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Previous passing thoughts of a Pageminder

12.31.03 - 8:06 am (CT)
There are so many things to consider as this year ends that it almost seems to be a bittersweet ending to a once in a lifetime year. Back in September I came to a major crossroad in my life and decided to take the road less traveled only to find that somehow I have circled back by that same crossroad, or at least one that is so similar that it's hard to tell it from the first one. What is it they say? "The more things change, the more they remain the same."*

 
"Happy trails to you…"
 
 

Anyway, now I must make a similar decision of which way do I go? I don't know, but hang on as I might just blaze a new trail, which could make for a bumpy ride… or maybe a very smooth ride, but somehow I doubt that. Either way, I carry on to the New Year with my glass-half-full and wish for all, as my sweet mother (in harmony with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans) would say, "Happy trails to you, until we meet again"… in 2004!
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12.27.03 - 12:22 pm (CT)
I am trying out a new sound card — Sound Blaster Audigy™ LS by Creative — along with an Altec Lansing 5.1 Speaker System (6-Piece), Model: 251. Well, actually Jon is trying them out on my computer as his computer was long ago incorporated into a recording studio, so he uses my computer for his gaming hobbies, etc. At this point, all I know is that it can be very loud when playing "Call of Duty" and that my computer is working fine, so it must be okay — if it screws up anything I will let you know.

Also, I am now the proud owner of a ViviCam 3705 3.3 Mega Pixel Digital Camera by Vivitar that Rob and Mandie gave me for Christmas. Mandie assures me that this one is VERY easy to use, so it shouldn't be long before I start using it, which means that I won't have to wait in line anymore to use the "family" digital, plus then I can pretty much put away my 35 mm for use… I don't know when.

Oddly enough, in this computer household, those were the only computer-related items under the tree this year — most of the stuff was personal items, video games, and DVD movies. Oh, and the girls — Marie, Tara, Ruth, and Lily — gave me four sets of beautiful lounging jammies, so I can work in comfort and style… as far as cats and dogs go, I definitely have the pick of the litters!
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12.24.03 - 10:36 pm (CT)
Miracles do happen — small ones, medium-size ones, and even the really big ones — and not just on 34th Street, they happen everywhere, sometimes in the most unlikely of places, so don't be afraid to ask for one or more in your life.

With that said, we here at MindBlog wish to all a very…

Merry Christmas!!!

… and to all, a good night!
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12.22.03 - 3:58 pm (CT)
That last passing thought was exactly that… just a passing thought about what is important to us here at MindBlog. I had mentioned once before — in passing, of course — how we feel about the truth, but just thought I'd bring it up again, as even though sometimes the truth hurts, it always beats being lied to.

Whenever someone who doesn't know how I feel about the truth asks me what I think about something, I always ask them if they REALLY want to know what I think, because I will tell them, however, if they would rather be told only what they want to hear, then ask someone else. Most go ahead and say, of course, they really do want to know what I think, and then quite a few never ask me again —I know it sounds kind of harsh, but it "thins out the herd" to those who truly want and (sometimes) value my opinion.

As for the "quite a few", well, they'll get over it and might just have learned a valuable lesson in the process… don't ask questions of others unless you really want to know their answers.
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12.20.03 - 2:32 pm (CT)
 
 
"T R U T H
noun: a fact that has been verified
noun: a true statement
noun: conformity to reality or actuality"
 
T R U T H
noun: a fact that has been verified
noun: a true statement
noun: conformity to reality or actuality

F A C T
noun: a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred

V E R I F I E D
verb: (having) confirm(ed) the truth of

T R U E
adjective: consistent with fact or reality; not false

R E A L I T Y
noun: the state of the world as it really is rather than as you might want it to be

A C T U A L I T Y
noun: the state of actually existing objectively

F A L S E
adjective: not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality

Definitions courtesy of OneLook® Dictionary Search.
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12.15.03 - 5:11 pm (CT)
I was just going through my email and ended up at the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center where I stumbled across their offer to "Use Symantec Security Alerts on Your Site", so I thought I would put one below for you to peruse and possibly use on your site as a FREE tool for your site visitors.

 
It is easily customizable — border, text color, and link color. They give you the code to just drop in wherever you want to put it on your site, have very kindly made all links open a new window, so as not to whisk your visitors totally away from your site, and, my favorite, they don't make you sign up for it — just grab the code and run.

They also have other tools available at their site for your use, or for you to direct your visitors to so that they may avail themselves of them. For instance, they have a "Check for Security Risks" link to the Symantec Security Check that "tests your exposure to a wide range of online threats. It's free and efficient, and it helps you determine your Internet security needs".

As for how I got to their site in the first place… Well, Peg, over at Peg's Picks, knowing that I use EarthLink as my backup for when my cable access is down, sent me a link to a new tool at EarthLink's site — EarthLink Spy Audit, which told me that the RemEye Trojan had snuck onto my computer and was sending out info on me to unknown entities. And in the process of looking for further information about that, I went to Symantec to see what they had to say about it, which had nary a mention of that, but they did have, along with other useful info, the FREE Security Alert site tool.

And now, back to the search for more information on that Trojan…
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12.12.03 - 11:59 pm (CT)
Last Monday I was all set to do a remote blog from somewhere in the St. Louis, Missouri area, but time got away from me — my sister, Peg, and I were kind of busy hitting steakhouses in the area, plus squeezing in some shopping, and I just couldn't manage that in the 2-day whirlwind mini-stay.

As for why I was in the St. Louis area in the first place… after eating breakfast Sunday morning, I was thinking about what I was going to do on such a beautiful day, took a quick look at my calendar, and was inspired to call Peg to see if she wanted to go out for a steak later that day. She did, so I threw some files on a disk, grabbed some books, folders, and my laptop, threw a few items into a suitcase, and hit the road.

Kind of spontaneous… There are those who think they know me that think that's how I live my life, and then there are those that really know me that know that every so often, Jeane throws caution to the wind, and does something just like that just to make the first group think what they do.
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12.04.03 - 5:55 pm (CT)
More on Denise Ellis, Manhattan's Mary Kay Cosmetics lady — not only is she right on page one in positions number 1 and 2 at Google for the search query mary kay cosmetics manhattan illinois, but she is also on page one in position number 10… OOPS, that was Tuesday… today she is number FOUR for mary kay cosmetics new lenox illinois!!!!

And all of this is because of the passing thoughts of a Pageminder — it would seem that some passing thoughts are more valuable than others, with this one seeming to have just a tad bit of value for Denise Ellis, the Mary Kay Cosmetics lady of choice (at Google anyway) for the Manhattan and New Lenox, Illinois areas.

Gee, if MindBlog were a business, then we would be envisioning a huge pile of not only accolades, but of green… as in M O N E Y rolling in from the countryside accompanied by pleas for our superior search engine optimization services. But, alas, MindBlog is not a business, it is just the passing thoughts of a Pageminder.

As for this Pageminder, before the day and the fleeting fame gets away from her, she would like to issue a huge congratulatory whatever to her "little" Billy, who is 21 years old today!!!! So, a great big…

Happy birthday to Bill!!!

…with love, from this MindBlogging Pageminder of a Mom.
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12.01.03 - 6:32 am (CT)
Most of us have been in the situation where we were talking to someone and all of sudden you can't think of the word you wanted to use — you knew how to describe the word, but, darn it, the word, that you've probably used hundreds of times, just totally slipped from your mind to somewhere on the tip of your tongue.

Well, Peg, over at Peg's Picks, has done it again — the Website Connoisseur and Dictionary Diva all rolled into one has found the solution with the OneLook® Reverse Dictionary where "…you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept." So, the next time a word is "on the tip of your tongue" run over to the OneLook® Reverse Dictionary for that elusive word or phrase.

OneLook® is actually a search engine — OneLook® Dictionary Search — that searches almost 1,000 dictionary web sites for the definitions to millions of words and/or phrases with one click. You can also use their search engine to translate or find words and phrases — you word nuts out there must be going crazy with excitement at this point, but WAIT, there's more!

Bonus time, as they also offer a FREE dictionary search box for your website, which seems to be a fine site tool — so fine a tool that I have added one below for your perusal — that costs you absolutely nothing! Just be sure to add the attribute target="_blank" to the <form> tag, so your visitors will not leave your site when they are looking up a word at OneLook®.

Search online dictionaries
(Powered by OneLook® Dictionary Search)
Enter word or phrase:
Enter a word to search for dictionary web sites that include that word.
Enter a pattern consisting of letters and wildcards to search for words.
Valid wildcards are * (matches multiple letters) and ? (matches one letter).

And to top all of this off, OneLook® also offers an add-on to "Internet Explorer users on Windows… to install a 'right click' menu option that lets you define any word on any web page" by accessing their dictionary search from any website. That little beauty is available on their About page. I've just installed it and used it only once, but wait just a second… okay, I've just restarted my computer and nothing seems awry, so… so far, so good. (Warning: It makes changes to your Registry, but they do have uninstall instructions.)

Now, that word or phrase that is on the tip of your tongue is as close as your computer… I like it and will probably use it more than some and less than others (you "others" know who you are).
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