Around the World With Shakespeare

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ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare was a widely known English poet and play writer who was often called a national poet. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom in April 23, 1564 and died in April 23, 1616. Although there is no school attendance record, he is said to have been educated at the King’s new school in Stratford in 1553. He later got a scholarship to Cambridge University in 1587 where he attained his degree. Continue reading

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Your Life Story Isn’t Worth Reading… Or Is It?

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BookNowadays it’s nigh on impossible to find a celebrity, or anyone in the public eye, who hasn’t published some sort of autobiography or memoir. Justin Bieber, aged only 19, has already released his ‘life story’, albeit only a meager 239 pages long (and many of them taken up by photographs of the teen idol). And I’m sure in a few years’ time he’ll pen another slim tome to keep his ‘Beliebers’ up to date.

You might think Bieber will have more to tell of from his tiny 19 years on earth than you do from your entire lifetime to date – but that’s not true. Everyone’s got a story to tell, and what better way to share them with the world than through memoirs. Continue reading

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Celebrating Simplicity

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OasisSpringI’ve been thinking a lot about simplicity lately.

  • How do you live a simple life?
  • Do I really want to live a simple life?
  • Can I live a simple life now and again, or is it something you must commit to?
  • What is the definition of simple?

When I think of simple, I envision something that is quiet and still, clear, not busy, uncluttered, not without its own beauty.

A quiet life would be minimal to no emails, TV, phone calls, deadlines, meetings. No distractions. No thing whispering in your ear about the thing you must be on to do next.

A simple life to me would mean:

Time to Reflect    Time to enjoy this moment      Time to Breathe    Time to enjoy now.

What does a simple life mean to you? Post your thoughts below.

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ELECTRONIC MASTER

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Get your auto electronics repaired at Electronic Master in Duluth, save moneyI’ve been driving for two weeks with an electrical problem; my auto’s air conditioning has been stuck on full blast.  The switch for the passenger side window sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t.  I have been babying the window for two years, keeping it locked in the  ‘up’ position much to the dismay of my riders.  My car is an import; an Infiniti.  While it was and is great fun to drive, until maintenance issues came up, I didn’t think about cost of repairs, or build a budget for them.  Remember the rebate check the government granted us a few years ago?  Let’s just say that whole check went from my hands to the dealer for a halogen light bulb replacement.

The LED brake light at the back window went out– $500 to replace.  The motor for the passenger window?  $300ish + labor to the tune of $570.  The a/c problem?  A bad circuit board, and oh the dealer must also replace the Bose entertainment system while they are at it, and the 2 bulbs which light the analogue clock (it hasn’t worked since 2004) for a grand total of $1600.   Together, the a/c and window motor repair cost would be $2200.   Honestly, I love my car but REALLY?  (Feel free to voice your thoughts on repair costs by clicking “comment” link below.)  Continue reading

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PRINTING OF CURRENCY

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Wow is all I can say.  A friend is having a 50th birthday soon, and I thought  to give a gag gift.  I scanned a $50 bill, then with a photo editor I removed Grant’s face and replaced it with a picture of my friends face.   I saved the pic, and then lined up 4 pics of the bill on a page so I could print multiple copies.  To expedite, I set up printing on 2 HP printers:  an old year 2000 printer, and my  newest, a  2006 PSC1400.  The old unit printed out just fine, but the new printer would only print one copy of the bill and mysteriously, a website addy appeared under the bill, “http://www.rulesforuse.org.”

Being alarmed and curious about how my printer could be hi-jacked, I naturally googled the address.  Printing money even for fun is a legally restricted activity governed by The Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group (CBCDG).  Per the website:  “A counterfeit deterrence system (CDS) has been developed by the CBCDG to deter the use of personal computers, digital imaging equipment, and software in the counterfeiting of banknotes. The CDS has been voluntarily adopted by hardware and software manufacturers, and prevents personal computers and digital imaging tools from capturing or reproducing the image of a protected banknote. The technology does not have the capacity to track the use of a personal computer or digital imaging tools.”

I wonder what other items our printers are restricted from printing…

 

Be Well

 

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