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How to have a successful and interesting career without having to pay a lot for job training: A case study…

I was just having a conversation with a buddy here in Live about our careers. By the time I wrote my story, I had a blog post. So, here it is — a little more in depth, and with no typos I hope:

After high school in 1970-ish had no idea what I wanted to do for a living. I had never thought about it before. So, I went to the local community college, putting myself through by flipping burgers, while I thought about it.

After college, and after a wild and crazy summer backpacking in the High Sierras, I got serious and thought I had better get a “real” job.

I lived in a cracker box apartment for $75 a month, including utilities. Phone was an extra $4 per month. But, some day I wanted a house. I had lived in apartments for two long, and I wanted my own backyard. If I got a good job, I thought, I would buy a house some day…

Here is the career path I chose:

I walked to places near my house and asked for a job till I got a job. Then, I would walk at lunch time till I got a better job, etc.

After my summer of back packing, I worked again at Jack in the Box. Then, some months later, I moved down the street to a title company and worked as a delivery girl. Then, I learned how to put records in lot books, keeping track of who owned what real estate in my county.

I had to learn how to read property legal descriptions to read the deeds. So, when their draftsman quit so they taught me drafting. Since I already could read legal descriptions, they thought it would be easy to teach me to draw them. 

I found out that draftsmen could make more money than what they were paying me, so a year later I moved down the street to the county where draftsmen were paid more.

A year and a half later I moved down the street to the city where draftsmen were paid even more. And then I bought a (teensy tiny) house at the age of 25. Woohoo!

Meanwhile, I took night classes at the community college in engineering, math, drafting and surveying, learning job skills.

After ten or so years of government jobs, I got a job in a private civil engineering firm where they let me spread my wings:

For nine years. I got to draw new neighborhoods: Tract maps, street plans, grading plans, water, drainage and sewer plans. Then, I married my hubby, left California and moved to Oklahoma with him. Man, I hated to quit that job!

After a couple of false starts I got my dream job working for a private civil engineer. He had a business office, but he found out that I could do all the work, and he didn’t need any other employees.

That big office for just the two of us, plus the secretary who got paid to talk to all her friend on the phone all day while he was out on jobs. Finally, he asked me if I would “mind” working out of my house….

So, for eight years, I worked out of my house as a civil engineering technician. My boss had one employee: me. We each worked out of our houses. I would see my boss two or three times a year since we lived on opposite ends of a big town. We communicated with phone, fax, email, and his wife would drop off sets of plans on her way to work.

My boss would bid on road projects that needed bridges to go across creeks. He would design the bridge, and I would design the road. I ran my own empire out of my spare room. I got to plan the work the way I wanted. With drafting and engineering software I made up big fat sets of construction plans to build stuff. It was so much fun!

I did that for eight years. But, then two years ago I got sick and could not do my job any more. I’ve been in my lazy boy chair ever since. But, I’ve already blogged about that elsewhere, so I’ll stop here…

Anyway, kids these days are taking out loans to pay for college. By the time they get a job, it’s all they can do to pay off their student loans, much less buy a house. I just thought I would offer this other side of the coin.

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Charles Darwin described the problems with his theory in his book “Origin of Species”

In 1859, Charles Darwin wrote this book:

The Origin Of Species
The Origin Of Species
Charles Darwin

Are you surprised that I am giving a link to this book? Actually, you might be surprised to know that there is nothing in this book that is any threat to somebody’s faith in God as creator.

Darwin proposed a theory, but he has two entire chapters that state the evidence his theory required that was missing. He assumed the evidence would be there some time in the future.

At this writing, it is 2010, over one hundred years later. If the evidence to support Charles Darwin’s theory was going to be found, it would have been found by now. Evolutionists are always looking for evidence to support their faith in evolution.

Some even go so far as to make fraudulent proof for evolution. See my website page: Evolution Frauds. As I say on that page, if there was real evidence, fraudulent evidence would not be needed.

This book is promoted as the bible for evolution but it actually has evidence against evolution, in my opinion. I’ll quote a few excerpts from Chapter Six: "Difficulties on the Theory" and Chapter Nine: "On the Imperfection of the Geological Record".

The entire book can be read online for free here: The Origin of Species. Here are links to the two chapters I am quoting from so you can read the quotes in context:

Chapter 6 – Difficulties on Theory

Chapter 9 – On the Imperfection of the Geological Record

Here is what I consider the most important excerpt of the book:

"Why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms."

He expected to see certain evidence in the fossil record if his theory is true, but it is not there.

In chapters Six and Nine, he was honest about which evidence was lacking. Here are more excerpts from those chapters, typed up from the yellow highlighted parts of my own copy of Origin of Species:

"To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree."

"If numerous species, belonging to the same genera or families, have really started into life all at once, the fact would be fatal to the theory to descent with slow modification though natural selection."

"I concluded that this great group had been suddenly developed at the commencement of the tertiary series This was a sore trouble to me, adding as I thought one more instance of the abrupt appearance of a great group of species. "

"The case most frequently insisted on by paleontologists of the apparently sudden appearance of a whole group of species, is that of the teleostean fishes, low down in the Chalk period."

"On the sudden appearance of groups of Allied Species in the lowest known fossilferous strata: There is another and allied difficulty, which is much graver. I allude to the manner in which numbers of species of the same group suddenly appear in the lowest known fossiliferous rocks."

"Consequently, if my theory be true, it is indisputable that before the lowest Silurian stratum was deposited, long periods elapsed, as long as, or probably far longer than, the whole interval from the Silurian age to the present day; and that during these vast, yet quite unknown, periods of time, the world swarmed with living creatures. To the question why we do not find records of these vast primordial periods, I can give no satisfactory answer."

"The case at present must remain inexplicable; and may be truly urged as a valid argument against the views here entertained."

"The several difficulties here discussed, namely our not finding in the successive formations infinitely numerous transitional links between the many species which now exist or have existed; the sudden manner in which whole groups of species appear in our European formations; the almost entire absence, as at present known, of fossiliferous formations beneath the Silurian strata, are all undoubtedly of the gravest nature."

Darwin was concerned that the lack of transitional fossils disproved the theory. He hoped that in the years to come there would be more fossil finds that would prove the theory as he stated it.

It has been about 150 years since he wrote that book, and countless more fossils have been found as people search for missing links, but the innumerable transitional forms have not been found. Darwin says himself the lack of these fossils would be fatal to the theory:

If numerous species, belonging to the same genera or families, have really started into life all at once, the fact would be fatal to the theory to descent with slow modification though natural selection.

The fact is, many species, in fact many major groups of animals, appear in the lowest part of the fossil record. This phenomena is called The Cambrian Explosion.

Please see information about The Cambrian Explosion on the The Fossil Record page of my website.

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Deleting all the Spam comments from my Windows Live Space is easier with Windows 7 Magnifier!

(Please note: the method for dealing with spam that I use assumes you check your space for spam very often, and that all your spam, and a lot of it, is on the Recent Comments page. Please see Hold the spam by Greg Edwards if you have not checked your space recently.)

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I get a lot of Spam comments in my Windows Live Space to or three time a week. These Spam comments are miles and miles of hyperlinks. The spammers put them in many, many blog entries, making it difficult to delete quickly.

To check your Windows Live Space for all comments, including spam, click here: http://profile.live.com/recentcomments/. If you are as unlucky as I am, this is what you will see:

Page one of Spam

Since each comment is so long, you have to scroll down to the bottom of each comment to get to the “Delete” link.

Also, if you have new comments from your friends that you want to keep, you have to scroll down past them to get to the spam, and then scroll to the bottom of the spam comment.

I find scrolling down to the end of each spam comment tiring and time consuming. With this method there is no more need to scroll:

Each time I get spam, I try to find a faster and easier to delete it. This is the fastest and easiest way I have found so far.

First, put on some enjoyable music. If you are like me, there will be a lot of spam to delete, and even with this speedy method you will spend up to an hour, or more, deleting your spam comments.

First, change the “Zoom Level” of your browser. In Windows Explorer 8 go to the bottom right of the browser window and click the “Down Arrow”:

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Then click “Custom” and change the “Percentage Zoom” to a little smaller than you can see easily. I use 25 percent:

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At this small zoom level, the entire length of the spam message should be in one screen view of your browser window:

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Now, to be able to more easily see the “Delete” link, open Windows 7 Magnifier here: All Programs/Accessories/Ease of Access/Magnifier:

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On the Views menu, there are three modes:

  • Full-screen mode.
  • Lens mode.
  • Docked mode.

For this purpose, I use Lens Mode:

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Select your level of Magnification. For this purpose I choose 200%:

image Now, move your mouse to the “Delete” link of your spam comment. The Lens Mode of the Windows 7 Magnifier will enable you to see it easily:

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Now, while enjoying your music, get into the zone of clicking “Delete”, waiting for the screen to refresh and hovering over the “Delete” link for your next spam comment. Be patient. it will take a while. But, since you are not having to scroll, it will be quicker than you think.

I use one hand on the mouse, and one hand on the “Enter” key of my keyboard. It goes faster since I do not have to move my hand off my mouse to “Click OK to delete the comment” for each delete.

When you are finished deleting your spam, hover your mouse over the little magnifying glass somewhere on your screen and click it:

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Your Magnifier menu will come up so you can close it:

imagePat yourself on the back for a good job well done…

Hopefully, it will be a few days before you have to delete spam again.

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Two blogs or not two blogs, that is the question — WordPress.com VS WordPress.org

I recently decided to start a new blog dedicated to one topic: the reasons why I believe in God. I already have my website for that purpose, but I’ve been thinking of having a blog in addition to it for some time now.

The main reason for having a blog in addition to my website is that I would no longer have to redo my website every ding dong time I want to say something new.

I’ve looked at the various blogging services and I’ve decided that WordPress is the one I will use. (I am, of course, still keeping my Windows Live Space — I am not jumping ship)

WordPress has two faces:

I’ve been taking each one for a test drive recently but I have not decided which one to go with. They each have their advantages and disadvantages from what I have seen so far.

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I ordered a copy of WordPress For Dummies from Amazon.com, but it is not expected to arrive until tomorrow, so I don’t know everything there is to know yet….

But, from surfing the available information I have gathered the following:

WordPress.com is a blogging neighborhood like Windows Live Spaces. You can pay extra for a domain name for your blog if you want, but it is hosted by WordPress.com. There is limited capability for customization unless you pay extra. But, since it is a blog neighborhood, you can look around and see what is new in the neighborhood. You can see who else is using the same tags, for instance.

WordPress.org allows you to download (for free) the WordPress software into your own domain, which I have done. It is heftier and more customizable (many more available themes than WordPress.com) But, you are for responsible for your database yourself. I do not know anything about website databases, (yet) so I have been afraid to play with it too much. Since it is hosted in your own domain, you do not have the blog neighborhood advantages of WordPress.com. There is no charge to me for hosting since it is just in a folder of my existing website.

Anyway, my copy of WordPress for Dummies will be here tomorrow (I hope) so I will cuddle up with it and a cup of tea tomorrow and see what else I can find out.

So far, I have played with the WordPress.com blog and it pretty much resembles a real blog already. If I do decide to stick with WordPress.org, I have the option of importing everything into it, so I am OK either way. Or, I might decide to keep both. Like I said, I am undecided….

If you want to laugh at what I have set up so far, here are my two new blogs (Warning: Crackpot theory alert):

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Edited to add:

I tried to upgrade the blog in my website, but it was not the full version and it broke. Good thing I found out NOW that it was not the full version. I would not have been happy if I lost a bunch of stuff. I’m going to install the actual software from WordPress.org once I get my new book, and then I’ll have some fun.

Edited to add: February 24, 2010:

Today the fun starts. I got the actual WordPress.org software installed in my website: And, my WordPress for Dummies book came last night. I am all set to learn some new tricks. Woohoo!

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I saw the first Robin of Spring this morning! My backyard will soon be turning green…

American Robin - I did not take this picture An American Robin came to my backyard this morning to assure me that warm weather is coming soon. This California Girl has had more than enough of the snow this Winter! I am so ready for some warmth…

I am so ready for green things to start growing in my backyard! As I mentioned yesterday, my hubby already started my vegetable garden on the kitchen window sill by planting tomato seeds yesterday. (No tomatoes yet!)

In addition to the vegetable garden my hubby is going to plant me, greenery will soon be showing up in our pond…

Every Spring the parrots feather plants start sprouting again and soon spread over the surface. Every Winter I have to pull out the dying plants, but they come back even more lush the next Spring…

And then there are the water lilies. Every Winter they die, and every Spring little bitty shoots start coming up from the bottom of the pond. Every Spring, we get more and more lily leaves on the surface of the pond….

The parrots feather plants and the lilies come back every Spring. But, we will have to buy two or three water hyacinth to float in the top of the waterfall. They will reproduce and it will be all pretty up there.

Yes, it will soon be Spring, but I am cold right now. The good news is that my hubby has a pot of potato corn chowder bubbling on the stove. I’m eating good tonight! My tummy will be nice and warm. Yummy!

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Love is: Planting a garden for your wife when you personally hate vegetables….

My hubby is planting me a garden this spring for the second year in a row. He got it started last night and planted tomato seeds. What will soon be my vegetable garden is sitting on the kitchen window sill waiting for the morning sun.

My hubby does not like vegetables, but I love them. I especially love tomatoes, onions and carrots. He grew these and more last year. Yummy. Nothing beats a fresh, ripe, homegrown tomato!

Thank you, Sweetie, I love you, too!

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How to set up Windows Live Writer to work with blogs outside of Windows Live and have the blog’s activity shown on your Windows Live Profile

Windows Live Writer can work with many blogs in addition to the blogs in Windows Live Spaces.

If you do not already have Windows Live Writer, it can be downloaded as part of Windows Live Essentials, or individually.

As Writer’s download page says, Windows Live Writer can be set up to work with “WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, and many more” in addition to the blog in Windows Live Spaces.

To add your blog to Windows Live Writer, first click on “Blogs” on the Menu Bar. A dropdown menu will appear. Click “Add blog account”:

add blog account

A popup will appear asking you “What blog service do you use?” Unless you are setting up Windows Live or SharePoint blog (Microsoft services) select “Other blog service” and click “Next”:

what blog service

Fill in the details of your blog service including the web address, username and password, then click “Next”:

add blog account II

You will see this:

setting up blog

Shortly, you will be asked if you want to allow Writer to detect the theme of your blog. This allows you to write your blog and let you see exactly how it will look once it is posted. Once you are all set up, select “View” on the Menu Bar and make sure “Edit Using Theme” is selected in order to use it. Select “Yes” or “No” below:

create a

Once your blog is set up, you are asked to give your blog a nick name. This is helpful if you have more than one blog. You are also asked if you want to show your blog’s activity in your Windows Live profile:

blog has been set up

If you do choose to share your blog with your Windows Live, you will next see this confirmation test asking you to share updates:

share updates?

Next, you will see this page listing your new blog on your Web Activities page:

web activites

Since my new WordPress blog uses tags, there is a place to add tags. (This is not available for use with Windows Live Spaces blog):

set tags 

Please note: If you install WordPress.org in your own domain, you must allow “Remote Publishing” in wp-admin/Settings/Writing. Select “Enable the WordPress, Movable Type, MetaWeblog and Blogger XML-RPC publishing protocols”. (Other services probably have a similar setting.):

Remote publishing 

Enjoy using Windows Live Writer in your blog!

Special thanks to Windows 7 Snipping Tool and Paint for helping me write this post. I could not have done it without you!

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