Cut out the middleman

This has huge ramifications for freedom of information. People, please heed this article.

Has a website earned your trust? Visit that website directly and regularly, not just when Zuck decides to put them in your feed, not just when you enter a search and Google decides to spit them back out as a valid option. What sites have earned your trust? Go visit a few right now, and remember to visit them every day. That way you can push back against the centralization of the internet. —Adam Ford

See also this quote by the same author, and link.

#internet #freedom

In the era of tl;dr, write accordingly


The common abbreviation in Internet language, tl;dr, means “too long; didn’t read.” It refers to an extensive text that the person did not feel like taking the time to read. The abbreviation sometimes prefaces a short summary of a longer text. Continue reading

#communication, #internet, #writing

Transfer begun of The Fellowship Room

Earlier this year, we mentioned that we would move TFR from WordPress hosting onto our own paid hosting service. That process has begun. Along with that, the domain name became available, and since it’s best to have a dot-com domain we bought it and will be using it.

As soon as the new domain is pointing to the new installation, we’ll export from here the posts and import them there. The old dot-org domain will be pointed to the new one.

This means for the Fellows that we’ll have to fix you up with new accounts, or at least new passwords. Await for word on that.

This is a great step forward, we hope, to serving the brotherhood in a great way.

#changes #housekeeping #internet

Site transfers in progress, expect a bit of mess

Many of the Forthright/GoSpeak sites are being transferred to a new host server:,,, and others, including my personal site. Such transfers are always a bit messy, so bear with us.

We hope two problems will be solved with this change: (1) Entire IPs should not be blocked any longer, so more people will have access to the site; (2) Search engines will have it easier indexing our sites.

This should encourage many of our Australian and Asian friends.

Our thanks to Matt Clifton for his help in this.

#changes, #internet, #site-hosting, #websites

Be safe, change all passwords, says expert

It’s a mess, this Heartbleed bug. One Internet expert recommends changing all passswords. Apparently, WP, Twitter and PayPal, among others, were not affected, but it’s always good to swap out passwords now and again. Here’s a link from K. Komando.

#bugs, #heartbleed, #internet, #passwords


(#78) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:5-No “False Witness Protection Program”

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 14:5: “A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies.”

A “witness” precisely tells what has been seen, heard, or experienced, so “a faithful witness” will be true to what is absolutely known and “does not lie.” Jesus Christ was a “faithful witness” (Revelation 1:5). Whether facing persecution or death, Christians must be as the Apostles: “And they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard’” (Acts 4:18-20); “Then the captain went with the officers and brought them without violence, for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying, ‘Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!’ But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men’” (Acts 5:26-29); “And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe” (John 19:35). No cross, terrorist bomb, or Islamic sword should make a Christian become one of “those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul” (Hebrews 10:39).

But a “false witness” who wrongly interprets, changes, or alters the actual facts, due not simply to a faulty memory, but through a deliberate effort to mislead, gives a “lie.” “False witness” may be given because of prejudice, bribery, or fear, none of which justifies it. This is one of the 7 things God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19), and other proverbs seal their doom: “A true witness delivers souls, But a deceitful witness speaks lies” (Proverbs 14:25); “A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape” (Proverbs 19:5); “A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish” (Proverbs 19:9); “A disreputable witness scorns justice, And the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity” (Proverbs 19:28); “A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28); “Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, For would you deceive with your lips?” (Proverbs 24:28); “A man who bears false witness against his neighbor Is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow” (Proverbs 25:18). The “false witness:” is “deceitful,” “will not go unpunished,” “shall perish,” “scorns justice,” hurts “his neighbor” as though he attacked with weapons! Also notice that “the man who hears him will speak endlessly,” meaning the false testimony will continue to be spread to no end! Political correctness, business advertising, Internet (e-mails, tweets, Facebook, et al.), legal advice, political campaign, religious persecution, peer pressure, propaganda press, headline writers and magazine covers, educational textbooks, are some of the many “hotbeds” for false witness.

Christians must repent from doing such: “Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds” (Colossians 3:9). Not bearing “false witness” is one of the commands included in “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Romans 13:9). Jesus was silent in the faces of “false witnesses” (Matthew 26:59-63), and Stephen died because of them (Acts 6:9-14). Don’t believe what enemies of the churches of Christ have to say, but make sure you have “searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #christian-living, #death, #faithful-witness, #false-witness, #internet, #jesus-christ, #persecution, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #threat, #truth, #wisdom

All things virtual

tfr-things-virtualHere’s a little item that has been well received, my original (aren’t they all?) quatrain, “When It Rains.”

My sis now does the bulletin for the congregation where she is a part. She asked me for links to my online material, to publish. Imagine that! I gave her this link (pretty complete) and this one, and this one. You might find something in those to fit your church bulletin.

TFR doesn’t have a Facebook page or group, but our sponsor does, Forthright Press. Do give it a Like.

Our area congregations, so closely related in the faith, have a single site and Facebook page. In our meeting this afternoon in Taubaté, a couple of guys thought it a good idea to have a Facebook page just for that congregation. I told them to have at and have fun.

With the two brothers here from tomorrow through Saturday, and Brazilian brothers coming all throughout the week to talk, the week will be busy and I’ll not be around the Internet as much. Carry on without me! You’ll probably do even better without me distracting you.

Have a blessed week!

#internet, #links

Going Viral in the Fibro World

I’ve now experienced just a taste of the Internet Viral train and I like it. How could you not? Having something you created spread around the Internet like wildfire is a heady feeling.

“Going Viral” is the most desirable thing on the Internet and people pursue it every day.

I made a card for Pinterest and I shared it on a Fibromyalgia site on Facebook. You can see the card below.

When my neurological problems began and I went to the Mayo Clinic and Brooks Pain Rehabilitation Center, I committed myself to helping others who suffer from chronic pain and after a later diagnosis, Fibromyalgia. This is part of that mission. I want to express things that I feel and hopefully do the same for others.

As of this post, this card has been liked 2,729 times and shared 2,702 times! Of course, this is far from viral numbers but within a certain community, it is noteworthy [to me]. 🙂

I had no idea it would resonate so much with people when I created this card. I was just experiencing several layers of exhaustion and wanted to express how I felt.

My point in this post is this: Imagine if we could catch the Internet Viral Train with the gospel! How many souls could be touched?  Give it some thought.

Within the brotherhood, and a group within that larger one, we all read and know the same people and read and study the same things. Having something go viral within that group would be good but somewhat redundant. What if we created something that went viral with a pointed Biblical truth that would cause people outside of our circle to come to Christ?

What would it be? How would we do that? Figure that out and doors blow open.

#fibromyalgia, #internet, #viral

My end may be near

The server that hosts many of our sites (FMag, BNc, my weblog, etc.) has again blocked my Internet provider. For about the third time. Getting this unstuck proves to be a challenge.

• Blocking an Internet provider is like this: One person hacks or does something foul on the Internet, so the provider he uses gets blocked, along with all the people that use that provider. That’s the moral equivalent to when a 25-year-old steals something, you put half the 20-30 year olds in jail for it. How’s that for logic? Or am I missing something?

• I regularly help Brazilians, and others, connect around the world. This time, a Brazilian sister from another state going to spend a year in France. Apparently, no churches meet where she will be, so I pray she can find spiritual strength during this time.

Pãozinhos and tea for breakfast. Ah! the small pleasures of life. Another is sleeping in one’s own bed. Truly, no place like home, be it ever so humble.

• At supper, The Missus said it seemed like something was missing. (That something was The Maiden, who, if you’ve not heard by now, we left in the US.) I told her to consider it an extended date. Reckon that’ll work? Doesn’t that appeal to feminine need for romanticism?

• Since The Missus had her shoes on already, she went to buy bread this morning, and I put on the water for tea. She said there was Earl Grey, and when I saw a new box of it on the table, I opened it and used that. She returned and said there was a box in the cabinet already opened. As she came toward me with hands in that choking position. Now, I appeal to all men everywhere: Was I not justified in opening the Earl Grey on the table?

• I told y’all to pray for me as we came back to an empty nest. I may not last the week before The Missus does away with me.

#home, #internet, #marriage

Friends at the Arctic Circle

easy communicationA postcard came in the mail today, mailed from Fairbanks, Alaska. Snail mail, to be clear. Yes, those picture cards mailed without an envelope still exist. It was mailed June 27, so it got here in an amazing nine days, all the way from up there.

A few days ago, the senders of the email, on a two-month vacation trekking from Arkansas to Alaska, reached the Arctic Circle. They’ve been emailing family and friends.

In the picture are George and Linetta at the Circle. (Posted with their permission.)

It’s been amazing to be able to accompany their journey. We’re learning history, geography, and culture. All thanks both to their kindness in sharing their trip and to the Internet that allows us instant contact.

But I’ll still treasure that postcard with Linetta’s handwriting.

#alaska, #internet, #snail-mail

Same nudge as yesterday

Yesterday afternoon the WordPress service was down for several hours. No posting was possible. Since I got the nudge up a bit late in the day, that effectively prevented much interaction. So the shoe-in nudge stands for another day. Your favorite shoe. Or none at all. 🙂

I have no Internet at the office for now, so until I get that set up again, I’m getting under The Missus’ feet. Nice place to be with mid-morning tea, homemade lunches, neck massages. Well, I’m still working on getting the latter.

Tonight is our home Bible reading group. We pray to have a new visitor. How about yours?


#internet, #nudge

The Time Wasting King: The Internet

I’m with Stephen–e-mail is probably my biggest time-waster. There’s just something about getting a new e-mail message that is like a present; you want to open it right now! Also, like Ed, the Internet can pose a problem, as well. I am prone to get on the Internet to complete a task, only to discover 3-4 sites later that I still haven’t done what I opened up my browser to do in the first place! I’m working at getting better (resolution, anyone??), but those are my 2 big time wasters.

#email, #internet, #nudge, #wasting-time

How Could I Be Bored?

I have relatives that come on to Facebook and constantly complain about being bored.  Bored people amaze me because it evidences that they are missing so much in life. I don’t remember the last time I was bored, because I prevent it from happening.

Every time I leave the house, I have a book in my hand. If I am close to being finished, I carry two of them. I always listen to audio books in my car, so if I am stuck somewhere I can read or listen to a book. If I am at home, I read, write, watch TV or do things online. How can I be bored?

I have a neglected novel waiting to be noticed, columns to write and a website. I have novels to read for reviews and others to edit. When would I be bored?

I live outside of Savannah, Georgia, the most beautiful city in America. How could I be bored?

I have a family and a house full of pets to love on. How could I be bored? There is so much to do, why sit and do nothing?

Besides, how can someone be bored on the internet? It is possibly the greatest resource for learning man has ever known.  If you are bored on the internet, you are doing it wrong.

#books, #bored, #internet, #nudge, #reading

Can’t keep up with all the good stuff o…

Can’t keep up with all the good stuff out there? Catch it all on The Christian Hub.

Now back to our program.


Source Of News

Here’s my list of Internet news sources:

El Paso Times, Huffington Post, New York Times, NPR News, Stump Report, The Hill, The New Yorker, USA Today, and World Magazine.

For additional El Paso news, I look at El Paso and KFOX News.

The only time I read a physical newspaper or magazine is at the school library where I substitute. Don’t subscribe to any kind of publication any more – too expensive.

#internet, #library, #magazine, #news, #newspaper, #publication, #source, #subscribe