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Note: Randy’s blog — more than 600 entries — goes back to 1994, the start of This is True itself. 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.
Note 2: See bottom of this page regarding comment photos.
A Listing of ALL Blog Entries is here — the listing is long: there are over 600 pages. 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:
- Podcast 003: Reading TRUE to Kids - Jump To… About This Episode Show Notes How to Subscribe How to Comment Episode Transcript Subscribe to Podcast Notification Emails List of All Episodes Finishing up last week, one more behind-the-scenes tour, of this place: A really neat photo of the Gates Planetarium at Denver’s Museum of Nature and Science. When we were there, we […]
- Podcast 002: Political Unrest and Insider Tours - Now we’re getting up to speed! My brother the recording studio engineer helped with balancing the microphone for my co-host Clare Angelica, and those tips helped with my side too. This is much more the “studio quality” I was aiming for in the first place. I’ve also signed up for an overnight transcription service so […]
- Podcast 001: My Co-Host - If You Missed “Episode 0” (the intro to the series), listen here. Say hello to my co-host (and long-time assistant), Clare Angelica. “This is Episode 1 …so we’ll probably flub it up!” I said in the opening. But you know, for our first try, I think it’s a pretty decent effort. 🙂 Not just another […]
- Podcast 0: Introduction - For Practice, and to test out the new hosting platform for the podcast, I thought I’d do a quickie (5-minute) introduction. As promised, it’s set up so you can download it manually if you wish. Episode 1 will come out on time on Friday (7 July). How to Subscribe You can subscribe via iTunes, or […]
- Behind the Scenes at JPL - Long-time readers know that This is True was created while I still had a Day Job. It was a very cool job: I was on the engineering staff at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1986-1996 — True was started in 1994, so there was a two-year overlap). Shortly after I left to pursue True full time, […]
- This Can’t Go In the Newsletter - I Wanted to Cover a Story, but I knew there was no way I could put it in the newsletter: it would cause the issue to be trapped by about 90 percent of readers’ spam filters. (more…)
- Tom Negrino - A year ago, a long-time friend’s husband (a writer very popular in Macintosh circles) revealed he was dying of cancer. (more…)
- Fashion Accessory - The story just isn’t enough: you want to see the photo Ashley Glawe (“glah-WE”) posted on Facebook from the emergency room. But first the story, from True’s 5 February 2017 issue: (more…)
- Women’s March (to the Back of the Bus) - I Expect to Be Called Names for my tag on the last story this week. Let’s start with the story, in the 29 January 2017 issue: (more…)
- The Return of Randy’s Random - Long-time readers may remember that years ago, I had a separate mailing list called “Randy’s Random” — mostly jokes and funny stories. But how to deal with graphics? I didn’t want to email graphics, so Randy’s Random then morphed into Jumbo Joke, which (as you probably know) ran for years. I sold it a year […]
- First Patreon Goal Reached! - True’s Patreon campaign to help keep this publication going has broken its first goal: scores of readers have joined together to get great rewards, and, as of last Thursday, together are now providing more than $1,000/month funding to help pay the bills. (more…)
- A Little Bit Behind - I Loved This Note this week from David in California: (more…)
- Alternative to Patreon, Please? - Premium Subscriber Erik in Nevada wanted to really help True, but he didn’t want to do it via our new effort on Patreon, the “crowd-funding” platform for creative endeavors. (more…)
- Die Like a Dog - I know a story this week will raise eyebrows, so I’m posting it here so there’s a place to explore it a bit in the comments. Let’s start with the story, from the 9 October 2016 issue: (more…)
- This is True on Patreon - Last Week, I Noted I Had a High-Risk (but “audacious”) goal for True — and came up with a way to take most of the risk away. (more…)
- That Tagline is Insensitive - There was a little pushback from a story in the 11 September 2016 issue — or, really, about its tag. Here’s the story: (more…)
- The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity - In recent reading, I’ve stumbled on a paper by Carlo M. Cipolla. An Italian, Cipolla taught economic history at the University of California at Berkeley, and proposed “The [Five] Basic Laws of Human Stupidity”: (more…)
- Knowing Is Half the Battle - True contributor Mike Straw, who as you might remember is a fairly recently retired career U.S. Air Force officer, had more to say about one of the stories he wrote this week. We’ll start first with the story, from the 7 August 2016 issue: (more…)
- What’s Up with Jumbo Joke? - An old email humor list I ran called “Randy’s Random” got turned into a web site, Jumbo Joke, way back in 2004. (more…)
- Orlando: What YOU Can Do - You — Yes, You — Can “Do Something” about Mass Killings. A good friend of mine posted this yesterday, after he heard about the 49 murders at a “gay night club” in Orlando, Florida, overnight. The gunman was killed in a shoot-out with police. (more…)
How to Include Your Photo on Comments
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If you wish to remain anonymous and not have your photo show, then add an “address” tag to your address (because comments that use fake addresses are automatically rejected). That is, if your email is your.name @ gmail.com, you can use a tag like your.name+nopic @ gmail.com — that changes your address enough that it won’t pull up a photo. You’ll still get notifications (if you sign up for them), too.