The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.

–HL Mencken


“Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero


News you can use–Smartphone battery life

How To Take Care of Your Smartphone Battery the Right Way

Here’s one tip of which I was unaware:

You may vaguely recall hearing something about rechargeable batteries and the “memory effect.” You know, that if you don’t “teach” your rechargeable batteries their full potential by taking them from totally full to totally empty, they’ll “forget” part of their capacity. Well forget all that. Right now. It does not apply to your phone.

Battery memory is a real thing, but it applies to nickel-based batteries; your trusty sidekick (literal Sidekick or otherwise) doubtlessly has a lithium-ion battery, and it needs to be treated a little differently. Specifically, it should be topped off whenever you get the chance.

Read the whole thing–it will help you get more from your phone until upgrade time comes around.


Peeking at the treasure through the knot hole

I know it’s the day after Christmas, but this is too important not to pass on.

At Christmas we tell stories, in poem and in song, about a fantastic world of wonder, selfless generosity, peace and joy — all meant to conjure “the better angels of our nature,” as Lincoln put it.

Jesus told stories about the way Life really was, the way life should be, and the way life will be for those who will accept the gift of God — the God who demands perfection, and then gives it to us freely. He gives us Jesus.

He sent His only son, to be perfect for you, so that He could call you his own child, and so you would inherit your Father’s treasure.

Are you still on your belly, with your face pressed to the floor, eagerly peeking through the knothole? The treasure is yours for the asking. But you can’t get it without Jesus. That’s the rule.

Read the whole story at the link, or watch the video here.

Christmas tree with presents and fireplace with stockings

Guiding Light

Well the air is cold,
and yonder lies my sleeping soul,
by the branches broke like bones,
this weakened tree no longer holds

but the night is still,
and I have not yet lost my will,
and so I will keep on moving ’till,
’till I find my way home.

When I need to get home,
you’re my guiding light,
you’re my guiding light.