@JayJayasuriya's blog: September 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

What is your life purpose? Find it in 20 minutes!

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People interested in getting as much as possible from life, will always look after the things that gives their life meaning. I have seen many techniques on how to find ones purpose in life, and here is one developed by Steve Pavlina. It takes only 20 minutes, and it can be useful for all people: both those who believe that their life has a pupose and those who don't.

"Here’s what to do:
  1. Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type (I prefer the latter because it’s faster).
  2. Write at the top, “What is my true purpose in life?”
  3. Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head. It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.
  4. Repeat step 3 until you write the answer that makes you cry. This is your purpose."
  5. Source: http://goo.gl/Np0B

Program tests acupuncture as addiction recovery aid

Acupuncture is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an effective treatment of more than 40 medical problems, according to the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine.

The Secret Tobacco Companies Don't Want You to Know: There's Radiation Inside Cigarettes

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Rat poison. Lighter fluid. Battery acid. Pesticides. And now...radiation. What do they all have in common? They're all rolled into one cancer causing cigarette. What's worse, tobacco companies have known that radiation was inside cigarettes but hid evidence of it for 4 decades.

The radioactive substance found in cigarettes is polonium-210, a radioactive material that "emits hazardous particles called alpha particles". Whens smokers inhale, the particles work with the other carcinogens found in cigarettes to pull double duty in damaging the lungs (and creating cancer).

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

ASUS OTAs: Transform and roll out!

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I love my ASUS Transformer except for the fact that I dropped it and put a dent on it. In my opinion, one of the best Android tablets out there up to date. I've had it for more than 3 months now and loving it!

Sync Android Contacts To Cloud, View Interaction History With Smartr

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Smartr Contacts is a handy address book for Android users that not only keeps a detailed record of all your phone contacts but extends its support to your mail contacts and friends on various social networks with whom you’ve interacted in any way. With this app, you can scan your phone for numbers, contacts and email addresses and upload them to the cloud, sync your contacts (and events) from almost all the popular online services, view detailed interaction history with each contact (complete with bar graphs!), access their social profile pages, call, text and/or Email them and bring all your contacts to one platform for quick and easy access. In addition, the app sports a homescreen widget that serves as a shortcut to the app and some of its features. More after the break.

What Do You Do When You Need a Quick Pick-Me-Up?

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The next time you're feeling a little blue, try singing a song to lift your spirits. That's something that I've often done (without knowing the science behind it), but we're curious, Lifehackers: what do you do to quickly boost your mood?
The act of singing, it turns out, releases endorphins, those feel-good brain chemicals. It also brings more oxygen into your blood and increases circulation, helping to relieve stress. And music just soothes the soul.

What about you? What are your quick pick-me-ups?

Photo by Sam Howzit.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Coolest game ever

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Taken with picplz at The Dig Pub in Cedar Park, TX.

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Rain clouds approaching

The 2012 ACL Festival Early Bird E-list Pre-Sale is happening tomorrow - Wednesday, September 28 at 10AM CT

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You'll have the chance to purchase General Admission 3-Day Passes at the Early Bird price of $185, while supplies last. VIP Passes and ACL Festival Travel Packages will also be available during the Pre-Sale. (Limit of four Passes per person.)

In Memory of Ananda Gunasekara

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Ananda Gunasekara of Austin, Texas passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the age of 57. He was born in Balapitiya, Sri Lanka on June 23, 1954 to parents Piyasena Gunasekara and Somawathie Ginige.

He is survived by his wife Chandra Gunasekara; daughter Ishani Gunasekara and husband Shashika Sudasinghe; sons Goshka Gunasekara and Umesh Gunasekara; grandchild Karson Gunasekara; and siblings Michael Neuman, Pramila Foulstone, Shanthi Gunasekara, Susantha Gunasekara, Shama McCarty, Sriyani Siriwardana, In-laws Pani Siriwardana, Sherri Neuman, and Ralph McCarty

A funeral service will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at Beck Funeral Home, 15709 Ranch Road 620
Austin, Texas 78717.

A repast will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday at his home located at 12112 Grey Fawn Path, Austtin, TX 78750

Sunday, September 25, 2011

140 Ways to Change the World

Doing something nice for someone can change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world.

Start small. Start now.

27 Healthy Habits of Happiness

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How do we heighten our happiness? There are many ways and one size does not fit all. Below I discuss what has worked for me and those closest to me – how a small group of us went from downbeat and drained to a happy and hopeful in a few short years.

What it means to seek first the kingdom of God

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What does it mean to seek the kingdom of God?
What will I eat? How will I pay the bills? How will I have a happy marriage? How will I have a successful career? Everyone seems to be preoccupied with these kinds of concerns, but Jesus calmed his disciples by giving them a higher purpose. He told them not to worry about their needs in this world, but to instead seek God's kingdom, having the promise that their heavenly Father would then also meet all those needs...

"Happy Birthday!!" Like you've never heard it before

Friday, September 23, 2011

Film 'Courageous' Breaks Hollywood Mold

Unless you’ve been hiding under an entertainment world rock, you’ve probably heard about one or more of the Sherwood Pictures films: Fireproof, starring Kirk Cameron (in a for-charity performance) as a firefighter who realizes he’s going to have to fight to save his marriage; Facing the Giants, the “little movie that could”—made by a Georgia church’s media team, and picked up by the majors for distribution; or Flywheel, the little locally-played DIY film that got them started.

If you haven’t heard of those, well, you’re hearing about their fourth film now: Courageous. It tells the story of five men (four of whom are police officers in, yes, a small Georgia town) who are challenged to become better fathers. Some rise to the challenge; some fall.

Chance to see (TIV) Tornado Intercept Vehicle in town at Bob Bullock Museum this weekend!

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Austin Museum Day
In celebration of Austin Museum Day, the Museum is offering FREE exhibit admission on Sunday, September 25, from Noon to 6 p.m., along with fun family activities, including a puppet presentation of Rumplestiltskin from Austin Public Library's Literature Live! and a special pit stop by the TIV II (Tornado Intercept Vehicle II), the vehicular star of Tornado Alley in the IMAX Theatre.

The TIV
Noon - 6 p.m.

The Tornado Intercept Vehicle 2 (known as the TIV 2) is the custom-built heavy duty truck designed by IMAX film-maker and TV's Storm Chaser Sean Casey. The TIV will be making a special stop to meet fans and visitors at the Museum and IMAX® Theatre during Austin Museum Day.

The TIV and TIV driver Marcus Gutierrez will be on the Lone Star Plaza to give museum visitors an up-close look at the custom-built storm chasing machine and to answer questions

More info @ http://www.thestoryoftexas.com

If this is true it could change the world as we know it!

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If it’s true, it will mark the biggest discovery in physics in the past half-century: Elusive, nearly massless subatomic particles called neutrinos appear to travel just faster than light, a team of physicists in Europe reports. If so, the observation would wreck Einstein’s theory of special relativity, which demands that nothing can travel faster than light.

Someday our bodies could ‘talk’ to gadgets

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Your body and your smartphone–or any other electronic device–don’t speak the same language. One uses electrons, the other protons to send information. But scientists at the University of Washington are working on ways to help the two understand each other through a new type of transistor. And this week they’ve announced a breakthrough transistor that uses materials derived from–wait for it–crab shells and squid parts.

Bed Bugs Are Still Winning

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Today in research: just let bedbugs win, the family dinner is a cure-all, married people get complacent, and a nostalgic slideshow for scientists.

True Story

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This is a true story of Mother’s Sacrifice during the Japan Earthquake.
After the Earthquake had subsided, when the rescuers reached the ruins of a young woman’s house, they saw her dead body through the cracks. But her pose was somehow strange that she knelt on her knees like a person was worshiping; her body was leaning forward, and her two hands were supporting by an object. The collapsed house had crashed her back and her head.

With so many difficulties, the leader of the rescuer team put his hand through a narrow gap on the wall to reach the woman’s body. He was hoping that this woman could be still alive. However, the cold and stiff body told him that she had passed away for sure.
He and the rest of the team left this house and were going to search the next collapsed building. For some reasons, the team leader was driven by a compelling force to go back to the ruin house of the dead woman. Again, he knelt down and used his had through the narrow cracks to search the little space under the dead body. Suddenly, he screamed with excitement,” A child! There is a child! “
The whole team worked together; carefully they removed the piles of ruined objects around the dead woman. There was a 3 months old little boy wrapped in a flowery blanket under his mother’s dead body. Obviously, the woman had made an ultimate sacrifice for saving her son. When her house was falling, she used her body to make a cover to protect her son. The little boy was still sleeping peacefully when the team leader picked him up.
The medical doctor came quickly to exam the little boy. After he opened the blanket, he saw a cell phone inside the blanket. There was a text message on the screen. It said,” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” This cell phone was passing around from one hand to another. Every body that read the message wept. ” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” Such is the mother’s love for her child!!

CAI Trade Show 2011

4th Annual Trade Show was held at the Norris Conference Center on September 22, 2011

Sponsored through the generosity of BB&T Association Services
Now into our fourth year, CAI Austin has produced another outstanding Trade Show and Educational Ask-the-Expert Roundtable experience for our Community Association Volunteer Leaders, their professional Community Managers and the Business Partners who support them.

For more information visit www.caiaustin.org

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

5 Tips for Improving Product Photos & Video on Your Ecommerce Site

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Basic photographic techniques can ensure that an otherwise worthy product isn’t overlooked. Furthermore, capturing the details of a product, like food or fabric, for example, can mean the difference for a sale.

enjoy!

Facebook and the Inevitable Change ;)

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If you ever needed proof that humans are reluctant to change, just slightly adjust their Facebook layout and listen to the complaining.

With the recent updates to the Facebook layout, newsfeed, and mobile application I’m sure you’ve seen the same updates I have:

  • “I want the old Facebook back!”
  • “Facebook is now Stalkerbook”
  • “What is wrong with Facebook, why do they keep changing things?”

Facebook, like any other service, has to change and adapt to bring the latest product features to its consumers. Are these new features really that bad, or is it just our natural aversion to change? Many years ago when the “News Feed” was first introduced everyone complained and said they wanted to the “old Facebook” back. But the “old Facebook” was a newer version of an even “older Facebook.” Only the people at Harvard can really say they want the “Old Facebook” back. The reality is in less than a week, the “new Facebook” will once again feel comfortable and at home. It’s odd that Apple releases almost a completely new version of its products every year to much praise, Facebook makes a slight layout adjustment and is met with a multitude of “Hate” status updates. You’re using Facebook’s new features to talk about Facebook’s new features. Seems like an genius plan to me.

Remember, you don’t pay for Facebook. You have no obligation to Facebook. You can leave when  you want. We all know you won’t be leaving though. That would be too much change.

You eat the entire ball... GLITTER and all!

See you @ the CAI Trade Show!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Google+ Now Available to Everyone, No Invitation Necessary

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Google's burgeoning social network, Google+, leaves its limited, invite-only preview today and enters a public beta, meaning anyone can join, no invitation necessary. And they made Hangouts even better!

Monday, September 19, 2011

ACL Fest 2011: How sweet it was

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Check "done" on the 10th Austin City Limits Music Festival.

This year's three-day orgy of music, weather and chicken cones brought things both rare — rain, Stevie Wonder — and usual — vastly different experiences of the same set — to Zilker Park. Here are the highlights from our team.

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• Kanye West. Standout moments included an over-the-top entrance from the center of the crowd in which the rapper rose above Zilker on an elevated platform. A troupe of ballerinas gave the Bud Light stage a touch of Broadway, and supercharged versions of West's older material, including "The Good Life," "Jesus Walks" and "Stronger" were a fine way to end the first day. Set review

• Phosphorescent. The Alabama-via-Brooklyn country rock band led by Matthew Houck, whose understated, weary voice coupled with pedal steel guitar on songs including "Mermaid Parade." Any question that the set would lull the crowd to sleep (or succumb to painful sound bleed from the AMD stage) with too many Neil Young-style ballads was answered with perfect moments of classic rock crescendo from the six-member band.

• Stevie Wonder. Wonder delivered with his hits — "Superstition," "Higher Ground," Living For the City" — and a couple of covers, including the pumped-up opener "How Sweet it Is" and Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel." The latter had the whole place dancing, except the folks driven away by what they said was bad sound in the back. Set review

 

Parry Gettelman

• The jubilant Preservation Hall Jazz Band/Del McCoury Bandshow that had fans young and old hollering themselves hoarse and beaming around at strangers as though they were long-lost friends.Set review

• Raindrops! When the rain started, you could tell right away who was from Texas — the ones with their hands in the air and wondering smiles on their faces.

• Alison Krauss and Union Station's sublime set, emotionally rich as well as masterful in its musicianship. Set review

• Noelle Scaggs and Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrums delivering musically while working hard to loosen up the audience and finally prevailing in their determination to instigate a dance party. Set review

• The Lee Boys' funk-soul revival/wild-and-crazy dance party.

 

Joe Gross

• TV on the Radio playing "Young Liars," a song that can go anywhere, an emotional blowout in the tradition of the MC5's "Black to Comm," Yo La Tengo's "Blue Line Swinger" or U2's "Bad." They reminded that, at their best, they are absolutely America's Radiohead.

 Kurt Vile's three guitar, drums and no bass setup. Miles of hair playing nothing but treble on the Austin Ventures stage, consistently the most sonically underrated place at the festival. Set review

• Hearing the opening notes of My Morning Jacket's inviting-yet-menacing "Victory Dance" streaking over the park at the top of their set. The band sounded phenomenal — a little too phenomenal for a lot of people trying to listen to Stevie Wonder.

 

Chad Swiatecki

• Stevie Wonder. Hits paraded. Humanity affirmed. Bucket list lightened considerably. Set review

Brought to you by: www.austin360.com

 

Friday, September 16, 2011

How To Android

Do you have an Android phone or a device?. How do you like it? Here is a list of things you can do on your android phone. Click the image to view it.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Waiting for some rain

Early risers get ahead of the game

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People who get up early in the morning are slimmer, happier and healthier than those who lie in, researchers have found.

Emergency 911 App Aims to Transform the Way You Call for Help

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I know we’ve all thought to ourselves: what would we do in a situation where we can’t dial 911? Whether it be because your assailant would hear you or because you don’t have enough time to get the phone out and dial, it’s a valid question.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chocolate 'as good for you as exercise'

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Yumm!

How to earn Karma. - Imgur

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New Batteries Made Of Jelly (Yes, Jelly) Could Provide Cheap, Safe Power

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Is your laptop too heavy? Blame your battery - but thankfully, bulky, heavy and potentially dangerous lithium batteries won’t be around forever. Ian Ward, a physics research professor at the University of Leeds in the U.K. has come up with a new polymer gel - in other words, a jelly - that could be used to create a new kind of lithium battery that would be cheaper, lighter and more efficient.

“The polymer gel looks like a solid film, but it actually contains about 70 percent liquid electrolyte,” Ward said in a prepared release. “It’s made using the same principles as making a jelly: you add lots of hot water to ‘gelatin’ - in this case there is a polymer and electrolyte mix - and as it cools it sets to form a solid but flexible mass.”

According to a news release, the new polymer gel can be formed into a thin, flexible film through a low-cost process. This film, which would lie between a battery’s electrodes, would eliminate one need of traditional lithium batteries - to have multiple cells kept apart by a porous polymer film separator.

In addition to reducing weight and size, these new batteries could be made at about 10 percent of the cost of creating current batteries, Ward told IT Pro magazine.

The innovation could improve the safety of lithium-ion batteries, which have a tendency to overheat and possibly burst into flames, like the 54,000 batteries recalled by HP last year. “Conventional lithium batteries use electrolytes based on organic liquids; this is what you see burning in pictures of lithium batteries that catch fire,” said another battery expert, professor Peter Bruce of the University of St Andrews, in an interview with BBC News. “Replacing liquid electrolytes by a polymer or gel electrolyte should improve safety and lead to an all-solid-state cell.”

The technology has been licensed to an American company, Polystor Energy Corporation, which is conducting trials to commercialize the gel batteries for use in portable consumer electronics.

The idea of using gel to conduct or generate electricity is not new. This video shows how you can create an electric circuit at home using lemons, potatoes and Jell-O dessert:

And while we’re at it, here are some other creative things you can do with Jell-O.

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How To Remove Yourself from People Search Websites

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How To Remove Yourself from People Search Websites

With a quick search of your name on any given "peoplefinder" website, you'll see your name, date of birth, names of family members, current and past addresses, your phone number and gender. Some sites will also reveal your marital status, your hobbies, your online profiles, and maps or a photo of your house.

Many peoplefinder sites will give up enough to make you choke on your latte without a regis...

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Facebook's new subscribe button: An interesting experiment on importance

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Facebook's new subscribe button: An interesting experiment on importance

Facebook is rolling out a subscribe button so you can figure out exactly what you want to see on your news feed. Welcome to one interesting experiment in social circles.

The social networking giant introduced the subscribe button in a blog post. Facebook is adopting many of the features that Google+ has, but using its scale to get more of a reaction. Even Robert Scoble---a Google+ evangelist so to...

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Windows 8 is pretty exiting!

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What is MultiMi?

Easy access to all your contacts :
Stay on top of your email, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts in one simple and safe application.

Find, share, and store attachments easily :
MultiMi’s intuitive interface makes it easy to receive and resend files, including photos, music, and videos.

Simplify your life :
Having all your contacts and calendars in one place makes it easy to keep track of everything going on in your life.

Kept safe with AVG :
By incorporating AVG LinkScanner®, MultiMi automatically assesses links exchanged through social media in real time.

Learn more@ http://free.avg.com/us-en/multimi

Give it a try today! It's free and secure!

AVG launches MultiMi: One app to manage your online life

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Learn more@ http://free.avg.com/us-en/multimi

Easy access to all your contacts :
Stay on top of your email, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts in one simple and safe application.

Find, share, and store attachments easily :
MultiMi’s intuitive interface makes it easy to receive and resend files, including photos, music, and videos.

Simplify your life :
Having all your contacts and calendars in one place makes it easy to keep track of everything going on in your life.

Kept safe with AVG :
By incorporating AVG LinkScanner®, MultiMi automatically assesses links exchanged through social media in real time.

Give it a try today! It's free and secure!

Send then clouds down this way!

Austin 360

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Taken with picplz at 360 UNO in Austin, TX.

Bystanders lift car off injured motorcyclist [video]

A group of bystanders banded together, using their collective strength to lift a 4,000lb burning car off a motorcyclist that became stuck under the vehicle after an accident.

RingShuffle: Say goodbye to stalkers

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How many times have you given out your number only to wish that you haven’t? It could be to a sales person at the mall, a guy/girl you’ve met at the bar while drunk, or a friend’s friend who later turned out to be weird. It could be any of those situations and more, but now they can’t seem to stop texting or calling you for various reasons, and short of changing your number, there’s really nothing you can do about it, at least until RingShuffle came along.

The Secret Future of Night Vision Tech

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Even as an aging tech, night vision is still pretty awesome. But Wired's Noah Shachtman got a rare up-close look at the bleeding edge night vision tech that's in the field and being developed behind closed doors, like ├╝ber-sensitive digital thermal overlays, maps, mugshots, and footage—all streamed to a single eyepiece. Definitely worth a read. [Wired]

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