I know you are expecting something about the Mueller Report here but I am staying away from that until the dust settles some more. I don’t personally need to jump in on all the speculation. I’ll let other wallow in the mud for a while to see what sticks. But, it really won’t change my opinion of the guy in the Oval Office that much … Continue reading March 31 – Sunday Snippets
For this Techie Saturday I want to give you a little history of the Windows/Mac battles that resulted in the computers we have today. You can’t be an official nerd until you know about it and have picked a side in this never ending battle. So, here goes, a complete history in 500 words or less. 🙂 My history with personal computers started out with … Continue reading You Can’t Be a Nerd Until…
I have made it pretty clear here that I am an Amazon Prime member and have been for more years than I can remember. I was smart enough to add some Amazon stock to my IRA about ten years ago, but I was not smart enough to buy much more. My stock has gone up about 400% so far! I know the argument about buying … Continue reading About Amazon And Those Chinese Companies
There is just something about tools that fascinates me. I’m talking about all kinds of tools, wrench and screwdrivers, power tools, electronic tools like iPads and cell phones and yes, even apps. Anything to help me do a job better. I am a firm advocate of “The right tool for the job”. That sometimes drives my wife crazy. “You need another tool! You have a … Continue reading I ❤️ Tools
Department of Irony: Republicans can’t stop howling about socialism. But nobody makes capitalism look worse than Donald Trump. I think I found a new mentor when it comes to life inside the beltway. She is Gail Collins, who is a fellow Opinion Columnist to my other mentor in this area David Brooks at the New York Times. The words above are from one of her … Continue reading The Department of Irony
If you haven’t guessed by now, I am a wordsmith. That is, I am always looking for just the right word for every sentence I write. Most of my posts are written a week or more before you see them. In that week between origination and publication I probably change a dozen words or more to something that better describes what the sentence is about. … Continue reading Documentary Photographer?
I get much of my inspiration about life in the US from the New York Times. They seem to have the best reporting and columnists in the country. That’s why I pay the big bucks ($4/month) for their daily feed. 🙂 The title above came from an column from Gail Collins. It started out with following paragraph. Department of Irony: Republicans can’t stop howling about … Continue reading Nobody Makes Capitalism Look Worse…
Oh No!! – Not Beto I see where a one-term Texas Congressman has declared he wants to be president! Is this what our presidency has come down to? Yeah, he like Trump, has made a big flash in the pan so to speak. I have heard that he is a bigger narcissist than Trump! He does outrageous things like riding a skateboard and jumping on … Continue reading Sunday Snippets – March 24, 2019
This Idiot’s guide to Technology post is about printers. In some cases, the old “You Get What You Pay For” just isn’t true anymore. Sometimes you get more than you paid for, and printers are generally in that case. The reason why is that the manufacturers make it back three times over in the cartridges that contain the ink, so they sell you the printer … Continue reading Techie Saturday – Printers
I have decided to add some photos back on RJsCorner. They will be my favorites from my Flickr Albums. If you want to see more just click HERE Continue reading Favorites From My Flickr Albums
This post is going to be about those seniors among us who proclaim to be “proudly ignorant” of today’s technology. My wife and her brother are in that class. They proudly proclaim that they want as little as possible to do with all these new fangled inventions of late. They are not quite old enough to go back before the invention of the automobile, but … Continue reading Starting Your Car With A Buggy Whip.
I think most of you know that the title above is from Willian Shakespeare. But, do you actually know what it means? A longer quote is in the header above this post. I admit that I was a weird kid who actually enjoyed reading Shakespeare! It was a challenge trying to put his Old-English words into today’s language. I really don’t remember how old I … Continue reading To Thy Own Self Be True…
I’m going to do a philosophical post of my own making for today. I will get back to studying others next week. With this post, I am certainly exercising the creative side. I will try to analyze the mind of a first-century citizen and his writings with my 21st-century views. Up front, I will admit that much of what I speculate is just that, speculation. … Continue reading Miracles And The First Century Mind….
I love thinking at the macro level. I guess my attitude is “think big or go home”. We have a lot of problems in this country that desperately need solutions. It would be great if one solution could solve multiple problems. That is what this post is about. The Problems Problem No. 1 – Teachers aren’t paid enough. Most everyone agrees that teachers, especially those … Continue reading Two Birds With One Stone (aka Think Big)
Now before you get all worked up by the title I want to add a couple of more words. “For all elected employees”. I think this plan will go a long ways to prevent future gridlock that we are seeing today. Here is one of my sources that back up that idea: Congressional members are eligible for their own unique pension plans under the Federal Employees … Continue reading Eliminate Federal Pensions and Retirement Plans
Thinking They Are Above The Law…BUT It is interesting to see two different stories of wealthy people thinking that their money makes them above the law but then to discover it doesn’t. Paul Mannafort was sentenced to 7.5 years in federal prison for dozens of instances where he flaunted the law in several different areas included evading millions of dollars of taxes. But his sentence … Continue reading Sunday March 17 – Snippets
This Saturday, I want to clue you in on one of the most essential tools I have in following my favorite blogs. That tool is Feedly. Here is how they describe themselves. Feedly (click name to see the sign-up screen) tracks blogs that offer content via Real Simple Syndication (RSS). It delivers that content to your computer, tablet or phone, where you can see the … Continue reading Techie Saturday – About Feedly
I think the masonary union has some sort of power over the current Oval Office. What else would explain the obsession with wall building? If the current Oval Office occupant (#CO3) hopes to have ANY chance of re-election, he should change just where he wants to build his wall. Let’s investigate the possibilities some with this post. What is the biggest sinkhole for our money … Continue reading If You Have To Build A Wall…
Is democracy going to be that short 250 year period in earth’s history when we thought people could rule themselves? Given what has been happening the last decade or so, it seems we might not not up to the task. In the beginning of our American democracy Thomas Jefferson said: Are we up to that task today? It seems not. We in the US allowed … Continue reading The Twilight Of Democracy?
I spent some time last week fleshing out my thoughts about one of my foundations in life that drives my “Question Everything” attitude. I have been living it for some time now but just never got around to thinking it thoroughly through till now. I originally posted this on my special projects blog over at CrackingCreativity but thought it would be a good thing to … Continue reading The Personal Reality Spectrum
Yesterday I told you a little about my car collection. I am so proud of the twenty-six vehicles in my stable. I promised you some pictures, so here they are. Oh, I guess I forget to tell you one little detail about my collection. 🙂 They are 1/32 scale models sitting on the shelves behind me. I suspect you got the wrong impression of what … Continue reading About My Car Collection
I am sorry to say that some of the most respected creators in the car customization field are in the long run just one of the followers of the latest trends. Being a car guy, I am an avid watcher of custom car creators like Dave Kindig. He makes cars that are above and beyond the quality and uniqueness of most of the field. But … Continue reading I’m A Car Guy
I was going to try and make a couple of posts that attempted to explain the difference between religious beliefs and philosophy of religion, but that just got too complicated and technical so I decided to keep it simple by just looking at examples. Let’s tackle some of the hardest philosophical questions first. Why not? Is God Omnipotent? Some religions, but not all hold on … Continue reading Can God Make A Rock That He Can’t Lift?
I was about ten-years-old before I saw my first TV set. It was a big box with a little grey-lined screen. One of the things I remembered most about what I saw in that box was that the good guys always won. If it was a western, most often the hero would ride off into the sunset at the end of the show. Matt Dillon … Continue reading Riding Into The Sunset…
What’s happened this week that might be worth a few words but probably not many more than that. A More Creative Header for Sunday’s Posts I hope you like it. It does show a slightly different angle for my end-of-the-week posts. And I think it just looks better. 🙂 There seem to be a lot more people who have chosen to be ignorant of all … Continue reading Sunday, March 10, 2019
I am in the mode here at Techie Saturday of letting you in on my secrets of managing my technology, and I have a lot of technology. 🙂 This Saturday is about spelling and grammar. I suspect most of you think I am a pretty good speller but I admit that I have a tool for that and it is called Grammarly. It quietly sits … Continue reading Techie Saturday – Grammarly
I will almost shamefully admit that I started my political life as a Republican. My first vote for president was a Republican. If in doubt I voted with the GOP. I don’t vote that ticket much anymore as they have drifted so far off their original course as to annihilate my image of them. One of the main things that appealed to me was their … Continue reading My All-Time Favorite Republican
Warning! This is going to be one of my off-the-wall posts so hang on. (ha) Now that there are so many photo editors with “Saturation” and “Vibrance” buttons it seems like every photo on the web is extremely dramatized. Everyone has the bug, but as usual, I am a contrarian. I admit I do sometimes flick those buttons a notch or two and maybe even … Continue reading The Virtual Reality of Hyper Saturated Photos
One of the biggest tragedies of this early 21st century is how Jesus’ church has morphed into something very contrary to his teachings. I thank Minnesota Pastor Stephen Mattson and Sojourners Magazine for helping me to realize that fact. American Christianity brought us to this point. It preached nationalism and sanctified American imperialism — promoting Manifest Destiny as ordained by God. The prosperity gospel baptized … Continue reading White Christian Nationalism — Not Secularism — Is Destroying America
Where does one start with this topic? To me, all these types of serious discussions start with Wikipedia. They seem to always give me a good high-level view of the topic at hand. Philosophy of religion is “the philosophical examination of the central themes and concepts involved in religious traditions. The philosophy of religion differs from religious philosophy in that it seeks to discuss questions regarding the nature … Continue reading Getting Started with Philosophy of Religion
This post is a result of a comment by one of my regular readers on a recent “Sunday This N’ That” post. I mentioned that colleges have a shortage of qualified computer-related professors. But in a reply to a comment by a different reader, I mentioned something about teacher pay. Here is my comment and the and the resulting reaction. Before I start here, I … Continue reading About Teacher Pay
There seems to be nothing that some people won’t fret about. They fear imaginary rapists crossing our borders by the thousands. They fear liberals who are intent on destroying their way of life. They see the media as an enemy of the people. They fear whatever their cult leader tells them to fear. If you must really live your life focused on fear, then at … Continue reading If You Really Must Fear Something…