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la nemti se poate & lectura pro de vineri - de Dinu Lazar la: 29/10/2004 05:49:15
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Ar trebui vazut totusi de ce la ei se poate si la noi nu.
Din cite am observat - dau si eu cu presupusu`, nu e decit o constatare - o uniune, asociatie, o chestie profesionala, apare cind e nevoie sa apara.
La noi in viata fotografica poate inca nu e nevoie, pen`ca se poate si asa, la mica ciubuceala, la mica intzelegere, la mica intimplare, ceva gen "plimbare cu gondola pe Dimbovitza".
Asemunind stadiul nostru in organizarea fotografica cu diversele etape ale dezvoltarii agriculturii, suntem in stadiul "back to the future" adica de mici culegatori intimplatori si vinatori de ciubuce; pretul lucrarilor il face marea masa de participanti la hora pe considerentul ca "mai jos nu se poate" si asta este, scapa cine poate; calitatea generala a fotografiei editoriale si comerciale este cea care este si probabil in viitorul apropiat din ce se vede pe la chioscurile de ziare tot costul cit mai mic al imaginii va fi important, nu calitatea tehnica si estetica.
Acestea fiind spuse, ramine sa ne uitam cu mare placere la ce se mai intimpla in lume si sa ne gindim mai putin la ce e la noi, ca ne amarim degeaba.
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Un Mic Articol - de LMC la: 03/11/2004 22:31:38
(la: Alegeri prezidentiale in Statele Unite. Candidatul preferat)
Articolul de mai jos a fost scris si publicat de mine acum vreun an in urma. Este in Engleza, asa ca scoateti-va dictionarele.

California’s Economy: A State of Emergency

Recently I came across some articles and reports on the state of California’s economy. The findings will make anyone’s hair stand up on its end. These reports are readily available to the public on California government sites.

As you may already know California’s economy is totally out of control. The poverty rate in California is higher than that of the nation, yet the living expenses for anyone living in California exceeds most of every other American. In other words Californians make less and spend more on basic living expenses.

Anyone who’s been watching the real estate market can agree that it is totally out of control. Anywhere you go in California, especially in the Bay-area, the price of a simple home has sky-rocketed. New houses are more expensive, and less in quality. The price per square foot can exceed as much as $400 to $500 in the Bay, and renters pay as much as $2000 for a one bedroom apartment. At this time the median house price for San Francisco is $526,000 and for the Bay Area is $402,000.

You might say that people in Bay Area make more than the rest of California, and the truth is that they do. The median income for California is about $53,025 while in San Francisco and the Bay Area it ranges from $60,597 to $88,934. Even though these figures seem high, half of all the tax payers in the region earn $30,000 or less, and less than one in every six taxpayers earns at least $100,000. The situation is so bad in the Bay area that they now have a new program called the San Francisco Workforce Housing Fund which provides families with incomes up to $103,320 special mortgage plans to purchase homes up to $475,000. The plan enables someone to finance 97% of the purchase price through a “First Mortgage” and a “Deferred Second Mortgage” of up to 6% to reduce the interest rate on the first mortgage or fund the down payment or closing costs. And these houses can be purchased anywhere within a reasonable commuting distance.

Guess where they go buy their houses? The Central Valley of course!

I must also mention that in the Bay Area a family of four with two working parents would need to earn $61,593 in order to make ends meet and that 2 out of 5 renters spend at least 30% of their income just on rent. All of this means that many families at the median income level struggle to make ends meet, therefore they choose to move somewhere else, (guess where?) and commute.

So now we’re wondering how this affects those who live and work in the Valley. According to the same study, a family of four in the Valley needs to earn at least $43,528 to live without government assistance and make ends meet. The median income for the region is $46,919 and 1 in every 20 taxpayers has an adjusted gross income of at least $100,000, yet more than half of all taxpayers earn $30,000 or less. This means that many families with incomes at or below the median may struggle to meet their economic needs. To make things worse, the influx of Bay Area workers who come to live in the Valley has surged up the prices on housing and everything else. The traffic gets worse and worse everyday, and very seldom does anyone get to see the mountains on the western horizon due to the bad air. The farm land is being desolated, because nobody can afford to keep their workers working the land which makes our produce more expensive.

A couple of weeks ago one of the Central Valley papers had a very interesting article that was discretely criticizing the fact that the housing units being built did not keep up with the increase of population, but if we look at Bay Area’s problems we can conclude that their problems and inadequacies have spilled into the Valley. For example, between 1995 and 1997 the number of jobs in Santa Clara County increased 15.2% while the number of housing units increased by only 1.3%, and it is projected that by the year 2020 the region will gain 50% more jobs but only 20% more housing units.

This information led me to investigate a little further to find out the source of all these problems. Guess what I found? In the California Senate, Bay Area representatives between 1994 and 2000 have made it their war to “protect” the environment and the natural habitat of the Bay Area.

According to the Environmentalists, Bay Area’s legislators are the greenest of them all. These legislators constantly fight against home developments and expansion of housing units into the “sensitive” areas. To protect their image, they encourage concentrated housing, and redevelopment of urban buildings, but the projects they develop for such plans are not realistic and very inefficient. For example, the city of Santa Clara has proposed that 100 apartment units be set aside for low income families. These apartments consist of 2 bedrooms 1 ½ baths and 3 bedrooms 2 baths units. The 2 bedroom apartments rent for the “super low” price of $1230 and the 3 bedroom apartments for $1355. To qualify for this “wonderful” “exciting” “money-saver” housing establishments you must earn at least $29,520 and maximum $57,000 for a three person household in order to rent the 2 bedroom apartment, and for the 3 bedroom at least $32,520 and $68,340 for a five person household. Remember that the median household income for the Bay Area falls somewhere in between $60,597 and $88,934 and a family of four will need to earn at least $61,593 in order to make ends meet without government assistance. Therefore, I must say that somebody has got to go back to their basic Algebra classes, because by my calculations and comparisons I cannot imagine who in his right mind can live in an overcrowded, overstuffed, “low” income apartment and pay $1230 a month, which can be as much as half of their gross income, when in the valley the same apartment can go for $800 (which is still too much in my opinion).

We need to wake up and smell the whiff-of-money-going-down-the-drain, because at this rate California will become a national tragedy. At one time the Associated Press published the following words “California has enacted first-in-the-nation-laws this year... lending credence to the saying that wherever America is going, California will get there first...” Maybe, we should take a long hard look at who is leading this state into the whirlpool of poverty and economic disaster, because if these words are right then the whole nation can follow the footsteps of this once known as the Golden state.

Acest articol a fost scris pe vremea cind Gray Davis era inca Governor, de atunci lucrurile s-au mai schimbat inspre bine. Totusi inca mai suferim consecintele unui liberal al carui plan a fost sa suporte programele sociale mai mult decit cele economice.
I Will Survive - de Belle la: 05/11/2004 00:41:24
(la: Femeia)
At first I was afraid, I was petrified,
When you said you had 10 inches Lord I almost died,
But I'd spent oh so many years just waiting for a man that long,
That I grew strong,
And I knew that I could take you on. . .

But there you are,
Another lie,
I was ready for a big mac and you've bought me a French fry,
I should have known that it was bull#!*^,
Just a sad pathetic dream,
Should have known there was no anaconda lurking in those jeans.

Go on now go,
Walk out the door,
Don't you promise me 10 inches then turn up with only 4,
Weren't you a prat to think I wouldn't catch you out,
Don't you know we' re only joking when we say size doesn't count.

(Chorus)
I will survive, I will survive,
Cos as long as I have batteries,
My sex life is gonna thrive,
I will always have good sex with a handful of latex,
I will survive, I will survive. . .hey . hey

It took all my self control not to laugh out loud,
When I saw your little weiner standing tall and proud,
But to hell with all your ego's and to hell with all your needs,
Now I'm saving all my lovin for a cordless multispeed,

Go on now go,
Just make a dash,
Last time I saw a prick that small was watching Gladstone run nude hash,
I should have asked for confirmation,
Should have asked for referees,
Then I wouldn't have you waving that wee winky thing at me.

Go on now go,
Just hit the track,
Don't you bring me home no tiddlers,
Cos I'll always throw them back,
The only thing that I could do with a prick as small as yours,
Is to stick it with a tooth pick Dip it in tomato sauce.

(Chorus)

Go on now go,
Get out of my sight,
I'm going back to my appliance,
Cos I know it's length is right,
And if I ever see your tiny tockley at my door,
You'll be counting up your inches as you pick them off the floor.

Go on now Go!

~ de la HTD Fun Loving Fantasy - canasta league .... nu spun care ;)
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O chestie interesanta pentru laichisti - de Dinu Lazar la: 19/11/2004 21:30:06
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Dear Leica friends,

Today we would like to inform you about:

__Internet chat on November 23rd, 2004 informs on the
recent developments LEICA DIGITAL-MODUL-R

The LEICA DIGITAL-MODUL-R, which was presented at the photokina 2004, is being anxiously awaited by a great number of customers. We are pleased over the positive resonance that we have received and are working diligently with our partners in order to get serial production underway.
The photographic results have exceeded our expectations.
We are sure that with the DIGITAL-MODUL-R we have achieved a high quality and long lasting solution for our customers.

On November 23rd, 2004 we will hold an internet chat in which we will inform you on the recent developments and the beginning of the first deliveries. Starting at 5 pm local time, a competent Leica team will answer your questions on the LEICA DIGITAL-R. We would be pleased to welcome you at the Leica internet chat.

To participate in the Leica chat all users have to be registered. Further information on the registration to the Leica chat are available http://www.leica-camera.com/markt/forum/chat/index_e.html


With best regards,
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Fruitcake - de duduia_olguta la: 08/12/2004 06:32:15
(la: Retete aristocrate)
Fruitcake Recipe

You'll need the following:
1 C water 1 C sugar 4 large eggs
2 C dried fruit 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt
1 C brown sugar lemon juice nuts
1 FULL bottle of your favorite whiskey.

Sample the whiskey to check for quality.

Take a large bowl. Check the whiskey again to be sure it is of the highest quality. Pour 1 level cup and drink. Repeat.
Turn on the electric mixer, beat 1 C of butter in a large fluffy bowl.
Add 1 tsp sugar and beat again..
Make sure the whiskey is still OK. Try another cup.
Turn off the mixerer ...
Break two legs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.
Mix on the turnerer.
If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers, pry it loose with a drewscriver.
Sample the whiskey to check for tonsisticity.
Next, sift 2 cups of salt. Or something. Who cares.
Check the whiskey.
Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.
Something even my brother can bake...
Add one table. Spoon. Of sugar or something. Whatever you can find.
Grease the oven.
Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees..
Don't forget to beat off the turner.
Throw the bowl out of the window.
Check the whiskey again. Go to bed.

Enjoy!
D_O

Copyright-ul prin lume; la o adica in Venezuela, care este - de Dinu Lazar la: 12/12/2004 17:07:39
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Primim de la un fotograf din Venezuela:

THis is just to inform you that the "Revolution" that is currently set in place in this country, led by a monkey and his chimps, is just showing off it's real nature, and most of what we thought about their real intentions is becoming a solid reality.

Please excuse the intro, but go on, as this is not a political statement.

Just a few days ago, and amendment to local Intellectual Property Law, by far one of the most modern copyright and intellectual property protection laws in the world, is about to suffer a massive and abusive modification, breaking out with all the previous international agreements signed by this country, including the Bern and Paris Conventions, The Uruguay Round and other older agreements.

Basically , a group of revolutionary artists, has introduced to the revolutionary congress a proposal for revolutionary change in IP laws to force creators to register with SAPI, our Copyright Office here in Caracas, as a formal requisite to enjoy the benefits of IP protection.
THIS MEANS THAT ANYTHNG THAT IS NOT FORMALLY REGISTERED IN THAT OFFICE, WILL BE CONSIDERED OF PUBLIC DOMAIN, AND ANYONE WILL BE ABLE TO COPY, DUPLICATE AND EVENTUALLY SELL THOSE ITEMS.

I am not joking fellows. THis is happening today here, and is totally and formally intended to legalise pirating of Music CD's and tapes,VHs; and DVD's and VCD's for films, and eventually , photography in all areas.
It is well known to us that one of the most important leaders of the revolution is the owner of the largest company dedicated to piracy of such discs (software, music and movies) and is making hundreds of millions in earnings from this business, and now he will have the legal rights to do so in the open, in a proper manner, all in the name of the revolution, to help "the people" against the empire, and all the crap you may think of.

After the last fraudulent elections a few weeks ago, the revolution has taken control of all state and goverment instances and offices and there is simply nothing to do at any legal and decent level against this and many past and coming abuses.
Anyone trying to set a legal defense against this abuses is considered and enemy of the revolution and they make sure to push you into doom by means I rather not discuss here.

So consider yourself warned., Those of you, Photographers and Agencies that are currently setting plans to cut deals with clients in this country,specially with the goverment, get to know how is it gonna be, or at least, make sure you get in writing a better deal for you products and services , although things in writing, like contracts, are just disposable paper and ink for the revolution. There are other modifications to the law that would not deal with our field, but are equally abusive in other areas ( pretended ownership of satellite/broadcast transmissions, etc).

I made my best not to turn this into a political thing, just the bare minumum as to set you on "warning mode", so please if anyone wants to comment on the political side, just keep it off this forum.

Talking about protection for RF files, well... just forget it. Not even RM (or RP or L for this
matter) will have it.

We are becoming the Planet of the Apes.

Best

J P
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Ce se mai poate citi la http://www.pdnonline.com - de Dinu Lazar la: 08/01/2005 11:59:05
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
- We have a harrowing, poignant dispatch from a Polaris
photojournalist now on assignment in Thailand covering the
devastation and relief efforts. Also, a gallery of his graphic
images.

- Our report last week on two photographers who disappeared
following the tsunami now has a sad update.

- Artists and photojournalists have made the short list for
the Deutsch Borse Prize (formerly known as the Citigroup
Prize)

-FCB's manager of art buying talks about what she is looking
for from photographers, and what kinds of promos she hates ($
for subscribers only.)

-People on the Move: Editorial: Where Toro's founding photo
editor is going and who she's hiring; who's photo editing the
sexy pictures for the new Fuego magazine; changes at Men's
Fitness, City, Maxim. Reps & Agencies: Julian Richards signs a
Brit; a former assistant to Ritts and LaChapelle gets a new
agency; and more. ($ for subscribers only.)

- How a newspaper fell for a hoax tsunami photo.

- In case you missed our news last week: Corbis has purchased
Zefa, the European commercial stock agency.

- Marcus Bleasedale's work from Darfur is honored by UNICEF.

Archiving: Making Sure Your Legacy Is Usable, Searchable, and
Profitable

Digital imaging guru Mike Laye continues his advice on
scanning and preparing your archive (see "Future Perfect," PDN
January) in two online features:

A Guide To Scanning - The right gear for turning your analog
images into digital files of 50-100 MB.

Creating A Cataloguing System That Works - Understanding the
two criteria every good numbering system needs, and a case
study on how one agency came up with just that.

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Pina si NAIVII stiu sa citeasca printre rinduri... - de romanul_vesel la: 10/01/2005 06:27:40
(la: Bush-Personalitatea Anului)
Salut Mario,

Sa stii ca nu ma supar daca ma numesti NAIV. Stiu ca in politica nu exista BLAK/WHITE dar ma ingrijoreaza cind incertitudinea si incompetenta ajunge la limite periculoase.

Motivul pentru care Bush Senior nu l-au eliminat pe Sadam dupa primul razboi din Gulf este ca nu avea un plan de succesiune pregatit si a sperat ca prin embargou economic populatia Irak-ului, aunsa la disperare, se va rascula impotriva regimului. Din nefericire ei nu au avut un ILIESCU.

Pentagonul a lucrat zece ani la programul de invazie a Irakului si la stabilirea unei succesiuni pentru Sadam. Din nefericire, nu si-au facut temele cum trebuie si acum s-au trezit cu o situatie pe care nu stiu cum sa o controleze. Nici un popor nu accepta o ocupatie straina.
Daca vrei sa te convingi de dificultatea in care se afla americanii la momentul de fata, citeste urmatorul comunicat de presa:
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United States officials are considering training home-grown militias to take up arms against the persistent militant insurgency in Iraq, according to Newsweek magazine.

"What everyone agrees is that we can't just go on as we are [in Iraq]," a senior US military officer told the magazine.

"We have to find a way to take the offensive against the insurgents. Right now, we are playing defence and we are losing," the official said.

In El Salvador, the US Government under then-president Ronald Reagan supported "nationalist" hit squads that killed rebels as well as their supporters and leftist sympathisers.

Many US conservatives consider the policy to have been a success despite the bloodshed, Newsweek reports.

The magazine, quoting military officials familiar with the discussions, reports that one proposal is to send US Special Forces teams to advise, support and perhaps train Iraqi squads to target Sunni insurgents and their sympathisers.

The magazine went on to say that it remains unclear whether the policy would endorse assassination or so-called "snatch" operations, in which targets are sent to secret facilities for interrogation.

The squads, likely to be especially chosen Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Shiite militiamen, would even cross the border into Syria, Newsweek reported.

One holdover from the Reagan era with Central American experience is the current US ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte, who was ambassador to Honduras in the 1980s.

Honduras fought its own "dirty war" against leftist insurgents.

-AFP

Source: AFP
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Daca vor face greseala sa se ameste in Syria asta va declansa un conflict similar cu un razboi mondial. Syria este deja pregatita pentru un razboi si Iran isi va da seama ca singura lor sansa este sa nu astepte pina ce vor fi atacati. Si atunci unde ajungem? Nimeni nu spune ca Syria sau Iran ar avea destula putere militara sa se opuna Americii. Intrebarea este daca economia Americana, deja stresata la limita, mai are puterea de a sustine un razboi de asa magnitudine?!... Stim foarte bine ca nici un imperiu nu a rezistat peste timpuri si ca balanta puterilor, in lume, s-a schimbat dupa marile razboaie.

Alex
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Business plan - de Horia D la: 18/01/2005 22:07:50
(la: Cum se intocmeste un plan de afaceri?)
Uite planul folosit de mine. daca vrei amanunte, da-mi adresa de e-mail.


I. Executive Summary
A. One sentence explanation of the enterprise
B. Define the market opportunity
C. Simple definition of the product or service
D. Identify and briefly qualify the CEO/management team
E. Financial summary
F. Revenue, Gross Margin, SO&A, EBIT, EBT
G. Sources and Uses of financing

II. Market Summary
A. Define the overall market and your segment
B. History and development of the market
C. Size -- total market and your segment
D. Growth rates -- historical and projected
E. Customers -- definition and target
1. Explanation of purchase decision
2. Segmentation
3. Price assumptions
4. Value Analysis
a) Break Even
b) Value Proposition
F. Competition -- identify the top five or ten competitors
1. Size/relative position
2. Management and ownership
3. Market share overall and by segment
4. Strengths and weaknesses
5. Overall competitive threat
G. Trends -- what is occurring in the industry today
H. Needs -- what needs to occur in the industry

III. Marketing and Distribution
A. Marketing strategy -- define the company's marketing objectives and execution plans
B. Channels -- define the company's distribution system
1. What are its strengths and weaknesses
2. Who else competes in the company's channels
C. Pricing -- define the company's pricing policies
D. Promotion -- how will the company communicate and promote itself and its products
E. Geographic penetration -- where will the company focus its efforts
F. Service and Support -- to what extent and how will it be delivered
G. Priorities -- how does the company choose its marketing priorities
H. Sales
1. How is the company's sales effort structured
2. Direct sales force
3. Outside sales representatives
4. Direct marketing
5. House accounts
6. How does the company source prospects and identify decision makers
7. How does the company set its sales priorities and sales budgets
8. What are the company's sales efficiencies and conversion rates
9. What is the company's sales incentive and/or commission structure
I. Identify the company's top ten customers along with $ sales and % of sales

IV. Company History and Operations
A. Definition of the business in which the company operates
B. Founding
C. Development of the business over time
D. The company today -- its distinctive competence
E. Product/Service offerings
F. Competitive advantages and disadvantages

V. Management
A. CEO's background and qualifications
B. Other management team's background and qualifications
C. Planned additional management including job descriptions and qualifications
D. Organization Chart
E. Board of Directors
F. Management compensation and incentives
G. Employee career paths
H. Ownership chart -- now and post financing "Reserved for future issuance"

VI. Production/Operations
A. How product/service is produced
B. Production advantages/disadvantages vs. competition
C. Standard costs at present and future volume levels
D. Opportunities for improvement
E. Present capacity and future expansion plans

VII. Growth Opportunities
A. Define the company's growth options
B. New product development
C. Expanding existing product/service sales
D. Acquisitions
E. Geographic expansion
F. How will the company set its growth priorities

VIII. Capital Needs and Liquidity
A. What are the company's capital funding needs over the next two years
B. How will the funds be used
C. How does the company plan to raise debt and equity capital
D. Structure of offer to investors
E. What are the company's options for providing investors with liquidity
F. What value is expected to be created at the end of each of the next five years

IX. Financial Information
A. Historical Financial Statements
1. Last year's audited statement
2. Summary of previous years
3. Most recent internal statement
B. Current year Budget
C. Projected Financial Statements
1. Monthly income statement, balance sheet and cash flow in first year
2. Annual income statements, balance sheets and cash flow for five years
D. Financial Covenants for five years with assumptions if leveraged
E. If unprofitable, clearly define the breakeven point and when it will occur

X. Appendix
A. Marketing brochures and other product/service information
B. Third party market studies
C. Trade journal articles on the company, the industry and competitors
D. Supplementary financial information
E. Supplementary legal information
F. References


The things that come to those who wait are what's left behind by those
who got there first.
on the radio station - de sanjuro la: 20/01/2005 16:11:19
(la: Un nou forum: "Bancuri, glume, poante...")
Imi cer scuze pentru cei care nu cunosc lb. engleza...

On WBAM FM (Chicago) radio station, on a morning show, the DJ launches a new contest with consistent prizes.

The CONTEST was called MATE MATCH. The DJ called someone on his office, ask the person if it's married or has a significant other.

In case of positive answer, the DJ ask him 3 very personal questions after which the person is asked to provide the name and the phone number of the mate to check the answers.

If the answers are correct the couple wins a really big prize.


DJ: "Hi, this is Edgar from WBAM. Have you heard about our MATE MATCH contest ?"
HIM(laughing): "Yeah, I've heard."
DJ: "OK! So you know the prize is a 5 days trip to Orlando, Florida, in case you win. Your first name ?"
HIM: "Brian."
DJ: "Brian, are you married, RIGHT ?"
Brian: "Yes."
DJ: "Good. And your wife first name is ... ?"
Brian: " Sara."
DJ: "Sara is at work right now ?"
Brian (laughing): "Yes, she's at work."
DJ: "Okay then ... first question - When did you two have sex last time ?"
Brian: "She's going to kill me !"
DJ: "Don't worry, Brian."
Brian: "This morning, around 8 a.m."
DJ: "Well done, man! Second question - How long did it take ?"
Brian: "About 10 minutes."
DJ: "Wow! You really want to wins this trip, right? Nobody would easily recognize this !"
Brian: "Yes, we'd really enjoy this trip."
DJ: "Okaaay ... last question - Where did you two do it ?"
Brian (laughing): "Weeeellllll .... "
DJ: "So far you did good, Brian ... come on, tell me where."
Brian: "Not there is something, but her mother lives with us for few weeks."
DJ: "Hmmm ... sounds better and better ..."
Brian: "... and my mother in law was in the shower and ... in short ... we did it on the kitchen table !"
DJ: "Isn't that great ? A real adventure ... well, my dear listeners, let's put Brian on "hold" and call the WIFE. "
DJ: "Hello. Sara's there ?"
After a short while ... Sara's on the phone :

DJ: "Hi Sara, this is Edgar from WBAM. We're on air and till now we talked couple of hours to Brian."
Sara (laughing): "Couple of hours ?"
DJ: "Well, several minutes, in fact ... he's on air with us. Do you know the rules of our MATE MATCH contest ?"
Sara: "No."
DJ: " Okaaay."
Brian: laughs.
Sara (laughing): "Brian, what in the world are you up to ?"
Brian: "Sara, you just have to give absolutely honest answers to the next questions. You gotta be absolutely honest."
DJ: "OK ... let's see ... if your answers are the same with Brian's ... you'll win a 5 days trip to Orlando, Florida. You got it, Sara ?"
Sara (laughing): "Yeah, I got it."
DJ: "Then ... let's see ... - When did you two have sex last time ?"
Sara: "O God ! Brian ...... this morning before Brian left for work."
DJ: "Good, good ... but which hour was it ?"
Sara: "I think around 8 a.m."
DJ: "Very good ... next question - How long did it take ? "
Sara: "12, 15 minutes .. probably."
DJ: "Hmmm. Close enough. I'm sure you're trying to protect his manhood. You're one question to the trip in Florida. Are you ready ?"
Sara (laughing): "Yeesss."
DJ: " Where did you two do it ?"
Sara: "Oh God, Brian ... you didn't tell them ... did you ?"
Brian: "Don't worry ... tell them."
DJ: "What's wrong Sara ... something's bothering you ?"
Sara: "Well, just that my mother is in holiday and she's living with us ......"
DJ: "And she saw you ?"
Sara: "Brian?!"
Brian: "No ... oh no, I don't ..."
DJ: "Hold it ... calm down ... I need an answer ! Please !?"
Sara: "Oh, God , I don't believe you told them such a thing !"
Brian: "Come on, honey, we're talking about a trip to Florida !"
DJ: "Come on, sis ... we don't have all day for this. Where did you two do it ?"
Sara (after a short pause): " In the ass !"

(a long, long, long silence)
DJ: "We'll be back after commercials ............. "

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women are like apples - de Horia D la: 20/01/2005 16:36:18
(la: Un nou forum: "Bancuri, glume, poante...")
Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the
tree.
Most men don't reach for the good ones because they are afraid of
falling and getting hurt. Instead, they just take the rotten apples from the ground that aren't as good, but easy.

The apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in
reality, they're amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along, the one who's brave enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree.

Now Men...men are like a fine wine. They begin as grapes, and it's up
to women to stomp the shit out of them until they turn into something
acceptable to have dinner with.



The things that come to those who wait are what's left behind by those
who got there first.
ietete...... - de Belle la: 21/01/2005 16:36:25
(la: despre barbati ... fara suparare :))
We always hear "the rules" from the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side.

These are our rules:

Please note... these are all numbered "1" ON PURPOSE!

1.
Breasts are for looking at and that is why we do it. Don't try to change that

1.
Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1.
Saturday = sports. It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be

1.
Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

1.
Crying is blackmail.

1.
Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one:
Subtle hints do not work!
Strong hints do not work!
Obvious hints do not work!
JUST SAY IT!

1.
‘Yes’ and ‘No’ are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question

1.
Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for

1.
A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor

1.
Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 days

1.
If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us

1.
If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one

1.
You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done
Not both
If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself

1.
Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials

1.
Christopher Columbus did not need directions and neither do we

1.
ALL men see in only 16 colours, like Windows default settings.
Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a colour. Pumpkin is also a fruit.
We have no idea what mauve is.

1.
If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.

1.
If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," we will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle

1.
If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, expect an answer you don't want to hear

1.
When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine, Really

1.
Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as:
Sex,
Sport, or
Cars

1.
You have enough clothes

1.
You have too many shoes

1.
I am in shape. Round is a shape.

1.
Thank you for reading this; Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the
couch tonight, but did you know men really don't mind that, it's like camping.
Pass this to as many men as you can - to give them a laugh.
Pass this to as many women as you can - to give them an education


~~~~ I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it
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Una buna(in engleza) - de Pasagerul la: 30/01/2005 19:25:06
(la: Un nou forum: "Bancuri, glume, poante...")
Subject: Noah and the Year 2004

It is the year 2004 and Noah lives in the United States.

The Lord speaks to Noah and says:

"In one year I am going to make it rain and cover the whole earth with water until all is destroyed.
But I want you to save the righteous people and two of every kind of living thing on the earth.
Therefore, I am commanding you to build an Ark."

In a flash of lightning,
God delivered the specifications for an Ark.

Fearful and trembling,
Noah took the plans and agreed to build the Ark.

"Remember," said the Lord,
"You must complete the Ark and
bring everything aboard in one year."

Exactly one year later,
a fierce storm cloud covered the earth and
all the seas of the earth went into a tumult.
The Lord saw Noah sitting in his front yard weeping.

"Noah." He shouted, "Where is the Ark?"

"Lord please forgive me!" cried Noah.
"I did my best but there were big problems.

First, I had to get a permit for construction and
your plans did not comply with the codes.
I had to hire an engineering firm and redraw the plans.

Then I got into a fight with OSHA
over whether or not the Ark needed a
fire sprinkler system and floatation devices.

Then my neighbor objected,
claiming I was violating zoning ordinances
by building the Ark in my front yard,
so I had to get a variance
from the city planning commission.

I had problems getting enough wood for the Ark,
because there was a ban on cutting trees
to protect the Spotted Owl.
I finally convinced the US Forest Service
that I needed the wood to save the owls.

However, the Fish and Wildlife Service
won't let me catch any owls. So, no owls.

The carpenters formed a union and went out on
strike. I had to negotiate a settlement with
the National Labor Union.
Now I have 16 carpenters on the Ark, but still no owls.

When I started rounding up the other animals,
I got sued by an animal rights group.
They objected to me only taking two of each kind aboard.

Just when I got the suit dismissed,
the EPA notified me that I could not complete
the Ark without filing an environmental impact statement
on your proposed flood.

They didn't take very kindly to the idea that they
had no jurisdiction over the conduct of
the Creator of the universe.

Then the Army Corps of Engineers
demanded a map of the proposed new flood plain.
I sent them a globe.

Right now, I am trying to resolve a complaint filed
with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
that I am practicing discrimination by
not taking godless, unbelieving people aboard!

The IRS has seized all my assets,
claiming that I'm building the Ark in
preparation to flee the country
to avoid paying taxes.

I just got a notice from the State that I owe some
kind of user tax and failed to register the Ark
as a "recreational water craft."

Finally the ACLU got the courts to issue an
injunction against further construction of the Ark,
saying that since God is flooding the earth,
it is a religious event and therefore unconstitutional.

I really don't think I can finish the Ark
for another 5 or 6 years!" Noah wailed.

The sky began to clear,
the sun began to shine and
the seas began to calm.
A rainbow arched across the sky.

Noah looked up hopefully.
"You mean you are not going to destroy the earth, Lord?"

"No," said the Lord sadly.
"The government already has "

AMEN!









Uite tot despre individ: T - de mya la: 14/02/2005 23:17:21
(la: Theodorakis)
Uite tot despre individ:

Theodorakis' comments in November led Israel to complain to the Greek government, which distanced itself from the composer's remarks.

In March, the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish advocacy group, urged Jews not to visit Greece, saying: "There is no country in Europe that matches the intensity of anti-Semitic invective."

The composer - who wrote the Palestinian national anthem - also said there is no anti-Semitism in Europe, despite a recent wave of anti-Jewish attacks.

He called Jewish claims of anti-Semitism a "masochistic reaction" by a people who like to be "the victim."

Theodorakis claimed Jews control banks, the mass media and the United States.

"They hold world finance in their hands, so it's only natural that they would see themselves as very strong," Theodorakis said. "In America the Jewish community is very strong. It controls much of the economy, certainly the mass media," he said.

Theodorakis said Jewish control of orchestras has prevented him from holding concerts.

"The Jewish people now appear to control the big banks. And often the governments. So whatever bad or evil comes from the governments, it's natural for ordinary people to associate that with the Jewish people," he said.

After describing how his religious grandmother believed Jews drank the blood of Christian boys during Easter, the composer said the problem was that Jews didn't accept Jesus.


Pentru mine e destul de sugestiv, tipul are probleme grave...ca sa nu zic mai rau. Citisem despre asta cand a avut loc "comentariul" pe viu.
American Diplomacy - de Pasagerul la: 20/02/2005 19:30:44
(la: Un nou forum: "Bancuri, glume, poante...")
George: Condi! Nice to see you. What's happening?
Condi: Sir, I have the report you wanted about the new leader of
China.
George: Great. Lay it on me.
Condi: Hu is the new leader of China.
George: That's what I want to know.
Condi: That's what I'm telling you.
George: That's what I'm asking you. Who is the new leader of
China?
Condi: Yes.
George: I mean the fellow's name.
Condi: Hu.
George: The guy in China.
Condi: Hu.
George: The new leader of China.
Condi: Hu.
George: The main man in China!
Condi: Hu is leading China.
George: Now whaddya' asking me for?
Condi: I'm telling you, Hu is leading China.
George: Well, I'm asking you. Who is leading China?
Condi: That's the man's name.
George: That's who's name?
Condi: Yes.
George: Will you, or will you not, tell me the name of the new
leader of China?
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: Yassir? Yassir Arafat is in China? I thought he's dead in
the Middle East.
Condi: That's correct.
George: Then who is in China?
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: Yassir is in China?
Condi: No, sir.
George: Then who is?
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: Yassir?
Condi: No, sir.
George: Look Condi. I need to know the name of the new leader of
China. Get me the Secretary General of the U.N. on the phone.
Condi: Kofi?
George: No, thanks.
Condi: You want Kofi?
George: No.
Condi: You don't want Kofi?
George: No. But now that you mention it, I could use a glass of
milk. And then get me the U.N.
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: Not Yassir! The guy at the U.N.
Condi: Kofi?
George: I said milk! Will you please make the call?
Condi: And call who?
George: Who is the guy at the U.N?
Condi: Hu is the guy in China.
George: Will you stay out of China?!
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: And stay out of the Middle East! Just get me the guy at
the U.N.
Condi: Kofi.
George: All right! With cream and two sugars.

-------------------------------------------------
If you always do what you've always done
you'll always get what you always got.
Fefe - de giocondel la: 12/03/2005 07:17:38
(la: Barfa)
In primul rand, cred ca ar fi inspirat sa imi cer scuze anticipat, probabil si acum voi scrie un mesaj lung lung. Eu nu ma pricep in ale scrisului, sunt mai degraba un bunicel orator.

FEFE: “ Ceea ce tu ne spui este idealizarea omului, care din pacate nu exista. Omul e om, si nu-l vei putea niciodata face "divin", nici tu, nici eu, nimeni, decit numai Dumnezeu.”

Draga Fefe, in raspuns, as dori sa incerc sa pun in perspectiva faptul ca omului de acum 600 de ani, I s-a fi parut idel si imposibil ca omul viitorului sa faca descoperirile ce au fost facute in ultimii 150 de ani. Mintea omului renascentist era incetosata indeajuns sa respinga argumente stiintifice, sa nu ii acorde lui da vinci sansa de a-si pune in practica teoriile si descoperirile.pt ca pareau utopice, idealiste, imposibile.

La fel cum poate unuia ce a trait in vreo perioada intunecata , in vreun trib sangeros ce ingropa nou nasacutii- fete, I s-ar fi parut utopic , ideal, sa ii spui ca intr-o zi, cat de curand, oamenii vor ajunge la concluzia ca femeile sunt fiinte umane, cu drepturi egale .

cand poetesa iraniana Tahirih si-a aruncat valul, acum 150 de ani si a spus: "ma puteti ucide dar emanciparea femeii nu o puteti opri!" si a fost martirizata, corpu-i fiind aruncat intr-o fantana parasita, multi au crezut ca nu e zdravana la cap, ca idealul despre care vorbeste ea va ramane intotdeauna un ideal....cu exceptia acelor oameni ai vremii ce detineau viziune patrunzatoare si care au inteles , admirat si raspandit povestea ei.

Ceea ce catalogati dumneavoastra ca fiind "Ideal"- adica imposibil de atins- este de fapt directia inspre care se indreapta umanitatea, si chiar daca descoperirile stiintifice au doua taisuri ( vezi puterea de distrugere conferita de tehnologia moderna), cert este ca omului I se dezvolta capacitatile si calitatile pe zi ce trece. Omul depaseste bariere nu demult negandite , chiar si pe plan spiritual. Din ce in ce mai mult omenirea incepe sa inteleaga ca aceasta planeta nu ar trebui privita in bucatele, ca suntem cu totii locuitorii aceleasi immense tari, prejudecatile de rasa, religie, statut social desi prezente si accentuate in diferite culturi, incep incet sa dispara sau sa se atenueze si curand omenirea va intelege ca daca unitatea rasei umane nu va fi atinsa, ne vom autodistruge. Asta implica eliminarea prejudecatilor de natura rasiala, religioasa,stautut social , etc.., implica eliminarea imensei prapastii dintre cei bogati si saraci, cultivarea principiului de egalitate in drepturi intre femei si barbati, acces universal la educatie, atingerea unei armonii intre religie si stiinta, etc etc…ceea ce in ultima instanta va conduce la Pace generala :):) alta utopie, veti zice poate...:):)
Omul viitorului, un viitor nu foarte indepartat, va apartine unei noi rase umane, o rasa ce va ajuge la echilibru interior, isi va dezvolta capacitatile spirituale, se va trezi si va cunoaste adevaruri inca scunse privirii umane.o rasa ce nu va mai cunoaste diviziunea si va fi unita.

Adevarat, Dumnezeu ne-a facut divini. Cand ne-a creat. In acelasi timp noi insine avem alegerea si puterea de a mentine un echilibru al dualitatii noastre, de a ne concentra pe ceea ce este luminos, a descoperi in noroiul imaginatiilor noastre false si iluzorii atribute spirituale, a le dezvolta si a le manifesta in viata de zi cu zi.

Refuz sa cred ca oamenii nu se pot trezi din somnambulism, ca ei vor refuza intr-una sa se cunoasca asa cum sunt, frumosi, divini, nobili, bogati si sa inceapa transformarea acestei planete (al carui echilibru este zdruncinat) prin Exemplul Personal.

Daca eu aleg sa imi rafinez caracterul si imi educ spiritul sa manifeste in ganduri si actiuni aspecte pozitive si energii benefice, daca eu aleg sa fac bine si refuz sa barfesc un alt om, si refuz sa fac compromisuri la slujba, si refuz sa fur, si refuz sa denigrez si sa calomniez pe cei din jur, daca eu aleg sa trec peste propriile mele dorinte egoiste si ma pun in slujba umanitatii cu abnegatie, daca imi tratez vecinul mai bine decat m-as trata pe mine insami, daca imi ridic munca la rang de rugaciune, daca aleg sa manifest in viata mea pace cu toata daruirea…desi se spune ca nu se face primavara cu o floare, am curajul sa contrazic si sustin cu Convingere ferma si nestramutata ca: BA da , se face! pentru ca fiecare primavara are o prima floare a ei..totul are un inceput.

Si daca si dumneavoastra veti face acelasi lucru este imposibil ca macar un om sa nu fie atins si incins de “idealismul” acesta si sa nu faca si el acelasi lucru…unu plus unu plus unu…nici nu banuiti cat de puternic este efectul unei actiuni pure, bine motivate…

Omul este ca o lampa prafuita. Desi, inerent, poseda capacitatea de a oferi lumina in jurul sau, este acoperit cu praful ego ului , vanitatii, negativismului..cunoasteti lista. Tot ce trebuie s a facem, este sa stergem si sa indepartam acest val pentru ca Divinul exista in noi si straluceste chiar daca nu este scos, in mare parte, la suprafata inca.

noapte buna, numai bine!

multumesc de elucidare, nu observasem smecheria cu pseudonimul nairda:)

"O DWELLERS OF MY PARADISE!
With the hands of loving-kindness I have planted in the holy garden of paradise the young tree of your love and friendship, and have watered it with the goodly showers of My tender grace; now that the hour of its fruiting is come, strive that it may be protected, and be not consumed with the flame of desire and passion."
-The Persian Hidden Words-



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Unul dintre cele mai bune programe de procesat raw-uri - de Dinu Lazar la: 23/03/2005 22:31:08
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Since the initial release a month ago of RawShooter essentials 2005 we have been busy updating the product with improvements to quality, workflow and hardware and camera compatibility. Especially we would like to draw your attention to these improvements:

• Expanded camera compatibility: Canon EOS 350D/Rebel XT, Nikon D2X, Minolta A200, Minolta 7Hi, Epson R1-D as well as improved compatibility with several cameras already supported
• A new Processing Parameter Panel to control the default processing parameters such as noise / detail / sharpness to be applied across camera type and ISO range
• Black and white support
• Improved highlight rendering and tonal treatments, color rendering and noise reduction
• Enhanced metadata support (EXIF / IPTC)
• Improved hardware and OS compatibility
• Various workflow and functionality enhancements

An updated version of RawShooter essentials 2005 (v1.1.1) is available now to download.
http://www.pixmantec.com/index2.html
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No comment! - de ampop la: 24/03/2005 10:39:32
(la: Terri Schiavo , eutanasia pro sau contra?)
March 23, 2005
Doctor says Terri is Aware and Feels Pain - Updated
From the NRO: A doctor who has seen Terri Schiavo this month says she seems to be aware of what's going on and appears to feel pain. [pdf file]

William Polk Cheshire, Jr., M.D,. M.A, F.A.A.N.is a neurologist practicing the State of Florida who believes that it can be ethically permissible to discontinue artificially provided nutrition and hydration for persons in a permanent vegetative state. He writes,

Having now reviewed the relevant facts, having met and observed Ms. Schiavo in person, and having reflected deeply on the moral and ethical issues, I would like to explain why I have changed my mind in regard to this particular case.
He explains that Terri was found by court appointed doctors to be in a state of PVS, meaning wakefulness without awareness and lacking the integrated function of the cerebral cortex. Related to Terri's PVS diagnosis he suggests,
There remain, in fact, huge uncertainties, in regard to Terri’s true neurological status. Although exploring such questions may be uncomfortable, I believe that medicine has an obligation to ascertain the neurological facts to the highest possible degree of certainty.
One of his first statements in the seven page document addresses the lack of adequate medical imaging for the purpose of diagnosis. He states,
Although Terri has undergone structural imaging studies of her brain (such as the CT scan which I have reviewed). She ahas not, to my knowledge, undergoing functional imaging studies, such as positron emission topography (PET) or functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The structural studies have shown substantial loss of cerebral cortex which was deprives of blood supply for more than 40 minutes in 1990, but there does remain some cerebral cortex.
He follows with a lengthy summary of his direct examination of Terri, medical records, and hours of video tape. I've (roughly) reproduced it below (emphasis mine).


Based on my review of extensive medical records documenting Terri’s care over the years, on my personal observations of Terri, and on my observations of Terri’s responses in the many hours of videotapes taken in 2002, she demonstrates a number of behaviors that I believe case a reasonable doubt on the prior diagnosis of PVS.
Her behavior is frequently context-specific. For example, her facial expression brightens and she smiles in response to the voice of familiar persons such as her parents or her nurse. Her agitation subsides and her facial demeanor soften when quiet music is played. When jubilant piano music is played, her face brightens, she lifts her eyebrows, smiles, and even laughs. Her lateral gaze toward the tape player is sustained for many minutes. Several times I witnessed Terri briefly, albeit inconsistently, laugh in response to a humorous comment someone in the room had made. I did not see her laugh in the absence of someone else’s laughter.
Although she does not seem to track or follow visual objects consistently or for long periods of time, she does fixate her gaze on colorful objects or human faces for some 15 seconds at a time and occasionally follow with her eyes at least briefly as these objects move from side to side. When I first walked into her room, she immediately turned her head toward me and looked directly at my face. There was a look of curiosity or expectation in her express, and she maintained eye contact for about half a minute. Later, when she again looked at me, she brought her lips together as if to pronounce the letter "O", and although for a moment it appeared that she might be making an intentional effort to speak, her fade then fell blank, and no words came out.
Although I did not hear Terri utter distinct words, she demonstrates emotional expressivity by her use of single syllable vocalizations such as "ah," making cooing sounds, or by expressing guttural sounds of annoyance or moaning appropriate to the context of the situation. The context-specific range and variability of her vocalizations suggest at least a reasonable probability of the processing of emotional thought within her brain. There have been reports of Terri rarely using actual words specific to her situational context. The July 25, 2003 affidavit of speech pathologist Sara Green Mele, MS, on page 6, reads, "The records of Mediplex reflect the fact that she has said ‘stop’ in apparent response to a medical procedure being done to her." The Adult Protective Services team has been unable to retrieve those original medical records I this instance.
Although Terri has not consistently followed commands there appear to be some notable exceptions. In the taped examination by Dr. Hammesfahr from 2002, when asked to close her eyes she began to blink repeatedly. Although it was unclear whether she squeezed her grip when asked, she did appear to raise her right leg four times in succession each time she was asked to do so. Rehabilitation notes from 1991 indicated that she tracked inconsistently, and although did not develop a yes/no communication system, did follow some commands inconsistently and demonstrated good eye contact of family members.
There is a remarkable moment in the videotape of the September 3, 2002 examination by Dr. Hammesfahr that seemed to go unnoticed at the time. At 2:44 p.m., Dr. Hammesfahr had just turned Terri onto her right side to examine her back with a painful sharp stimulus (a sharp piece of wood), to which Terri had responded with signs of discomfort. Well after he ceased applying the stimulus and had returned Terri to a comfortable position, he says to her parents, "So, we’re going to have to roll her over ...," Immediately Terri cries. She vocalizes a crying sound, "Ugh, ha, ha, ha," presses her eyebrows together, and sadly grimaces. It is important to note that, at that moment, no one is touching Terri or causing actual pain. Rather, she appears to comprehend the meaning of Dr. Hammesfahr’s comment and signals her anticipation of pain. This response suggests some degree of language processing and interpretation at the level of the cerebral cortex.
Mario
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Ia plugul neamule, ca veni primavara si se merge la arat - de Dinu Lazar la: 03/04/2005 16:51:08
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS
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Rob Miller released a plugin called VignettingRemover (for Windows), which can be used with 8bit and 16bit RGB images. It is primarily meant for removing vignetting from astronomical photos, but it can also be used for normal photos. It is freeware, but the author asks you to donate $5 if you like it.

http://www.atm-international.com/Astrophotos/photoshop_plugins.htm

Two more plugins have been added to the Photo-Plugins collection (for Windows). Lens Corrector removes barrel or pincushion distortions and Selective Saturation applies saturation adjustments to areas with a certain saturation. All Photo-Plugins are freely usable, but George appreciates donations via Paypal that help to cover his web site fees.

http://www.photo-plugins.com/

Richard Rosenman added two new plugins (for Windows) to his vast collection. Pinocchio is a fun tool that lets you prolong the nose of people in photos by dragging it in the preview. Color Replacer performs selective color replacements.

http://www.richardrosenman.com/photoshop.htm

XLProfiler (for Windows) is a freeware ICC profiler for digital cameras and scanners, it is a combination of a Microsoft Excel Workbook and a standard Adobe Photoshop plug-in filter. The procedure looks quite complex, so you need to invest some time.

http://www.aim-dtp.net/aim/calibration/xlprofiler/

Cybia updated his free brush packs for Photoshop, PSP and GIMP (for Win/Mac). You can now download 4 packs of FREE brushes, containing a total of 1100 individual tips. Cybia also offers 5 commercial brush packs for $10 each.

http://www.cybia.co.uk/brushes.htm

PhotoFiltre (for Windows) is an image editing tool with a lot of nice features. Many interesting plugins, which only work in PhotoFiltre, are also available for it. PhotoFiltre is free for a private, non-commercial or educational use (including non-profit organizations). Paradoxically it isn't possible to register it at the moment, so you are not allowed to use it for commercial purposes, which is a bit weird.

http://www.photofiltre.com

The free LE version of Ultimate Paint 2.86 (for Windows) works just like the commercial version, but does not support Adobe plugins and has only 20 image filters built-in. It is meant to be a replacement for Ultimate FX which isn't officially supported any more.

http://www.ultimatepaint.com/

The free Personal Learning Edition of Alias MotionBuilder (for Win/Mac) is a character performance and animation package for non-commercial use. It offers all features of MotionBuilder Standard 6, but doesn't allow exporting to FBX, an application independent 3D format.

http://www.alias.com/eng/products-services/motionbuilder/

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awake - de psychedelic la: 10/04/2005 06:22:57
(la: Lacrimi mangaiate de realitate (partea I))
Shake dreams from your hair
My pretty child, my sweet one.
Choose the day and choose the sign of your day
The day�s divinity
First thing you see.

A vast radiant beach in a cool jeweled moon
Couples naked race down by it�s quiet side
And we laugh like soft, mad children
Smug in the wooly cotton brains of infancy
The music and voices are all around us.
Choose they croon the ancient ones
The time has come again
Choose now, they croon
Beneath the moon
Beside an ancient lake
Enter again the sweet forest
Enter the hot dream
Come with us
Everything is broken up and dances
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