Changes Pending…

Dear reader(s),

I’ve decided that I need to do something different with this blog. I’ve been paying for the hosting an keeping it running all these years and I never made it into what I had originally intended it to be. There are plenty of websites out there now that cover that territory now so there really isn’t even a need for it and I don’t have the time or energy anyway.

So, I’m going to be archiving my old posts (they will still be available for public viewing, but I’m going to move them out of the way if possible) and changing the look/feel of the site to be a little less obnoxious.

As for content, I plan to just do some random writing. I think I’ll share some thoughts I’ve been having, maybe just do some short stories, maybe some other kinds of writing that might not make sense to some folks… I think I just need to make this an outlet for some creativity I’ve been keeping pent up. I’m going to try really hard not to worry about what others think or if anyone even cares at all. I’ve been holding things back too much and just need to write for the sake of writing, because I do enjoy it when I can let myself write more freely.

If you’re still reading, I want you to know that I appreciate you and your time. I hope you have a great day.

— Alex

Image Hider (Chrome Extension) Published

I finally published that Chrome extension I had written about previously. I feel like there is more I can do to improve it, but for what it is now I think it can be useful to people.

You can check it out here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/image-hider/fdjghmbmljbhojdgegmhhbkhgoacgdcb

If you use it, please leave a review. Thanks!

I also want to thank my good buddy Jake Farr for the new icon!

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. 😉

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: https://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:

https://robots.thoughtbot.com/how-to-make-a-chrome-extension

https://developer.chrome.com/extensions/getstarted

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,  that 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.

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