Tuesday, March 27, 2007
AT&T Conference Call
Working in a foreign country during the holiday season can be very lonely and stressful. While your family and friends maybe having such a grand time at home, you can find yourself feeling really homesick and alone in a foreign country. Although you may have made some new friends at work, nothing could really replace the presence of family members during the holiday season.
To help you cope with loneliness and homesickness this holiday season, ask your family and friends all over the globe for an AT&T conference call. The good thing about the AT&T conference call is that you get to talk to money people at the same time. Even if you your friends and family members are scattered all over the globe, you can converge together using the AT&T conference call services.
How To Set Up An AT&T Conference Call
Setting up an AT&T conference call is very easy. All you need to do is register either online or through the toll free number o the company. . The good thing about the AT&T conference call service is that you do not need to make prior reservations with the company before you can make the call. As long as you are sure that the people whom you would like to talk to are available at a certain time of the day, you can just simply call the AT&T operator and request for a teleconference. Give to the operator the numbers of the people whom you would like to include in the AT&T conference call. Set the time and date for the call so that everyone could be present when you do make the call.
You can provide your friends and relatives with password, which they can give to the operator when they answer the phone. The good thing about providing your family members and friends with a password to join the AT&T conference call is that you can ensure that no outsiders will be able to join and listen to your conversation.
Once you already contacted the AT&T operator to place your AT&T phone cards conference call to your friends and family members all over the world, all you need to do now is to wait for a few minutes for your family and friends to answer your call. The operator will announce the name of each person who will join the AT&T conference call so that you will all know who just came in even before they say hello.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Hit and Run
I'm not a huge gamer, so I took the good with the bad on Road Rage. The graphics are poor and the game play is extremely repetitive. Little Easter Eggs like having Apu dressed as Santa when you play the game on Christmas Day were nice, but it isn't a game I've invested a lot of time in, although I still do play it occasionally.
The reviews I've read of Hit and Run (which is more of a GTA kind of game) are pretty promising. Apparently the graphics are much improved, and the interface is a lot more diverse and not so simplified. I haven't played the game yet, so many of the positives and negatives are lost on me.
However, one of the frequent negatives does stand out. Many people say that the missions are repetitive, only increasing in difficulty. I wonder what games these people play and why they would even chance a game such as this. Looking at the Tony Hawk Pro Skater games that I love so much, there is a lot of repetition. Many of the missions on each level are the same but with increasing difficulty. Fine by me, I keep playing. Any sports video game is going to be that way. Even a lot of GTA Vice City was repetitious. Chase down this person, whack them with a golf club. Chase down that person, whack them with a chainsaw. Later, Rinse, Repeat.
If that's the biggest qualm that a lot of these people have about this game, then I'm feeling pretty positive with it. Granted, those that have bought it already are either gaming freaks or Simpsons nuts, or a combination of the two, so they're going to be both the most critical and the most fanatical. Myself being one of those that is a sucker for most things Simspons related, I know that it's a foregone conclusion that I'll get this game and waste many an hour on it. Between this and Tony Hawk UnderGround looks like me and my PS2 will become quite good friends this winter.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
A British man has been convicted of infecting two women with HIV.
In a landmark ruling, an HIV carrier was today found guilty of causing "biological" grievous bodily harm after he infected two lovers with the Aids virus.
Mohammed Dica, 38, conned his first victim into having unprotected sex by claiming he had had a vasectomy, and then persuaded a mother-of-two to sleep with him by declaring his love for her.
Dica's conviction is the first successful prosecution in England and Wales for sexually transmitting Aids, and the first for 137 years for infecting someone else with a sexually transmitted disease.
The father of three from Mitcham, Surrey, did not give evidence, but when interviewed he told police both women had known of his condition before going to bed with him.
The jury - made up equally of men and women - convicted Dica of two charges of causing "biological" grievous bodily harm at Inner London Crown Court in central London. Judge Nicholas Philpot refused a defense application for bail.
"If I had to sentence him today there is no doubt he would be going to prison and for a long time," he said.
This is a monumental precedent. I wonder if it will ever happen in the States. More likely, I wonder when it will happen, and the ensuing march to the Supreme Court (you know it will happen) will be something to watch.
Loosely related, the Vatican is lying to people in HIV-heavy countries, saying that condoms don't prohibit the spread of AIDS.
The Catholic Church is telling people in countries stricken by Aids not to use condoms because they have tiny holes in them through which HIV can pass - potentially exposing thousands of people to risk.
The church is making the claims across four continents despite a widespread scientific consensus that condoms are impermeable to HIV.
A senior Vatican spokesman backs the claims about permeable condoms, despite assurances by the World Health Organization that they are untrue.
This is enraging. The WHO and many other organizations are fighting a very tough uphill battle trying to stem the flood that is the spread of HIV in Africa and Latin America. To have the leading authority on religion for much of those regions blatantly lying to the populous and putting them at further risk is unconscionable.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2007
The Spirit of St. Louis
The second time was about a year later with my testing the waters after some wierd stuff family. It was a good trip, but, as most vacations with my parents are, we stayed on the beaten path, seeing the things we were supposed to see and eating the things we were supposed to eat. It was a lot of fun, but it didn't really allow me to see what makes St. Louis be St. Louis.
This time, going with Denise, who has a spirit for the less known and the funky, I got to see much of St. Louis that I hadn't seen before. Sure, we did stuff like the Arch and spent 20 minutes at Union Station and went to their wonderful free Zoo (probably the best I've seen, and at least ten times as nice as the shithole that is the Dallas Zoo).
But this time I got to go to places like the Hill, the traditional old Italian neighborhood of St. Louis with its Green, White, and Red fireplugs and amazing toasted ravioli. I also went to the Loop, the area close to Washington University, where I got to do some shopping at Vintage Vinyl and peruse imported goods shops with Fair Trade Coffee available. I got to bum around left bank books for a bit, sipping on a bottle of Fitz's Root Beer. And we did a lot of off-highway driving, passing mile after mile of old brick townhouses, crammed close together and in various states of condition.
We also ate some amazing food, going to a nice little tapas place, an awesome little Brazilian restaurant that was in a converted home (permitting us to see the inside of one of the brick townhouses too), and ate at Chuck Berry's Restaurant. The Shlafly Tap Room allowed me to have a few of the best microbrews I've ever had with a couple of kindred spirits (and I brought a six-pack home). I even got to go out to a college bar by the SLU campus that had a ten dollar cover for all you could manage to get from the bartender well-drinks for a couple of hours.
It was a much needed vacation and a very fun one. It's the first time I've gotten to explore a new city in over two years, which, combined with the reading of some fictional travel-novels, has completely made me miss my days of leaving the country pretty much once a year and discovering new stuff.
I'm hopefully going to D.C. this Spring (I've now got a place to crash out there) and from there on, who knows. With Denise moving to Houston at the beginning of the year, New Orleans is a short jaunt away. One of the things about St. L that really stuck out is that it's an old city (as far as U.S. standards, and definitely as far as Mid-West standards). That just makes it so much more appealing. I'd love to go back sometime to catch some of the stuff that I missed, but for now I'll enjoy trying to burn my good times into my permanent memory drive and lament being back under flourescent lights in my cubicle cell.