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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!

How Depressing

There are times when I just don’t want to see it any more.

I have to turn off my TV.

I have to avoid news Web sites.

I just get so tired of seeing example after example of rampant lawlessness — or a complete lack of human compassion — being celebrated, or even [more…]

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Brush Your Teeth With It?


Burned bread.


Ant eggs.

Bear Grease. [more…]

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They Can Also Kill Terrorists

The first I heard of them, the U.S. military had just started using them to spy on its enemies.

Then, before I knew it, they were using them to actually fire missiles at enemies.

Of course, civilian uses for them quickly followed.

In fact, one of my neighbors has one of them, but [more…]

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Mightier Than The Sword? 2

My great-grandparents knew how to do it.

My grandparents knew how to do it.

My parents knew how to do it.

I was taught how to do it in grade school — and I still do it.

My favorite uncle won an award for [more…]

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Does This Really Count As Guitar Playing?

He’s no Slash.

Jimmy Page will never feel threatened by his talent.

Eric Clapton would probably laugh at his technique.

So would Jimi Hendrix.

Stevie Ray Vaughan probably wouldn’t [more…]

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Tips For Faster WiFi

At my home, I have 3 computers, running Linux.

Plus an HP laser printer.

Plus a Synology NAS, holding all of my data.

They’re all interconnected by ethernet wiring, through a Cisco 8-port switch.

At this point, I don’t need or use [more…]

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Job Search

Have you ever done a Google search?

Those of us who are concerned about our privacy know that Google is always trying to learn as much about us as it can.

So that it can sell that information to advertisers.

And so, as we all know, Google reads all of your incoming and outgoing [more…]

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Have We Lost The Privacy War? 138

My regular readers know that, on my home computers, I’ve been using Linux instead of Windows for the past 9 years.

But I realize that many of my readers are still using Windows.

So, every now and then, I post an entry about that operating system.

For example, you’ve probably heard about the new Windows 10.

You may have even heard that [more…]

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Are You A People Person?

“It doesn’t matter how much you know, unless you can effectively communicate it to others.”
ComputerBob, 1998

Back when I taught college computer courses, I always tried to get my students to understand that, in order to be valuable employees in the future, they needed to be more than just “tech nerds” — they needed to be “people persons.”

Fast-forward [more…]

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Advice For The Ages

I’m extremely introspective.

In fact, I may be the most introspective person you (sort of) know.

I think a lot about things like my experiences, relationships, and conversations.

I also spend a lot of time thinking about how much time I spend thinking about those things.

It sometimes feels like my “meta track” is [more…]

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Creepy Hand Illusion

Don’t watch it if you’re squeamish.

Her hand is cut open.

In fact, she’s missing three wide slices of her hand and wrist.

You can see the ends of her cut-off finger bones.

And yet, she [more…]

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Freerunning Illusions

“Freerunning is best described as a form of ‘urban acrobatics’ in which participants (free runners) use the city and rural landscape to perform acrobatic movements in order to get from point A to point B. It borrows efficient movements from parkour, adds other acrobatics such as tricking and street stunts, creating an athletic and aesthetically pleasing/ (showoff) way of moving.”
Urban Dictionary

Freerunning illusions are created by using perspective, camera angles, and other visual tricks to [more…]

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Say What? 2

Did you catch the first televised Republican presidential debate, between the “Top-Ten” candidates, a couple of weeks ago?

If you did, then I’ll bet you heard many things that you’ve heard before.

But you probably also heard some things you’ve never heard a politician say before.

My wife and I listened to the debate on the radio, so [more…]

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Swim Through The Air

You’ve probably seen them at a zoo, or at least on TV:

Penguins, which are slow and clumsy on land, and cannot fly, will dive into water and swim extremely gracefully and nearly effortlessly.

When they’re underwater, they look like they’re doing something that they can’t do when they’re out of the water — flying.

Imagine what a penguin might think if [more…]

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