Category Archives: General

Dyslexia and Tinnitus

I have decided to start looking into Dyslexia and Tinnitus more because both affect me. Why start now? well the last few years have been pretty hectic and I have moved jobs and geographic locations far to many times to relax into life and have the time to do so. Now is time to look into both subjects and start sharing information. As always with this website, it is more a place for me to keep related information that I can share with friends and family on the web.

Natural World

I have just finished watching an episode of South Pacific on BBC Television, and the two things that strike me are 1) the shots of earth from space and nature, and 2) some of the ways man has meddled in nature and upset the natural balance and harmony to bad effect. Nature is so beautiful, modern life distracts us, and mankind meddles in what it may never understand. We harness nature at our peril. We are part of nature not separate, and yet the way mankind arrogantly behaves and treats nature, is creating a man made bubble that must surly burst some day.

Fabian Perez and My Love for Art

A friend (on Facebook) just introduced me to Fabian Perez, wow, what an awesome artist.

I love art because it’s a form of communication. The artist in creating the art say something about themselves, and most importantly, for what feelings, thoughts, inspirations and imaginations the art reveals to me, a voyeur of art and the inner realms. It helps me understand myself and feel different things, just like if you were to close your eyes and with attention caress the surface of some object, in order to understand it sensually.

Lets start with “Selling Pleasures“, I first saw this out of context and hadn’t seen the title of the picture, so my comments are based from that perspective. I like this picture because of the smile and ambiance. My imagination is sparked in the way taste buds reveal flavor when food is eaten. Whats happening around her and with her? If I were to meet her in that situation, what would she be like to chat with? This would be excellent to use in a writing class. Im sure time permitting I could write an entire short story around this one picture.

Selling Pleasures II“, I love this one because the smile on the attractive face, combined with the posture and surroundings invokes feelings of happiness and intrigue, intrigue because im wondering what has caused her to feel that way? What would it be like to be involved in the social situation that precipitated that moment, and of course what happens next?

So here are some others I like;

  • Sunflower – Soft natural gentleness with the added intrigue on what could she be feeling and thinking
  • Flamenco Dancer – The mystery, what does she look like? how will she dance and express her self?
  • Dancer in Red – Just the moment of interplay between possibly arriving and leaving
  • Samurai – This represents visually, my inner strength, discernment and focus on whats important in life.
  • Old Self Portrait – The picture says it all.

I also love modern art and sculpture, and of course, written art.

That Might Help?

I have to share the following, it’s just so funny, im sure that little boy will go far! It is taken from the last of 4 stories at the following link; http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/Little-Boxes-Everywhere,-and-More-Support-Stories.aspx

That Might Help? (from Dirk Grosskopf)
Back in the late 80’s, as computers were becoming more and more available for the masses, I worked at the computer desk in mid-sized electronics store. We carried several lines of computers, but the most popular tended to be the Commodore PC. While computers themselves were OK, Commodore’s customer service was a complete mess, taking six to eight weeks on average for warranty repairs.

One particular customer had a rather unfortunate experience with his Commodore PC 10 III. After purchasing the computer, he brought it home only to find that it didn’t work. Period. Nothing happened when he pressed the power button. This wasn’t a huge problem for us, but it required that the system be sent back Commodore.

After six weeks, the customer returned to pick up the repaired computer. When he got it home, he experienced the exact same problem: nothing happened. Not even a blink when he hit the power button. Angry, he brought it back in and we sent it back to Commodore a second time.

Another six weeks passed and he came back to get the computer again. And again, nothing. He went completely nuts, demanding to speak to the store manager, and insisting that he get his money back. This was surprising to us as, before giving him the computer back the second time, we tested it to make sure Commodore actually fixed it. Stranger still, the service reports from Commodore said that the PC was returned without any errors.

While waiting for the manager to come to the desk, I unpacked the PC, monitor, and keyboard, and installed it on a sales desk. I couldn’t find the power cord and therefore used the “brown” one we used for tests. The PC came right on, which the customer’s little boy notices right away.

“Daddy,” he said, pointing to me, “we didn’t plugged that brown cord into the computer, did we?”

The customer quickly learned after PCs do, in fact, need to be plugged in. I gave him back the Commodore and a new power cord. He was never seen again in the shop.

Pareto’s Principle

Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian economist who basically theorized that 80% of a country’s wealth was owned by 20% of the people. His principle has since been heavily adopted by personal development experts as a working model of time management, more commonly known as the 80/20 rule. The 80/20 rule (Pareto’s Principle) states that 80% of all the results in your life is achieved by only 20% of all the actions that you make.”

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Making a Successful Funding Application

January 11 2008 I attended a course on funding applications, so why am I publishing this now? I wrote this draft on the 11th and having just reviewed it, I thought I would publish it.

The topics covered were;

  • Applications for Awards for all and Reaching Communities
  • Where to go for other grants
  • The emphasis on outcomes
  • What the funders want to see
  • Sustainability

Here are some of the key things I remembered.

There is allot of funding available for a range of organisations, although it is getting more difficult to get funding this shouldn’t deter people from applying.

The most important aspect of an application is the outcomes, a few points on this;

  1. What are you trying to achieve
  2. Demonstrate who benefits, including who and how many people
  3. Do not whatever you do ask for less money than you need. Funders know projects won’t work if you don’t have all the money you need. Ask for the real cost!
  4. Use numbers not percentages. Percentages mean nothing to some one reading the form.
  5. Kick start funding, some organisations will only fund one project, which is good to get started, but then you need another funder to continue for regular annual support
  6. Once you have received funding, and used it for what is was meant for, it is easier to get more funding
  7. Make sure you fill the form in correctly, %40 of lottery applications fail
  8. There are people who can help you
  9. Try and get 3 people to check your application form like some one who is;
  • from your organisation
  • not involved with the organisation
  • experienced in making funding applications and advising others

Obviously there is allot more to the course than just these snippets, but I thought a quick post with a few pointers may help some people. I might write more about funding in the coming years depending on how my life plans out.