The Promise

A sweet face stared back at her in the mirror. She smiled, and the reflection smiled back. With her right hand she turned the faucet on, and with her left she took one of the towels stacked neatly on the golden rails. After hanging the towel on another of the shiny, golden rails by her side, she cupped some of the flowing water and splashed it on her face. The water was both relaxing and soothing, that she felt as if her body lightened up.

Running her fingers through her hair now, a thought suddenly entered her mind. Her fingertips went down to touch her lips, and her heart pounded. She let out a gasp, and her eyes widened with shock.

Someone must have heard her scream, because moments later, a young man entered the bathroom, with a worried look painted on his face. She thought she heard him ask, “What’s wrong?” but all she saw were wobbly black and white images before her and heard weird sounds that made no sense at all. And then everything turned black.

She woke up minutes later, finding herself sitting in the tub. To her right she could hear a man humming. She figured it was the same guy she last saw before fainting. She kept her eyes closed and tried to remember why she even fainted.

Her lips were wet and soft, and something seemed to be moving inside her mouth. It was a bit tickling, and she almost chuckled with delight. A little later, she felt she needed to open her mouth to gulp in more air. It was someone’s lips and tongue that were locked with hers and explored her mouth, and these now found themselves caressing her neck, gently going down. Her chest now was made bare, and she could feel so many sensations she had never felt before.

“What am I thinking,” she asked herself, biting her lip and telling herself, “You’re with a stranger right now, so don’t doze off!” Just then, something, or someone told her to keep her eyes closed, which she obeyed.

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The Gorgeous Stranger

Now music starts filling the air. An acoustic song was being played by the band on stage. Their rather mellow choice of song seemed to draw only a handful of people. I found myself slowly walking towards the front of the stage. No, the band doesn’t have hypnotic powers. I was simply drawn to the complex simplicity of the song’s arrangement. It was music to my ears. As I drew near the audience, I was captivated by the sight of a girl. She had her back on me, but I just knew she was gorgeous. She wore a dark brown cap, with her blonde, curly hair flowing down her back. What seemed like a knitted, black sweater was wrapped around her body, hiding her fair and smooth skin. Her skirt which hung loosely halfway between the knees and feet swayed as the wind blew ever so gently.

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World IPv6 Day [June 8, 2011]

Several months ago, announcements were made: The world is running out of IP addresses!

Well, the solution to the problem is Internet Protocol version 6. A test flight was conducted on June 8, 2011 and was named World IPv6 Day.


What is World IPv6 Day?

World IPv6 day, which took place on 8 June 2011, was a global-scale test flight of IPv6 sponsored by the Internet Society. On World IPv6 Day, major web companies and other industry players came together to enable IPv6 on their main websites for 24 hours. The goal was to motivate organizations across the industry — Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies — to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 address space runs out.

Why is World IPv6 Day necessary?

The address space used by the current version of the Internet protocol, IPv4, is expected to run out in 2011. Without action, we risk increased costs and limited functionality online for Internet users everywhere. The only long-term solution to this problem is adoption of IPv6, which provides over 4 billion times more space. IPv6 is used extensively in many large networks, but it has never been enabled at a global scale. World IPv6 Day helped industry players work together to support the new protocol on an accelerated timeline. With major web companies committing to enable IPv6 on their main websites, there are strong incentives for other industry players to ensure their systems are prepared for the transition.

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Pioneer demonstrates cool Floating Vision displays

Imagine a floating 3D map on a car’s dashboard that drivers can interact with by gesturing with their hands. It might sound like a scene lifted from “Minority Report,” but Pioneer has developed a new Floating Vision display to deliver a similar capability.

The system utilizes an LCD module to project sharp, 3D-like pictures through a special 3D lens. When combined with infrared sensors, Floating Vision allows users to touch and manipulate objects in real time, as illustrated in the above video clip from the Embedded Systems Expo in Tokyo.

Some applications for this technology include in-car navigation, and Pioneer will be offering this version to companies interested in integrating Floating Vision displays in their products. Another variant, which interfaces with the PC through a USB link, is already available.

This sure is awesome! ^_^