"Thanksgiving" is National Holiday in the U.S. and it is observed every year on the fourth Thursday in November.
Its origin are related to the crop harvesting period.
More info and links about this at about.com: Thanksgiving Facts.


Distress signals

It is very well known the meaning of S.O.S., Save Our Souls/Ship, ". . . - - - . . ." , in Morse code.
Actually it is not an acronym for anything, it is just an agreed signal (easy to type in Morse code) when asking for urgent help.

Probably less known is the meaning of "Mayday", used as distress signal as well.
This comes from the French word m'aidez - meaning "help me" - and its pronounciation is similar to "mayday". You may want to learn about how to make a Mayday call.

Do not confuse with May Day ! ;-) Also known as Labour Day...
...oh well, maybe nowadays workers need urgent help, indeed...


Johnson's measure of a man

"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
-- Samuel Johnson [quotes] [bio]


Djembe from Africa

(photo credit: The African Guide)

Looks like the typical african drum Djembe originated between Mali and Guinea around 500 d.C.
I've got a djembee from Senegal. Really cool...

"Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery. And today?
Today is a gift!! That's why we call it The Present."
- Babatunde Olatunji

MSISDN and numbering plan

Do you know what is an MSISDN or IMSI?
Believe me... you well know your MSISDN number.

A very interesting site for mobile geeks is the International Numbering Plans, by SpraakMaker Telecom.



I like these:
Once you choose hope, anything's possible. ~Christopher Reeve

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence. ~Lin Yutang

I dislike this:
Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic. ~Norman Cousins

Here more quotes about Hope. Hope you like it.

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