Category: Ramblings

Why I Have a Land-line Phone Again

Years ago, I struggled with the idea of canceling my land-line phone and relying solely on my cell phone. The main reason for doing so was cost savings. The land-line phone was costing me somewhere around $40 a month after taxes and all the options. I didn’t see any reason…

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Why Do We Pay So Many Taxes?

There are many types of taxes that take many different forms depending on where you live. There are excise taxes, direct taxes, indirect taxes, federal taxes, state taxes, county taxes, and city taxes. While some do collect money for necessary services, like running the government and fixing roads, some are…

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Give a Man a Fish and …

A wise Chinese proverb says, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime“. It’s supposed to imply that teaching a person to provide for themselves is better than having him rely upon someone else….

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Anti-Gun Supporters Consistently Use the Wrong Terms

If you’re going to debate someone on a particular topic, you better have the terminology right. In recent months, there has been a raging discussion on how best to curtail gun violence in America and both sides are pleading their case with passion and emotion. The problem is, most of…

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Coyotes Spotted in Falcon, CO

It was around 10 O’clock at night when we first heard what sounded like kids screaming in the wetlands behind our house. Intrigued, I managed to capture the sound on my phone and compared it to animal sounds on Youtube. As I suspected, the screams were not from kids, but…

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It’s Time to Encrypt Email, IM, and Voice

Two things lead to the creation of this entry 1) various companies and the Federal Government are both collecting and storing my personal data, 2) I recently purchased a new Galaxy S4 and was alarmed at how much information the phone was spewing into the digital aether. Google+ was extremely…

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Android: International Travel with Wifi Only

I’m about to head off for some international travel to the “land down under” (Australia) and I want to make sure I don’t get pummeled with a huge phone bill upon my return. Why would I have a huge bill? Well, the Galaxy S4 (and any smartphone for that matter)…

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