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    Post  JesterTerrestrial on Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:51 pm

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    Post  HigherLove on Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:40 pm

    Gorgeous pics.

    How about enhanced HTML, such as ability to create dazzling, scrolling headlines?

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    Post  JesterTerrestrial on Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:33 pm

    HigherLove wrote:Gorgeous pics.

    How about enhanced HTML, such as ability to create dazzling, scrolling headlines?

    Gathering

    Great idea! Lets do it all! NO LIMITS!!! M.O.A. EXTRATERRESTRIAL VERSION 2.0 !!! Until we master telepathy and crystal communications that is! haha peace JT Crazy Happy UFO2

    HIGHER!!! LOVE!!! EARTH GUARDIAN!!!



    Communication and Leadership

    Communication is the exchange and flow of information and ideas from one person to another; it involves a sender transmitting an idea, information, or feeling to a receiver. Effective communication occurs only if the receiver understands the exact information or idea that the sender intended to transmit. Many of the problems that occur in an organization are the either the direct result of people failing to communicate and/or processes, which leads to confusion and can cause good plans to fail.

    Studying the communication process is important because you coach, coordinate, counsel, evaluate, and supervise throughout this process. It is the chain of understanding that integrates the members of an organization from top to bottom, bottom to top, and side to side.

    The Communication Process
    Communication That is what we try to do Speak to those near us

    Thought:
    First, information exists in the mind of the sender. This can be a concept, idea, information, or feelings.

    Encoding:
    Next, a message is sent to a receiver in words or other symbols.

    Decoding:
    Lastly, the receiver translates the words or symbols into a concept or information that he or she can understand.

    During the transmitting of the message, two elements will be received: content and context. Content is the actual words or symbols of the message that is known as language — the spoken and written words combined into phrases that make grammatical and semantic sense. We all use and interpret the meanings of words differently, so even simple messages can be misunderstood. And many words have different meanings to confuse the issue even more.

    Context is the way the message is delivered and is known as paralanguage — it is the nonverbal elements in speech such as the tone of voice, the look in the sender's eyes, body language, hand gestures, and state of emotions such as anger, fear, uncertainty, confidence that can be detected. Although paralanguage or context often cause messages to be misunderstood as we believe what we see more than what we hear; they are powerful communicators that help us to understand each other. Indeed, we often trust the accuracy of nonverbal behaviors more than verbal behaviors.

    Some leaders think they have communicated once they told someone to do something, “I don't know why it did not get done. I told Jim to do it.” More than likely, Jim misunderstood the message. A message has NOT been communicated unless it is understood by the receiver. How do you know it has been properly received? By two-way communication or feedback. This feedback tells the sender that the receiver understood the message, its level of importance, and what must be done with it. Communication is an exchange, not just a give, as all parties must participate to complete the information exchange.

    Communication is the activity of conveying information. Communication has been derived from the Latin word "communis", meaning to share. Communication requires a sender, a message, and an intended recipient, although the receiver need not be present or aware of the sender's intent to communicate at the time of communication; thus communication can occur across vast distances in time and space. Communication requires that the communicating parties share an area of communicative commonality. The communication process is complete once the receiver has understood the message of the sender. Feedback is critical to effective communication between parties.



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    Post  Mercuriel on Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:57 pm

    <marquee behavior="slide" direction="left">Oh for Pete's sake... Do You mean something like this ?</marquee>

    Heh heh


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    Post  Mercuriel on Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:01 pm

    <marquee behavior="scroll" direction="up">Or do You mean something like this ?</marquee>


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    Post  Mercuriel on Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:03 pm

    <marquee behavior="scroll" direction="right" scrollamount="1">Or perhaps</marquee>
    <marquee behavior="scroll" direction="right" scrollamount="10">You mean</marquee>
    <marquee behavior="scroll" direction="right" scrollamount="20">this...</marquee>

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    Post  Mercuriel on Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:16 pm

    Or perhaps One may want to add a Pic to this Effect such as...

    <marquee behavior="scroll" direction="right"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif" width="333" height="333" alt="smile" /></marquee>


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    Post  Mercuriel on Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:23 pm

    My Posts above were in reply to ;

    JesterTerrestrial & HigherLove wrote:How about enhanced HTML, such as ability to create dazzling, scrolling headlines?

    Gathering

    Great idea! Lets do it all! NO LIMITS!!! M.O.A. EXTRATERRESTRIAL VERSION 2.0 !!! Until we master telepathy and crystal communications that is! haha peace JT Crazy Happy UFO2


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    Post  JesterTerrestrial on Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:28 pm

    Mercuriel wrote:
    <marquee behavior="slide" direction="left">Oh for Pete's sake... Do You mean something like this ?</marquee>

    Heh heh




    Throughout history, there have been many who have claimed having secret knowledge was result of great often supernatural powers, insofar as certain platitudes alluding to an ability and knowledge of the occult, literally, "hidden" techniques oft felt could be of great import. Perhaps the oldest example of this is knowledge of the jealously guarded secret of the making and tending of fire.

    In particular the practice of Alchemy contains many elements that in the modern are now considered magical, awhile other sciences unknown by practitioners of the past have been incorporated into the study and application of chemistry.

    Dedication to magic can teach confidence and creativity, as well as the work ethic associated with regular practice and the responsibility that comes with devotion to an art. The teaching of performance magic was once a secretive practice. Professional magicians were unwilling to share knowledge with anyone outside the profession to prevent the laity from learning their secrets. This often made it difficult for an interested apprentice to learn anything but the basics of magic. Some had strict rules against members discussing magic secrets with anyone but established magicians.

    Membership in professional magicians' organizations often requires a solemn commitment to the Magician's Oath never to reveal the secrets of magic to non-magicians. The Magician's Oath may vary, but typically takes the following or similar form:

    "As a magician I promise never to reveal the secret of any illusion to a non-magician, unless that one swears to uphold the Magician's Oath in turn. I promise never to perform any illusion for any non-magician without first practicing the effect until I can perform it well enough to maintain the illusion of magic."

    Once sworn to the Oath, one is considered a magician, and is expected to live up to this promise. Magicians who reveal secrets, either purposely or through insufficient practice, may find that other magicians are unwilling to teach them any more secrets.


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    Post  HigherLove on Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:44 pm

    [quote="Mercuriel"]My Posts above were in reply to ;

    JesterTerrestrial & HigherLove wrote:How about enhanced HTML, such as ability to create dazzling, scrolling headlines?

    Gathering

    Great idea! Lets do it all! NO LIMITS!!! M.O.A. EXTRATERRESTRIAL VERSION 2.0 !!! Until we master telepathy and crystal communications that is! haha peace JT Crazy Happy UFO2

    ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    Post  Carol on Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:38 pm

    JesterTerrestrial wrote:





    haha peace JT Nutbar UFO2 The Winner


    This is really cool JT! I can already envision us up in the tower library with pots of tea and books spread out all about. Where's the dragon?


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    lol! impressive susan!


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    Post  JesterTerrestrial on Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:16 pm

    Carol wrote:
    This is really cool JT! I can already envision us up in the tower library with pots of tea and books spread out all about. Where's the dragon?

    lol! cheers Brook Brook Toast




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    SOME DAMN GOOD WRITING TIPS FOR YOU AVALURKERS!!! PEACE JT! UFO2


    Writing Tips

    1. Cut the boring parts

    I try to leave out the parts that people skip. ~Elmore Leonard

    Unless you’re writing for personal reasons alone, you need to consider the attention of your readers. There’s no point is publishing content that isn’t useful, interesting, or both.

    2. Eliminate unnecessary words

    Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very;” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~Mark Twain

    I used to feel that using words like “really”, “actually”, or “extremely” made writing more forceful. It doesn’t. They only get in the way. Cut them and never look back.

    3. Write with passion

    Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth

    It’s not hard to realize that unless you’re excited about your writing no one else will be.

    4. Paint a picture

    Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. ~Anton Chekhov

    Simply stating something is fine, but when you need to capture attention, using similes, metaphors, and vivid imagery to paint a picture creates a powerful emotional response.

    5. Keep it simple

    Vigorous writing is concise. ~William Strunk Jr.

    Maybe it was all those late nights, struggling to fill out mandatory 10 page papers, but many people seem to think that worthwhile writing is long and drawn out. It’s more difficult (and effective) to express yourself in the simplest possible manner.

    6. Do it for JT

    Write without pay until somebody offers to pay. ~Mark Twain

    When you’re just starting out it’s hard to decide where to begin. So don’t. Just start writing. A blog is a good place to start. The most valuable benefit is the feedback.

    7. Learn to thrive on criticism

    You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance. ~Ray Bradbury

    Writing means putting yourself at the mercy of anonymous hecklers and shameless sycophants. Learn to make the most of the insults and distrust the praise.

    8. Write all the time

    Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed. ~Ray BradburyThe way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn’t behave that way you would never do anything. ~John Irving

    9. Write what you know … or what you want to know

    If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul. ~Johann Wolfgang von GoetheLearn as much by writing as by reading. ~Lord Acton

    Successful writing is all about trust and authority. It makes sense to write about your area of expertise. If you don’t have an expertise, reading and writing is the best way to develop one and put it on display.

    10. Be unique and unpredictable

    I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite. ~G.K. ChestertonConsistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. ~Oscar WildeZest. Gusto. How rarely one hears these words used. How rarely do we see people living, or for that matter, creating by them. Yet if I were asked to name the most important items in a writer’s make-up, the things that shape his material and rush him along the road to where he wants to go, I could only warn him to look to his zest, see to his gusto. ~Ray Bradbury




    75 Synonyms for “Talk”

    1. Babble: enthusiastic or excessive talk, or meaningless sounds or nonsense words; to talk in this manner
    2. Back talk: a disrespectful response; to respond disrespectfully
    3. Backchat: see back talk, badinage, and gossip
    4. Badinage: light, witty talk
    5. Banter: see badinage, with a connotation of good-natured teasing or arguing; to engage in such talk
    6. Barb: a hurtful and/or critical comment
    7. Blandish: see cajole
    8. Blandishments: see cajolery/cajolement
    9. Blarney: nonsensical talk
    10. Bluster: boastful or threatening talk; to speak boastfully or threateningly
    11. Cackle: see chatter (verb only)
    12. Cajole: to persuade with soothing or flattering remarks
    13-14. Cajolery/cajolement: talk with the intent to persuade
    15. Causerie: see chat (noun only)
    16. Chaff: see badinage; also, to tease good-naturedly
    17. Chat: an idle or inconsequential conversation; to engage in such talk
    18. Chatter: quick, extensive, and/or aimless talk; to talk in such a manner
    19. Chin music: see chat (noun only)
    20. Chinwag: informal talking; to talk informally
    21. Chitchat: see badinage
    22. Circumlocution: evasive or verbose talk
    23. Comment: an opinion or observation; to say something of this type
    24. Confab: see chat (also, a formal meeting)
    25. Confabulation: see chat and confab (also, something made up)
    26. Confer: to exchange opinions or seek advice
    27. Conference: a meeting, or an event consisting of presentations and/or meetings
    28. Confess: to admit to a thought or action considered improper or shameful
    29. Conversation: a talk between or among two or more people
    30. Converse: to speak back and forth with one or more people
    31. Crack: an uncomplimentary comment; also, to quickly say something, as when spontaneously telling a joke pertinent to a situation
    32. Dig: see crack
    33. Discuss: to engage in serious talk
    34. Discussion: a serious talk
    35. Dish: see gossip
    36. Double-talk: intentionally confusing or ambiguous language, or talk that is at least partially meaningless; to engage in such talk
    37. Fast-talk: to persuade or influence by deceptively authoritative and/or flattering speech
    38. Flibbertigibbet: see gossip
    39. Gab: see chatter
    40. Gabfest: talking consisting of gab
    41. Give-and-take: an exchange of ideas or comments
    42. Gossip: see chat, with an additional connotation of talk or talking about the personal lives of one or more other people (also, someone who engages in such talk)
    43. Jangle: see chat
    44. Jaw: see chat
    45. Jest: a humorous or mocking statement; to make such a statement
    46. Natter: see chat
    47. Negotiate: to talk in order to reach an agreement
    48. Negotiation: a talk in which the speakers seek to reach an agreement
    49. Palaver: a discussion or conference, especially one between unequal participants, or deceptive speech, or see chat; to talk idly, try to persuade or deceive, or come to terms
    50. Parley: see confer, with the possible connotation of talk between antagonists to agree to terms to cease hostilities; to engage in such talk
    51. Patter: quick or monotonous speech, as in delivering a humorous speech or in rote delivery of prayers; to speak in this manner
    52. Pillow talk: romantic talk, such as would be engaged in while the speakers are in bed
    53. Pleasantry: polite, inconsequential talk, or see banter and jest (nouns only)
    54. Quip: a spontaneous observation or response; to say something of this type
    55. Raillery: see banter and jest
    56. Rap: see chat and patter
    57-58. Recital/recitation: public delivery of read or memorized material, or of details or answers
    59. Recite: to deliver read or memorized material, or details or answers
    60. Remark: a statement of judgment or opinion, or a reference to something notable; to comment in this manner
    61. Repartee: an exchange of clever, witty statements, a single such response, or skill in talking in this manner
    62. Schmooze: see chat, with the connotation of one conducted so as to gain personal or professional advantage; to talk in this manner
    63. Small talk: see badinage
    64. Spit: to talk about things or opinions a listener disagrees with or disapproves of
    65. Straight talk: frank, straightforward talk
    66. Sweet nothings: flattering talk intended to charm a potential or existing romantic partner
    67. Sweet talk: talk intended to persuade, or to endear oneself to the speaker; to engage in this kind of talk (the verb form is hyphenated)
    68. Table talk: informal talking such as that heard during a dinner party
    69. Tete-a-tete: an intimate or private talk
    70. Waggery: see banter and jest
    71. Wisecrack: a clever or sarcastic comment; to make such a comment
    72. Wordplay: witty, playful talk
    73. Yack: to talk at length
    74. Yammer: to talk relentlessly, or to complain
    75. Yap: excessive talk (also, slang for mouth)




    Now, without further delay, the 34 writing tips that will make you a better writer!

    1. Daniel
    Pay attention to punctuation, especially to the correct use of commas and periods. These two punctuation marks regulate the flow of your thoughts, and they can make your text confusing even if the words are clear.

    2. Thomas
    Participate in NaNoWriMo, which challenges you to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I noticed that my writing has definitely improved over the course of the book — and it’s not even finished yet.

    3. Bill Harper
    Try not to edit while you’re creating your first draft. Creating and editing are two separate processes using different sides of the brain, and if you try doing both at once you’ll lose. Make a deal with your internal editor that it will get the chance to rip your piece to shreds; it will just need to wait some time.

    A really nice trick is to switch off your monitor when you’re typing. You can’t edit what you can’t see.

    4. Jacinta
    In a sentence: write daily for 30 minutes minimum! It’s easy to notice the difference in a short time. Suddenly, ideas come to you and you think of other things to write. You experiment with styles and voices and words and the language becomes more familiar…

    5. Ane Mulligan
    Learn the rules of good writing… then learn when and how to break them.

    6. Pete Bollini
    I sometimes write out 8 to 10 pages from the book of my favorite writer… in longhand. This helps me to get started and swing into the style I wish to write in.

    7. Nilima Bhadbhade
    Be a good reader first.

    8. Douglas Davis
    While spell-checking programs serve as a good tool, they should not be relied
    upon to detect all mistakes. Regardless of the length of the article, always read and review what you have written.

    9. Kukusha
    Learn to take criticism and seek it out at every opportunity. Don’t get upset even if you think the criticism is harsh, don’t be offended even if you think it’s wrong, and always thank those who take the time to offer it.

    10. John England
    Right click on a word to use the thesaurus. Do it again on the new word and make the best use of your vocabulary.

    11. Lillie Ammann
    After editing the work on screen or in print, I like to read the text aloud. Awkward sentences and errors that slipped through earlier edits show up readily when reading out loud.

    12. H Devaraja Rao
    Avoid wordiness. Professor Strunk put it well: “a sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.”

    13. David
    Write as if you’re on deadline and have 500 words to make your point. Then do it again. And again.

    14. Yvette
    Sometimes I type in a large font to have the words and sentences bold before me.

    Sometimes, in the middle of a document I will start a new topic on a fresh sheet to have that clean feeling. Then, I’ll cut and insert it into the larger document.

    I wait until my paper is done before I examine my word usage and vocabulary choices. (And reading this column it has reminded me that no two words are ever exactly alike.) So at the end, I take time to examine my choice of words. I have a lot of fun selecting the exact words to pinpoint my thoughts or points.

    15. Amit Goyal
    To be a good writer is to start writing everyday. As Mark Twain said, “the secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

    Try using new words. i.e avoid repeating words. this way we learn the usage of different words.
    Do edit your previous articles.

    Start with small paragraphs like writing an article for a Newspaper, and proceed from there.

    16. John Dodds
    Remove as many adjectives as possible. Read Jack Finney’s tale, Cousin Len’s Wonderful Adjective Cellar for a fantastical tale about how a hack becomes a successful author with the help of a magical salt cellar that removes adjectives from his work.

    17. John Ireland
    I set my writing aside and edit a day or two later with the aim of making it terse. It has trained me to be more conscious of brevity when writing for immediate distribution.

    18. Jai
    Try to write in simple way. Express your views with most appropriate words.

    19. Mark
    Read great writers for inspiration. If you read them enough, their excellent writing style will rub off onto your dazzling blog.

    YOU ARE what you read (and write!).

    20. Caroline
    I watch my action tense and wordiness in sentences when I am writing my technical diddley.

    For example, in a sentence where you say …”you will have to…” I replace it with “…you must…”, or “Click on the Go button to…” can be replaced with “Click Go to…”.

    Think of words such as “enables”, instead of “allows you to” or “helps you to”.

    If one word will work where three are, replace it! I always find these, where I slip into conversational as I am writing quickly, then go back and purge, purge, purge.

    21. Akhil Tandulwadikar
    Don’t shy away from adopting the good habits that other writers use.

    Do not worry about the length of the article as long as it conveys the point. Of course, the fewer words you use, the better.

    Start the article with a short sentence, not more than 8 words.

    22. Julie Martinenza
    Instead of adding tags (he said/she said) to every bit of dialogue, learn to identify the speaker by showing him/her in action. Example: “Pass that sweet-smelling turkey this way.” With knife in one hand and fork in the other, Sam looked eager to pounce.

    23. Aaron Stroud
    Write often and to completion by following a realistic writing schedule.

    24. Joanna Young
    One that works for me every time is to focus on the positive intention behind my writing. What is it that I want to communicate, express, convey? By focusing on that, by getting into the state that I’m trying to express, I find that I stop worrying about the words – just let them tumble out of their own accord.

    It’s a great strategy for beating writer’s block, or overcoming anxiety about a particular piece of writing, whether that’s composing a formal business letter, writing a piece from the heart, or guest blogging somewhere ‘big’…

    25. Shelley Rodrigo
    Use others writer’s sentences and paragraphs as models and then emulate the syntactic structure with your own content. I’ve learned more about grammar and punctuation that way.

    26. Sylvia
    Avoid long sentences.

    27. Mike Feeney
    Learn the difference between me, myself and I. For example: “Contact Bob or myself if you have any questions.” I hear this very often!

    28. Richard Scott
    When doing a long project, a novel, for instance, shut off your internal editor and just write.

    Think of your first draft as a complex outline waiting to be expanded upon, and let the words flow.

    29. David
    Careful with unnecessary expressions. “At this point in time” came along during the Nixon congressional hearings. Too bad it didn’t go out with him. What about “on a daily basis?”

    30. E. I. Sanchez
    For large documents, I use Word’s Speech feature to have the computer read the article back. This allows me to catch errors I have missed – especially missing words or words that ’sort of sound the same’ but are spelled differently (e.g. Front me instead of ‘From me’).

    31. Cat
    Either read the book “Writing Tools 50 Strategies for Every Writer”, by Roy Peter Clark, or read the Fifty Writing Tools: Quick List on his blog. Then join a writing group, or hire a writing coach.

    32. Suemagoo
    Write the first draft spontaneously. Switch off your internal editor until it is time to review your first draft.

    33. Lydia
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    Post  JesterTerrestrial on Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:09 pm


    JOIN THE TEAM!!! BECOME A M.O.A. CREATOR TODAY!!! WELCOME!!!









    11 Ways To Get Lurkers To Participate

    Many communities would be 100% more successful if they could convert 1% of their lurkers to become creators.

    Typically, Lurkers read but don’t participate. Lurkers are likely to reply to direct personal message, but not mass messages. They’re unlikely to get involved in the major events and debates of your community.

    With this in mind, here’s 11 ideas to get lurkers to participate.

    Skilled Projects. Many lurkers don’t feel they have much to add. Create a project that needs certain skill sets. Then ask members with those skills to get involved.
    Create A Lurker List. Create a list of lurkers. Nothing more, nothing less. Each week add a few more names of lurkers to the list. If they participate, remove their names.
    Talk About Lurkers. Start discussions about lurkers. Lurkers have the expertise to participate in this debate. Ask people that typically lurk for their opinions. Make sure their voices are heard.
    Lurker Competition. Anyone with 5 posts or less can participate.
    Recognise Great Contributions From Non-Regulars. Personally, or publicly, tell someone who isn’t a regular how great their contribution was. Make it non-regulars feel comfortable with getting involved.
    Provoke A Strong Emotion. Do or say something so great (or terrible) that lurkers have to get involved.
    Celebrate ‘First Posts’. People celebrate a player’s ‘first-hit’ in baseball. You can celebrate a member’s first post. Make it a tradition when you see a comment by a 1-post member to give a quick welcome and congratulations on their first post.
    Ask Lurkers What Would Make Them Become Creators. Time intensive, but worthwhile. Ask one lurker per day what would make them become creators. If your community has 36,500 members or less, you’ve just doubled your content in a single year.
    Lurker Day (or theme). Have a day or weekly theme tailored just for lurkers. Have introduction posts, stupid-questions threads and “Everything you wanted to know about ____ but were afraid to ask” content. Create downloadable primers on how lurkers can become super-members of your community.
    Lurker Representatives. Recruit people to represent your lurkers. When giving feedback, this representative messages as many lurkers as they can and forms their opinion. Bi-annual elections of course.
    Kick Out Some Lurkers. Declare that people that read and don’t participate are leeches and kick a few lurkers out. The rest might participate more.

    Once you attract the attention of a lurker, point out the next steps they can take and develop a natural arch for them to become creators.


    Come on peoples lets get busy! Join! Share! Post News! Share your own stories! Whatever! Peace JT! UFO2
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    A virtual community is a social network of individuals who interact through specific media, potentially crossing geographical and political boundaries in order to pursue mutual interests or goals. One of the most pervasive types of virtual community include social networking services, which consist of various online communities.

    These virtual communities all encourage interaction, sometimes focusing around a particular interest, or sometimes just to communicate. Some virtual communities do both. They allow users to interact over a shared passion, whether it be through message boards, chat rooms, social networking sites, or virtual worlds.

    Virtual communities are used for a variety of social and professional groups. It does not necessarily mean that there is a strong bond among the members, although Howard Rheingold, author of the book of the same name, mentions that virtual communities form "when people carry on public discussions long enough, with sufficient human feeling, to form webs of personal relationships".


    I hope you join or log in and share some lovin here in the mists! Start a new topic or reply to some of the many started in the forum by our amazing members who have shared so much! Thank you to everyone who has participated in the creation of THE MISTS OF AVALON! Peace JT!
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    Post  HigherLove on Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:35 pm

    Very damn good advice, actually -- JT......aS al'Wauys. thx

    sunny

    The misuse of "travesty" is a "tragedy". It was also a pet peeve of a former professor. That is correct: It was not until I was in college when I learned that a travesty is not a huge tragedy.

    <marquee behavior="scroll" direction="left" scrollamount="5">Definition of TRAVESTY: 1.a literary or artistic burlesque of a serious work or subject, characterized by grotesque or ludicrous incongruity of style, treatment, or subject matter. 2.a literary or artistic composition so inferior in quality as to be merely a grotesque imitation of its model 3.any grotesque or debased likeness or imitation: a travesty of justice. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/travesty </marquee behavior>

    That simple lesson made the boring presentations worth it. Well, that and how silly it seemed that he never shook enough after using the toilet, and the wet spot on his crotch wiped the bottom of the board clean when he wrote across the top.


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    Post  JesterTerrestrial on Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:39 am

    HigherLove wrote:Very damn good advice, actually -- JT......aS al'Wauys. thx

    sunny





    I THINK YOU MEAN DAMN DAMN GOOD ADVICE!!! lol!




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    Post  Carol on Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:03 am

    <marquee behavior="scroll" direction="left" scrollamount="5">Definition of TRAVESTY: You two make me feel like a bump on a log.</marquee behavior>


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    Post  HigherLove on Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:36 am

    Carol wrote:<marquee behavior="scroll" direction="left" scrollamount="5">Definition of TRAVESTY: You two make me feel like a bump on a log.</marquee behavior>

    Mother Carol completely inert? I don't think so.

    You are a fire, and sincerely I thank you for everything you have done.




    You are powerful beyond measure and you know it. Some days it seems that is all I have to go with...this wonderful space here that has been created.

    Toast


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    Post  HigherLove on Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:50 am

    JesterTerrestrial wrote:
    HigherLove wrote:Very damn good advice, actually -- JT......aS al'Wauys. thx

    sunny


    I THINK YOU MEAN DAMN DAMN GOOD ADVICE!!! lol!


    Lmao

    And this is my kind of city. They should just put a studded collar around that skyscraper and be done with it.

    Oh...doggone Furies...I unleashed them yesterday. Now they are going to have fun with me.

    Roger Rabbit is after me.

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    The key objectives of Constructing Excellence are to improve performance through increased productivity to improve the industry’s image by changing its culture, developing its people and engaging better with communities!

    But simply bringing people together does not necessarily ensure they will function effectively as a team. Effective teamwork does not occur automatically. It may be undermined by a variety of problems such as lack of organization, misunderstanding, poor communication and inadequate participation.

    This has been written for those who lead, form or participate in construction teams and it applies to teams formed within organizations and those formed across two or more organizations. The guide discusses why teamwork is important and the key issues people face when working collaboratively. Overall it aims to help team members work better together and address many of the inter-personal issues such as trust, respect and leadership that influence how people collaborate successfully.

    Collaboration works best when team members share values and vision, develop a team spirit, absorb the information they need to perform their task and learn to work well with each other. Trust, honesty, mutual respect and full participation are vital. Team members need to know that when they pass the ball their team mates will not drop it. In effective teams,members do whatever is needed to get the job done. They keep their ultimate goals and objectives in mind. If they fall behind, everyone pitches in to help the group get back on
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