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Audible Plans

New article on Audible's new Audible Premium Plus membership plans.  This list includes three plans not listed.

  • A mini-FAQ that will be expanded upon on an as needed basis.

  • Other benefits often overlooked.

  • Contact info.

Windows Media Player 12 tricks

Added several more keyboard shortcuts and put them into a formatted table.  

Border Wall links

U.S./Mexico Border Wall updates can be hard to obtain.  This page has several links I have found to be useful and a table listing the weekly updates on the border wall from 10/7/19 to the most current update on 5/24/20.  Here you can see the overall speed of construction of the border wall and how it has accelerated.

Update 6/22/20: Note about today's newly released Border Wall progress update.

    Over the last few months the average progress is about 1 mile per day.  Today, 6/22/20, marks the lowest Pre-Construction number at 183 miles and highest number of miles of border wall being actively built at 339.

Update 7/31/20: Revised to add a short introduction that describes the border wall with pictures (I expect this will be modified and updated often for a while), reversed the list order for the border wall updates so that the most recent weekly update is listed first, and redesigned the page somewhat for readability.  

Windows Media Player 12 tricks

  • Revised and somewhat rewritten and reformatted for readability.

  • Added a few images and updated the one for tagscanner.

  • Added a recommended plugin Windows Media Player Plus that adds the ability to edit tags.

  • Tracked down some information regarding two bugs: list column keeps disappearing when songs with lyrics start.  This bug is complicated.  Also discovered that making changes to Visualizations will revert the registry settings to the default settings.

  • Various other updates.  Several links were updated, removed, or added.


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9/5/20 8:43pm Saturday
Audible has made some big changes to its membership plans this month.  I am currently working on an article about this and hope to have something soon.

Update 9/6/20: The new article is well underway.

I'm writing this article, because there are a few secret plans only available upon request and some features that have quietly changed.  Currently, I have the list in a readable table and I'm trying to decide what additional content to include.

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8/22/20 11:21pm Saturday
Everquest Progression Servers of which there are nine.  The three primary server types are listed below.

  • Timelocked Progression - New expansions unlock automatically about every 4-12 weeks.

  • Voting Timelocked Progression - New expansions are voted to be unlocked about 12 weeks after the previous expansion's raid targets are defeated.

  • Planes of Power Era-Locked Timelocked Progression - New expansions unlock automatically about every 12 weeks, only one EverQuest client may be run per computer, and expansions will stop unlocking with Lost Dungeons of Norrath in the Planes of Power era.

Servers not listed: servers differentiated based on how many accounts can be played on a computer at one time (multi-boxing), and servers with expansions unlocked 8 weeks vs 12 weeks, etc.  These are grouped together in the first entry.

WoW Classic Progression Servers (Proposed Around 3/27/20):

Thinking about the potential ways a player could start a character in "Classic" Burning Crusade, which of the following would you prefer most?

Please select one:

  • Continue playing my current Classic character on my existing server as it progresses to the Burning Crusade expansion, with the option to transfer to a Classic server that will never progress past level 60.

  • Start a brand new character from level 58 on a new Burning Crusade server.

  • Start a brand new character from Level 1 on a new Burning Crusade server.

  • Continue playing my current Classic character on my existing server that will never progress past level 60, with the option to transfer to a Burning Crusade server.

  • None of the above

See potential WoW progression servers.

TAGS: games

7/31/20 10:14pm Friday
Added a new tool for the admin page to reverse lists.

Current list of in site tools I have to modify lists:

  • text replace
  • alphabatise list (I have two different versions of this.  Dunno why.)
  • convert to html entities
  • convert hyphens to dashes
  • reverse list

TAGS: site update

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5/11/20 7:55pm Friday
Audio Book  The Long Game: A Memoir by Mitch McConnell

Summary: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell narrates and summarizes his life and mostly his political career discussing what he has learned and gives us an insider look at the inner workings of life in the U.S. Senate.

Starting with his childhood and family life, Mitch McConnell details how he became interested at an early age to get into politics both at school and college as student president and how it has been his lifelong goal to become the Senate Majority leader.  The book chronicles his career all the way up to 2016 shortly before the 2016 presidency and talks about Trump not at all.  I wish I could hear his thoughts on Trump.  The new paperback version has a new afterward and a forward by president Trump.

The author is a great narrator and I liked his sense of humor.

Some of his biggest lessons that he has learned include the value of hard work and starting as early as possible on your campaign.  After you win you need to work hard to keep your promises.  Be ready to make decisions on the fly because you are elected to not only keep promises, but to make sound judgements.  Keep a clear head and don't let emotion cloud your judgement, because there is a lot of chaos and nonsense in the Senate let alone the House.  Patience and perseverance are also vital because it took nearly 30 years for Mitch McConnell to become the Senate majority leader.  Even when you lose you can sow the seeds for a later victory.  This last point is the one I don't fully agree with although he is very persuasive.

There were many other lessons learned as you read through the book.  Unfortunately, I get the impression that he is not a Christian even though he holds many conservative and Christian values. EDIT (5/12/20): Thankfully, I appear to be wrong. ref

Surprisingly, my already bad opinion of Obama became worse with this book.  Apparently, Obama does not like to listen or compromise and is very egotistical.  Joe Biden is, surprisingly, the opposite and my opinion of Biden actually went up after reading this book.

Conclusion: I give this book high marks although I have yet to have a political book score above 8/10.  I was pleasantly surprised with Mitch McConnell's speaking ability although in retrospect I suppose I shouldn't have been considering his occupation.

If you want the more complete version you will need to buy the book.

Purchased: 5/6/20
Finished: 5/11/20
Score: 8/10

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