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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 marks the lowest Pre-Construction number at 183 miles and highest number of miles of border wall being actively built at 339.

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.


Opera Stable links

Updated and redesigned to be more readable and easier to navigate.  

Opera Stable: extensions

Added Undo Closed Tabs Button to the list of extensions now that Opera has removed the open closed tabs/windows option with Opera 68.  

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6/25/20 9:17pm Thursday
I love this twitter post video about Black Lives Matter.

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6/12/20 9:12pm Friday
Heh, I spent more time on Windows Media Player 12 tricks.  

  • Added a small Links section
  • added the Search box tips
  • added second method for displaying the number of files in library and total duration
  • reworded a few tips.

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6/11/20 8:50pm Thursday
Fixed a small bug in comments where a space was missing after the date when editing an article that has been edited before and the comments are not empty.

I know this sounds like an unusual situation, but it is actually, most of my article edits.

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5/11/20 7:55pm Thursday
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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