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fantasmagorical

I heard this when someone was asked how they were! Theyt’re replay was “fantasmagorical”!

September 30, 2009 | Comments Off on fantasmagorical | Permalink

author Anna Quindlen on life

This was a speech made by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Anna Quindlen at the graduation ceremony of an American university where she was awarded an Honorary PhD.

“I’m a novelist. My work is human nature. Real life is all I know. Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. You will walk out of here this afternoon with only one thing that no one else has. There will be hundreds of people out there with your same degree: there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you will be the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk or your life on a bus or in a car or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank accounts but also your soul.

People don’t talk about the soul very much anymore. It’s so much easier to write a resume than to craft a spirit. But a resume is cold comfort on a winter’s night, or when you’re sad, or broke, or lonely, or when you’ve received your test results and they’re not so good.

Here is my resume: I am a good mother to three children. I have tried never to let my work stand in the way of being a good parent. I no longer consider myself the centre of the universe. I show up. I listen. I try to laugh. I am a good friend to my husband. I have tried to make marriage vows mean what they say. I am a good friend to my friends and them to me. Without them, there would be nothing to say to you today, because I would be a cardboard cut out. But I call them on the phone and I meet them for lunch. I would be rotten, at best mediocre, at my job if those other things were not true.

You cannot be really first rate at your work if your work is all you are. So here’s what I wanted to tell you today: Get a life. A real life, not a manic pursuit of the next promotion, the bigger pay cheque, the larger house. Do you think you’d care so very much about those things if you blew an aneurysm one afternoon or found a lump in your breast?

Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze at the seaside, a life in which you stop and watch how a red-tailed hawk circles over the water, or the way a baby scowls with concentration when she tries to pick up a sweet with her thumb and first finger.

Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you. And remember that love is not leisure, it is work. Pick up the phone. Send an email. Write a letter. Get a life in which you are generous. And realize that life is the best thing ever, and that you have no business taking it for granted. Care so deeply about its goodness that you want to spread it around. Take money you would have spent on beer and give it to charity. Work in a soup kitchen. Be a big brother or sister. All of you want to do well. But if you do not do good too, then doing well will never be enough.

It is so easy to waste our lives, our days, our hours, and our minutes. It is so easy to exist instead of to live.

I learned to live many years ago. I learned to love the journey, not the destination. I learned that it is not a dress rehearsal, and that today is the only guarantee you get. I learned to look at all the good in the world
and try to give some of it back because I believed in it, completely and utterly. And I tried to do that, in part, by telling others what I had learned.

September 17, 2009 | Comments Off on author Anna Quindlen on life | Permalink

O.C.D.

Let’s get this straight it is O.C.D.
not OCD or O-C-D. O.C.D. not OCD or O-C-D. O.C.D. not OCD or O-C-D. O.C.D. not OCD or O-C-D. O.C.D. not OCD or O-C-D. O.C.D. not OCD or O-C-D. O.C.D. not OCD or O-C-D.

September 15, 2009 | Comments Off on O.C.D. | Permalink

DO’S and DON’TS of Search Engine Optimisation

What to avoid and how to improve rankings in search engines. Thanks to xseo.com

  • Make pages for users, not for search engines.
  • Make a site with a clear structure and when ever possible use text links for navigation.
  • Sites must be useful, rich in information, text heavy, and above all written clearly and accurately describing the content.
  • Offer a site map to users with deep links pointing to the most influential and important parts of the site.
  • Care should be taken with duplicate content.
  • Allow search bots to crawl your site without session IDs or redirections due to cache or software limitations, as these may impact on the ability of the crawler to navigate around the site.
  • In the early stages some preparation regarding the keywords users might use to find your pages would be beneficial.
  • Always use text when ever possible for images, names and content.
  • Navigation should always be as text. The navigation text should also be descriptive to the page that it links to.
  • Make sure that your Meta TITLE, Meta DESCRIPTION, Meta KEYWORDS and ALT tags are descriptive, accurate and individual to each page.
  • Use H1’s, H2’s and H3’s.
  • Check for broken links/ obsolete pages and ensure the HTML coding is clean and correct.
  • Avoid pages that use excessive pop-ups, these can interfere with user navigation.
  • Avoid using the words “sponsored”, “featured” and “directory” when referring to links.
  • Using a dynamic page creator in .php .asp .net Cold Fusion etc (often signified by the URL containing a “?” character), can cause search engine spiders to fail to crawl the pages properly.
  • It is sometimes useful to use a robots.txt file on the web server. This file is used to advise the search engine crawlers which pages and directory/folder it can or cannot crawl.
September 14, 2009 | Comments Off on DO’S and DON’TS of Search Engine Optimisation | Permalink

thick cut

I Thought I saw my name on a loaf of bread today. Then I realised it said ‘Thick Cut’

September 11, 2009 | Comments Off on thick cut | Permalink