Hope to be back blogging soon.

May 24, 2009 by

I have not written much since my Mother died unexpectedly May 2nd. Her funeral service was yesterday. I hope to be back to posting soon.

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Blogging Using Microsoft Word 2007

Feb 12, 2008 by

I was watching a video on CNET today where Molly Wood was explaining how you can create a blog entry using Word 2007 and have it posted to your WordPress blog automatically. I am not sure why anyone would want to do this unless it was to use all the powerful editing features of Word. I usually do not do a lot of fancy typesetting or formatting in my blog entries but I thought I would give it a try. Who knows, if this works maybe I will start punching up my blog entries with flashing text and multi-color text. Just kidding, but I am going to try some basic formatting just to see if it will really work. If it does I might write another post detailing my observations. [ Update ] It looks like it worked as advertised. My blog entry was posted with all the formatting intact. Interesting. I may play around with it some more and see what I can really do.

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Anonymity and Behaving Badly

Mar 27, 2007 by

There is currently a huge controversy raging in the blogosphere dealing with a prominent blogger named Kathy Sierra and the death threats she has received from anonymous comments to her blog Creating Passionate Users. If you want to read the details of the controversy you can go to Kathy’s blog or Robert Scoble or Doc Searls or any of the other mainstream bloggers. What I want to talk about is anonymity in general and the effect it has on peoples behavior. I seldom participate in online discussions or forums or leave comments because it has been my experience that someone will invariably respond with a personal attack or a slanderous, low brow, or just plain stupid and nasty response. I strongly suspect that this same person would not respond in this manner if the conversation was taking place face-to-face. The cover of anonymity often brings out the worst in some people. This bad behavior is not restricted to the Internet however. The same type of behavior can be seen in my daily commute to work. People who for the most part are probably decent and normal drive like they are on crack or want to settle a score with anyone and everyone on the highway. Speeding, tailgating, cutting people off, driving down the breakdown lanes to avoid traffic, failing to yield, and generally exhibiting horrendous behavior. Yet if you followed these people to work and watched them get out of their cars, they would look and act like your Aunt Mary or Uncle Bob.

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