A blimp? A blimp!

Update Dec. 3: Flight plan just released.

Wake up Americans

Ron Paul provides us with a rare chance to claim back the Republic of this nation. At the very least Ron Paul is airing the important issues and getting people to think. Given the choice, wouldn’t you rather be free?

Using articles to generate traffic

Every once in a while, I find a marketing article that I think is worth reading. Since I’ve had several people ask about ways to increase traffic and search engine exposure, I thought I’d share this with you. Jacob Stein just released his new ebook called “Article Marketing Traffic”… and, he’s offering it practically for free!

Click here to get your copy now!

Firefox add-ons you need

Looking for a quick way to check out meta tags while viewing web pages, I found a couple new add-ons and was reminded of the ones I’ve been using so long I take them for granted. Maybe you’re looking for some of these too.

Here’s my list of my favorite add-ons:

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Freedom is Popular!

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The Season for Non-violence

I learned about A Season for Non-Violence from James Twyman’s recent announcement of his 64 Days of Peace Concert Tour.

Here’s a little more about it from his site…

A Season for Non-ViolenceA Season for Nonviolence, January 30 – April 4, is a 64-day worldwide educational, media, and grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities.

Inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this international event was created by the Association for Global New Thought ( and honors their vision for an empowered, nonviolent world.

Throughout the 64-day campaign, events and activities for peace and nonviolence take place all around the world, highlighting existing peace building initiatives and inspiring new year-round activities for a more peaceful, nonviolent just and sustainable world.

For more information about AGNT or A Season for Non-Violence, please visit: or

The light at the end of the rebuild

I guess four is the lucky number…I finally got a motherboard and power supply combination that seem to work together. At least, they’ve been running now for two weeks with only the occasional operating system lock up, which is actually better than before the “badness” happened. I’m glad now that I refrained from using that large hammer to “fix” the problem, even though it was getting very tempting.

Web Site Design and Hosting

It was recently brought to my attention that I’d left out information about our web site design and hosting services on our web site. I got so caught up in exploring the technologies available, I lost sight of the main goal of the web site, providing information and details about the services we offer and how we can help you reach your goals.

Honest, we’d like your business. I’ll work on getting more details about our services online as soon as I get our current clients needs satisfied. In the mean time, click the link “Design Samples / Client Links” at the top of this page for links to few examples of our work. Please call me if you if have any questions.

New motherboard arrived defective

Well, I got my motherboard back last week and after putting the computer back together, I discovered that this board was bad too! Off it goes back to RMA land…maybe it will come back in working order next time.

Swedish Fiddle Workshop

I had the opportunity to learn a few tunes this weekend from the members of Dråm a traditional Swedish musical group. I didn’t know Swedish music would be so fun! I’ve still got those Polska rhythms and tunes going through my head and body.

Good Eats, Gratitude

It’s that grateful time of year. A time set aside for a day of Thanks. A time to enjoy, or avoid family (I’ve done both over the years)…a time of year when it cools down enough that baking seems like a good idea.

piesDuring this Thanksgiving week I’ve enjoyed making Cranberry and Pear, and Sweet Potato Pies. The Cranberry and Pear pie recipe was a gift from my piano tuner, Stephen “The Piano Doctor”. Email me if you’re looking for a good piano tuner in the Sonoma county area. Stephen’s the best. I remember him kindly every time I bake this pie. It’s so simple and really delicious. (Everyone loved it).

The Sweet Potato Pie idea was induced by a recipe on an episode of Good Eats. (It’s really good that I don’t have cable tv. This was the one food network show I watched when we visited Val’s folks, about “sweet potatoes” and I wanted to make the recipe. I’ll be trying the sweet potato waffles soon too…I could have understood it if the show had been about Chocolate, but Sweet Potatoes?)

We had a wonderful visit with my family. Can’t believe it’s been over fifteen years since we’ve gotten together at Thanksgiving. (I’ve always found it easier to be thankful getting together with a friend, or maybe two, rather than joining the masses traveling on a November holiday).

Wishing you all the best, with many thanks to all our friends and family for being part of our world.

Great Aikido Class Tonight

Sensei Smartt’s Aikido class tonight at New School Aikido Santa Rosa was wonderful as usual. Light, playful, insightful. An invitation to relax and have fun. Can’t wait for part two tomorrow. Thanks John!

Muffins only help marginally… Astrological influences suspected.

Seems I’m not the only one having a tough week. I can relate only too well to my friend Kerry’s views from her recent post. I tried “Muffin Therapy”…you know, eat muffins or other baked treats, add coffee, enjoy. It’s usually good for a short fix, but even that didn’t work this week.

Maybe this is some cosmic joke…

Mercury turned retrograde on October 28, that was the day I decided to plug in the new hardware that seemed to take my main computer into a declining, fatal spiral. I don’t usually think to check my astrology before updating the computer, as I don’t want to believe that planetary alignment can really have a significant effect on my reality. I can only hope that as mercury begins it’s forward transit today or tomorrow, that life will get back into a happy grove. I read it on the Internet, it must be true! mercury retrograde

Everything finally straightens out on December 5, 2006, as he [Mercury] passes the point where he first turned retrograde.

Here’s to December! I’m looking forward to my world getting back in line.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!

Rebuilding the computer…again

When I upgraded computers at the beginning of the year, I thought I wouldn’t have to be working on computers for a few years. I thought the new hyper-threaded AMD processors were stable enough to make a reliable workstation. While I didn’t think it was good, I’d even gotten used to turning on the computer and restarting it before logging in so that it wouldn’t hang shortly after starting.

Well, after the episode with the new flash drive (see previous post), things got worse.

The strange 15 minute “warm up” time needed to start the computer just didn’t make sense. I had a spare power supply, (an extra I bought when the original broke after only four months) and decided that the power supply was the best place to start troubleshooting.

New PSU installed, I power up the computer. Excited that it starts up immediately, I quickly lose enthusiasm when none of the hard drives are recognized and windows fails to start.
I take the power supply down to the computer store to test, it tests as good. I find an enclosure that allows me to take my SATA drives and convert them to USB drives so the old computer can read them. This gets an A+ for useful devices! (All the drives work, even the one that I broke unplugging the data connection. Note: SATA drives have more delicate connections than the older ATA drives).

Maybe it’s time for a new motherboard. Sigh…

How to add a link to your post in WordPress

While the WordPress Codex is great for detailed information on how to use WordPress, it seems a little confusing to some users who just want to know how to do a simple task, like adding a hyperlink.

WordPress makes it easy to create posts and updates to your blog without having to read much…it pretty much just makes sense. Exactly what you want if you’re not into web design or programming, but want to update your site yourself.

One question I hear often from users is, “How do I add a link when I write a post?”

It seems like a simple thing to ask, and it’s not difficult once you understand the process.
So here we go, How to Add a Link When You Write a Post:

  1. Select the text that you want to use for your link.
    Use text, not the actual URL, for your link. It will make it easier for visitors to understand what they’re clicking on and will look better in your posts.

Highlight Text

  1. Click the “Add Link” icon in the editor menu bar (or use the keyboard shortcut “Alt-A”).

Create Link 2 - Click Add Link Button

  1. Paste the URL link address for the site in the text field: Link URL. Click Insert
    Be sure to use the complete address including http:// , you can also fill in the Title field with a Text Description of your link.

Create Link 3 - Add URL and Title

  1. You’re finished!
    It’s that easy to add a link to your blog.

Create Link 4 - Your Finished Link

Happy Linking!

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