Monday, November 26, 2007

Of all of the characters throughout history and literature, who would you most like to meet?

Painting by Trée


My answer to that question would have to be Papa.

Papa is a character created by Trée and part of the on-going story that he writes on his (main) blog: Decadent Tranquility. Filled to the brim with characters one cannot help but fall in love with, the beauty and wonder of the writing and accompanying artwork all created by Trée really does defy adequate description, though as of today readers have been attempting to do so for....
2 years


A beautiful mind, heart and soul
An infinitely special & unmissable corner of the blogging world
Thank you, Poppet, for the gift you share
&
CONGRATULATIONS
on your anniversary
and
the achievement of this amazing, and thankfully yet unfinished,
body of work.

To commemorate the day,
I am pleased to finally be launching
the official
Story Fan Site

Sunday, November 25, 2007

November Birthdays

Happy Birthday and best wishes for the upcoming year to...

Tiffany, today the 25th



M who turned 10 yesterday
That was 10!
(I'm in shock though I had a year to prepare)

& Terry on the 30th

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Last night, Team Bravo gave us yet more cause to celebrate having reached 10 years of runtime, which to put it another way means that for every 24 hours of real time that team Bravo has been in operation, our relatively few members have contributed over 420 hours of runtime to the World Community Grid, who in turn have put those contributions to most excellent use procuring over 11,000 results.
Bless your sweet, dedicated hearts!

The grid celebrates this week too. As of November 16th, it has been running for 3 years and the total results sent back from over 800,000 computers across the globe now exceeds 128,000,000!
'tis okay, I have a lump in my throat too. To think there are hundreds of thousands of people united in an effort to find cures and solutions for problems effecting all of humanity, AIDS and Cancer to name but two of the current projects.

The good news is, yes there is more good news, anyone with a computer and an internet connection can be a part of it and all it requires is 5 minutes of setting up after which it runs automatically never interfering with personal use. Genius, pure and simple, but then those guys at IBM who donated the software that allows the individual to connect to the grid are somewhat known for it.

Five minutes, two steps to start making a change, to be a part of a global project to help ourselves, to potentially make a world of difference to the individual afflicted, the individual which could one day be you or I, someone we know, someone we love. Those among us for example who have not been touched by Cancer within their closest circles are very fortunate indeed.

5 minutes, 2 steps, easy, safe, worthwhile, please, thank you.

Step one: Complete the registration and installation process via the World Community Grid.
Step two: Join Team Bravo.

Personal milestones have also been many as always.
Just a few of those recent highlights have included the welcoming of two new members, redaster and LovingAnnie and congratulations were well deserved as Kiley aka ariadneK reached 400,000 points and days later passed 1000 results.

Team Bravo Stats
Member NamePoints GeneratedResults Returned
tgeorge1
863, 2443,522
ThunderBob
435,9591,630
ariadneK
407,1451,010
justin-thyme
277,477699
digitaldoom
220,658943
karen6977
190,797560
AutumnStorm187,121667
SaintlyNate
151,347609
Sherry G
94,292222
TotalChaos
93,742425
Karen Mason
79,721293
courtney42
69,598210
JamieB
44,562174
ebzepsentme
39,738132
Consise10/
concise10
}33,735}83
ebezp
24,19857
Sweet Jaine/
SweetJane
}23,492}70
tilde1d
18,14643
womble 18,81421
JOSIEW3,94529
djwilko1
2,2425
redaster
1,1155
Bavani Naidu,
cheekyfaces &
justawriter
}1841}7
TEAM TOTAL
3,272,92911,416


Monday, November 19, 2007

Happiness is...

is a daily and cherished feature over at Justin Thyme's. Today's post is especially befitting of the title and like all that went before well worth anyone's while to visit. Happy days ahead, x

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Joining today could be someone's good fortune tomorrow



Ask me what I am doing right now.
I am helping to improve the results of protein X-ray crystallography in order to increase understanding of cancer and its treatment.
Good answer, right? :-)

Now ask me what I am doing later.
Well, I might assist in the development of more accurate climate models of specific regions in Africa. Or I might join the group that are trying to identify promising drug leads to combat the related dengue, hepatitis C, West Nile, and Yellow fever viruses. Or I might work on any other one of the other projects currently being undertaken by the World Community Grid.

Innovatively defining the proverb Many hands make light work, the WCG allows the general public to assist scientists as they search for the solutions to problems that affect humanity using a very small, wholly safe piece of software donated by IBM and freely available to download via the WCG website. It takes less than 5 minutes to register, download and install and requires no further action. Currently there are over 800,000 computers in private homes and offices that whenever idle are working for the grid and returning on average over 110,000 results a day. 50 of those (on average) come from Team Bravo. Created by Trée, Team Bravo unites an amazing group of bloggers and the friends and family that they in turn have recruited and it allows us to have a little fun with it. There is the House, there has been a competition and if that wasn't enough along with the knowledge that we are doing something worthwhile, there is the chance to see...wait for it... your name in colour! :-D
Join Team Bravo here.

Team Bravo Stats
Member NamePoints GeneratedResults Returned
tgeorge1804,1113,310
ThunderBob405,4921,525
ariadneK379,709957
justin-thyme245,673604
digitaldoom220,658943
karen6977175,179520
AutumnStorm174,512629
SaintlyNate142,491572
Sherry G91,300214
TotalChaos87,050406
courtney4262,299188
JamieB44,562174
ebzepsentme33,419108
consise1027,60570
ebezp23,04254
tilde1d18,14643
Karen Mason13.38248
womble 18,81421
Sweet Jaine6,72119
SweetJane
4,78010
concise10
3,7268
JOSIEW2,46113
djwilko1
2,2425
redaster
1,0084
Bavani Naidu
8454
cheekyfaces
6182
justawriter
3781
TEAM TOTAL2,980,22310,452


By tomorrow or at the latest the day after, we will have reached the grand total of
With thanks to everyone of those colourful names above. :-)

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Sara, blog mate, team mate, friend and animal lover has a request on her blog today. If you have a minute, please visit Sara here.

Autumn walks




Forget Halloween, it's MTV that is truly scary

Elizabeth Swan























Last night's Halloween party

video