Tuesday, March 30, 2010

EMo crap for the year

In a rare moment of emotional honesty I penned this little masterpiece... Thought I'd leverage it against my emo quota for the year...

“Danger! Do Not Open! Contains No User Servicable Parts” lees die cover op my stukkende TV...
Hoe van pas dan daarde woorde, dat die waarskuwing ewe goed van toepassing is op my gebroke hart?
Dat my hart en my TV, my TV en my hart, saam so sou deelhê in hul puin,
die ruine wat hul, hulself in bevind en daardie eenvoudige gedeelde waarheid?
Dat niemand moet of kan of wil hul regmaak en weer laat nutvind nie?
Is dit dan maar so dat hierdie twee sal in hope moet lê en gelaat word?
Want die waarskuwing lees in rooi op wit dat dit is hoe dit is en moet bly...
Tog maak ek toe die ding wel oop om die gebroke deel te soek
en vind dan dat om dit reg te maak moes ek net bereid wees om die waarskuwing te verontagsaam...
Nou werk my TV weer ten spyte van ‘n kenner se kundige waarskuwing tot die teenstelling
Mag dit nie dan dalk dui dat daar dog wel hoop is dat iemand die waarskuwing op my mag minag met dieselfde gevolg?
Kan ek nie dan dalk ook reggemaak word nie?

Please comment, as this is my best work yet in my opinion and any input would be greatly appreciated...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hard work yields rewards...

I am having what can only be described as a week from hell...
I have more to do than I could possibly manage, more responsibilities than I can field and more ahead, but luckily I am one of the lucky people who is posessed of perspective. Nothing worth having, was ever easy to get, nothing worth doing, was ever easy to do, nothing worth saying, ever came easily, but when you realize the freedoms that we have as a result of what others did, others gave up and others worked hard for, then we have no right to complain... Complaining is a waste, pure and simple. If you want to complain and not have viable solutions or the willingness to implement said solutions, then you do not have the right to complain... There is enough negativity in the world. What the world needs is people who are willing to do the work. To get things done...
If you are one of the complainers in my life, count yourself removed from it. I will only remain friends with people who have vision, tenacity and vigour... You become that with which you surround yourself, and there are far to many pessimistic defeatists in this world... I will not number among them...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Implementing Vodacom Uncapped ADSL

Argh!!! Frustration... But then again, with no-one to blame but myself for insisting on their service... Based on my experience with their backbone and service standard, they were the obvious choice, either them or IS, but I needed to use them in order to see how well they work. The truth, hardly at all...
Having waited almost 5 weeks to get my modem delivered, I finally get it and attempt to implement it at my clients network, and the trouble started right there, while it would connect and I could resolve DNS, I could get no traffic. Even worse, they had neglected to configure the router as I specified, so it lies outside of my subnet. Lovely.
Hours on the phone and such finally gets me a working internet connection, outside of the subnet that I require. But then I finally log in and adjust the subnet, only to find that after restarting my subnet is correct, but the DHCP has been disabled, more fun... Now they have disabled my login to the router, meaning that I have to log a service ticket with them just to get the damn thing configured in the manner that I requested more than a month ago...
All the time sitting with a client that is unable to work, because they have no internet, and no network... Great service guys, keep it up, at least now I can safely avoid using Vodacom as an ISP in future and just stick to the offerings of IS, as they have yet to drop the ball once...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Look, I need to get some people to help with this...

SPONSOR A CHILD 2010

‘Seekamp’ is an annual Christian camp held by the ‘Equilibrium Staatmakers’. The camp is held at Boknes in the Eastern Cape during the July school holidays. This camp is aimed at high school learners as well as learners from the Abraham Kriel children’s home and Firlands children’s home within the same age group. The camps’ goal is to give our love so that this sense of community will be evident in the leaders of tomorrow. Each year with the help of our sponsors we are able to take 100 learners to the coast for the week of their lives.

With your help as a sponsor, this year will be our twenty-first successive camp.

‘Equilibrium Staatmakers’ is made up of a group of approximately 30 voluntary students and young adults. They are solely responsible for the organization, funding and the implementation of ‘Seekamp’.
The ‘Equilibrium Staatmakers’ are a registered group of the Transvaal Voortrekkers (welfare-number 021-962-NPO) are thus involved with a variety of youth/community projects throughout the year.

More information about ‘Seekamp’:

Activities:

‘Seekamp’ does not only offer the learners to explore new parts of our country, but also offers them a chance to learn about the coastal environment. We see this as a key aspect of our camp because many of the learners have never visited the coast before. Together with this we also offer a wide range of activities during the week. Some of these activities include fishing, hiking, snorkeling, horse back riding, rock-climbing, rowing, cycling, lifesaving and other survival tactics. We also visit numerous institutions, monuments, and other historical places of interest. As you can see we have an exciting and unforgettable program to offer!

Costs:

Learners who can afford to go on the camp themselves pay a minimal fee of R800. The rest of the costs are subsidized by us. Learners who can not afford this are covered by the donations and sponsorships we receive. Therefore no funds are required of them. Because of our financial approach, the students and volunteers need to raise roughly R240 000.00 (between R2 500.00 and R3 000.00 per learner) annually to make ‘Seekamp’ a reality and success. The above costs include bus transit, accommodation, meals, outings, and all activities mentioned above. The cost also covers all clothing and materials the children need.
‘Sponsor a Child’ is an opportunity for you to support our mission by sponsoring a child or through a donation. Help us to put the light back in the lives of our youth!

Your good hearted consideration would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to contact us for any further information that you may require or a more extensive sponsorship proposal.

‘Seekamp’ greetings
Michelle Germishuys (Sponsorships and Admin)
0826368293
michelle@estaties.co.za

Giving Up Is A Sin...

True tragedy is in the situation that we all have seen in our own lives. Where you are forced to make a decision between doing something that you believe is the right thing, or giving up. How is this tragic you ask; because so many people choose to give up. The fact is, that I would not be able to live with myself if I gave up on something that I believed in. Always knowing that things could have been different if I tried harder, that would keep me awake at nights...
But going for it hard, giving it everything you have and trying your utmost and then failing, well, then you can always know that obviously it wasn't meant to be, then at least the fault doesn't lie with yourself.
But so many people just give up, not willing to have their spirits crushed, this is the tragedy, as by doing this, you only end up doubting yourself later on, running through the 'what-if's', thinking about what you could have done differently.
Just had to post this because for the seventh time this week I just gave a friend this advice, go for it with everything you have, at least if you fail then, you know you tried...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Time to step up methinks...

Hey all my faithful readers (That's both of you)... Today marks the second Monday following the beginning of a series of news-events that have served as a catalyst for my recent decision to change the world. For real this time...
It all started two weeks ago today, I was driving to workd (As you do on a monday morning) when I heard the news report about the two female paramedics who were assaulted (one raped) while attending to a burnt toddler somewhere in this country. Well, this really got my blood boiling (Having actually known a few girls who have been raped, and the various ways in which they handle the situation). In fact, I was furious. Here we have people, who offer up so much of themselves in order to save the lives of people that they have never met, and this is how society thanks them, not even mentioning the impossible working conditions and miniscule salaries that they face... The constant threat of death now combined with this...
To add insult to injury, the two farm-murders in the same timespan, Jub-Jub killing four school pupils, Julius Malema singing "Kill The Boer" on a campus, claiming how apartheid affected a crop of students who weren't even born when this was the case... A seventeen year-old teen murdered in her home and her arms chopped off after she was raped. A taxi driver killing two pedestrians... And Eskom feeling that an already broken economy can stand 93% worth of price hikes over three years...
Fury can't even begin to encapsulate the anger, hatred and emotion that I am experiencing, even now, as I write this.
The time has come to make a change, not just complain, but actually do something about this. And I have decided that the time to become political is almost upon us... While I strongly feel that it would be better to start my own political party, I don't believe that I can garner the votes required to secure any real office, so instead, I think I am going to start my own little campaign and enter the world of politics on my terms... Enter my three stage plan:

1). Become a Class A Police reservist
Category A Reservist: Functional Policing:
Perform functions in all operational facets of policing either at stations, area or provincial level, but excluding specialized functional duties;
May wear a uniform;
Will be trained in relevant aspects of functional policing.

I am going to begin by making the area in which I live (ie. Linden) a more secure, safer area for all those who live there. I will achieve a form of community service and will create an awareness for my character in this area, building an image of a man who wishes to secure the lives and livelihoods of the community, and branding myself as that man... Getting to know the people as the friendly neighbourhood reservist.

2). Formulate A Belief In The Community
This is a fluent cross from step 1. Where we will begin to build on a community that doesn't let negativity sway us from our goals of a safer society. We will then begin to start more community projects, including the deployment of more security, a community garden and a community safety forum. Allowing us to work with the SAPS and build a safer community for all concerned.

3). Go Political
Stand for the office of the political party which most strongly supports our drive for safety, and using that drive as a springboard to garner votes and get myself elected to regional office and eventually regional government. Enacting change in the right direction and building a regional sense of community. Forcing crime and service delivery issues out the window and working together to restore this country to the great nation that we have proven ourselves as capable of being...

In summary, my plan entails alot of hard work and handshaking, but I believe that the only way to enact change, is to make it happen and to unite the community in order to achieve the goals that will benefit us all...