It’s been some time since I have written on If It Thinks. As a website developer, I sometimes have to just shut off the computer and take a break. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do but, like anything else, you just have to say “enough for a while.”
What’s been going on? A lot. The world hasn’t ended, the U.S. is still weighed down by an extremely ignorant group of individuals in Washington D.C. and the same old shit takes place over and over again every day. I wonder how others feel about this incessant crap in D.C. In my humble opinion Trump is doing a great job of repairing this nation from the past 25 years of illogic which has plagued us and gotten us into the mess we are in. No matter which side of the coin you adhere to this country is a far cry from the foundation of this world which it used to be. Socialistic and backward thinking have brought us to this point. Had Clinton become Pres. we would be much farther downstream and, I think you will agree, most likely standing back and doing nothing to attempt the repair of this society. Instead, she would be adding to the disabling of our American structure which has lasted, almost intact, for 240 years.
Hey, I don’t like everything about Trump either but the fact is that he is trying to iron out the mess Obama left us. Obama did diddly squat to bring the country onto a better footing. In fact, he made it all a lot worse and history will prove this to be true.
So, I’m back now and will post at least once a week. I have a photography site which has been neglected for some time that I need to resurrect. That is my main task at hand. Other than that I have scrapped a few projects as I was spread way too thin with my time to possibly make them work as they needed to. I am still walking each day but have temporarily cut it from 4 miles to 2 miles. I lost the weight I needed to lose so I am just watching my diet more closely and getting back to the thought process of writing. Isn’t it amazing how easily we overextend ourselves? It boggles my mind that I was keeping up with 12 websites for over two years. Why? That’s a lot of work for one person. No great reason. “It was there!”
I am writing another blog which concerns the times in which I got home from Vietnam. I call it “Upstairs Blog” because this is where I spent two wonderful years as roommate to my cousin John Nichols who was also a returning Vietnam combat vet.
The years were 1973-1975. they were years in which I cut loose and did all that nonsense while still pulling down a 4.0 GPA. Not a boast, mind you, as I did have one semester when I dropped to a 3.75. That must have been after my introduction to blonde Lebanese hash. That stuff was good but there was a darker colored one which may as well have been acid. Wow, might have been acid! Can you smoke that stuff? Acid I mean. Nah, it was just really fine hash.
I am writing this post just to give you a flavor of what I am endeavoring to do on that blog. The upstairs was in Fairfax, Ca. and I already gave you the period. I am going to take you on a journey and also give you a basis for who I am. What I have learned and why I am still alive. Should be interesting. That’s all I am going to say for now. Read up on “nimda” when you have the chance. I have already started a couple of posts and a page or two. See what you think.
Hey, Readers! I want to tell you of something I am doing that will be open this Friday. It is called Sonoma Net.
Sonoma Net is the best opportunity you will have to get yourself on the internet with your own website for the least amount of money. Not only that, it will not require your having hosting and server issues. I take care of all of that background technical issues for you. Were you to build a website such as this one you would have to invest quite a bit of capital just to get a site such as this one on the internet before even being able to post your thoughts or articles or pictures.
If you purchase a subscription for a website on Sonoma Net I put your site up, email you your username (you pre-select your username and website name) and without further machinations, your website is up and running. Truly, it is that easy. From the time you get your email confirmation that your site is up you merely go to it, log in and start building your web presence. It really is going to be that easy. I know, I have done this for a long, long time and this is how I wish I could have started out.
https://sonomanet.com is a multisite complex with Sonoma Net as the hub and your websites are autonomous. Each website stands by itself and most of the complicated work ( the work that stops one from even considering a website, is done by me. All you do is enjoy and build.
Of course, you do have to learn the software but I chose WordPress as it is by far the most logical software on the internet. Once you take a test drive you will see what I mean. Speaking of “test drive”, there is an option for a 14-day free trial. That is more than enough time to see if it works for you. After the trial, you merely pay the fee for the option or level you want to have and you are in clover. I am always available within a few hours or less to help you out should problems arise. It’s going to be fun for you! It will be only a small challenge to learn and one that you will be proud to hav4 conquered as the fun is just beginning.
There are personal, family and “The Whole Enchilada” plans to choose from. Use the trial or go for it. I am there to help. Friday opening: 5/5/17.
I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no other god before Me.
A lot is said about religion and God. this is what God said as the very first commandment to all of us. If you stop and consider this commandment you will see that all structure of the world and the race of mankind fall into direct descendence from this law. This is the first for a reason. Many think of the ten commandments as a grouping unto itself. The fact that this is the first gives one pause as this is how God wrote his law in stone before giving it to Moses. Which “god” would you apply given this law? (lower case)
I find this to be very humbling and I am happy to have a blog to share this with you. Believe it or not, it is God’s law that, if followed, would preclude and make unnecessary every law that mankind has authored throughout time.
Ok, let’s hope that I can make this palatable for those of you who groan when I bring up the Bible. I’ve been thinking of this for a few days and rather than do this like the preacher I’m not I thought I would do this starting with a near death experience. “The “Proverbial” light at the End of the Tunnel” theory.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel
You’ve heard people say that, upon almost dying, they saw a light at the end of a tunnel. Ok, I almost died and all I saw was cheap tenement flats in Oakland, Ca. or blackness. (I bet some of you think that is all I should =have seen?) Some, however, claim to have seen that tunnel and that light. I will not argue or attempt to dispute that claim as I see the light and the tunnel as completely Scriptural and not as near death.
For our purposes let’s suppose that any dark tunnel or light at its end, looked at symbolically, equates the tunnel to death and the light equates to life. A tunnel signifies a distance of darkness with the light tells us that there is something wonderful beyond the darkness. “Distance of darkness” equates to time. Therefore, those who see a light at the end of the tunnel are seeing a symbol of the fact that there is life after death. It is a reassurance of a truth long kn0wn by us who believe and have studied the Bible. I look at it this way, we are the only living things on this earth who know of death and are aware of, or consider the possibility of, God. One surely can argue that a deer knows of God but that one cannot prove it. I think of it as an animal has enough to do to stay alive without worrying about the mysteries of the Universe. That is mankind’s bailiwick.
The fact that men or women can get their minds around a supreme being is not within the purview of the animal kingdom. It is nice to think that it is but God plainly says NO to that. That’s good enough for me. After all, I am a thick skulled bigoted white man who knows little and is capable of learning less.
That is the gist of the Bible. We die but it is not the end. Internally, in our minds, we know this to be true. The reason we fear death is because we are aware of it. The Bible was put here to teach us that death is not the end if we believe. How stupid of us! How naive! What a bunch of dullards and myth propagators! Actually, no, we are not. We have been given the ability to perceive that death is not the end and it is up to us to choose to understand it or not. the Bible tells us all about it in great detail and accuracy. Of course, if you can’t bring yourself to read it you are not going to have that promise fulfilled for you. With the caveat that the Bible also says that those of loving hearts will get the chance to prove themselves even after they die. God is a loving and forgiving supreme being. Unlike most of us.