It's not just writing a blog

It’s not just writing a blog. I started this blog using only my Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone and sometimes my very old, slow tablet.
My home-built computer in the computer room needed repair. I needed to replace the SATA DVD burners.
That accomplished, I got the whole thing up and running.
Next it was time to install a new operating system because the computer had an old version of Linux Mint.
The first OS that I tried was good ol’ Ubuntu.  I downloaded the ISO file and burned it to a DVD using my spanking new burners. Then I rebooted with the DVD in the drive and went ahead and installed the OS. Ouch. I did NOT like the default “desktop environment” called Unity. In fact, I hated it. I just wanted my old Linux Mint back (using “Mate” as the desktop environment).
So I went and installed Linux Mint. But something went wrong, and I had to install and reinstall several times.
While that’s all going on I’m trying to keep updating my blog now and again.
Meanwhile, my wife has her own computer, sitting right next to me, and she has her own blog. Like mine, we’ve both got our own domains and hosting them on, instead of hosting ourselves on our own account at GoDaddy. Why I don’t know. It was easier at the time.
But my wife gets frustrated at times with WordPress and the online editing tools. Mysteriously, her writing “disappears” into the oblivion of the Internet because there’s some “ghost” inside her MS Windows computer. So she bugs me to help her.
Plus I’ve found my own WordPress ghosts. I like to fiddle with the HTML code underlying the site a little to tweak the appearance. It’s how I managed to get this article justified with hyphens. But sometimes I find the online WordPress editor mysteriously inserts text and HTML from another part of the document into the middle of a sentence or word, and screw the whole thing up. I have no idea why it’s doing that.

So I’m dealing with:

  1. Hardware issues.
  2. Operating system installation issues.
  3. Writing blogs.
  4. Beautifying the appearance of the blog and tweaking the free theme.
  5. Trying to help my wife so she’s not so frustrated.
  6. Hold down a full-time job as a State employee.
You see? It’s not just writing a blog. It’s much more than that. It’s fun, it’s time consuming, but it’s much more that just a blog. For me anyway.

The sun or the Earth?

We live in a heliocentric solar system like the one on the left. I don’t know what’s going on the geocentric thingy on the right.
That’s the point. In the olden days people used to think the Earth was the center of the universe. The problem with that theory is that the planets appear to move like the diagram on the right. Geocentric means Earth at the center.
We know now that we’re in a heliocentric solar system with the planets orbiting the sun. But since we view the other planets while we stand on the Earth the planets appear to be moving around us like the image on the right.

Fruit Flies like a Banana

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana, which is exactly why a will is a dead giveaway because if you don’t pay your exorcist you can get repossessed. Speaking of which, I wrote a book about poltergeists and it’s flying off the shelves. I wrote another book about time travel because when a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

Politics is on everyone’s mind these days. Remember, in a democracy it’s your vote that counts; in feudalism, it’s your Count that votes.
My wife complains a lot, but with her marriage she got a new name and a dress when the guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered. Honestly, when my friend’s wife saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dye.
Since marriage, I’m stuck with a debt and I can’t budge it. You see, a lot of money is tainted: ‘Taint yours, and ‘taint mine. Lord knows food is expensive these days; a boiled egg is hard to beat. Budgeting is all about how you shop. When you’ve seen one shopping center you’ve seen a mall.
My problem is I have a photographic memory which was never developed. My daddy always said, those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end. I needed some acupuncture and found a jab well done. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
So goes a day in the life of a Boyd.

The Earth Stood Still

The Earth stood still but did anyone listen?
The reference, of course, was a 2008 Keanu Reeves movie, “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, loosely based on a 1951 black and white flick of the same name and a 1940 short story “Farewell to the Master” by Harry Bates.
We’re making a muck of the place, so save the Earth by removing the humans and all trace of what we’ve done. It’s an arguable point and was a successful movie.
I’m grasping at straws here. There are bigger things going on here than the mental health of the President of the United States or the White House in turmoil. Like the planet we live on.
Like the environment, or Pluto, or the expanding universe; like dark matter and dark energy, our sun, evolution versus creationism, or nuclear war.
Or did the Russians hack the election or would it really have mattered because the people who were going to vote decided long ago who they wanted. Oh that’s politics and I want to rise above.
For the record I think the Russians hacked the DNC but it didn’t change the outcome. That’s why I ask did anyone listen? Apparently the alt-right didn’t. There’s no global warming, humans can’t influence the climate, and the President they elected isn’t mentally ill.
We need to save the Earth. That’s the day everything stood still. With these guys in charge I’m not sure we’re going in the right direction.

Musings Plus

My wife dropped her idea behind USAVIEWPOINT.COM  (no longer exists) and created a WordPress blog at
She’s wanting a non-political place for thoughts.
“Too much politics,” she tells me. “I just want a blog where I can express myself, write poetry, and be philosophical.”
So now her new blog site is named Musings Plus and she will post when the spirit moves her.
Visit and post some comments!

Geese and Experimental Dictation

Every word, sentence, or incomprehensible phrase that follows this paragraph was achieved by dictating to my smartphone. I have changed nothing for hilarity and experimentation sake. Enjoy.
Canadian geese. They’re not really Canadian geese are they?.
Canadian geese candy found everywhere! Right now the light huge o’clock of these walking nightmares flying over my head! I can remember not long ago when Thousand of Canadian geese were flying over my house making a huge wreck it. My step daughter, Liana, came out to see what it was and I bird dropping fill right on her head! I laughed but she said it wasn’t funny!
In England I also had problems with Canadian geese. They would congregation the lawn at Hawk TV Taunton Manor. You see, when Canadian geese poop they poop a lot. And there poop is big. Its in nuisance whenever they land. Wherever they congregation so one evening I want out there with a red laser pointer. Hi pointed the light on the grass in front of the geese and it drove them crazy. They would run away from it with her wings flapping then turn around it and aggressively attack it! It seem to bother them a lot. But it didn’t chase them away or keep them from coming back Andrews.
When I was a kid growing up and Boonton New Jersey, we used to hang around the damn at the jersey City reservoir. Canadian geese would like to that place and land by the millions. But as I found out don’t try to chase him! Because they will chase you back! And they can run pretty fast and a open their wings and a look pretty big and deal live at you and genuinely give you a freight!
Put still they signal a change of seasons.
It’s not bad out today. It’s cool but the wind is not blowing very hard. And the sun is shining brightly and the sky is blue. Nice to get some fresh air. The doctor told me yesterday to keep up the good work. Keep losing weight, and of course exercise. I don’t go to the gym. I like getting Outdoors. I don’t do it enough. But I also sometimes do squats at work.
My Dog bolts ahead and then a few hundred yards away to look back to see if I’m still coming. If I turn around the other way to get ahead. She’s a good dog. Snap Alicia and she walks very nicely with a loose leash. She never talks unless another dog walks by! She’s happy that I’m out here walking around and doesn’t care that I’m talking into my phone. She has no idea about technology and she’s perfect she doesn’t have find my phone?
I hear birds chirping. There is a. And winter when it gets really quiet. But when you hear the geese and the other little birds singing then you know it’s almost Sprint.

Why America Has Guns

With a population of about 56 million in England and Wales against the United States with 318 million, the UK is about 1/6th the population of the U.S.
In the UK there are 570 homicides involving a gun per year. The United States has about 11,000 homicides involving guns per year.
If the UK had the same population as the U.S. that would make 3,240 deaths to our 11,000. Therefore, per capita the United States has over 3 times the homicide by gun rate as the UK. My figures could be grossly wrong or out of date but that’s beside the point. Pay attention.
So people ask why and people answer because we have more guns in America and then they ask again why. And we say this ain’t Europe.
We started with guns. Fought a couple of wars against the British, had a wild west, a civil war, and second ammendment and you can see we’ve always had guns.
Bad people have guns and good people have guns to protect against the bad people. People have guns to hunt, to show off, for sport and just because they can.
The odd thing is as soon as you talk about stricter rules to buy guns, it drives gun sales up. Under Obama gun sales were up. Under Trump they’re down. Go figure.
So we’ll always live in the wild west in America. You can’t get away from it. In Texas even liberals have guns. I own guns. Just the way it is.