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U.S. Mexico Border Wall Progress

  • Reformatted the layout of the article again.
  • Added a short FAQ that will likely be expanded upon as needed.

Page updated weekly.  

Opera Stable: extensions

Added Audio Equalizer and Amplifier extension under Youtube category although it works everywhere.

The main application I use it for is to be able to set audio to mono.  

Audible Plans

New article on Audible's new Audible Premium Plus membership plans.  This list includes three plans not listed.

  • A mini-FAQ that will be expanded upon on an as needed basis.
  • Other benefits often overlooked.
  • Contact info.

Windows Media Player 12 tricks

Added several more keyboard shortcuts and put them into a formatted table.  

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10/13/20 11:11pm Tuesday
Today I:

  • Mowed the lawn
  • Vacuumed
  • weed whacked
  • made appointment for dentist and cat
  • obtained and delivered a pallet (kinda difficult)
  • gave myself a haircut
  • Revised U.S. Mexico Border Wall Progress again.
  • updated church liability insurance
  • paid car title
  • purchased sunglasses
  • delivered notes for work
  • took nap
  • unclogged sink
  • updated internet for echo dots (with help)
  • gave friend adjustment

Just writing this down to remind myself that while I didn't get all the things done that I wanted to get done on my day off, I did do a lot.

I would have liked to have done more cleaning and cooking done, but that's all right.

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10/13/20 9:34pm Tuesday
Is a news site biased to the right, left, or middle?  allsides.com helps.

Some findings that are surprising to me:

MSNBC           = solidly Liberal
Newsweek        = solidly Liberal
Fox News        = slightly Conservative
National Review = solidly Conservative

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10/11/20 11:27pm Sunday
Very busy with work recently.  Hoping that it changes soon.

I've made a fair amount of progress on revising the U.S. Mexico Border Wall Progress page.  The table has been reformatted for readability.  I've made various layout changes also for readability.  Started work on a FAQ.

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5/11/20 7:55pm Sunday
Audio Book  The Long Game: A Memoir by Mitch McConnell

Summary: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell narrates and summarizes his life and mostly his political career discussing what he has learned and gives us an insider look at the inner workings of life in the U.S. Senate.

Starting with his childhood and family life, Mitch McConnell details how he became interested at an early age to get into politics both at school and college as student president and how it has been his lifelong goal to become the Senate Majority leader.  The book chronicles his career all the way up to 2016 shortly before the 2016 presidency and talks about Trump not at all.  I wish I could hear his thoughts on Trump.  The new paperback version has a new afterward and a forward by president Trump.

The author is a great narrator and I liked his sense of humor.

Some of his biggest lessons that he has learned include the value of hard work and starting as early as possible on your campaign.  After you win you need to work hard to keep your promises.  Be ready to make decisions on the fly because you are elected to not only keep promises, but to make sound judgements.  Keep a clear head and don't let emotion cloud your judgement, because there is a lot of chaos and nonsense in the Senate let alone the House.  Patience and perseverance are also vital because it took nearly 30 years for Mitch McConnell to become the Senate majority leader.  Even when you lose you can sow the seeds for a later victory.  This last point is the one I don't fully agree with although he is very persuasive.

There were many other lessons learned as you read through the book.  Unfortunately, I get the impression that he is not a Christian even though he holds many conservative and Christian values. EDIT (5/12/20): Thankfully, I appear to be wrong. ref

Surprisingly, my already bad opinion of Obama became worse with this book.  Apparently, Obama does not like to listen or compromise and is very egotistical.  Joe Biden is, surprisingly, the opposite and my opinion of Biden actually went up after reading this book.

Conclusion: I give this book high marks although I have yet to have a political book score above 8/10.  I was pleasantly surprised with Mitch McConnell's speaking ability although in retrospect I suppose I shouldn't have been considering his occupation.

If you want the more complete version you will need to buy the book.

Purchased: 5/6/20
Finished: 5/11/20
Score: 8/10

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