Trimming the Facebook friends list

One thing I’ve learned lately is that I don’t like it when people post things to my Facebook timeline, like, “You should like this!” I’m about one “bad attitude day” away from cutting my Facebook friends list down to just immediate family. #argh

A Christmas Story

(From time to time I write little stories that have nothing to do with programming or technology; this is one of those stories. So, if you’re only here for the technology stuff, you’ll want to skip this one.)

I’m standing in the kitchen of a friend’s house at a Christmas party, making myself a drink while talking to a friend named Angie. This was nothing unusual; she and I were always talking about something. We became friends during our last year in high school, and we’ve been talking every since.

In retrospect it’s obvious that I have feelings for her, but I guess you could say that I didn’t appreciate her back then. After high school my ambition took me away to college, and then to a series of jobs in different states. By the time I decided to move back home, she was married and had two young children.

While we talked all the time, this kitchen conversation was unusual. I don’t remember how it started, but Angie did ask me about something I rarely talk about: my parents getting divorced in high school.

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People who will talk about the universe alvin July 20, 2016 - 10:14am

Two years ago my family took a vacation together. We spent thousands of dollars doing all sorts of different things, but in the end, my favorite part was sitting on a couch one evening in Santa Fe with my niece and watching cooking shows. In small part this was because my sisters were angry with each other, and it was nice to get away from that tension and just relax with a nice person who had no agenda.

When I saw this image last night it reminded me not of the negatives of that vacation, but of the positives of spending time with people who have no agendas other than the wonder of the universe, and of how I’d like to spend the time I have here on Earth.

Home for the Holidays: You don’t know the first thing about me alvin July 16, 2016 - 6:33pm

A conversation between two sisters from the movie Home for the Holidays:

Claudia: You don’t know the first thing about me.

Joanne: Likewise, I’m sure. If I just met you on the street... if you gave me your phone number... I’d throw it away.

Claudia: Well, we don’t have to like each other, Jo. We’re family.

Friendship between a bear and a wolf alvin August 13, 2015 - 5:25pm

Sometimes a bear and a wolf can be friends. I don’t know the original source of this story, but you can find more photos at this link. (Update: The original photos may be here at

How to unhide Facebook friends

Unhide Facebook friends FAQ: How do I unhide Facebook friends?

In a hurry recently -- and not wanting to see the output of yet another Facebook game (why can't I hide all Facebook games?) -- I accidentally hid one of my Facebook friends. After poking around for quite a while I finally figured out how to unhide them. Here's how to do it.

How to unhide a Facebook friend

To unhide a Facebook friend, follow these steps:

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