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Love Is All You Need

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

While traveling once, I came across a radio station that was playing a lot of old music. One of the songs seemed deeply timeless. It was called “Nature Boy.” The lyrics are:

There was a boy
A very strange enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far, very far
Over land and sea
A little shy and sad of eye
But very wise was he

And then one day
A magic day he passed my way
And while we spoke of many things
Fools and kings
This he said to me
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return"

That really struck me as meaningful. Most people don’t say, “I love you” enough. I’ve heard that there is less romantic behavior in most relationships than would be ideal. Sure, “we’ve got holidays for that,” but why wait? Why not surprise her, just because you love her?

I recently visited RomanceForEveryone.com, and it has a lot of tips about how to up the level of romance in your relationships and in your life. One idea that I found particularly appealing outlined how to go about writing a romantic note for a loved one. From what I’ve learned, small gestures make all the difference in a relationship. The site has a collection of brief romantic notes that really carry some emotional weight. I like the suggestion of hiding a note somewhere, so your loved one gets an even greater romantic surprise.

It’s been a long while since I’ve seen anything so sincere about the importance of romance in modern society. RomanceForEveryone.com has helped me remember some of the things we all learn as kids, about why it’s so important to love and be loved.

Political YTMNDs

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

I recently visited YTMND.com, and I wanted to share a few politically-themed creations with you. These are my favorites:

(OK) Hillary cant stop Barack – He's a Rock

(WILD) Hillary's a Maniac – A Crazy Dance

(AWESOME) Race to the White House – Obama vs. McCain

And this one I just think is nuts:

The Democratic Destruction – The Last Crusade

Did you see Obama's face at the end? That was unreal!

Let's Play Some Paintball!

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Remember the word, “Extreme?” A few years ago, everything was Extreme. Extreme Sports, Extreme Cola, Extreme Naps! Now it’s kind of retired, I guess you might say. I’m a fan of “Ultimate.” Ultimate Frisbee, Ultimate Destiny, and Ultimate Paintball!

Ultimate Paintball is actually a company specializing in all kinds of discount paintball gear and cheap paintball guns. Let’s see how many brand names you can recognize. Draxxus! Empire! Spyder! Tippmann! Sounds like a group of mercenaries… But Ultimate Paintball carries all those brands and more, and has plenty of Smart Parts and Dye.

But what about the guns?! What’s the best? The Number #1 seller so I can have the Ultimate technology at my disposal when I declare it Judgment Day? Ultimate Paintball’s top selling guns happen to be the Smart Parts Ion (from the future?!), the Spyder Pilot ACS, the Tippmann 98 Custom, and the Tippmann A-5.

What’s so Ultimate about Ultimate Paintball? Free shipping! And of course: low, low prices. See for yourself at pntball.com.

I Just Saw The Number 23

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Omygod, it's 9:32pm! 32 backwards is 23! Nine has a square (2) root of 3 — 23!

Oh no, now it's 9:33! Two three's in a row — 23 again!

Aw criminy! Now it's 9:34! 9×3=27, -4=…23!!

I thought it was weird how Jim Carrey's character, who seemed to be pretty smart, thought there was something to it. I'm not saying I know everything, or even that I know I'm right for sure. But I really do think that it's just pattern recognition, and selective stopping. I mean it's like driving down a road and waiting for a sign that says "Speed Limit." There are lots of signs to choose from, but every time you see a Speed Limit sign you stop your car. Then you think it's amazing how the world revolves around the Speed Limits. Likewise, if you stop your mind at 23 all the time, you can convince yourself of meaning that you yourself are creating. Why stop at 23? Why not continue?

9:41pm! 41-9=32, 23 backwards! 2×3=6, and 2+3=5, 6×5=30, it's all 30! It always was!

[SPOILER ALERT BELOW]

But I guess one could argue that the manufactured truth of the 23 enigma was used by young Jim Carrey to encode his confession, and used by old Jim Carrey to decode it. In that case, the "false meaning" was just a means to an end. So no big deal.

Tanglewood Conservatories Update

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Denton, Md. —Tanglewood Conservatories Inc., already well known for its tantalizingly rich creations of nineteenth-century glass architecture, announces the introduction of its new line of Upscale Botanical and Palm Houses. Alan Stein, president and co-founder of Tanglewood remarks that “These structures are clearly intended to be a direct throwback to the exotic steel and glass botanical buildings that became so popular during the late nineteenth-century”.

Targeted at the top end of the market, these custom-designed wood, glass and steel structures can serve as fully functional greenhouses, botanical display houses or exotic sunroom additions for Tanglewood’s discerning clientele.

“I don’t know that these sort of structures have been built anywhere in the world for over a hundred years”, Stein remarked. Originally made possible by technological advances in steel and glass production that came out of the Industrial Revolution, conservatories began to fall out of favor in the twentieth-century due in large part to the tremendous expense of maintaining them.

In recent years however, conservatories, sunrooms and greenhouses have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, particularly as upscale home additions, since such materials as insulated glass have made them much more practical.

However, a typical modern conservatory is mainly a stylized architectural “interpretation” of its antecedents, the degree of direct relation depending upon the skill of the designer and the level of commitment to its authenticity by the manufacturer. In contrast, the new series of Tanglewood’s creations are far closer to the originals than has been possible to find until now.

“We have literally revived building techniques that haven’t been used since the original great glass conservatories were constructed”, says Stein. “For example, a recent project was designed using hundreds of small panes of overlapping glass on its roof to form the curvature of a large dome.” “The shingle-like pieces of glass were each hand cut to fit the intricate framework”.

Other features that are often incorporated into these conservatories include exposed cast iron, decorative steel structural frames and intricately patterned stained glass.

The cost of this innovation is not insignificant. With a typical palm house conservatory ranging from several hundred thousand dollars to well over several million, these monumental glass artifacts are clearly not for everyone.

King Of The Hill – Are You A Fan?

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

I used to hate "King of the Hill." I thought it was boring. But recently I find myself watching and enjoying the antics of conspiracy theorist Dale Gribble, as well as the morally upright views and actions of Hank Hill. Am I getting old?

In the past, I'd seen a lesser version of Hank in an episode of "Beavis and Butt-head." I didn't really watch that show, but from what I could tell the Hank Hill character was too stodgy, too strict, and too old-fashioned. I don't know if the creator lessened those qualities in the Hank depicted in "King of the Hill," or if he simply rounded out the character with other aspects to humanize him. Whatever the reason, I now think a lot of what Hank says makes sense.

At first, I thought he was ironically referencing many facets of American life, especially when he'd say stuff like, "Now that's a quality product." But now I find myself agreeing with him fairly often, even while taking his statements at their literal value. Like recently when he said, "Like I always say, if you plan ahead, then when things happen you're prepared." I first thought it was a bit wordy for a motto, but it is a highly useful idea. Too often we tend to overlook many small values and tricks that make life so much easier. It seems like Hank is more of a hero because he takes many of those ideas to heart, and lives by them.