You may ask yourself at times why should I be a positive force? Why should I be a helpful, kind and compassionate being in a world where being selfish, greedy and self-serving is the norm. Just because the world has become such a place is a good enough reason for me. Why be like everyone else and be nothing but a mindless slave to the ways of society. Being Selfless, compassionate and loving person is a rewarding path in many ways. If you put forth the effort to live as a positive force in this world, you don’t only bring a positive influence on the environment you’re in but you also reap the benefits of the environment you’ve influenced and or created. As it is written you shall reap what you sow and karma in its own way does exist. Sure being selfish, greedy and focused on material gain can bring you temporary joy, but material wealth is something one can lose or have stolen from them.
Things such as love, compassion, charity and peace benefits not only the wielder but those around them. The happiness and joy achieved from such things can not be stolen or lost. Money in this modern world is necessary to survive, but it shouldn’t be our main focus in life. When you put your wealth and possessions before the wellbeing of our fellow human beings it is shameful and more animalistic than human.There always should be a balance between our material desires and the spiritual or emotional selves. To survive we must deal with the need and want for material possessions. We just need to learn to put that second to the more important need to be a community and positive force in this world. Put our Intellect, Reasoning skills and creativity in motion for the betterment of humanity and the world that we live in. The way you walk in life affects both you and those around you, we all are a part of the bigger picture. We all have our part to play be it hero, supporting staff, observer, advisor or even villain.
Which role you play is up to you, all I can say is I hope you chose to walk in your life in way that will benefit all around you. Chose to be someone and something that you can love and understand.
I wish a blessed day and may compassion be your guide through life.
I was just sitting here thinking back to my youth and how I was so into the possibilities of UFO’s, Extraterrestrial life and the mysteries of the unknown. So many people were criticized, chastised and made fun of that believed they encountered any of that stuff. Scientists mocked any fellow scientist that would even think about doing research or had any interest in such things. The attitude hasn’t changed much through the decades, if you claimed to see a UFO or that you’ve had an encounter with an ET your looked upon as someone who is either crazy or someone on drugs who had a bad hallucination. The funny thing is considering who vast and how old our universe is, it would be quite vain to believe we are the only intelligent life forms in it. Do I think that aliens may have visited earth? well I believe it’s a remote possibility, considering they could be light years ahead of us technologically, who is to say they didn’t spot our planet and seen it had life from light years away. Even though with the knowledge and technology mankind has today we do not know of any way for them to travel here in a timely manner, we do have some theories that make it a possibility. They may have discovered ways of travel that we haven’t even dreamt of as of yet. Would they abduct humans to study etc., of course they would look at us probably as we do animals or primates, lesser species with limited intellect. They probably would see our potential as well as are unfortunate habit for being a self-destructive species. So I would gather they would try to avoid becoming to involved with us.
Now science has found that the Goldilocks zone for inhabitable planets is more common than they once believed and they have discovered quite a few planets that are within that zone, it leads us to question if there is other civilizations of intelligent beings out there in the universe. Well I guess until a UFO either lands on the white house lawn in full view for all to see or something as spectacular, we will only have speculation and theory to ponder on. Either way it is kind of nice to dream a bit about such possibilities and ponder on how our lives would change if they became reality.
Well there you go, some really random and out there thoughts.
Words say so much, they convey thoughts, feelings and bring your ideas to life. Taking the words and making them a part of reality, living by the words, bringing the words to life is part of the cycle. Words without action fall on deaf ears and blind eyes.
Good ideas should be acted upon, wise words should be lived by not just read and casted aside. Simple sayings such as the golden rule should be a part of your being not just a phrase spouted and put away when it’s not useful for self gain. So many claim to be things in which they may outwardly appear but inwardly are the opposite of. Hypocrisy is rampant in politics, religion and within the fabric of society. Preach one way and walk in another, claim to be one thing while acting the total opposite.
I guess we all are guilty of such things in one way or another in our lifetime. The point is that if you are going to live this life then be open, honest and true to who and what you are. In the end who and what you are shows itself to those around you. There is no hiding who and what you are , well at least not forever. Stop deceiving others and most of all stop deceiving yourself.
Sometimes life makes us feel insignificant, unnoticed and almost invisible . Our minds get trapped in this belief and self perpetuates the negative mentality. When that happens just shake it off for there is no one exactly like you in all of existence. You are unique, one of a kind so that negative thinking is nothing but your mind failing to see the truth around it. Yes, there are those who wont accept you or like you no matter what you say or do, those people are loosing out on a good opportunity to get to know yet another unique individual. Worry little over such things as if someone likes you or not, just treat others respectfully and be a good person that is what matters in the long run. Popularity may have its perks but they are short-lived just like the social status it brings. No one stays on top for ever so why bother seeking out something so temporary and unimportant. To be honest I believe being popular and in the spot light is far more stressful and problematic than it appears. To always worry about what people think, to have to work at remaining in the social spotlight and denying yourself the pleasure of being who you are for the sake of being popular seems kind of depressing if not plain silly. If they can not love and accept you as who you truly are then they are not accepting you at all. It’s all an illusion and a fake plastic like reality. Give me being average and my self over being someone I am not just for the sake of being popular any day. Take me as I am or move along, for this is me and that’s all your going to get.
You have to learn to love and accept who you are before you will find those who will do the same.
When you look at the person standing next to you, try to remember they too have problems and situations within their lives. They too have emotions and desire to be happy and successful in life. When you want to judge others remember to look at yourself first for you have flaws if you want to believe it or not. The flaw you may point out in the person next to you may be the flaw you hide in yourself.
No one is perfect nor can we all be the same due to the different experiences we have had through our lives. Not everyone can be confident, social or well adjusted. So look beyond the shortcomings in others, accept them for who they are and you might find a diamond in the rough. We all are human, no one is perfect and we all need each other to survive and thrive.
Active worlds Turned 20 years old this year, Aw is more than just a 3D Environment or Chat program. It is a community, a family of sorts. Though sometimes that family can be a tad dysfunctional, usually when they work together they can do some very amazing things. AW has many worlds to offer and each world is unique in their theme and building styles. Though the technology that is used within AW is older than some of the other 3D environments the capabilities is still quite amazing. The AW 3D engine is the same as the one used in the older Grand Theft Auto Games, The flexibility and capabilities of the 3d engine has yet to be fully utilized.
Many of the citizens of Active Worlds dedicate many volunteered hours to improve and / or promote Active worlds. Some even host blogs, websites and even a few Internet Radio Stations that promote AW in one form or another. I am amazed at some of the wonderful builds that citizens make, some builds really push the limits of the Active Worlds platform, others defy any kind of logic but in the end all of them are quite amazing. This Post is for all of you Citizens that put so many hours into making Active Worlds a better place, be it via building, instructing, helping new citizens or just being a friendly person to chat with. There are many of us who are thankful for your many hours, days , months and even years of dedication to Active Worlds and its community.
The More you Give to Active Worlds the More you Get out of it!
Build, Be Friendly, Be Helpful and Volunteer if you can to one of the organizations and projects going on in Active Worlds. Don’t be scared to be a part of something as wonderful as our great community within Active Worlds.
Starting your own internet radio station is pretty simple now days and there are several ways to do so. You can broadcast directly from your pc using shoutcast and winamp, pay for a shoutcast server with a auto DJ and last but not least you can create a free account at radionomy.
In future posts I shall cover more of the other methods of starting a internet radio station, in this post I am going to focus on radionomy. Radionomy is not only a free way to start r listen to internet radio, Radionomy is now the owner of Shoutcast and Winamp. For a free platform they provide a pretty good scheduling system within their radio manager. You can upload 1000 files to start with for you radio and they also have music available from their own catalog . The best part is Radionomy takes responsibility for the licensing required to be a legal broadcast. That’s right no worries about the copyright police knocking on your door.
“Radionomy is a free groundbreaking platform that is changing the way people from around the world create, discover, and listen to Internet radio. Radionomy provides everyone from artist and celebrities to professional broadcasters and music lovers with the tools and infrastructure to create, broadcast, promote and monetize their own online radio stations completely free of charge”
Jamendo , a large Creative Commons Licensed Music warehouse. a Great resource for internet radio broadcasters / D.J.s , they have a multitude of genres to choose from and all of the music is released under one of the creative commons licensing. They also offer commercial licensing for those big companies out there. Most internet radio stations are hobby level and do not generate revenue so they can utilize the music for free as long as they go by the licensing terms. Now for those who just love music and want the mp3s for personal listening Jamendo and the creative commons licensing scheme is just right for you. Most of the music is free to download, burn to cd, load on your mp3 player and give to friends as well. Now I will tell you the Artists on Jamendo may be unsigned and less known but that does not take away from their talent or quality of their music. The nice thing about unsigned and indie bands is they are not influenced by a label / record company. So you get some really unique and awesome music from such bands.
Another Website I shall mention in this post is streamlicensing.com, This site is for those wishing to be a legally ran radio station on line and play Signed artists. This is a affordable alternative to negotiating contracts with such companies as A.S.C.A.P. etc. Pricing is based on 3 factors, 1. the amount of hours your station is listened to, 2. the amount of Revenue your station generates and 3. the amount of money you spend on the station. So the bigger you get the more youu pay, but most never leave the first level in the pricing scheme. Well until the next time may the music fill your heart and mind.