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October 13, 2016

Obama Controversies

Filed under: List — Brandon @ 9:18 pm
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Love him or hate him, it cannot be denied that Barack Obama is one of the most controversial Presidents the United States has ever had. I started this list some time ago and wanted to write a more thorough treatment of each, but I have far too many other things to do for that. Some are true, most are reportedly bogus, and all can be found easily on the Internet.


  • First African-American President
  • Citizenship / birth certificate / birther theory
  • Campaign rally fainting incidents
  • 57 States (c.f. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation)
  • Bible irrelevancy (c.f. Call to Renewal speech, Dobson)
  • Sworn in with no Bible / with hand on Quran
  • Jeremiah Wright (c.f. Liberation Theology, Black Lib Theology, James Cone)
  • American flag lapel pin
  • Socialism / Communism
  • Hand over heart during National Anthem / Pledge of Allegiance
  • Michelle’s “All this for a **** flag” comment
  • Negotiating with terrorists
  • USA “no longer a Christian nation”
  • National Day of Prayer cancellation (so not to offend people)
  • Muslim Day of Prayer upheld (so as not to offend Muslims)
  • Bows to Saudi King
  • Michelle hugs the Queen of England
  • Is a demon, smells of sulfur (c.f. Alex Jones)


July 2, 2009

Great Bumperstickers

Filed under: Humor,List — Brandon @ 10:00 pm

The following is a list of sayings that I have either found on bumperstickers or think would make for good ones.


  • Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

Human Nature

  • Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
  • To err is human. To blame it on someone else shows management potential.
  • Good things come to those who wait, but bad things show up right away.
  • You have a point … but if you wore a hat, no one would notice.
  • I’d agree with you, but then we’d both be wrong.


  • The Opposite of Progress is Congress.
  • God will judge Bin Laden. Army Rangers will set up the meeting.
  • He ain’t Kinky, he’s my Governor. [Kinky Friedman gubernatorial campaign, 2006, Texas]
  • My Governor is a Jewish Cowboy [Kinky Friedman gubernatorial campaign, 2006, Texas; response to pro-Jesus ‘My Boss Is A Jewish Carpenter’ sticker]


  • USMC: When It Absolutely, Positively Has To Be Destroyed Overnight.


  • Products of Berkeley U: LSD and BSD. Coincidence? [adapted from quote attributed to Jeremy S. Anderson]
  • Yes, I use Linux. So SU Me. [pun on Unix ‘superuser’ command and reference to Microsoft’s litigious nature]
  • My other computer is a Tandem NSK [spoof of the ever-popular ‘My other car is a _____’ sticker, but intended for use on laptops]
  • If you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the precipitate. [science redirection]
  • Go away or I will replace you with a very small shell script.

May 29, 2009

WordPress User Guidance

Filed under: Computer Software,List — Brandon @ 11:14 am

Home > My Lists > Technical Notes > WordPress User Guidance

Since I seem to be using it fairly heavily these days, it struck me as a good idea to have a list of resources handy that explain how to use WordPress. I hope to avoid those nasty Catch-22 situations using the power of Google of course.


Notes & Tips

  • Here is the how-to on posting by e-mail, including the ever-important short codes.
  • Thanks to this post in the forum, I now know that the Category ID number must be used to exclude Categories from the Category Cloud widget.

May 27, 2009

Great Books

Filed under: List — Brandon @ 3:37 pm

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The title for this list is overly-simplistic. It should read “Books I’ve Read, Mostly Novels, Probably Not Read Actually But Listened To On Audiobook, Most Of Which Were Checked Out At The Library, For Which I Want To Keep A Running Tally”…but that would be too long. Titles struck indicate the books I’ve already “read”.

Incarnations of Immortality
Note: popular in my youth, but I did not read them – maybe someday
In order of publication:
On a Pale Horse (1983)
Bearing an Hourglass (1984)
With a Tangled Skein (1985)
Wielding a Red Sword (1986)
Being a Green Mother (1987)
For Love of Evil (1988)
And Eternity (1990)
Under a Velvet Cloak (2007)

Isaac Asimov Novels
Foundation Series
Robot Series
Empire Series

Jack Higgins Novels
Note: more to come…
Bad Company

Jack Ryan / John Clark Series (Tom Clancy)
In order of plot chronology:
Without Remorse (1993)
Patriot Games (1987)
Red Rabbit (2002)
The Hunt for Red October (1984)
The Cardinal of the Kremlin (1988)
Clear and Present Danger (1989)
The Sum of All Fears (1991)
Debt of Honor (1994)
Executive Orders (1996)
Rainbow Six (1998)
The Bear and the Dragon (2000)
The Teeth of the Tiger (2003)

Joe Leaphorn / Jim Chee Series (Tony Hillerman)
In order of publication:
The Blessing Way (1970)
Dance Hall of the Dead (1973)
Listening Woman (1978)
People Of Darkness (1980)
The Dark Wind (1982)
The Ghostway (1984)
Skinwalkers (1986)
A Thief of Time (1988)
Talking God (1989)
Coyote Waits (1990)
Sacred Clowns (1993)
The Fallen Man (1996)
The First Eagle (1998)
Hunting Badger (1999)
The Wailing Wind (2002)
The Sinister Pig (2003)
Skeleton Man (2004)
The Shape Shifter (2006)

Judge Dee Series (Robert van Gulik)
In order of plot chronology:
Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee (not part of the later continuity)
The Chinese Gold Murders (663)
Five Auspicious Clouds (663; from “Judge Dee at Work”)
The Red Tape Murders (663; from “Judge Dee at Work”)
He came with the Rain (663; from “Judge Dee at Work”)
The Lacquer Screen (663)
The Chinese Lake Murders (666)
The Morning of the Monkey (666; from “The Monkey and the Tiger”)
The Haunted Monastery (666)
The Murder on the Lotus Pond (666; from “Judge Dee at Work”)
The Chinese Bell Murders (668)
The Two Beggers (668; from “Judge Dee at Work”)
The Wrong Sword (668; from “Judge Dee at Work”)
The Red Pavilion (668)
The Emperor’s Pearl (668)
Necklace and Calabash (668)
Poets and Murder (668)
The Chinese Maze Murders (670)
The Phantom of the Temple (670)
The Coffins of the Emperor (670; from “Judge Dee at Work”)
Murder on New Year’s Eve (670; from “Judge Dee at Work”)
The Chinese Nail Murders (676)
The Night of the Tiger (676; from “The Monkey and the Tiger”)
The Willow Pattern (677)
Murder in Canton (681)

Maeve Binchy Novels
In order of publication:
Light a Penny Candle (1982)
The Lilac Bus (1984)
Echoes (1985)
Firefly Summer (1987)
Silver Wedding (1988)
Circle of Friends (1990)
The Copper Beech (1992)
The Glass Lake (1994)
Evening Class (1996)
Tara Road (1998)
Return Journey (1998)
Scarlet Feather (2000)
Quentins (2002)
Nights of Rain and Stars (2004)
Whitethorn Woods (2006)
Heart and Soul (2008)

Pern Novels (Anne McCaffrey)
Dragonflight (Dragonriders I)
Dragonquest (Dragonriders II)
The White Dragon (Dragonriders III)
Dragonsong (Harper Hall I)
Dragonsinger (Harper Hall II)
Dragondrums (Harper Hall III)

Scot Harvath Series (Brad Thor)
In order of publication:
The Lions of Lucerne (2002)
Path of the Assassin (2003)
State of the Union (2004)
Blowback (2005)
Takedown (2006)
The First Commandment (2007)
The Last Patriot (2008)
The Apostle (2009)

Star Trek: TNG Series

Steven King Novels
Partial list of King’s novels – probably won’t read all of his works.
The Breathing Method
Pet Cemetary
Skeleton Crew
The Stand

The Cat Who… Series (Lilian Jackson Braun)
In order of publication:
The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (1966)
The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern (1967)
The Cat Who Turned On and Off (1968)
The Cat Who Saw Red (1986)
The Cat Who Played Brahms (1987)
The Cat Who Played Post Office (1987)
The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare (1988)
The Cat Who Sniffed Glue (1988)
The Cat Who Went Underground (1989)
The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts (1990)
The Cat Who Lived High (1990)
The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal (1991)
The Cat Who Moved a Mountain (1992)
The Cat Who Wasn’t There (1992)
The Cat Who Went into the Closet (1993)
The Cat Who Came to Breakfast (1994)
The Cat Who Blew the Whistle (1995)
The Cat Who Said Cheese (1996)
The Cat Who Tailed a Thief (1997)
The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (1999)
The Cat Who Saw Stars (copyright, 1998; published, 1999)
The Cat Who Robbed a Bank (2000)
The Cat Who Smelled a Rat (2001)
The Cat Who Went up the Creek (2002)
The Cat Who Brought Down the House (2003)
The Cat Who Talked Turkey (2004)
The Cat Who Went Bananas (2005)
The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (2006)
The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers (2007)
The Cat Who Smelled Smoke (will not be published)

The Time Quartet (Madeline L’Engle)
In order of publication:
A Wrinkle in Time (1962)
A Wind in the Door (1973)
A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978)
Many Waters (1986)

In alphabetic order by title:
Atticus by Ron Hansen
Code to Zero by Ken Follett
Critical Mass by Steve Martini
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton
Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
Enchanted Night by Steven Millhauser
Finn by Jon Clinch
The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams
Father Joe by Tony Hendra
The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Misalliance by Anita Brookner
No Safe Place by Richard North Patterson
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Personal Injuries by Scott Turow
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
Something About a Soldier by Mark Harris
Southern Cross by Patricia Cornwell (not great)
The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry
Violin by Anne Rice
Virtual Light by William Gibson

April 30, 2009

Software Development References

Filed under: Information Technology,List,Programming,Software Development — Brandon @ 7:05 am

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Analysis & Design


Version Control




April 18, 2009

Great Hymns

Filed under: Christianity,List — Brandon @ 11:32 pm
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Here is a running list of some of my favourite hymns from various sources. A search on YouTube for many of these will likely produce a list of videos containing performances on the organ.

Hymnal Key
“H40” – The [Episcopal] Hymnal, 1940
“H82” – The [Episcopal] Hymnal, 1982
“TLH” – The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941
“CSB” – Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, 1917
“TMH” – The Methodist Hymnal, 1939
“UMH” – United Methodist Hymnal (
“NET” –

Title H40 H82 TLH CSB TMH UMH NET Notes
Alleluia, alleluia! Hearts to heaven and voices raise! TBD 191 TBD TBD 153 + Catchy tune (H82)!
Alleluia! sing to Jesus! TBD 460,461 TBD TBD +
All glory, laud and honor 62 154,155 160 86 128 280 +
All hail the power of Jesus’ name TBD 450,451 TBD TBD 164 154,155 +
Crown him with many crowns TBD 494 TBD TBD 170 327 +
Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness
   (Soul, adorn thyself with gladness)
TBD 339 TBD TBD 612 +
Hail thee, festival day


Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty TBD 362 TBD TBD 1 64
I Sing a Song of the Saints of God TBD 293 TBD 712 Great for children!
Joyful, joyful, we adore thee TBD 376 TBD 12 89
Let all mortal flesh keep silence TBD 324 TBD 594 626 + Liturgy of St. James
Lift high the cross TBD 473 TBD TBD 159 +
Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Now, my tongue, the mystery telling TBD 329,331 TBD +
Now thank we all our God TBD 396,397 36 TBD 7 102 +
Now the silence TBD 333 TBD 619 + Simple and reverent.
Onward, Christian soldiers TBD 562 658 TBD 280 575 + Brings back memories!
O Salutaris Hostia
   (O Saving Victim, opening wide)
TBD 310,311 TBD TBD + Same tune, Latin or English
O thou, who at thy Eucharist didst pray TBD 315 TBD +
Sing praise to God who reigns above TBD 408 TBD 126 +
The Church’s one foundation TBD 525 473 TBD 381 545,546 +
Tantem Ergo
   (Therefore we, before him bending)

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