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.

See bottom of this page regarding comment photos.



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:

  • The Best Thing All Week - This isn’t a story about me, but rather something awesome that I witnessed while working at a big fire this weekend.
  • 093: The Best Books were Never Written - Learning that I didn’t have to let my pain lead to fear was liberating.
  • You Won’t Believe Your Eyes - Or maybe the second word in the title should be “Shouldn’t”!
  • The Plus Edition - Announcing a new edition of This is True: the Plus Edition, only available on Substack.
  • Sarah Ferguson - Another small world story about the best readers in the world: readers of This is True.
  • 21 Years After 9/11 - Looking back at 9/11 from the eyes of an online publisher, 21 years later.
  • Justice Zone - "You wake up some unusual pathways in my brain every week."
  • Oh No, JATO?! - Just by the subject line I knew there was a 99.999 percent chance that it was fake.
  • Phishing Emails: Be Smarter! - What is it cloaking? Malware. Click the link and you won’t go to Google, you’ll go to the criminals’ site.
  • When Scams Become Deadly - The scammer then demanded money from him, with the threat that if he didn't pay the pics would be posted on social media where his family and friends would see them.
  • Memorial Day Story - Some years ago I saw this meme posted on social media on Memorial Day weekend. I didn’t make it, but I wanted to know the STORY behind it. No one who posted it ever said who James was, or who the woman is, so I researched it.
  • Fore! … Oops. - The true story of a golfing lawyer damaging my house, and what I did about it.
  • Zero Gravity Bureaucracy: The Real Story - When NASA first started sending astronauts to space, they knew ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity.
  • Paypal: Driving Inflation Higher - Now and Then Premium Subscribers ask which I prefer, credit cards or Paypal, with the intention of using whatever costs me less....
  • Biohacking with Hardware 1:
    the Apollo Neuro Wearable Band
    - Last May, I wrote that after going to a meeting on biohacking, I’d have more to say on the “tech stuff” I’ve learned about after I play with it a little. This is the first of those.
  • The Best of April Fools:
    Earlier Generations Did It Better
    - A lot of sites and publications will be running crazy stories as true to try to trick you today. Not me.
  • Badge of Honor, Tarnished - Guest Post by True Contributor Mike Straw Every Sunday morning it’s a highlight of my week as I get to digest interesting and unusual news stories down to 100–200 words, then give it a slug at the top and a creative tagline at the end.
  • We Just Need a Little More - What do you need to break out of your rut? You might have a business idea, or something you want to do with your life.
  • How Not to Call 911: A Real World Example - True contributor Alexander Cohen and I had quite the discussion about the Canadian woman desperately trying to get police help when there was an intruder in her home.
  • Shades of Gray - Why This is True (and most other news organizations) capitalizes Black, but not white.

How to Include Your Photo on Comments

You’ll note some comments include a photo representing the commenter. The comment system uses Gravatar to pull up user photos. Register there if you already haven’t; it uses your email address to associate your stated address when you comment with your Gravatar account, and then it’s automagical on any site that uses Gravatar (which is a lot).

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.