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I'm an independent consultant in many fields, so I have a lot to share.

R.I.P. Paul Newman

Paul Newman passed away earlier today at age 83. In a world where movie stars seem kind of shallow and vapid, this guy was a man’s man and a humanitarian in his personal life. Talk about your class acts, Newman was right up there with the best of them.

I’ve seen over 20 of his movies, and that’s the type of line unheard of with today’s actors and actresses, who make so much money that they can literally make one movie every couple of years and live extremely well. And what movies! I tell people under 30 that they don’t know what the meaning of cool is until they’ve seen Cool Hand Luke. The Sting was a classic, and, as much as I really don’t like westerns, I’d have missed out on real style if I’d never seen Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Outside of “Luke”, my favorite movie he ever made, oddly enough one that doesn’t get as much public attention, and yet still gave him an Academy Award nomination for best actor, was Absense of Malice with Sally Field.

Paul Newman was just a genuine guy. You saw it in his movies, then you learned more about it later on with his line of natural food products, with all his profits going to charity instead of into his own pockets. Class and style; they don’t make ’em like him anymore.

R.I.P., Paul Newman; thanks for the great times and memories.

Color Of Money – Paul Newman and Tom Cruise – Framed 8×10 Photograph with Piece of Hollywood Sign






Trying To Code Across All Browser Platforms

I’ve finally gone and done it; I changed the theme on my business blog, and if you’re so inclined you can take at look at it here.

I love the new theme, but of course it has some issues, just like many other sites do. One of the worst things about coding is that, sometimes, it doesn’t work across all browser platforms. Firefox is my browser of choice, and it looks perfect in Firefox; there’s nothing I can do to make it look bad. However, in IE7, I noticed that if one changes the size of the font, it suddenly doesn’t look right. I had to reduce my settings so it would fit properly, and that shouldn’t occur. It also looks bad in Opera, no matter what I do there.

The problem is with CSS, cascading stylesheets, which are great for allowing you to make changes to a bunch of webpages all at once, but sometimes is bad because not all browsers will view it properly. There’s also sometimes problems with PHP, which many people use to create dynamic sites or programs to be used on a website. Right now, for instance, some of the gaming programs on Facebook aren’t working properly in Firefox, and the programmers know it, as they’ve put out the message asking people to use IE instead.

This is a major gripe for programmers, and one of the reasons why many of us who create websites will never fully give up HTML. For all this noise people want to pass through in saying that CSS is a cleaner way to code and will allow search engines to go through your site easier, the other side of the equation is that if the sites look like they were put together by a child then who’s going to stick around to see that the code looks good? There’s one site I manage that was totally created in CSS, and it seems that every time there’s a new browser upgrade of some kind I have to go in and change something in the code to get the site to center again. Frankly it’s irritating, and makes me want to get all of the top guys for each of these browsers together and go an old Three Stooges slap on them. Heck, since I’m talking about it:

In general, I know we’re supposed to be coding for IE first, since it’s still the most prominent browser in the world, but we don’t have to like it.


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1&1 Is Killing Me

Let’s hope that this post actually goes through. Over the last four days, I’ve been having serious problems with my host, 1&1. All of my sites have been down more often than up, and I have no doubt that people have been visiting, not getting through, and moving on. I wonder how much money that’s cost me over the last four days.

The thing is, 1&1 is a large hosting company. They offer a bunch of services, but I’ve noticed over the last year outages here and there, but haven’t worried all that much because they’ve been short. This time, though,… well, it’s four days after all. I called four or five times, and on the last call I asked them why they didn’t just move my account to one of their other working servers. The person on the other end said she’d put through a formal request; I can’t believe they had to wait for me to suggest it, and I’m still not sure they did it. At least twice they asked for an email address and said they’d be sending some information as to their progress; never received a thing.

Obviously it’s working right now, but I’m not sure if it’s a permanent fix or a fluke. However, for the first time in 3 years, I’m thinking about moving my account elsewhere. At least this time they did back up all my information; three years ago I lost almost everything when the host I was using at the time totally crashed without any warning at all. It took awhile to recover all the posts for my blog, and luckily I’d backed up all the pages to my business site.

So, along with my friend Kelvin, we’re looking into some new hosts, just in case this is just a fluke and I only get a few more of these posts out. No sir, things aren’t supposed to be like this. 🙁

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Emoticon Suicide

Oh no, not another video! I tell you, there are some folks out there finding this great stuff, and that’s what I’m sharing today.

On the Ambermac blog, she created a post called My Top 5 Internet Culture Videos On Youtube. Out of the five, my favorite, which means it made me laugh out loud, was this one on those favorite things of ours, obviously having a bad day:

Now, some of you may be wondering what’s with all these videos today. Basically, what I’m highlighting is the reason for checking out other blogs. Notice that every video I’ve shared thus far has come from someone else’s blog. What I’ve done while posting these videos is also given a trackback to each one of those folks, and at least one of those folks has stopped by to thank me for it.

That’s

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HFCS Is Good For You,… Not!

I did say it was video day, right? On Diabetesaliciousness blog, she wrote a post that I’m not going to link back to because, well, some of the initial language is pretty bad and I don’t roll that way. Anyway, it’s a rant that I approve of against a new series of commercials popping up on TV trying to convince the American public that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is actually good for us.

Trust me, nothing can be further from the truth. I can’t even believe I would have to begin telling a lot of people about this stuff, but it’s basically taking a lot of heat for many of the health issues most of us have, especially diabetes. I’m not going to start posting a lot of statistics here; instead, here’s some links you can check out if you’re really interested:

Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

That should be enough for now. And, oddly enough, I didn’t copy the same link each time; all the articles have the same title, and there’s plenty more. So much for originality. Anyway, on the first blog I mentioned, along with her rant was this very sarcastic video, which I present to you now:

And there you go. The biggest problem we have is that it’s in almost everything processed, so you really have to check closely to see what the ingredients are in your foods. I’ve pretty much gotten most of it out of my diet at home, but who knows what I’m eating when I’m on the road. Do the best you can; I’m going to try.

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