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WITandWISDOM(tm) – December 12, 2007
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they might have planned for you? Not much." - Jim Rohn

Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2007, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php


By Dr. Gary Smalley
Rethink Conference

“'Time for breakfast!' I would hear my mother say, 'Your father’s getting ready to go!'”

My good friend John is 70 years old, but his memories of his father are still in the back of his mind.

“There were lots of days when I would wake up early and get dressed as fast as I could,” he told us. “I’d be hunting for my long johns, smelling the bacon and eggs cooking downstairs, and listening for my father’s voice.

“Before he took me out with him to the farm to work, he’d always tell me the plans for the day. I can still remember the sounds of starting up the tractor and making sure we had our coffee thermos and snacks in the large weathered brown paper bag.

“I couldn’t wait to sit beside him at the breakfast table and then climb up beside him on the tractor. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was getting daily lessons in what it meant to be a real man and just as important, a leader!”

In John’s years on the farm, he got everyday lessons in how to make man-sized decisions. Like the time their harvesting combine broke down and they had to work all night to fix it. Or the time their bull got out and trampled a neighbor’s dog. Their neighbors were furious, and he got to see his father resolve the problem.

By watching his dad work, love and care about the needs of others, John was able to see what leadership looks like. How to react. What to stand for. What to fight against. When to be compassionate.

By Gary Smalley

Source: SermonCentral Weekly Newsletter,

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

What did Adam say on the day before Christmas? It's Christmas, Eve!

What does Father Christmas suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney? Santa Claustrophobia.

What do you call a letter sent up the chimney on Christmas Eve? Black mail.

What did the guest sing at the Eskimo's Christmas party? Freeze a jolly good fellow.

How do snowmen travel around? By iceicle.

Submitted by B. B.


We were driving to our annual Mother's Day wiener roast when our youngest boy, Stuart, announced that someone in his preschool class had told him there was no Santa Claus. "What to you think about that?" I asked him.

"Pfft!" Stuart replied. "What does he think? The reindeers deliver all the presents by themselves?"

Submitted by Diana

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

World's most intriguing data center: Google

Location: The Dalles, Oregon, on the banks of the Columbia River, 80 miles east of Portland.

Main attractions: Hydroelectric dam for power, two four-story cooling towers.

B.G. (Before Google): Pioneers knew The Dalles as the end of the Oregon trail.

Jobs inside the data center to date: Between 100 and 200. Google won't specify.

Code name: Called Project 02 by the locals.

Wired by: A fiber optic artery looped through the surrounding wilderness.

Secrecy level: High. Two reporters from the local newspaper are the only media who've been inside the compound and written about it (See news article below.): Google treats any and all details as though they belong to the National Security Agency.

Size: 30-acre site.

Number of servers: Google's mum. It has an estimated 500,000 around the world, spread across 25 locations.

Storage: Across all its data centers, Google stores an estimated 200 petabytes.

Top searches inside the compound: We'd bet it's a tie between "Britney Spears" and "Web 2.0."

News article, Inside the World of Google: http://tinyurl.com/ys5dwn

Source: Nybble Bi-Weekly Newsletter, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nybble

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