#193 December 1, 2014 from http://www.don-guitar.com Just a brief one this time. I'd like to say that's because I'm retired and taking it easy but the truth is, it's because I'm so darn busy that I've little time for the sort of research required to do this publication proper justice. One of the things I'm busy with is our concept band, Play It Again. Here's our latest video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovw2mwlqW24 The concept is simply that any piece of music recorded in the 20th Century is fair game. That gives us an awfully lot of room to play, as it were, but it takes a lot more practice than the mostly-Country music assortment we play with our main band... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Turnabout/835629109797873 We've also played some Assisted Living centers with Lisa's ukulele club... https://sites.google.com/site/highlandlakesukuleleclub/ and we'll be doing another one on Thursday of this week. 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If you'd like to join the discussion, or just lurk and 'listen in', send us a message from our contact page and let us know what email address you'd like to be subscribed under. --- Seriously realistic sculpture. http://www.marcsijan.com/ These days, the best way to set up your own website is to buy a hosting plan (wherever you like, there are plenty of affordable plans out there) and ask your host to install a Content Management System... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Content_management_system The most popular being Wordpress and Drupal. http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Lessons http://goo.gl/Y77jyy [drupal dot org] Of course if you have a google (gmail) account, then you also have free web hosting with google's own Content Management System (which seems ok but finding an up to date tutorial for it might be somewhat problematic). https://sites.google.com/ (only works if you're logged in) If you're fed up with news, these days you can just write your own. https://medium.com/ So, what is your definition of a good life? http://www.goodlifeproject.com/ I think there's some sort of rule saying every gadget you played with as a kid needs to be converted to software. http://nathanfriend.io/inspirograph/ Digital books are now a big deal and rapidly becoming a better deal. https://unglue.it/ The Khan Academy has become an awesome educational resource. https://www.khanacademy.org/ --- This publication is only mailed to verified double opt-in subscribers, and is brought to you by me, Don Crowder, and freelists.org with occasional help from my wife, Lisa Miller. 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For example, Amazon sells some Gillette refills for what appear to be great prices only where are the handles you need to use those refills? I can't find them. Schick has some sort of battery powered shaver that looks like a regular refillable set up but how the heck does that work? I can't find an answer to that question. For now, I'll stay with shavemob but I'm not totally happy with them. For example, you can't just buy refills. You can buy a kit that includes a new handle but I've already got two handles, why do I have to buy another one? The shopping cart lists one  handle for $3.00 with any order, as a separate item, only that item can't be removed from the shopping cart. How bogus is that? A web search will turn up new contenders in the mail-order shaving market but all of them seem follow the same model. In one way or another, they make it virtually impossible to figure out exactly what it's going to cost you to shave if you start using their products. Oh well, the more things change... Lisa and I had a couple of bachelor friends over for Thanksgiving dinner and it was a great day for us. We have so very much to be thankful for. We wish the best of everything to you and yours. Don --- The Internet: A Weapon of Mass Instruction.