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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Dreams & Fantasies

Dreams & Fantasies
Realizing it only after reaching the age of 54, it was only then that I learned the true meaning of having a dream. As far as I can remember, it was in school where I heard it first. Have a dream so you can achieve you goals in life. However, none of those who I heard it from bothered to explain it in a more understandable or meaningful way. All the while, I thought what they were saying was having a dream the way others would have their dreams.

Are fantasies, dreams or not? The way I looked at it was, fantasies were impossible, or close to impossible of achieving. I drew a line between fantasy and dream. For me, dreams are something more realistic and achievable. Fantasies, on the other hand, were the impossible dreams. It could have been the reason why I was mediocre in life. I get easily contented when I reach or achieve a certain level or degree of a dream. It did not have anything to do with my fantasies, as I thought so. It was on this stage of my life that I realized that my fantasies were actually were achievable dreams. That was so stupid of me! My fantasies, as I had it my mind, were not achievable. If they were in other peoples' mind, I am quite sure that they would be realizable dreams and not fantasies.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Our Ground Orchid

Our Ground Orchid
This ground orchid has been with my mother since the mid-1970s until she handed it down to me in the mid-1980s. I had fancied the plant because of its beautiful flower that comes only once a year. The size of the flower is about 6 inches in diameter. It looks like a knitted ball all around. It is formed actually by smaller flowers with thread-like petals that precisely overlap each other at their tips. There could be a hundred or more of those smaller flowers. Truth is, I have not then asked my mom the name of the plant. I learned it to be a ground orchid from a friend after I described it to him.

Also, it has made me wonder why it totally vanishes from the surface of the ground a few months after the flower and its stem-leaves have wilted. If I am not mistaken that would be the characteristics of weeds, right? Anyway, I haven't dared cut it down like a weed to find it out for myself.
The ground orchid is not very dependent on human care and attention. I only water it and rarely put a little fertilizer as a precaution. It would sprout out from the ground, grow, bloom, wilt and then totally vanish from the surface of the pot on its own. There was a time though, about 3 to 4 years back, when it did not produce any flower. I concluded then that it might be nearing the end of its life span. On the years after however, its flower again bloomed.

For the ground orchid’s reproduction or propagation, it did have two or three smaller ones that started to sprout out alongside the main plant about 10 years ago. They were not however as consistent every year. I was scared of transplanting them to another pot because they might be part or dependent on the mother plant. Should those smaller ones crop up again this year, I might have the courage to try and transplant them.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Inconvenient Truth

Inconvenient Truth

Please Note: This is in relation to a TV Documentary at HBO with the same title "The Inconvenient Truth" by former Vice-President Al Gore, shown during Earth Day of 2008. To read the article, please click on the title and it will show on my hubpages. Thanks.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Classified Searching

For the number of years that I have been going online on the internet, most searches or surfs I have made came up with very general results in nature. Any search I make would link to thousands as long as the word or phrase contains it. That goes for jobs, movies, reviews, real estate, and etcetera. Recently I came across web sites that offer Free Classifieds. I never thought that something like that was available online. All I knew of were traffic sites that give or offer free classified ads in exchange for surfing their ads.

One of the web sites I have encountered has a list of 26 major cities in the United States that offer specific searches on Personals, Jobs, Movie Lists, Restaurant reviews and Real Estate. So, for example, you live or want to go to Phoenix, Arizona and want to do searches on the mentioned listed categories, you conveniently and easily find a link to them on that page. Those near the vicinity of Phoenix or would want to relocate there, this web site should be one of the priority sites to search on. 

Not only that, you also will find a large offer that says, “Post a Free Classified” near the top of the homepage! That means if you have general items for sale, vehicles or services wanted or being offered, you can post it there for free! Those are the benefits of web sites that provide specific searches and categories online with free classified ads. In all probability, the web site would be adding more cities within the United States to appeal to people in those locations. It’s nice to check it out especially if one lives nearby in any of those cities.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Intel Dual Core & Windows XP Problems

After the first 4 months, our brand new PC started to have problems. It started showing black screens then blue screens. It was dying in such a short time! Being under warranty, we brought it back to the shop where we purchased it. We and the technicians thought it needed reformatting and re-installation of the Windows XP and other software. The technician said it would take at least four hours to do that. Before leaving, the case of the CPU was opened for cleaning. To our and the technician's surprise, the fan and heat sink of the Pentium accumulated very thick dust compressed on the heat sink fins! In short, it did not have enough cooling causing the computer to go bonkers!

Then again, some time in December of 2007, the computer started to hang or just freeze in the middle of surfing or viewing on the internet. I needed to re-start whenever it happens. With the proliferation of viruses, malware, spyware and adware, I always scanned the PC three or more times a week with antivirus, anti-spyware and registry mechanic. Seeing a good number of viruses detected by the anti-virus, it may be the cause of those 'hanging' problems. The problems persisted though even after scanning and defragmenting. All of us in the family using the computer are experiencing the same thing until it became unbearable a couple of weeks ago. I even suspected that it was the downloaded online games by my son which had frequent trojans. The PC started to show black screens again and warning of possible issues. The NVIDIA graphics and video card started also to have problems. It was not able to balance display colors, 3D and video settings any more! Re-starting the computer almost every 30 minutes became a pain in the neck. I even complained to some web sites that my PC hangs whenever I get to their sites. I never realized that it was my faltering graphics and video card that was causing it! Who would have thought that, anyway?