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.
My regular readers know that, over the years — with my wife in our music ministry, for five years, during the seventies and eighties, and for more than the past year, in my own ministry — I’ve performed my original Christian songs for over 500 audiences.
I originally wrote one of my songs with three verses, followed by a chorus that repeats the same phrase, over and over: “Love is when I stop thinking of me and start thinking of you.”
But, for the past year, every time I’ve sung that song, I’ve dropped the three verses and sung only [more...]
It started out as a rating site for college students only.
But it has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, with over a billion users around the world.
It provides a place for people to post every photo and every personal and private detail of their lives, for their friends to view and read.
Then it carefully sifts through all that information, collecting and organizing as much of it as possible — so that it can [more...]
Over a decade ago, one of my readers, a man named Paulo, who lives in Portugal, saw an article that I had written about a Zoom V.92 modem, and wrote to me.
Since then, Paulo and I have been long-distance friends, exchanging hundreds of email messages.
He knows that I started digitally connecting to the world way back in the world of 150 bps modems.
And that it was a huge upgrade when I finally moved to a 2400 bps modem — a tiny fraction of the speed of even the [more...]
They’re all over the U.S.
Driving around, taking photos of car license plates.
Not just criminals’ license plates — everyone’s.
Sending all of that data back to their databases.
They already have billions of license plates and their locations on file.
In fact, one of them claims to [more...]
My regular readers know that I do a lot of different tasks in my ministry. One of those tasks is to be a confidant and advisor to the leaders of other ministries.
In one of those other ministries, we’re currently dealing with an issue of trust.
I’ve seen the head of that ministry micromanage the ministry’s volunteer leaders — directly supervising their nearly every move; and repeatedly and unilaterally changing established and agreed-upon policies and procedures “on the fly,” without consulting, or even notifiying, the other leaders beforehand.
The truth is that that ministry’s other leaders [more...]
You’re careful to guard your personal, private data.
Good for you!
But more and more online companies now require you to provide a lot of that information in order to utilize their services.
Sure, you could simply choose not to use the online services that require information that you’d rather not provide.
But what can you do if you’re out of work and [more...]
One was a super-highly successful, repeat champion on the television game-show, Jeopardy!
The other is the current, successful, repeat champion on that same show.
One appeared to be [more...]
This weekend, the world’s television viewing public will, once again, be treated to the bloated, marathon orgy of shameless self-congratulation known as the Academy Awards.
Millions of people watch that program every year — but how much do you actually know about the Academy Awards?
For instance, do you know how long the first Academy Awards ceremony took?
Which actress has been nominated for 20 awards, but has only won 3 of them?
Which two actresses [more...]
Have you ever used a webcam?
Have you ever used Yahoo’s webcam chat service?
Have you ever used Yahoo’s webcam chat service to send sexually explicit images of yourself to someone else, in what you thought was a private chat?
If you answered “yes” to all of the questions above, there’s something that you probably should know — but it’s the kind of thing that you’re probably not going to like knowing. [more...]
The island prison.
For those who know of it, its name instantly brings to memory scenes from old movies.
Of a “bird man,” played by Kirk Douglas, who lived there.
Of prisoners trying, and failing, to [more...]