Jan 252014
 

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I shared earlier the first two rows of photos on my office wall. The wall is now complete! I really like it in my office. I know my wife would not want it in the house but that is why it is at the office.

Now, when I get a new “Top 20 Photo” I can swap out photos easily without having to worry about matting and framing etc. Just $1.50 at Costco and I can have the new photo on the wall in an hour.

The 3/16″ rods do a great job and the little magnetic balls almost look like pushpins but don’t leave a hole in the photo or the wall.

Jan 232014
 

Permanent Gmail Links

Do you use Gmail? Have you ever needed to save a link to an email? Maybe just to bookmark some important info you will need later. I need links to individual emails that need to be followed-up, for meeting agendas, webinar info, event info, etc. These are all things that you don’t need cluttering your inbox but you do want easy access to them.

Since I have been working towards “inbox zero”, I want to be able to delete or archive an email as soon as I have read it. If it requires follow-up handling later, I need to be able to create a to-do item with a link to the email. If I need info in the email for a future meeting, webinar, or event, I need to be able to add a link to the email in the calendar item.

When I was first reading up on how to do this, all the articles mention just being able to copy the URL from the address bar manually or by using a browser bookmark to automate the process. The solution is not so simple. The problem is, Gmail includes the current folder as part of the email’s URL.

If you copy the URL then archive the email, the original URL will no longer work. If you copy the URL from an email that is in a folder/label and then remove the email from that folder or change the label, the URL for that email will change. And, of course, if you delete an email, the URL changes.

But each email, even deleted emails while they hang around, have a permanent URL. If you look in the ‘all’ folder, you will find all your mail. This, then, is the URL you need to use but how to find it easily?

Until someone points out an easier way, I have found you can easily edit the URL the displayed URL to the ‘permanent’ URL. The procedure I follow is just to edit the URL in the address bar then copy it wherever I need it. You could also edit the URL after you paste it where you need it. Then you can archive, delete, remove labels, etc, and still pull up the email anytime until it is permanently removed from your email collection.

Some examples:

  • Inbox:
    Change:
      https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/143c6073b90b8b0f
    To:
      https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#all/143c6073b90b8b0f
  • Label:
    Change:
      https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#label/GAlert/143c60e1c2c20dfe
    To:
      https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#all/143c60e1c2c20dfe
    if you change just #label to #all Google will auto-correct your url, removing the label name

What kind of uses can you think of for these links?


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Jan 212014
 

MockingJay.
Suzanne Collins.
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Having listened to the first two volumes of The Hunger Games, I need to see how the story would be wrapped up.

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  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

  • Book Info

    MockingJay
    by Suzanne Collins
    Publisher: Scholastic Press
    Published: 08/24/2010
    ISBN-10: 0545663261
    ISBN-13: 978-0545663267
    Started: 12/28/2013
    Finished: 01/21/2014
    Source: Library
    Format: Overdrive Audiobook

    Publisher Synopsis

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.


    Author Info
    Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children's television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Collins made her mark in children's literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles, which has received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.


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    Jan 192014
     

    A Theology of Matthew.
    Charles Quarles.
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    NetGalley had this title available for review from P&R Publishing, one of my favorite publishers. I have not read many commentaries lately and this looked to be an interesting one.

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  • A Theology of Matthew by Charles Quarles

  • Book Info

    A Theology of Matthew: Jesus Revealed As Deliverer, King, and Incarnate Creator
    by Charles Quarles
    Publisher: P & R Publishing
    Published: 11/20/2013
    ISBN-10: 1596381671
    ISBN-13: 978-1596381674
    Started: 01/02/2014
    Finished: 01/29/2014
    Source: NetGalley
    Format: e-book

    Publisher Synopsis

    Who is Jesus? Why should we worship him? This book answers those questions by surveying Matthew’s primary theological themes and how they interconnect with the rest of the Bible. Quarles focuses on Matthew’s portrait of Jesus as the Savior of sinners, the King of God’s people, the founder of a new Israel, and the incarnation of the Creator.

    The Explorations in Biblical Theology series addresses the need for quality literature that attracts believing readers to good theology and builds them up in their faith. Each title in the series combines solid content with accessibility and readability—a valuable addition to the library of any college student, thoughtful lay reader, seminarian, or pastor.


    Author Info
    Charles L. Quarles (BA, University of Mississippi; MDiv and PhD, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary) is vice president for Integration of Faith and Learning, dean of the Louisiana College Caskey School of Divinity, and William Peterson Carter Sr. Research Professor of New Testament and Greek, at Louisiana College's Division of Christian Studies.

    Jan 182014
     
    2 of the planned 4 rows of photos

    2 of the planned 4 rows of photos

    I helped my youngest daughter string some twine up on a wall in her room so she could hang photos using miniature clothes pins and decided I wanted to something similar at my office since it will allow me to rotate my photos as I create new favorites and don’t need to worry about matting or framing them. The string and clothes pins seemed a bit too girly so what could I do that would be a bit more rustic or “manly”?

    I realized I had the little magnet balls that could act as ‘pins’ and just needed something on the wall that they could attach to. I went to the home improvement store and looked around and decided on some 3/16″ metal rods. I could use some hooks to attach them to the wall.

    I bought a packet of hooks at 2 rods to see how it looked and would come back for another packet of hooks and 2 more rods if I liked it. I am very happy, so will be stopping in to the home improvement store this weekend to buy a second set of rods and add 1 above and one below the current pair.


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    Jan 182014
     

    Still Foolin' em.
    Billy Crystal.
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    I saw this on the New York Times Best Seller list as #2 when it debuted in September 2013 (behind Si-ology) and having just finished “Princess Bride” (the book) I was reminded how much I enjoyed Miracle Max.

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  • Still Foolin’ Em by Billy Crystal

  • Book Info

    Still Foolin' em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
    by Billy Crystal
    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
    Published: 09/10/2013
    ISBN-10: 0805098208
    ISBN-13: 978-0805098204
    Started: 01/09/2014
    Source: Mid-Columbia Library
    Format: Audio CD

    Publisher Synopsis

    Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America’s favorite comedians as he turns 65, and a look back at a remarkable career

    Billy Crystal is turning 65, and he’s not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like “Buying the Plot” and “Nodding Off,” Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night LiveWhen Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Readers get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever “test positive for Maalox”), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (“the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac”), grandparenting, and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal’s reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.


    Author Info
    Billy Crystal has starred in dozens of hit films, among them When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, The Princess Bride, and Analyze This. He is the author of the Tony award-winning play 700 Sundays, about his relationship with his late father, which was later adapted into a book. Crystal was a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and has hosted the Academy Awards numerous times. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife.


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    Jan 182014
     

    Thinking In Numbers.
    Daniel Tammet.

    The young Mikhail’s development proved vertiginous.

      Page: 226 – “Thinking in Numbers” by Daniel Tammet

    ver·tig·i·nous
    adjective – \vər-ˈti-jə-nəs\

    • causing or likely to cause a feeling of dizziness especially because of great height

    From learning chess at 8 to winning the Soviet chess crown at 16, Mikhail Tal was a master chess player and vertiginous is a perfect word to describe his rise.

    I would like to find some ways to use this word in my everyday vocabulary but the closest I come to feeling vertiginous is when I get out of bed too quickly.

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  • Thinking In Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math by Daniel Tammet
  • From Roman Numerals to Zero and Beyond
  • Vocab: Vertiginous – Causing Dizziness


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    Jan 182014
     

    Party games had been prepared by my mother but, because nobody was there, not even my sister, none of the party games were played, and I unwrapped the newspaper around the pass-the-parcel gift myself, revealing a blue plastic Batman figure. I was sad that nobody had come to my party, but happy that I had a Batman figure, and there was a birthday present waiting to be read, a boxed set of Narnia books, which I took upstairs. I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories.

    I liked that. Books were safer than other people anyway.

    • Page: 9 – “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman

    As an introvert myself I understand. My books are my long-term friends. My shelves full of books bring me comfort and warm memories of good times between their covers.

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  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  • Books are Safer than People


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    Dec 262013
     

    Santa Amber with Google AutoAwesome Snow

    Santa Amber with Google AutoAwesome Snow

    One of the many photos that my camera took yesterday (I had it set up to automatically take photos during the day) was one of my future daughter-in-law, Amber, in her Santa outfit. Google+ decided to AutoAwesome this photo and add falling snow to the image.


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