Global Skywatch

Ted’s essays

feeling lucky

Not in the way supercop Clint Eastwood used the phrase … No, I am truly appreciating the good fortune that put me here … and now. Not quite a year into The Great Cleanup And Rehabilitation of the farmstead and TODAY I got the Round Tuit designated to my workbench. Okay, it is a reloading bench with other potential uses. The trick was to lower my expectations. This one is “TEMPORARY”. That means it doesn’t have to be perfect, or even as close to that as my rudimentary woodworking skills usually gets. I do not compromise on the engineering. NOTHING I build breaks. Period. That would be gross failure. Nope, nope and more nope. But Pretty? Wuffo? Then I sit […]

taking a break from hating

Sorry for the absence from posting, but I needed a break. It isn’t so much the ugly people sitting atop an empire distributing unending evil, but my frustration with the deaf, dumb and blind masses who think everything is hunky dory. I have to remind myself that even this is not a change, nor is it likely to change in any positive direction. Bread and Circuses is an ancient game. It seems to work quite well on the average Joe… and by definition, there is a helluva lot of them.

website security and reliability

In February I changed hosting services. That took a lot more learning than I expected. It also had a large number of failures before my perseverance finally resolved the myriad details that had to be addressed exactly so. Even before I finally achieved the reliability in presentation and fluid ability to post new articles to my sites, I began getting messages suggesting I really, really ought to convert to the more secure access offered by “HTTPS”, as opposed to unsecured plain HTTP. Enter, once again, more details that I did not know and had to learn about. Today I think my websites are reliably, consistently up on HTTPS with improved security for thee and me. To take advantage of that, […]

driven … by what?

From Basics of Resistance by Claire Wolff and Kit Perez: “Every person is driven, at the core, by a deep-seated need. An individual may crave acceptance, love, power, money, recognition, honor, or something else. In many cases, people don’t know themselves well enough to know what their primal drive is, or they tend to see their drive as solely positive. They might think their drive is “to serve” or to “stand up for liberty,” but these aren’t primal drives; those desires are driven by underlying primal drives. To reach the core, we need to ask ourselves why, enough times to that everything is stripped down to basic elements.” Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Hmmm, I’m not sure it is […]

between Internet providers

My transition is nearing completion. I think I have done my part correctly and completely. I am told it takes 24 to 48 hours for the changes to populate The World Wide Web. My websites seem very fast and responsive compared to what they have been. The potential improvement in service and reliability is exciting to me. My e-mail accounts are not all working. I keep testing. All can send. Not all receive yet. I am hoping that final part is complete by this evening.

I’m back

I am sorry for the dearth of posts in the last several days. For the second time in my life, I changed webhosts. Though this was much better than the last one, it was not easy for one who really does not speak the language. I am not quite done with the process, but very close. One thing I think you might notice is the speed. I’ll talk more about my new host when the dust settles. I think I will be giving them a rave review and suggesting them for anyone needing a host. But only after the dust of construction settles down.

website traffic

I have not looked for a long time at the statistics maintained by my web hosting service. Wow! I am very pleasantly surprised … impressed even. Thank you for stopping by. Your visits to my pages are both rewarding and inspiring. I’ll keep up my end of the deal as best I can. December 2017 statistics: Average number of visits per day = 332 Average number of pages viewed per day = 895 Average website hits per day = 1121 Over 400 of those visits lasted more than a half hour. As I said, I have not been looking at these stats for a long time. I had not noticed the growth. It now is unsurprising that my websites got […]

reaching down deep

I was a tiny guy in high school; had more or less stopped growing in 5th grade. But Dad taught me to play tennis … well enough to be third on the tennis team out of 3,000 kids in my high school. Amusingly, the big, muscle-bound, power-lifter coach who drew the short straw and had to “coach” the tennis team took turns playing against all of us. I was the only one who beat him … because he expected his opponents to follow his coaching instructions while I was rebellious enough to put the ball where he didn’t expect it… over and over … he never could catch on. It wasn’t important to me, but tennis came easy enough and […]