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Decades into the digital age, the paperless office still eludes humanity

Decades into the digital age, the paperless office still eludes humanity
Do you still print stuff out? If so, you’re undoubtedly like most of us who, at least periodically, still need to print out a hard copy of some digital document – whether for archiving, legality, to put into a cookbook, or whatever.

Unlucky Lucky 13

Unlucky Lucky 13
Some folks are naturally accident-prone. I am. My boyhood best friend and mentor, Jaybird, said I should write a collection of stories about my accidents. If I do, the first story will be about the time we discovered the honey hole.

In angling parlance, a honey hole is a place nobody else knows about, and we found one. A creek flooded its banks, filling a cow pasture, and bass were thrashing minnows in the shallows. 

The new Murphy Brown looks as creaky as an abandoned riverboat in a Scooby-Doo episode

The new Murphy Brown looks as creaky as an abandoned riverboat in a Scooby-Doo episode
I don’t base my entertainment choices on politics. I don’t boycott musicians or actors over their political beliefs, I don’t confine myself to art I agree with, and some of my very favorite pieces of film and music were created by people with who I disagree vehemently.  If I did base my pop-culture consumption on politics, I think I’d go insane.  That’s simply no way to live.

By Robert Laurie - Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Full Story

Watch: How Milk Becomes Cheese

Watch: How Milk Becomes Cheese

By American Chemical Society - Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Full Story

Beef peptides block bitter tastes

Beef peptides block bitter tastes
From burgers to steaks, beef has a long history of being a delicious part of dinner. But what if that pleasant experience of eating beef could extend beyond the dinner plate? Now, one group reports in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that beef protein, when broken down into peptides, can block bitter taste receptors on the tongue. Such peptides could someday be used to make other foods and even medicines taste better.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - Full Story

Sanctioned Dishonesty Satan’s Work

Sanctioned Dishonesty Satan’s Work
Talented musician and former ‘Eagle’, Don Henley, wrote a song called “Gimme What You Got”. In it is one of my very favorite one liners, with or without music: He wrote, “Cross a lawyer with the Godfather, baby, he’ll make you a deal you can’t understand.” Lawyers can be like that. The best lawyers are talented simplifiers or, when it suits their needs, master complicators. In order to get a point across, a good lawyer may or may not make things easily understandable.

By Dave Merrick - Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - Full Story

Second Coming Teachings are not for Prophecy Buffs and Conspiracy Theorists

Second Coming Teachings are not for Prophecy Buffs and Conspiracy Theorists
Approximately one quarter of the Bible is prophecy. Some prophecies are related to the history of Israel and others have to do with the first coming of Christ (Messianic) and his death and resurrection.

By Rev. Michael Bresciani - Monday, May 14, 2018 - Full Story

Mother’s Day: A Holiday of Heart, Not Political Hype

Mother's Day: A Holiday of Heart, Not Political Hype
It is hard for many to believe that Mother’s Day could be used politically for messaging to the masses, but it has been used that way since it was originally created. At the time of the official creation of Mother’s Day, the original intent behind it was simply a day to honor mothers by sharing love and appreciation for one’s Mom. Anna Jarvis, the acknowledged founder of the holiday, may have expressed it best when she once explained her purpose in establishing such a day:

By Dennis Jamison - Sunday, May 13, 2018 - Full Story

Saving Private Ryan in 4K: easily the best way to watch Spielberg’s war epic

Saving Private RyanTalkin’ ‘bout their generation…

Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan got a lot of good press when it came out, for its tribute to those who fought and died to save our western civilization from the German Nazis. It also garnered praise for its powerful and graphic depiction of what it was probably like (Hollywood influences notwithstanding) to have made that deadly but vital beach landing on June 6, 1944.

This is the perfect time of year, approaching America’s annual Memorial Day celebration and the anniversary of the Normandy invasion, for Paramount to reissue a 20th Anniversary edition of Spielberg’s film with an absolutely spectacular conversion to 4K disc with HDR – a UHD treatment that’s a very pleasant surprise, indeed.

I Hate That Dirty 830

I Hate That Dirty 830
Dust swirled behind my father’s pickup as he sped through the fields on his Mississippi Delta farm, delivering lunches to tractor drivers, one of whom was Jaybird, my boyhood best friend and mentor. The old black man and I had been riding together on his tractor since daylight.

By Jimmy Reed - Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Full Story

TP-Link router a solid streamer

Archer C2300 router
Wi-Fi is everywhere these days, it seems, and that’s a great bit of convenience. But as much as we may like free Wi-Fi when we go out and about, it’s even more important to have a fast and reliable connection at home, where many of us do most of our personal computing, surfing and/or streaming.

My Dad is The Greatest

Rev Dr Lloyd E. Marcus, Jr
My dad, Rev Dr Lloyd E. Marcus, Jr is a black pioneer of civil rights. In 1952, when the door opened for blacks to take the test to become Baltimore City firefighters, Dad ran through it. Stationed at Engine 6, Dad’s working conditions were humiliatingly racist. He was not allowed to pour himself a cup of coffee from the same coffeepot as the white firefighters. Nor was Dad allowed to use the same eating utensils as the whites. Still, with a wife and five kids to feed, Dad relished the opportunity.

By Lloyd Marcus - Friday, May 4, 2018 - Full Story

Paddington sequel a very bearable family movie

Paddington sequel a very bearable family movieIf you decry the lack of quality family entertainment these days, you really should fire up a copy of the new Blu-ray release of Paddington 2, from Warner Brothers.
Paddington is an animated bear who I understand is a staple of British culture via a series of books I never read. Heck, I never saw the first Paddington movie from 2014, either, and never really felt the urge to. Then Warner Home Video sent me the new Blu-ray of the sequel and I put it on hoping it might be something I could watch with my grandsons.

This Beats All

Araucana hens, CHICKEN HILTON
Cotton was my father’s whole life. On his Mississippi Delta farm, he grew it for fifty-two years, and from the time he plowed with mules until the day he shipped his last bale from his own gin, he devoted every waking minute to his crops, and for the life of him he couldn’t understand why I was interested in other things.

GQ says Skip the Bible—The Bible says GQ is Fleeting Vanity

GQ says Skip the Bible--The Bible says GQ is Fleeting Vanity
We don’t need to raise the ire for Gentlemen’s Quarterly magazine, because it was never that important to start. It is a compendium for millennials on what to wear, what to say and at times—how to think.

Performing as a rag for the pompous generation, it has entered a new season for instructing its own sycophants on what to read via a list of 21 books that you should just not bother with.

By Rev. Michael Bresciani - Thursday, April 26, 2018 - Full Story

Trail Running Pike’s Peak With God

Trail Running Pike's Peak With God
I had all sorts of material available for a Sunday morning story. And I decided it was time for another personal piece about the author’s ongoing weird life. I am ecstatic to report that I have received several letters from people who follow my writing. I guess I can call them ‘followers’ - and they have informed me that I have a following!

By Dave Merrick - Monday, April 23, 2018 - Full Story

Goodbye to an honoured and excellent brand

Oppo Digital
Perhaps you could call it a coda to an outstanding symphony of audio/videophile tech.

Oppo Digital, the company whose products have won it many awards over the years – and which deserved them – has announced it’s winding down its operations.

Gravy Chin

Gravy Chin
His name was Richard Mortis, but folks called him “Rigor” Mortis because, like a two-day-old corpse, he walked with robot stiffness, and when he stopped, nothing moved, except his Adam’s apple, which cycled constantly up and down his long, thin, bony neck.

By Jimmy Reed - Friday, April 20, 2018 - Full Story

Francis’ Tweet Revised

Francis' Tweet Revised
On Wednesday, Pope Francis tweeted these words in apparent support for Alfie Evans who has been sentenced to death by the medical authorities in England.

“It is my sincere hope that everything necessary may be done in order to continue compassionately accompanying little Alfie Evans, and that the deep suffering of his parents may be heard. I am praying for Alfie, for his family and for all who are involved.”

By David Martin - Monday, April 16, 2018 - Full Story

Apostolic Exhortation or Aggravation?

Apostolic Exhortation or Aggravation?
In an apparent move to rebut conservative allegations that the pope has been denying tenets of the Faith—a crisis that culminated during Holy Week with the pope’s alleged denial of hell and the immortality of the soul—Pope Francis on April 8 issued his newest Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and Be Glad), in which he bewails the “defamation and slander” being spread online by traditional Roman Catholic journalists and bloggers.

By David Martin - Saturday, April 14, 2018 - Full Story