Saturday Shortstop: Robin Yount

Robin Yount makes the turn.Robin Yount just barely qualifies as a shortstop.  Played the first 9 years at shortstop for Milwaukee and the last 11 in centerfield after a shoulder injury wouldn’t let him make the throws needed at shortstop. All star at both positions and voted to the Hall of Fame in his first ballot, 1999.

CSN City Game:  All the rules and regulations are now posted, and everybody knows exactly what to do and how to play the game.  Oh, boogers.  That item was supposed to run on April 1st.

Nothing has changed at CSN City, but people are starting to accumulate buildings and residents for their town (at least I presume that is what they are for).  I see on Twitter that some people are getting some of the items to be shared (they look like people.  They are called items) but have no clue how to do so myself.  Anybody know??

Jon Olson spent much of the last week in the San Francisco Bay area.  I have it on solid information that they let him in and out of Alcatraz among other things.  I really hope he had a good week, but brother, do I miss TE Live.  I admit, I am a TELive junkie.

Nick Grimshawe is en fuego (on fire).  His post about how to organize and pursue an advertising campaign is epic. If you haven’t read it yet do so here.  Very successful advertising on a very small budget.  You really need to see it.

I gaze deeply into my crystal ball and think we will hear something from Sunny Suggs this week.  Watch for it, I think you will like it.

On a very personal note, it was 50 years ago this week (I’m not sure the exact date) that I got my first motorcycle.  There have been a lot of miles and a lot of smiles since then.

Robin Yount was a proponent of weight training (almost unheard of in baseball in the 70s) and improved his offensive numbers enough over his career to send most players to the weight room.  Innovation was an important part of his game, and should be an important part of mine.

I’m just sayin’


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Tools I Use: Google and More

ToolsTools, and some tips that I use daily.  Some to keep me from being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of stuff and some that just work really well for me.

Google Chrome

I’m a chromeboy, freely admit it.  I have been using it at least part time since the very start. Much of what I will post here is from Chrome, but I know that the features are available on IE or Firefox, too.  Not as easy to find, possibly…


Industry standard.  What can I say?  Much has been written about handling huge volumes of mail through Gmail so I won’t waste any words on it.  Simply works better than anything else.

Google Drive

I do all my writing on and storage on Drive.  And much, much more.  I started using Google Docs for invoices for my cleaning service.  When Google shuffled Docs to Drive I was upset.  Until I found out how full featured Drive is.  I recommend it very highly, without reservation.

Some of my ‘off principal’ uses of Drive?

I store the backups for my WordPress sites there.  The free storage is enormous, and the paid storage is cheap.  Really cheap.

Spreadsheets.  Drive isn’t just about the written word.  Spreadsheets are fast and easy if you are familiar with Excel or Office.

Forms.  Drive has an easy form builder that is better than the one I used in Docs to make invoices.


Yes, everybody has them.  Lots of them.  Lots and lots and lots.  I estimate that I have over 5,000 that are in play every day.  More in some saved files in the archives.  Chrome lets you use folders and logical architecture so you can actually find stuff without scrolling through 5000 (or more) entries.  And like all of Chrome, it is cloud based.  Means I can go to any computer that is online and my precious stuff is there.  I could break both my computers today and be in business again tomorrow.  That easy.

FWIW:  I’m not sure if this is the oldest bookmark in my working collection or if this is.  I found them both in less than 2 minutes.  I haven’t used either one in more than 10 years.

Google Search

Well, yeah.  Everybody and then some use Google.  Why would I even mention it? Because I use a couple of others from time to time.  DuckDuckGo is utterly private (NSA anyone?) and Kartoo seems to have a different thrust than Google.  It sometimes works when Google frustrates me.

Google Aps

Also part of Chrome, I use several routinely.  Wallet and Photos are the two I use most. There are millions of free aps available.


I am a big believer.  There is so much garbage on the internet that I run most everything I see in the private sector through Snopes.  Easy to use, and no reason EVER to pass on bad information.

All of My Links

The only paid service on this list.  From the mind and fingers of Sunny Suggs, All of My Links is way worth the modest price to me.  I can log into anyplace that I can think of in 1 minute flat.  So long as I have it in AOML, that is.  This is one of those great ideas that WORKS.


I use Jing for my screenshot and short screen video capture.  It’s free, easy and works. Just a hint:  All of the videos in TrackeryMe were done using Jing.  Really slick and easy.

There are more things that I use, obviously.  These are the big dogs that I use all the time. I really wouldn’t know what to do without them.

I’m just sayin’


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WordPress: What’s in a Name?

WordPress LogoSo you have decided to go on with a WordPress site.  To boldly go where no man, well, maybe only a few million have gone before.

WordPress v WordPress

WordPress dot com is a free blog/website site that is hosted by WordPress.  WordPress dot org is the place to download WP to your site.

First Choice

It’s time to decide what you want your website to do.  Do you want to sell stuff?  Write a blog about cute kittens?  Build a list?  It might not be a bad idea to actually write down what you want   from your website.  Make a list and prioritize it.

What’s the Difference?

WP hosted sites are free and easy and very restrictive.  It is free but really, it is a hobbyist site.  If you are serious about your blog and/or business you want to host your own site. Much more freedom and you can monetize your site to your hearts content.  You can be banned for ever and a day from WP dot com for 2 links or one ad.  You really want to host your own.  REALLY.

Next Up:  Hosting

Don’t panic, it’s not that hard.  I’ve done it, I know you can.

It’s time for you to meet Jerry Low, owner of  I rammed into him on twitter (He is @WebHostingJerry), and he puts out a surprising amount of content dealing with hosting and other stuff.  He has a post here that deals with 50 terms you need to know (actually, you need about 5:)) and another here that deals specifically with WordPress hosting.  Looking around Jerry’s site for just a while will get you very familiarized with hosting terms and options.

I use HostGator on both my WordPress sites.  Why?  It’s cheap, easy and common.  I don’t have or ever plan to have huge traffic for either site, I don’t need huge volume.  HG supports CPanel (we’ll get to that) and is easy to use.  So far as I know, HostGator has never been down for my sites except for scheduled downtime.  It works for me.

You will need to pick a host and be ready to pay the cost of it before you officially pick a name for your website.  Next time we will get into the specifics of picking and registering a name for your website.

It isn’t Rocket Science.  All you have to do is one step at a time.

I’m just sayin’

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