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Date : December 2014

2014 In Pictures: A Few Favorites

My first-ever “sunrise-over-water” photo, Corpus Christi, Texas, July   (All photographs in this blog entry are Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry, with some rights reserved.)   The year just ended doesn’t feel like one of my better years in photography, nor do I remember any game-changing photographs from the year. Still, I produced[…]

Thanks, All Of You

Categories: Internet, Personal
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Published on: 2014.12.30

I appreciate everyone who reads this blog, whether just once, occasionally, or regularly. A handful of you have been my nearly constant companions that past couple of years.   I’m not sure why my Stats bot listed Richard Barron twice. Maybe because Richard Barron is just that awesome.   For those of you who don’t[…]

CNN’s 10 Big Ideas

Centennial Clock, Wewoka, Okla. (Copyright © 2008 by Wil C. Fry.) I’m not sure why today’s front page of CNN Tech linked to the story The CNN 10: Ideas, since it was posted in December 2013. Perhaps they haven’t come up with ten better ideas since then. But I didn’t see it last year and[…]

Book Review: Tomorrow, The Stars (Anthology, Heinlein, 1952)

The 1967 Berkley edition (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: Tomorrow, The Stars: a science fiction anthology Author: multiple (edited by Robert A. Heinlein) Year: 1952 (mine was 1967 paperback) Publisher: Doubleday, Berkley Medallion Books ISBN 425-04304-5 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads View it on Google Books Wikipedia page[…]

Maybe It’s Time Yahoo! Tried Something Different

Categories: Business, Internet, InTheNews
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Published on: 2014.12.21

The New York Times (which I read rarely these days due to the paywall¹) published a few days ago a lengthy historical retrospective on Yahoo!, focusing on Marissa Mayer’s attempts to turn the company around and return to the “Top Four”. The conclusion of the piece is that maybe Yahoo! should “act its age”. Few[…]

Violence Is (Sometimes) The Answer

Military weapons on display, Ft. Hood, Texas (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry.) I am at heart a non-violent person, a pacifist if you will, and this has been my bent since I was a child. I suspect it’s partly due to observing my father’s behavior — always willing to talk before acting, to[…]

Online Comments Disappearing?

Is the Age of Comment Sections coming to an end? I’m not referring to forum-only sites, or comments on social media, but to news and opinion websites, where each story was traditionally accompanied by a comments section. CNN reported in November that several “prominent” websites were scaling back comment sections or removing them altogether. Reuters,[…]

Republic Or Democracy? Or Something Else? (short version)

Categories: Fact Check, Government
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Published on: 2014.12.18

(This is the very short version of this entry. To read a much longer version, click here.) A few days ago, the question of our nation’s kind arose in the comment section of this blog. “We were founded as a Republic not a Democracy“, someone said. The same person also suggested the country was “turning[…]

Republic Or Democracy? Or Something Else? (long version)

(This is the very long version of this entry. To read a much shorter version, click here.) U.S. flag seen in Seminole, Okla. (Copyright © 2005 by Wil C. Fry.) A few days ago, the question of our nation’s kind arose in the comment section of this blog. “We were founded as a Republic not[…]

I Just Learned About ‘Perspective’ Cropping In Photoshop

Crop tool I’ve been using Photoshop since 2001 — when I joined the staff of a small newspaper, though it was far too expensive for me to own/use at home — especially now that I’m only a hobbyist, no longer making money from photography. But last year I recently began using it (version CS2) again,[…]

Non-Religious Marriage Prohibited?

Forgive me for not keeping abreast of all the laws of all the countries around the world, but I was surprised this morning to read that a “humanist” (secular) marriage in Englad doesn’t carry the same legal weight as a religious ceremony. (That source, while likely more reputable, has a paywall. Here’s a more complete[…]

If Real Life Was Like ‘House Hunters’

The author, with a “Sold” sign (Copyright © 2010 by Marline Fry.) The world would be a mixed up place if every home-buyer got what they say they wanted on House Hunters, a popular show on HGTV. When I say House Hunters, I also include its sister show House Hunters International. The premise of the[…]

The Ten Commandments

Categories: Fact Check, Religion
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Published on: 2014.12.14

On the capitol grounds, Austin, Texas (Copyright © 2009 by Wil C. Fry.) Recently reading a story about a Ten Commandments display at some state capitol building, I recalled an argument I had in the early 1990s with a fellow Bible college student. Twenty years later, I’ve forgotten which of us held to which side[…]

A Question That Shouldn’t Need Answering

Categories: Government
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Published on: 2014.12.12

When someone asked on Twitter: “Who think govt involvement in our lives is a good idea?”, I naturally (naively?) responded “Um, I do.” It was no surprise that they had a followup question: “ok why?” I doubt anything I can say will convince someone who believes government should be abolished (or cease “involvement in our[…]

Book Review: The God Delusion (Dawkins, 2006)

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Published on: 2014.12.10

The God Delusion, trade paperback (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: The God Delusion Author: Richard Dawkins Year: 2006 (mine was 2008 paperback) Publisher: Mariner Books ISBN 0-618-91824-8 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads View it on Google Books Wikipedia page ◊ Summary Dedicated to British humorist and science fiction[…]

Editorial Support For Government Not Establishing A Religion

Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin, Texas (Copyright © 2009 by Wil C. Fry.) A couple of days ago, the Los Angeles Times editorial board published a strong endorsement for the First Amendment, titled: “Patriotic Americans Have The Right Not To Believe In Any God”. “We believe that entanglement of religion and government runs the risk of[…]

The Cure For AIDS, Or Unexplainable Hatred?

Rally in New York City, N.Y. (Copyright © 2006 by Marline Fry. Used with permission) About 35 million people worldwide (one in every 200 humans) are infected with AIDS, according to the United Nations. The UN has committed to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to end it in[…]

I Just Learned About The ‘New’ NIV Bible (UPDATED)

Categories: Religion
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Published on: 2014.12.05

Just some of the Bible translations I owned: NIV, AMP, KJVx2, NASB (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) The New International Version of the Bible (NIV) isn’t what it used to be, I learned today. On this blog, I’ve occasionally linked to Bible verses for various reasons and almost always choose the NIV, because[…]

Web Statistics, 2014

I think the last time I checked my website’s statistics was more than a year ago. Since I switched hosts last night, I thought I’d take a look at the statistics my old host had compiled for 2014, for the entire domain of — not just this blog.

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