Randy Cassingham’s Blog

Randy’s blog — more than 700 entries — goes back to 1994. If you’d like to read through all of them, it’ll take you awhile — but you’ll be amply entertained. The first entry is here: Introducing My Blog, and there are links at the bottom of each page (above the comments) to get to the next entry.

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A Listing of ALL Blog Entries is here — the listing is long. Note there’s a search function in the navbar if you’re trying to find something specific. The following is a listing of the most-recent entries:

  • Stay Put - Business owners pressured government officials to let them open back up…. Theater owners even descended on Mayor Mills’ office to demand he ease up on restrictions that were costing them $50,000 per week.
  • Kup-pa Ko-fi - True has had a presence on Patreon for a few years now. Patreon is one of several sites that helps “creators” get support from patrons. In late 2017, Patreon made a bone-headed decision that resulted in well over half of True’s patrons bailing, mostly for my own home-rolled alternative. The downside of both: having to create yet another “account” on ... Continue Reading
  • 065: Beating the Fear over Covid - The rise of COVID-19 is exceeded only by the fear it engenders. Yet Uncommon Sense tells us that fear is getting in the way of what we should be focusing on, not just in the face of the pandemic but always.
  • 064: The Line in the Sand - Colorado, having seen constant partisan manipulations of redistricting in the past — Gerrymandering — actually did something about it, and they did something radical in the process: they exercised Uncommon Sense (18-1/2 minutes). Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast64
  • Every Day is International Women’s Day - No, this isn’t a trendy “International Women's Day” post (but I love one tweet I saw: “There is absolutely no symbolism more perfect than International Women’s Day being 23 hours long.” —Elaine Filadelfo)
  • 063: The Contrarian - Having Uncommon Sense often means going against what “everyone” says is the right way to do something. Being a contrarian can absolutely be the correct way to succeed. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast63
  • 062: “Why Should I Have to Develop a Sense of Humor?” - 062: After This is True stories on religion, it’s fairly typical for a reader or two to complain. This time the complaint was, ‘Why should I have to develop a sense of humor’ (about his religion)? This episode is my response to that question: it of course comes down to …a matter of Uncommon Sense (19-1/4 minutes). Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast62
  • Make Cheating Wrong Again - A bit of a rant about the Georgia State Trooper cheating scandal: their commissioner has the problem all wrong.
  • 061: The Domino Effect - 061: James Flanagan followed his gut, and the domino effect that followed is so amazing, you’ll find it hard to believe that one guy’s efforts are probably a part of your life every day — even though he’s been dead for several years. (12-1/2 minutes). Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast61
  • 060: Uncommon Sense in Kids - 060: Uncommon Sense in Kids — How to Help Your Kids be Millionaires ...when YOU aren't rich (15-3/4 minutes)
  • 059: Rescuing History - A wild story of several civilians who rescued a piece of history — a little-known account from the sidelines in the race to the moon. (21-1/2 minutes) Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast59
  • 058: Solving Cultural Amnesia - There are millions of web sites, but if the owner dies it’s shut down, and all of its knowledge can be lost forever. Someone is trying to do something about that, and much more (14-1/2 minutes). Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast58
  • Aurora Police: Not Accountable - Two stories in this week’s issue make the Aurora (Colo.) Police Dept. look very bad. Let’s start with the stories from the 12 January 2020 issue, and then explore why they’re just the tip of the iceberg.
  • 057: The Key to Innovation - What is innovation, really? And more importantly, how do you get it, especially if you’re a creative type and maybe don’t think of yourself as brave? The answer may surprise you (10-1/4 minutes). Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast57
  • 056: Running with An Idea - What if you have a business idea, but you’re not sure if you want to take the risk to pursue it: should you quit your day job? Well, there’s an alternative to quitting your job: getting your employer to back your innovative idea (10-1/2 minutes). Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast56
  • Top 3 (x4) of 2019 - Looking at the stats for 2019 is showing what you all found the most interesting or entertaining to read (and listen to!) of my offerings this year.
  • 055: Resisting Uncommon Sense - Why isn’t there more Uncommon Sense? Because the default for humans is to resist change. Uncommon Sense requires your mind to be open to new ideas, to be convinced that “the way we’ve always done it” might not be the best way. Yet humans resist change even when sick and dying, and the change might save their lives. Don’t believe me? Then you haven’t heard this story (12-3/4 minutes). Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast55
  • Call Me Tiberius - While researching the Honorary Unsubscribe for writer D.C. Fontana, I came across a bit of Star Trek trivia that caught my eye — something I, as a life-long Trek fan, never knew.
  • 054: Pre-Silicon Valley - Digging into the idea that the smartphone was invented in 1953. The back story is even more impressive: it nicely demonstrates that you don’t need a college education to have Uncommon Sense (11 minutes). Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast54
  • The Book of Kevin - Announcing a New True Book Series. I was hoping it’d be ready today, but it isn’t, but I can still announce it since it’s almost here!

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