Merry Christmas

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WordPress Programming

If you are interested in programming WordPress I recommend the excellent tutorial videos by Derek Banas at New Think Tank. An easier way to access the videos is just to search for them on his channel on YouTube. He will show you how to lay out a website using HTML and CSS, and then convert the same website into a WordPress site. There are also videos on a range of other subjects.

These are tutorials by a programmer for a programmer and they move along, so if you are just trying to upload a picture of your cat to your blog that’s not what I’m talking about here. But if you are comfortable with computer programming and want to use php, html, and css to create your own WordPress theme or something of that nature these videos might be where you should look. They are available in HD and I recommend viewing them full screen so you can see the code as he shows you what you need to be thinking about.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Excellent mushroom risotto tutorial by Derek as well.


Replacing Facebook

Facebook does so many things wrong. More importantly, I don’t trust them and neither should you. They do not deliver your updates to the people you think they do. They decide who sees your posts, not you. They do not trust you, and therefore you should not trust them. I could go on, but let’s just start with that. Or you can just trust me. I’ve been around this internet stuff since before the World Wide Web was an experiment. I’ve seen a lot of this kind of stuff before and I’m here to tell you Google+ is much better than Facebook for a lot of reasons. You should go ahead and make the change now. You will be glad you did.

Google+ is open to everyone. You no longer need an invite to join. And you should join, if you haven’t already.

When I started with Google+ it was a little slow at first. For one thing very few of my Facebook friends were on Google+. And that’s still true. But my Facebook friends collection has gotten unwieldy. And there are a lot of interesting people to follow on Google+ with lists of them for those just starting out. After adding a few of those people to my “Following” circle I found a whole world of conversations happening between thoughtful and intelligent contributors. It was like being invited to a dinner party of fascinating people with the chance to get to know them.

Google+ allows me to organize the people I interact with into groups called circles. Yes I know Facebook just introduced Lists, but again it’s unwieldy, they did it to try to be like Google+, and it’s not the same thing. Some of what Facebook is doing these days to try to be more like Google+ is not only ineffective and confusing, it’s creepy.

Just getting started on Google+?

  • Take the tour. It’s quick and you’ll know your way around. Or at least check out circles. It’s how you organize your friends and information. I have a circle for audio people. I have a circle for tech people. And I have a circle for noisy people I hardly every look at but I want to check in with every once in a while.
  • Here is Chris Brogan’s advice. A lot of people on the interweb follow him if you don’t know who he is.
  • Here is a directory of influential people to follow. No, I don’t know why they are influential, but I look at this like the NYTimes best seller list. If a bunch of other people notice this person or that stuff then there might be something interesting there.
  • Here is a list of 35 people to follow according to Cooper Smith at the Huffinton Post. I don’t read the Huffington Post, but there are some interesting people listed here cialis pfizer.
  • Google+ makes it easy to search Google+ for people interested in the same things as you. Want to find people in Houston interesting in knitting? Go to Google+ and search it for “houston knitting”. Click on “People”. When I checked there were about a dozen. So, okay a lot of them don’t live in Houston anymore but they used to, and you get the idea.

Just like Facebook, just like any social network, Google+ can be a huge time suck. It’s up to you not to let that happen. But if you are spending any time on Facebook you should start to move that over to Google+. You will be rewarded in the end.

What, you are just starting to figure out Facebook? All of your friends are there? Are you still on MySpace too? Help your friends move to Google+. Besides, there are games on Google+ too and those games don’t bother your friends every time you feed your goat.


Limiting God

Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things, above all that we ask or think  — Andrew Murray

Monster Gold from Sound Offers

Monster® Turbine™ Pro Gold Audiophile In-Ear Speakers™FedEx delivered a pair of in-ear headphones to my house Wednesday. They are a pair of Monster Turbine Pro (Gold Edition).  I didn’t pay anything for them. They were a gift, a “Giveaway” from Sound Offers. Holy Moley I’m doing something right around here.

Sound Offers is a sort of high end classifieds for quality audio system equipment. You can buy or sell what was called when I was a child “Hi-Fi” or high fidelity audio gear. It’s usually stereo.  This stuff is extremely “Hi-Fi”. It’s a fascinating site. I get their weekly newsletter and it’s the most extreme window shopping I do. It’s opened my eyes to loads of manufacturers and audio components of which I’ve never been aware, in spite of having an electrical engineering degree, a lifelong passion in music and audio fidelity, as well as experience in professional audio gear.

This site is amazing, and not just because they sent me some free headphones. Sign up for their newsletter. I’m telling you when I get their newsletter in my inbox I immediately take the time to peruse the gear.  And you may get some headphones or even better. At least you’ll get a list of outstanding audio equipment for sale and if you have such items you want to turn into cash you need to showcase them among other high end items through Sound Offers.

Now, on to the headphones. I’ve never cared that much for in-ear headphones, but I can get used them since they come with this sound. As with any headphones in this price range they come with a custom case (in this case 2 of them). They also come with a variety of tips for your ear canal, ensuring an accurate and effective fit. The connections are 24 carat gold, including a 3.5mm to ¼ inch connector.

And the sound. Wow! They compare very favorably with the Sony MDR-7506 Studio reference headphones I use for recording and mixing. From the instructions and reviews of the Monster Turbine Pro the sound will only get better as they are broken in over the next few hours. The Sony headphones are much too big and cumbersome to carry with me to listen to mp3s on my phone, but these Monster headphones, with their cute little carrying case(s), are perfect!

I went with my wife to watch the Houston Texans in training camp last week and saw a young man sporting a Monster t-shirt. On the back was one of their slogans “Because the music matters”.  I love the slogan.

Monster cables are known for both their quality and the confidence of their price. The Monster Turbine Pro Gold are not exception to this philosophy and retail at Best Buy for $279. They do however come with a lifetime warranty and they will even replace them if you break them (once). They are beautiful and come with the Monster name and covet factor.  When you take all of that into account these headphones, while not necessarily a bargain, are at least more fairly priced.

Sound Offers, though, is a terrific deal and I hope you’ll check them out.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Occasionally I pick up a book that has been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time waiting for me to get around to reading it.

Most of the time I enjoy the book and finish it with a sense of accomplishment more than anything else. The book will simply no longer need to be read.

Then there are the times when I finish the book and wonder why it took me so long to read it. There are books that give you something you expect to carry with you through life. There are books that make a difference. Such was the case with me when I read “The 7 Habit of Highly Effective People”. By Stephen R. Covey.

The title sat there on my bookshelf and beaconed me for years. I knew it was a number one best seller. I knew I might get something out of it. But I looked at it with the attitude I “should” read it. I almost saw it as a chore. But once I started I was hooked immediately by it’s optimistic prescriptions for dealing with life on a daily basis.

Where I expected procedural habits such as “make a to-do list at night” or “return phone calls promptly” I was rewarded instead with wisdom. The seven habits outline simple values based attitudes that come together to make an unarguable outline for effective behavior. I really enjoyed this book.

I can’t answer the obvious question here. I’m not going to simply list the seven habits, for in the abstract they would seem somehow cheapened. To appreciate the 7 habits you need to understand the principles behind them. So pick up a copy of this book. Or borrow mine. It’s an international best seller and that many people can’t be all wrong. This book could really make a difference in your life. Just don’t let it set on the bookshelf for years as I did.

Sun Tea Revisited

I written here before I make quite a bit of sun tea when conditions are right.  They’ve been right a lot lately, so much we’re suffering from severe drought around here. But on that subject, it just occurred to me I think I should get some sort of green energy “eco” type tax credit for using solar energy to make my tea. Wouldn’t have to be much. I sometimes go through as much as a gallon a day, so it would add up.


We picked strawberries today, over 10lbs. Of course we had strawberry shortcake tonight. That is nothing if not special.