Archive for May 7th, 2007

Now that the ever popular Gaim instant messaging client has fully been switched over to be renamed Pidgin, and a new 2.0.0 release has been made.. there are very few plugins that work for the adaptable messenger.

Some of my favorites from Gaim included the Current Track plugin that allowed your Windows Media Player/iTunes/Winamp to display album art  as your buddy icon and  your away message as the current song. However, Pidgin includes a new coding base which should allow even better plugins like one that tracks buddy availability stats and makes predictions on when they’ll be available next or one that syncs your Facebook/Twitter status to your away message.

The only current plugins that I know of are the Purple Plugin Pack (a ton of little plugins) and the Guifications (popup notifications). Now the Current Track Plugin has been updated to include support for Pidgin!

I highly recommend that you upgrade now, the final release is far more stable than the earlier betas, even if some of the plugins don’t work.

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Over on the Truthteller Blog, I noticed a great article about finding the passion that drives your life. This is one of the concepts I’ve been fortunate enough to grasp while I’m in college, many people don’t discover this until much later in life. He sums up a lot of great points about why finding passion is important, but also he lists a few important questions to ask yourself in order to find your passion.

*What did you want to be as a child?

* What are you good at?

* What do you daydream about?

* What are the things you really enjoy doing?

* What have you always dreamed about doing but never told anyone?

* Who do you envy and why?

You will know by the energy you get from it. If you are passionate you won’t have any problems with procrastination or lack of energy.

“If you can’t put your heart into it,

then find something else”


These are very good points, and it takes me back to when I read Dr. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. One of the most important tidbits of information I got from that book was that happiness isn’t something that you “obtain”. If you find yourself striving for happiness then you will never find it. This is the biggest problem facing American culture… so fundamental that it is worded in the US constitution. Being happy is a by-product of enjoying what you are doing. The more people that can realize this fact, the quicker
 we can shed the mainstream cycle of depression and un-fulfillment.


Thrills and excitement! Easy things to achieve if you are passionate about what you are doing.

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Bonde do Role is a Brazillian band that is in the process of working on an upcoming album. Fortunately for chicken fight fans worldwide, they released this video prior to the album being completed,

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