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Have you voted? Two days left to vote in the “Clubhouse Choice Awards”

The Windows Community Clubhouse is a place where some of us Spacers like to write blog entries that tell other Spacers how to do different things using Windows Live Products. Voting is currently going on for the "Clubhouse Choice Awards" competition for the members of the Clubhouse. Voting ends July 31, with winners being announced in early August.
 
Everybody can vote, even people who are not members of the Clubhouse. There are seven categories with three nominees each. The nominated blog entries are linked with each nominee in each category. Check it out, and vote for your favorites:
 
 
If you are interested in applying to be a member of the Clubhouse, go here for more information:
 
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Film fan? IMDB.com is a good place to legally watch movies online for free.

I am a movie fan,  plus, I am very cheap, uh, I mean frugal. Finding a way to legally see movies for free is the best of both worlds.

The Internet Movie Data Base is a great source of movie information that I have visited frequently for around ten or so years. Recently, I noticed that a “Watch it” link started appearing on some of the movies’ pages. Then, I found a list of ALL the available movies (and TV shows) that can be watched on line. They link to various sites online that have movies available. It’s a one-stop shopping of legal places to watch movies for free.

You won’t find blockbusters that are still making money in DVD rentals, but you will probably find something you like on this list: Full-Length Movies

There is more than just movies available:

IMDB’s main video page:

(The IMDB links to movies that are available on Hulu, so I didn’t mention it separately)

Happy watching…

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Can you say “Irony”? Copies of George Orwell’s “1984” (originator of “Big Brother”) taken from consumers by Amazon.com…

Check this out and see if you find it as ironic as I did: 
In a brief but pointed statement Thursday, Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos  apologized for removing copies of e-books from customers’ Kindles last week, a move that angered consumers and forced Amazon to defend what appeared to be arbitrary and controlling behavior.
 

Amazon’s targets were the books Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell, two novels about the horrors of repressive societies. …

…Although they were offered refunds, several were upset just the same. "I liken it to a Barnes & Noble clerk coming to my house when I’m not home, taking a book I bought from them from my bookshelf and leaving cash in its place," one customer wrote on Amazon’s Web site.

(Emphasis mine) Read the rest of the article here: Amazon Apologizes For Kindle Flap
 
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And now for your classical music lovers, The Rabbit of Seville, starring Bugs Bunny

I haven’t seen this for decades, but I just came across it. I just thought I would share it here for no apparent reason:

 

Edited to add:

Thanks go to Jen for finding a copy online to another great Warner Brothers cartoon: What’s Opera Doc? Thanks bunches Jen!

 

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What is Beauty?

I was just at my YouTube page, and I noticed a video in my favorites I had forgotten all abut. Take a look at this (It’s one minute and 15 seconds long):

“No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted”…

I decided a very long time ago, that I wanted a man to like me for who I was, and not what color I painted my hair and face. I have gone through my entire adult life with my God given, factory issued, hair, face and body. I figured, I wanted to attract a man without false advertising.

I wanted a man who would love me for who I am on the inside, rather than what I could change my outside to look like. I didn’t want a husband to wake up with my real self and go screaming down the street. I wanted a man who felt, like me, that how a person looks is irrelevant to their quality as a person.

So here I am. I am a woman over fifty. I have a lot of streaks of gray hair, and I have creases around my eyes and mouth. And I have a hubby who I knows loves me just for who I am.

I am an ordinary looking girl. Nobody is going to turn their head to look at me after I walk by. But, I am confident that the man I love chose to marry me based upon the real things that matter, the person I am on the inside, not outside.

By the same token, my hubby is secure in the feeling that my love for him has not decreased as the number of hairs on his head have decreased. In fact, my love for him has grown since our marriage as much as his tummy has grown since our marriage. (tee hee. Are you reading this sweetie?)

Jesting aside, the things we love about each other will never change, just the packaging, and that doesn’t matter to us. (Although we do tease each other harmlessly.)

My hubby calls me his “Beautiful Bride”. Thank you, God, for giving me just the right man I wanted.

(I don’t know what “Category” to place this blog in. I decided to put it in “My Faith”, since it was God who gave me my wonderful hubby)

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Socialized Medicine, Bah, Humbug.

Warning- Rant Alert:

I very rarely post about serious issues. I usually use my blog for posting happy things, but I’m steamed, and I’m going to have a public rant:

I hate the idea of socialized medicine. I don’t really want my healthcare dictated by the same people who brought us the US Postal Service. Have you ever been in line at the post office? Yikes.

Here is my opinion folks: Medical Insurance is a scam. Now wait a minute while I explain. Insurance companies, like casino owners and stock brokers are gamblers. Insurance is all about the company betting that they will not have to pay out. The insurance company bets that your house will not burn down, that your car will not get in a wreck, and that you will stay moderately healthy.

The house always wins, remember. The medical insurance company makes money because most of us stay well, and do not get major illnesses. Most people just need regular, preventative medicine. Most people pay out thousands of dollars every year on medical insurance, and “lose” the bet  by staying well. If they make money by betting I stay well, how does that help me?

There is something very interesting I learned twelve years ago after I could not afford to have medical insurance anymore….

Not having health insurance is saving me money. I ask for, and get, a cash discount for all of my medical expenses, including hospital, eyeglasses, dental, and my regular doctor. Plus, my doctor prescribes the most cost efficient medicine when we need some. Not only that, but without insurance, you can talk to the doctor and just get what you NEED.

Medical offices do NOT like to deal with insurance companies. They very gladly give a cash discount because they are only treating you, not having to do a mess of administrative paper work. The prices are higher just because insurance is such a pain for the providers. Because of that, they do not mind passing some of the savings to those paying CASH.

(We pay cash for everything. We do not have credit cards. If we want to buy something, and we can’t pay cash, we do not buy it. We give up luxuries in order to save money for emergencies. We live like this because it is cheaper. We do not want to pay interest on purchases. No credit cards equals no interest. If you can’t afford to buy something NOW, how can you afford to pay for it later, PLUS interest? OK, I’ll get off my soapbox….Paying cash just saves money all the way around….)

Back to my rant: My hubby smashed his hand at work some time back, and opened a finger up really bad. Obviously it needed stitches, so we went to the emergency clinic. The doctor wanted an x-ray, but we asked if we really needed it. He looked at the finger, and felt it, and said, no x-ray was needed. In addition to not having to pay for the x-rays, we were given a discount for paying cash. If we had insurance, we would not have questioned getting the x-ray, and would have been charged full price.

For the last two years, I’ve been treated for a lung disease. I’ve paid cash the whole way, getting cash discounts from everybody I’ve seen. I even get a cash discount for the oxygen tanks I have to use when I go out, and the oxygen concentrator at the house. I have negotiated every stage of my treatment, not getting anything that was not necessary.

When you compare the cost of medical care between the insured and the not insured (those paying cash), you are not comparing apples to apples, but apples to oranges. As a person who negotiates each financial step of my medical care, I am actually getting a better financial deal than I used to what I had insurance. All the money I save my not paying insurance premiums I can actually use to pay my doctor and hospital bills. What a concept….

When the newscasters talk about the “uninsured” they are assuming that people who do not have insurance are not paying their bills, and are a drain on the country. That is very dishonest. Now that I know how the system works, I do not want health insurance. I especially do not want to be FORCED to pay for it by the government’s socialized medicine program. That should be my choice, no one else’s.

The concept of national health care is being sold to us like it’s going to help all the people who cannot afford health care. In reality, the taxes of people who cannot afford health care are going to be raised up so that the government can mismanage the money for another badly run system. Private businesses know how to make money. The US government can NOT run things properly.

For instance, I have paid into the social security system for a very long time. If I had been able to put that money in my OWN retirement plan, I’d have a lot better future to look forward to. The US government mismanages money so badly, that people older than me might not receive the social security benefits that they paid for all of their working life.

Please, Washington DC, don’t ask for more money from me until you show you can be responsible with it….

(That said, I am very happy that I was born in a country where you can complain about the government and not get punished…..)

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Do Not Worry

I come from a long line of worrywarts. I am third generation, at the very least. My mother and grandmother passed this affliction down to me. I sometimes get wrapped up in trying to micromanage all aspects of my life, my hubby’s life, my mother’s life, etc, because I’m worried about what MIGHT happen. (As if worrying will stop a bad thing from happening.) Every now and then, Jesus jabs me in the side and reminds me to read about when he said “Do Not Worry”.

I know you think I’m nuts, but when I’m praying, Bible passages will jump into my head. Now, I don’t know for sure if Jesus is giving them to me, or if I am doing it subconsciously. But, how I figure it is “When in Doubt, Thank God”. So, when I get a Bible passage jump into my head during a prayer, whether it is my subconscious or Jesus’ recommendation to help answer my problems, I read it.

Today, just before I starting writing this blog entry, it happened again. I was praying, then reading the Bible, and this verse jumped into my head. Apparently, I am really hard-headed and need to read this many more times to make it a part of me. Every time I read it, it is like I am reading it for the first time. So, for the gazillionth time, I’m going to read this again. And I thought while I was at it, I would share it with you.

This is part of what Jesus said during his “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew 6:25-34:

25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NIV)

So, hopefully, for the next few days, I will remember to “Seek first His Kingdom” instead of worrying…. Wish me luck…

By the way, I’ve copied the text above from BibleGateway.com. It has the whole Bible, many different versions of it, online. It is very, very handy and has lots of neat stuff like searches that help a bunch.

Incidentally, I use the “New International Version” (NIV) translation of the Bible. I didn’t start to read the Bible until I was in my early forties. (see my website, X-Evolutionist.com, for my testimony) Since I was not brought up reading all the thee’s and thou’s, the King James Version of the Bible made no sense to me. So, my boyfriend, who is now my hubby, gave me a copy of the New International Version of the Bible. It is a newer translation, made in 1973, in modern English.

The NIV was translated from the earliest manuscripts possible, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, which had not been found yet when the King James Bible was translated in 1611. Plus, there is no need to call God thee and thou. These pronouns were used for everybody in 1611 England, and there is nothing disrespectful towards God in using modern pronouns. (In my humble opinion)

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