Picture Frames For The Computer Geek In U

Picture Frames For The Computer Geek In U

Found these 2 interesting pictures frames.

They seem the perfect gift for that computer geek in your life.

The one on the left looks like a memory or circuit board in the computer.

While the one on the right is made from a recycled keyboard.

I like that they are both made from recycled material and of course, the computer theme.

While not exactly the computer geek, I think they are very cool, indeed. ;-)

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Birthday Gift

The Birthday Gift

Here’s a little joke my father tells–hope you enjoy it:

A man buys his wife a grave for her birthday.

The next year, he doesn’t buy her anything.

“Why didn’t you buy me a present this year,” she asks.

Says the husband, “Because you still didn’t use the one from last year.” ;-)

(Source Photo: here with attribution to Adam Jones)

Hospital Wake Up Call

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So recently, I was in the hospital for something. 



G-d, I hate hospitals, but this time something was going on and I knew I had to go. 



I admire all the doctors, nurses, and other health professionals that work there helping people–it is definitely not an easy job.



I watched the other patients–on gurneys, in wheelchairs, laying in the hospital beds, and getting various procedures–and it is eye-opening. 



Many people, who are otherwise strong and able-bodied, are reduced to needing help with feeding, going to the bathroom, getting around, and some even just turning over in bed.



I watched the people out of their everyday clothes and forced into hospital gowns–one of the most awful things in terms of our human modesty and dignity.



Then there is the need to have to ask for everything and being reduced to poking, prodding, and vitals checkups at all hours of the day and night. 



In one case, they even woke someone up to give them a sleeping pill, true. 



Also, when you have to share a room with a stranger with their own various ailments, the quiet time and the privacy to deal with your issues is even less. 



Hospital are not a great place for getting rest or for feeling confidant in your abilities–let’s face it, you’re confronting very helplessness itself.



In these circumstances, I found myself getting down about the circumstances and my wife, G-d bless her, said something really smart to me. 



She said, “You are better than this,” and I looked up at her feeling physically lousey and emotionally spent, and she repeated, “You are better than this.”



I stopped to not just hear what she was saying, but to really listen–and it was amazing. 



She was right, there was nothing to feel bad about. I needed to have faith and believe that all was for the best, and that I was stronger than this test. 



A short time has passed, but I will never forget my wife’s words to me–she gave me a great gift and I will always be grateful what she did for me. 



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Reason We Are Given Is To Give

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There is a famous slogan about “the gift that keeps on giving” that has been used for promoting various products from appliances to flowers.

 

But to me, it is more appropriately used to inspire people to make a donation or give of themselves, because of how fulfilling it can be and how it makes usbetter people.

 

There is no more beautiful story about the act of giving then the one by O’Henry called The Gift of The Magi.

 

In the story, a husband and wife, Jim and Della, want to give each other holiday gifts, but they are poor.

 

Della has beautiful long hair, but no combs for it, and Jim has a gold watch passed down from his father and grandfather, but no chain for it.

 

Each sacrifices for the other and in a tragic irony–Della sells her long, flowing hair to buy a gold chain for Jim, and Jim sells the prized gold watch to purchase a set of special combs for Della.

 

They could’ve been selfishly focused on what each individually was lacking, but instead they rose above it and were superbly generous–giving away their own prized possessions to try and make the other whole.

 

They found the wisdom of the ages in terms of loving, giving, and sharing being of the greatest joys one can have.

 

I love this story for it’s simplicity in teaching about giving and sacrifice and channeling whatever our challenges in life are into opportunities for betterment.

 

Maybe as individuals, we can’t change the whole world in one fell swoop, but with each positive contribution and act of giving, we can leave it a little better than the way we found it.

 

I was so proud earlier today when I heard one of my teenage daughters say: “the reason we are given things is in order to give to others.”

 

I don’t think my daughter ever heard of this O’Henry story, but I see how she is learning and living it, and what more can any parent want from their children.

 

(Source Photo: herewith attribution to OpenSourceWay)

 

That Special Cane

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After seeing one of my colleagues with this souped-up cane at work this week, I learned that this is the special gift for someone reaching their 50th birthday.

This is not an ordinary bamboo cane as you can see, but one with a rear-view mirror for passing, a honking horn for warning people out of your path, and even a little green change purse for the toll. :-)

While I am no spring chicken anymore, I am still not old enough to receive my special cane–oh shucks!

But this did give me pause to think about what it means as we get older and the weeks and months at work turn into years and decades.

Before we know it, the up-hill climb of life, plateau and eventually heads in the other direction.

It reminds me of whenever someone asks my father how old he is…he flips the numbers–so for example, when he was 72, he would say I “turned” 27 and so on

It’s not easy getting old(er), we all want to be back in our youth or prime of life, which my father calls the time period, “when the world is too small,” and I think what he means is our aspirations are large.

This week at work, I learned that one of my colleagues who retired just a few years ago passed away from one of the horrible “C’s” — it was terrible to hear this.

Moreover, it reminded me of other colleagues who I have seen work hard their whole life, sacrificing and putting off all types of enjoyment, and waiting for that big day when they would retire and then they “could live the good life.”

And one guy, I remember, did retire after putting in his time and within about 3 months, he dropped dead of a massive coronary–I don’t think he even made it with heart beating to the hospital.

Life is too short!  And of course, life is hard–that’s how we are tested and grow–but we can’t wait for the good times. We need to savor every moment of our lives, appreciate our loved ones , and enjoy what we do day-in and day-out.

Else, we may miss the finest times that we have here on earth and then we really will be left holding that special cane and looking back at our lives in the rear-view mirror wondering why we wasted so much precious, precious time.

What Arms and Legs Can’t Touch

Unbelievable video of Nick Vujicic coaching people to believe in themselves.The catch is that Nick himself is missing all four limbs.Yet he shows how he can–without arms and legs–run, boat, dive, fish, water slide, play soccer, golf, and much more.I love when he says with conviction:

- “Forget about what you don’t have. Be grateful for what you do have.”

- Don’t be angry at your life and at others.

- You are worthwhile and you are beautiful.

- You have the strength to conquer.

I am inspired–no, I am amazed–by this human being.

Sometimes, like now, when I see such courage and strength, I wonder how people do it!

Life is so challenging even when we have all our limbs and faculties…

I think that G-d must give a special gift to these people so they can inspire others and be role models for us.

So that when times are tough, we can remember them and be elevated to break our own barriers and limitations.

>Social Networking the Pepsi Way

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On April 27, 2011, Pepsi announced the launch of it’s state-of-the-art “Social Vending Machine.”



It’s a touch screen, networked machine that aside from enabling the purchase of soft drinks and the provision of nutrition information online, it also enables users to “gift” a drink to a friend by entering the recipient’s name, mobile number, and a personalized text message (and even has an option to personalize it with a short recorded video).

The recipient of the Pepsi gift simply enters the redeem code at a pepsi social vending machine to get their soda. They can also return a thank you gift to the sender or “pay it forward” and give a gift to someone else.

In addition, the machine makes use of advanced telemetry to remotely measure and report on inventory, manage delivery scheduling, and update content on the machines. This machine is alive with changeable content and interactive communication between users.

As the Chief Innovation Officer of PepsiCo Foodservice states: “Social vending extends our consumers’ social networks beyond the confines of their own devices and transforms a static, transaction-oriented experience into something fun and exciting they’ll want to return to, again and again.”

Additionally, Mashable reports that in phase 2, Pepsi is planning to integrate their Social Vending concept with other social media such as Facebook, extending the reach of product placement and gifting even further through cyberspace and social networking.

While many companies continue to struggle to figure out how to integrate social networking into a companies operations and make it profitable, PepsiCo has a simple formula for how it engages it’s customers, promotes sales, and makes it all seem completely natural to the whole transaction–like it belonged there all along.

Great job PepsiCo!