Rules for Reading

Written by shakiestnerd in Reading on Thu 26 June 2014. Tags: books,


Reading is a habit that needs to be cherished and cultivated. During my teen years, I always had my face in a book. Unfortunately, I reached a point around there year 2000 where I couldn't remember the last time I had read a book from cover to cover. That was …

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Life Tools 2014

Written by shakiestnerd in Technology on Tue 14 January 2014. Tags: software,

There are certain resources that are essential to managing the business of your personal life.  When I started working, personal computers did not exist.  So, the minimum things I needed to mind my own business "back in the day" went something like this.

  • A checking account (and the knowledge of …

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Cardinals and Red Sox

Written by shakiestnerd in Family on Wed 04 December 2013.

Cardinals and Red Sox

It was great to see my home town Saint Louis Cardinals in the World Series this year.  In 1968, I remember listening to the Cards battle the Detroit Tigers.  The school would play the games over the public address system and the teachers gave the kids …

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Home for Sale

Written by shakiestnerd in Family on Fri 01 June 2012.


814 Bayshore Lane, Moore SC

Currently rented out.

Five bedroom, 3 bath home for sale in Sweetwater Hills Subdivision.  This is a great location between Spartanburg and Greenville, SC which means it is convenient to GSP airport..  The home is in Spartanburg County School District #5 - home of the Byrnes …

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It All

Written by shakiestnerd in Reading on Sat 14 January 2012. Tags: story,

Where did it all begin?

Some are amazed by the wonder of it all.

Some have it all.

Some end up throwing it all away.

Some have seen it all.

Some want it all.

Some want to get away from it all.

Some ask, “what is it all about”?

Try …

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Gnome Weather Widget Woe

Written by shakiestnerd in Technology on Sat 03 December 2011. Tags: ubuntu,

On Ubuntu 11.10, running the Gnome shell, there is a weather widget that can be place on the bar across the top of the screen. The default location was Innsbruck and I wanted to change it for my location. The tool uses a WOEID (where on earth ID) instead …

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Triple Homonyms

Written by shakiestnerd in Reading on Wed 02 February 2011. Tags: language,

There are a lot of homonyms running around out there in the wild.  I’ve collected this list of triple homonyms over a period of time.  They are words that are spelled differently, have different meanings, but sound the same.  I’ve also avoided using proper names in my list …

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On Being a Reader

Written by shakiestnerd in Reading on Sat 20 November 2010. Tags: books,

During my childhood and teen years I was a voracious reader. But, as I entered my adult years with all the responsibilities of life, I gradually read less and less. It got to the point, I could no longer remember the last book I had read. I resolved to change …

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The 360 Degree Leader

Written by shakiestnerd in Reading on Sun 14 November 2010. Tags: book_review,

book cover

During my performance appraisal at work this year, my boss recommended I read, "The 360 Degree Leader" by John C. Maxwell.  So, I did.  I didn't know how well I would enjoy the book when the table of contents indicated a rigorous, methodical layout for the book.  But, as I …

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