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#217 February 1, 2017 from
Texas weather is hasslesome this time of year. Some days
are delightfully warm and sunny but it's just as apt to be
cold and damp the following day. Then there's my ongoing
battle with the skunk who insists on living under our
house. I keep going out in the wee hours and covering her
tunnel with heavy rocks and she keeps digging a new tunnel.
I keep thinking she'll get tired of having to dig a new
tunnel every few days but so far it hasn't happened
and every time I think I've blocked every spot where she
could dig she finds one I've missed. Skunks are smart
and persistent. :(

Oh well, it's always something, isn't it?


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First there was the Universal Life Church where anyone who
asked could become an ordained minister for free.
And here's their site.
Then came the somewhat tongue-in-cheek Dudeist Church
(also offering free ordainment).
Recently, other similar churches have appeared.

Meet the guy who takes care of Trigger
(Willie Nelson's world-famous guitar). [texasstandard dot org]

I went through Jane Friedman's list of 'must have' digital
media tools and discovered that I don't use any of these,
which may explain why I'm not a successful writer or
digital media producer, but it's still a pretty cool list.

HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) is unhealthy stuff. [globalhealingcenter dot com]

A four year old who loves to read. [washingtonpost dot com]

The blog of digital artist Watson Mere.

Beware the new Adobe Acrobat Chrome add-in. [techsupportallert dot com]

Shaun Usher lives for letters, lists, and beautiful books.

Imagine an orchestra combined with some very talented
young people. Joan Chamorro's channel is fascinating.

Established in 1972, the National Criminal Justice
Reference Service (NCJRS) is a federally funded resource
offering justice and drug-related information to support
research, policy, and program development worldwide.

I have allergies so this is more important to me than the
weather forecast.

How to add Encrypt or Decrypt item to right-click context
menu in Windows 10, 8 or 7. [thewindowsclub dot com]

I'm not into gaming. If you are, this is for you.

A user-friendly guide to critical thinking. [google dot com]

How to completely reset Windows 10. [zdnet dot com]

How to fix 100% Disk Usage message in Windows 8 and 10.

There's only two things that money can't buy.

Back when Microsoft shut down Outlook Express I got a lot
of calls from unhappy folks who wanted an alternative email
client. I recommended Thunderbird but there were a lot of
folks who just gritted their teeth and learned how to use
Windows Live Mail. Well, now that's going away too. [forbes dot com]
I expect I'll get calls from irate Windows users who're
looking for an alternative to Windows Live Mail. I'm
still going to be recommending Thunderbird.
But there are some other alternatives out there.
SeaMonkey is a suite of software that calls itself an
'all-in-one internet application suite' but there is a good
email client included in the package.
Those of you who've gone to just using a browser to check
your email won't be bothered in the least by Microsoft's
discontinuation of Windows Live Mail.

If you'd like to know everything NASA knows, it can be done
if you're up for a few thousand hours of intensive reading.

How to block the ads that Windows 10 is feeding you. [MakeTechEasier dot com]

Back in 1933 a fledgling fanzine called the Science
Fiction Digest recruited sixteen of the best writers of
the times to each write a chapter of a serialized novel
which was named Cosmos. That novel is available here.


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That's it for this one. How long has it been since you
wrote to tell me what you think of this antiquated form
of internet media? Well, that's probably too long. :)

Talk to me y'all. S'up witchew?

See you next time.

Don Crowder, 3:00 AM, Feb. 1, 2017,
Tow (rhymes with cow) Texas
Yeehaw y'all.


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