One Degree of Separation to the New Dallas TV Show


I don’t remember who shot JR, but I loved the Dallas TV show back in the 80s (actually 1978-91), and the suspense of the summer until we eventually learned “who shot J.R.”  My home is now in Rockwall, TX, which is actually not too far from Southfork Ranch, located in Parker (East of Plano).  In about 1998, I attended a ... Read More »

Scanning Old Memories (Photos)


A few months ago, I bought a small photo scanner, actually my first purchase ever from I had scanned photos before, but with my overlarge MF8100C printer/scanner/copier.  It was just too troublesome, because I actually had to stand-up, walk to the scanner, scan, go back to the PC, for each photo. The VuPoint scanner was much more portable and ... Read More »

The Paperless Office – Scanning: Then and Now


I’ve never been overly neat in my office. Usually piles of papers lay strewn about. About 1997, I thought it might be time to “go digital”, get a scanner, and reduce the paper clutter. Disk drives were just starting to get cheap enough to handle thousands of scanned documents. (Remember, in 1997, there was probably no USB, and definitely no ... Read More »

Book Review: “Trust Agents”


Trust Agents – by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith (published 2009) In the first chapter, he introduces six characteristics of trust agents, which role out to be Chapters 2-7. 1) Make your own game – most trust agents “break out of the mold” and stand out. Learn to get past the gate-keepers by being a gate-jumper. Talks about seeing life ... Read More »

The pot calling the kettle black (Chopra/Dawkins)


Richard Dawkins, emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, is an atheist and humanist. He came to prominence with his 1976 book “The Selfish Gene”, which popularized the gene-centered view of evolution and introduced the term meme. He is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design, and he promotes the “Out Campaign”, where Atheists proudly display a scarlet-A ... Read More »

Crop Circles – From the Ridiculous to the Sublime


Last week, I had a little fun researching crop circles (better called “crop formations” because they are not all circular).  I find their shapes mysterious and hypnotic. The first thing you need to know is that there are actually companies that you can commission to create a crop circle for you.   The Firefox man-made crop circle was 220 feet in ... Read More »

My Plan to Convert PHP-Fusion sites to WordPress.


I’m working on a plan on my other site for converting PHP-Fusion sites to WordPress.  PHP-Fusion is a “content management system” (CMS), in which the website can be built almost entirely using a web-browser, and users/authors can update the site with minimal technical skills.  The full plan and reasons for converting from PHP-Fusion are listed in two blogs on that ... Read More »

Google Reveals Stats in “Amicus Curiae” Brief


Google recently filed an “amicus curiae” brief in a New York federal court case where EMI (record label) is suing MP3tunes.  An amicus curiae is someone, not a party to a case, who volunteers to offer information to assist a court in deciding a matter before it. The information provided may be a legal opinion in the form of an ... Read More »

Converting Phatnotes to Evernote


Over the weekend, I convert over 800 notes from Phatnotes to Evernote.  I originally used Phatnotes (from a company called Phatware) to sync notes from my PC to my old windows-mobile phone.  When I switched to Blackberry, I gave up and did without the notes on my phone.  But now that I have an Android phone, I decided to give ... Read More »