Thursday, December 31, 2009

My 2010

"I want to die of an overdose of life"

I want that to be my 2010, nothing less than that

Happy New Year

Nothing could be better than saying it with my granson´s Pietro Picture!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

People do not know the value, they just know the price

"What is a company share worth if it does not pay a dividend and has no hope of paying a dividend? In my opinion, the answer is zero."
The value of an item is very different, depending on the label or the box.
Take for example a Hermes bag, 100% plastic, made in China, but sold by Saks Fifth Avenue and luxuriously wrapped.
It could easily reach a price over $1000.
The same item sold on eBay would have hundreds of people bidding and reach a very high price, if you can prove it was bought in the right shop.
The same, made in China, by the same manufacturer, with the same label, but lacking the code is worth maximum $5.
That for explaining how stupidity can change the price.
Nothing has an intrinsic value anymore.

My wishes for 2010

My wishes for 2010?

I live in Europe and it is since long I envy the people living in Sweden.
My wish for 2010 and later is that we, from the rest of Europe, come to understand what is real HIGH QUALITY life.
I too the licence to copy the following written by a Swedish (actually an American who smartly some time ago understood what many still do not and may be never will)

"After having made the move to Sweden 22 tears ago, my brother (who then shared our rent-controlled Manhattan apartment - but who know owns his Upper East Side digs plus a house in Southampton) finally admits that I made the right choice. He made a fortune as a stock broker, had to quit in 2008 because of the risk for post-crash lawsuits and now is desperately holding on to what he's got.
I live an hour from Stockholm in a modest house by the sea (powered by hydro electricity) and commute to my job in the city in European-style comfort thanks to our stellar transit system; 100 bucks a month for unlimited travel within a radius of about 100 miles. I had a car for a few years when my daughter was a toddler but ditched it when she got big enough to use public transit with me - which she prefers. We ride with our laptops and mobile broadband, me clocking work hours and she learning math and language, or we read books or just talk (How many parents get 2 hours daily right next to their kid without having to clutch a steering wheel?). We have 3 different composts which transforms ALL our waste (yes, even human) into soil for our yard and garden. Before selling the car it had been used as a greenhouse in the Spring. Our summers are spent on a mahogany sailboat that sleeps 3 but requires no motor.
I dare say our quality of life is superior to my brother's life of luxury, which requires 2 cars and endless hours of six lane highway-driving. Yet I do it on about a fifth of the income. I get 7 weeks more than the standard European 5 week vacation, when comfortable, punctual trains will take me thousands of miles if I choose to travel. Healthcare, daycare and education are all free here (and we can choose on both fronts among a wealth of both public and private providers). Violent crime is infrequent, since guns are strictly controlled and American-style poverty is non-existant.
All told I pay about 50% of my income in taxes - about the same as my brother considering his tax bracket and property taxes in NYC and LI.
The tragedy is not only that it took my brother over 2 decades and an unprecedented economic crisis before realizing that there is a better "way of life", but that we had to lose each other's company so I could find it."

Monday, December 28, 2009

Their business is providing you the best link...

If you are somebody who just clicks without reading and chooses the first company he finds, well this post is not for you.
But if you are somebody who likes to know what he buys and likes to see (almost) all what is available on the Market Place, THIS post is what you are looking for.
Because if you follow my links you can find the web hosting you are looking for.
In this website they have ALL the detailed information’s about the Top Web Hosting Providers, and their rating is based on the customer satisfaction, affordability, reliability, uptime and technical support.
All this is very important, because the success of your website and of your company can depend on the availability of it.
Nothing is more annoying than a website that doesn't show up or doesn't work.
People just go away and may be never return.
You can loose many customers just because of lacking uptime.
Sometimes is worth to spend something more but finding a reliable host.
Or a good technical support in case you are not an Internet guru, or you just want to leave the hassle of running a website to somebody who knows how to.
Or you have a special need for the Best ecommerce hosting.
May be you are looking for the best Colocation hosting.
Whatever you may look for is there.
You just go there and will see what I mean...

Ramblings for The end of the year

Each little thing that we do passes into the great machine of life, which may make our virtues worthless, or transform our sins into elements of a new civilization, more marvelous and more splendid than any that has gone before.
But men are the slaves of words. They rage against Materialism, as they call it, forgetting that there has been no material improvement that has not spiritualized the world, and that there have been few, if any, spiritual awakenings that have not wasted the world's faculties in barren hopes, and fruitless aspirations, and empty or trammeling creeds. Sin sometimes is an essential element of progress.
Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colorless.
Sins create heroes and heroes make the Progress.
If the World was good it would be plain, stagnating in a futureless boredom.
Bad creates good and hopes and life.
Our own existence on this world was due to a sin.
Our redemption is due to a sin.
All revolutions were fought in the name of freedom, democracy, right.
But they always failed to create a world which was free, democratic or right.
It is the bad in everyone of us that makes the world the way it is and it is not love that makes the world go on, it is the bad which is the other side of being human.

The invention of lying

There are two big tragedies in life, one is living in a world where everybody lies, and the other, even worse, is living in a world where everybody says the truth.
I guess this is the message of the movie.
In a world where everybody is honest, the one who is not, becomes a hero and a quite successful guy.
This couldn’t of course happen in everyday, contemporary world, but "For what is Truth?
In matters of religion, it is simply the opinion that has survived.
In matters of science, it is the ultimate sensation. In matters of
art, it is one's last mood."
And it is also a way of denying reality.
Aren’t dreams much better?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Breezes Bahamas

Hurry up, because this is the right time to book your place in Paradise.
The weather is wonderful, as usual, and the prices are alluring.
To make you a very special gift this year why not choosing Bahamas all inclusive?
Great beaches, the most comfortable accommodations, friendly smiles when you arrive and warm wishes when you leave. It’s a first-class chefs and world-recognized golf and tennis pros, land and water sports...
Think what you would like and it is there, sun included.
Don’t you think you deserve it?
The beach of the beaches is Nassau’s legendary Cable Beach and Breezes Bahamas is exactly there, the best Super-Inclusive resort in The Bahamas.
It is just minutes from the airport, and so close to the excitement and nightlife of Nassau’s casinos.
It is a never ending fun at Breezes Bahamas, certainly the best among vacation resorts.
Are you fond of tennis or beach volleyball?
Are you fond of gambling or you prefer a piano bar?
Everything is there, all included.
All the calories you can eat and all the possible ways to burn them with fun!
That is exactly what Paradise is...

Who controls the world

"Confidential contracts detailing Monsanto Co.'s business practices reveal how the world's biggest seed developer is squeezing competitors, controlling smaller seed companies and protecting its dominance over the multibillion-dollar market for genetically altered crops, an Associated Press investigation has found."

The one who controls the food production with the seeds the farmers plant on their fields is the one who controls the price and the availability of our daily food supply, which is one of the most important factor for our survival, no food no life.

"Declining competition in the seed business could lead to price hikes that ripple out to every family's dinner table. That's because the corn flakes you had for breakfast, soda you drank at lunch and beef stew you ate for dinner likely were produced from crops grown with Monsanto's patented genes."

This should be what our politicians should do: not allowing something like this.
That is why we vote for them, that is the priority in every state.

When ecology becomes economy

Techno-triumphalism has one very weak point: oil.
It is triumphalism if there is abundance of it, it is finished without.
The big fiasco (wanted) was the failure to find some substitute to oil.
Or a substitute to the life with oil.
That means MAY BE we, for the first time in history, will have to go partially back to the past.
"It is as follows: the all-time peak of oil production implies the end of industrial growth as we have known it – especially when you correct for the unworkable fantasies that purport a continuing fiesta of so-called alternative or renewable energy sources. The end of industrial growth as we’ve known it implies that the investment instruments which represent the hope and expectation for future growth – stocks, bonds, currencies, et cetera – must lose their legitimacy. An attempt was made in recent years to work around this problem with engineered innovative financial instruments based on something other than industrial growth (namely, on getting something for nothing). "
These aggregate frauds amounted to a grand and comprehensive swindle, and now that swindle has left the world financial system in smoldering ruins.
The events of autumn, 2008, can be summarized as vast sums of capital leaving the system, never to return as far ahead as we can imagine. We have become overnight a poorer human race – in particular, those sectors of humanity who imagined themselves to be pretty well off. . .
Good bye happy motoring and Mac Houses.
"The end of the oil regime, and the vanishing of capital means we will have to live differently, whether we like it or not, whether it is fashionable or not.
This means, in effect, a return traditional ways of inhabiting the landscape: real towns, villages, neighborhoods, urban quarters, and cities of a different sort and scale than the hypertrophied monsters of recent decades. Also real buildings of comprehendible typology made largely out of materials found in nature. This is what the circumstances of the years to come will require us to do."

A good alternative to the Usual online Auctions

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Bidazzled. All opinions are 100% mine.

I guess that I am kind of addicted to Auctions, and online Auctions are of course the easiest, the fastest and in my opinion the most convenient place to shop.
For everything you need and ALSO for what you do not need.
This could be a weak point, but I see it as a way to strengthen my will power, once a day at least I try to refrain and if I am able, that gives me enormous satisfaction, because it is a sign I still can control my Bank account.
It is on this view that I was kind of willing to try Bidazzled which is the online auction market that offers savings of up to 90% on name brand merchandise all while funding a charity.
To be really honest the charity part was not the winning point, but the way you bid kind of convinced me.
I will try to explain how it works (simpler doing that explaining).
You have to buy a certain number of bids, bids cost $1 and are available in bid packs as low as $25.
(You also get bonus bids when you purchase a bid pack.)
In this way the total cost of a bid is only $.67 per bid and often much lower.
The auction works this way: The price increases a few cents with each bid placed in a matter of seconds.
The auction ends when no other bids are placed. So if the something you want to purchase ends at just a dollar, then you win it for a dollar!
It was designed and created to fund a lung cancer charity and that is a noble cause, so you save (a lot), you have fun, you control the sum you spend and in the end you also do some good.
What could actually be better than this?

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dubai: the after dream come true.

I am not so fond of modern things.
I always feel a little bit uneasy with modern "design" chairs and so, made with the cheapest material and wearing the most expensive price labels.
When I spend I want something which is worth.
Because I am very materialistic and always gave dreams the place they deserved: somewhere were sooner or later you can wake up.
Dubai was for me exactly that.
The materialization of childish dreams, where nothing is impossible and where the most impossible is not a challenge, but becomes reality.
Like a skiing place in the middle of the desert...or skyscrapers so tall the moon had to steer its way around them, or immense off-shore developments: man-made archipelagos that resembled levels from Super Mario Sunshine.
And that is exactly what they are, a dream you wake up sooner or later, with the difference that dreaming costs nothing, materializing dreams is something else, just ask the world's financial markets, once they've finished screaming.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

.docx file extension

Problems to open a file extension docx?
First what is it, what does the docx mean?
It is a Word processing format introduced with Microsoft Word 2007 (it belongs to Office 12); it is based on Open XML and uses ZIP compression for smaller file sizes. It could be compatible with Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, and Office 2003 if the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack (FileFormatConverters.exe) is installed.
If any doubt you can check the Microsoft support page.
With the appropriate software you can convert a file extension docx document into a Word document.
The programs that can open a file extension docx can be for a MAC os: Microsoft Word 2008, Apple Pages, Panergy docXConverter; for a Windows os: Microsoft Word 2007, Microsoft Word with Compatibility Pack, Panergy docXConverter, OxygenOffice Professional, with Odf-Converter, NativeWinds Docx2Rtf; and for a Linux os: OxygenOffice Professional, with Odf-Converter.