Title Under Header

.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Perpetual Calendar

===.
Updated: 2010 Jul 19 at 08:07 hrs

Download (My Calendar Template ~ Excel File)

Read about this update
MyCalendarTemplate-ExcelFile-20100719,0807hrs(LeapYearRepaired).xls
http://enterarena.blogspot.sg/2010/05/my-calendar-template-excel-file.html

===.
Original Post Date: Monday, May 31, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Perpetual Calendar


.....

Finally, a Calendar for Any Year (between 1900 to 2078). Just '
Downloadthe file and all you need to do is to change the Year of the Calendar you want.

Somewhere in 1999 or 2000, I came into possession of this file. I gave it to a friend to use before deleting it because I had wanted to create one just like it on my own, but one which starts on a Monday instead. The one I created is not automated yet, so I've decided to concede defeat and just use this one although it starts on a Sunday.

Luckily my friend saved it and said that it had served her well for so many years since 1999 or 2000. I do not know who the creator is, and have no way of finding out. I can't even remember how I came into possession of this file.

Feel free to download and use.



===.



For some reason their not animating.
Their supposed to be Animated GIF files.
Try double-clicking on them to see the animation.

===.
Advent Wreath Candles
.
 
 
===.

Friday, December 14, 2012

I like the simple melody and even the lyrics, although I think it's pure 
plagiarism... but very-clever-and-artistically-well-done-plagiarism.
See English Idioms on the internet... click HERE.

Also a good song for learning English Idioms 
and definitely very good for Children to learn.

Scroll down for the Video... and here are the lyrics.

by Singer Songwriter: Lenka Kripac

As sly as a fox, as strong as an ox
As fast as a hare, as brave as a bear
As free as a bird, as mean as a word
As quiet as a mouse, as big as a house

[Chorus 1]
All... I wanna be
Oh oh oh... All... I wanna be
Oh oh oh... All... I wanna be
Is everything...

As mean as a wolf, as sharp as a tooth
As deep as a bite, as dark as the night
As sweet as a song, as right as a wrong
As long as a road, as ugly as a toad
As pretty as a picture hanging from a fixture
Strong like a family, strong as I wanna be
Bright as day, as light as play
As hard as nails, as grand as a whale

[Chorus 1]
All... I wanna be
Oh oh oh... All... I wanna be
Oh oh oh... All... I wanna be
Is everything...

[Chorus 2]
Everything at once
Everything at once
Oh... everything at once

As long as the sun, as silly as fun
As cool as a tree, as scary as the sea
As hot as fire, cold as ice
Sweet as sugar and everything nice
As old as time, as straight as a line
As royal as a queen, as buzzed as a bee
As stealth as a tiger, smooth as a glider
Pure as a melody, pure as I wanna be

[Chorus 1] [Chorus 1]

===.
===.
{Studio ~ Audio with Lyrics}
Lenka - Everything at Once + Lyrics

===.
===.
{Live Performance}
An Evening With Lenka ~ Everything At Once

===.
===.
{Studio ~ Music Video}
Lenka - Everything At Once (Music Video)

===.

English ~ Spelled/Spelt ~ Learned/Learnt ~ Spilled/Spilt

Email below, which started this blog, is a sample of Out-of-Office Email Disclamer in 'Copy Writing'... 
which is more accurately 'spelt or spelled' as 'Copywriting' and not to be confused with Copyright.

This interest has branched of to other interests like:
• Spelled vs. Spelt ~ I prefer 'Spelled' as 'Spelt' could mean something else... I think it's a kind of 'wheat'.
• Learned vs. Learnt ~ I prefer 'Learnt' to differentiate it from 'Learned' pronounced as 'Learn-ed'.
• Spilled vs. Spilt ~ 

~~~

.....

Copywriting

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copywriting


Not to be confused with Copyright.


Copywriting is the act of writing copy (text) for the purpose of advertising or marketing a productbusinesspersonopinion or idea. The addressee (reader, listener, etc.) of the copy is meant to be persuaded to buy the product advertised for, or subscribe to the viewpoint the text shares.

Copywriters are used to help create direct mail pieces, taglines, jingle lyricsweb page content (although if the purpose is not ultimately promotional, its author might prefer to be called a content writer), online ads, e-mail and other Internet content, television or radio commercial scriptspress releaseswhite paperscatalogsbillboards, brochures, postcards, sales letters, and other marketing communications media. Copy can also appear in social media content including blog posts, tweets, and social-networking site posts.

Content writing on websites may include among its objectives the achievement of higher rankings in search engines. Known as "organic" search engine optimization (SEO), [1] this practice involves the strategic placement and repetition of keywords and keyword phrases on web pages, writing in a manner that human readers would consider normal.


~~~


~~~

.....

Spelled vs. spelt

http://grammarist.com/spelling/spelled-spelt/


In American English, spelt primarily refers to the hardy wheat grown mostly in Europe, and the verb spell makes spelled in the past tense and as a past participle. In all other main varieties of English, spelt and spelled both work as the past tense and past participle of spell, at least where spell means to form words letter by letter or (with outto make clear. Outside the U.S., the two forms are interchangeable in these senses, and both are commonly used.

But when spell carries the sense to temporarily relieve (someone) from workspelled is the preferred form throughout the English-speaking world. This is a minor point, though, as this sense of spell is rarely used outside the U.S., where it is most common.





Spelled is not a recent Americanism, as many people assume (including some who have commented on this post). Both spelled and spelt are old, and examples of each are easily found in historical Google Books searches covering the 17th and 18th centuries. It is true, however, that spelt was ascendant everywhere through most of the 19th century. This ended when the Americans permanently settled on spelled around 1900.


Interesting Comment 1:

by Auburnwine • 8 months ago, Monday, 2012 Apr 09 at 11:45am

Here in Australia it is spelt, not spelled, learnt is completely different to learned (pronounced learn-ed, as in my learn-ed colleague). Ho is something Santa says, Hoe is what you till the earth in your vegie patch and a Whore is a lady of the night or a prostitute.


~~~


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Undisclosed
Date: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Subject: Out of Office AutoReply: To Undisclosed
To: Undisclosed

I am on leave afternoon of 12th & 13th Dec and all day on 14th Dec. 

This email and any attachments are confidential and may also be privileged. Unless otherwise stated, they are for information purposes only and are not intended as an offer or solicitation for the purchase or sale of any financial instrument or as an official confirmation of a transaction. Any views expressed herein are not necessarily those of 'This Company', its subsidiaries and affiliates. If you are not the addressee, do not disclose, copy, circulate or in any other way use or rely on the information contained in this email or any attachments. If received in error, notify the sender immediately and delete this email and any attachments from your system. Emails cannot be guaranteed to be secure or error free as the message and any attachments could be intercepted, corrupted, lost, delayed, incomplete or amended. Standard Chartered PLC and its subsidiaries do not accept liability for damage caused by this email or any attachments and may monitor email traffic. By messaging with the sender you consent to the foregoing.

'This Company' is incorporated in 'This Country' with limited liability under company number '6-digit-number-not-shown-here' and has its registered office at 'This Address'.

'This Company' is incorporated in 'This Country' with limited liability by 'This Official Body'. The Principal Office of 'This Company' is situated in 'This Country' at 'This Address'. In 'Another Country', 'This Company' is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority under FSA register number '6-digit-number-not-shown-here'.

If you are receiving this email from 
'This Company' outside 'This Country', please click 'url-not-shown-hereto refer to the information on other jurisdictions.

Insofar as this communication contains any market commentary, the market commentary has been prepared by a sales and/or trading desk of 'This Company' or its affiliate. It is not and does not constitute research material, independent research, recommendation or financial advice. Any market commentary is for information purpose only and shall not be relied for any other purpose, and is subject to the relevant disclaimers available at 
'url-not-shown-here'.

===.

Monday, December 10, 2012

MediaCorp to United Square ~ Shuttle service during lunch hours

===.

Enjoy FREE Weekday Lunch Shuttle Service at United Square from 19th November 2012.

Pick-up/Drop-off Point at Level 1, near Customer Service Exit Door.

Terms and conditions apply.

Visit website or their Customer Service Counter, Level 1 for more details.

(This information was published in November 2012)



===.

===.


Sunday, December 09, 2012

Gmail ~ To Undo 'Always Display Images'

Hi all,

The first solution to my problem was at this LINK.

... which I found very useful. 
I had no problems with it... but... 
I noticed some readers had problems finding it so... 
here's a picture of it at this LINK.

===.

===.


Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Know The Law

Wow! "... 18 months in jail and three strokes of the cane...". 
I think this is considered very much like vandalism which is also punishable by the cane in Singapore.

~~~
.....
News ~ Singapore


 Picture Caption:
Unable to pay off his $400 loans from an unlicensed moneylender, a 19-year-old full-time national serviceman became a 'commando" - a harasser for a loanshark - and set fire to the homes of debtors. On Tuesday, Bernard Quek He Feng, now 21, was sentenced to 18 months in jail and three strokes of the cane. -- ST PHOTO:  WONG KWAI CHOW

UNABLE to pay off his $400 loans from an unlicensed moneylender, a 19-year-old full-time national serviceman became a 'commando" - a harasser for a loanshark - and set fire to the homes of debtors.

On Tuesday, Bernard Quek He Feng, now 21, was sentenced to 18 months in jail and three strokes of the cane.

A district court heard that he was paid $120 for each home that he targeted for the loanshark known only as Kilat. Quek bought a tin of kerosene, which he would pour into a plastic bottle whenever he received an assignment.

He would scribble loanshark graffiti on the wall and then either splash the kerosene on the main door or on nearby shoe racks before setting these on fire.

He would then report back to Kilat, who may call the victim and threaten to inflict worse damage if the loan is not repaid.

Quek admitted to harassing owners of four flats in November and December last year. He was given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal on two other charges.
.

~~~

Monday, December 03, 2012

Responsorial Psalm 95 ~ Christmas Midnight Mass (Year ABC)

Responsorial Psalm 95

Response: 
Today a saviour has been born to us; he is Christ the Lord.

V1
O sing a new song to the Lord,
sing to the Lord all the earth.
O sing to the Lord, bless his name.

V2
Proclaim his help day by day,
tell among the nations his glory
and his wonders among all the peoples.

V3
Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad,
let the sea and all within it thunder praise,
let the land and all it bears rejoice,
all the trees of the wood shout for joy
at the presence of the Lord for he comes,
he comes to rule the earth.

V4
With justice he will rule the world,
he will judge the peoples with his truth.

===.

Friday, November 30, 2012

My Bible Favorites ~ Feast of the Holy Family ~ Honor Thy Parents

In this reading, the bible tells children not to grieve their fathers... and in turn... their mothers will be happy.

On the Feast of the Holy Family (this Sunday, 2012 Dec 12) there are 2 options for the 1st Reading and this was the 1st Option.

It'll be nice to go to church as a family... especially this Feast of the Holy Family.

Note that Sirach = Ecclesiasticus.

===.
Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph 

1st Reading:
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 or 
Ecclesiasticus 3:2-6, 12-14

God sets a father in honor over his children;
a mother's authority he confirms over her sons.
Whoever honors his father atones for sins,
and preserves himself from them.
When he prays, he is heard;
he stores up riches who reveres his mother.
Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children,
and, when he prays, is heard.
Whoever reveres his father will live a long life;
he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother.

My son, take care of your father when he is old;
grieve him not as long as he lives.
Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him;
revile him not all the days of his life;
kindness to a father will not be forgotten,
firmly planted against the debt of your sins
--a house raised in justice to you.

===.
Note: Not necessary to read here on wards. For reference only.

Here's the whole... 
Mass Readings and Responsorial Pslam...
for the Feast of the Holy Family.
.
.....

USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings

December 30, 2012

« December 29  |  December 31 »

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Lectionary: 17


Reading 1 Sir 3:2-6, 12-14

God sets a father in honor over his children;
a mother's authority he confirms over her sons.
Whoever honors his father atones for sins,
and preserves himself from them.
When he prays, he is heard;
he stores up riches who reveres his mother.
Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children,
and, when he prays, is heard.
Whoever reveres his father will live a long life;
he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother.

My son, take care of your father when he is old;
grieve him not as long as he lives.
Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him;
revile him not all the days of his life;
kindness to a father will not be forgotten,
firmly planted against the debt of your sins
--a house raised in justice to you.

Or 1Sm 1:20-22, 24-28

In those days Hannah conceived, and at the end of her term bore a son
whom she called Samuel, since she had asked the LORD for him.
The next time her husband Elkanah was going up
with the rest of his household
to offer the customary sacrifice to the LORD and to fulfill his vows,
Hannah did not go, explaining to her husband,
"Once the child is weaned,
I will take him to appear before the LORD
and to remain there forever;
I will offer him as a perpetual nazirite."

Once Samuel was weaned, Hannah brought him up with her,
along with a three-year-old bull,
an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,
and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh.
After the boy's father had sacrificed the young bull,
Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:
"Pardon, my lord!
As you live, my lord,
I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD.
I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request.
Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD;
as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD."
Hannah left Samuel there.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5.

R. (cf. 1) Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD,
who walks in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
your children like olive plants
around your table.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.

Or Ps 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10.

R. (cf. 5a) Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.
How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD.
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.
Happy they who dwell in your house!
Continually they praise you.
Happy the men whose strength you are!
Their hearts are set upon the pilgrimage.
R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.
O LORD of hosts, hear our prayer;
hearken, O God of Jacob!
O God, behold our shield,
and look upon the face of your anointed.
R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.

Reading 2 Col 3:12-21

Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Wives, be subordinate to your husbands,
as is proper in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives,
and avoid any bitterness toward them.
Children, obey your parents in everything,
for this is pleasing to the Lord.
Fathers, do not provoke your children,
so they may not become discouraged.

Or Col 3:12-17

Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Or1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24

Beloved:
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
And so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God's children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.

Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us,
we have confidence in God and receive from him whatever we ask,
because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
And his commandment is this:
we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,
and love one another just as he commanded us.
Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them,
and the way we know that he remains in us
is from the Spirit he gave us.

GospelLk 2:41-52

Each year Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem for the feast
of Passover,
and when he was twelve years old,
they went up according to festival custom.
After they had completed its days, as they were returning,
the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
but his parents did not know it.
Thinking that he was in the caravan,
they journeyed for a day
and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
but not finding him,
they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting in the midst of the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions,
and all who heard him were astounded
at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him,
they were astonished,
and his mother said to him,
"Son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety."
And he said to them,
"Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"
But they did not understand what he said to them.
He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them;
and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor
before God and man.


Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

.
===.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Good ~ Hazel Nut Chocolate ~ Hanuta Minis ~ from Germany

My colleague just came back from Germany. This tastes like a higher quality Ferrero Rocher.



 

===.

Today's Comic Strips

The ones I like...

===.
Today's Comic Strips ~ 2012 Nov 26, 1012hrs






===.

Cockroach ~ Catch the cockroach for chance to win a New iPad!

Warning! this "game" will download a
Virus to your computer. If you see this "game"...
Do Not Play it.

What you see below in this Blog Post... is
safe because I have managed to disable it.

===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.
Title: Cockroach ~ Catch the cockroach for chance to win a New iPad!
If this Shockwave Flash does not work, scroll down to see the GIF animation of it.
===.


===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.
If the Shockwave Flash above does not work here are the GIF animation of the above.

 

===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.===.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Recipe ~ Aloo Gobi (an Indian Potato Cauliflower) Dish

Recipe
~ Aloo Gobi
~ Indian Potato Cauliflower Dish

Aloo = Potato
Gobi = Cauliflower

===.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Aloo Gobi (Hindiआलू गोभी)(Urduآلو گوبی‎), also spelled as 'alu gobi' or 'aloo gobhi' and 'alu gawbi' ) is a dry IndianNepali and Pakistani cuisine dish made with potatoes (aloo), cauliflower(gob(h)i) and Indian spices. It is yellowish in color, due to the use of turmeric, and occasionally contains kalonji and curry leaves. Other common ingredients include garlicgingeronioncoriander stalks, tomatopeas, and cumin. A number of variations and similar dishes exist, but the name remains the same.

===.



This man is 74 years old, 
what... is... your excuse?

===.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Quote ~ If you want something...

===.
If you want something in life you've never had, 
you'll have to do something you've never done.
~ JD Houston


===.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Another Reason To Love ~ "Mild Personality Disorder" ~ by PGA

As I read some articles while surfing the internet, I started to think of the problems husbands & wives have with each other, old parents with their grown-up children, and basically the problems people have with each other in general. The answer, for me at least, are in these words... "Mild Personality Disorder". It does not explain much, but it does help... explain to me... and it helps me understand, although explaining it will be difficult. I don't know if this explanation will help others as well.

All of us have, to some degree, a personality disorder of some kind... not necessarily significant enough to be admitted to a Mental Institution, but a "Mild Personality Disorder" just the same. This means, we will never be able to fully understand each other. All we can do is to continue loving each other, with this understanding that we all have a "mild" personality disorder that prevents us from being the person that our loved ones expect of us... and we... of our loved ones.

It is through unpleasantness that we really understand the meaning of what it means to love. For if everything was nice & smooth... loving would be too easy... and we are not really tested on what it really means to love.

===.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Joke ~ The Difference between Complete and Finished

===.
Joke ~ The Difference between Complete and Finished


No English dictionary has been able to adequately explain the difference between the two words.

In a recently held linguistic competition held in London, England attended by the best in the world, Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese man was the clear winner with a standing ovation lasting over 5 minutes.

Here is his answer which made him receive an invitation to dine with the Queen afterwards who decided to call him after the contest. He won a trip to travel the world in style and a case of 25 year old Eldorado rum for his answer.

His final question was this…

How to explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED in a way that is easy to understand.

Some people say there is no difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED.

Here is his astute answer…

When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE. 
And when you marry the wrong woman, you are FINISHED. 
And when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED!

===.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Words For Teenagers ~ by a Judge to a Principal, John Tapene

Read the different views...

===.
Words For Teenagers ~ by a Judge to a Principal, John Tapene


===.
Here's one view...

~~~
.....

This needs to be passed around....
The more teens read it, the more they may, just MAY grow up a little..... 
This goes for some Adults who act like teens, they need to grow up too! 
If you find this offensive, GOOD! If the cap fits... Wear it!! ;)

{"Northland College (NZ) principal John Tapene has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth. "Always we hear the cry from teenagers 'What can we do, where can we go?' 

My answer is, "Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you've finished, read a book. Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. 

The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in poverty or sick and lonely again." In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed. It's too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you."}



~~~
===.
But wait... here's an opposing view... which I thought was quite good.

~~~
.....
Words for teenagers meme
Posted on 11 August, 2012

There's this Facebook meme doing the rounds called "Word's for teenagers". At first I thought it had some good points. Sure it's a Judge having a rant, so I made some allowances for it being a little intolerant. Especially of youth. Especially as he has to convict them all the time. Then I thought about it some more. Now, while we ALL know some teenagers that probably need this rant (below) tatooed onto their foreheads, I'm still troubled by it. Disturbed in fact.

{"Northland College (NZ) principal John Tapene has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth. "Always we hear the cry from teenagers 'What can we do, where can we go?' 

My answer is, "Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you've finished, read a book. Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. 

The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in poverty or sick and lonely again." In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed. It's too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you."}

The problem is that it's one big finger pointing at the bored kid who acted out in some socially unacceptable fashion, and that big finger just says it's YOUR FAULT! And no doubt many things are their fault. But here's something the Judge doesn't have:-

• Peer pressure that is so overwhelming it feels like the end of the world when your group turns their back on you for being uncool.

• Raging hormones that tell you the world is fine one moment, and falling apart the next.

• Massive identity questions, and every corporation in the world eagerly trying to shape your identity moving forward into the future. The Judge knows who he is. This (hypothetical) kid...
• • does not know who he is, 
• • has never earned a serious pay-cheque or 
• • balanced the books or 
• • had to say no to a door to door salesman or 
• • maybe even kissed a girl yet.

But worse than all this basic life development stuff is the fact that today is an era crying out for role models that actually inspire kids. Who do they turn to? Action heroes? Comic book stereotypes? With divorce rates as high as they are, marriage and parenthood are probably not being modelled. With alcoholism and gambling and TV addiction and substance abuse as high as they are in the adult population these kids are meant to look up to… is it any wonder kids today look for the easy quick fix, and long for entertainment and escape? Because they are on the run. They're on the run from themselves and their identity problems, from their parent's divorce, from their parent's generation failing to solve global problems like global warming and energy security and saving the tiger and whales and fresh water supplies and poverty and malaria and everything else we see on the messed up TV every night. 

So while the Judge certainly can point his finger at this hypothetical kid, there's a finger pointing right back, asking who this Judge is and what he's done to help make this world a place the kid actually wants to belong to.

Because when you think about what the last 2 generations have done to this kid's future, with global warming and peak oil and biodiversity loss and rainforest destruction and bland suburban sprawl robbing the kid of any real connection to his neighbourhood, then isn't this really a case of the pot calling the kettle black?


~~~
===.