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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…)

Loofah or Luffa, it’s the Scrubbing Sponge made from a Fruit

- September 19, 2017

I heard a daughter-in-law, Diann, use the word “loofah” once when referring to a plastic mesh scrubbing sponge. That was years ago and I forgot about it. Until today.

It turns out that the plastic mesh scrubbing sponge gets its name from the luffa fruit. There’s a plant bearing that fruit in our back yard. The Tagalog (Filipino) word for it is patola and Filipinos eat it before it gets old enough to use for anything else but food.  (more…)

Digital Media Evolution – CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Beyond

- September 18, 2017

Having been born in 1960, I’ve seen both analog and digital media evolving in the marketplace. Younger people can’t seem to appreciate these advances in technology. I’m talking about the people who were born after the 1970s.

Digital media comes in all shapes and styles, but the basic media it’s stored on is very inexpensive.

Expense comes into play when you start adding computers and assorted computer peripherals to the equation.  (more…)

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