Dear friend:

Try to rest easy in the knowledge that you are handling this whole thing with a grace that few others could match. That does not make this suck any less, but it does make it easier for you, your children, and your spouse. As you mentioned last night, I’ve got a story for everything. What I’ve learned as I’ve been beaten down by the boxer that is life is that time is the most precious “thing” we have. It seems so obvious (and cliché), but time will relentlessly march on, whether we like it or not. The most important thing you can do for yourself, and your children, is to find a way to genuinely live a happy life.

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is credited for saying “No man ever steps in the same river twice.” To oversimplify, what he is saying is that change is a constant component of what it means to be human. As you and your family pass through this time remember that today is the beginning, not the end. Live for today. Be conscious of tomorrow. Don’t worry about yesterday. Allow yourself to be happy and happiness will return.

Peace my friend. We are here for you when/if you need us.

I cannot stand content farms…

I don’t know about the rest of you out there in cyberspace, but I, for one, have come to the conclusion that Google’s search results are nowhere near as useful as they used to be. My perspective is very straight forward when it comes to the “quality” of search… Do I find what I’m looking for in the top 5 results on the first try of a search. I’m not a search expert. I don’t know, nor do I have any interest in really “knowing” if Google’s search results are really slipping. What I do know is that for me, it feels like search has become noticably less relevant/useful over the course of the last 18 months.

Today Google released what they call the “Personal Blocklist” as a Chorme Extension (download it from here). This tool allows individuals to block specific sites from showing up in Google search results. It’s unfortunate that Google did not provide a way to input a list of sites to be blocked in bulk, but I’m sure someone will augment the Extension in short order.

In the meantime, here is a handy list of sites that I will be search for and blocking ASAP.


  • ehow.com
  • experts-exchange.com
  • naymz.com
  • activehotels.com
  • robtex.com
  • encyclopedia.com
  • fixya.com
  • chacha.com
  • 123people.com
  • download3k.com
  • petitionspot.com
  • thefreedictionary.com
  • networkedblogs.com
  • buzzillions.com
  • shopwiki.com
  • wowxos.com
  • answerbag.com
  • allexperts.com
  • freewebs.com
  • copygator.com


Let me know if you find this list useful, and please help me add to the list.