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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.

Aguilera Impersonates Cher, Britney and Shakira

I’m not a big fan of any of the singers whose names are 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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How Cold Is It?

Those of us who are of a certain age, remember way back, before the NBC television network’s The Tonight Show was hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

Before it was hosted by Jay Leno for the second time.

Before it was hosted by Conan O’Brien.

Before it was hosted by Jay Leno for the first time.

All the way back to the days when [more…]

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Time Warping TV

I first noticed it a few years ago.

But it’s apparently been happening for at least a decade.

I was watching a rerun of an old TV show on cable TV, and it kept getting interrupted for commercials.

Lots and lots of commercials.

In fact, noticeably more commercials than [more…]

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A Big HTTP Update

Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).

You’ve seen it thousands of times, at the beginning of the addresses of the Web sites that you visit.

Although, nowadays, most browsers don’t require you to include the “HTTP” part of the address — they automatically assume it.

So, instead of having to type http://www.computerbob.com into your [more…]

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Playing With The Sands Of Time

Every year, millions of children and adults visit beaches around the world, and play in the sand.

Building sand castles, in the case of the former.

Or maybe crafting sand sculptures, in the case of the latter.

But far fewer people ever enjoy the fun of playing God with [more…]

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Do Dogs Look Like Their Owners?

It’s an old generalization:

Dogs often look like their owners.

Why do you think that is?

I think maybe it’s because people are drawn to dogs that remind them of themselves.

However, in the case of my wife and me, [more…]

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