Hello all!!

I want to thank all of you, every single one who has ever visited this blog; yes, even the spammers. I have been on Blogger for exactly thirty-two months (okay...maybe thirty-two months and one day, but who's counting?) As I said in an earlier post, I will be leaving Blogger and Google behind.

The reasons remain the same; Google. Maybe it is the hell hath no fury like a writer scorned thing; I don't know. But, my opinion, if it counts, evolved beyond that, especially when Bruce Draganjac got my new site running. I can't tell you how stoked I am to be at a new location, and I was able to find a way to import every one of my archives (posts, comments, and categories) into the new site, so nothing is missing except a few sidebar plug ins which will show up as soon as I have time to play. My links to blogs I read will also appear over the next few days.

Beyond all the new looks and stuff I can do is the speed at which my new site loads; simply put, it blows Google/Blogger right out of the water. I had long surmised that people visiting my site were having to wait quite a time in order for everything to appear; and I believed it had to do with how the Blogger template is written and partitioned. It's designed to be easy to manage, but it is not designed to be fast, and because the web host is also Google/Blogger, you have everyone and their monkeys relatives logging on at any given moment; certainly not conducive to a quick look at a blog page. I hope my new site will load much more quickly for all of you.

And so, without further adieu (I hope I spelled that right), here is the link that leads you to my new site.


I will be keeping this blog open for a few weeks so that anyone who visits my blog regularly but not on a daily basis can get the appropriate link. All new posts, and most importantly, new Tips of the Day (because everyone knows you can't live without those!) will be at the new site. Again,




After catching glimpses of the nearly non-stop coverage over the Lisa Nowak/Astronaut/triangle thingy, (it's hard not to catch glimpses, the story is everywhere), it dawned on me yet again that the American media is immature at best, and driven to MAKE news rather than report it at worst. What, I ask, is their obsession with this case?

Is it the diaper? Because I have been hearing reporters and talking heads discussing the diaper angle on the case almost as much as I heard about the helicopter that was shot down in Iraq yesterday. Excuse me, many people died in that helicopter crash; they deserve more than sharing time with Lisa Nowak's diaper.

So I decided to turn today's post into a little news special, reporting on the mass media's reporting of the Lisa Nowak, Astronaut/triangle thingy. I figure we can get three, maybe four days of coverage on this one issue alone. We can have you guys send in reports through the comments section, reporting breaking news of Keith Olberman or Anderson Cooper vacillating about Lisa Nowak's diaper, and weather it was soiled or not at the time of arrest. I can almost see Anderson Cooper drooling, and Wolf Blitzer stating, in his ever so serious way, "Lisa Nowak was the best of the best, a top notch astronaut, and pilot, not accustomed to failure; what went wrong with her plan...................(long pause for dramatic effect) and would she have succeeded if her diaper hadn't been soiled?

What do you think? Will the people who report the news like being reported about as much as they report and sensationalize everything else?



Tip of the Day:

Trying to wind a watch that runs on a battery is a lot like sweeping around a vacuum cleaner.



Tip of the Day:

If smoking is now banned on airplanes, I suppose my zippo lighter is too?



How do I tell my church friends that what I believe no longer coincides with what they believe? I have this feeling that a few of them already know, but are reluctant to approach the subject. For my part, I haven't approached it because once you understand the totality of Christ's mission, doctrine and dogma are no longer important social issues.

Several people have asked me why I still attend a church every so often (my "attendance" is about once every two weeks). I have a simple answer for that; I see no reason to stop going. As I said, once you understand the totality of Christ's mission, doctrine and dogma are longer important social issues. Where I am located in any given moment has no bearing on what I believe, and what I believe has no bearing on where I go; this offer of life and freedom is mine for the taking and sharing no matter where I am. That's why going to "church" is still a natural thing for me to do.

Do I listen to sermons, I have been asked? Not really, although there are times I listen to what other people are listening to. Does that mean I know everything? No, it doesn't, but it does mean that I know what sounds like life, and what sounds like captivity; I will avoid captivity at all costs.

So why continue going to church if you don't listen to sermons? There is a simple answer to that question as well. There are people at church, where else should I be? If I go to a bar, there are people there also. The grocery store, a theater, the Internet, a walk in the woods are all marvelous places to meet people and to share life and freedom with. Church is just as good a place as any to love someone else. I have yet to hear an argument, any argument, that would convince me otherwise.

And somehow, although I am not really into the craze of WWJD. I can't help but wonder every so often why Jesus hung around the temple so much, knowing what he knew. What was the point? His message was as vibrant outside of Jerusalem as it was inside of the temple; it didn't seem to change no matter where he went. I tend to think that if Jesus, knowing the truth far better than I, wasn't uncomfortable or threatened by being in a place he knew could sometimes be a prison for people, why should it be any different for me?

In the end, there are people at church, and some of these people are friends. Some are not. But it doesn't even really matter if they are friends or not; if I stay away because of dogmatic differences, they will never be friends, and I will never have the opportunity to love them as an experience rather than as a concept. It has been my experience that no matter what someone believes, the experience of loving them is far greater than a distant concept of loving them. The experience of loving people and sharing life with them no matter what they believe is what brings community to life; dogma cannot stand in the way of that, ever.



So often we get caught up in life, and we get all harried and angered. It happens...what can you say? No one is forever immune on this earth from days where anger or frustration seem just underneath the surface.

I know of a young girl going to university right now who is having a hard time of things; everything seems to come at her at once, and at times, it just seems to be so unbearable because we are lost in the moment.

I told her what I will tell you.

Tell yourself this right now, and any moment when it seems like the dam is about to burst....

"Every thing is going to be alright, child. "


I will be soon canceling my Blogger account, and moving this blog to a new address. Bruce of YBMT will be setting the new blog address up, and as soon as we have it finished, I'll provide you with the link that takes you there.

I have been with Blogger for two and a half years, and I wouldn't have had reason to switch until Google Adsense disabled my adsense account. Blogger is run by Google, and I didn't want to continue using that company's services.

I received the following email from them:

Hello Tom Reindl,

It has come to our attention that invalid clicks and/or impressions
have been generated on the Google ads on your site(s). We have
therefore disabled your Google AdSense account. Please understand that
this was a necessary step to protect the interest of the AdWords

A publisher's site may not have invalid clicks or impressions on any
ad(s), including but not limited to clicks and/or impressions generated

- a publisher on his own web pages
- a publisher encouraging others to click on his ads
- automated clicking programs or any other deceptive software
- a publisher altering any portion of the ad code or changing the
layout, behavior, targeting, or delivery of ads for any reason

These or any other such activities that violate Google AdSense Terms
and Conditions and program polices may have led us to disable your
account. The Terms and Conditions and program polices can be viewed at:


Publishers disabled for invalid click activity are not allowed further
participation in AdSense and do not receive any further payment. The
earnings on your account will be properly returned to the affected

If you feel that this decision was made in error, and can maintain in
good faith that the invalid activity was not due to the actions or
negligence of you or those you are responsible for, such as employees
and family members, you may appeal the closing of your account. To do
so, please contact us only through this form:


If Google decides to evaluate your appeal, we will do our best to
inform you quickly and will proceed with appropriate action as
necessary. If we have reached a decision on your appeal, subsequent or
duplicate appeals may not be considered.


The Google AdSense Team

Naturally, I appealed. When I asked which IP addresses had generated the "invalid" clicks, Google's response was that they couldn't reveal the IP address or addresses because the program that monitored such activity was proprietary. Yes, that was the word they used, "proprietary". I know what it means in terms of specifications for construction processes and materials, but I am pretty sure that it doesn't have squat to do with revealing evidence when you are accusing someone of doing something wrong.

I made this decision because I just didn't want to deal with Google anymore, and I won't be using their search engines either.

I plan on visiting the Google building, laying a crisp twenty dollar bill down on their conference table, and telling them it represents my offer to purchase their company. What do you think...will they accept, or be insulted? ;)