Wednesday, December 28, 2011

World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic

I love playing World of Warcraft (WoW) as my about me says but this month in America a new game called Star Wars: The Old Republic (Swtor) has come out, loads of people seem to be excited about this game as people have said it is like World of Warcraft and its a whole new game to play.

This clip is called 12 Days of Smack Talkin' and a character from WoW and Swtor are both putting down each others game i found it funny and thoughts others who might understand WoW would enjoy it too


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Hope everyone has a great Christmas either with friends or family


Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Diabetic Fruit Cake

Being diabetic im always looking for cakes and such that taste not diabetic while searching i found this recipe i have made it, it tastes great so adding it here in case anyone else is looking for a cake that has no added sugar or butter


  • 2cups dried fruit
  • 1 cup sugar free juice(own choice) person has used all flavours
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1,1/2 cups s r flour
  • 1/2teaspoon bi-carb soda
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice

How to make it

  • boil fruit and juice together for 3mins
  • allow to cool
  • add rest of ingredients and mix well
  • line 2lb loaf tin,
  • pour in mixture
  • cook in oven,,
  • temp 170c
  • approx 55min

You can convert to a christmas cake by adding brandy, cherry's and nuts . After boiling the fruit, strain out juice add brandy allowing to soak until fruit has cooled off.

I got it from this site Group Recipes

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Why is Christmas celebrated 25 December

Why do we celebrate Christmas on 25 December, no-one is really sure why but here are a few ideas why

  • Mary being told she would have a special child Jesus on March 25th (This is called the Annunciation) - and it's still celebrated today on the 25th March. Nine months after the 25th March is the 25th December.

  • December 25th might have also been chosen because the Winter Solstice and the ancient pagan Roman midwinter festivals called 'Saturnalia' and 'Dies Natalis Solis Invicti' which took place in December around this date .

  • As Jesus was a Jew the Jewish festival of lights Hanukkah which starts on the 25th of Kislev (the month in the Jewish calendar that occurs at about the same time as December).

Which idea do you think is right cause i cant make up my mind


Friday, December 16, 2011

Carols by Candlelight

Yesterday was a great day as last night went to Carols by Candlelight.

Where i do volunteer work they arranged a few months ago to try to start a new tradition around where i live by having the carols, I made a flyer around a month ago to advertise it was on so people knew where to go.

My job for the night, to take photo's of the people the activities and just to see the smiles on peoples faces.

The day started with an Aboriginal man called Uncle Steve who did an welcome to the land as the suburb was where the Darug, Tharawal and Gandangara tribes lived in the 1700's.

From there we had people from Salvation Army Band singing, a local choir which is run from where i do my volunteer work and some other people singing.

A barbecue was also held which in the area is a good thing as there is a population of people with mental health issues or on a low income.

We made sure the children would be having fun as well with a person make animals out of balloons and children being able to get their faces painted.

There was a showbag which had brochures of what is around the area and the smallest battery operated candle i had ever seen, it was maybe 7 cm tall ,there where also glow sticks which where mainly for the children which we made into bracelets for them.

After that Santa came and handed all the children presents which consisted of a colouring book, pencils and a huge bubble blowing toys. It was so cool to see the smiling faces when Santa showed up makes it feel all magical again like when i was a child. Had two people waiting for the presents who knew who the man in the Santa suit was but in front of them was a small child so im saying sure that is Santa and they where saying no no its this other man, so i said well if you dont believe in Santa why are you lined up to get presents cause only Santa hands out presents, they giggled and said yeah it is Santa isint it lol

I grabbed one of the bubble blowing toys so i can make bubbles and act like a child around my house lol

I do have pictures but ive been lazy and havent added them to my computer yet.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

So easy to find people

I live in a Unit and a few times i have received mail for a person who lives i guess in a house, but as the number is the same street number as mine the postman puts it in my letter box.

I opened what was posted this time as it looked like a Christmas Card and thought that maybe it would have an return address inside, which of course there wasent.

I got onto the computer and went to our local white pages and typed in the name on the envelope as well as my street and there it was i had found where this person lived.

Taking the card to the persons address I found it was an old lady and told her how maybe she should contact this person who sent the card so she dosent miss out on anything, i apologised that i had opened the card and she was all thats ok and thanked me for giving her the card.

But wow so easy to find people these days eeek scary

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This had me laughing and shaking my head

I read this and the first thing that came to my mind was "this guy loves himself to much" laughing as i was reading this i thought others might like to see how some people go overboard when they see something that wasn't there.

It seems an Investment banker called Mike went on one date with Lauren - a date she described as "horrific" - and was so put out that she did not call him back that he tracked down her email address.

According to Mike, Lauren played with her hair and made eye contact during the date before telling him at the end of the night: "It was nice to meet you".

Lauren, it seems took a different view.

She posted the email on website Reddit, and gave a brief back story which said: "Friend couldn't make it to philharmonic at last minute so I went alone, met this guy, went on ONE, HORRIFIC date. Then got this..."


Hi Lauren,

I'm disappointed in you. I'm disappointed that I haven't gotten a response to my voicemail and text messages.

FYI, I suggest that you keep in mind that emails sound more impersonal, harsher, and are easier to misinterpret than in-person or phone communication. After all, people can't see someone's body language or tone of voice in an email. I'm not trying to be harsh, patronizing, or insulting in this email. I'm honest and direct by nature, and I'm going to be that way in this email. By the way, I did a Google search, so that's how I came across your email.

I assume that you no longer want to go out with me. (If you do want to go out with me, then you should let me know.) I suggest that you make a sincere apology to me for giving me mixed signals. I feel led on by you.

Things that happened during our date include, but are not limited to, the following:- You played with your hair a lot. A woman playing with her hair is a common sign of flirtation. You can even do a Google search on it. When a woman plays with her hair, she is preening. I've never had a date where a woman played with her hair as much as you did. In addition, it didn't look like you were playing with your hair out of nervousness.

- We had lots of eye contact during our date. On a per-minute basis, I've never had as much eye contact during a date as I did with you.

- You said, 'It was nice to meet you' at the end of our date. A woman could say this statement as a way to show that she isn't interested in seeing a man again or she could mean what she said-that it was nice to meet you. The statement, by itself, is inconclusive.

- We had a nice conversation over dinner. I don't think I'm being delusional in saying this statement.

In my opinion, leading someone on (i.e., giving mixed signals) is impolite and immature. It's bad to do that.

Normally, I would not be asking for information if a woman and I don't go out again after a first date. However, in our case, I'm curious because I think our date went well and that there is a lot of potential for a serious relationship. Of course, it's difficult to predict what would happen, but I think there is a lot of potential for a serious relationship developing between us one day (or least there was before your non-response to my voicemail and text messages).

I think we should go out on a second date. In my opinion, our first date was good enough to lead to a second date.

Why am I writing you? Well, hopefully, we will go out again. Even if we don't, I gain utility from expressing my thoughts to you. In addition, even if you don't want to go out again, I would like to get feedback as to why you wouldn't want to go again. Normally, I wouldn't ask a woman for this type of feedback after a first date, but this is an exception given I think we have a lot of potential.

If you don't want to go again, then apparently you didn't think our first date was good enough to lead to a second date. Dating or a relationship is not a Hollywood movie. It's good to keep that in mind. In general, I thought the date went well and was expecting that we would go out on a second date.

If you're not interested in going out again, then I would have preferred if you hadn't given those mixed signals. I feel led on. We have a number of things in common. I'll name a few things: First, we've both very intelligent. Second, we both like classical music so much that we go to classical music performances by ourselves. In fact, the number one interest that I would want to have in common with a woman with whom I'm in a relationship is a liking of classical music. I wouldn't be seriously involved with a woman if she didn't like classical music. You said that you're planning to go the NY Philharmonic more often in the future. As I said, I go to the NY Philharmonic often. You're very busy. It would be very convenient for you to date me because we have the same interests. We already go to classical music performances by ourselves. If we go to classical music performances together, it wouldn't take any significant additional time on your part.

According to the internet, you're 33 or 32, so, at least from my point of view, we're a good match in terms of age. I could name more things that we have in common, but I'll stop here. I don't understand why you apparently don't want to go out with me again. We have numerous things in common. I assume that you find me physically attractive. If you didn't find me physically attractive, then it would have been irrational for you to go out with me in the first place. After all, our first date was not a blind date.

You already knew what I looked like before our date. Perhaps, you're unimpressed that I manage my family's investments and my own investments. Perhaps, you don't think I have a 'real' job. Well, I've done very well as an investment manager. I've made my parents several millions of dollars. That's real money. That's not monopoly money. In my opinion, if I make real money, it's a real job. Donald Trump's children work for his company. Do they have 'real' jobs? I think so. George Soros' sons help manage their family investments. Do they have 'real' jobs? I think so.

In addition, I'm both a right-brain and left-brain man, given that I'm both an investment manager and a philosopher/writer. That's a unique characteristic; most people aren't like that. I've never been as disappointed and sad about having difficulty about getting a second date as I am with you. I've gone out with a lot of women in my life. (FYI, I'm not a serial dater. Sometimes, I've only gone out with a woman for one date.) People don't grow on trees. I hope you appreciate the potential we have.

Am I sensitive person? Sure, I am. I think it's better to be sensitive than to be insensitive. There are too many impolite, insensitive people in the world.

I suggest that we continue to go out and see what happens. Needless to say, I find you less appealing now (given that you haven't returned my messages) than I did at our first date. However, I would be willing to go out with you again. I'm open minded and flexible and am willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. I wish you would give me the benefit of the doubt too.

If you don't want to go out again, in my opinion, you would be making a big mistake, perhaps one of the biggest mistakes in your life. If you don't want to go out again, then you should have called to tell me so. Even sending a text message would have been better than nothing. In my opinion, not responding to my messages is impolite, immature, passive aggressive, and cowardly. I spent time, effort, and money meeting you for dinner. Getting back to me in response to my messages would have been a reasonable thing for you to do. In addition, you arrived about 30 minutes late for our date. I'm sure you wouldn't like it if a man showed up thirty minutes late for a first date with you.

If you're concerned that you will hurt my feelings by providing specific information about why you don't want to go with me again, well, my feelings are already hurt. I'm sad and disappointed about this situation. If you give information, at least I can understand the situation better. I might even learn something that is beneficial.

If you don't want to go out again, that I request that you call me and make a sincere apology for leading me on (i.e., giving me mixed signals). In my opinion, you shouldn't act that way toward a man and then not go out with him again. It's bad to play with your hair so much and make so much eye contact if you're not interested in going out with me again. I have tried to write this email well, but it's not perfect. Again, I'm not trying to be harsh, insulting, patronizing, etc. I'm disappointed, sad, etc.

I would like to talk to you on the phone. I hope you will call me back at xxx-xxx-xxxx (if it's inconvenient for you to talk on the phone when you read this email, you can let me know via email that you are willing to talk on the phone and I'll call you). If you get my voicemail, you can a leave a message and I can call you back. Even if you don't want to go out again, I would appreciate it if you give me the courtesy of calling me and talking to me. Yes, you might say things that hurt me, but my feelings are already hurt.

Sending me an email response (instead of talking on the phone) would better than no response at all, but I think it would be better to talk on the phone. Email communication has too much potential for misinterpretation, etc.

Best, Mike

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Emotional Intelligence

Ive had friends ask me what ive thought of people cause they felt a little strange about the person and usually i can pick something up and say oh this person is this way and it has been true, little did i know that it means i have something called Motional Intelligence

What Emotional Intelligence is, is the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions.

Their are four branches of Emotional Intelligence:

  1. Perceiving Emotions: The first step in understanding emotions is to accurately perceive them. In many cases, this might involve understanding nonverbal signals such as body language and facial expressions.

  2. Reasoning With Emotions: The next step involves using emotions to promote thinking and cognitive activity. Emotions help prioritize what we pay attention and react to; we respond emotionally to things that garner our attention.

  3. Understanding Emotions: The emotions that we perceive can carry a wide variety of meanings. If someone is expressing angry emotions, the observer must interpret the cause of their anger and what it might mean. For example, if your boss is acting angry, it might mean that he is dissatisfied with your work; or it could be because he got a speeding ticket on his way to work that morning or that he's been fighting with his wife.

  4. Managing Emotions: The ability to manage emotions effectively is a key part of emotional intelligence. Regulating emotions, responding appropriately and responding to the emotions of others are all important aspect of emotional management.

There is a test you can do which of course i did and this is what it said about me

Your results indicate an above average score on emotional intelligence.

What Does Your Score Mean?
People with a better than average score on emotional intelligence tend to be good at interpreting, understanding, and acting upon emotions. They are usually quite good at dealing with social or emotional conflicts, expressing their feelings, and dealing with emotional situations.
You can do the test here if you would like to see what your Emotional Intelligence is.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Why dogs have their heads out of moving Cars

Everytime i take a dog for a ride in my car they always want too stick their heads of the car windows.

I'm thinking well maybe the dog likes to feel the wind of their face, a bit like a person riding a bike with the wind on their face on a warm day it feels nice right?

Well it seems the reason i thought is wrong.

Dogs like to put their heads out of moving cars cause of all the smells that are around, studies have shown that a dog's nose could be 1,000 to 2,000 times more acute than a humans.
They're pretty much in ecstasy when they're riding in the car and the wind is pushing all these odours in their nose," said Dave Burke, a veterinarian at Grand Traverse Veterinary Hospital. "They can discern things we're totally unaware of.

So there you go, why Dogs like to have their head out of moving cars.