Archive for February, 2007

Oscars: Best Speech Award goes to……

Forest Whitaker.  Ok, I hadn't plan to watch last night.  "C" and I went out for drinks and everyone in the club was watching the Oscars!!! I happed to catch Forest accepting the Best Actor Award for The Last King of Scotland.  I loved his speech.  Here it is:

“Thank you. Thank you. Just a second, just a second. OK. Take it. OK. I wrote something down, because I thought if it would happen that I would be a little overwhelmed and I am. So, OK.

When I was a kid, the only way that I saw movies was from the backseat of my family's car. At the drive-in. And, it wasn't my reality to think I would be acting in movies, so receiving this honor tonight tells me that it's possible. It is possible for a kid from east Texas, raised in South Central L.A. in Carson, who believes in his dreams, commits himself to them with his heart, to touch them, and to have them happen.

Because when I first started acting, it was because of my desire to connect to everyone. To that thing inside each of us. That light that I believe exists in all of us. Because acting for me is about believing in that connection and it's a connection so strong, it's a connection so deep, that we feel it. And through our combined belief, we can create a new reality.

So I want to thank my fellow believers in The Last King of Scotland. I want to thank Peter, Jeremy, Andrea, Lisa, Charles, Kevin, James McAvoy, Kerry, Stephen, Fox, DNA, Channel Four. I want to thank the people of Uganda, who helped this film have a spirit. And finally, I want to thank my mom and my dad. I want to thank my wife Keisha, my children, my ancestors, who continue to guide my steps.  And God, God who believes in us all. And who's given me this moment, in this lifetime, that I will hopefully carry to the end of my lifetime into the next lifetime. Thank you.”

My favorite part in the red text.

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Weekend Ramblins

  • Not much going on in my "world."  Still settling into the new diggs.  I lived in this area several years ago, so I'm pretty familiar with things around – so, not a huge adjustment.  It's a little busier here, more "urban" less "suburban" which is really one of the reasons I wanted to be in this neighborhood.  In the suburbs if you are not the typical family (husband, wife, 2.5 kids and a dog) it's a bit weird – or has been in my experiences.  People ask a lot of questions about 2 women and a kid living together in a suburban neighborhood vs a more progressive, uptown environment.  I've had the home in the suburbs because I wanted my kid to have a large home and yard to grow up in.  I "handled" the neighbors and all their questions..trust!  But, never thought we "fit" in that community.  My daughter is 17 now and enjoys easier access to friends, shopping etc, and as a family we've determined we prefer a faster pace lifestyle.  Geesh!  I'm getting heavy – these are supposed to be short succinct bullets 🙂 Moving on….
  • Still looking at furniture for the second living area.  I've decided that it will be white leather. And since the other living room has a sectional, I'm going to go with a sofa, loveseat, chair group.  It will have to be in keeping with the modern theme of course.  I've looked at Ikea, Eurway and some other modern furniture stores here in Dallas, but haven't found anything that really spoke to me.  So, the room is empty, which really annoys me!  Any ideas on where to fine a modern white leather sofa?  I've also looked at a few online stores… but I'm kind of nervous about making such a major purchase without touching or sitting on it first ya know?
  • I received kudos and accolades on the success of a very large implementation I'm managing!  The customer (the ones I visited in West Palm Beach Florida week before last) wrote thank you letters at how please they were and they went all the way up to the CEO of my company!!! It was very exciting last week to receive the streaming "thank you's" from my senior management team.  Of course I was thinking, thanking me with some $$$$$ would've have been much better!
  • I've been getting everything together for my upcoming trip to Barcelona, which is actually only about 2 weeks away!!!  On one day, I think we will visit some of the museums; Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Picasso, Joan Miro, Gaudi and Dali.  I've reserved another day for La Ramblas avenue and the beach (weather permitting).  We have two tours planned, one is a day tour for some the main attractions in the city such as:

La Sagrada Familia
Park Guell
La Pedrera
Casa Batllo
The National Palace
The Olympic Ring
Muntjuic Castle

To name a few.  The second tour is a full day excursion to Girona and Costa Brava which are on the coast line north of Barcelona.  In preparation for the flight I'm getting all my gadgets together.  I bought a rechargeable battery for my Nintendo DS Lite, and I'm going to get a rechargeable battery for my Macbook and a airplane adapter.

  • One of my other concerns has been finding the right shoes to where during the trip.  I took the wrong shoes (Puma Romas) to Rome last year and I paid for it!!! I need total comfort for my feet with all the walking we will be doing.  After much research, I've decided on these Nike Free 5.0 V2.

  • A nice perk to the new neighborhood is the Whole Foods store around the corner!  I find myself in there lately a couple of times of week buying scones, slices of pie, fancy sausages, olives, specialty beverages and cheeses.  One thing I have developed an addiction for is Uniekass Parrano cheese.  This cheese is delicious!!! The cheese is considered a Gouda, it is from Dutch cow milk aged for 5 years.

From the website:

"Parrano is the unforgettable cheese with a distinctly Italian temperament. It has the alluring nutty flavor of a fine-aged Parmesan with the versatility of a young Dutch Gouda. Aged to perfection, Parrano tastes buttery and nutty and is perfect as a snack… on its own… or added to any of your favorite recipes." What they don't tell you is….this shit is HIGH as hell!!! A small piece costs about 8 bucks!!!  I can't make Whole Foods a habit, namely because it is way too expensive.  I love the products but every time I'm in there 3- 4 items cost me around $40.00.  Hopefully, I will lose my addiction soon and start taking my cheap ass back to WalMart.  But they don't have Unikass Parrano cheese!

  • I'm really NOT caring about the Oscars **shrugs**
  • With the move we had to switch telephone carriers.. went from Verizon to SBC.  One very nice perk that we have thouroughly enjoyed so far is for $2.00 a month we can go to any Barnes and Noble and use their WIFI!  So, for a couple of weekend we have been packing up the laps and hanging out at the B & N soaking up the WIFI while slurping Starbuckies and people watchin – some of my favorite things in live.  And the best part is that my company pays my phone bill so it's all FREE insert "happy face here."
  • I got some new gadgets… 

    last year I bought some Bang Olufsen earphone.  Although they are very stylish and sound pretty good, I've had difficulty keeping them in my ears (I have small ears).  I find myself pushing and holding them in place, which is somewhat painful.  I really need "in ear canal" earphones because I like a lot of base.  After a lot of research I've decided on these… V- Moda Vibe Gold Edition La Mocha

I also visited the Apple Store yesterday and saw this… 

It sounds incredible!!! I've been rocking white JBL Creature II as my speakers for my Mac Mini and MacBook, but something happened to one of the little satellite speakers during the move.  So, I only had one working speaker – can't have that!  The Tango was $179.00 in the Apple Store.  Unless I just have to…I try not to buy my gadgets at retail.  When I got home I went to ebay.  Got it for $89.00 Buy Now.  Is that a good deal or what?

  • Welp, nuff said!

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This puts a new meaning to…”I will break your %@#!$ neck!”

From Yahoo

Angry tourists break mugger's neck

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) – A group of U.S. tourists, including a former Marine, killed a Costa Rican mugger by breaking his neck after he pulled a gun on them in a Caribbean port, a local police official said on Thursday.

The cruise ship passengers told police they jumped on Wagner Segura, 20, to defend themselves when he pointed a .38 caliber revolver at them near the Caribbean port of Limon on Wednesday, and somehow snapped his neck, regional police director Luis Hernandez said.

Segura died instantly and two other unidentified thieves, one of whom was armed with a knife, fled the scene, Hernandez said.

"One of the tourists was a former Marine and he was probably the one who broke (Segura's) neck," Hernandez said. "His neck was completely snapped."

No charges will be filed against the tourists because police viewed the incident as an act of self-defense. Police questioned and released the group, which rejoined the cruise and left Cost Rica.

The Americans were passengers aboard the Carnival cruise ship Legend. They got off their tour bus to take photos in a notoriously rough neighborhood a short drive from Limon.

After the attack, they put Segura's body on their bus and found a police officer in Limon to report the incident.

Wow, I need to take this guy with me to Barcelona next month!!!

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Coolness: Teacups

From artist Bethan Laura Wood, these teacups are meant to show their age.

The interior surface of the cup is treated so as to stain more in predetermined places. The more the cups are used, the more the pattern is revealed. Over time they will build up an individual pattern dependent on the users personal way of drinking tea.

In a culture that prizes the new, I'd love to see such principles applied to popular electronics. Instead of the constant fear of scratching your beloved iPod, the only user who could reveal intricate designs would be be long-term user.

This is a really cool concept!  I can see where it could be applied to a lot of different things.  For more on the Stain Project.

found on Gizmodo

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Vox Hunt: Latest Read

Book: Show us the latest book you bought, borrowed or received.

Suze Orman has a new book out called "Women & Money" which I plan to purchase.  She wrote a column about the new book where she talks about her message to women,  which is owning the power to control your destiny requires more than 401(k)s and Roth IRAs. It requires reconditioning from the inside.

Here is an excerpt from "Women & Money," where she discusses the eight qualities of wealthy women.

Qualities 1 and 2: Harmony and Balance

Harmony is an agreement in feeling, approach, and sympathy. It is the pleasing interaction between what you think, feel, say, and do.

Balance is a state of emotional and rational stability in which you are calm and able to make sound decisions and judgments.Harmony and balance are perhaps the most important qualities of all, for they serve as the foundation for the remaining qualities. When you possess true inner harmony, what you think, say, feel, and do is one. We are so accustomed to this split-screen state of mind in which we think one thing, say another, feel something else, and act in a way that has nothing to do with what we just thought, said, or felt. When your thoughts, feelings, words, and actions are not in harmony, it shows up as an imbalance — you feel agitated, uncomfortable, you sense something is off, so you find it difficult to make rational, calm decisions. This is why these two qualities are a pair.

Quality 3: Courage

Courage is the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.

Courage gives harmony expression. When your thoughts and feelings are one, courage helps you manifest them in the form of words and actions. When you are afraid to speak or act, courage helps you overcome your fear. Courage gives you the ability to speak your truth, even when it is not what others may want to hear.

Fear is usually what stands between us and our courage. But if we are to embrace this quality of courage to its fullest, we can no longer allow ourselves to hide behind fear. You can meditate on your fear and think about it rationally and try to will it away, but in the end, if fear is preventing you from acting, you must find your courage and act to overcome your fear.

Quality 4: Generosity

Generosity is when you give the right thing to the right person at the right time — and it benefits both of you.

Generosity is a quality that most women can tap into very easily — maybe too easily. As women, we tend to be overly generous with our time, support, love, and money — but giving simply for the sake of giving does not match the definition of true generosity.

True generosity goes far beyond what you give to others. In giving there is a power, an understanding that you are just the vessel that wealth or energy flows through. You allow money to come in through your hands and out through your heart. To be empowered to give, to be moved to give straight from the heart, is a feeling that all the money in the world could never buy. So let me ask you: Is that how you feel when you constantly give of yourself? Do you feel enhanced or do you feel diminished? You think of yourself as a giver, as generous with your time, your talent, your money. Others probably describe you as a generous woman, but if I were to look at you, I might think you give for the wrong reasons. Do you give because you feel that you should? Do you give out of guilt or embarrassment? Understand that true generosity is as much about the one who gives as it is about the one who receives. If an act of generosity benefits the receiver but saps the giver, then it is not true generosity.

Quality 5: Happiness

Happiness is a state of well-being and contentment.

When you find the courage to live your life in harmony and balance, when you understand and practice generosity in the truest sense, happiness spontaneously appears. When you are happy, you are open and accessible. When you are happy, you tend to be more optimistic. You approach new challenges with a clear mind that seeks positive solutions. You see possibilities rather than problems.

Happiness is not a luxury. It is a necessity for true wealth. When you are happy, you have the satisfaction of knowing that your actions come from a place of purity and balance, that they are correct and generous and kind. There are no regrets in this state of happiness — and that's a goal worth striving for in all areas of your life.

Quality 6: Wisdom

Wisdom is the knowledge and experience needed to make sensible decisions and judgments, or the good sense shown by the decisions and judgments made from an accumulated knowledge of life that has been gained through experience.

The quality of wisdom is more than intellectual, and it is in no way related to how much schooling you have. Exercising wisdom requires cutting through the noise of life and tapping into your core beliefs to make thoughtful decisions. Wisdom results from inhabiting all the qualities that came before it. A wise woman recognizes when her life is out of balance and summons the courage to act to correct it. A wise woman knows the meaning of true generosity. A wise woman knows happiness is the reward for a life lived in harmony, with courage and grace. A wise woman knows how to summon her courage and do what is right, rather than what is easy.

Quality 7: Cleanliness

Cleanliness is a state of purity, clarity, and precision.

Cleanliness is about respecting the importance of order and organization. When you don't know where your money is, when you have no filing system for your important documents, when you dive into your pocketbook to pull out crumpled bills, when your car looks like a garbage can, when your closets are filled with junk and clutter — you cannot possibly be a wealthy woman. You need to clean up your act — quite literally — to bring true wealth into your life. In India, women sweep the front entrance to their home each morning as a way of welcoming Lakshmi, the goddess of material and spiritual abundance, into their home, for there is a belief that she resides at the threshold of every house. In order for her to enter, she must have a clear path.

You might be reading this and thinking that cleanliness is nice but not essential to your financial well-being. I am here to tell you that if this quality is not up front and center, wealth will elude you and you will be left with the mess that you created. Respect the power of this quality of cleanliness. Tell the universe that you have cleared the path for wealth and abundance to enter.

Quality 8: Beauty

Beauty is the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit.

Beauty is what you create when you incorporate the other seven qualities into your life. When you take the steps to have harmony, balance, courage, generosity, happiness, wisdom, cleanliness, and beauty in your life, you will exude confidence in who you are. And there is nothing more beautiful than a confident woman. Remember, when you are confident you feel secure, and when you feel secure you have no fear. And when you have no fear, you have the courage to say what you think and feel in a calm and wise way. And when you are calm, you make wise decisions with your money, which then allows you to be truly generous to others as well as yourself, which, in turn, makes you a happy, powerful, and beautiful woman. Do you see how all of these qualities work together to help you arrive at the goal of being a woman in control of her destiny?

Summoning the 8 Qualities

I've noticed, in my own life and in others', that the more you summon these qualities, the easier they are to access. Harmony yearns for more harmony, and balance abhors imbalance. Courage begets greater courage. Once you are generous in the right way, a lesser form of generosity will feel inferior to you. True happiness will never permit you to settle for a lesser form of happiness. Cleanliness recoils at disorder. Wisdom, once achieved, is with you forever, and beauty inspires beauty in all things.

Carry these qualities with you throughout your life. Write them on a notecard and keep them close at hand — in your wallet or in your pocket. Make it into a talisman to guide you every day as you make your way through life and all its impossible demands. These qualities will keep you focused and tranquil. Let them and they will offer you constant reassurance that you are acting powerfully and correctly, with love in your heart and the purest intentions, to realize your goals of security and comfort for yourself and all you love.

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QotD: Win Me Over

What's the best way to get on your good side?
Submitted by Manon-It-All.

Food!  Buy.me.food.

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Yep…It is what you think

A new use for your iPod!  Found this lurking around on notcot.  From the OMB website:
The OhMiBod vibrator is a whole new way to enjoy your iPod® or any other music player. Everyone loves music. Everyone loves sex. OhMiBod combines music and pleasure to create the ultimate acsexsory™ to your iPod.

A whole new way to plug 'n play!
Simply plug OhMiBod into your iPod® or any music player and it automatically vibrates to the rhythm and intensity of the music. Let your body feel the vibrations as you get down with your favorite tunes. The combination of listening and feeling your music quickly transports you to a place where music, mind and body come together to create an unbeatable sexual experience.

OhMiBod brings personal enjoyment into the light of a new day
More than just a pleasure toy, OhMiBod harnesses the iPod movement and popularity to bring a higher level of acceptance and openness about sexuality in a fun and liberating way. Young or old, single or partnered, people from all walks of life are experiencing an amazing new way to connect and share the pleasures of orgasmic play.

Look at the accessories for this thing!!! What will they think of next????  Pump up da bass!!

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