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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.

Is An Encrypted Web On The Way?

Ever since I first read about it, I’ve used the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s HTTPS-Everywhere browser plugin, to ensure that, any time a Web site that I visit is available in a securely encrypted version, I will always connnect to that version, instead of to its non-encrypted sibling.

Why?

For a couple of reasons. First of all, because when I connect to the HTTPS version of a Web site, any data that I send to that site [more…]

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Turning Water Into Fuel

We all know that if you apply a big enough electrical charge to water, its hydrogen and oxygen will separate, and you can collect the hydrogen and use it as a fuel.

Unfortunately, that process is prohibitively expenstive.

Fortunately, German engineers have developed a method to combine the elements from water and carbon dioxide, to create hyrocarbons — fuel.

Unfortunately, the machine that accomplishes that process [more…]

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Everything You Know Is Wrong 2

I saw one for the first time, way back when I was a kid.

I pushed its large, round, silver button, and it came to life.

It was very loud, like a jet engine.

I rubbed my wet hands together, underneath its large spout.

A few seconds, [more…]

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Pre-Marriage Test Questions

My favorite professor in college often said that couples shouldn’t be allowed to get a marriage license until they’ve wallpapered a room together.

A few years later, I told my two young goddaughters, “Don’t get married until you find someone who loves you as much as I do.”

Nowadays, looking back at my experience as a domestic violence legal advocate, my advice would be more along the lines of, Don’t marry anyone until you’ve spent at least a year, observing [more…]

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My Walmart No-Charge Charge

About five days ago, I began to notice that my car’s starter motor was spinning slower than normal.

So, that night, I connected my Battery Tender Junior battery charger to it, and let it charge all night long.

The next morning, the charger’s indicator light told me that the battery was fully charged — but my car’s starter still turned over slower than normal.

Two mornings later, it [more…]

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Who Are We To Judge?

More than two years ago, I was called to serve jury duty.

As I described back then, it was estimated that the case was going to take a few weeks to decide.

But it didn’t take long at all for the powers-that-be to reject me as a potential juror — which was what I had expected.

I don’t think that [more…]

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Like Cattle

Imagine that you’ve been rounded up, like a head of cattle.

Shackled.

Put in a cage.

Beaten.

Raped. [more…]

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Funny Spam 4

As of this writing, Akismet, the WordPress comment-spam-prevention plugin, has protected this site from 951,012 spam comments.

Without Akismet, this Journal would be useless to my readers — completely packed full of spam comments and their hyperlinks.

However, every once in awhile, I come across a spam comment that I find particularly funny — usually because it’s very obviously a computer-generated comment that appears to [more…]

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Is Glass Broken?

Last year ago, Google Glass was unveiled to the world.

With a lot of fanfare.

It was supposedly going to be ubiquitous, and completely change how people interacted with the world and each other.

But, almost immediately, the controversy surrounding it began.

While many praised it as a [more…]

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Wouldn’t It Be Great? 5

My regular readers know that, a little more than 2 years ago, I resigned from my position at Everest University, after I concluded that my employer and its for-profit parent company, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., had no ethics, integrity, or concern for their students’ futures.

It appeared to me that they were only interested in making as much money as possible, by lying to and exploiting the poorest, most financially desperate segments of the population.

My regular readers also know that, since then, [more…]

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Not So Funny Any More

She says that it started when she was only 17 years old.

She was an aspiring actress.

He offered to give her advice about show business.

Over time, he became a father figure to her.

Then he drugged her [more…]

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Livingston

Livingston.

The word reminds me of the incredibly boring movie, Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

And Dr. Stanley Livingston, from the old quote, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

And James Taylor’s younger brother.

That last memory is relevant to this post, because [more…]

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