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Through my share of good times and probably more than my share of challenges, I've learned that life is hard, but God is good — so I've always tried to put my faith into action and keep my sense of humor. This Web site has been my labor of love since 1997 — I sincerely hope that it blesses and empowers you.

Was Steve Right?

Many years ago, up in the Frostbite State, my wife and I were really good friends with a couple named Steve and Martha.

Martha was a journalist who had a large collection of original Perry Mason paperback books.

Steve was a photographer who had a huge collection of hundreds of original vinyl LP records of rock bands — the large, old, 33-1/3 rpm disks that we used to play on contraptions called [more…]

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Cold War

If you were around in the early 1980s, you may remember a popular (and funny) rock song, called Too Much Time On My Hands.

In it, the singer describes how boredom threatens to drive him crazy.

The daily high temperature here in the Sunshine State has been in the low-to-mid-80s (F) for the past few days, but people in many northern parts of the country are still dealing with snow, snow, and more snow.

And also, apparently, some of them have [more…]

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Is An Encrypted Web On The Way? 2

A few months ago, I told you about an effort to provide a free and easy way for Web site owners to encrypt their Web sites, in order to eventually encrypt the entire World Wide Web.

Well, it looks like that whole idea is making some real progress.

For example, both Google and Apple are developing ways for mobile phone users’ data to be encrypted by default.

And — just as importantly — for those encryption systems to [more…]

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Hypnotic Ink

We’ve probably all seen it before:

What it looks like when you add a colored liquid into a container of clear liquid.

I probably saw it for the first time when I was just a kid, and we used to drip liquid food coloring into white vinegar, in order to make the dyes that we used when we colored Easter eggs.

Nowadays, you can see it if you buy one of those tiny plastic bottles of [more…]

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What Color Is Grass?

I still remember a specific, full-page ad for Fuji color film, in a photography magazine, back in the 1970s. At the time, Fuji was trying to earn a good reputation for its color film, which was then a new competitor to Kodak film in the U.S.

The ad showed a closeup photograph of a single pearl — and asked the question, “What color is this pearl?”

After you studied the image of the pearl and thought of your answer, the rest of the ad revealed that, no, the pearl was [more…]

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Aguilera Impersonates Cher, Britney and Shakira

I’m not a big fan of any of the singers whose names appear in this post’s title.

In fact, I probably can’t even name a single song that two of them have ever made popular.

Despite that fact, I know that each of them is very popular, with millions of adoring fans worldwide.

So that’s why, today, I’m linking you to a video of Christina Aguilera, [more…]

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I’m Thinking Of Upgrading Windows

My regular readers know that I’ve been using Linux, instead of Microsoft Windows, since July of 2006.

So why am I thinking of upgrading Windows?

Because the windows in my wife’s and my home are all the old fashioned, single-pane, crank-out type that were popular when our home was built in the mid-1960s — but they’re extremely energy inefficient nowadays.

Unfortunately — or fortunately, depending on [more…]

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My wife’s and my cars are both Saturns.

In fact, they’re exactly the same car.

We bought them both brand new, at the same time.

Right now, they’re both 13 years old.

They both have close to [more…]

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Mr. Bookman’s Secret Life

It’s a classic episode of the TV sitcom, Seinfeld.

A library thinks that Jerry never returned a copy of the book, The Catcher In The Rye, that he borrowed many years ago, back when he was in high school.

So a library security guard goes to his home, to verbally “rough him up.”

And the guy’s name happens to be Mr. Bookman.

But does a real library security guard’s job really [more…]

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Winners Are Losers

It’s a funny, weird place, where no one wants the honor of being a winner.

And everyone wants to be a loser.

Because being a winner there means that you’re really a loser.

And losing means that you’re not a loser.

Either way, it’s fun for the rest of us to [more…]

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I think I’ve probably mentioned this before, but, many years ago, I took a musical-pitch-recognition test that told me that I have “absolute pitch.”

According to that test, absolute pitch is similar to, but not as impressive as, “perfect pitch.”

If you play a note on an instrument for someone who has perfect pitch, they can correctly tell you that you’re playing a “middle A,” a “high C,” or whatever note it is.

On the other hand, if you’re singing along with one or more musical instruments, I can’t identify which notes you’re singing, but I can [more…]

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Bad Behavior Is Really Good

Almost 7 years ago, I spent several months, redesigning and updating this Web site.

For many years before that, this entire site didn’t use any type of blogging or CMS software.

It was simply thousands of plain-text HTML files that I manually created, including hundreds of menu and navigation items that I had to constantly update, manually.

When I redesiged this site, I manually converted its thousands of posts to [more…]

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