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UAS! Book Review: Shake Hands With The Devil- Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2013 at 5:31 am

Book_-_Romeo_Dallaire_-_Shake_Hands_With_The_DevilShake Hands With The Devil is a heart-wrenching book written by, now retired, Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire. In this book, you briefly follow his early life before plunging into the depths of his experience as Force Commander of UNAMIR (United Nations Assistance Mission For Rwanada), and the terrible atrocities he witnessed.

Dallaire was born into a military family, with his father being in the nuts-and-bolts portion of the army. His father had served in WWII, and along the way, met his mother, who was 18 years younger. He always knew he would end up in the army, but he faced some very large obstacles along the way, such as the fact that he is a francophone, and attempted to join the military during the time when recruits from Quebec were at an all time low. Along with his Fracophone status, he was burdened by the fact that his father was an NCO (non-commissioned officer), which would make his admittance into military college all the harder. He persevered, and eventually graduated, though he was rock bottom of his class. He sped through the ranks, and was soon assigned to Rwanada for a UN mission in 1993, being the force commander. Little did he know, this mission would be a rude awakening for the world, and the UN especially. His life would never be the same again.

I absolutely love and hate this book. The content is amazing, but that is why I hate it. It grabs your heart, and wrenches into the dark reality of what happened in Rwanda. It was awakening.  It makes some feel ashamed that it was a fully preventable genocide, hampered by politics. It makes others angry. The storyline is dark, the depictions accurate, making it a book not for the faint of heart. No amount of skipping will help. You need to read every page, every sentence, to understand what is happening.  You will have to read the definitions at the bottom of the book, and do a bit of researching on your own time to get the full effect. The facts are not exaggerated. 800,000 deaths in 100 days. More than a million people displaced. All preventable. This book is a desperate plea for the public to never let these events occur again. The book itself is beautifully written, and tremendous act of bravery for Dallaire, as he try’s not to think of his experiences.

 I would recommend this book to anyone who is willing to read it.  The dark storyline and depictions I mentioned earlier make it a difficult read for the apathetic individual, as with all books. Those brave enough to come to terms with what really happened, however,  will truly realize the implications this event had on society. Grade 9’s especially will find themes that may be relevant to their life, such as those portrayed through the end of the book, where Dallaire talks about his humanity versus his duty; making the right decisions. This is a astonishingly relevant theme, even today.  Through writing, Dallaire has achieved the impossible; touch the hearts of teenagers and adults alike. It also shows his position on discrimination, and how perseverance and courage will overcome all the obstacles in your way. I was deeply moved by this book (for the better, of course), and you will be too.

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Business Etiquette: 10 Tips on How to Shake Hands With Confidence

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2013 at 5:26 am

By , About.com Guide

A handshake is more than just a greeting. It is also a message about your personality and confidence level. In business, a handshake is an important tool in making the right first impression.

While the art of handshaking does vary within cultures, in the United States the “rules” are pretty universal.

1. Begin With an Oral Introduction of Yourself

Before extending your hand, introduce yourself. Extending your hand should be part of an introduction, not a replacement for using your voice. Extending your hand without a voice greeting may make you appear nervous or overly aggressive.

 

2. Pump Your Hand Only 2-3 Times

A business handshake should be brief and to the point. Consider a handshake a short “sound bite” greeting, not a lengthy engagement. Holding on for more than three or four seconds can make other people feel uncomfortable.

3. Shake From Your Elbow

If you shake from the shoulder, using your upper arm instead of just your forearm, you risk jolting your handshake partner. The idea is to connect, not be overbearing.

4. Do Not Use a Forceful Grip

A handshake should be a friendly or respectful gesture, not a show of physical strength. An uncomfortable handshake is never a pleasant experience for anyone. Imagine you are opening a door handle and use about the same level of grip in your handshake.

5. Avoid Offering a “Fish Hand”

A limp hand is never a good idea when it comes to a business handshake. Do return the grip, but do not get into a power struggle, even if the other person squeezes too hard.

6. Forget “Lady Fingers”

This is not a Southern Cotillion, this is business. Offering only your fingers to shake may be appropriate in some social settings, but in business settings you are an equal, not a “lady.” Extend your entire hand, and be sure to grasp using your entire hand as well.

7. One Hand is Better than Two

Avoid the urge to handshake with two hands. It is always better in business introductions to use only one hand – your right hand – for the shake. The use of two hands with strangers is seen as intrusive, and too personal. In fact, a two-handed shake is called the “politician’s shake,” because it appears artificially friendly when used on people you barely know.

8. Shaking a Sweaty Hand

If you shake hands with someone who has sweaty palms, do not immediately wipe your hands on your clothing, handkerchief, or tissue. This will further embarrass the other person, who is probably already aware they have sweaty hands. You can discretely wipe them on something after you are out of site, and wash them later.

 

9. Ending a Handshake

End the handshake after 3-4 seconds, or 2-3 pumps. In order to avoid creating an awkward moment, your shake should end before the oral introduction exchange does. Without conversation taking place during the entire handshake, it becomes too intimate, and can feel more like hand holding.

10. Covering Your Mistakes

Even if you make a mistake, do not panic. There are many ways to save the moment. If you are worried that your handshake did not convey the right message about yourself, simply change the focus of the moment by offering a quick compliment or asking the other person a question.

 

it’s just paper

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2013 at 5:07 am

IT’S JUST PAPER

By paper artist. There is nothing simple or ordinary about his paper art. Where we would simply use a piece of paper and a pair of scissors, Calvin uses everything you could possibly think of to carve, cut and rip perfect details onto his creations. The motifs are all wildlife, and that must be one of the hardest categories of things to make with paper since there are sometimes impossible details on animals. These details are amazing and I can’t even fathom the time it must have taken to create these masterpieces of art.

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Best Harlem Shake Compilation

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2013 at 4:32 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSQRXY-rp_M

Best Harlem Shake Compilation [Part 2]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3U0I7vVYh4

Why is your cat at school today Jimmy

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2013 at 4:11 am

The teacher asked Jimmy, “Why is your cat at school today Jimmy?” Jimmy replied crying, “Because I heard my daddy tell my mommy, ‘I am going to eat that p*ssy once Jimmy leaves for school today!'”

David Letterman Reveals Why He Banned Harmony Korine to James Franco

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2013 at 4:05 am

David Letterman Reveals Why He Banned Harmony Korine to James Franco (Video)

By Jordan Zakarin | The Hollywood Reporter 

Before Harmony Korine went (semi) legit with Spring Breakers, he was a young, trouble-making wunderkind best known for directing inaccessible avant garde films and giving bizarre, non-sequitur interviews to a bemused David Letterman.

Between 1997-98, Korine appeared on Late Show air three times, always disheveled and slightly unhinged in a skater-stoner kind of way. It began with an interview to promote the controversial film Kids, which he wrote at age 18, and then in support of his directorial debut, Gummo and finally, a book he wroteA Crackup at the Race Riots.

Seriously, watch those.

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Korine was due on Late Show for a fourth time soon after — he even made it to the studio — but was infamously banned under mysterious conditions. On Monday, his good friend and Spring Breakersstar James Franco appeared on the show, where he proceeded to prod its host into explaining just why Korine had gotten the boot.

Letterman played coy, pretending to not remember the three interviews, but then asked Franco to tell him what he had heard about the mysterious incident. Franco responded that Korine told him he was banned for pushing Meryl Streep backstage, but “he said he was a little out of it… Harmony is a very sane guy now, a great artist and great person to work with, but I think he had a period where he was going a little off the rails, so maybe he was on something that night.”

Letterman then spilled the beans.

“I went upstairs to greet Meryl Streep and welcome her to the show, and I knock on the door… and she was not in there. And I looked around and she was not in there, and I found Harmony going through her purse,” he said. “True story. And so I said, ‘That’s it, put her things back in her bag and then get out.”

With Franco’s assurances, the host then said he would be “more than happy” to have Korine back on the show.

Let’s hope that happens, ASAP.

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/david-letterman-reveals-why-banned-harmony-korine-james-050000459.html?cache=clear

Lame jokes on cars

In Uncategorized on March 25, 2013 at 4:00 am

As a trucker stops for a red light, a blonde catches up. She jumps out of her car, runs up to his truck, and knocks on the door.

The trucker lowers the window, and she says, “Hi, my name is Heather and you are losing some of your load.”

The trucker ignores her and proceeds down the street. When the truck stops for another red light, the girl catches up again. She jumps out of her car, runs up and knocks on the window.

Again, the trucker lowers the window. As if they’ve never spoken, the blonde says brightly, “Hi my name is Heather, and you are losing some of your load!”

Shaking his head, the trucker ignores her again and continues down the street.

At the third red light, the same thing happens again. All out of breath, the blonde gets out of her car, runs up, knocks on the truck window.

The trucker lowers the window. Again she says, “Hi, my name is Heather, and you are losing some of your load!”

When the light turns green the trucker revs up and races to the next light. When he stops this time, he hurriedly gets out of the truck, and runs back to the blonde. He knocks on her window, and as she lowers it, he says…

“Hi, my name is Kevin, it’s winter in Minnesota and I’m driving the SALT TRUCK!”

Wendell Willis

 


 

A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known heart surgeon in his shop.

The surgeon was there waiting for the service manager to come take a look at his bike when the mechanic shouted across the garage, “Hey, Doc, can I ask you a question?”

The surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to where the mechanic was working on the motorcycle. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag. “So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take the valves out, repair any damage, and then put them back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I get such a small salary and you get the really big bucks, when you and I are doing basically the same work?”

The surgeon paused, smiled, leaned over, and whispered to the mechanic…

“Try doing it with the engine running”

Esther Battle

 


 

A young nun who worked for a local home healthcare agency was out making her rounds when she ran out of gas. As luck would have it there was a gas station just one block away. She walked to the station to borrow a can with enough gas to start the car and drive to the station for a fill up. The attendant regretfully told her that the only gas can he owned had just been loaned out, but if she would care to wait he was sure it would be back shortly.

Since the nun was on the way to see a patient she decided not to wait and walked back to her car. After looking through her car for something to carry to the station to fill with gas, she spotted a bedpan she was taking to the patient. Always resourceful, she carried it to the station, filled it with gasoline, and carried it back to her car.

As she was pouring the gas into the tank of her car two men watched her from across the street. One of them turned to the other and said, “If that car starts, I’ll go to church every Sunday for the rest of my life!”

Jim Gray

 


 

Crusty’s young nephew, Cranky, applied for a position as mechanic at Click & Clack’s garage. It just so happened that a young woman had walked in that day also looking for a job. There was really only one position to be filled, and since both applicants seemed to have the same qualifications, Ray asked them both to take a written test.

Upon completion of the test, both only missed one of the questions. Ray went to Cranky and said, “Thank you for your interest, but we’ve decided to give the job to the young lady.”

Cranky asked, “Why? We both got nine questions correct. Since my uncle Crusty works here, I should get the job!”

Ray said, “We have made our decision not on the correct answers, but rather on the question that you missed.”

Cranky then asked, “And just how would one incorrect answer be better than the other?”

Ray replied, “Simple, the young woman put down for question #4, ‘I don’t know.’

You put down, ‘Neither do I.'”

Rich Block

 


 

Anne meets up with Dana while she is picking up her car from the mechanic.

Anne asks, “Everything ok with your car now?”

Dana replies, “Yes, thank goodness. I was worried that my mechanic might try to rip me off, so I was relieved when he told me all I needed was $12 worth of blinker fluid.”

Jeff Mio

 


 

The other day I was in the local auto parts store. A lady came in and asked for a seven ten cap.

We all looked at each other and one of the service guys asked, “What’s a seven ten cap?” She replied, “You know, it’s right on the engine. Mine got lost somehow and I need a new one.”

“What kind of car do you drive?” another guy asked. (Thinking that perhaps she drove an old Datsun Seven Ten.) The lady replied, “I drive a Buick.” We asked her how big is the cap. She made a circle with her hands about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

“What does it do?” asked one of the service guys. She replied, “I don’t know, but it’s always been there.”

One of the guys gave her a note pad and asked her if she could draw a picture of it. So she made a circle about 3 1/2 inches in diameter and in the center she wrote 710.

As she was drawing, the guys behind the counter looked at it upside down and they fell behind the counter laughing their heads off.

(Directions: Draw a circle and write 710 in the center. Now look at it upside down.) Dope slap!

Eugenia Tillinghast

 


 

An elderly man was driving his Buick down the freeway when his cell phone rang.

Answering, he heard his wife’s voice urgently warning him, “Herman, I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on 280. Please be careful!”

“It’s not just one car,” said Herman. “It’s hundreds of them!”

Jack Wager

 


 

Did you hear about the guy who went into an auto parts store and said to the clerk, “Can I get a new gas cap for a Yugo?”

The clerk thought for a second and said, “That seems like a fair trade.”

Bill Kahn

Danny Kaye – how jazz was born

In Uncategorized on March 25, 2013 at 3:57 am

“How Jazz Was Born” – Danny Kaye +…….. 

 Published on 21 Apr 2012

From the 1948 movie “A Song is Born” with Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo featuring: Benny Goodman (clarinet), Louis Armstrong (trumpet), Lionel Hampton (vibes), Charlie Barnet (tenor sax), Tommy Dorsey (trombone), Mel Powell (piano), Alton Hendrickson (guitar), Louis Bellson (drums), Harry Babasin (bass), Russo & the Samba Kings, Golden Gate Quartet (vocals)

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The Gift of Creepiness, On Your Wedding Day

In Uncategorized on March 15, 2013 at 3:08 am

The Gift of Creepiness, On Your Wedding Day

Posted by Amanda Hess on Jul. 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Creepiest wedding gift in human history? You decide:

The present I humbly send her today is this column; this public note, this irrevocable display of affection and support and gratitude; this worldly absolution from any guilt or sadness she felt between the time she said no to me and the time she said yes to him. No one ought to have to carry that with them into a marriage. I showered her with as much love as I could muster when we were together. I still love her and always will. So I am only too happy to offer my toast to her now, one more time, before she takes her vows.

Politics Daily‘s Andrew Cohen is obviously in a pretty weird place in his life right now. And he has decided to share it with us all! So let us count the backhanded compliments Cohen delivers, as “the great love of my life marries today and I am not the groom” [Thanks to Date Lab for the tip]:

Crazy love: “not enough” or too much? And am I to blame for my own unhappiness, or are you? Oh, it’s probably me:

I had my chance, a few years ago, but did not realize until too late how fleeting my moment with her was meant to be. Whether it was my fault or hers, and, let’s face it, it was probably mine, I will wonder always about the life I might have had with the most loving and loveable woman I have ever known. Sometimes, I finally now understand, love, even crazy love, is not enough. Sometimes, as the romance novelists know, timing is everything.

Hope you made the right choice!!!:

But today is not a day for remorse. It is not a day for lost causes. Today is a day for celebration. The woman I once promised to keep happy is happy. She tells me she is marrying a wonderful man, with a good heart, whom she believes I would have liked had we met in different circumstances. She lives where she wants to live. She has selected her life’s path. All that is left for me to do is to wish her well and to hope that she has made the right choice; that she continues to find in him what she did not find in me. And I am sure he considers himself today the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.

* Did I mention the son you left still talks about you?:

I want to thank her for being so delightful with my son, who talks about her still.

At least my dead dad thinks we’re still together:

Until almost literally his dying day, my dad would ask me about her. Near the end, almost exactly two years ago, I did not have the heart to tell him that we had broken up. It gives me peace figuring that he died thinking she’d be in my life when he was gone.

Even though you’re gone, you helped me discover that I could find happiness again. By impregnating you:

Before I met her, as a single father, I never would have considered having another child. Although it took more time than it should have, I came to realize through her love and devotion that there would be nothing more I would rather do in the world than have a child with her. How many poor souls go their whole lives without the heart-string pull of such emotions?

Thanks for inspiring me to resent most other women in this city:

I want to thank her for being such an inspiration. She did not give in or sell out or become one of those poor women of a certain age in New York who have put their careers ahead of their lives. When we met, she was living in New York but was not of New York; transplanted from the West Coast, she had not allowed herself to be seduced entirely by the City’s charms. She took from Manhattan, like so many other beautiful women do, but she never gave to it her heart and soul. She was always rooted even among the rootless of her age and time. She knew she would one day leave the City, and she did, on her own terms. I admire her for that. I respect her for that. And I love her for it.

Our imaginary wedding doesn’t make my love for you any less real:

It wasn’t too long after we met that I began imagining what our wedding day would be like. My second, her first, I nonetheless pictured her not taking it too seriously, laughing off the little crises that always pop up. I pictured her stunning in her dress and with that smile that would melt me. I pictured her having a vodka and soda to ease her nerves. I pictured us laughing a lot. I pictured myself at the end of the aisle. It was not to be. I’ve known that for years. But that doesn’t make the love any less real.

So . . . was he invited to the real wedding?

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/sexist/2010/07/27/the-gift-of-creepiness-on-your-wedding-day/#more-11682

Google removes AdBlock Plus app from Play Store

In Uncategorized on March 15, 2013 at 2:45 am

Google removes AdBlock Plus app from Play Store

Anupam Saxena, March 14, 2013

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Google has removed AdBlock Plus, an app that lets users block advertisements while browsing the web, in addition to other similar apps such as AdAway, from the Play Store.

In an e-mail to the developers of AdBlock Plus, Google has said that it found the app to be violating section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement as the app interferes with or accesses another service or product in an unauthorized manner. It has instructed the developers to revise and upload a new instance of the application that is compliant with the developer terms.

We were not able to locate the app in the Play Store, at the time of writing this post.

“We realize that advertising revenue is important to Google, but understand that Adblock Plus does not automatically block all ads; we simply allow users the choice whether to block ads or whitelist them,” said AdBlock Plus co-founder Till Faida, in a statement. Close to 1 million users have downloaded AdBlock Plus since November 2012, according to the company.

This doesn’t really come as a surprise as Google had started blocking AdBlock Plus on Android 4.1.2 and 4.2.2 devices instead showing a warning box telling users to manually configure a proxy server. The AdBlock Plus team had even offered a work around through which users could manually set-up a proxy. The AdBlock Plus app routes web traffic through a server that runs on the smartphone filtering out advertisements before the browser renders them.

For Google and other ad networks, advertising is a major source of revenue, so it’s more likely to restrict apps that offer ad-blocking functionality.