He was driving home one evening, on a two-lane country road. Work, in this small mid-western community, was almost as slow as his beat-up Pontiac. But he never quit looking. Ever since the Levis factory closed, he'd been unemployed, and with winter raging on, the chill had finally hit home.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their families that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night's dinner.
In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of baskets of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding. All but one.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Concluding with a seven year study, Google has recently broke the one billion unique visitor mark and beat out competitors Microsoft, Facebook and Yahoo.
Mashable reported the study by comScore, who has been monitoring traffic from several different search driven websites since 2005 and were compared to a panel of two million Internet users.
As cited by CNET, comScore said Google saw its highest numbers of hits in South Africa and India whereas their lowest numbers came from China and South Korea.
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.
One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.
Monday, June 27, 2011
I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought.
Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation. "Where are you headed?" I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.
"Great Lakes Air Base. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Iraq," he answered.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living. It was a cowboy’s life, a life for someone who wanted no boss. What I didn’t realize was that it was also a ministry.
Because I drove the night shift, my cab became a confessional. Passengers climbed in, sat behind me in total anonymity, and told me about their lives. I encountered people whose lives amazed me, ennobled me, made me laugh and weep.
Friday, June 24, 2011
A young man applied for a job as a farmhand. When the farmer asked for his qualifications, he said, "I can sleep through a storm."
This puzzled the farmer... but he liked the young man. So he hired him.
A few weeks later, the farmer and his wife were awakened in the night by a violent storm ripping through the valley. He leapt out of bed and called for his new hired hand, but the young man was sleeping soundly.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Not many people have heard of Bill Havens. But Bill became an unlikely hero of sorts — at least among those who knew him best. Here is his story:
At the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, the sport of canoe racing was added to the list of international competitions. The favorite team in the four-man canoe race was the United States team. One member of that team was a young man by the name of Bill Havens.
As the time for the Olympics neared, it became clear that Bill's wife would give birth to their first child about the time that the US team would be competing in the Paris games. In 1924 there were no jet airliners from Paris to the United States, only slow ocean-going ships.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic on Colorado Blvd., and my car started to choke and sputter and died.
I barely managed to coast, cruising, into a gas station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat warm spot to wait for the tow truck.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Today I will make a difference. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of his thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful. Therefore, I will have thoughts that are happy and hopeful. I refuse to be victimized by my circumstances. I will not let petty inconveniences such as stoplights, long lines, and traffic jams be my masters. I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my companion, and victory will be my hallmark. Today I will make a difference.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Ada seorang pengusaha kaya disebuah kota yang menurut banyak pihak semua kekayaannya diperoleh dari nol, dari usahanya sendiri dalam berbisnis. Karena itu apa yang dilakukannya mampu menginspirasi banyak orang.
Suatu ketika karena penasaran, ada seorang pemuda ingin belajar menimba pengalaman dari sang pengusaha. Setelah mencoba beberapa kali untuk menemui sang pengusaha kaya, akhirnya sang pemuda berhasil menemui sang pengusaha sukses.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Aku dan Tuhan berdiri mengamati pertandingan baseball dari pinggir lapangan.
Yang bertanding adalah Tim Tuhan melawan Tim Iblis. Score sangat ketat 0-0 dan ini adalah putaran terakhir. Penonton di dalam stadion terbagi menjadi dua kelompok. Disatu sisi stadion duduk semua penghuni sorga dan disisi yang lain semua penghuni neraka menduduki tempat duduk stadion.
Bill Gold designed hundreds of movie posters - many memorable, some classic, lots, well, like the films themselves, forgettable. The masterpieces, however, are "Casablanca," "Dirty Harry," "The Wild Bunch," "My Fair Lady" and one of my favorites, "Unforgiven."
Gold, 90, spent six decades creating posters and retired in 2004. "He laments the low expectations for today’s posters," writes Alex Ben Block in The Hollywood Reporter, '"They’re just showing the actors, so every movie looks like the next one,' Gold says. 'If a man and a woman are next to each other, it must be a love story.'"
Friday, June 17, 2011
Selama bertahun-tahun Monterey, California menjadi surga bagi burung pelikan.
Karena disana mereka tidak perlu bersusah payah mencari ikan, mereka bisa kenyang hanya dengan memakan sisa-sisa ikan yang dibuang oleh nelayan yang membersihkan tangkapannya. Karena ditempat itu para nelayan menangkap ikan untuk menyuplai kebutuhan ikan dari perusahaan-perusahaan pengalengan ikan yang banyak terdapat di daerah itu.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Seorang hartawan akan melangsungkan pesta pernikahan bagi anaknya.
Hartawan itu ingat bahwa ia mempunyai seorang famili miskin dan ia tidak bermaksud untuk mengundangnya, karena ia tahu famili itu tidak mungkin mampu memberi sumbangan.
Namun demi menghargai adat istiadat, ia tetap harus mengundang familinya yang miskin itu.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
What is a true winner? We may be very familiar of Honda Motors. They’re everywhere, from cars to motorcycles. But do you know the real story of how challenging it was for Mr. Soichiro Honda to establish Honda Motors?
Like most other countries, Japan was hit badly by the Great Depression of the 1930s. In 1938, Soichiro Honda was still in school, when he started a little workshop, developing the concept of the piston ring.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
In a small town, a person decided to open up a brothel, which was right opposite to a church. The church and the congregation started a campaign to block the brothel from opening with petitions and prayed daily against his business.
Work progressed. However, when it was almost complete and was about to open a few days later, a strong lightning struck the brothel and it was burnt to the ground.
Australian John Rendall and his friend Ace Berg bought the lion cub from Harrods in London in 1969 when the world famous store had an exotic animals department. Herrods had gotten the cub from Illfracombe zoo and it was on display at the store in cage when spotted by Rendall and Berg.
And they called the lion, Christian.
And they called the lion, Christian.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Magic: The Gathering (colloquially Magic or MTG) is a collectible card game created by mathematics professor Richard Garfield and introduced in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast. Magic is the first example of the modern collectible card game genre and still thrives today, with an estimated six million players in over seventy countries. Magic can be played by two or more players each using a deck of printed cards or a deck of virtual cards through the Internet-based Magic: The Gathering Online or third-party programs.
Each game represents a battle between powerful wizards, known as "planeswalkers", who use the magical spells, items, and fantastic creatures depicted on individual Magic cards to defeat their opponents.
JON FINKEL (THE BEST "MAGIC: THE GATHERING" PLAYER) WHO RUNS MONEY-BETTING ON THE STOCK MARKET OPTIONS.
If being smart were gunslinging, where speed matters as much accuracy, Jon Finkel would be a stone-cold killer.
Finkel is arguably the best Magic: The Gathering player ever, became a scourge of Vegas, and now runs money-betting on stock market options. Wired’s own David Kushner even immortalized him in a book, Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids.
A horde of supernatural creatures gathers in the room.
One is a brownish, smelly-looking ogre who seems like he has mastered the art of the staredown. Another is a muscled warrior wearing a knight’s helmet, his long hair flowing down to his torso, wielding an ancient-looking ax clutched firmly in his hands. And, of course, there is the requisite bearded sorcerer carrying his staff.
The sorcerer smiles. “This is our whole tribe” he says by way of introduction. “And I’m Yopie.” He extends his hand.
Yopie Effendi is, of course, not a real-life sorcerer, and this is not a monster’s coven.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Japanese teenage pop sensation Miku Hatsune has millions of smitten fans, a string of top hits and an image entirely unblemished by drug use, scandals or celebrity meltdowns.
She doesn't demand six-figure recording contracts, always shows up on time, never throws tantrums and won't break a sweat during a two-hour live show in a concert hall packed with thousands of adoring followers.
Too good to be true? Yes and no.
Miku Hatsune is a 3-D computer animation.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Membaca label produk makanan itu penting artinya untuk mengetahui asupan lemak jenuh, tak jenuh ganda, serta tak jenuh tunggal. Anda pun akan tahu jumlah serat larut dan vitamin yang dapat mencegah penyakit jantung.
Berikut ini adalah beberapa tip penting dari Janet Tietyen dan Darlene Forester, ahli makanan dan nutrisi dari University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. Dengan mengikuti panduan ini, setidaknya Anda dapat menekan risiko mengidap sakit jantung.
Kegemukan atau obesitas sejak lama telah dikenal sebagai salah satu faktor risiko penyakit jantung. Para dokter kerap memperhitungkan obesitas dalam menilai risiko seseorang mengidap penyakit jantung.Obesitas di antaranya dapat diketahui dengan melakukan pengukuran body mass index (BMI). Ini adalah pengukuran sedrhana dengan cara membagi nilai berat badan dengan ukuran tinggi badan yang dipangkatkan. Semakin besar skor BMI seseorang, semakin besar kemungkinannya masuk dalam kategori obesitas.
Para ahli dari Eropa yang tergabung dalam European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) beberapa tahun terakhir ini melakukan studi mengenai pola dan asupan nutrisi di 10 negara Eropa. Riset ini juga menyusun cara atau strategi dalam menekan risiko mengidap penyakit pembuluh darah dan jantung.
Seorang penjahat tertembak oleh polisi dan koma di rumah sakit.
Kemudian dia bermimpi dibawa oleh seseorang yang nampaknya seperti malaikat ke neraka. Dan dia merasa amat ketakutan selama perjalanan ke neraka karena dia tahu bahwa dia telah banyak berbuat kejahatan selama hidupnya. Ketika tiba di neraka, betapa terkejut dia karena di neraka begitu ramai, banyak orang menari, minum minuman keras, berjudi, banyak pula wanita-wanita cantik, dlsb.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Hidup akan sangat melelahkan, sia-sia dan menjemukan apabila Anda hanya menguras pikiran untuk mengurus BUNGKUSAN-nya saja dan mengabaikan ISINYA.
Bedakanlah apa itu Bungkusan dan apa itu Isinya.
Rumah yg indah hanya bungkusan;
Keluarga Bahagia itu isinya.
Pesta nikah hanya bungkusan;
Cintakasih, Pengertian dan komitmen, itu isinya
Renowned paleontologist Jack Horner has spent his career trying to reconstruct a dinosaur. He's found fossils with extraordinarily well-preserved blood vessels and soft tissues, but never intact DNA. So, in a new approach, he's taking living descendants of the dinosaur (chickens) and genetically engineering them to reactivate ancestral traits — including teeth, tails, and even hands — to make a "Chickenosaurus".
Tak lama lagi, para pecinta film asing dapat kembali menikmati sajian film-film Hollywood yang sebelumnya tak dapat masuk ke Indonesia. Poster berbagai film box office dunia, seperti Kungfu Panda 2 dan Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, dalam waktu dekat akan segera menghiasi bioskop di Indonesia. Pasalnya, urusan pembayaran pajak film impor kini telah dituntaskan.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Seorang ayah yang memiliki seorang putra berusia 5 tahun, memasukan putranya tsb ke sekolah musik untuk belajar piano. Ia ingin melihat anaknya kelak menjadi seorang pianis terkenal.
Beberapa lama kemudian, di kota tsb datang seorang pianis yang amat terkenal. Dan dalam waktu singkat tiket konsernya terjual habis. Sang ayah juga membeli 2 tiket untuk dia dan anaknya.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Energy drinks have become popular with consumers over the last few years. However, pediatricians say that these drinks are not good for children or teens and water should be the beverage of choice.
In a clinical report published in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and reported by CNN showed that energy drinks have been linked to an increase in heart rate and blood pressure as well as anxiety and sleep disturbances.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Radiation from cellphones has been listed as a potential cancer risk by the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today. The determination was made by a team of 31 scientists in the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
The team reviewed dozens of studies before reaching their conclusions.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
The NoteSlate is a new low cost tablet that doesn’t offer web browsing or e-reading, but gives you the the look of real paper and the option to save your work, or share it via Wi-Fi or USB or SD Card.
It’s a “back to basics” product that is more about simplicity than processor speed and glossy screens (their words). A ridiculous 180 hours of battery life and affordable $99 price tag makes it much easier to take the plunge on something unknown.
Friday, June 3, 2011
A dog who was lifted from his Alabama home during a tornado returned home about three weeks later, with two broken legs.
Mason, a terrier mix, was hiding in a garage when the tornado struck on April 27. Later, his family was unable to find him- but when they went back to sort through debris about three weeks later the dog was waiting on the porch.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
SHOOTING IN GLASGOW
The Scottish city will be transformed into Gotham City, according to the Daily Record.
Director Christopher Nolan will use shots filmed around Glasgow in some exterior scenes in the third Batman adventure.
A source told the paper: 'He plans to use various cities to provide a mash-up of what Gotham will look like.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Seorang pria paruh baya mempunyai sebuah toko makanan ternak yang tidak begitu laku.
Makin hari semakin sedikit orang yang beli pakan ternak di tokonya. Dalam keputusasaanya pria tersebut mendapat ide gila yaitu menginvestasikan 50 dolar (uang yang cukup banyak pada zaman itu) untuk membeli 1000 ekor anak ayam.
Dan yang ia lakukan dengan anak-anak ayam itu adalah membaginya secara gratis kepada anak-anak.
Para tetangganya langsung mengejek dan menganggap ia itu gila. Benar-benar gila pikir mereka, tokonya mau bangkrut, malah beli banyak anak ayam, terus membagi bagikan anak ayam tersebut secara gratis.