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Veni, Creator Spiritus

Posted in Religion, Uncategorized by farmerjaneusa on October 29, 2010

Veni Creator Spiritus (“Come creator Spirit”) is a hymn normally sung in Gregorian Chant. It is believed to have been written by Rabanus Maurus in the 9th century. Listen here.

According to newadvent.org, it is the only Breviary hymn retained by the Protestant Episcopal Church, a translation being given in the Prayer Book (Ordering of Priests). There are about sixty English versions.
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COME, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God’s hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father, Thou
Who dost the tongue with power imbue.
Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o’erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.
Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.
Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven.

Amen.

European Joomla VirtueMart Barcodes Deluxe EAN

Posted in commerce, Joomla, Merchandising, Uncategorized, Virtuemart by farmerjaneusa on October 26, 2010

I know there have been some webmasters who use Joomla Virtuemart in Europe suddenly faced with clients or bosses requiring EAN barcodes displayed for every product.

Working barcode modules for Joomla Virtuemart are sparse at best, so I  European Joomla VirtueMart Barcodes Deluxe EAN-13, UPC Barcode Tabs, Inventory Tabs, Free Barcode Server, ISBN, ISSN, UPC-A, Postnet, Point of Sale Barcode Interface, Inventory Control, Authenticated Merch VM Barcode Deluxe Editionsuggest you try Barcodes Deluxe EAN.

Physical Inventory Inspections can be helped by VM Inventory, which is included in Barcodes Deluxe EAN.

The major barcoding systems are handled with Authenticated Merch software, including ISBN and its counterpart ISSN. Barcodes Deluxe can possibly assist point of sale systems as well.  In some instances you may want to make the barcode the default tab if you know how.

See a demo using UPC Barcode Tabs using the Ja Larix Joomla template.

Authenticated Merch Joomla Virtuemart Barcode Tabs Demo. Use ISBN, ISSN, UPC, UPC-A, EAN-13, Postnet

The following barcodes are handled by the server and served individually with separate subscription accounts:

UPC-A

UPC-E

EAN-13

EAN-8

ISBN-10/ISBN-13

Codabar

Code 39

Code 39 Extended

Code 128

UPC Extension 2

UPC Extension 5

Postnet

 


Some things to keep in mind:

  • You must have Apache or Linux for auto install, otherwise you will have to install manually.    When finished add the barcode information into the products information. Barcodes are delivered securely via SSL to your new secure VirtueMart inventory system.
  • Subscription to the unlimited barcode server is required for proper images to show up on your website.  However, one free year is included with the purchase of all software at Authenticated Merch at the time of this writing.
  • Depending on your needs (internal use / client visibility / point of sale) you may need to register your barcodes for each product listed in your inventory.

 

From the Authenticated Merch Forum:

If your client has products that need bar codes to be able to reach the retail market as required by law, shop around for a registrar.

It can get expensive as each color, size, etc of a product classifies it as a separate product and needs it’s own registered bar code.

A couple places like walmart (not many but large companies) require a GS1 bar code which is quite expensive.

www.gs1.org/barcodes/request

For other retail outlets, a more simple less expensive version is available. I would suggest Barcodestalk.com, only because I have used them myself but you may use other providers as well.

www.barcodestalk.com/

By Humility and the Fear of the LORD are Riches, and Honour, and Life

Posted in Religion, society by farmerjaneusa on October 17, 2010


(King James Version)
Proverbs 22
1A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
2The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
3A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
4By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
5Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
6Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
7The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
9He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
10Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
11He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
12The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
13The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
14The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.
15Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
16He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
17Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
18For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
19That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
20Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
21That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
22Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
23For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
24Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
25Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
26Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.
27If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
28Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
29Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

Stress Precedes Volume Reductions in the Hippocampus in PTSD

Posted in Health, Psychology, Science, Uncategorized by farmerjaneusa on October 14, 2010

from Science Blogs

There was a debate in the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for some time about whether the shrinkage observed in the hippocampus — a structure involved in learning and memory — was the result of the stress or was a vulnerability factor for the disease.

We know that high levels of cortisol — a stress hormone — can kill neurons. So you could argue that the stress and stress hormones that cause PTSD could also result in the reduction in hippocampal volume. This is the so-called neurotoxicity hypothesis.

On the other hand, individuals who get PTSD could have some underlying genetic or structural susceptibility, one characteristic of which could be an already smaller hippocampus. This is the so-called vulnerability hypothesis.

Researchers at Stanford have published a paper that adds credibility to the neurotoxicity hypothesis.

The researchers followed a cohort of 15 recently diagnosed PTSD patients age 7 to 13 over the course of 12 to 18 months. They tracked the sizes of their hippocampi at the beginning and the end of the interval using MRI images and also measured their cortisol levels.

The researchers found that over the interval the sizes of the hippocampi in the patients went down.

Our results support the hypotheses that PTSD symptoms and cortisol levels at baseline are associated with changes in hippocampal volume over an ensuing 12- to 18-month interval. Specifically, we found that severity of PTSD symptoms and cortisol levels predict a reduction in hippocampal volume from baseline to follow-up when controlling for pubertal maturation and gender in children with a history of traumatic stress. This is the first longitudinal study in PTSD to document an association between hippocampal changes with PTSD symptoms and with a marker of stress, cortisol levels. These longitudinal findings help elucidate previous cross-sectional reports of smaller hippocampal volumes in PTSD populations. Our results are also in accord with animal literature reporting on the neurotoxic effects of glucocorticoids in the hippocampus. Our results stand in contrast, however, with studies identifying hippocampal volume as a vulnerability factor. Although, this study was not designed to address the vulnerability factor hypothesis, our exploratory analyses suggest that hippocampal volume was not a risk factor for development of PTSD symptoms….

Our cortisol findings address a potential mechanism by which stress can alter the hippocampus. There is substantial animal literature demonstrating the neurotoxic effects of glucocorticoid in the glucocorticoid receptor-rich hippocampus. Glucocorticoids can also exert their neurotoxicity indirectly via accumulation of extracellular glutamate. High levels of glucocorticoids have been reported in children with history of maltreatment and PTSD. Elevated cortisol levels suggest that high levels of stress lead to activation of the HPA axis and cortisol production and that this leads to hippocampal toxicity, which results in poor inhibitory activity from the hippocampus unto other centers, such as the HPA axis itself. The putative neurotoxic effects of cortisol on the hippocampus may depend on at least 3 factors: (1) the developmental stage of the structure (the hippocampus glucocorticoid receptors density may change throughout development), (2) the level and sustainability of cortisol released, and (3) the severity and/or chronicity of the stressful events.

Other studies have attempted to follow patients with PTSD, but they have been done on older patient populations that have often had PTSD for much longer. This is a confound in the ability to measure hippocampal volume changes because chronic stress may not cause changes and stress that is far removed may have given the brain time to recover.

The recognition that stress does shrink the hippocampus rather than that a small hippocampus is a susceptibility factor for PTSD may have consequences in terms of patient treatment. In theory, we would like to short circuit the shrinkage of the hippocampus by some pharmacological means, or maybe we could improve function by providing cognitive training.

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