1) Sailing Stones
The mysterious moving stones of the packed-mud desert of Death Valley have been a center of scientific controversy for decades. Rocks weighing up to hundreds of pounds have been known to move up to hundreds of yards at a time. Some scientists have proposed that a combination of strong winds and surface ice account for these movements. However, this theory does not explain evidence of different rocks starting side by side and moving at different rates and in disparate directions. Moreover, the physics calculations do not fully support this theory as wind speeds of hundreds of miles per hour would be needed to move some of the stones.
2) Columnar Basalt
When a thick lava flow cools it contracts vertically but cracks perpendicular to its directional flow with remarkable geometric regularity - in most cases forming a regular grid of remarkable hexagonal extrusions that almost appear to be made by man. One of the most famous such examples is the Giant's Causeway on the coast of Ireland (shown above) though the largest and most widely recognized would be Devil's Tower in Wyoming. Basalt also forms different but equally fascinating ways when eruptions are exposed to air or water.
3) Blue Holes
Blue holes are giant and sudden drops in underwater elevation that get their name from the dark and foreboding blue tone they exhibit when viewed from above in relationship to surrounding waters. They can be hundreds of feet deep and while divers are able to explore some of them they are largely devoid of oxygen that would support sea life due to poor water circulation - leaving them eerily empty. Some blue holes, however, contain ancient fossil remains that have been discovered, preserved in their depths.
4) Red Tides
Red tides are also known as algal blooms - sudden influxes of massive amounts of colored single-cell algae that can convert entire areas of an ocean or beach into a blood red color. While some of these can be relatively harmless, others can be harbingers of deadly toxins that cause the deaths of fish, birds and marine mammals.. In some cases, even humans have been harmed by red tides though no human exposure are known to have been fatal. While they can be fatal, the constituent phytoplankton in ride tides are not harmful in small numbers.
5) Ice Circles
While many see these apparently perfect ice circles as worthy of conspiracy theorizing, scientists generally accept that they are formed by eddies in the water that spin a sizable piece of ice in a circular motion. As a result of this rotation, other pieces of ice and flotsam wear relatively evenly at the edges of the ice until it slowly forms into an essentially ideal circle. Ice circles have been seen with diameters of over 500 feet and can also at times be found in clusters and groups at different sizes as shown above.
6) Mammatus Clouds
True to their ominous appearance, mammatus clouds are often harbingers of a coming storm or other extreme weather system. Typically composed primarily of ice, they can extend for hundreds of miles in each direction and individual formations can remain visibly static for ten to fifteen minutes at a time. While they may appear foreboding they are merely the messengers - appearing around, before or even after severe weather.
7) Fire Rainbows
A circumhorizontal fire rainbow arc occurs at a rare confluence of right time and right place for the sun and certain clouds. Crystals within the clouds refract light into the various visible waves of the spectrum but only if they are arrayed correctly relative to the ground below. Due to the rarity with which all of these events happen in conjunction with one another, there are relatively few remarkable photos of this phenomena
I Thought I'd share it with you. 20-20-20
Step I :-After every 20 minutes of looking into the computer screen, turn your head and try to look at any object placed at least 20 feet away. This changes the focal length of your eyes, a must-do for the tired eyes.
Step II :-Try and blink your eyes for 20 times in succession, to moisten them.
Step III :-Time permitting of course, one should walk 20 paces after every 20 minutes of sitting in one particular posture. Helps blood circulation for the entire body.
Circulate among your friends if you care for them and their eyes. They say that your eyes r mirror of your soul, so do take care of them, they are priceless...
Otherwise our eye would be like this.....
A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next
morning, while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her
neighbor hang the wash outside.
That laundry is not very clean, she said, she doesn't
know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.
Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her
neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the
About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a
nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: "Look! She has
learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this."
The husband said: "I got up early this morning and
cleaned our windows!"
And so it is with life:
"What we see when watching
others depends on the purity of the window through which we look.
Before we give
any criticism, it might be a good idea to check our state of
mind and ask ourselves if we are ready to see the good rather than to be
looking for something in the person we are about to judge. "
A boy and a girl were playing together. The boy had a collection of
marbles. The girl had some sweets with her. The boy told the girl that
he will give her all his marbles in exchange for her sweets. The girl
The boy kept the biggest and the most beautiful marble aside and gave
the rest to the girl. The girl gave him all her sweets as she had
That night, the girl slept peacefully. But the boy couldn't sleep as
he kept wondering if the girl had hidden some sweets from him the way
he had hidden his best marble.
Moral of the story: If you don't give your hundred percent in a
relationship, you'll always keep doubting if the other person has
given his/her hundred percent.. This is applicable for any
relationship like love, friendship,etc. , Give your hundred percent to
everything you do and sleep peacefully
August 20, 2008
The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to
develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more
powerful." - Dalai Lama
Life could be so much better for many people, if they would just spot
their negative thinking habits and replace them with positive ones.
Negative thinking, in all its many-splendored forms, has a way of
creeping into conversations and our thinking without our noticing
them. The key to success, in my humble opinion, is learning to spot
these thoughts and squash them like little bugs. Then replace them
with positive ones. You'll notice a huge difference in everything you
Let's take a look at 10 common ways that negative thinking emerges —
get good at spotting these patterns, and practice replacing them with
positive thinking patterns. It has made all the difference in the
world for me.
10 Deadly Sins of Negative Thinking
1. I will be happy once I have _____ (or once I earn X).
Problem: If you think you can't be happy until you reach a certain
point, or until you reach a certain income, or have a certain type of
house or car or computer setup, you'll never be happy. That elusive
goal is always just out of reach. Once we reach those goals, we are
not satisfied — we want more.
Solution: Learn to be happy with what you have, where you are, and who
you are, right at this moment. Happiness doesn't have to be some state
that we want to get to eventually — it can be found right now. Learn
to count your blessings, and see the positive in your situation. This
might sound simplistic, but it works.
2. I wish I were as ____ as (a celebrity, friend, co-worker).
Problem: We'll never be as pretty, as talented, as rich, as sculpted,
as cool, as everyone else. There will always be someone better, if you
look hard enough. Therefore, if we compare ourselves to others like
this, we will always pale, and will always fail, and will always feel
bad about ourselves. This is no way to be happy.
Solution: Stop comparing yourself to others, and look instead at
yourself — what are your strengths, your accomplishments, your
successes, however small? What do you love about yourself? Learn to
love who you are, right now, not who you want to become. There is good
in each of us, love in each of us, and a wonderful human spirit in
every one of us.
3. Seeing others becoming successful makes me jealous and resentful.
Problem: First, this assumes that only a small number of people can be
successful. In truth, many, many people can be successful — in
Solution: Learn to admire the success of others, and learn from it,
and be happy for them, by empathizing with them and understanding what
it must be like to be them. And then turn away from them, and look at
yourself — you can be successful too, in whatever you choose to do.
And even more, you already are successful. Look not at those above you
in the social ladder, but those below you — there are always millions
of people worse off than you, people who couldn't even read this
article or afford a computer. In that light, you are a huge success.
4. I am a miserable failure — I can't seem to do anything right.
Problem: Everyone is a failure, if you look at it in certain ways.
Everyone has failed, many times, at different things. I have certainly
failed so many times I cannot count them — and I continue to fail,
daily. However, looking at your failures as failures only makes you
feel bad about yourself. By thinking in this way, we will have a
negative self-image and never move on from here.
Solution: See your successes and ignore your failures. Look back on
your life, in the last month, or year, or 5 years. And try to remember
your successes. If you have trouble with this, start documenting them
— keep a success journal, either in a notebook or online. Document
your success each day, or each week. When you look back at what you've
accomplished, over a year, you will be amazed. It's an incredibly
5. I'm going to beat so-and-so no matter what — I'm better than him.
And there's no way I'll help him succeed — he might beat me.
Problem: Competitiveness assumes that there is a small amount of gold
to be had, and I need to get it before he does. It makes us into
greedy, back-stabbing, hurtful people. We try to claw our way over
people to get to success, because of our competitive feelings. For
example, if a blogger wants to have more subscribers than another
blogger, he may never link to or mention that other blogger. However,
who is to say that my subscribers can't also be yours? People can read
and subscribe to more than one blog.
Solution: Learn to see success as something that can be shared, and
learn that if we help each other out, we can each have a better chance
to be successful. Two people working towards a common goal are better
than two people trying to beat each other up to get to that goal.
There is more than enough success to go around. Learn to think in
terms of abundance rather than scarcity.
6. Dammit! Why do these bad things always happen to me?
Problem: Bad things happen to everybody. If we dwell on them, they
will frustrate us and bring us down.
Solution: See bad things as a part of the ebb and flow of life.
Suffering is a part of the human condition — but it passes. All pain
goes away, eventually. Meanwhile, don't let it hold you back. Don't
dwell on bad things, but look forward towards something good in your
future. And learn to take the bad things in stride, and learn from
them. Bad things are actually opportunities to grow and learn and get
stronger, in disguise.
7. You can't do anything right! Why can't you be like ____ ?
Problem: This can be said to your child or your subordinate or your
sibling. The problem? Comparing two people, first of all, is always a
fallacy. People are different, with different ways of doing things,
different strengths and weaknesses, different human characteristics.
If we were all the same, we'd be robots. Second, saying negative
things like this to another person never helps the situation. It might
make you feel better, and more powerful, but in truth, it hurts your
relationship, it will actually make you feel negative, and it will
certainly make the other person feel negative and more likely to
continue negative behavior. Everyone loses.
Solution: Take the mistakes or bad behavior of others as an
opportunity to teach. Show them how to do something. Second, praise
them for their positive behavior, and encourage their success. Last,
and most important, love them for who they are, and celebrate their
8. Your work sucks. It's super lame. You are a moron and I hope you
Problem: I've actually gotten this comment before. It feels wonderful.
However, let's look at it not from the perspective of the person
receiving this kind of comment but from the perspective of the person
giving it. How does saying something negative like this help you? I
guess it might feel good to vent if you feel like your time has been
wasted. But really, how much of your time has been wasted? A few
minutes? And whose fault is that? The bloggers or yours? In truth,
making negative comments just keeps you in a negative mindset. It's
also not a good way to make friends.
Solution: Learn to offer constructive solutions, first of all. Instead
of telling someone their blog sucks, or that a post is lame, offer
some specific suggestions for improvement. Help them get better. If
you are going to take the time to make a comment, make it worth your
time. Second, learn to interact with people in a more positive way —
it makes others feel good and it makes you feel better about yourself.
And you can make some great friends this way. That's a good thing.
9. Insulting People Back
Problem: If someone insults you or angers you in some way, insulting
them back and continuing your anger only transfers their problem to
you. This person was probably having a bad day (or a bad year) and
took it out on you for some reason. If you reciprocate, you are now
having a bad day too. His problem has become yours. Not only that, but
the cycle of insults can get worse and worse until it results in
violence or other negative consequences — for both of you.
Solution: Let the insults or negative comments of others slide off you
like Teflon. Don't let their problem become yours. In fact, try to
understand their problem more — why would someone say something like
that? What problems are they going through? Having a little empathy
for someone not only makes you understand that their comment is not
about you, but it can make you feel and act in a positive manner
towards them — and make you feel better about yourself in the process.
10. I don't think I can do this — I don't have enough discipline.
Maybe some other time.
Problem: If you don't think you can do something, you probably won't.
Especially for the big stuff. Discipline has nothing to do with it —
motivation and focus has everything to do with it. And if you put
stuff off for "some other time", you'll never get it done. Negative
thinking like this inhibits us from accomplishing anything.
Solution: Turn your thinking around: you can do this! You don't need
discipline. Find ways to make yourself a success at your goal. If you
fail, learn from your mistakes, and try again. Instead of putting a
goal off for later, start now. And focus on one goal at a time,
putting all of your energy into it, and getting as much help from
others as you can. You can really move mountains if you start with
remember while you can be friendly and develop a good rapport, business is
business and friendship is friendship."
Most workers don't realize that what they say has as much impact on their
professional images as what they wear, Lopeke says. People who say too much,
about themselves or others, can be seen as incompetent, unproductive and
unworthy of professional development.
To avoid your next case of verbal diarrhea, here are 13 things to never
share or discuss with your co-workers.
*1. Salary information*
What you earn is between you and Human Resources, Solovic says. Disclosure
indicates you aren't capable of keeping a confidence.
*2. Medical history*
"Nobody really cares about your aches and pains, your latest operation, your
infertility woes or the contents of your medicine cabinet," Lopeke says. To
your employer, your constant medical issues make you seem like an expensive,
Whomever you're gossiping with will undoubtedly tell others what you said,
Solovic says. Plus, if a co-worker is gossiping with you, most likely he or
she will gossip about you.
*4. Work complaints*
Constant complaints about your workload, stress levels or the company will
quickly make you the kind of person who never gets invited to lunch, Solovic
warns. If you don't agree with company policies and procedures, address it
through official channels or move on.
*5. Cost of purchases*
The spirit of keeping up with the Joneses is alive and well in the
workplace, Lopeke says, but you don't want others speculating on the
lifestyle you're living –or if you're living beyond your salary bracket.
*6. Intimate details*
Don't share intimate details about your personal life. Co-workers can and
will use the information against you, Solovic says.
*7. Politics or religion*
"People have strong, passionate views on both topics," Solovic says. You may
alienate a co-worker or be viewed negatively in a way that could impact your
*8. Lifestyle changes*
Breakups, divorces and baby-making plans should be shared only if there is a
need to know, Lopeke says. Otherwise, others will speak for your
capabilities, desires and limitations on availability, whether there is any
truth to their assumptions or not.
*9. Blogs or social networking profile*
What you say in a social networking community or in your personal blog may
be even more damaging than what you say in person, Solovic warns. "Comments
online can be seen by multiple eyes. An outburst of anger when you are
having a bad day … can blow up in your face."
*10. Negative views of colleagues
*If you don't agree with a co-worker's lifestyle, wardrobe or professional
abilities, confront that person privately or keep it to yourself, Lopeke
says. The workplace is not the venue for controversy.
*11. Hangovers and wild weekends*
It's perfectly fine to have fun during the weekend, but don't talk about
your wild adventures on Monday, Solovic advises. That information can make
you look unprofessional and unreliable.
*12. Personal problems and relationships – in and out of the office*
"Failed marriages and volatile romances spell instability to an employer,"
Lopeke says. Office romances lead to gossip and broken hearts, so it's best
to steer clear. "The safest way to play is to follow the rule, 'Never get
your honey where you get your money.'"
*13. Off-color or racially charged comments*
You can assume your co-worker wouldn't be offended or would think something
is funny, but you might be wrong, Solovic says. Never take that risk.
Furthermore, even if you know for certain your colleague wouldn't mind your
comment, don't talk about it at work. Others can easily overhear.
Windows only: ManicTime is a detailed time-tracking application for
keeping tabs on where your workday goes. Get a handle on how you spend
your time with tags, graphs, and reports.
If you were intrigued by previously reviewed RescueTime but were
turned off by the idea of uploading all your data to the RescueTime
servers, ManicTime offers a very similar set of tools but stores your
ManicTime runs as a background process and consumes very few
resources. When open, ManicTime records which programs are open and
what files they're accessing. Even if you never plugged any input into
it, the app would do a very thorough job telling you when you were
working and what you were working on. There are three primary
timelines in ManicTime: the activity line shows whether you were idle
or active, the application line shows which applications were in use,
and the tag line is for user supplied information about the work at
hand. You can tag both idle and active blocks of time by simply
highlighting them and applying the tag.
The ability to tag idle time adds a great deal of functionality to the
application: you can tag time spent in meetings, making phone calls,
or even time logged at the gym. The tag system makes it easy to keep
tabs on what work you're doing for different projects and clients—an
especially handy feature for people who spend all their time using a
similar set of applications for nearly every task at work. You can
graph user specified blocks of time based on a variety of parameters
like the basic active/idle cycles, by applications, or tags to see how
your time is spent. ManicTime is freeware, Windows only.
ManicTime [via MakeUseOf]
1) Macro name GetAttachments
2) Saves all attachments of your inbox emails.
3) you must have a folder: D:\Email_Attachments\
Start Outlook and open the Visual Basic Editor (Tools > Macro > Visual
Basic Editor or Keys: Alt+F11). The Project Explorer window displays
the current (and only) project. Add a new code module by choosing
Insert > Module and give it a suitable name by entering it into the
Name section of the Properties window.
paste this code.
On Error GoTo GetAttachments_err
Set ns = GetNamespace("MAPI")
Set Inbox = ns.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox)
i = 0
If Inbox.Items.Count = 0 Then
MsgBox "There are no messages in the Inbox.", vbInformation, _
For Each Item In Inbox.Items
For Each Atmt In Item.Attachments
FileName = "D:\Email_Attachments\" & Atmt.FileName
i = i + 1
If i > 0 Then
MsgBox "I found " & i & " attached files." _
& vbCrLf & "I have saved them into the D:\Email Attachments folder." _
& vbCrLf & vbCrLf & "Have a nice day.", vbInformation, "Finished!"
MsgBox "I didn't find any attached files in your mail.", vbInformation, _
Set Atmt = Nothing
Set Item = Nothing
Set ns = Nothing
MsgBox "An unexpected error has occurred." _
& vbCrLf & "Please note and report the following information." _
& vbCrLf & "Macro Name: GetAttachments" _
& vbCrLf & "Error Number: " & Err.Number _
& vbCrLf & "Error Description: " & Err.Description _
, vbCritical, "Error!"
THE GARDERNER AND HIS GARDEN
There was once an earnest gardener who loved his work and his produce. One day he was walking through his delightful garden and happened to notice a weed. The gardener was particularly tired so he decided to leave it.
The next day he had to leave to visit his relatives in another country for two weeks. When he came back, the back yard was covered in weeds and all his produce was dead!
Likewise, if we allow just one bad thought in our head and fail to remove it, it will sprout and instead of having to pick one weed, we will have too much to control.
If we destroy our negative thoughts, by allowing positive ones to grow, they will display in our personality like a beautiful garden.
Thats the power of positive thought. We are, what our thoughts are.
We should always entertain only good and positive thoughts in our mind and never give way for anything negative!
Be alert and conscious of your thoughts and pick out the weeds of your negative thoughts consciously and quickly, at the right moment!
1. Do Not Interfere In Others' Business Unless Asked.
Most of us create our own problems by interfering too
often in others' affairs. We do so because somehow we
have convinced ourselves that our way is the best way,
our logic is the perfect logic and those who do not
conform to our thinking must be criticized and steered
to the right direction, our direction. This thinking
denies the existence of individuality and consequently
the existence of God. God has created each one of us
in a unique way. No two human beings can think or act
in exactly the same way. All men or women act the way
they do because God within them prompts them that way.
There is God to look after everything. Why are you
bothered? Mind your own business and you will keep
2. Forgive And Forget.
This is the most powerful aid to peace of mind. We
often develop ill feelings inside our heart for the
person who insults us or harms us. We nurture
grievances. This in turn results in loss of sleep,
development of stomach ulcers, and high blood
pressure. This insult or injury was done once, but
nourishing of grievance goes on forever by constantly
remembering it. Get over this bad habit. Believe in
the justice of God and the doctrine of Karma. Let Him
judge the act of the one who insulted you. Life is too
short to waste in such trifles. Forgive, Forget, and
march on. Love flourishes in giving and forgiving.
3. Do Not Crave For Recognition.
This world is full of selfish people. They seldom
praise anybody without selfish motives. They may
praise you today because you are in power, but no
sooner than you are powerless; they will forget your
achievement and will start finding faults in you. Why
do you wish to kill yourself in striving for their
recognition? Their recognition is not worth the
aggravation. Do your duties ethically and sincerely
and leave the rest to God.
4. Do Not Be Jealous.
We all have experienced how jealousy can disturb our
peace of mind. You know that you work harder than your
colleagues in the office, but sometimes they get
promotions; you do not. You started a business several
years ago, but you are not as successful as your
neighbor whose business is only one year old. There
are several examples like these in everyday life.
Should you be jealous? No. Remember everybody's life
is shaped by his or her previous Karma, which has now
become his destiny. If you are destined to be rich,
nothing in the world can stop you. If you are not so
destined, no one can help you either. Nothing will be
gained by blaming others for your misfortune. Jealousy
will not get you anywhere; it will only take away your
peace of mind.
5. Change Yourself According To The Environment.
If you try to change the environment single-handedly,
the chances are you will fail. Instead, change
yourself to suit your environment. As you do this,
even the environment, which has been unfriendly to
you, will mysteriously change and seem congenial and
6. Endure What Cannot Be Cured.
This is the best way to turn a disadvantage into an
advantage. Every day we face numerous inconveniences,
ailments, irritations, and accidents that are beyond
our control. If we cannot control them or change them,
we must learn to put up with these things. We must
learn to endure them cheerfully thinking, "God wills
it so, so be it." God's plan is beyond our
comprehension. Believe in it and you will gain in
terms of patience, inner strength and will power.
7. Do Not Bite Off More Than You Can Chew.
This maxim needs to be remembered constantly. We often
tend to take more responsibilities than we are capable
of carrying out. This is done to satisfy our ego. Know
your limitations. Why take on additional loads that
may create more worries? You cannot gain peace of mind
by expanding your external activities. Reduce your
material engagements and spend time in prayer,
introspection and meditation. This will reduce those
thoughts in your mind that make you restless.
Uncluttered mind will produce greater peace of mind.
8. Meditate Regularly.
Meditation calms the mind and gets rid of disturbing
thoughts. This is the highest state of peace of mind.
Try and experience it yourself. If you meditate
earnestly for half an hour everyday, your mind will
tend to become peaceful during the remaining
twenty-three and half-hours. Your mind will not be
easily disturbed as it was before. You would benefit
by gradually increasing the period of daily mediation.
You may think that this will interfere with your daily
work. On the contrary, this will increase your
efficiency and you will be able to produce better
results in less time.
9. Never Leave The Mind Vacant.
An empty mind is the devil's workshop. All evil
actions start in the vacant mind. Keep your mind
occupied in something positive, something worthwhile.
Actively follow a hobby. Do something that holds your
interest. You must decide what you value more: money
or peace of mind. Your hobby, like social work or
temple work, may not always earn you more money, but
you will have a sense of fulfillment and achievement.
Even when you are resting physically, occupy yourself
in healthy reading or mental chanting of God's name.
10. Do Not Procrastinate And Never Regret.
Do not waste time in protracted wondering "Should I or
shouldn't I?" Days, weeks, months, and years may be
wasted in that futile mental debating. You can never
plan enough because you can never anticipate all
future happenings. Always remember, God has His own
plan, too for you. Value your time and do the things
that need to be done. It does not matter if you fail
the first time. You can learn from your mistakes and
succeed the next time. Sitting back and worrying will
lead to nothing. Learn from your mistakes, but do not
brood over the past. DO NOT REGRET. Whatever happened
was destined to happen only that way. Take it as the
Will of God. You do not have the power to alter the
course of God's Will. Why cry over spilt milk?