Archive for July, 2008
The web 2.0 has come a long way since Friendster days in 2004. We have seen the birth of Meebo, Digg, Reddit, Squidoo and Twitter and fall of hundreds of such sites which were in reality just features instead of stand alone products. Now the question comes, from where will the next way of Great Web 2.0 come from?
People have already started talking about web 3.0 (mobiles+mashups) and localization.
Localization is certainly going to be a huge part as we can not have a global product. Facebook is not likely to dominate on every nation, as each culture has its culture and way of interaction. Sites like QQ (China) and Ekikrat (India) are trying to lead the path of local social web 2.0. Let’s see how far they can go.
One of the most important things about eliminating debt is consolidating it. You can consolidate student loans easily without paying too much on a monthly basis to get rid of what you owe. Good luck with it!
I just bought a new HTC 8125. It’s one of the new “slide phone” designs. I like these, because you get a nice compact phone and a full-size keyboard.
Battery life seems good. HTC promises 5 hours of talk time and a full week of standby time. I haven’t pushed the phone that hard yet, but with my bad memory I probably will soon!
With the touch screen and the voice recognition, the phone is really easy to use.
The camera works well, but it doesn’t take pictures as nice as my real camera. It’s resolution is limited to 1.3 megapixels.
I also bought a nice Bluetooth headset to use when driving.
I am pretty happy with this phone. I expect to be happy with it for a long time. 🙂
Adoption is God’s way of making sure that there’s a child for every home that yearns for one and a family for every child that longs to belong. The laws of adoption vary from country to country, and in Canada, from province to province. The process can be carried out through the public child welfare system, private adoption agencies or approved adoption practitioners and licensed authorities. Below you will find a few facts and laws related to adoption in Canada:
· If you are governed by the laws of Quebec and Newfoundland, you must be 25 or above to qualify as an adoptive parent.
· If you are looking to adopt a child from an international location, you have to qualify under both the laws of the province or territory you live in and the adoption rules of the country the child belongs to. International adoption is a long and arduous process and you must complete the adoption process and the Canadian citizenship process before you’ll be allowed to bring the child into the country. Because of the need to place war-related orphans in good homes, international adoption is governed by The Hague Convention.
· Family members can adopt children of relatives after the child’s consent has been sought if he/she is over the age of 12 or after the child has been interviewed by an authorized person if he/she is between the ages of 7 and 11. Relative or family adoptions do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
· Adoption is a pretty expensive process, with applications, fees, documents and forms related to the legal process alone costing between $6,000 and $10,000.
· It’s extremely difficult to adopt infants below the age of 2.
· Adopted children must be treated on par with biological children – they are entitled to the same child support and inheritance rights.
· Same-sex couples in Canada are within their legal rights to adopt in the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Nova Scotia.
· Amidst questions regarding the wisdom of keeping adoption records secret, (so that the birth parents have no information about the child they gave up for adoption and vice versa) some provinces in Canada have opened their doors to “open adoption”, a process long in practice in the United States where the birth mother (and father if he is in the picture at the time) choose the adoptive family they wish their child to belong to. An intermediate agency acts as the liaison between the families and both sides agree to stay in touch through letters, emails, photos and even visits as the child grows older.
Gosh, this is getting insane… I need to buy a new truck, but I really can’t seem to be able to choose one on my own. 🙁
Gas prices are insane these days, and every model I like seems to “eat” more gas than I drink beer. 🙂
I was thinking of the new Ford Bronco… what do you say?
Beautiful, isn’t it?
Some cool music festivals are coming up organized by this college fraternity . Some of the musical guests include Garth Brooks. If you cannot make it, buy some tickets for your friends as a gift!
The place for country music is Louisiana.