Eyes Your Before Flashes Life

Ioan Gruffudd as William Wilberforce I’ve just arrived home from seeing the new Ioan Gruffudd movie "Amazing Grace". The story looks at the incredible 17 year battle of legendary British Politician William Wilberforce. It was an inspirational performance from the Fantastic Four’s "Mr. Fantastic" that showed a depth beyond his current comic book character portrayal. Through the eyes of a sick and tiring man we saw the plight of slavery, the deception of a class system and the determination of idealism worth fighting for. One lady who attended the screening with us said she hoped there were no men crying in the movie as this would surely be the trigger for a tearful experience. She, like I cried at numerous moments, steps along this journey of understanding. The life of William Wilberforce was dedicated to the abolition of slavery as the British economy appeared to depend on its African slaves. Men, women and children were being taken to work the British owned sugar cane and coffee plantations in the West Indies. What is lost in the previous statement is that the fight was not merely against the dehumanising of human life by enforced slave labour but also the ‘cost of life‘ which was deemed acceptable. Each slave ship would see half to two thirds of each ‘shipload’ of human cargo lost in death through the course of a three to four week voyage from the ivory coast of Africa. The life of each captured slave was held in the hold of the ship standing in an area the size of an upright coffin where waste and death hung putrid in the air. Take note that each slave was truly clapped in irons, locked into a passage of death so that there was no opportunity to jump ship to possible freedom. Continue reading “Eyes Your Before Flashes Life”

WOTW – www.dontclick.it

Our website of the week is fun, challenging and will make you think how many times a day you ‘click’. Bouncing around the web can take it out of you. Sadly your mouse takes the burden of a clip around the ears with a day by day, minute by minute click. This week our website of the week is the challenging www.dontclick.it website. As you know the ".it" TLD domain is from our Italian friends. The Information Technology sector loves this domain and this one is a fun site to visit to see if you can meet the challenge and ‘DON’T CLICK‘ as you travel through the site understanding their new ideas for mouse navigation.

Save our Mouse

I’m turning over a new life. For a long time I have noticed the lack of care given to every desk pet on the planet. I have cleaned their track balls. I have fed them when no one was looking, but still they continue to be abused and overused. Yup the humble computer mouse has been over-clicked and dragged across the pad for too long. I for one want to see the humble mouse respected for the way that each day they point us in the right direction. The mouse is our guide. Don’t abuse the guide! Recently I found a new site that could provide a way forward. At least we would see a decline in ‘clicking’ which has crushed the spirit of many a good mouse. If you agree then please visit www.dontclick.it In the meantime here is a laboratory example of the abuse that has been seen on our desks everyday,.. and NO ONE CARES 😉 Ain’t they just the cutest little critters?

Fast, oh so Fast, Bugatti!

bugatti-veyron Flying to Melbourne and back on Friday was a joy if only for seeing an edition of the BBC’s motoring programme TopGear on the Qantas in-flight entertainment. The part of the programme that brought a great sense of awe as well as a couple of laughs thanks to quality British wit was on the review of the world’s fastest production car, the Bugatti Veyron. This amazing vehicle will not only cost you money in the order of USD$1.3million but at top speed of 407km/hr it can digest a tank of gasoline in 12minutes. The machine has class, glass and a big engine. Before you think about buying one consider where you are going to drive it. On a previous edition of TopGear they raced the Veyron from Italy to London against a light aircraft. Even though the Veyron had to maintain normal road speeds and account for the curves of traffic etc,. it still was the winner. But if you look further in this blog you can see the secret Volvo race track test to see if the claimed 407km/hr top speed is possible. bugattiveyron Let me explain the context of this land based rocket. Your family car is likely to have four (4) cylinders making up the heart of your petrol combustion engine. The Veyron has sixteen (16). Your home vehicle is cooled by one radiator while the Veyron has ten (10). At top speed, its air intake to the QUAD-turbocharged engine swallows as much air each minute as you would breath in four days to provide that potent mix of explosive power. Its an impressive rocket that contrasts with a sense of irony to Bugatti’s parent company, Volvo! Wikipedia can give you a little more insight on this amazing vehicle, the Veyron 16.4 If you’d like some wallpaper of this beast then this is a good starting link. "Read more" by clicking on the link below to see a video clip of the Bugatti in action.

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Field of Dreams – Blogs on steroids!

When you first start to build your blog you probably have a great dream of what you are wanting to communicate. It reminds me of Kevin Costner in the movie ‘Field of Dreams’. Starting off with a corn field he works the principle ‘Build it and they will come’. Thanks to the beautiful development of the WordPress application most of us can get a great blog up and running, ready to build our dream. Normally your WordPress installation will fall into the category of either a blog account at wordpress.com or through a self-hosted version of WordPress which could be downloaded and installed on your own server. Keep in mind many web hosting services will have an easy install version of WordPress as part of something like ‘Fantastico’ which makes installing web applications as easy as filling in the forms and clicking on install. Now just before you start, keep this little thought in mind; do you want the generic plain brand blog or are you after the ‘pimp my blog’, ‘top-o-duh-line’, Creme de la Creme version. Okay that’s a little over the top but you get the point. DON’T settle for second best. To move up in the world you’re going to need some spice in the recipe. That’s where ‘plugins’ come into the WordPress world. Many developers are creating free "mini-applications" that allow you to do so much more with your blog including connecting to outside other websites that will draw, or create more dynamic content to enhance your site or push your content to other Internet locations so that you get a little more traffic and kudos from the web community.

Top 20 WordPress Plugins

One of the great articles I caught recently was from Rami on his www.teknobites.com site. Rami has compiled a list of the top 20 ‘must have’ plugins that will take your WordPress installation to stellar level. Take the time to look through the list. You will find not only some of the best plugins but also a number of traffic and income building solutions you may never of thought of. Here’s the article where you can find some inspiration for yourself. Go Build Your Mega-Dream

If I was an Evil Overlord

I found this crazy list on this site; http://www.sff.net/paradise/lists.htm

There are tips for Evil Overlords, Hero’s, Evil Henchmen as well as Daughter’s of Wicked Overlord’s, Evil Overlord’s Accountants, Starfleet Captains and even a little help for the hapless sidekick.

With over 500 tips for anyone involved in global domination we should all learn from other’s mistakes. Here’s a sample – check out the rest through this link.

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Section A: The Bad Guy

If I Ever Become the Evil Overlord…

1. My Legions of Terror will have helmets with clear plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.

2. My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.

3. My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will be killed, not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten cell of my dungeon.

4. Shooting is not too good for my enemies.

5. The artifact which is the source of my power will not be kept on the Mountain of Despair beyond the River of Fire guarded by the Dragons of Eternity. It will be in my safe-deposit box. The same applies to the object which is my one weakness.

6. I will not gloat over my enemies’ predicament before killing them.

7. When I’ve captured my adversary and he says, “Look, before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this is about?” I’ll say, “No.” and shoot him. No, on second thought I’ll shoot him then say “No.”