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The Tramadol Craze

I've recently begun doing some research into how I can improve traffic to my web site. Yeah, I know, long-term readers would say “Uh, dude, start writing again!” I hear you, and I'm working on it, starting today here & now.

One of the sites discussing driving traffic to blogs mentioned one of the basics is being aware of “hot keywords”, where advertisers pay top dollar for click-through ads. Now, a lot of these, I feel like I'd have to sell my soul to capitalize on them. I'm talking about the ads for cheap viagra & cialis, payday loans, debt consolidation, and Nutrisystem eating plans. Well, OK, Nutrisystem is just a diet plan under the hood – and a well-advertised and above-board one at that – so I guess I'd be OK about that, but the rest seem to be largely the province of people who constantly try to spam my site with comments to try to boost their ad revenue, offshore pharmacy, or extortionate loan scheme.

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Changed things a little bit...

Because I've started writing my soliloquies again, I've changed permissions again for new users. Anonymous users are allowed to post again, as are recently-authenticated users, but all posts are moderated unless you're part of the "Contributor", "Barnsons", or "Moderator" groups.

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The Lawsuit Against Health Care

Found this article in my local online rag this morning.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Attorneys general from 13 states -- including Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff -- sued the federal government Tuesday, claiming the landmark health care overhaul is unconstitutional just seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed it into law.
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The Tea Party: Yuck!

Until today, I have largely ignored the Tea Party. Decided to read some of their own literature today. After careful study, I've come to the conclusion that it's a mostly-male thinly-veiled white-supremacist organization hell-bent on eliminating religious freedom from the USA. Apparently some 11% of the USA sympathizes with them.

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Drupal update 6.15

Updated Drupal today to version 6.15 from 5.X. No issues at all, it went perfectly. Not entirely sure I want to re-enable all the old modules. But I am sure I want to start writing in this dang thing again. It's been months since I've posted due to some personal reasons. Yet the compulsion to write is hitting me again!

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"Why are SSDs so much smaller than hard drives?"

Got a question from a relative the other day: "Why are SSDs so much smaller than hard drives?" Here's my layman's response:

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The Wooden Bowl

Ran across this parable today, thought it was cool.

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson.

The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.
The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled onto the tablecloth.

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Reagan's 1988 Address To Students

In the midst of the recent furor over President Obama's planned address to students on September 8, 2009, I thought it would be appropriate to reprint President Reagan's 1988 address to students. I was there. I watched in German class, and if I recall correctly we were kept an extra period to discuss his address after lunch. It was on every television set in the school, and rightly so: a President choosing to address the students of the Union is an important and rare event.

The fact of it happening is etched in my ninth-grade memory, but the details are a bit fuzzy. Here are those details, reprinted from .

I plan to discuss Reagan's address with my kids on the night of September 8. I will talk with them about how they felt, what they thought, how this affects them, and what their plans are as a result. I will try to inspire in them the desire to be the agents of positive change and leadership in society. I will share this President's humble beginnings -- like the early life of Reagan -- to show them how any American can rise to the highest ranks of leadership in the nation and make it a better place for all of us.

If you are one of those who plan to keep your children home from school on September 8, I submit you are allowing fear to motivate your actions. Your children are smarter than you think; they are probably smarter than you. Teach them to make decisions in light and truth, with full knowledge of the facts in every walk of life. Do not coerce them through ignorance.

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More Nukes! More Nukes!

Yeah. I want one of these for my back yard:

Imagine, a maintenance-free nuclear reactor? Sure, it's for manned space exploration, but dayum it's nice to see a feasible solution.

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