The Party of Donald Trump

“From his fairy-tale wall to his schoolyard bullying and his flirtation with violent racists, Donald Trump offers America a singular narrative – a tale of cowards. Fearful people, convinced of our inadequacy, trembling before a world alight with imaginary threats, crave a demagogue. Neither party has ever elevated to this level a more toxic figure, one that calls forth the darkest elements of our national character….Evasion and cowardice has prevailed over conscience. We are now, and shall indefinitely remain, the Party of Donald Trump.”

– Chris Ladd, Republican precinct committeeman in suburban Chicago who just resigned his post. See his entire letter.

Books Finished in June 2016

(1 paper book, 3 ebooks, 3 audio books)

Books Finished in April 2016

(2 paper books, 2 ebooks, 2 audio books)

Blog “Spring Cleaning” – Phase 1

Recently, I decided it is time to do a “spring cleaning” on my blog. I’m not posting frequently in this stage of life and some of the clutter was heaping up additional “disincentive” to post.

Here is what I did for phase1:

  • Upgraded to WordPress 4.4.2
  • I updated a bunch of out of date plugins: Akismet, iThemes security, JetPack, and SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam
  • Updated my “About Me” page. Not profoundly different, just a bit of an update.
  • Refreshed the Blogroll (removed 7 items that are broken or no longer relevant, added four new items)
  • Clean out old comment spam (~30,000)
  • I trashed 100 of the 101 post drafts I have sitting around. Really, if I haven’t gotten around to posting it yet, is it likely I ever will? (The one exception is a P.G. Wodehouse reading progress post I’m keeping around)
  • I deleted two inactive plugins


I’m hopeful that this will freshen things up a bit. Are there any other areas in which this blog can be improved?

My Favorite Android Apps

Here are some of my favorite Android apps for various purposes (I’m omitting very popular web services like Gmail, Facebook, You Tube, and Twitter).


  • DoggCatcher (Podcast software, Paid) -> Fantastic. I love this product and have never looked back. I use it heavily.
  • Feedly (RSS feed reader) -> Pretty good in a post-google reader world.
  • Chrome (web browser) -> Great browsing experience.
  • Pocket (–place to put stuff to read with text-to-speech for audio) -> Fantastic, now how do I get time to read / listen to everything I put on there?
  • FBReader (read ebooks, also has text 2 speech module) -> Very useful at times
  • VLC (video player) -> Fantastic, versatile, and much better than what the phones/tablets come with
  • Audible (audio book service) -> Good, if you have an audible account
  • ESV Bible -> Descent, simple Bible app, not many bells and whistles
  • GoodReads (reading social network) -> Excellent, with barcode reading for indexing a library.


  • Todoist (todos) -> Superb todo tool. I would improve some things, but overall it is quite good.
  • HabitBull (setting habit goals) -> Just started with this one, seems a great way to record progress on various habits


  • eBird (bird sighting reporting app) -> I like it, but don’t use it as much as I like.
  • iNaturalist (general wildlife reporting app) -> Not as good as the website, but still handy and fun since it automatically does the location data and date for you.


  • Flashlight -> Great to have
  • JuiceSSH (ssh client) -> delightfully powerful and simple
  • SSH Server (ssh server) -> Not a huge fan of the program, but having an SSH server on my phone is useful


  • Dropbox -> Use it a ton
  • Google Drive -> Use it a ton


  • The Weather Channel -> Essential for a nature buff
  • Flickr -> Great way to browse flickr galleries, uploading photos?… not so much.
  • Starbucks -> Well, you know!
  • Duolingo (language learning) -> I’ve fallen away from using this one to learn German, but I still regard it as fantastic

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