalen med et skrik! "Jeg har Sidensvans i hagen!!!" Det var nesten ikke til å tro! I ått-og-tredve år hadde han ventet, ventet og ventet... Endelig var forløsningens time kommet! Telefonsamtalen fikk pent vente! Han slapp alt han hadde i hendene. Geipen hang ned på knærne. Knærne skalv... Håret knakk sammen i en sjelden sidesveis!

Sakte med sikkert klarte han Ã¥ fokusere fotoapparatet. Hele hagen ble saumfart pr linse. Matt i blikket kunne han konstatere at det mot alle odds var en helt ekte sidensvans-stim han hadde fÃ¥tt pÃ¥ besøk! I sin egen hage!

Stappfulle trær så langt øyet kunne se!

Ikke nok med det. Når han først skulle være så heldig (eller dyktig?) å få bevitne dette tidligere så kommunistiske fjærkreet skulle den også dukke opp i et enormt antall! Blomsterstjernen talte minst 30 sidensvanser rundt om i tretoppene. For en opplevelse! For et sjokk! For en utløsning!

Antageligvis var dette også snakk om verdensrekord i antall sidensvans samlet på et og samme sted?!?

Vel... Kanskje ikke. (Bildet er tatt av Bjørnar Skjold i Øygarden tidligere denne måneden)

"Verdensrekordforsøket" ble selvsagt raskt avkreftet etter et lite bilde-søk pÃ¥ Google. Sidensvansen trives tydeligvis best i flokk og rad... NÃ¥r de først kommer, ja sÃ¥ kommer de til gangs!

Men dette forringet likevel ikke opplevelsen! Blomsterstjernen kunne endelig vandre opp pÃ¥ det iskalde loftet igjen for Ã¥ finne fram den værbitte fugleplansjen fra barndommen. Med et stolt blikk krysset han elegant 30 kryss over den en gang sÃ¥ forjettede sidensvansen! Mannen var komplett!

Komplette, fullendte, lykksalige helge-hilsener,









P.S. Finnes det andre der ute med en lignende mislykket/vellykket samlehistorie med tanke pÃ¥ disse vakre tobeinte, varmblodige virveldyrene som nedstammer fra de skjellkledde, øglelignende Saurpsidene...? (bedre kjent som "fugler")







          A Sweeter Hops        

Federal scientists have bred a new, antimicrobial-rich hops variety for tea

Food for Thought

Brewers prize hops for the characteristic bitter flavors they impart to ales, lagers, and other beers. But aficionados of another class of brews—certain herbal teas—would prefer their hops bitterfree. And federal scientists may have come up with just what the doctor ordered.

"People have used hops medicinally for a long time. It's a fairly ancient remedy," notes plant physiologist Barbara M. Reed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in Corvallis, Ore.

The bitter tonic made from hops has putative sedative, hypnotic, and antianxiety properties. Hops tea has been offered as a folk remedy for conditions ranging from fever and insomnia to bruises and cancer, according to a report by botanist James A. Duke, who has authored several books on medicinal plants. A quick browse on the Internet will turn up numerous sources of hop tea.

The new cultivar, named Teamaker, may produce an especially palatable brew owing to a unique ratio of certain acid components. Moreover, the components that predominate in Teamaker have long-established antimicrobial properties. Indeed, their germ-fighting function appears to have won the appreciation of brewers more than a millennium ago, notes John A. Henning, who leads hop genetics and breeding at a USDA research center, also in Corvallis. Beer producers realized that when their recipe included hops, brews not only proved tasty, but had a longer shelf life.

Hops breeder Alfred Haunold and his colleagues at the Corvallis center will formally register their debittered cultivar this month.

What brewers of all stripes refer to as hops are actually the cone-shaped dried female flowers of the Humulus lupulus L. plant. Inside are glands that contain flavorful oils and some fairly bitter water-soluble components.

To extract the flavorings for use in beer, or merely to make a cup of tea, brewers boil the cones to release their characteristic flavorings. However, the altered chemistry of USDA's new hop has dramatically boosted the production of flavorings possessing natural, antibiotic properties.

In fact, the elevated antibiotic attributes of the new hop might open new markets for this crop, observes Henning. For instance, sugar producers might turn to it as a preservative to prevent microbial degradation of their product during processing. Alternatively, he notes, manufacturers and others may substitute it for the formaldehyde used to control pests and fungal growth in everything from animal feed and plywood to tissues that are being stored for use in research.

Alpha vs. beta

The key flavor compounds in hops trace to two families of chemicals: water-soluble alpha acids, and beta acids that develop in the plants' essential oils. Breweries prize the alpha acids for their hearty, if bitter, taste: These serve as a natural foil to the sweet compounds that develop in many beers. Indeed, some brewers just buy isolated hop-derived alpha acids and dispense with the beta acids entirely.

The new Teamaker hop derives from experiments several decades ago when Haunold wanted to see the extent to which he could preferentially maximize a plant's production of alpha or beta acids. One successful beta-rich cultivar proved virtually devoid of alpha acids. A technician who tasted it jokingly said the bitterfree product would be great for tea—eventually giving rise to its name.

In the January Journal of Plant Registrations, Henning, Haunold, and their coauthors describe Teamaker's pedigree—at least as much as is known. Most of its initial ancestors appear to have come from old English lines, such as cultivars known as Fuggle and Late Grape. However, Henning points out, because these lines are rich in alpha acids, there must have also been beta-rich ancestors. He now suspects that these were probably wild U.S. hops that pollinated their English cousins growing openly in Oregon fields, early in the last century.

Currently, U.S. farmers produce some 55 million pounds of hops annually. Since the big market for hops has always been beer, the alpha acids-shy Teamaker languished in a few test plots for decades. A beer company or two checked the variety out, but ultimately exhibited no commercial interest.

Recently, however, interest in beta acids—and their antimicrobial prowess—has been growing, independent of hops' use in beer. For instance, European sugar refiners have begun buying beta-acid extracts—essentially leftovers from alpha-acid production for breweries—as a bitterfree, all-natural preservative for use during manufacturing. At the same time, some feed suppliers have begun substituting beta acids for low-dose antibiotics as a livestock growth-promoting dietary additive. Feed producers couldn't use conventional hops directly, Henning notes, because the alpha acids' bitter taste would have soured the animals' interest in their chow.

However, with Teamaker, the hop is essentially alpha acids-free: It certainly has the lowest quantity of alpha acids of any commercially available hop.

Teamaker is available to breeders through the National Clonal Germplasm Repository—essentially a federal library with holdings that include more than 510 different hops. Some are wild natives collected throughout the United States. Others are cultivated varieties collected from throughout the world.

But if the idea of bitterfree hops appeals, Henning says, stay tuned. In a year or two his group expects to announce a new and improved variety. Think of it, he says, as bitter-Terminator 2.


If you would like to comment on this Food for Thought, please see the blog version.

Citations

John A. Henning

Forage Seed and Cereal Research

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

3450 SW Campus Way

Corvallis, OR 97331

Barbara M. Reed

National Clonal Germplasm Repository

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

33447 Peoria Road

Corvallis, OR 97333-2521
Further Reading

Carter, P.R., et al. 1990. Hop cultivation and use information. In Alternative Field Crops Manual. University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Service. Available at [Go to].

DeNoma, J.S. 2000. Background information on Hops. USDA ARS National Clonal Germplasm Repository. Available at [Go to].

Duke, J.A. 1983. Humulus lupulus L. In Handbook of Energy Crops . Available at [Go to].

          KE bierze się za Airbnb. Usługa ma zostać opodatkowana        
Temat nie jest zupełnie nowy w UE. W czerwcu Parlament Europejski przyjął rezolucję, wzywając KE do stworzenia konkretnych przepisów regulujących usługi oferowane w ramach tzw. gospodarki dzielenia się, typu Airbnb czy Uber. Europosłowie bardziej jednak niż na podatki zwracali uwagę na stronę konsumencką wskazując, że klienci korzystający z usług za pośrednictwem platform powinni być chronieni jak w przypadku każdej innej transakcji.

Komisja Europejska do tej pory patrzyła przychylnym okiem na usługi tzw. ekonomii dzielenia się. Bruksela nie zdecydowała się na przygotowanie unijnych przepisów, ale w ubiegłym roku wydała wytyczne dla państw członkowskich dotyczące regulacji tego sektora. Według KE innowacyjne usługi ekonomii dzielenia się (ang. sharing economy albo collaborative economy) mogą korzystnie wpłynąć na wzrost gospodarczy i tworzenie miejsc pracy w UE, o ile będą regulowane i rozwijane w odpowiedzialny sposób.

Szybki rozwój tego sektora związany jest z nowymi technologiami. Najbardziej znanym przykładem jest UberPOP, czyli aplikacja kojarząca ludzi chcących odpłatnie wyświadczyć usługę przewozu oraz jej odbiorców. Inne przykłady to BlaBlaCar, czyli serwis łączący kierowców dysponujących wolnymi miejscami w aucie z osobami szukającymi transportu, albo Airbnb, umożliwiający wynajęcie pokoju, mieszkania czy domu.

Skala tych usług jest już na tyle duża, że na potencjalne korzyści podatkowe łakomym okiem patrzą ministrowie finansów. W czwartek rzeczniczka KE Venessa Mock poinformowała, że dyskusja w tej sprawie z udziałem KE i szefów resortów finansów państw członkowskich odbędzie się we wrześniu w Tallinie.

- Podatki są skomplikowane. To temat, który wymaga jednomyślności w UE, dlatego nie możemy wchodzić w nowy obszar taki jak ten bez odpowiedniej refleksji. I teraz zajmujemy się tą refleksją w sprawie najlepszego podejścia do opodatkowania cyfrowej gospodarki - zaznaczyła Mock.

Zniecierpliwienie obecnym stanem rzeczy wyraził w środę francuski minister finansów Bruno Le Maire, który mówił, że sytuacja podatkowa platform cyfrowych jak Airbnb jest we Francji"nie do zaakceptowania". - Platformy te osiągają dziesiątki milionów euro obrotu, a do budżetu Francji wpływa z tego zaledwie kilkadziesiąt tysięcy euro - powiedział cytowany przez AFP minister.

Zapowiedział, że we wrześniu Paryż wraz z Berlinem przedstawią inicjatywę w tej sprawie, by problem został rozwiązany na poziomie europejskim. Jak mówił, chciałby, aby francusko-niemiecki projekt stał się propozycją KE, którą mieliby omówić na grudniowym szczycie przywódcy państw UE.

Platformy, o których mowa, bardzo często mają swoją siedzibę w Irlandii, gdzie mogą liczyć na bardzo niskie podatki.

Unijny komisarz ds. gospodarczych Pierre Moscovici ocenił w środę, że poziom podatków, jaki we Francji płaci Airbnb, jest "szokujący". Według tamtejszego ministerstwa finansów platforma zapłaciła mniej niż 100 tys. euro podatków w 2016 roku nad Sekwaną, podczas gdy w tym czasie z jej usług skorzystało ponad 10 mln Francuzów.

Moscovici opowiedział się za tym, by kraje UE raczej uzgodniły wspólną bazę podatkową niż harmonizowały stawkę podatkową, jaką płacą firmy. We Francji jest ona szczególnie wysoka, bo wynosi 33 proc., tymczasem w Irlandii jest to 12,5 proc., choć są przykłady dużych, globalnych firm, które płaciły w tym kraju efektywnie dużo niższą stawkę.

W ubiegłorocznych wytycznych dla unijnych stolic KE stwierdziła, że zarówno platformy internetowe, jak i osoby świadczące usługi ekonomii dzielenia się powinny płacić podatki na równi z innymi uczestnikami rynku, w tym podatki dochodowe, podatki od działalności gospodarczej oraz VAT. KE zachęcała państwa unijne do upraszczania i wprowadzania jaśniejszych regulacji podatkowych dla tego sektora.

Według ubiegłorocznych szacunków KE dotyczących 2015 roku, platformy internetowe i usługodawcy w sektorze ekonomii dzielenia się łącznie osiągnęli dochód brutto w wysokości 28 mld euro, dwa razy większy niż rok wcześniej. Co szósty mieszkaniec UE przynajmniej raz korzystał z usług tego sektora, a ponad 5 proc. taką usługę oferowało.

PAP


          How To Play Funk Guitar – Do You Want To Learn How To Play Funk Guitar?        

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          Meti na minha sobrinha enquanto ela fingia dormir        

Como já consta em meus relatos anteriores, sou um coroa muito bem apessoado, e fissurado em fofas. Isso vem desde minha infância, quando ficava super ligado em minhas professoras. Adorava ver aqueles \"rabões\" enormes andando para lá e para cá durante as aulas. Estou muito bem financeiramente, moro em São Paulo, na zona oeste, e todos os relatos que envio, os faço em retribuição aos inúmeros contos de bom nível que encontro neste eem outros sites do gênero, que me entretem e ao mesmo tempo erotizam os pensamentos. Este relato, ocorreu há poucos dias atrás, e foi tão envolvente que resolvi dividí-lo com os amigos. Tive que passar uns dias hospedado na casa de minha irmã adotiva, porque seu marido fora vítima de um acidente automobilístico. Nada muito grave, mas como eles moram em uma casa na praia de Itanhaem, fui convidado para ficar por lá durante uns dias, tanto por motivos de segurança, quanto para ajudá-los até a recuperação do marido da minha irmã. A casa embora muito confortável, estava em reforma, e apenas dois quartos estavam disponíveis, ou em condição de uso normal. Na suite principal ficava minha irmã adotiva, e no outro, que não é suite, ficava minha sobrinha. Dezenove anos, bonita, olhar profundo, tímida, fofinha tímida, que se preparava para o vestibular de enfermagem, deve ter 1,70m, uns 84 quilinhos de puro tesão. Seios grandes e empinados, coxas largas, e o que sempre me atrai muito....aquele bundão. Sugeri que eu dormisse na sala, mas esta proposta foi recusada logo de partida, e acabei tendo que aquiescer em ficar no quarto da minha sobrinha, Elisa. Visitamos o marido da minha irmã, e voltamos para casa, por volta das nove horas, e como ainda estava sem sono, tomei uma bela ducha. Tomei um livro emprestado da minha sobrinha e me deitei disposto a ler até o sono aparecer. Elisa entrou no quarto algum tempo depois e ficou teclando algo no computador. O sono veio aos poucos, e em pouco tempo eu joguei o livro de lado e cai no sono. Algumas horas depois, acordei meio sonolento ouvindo alguns ruidos estranhos. Abri os olhos levemente, e me deparei com a Elisa conversando pelo celular com alguém, e se masturbava gemendo e se contorcendo toda. Estava dominada pelo tesão, e o papo que a envolvia decorria de algum amigo da internet mesmo. Acho que ela sentiu intuitivamente que eu estava acordando e saiu na ponta dos pés para o banheiro. Deixou o computador ligado. Sutilmente me levantei e olhando para o histórico descobri que ela estava teclando numa sala de sexo. Voltei rapidamente para minha cama, e nem pude me cobrir totalmente porque ouvi seus passos, retornando ao quarto. Entrou e ficou olhando para mim. Eu estava deitado, descoberto, e sem dúvida o pau ficara duro, e saliente, denunciando o tesão que eu sentia naquele momento. Ela se aproximou de mim. Eu protegido pela quase escuridão, e com os olhos semicerrados a fitava. Ela olhava sedenta para o meu pau que estava empinado. E, com muito cuidado ela tocou meu pau, e neste mesmo momento senti o tremor do seu corpo todo. Ela estava dominada pelo tesão. Seu corpo tremia todo, e não era de frio. Provocativamente me movimentei na cama. Ela se assustou, e voou para sua cama. Fiquei frustrado, não era isso que eu esperava. Forcei uma pequena tossidinha, e ela respondeu fingindo dormir, soltando um pequeno roncadinho do lado de lá. Fiquei assim alguns minutos, levantei-me e fui até o banheiro. O celular estava lá. Desligado. Voltei na ponta dos pés, e quando entrava no quarto notei que ela estava se masturbando. Deu um movimento brusco quando sentiu minha presença. Fui para perto da sua cama. Com dificuldade, consegui ver que ela estava semi descoberta, sem a calcinha, e com a camiseta levantada quase à altura dos seios. Com cuidado e muito tesão encostei minhas mãos em seus seios. Ela fingia dormir. Os bicos dos seios estavam a ponto de furar o tecido da camiseta. Ela sentiu meu contato e seu corpo se movimentou denunciando seu tesão, mas ainda fingia dormir e era isso mesmo que eu queria. Apalpei o seio todo. Curvei meu corpo sobre o dela e beijei os seios. Ela fazia sons de quem dormia e sonhava, mas eu sabia que era puro fingimento, e fui em frente. Beijei os dois biquinhos que ficaram ainda mais destacados. Eu não os via, mas sentia tudo. Enquanto eu sugava e acariciava seus seios, ela lutava para controlar o movimento das pernas que entreabertas estavam ávidas por envolver um homem. Sabendo disso fui baixando meus lábios em direção ao seu ventre, e ela quase perdia o controle da respiração e dos movimentos do corpo. Tentava se controlar e eu fingia que ela dormia. Encostei meus lábios sobre a sua bucetinha. Deixei a respiração morna ser forçada contra seu sexo apenas para provocá-la ainda mais. Ela quase levantava o quadril buscando minha boca. Dei um beijinho bem sobre a bucetinha. Senti que estava molhada, e inchadinha. Com uma das mãos abri a fenda. Estava mesmo muito molhada. Abri bem, deixando escancarada. Ela se mexeu toda levantando o quadril todo direção minha boca. Eu encostei a lingua na fenda e a fiz correr do fim para o começo e toquei de leve com a ponta da lingua o seu grelinho que estava totalmente empinando e ensopado de suco. Ela não consegui segurar um gemido e o corpo se empinou todo. Fiquei chupando sua bucetinha, fazendo a lingua deslizar pela fenda toda, e no final massageava com muitos toques com ponta da lingua seu grelinho. Ela agora mantinha os olhos fechados, simulava dormir. mas o seu corpo e sua respiração a desmentiam. Era um jogo. Eu apenas jogava. Fui aumentando a velocidade do passeio da lingua na sua fenda, e de repente ela endureceu o corpo todo....e gozou sem ligar para os gemidos e as contorções do corpo todo. Jogou seu corpo de volta para a posição e ficou estática. Parada por completo, e com a respiração lenta e preguiçosa de quem gozara para valer. Continuei com as mãos acariciando a bucetinha, e fui encostando meu corpo ao dela. Ela estava amolecida, prostrada. Encostei meu pau na fenda. Ela quase acordou de verdade tamanha era a vontade de me sentir dentro dela. Encostei o pau na fenda. Como estava muito molhado pela mistura do suco, e da minha saliva. Ele escorregou para dentro, entrando até a cabeça ficar toda agasalhada. Segurei um pouco a penetração para fingir que não queria acordá-la continuando o joguinho. Ela voltou a si, e senti seus quadris se mexendo forçando levemente o aumento da penetração. Aceitei a provocação e não enfiei tudo. Dei umas mexidinhas com o pau mantendo apenas a cabecinha agasalhada. Ela quase se descontrolava e perdia o joguinho. Dava umas contrações na musculatura pélvica e isso aumentava meu tesão. Estava para gozar de tanto tesão mas me controlava. De repente o tesão me dominou e enfiei de uma vez o que faltava. Escorregou de uma vez até o talo. Deixei o pau enfiado até o talo, e apenas dei umas contrações quando atingi o ponto extremo e ela deu uma respiradinha de satisfação de quem conseguira o que sonhara e queria naquele momento. Mal começamos a nos movimentar eu não consegui me segurar e gozei explodindo uma enormidade de porra dentro daquela bucetinha, enquanto ela soltava as pernas que envolviam minha cintura, e voltava á posição de quem estava dormindo.Fiquei com o pau atolado por alguns momentos. A porra escorria misturado com o suco e ela respirava leve...satisfeita. Voltei para minha cama. Acordei com o sol entrando pela janela mal fechada. Ela também acordou. Sorriu para mim. e disse que tivera uma bela noite, com sonhos (que ela sabia ter sido bem real) deliciosos, apesar de ainda estar preocupada com o pai no hospital. Levantou, foi até minha cama e me dando um beijinho no rosto, perguntou....gostou de dormir aqui tio?, disse-lhe que sim e ela disse: - eu adorei ...me senti mais tranquila...e espero que o senhor fique um bom tempo por aqui, quem sabe até o meu pai retornar para casa. Continuamos o joguinho por mais vinte dias, onde tive a oportunidade de meter naquele cuzinho lindo que ela tinha, até que meu cunhado retornou e eu tive de ir embora. Bem amigos por hoje é só....quando acontecer novo evento assim eu volto a relatar exatamente como ocorreu. Tudo isso para homenagear as fofas de qualquer idade ou condição....sou e sempre serei fissurado nelas.....
M.Mattos – São Paulo - SP
          El paso del tiempo de los personajes        
Las series actuales tienen repartos de lujo, bandas sonoras que nos hacen estremecer, cotas de producción por las nubes, pero hay algo que no han sabido solucionar: el paso del tiempo de los personajes. Por ejemplo, en Dexter, ¿ como muestran a nuestro asesino favorito de Miami con cinco años menos ? Michael C.Hall es irremplazable, ni sea por unos segundos. Pues nada, le plantamos una melena y cinco años menos ! Ni Corporación Dermoestética. Ahora enfudarle una melena con el cáncer que está sobrellevando sería poco menos que una broma de mal gusto.

Pero para broma el cambio de look que pega el capitán Lee Adama en la (impresionante) reinterpretación de Battlestar Galáctica. Sin ahondar mucho en la trama para no aruinarséla a nadie, el joven Adama pasa de ser el protagonista de carpetas de quinceañeras ( y la de sus madres también ) a un 'blando' ( como le define su padre en la tercera temporada) en un año de tiempo argumental. La técnica para no arruinar ésa tableta made in Milka es añadirle unas cuantas toneladas de maquillaje y unos cuantos cojines para simular brazos con exceso de airbags. Y claro, hacerle comer como un desesperado en todas las escenas posibles. Eso sí, la escena del barrigón supongo que será el segundo de gloria de alguno de los trabajadores fuera de la galería. El 'Fat Lee Adama' es todo un fenómeno internetil: con twitter, web propia, y grupos en Facebook incluso ( ¿ y qué no lo tiene ? ). Podéis ver el making of de su makeover a continuación.

En conclusión, los cambios del paso del tiempo en los personajes de la series actuales es poco menos que una chufa, pero oigan, lo que nos reímos de las soluciones caseras bien lo valen.


          Bajadas de tensión        

Esta semana High Voltage ha vuelto a ser noticia en todos los rincones de Internet. Los padres de The Conduit, que adoraban a Wii sobre todas las cosas y querían demostrar que en la consola hay lugar para todo tipo de jugadores, anuncia que su The Grinder será multiplataforma. ¿ Perdemos algo importante los usuarios de Wii ? Sólo tiempo, puesto que la multiplataformidad conllevará que el juego se retrase un año más, hasta octubre de 2011. Pero posiblemente tengamos un mejor juego, no ya por el tiempo extra ( que aprovecharán para pulir las versiones HD ) sino porque se el aumento de presupuesto y la ambición del propio estudio. No tengo la menor duda que ahora The Grinder supone un proyecto aun mayor tanto para High Voltage como para la editora ( ¿ puede que otra vez Sega ? HV cuando lo anunció dijo que ya tenía editora, ahora parece que la han perdido). Sin ir más lejos, en apenas seis meses el cambio entre el primer trailer del juego y el último lanzado es abismal. Además no estamos hablando de una conversión tardía o menor, sino de un juego de Wii que se pasa a las otras plataformas, como sucedió con No More Heroes y seguramente sucederá con muchos más con la llegada de Natal y Arc. Wii sigue siendo principal, The Grinder continua siendo uno de los más prometedores de Wii, aunque ya no lleve el 'Only For'.




El que posiblemente no pueda tildarse de prometedor es Tournament of Legends, otrora Gladiator A.D. El híbrido de sangrientas batallas entre fieros gladiadores pasa a ser un Masters del Universo con exceso de colorismo. Los aguerridos y curtidos gladiadores dejan paso a todo un helenco de luchadores tan mitológicos como tópicos: valkírias, minotauros y demás fauna digna del nuevo remake de Furia de Titanes, de la cual HV admite la inspiración ( y porque no, aprovecharse del éxito que tendrá ). Las refriegas con litros de sangre son sustituidas con peleas inocuas en un estilo de lucha diagonal que se aleja de la algo extraña cámara trasera que tenía originalmente. ¿ Wii Motionplus ? ¿ Modo online ? Son cosas que se dejan para The Grinder, especialmente esto último porque ya piensan en contenido descargable. Uno se alza, otro cae. Gladiator A.D. era una rareza sin pulir que posiblemente hubiera pasado sin pena ni gloria, pero su talón de Aquiles también era su fortaleza. Con Tournament of Legends, High Voltage sigue a pies juntillas lo que han hecho con The Grinder: 'hacer el juego para el mercado, no para nosotros'. Con el L4D de demonios posiblemente funcione, con Tournament of Legends no.


          Mezun olunan üniversitenin önemi yazısına Aykut ÖZDEMÄ°R tarafından yapılan yorumlar        
merhaba ilgili üniversiteler hakkında bilgim yok. akademisyen kadrosunu ve tesislerini inceleyerek fikir edinebilirsiniz. ( prof. sayıları, hocalar hakkındaki internet yorumları, okulun imkanları hakkında araştırmalar vs. vs. )
          RE[2]: embedded        
What about sharing your Internet connection using an ethernet modem ? I was talking about the mac-mini by the way, not the iMac.
          La radio che dà voce a chi non ha voce        

Sotto la direzione dell'associazione "Arte e Salute" e del Dipartimento di Salute mentale dell'Azienda Usl di Bologna, e con il finanziamento della Regione, ha preso il via il progetto Psicoradio, programmi radiofonici realizzati da pazienti con problemi psichici, in onda sulle emittenti locali, in particolare su Radio Città del Capo, o direttamente su internet. Dopo un corso di formazione su misura per 15 pazienti, tenuto da professionisti della comunicazione, docenti universitari, protagonisti della cultura e dell'arte, è nata la redazione vera e propria. La radio è una grande opportunità per far capire che chi ha problemi a livello psichico possiede sensibilità, competenza e talento. Dalle parole di Lucia Manassi, caporedattrice di Psicoradio, cerchiamo di capire cos’è una radio che “darà voce a chi voce non ha".

Realizzato da Adriano, Adele e Viviana, studenti del I anno del Master in Comunicazione della Scienza della Sissa


          RE[6]: embedded        
How seriously can you take someone who wants a Mac Mini to share an internet connection, instead of buying a dedicated router that would be heaps cheaper?
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          annonce cul sur internet avec une coquine complexe        
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          The Art of Lovin' Trees --- Featuring Joel Tauber        




The Art of Lovin’ Trees-- 
Featuring Artist Joel Tauber
Story dedicated to Joel and Alison
in celebration of their joyous engagement on November 9th,
2008

Written and Researched by Enilde Van Hook
Story Consult and Editing by Luke Van Hook
Painting, www.lukevanhook.com
Photography, www.gingervanhook.com
Writing, www.enildeingelsvanhook.com


 America is having a love affair with trees and California is second to none in leading its appreciation of trees. Digging deep into the roots of this story, I have followed and researched the tree culture specifically in Los Angeles where our love of trees has spawned a unique pop tree culture relating to art. Our popular tree culture today includes but is not limited to tree sculptures, tree paintings, tree photographs, tree videos, tree poetry, tree songs, tree jewelry, tree movies and even tree love affairs. 


Tree Earing created by Joel Tauber for his Sick-Amour Tree in Pasadena, California.
Additional Tree Jewelry created by Joel Tauber to adorn the Sick-Amour Tree includes leaf jewelry, as well as the male earing and the female earing that hang from the tree below.  
Photos of tree jewelry courtesy of  Susanne Vielmetter Gallery 5795 West Washington Blvd., Culver City, California 90232 www.vielmetter.com   infor@vielmetter.com (323-933-2117)


Sick-Amour Tree in the parkinglot of the Pasadena Rose Bowl, protected by barriers installed by Joel Tauber in his quest to save his beloved tree. Tree wearing the earings looks hot!  Photo courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Gallery.
Leaf sculpture by Joel Tauber
Female tree earing by Joel Tauber.
Male tree earing created by Joel Tauber, photo courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Gallery, 2008

For the record, our love of trees goes way back to the dawn of time when we were swinging in the trees, however, our love has grown and matured since then. The Greek and Roman heritage of literature and art bestows us with intoxicating stories of their Gods having entanglements with humans. Some of their deities were known as protectors of trees and nature such as Dionysus the Greek god of agriculture, fertility, wine and merriment. He was later renamed Bacchus by the Romans and reported to be the Tree God. Back in the day when artists carved trees into stone and marble relief sculptures to worship in the temples of their mythological gods, people celebrated the sacredness of trees, grapevines and sometimes the unions of gods and mortals. There was Pomona, the goddess of fruit trees who married Vertumnus, the god of fruits and gardens. Digging deep enough, one is sure to find stories of deities mating with trees and spawning children of the harvest for instance.

In modern literary circles there are a number of great imaginative family favorites written about trees, like “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. Then there’s the infamous story of how Robinson Crusoe lived in a tree-house, and of utmost importance to our American history of trees, we propagate the very memorable legend of ‘Johnny Appleseed’.

In our contemporary times we have a legend in the making too. I have been fortunate to witness the emergence of a new ‘Johnny Appleseed’ and interestingly enough, the story involves a recent romantic love affair between one special tree and a mortal that is well worth pursuing the story. Sometime in the fall of in 2007, I met Joel Tauber. This is the artist who I believe was struck by a mythological bolt of lighting, so to speak, pertaining to one of the Greek or Roman deities’. Joel Tauber is said to have fallen head over heels in love with one particular Sycamore Tree in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. My chance meeting with this now famous mortal under the influence of an enchanted mystical spell, has led me to research the mysteries intrinsic in the charms of trees. I too have been struck with the frailty of trees, their vulnerabilities, and their enormous strengths and inspiration. This together with my own personal experiences with trees has prompted me to come out of my shell and discuss the subject in all seriousness.

My own personal background is not in trees. I am simply a tree-lover from childhood. For a little over ten years, my professional background was in radio as a disc jockey and on-air personality. I listened to music, reviewed songs and kept tabs on the pop music culture. I worked in the Los Angeles market as well as Santa Barbara, California; Eventually I moved to expand my work experience in neighboring radio markets like Reno, Carson City, Lake Tahoe and Gardnerville/Minden, Nevada. It was through traveling that I saw some of the most beautiful trees along the routes through Northern California and Northern Nevada!
While I drove from one radio market to another over the years, I watched the trees go by at the various speed limits along the highways of my life’s journeys. Thus you will understand when I tell you that often I see art and life, for that matter, through a series of moving images in my head which include a music bed. 
I was eleven years old when in 1970, Joni Mitchell wrote and released a song called ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ whose lyrics surpassed the test of time and is currently in airplay by a glut of new groups. The lyrics began with “…They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum and they charged all the people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em.” One of the barometers I use to gage the influence of any particular song, music or artwork that I come into contact with is if it will surpass the test of time, among other important criteria. This song became one of my favorite songs of all time. The lyrics made so much sense to me.
When I met Joel Tauber, I was introduced to the enormous scope of his Sick-Amour Tree-Baby Project. It was then that I suddenly started hearing Joni Mitchell’s song in my mind again, only this time, as I got in my car, Counting Crows was performing the song. When I started doing more research on the song that I could not get out of my head, I was struck by how many artists had re-recorded the song and barely changed anything about the words. There is Amy Grant, who upgraded the dollar amount from $1.50 to $25 when singing about how much the museums charged people to enter. Additionally there is Green Day, Sarah McLachlan, Charlie Barker, Bob Dylan, Moya Brennan, Ireen Sheer, Donnie Eidt and a host of so many others that have recorded ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ it was simply overwhelming!
I think the importance of the lyrics to this one particular song is that it reveals the fact that people love trees and hate parking lots. The message is that if it weren’t for our trees, we could be living in a frying pan! The impact of this single song is that it reveals what is really going on in people’s minds. There is a reason why so many artists are flocking to re-record the lyrics in their own way.











Not only are trees involved in the music arena, trees as subjects, are very involved in politics as well. Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin at the time, took a leading role in developing the celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd 1970 as a way to commemorate our environmental concerns. Arbor Day is presently celebrated as well with the first ceremonial tree planting in Washington D.C. on April 27th in 2001, all evidence that goes to prove the people of our planet do care about what happens to our trees.


Trees stand as a testiment and memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. Martin Luther King is memorialized with trees along Expositon Blvd. across from the Los Angeles Coliseum and down the street from the University of Southern California.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook


Online sources on the subject of trees are rich in number. For instance, eighteen years ago, here in Los Angeles, a multi racial group of volunteers planted 400 Canary Island Pine trees along seven miles of road on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s life. Today, this living homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continues to thrive and keep the dream alive for his followers. The founder and President of www.treepeople.org is Mr. Andy Lipkis and he keeps tabs on the trees to make sure all 400 trees stay healthy.



Mayor Antonio Villarigosa is the person to thank for the ‘Million Trees Initiative’ he signed into effect in May of 2006 and Los Angeles residents can learn how they too can receive up to 7 free trees to plant on their property. Visit the website at www.milliontreesla.org to learn the details.   Also in Portland, Oregon there is www.friendsoftrees.org and in Bellingham Washington you will find www.geocities.com. There is also the International Society of Arboriculture called ISA and can be accessed by visiting www.isa-arbor.com. You will also find a great deal of valuable advise on the growth and care of trees at www.treesaregood.com and check out Tree Care Industry Association TCIA as well.



Mark Dion created an art piece titled "Library for the Birds of Antwerp" which is also a good example of how art is vitally connected with our tree culture and how it connects Mark Dion to his PBS special where he removed a dead tree from the forest and recreated its living components in a city scape in Washington.  From the "20th Century Artbook Phaidon Press 1996", the caption reads: "Using props from the natural and man-made world, Dion has constructed an installation that explores contemporary attitudes to science and the environment. He has created a fictional and hybridized situation in which the trappings associated with knowledge, learning and classification--such as books and photographs--are juxtaposed with natural elements including birds and wood.   The representation of nature is a fundamental subject in Dion's art, and here he takes on the role of sociologist/anthropologist and blurring the boundaries between authentic and fake, representation and parody. By adopting the persona of a scientist and by satirizing man's obsession with categorization, Dion questions the values of the Western world.  His subject matter is heavily influence by popular culture.  In Dion's world we might witness Mickey Mouse as an explorer, or Clark Kent interviewing Dr. Frankenstein." (Photo and contents are used in this story for purposes of artistic review.)

In the art world, an artist named Mark Dion was featured in a documentary film report that aired in 2007. To view the video one may visit on the Internet by going to www.pbs.org and find Mark Dion as he took the subject of trees and made an art piece that explored what would happen if one were to take a tree after its death, take it out of its familial context of natural forest, and re-create the ecosystem in an environment that would otherwise be a hostile urban setting, needless to say, a cityscape. Just outside of Seattle Washington, he states, a Hemlock fell on February 8th, 1996…and so begins an elaborate experiment that pits optimism against reality." The PBS special is very detailed and you will enjoy the depth of research and work that Mark Dion went to to take a tree out of the forest and recreate the setting in the city.  The difference between the artwork presented by Mark Dion and  the artwork presented by Joel Tauber is in the nature of the life of the tree. Mark Dion works with a dead tree and its living components, and Joel Tauber creates life out of a tree seed and duplicates it all over his community.


Thus I’ve discovered for myself that when I researched the subject of trees, I discovered Joel Tauber wasn’t alone! However, instead of creating an experiment in ecology, Joel Tauber goes further than Mark Dion does with this concept of eco-systems and their frailties. Joel Tauber begins a journey that could eventually repair the eco-systems that man has destroyed. This is where Joel Tauber takes the lead in the art world and becomes not only the realist but the optimistic hope for trees in desecrated forests all over the country.
Joel Tauber’s work as a living project of art in 2008 has resonance and his story is well worth telling again and again. He is certainly not the first, nor the last to get involved in the love of trees, but he is the first in contemporary times to have been associated with a mythological and mystical occurrence of reproducing tree babies out of just hugging one lonely tree.


The last time I saw a man hugging a tree, he was hugging the tree for all the wrong reasons. At the MOCA, Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art, some years back I was viewing an exhibition that was in town by the Utah born artist now working in Los Angeles, Paul McCarthy. While this work of art depicted a very raw and unsettling sculpture of ‘tree-lovin’ it had nothing whatsoever to do with the love of any tree. The work displayed a timely political statement about our government rather than the love for trees, but bear in mind that the thought involved images from man’s intimate involvement with trees both in the biblical sense and in the sense of man’s raping of the planet. Joel Tauber’s work counteracts the devastation of many years of neglect for our trees with a very basic recipe for the renewal of our commitment to our green-leafed friends. Now, when I see the image of Joel Tauber hugging his Sycamore Tree in Pasadena, I get a whole new perspective for the love for our planet, our trees and our environment as a whole.

"The Garden" by Paul McCarthy from The 20th Century Art Book, 
Phaidon Press Limited, page 280. Photo is used for purposes of artistic review.
The caption in the book reads as follows: " 'The Garden'  is a full-scale tableau of an outdoor, woodland scene, complete with leafy trees, shrubs and rocks.  This tranquil picture of nature is rudely interrupted by the presence of a middle-aged, balding man with his trousers round his ankles, engaged in a wholly unnatural act. From one side of the installation, his actions are not immediately apparent, being partially hidden by the tree trunks and foliage, but the sound of mechanical activity draws the viewer in to discover the shocking sight of a man copulating with a tree.  This robotic figure, with its endlessly repetitive movements, is both comical and crude, and is intended by McCarthy to question notions of acceptable public behavior and sexual morality.  McCarthy is a lecturer at UCLA as well as an artist. His sculptural installations evolved out of his earlier performance work which focused on his own body engaged in extreme and disturbing acts."




To further explain this romantic entanglement between a tree and a mortal, I cite some important historical facts. Back in 2005, Joel Tauber was in the parking lot of the Pasadena Rose Bowl, when he spotted a particularly lonely and neglected Sycamore Tree. There are hundreds of thousands of trees in Pasadena, and a great number of them thrive very well on the grounds of the Rose Bowl, should you ever drive through this luscious community of tree and rose-lovers, you will see. But Joel Tauber focused his attention on one specific lonely tree. He started to note more and more how cars would hit the bark of the tree and scrape it, injuring the tree repeatedly. Joel Tauber became a witness to this tree’s life. Taking compassion and friendship upon this particular tree, Tauber began to film the area of the parking lot where the tree was growing. He got the idea to put up solid barriers to protect it from cars and also carried water in large plastic bags to irrigate the tree. Soon, Tauber found himself as a one-man band, orchestrating a symphony of activities leading to editing mass quantities of tree footage, fighting City Hall, and embarking on a quest to save this tree from infertility using tried and true guerilla tactics that would make tree-huggers stand and salute. To personally view the Sick-Amour project, along with the giant scale tree sculpture installation exhibited at Susanne Vielmetter Gallery in 2007, you may visit www.vielmetter.com.













               Recently, I had the privilege and opportunity to discuss Joel Tauber’s work with Susanne Vielmetter and she was delighted to tell me what a wonderful sense of humor that Tauber exhibits in all of his works of art. Susanne Vielmetter reviewed the Underwater project with me as well as the Flying Project which Tauber presented.
She explained how deep down, she feels Tauber is on a quest for meaning in his work and that he has a keen sense of humor that unifies and makes his ideas successful. She states that he uses the comical and the tragic in the Tree-Baby project to address the issues of urban living in our time and very subtly pokes fun at the problems innate in urban planning. The real irony of a small Sycamore tree dying of thirst in a parking lot of a beautiful park in a paradise-like valley, alongside the 110 Pasadena Freeway where 80% of the territory is plastered with concrete and the water below runs along asphalt channels of the Los Angeles River is not lost on Tauber, she explained. To contrast, Susanne Vielmetter cited that parks in Europe allow for weeds to grow naturally on landscapes that are not covered with concrete. Joel Tauber’s projects were initially presented at the Susanne Vielmetter Gallery located at 5795 Washington Blvd., in Culver City, California. The response Susanne Vielmetter’s Gallery received was incredibly exciting, even though at first, some folks thought Joel Tauber was a nut; he went on to prove just how serious he really is about changing the landscape of our environment, one tree at a time.



Joel Tauber has a large body of video artwork, photographs and developing tree babies, (the children of a mortal and a Charmed Sycamore Tree) and one may also visit www.joeltauber.com.
As I learned more and more about Joel Tauber’s project, I realized how blessed we all are that tree-lovin’ is not a singular act of love or even a fleeting love of art. I realized how connected we all are to our environment and how the idea of having a special friend ‘the tree’, any tree in any state, in any country for that matter is a beautiful connection to have. The connection that Joel Tauber has to his Sycamore Tree is in synch with the love that the country is experiencing during our new millennium. We have all become acutely aware of the fragility of life; we realize now more than ever that we must respect our dependence on our environment and value our trees.

The first thing that struck me about Joel Tauber was that we had the love of trees in common. He seemed a bit shy, unassuming and humble yet I was later to learn the enormous power he wielded for this one frail and neglected tree in the parking lot of the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California. I was truly inspired by the level of involvement and commitment he had demonstrated for his own beloved Sycamore Tree which he had turned into a full-blown art-project including video, photography and sculptured jewelry. (He did it all!) He named this work the Sick-Amour Project mainly because he said he felt this tree was ill from the lack of love and the inability to have tree babies to fulfill its legacy. I had never personally met someone with such an extreme love and dedication to one particular tree. In our local newscasts, I had heard stories of people who became very emotional when a land developer was about to cut down a tree they considered a relic of their community; in which case people got very nasty about the issue and would chain themselves to the trees or surround the location with demonstrators that would shut down the jobsite. That’s when the news crews would come in with their cameras and boom mikes and the news helicopters would hover in circles above the trees trying to capture the ‘event’ that was creating all the uproar. A very recent example of this type of community behavior is written about on the front pages of the Los Angeles Times where Eric Bailey, a Times Staff Writer, wrote an extensive story about the tree-issues pertaining to Scotia, California where activists are protesting the logging of the Great California REDWOODS! Read the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times, August 24th, 2008 or visit www.latimes.com online to learn how the tree-sitters are doing today.

But Joel Tauber is a different type of activist. He doesn’t consider himself an activist at all. He merely states, humbly, just for the record, that he loves this one particular Sycamore Tree and it is an outrage to him to see how his new best friend is being suffocated under a six-inch blanket of black tar and asphalt. Better yet, Joel Tauber does something about it. Not with a crew of forty thousand demonstrators, not even with a crew of forty residents. He does this on his own, quietly challenging the laws of the city of Pasadena and humbly takes responsibility for the care and nurturing of his new best friend. I was touched. At once I began to marvel at his potent idea.



The art of loving our trees has grown roots in the higher levels of the art world as well. For instance, if one were to visit the J. Paul Getty Museum both at the Getty Villa which recently re-opened in Malibu and at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, you will find the love of trees has grown branches on all the hillsides surrounding both properties. There are lucky Sycamores and fortunate Pines; there are Pomegranate trees, Apple trees, Pear trees, Jacaranda trees and trees that just look good in a vista overlooking the ocean. Millions of dollars went into the development of artistic gardens which envelope the California landscape against a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean on one edge and the rolling hills of Malibu on the other.






Over in the area of the Miracle Mile, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is celebrating an enormous renovation of its facilities and you guessed it, there are aisles and isles of gigantic palm trees lining the walkways to the entrance of the museum in concert with a unique and flamboyant architecture that has drawn the attention of the art-world with the generosity of Eli and Edythe Broad of the Broad Foundation. The Broad Contemporary Art Museum is the new wing at the LACMA and is considered the largest space in the country devoted exclusively to contemporary art. With a ‘living art display’ dedicated to the iconic palm trees, not native to California, Robert Irwin has developed a plein-air walkway through ‘Palm Gardens’ as one makes their way to the entrances of the museum.





Lush green trees thrive all over Pasadena, California, home of the Rose Bowl where Joel Tauber fell in love with a Sycamore Tree.  Photo by Ginger Van Hook, 2008




 The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California  is also home to some of the most exquisite antiquities in its museum history which includes sculptures amid a forest like atmosphere. Currently at the Norton Simon Museum, among its many exhibitions, one may enjoy the artwork of Ruth Weisberg, Dean of the Gayle Garner Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. Opening on October 17, 2008 the Weisberg exhibition at the Norton Simon runs through March 2, 2009. Additionally a lecture by the artist is planned where Weisberg discusses: Guido Cagnacci and the Resonant Image on Sunday November 16, 2008.  The Norton Simon Museum of Art is located at 411 West Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, California. Ruth Weisberg was instrumental in selecting the work of Joel Tauber to be permanently planted on the Main University Campus of USC on January 24, 2008 where a tree planting ceremony was held and attended by numerous members of USC faculty, staff, students and guests. The location of the new tree-baby, child of the Sick-Amour Project, currently exists on the Exposition side of the campus between Gate one and the Fischer Gallery, across the street from the Museum of Natural History. 


In Pasadena, where lovers of trees line every street of the city as the landscapes are lush with all types of trees and where these wonderful healthy trees keep cool the throngs of tourists who visit the Rose Bowl every year, is also home to the Norton Simon Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Both locations are areas where tree-lovin’ may be experienced alongside some of California’s best-known artworks. Visit the NORTON SIMON MUSEUM at www.nortonsimon.org located at 411 West Colorado, Pasadena, California 91105 or visit the PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART at www.pmcaonline.com at 490 East Union Street, Pasadena, California.



In San Marino, California, the art of trees, gardens and succulents has found a worthy haven at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens spanning an area of 120 acres dedicated to the fine arts founded by Henry E. Huntington in 1928 as the very first public art gallery in Southern California. Along with English portraits and French eighteenth-century furniture, one will delight in tours of the unique garden paradise established for the pure love of the botanical arts.


On the hillside along the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, one may also enjoy walking along the elegant landscapes of the Skirball Cultural Center and Museum grounds and witness the serenity of the trees as Weeping Willows slope their leaves to the ground, and gentle breezes sway the branches of Sycamores, Oaks and Birch trees. Visit the Skirball Museum online at www.skirball.org, or enjoy a personal walk along the grounds and explore the tributes to culture at 2701 North Sepulveda, Los Angeles 90049.

Trees at the Skirball Museum and Cultural Center thrive and enjoy the mild California climate.


In San Diego, one enjoys walking through a vast museum complex housing 15 unique museums in Balboa Park, not to mention to the collection of rare cactus and enormous Eucalyptus trees (just to name one tree type out of numerous ones) which shade the paths leading from one museum to another.

Each of the locations I have mentioned or described here is where I personally walked through, witnessed, and or photographed sophisticated artistic tree landscapes of the California terrain.

The Roots of my personal anxieties: Why I care.

The impact of my meeting Joel Tauber coincided with an important event that took place for me way before I knew about his Sick-Amour Tree project and was what eventually led me to throw myself into this frenzied study of trees over this summer. Thus I do not necessarily consider myself struck by any of the Greek or Roman gods. I believe my influence came with a special awareness of the frailty of trees with this personal story:

A little over one year ago, on June 30th, 2007 I was walking our dog Sasha, around the block for one of our frequent walks. I rounded the corner to the next block when I was taken aback as I witnessed a set of ‘city’ crewmembers slaughtering what appeared to be a California Oak tree. I had grown quite fond of that particular Oak on my many walks while I was writing my first novel. As a matter of fact, I had used that model of tree to describe a forest of these trees in a chapter in my first fiction novel. I especially love the sculptured texture of the Mighty gnarly Oaks. This tree had been the one to rekindle my relationship with the trees of my imagination. My stomach got queasy when I saw how it was being destroyed. I would have thrown-up, but I got a hold of my emotions and took Sasha home. Not only did I return to the scene of the slaughter, but I brought my camera to document the death and dismemberment of this great oak; I was so distraught that I returned again to the site, without my camera this time, and begged the men to stop for a moment while I sought out the seeds for this tree. To my surprise, the men stopped and helped me search for the seeds.








When I got home, I had no idea what to do with the seeds. I called a couple of nurseries until a gentleman at a nursery in Marina del Rey explained to me that I had to wait until the pods dried up and slit to get at the seeds and plant them. So, I waited until the pods were black and wrinkled. I split them according to the directions I had gotten from this kind anonymous arborist. (He suggested a process much like that which squirrels have for cracking the pods.) I photographed the seeds and compared them with the larger seed of an apricot fruit tree and the seed of a maple tree.






Once properly documented, I planted them in a small brown pot. Two weeks later, the first seed came up. A few days later another seed appeared to take root. On the one-year anniversary of the re-birth day of this Great Knurly Oak tree, July 20th, 2008, I documented how large the great twin oaks had become. The highest little bitty branch was about fourteen inches tall. I estimated this tree had grown a little over an inch every month. A compassionate act of kindness yielded a new life on the impulse of grief. The impulse of grief affected not only me; there is an entire world of tree-lovers mourning the losses of their favorite tree friends in surrounding communities.












What about the subconscious feelings innate in developing a relationship with a tree? For instance, what draws people to want to save a particular tree? 

I can really only speak to my own experience in that my relationship with trees started when I was a child.

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          interview with guenter schlienz        


Guenter Schlienz (Stuttgart, Germany) is known for his vast catalogue of tape & cdr releases on different great labels around the world – Sacred Phrases, SicSic, Goldtimers, Constellation Tatsu, etc. He is the man behind wonderful Cosmic Winnetou label, releasing all kinds of experimental/drone/ambient artists — maybe not as frequently as we'd like, but each time pleasing the taste of any tape music geek. Creating his minimalist compositions by means of d.i.y modular synths, tape loops and field recordings, Guenter achieves the serenity of classic ambient works, while keeping the vibe of 70s kosmische musik (think Cluster or Harmonia) and sometimes reaches the territories of academic minimalism, exploring the sound as ding an sich, inspiring the listener to invent its own narrative. Being part of Navel band since mid 90s, Guenter's place in music world has a long, but still almost unknown story which continues nowadays with further explorations of all kinds of ambient music.

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Pied Paper: First of all, I'm curious about how it all started for you — ambient music, synth building, tape releases, etc. I know that you were involved in many other projects before, call you tell a bit about them too?

GS: phew, where did it all started… definitely many many moons ago. was active mid till end 90s in some heavy stoner psychedelic rock band. was the guy responsible for producing some "far out sounds" with his guitar and some delay pedal. so there already was this drone element in what i did. but far from recognizing it as this for myself. bit later during the same decade i did a session with a guy who did guitar and singing for another noise rock outfit. we just fiddled around with our guitars and with every pedal we could get our hands on. we recorded our very first session with some broken 4track and quite liked the results. after presenting the finished cdr people came back and reported "this is quite cool drone music". so yep, that's how we learned the name of this style. and after having the name we were able to dig deeper and learned names like Stars of the Lid, Flying Saucer Attack, Brian Eno etc pp. this guitar drone project of us is called Navel and we are still recording and doing live shows.

beginning of the 00's i quit doing this rock band stuff, so there was plenty time to do some other things. after getting introduced to all this amazing kraut and kosmische musik (during a navel live show in france by an english man, but that's another story) there was the idea to do some kind of electronic music solo. so i needed an instrument, and after bit of research i discovered that the schematics for some modular synthesizer would be something i could manage with the training in electronics i already had. so i started soldering, first quite simple filters, later more and more sophisticated modules.

the tapes, yep, fast forward to the end of last decade. stumbled over this tape scene thing by accident via the internet (god bless it). those days i was pretty frustrated and bored by the music all the labels and magazines i knew presented, so this occurred to me like a big relief. yes. so many people and projects and bands and labels are doing fantastic stuff, exactly the music i love, right at the moment, and sell it for very low money to people all around the world. yes! couldn't belief my eyes. that the favorite medium of all those labels and projects were cassettes don't really bothered me (of course i had this "ugh? on tape? strange…" moment like everybody else i guess), because i never really stopped using this media since my early childhood days.

I like to dramatize a bit some things some times, but this discovery of the tape label scene kind of saved my artistic live. it gave me so much energy and confirmation and countless hours of joy during listening sessions that i got the feeling that i have to give something back. hence i started my own tape label.


Pied Paper: Your music sounds almost academic sometimes, especially works as Organ Studies, Loop Studies and Furniture Sounds — which, as I understand is a homage to Eric Satie. But your name is strongly associated with "underground tape scene", as we call it. Did you ever thought about making your music open for the interpretations, to write it down on a paper maybe, letting the others perform it?

GS: huh, not sure if i my music sounds bit like academic music. for sure i'm quite interested in this genre, mean contemporary composers with "classical" musical education composing pieces for concert halls and operas and stuff. like their approach to their art through quite rigid concepts, their huge knowledge about musical structures and about music of many centuries and cultures. perhaps you see my enthusiasm for their rigidness shining through my stuff? that would be a compliment for sure, at least in my opinion. and of course, if there would be a small ensemble crazy enough to perform it, i would love to write a score for them (though not sure if i would like to conduct it). but i guess your name must be some lou reed or some other in the same league to be honored like this. actually i'm pretty sure that many of those academic contemporary composers would be happily release their stuff on tape if they would only know this special scene around it.


Pied Paper: It's clear that ambient music is a wide field for interpretation, same sound can be perceived in different ways depending on the artwork, liner notes, track titles, etc. Can you tell something about your own perception of your music? Does it have some stories within, or it's just abstract form which everyone can fill with its own meaning?

as you see in the answer of the last question i like some kind of concept around the music. and if this concept even gets its visual equal with the artwork i'm more than happy. so of course, there is a story in every piece. but hey, its music, its a form of art, so who am i to dictate what some listener and spectator wants to see in it? isn't it the very meaning of any art, that the consumer of it knits his very personal meaning to it?

actually i am not able to describe what i hear in my music anyway. for me the answer to this question would lead to some kind of poem, some painting, some huge novel, some dance or any other arty abstraction. in none of the mentioned techniques 'm very good at, so please, listen to the music.


Pied Paper: Imagine a situation when you someone asks you to create music with specific mood, theme, etc. — like for a movie scene or something — would it be easy for you? What you enjoy more - improvisation or composition?

already did this, i mean creating some music for a specific use (to earn some money), and hey, that is pretty hard work (and hard earned money)! to create some music without some customers needs to be satisfied, just the personal ones, isn't really easy to do as well, but much more gratifying for the soul. its an privilege to be able to do this, and i have a (pretty time consuming) bread and butter job to create the circumstances to fulfill it.

can't really separate those strategies during my performances, both live and during my recording sessions. its always a mixture of plan and being ready to include some coincidences respectively enlightenments. actually my believe is, gained through many observations and talks about such things, that nearly every work in which i am interested in is created this way.


Pied Paper: I know that you enjoy recording outdoor, do you have any specific set-up for this?

not really specific, the equipment just have to have some possibility to work battery driven. luckily my modulars fall into this category. just to improve the handling of such adventure i have build my modulars as small and compact as possible, and since a couple of months a work on some modules who will be included into some water proofed case.


Pied Paper: Probably you've noticed that releases of first wave of cassette drone/ambient in 2009-11 was mostly lo-fi and many of same artists still doing tapes nowadays came to much cleared and well-produced sound - is that natural growth or trying to be more "mainstream"?

yes, i'm aware of this development as well. i think it just was some other group of people with bit different background which had been running those labels you' mention. In those early days of the reemerging of this medium the leading actors had had mostly a background in the noise scene. hence the tape as favorite medium, hence the cheap and ugly aesthetics of the chosen instruments. these different (don't like to ad some other evaluative adjective) sounding tapes of lately are from people without this background, they just take over the torch and work with it out of their musical socialization. so in my opinion it is either "natural growth", this sounds like some kind of improvement who isn't any need for, nor a try to reach broader audiences. the good stuff of recently is produced by people who are just as true to their own style as their ancestors had been, and therefore it is as important and equal beautiful as the old stuff.


Pied Paper: As a label owner, can you tell how many demos you receive? Which kind of styles you receive most? I'm asking because it seems that ambient/psych/drone music isn't that popular anymore - I see tons of vaporwave/webpunk tapes at new-born labels, while such imprints as Stunned, Tranquility tapes, Goldtimers are long gone (or maybe it's just old man's talk, huh).

yes, and i'm very happy about it, i receive quite a lot of demos. always love to get some new sounds for my ears. mostly the artists are very good informed about the style of the music i usually release and about the aesthetics i'm interested in. perhaps you are right, there are less people out there which do their own style of ambient/psych/drone as perhaps eight years ago, but i'm not sure about that. and as i stated in the last paragraph i think those vaporwave labels and the like took the torch of the cassette celebration and run with it their own way. and this is a good thing. who needs the 16th or whatever version of the emeralds (insert here the name of your favorite release of those years)? isn't this exactly what have happened with pop and rock music and what makes this stuff sometimes unbearable to listen to?


Pied Paper: And what are your plans for the Cosmic Winnetou in the foreseeable future?

prepare my next batch right now which will be released in a couple of weeks. but after this 13th cosmic winnetou bundle of cassettes i will need a hiatus, unfortunately. i love to do the label work, but it is very time consuming. have lots of projects for this year, music and private stuff, so i have to pull the brakes to this project for this year. but really looking forward to restart the tape label with new ideas and energies end of this year.


Pied Paper: Do you ever think about future of music? Is it possible to invent something new, or we are doomed to retro-mania, returning to same tunes from different angles?

of course there will some day somebody release some music which haven't been heard before and will blow all of us completely into the void. don't know which day this will happen, but i'm pretty sure someday it will. just look around, not only the music is stuck into retro mode. clothing, hair style, performing arts, pictorial arts, industrial design, i think that in our days nearly every form of artefacts are done with quite old ideas, just a few new kind of tools here and there. the whole mood, you can call it "zeitgeist" if you like, is like "let's try to preserve what we have", not "perhaps this is a better idea for the future, let's work on it". in my opinion everything is linked together somehow, and we have this retro mania since the 90s, starting with this global change of the modus vivendi. but nothing is forever, so i'm sure this will change someday. these thoughts are just my 50cents about a very complex question. but yeah, i think about this, and love to exchange ideas about this kind of topic.


Pied Paper: Humans already sent some music with space probes - which titles would you choose for such mission? I know you won't choose Wagner, huh :)

really nice question, this is. indeed already thought about that, and i think the nasa did a quite good job with the "golden record" for the voyager mission. very good selection which shows how wonderfully diverse sounds humans are able to produce, and each and all of them aim at the listeners heart. but always wondered if it would be perhaps a good idea to send some field recordings of this strange planet into the void, and f so, which i would chose.

some people laughing, some people fighting, a mother singing her baby to sleep, the audience at a soccer game, a sundown at the shore of a calm sea with waves and cicades and everything? what else?


Pied Paper: Okay, that's it — you can send high fives here or add something if needed! Thank you!

hey, high five to you and many thanks for those questions! took my a while to type the answers, because you found some topics and ideas i love to share my thoughts on it. and of course many thanks for your support!

perhaps i would like to ad a big "thank you" to all the readers of those lines, time is precious and i'm happy that you waste it reading them. and a big "thank you" to all the people who listen to my music and perhaps even bought the cassettes and cds and vinyls with my music on it. to know that somebody out there cares about my music means a lot to me. hugs.

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guenter's bandcamp
sterne uber der stadt
organ studies
tape studies
autumn



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          Durbhaagya Haider ka (Kashmir ka rajkumar)        
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Note 1: It is after a long time that I want to write about an (Indian) movie!

Note 2: Considering that Haider is adapted from a well-known (and arguably the most famous) Shakespearean play, The tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, I will go easy with spoilers and without warning. And for those unfamiliar with tragedies by Shakespeare, spoiler alert, everybody dies.
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I knew Vishal Bhardwaj has a fetish for Shakespeare. Haider is the final installment of his trilogy spanning Maqbool (Macbeth) and Omkara (Othello) before this. Shakespeare's influence on him is also evident in his outings not based on plays, most notably in Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola, and less visibly in 7 khoon maaf, and Ishqiya among others. But this is also a man who truly loves cinema and adores the medium. So much that the characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from the original play are depicted as Salman and Salman, a duo which run a VHS rental store, idling their time away to the moves of Salman Khan, the rising superstar from the 1990s. It is a fitting tribute to the time and place in which Vishal Bhardwaj grew up as a filmmaker.

I mention this because I wager this man is heavily influenced in his style by another man who adores cinema, Quentin Tarantino, a director famous for his revenge epics. With all the bloody gruesomeness that leaves its trail along a saga of revenge, the conflicts, the deliberations, the mess - how cool is it that our home-grown director does homage to Tarantino's trademark trunk shot and ends Haider with a sampling straight from his movies (edit: my bad. The sampling at the end of Haider is from Extreme Ways.)



Set in the mid-1990s in Kashmir, the story embeds itself flawlessly in the setting, rather than it just being a background setup for the events adapted from the original play.


Jhelum, jhelum dhoonde kinara
Jhelum, jhelum dhoonde kinara
Dooba sooraj, kin aankhon mein
Sooraj dooba, kin aankhon mein
Jhelum huya khaara



This has to be Shahid Kapoor's highlight performance of his career yet. I was skeptical about this casting choice from the trailers, but boy was I wrong. The amount of preparation he put behind this role shows. The monologue scene in front of an audience at the town square is exaggerated just the right amount, and the execution of the play-within-a-play exposition scene from the original is neat. His costumes, makeup, body language, all fit together seamlessly as he owns his character.



Hai ki hai nahi, bas yehi sawaal hai
Aur sawaal ka jawab bhi sawaal hai.

Dil ki agar sunoon to hai, dimaag ki to hai nahin
Jaan loon ki jaan doon, mai rahoon ki mai nahin.



And what a find Shraddha Kapoor is! Elegant, charming, poised, controlled, absolutely not afraid to let her eyes to the talking, and leaves you yearning for more. I wish I was there to see her keeping a straight face as she mispronounces 'loved' as 'love-edd' as they were filming it! I, for one, definitely want to see her do meaningful roles in the future. Irrfan Khan delivers a spirited punch during his meager screen time, playing the ghost from the play.


But the highlight performance in the movie has to be Tabu's, arguably her career's best, atleast in a very long time. A delight she is as she sets the screen on fire bringing her character to life. There is a scene in which she is trying to convince Haider to leave Kashmir for a better future. With her teary, swollen eyes, and a gun pointed to her head, she ultimately gets her way. I cannot imagine another actress from around here who can pull that off with such elegance.


"Vaishi bhediyaa ban chuka hai wo."
"Shukr hai aasteen ka saanp nahi banaa."


Vishal Bhardwaj, with his direction and music (for Gulzar's excellent lyrics), tops himself. Being true to the source material and still making it his own, he comes out triumphant. He is at the top of his game here. Kashmir has been shot so delicately! (I want to go there ASAP! And we we don't need foreign locations!) The gravedigger scene, in particular, is the crowning jewel, a scene which drips with his love and affection for his craft.


Arre aao na, ki jaan gayi, jahaan gaya, kho jaao
Arre aao na, ke thak gayi, hai zindagi, so jaao



I might have profusely appreciated the movie thus far, but the movie is not without its gripes. I'll start with the anachronisms. In one of the best and most important scenes in the movie, the play-within-a-play scene, there is a mobile cellular tower prominently visible throughout in the background. Forgetting for a moment that we did not have cellular networks in the 1990s, its presence is distracting. I would have expected this to come up in post-processing/editing, especially when a viewer is able to catch it in first viewing. This is the kind of attention-to-detail I would expect from a director of his caliber. Then, to depict Bangalore, they used footage of the iconic Domlur flyover here. Again, its construction hadn't started as late as 2003, and the footage of sprawling flyovers plastered suddenly coming from the valleys of Kashmir moments ago is jarring to say the least.

Also, in my opinion, the Oedipus aspects of the play were overplayed in the movie. It wasn't necessary. Not as much. But my major complaint is how they handled the character of Ophelia. Transforming it into a childhood love, and having scenes of brimming romance between Haider and Arshia feels out-of-place in a Shakespearean revenge epic such as Hamlet.

But hey, the movie is probably a little too "heavy" already for Indian audiences, and removing the little romance might have aggravated it, so what do I know? I am sure it took enough courage already to deal with the Censor Board's scissors and to release this film pitted against the 24,000-screens-release of multi-starrer blockbuster Bang Bang.


I can already read some negative Internet chatter around 1) The depiction of Kashmir; 2) It being a heavily political movie; and 3) "maa bete ka rishta". Please, folks, can we let art remain art? Pretty please?


I cannot recommend this movie enough. Please go watch it, something like this comes rarely in our country. Thank you Vishal Bhardwaj for making Haider.



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Michael, Galrim, and others...

Many thanks for your thoughts. I will certainly continue to post the "facts" as I best understand them. I firmly agree that "knowledge is power".  However, I frequently find that I have to go against what is "commonly" accepted as truth whenever I conclude the precise and/or newer research points in precisely the opposite direction.  I find that this also can make some people uncomfortable - since it is troubling trying to deal with yet another level of uncertainty.

The only way to get at the "real" truth regarding these kinds of issues is at least to first hear them.  Sometimes that can be disorienting and uncomfortable.

Anyway, I don't plan to refrain from contributing more information whenever requested.  But I will be silent for this next week as I am about to attend 4th of July festivities that take me away from access to the internet and email.

Happy 4th to all (and, of course, even to our UK friends who may not be viewing this bit of history in quite the same way as we do) :)

 


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          ASÍ ES CON LA DICTADURA DELASOTISTA...        
El vicepresidente del Centro de Estudiantes del IPEF, Franco Balaguer, estuvo detenido unas horas por la policía por "disturbios en la vía pública" (como de costumbre, abusando del inconstitucional Código de Faltas), tan solo por discutir con una periodista del programa "El Show de la Mañana" de Canal 12, un medio que recibe millones de pesos en pauta publicitaria para ocultar temas perjudiciales para la mafia que gobierna Córdoba desde hace 16 años.

Todo comenzó con una toma pacífica de las instalaciones del IPEF en reclamo de mayor participación de los estudiantes en el gobierno de la Universidad Provincial de Córdoba (así como la tienen los estudiantes de la UNC y la UTN), más personal docente, y mayor presupuesto para el establecimiento (que bien podría sacarse de los millones que les paga a medios mercenarios de comunicación, a twitteros y facebookeros, la floja campaña presidencial de De la Sota, y a pagar las "zanahorias" que mueven a los burros para que los sigan votando).

Parece que el narcogobierno de Unión Contra Córdoba ve como enemigos a los estudiantes, ya que no les sirve la gente pensante. Creyeron que podían comprar a los estudiantes terciarios y universitarios con el Boleto Educativo Gratuito, pero lamentablemente se encontraron con gente inteligente que no se deja forrear por dos mangos. Yo utilicé por 2 años ese beneficio, y no tengo por qué agradecerle a De la Droga, ya que es un beneficio otorgado por el Estado, no por un partido político ni por una persona. Mientras otros recibían casas gratis, era justo que nos pagaran el boleto.

Señores, Córdoba se está convirtiendo en Formosa, la democracia de acá es muy deficiente (y la de Formosa es mucho peor). Se puede ser gobernador con apenas el 25% de los votos, si la oposición está débil y dividida, no da la chance de sacar a alguien del gobierno y poner a un opositor, sea quien sea, como la da el ballotage. Además, con la composición de la Unicameral, se puede tener mayoría aún con menos de la mitad de los votos para distrito único, ya que se aseguran las bancas por departamento vendiendo espejitos de colores a los del interior de la provincia (no es por ser discriminador, pero hay localidades en que manipulan la TV por cable y la electricidad para que no se vea el programa ADN, de Tomás Méndez, afortunadamente no pueden manipular la internet).

Yo creo que va a ganar Schoretti, lamentablemente. La gente es demasiado boluda. Yo no lo votaré ni a él, ni a Aguad, ni a Accastello. O voto a un partido chico, o garabateo la boleta.
          UNA DÉCADA DE PIQUETE ESTUDIANTIL        
Hacía tiempo que no me asomaba por acá. Parece que fuera ayer cuando descubrí que se podía publicar mis pensamientos y mis quejas en internet sin tener conocimientos avanzados de programación y en el anonimato. Encontré Blogger cuando sus funciones todavía estaban en inglés y no lo había comprado (mejor dicho, cagado) Google.

Y como es obvio, mi cabeza no era la misma (ni el mundo tampoco) cuando con 18 empecé con este blog, que ahora, con 28.

Por ejemplo, yo dije alguna vez que con el comunismo hubiéramos estado mejor. Creo que estaba equivocado. Esto explica mejor por qué no es viable el comunismo

Hay tantas cosas para decir que haría muy largo el post, así que paso a la parte de las causas por las que he tenido abandonado mis blogs y publicando a cada muerte de obispo:

He estado ocupado estudiando y trabajando (afortunadamente, siempre en lugares relacionados con mi carrera), además de que no tengo la misma inspiración que antes (debe ser por la edad).

Con Facebook y las redes sociales, los blogs ya no llaman como antes. Yo fui de los primeros en Córdoba en bloguear, cuando todavía las opciones estaban en inglés. Tuvieron un pico cuando puse internet en mi casa y hasta un par de años después. Pero ahora veo que no soy solo yo el que se cansa de postear.

Además con mi Facebook personal con mi verdadero nombre me estoy animando a decir lo que pienso, y mucha gente más también, y hasta se autoconvocan para protestar. Cuando hice este blog pensé en un lugar donde cualquiera podía decir lo que los poderosos les hacían callar. Me pone contento que mucha gente haya descubierto el poder de internet, incluso para mostrar lo que los medios masivos de comunicación ocultan. No quise tener poder en internet, sino tratar de hacerle saber a la gente que el poder está al alcance de sus manos, y más si se unen, como con la ley S.O.P.A. que gracias a la presión de los millones de usuarios de internet no aprobaron esa abusiva ley.

Yo no he abandonado internet, y cada tanto chequeo los mails de mis 2 cuentas relacionadas con este blog. Tengo algunos proyectos que tal vez concrete cuando termine la facu.

Espero que los que alguna vez fueron mis lectores (algunos de los cuales los tengo como contactos en Facebook) estén muy bien.

Hasta pronto.

PD1: Tal vez habría sido un buen momento para mostrar mi cara en mi blog, pero lamentablemente hay gente de mal vivir que me la tiene jurada, así que no es aconsejable por mi bien y el de mi gente cercana.

PD2. A lo mejor edito este post para agregar cosas que me voy acordando
          AGUANTE EL PLAGIO VIEJA, NO ME IMPORTA NADA        
Una forma muy pobre y vaga para tratar de levantar su imagen en internet y seguir con el curro.
¿Un solo post de 2 líneas nada más? ¿Es todo?

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Apareció un anónimo comentando en mi blog hace unos días insultándome, y difamando a los Badra. Como no pasó la moderación de comentarios, y le respondí, se le hinchó la vena y dejó este comentario en varios posts de mi blog (no los he publicado en los posts, pero sí acá, es el mismo texto):

"vos te tenes que callar porque sos un cagon que te escondes detras de un alias y hablas de gente con nombre y apellido ,, sos un cagon hijo de puta que te escondes detras de las polleras de tu mama ,, hijo de puta ,,, puto"

Justo un anónimo me viene a decir que me escondo detrás de un alias...

Esto suena a amenaza. Fue una buena idea mantener el anonimato, ya que deschavé a unos ESTAFADORES que podrían atentar cobardemente contra mí si supieran mi nombre y mi apellido.

Si ese anónimo está nervioso, es porque debe ser cierto lo que dije. No creo que un simple troll (como los que hay en cada blog) chille tanto como este anónimo. Hace muchos años que uso internet, y conozco el comportamiento de esa clase de usuarios (y más cuando son noobs).

Todo comenzó cuando redacté este post: Â¡EL METODO BADRA FUNCIONA, CARAJO!
          AUTORITARISMO NIVEL: OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAANDS!!!!!        
Hoy me enteré de algo muy indignante (sobre todo para quienes defendemos el derecho a la intimidad y a la libertad de expresión en internet): en el colegio Dante Alighieri, de La Falda, revisan las cuentas de Facebook de los alumnos para buscar pretextos para sancionarlos (no solamente para ver si usan el celular en clase), y hasta quieren revisarles sus mochilas como si fueran delincuentes.

Meterse en la intimidad de los alumnos es ILEGAL. ¡SE LES PAGA PARA EDUCARLOS, NO PARA QUE SEAN DUEÑOS DE SUS VIDAS!

Les doy un consejo a los alumnos de escuelas secundarias en general: NO AGREGUEN NI ACEPTEN A PROFESORES, PRECEPTORES, LAMEORTOS, NI DIRECTORES, BLOQUÉENLOS. CONFIGUREN SU PRIVACIDAD PARA QUE SÓLO SUS CONTACTOS (O UN GRUPO DE ELLOS) VEAN SUS PUBLICACIONES.
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Disculpen que haya abandonado el blog. ES QUE YO TAMBIÉN ESTUDIO. XD

El post es corto pero claro.

24000 COMPUTADORAS CON ACCESO A INTERNET EN ESCUELAS PÚBLICAS...

...pero cero bancos y cero arreglos en las mismas.

Schoretti: ¡Gastá menos en publicidad y más en mantenimiento!


AHORA SE PUEDE PASAR DE AÑO CON TRES MATERIAS PREVIAS

¿Y qué? Yo nunca me he llevado materias ¿Nadie me va a felicitar? :(

Vamos a ver cómo salen cuando terminen el secundario. Por ahora disfruten de la posibilidad de pelotudear durante 9 meses y de estudiar durante los otros 3.


PRIMERA EXTORSIÓN BENEFICIOSA

¿Será posible que tengan que amenazar por quitarles el subsidio de asignación por hijo a los vagos de mierda (pobres por elección propia) para que manden a sus chicos a la escuela?

Ahora por esto casi han sobrepasado la capacidad de algunas escuelas públicas, y algunos chicos pueden perjudicar a los que realmente tienen ganas de aprender.
          INFELIZ NAVIDAD 2009        
Hola! Acá estoy de vuelta. La razón de mi ausencia ya no hace falta decirla. Estaba estudiando para los finales.

Voy:

LA EXTORSIÓN DE FETAP TUVO EFECTO OTRA VEZ

Ahora el boleto de transporte urbano vale $2. El cospel aumenta siempre (los salarios de los choferes también), pero el transporte mejora a veces.

No he escuchado que Giacomino vetara la ordenanza del boleto estudiantil, pero igual las empresas chicanean para no implementarlo. Recien ahora se acuerdan del contrato de concesión.
Citan el punto que dice que los descuentos en los abonos no debe ser superior al 50%; pero ¿recuerdan el que dice que el promedio de antigüedad de la flota debe ser de 5 años o menos? Y creo que el contrato también estipula que las frecuencias deben ser de 5 minutos (o alguna cifra menor que la actual). Tal vez haya otros detalles, pero no puedo encontrar el contrato en internet.

Espero que la suspensión de trabajadores y la baja de frecuencias no pase de ser una simple amenaza extorsiva, ahora que lograron que nos exprimieran cada vez más a los usuarios.


EL CAMBIO EN EL SISTEMA DE PUNTAJE DOCENTE

¡Ah, bueno! Ahora al Gobierno de la Provincia no le importa que los docentes estén bien capacitados, sino que trabajen gratis.

Supuestamente para evitar la venta de puntos, redujeron a 1/5 del valor original los puntos correspondientes a cada curso que realizan los aspirantes a ascender de jerarquía docente. Muchos docentes que hicieron esos cursos de buena fe (invirtiendo tiempo y dinero, con el sacrificio que esto significa) se encontraron con que tenían más de 2000 puntos menos de los que les correspondían, y varias posiciones abajo en el ranking.

Miren este detalle: 1 día de trabajo ad-honorem ahora equivale a 20 horas de cursos de capacitación (4 puntos = 20 x 0,2 puntos). WTF?
Están tan traumados con los reclamos de aumentos ( Grahovac traidor! :@ ) y las extensiones del ciclo lectivo por los paros, que ahora valoran más que trabajen gratis, sin importar su capacitación (aunque el puntaje máximo por año es 500 para cursos y 200 para trabajos ad-honorem).

Ministerio de Educación, sean más considerados y reconozcan el esfuerzo de estas docentes para darle una mejor educación a nuestros hijos.


UN WTF? DE LA LEGISLATURA

Cuando quisieron destituír a Miguel Ortiz Pellegrini (casi te diría que lo lograron, porque renunció) por litigar contra el Estado, salieron los legisladores lameculos de Unión por Córdoba dándole con un caño en cada medio.

Pero cuando salió el pedido de sanción de Domingo Carbonetti por ejercer como abogado mientras formaba parte del jury que mantiene a los fiscales y jueces corruptos amigos, y que destituye a jueces y fiscales honestos; nadie salió a dar la cara.

Y para completarla, mantienen en el cargo a Horaldo Senn, acusado de delitos de lesa humanidad, y nadie da una explicación al respecto.
Passerini, Falo, y el resto de UPC: ¿por qué no dan la cara ahora? ¡hijos de mil puta!


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CLARO PERSONAL Y MOVISTAR, NO NOS ROBEN MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS
Dejemos de darles de comer durante un tiempo, sin trabajo y que se den cuenta de que si esto sigue así, nosotros somos los que mandamos. NO TE CAGUES Pone tu granito de arena y lo conseguiremos.
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En U.S.A. una compañía de celulares ofrece a sus clientes 2.000 minutos libres (SI, DOS MIL, LEYERON BIEN) por solo US$ 75 = $ 232 ¿Quién Gasta 2.000 minutos en un mes??? Usuarios comunes, seguro que no. Si alguien lo gasta en nuestro país seguro abonará una
factura de alrededor de $3.000 lo cual es muy superior a los U$S 75 que se pagan en USA.
¿¿¿CÓMO LLEGARON LOS NORTEAMERICANOS A ESTE BENEFICIO???
Mediante la UNIDAD. La union hace la fuerza.Si, la unidad de la comunidad; ni haciendo huelgas, ni rompiendo ni quemando nada. Solo de una manera:
NO USANDO EL TELÉFONO durante 5 días, las empresas se vieron obligadas a BAJAR LAS TARIFAS O QUEBRAR.PONGAMONOS LAS PILAS LOS USUARIOS PARA DEFENDERNOS... Un paro de los usuarios no les hará quebrar, pero si las obligará a pensar en bajar de precio los servicios que prestan.
LA PROPUESTA
Envíe este e-mail a todos aquellos que conozca para que los días 1 y 2 de NOVIEMBRE DEL 2009 todos tengamos el celular apagado. ES LA ÚNICA FORMA EN QUE PODREMOS EXPLICARLES A: PERSONAL, CLARO, MOVISTAR QUE NO SOMOS IGNORANTES NI VAMOS A SEGUIR PERMITIÉNDOLES QUE NOS METAN LA MANO EN EL BOLSILLO. ENTRE TODOS LOS OBLIGAREMOS A QUE BAJEN POR LO MENOS UN 50% LAS TARIFAS, Y MEJOREN EL SERVICIO. SI NO NOS DEFENDEMOS NOSOTROS, NADIE MÁS LO VA A HACER. Solo si TODOS COLABORAMOS en NO UTILIZAR el TELÉFONO CELULAR LOS DIAS 1 Y 2 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2009 lograremos demostrarles a esas empresas que los ciudadanos ARGENTINOS no somos ignorantes, como está demostrado que piensan, pueden juzgar el comportamiento que han tenido las Empresas para con los usuarios hasta el momento.
Datos: En 1999 en NUESTRO PAIS los ciudadanos obligaron a TELECOM y MOVISTAR
a poner una tarifa reducida a INTERNET por medio de DESCOLGAR los teléfonos durante 15 minutos.
En USA actualmente lograron que las compañías proveedoras de Internet absorban el costo de la llamada, como comunicarse a un 0800 en vez de a un 0610.*
¿Por qué no ahora, nosotros lo intentamos con los servicios de celulares???? APAGUEN SUS CELULARES EL MAYOR TIEMPO POSIBLE LOS DIAS 1 Y 2 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2009 Y si lo necesitan por negocios eviten las llamadas que puedan.
Por todos estos motivos, usuarios y clientes convocamos a un paro nacional por 48 horas. Porque somos los que mantienen el sistema,apagamos los Teléfonos celulares el 1 Y 2 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2009 Les pedimos que apaguen sólo por esos días sus teléfonos celulares;
esperemos que de esta forma las empresas entren en razón y bajen el costo del servicio e incluso lo mejoren.
También les pedimos que corran la voz por todo el país, porque es la única forma de defendernos, ya que los organismos (Derechos del Consumidor) encargados de regular la actividad, no hacen nada, y de esta manera defienden los intereses de las Compañías. La
propuesta es bien sencilla: EL 1 Y 2 DE NOVIEMBRE NO ENCENDER el CELULAR y pronto todos estaremos agradecidos.
Recuerden ENVIAR este mensaje a la mayor cantidad de Gente posible.**
EN VERDAD MANDELO Y SOBRE TODO HAGAMOSLO ES EN SERIO COOPEREN POR FAVOR APAGUEN SU CELULAR: ESTE 1 Y 2 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2009 CON 25000 MIL PERSONAS EN EL PAIS QUE LO APAGUEN SERA SUFICIENTE PERO HAGAMOS LA META DE QUE SEAN MAS MANDELOOOOO*
EL 1 Y 2 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2009 APAGUEMOS LOS
CELULARES...Queremos los Mensajes de texto 90% mas barato y mas baratas las llamadas... Luchemos por que nos den 10 mensajes a $ 0.10 no es imposible solo apaga tu
celular el 1 y 2 de Noviembre, y si no lo queres apagar por lo menos no contenstes mensajes ni llamadas.
*** Usuarios de Personal: Ahora las consultas de saldo al *150 o vía SMS tienen un cargo de 10 ctvs !!
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          Can I have £2 Please??        
I’ve always wanted to try one of these social media experiments. You know the ones where the power of the internet makes something seemingly impossible, possible. I’d love to get back to having my own truck for shows and Sundays … Continue reading
          Dinheiro - produtos - todos felizes        
Caros inúmeros leitores deste blog:

Depois de tentar apenas vender coisas que não quero mais em outras mídias resolvi tentar algo neste aqui, meu próprio blog.

Comprando em inúmeros sites de compras coletivas (ajudado pelo já adorado Save Me) passei por inúmeras experiências de pagamentos (ok, foram mais cartões de crédito e débito em conta mas tudo bem) até que descobri o PagSeguro. Ok, além dele ainda existem o Mercado Pago, Pagamento digital, Paypal etc etc. O caso é que eu estava checado o site do PagSeguro e descobri que além de comprar eu também posso usar ele para vender. Mas vejam só, né? É a mídia ajudando as pessoas a se encontrarem. ^^

Vou poder vender produtos que não quero mais e as pessoas vão poder comprar com segurança via cartão de crédito, transf bancária e outros. Comecemos então.

Para mais leitura instrutiva sobre como comprar na internet recomendo a leitura dos sites que achei durante minha pesquisa aqui e aqui.

P.S.: Lembrando a quem for do DF que sempre podemos marcar em algum lugar (ex: Pátio Brasil) para fazer a entrega pulando assim a parte dos Correios etc. Conversemos caso a caso.

          Recadastramento biométrico é obrigatório        
O eleitor que não realizar o recadastramento biométrico terá seu título 
cancelado, impossibilitado de votar nas proximas eleições e futuramente 
complicações com a documentação.

O Forum Eleitoral realiza atendimento de segunda a sexta-feira das 9h às 
18h, atendendo eleitores de Assaí, São Sebastião da Amoreira e Nova 
América da Colina.

Para evitar fila e agilizar o atendimento, os eleitores podem realizar o 
agendamento pelo link 
http://apps.tre-pr.jus.br/agendamento/publico/index.jsp

Para aqueles que não possuem acesso a internet, o governo municipal 
disponibilizou dois pontos para efetivar o  agendamento da data e 
horário:

No Centro de Múltiplo Uso da Memória (Antiga Prefeitura) – Av. Rio de 
Janeiro 426, fone: 3262-3232 e na Biblioteca Cidadã (Copasa) – Rua Jorge 
Dib Abusaf esquina com Rua João Carvalho Costa , fone: 3262- 0502.

Para o agendamento é necessário apresentação o nº do Título de Eleitor.
          Unlimited Internet Access in Ireland Without the Risk of Extra Fees        

The first time I traveled to Ireland with a smartphone, I set up an international data plan and STILL came home with a $650 phone bill. OUCH! I easily talked my carrier down to around $200, but I will never forget how the first glance at that bill made my stomach swell uncomfortably into my […]

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          Just things        
Well it's been quite a while since I last wrote a blog.....

Life has hit hard! Basically homeless, kids shuffled to different people with roofs over their heads, no internet access unless I come over to the oldest and use hers, still have a job but it pays minimum and about 30 hours a week. Wonderful "Change"!

Plus though is that even with all this extra stress I have not gained....haven't lost much either but at least I know I can now maintain......lol What a concept......
          What I have learned...        
Seriously, just GO DO something. If you think you should be doing something, just GO. You'll be tired, you'll want to stay in bed. But the bed will be there, the internet will be there when you get back (if when you get back, you care about looking at it at all).

If you have a gut feeling, don't ignore it. It may turn out that you were slightly over-reacting, but if you weren't- you won't regret it.

Schools don't teach you everything. Neither do parents. The hardest lessons you will learn will be from your peers and your heroes and in the most unexpected of places.

Luckily, our family does kick ass, and will always be there for you.

Seek out your own spirituality.

Brush daily and floss (a lot).

Embrace nature. There are only small bits of it left. Listen, be still, and absorb.

Mixing beer and liquor. Just, don't.

Find an active pursuit you love, and do it 3 or more times a week. The youngest looking people I know all have this in common. (Skiing, skateboarding, yoga, karate/martial arts [just not the punching in your face kind.].)

"the more I see, the less I know" But that doesn't have to stop you from trying to know more, to see more.

Travel, travel, travel.

Talk to people. It gets easier, but you never know who you will meet.

Travel.

GO DO.





          Innovation comes standard on the Acura RLX        


Innovation.

It's a term used all the time these days, whether it's for a new steering wheel control, or back seat leg room. True innovation comes in the form of the Acura RLX - and it's a car unlike any other.

The latest technology is at the driver's fingertips, and it comes from all around. Starting with performance, the RLX uses a dedicated electric motor for each wheel, while the new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system perfects all-wheel drive during cornering, sending just the right amount of torque to each wheel as needed. Under the hood sits a 3.5L V-6 with DCT transmission.

Technology on the inside comes in form of the next-gen AcuraLink, which gives you a bit of home and the office while on the road. Some features of the AcuraLink include built-in cellular communication, a security alarm notification and stolen vehicle tracking, airbag deployment notification, Pandora and AHA internet radio, and SMS/email capability. Also included is the 7-in On Demand Screen for climate and audio controls, as well as a premium 14-speaker audio system.

The RLX also includes safety features such as Lane Keeping Assist System, which alerts you when veering out of the lane, and Acura's Signature Jewel Eye LED headlights, offering a greater brightness and precisely-tuned beam pattern.

More info on the RLX will be on the way in the coming months, but to check out Acura's latest lineup, visit Muller Acura of Merrillville. For professional and quality repairs and service, please call or visit our website to set up an appointment.
          Ouidah voodoo festival        
Every year on 10 January, Benin celebrates its national religion with a festival in the coastal town of Ouidah (a place also known for its slave-trading history).  I've never managed to schedule a work-related trip to Benin in January, so I bit the bullet this year and bought my own flights so as to visit this festival.

I've long wanted to experience a real voodoo ceremony, having read about the way people can supposedly become 'possessed' by spirits, but this is really a matter of luck, being in the right place at the right time.  A colleague has an aunt who carries out similar ceremonies here in Senegal, and I've pushed for an invitation, but the aunt says it would be too dangerous for me - that evil spirits might come up through the ground and enter my body, which would be a terrifying experience for me and could leave me permanently damaged - and so she will not allow me to attend one of her ceremonies.  Needless to say, I don't believe in evil spirits, so have no fear of any such ceremony going wrong in that way, but this isn't really an argument you can use here.

So the voodoo festival in Ouidah would have to do as second best.  & I feel I should be careful here in any case not to give the wrong impression of voodoo - the Hollywood impression of a set of dark and perhaps evil practices - as the religion is not based around trances and animal sacrifices, those play only a small part related to major problems or events in people's lives.  The day-to-day practice of voodoo is far more mundane.

I found no information about this festival on the internet other than the date, and even on a trip to Benin in December no-one could give me any information, so I turned up not really knowing what to expect - even whether I would find the festival!  I arrived in Ouidah late the evening before, found myself a hotel room, and asked the hotel manager what was going to happen.  There will be a big procession to the beach, he told me, and after the official ceremony, there would be "voodoo here, voodoo there, voodoo everywhere!", waving his hands about excitedly.  Voodoo is indeed everywhere in Ouidah (and in much of Benin and parts of neighbouring Togo), as it is the national religion.  You see little shrines next to houses, often sticky with the residue of earlier sacrifices (usually of beer or grain porridges, rather than animals), and various buildings with voodoo symbols painted on them (a rainbow, or a snake, for example).  But I didn't fly all this way, for a two-day visit, to see a fetish or a painted building.

On the day of the festival I followed my hunch - a sound of singing and clapping which I traced to its origin in the local chief's house.  In return for a $10 payment for a 'photo permit' I was allowed in, and watched the chief and his entourage prepare, then we left in a big chaotic procession towards the python temple, with all the chief's family and guests dressed in their ceremonial finery. 
Ouidah apparently means, in the local language, 'town of pythons' and the python is the most important local deity, so sacrifices had to be made there before the festival could start.  Two goats and two chickens were the victims, presumably fed to the pythons later.

Then we made our way the 4km to the beach (the chiefs in their 4x4s, me on the back of a motorbike taxi) for the festival.  This was a strange event, formal in some ways (the US Ambassador was there, and Benin TV were broadcasting it live), but as well as the speeches and displays of drumming and dancing from the main stage of the big square, there were more animal sacrifices performed away from the stage, and various private dances with frenetic drumming in corners (including those in the first photo above) - mostly far more interesting, and with a far more authentic feel, than that put on for the Ambassador and the TV.

Walking back into town after the formalities were over I passed another troupe of dancers heading towards the beach area - looking at the photos afterwards I had to ask myself why I hadn't followed them.  Bare breasts, grass skirts, ointment smeared over their bodies and the prospect of some wild dancing - I have to admit that as much as I want Africa to develop (clean water and education for all, but also further into the 21st century), it is this traditional, even 'primitive' side of the continent that really draws me in.

Revisiting this post to add a further comment, as my lack of articulacy in the last paragraph was bothering me.  What I was trying to reflect was the conflict I so often face between the sensational and the mundane, in terms of representing Africa in my blog.  Of course I am more attracted by exploring (and writing about) the sensational side, but at the same time I don't want to give the wrong impression of the continent.  Bare-breasted women in grass skirts dancing around blood-smeared fetishes to the beat of frenetic drumming is something I want to see and write about, and is a valid image of a part of Africa, but it no more represents the wider African continent (nor even the voodoo religion) than a burnt-out car on a Belfast street represents the wider UK.  & I thought it was important to come back and make this clear, because so much of what one reads about Africa relies on stereotypical images of the place as primitive, poor, corrupt, disease-ridden, etc - and whilst those images do represent a part of the truth, it is only a small part, and I don't want to contribute to an overall negative view of this continent that I love so much.


          The First Snow of the Year - Reprise        
Last year I wrote an ecstatic post that included a video from Canadian musician Hawksley Workman. Alas, music companies being what they are, YouTube tells me now that this video is not available in my country. So sad.

This weekend was not exactly the first snow of the year, we did have a few dustings that melted almost as soon as they landed. But this is the real thing - the city got socked with about 30 cm of the thick, heavy white stuff, and it is here to stay until the spring.

It's not fun to drive in or shovel, but it is very, very beautiful to look at. Everything is so quiet, too, with the muffling snow. I walked to shul this morning and the snow came over the tops of my boots! My daughter has been out in the yard a good part of the morning, building things and knocking them down. So much fun.

This is the snow for building - it's actually not very cold, just about -4C on my deck. When the real cold hits, the snow will be too dry. So this is the time for making snow people! I'm sure we will later.

One more thing. With the Internet being what it is, I did find a video that features Hawksley Workman's song. Take that, music company!!




          Asal Mula Twitter, Situs Micro-blogging Terkenal        
Dalam dunia internet ekarang kelihatannya adalah masa keemasan dari situs-situs jejaring sosial. Fenomena Facebook yang sangat digemari (terutama di Indonesia) menjadikan sebagai suatu fenomena teknologi, social dan bisnis yang menarik. Selain Facebook, adalah Twitter yang juga mengalami kenaikan pamor diantara para pengguna internet.
Twitter sebetulnya lebih tepat jika disebut sebagai situs micro-blogging dari pada situs pertemanan/jejaring sosial. Melalui Twitter orang dapat saling berbagi pesan ataupun informasi dalam bentuk 140 karakter. Karena hanya memiliki 140 karakter terkadang Twitter suka disebut sebagai “sms internet”.
Simple tapi powerful, mungkin itu kesan yang bisa terlihat dari Twitter. Bagi para pengguna yang tidak memiliki waktu banyak atau tidak ingin wara-wiri surfing dalam situs pertemanan, Twitter menyediakan cara berinteraksi yang simple tapi efisien.

Coretan Konsep Layanan Twitter Oleh Jack Dorsey   
 Twitter masuk ke dalam 50 situs yang paling sering dikunjungi . Didirikan pertama kali oleh Jack Dorsey, dari perusahaan podcasting Odeo. Idenya sebetulnya cukup sederhana, mengkombinasikan SMS dengan situs jejaring sosial. Inspirasi dasar Twitter muncul dari SMS group messaging service TXTMob.

Jack Dorsey

Evan Williams

Awalnya layanan ini diberi nama “twttr”, terinspirasi dari nama situs sharing foto Flickr. Dan layanan ini awalnya juga hanya terbatas digunakan dalam internal perusahaan Odeo saja.
Juli 2006 layanan ini mulai diluncurkan untuk public dengan nama “Twitter”. Nama layanan situs tersebut diperkuat dengan logo burung dan arti nama “Twitter” sendiri yang artinya ; kicau burung. Saat peluncuran pertama kali Twitter sudah memiliki brand, nama serta identitas yang jelas, padahal pendirinya belum tahu akan seperti apa model bisnis layanan ini.



Oktober 2006, Jack Dorsey menggandeng Biz Stone, Evan Williams membentuk Obvious Corp untuk membeli asset Odeo serta Twitter. Selanjutnya Odeo dan Twitter menjadi perusahaan yang terpisah. Untuk sumber dana dari Twitter sendiri didukung oleh perusahaan modal ventura (yang umum sering mendanai perusahaan start up yang potensial) seperti ; Benchmark Capital, Institusional Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures. Proses pendanaan Twitter ini menjunjukkan bahwa dalam bisnis teknologi internet seringkali suatu model bisnis awal memerlukan “suntikan dana” yang kuat. Karena belum tahu kapan model bisnis ini akan mulai menghasilkan. Sehingga perencanaan keuangan yang kuat mutlak diperlukan agar bisa survive dan menghasilkan cashflow positif.

Tipping point (meminjam judul buku Malcolm Gladwell) dari Twitter muncul pada saat festival music dan film South by SouthWest Festival di Austin Texas 2007. Pihak Twitter dengan cerdik memasang dua layar televisi raksasa untuk menayangkan secara live, pesan-pesan Twitter. Akirnya Twitter mendapat pemberitaan yang positif setelah event tersebut dan angka Tweet melonjak dari 20.000 menjadi 60.000. Dan sampai tahun 2009 jumlah pengguna Twitter terus tumbuh sampai 1382%/ bulan, fantastik. Pelajaran untuk hal ini, bagi para pelaku bisnis, terutama bisnis start-up harus cerdas memanfaatkan momentum untuk mendapatkan pemberitaan positif mengenai produknya, istilah kerennya “tipping point”. Bukan suatu hal yang tidak mungkin setelah ‘tipping point” akan terjadi pertumbuhan yang eksponensial.

Twitter terus berkembang menjadi situs micro-blogging dan menjadi media alternatif yang menarik ditengah hiruk pikuknya situs-situs jejaring sosial, dijaman Internet Web 2.0. Twitter tahun 2009 menambahkan kolom pencari (search bar), popular topics yang kemudian menjadi trending topics. Inovasi ini telah menempatkan Twitter menjadi salah satu mesin pencari (search engine) yang khas dan unik. Mencari sesuatu berdasarkan topik-topik yang menjadi tema tweet para “Tweeps”.
Suatu bentuk pencarian yang real-time dan lebih human mind-oriented. Twitter juga menambahkan fitur “Twitter List” yang memungkinkan kita mengikuti dan membalas daftar authors, bukan hanya sekadar mem-follow autor individu.

Inovasi-inovasi Twitter tersebut berbuah manis, pada awal tahun 2010, Google dan Microsoft membayar puluhan juta dollar untuk memasukkan hasil pencarian Twitter kedalam hasil pencarian search engine Google dan Bing (milik Microsoft).

Ini adalah bukti Twitter mulai memiliki model bisnis yang potensial. Pesan moralnya adalah jangan pernah berpuas diri, pahami potensi kebutuhan pelanggan anda, lakukan perbaikan dan terobosan teru menerus. “Understand your costumers and revolve continuously , good is the enemy of the Great”.
Google sebagai pemain besar teknologi internet telah melaunching Google Buzz, sebagai bentuk media sosial Google. Buzz ini terintegrasi dengan layanan Google Mail. Dan Buzz ini bisa jadi sebagai pesaing terbesar Twitter.

Mampukah Twitter bertahan ?
Tapi yang jelas Twitter selama ini mampu memberikan layanan teknologi media sosial yang mampu menarik banyak pengguna, mulai dari individu sampai korporasi besar. Twitter mampu berperan sebagai media sosial alternatif yang menciptakan gaung tersendiri di era Web 2.0.

 Sumber : http://www.feedberry.com/2010/03/04/asal-mula-twitter-situs-micro-blogging-terkenal/

          TAXI DRIVER OVERHEARD ARMY BOYS PLAN TO PROFIT FROM ED SHEERAN TICKETS        

Dear Editors,

I am a taxi driver and would like to share what I heard when I sent 4 army boys to their camps on Sunday night.

The boys were talking about how they can profit from Ed Sheeran tickets, one of them who went to queue claimed that he got 8 tickets and only needs 2, he is willing to sell the some of the remaining 6 tickets to the other friends and allow them to jack up the prices for profits.

They started looking over the Internet for some cheaper tickets like maybe less than $1000 and prepare to sell them out again at $1500 so on and so forth.

I am wondering, are these army boys so desperate for money? Why are they robbing others of their livelihood with their own greed or advantage? I am hoping for the authorities or ticketing agents to take actions avian at these scalpers.

Please be careful Ed Sheeran fans.

Joe
A.S.S. Contributor

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(this is a reply to ianagol's second comment; wordpress doesn't allow replies nested too deeply) OK, I'll keep this secret between you, me and the internet. :) I like the dual formula; probably the analog is easier to interpret in spherical geometry.
          Comment on Si te blesh dhe te shesesh ne internet (Online) me paypal apo karte krediti by Ilverso        
Pershendetje. E di qe eshte pak si vone ne raport me komentin e fundit por doja tju pyesja per dicka. Kam karte krediti ose debiti rimbushese te credins dhe nuk me jep mundesi te pranoj pagesa ne paypal. Kam nje biznes te vogel dhe cdo person qe me dergon nje pagese nga jashte shtetit shikon nje mesazh te tipit:: perdoruesi nuk mund te marre para sepse nuk ka konfiguruar accountin per te marre fonde. Accounti eshte i konfiguruar sepse fola dhe me call centerin ne Irlande dhe ne thane nga ne cdo gje ok. Me shume mundesi fajin e ka karta edhe pse eshte VISA Electron. Ju lutem mund te me keshilloni nje karte krediti qe mos te me jape keto probleme. Faleminderit.
          Aprender a dejar de tirar de la cutícula y Picking de la piel        

Si usted tira tus cutículas y escoge su piel, padece de un trastorno compulsivo de la cosecha de piel (o Dermatilomanía). Probablemente, Estás leyendo este post de blog porque tienes este desorden. Si desea detener la cosecha, encontrará ayuda en este post y en mi como al sitio web de Stop uñas mordiendo.

Naturalmente, es la pregunta básica que los afectados que están dispuestos a dejar de preguntan: "cómo dejar de escoger mi piel y tirar mis cutículas?"  La pregunta es algo bueno. Indica que se encuentra en el punto donde usted está listo para recibir ayuda.

La buena noticia es que existe ayuda a encontrarse aquí. Eso es porque usted puede aprender a enseñar a reconocer su piel recogiendo hábitos por lo que pueden tener preferencia sobre de participar en la cutícula real tirando el hábito. Todas las ideas útiles e información, herramientas y consejos en mi libro, cómo dejar de uñas morder , se traduce directamente en su piel recogiendo los problemas.

Capítulo uno – uñas morder – ¿Qué es y que hace?
¿Capítulo dos – clavo penetrante – es una adicción?
Capítulo tres – morderse las uñas – es todo acerca de usted
Capítulo 4 – penetrante de uñas suele ser un asunto de familia
Capítulo cinco – vergüenza & reconocimiento
Capítulo seis – morder uñas es un hábito malsano asqueroso!
Capítulo 7 – aprender de otros malos hábitos
Capítulo ocho – está sano y otras preocupaciones de salud
¿Capítulo nueve – le ayuda profesional hace una diferencia?
Capítulo 10 – lo que se obtiene de morder uñas
Capítulo once – qué hacer
Capítulo 12 – los primeros dos pasos para detener la técnica de aprendizaje
Capítulo trece – métodos, productos y programas
Capítulo 14 – cuidado de las uñas 101 para pinzas cortantes reformadas
Capítulo 15 – cuánto tiempo toma para dejar de fumar
Capítulo 16 – Stop uñas mordiendo recursos

Aprender y utilizar técnicas de buen novio, herramientas y productos

Una de las cosas que aprenderás en mi libro es aprender a recortar las uñas y cutículas. Abejas limón mantequilla cutícula crema de Burt producto se muestra arriba es perfecto para hombres y mujeres porque funciona y fácil de llevar en el bolso o bolsillo. Asegúrese de que usted ha usado una cutícula de acero inoxidable de alta calidad y padrastro Snipper eliminar la piel muerta y caída de uñas, masaje de las uñas y cutículas y la piel alrededor de las uñas con crema de cutícula de Burt. Eliminando la molesta piel desigual, se reduce considerablemente su tentación su piel recoger y tirar o morder tus cutículas.

Morderse las uñas y piel cosecha es trastornos relacionados. Oncyhophagia es el término médico para uñas que morder. En el corazón de la misma, ambos tienen muchas similitudes y es común que una persona tiene problemas con estas condiciones de ambos. Quienes sufren de ellos a menudo son expertos ocultarlos de los demás.

La Internet tiene muchos ofreciendo fantástico demasiado bueno ser verdaderos métodos para dejar de fumar. Un programa prominente y altamente comercializado con un montón de afiliados pagados empujándolo es la curación de unos nueve minutos. Es tentador querer creer tales afirmaciones. ¿Quién no quiere deshacerse de un mal hábito permanente en poco tiempo. Pero, ¿puede realmente creer que tal cosa fantástica es posible? Si suena a buena para ser verdad, debe ser lo suficientemente inteligente como para saber qué creer.

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          La presentazione di "Università futura" a Harvard        
Martedì 28 febbraio ho avuto il piacere di presentare alcuni dei punti principali di "Università futura" a Harvard, nel contesto dei "luncheon talk" del Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Il titolo dell'incontro era "Five Global Challenges and the Role of University". Al mio fianco, il prof. Charles Nesson, fondatore del Berkman Center; "Università futura" è dedicato a lui (oltre che al prof. Angelo Raffaele Meo).