Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Snow in Vancouver

Wow, snow in our town! It can rarely be seen in Vancouver.

I remember we had all four distinctive seasons in Tehran: Spring from March 21st (Norooz), Summer from late June, Fall from late September, and Winter from late December. In Tehran we had a total of some 15 days of heavy snow (more than 200mm) a year. Good old days...

Sunday, November 20, 2005

A Note from God

I was there the day you were born, and I gave you special gifts to last a lifetime. I touched you, made you smile, helped you grow and watched you take your first step.

I even reassured you that everything would be okay when you lost your first tooth.

I saw you off on your first day of school, and I lingered by your side the whole day. I was there to console you every time you cried, and I held you every time you fell and scraped your knees.

I was there every day all through the years, and I always strived to give you direction. I helped you every step of the way, into adulthood, bringing you daily gifts of inspiration, hope, and love.

And I gave you trials so that you could grow into the warm and beautiful person that you are,
but I never abandoned you to them.

I've never for a single second, turned my back on you when you needed me, even when you thought that, you didn't need me. I heard you every time you spoke, and I answered every prayer, though sometimes for your best interest, I didn't answer them the way you hoped I would.

I'm still with you through your joys, your hopes, your tears, your dreams, through the bad day and the good days, through every day of your life.

And I will be there in the end, to give you comfort and see you safely home, where you will sit beside me, in all the glory of Heaven.

Source: Internet, anonymous

Thursday, November 17, 2005


Please review some of the frequently used netiquette (net + etiquette) rules:

- If your Internet access is through a corporate account, check with your employer about their policy regarding private e-mail.

- Don't assume any Internet communication is completely secure. Never put in a mail message anything you would not put on a postcard. Likewise, independently verify any suspect mail, as addresses can be forged.

- If you are forwarding or re-posting a message, don't change the original wording.

- If you are replying to a message, quote only the relevant parts.

- Never send chain letters, they are forbidden on the Internet. Notify you System administrator if you receive one.

- Take care with addressing mail.

- Allow time for mail to be received, and replied to, keeping in mind time differences around the world and other people's busy schedules.

- By netiquette default, it’s assumed you check your e-mails at least twic a day. So a reply within a maximum of 24 hours is expected. Otherwise, let people know using auto replies.

- If you want your mail to be read, don't make it too long unless the receiver is expecting a verbose message. Over 100 lines is considered long.

- Remember the Internet is a global community, and other peoples values and outlook on life may be different to your own. Be tolerant and careful with slang or phrases that may not be understood in another country.


- Mail should have a subject header that reflects the content of the message. Never leave the SUBJECT field blank.

- Unsolicited e-mail advertising is unwelcome (and forbidden in many countries).

- When attaching files, don't send any larger than about 50k.

- On those rare occasions where it is necessary to send a group of people the very same e-mail, as a courtesy to those you are sending to, please list all of the recipients e-mail addresses in the BCC field. When an e-mail address is designated in the Blind Carbon Copy field, the recipient will get a copy of the e-mail while their e-mail address remains invisible and protected from the view of the other recipients of the e-mail.

- Never give out phone numbers or personal information without confirming you are communicating with a reputable party. Never give out personal contact information of others without their specific permission to do so.

Friday, November 4, 2005

Itzhak Perlman

Born in Israel in 1945, Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He came to New York and soon was propelled into the international arena with an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. Following his studies at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, Perlman won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964, which led to a burgeoning worldwide career.

Since then, Itzhak Perlman has appeared with every major orchestra and in recitals and festivals throughout the world. In November of 1987 he joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for history-making concerts in Warsaw and Budapest, representing the first performances by this orchestra and soloist in Eastern bloc countries. He again made history as he joined the Israel Philharmonic for its first visit to the Soviet Union in April/May of 1990 and was cheered by audiences in Moscow and Leningrad who thronged to hear his recital and orchestral performances. In December of 1994 he joined the Israel Philharmonic for their first visits to China and India.

Itzhak Perlman has been honoured with four Emmy Awards, most recently for the PBS documentary Fiddling for the Future, a film about the Perlman Summer Music Program and his work as a teacher and conductor in that program. His previous Emmy Award recognized his dedication to Klezmer music, as featured in the PBS television special In the Fiddler's House.
During the past two years Perlman has also appeared on the conductor’s podium and through this medium he is further delighting his audiences. He has appeared as conductor / soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Toronto symphonies.

One of Perlman's proudest achievements was his collaboration with film score composer John Williams in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award winning film Schindler's List in which he performed the violin solos.

His presence on stage, on camera and in personal appearances of all kinds speaks eloquently on behalf of the disabled and his devotion to their cause is an integral part of his life.

Itzhak Perlman will play Beethoven’s violin concerto with the Vancouver Symphony Orchetra next January.
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