The Rant

Back in July of 2013 I took the kids to watch the mini rod tractor pull.  Naturally I decided to take a few pictures. 

Well… Pictures turned into videos.  I’m not one for keeping cool videos to myself so it was uploaded to my YouTube channel.  For some reason I was looking at view counts on the channel this evening and was more than a bit surprised by what I saw.  This little video which was long ago forgotten has managed to get over 6 thousand views!  Surprised?  No. Completely shocked is more like it.  Thanks for watching,  QBall45 

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On the 9th of December 2015 I took this picture with the caption “It’s a great day to be alive” I gotta say that I still like the picture and the caption I gave it. Why is it a great day to be alive? Really? Heck, the way I see it every day that I wake up on the green side of the grass it’s a great day. The alternative isn’t very appealing. Smile and enjoy your day. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the nasty things going on in the world and politics has you in a funk take a break from everything. Find something beautiful and enjoy it for just a few minutes. Enjoy life today because the harsh reality of life is just around the corner.
–QBall45

I absolutely love using the WordPress Mobile application on my android devices. Unfortunately, this mobile application has made me lazy. I seldom jump on my laptop to update the under the hood stuff like I should. I managed to force myself to do just that last night. After updating several plugin’s, I cleaned up the menu to make it cleaner looking and drafted four (including this one) new posts to be published today.

Did I mention that yesterday was another 730 mile day on the road? This week I will end up hitting 3,700+ miles. Which makes three consecutive weeks with outstanding paychecks.

Drivers of normal 4 wheeled automobiles seriously need to learn how to pay attention when they find themselves around semi trucks. It’s been one of those weeks out here on the road. I am hoping for a stress free ride back to the shop today. We’ll see how it goes.
-QBall45

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I waited patiently for the Windows Update application to tell me that my Windows 10 update was ready for installation. I finally got tired of waiting. I wanted to upgrade from Windows 7. So, I I tried to force my laptop to update without success. A quick Google search for How to install Windows 10 lead me to the official Microsoft Windows Media Creation Tool. I know that the instructions on the website indicate that you should have either a blank dvd or usb drive handy for this update. However, I found it wasn’t necessary. Simply download the Media Creation Tool and run it.
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I haven’t spent more than about two minutes with Windows 10 yet but I look forward to seeing what’s new.
–QBall45

I received a comment a few days ago in regards to the subject of the title of this post. You can check out the comment HERE. At first I thought i would simply blow it off as just another spam comment. This morning I changed my mind. I’d decided to write this post for one simple reason, I appreciate the time it took to page through several years worth of posts in order to find one worthy of commenting on. So, here’s my response.

A quick Google search will provide you with a plethora of outstanding information on any subject you wish to understand better, including how to become a better blogger. Not really what you wanted from me? Hmm… Maybe I can come up with some real tips that will help you out. But first I would like to offer you some Internet safety advice. Please check out the following cartoon. (Image courtesy of my Google+ feed)

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After taking a moment to study this safety tip did we learn anything useful? I certainly hope so. Now, I think it is time to get on with the show.

Tips On Becoming A Better Blogger
I think that we first need to understand exactly what a blog is. How do we do that? We use our trusty search engine.
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Now that we have an understanding of what a blog is let’s move on to some stuff that’s actually useful. Shall we?

Writing Style & Readability
I find that both writing style and readability are vitality important for the success of a blog. When I read something poorly written my focus shifts from the subject to the spelling or grammatical error. Why? The reason is simple. Errors, either spelling or grammatical, jump off the page as if in psychedelic 3D. The solution? Use spell check as well as grammar check followed by proof reading.

The style with which you write tends to change (at least it should) based on the subject matter of each individual post you write. The successful blogger how to use different writing styles and uses them appropriately. I will let you use your search engine for further information on different styles of writing. (I’m lazy and you’re fully capable.)

Content
My best advice is to write about whatever is of interest to you at the time. Odds are you will find doing so both enjoyable and fulfilling, these are really the best reasons for writing. Try not getting caught up in the “I’ve got to blog about the latest ‘xyz’ every day” mentality. Doing so will become time consuming and frustrating, enough so that you’ll stop writing. Interesting simplicity is best.

Measuring Success
How do you measure your success as a blogger? The easiest way to do so is with statistics. One can easily success by checking the stats for your blog. Page views are hard facts. Personally, I measure the success of what I write here more on the number of countries I reach than simply the number of pages viewed. I find it extremely interesting to see that I reach people in far away places.

If you have found this useful or entertaining please leave me a comment below.
–QBall45

My story goes like this…
Over the course of the past month my kids have upgraded their ipods and I picked up a newer used Nexus tablet.  So, I found myself with a pile of used electronic gadgets that needed to be turned into cash. Naturally, I turned to Craigslist and the Facebook for sale pages in my area. After successfully dumping four ipods and a Galaxy Tab2 I’m left with a pair of used phones still available. The first being an HTC Rezound + extended battery and an iPhone 4s both on Verizon. (Don’t worry, I’m not trying to sell em here. Rather, just laying out my story.) Twice now in less than two weeks I’ve been contacted by the same number. Both times wanting me to provide shipping information on my iPhone and then they’ll wire/PayPal funds. Umm… No! No thanks. I’m not about to play with a scam artist. At least not in the way they wish to play the game. Below are screen shots of this mornings text message conversation. I’m undecided at the moment on just exactly what games I will play with this individual. One possibility is to edit my listing to include a message with their number.

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I wished I had gotten out of the school a bit earlier after my youngest daughters Christmas Concert.  I wonder just how close was the vehicle parked behind this white car.  I guess people don’t bother thinking about “what if I need to leave early?”

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I’ve just about had enough of Hollywood’s shenanigans.  I’m not going to let em dictate to me or my family what’s morally acceptable any what’s not.  The thing is I’m one to let my Christian faith be my guide in areas such as mortality.  It would be nice if Hollywood would consider following suit.  Unfortunately, I doubt that’ll ever happen. 
–QBall45

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I was passed this image and asked to write something on what I see when I look at it. So here goes…

What I see in this picture is, I think, plainly obvious to the vast majority of Americans at this point in time. Barack Hussein Obama, a man that can only be described as vehemently anti American. A man that legitimately hates absolutely everything that America stands for.

He is the man that ran both of his Presidential campaigns on the principle of “fundamentally transforming America” at a time in American history when most Americans truly wanted change. The change we desired was a change in the party politics and games that have been played by those that we’ve elected to represent us in Washington. Unfortunately, the “change” we have received has been the fundamental transforming of America into a European style of Socialism, exactly as Obama promised in his campaign speeches.

When I look at the picture above I see an egotistical maniac that thinks he knows what’s in the best interest of millions of Americans. Ridiculous as it may sound, he really believes in the things he says. How could this be possible? I’m not exactly certain. World history is replete with examples which demonstrate how progressivism fails miserably each and every time it is forced on a population. Progressivism causes nothing less than a total catastrophic destruction of a nations economic and social structure.

–QBall45