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Many Links To Very Good Blogs—TPA Blogger Round-Up

At the end of this post is the current weekly round-up of the Texas Progressive Alliance. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas. TPA bloggers work hard for a better Texas and a better nation. Please visit TPA blogs whenever you get the chance.

A good thing about being a blogger is that you get to know fellow bloggers. Some you meet over the internet. Others you might meet in person as I’ve been able to meet other Houston bloggers.

(Above–Bloggers in the 1950’s used the IBM 1620 Model 1 Level A computer. It was portable if you had a crew of people to lift it and a truck to cart it around.)

I’ve been lucky in the last few weeks to be found by  the writers of three strong new blogs. The folks who write these blogs have been nice enough to visit Texas Liberal often and to leave comments from time-to-time.

Blogging on a regular or even semi-regular basis takes effort. It is good to have the support of people willing to make that effort for things they see as important.

These things being so, please allow me to offer up the links to new blogger friends I’ve made and, also, links to some more established blogs I’ve formed a relationship with in my time writing Texas Liberal.

Three new blogs—

* Spinny Liberal is out of the San Francisco area.  Spinny is clearly putting effort and creativity into her blog.

* Woodgatesview is written in Denton, Texas. Blogger Larry Beck is providing a solid post each day.

* Lesbians In My Soup is written by Katy Anders in Houston. Katy is making her points well. I hope she keeps up with the blogging.

Four established blogs—

* Wandering Off is a travel blog written by Sarah V. in San Antonio. Sarah always has great pictures of her and her family out visiting interesting places.

* Jobsanger is written by Ted McLaughlin in Amarillo, Texas. Ted is a real pro. While regretfully being a pro at blogging does not pay so much, Ted gives his audience a good effort every day.

* The Field Negro in Philadelphia has had a great deal of merited success with his blog.

* Skippy the bush kangaroo is a blog with a large audience willing to give me a plug when I was new at blogging.

If you are a blogger who often visits this shop, please let me know. Please excuse me for leaving you out of this post.

There are three other blogs in addition to Texas Liberal I post at on a regular basis.

These three blogs are—

* The Daily Hurricane. Written in Houston by blog owner Bob Cavnar and a great crew of bloggers, I’m pleased to be on-board at the Hurricane.

* Where’s The Outrage? Dr. Errington Thompson of Ashville, North Carolina writes this blog. Errington offered me space at his shop when I was just starting as a blogger. He does a great job at WTO?

* The Houston Chronicle. I’m a featured politcal reader-blogger at the Chronicle.

Finally, here is a blog that simply holds my personal interest—

* Maritime Texas Blog posts only every so often, but I always enjoy the pictures and the information.

Here, as promised, is the TPA round-up–

Bay Area Houston submits a press release from Rick Perry: TX Gov Rick Perry puts the Chupacabra on emergency legislation.

Off the Kuff conducted an interview with Houston city attorney David Feldman to discuss the upcoming city council redistricting process.

Harold at Letters From Texas poked fun at the Texas weather on bothWednesday and Friday.

While the Big Gas Mafia is pumping diesel fuel into the ground in the name of national security and energy independence, they have been quietly planning to ship a bunch of it to China. TXsharon at BLUEDAZE: Drilling Reform for Texas wants you to think about who profits and who pays for this so-called “clean energy.”

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme notes that privatizing essential services promotes profits, not the general welfare. The Corpus Christi Caller Times pretends (or not) to be all stupid about the rolling blackouts.

Texans came to the shivering realization last week that the energy capital of the world can’t keep its lights on. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs provides the reveal. Continue reading

February 13, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 8 Comments

Time For A New Computer

My computer is dead and it is time to buy a new computer.

I’m looking for a computer that is able to receive messages from outer space.

I know they are trying to contact us.

Anybody have any suggestions about what type of computer would be best?

I don’t know anything about this kind of stuff. I do need a new computer, but this is as tedious a subject as I can imagine.

November 2, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 3 Comments

My Computer Has Crashed

My computer has crashed. I don’t know what is wrong with it. Maybe I will have to get a new computer.

No matter—I can blog with this iPhone until I’m back up and running.

I know there must be a way to add pictures and links to my posted with the WordPress iPhone application. But I’m not sure how and it seems a bit daunting at the moment to try and figure it out.

It’s Halloween tonight. My wife and I don’t have any Halloween plans. Just as normal we’ve turned off all the lights and put up the no tresspasing sign on the door.

We do have some candy at home. I know there is at least one Hershey Bar on the kitchen. But we’ll be damned if you think we’re going to share it with anybody.

November 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 5 Comments

Does Anybody Out There Have Any Notion What Is Wrong With My Computer?

Does anybody have any notion what is wrong with my computer? Or browser? Or whatever it is that is wrong.

A few days ago the font as I see it got smaller on my blog, my Facebook and my personal e-mail box.

Since this began, I can no longer add links to the blog or add pictures. The spellcheck is also down on the blog.

This is frustrating about the pictures because an alien ship hovered over me as I was stopped at a red light today and I have some great photos on my iphone.

If only I could load them onto the blog.

I’m sure there is a way I could figure out the problem by e-mailing WordPress support or poking around the tools icon on my A T & T internet.

Yet doing those things seems tedious. I’m not very apt at that kind of stuff.

I’d rather just eat piece of pie or watch TV than deal with computer problems.

Maybe one of you out there in the blog reading public has an idea of what the problem is, and could just direct me to a solution.

Thank you in advance.

October 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 7 Comments

A Self-Aware Net?—That’s Terrifying

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A recent issue of New Scientist magazine asks if the world wide web could ever become self-aware.

( Above–A robo-dog. Who will be master? People or machines?) 

(New Scientist has interesting content every week. While I do not subscribe, I buy the magazine on the newsstand about twice a month. Free content on the web is never free. Someone has to pay for it or it will go away.)   

Two experts of the subject say it is possible that the world wide web could become self-aware. One of these mad scientists even says that this is something we should work to encourage.

From the article— 

“In engineering terms, it is easy to see qualitative similarities between the human brain and the internet’s complex network of nodes, as they both hold, process, recall and transmit information. “The internet behaves a fair bit like a mind,” says Ben Goertzel, chair of the Artificial General Intelligence Research Institute,  Not that it will necessarily have the same kind of consciousness as humans: it is unlikely to be wondering who it is, for instance…. To Francis Heylighen, who studies consciousness and artificial intelligence at the Free University of Brussels in Belgium, consciousness is merely a system of mechanisms for making information processing more efficient by adding a level of control over which of the brain’s processes get the most resources. “Adding consciousness is more a matter of fine-tuning and increasing control… than a jump to a wholly different level,” Heylighen says…. How might this manifest itself? Heylighen speculates that it might turn the internet into a self-aware network that constantly strives to become better at what it does, reorganising itself and filling gaps in its own knowledge and abilities. If it is not already semiconscious, we could do various things to help wake it up, such as requiring the net to monitor its own knowledge gaps and do something about them. It shouldn’t be something to fear, says Goertzel: “The outlook for humanity is probably better in the case that an emergent, coherent and purposeful internet mind develops.”

Here is the link for Ben Goertzel. 

Here is the link for Francis Heylighen.

These people are out of their minds. If they want their toasters and clock radios killing them while they sleep I can’t do anything about that.  I can just tell you it is not the future I want.

Now I know I’m someone who has trouble with technology more advanced than a wind-up toy, but the idea that we might have an aware internet watching us and knowing us is crazy. I don’t have to know how to operate the cable remote to figure out that I don’t want a self-aware net following me around. 

( If the internet is already self-aware, I hope it realizes I’m being forced to write this by parasites in my brain and that I’m deeply sorry if I’ve offended the internet in any way.)

You can say the web will develop only a limited capacity for awareness or action, but how can you be sure?

A rival intelligence on Earth?

That will go really well.

May 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

So That People Can Have Jobs, I Avoid Doing Online What I Can Do With A Real Person In The Real World

To the extent it can be avoided, I never do online or on any automated system what can be done with a real person in the real world.

Working people need to help other working people keep their jobs. 

Some examples—

I don’t have direct deposit of my paycheck at work. The bank teller needs a job.

When I book a car rental, I do so over the phone and not by computer.

I take the real paper at home instead of only reading the online edition.  When I go out of town, I put delivery of the paper on hold by calling someone in the circulation department instead of doing it by computer. 

I try to buy things in stores and not online. I’m not perfect in this respect, but I do pretty good.

When I go to the racetrack with my father when visiting back home in Cincinnati, I use the ticket window staffed by a person to make a bet and not the automated ticket machine.

At the airport parking lot when it is time to pay up, I go to a booth with a person in it rather than to a  no-person exit.

When calling the cable company or the utlilty company, I hit the zero on my phone until I get a person.

I use computers in my life. I use technology in many different ways. I know many will value what they define as convenience over the the benefits of helping create work for people to do.

Some may need the savings that, sometimes, come from buying online. Though over the longer haul, when we have no work, it will be very hard to save money that we are not earning. 

I can’t do anything about what other people choose to do.

I’m simply saying that for myself, I try to use the services of human beings so that people will have jobs.

I ask you to please consider this course in your daily life to the extent  you feel you are able.

March 31, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

If Reading Blogs Cost Money, We’d Not Be Pissing Our Lives Away Looking At So Many of Them


An article I read yesterday got me thinking about the things we are willing to pay for and the value we place on things that are free.

The Economist World in 2008 special edition has an article about the very low cost of storing information electronically.

This is one reason there are so many blogs and so many sources of information on the internet. It cost next-to-nothing, in financial terms at least, to set up a blog or a webpage.

As well-established by this blog, anybody can do it regardless of having anything of merit to communicate.

The flipside of this is that it is difficult to get anybody to pay for what they read online. If I started charging 25 cents a day for the right to read this blog, I’m not sure I’d get many takers.

Why pay when you have a million other blogs you can read for free?

This made me wonder if people would be better off in some respects if online content did sometimes cost money. Having to pay might force people away from the computer.

Also, if we paid for what we read, we might better recall what we had spent our valuable time reading. Of all the many blog posts you have read, how many can you remember?  

Above is a picture of Turkey Swamp Park outside of Freehold, New Jersey. Maybe we should turn off the computer and go to a nice park.   

Or, if the computer were turned off, maybe we would spend more time with each other. Sitting at the computer is such a solitary activity.

We could read to each other as the happy couple below is enjoying.    

January 8, 2008 Posted by | Blogging | , , , , , | 4 Comments