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Through my share of good times, and possibly 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 hope that it and my ministry will bless, inspire, and empower you.

The Oomphalapompatronium

The Oomphalapompatronium is an interesting, handmade musical instrument.

While it can’t compare to the precision, automation, and complexity of Martin Molin’s Marble Machine, it made me laugh to hear the Oomphalapompatronium work.

Maybe because one site was correct to say that [more…]

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Like Calling My Mother

Do you have any friends who are so self-involved that you sometimes wonder if they ever really listen to anything you say?

My mother was like that.

There were many times that I’d call her, long-distance, just to [more…]

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Forecast: A Giant Nag Screen

If you’re still a Windows user — but especially if you haven’t “upgraded” to Windows 10 — then I’m sure you’re aware of it.

The fact that, for many months, Microsoft has been using malware techniques to repeatedly nag, trick, cajole, and confuse as many Windows users as possible into moving to Windows 10. [more…]

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Jet Blew

What would you do if you had a jet engine?

Would you install it on a stand in your garage?

Would you do all the work to hook it all up so that it could run?

Would you buy the [more…]

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Wrenching Tips And Tricks

My regular readers know that I’ve always liked to know how things work.

And I’ve rarely been afraid to take my things apart, to maintain and/or fix them.

In fact, if you look in the right column of this page, you’ll see that, yesterday, I wrote my 24th [more…]

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Some Like It Blowing

A few mornings ago, I reached up and pulled on the little chain that controls the ceiling fan in our bedroom.

Actually, I pulled on it three times, to turn the fan on and set it to its lowest speed.

Unfortunately, on the third pull, [more…]

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Trick Shot Competition

Ping pong vs. soccer.

Which activity do you think requires its players to have more athletic ability?

Which requires them to have a higher level of precision?

If you’re like me, you [more…]

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Want To See A Card Trick?

If you’re more than about ten years old, you’ve probably seen many, many card tricks.

We all know the basic routine:

Pick [more…]

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Professional Acting Tips

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a professional actor?

To many people, being an actor seems like it would be a pretty easy job.

All you have to do is pretend to be someone else, right?

But professional actors know that [more…]

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Magic Leap’s VR

You’ve seen it in movies and TV shows.

Intereactive digital displays that appear to be floating in mid-air in front of you.

Virtual reality.

But the examples that you’ve seen were all [more…]

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The Theremin

In 1920, Leon Theremin, a Russian, developed the theremin — an early electronic musical instrument.

It was probably the very first musical instrument that is played without touching it.

You’ve undoubtedly heard the “creepy” sounds that it makes, because theremin sounds have been [more…]

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Don’t Change Your Password Often

Security experts have said it for years:

Make sure your passwords all contain both capital and lower-case letters, along with numbers and special characters.

And make each pasword as long and random as possible. Don’t use a real word or a combination of real words — those can [more…]

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You Already Know How It Ends

How many movies would you guess have been made about the tragic sinking of the Titanic, during its maiden voyage?

If you’re a film history buff, you may know that there have been 24 of them — along with 26 “television movies and notable episodes.”

Doesn’t that seem like an awful [more…]

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Getting Into The Spin

My wife and I live in a pretty “touristy” area of the Sunshine State.

So we have lots of places to eat, and lots of places to be entertained — all competing for potential customers’ attention.

I’ve seen so many attention-grabbing gimmicks that I’ve gotten to where [more…]

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My Beautiful Old Nemesis 4

Here in this part of the Sunshine State, you have to look pretty hard to find anyone who remembers the last time this area received any snow.

That’s because many people here are transplants from somewhere else  — and because it happened nearly 30 years ago.

And, even then, it was [more…]

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Eyelid Theater

My wife and I have always shared a funny expression that we created, way back in the early days of our marriage.

Instead of saying, “I’m going to bed now,” we say, “I’m going to go watch eyelid theater.”

When you’re in a dark room, and you close your eyes, [more…]

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Calluses

Sometimes, we use the word, “callous,” to describe a person who seems to have no sympathy toward others who are in distress.

But some of us are glad that we have the similarly named skin feature, “calluses.”

For example, people like me, who play the guitar. Without calluses on the tips of my fingers, my 12-string guitar’s strings [more…]

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Cool Water Vortex

Maybe you did it — or watched a teacher do it — when you were in grade school.

Pour some liquid into an empty 2-liter soft-drink bottle.

Then hold the bottle upside-down, while you quickly turn its upended bottom side around and around, to [more…]

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