Harry Potter and the Free Audible Books

My sister has been trying to get me to read the Harry Potter series for ages now, but I have to admit I just never got around to it. I haven’t even seen the movies (well, like 20 min of the 3rd one).

I’ve never been much of a reader. Perhaps I have ADHD or some other issue, but I cannot seem to focus on what I read. My mind wanders as I get into the book, visualizing what I read and often imagining beyond what I’m reading to what may happen or other thoughts I have about the world of the book. I end up finding myself 5 pages in and remembering only the first 3 paragraphs. So then I go back and re-read. Rinse and repeat. It’s a struggle.

So I’ve turned to Audio Books as my way of “reading” and it works out great for me. I can listen to the narration and imagine what is being described my mind seems to stay on target as the audio acts as the guide.

Perhaps you’re like me when it comes to reading. Perhaps you have already found the joy of audio books. If so, **High Five**! If not, let me take this opportunity to offer you an Audible Free Trial.

With the free trial you get 2 free audio books and some other cool stuff.

The free trial only works if you are not currently an Audible member, sorry.

Here is the link to all the Harry Potter Audible Books!

So, Nicole, it looks like I’m finally going to “read” that Harry Potter series you’ve been trying to get me into… Right after I finish listening to my current Brandon Sanderson book. ­čśë

Take care and happy reading/listening!

Hiding Images In Chrome With ChromeImgHider

I wrote a quick little Chrome extension a few weeks ago and it’s been working pretty well for me so far. My cousin Jasper convinced me to publish it on GitHub, so I did. You can find it here:┬áhttps://github.com/alexmason81/ChromeImgHider

I haven’t published it to Google Play yet, mostly because it’s so basic and I know people are pretty fickle and I’m not really interested in fielding a bunch of complaints. Perhaps I’ll get around to that at some point though if there is enough interest from people I know.

If you’re interested in creating your own Chrome Extension, check out these articles/posts/what-have-you here:



Have a great day!

Leaving it all on the field

Perhaps it’s just because I’m getting older, but it seems I find myself thinking (or even worrying) about what kind of legacy I’ll leave when I’m gone.

That sounds morbid right? While I try to be positive as much as possible, I can’t help but have thoughts of impending doom/demise. I want to live a long and full life (my son hopes I’ll live to be 500 years old), but that doesn’t stop me from wondering about what happens if I don’t.

I used to love playing sports (I’m way too out of shape and out of practice to be much good these days) and back then I used to live by the old saying “leave everything on the field”. The idea that you want to give it your all or “play every game as if it were your last”. That’s actually not too difficult to do with sports, but applying that principle to life isn’t so easy.

Life has a way of making everything blur together. We get so wrapped up in the rat race and lose focus from what is most important. The days come and go, people come and go, and we carry on. When our turn is up, all that’s left is the impression we made on those who knew us.

If today was my last…

I’d want my kids to know that they are the most amazing thing to ever happen to me, that they are beautiful and intelligent and special in more ways than I can express in words, that I’m proud of them and believe in them, and that I love them with all of my being. I’d want them to know that I’m sorry I couldn’t be the invulnerable superhero they imagined me to be, that I want them to be brave and live life without fear and full of love, and to always stick together.

I’d want my wife to know that I am thankful every day that she agreed to be my bride, that she is beautiful and wonderful in every way, ┬áthat she is the strongest person I know, and that I love her more than she knows.

I’d want my family and friends to know that they are all awesome and that I’ve enjoyed knowing them and being a part of their lives.

There’s a lot more that I’d like to say, but no time (funny isn’t it?), so for now I’ll sign off by saying that if you’re reading this: I appreciate you and I hope you have an awesome day. Be good to one another. Let people know you love them. Be bold, be brave, be awesome!

I can’t wait to see my wife and kids again so I can hug them and tell them how much they mean to me.

Learn Shell/Terminal Basics

Do you have interest in learning basic shell commands? Perhaps you’re new to Linux and want to become more familiar with the Terminal? Perhaps you’ve been using Linux for some time now, but never really got the hang of using the command line?

Codecademy has a nice beginner course on shell commands. You should definitely check this out. I consider myself an advanced user in this area and I still managed to learn a few things.

The course is free and should take less than an hour (I was done in 15 minutes and I took time to skim/read the lesson).


What in the World is Dudeism Anyways?

Alright so I know it’s been forever since I last posted (hyperbolically┬áspeaking) and I suppose it’s time for an update.

Well today I have sort of a guest post for you. I happen to know a guy who has this cool deal on Fiverr where he’ll write you a nice 500 word article on any topic you like for $5. So I thought I’d give it a try and I picked Dudeism. Now I’ve been a Dudeist for a few years now, but haven’t really said much about it to too many people. Perhaps I’ll write more about it another time, but for now I’ll let Steven fill you in on the details.

What in the World is Dudeism Anyways?

For those fortunate few, who may have encountered one of the many individuals who live in our wonderfully advanced society, they may have seemed like your standard slacker, or maybe just an individual who just didn’t seem to have much ambition in life. They may have even been the type of person who seemed to just say “Screw it” whenever a huge problem way get slung their way. While it’s easy to just rip on these people (unless of course you may just relate to this kind of person), under no circumstances should you be so quick to judge, while we do have lazy people in the world, the first question that should come to mind should be “Am I encountering a Dudeist?”.

Now it’s quite easy to ask, “What the hell are you talking about?”, and the question is completely founded, after all, what exactly is a dudeist? At its base (and I totally risk over-complicating it) is that the dudeists, abides. What that means is, regardless of the craziness that life throws your way, regardless of how much heavy stuff is going on in your world, the easiest way to deal with it, is just to deal with, “go with the flow” and realize that while the present is super ridiculous, if you just take it one day at a time, and take it easy, that all of the worry and stress will eventually pass!

Sound a little familiar? Well this way of life was based off of the legendary Jeff Lebowski, a character created by the legendary Coen Brothers, and made famous by his portrayal by Jeff Bridges in the movie known as the Big Lebowski, and while that may seem like an almost ridiculous pretense for a faith (Though you’ll never hear a Dudeist call it that, they prefer the term “worldview”1) it was still brought to light by their Dudely Lama, Oliver Benjamin2, who dubbed his amazingly astute Church the Church of Latter Day Dude, and has slowly built its ranks, which continue to grow everyday based on its beliefs which closely resemble ideologies
such as Taoism, and Buddhism, but don’t follow that same dogmatic rituals of those religions, not that they’re looked upon with disdain, but with a view that they can be easily replicated with a solid chill session that might include bowling and the occasional acid flashback.

So then tell me oh curious reader, can you ever picture a time when you’ve viewed the world as just being too intense? Where life keeps speeding up when all you want is for it to slow down and just chill? Well like the amazing members of this astonishing and almost outlandish, life is a ride, and sometimes you just gotta get off, while you may not totally convert into a supreme Dudeist, it comes highly recommended that everyone at last look into the way of the dude, and recognize that even some practice of the culture can be healthy, then even the most stressed out people in the world (the writer of this article included) can abide everything
the world has to throw at you!

— Steven Schwanitz

1. Eutsey, Dwayne. “Take It Easy Manifesto.” Dudeism.com. Web. 15 May 2015.
2. Ehrlich, Richard. “The Man Who Founded a Religion Based on ‘The Big Lebowski'” CNN Travel. Web. 16 May 2015.


If you’re interested in Steven and/or his services, check ’em out here:
Steven Schwanitz Fiverr
Mr Writing Fanatic – Steven Schwanitz


If you’re interested in Dudeism leave a comment below or check out one of these interesting books:

The Abide Guide: Living Like Lebowski
The Tao of the Dude: Awesome Insights of Deep Dudes from Lao Tzu to Lebowski
The Dude De Ching
The Dude and the Zen Master


Alright, that’s it for now. I’ll try to write something again soon. Take care everyone.

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