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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.

Their Orange Secret

Their bright color makes them visually “jump out” of a green salad.

They’re small.

And smooth.

And rounded.

And [more…]

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How To Be A Writer

My regular readers — and anyone who’s glanced at the information that’s at the bottom of every page of this Web site — know that I’ve written over 4,400 posts and articles on this site.

That’s a whole lot of writing.

In addition, I’ve written hundreds of other articles, both for academia and for my other Web sites.

I never [more…]

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CD Overspin

We’ve all used CDs before — and some of us still do.

I have many CDs containing archives of this Web site, as well as old versions of software and operating systems, and archives of old photos.

Unfortunately, CDs aren’t a very good long-term archiving solution.

They scratch easily, and can “forget” the information that they hold.

In fact, there are [more…]

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Solving A Sticky Situation

You’ve probably noticed it your whole life:

A lot of what you buy, you end up throwing away.

Shampoo, skin lotion, glue, paint, mustard, ketchup, and much more.

Why? Because they stick to the inside of their containers.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to make the [more…]

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Aug(De)Mented Reality 3

It’s baa-aack!

Find a mundane scene.

Shoot a stop-action video of it.

But shoot it through a series of transparent animation cels, onto which you’ve drawn very unusual characters.

Then add [more…]

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An Old Joke – Renewed

It’s an old joke:

Apparently, the world-famous classical pianist, Arthur Rubenstein, was once “approached in the street near the Carnegie Hall in NY by a man who asked, ‘Pardon me sir, how do I get to Carnegie Hall?'; to which he replied, ‘Practice, practice, practice!‘”

I suppose that same joke could be modified for other fields of endeavor:

(Baseball): How do I get to [more…]

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Why Computer Color Is Broken

Anyone who’s worked with computer graphics has seen the phenomenon:

You have an image that has two bright colors side-by-side.

But the border between them isn’t a smooth blend of those two colors.

It’s much darker, like an unwanted shadow.

The cause of that problem is a simple [more…]

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He Had A Monopoly On Escaping

It still appears in old reruns on TV:

Hogan’s Heroes — the sitcom that follows the wacky adventures of a group of incredibly clever and resourceful American prisoners of war as they repeatedly cause death, damage and embarrassment to their incredibly inept Nazi captors during World War II.

The whole concept was arguably in bad taste when the show first aired. Nowadays, it could arguably be described as [more…]

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Composition Tips

My regular readers know that my favorite uncle gave me a camera and taught me all about photography when I was 12 years old.

And that, years later, those skills contributed to me working as a photographer and, even later, as a television director.

Even now, I still shoot photos and shoot and edit videos, free of charge, for churches and other charities.

When you shoot a lot of photos and videos, for many years, you [more…]

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Historical Nagging

My regular readers know that I grew up surrounded by domestic violence.

So, despite the fact that I remember it all, I’d prefer not to.

I got my first jobs and started working — as a golf caddy and a babysitter — during the summer when I was only 12 years old.

I didn’t want to get a job. I wanted to ride my bike and play.

But my mother nagged me every day, saying, [more…]

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How To Prepare For Jeopardy!

My regular readers know that my wife and I like to watch the TV game show, Jeopardy!, together, while trying to answer its often difficult questions.

In all the years that we’ve watched it, we’ve noticed that certain categories of questions show up far more than other categories.

For example, Shakespeare. I wonder why Jeopardy’s question writers think it is so important that everyone should know all about Shakespeare.

And opera. Do you have to [more…]

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Why I’m A Target

Awhile ago, I told you that I’ve always been a mosquito magnet — the one person in any crowd who attracts all of the mosquitoes away from everyone else.

Many of my childhood memories are combination memories — the memory of attending an event, like going to see 4th of July fireworks at a golf course; along with the memory of being literally covered with large, itchy, painful mosquito bites for the following several days.

Over the years, I’ve heard rumors that [more…]

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