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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Mind Boggling Tour of Space

Today I came across a little program that I just had to share with you! I was actually looking for software to move my iPod iTunes Library to a different iPod. No luck on that front, but finding Celestia was well worth the diversion!

Celestia is a free program that gives you a 3D tour of the Universe. It works on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. What I liked most about this program, besides the superior graphics and the speed of your "flight", is the detail. For each planet you can choose other elements around and on it.

Plus, by going to Celestia Motherlode, you can use add-ons to expand the use of Celestia. Some of the great categories for these add-ons include Solar System, Spacecraft, Extrasolar and Fictional.

It was very enlightening to travel and see Chiron in full view, then compare it with Eros!

A must check-out piece of software. Oh, and I did mention that it's free!!!

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Visit Ancient Rome

Science Daily ran an article called Ancient Rome Rebuilt Digitally. Thanks to modern 3D technology, Rome Reborn 1.0 has been released.

This program allows the user to walk through ancient Rome, at their will. This is a very exciting project for people like me who are fascinated with ancient culture.

You can view a preview of some of the shots at University of Virginia.

Thought I would share it with you!

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

The Not-So-Secret Secret

This is one of those moments of synchronicity. I had just finished watching The Celestine Prophecy, and had read the book several times a little over a decade earlier. Then, someone mentioned, The Secret. Sure enough, I was sucked in to watching the DVD online for less than a fiver.

When I was younger (and weren't we all?), I played soccer and volleyball very competitively. My coach always had me do creative visualization, which was very helpful, but also caused me to have premonitions of games that were uncannily correct. It was always wacky stuff, like someone playing a position they never played and scoring the winning goal. I could give play-by-plays, and it all came true.

Creative visualization has it's place in the law of attraction. My slant is a little different and it has to do with staying focused on the future and how you envision it (loosely) but living in the present moment. It has to do with positive approaches to each moment, and getting rid of those thoughts that are negative or nonproductive. Just enjoy each moment, and the big stuff isn't so big anymore. It helps me be able to release to the universe when I need something that I have not been able to manifest myself. I am a big believer that in so many ways, we get back what we put out. That's karma, isn't it?

Earlier today, I read Melody's post from a while back, The Secret Behind The Secret. This post was about 2 months old, yet somehow I missed it before. I must not have been ready for it.

Then, I ran into The Deeper Secret Part IV on Life Technology. They made a good point. Many people try to use The Secret to manifest money. Yet, money causes you to be greedy, and face it, it's never enough. Rockefeller was asked once, "When will you have enough money?" He answered, "When I have just a little bit more."

You might think that The Secret is so popular now, you can hardly throw a cyber stone without hitting something about it. At times this seems true, but these two articles give a different slant on The Secret.

Check them out and let me know what you think about manifesting what you want, the law of attraction, The Secret or anything else. I want stories, people!

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The Truck Stops Here

As some of you may remember, my "J.O.B." is working for a national retailer specializing in the trucking industry. Basically, to cut to the chase, I manage a few stores and we sling cell phones and satellite radio to truck drivers. We do this all day long, until the late hours of the night, 7 days a week, 361 days of the year.

There are many thing that I really love about my job, and some I could live without. For one, there are days when my cell phones (yes, I have more than one by necessity) rings constantly from 6am through to 1am. Also, the pay grades are not adapted regionally, so while I am making 40% of what I should be, others are living high on the hog because their cost of living is much less than in Portland, Oregon.

One thing that I really enjoy is the colorful people I meet. I get to see and talk to folks from all walks of life, and from all states. It's interesting to me to hear their stories, and see how people behave differently geographically.

Each year, there are more than 300,000 new truck drivers on the roads. In the old days, to become a truck driver, you had to have an "in". A seasoned driver would take you under his wing and show you the ropes old school style. In 6 months, maybe you would be ready to hit the road safely on your own.

Today, many trucking companies run their own schools. After two weeks of training, you get plopped into a truck with another driver who is chosen for you. (Think two gold fish in a bowl who don't get along.) The newbie gets cut rate wages during this time, slightly increased for the first year, and the trainer gets a little bit more. Subsequently, the biggest gripe from old school truck drivers is that these schools unleash students that are dangerous on the road, and improperly trained. For instance, if you train during the summer, how will you know the proper and safe way to drive in the ice and snow?

The long back portion of a truck is referred to as a trailer. These must be balanced with the axles in different places, depending on the load the trailer is carrying. I have seen newbies push their axles all the way to the middle while carrying heavy equipment. It looked something like a teeter-totter. Sure enough, the first turn, the whole load tipped the trailer on its side.

The other day, a truck ran into a barrier 10' in on the side walk trying to make a turn that was not too harsh. The bright shiny new truck his company provided for him was missing the front quarter panel, was dented and pretty scrapped up. It was his second week on his own and he was pulling into a truck stop with wide lanes to accommodate trucks.

I think all truck companies should hire an Astrologer. Dan Ciuboda posted an interesting article on Living Astrology.

  • Astrology for Drivers

  • Why not? Insurance companies are doing it!

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    Wednesday, June 06, 2007

    Happiness, Cycles and Astrology

    A post by Melody Zindell of Astrology and More sparked something in me. In her post, she questions if, with all the wisdom and enlightened figures throughout history, we are any better off as a species as we used to be.

    Recently, as part of my job search, I have been using an online networking site called LinkedIn. I stumbled across it when I was searching for a long lost friend. (Kent Johnson of San Jose, call home.) I never really used it, or got into it at that time. Then, later, when I was searching for other opportunities in the la-la-land of J.O.B., I revisited it. I had the plan to use it in order to connect to recruiters and hiring managers.

    Yes, I did that, but the most positive contact came from a man who is studying happiness and is in the process of opening an institute to study it. His name is Arjan Haring, and his institute is HUH? (Haring insitUte of Happiness). This might seem a little off kilter, but hey, you are at least open minded, because you are reading my blog! I am working on a book about happiness and positive thinking, so we hit it off right away.

    I have Sagittarius Rising, Moon in Pisces and Sun in Scorpio with a Neptune Conjunction. This works great for me in many ways, but another manifestation is my external presentation of happiness is an on/off switch. Literally. I can be having the worst day ever, and suddenly am put in the public light, and switch on. Friends marvel at that ability. Before I studied Astrology, I felt this was something from my childhood. Ah, Freud, we're all stuck with you now! I used to describe it like a sick bird. They don't show physical weakness until they are really on their last legs, because otherwise, the other birds will pick on the sick one. Read: Youngest and only girl with 4 older brothers. I had a lot to prove!

    Knowing this about myself, I actually have to tell my partner when I am depressed. Yes, you just can't tell. A blessing of my Scorpio shell. It lets me deal with those times alone, if I must, and speak about it if I need some outside comfort. We like our deep, dark security blankets, but I don't wrap mine around me too much these days. Yet, I am only human, and we all have our days here and there.

    My Happiness friend recently sent me a question that really stumped me. I should rather say "vexed" me, because I still don't know if I have an answer. Here is his question:

    What will make us happy in 2020?

    The first thing my newly founded Haring institUte of Happiness will do is investigate the concept of Happiness 13 years from now.

    The RAND Corporation did some excellent research on almost everything when they predicted the future in the early sixties also on the topic of Happiness. I think it's time to have a look at the concept another time, and maybe in other ways.

    What will happiness be in 2020?

    Truth is, I just don't know. I am big on positive thinking, and creating our outlook by how we respond to things, but that's me. What is it for the world? A pill? A surgery? A cell phone that can release endorphins instead of ring tones? An inspiring leader? More money?

    We are all individuals on a spiritual journey. What is happiness to you now? And what is it in 13 years from now?

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    Excellent Free Astrology Tools

    In December 2006, I pointed you in the direction of Configuration Hunter. Astrology Talk: Free Astrology Software - Configuration Hunter. An excellent free Astrology Software tool. Configuration Hunter is the brain child of Dan Ciubotaru, noted Romanian Astrologer.

    Dan continues his commitment to bringing excellent, free tools to Astrologers and those interested in Astrology, everywhere.

    He has just added his Aspect Search Tool and Synastry Online Tool. They might be online, and they might be free, but they are still MIGHTY!

    Each includes:

    * Planets selection ( from Sun to Pluto , North Node, Lilith and major asteroids)
    *Orb selections : set up your custom orb degree for each aspect
    * Aspects selections
    * Type of aspect: applying and separating

    Thanks Dan, for adding so much to the world community of Astrology!

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    Can Prison be a Hilton?

    I was reading the Kitty Taurus blog, Celeb AstroBlogy, and had to indulge myself in a nice good chuckle. No, her articles are serious, but let's see if you can figure out who this post is about:

    * She Who Shall Not Be Named, For Publicity Feeds Her Horrible Power
    * STD-ridden chupacabra
    * Takes photo ops with copies of The Power of Now or The Secret

    In her optimism, Kitty looked deeper into this nemesis celebrity chart. She was hopeful that this (we wish) nameless celeb might learn something from her recent stints. Hopeful, that this just might be the wake up call needed to make some major life changes. Saturn, perhaps?

    What she discovered, appalled her even more! No Saturn indications, but Neptune retrograde over Sun, in Aquarius. (Have you guessed who it is yet? Here's another hint: First name is after a major French city, last name is a hotel chain you have probably stayed in at some point.)

    Kitty can tell it like it is, keep me in stitches, and hopefully impart some insight and wisdom on the way!

    Check out her article: Will Prison Change You Know Who?

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