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Transitioning from printed books to eBooks

For pretty much as long as I can remember, I've loved to read. My wife and I have a large collection of books, and I am fairly well-known at the local library. I figured, eventually, I would get to the point where I would prefer eBooks over printed books, but I expected it to be a long transition.

The transition is over. I'm there.

One of the biggest internet phenomenons I've never heard of

It is amazing to me (although I guess it shouldn’t be) that something can be an internet phenomenon for seven years and I hadn’t heard about it.

A few months ago, I stumbled across a YouTube channel called "Mental Floss," usually hosted by a gentleman named John Green. I would later learn Green lives in the Indianapolis area and is a young adult book author, with one of his books, “The Fault in Our Stars”, topping the New York Times Best Selling list for the better part of a year. (Side note: A movie based on that book is currently in production.)

Creating Space scenes in GIMP

I did a tutorial earlier today on how to use GIMP to create planetary space scenes. I was asked if I could write up my instructions and settings and make them available. I promised I'd do it this evening.

I'm going to (mostly) break that promise. I don't feel up to writing instructions that are any more indepth than the cryptic notes I made for myself.

That being said, I'm not going to leave anyone empty-handed. The primary site I used for coming up with my technique is "How to Create Space Scenes Quickly and Easily in GIMP". Most of what I did was from there.

A safe way to discover new favorite authors

A few months ago, I learned about a initiative called "Story Bundle". Today, the latest bundle was announced.

The concept behind this is really cool. The bundle is designed to expose people to a variety of independent authors in a fairly safe manner. Here is how it works.

Instrumentals are highly underrated

For a long time, when I heard the word "instrumental", I thought classical music, movie soundtracks, and elevator music, or maybe Kareoke.

That changed a few years ago. I started listening to a variety of instrumentalists in a variety of genres. I don't know why, exactly. I guess it was really a combination of several things.

The one thing you need to understand about aquariums

One of the biggest keys to properly keeping fish is the one thing almost nobody seems to know about.

Commonly referred to as "The Nitrogen Cycle", this one detail can mean the difference between a successful aquarium and having a bunch of dead fish.

Granted, this isn't the only factor, but it is one of them.

My own Firefox vs. Chrome battle

The first web browser I remember using was Netscape, back in 1994 when I was in college. Later, when Internet Explorer came out, I tried it, but kept coming back to Netscape.

Eventually, Internet Explorer drove Netscape out of business, but not before Netscape spawned a spin-off project that today is known as Mozilla Firefox. I found the transition from Netscape to Firefox seamless, and I have used it ever since. To this day, I have a hard time using Internet Explorer, and I avoid it whenever possible. Not everyone agreed with me in this assessment, however, as Internet Explorer was long the most popular browser on the web. Firefox started chipping away at that lead, but the progress was slow.

Take control of your very own star system

There are a number of services that will let you "name" a star, but when you really get into it, you find that none of them are truly legit. But what if you could not only name your own star, but all of the planets and moons? What if you could write your own history of that star system? And what if you decide that this particular star system has entirely the wrong number of moons, so you change how many moons it has?

Actually, you can, as long as you don't mind not seeing the star in the night sky.

Reality TV isn't that real for me

I do not normally watch "reality TV."

Of course, "reality TV" is a description that covers a wide range of shows. One of my favorite shows on TV is "Mythbusters," which is non-fictional, so it could be described as "reality TV", but I have a hard time with that qualification. The same with the now late "Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe." I also enjoy "Auction Kings," "Pawn Stars" and "American Pickers," but again, while they are non-fiction, I have a hard time qualifying them as "reality TV."

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