Social and Subscription Icons with Plain Text and CSS

- September 25, 2017

There are many ways to add social and subscription icons to web pages. Probably the easiest is by using Font Awesome. That’s because it doesn’t use images. I’m not adding back any third-party services, so I have to do it the hard way.

It’s difficult with plain text or plain text and CSS. That’s because only people adept at designing with CSS can make the social icons look like the official icons.  (more…)

File Sharing Applications I Use Several Times a Month

- September 23, 2017

File sharing is one of the primary functions of the Internet. Sharing content is a good thing unless laws prohibit it. Sharing commercial media like movies and music is illegal unless you’re licensed to do so.

Netflix, iflix, Amazon Video and similar services are, in essence, licensed resellers of streaming video on demand. As far as I know, it’s illegal for private parties to do the same.  (more…)

Third-Party Fonts and Icons – Getting Back to Basics

- September 23, 2017

I just did something drastic with this website. I no longer load third-party fonts and icons. My decision came after measuring web page speed at WebPagetest before and after removing them.

The only things slowing this website down now are the Google ads. If things keep going the way they’re going, I’ll soon remove them as well. That would probably coincide with moving this site to somewhere that doesn’t cost me anything.  (more…)

Important Life Facts to Remember as You Get Older

- September 22, 2017

I come across many lists of facts like this when I’m surfing from site to site on the web. Most items are regurgitated copies of older items.

I’m presenting two lists, the first longer than the second. The first list is supposed to be funny while the second isn’t.  (more…)

Sea Fishing is the only Fishing I’ve seen in the Philippines

- September 22, 2017

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t much about sea fishing, or fishing in general, other than what I’ve seen or experienced myself. I went fishing with my father and other relatives when I was young (before the age of 18).

I don’t really remember doing it all that much myself, so I can honestly claim I don’t know much at all about it. It was all pole fishing and sea fishing was a mystery to me until I saw it up close.  (more…)

Can you Eat too much Tuna? Is Tuna Bad for you?

- September 21, 2017

Can it be harmful to your health if you eat too much tuna? Some people seem to think so. According to this article, tuna is horrible.

Of course it isn’t true (unless you eat too much of it and eating too much of anything isn’t good). Sensationalism is what the mainstream media uses to get you to read and believe misinformation like this.  (more…)

Saltwater Fish or Freshwater Fish – Which is Better for you?

- September 21, 2017

Whether saltwater or freshwater fish is better for you than the other isn’t important. It doesn’t even matter which of them tastes better.

What’s important is which types contain the lowest amounts of mercury. Equally important is which types have the most omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for good health.

We tend to get more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids from animals other than fish. We can get omega-3 from non-animal sources but eating fish is the easiest way to get it. (more…)

Stop Automated Comment Spam on a Static Website

- September 20, 2017

If you think WordPress and other CMS-driven websites get all the comment spam, think again. This website, a static website, was getting comment spam on the same day I added the contact and comment forms.

In August of last year (2016), I set this site up on my laptop and started using it to create static files for my online website. I started using a third-party comment system, Disqus, because I was too lazy to create custom comment routines. As soon as I started using my custom comment routines, the comment spam returned.  (more…)

Kingsman and Statesman – The Movie Spy Genre is Fun Again

- September 20, 2017

I just got back from watching the first sequel in the Kingsman movie franchise. This was the opening night at the Harbor Point Ayala Mall at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”.

I didn’t know what to expect before watching it, other than what I saw on the movie poster in the theater. Seeing the poster, I knew the “Galahad” character played by Colin Firth would be in it. I also knew some other familiar actors joined the cast.

Whatever the review may say next week, we (the four of us) were thoroughly entertained.  (more…)

Free Domain Names and Web Hosting Accounts – Without any Catches

- September 19, 2017

When I had a problem finding out why an error page kept coming up on my web server, I looked for alternatives. I found a place that gives away free domain names. The TLDs aren’t the best, but they work.

I had already found a free web hosting service. One that isn’t interested in converting a free account to a premium account. They rely on donations.  (more…)

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