Where All failed, My Twin Anthony Succeeded

I can’t remember the last time I read a story that touched me profoundly. I’ve seen touching movies, listened to touching songs, seen a few touching photographs lately (I was keen in photo-journalism as a student) and I’ve met people whose life stories are profoundly touching, but I can’t remember the last time I read anything really touching. Not even a poem or a haiku.

Today, I read this story on WeBook.com. I don’t know whether it is a true story or not. It is so touching that I can only hope it is not true. The shock and the hope that comes with it reverberates and lingers on like the chimes of a big bell long after I’ve read the story. I hope it’s not true.

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In Search of The Wildflower

Some of photos here are so ethereal (like the one below) that one is reminded that despite the mundane life we lead, the existence of this universe is still a magical phenomena

Written in poetic prose and filled with an innocent spirit of awe and adventure, In Search of The Wildflower is an inspiring and refreshing blog to read. I would like to share it’s goodness with you.

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Common Wiccan Beliefs, by Lady Bridget

Copyrighted by Lady Bridget 1998
Extracted and summarized from Common Wiccan Beliefs

  • An it Harm None, Do What Thou Wilt
  • Threefold Return and Karma
  • Responsibility for Your Own Actions
  • Reincarnation
  • Duality of Deity
  • All Gods Are One, All Goddesses Are One Also
  • Deity Is Immanent
  • All Lives Are Sacred
  • Reverence Should Be Balanced With Mirth
  • Honor The Sabats
  • Knowledge Is Power
  • Energy Follows Thought
  • A Witch’s Greatest Toll Is Observation

And The Thirteen Goals of A Witch

  • Know Yourself
  • Know Your Craft
  • Learn
  • Apply Knowledge With Wisdom
  • Achieve balance
  • Keep Your Words In Good Order
  • Keep Your Thoughts In Good Order
  • Celebrate Life
  • Attune With The Cycles of The Earth
  • Breathe and Eat Correctly
  • Exercise The Body
  • Meditate
  • Honor The God And Goddess

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Silicon.com survey on CIO plans for 2009

What are the important agendas on CIOs’ lists in 2009 amidst impending recession and global slowdown?

Protecting and increasing the productivity of existing IT infrastructure is at 1st place (with security and virtualization products). IT governance is at 3rd (down from 1st). ERP and CRM at 4th place and BI at 5th.ITIL is at 6th. Handheld devices and 3G technologies capture the most interest in the mobile arena indicating that these areas are still on the growth path and have yet to achieve saturation.

More here.

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How to catch DBNulls from .Net SQLRows

There’s plenty of discussion on this out there. A Try..Catch block worked best for me. Since the error is thrown from the SQLRow innards, Convert.IsDBNull etc does not work.

Dim strRes As String = ""
            Dim a As New SqlDataAdapter("SELECT * FROM CMN_Settings WHERE SettingKey = ‘" & pKey & "’", Config.GetConnectionString("SiteSQLServer"))
            Dim d As New DSCommonEntities.CMN_SettingsDataTable
            a.Fill(d)
            If d.Rows.Count > 0 Then
                Dim r As DSCommonEntities.CMN_SettingsRow
                r = d.Rows(0)
                Try
                    strRes = r.setingValue
                Catch e As Exception
                    strRes = ""
                End Try
            End If
            Return strRes

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