Archive for ◊ March, 2007 ◊

Male Perspectives on Marriage
Saturday, March 31st, 2007 | Author:

Some interesting comments:

1) I recently read that love is entirely a matter of chemistry.  That must be why my wife treats me like toxic waste.

2) When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.

3) After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin; they just can’t face each other, but still they stay together.

4) By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.

5) Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.

6) The great question… which I have not been able to answer… is, “What does a woman want? 

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Friends for Life
Saturday, March 31st, 2007 | Author:

This one comes courtesy of Joe Knecht… 

Two friends were walking through the desert.  During some point of the journey, they had an argument; and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: “Today my best friend slapped me in the face.”

They kept on walking, until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath the one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone:  “Today my best friend saved my life.”

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “after i hurt you, you wrote in the sand; and now, you write on a stone, why?”
The friend replied “when someone hurts us we should write it down in sand, where winds of forgiveness can erase it away.  But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”

Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your benefits in stone.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.

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How We Can Win… or Lose Iraq
Friday, March 30th, 2007 | Author:

If you want a clear analysis of how we can win… or lose the war in Iraq, read this landmark article from Arthur Herman.

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Conservative Judaism Isn’t Quite So Conservative
Friday, March 30th, 2007 | Author:

Update – Michael Medved writes a good commentary on this subject…  Can you imagine making decisions for the direction of Conservative Judaism based on input from a Professor from Brandeis University (home for Left-wing Jews)?   Medved notes, “disaffected young people are never drawn to watered down versions of religious faith, that lack continuity or integrity”.

I predict that there is going to be a greater exodus of Jews to Chabad, and/or Conservative Judaism will split into Neo-Conservatives (essentially the new Reform) and Traditional Conservatives.

Mar 27 – Conservative Judaism is no longer conservative… By my definition, a synagogue that has a Lesbian rabbi does not qualify as a conservative place of worship… I’m not sure, but does this mean that Conservative Judaism is now controlled by the Democrat party?

I’ve been seeing this coming for quite some time in my home town as the synagogue where I previously prayed for over 35 years started moving towards liberal policies and practices (e.g., playing music in the sanctuary).  My family moved to the Beth Jacob synagogue, which practices a more “traditional” form of Conservative Judaism.

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Top 10 Lessons for Software Developers
Friday, March 30th, 2007 | Author:

Developer Andres Taylor shares his experience in software development with this gem: “Top ten things ten years of professional software development has taught me.” There are some decent insights on this list, and if you’re a developer you should take the time to take a look.

Jody Shelly – Super Tough Hockey Player
Thursday, March 29th, 2007 | Author:

One redeeming factor for the Blue Jackets… they have one of the toughest hockey players in the NHL on their team.  Check out these brief videos of Jody Shelly below:

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1 min 15 sec

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Circular Moral Logic
Thursday, March 29th, 2007 | Author:

Perhaps this will give you a true idea of my political viewpoint… Do ever wonder about the circular logic in these moral perspectives defined below?  I’ve seen these views expressed by folks on both the Right and Left of the political spectrum:

1) People that protest war, but end up throwing rocks at other people and destroying a congressman’s office…

2) People that are against abortion and call it killing, then turn around and bomb abortion clinics and murder doctors…

3) People that are against capital punishment yet want to make abortion a form of on-demand birth control…

4) People that declare homosexuality is absolutely immoral yet end up having sex with altar boys…

5) People that admonish others for contributing to global warming yet they use more energy than 20 families…

6) People that warn about vices like gambling yet staunchly support the weekly state mega-lottery…

7) People that tell us that marijuana is the scourge of civilization, yet they drink vodka and whiskey like a fish…

Am I missing something?

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Barometer of Democracy
Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 | Author:

A great quote from world-famous historian, Victor Davis Hanson:

“Israel serves today as the ethical barometer in the western collective mind. Support for it brings no oil, no ingratiation with terrorists, no psychological lift of the usual easy bullying of a small democracy, but it does reveal respect for democracy, confidence in the history of the West, and respect for a humane culture and an accomplished people under terrible assault. So, I confess, as I age I sort of judge Westerners I meet now by their degree of fairness toward Israel. I’ve gotten to the point when I hear a rabid Leftist or a creepy Right-wing nut rant on Israel, I just pack it up and walk away. Life is too short for such nonsense.”

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Tennis Number 1, Federer Loses Again
Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 | Author:

Guillermo Canas has beaten the “unbeatable” Roger Federer for the second time… in less than a month! Canas, who was formerly banished from tennis for drug violations, beat the world No. 1 for the second time this month, winning 7-6 (2), 2-6, 7-6 (5) in a Sony Ericsson Open fourth-round match Tuesday.  In their last meeting, Canas ended Federer’s 41-match winning streak.

As a tennis aficionado, this is really quite remarkable.   Federer was unbeatable for more than a year… The closest sports analogy is a rookie basketball player outplaying Michael Jordan in the playoffs (during MJ’s prime) twice in a four game sweep.

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Engineering Phrases… and Their Real Meanings
Monday, March 26th, 2007 | Author:

Some Commonly Used Engineering Phrases.. and their real meanings:

Statement: “A major technological breakthrough.”
Real Meaning: It works OK, but looks very hi-tech. 

Statement: “Preliminary Operational Tests were inconclusive.”
Real Meaning: The darn thing blew up when we threw the switch.

Statement: “The results were very gratifying.”
Real Meaning: We are so surprised that the stupid thing works. 

Statement: “We will look into it.”
Real Meaning: Forget it! We have enough problems for now.

Statement: “It’s rugged.”
Real Meaning: Too damn heavy to lift! 

Statement: “Years of development.”
Real Meaning: Something finally worked.

Statement: “A great new feature.”
Real Meaning: We can’t fix the bug so we’re calling it a feature.