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When Hatred Knocks at Your Door, Greet It with a Smile

Awesome 17-year old Muslim girl, Naseem Alaskari, blows your mind away with the most powerful weapon she has — her hijab, her pen and her voice.

We Have Been Misled by an Erroneous Map for 500 Years

Apparently, the relative position and size of continents and countries have been distorted. You must watch this. Funny. 🙂

The Origin of Phrases

A shot of whiskey
In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a “shot” of whiskey.

The whole nine yards
American fighter planes in WW2 had machine guns that were fed by a belt of cartridges. The average plane held belts that were 27 feet (9 yards) long. If the pilot used up all his ammo he was said to have given it the whole nine yards.

Buying the farm
This is synonymous with dying. During WW1 soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000. This was about the price of an average farm so if you died you “bought the farm” for your survivors.

Iron clad contract
This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant something so strong it could not be broken.

Passing the buck / The buck stops here
Most men in the early west carried a jack knife made by the Buck knife company. When playing poker it as common to place one of these Buck knives in front of the dealer so that everyone knew who he was. When it was time for a new dealer the deck of cards and the knife were given to the new dealer. If this person didn’t want to deal he would “pass the buck” to the next player. If that player accepted then “the buck stopped there”.

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How Big Are You?


How big are you?
And how big are the things that upset you day to day?
Or for that matter, the things that are important?
Keep life in perspective.

Beyond our sun, it’s a big universe.

Antares is the 15th brightest star in the sky. It is more than 1000 light years away.

HostingCheck.com Review

Several years ago, when I was looking for a web hosting service, a friend recommended NoMonthlyFees.com, so I signed up there. Their service was good, the technical support was efficient. I was a happy customer.

A few years later, NoMonthlyFees.com became HostingCheck.com (owned by MPC Internetworks, Inc.). I don’t know why and I really don’t care… as long as they continue to provide the service that I’ve been paying for. After a while I noticed that their service has been degrading steadily, for example, sometimes I have trouble accessing my website. Often the service was “Internal Server Error”.

In March this year, I renewed my web hosting subscription for 5 years because HostingCheck.com offered a discount for 5-year renewal. I naively thought that since they’re offering a 5-year renewal, they service will become better. I was gravely mistaken!

The error when I tried to access my web site happened more frequently. When I complained at HostingCheck.com’s help desk, this was the reply I received.

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