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Moving back to “menace of privilege”

June 28, 2009

I’ve moved the entire contents of this blog to my new one, menace of privilege. Of course moving is never simple.  For instance, it turns out that all the blogroll links had to be moved manually, which I did, but that they are now all in a single category.  One of these days real soon now I shall get them organized. (Meanwhile, the separate “priceofprivilege” blog that I experimented with last year has been discontinued.)

This blog will stay up for a while, I guess, but please update your bookmark to the new site:


Yes, this is the taxpayer blog

March 1, 2009

New theme, “neat,” allows me to put up a custom image. But until I do, I’ve discovered, it doesn’t post the name of the blog. Yeah, this is still the taxpayer blog (tho the name will change too), and when I get around to it I’ll straighten this out.


Pedestrian directions now available on Google maps

August 6, 2008

So, for instance, suppose I want to get some of that free land in Marquette, Kansas, but I don’t have a car or bicycle.  Google will provide directions, a total of 314 segments for the 766-mile trip.  Google estimates it’ll take me 10 days and 10 hours, which works out to just over 3 miles per hour.  I guess they assume I sleepwalk, but take breaks occasionally. I don’t imagine their database worries about whether there are sidewalks, but they do say “Walking directions are in beta. Use caution when walking in unfamiliar areas.”


Netvouz– keeping bookmarks on line

June 10, 2007

I’ve had, for years, a problem with various browsers, computers, etc, each having a bunch of bookmarks, not identical nor even  organized in similar ways.  And at various times I’ve had difficulty figuring out how Firefox and
Opera, the main browsers I use, expect me to manage their bookmark files.

I finally decided that I needed to use one of the on-line bookmark managers, and ended up with Netvouz.

(Why Netvouz? I tried two or three others, and couldn’t get Opera to let me install the
links to a bar, necessary to easily access the bookmarks.  Finally, when I got to Netvouz,
I figured I must be doing something wrong and sent a note seeking support.  A couple days later  I had a helpful response, explaining how I could overcome an Opera weirdness. )

It took me a little while to figure out how to use Netvouz, but it’s logically organized and, most importantly, seems to be bulletproof reliable.  So I’m gradually getting accustomed to it, and it’s a great convenience.