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#287 January 1, 2023 from Don Crowder www.don-guitar.com
  
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        I hate cold weather so December is very much a mixed
blessing for me. Sure, I love the holidays but while there's
laughter and festivities indoors, it's COLD outdoors.  One of
these years I'm going to find a way to spend December in New
Zealand, Australia, Bolivia, South Africa, Argentina or
Madagascar, where it'll be Summertime and my feet won't get
cold.  Sure, I'll probably complain about the heat but when
I do so, I'll be smiling.  :)

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This is how I said it back in December of 2006:
I have a lot of friends who are single and lonely.  If
they're religious I encourage them to go to a different
church every Sunday, if they aren't religious, I try to
persuade them to join a singles club.  It's not as much
about meeting that special someone as it is about simply
having a social life and hanging out with other single
people, the more the merrier.  That being said, if you're
something of a risk taker or have an adventurous spirit,
there are many websites that can help you meet other single
people, just be very, very careful, meet only in public
places until you get to know him or her better and don't
surrender any personal information beyond your name and a
disposable email address to anyone you don't know and trust.
https://temp-mail.org/en/
https://tempmailo.com/
https://www.disposablemail.com/
You'll have to register with most singles sites and that's
ok, just don't give them more information than you have to.
Now that I've given you the disclaimer, here's the websites.
https://www.match.com/
https://hookup.com/
https://www.eharmony.com/
https://www.agematch.com/

What do the letters of an acronym stand for?
https://www.acronymfinder.com/

Answers to questions you didn't know you had.
https://www.thoughtco.com/

Scary stories from American Public Media Reports.
https://www.apmreports.org/

Rare, unusual and, in some cases, the last of their kind.
https://dan.org/alert-diver/article/the-story-of-sponge-divers/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHOzri1v1KU
https://history.library.ucsf.edu/ishi.html
https://www.historiamag.com/castrati-end-justify-means/
https://www.gonomad.com/193918-wildlife-africa
https://www.aarp.org/work/job-search/jobs-disappearing-forever/

Learn Morse code. http://www.learnmorsecode.com/

What is 'Copyright'?
https://www.copyright.gov/what-is-copyright/

All about Galileo. http://galileo.rice.edu/science.html

A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication.
https://www.symmetrymagazine.org/

The oldest weekly magazine in the United States (very liberal).
https://www.thenation.com/

The National (U.S. I assume) Book Foundation.
http://www.nationalbook.org/

Apparently there's a good side to broken windows.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_broken_window

Google Chrome is the undisputed winner of the browser
wars but their lead is very gradually slipping.
https://www.w3schools.com/browsers/default.asp

A guide to children's literature.
https://www.supersummary.com/childrens-literature-guide/

College scholarships, online college degrees and online
colleges. https://www.college-scholarships.com/

The most frequently used English words.
https://world-english.org/top-words

When I was a kid our family subscribed to Consumer Reports
magazine and we always consulted our stack of back issues
before buying anything. Well, they're still out there and
of course they're also online.
https://www.consumerreports.org/
But now they have a competitor.
https://www.consumerlab.com/

The Jargon File (version 4.4.7).
http://catb.org/jargon/html/index.html

My personal drug of choice. https://www.chocolate.org/

The official website of the Barry Manilow International
Fan Club. https://barrynethomepage.com/

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service endangered species list.
https://www.fws.gov/program/endangered-species

Dietary supplements, natural medicines, and complementary
alternative and integrative therapies.
https://naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com/

Aging in America. https://www.usaging.org/

Crafts for kids. https://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/

Measuring America's people, places, and economy.
https://www.census.gov/

Polymer clay projects & techniques.
https://desiredcreations.com/howTo_Desk.htm

When you need to convert a file from one format to another.
https://www.zamzar.com/

Geology and earth science news, articles, photos, maps and
more.  https://geology.com/

American Experience.
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/

A wealth of health info from the US government.
https://medlineplus.gov/

Remembering the Holocaust.
https://www.remember.org/
https://www.ushmm.org/

What the US government thinks you should know about money.
https://www.mymoney.gov/

Explore the world via the web.
https://www.oneworldjourneys.com/

Online games. http://www.freeworldgroup.com/

Explore knowledge, take a quiz and other stuff.
https://www.infoplease.com/

News and information from the San Francisco Symphony.
https://www.keepingscore.org/

Some of these things are costless.
https://koyotstar.free.fr/indexEn.html

SITO is a website for individual and collaborative artists.
https://www.sito.org/

Storycorps sound portraits.
https://storycorps.org/stories/?collection=sound-portraits
And more from the same place. https://storycorps.org/

Web design resources. https://www.tutorialized.com/

The surprising number of things you can do with an Altoids tin.
https://www.onecrazyhouse.com/altoids-tin-ideas/
https://diycandy.com/what-to-do-with-a-used-altoids-tin/
https://www.instructables.com/10-Projects-for-Altoids-Tins/
https://tinyurl.com/44p4sa77 [artofmanliness dot com]
https://tinyurl.com/ypb75dek [modpodegerocksblog dot com]

Useful bootable disks. https://www.bootdisk.com/

Help find fugitives & missing persons, submit a tip, apply
for an FBI job, get a rap sheet (identity history), contact
the FBI, find crime stats, learn about common crimes & scams,
learn what the FBI investigates or discover FBI history.
https://www.fbi.gov/

The Complete Review Quarterly and the Literary Saloon.
https://www.complete-review.com/

Quotes on a huge number of topics.
https://www.brainyquote.com/

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
https://iep.utm.edu/

Literary Theory.
https://iep.utm.edu/literary/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_theory

Writing help for academic essays and research papers.
https://www.ipl.org/

Literary Traveler. https://www.literarytraveler.com/

Art and Letters Daily. https://www.aldaily.com/

Classic works of English literature.
https://www.literature.org/

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature site.
https://www.carolhurst.com/

Luminarium" Anthology of English literature.
https://www.luminarium.org/lumina.htm

Email etiquette tips and advice.
https://www.netmanners.com/

Would you like an affordable degree?
https://www.uopeople.edu/
https://alison.com/

Learn cool stuff.
https://www.learnist.org/
https://www.p2pu.org/en/
https://www.edx.org/
https://www.udacity.com/
https://gohighbrow.com/courses/
https://www.coursera.org/
https://universitywebinars.org/
https://www.datacamp.com/
https://gibbonedu.org/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/index.shtml
https://www.futurelearn.com/
https://ocw.mit.edu/
https://www.udemy.com/

Sort of like what floss does for your teeth . . .
https://www.mentalfloss.com/

A heavy duty biz magazine. https://www.inc.com/

Microsoft PowerToys is a set of utilities for
power users to tune and streamline their Windows
experience for greater productivity.
https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/powertoys/

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Last words:

Health Update:  I finally saw a Rheumatologist on the 15th of
December but all they would tell me is that I have some form
of inflammatory arthritis.  They drew about ten little vials
of blood for assorted tests, the results of which I assume
I'll be given on January 4th at my next appointment. Meanwhile
they prescribed a very low dose of Prednisone (5 mg per day)
to help control the inflammation and that has worked very well.
I've been in little or no pain and have no trouble playing my
guitar but I'm still taking a fairly dangerous steroid (that
being Prednisone) so I hope they can find a steroid-free
course of treatment before it's over.

I've also had a single event of SVT (Supra Ventricular
Tachycardia) which they tell me isn't a heart attack, as such,
and isn't usually fatal but I have been wearing a heart monitor
for the past fifteen days and will wear it for fifteen more
days before they decide what sort of treatment I'm liable to
need for this issue.

Yes Virginia, growing old isn't for sissies.  :(

But I'm still vertical, able to play my guitar and move
around unassisted so, for the moment, it's all good!

See you next time.

Don Crowder
Sunday, January 1, 2023,  12:15 AM (MDT/MST)
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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