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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 29, 2004
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. - Edith Wharton

Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://www.kalama.com/~carola/


Seven-year-old Chris Krebs was born with cerebral palsy and was profoundly retarded. One day he and his father, Greg, sat in a hospital lounge waiting for Mrs. Krebs, who worked at the hospital. Another man, shabbily dressed and emanating a peculiar aroma, was also waiting there. He looked like a bum or derelict. Greg went to the nurses' station and asked how much longer his wife would be. When he returned, he saw Chris sitting by the man. The man was sobbing, and Greg wondered what Chris had done to disturb him.

"Iím sorry if my son offended you," Greg said.

The man replied, "Offended me? Your son is the only person who has hugged me in the last twenty years!"

Greg later said, "I realized at that moment Chris had a more Christ like love for this man than I did."

Although disrespect for the disabled or less fortunate is characteristic of our culture, we know there is no "junk" in God's value system. He loves every one of us the same. He sees our potential, and He uses each person to accomplish some part of His purpose. As His children, were called to look at everyone through the lens of His perfect love.

Source: Night Light: A Devotional for Couples, By Dobson, James C.; Dobson, Shirley Published by Multnomah Pub (September 1, 2000), ISBN: 1576736741, http://isbn.nu/1576736741

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Test For Dementia...

Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it's important that we keep mentally alert. The saying; "If you don't use it, you will lose it" also applies to the brain, so...,

Below is a very private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of intelligence. So, take the following test presented here and determine if you are losing it or are still "with it." The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until you have made your own....

OK, relax, clear your mind and.... begin.

1. What do you put in a toaster?





Answer: "bread." If you said "toast," then give up now and go do something else. Try not to hurt yourself.

If you said, "bread," go to Question 2.

2. Say "silk" five times. Now spell "silk." What do cows drink?





Answer: Cows drink water. If you said "milk," please do not attempt the next question. Your brain is obviously over stressed and may even overheat. It may be that you need to content yourself with reading something more appropriate such as "Children's World."

If you said "water" then proceed to question 3

3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from?





Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said "green bricks," what are you still doing here reading these questions?????

If you said "glass," then go on to Question 4.

4. Twenty years ago, a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany. If you will recall, Germany at the time was politically divided into West Germany and East Germany. Anyway, during the flight, TWO of the engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure. Unfortunately the engine fails before he has time and the plane fatally crashes smack in the middle of "no man's land" between East Germany and West Germany. Where would you bury the survivors? East Germany or West Germany or in "no man's land"?





Answer: You don't, of course, bury survivors. If you said ANYTHING else, you are a real dunce and you must NEVER try to rescue anyone from a plane crash. Your efforts would not be appreciated

If you said, "Don't bury the survivors" then proceed to the next question.

5. If the hour hand on a clock moves 1/60 of a degree every minute then how many degrees will the hour hand move in one hour?





Answer: One degree. If you said "360 degrees" or anything other than "one degree," you are to be congratulated on getting this far, but you are obviously out of your league. Turn your pencil in and exit the room. Everyone else proceed to the final question.

6. Without using a calculator - You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales. In London, 17 people get on the bus. In Reading, six people get off the bus and nine people get on. In Swindon, two people get off and four get on. In Cardiff, 11 people get off and 16 people get in. In Swansea, three people get off and five people get on. In Carmathen, six people get off and three get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven. What was the name of the bus driver?





Answer: Don't you remember? It was YOU!!

Submitted by Bette Tolnai


At bedtime, my 5-year-old son said his usual prayer. Before his "Amen," he asked a blessing on each family member, including cousins, uncles, aunts, etc. Finally, he said, "A-whoops! I almost forgot mine self!" - Mildred B. Kolpacoff, Edina, Minnesota

Source: Adventist Review, ISSN 0161-1119, (c) January 15, 2004, http://www.adventistreview.org/

Submitted by Mary Thayne

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Getting the picture size right

Q. My wife bought a scanner for me. We were going to spend the cold Chicago winter scanning, cropping and editing our 35mm color negatives from the first 10 years of our marriage.

Sadly, my wife died suddenly on Labor Day weekend and I found myself trying to scan pictures to send to my church minister, who would put together a slide show for her memorial service. Not knowing what I was doing, I left the software at its defaults. The scans took a LONG time to complete and the final pictures were between 1-4 megabyte JPEGs. When viewed actual size, I would see just a nostril or an eyeball consuming my monitor. I need to create a slide show for my mother-in- law, but I don't want to create a PowerPoint show that with 50 pictures could be well over 200 megabytes. What am I doing wrong?

A. I'm terribly sorry for your loss. While grief is universal, it is also very personal. Time and faith does heal. And you will always have those special memories of your wife in your heart that will bring a smile to your face. I know that when I miss my father, for example, I try to remember something funny he said or did.

Without having your scanner software in front of me, I can't tell you exactly the steps you need. But I can tell you what your settings should be. Remember that the higher the resolution, the larger the pictures will be. That is larger in display size, and larger in bytes.

You're right to be concerned. Watching such a huge PowerPoint slide show would be agonizing.

I assume that this presentation will be watched on a computer monitor, or perhaps a television. In that case, you should scan the slides at 72 dpi (dots per inch). That is all a monitor or standard television can display, so higher resolution is a waste. And higher resolutions make the images bigger.

If the pictures will be printed, scan them at 150 dpi. If your mother- in-law wants a few pictures to print, you could scan them separately.

You can also select the display size of the images. Your software probably will let you select particular resolution sizes, such as 640x480, 800x600 or 1024x768. In inches, those would be 8.8x6.6, 11x8.5 and 14x10, respectively. Experiment to see which you like best.

If your software will not let you choose a display size, you can adjust the image after scanning. Use a photo-editing program for that. If you don't have one, try IrfanView, which is free. Get it at: http://www.irfanview.com/

To use IrfanView, click File>>Open. Navigate to the scanned image, and double-click it. That will open the picture file. Then click Image>>Resize/Resample. On the right, click the size you want. Be sure Preserve Aspect Ratio is selected. Click OK. Click File>>Save As. Give it a name and save it.

With slides, you also need to set magnification. Try 600 percent. You may have to experiment.

You can use a flatbed scanner if you have a slide attachment. You will get better results with a dedicated slide scanner. Either will be tedious if you have lots of slides.

I suggest you call a few photo shops to see what they will charge you to scan the slides. Tell them what you want to do and ask them to put the scanned files on a CD or DVD. Then you can just copy them into your PowerPoint presentation.

We all deal with the loss of a loved one differently. My mother joined a church support group when my Dad died. I know that it helped her deal with her pain and look forward to the future without him. Maybe there is a similar group in your hometown, too.

Thank you for writing. And I really hope that I helped you today.
See you tomorrow!
Kim :)

Copyright 2004, The Kim Komando Show. All rights reserved.

Source: Kim Komando's Daily Tip

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