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Alpha Gecko



technology, arts, humor...and the rest of the universe



Last Build Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 22:54:33 +0000

 



99% of People Can’t Solve This Puzzle Because…

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 01:43:22 +0000

The other 1% can't solve it because it's just a bunch of gobbledygook, and not a puzzle at all. But I'll bet we can make it go viral anyway amongst people trying to get their friends to help solve it. Please help me out by using the share buttons that appear when you hover over...
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Lottery Party Coast to Coast

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 15:48:05 +0000




Trading Up from a Computer Fan to an ASUS TF700T

Sat, 02 Feb 2013 16:18:36 +0000

It's time to try something fun -- a Trade-Up! Have you heard the story of the guy who traded a paper clip for a house? I'm not kidding. It took him almost a year and 14 trades to get there, but he managed to trade up in value from one red paper clip to a...
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SEO Tip for Apache + WordPress: Use Lowercase Domain Names

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:24:31 +0000

A few days ago, I was surprised to see that, according to Google Webmaster Tools, a lot of the pages on several of my sites were marked as "Not Selected" for indexing. Usually, that would indicate duplicate content, or that there are multiple URLs that can be used to access the same pages on your...
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The Emperor’s New Mail, From the US Post Office

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:23:14 +0000

I signed up recently for the Post Office's "Real Mail" notification. The deal is, when you've got something in your PO Box, they send you an email to tell you so. I'm expecting a check -- some affiliate commissions. For a few days, I've gotten emails, but haven't been able to get to the bo...
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Fear is a Bad Value

Tue, 21 Aug 2012 03:08:13 +0000

I was watching a video of a business consultation my bother (the lawyer) did with a local businessman recently. One of the things he said was that fear is always a bad value. Sometimes people say that fear is good when it keeps you from doing dumb things. And that's true. But the point is...
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Friends Don’t Let Friends Share Dumb Pictures

Tue, 14 Aug 2012 15:36:16 +0000

Am I the only one who gets a little annoyed by all those "share this if you..." pictures on Facebook? I love my kids, support causes A, B and C, and all that. But I don't want to share the pictures. Especially when they're nothing but a cutesy, pink background and some words that imply...
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Droplet (Mac OS) for Launching KindleGen

Thu, 28 Jun 2012 21:22:29 +0000

If you use Amazon's KindleGen program to generate Kindle eBooks on the Mac, I've got a little script for you that will enable you to drag-and-drop your source material and run KindleGen automatically, rather than having to open a Terminal window and type filenames and paths on the command line. Copy the following code and...
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What I Don't Like About Mac OS X Lion

Thu, 21 Jun 2012 16:42:32 +0000

I recently got a new Mac Mini. I love having so much computer in such a small, quiet package. But I do have a few gripes about changes between Leopard and Lion, mostly having to do with differences between Spaces and Mission Control. First, when I switch between apps (using cmd-tab or by clicking an...
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Nu Propozl Foor Fonetik Speliq (New Proposal For Phonetic Spelling)

Wed, 09 May 2012 19:58:59 +0000

I've posted an idea for an English phonetic spelling system before. It's an idea I'd still like to see implemented. But I've changed some of the details. As I recently commented on Facebook (reproduced here since the comment isn't publicly visible): The transition to phonetic spelling would be painful for a little while. But the...
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