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 That seems to be the title of many things I write in many places. 
I have blogs all over. I remember the excitement each time I found and started a new blog.
Now it is either the matter of having no content.. or the content being too personal for me to want to share.
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<rant> My absence in the 'social networking' world - I haven't been around a lot. I still lurk from time to time and even toss in a post. :)

However I find that in so many places I look - there is hatred. And discrimination - and it often comes from people I wouldn't want to 'block' because they are sort of an online friend.
Logging in and seeing posts that insult religion and religious people really bothers me. Sure, my religious path is chosen, and not something I am born into, like a colour, or a place of birth - however the fact that I have chosen this path, because I have felt called to it - seems to make me a target for the anti-theists and other anti-religious sort.

There are people that post this stuff not even thinking - they just figure it's funny. But I wish people would use some discretion when they post. I wish they would think about who their audience is. Expressing one's opinion is fine, but when I see atheists posting things that imply Religious People are all Stupid, it is - to me - just the flip side of the same coin that the Fundamental 'non religious are all going to hell' people are on. 

More people should focus on what they love, and enjoy. They should focus on sharing interests and ideas that strengthen - not divide. We all share common concerns, common truths, yet people are so quick to jump up on that soap box and denounce EVERY one else who does not think like they do.

I'm just sort of sick of it.

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Tabz
The Guild’s New Tshirt Design!


The Guild returns Oct 2nd with Season 6! Exclusively on Geek & Sundry!
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http://techcrunch.com/2012/08/02/imageshack-launches-yfrog-social/
Has anyone else seen this? Open API - guess they're feeling a bit pissy that Twitter cut them out of the loop? (I don't blame 'em)
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I have been in Second Life for about 3.5 years. Not long compared to some (most?) people. I had come across a blog from a resident and in that blog, a new Virtual World called Cloud Party was mentioned.
I will admit I wasn't fond of the title. So many virtual worlds are just a party with scantily clad avatars, and I wasn't really looking for any of that. Then there was the fact that registering (which you need to do to claim your free home at the end of the tutorial as well as a few other things) required a Facebook account - something I had closed down awhile ago - I hope that is something that is changed in the future. However, with reservations squashed to the side, I joined up.
It is quite Beta. The Marketplace is just getting established, so for the time being, unless you are a creator, you will have to make due with the limited things offered. However, if you ARE a creator, or even good with a bit of tinkering, you can certainly create some things.
Despite the name, Cloud Party seems to be a place more for the creative mind. A place to make cool things with the textures and building items that are given as part of the initial pallet.
There are also very friendly people about - not in hordes, which is kind of nice.
The really neat thing is that it is browser based. No download. But don't think that being a browser based game it is short on ability to do things. It totally is not. And it's free to play.
I'm Razzy/Moonrise there.
I also went and visited a place I had heard about but that was shut down by the time I got to see it... There.
There (there.com) is a virtual world that had quite a user base before it shut down.
The graphics are not up to par with SL, though that can be a blessing for your computer. It has reopened but is now a pay to use experience. 10.00 US/month.
There is a definite charm and seemingly little lag. I will have to explore it more as time allows.
I'm Moonrise there also :)
I also play a bit on Kaneva, but have not found its charm yet. ShekinahMoon is my name there.
Twinity was a bit interesting when it had replicated cities, based on google maps, but now due to expenses, they had to stop with the replicated cities. The user base has plummeted.
I'm -you guessed it- Moonrise there. haha
Okay, thats all for now. Check out Cloud Party if you haven't, and if you were wanting to check out a Virtual World classic, come to There. (keep in mind, There is not free to play, not even just to visit. It's ten dollars just to get into the game)
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Test posting from my new cellphone. Windows phone on IE. I'm pretty impressed actually
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There is still quite a bit of work to do, but he's hoping that with some help via indiegogo that he will be able to get his CD finished and out there. It has had some play on some internet radio and there are people asking him to get them the final cd for airplay, but it all takes finances of course.
Currently the songs available to listen to on his site are very rough, very not finished.. his more cleaned up versions aren't on reverbnation yet. Still just the rougher cuts.
Originally we were looking at kickstarter, but he's not American. Apparently a requirement. 

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Back from our trip. Ten days away, and coming home is odd. The house looks weird. I had to think about where the cutlery is. I realized we had no bottled water left and worried - til I remembered we could drink the tap water here. Now, using the mouse for the comp feels REALLY strange. good to be back i guess but I have the 'returned to the Mainland blues'
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?????sdrawkcab txet ym si yhw tub....emit ylevol a gnivah
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In a few hours I will be out of techno-touch. No internet, no cell phone service, no cable and not even a house phone. For ten days. A much needed break from it all. (pictures below from our visit there last year)


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Figures

Aug. 23rd, 2012 09:01 am
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Normally the kids are up at 7. So when I woke up on my own at about 7, I decided just to get up, rather than drift off back to sleep only to be awoken moments later.
Now it's 9 and they are still asleep. lol

Love Bites

Aug. 22nd, 2012 05:18 pm
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It must.
Little D always tells Big D he loves him, but today little D was feeling rather snarky over a 'give-me-that-truck' incident and decided to chomp on his brother. This of course is while I was on the phone - to my 18 year old son, arguing with him about why telling me to 'shut the f*ck up' was not okay. Yep. Fun. It's such a blast that I had five of them :)

Can't quite see the extent of it but it's large, badly swollen and of course, very tender. Left arm - towards the back of it. 

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Well, let's see. It's been a sort of odd few weeks. Of course, as I have said, my best friend is gone. I'm still feeling sick about it. Here is a pic of her in the vet's, shortly before her time ended:


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And now here's a tree and one of my children

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... because it doesn't make me cry

Another one of my girl - because I like to remember her out in the yard playing. This is from last week, with my two youngest:


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These two are from yesterday - or the day before:


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It was actually chilly enough for a light jacket yesterday - though not really cold enough for a good I don't think.

And here is an experiment I was doing with two vitamins today.
One on the left from Melaleuca and one on the right from Natural Factors. Seeing which dissolved fastest in cold tap water:


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the one on the left is the expensive melaleuca and the one on the right is the much cheaper Natural Factors (my personal fav)

there... a very random post :)

#vitamins #melaleuca #ilovemydog #ilovemykids

shoes

Aug. 19th, 2012 06:10 pm
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We tried three stores, looking for sandals for the boys for our escape this weekend. Apparently we are far too late in the season! They did have sandals earlier this summer but recently they began falling apart because we go to the park and the water park multiple times per week.
so... Walmart, Zellers and Canadian Superstore. None of the stores had little D's proper size. So we had to get as close as we could. Luckily they are easy to please and are happy with the purchase.
right now we are out in the yard, enjoying some late afternoon sun. They boys are making a mess with the hose and i'm missing our dog. :(
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I'm not going to debate the incredibly stupid things people have done in the name of religion. That's not what this post is about.

From an early age I had a love of the Divine. Whatever that is.

An overactive imagination willing to see faries and elves in the garden. Praying to God that mom would let me have a sleepover (and walking into a parked car because I had my eyes closed and hands clasped while doing so, lol). Becoming Roman Catholic in my teens because the ritual in the church with candles and incense really moved me. Moving on to Paganism and Wicca in my mid twenties. Re-embracing an Abrahamic sort of path of Wisdom traditions gelled with some Nature religion....

No matter what way I have celebrated it, the Divine has always been the same to me. I have just accessed It in different ways throughout my life, called It by different names. But It's always been the same.

Being in the geek circles of open-source platforms has been interesting. With geekdom comes much atheism it seems.
Which is fine, but I get tired of 'religious people are morons' postings and images of religious people in mocking and ridiculing frameworks. Most people on my contact lists don't know I am religious, but they are learning... because I decided that perhaps for each anti-religious thing posted which purposely displays hatred toward those who have a connection with divinity I should post something that shows some of the beautiful, gratifying and life enhancing aspects of it.

Seriously - some atheists are so angry and ugly in their criticisms, that they are truly just the other side of a Fundy coin.

It's funny to read something so hateful by a 'friend' whom I've shared great discussions with and then comment with a 'so... you think I'm a moronic, retarded fool do you?' Of course there is always the 'Oh, well not YOU, but you know, so many other close-minded crazy religious type - THAT's who this is directed at'.... and then I point out that actually, no.. the meme is directed at every person who believes in a God - and I suggest that perhaps in the future,they should more carefully clarify who it is they are attacking, or attack no one at all.
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“When we are alone on a starlit night, when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when they are really children, when we know love in our own hearts; or when, like the Japanese poet, Basho, we hear an old frog land in a quiet pond with a solitary splash - at such times the awakening, the turning inside out of all values, the "newness," the emptiness and the purity of vision that make themselves evident, all these provide a glimpse of the cosmic dance.”
― Thomas Merton


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Because I didn't really know what it was before. Consider this a 'test post'.
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