bookmarks and internet stuff

This past week I finally got around to organizing yet another part of my life.  This time it was my internet bookmarks;  not the browser bookmarks as I had done that previously but more specifically the once I had on  I noticed in December that his site was often down and remains so!  This is very odd for one of the most popular sites of the 2.0 web.  They also disabled the export function with a note saying it put too much strain on their servers!!

Luckily for me, I’m all about backups.  Backups save your life and I’ll express this to my own kids with the same enthusiasm Steve Ballmer did about development to his Microsoft employees: Backups, backups, backups, backups, backups…..backups, backups backups backups!  And so I had a backup of my bookmarks I downloaded in the summer of 2016.  I’m very glad I did this seeing as the website rarely works and we cannot download our bookmarks now!

This made me realize that those bookmarking sites are pretty worthless in the long term since they one day might just stop working and *poof* all your bookmarks gone.  Instead, what you want to do is use a web clipper like Evernote.  For me, I prefer to do everything in house and want to physically own my data and so Synology’s Note Station is now my one-and-only when it comes to saving webpages.  By using a web clipper you can save the actual content instead of just a bookmark.  Websites disappear, get put back behind paywalls such as subscription sites and/or change their content.  For me, I had a lot of articles from the New York Times that I could only access with a subscription.  Luckily they have a .99 trial subscription which I’m taking advantage of:  I click on the old bookmarks that take me to my saved NY Times articles and then use the Note Station web clipper chrome extension to save the article.

And so I spent about three hours on Friday clicking on my bookmarks and then web clipping the articles into Note Station. Now the data and articles are mine and I no longer need to worry about not being able to access them.

For me, there are a couple of reasons I like to save articles.  The best reason is that some articles are simply outstanding in that they teach me something extremely valuable.  My favorites are history and religion and I love coming across a good article that offers such extraordinary insight that I’ll remember it forever and want to reference it again should the subject come up.  The other is politics: the main enjoyment I get out of these is it is a point in time, it won’t last and I’ll be able to look back on them at some point in the future and remember how things were.  One of the biggest were about the Iraq war and WMD that turned out to a be a very big lie.  Here was a nation putting out *propaganda?* and the main reason for going to war turned out to be a lie.  It is interesting to look back on the articles and see just how wrong everyone was.  For me, I wrote about my opposition to the war and I was right about it all being a lie at the time which I’m pretty proud of.

Anyway, I just realized that I could easily put all my bookmarks from here and thought I should do so just for the sake of getting it into this overall journal of my life.

My list of bookmarks:


A coastal town’s long and stormy relationship with El Nino

Messages from yurei and yokai—Koizumi Yakumo and Inoue Enryo on yokai

How Traveling Abroad In Your Twenties Will Ruin Your Life — Life Tips. — Medium

The Earthquake That Will Devastate Seattle – The New Yorker

Vietnam 40 years on: how a communist victory gave way to capitalist corruption | News | The Guardian

Would you want to live in Pacifica? – SFGate

A splendid city — but who even has a minute to notice? – San Francisco Chronicle

BBC News – Not in front of the telly: Warning over ‘listening’ TV

BBC News – Angry US middle classes feel the squeeze

Create Your Very Own False Memories by Lying on Facebook | Smart News | Smithsonian

FBI’s PARM Program Reveals Uneasy U.S. Relations With Linguists – Atlantic Mobile

Families suspect SEAL Team 6 crash was inside job on worst day in Afghanistan – Washington Times

BBC – Earth – Why is there something rather than nothing?

Japan struggles to keep up as China woos international students | The Japan Times

Happiness and wealth: No one is rich or happy because we always want more.

Putting Time In Perspective | Wait But Why

The Fermi Paradox – Wait But Why

41 Reasons Studying Abroad In Spain Ruins You For Life

Getting to the heart of Murasaki’s ‘Tale of Genji’ | The Japan Times

Language study: Johnson: What is a foreign language worth? | The Economist

The Strange Case of Barrett Brown | The Nation

The Meaning of Life –

BBC News – 1066 and all those baby names

World War One in Colour

Daughters tell stories of ‘war brides’ despised back home and in the U.S. | The Japan Times

How did WordPress win?

Confidence men and their masquerade – Al Jazeera English

BBC – Capital – Are young workers brats or brilliant?

Secret Service Prostitution Scandal: One Year Later | People & Politics | Washingtonian

A handy San Francisco guide to waiting in lines – San Francisco Chronicle

BBC News – The dark side of the white, polar world

Has Next Tuesday Already Happened? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

A Guide to In-Game Memorials – Guides – Wowhead

Surrender had lasting impact on many Japanese after war’s end | The Japan Times

Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes | Talk Video |

The black hole at the birth of the Universe — ScienceDaily

Diary of an Israeli war – Al Jazeera English

Will Japan’s youth go to war because a pretty girl told them to? – Al Jazeera English

Trypophobia Is A Real, Terrifying Thing, And You Definitely Have It

From the archive: The Serbs and the Hapsburgs | The Economist

Japan’s gambit in WWI set stage for a dark future | The Japan Times

Language study: Johnson: What is a foreign language worth? | The Economist

Japan inked: Should the country reclaim its tattoo culture? | The Japan Times

Ashkenazi names: The etymology of the most common Jewish surnames.

English purism: Johnson: What might have been | The Economist

Russian Mother Takes Magical Pictures of Her Two Kids With Animals On Her Farm | Bored Panda

The most viewed news stories of 2013 | The Japan Times

Charity is not a substitute for justice – Al Jazeera English

Your Ancestors Didn’t Sleep Like You – SlumberWise


The ghouls who played on the Japanese mind – The Japan Times

A Reader’s War : The New Yorker

10 Reasons Why 2013 Will Be The Year You Quit Your Job | TechCrunch

25 Places That Look Not Normal, But Are Actually Real

After tragedy in Conn., have we finally had enough?

Why I Am Not A Christian, by Bertrand Russell

Palestine: What should everyone know about Palestine? – Quora

BBC News – Japan and blood types: Does it determine personality?

The Conservative Mind –

After Qaddafi | Foreign Affairs

USA TODAY – Will We Be The First Martians.

Whoa, Dude, Are We Inside a Computer Right Now? | VICE

Leaders’ Message of Equality Is Challenged by Vietnam’s Growing Gap –

At R.N.C., Romney Hailed as Regular Guy by Woman with Horse in Olympics : The New Yorker

The National Security Agency’s Domestic Spying Program –

Laura Bennett: General Failure: The Bizarre World Of Wesley Clark’s New Reality Show | The New Republic

Dreaming of a World Without Intellectuals – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Story of Steve Jobs: An Inspiration or a Cautionary Tale? | Wired Business |

A Brief History of Money – IEEE Spectrum

Confessions of an Ex-Mormon

Who’s Very Important? –

Environmental Alarmism, Then and Now | Foreign Affairs

Class Struggle in Vietnam: From the Colonial Yoke to Wage Slavery for Global Capital |

The Un-Education of a Nation: Where We Went Wrong – Forbes

This U.S. summer is ‘what global warming looks like’

The ‘Busy’ Trap –

Rolling Stone Mobile – News – Culture: The Sharp, Sudden Decline of America’s Middle Class

Here’s a Map of the Countries That Provide Universal Health Care (America’s Still Not on It) – Atlantic Mobile

America’s Shameful Human Rights Record –

Jonathan Blitzer: Spain’s Lost Generation: What Do You Do When Half Your Country’s Youth Is Unemployed? | The New Republic

This Column Is Not Sponsored by Anyone –

Fables of Wealth –

Thinking can undermine religious faith, study finds –

THE DAILY STAR :: News :: International :: Panetta hails ‘important’ deal on Marines in Japan

The danger of Twitter, Facebook politics –

Carter And US War Policy

Elaine Pagels on the Book of Revelation : The New Yorker

Elaine Pagels on the Book of Revelation : The New Yorker

BBC News – Park Romney: Why he turned against the Mormon church

World’s best tourists |

Please Stop Apologizing –

Churches and politicians should stay in their own lanes, say Americans –

Catlin’s Letters and Notes

No One Asked Their Names | Common Dreams

The Benefits of Bilingualism –

The West’s self-licking ice cream cones – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

Newseum – Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

La sonrisa del vencido, ms que una novela negra, es un drama realista

Great book!!

Three Months After the Twin Tragedies Hit Japan | PRI’s The World

The Idea of Germany, From Tacitus to Hitler

The Idea of Germany, From Tacitus to Hitler

AAUP: The Professors, The Press, The Think Tanks—And Their Problems

Public opinion, therefore, is shaped in response to people’s “maps” or “images” of the world and not to the world itself. Mass political consciousness does not pertain to the factual “environment” but to an intermediary “pseudo-environment.”

Diary of a Sex Slave

The Great Japan Earthquake of 1923 | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine

BBC News – Who, What, Why: How do you get a coat of arms?

How Slavery Really Ended in America –

What Happens in Vagueness Stays in Vagueness by Clark Whelton – City Journal

Tim Footman: Not every farang male comes to Bangkok for sleaze |

The Japanese Could Teach Us a Thing or Two –

John Dominic Crossan’s ‘blasphemous’ portrait of Jesus –

What Conservatives Really Want | George Lakoff

A Guide: How Not To Say Stupid Stuff About Egypt | Sarthanapalos

Wallflowers at the Revolution –

Vive la Différence –

That’s Political Entertainment! | Politics | Vanity Fair

Dr. Douglas Fields: Rudeness Is a Neurotoxin

Accuracy in names: Sixty years of Orwellian spin | The Economist

Is America on the path to ‘permanent war’? –

Ted Koppel: Olbermann, O’Reilly and the death of real news

Would Kids Be Such Incorrigible Bullies if the Adults Around Them Weren’t Such Intolerant Jerks? | VF Daily | Vanity Fair

The youth vote: Out with the olds | The Economist

Japan Goes From Dynamic to Disheartened –

Wieseltier: Intellectual Elites Should Opine Less | The New Republic

What Your Smartphone Says About You – Digits – WSJ

Why Thinking About Nothing Is So Hard | The Atlantic Wire

Japanese Men Take Virtual Girlfriends on Real Date Nights – Speakeasy – WSJ

Does Your Language Shape How You Think? –

Building a Nation of Know-Nothings –

Worldwide, Muslims bemused by mosque controversy –

Op-Ed Contributor – Japan and the Ancient Art of Shrugging –

Banyan: They have returned | The Economist

Got Medieval: Professor Newt’s Distorted History Lesson

Eat, Pray, Love, Leave: Orientalism Still Big Onscreen : NPR

Book Review – The German Genius – By Peter Watson –

Book Review – Christianity – The First Three Thousand Years – By Diarmaid MacCulloch – Review –

Can WikiLeaks Help Save Lives? |

Are all rich people now liberals? – By James Ledbetter – Slate Magazine

Peggy Noonan: We Pay Them to Be Rude to Us

Reagan insider: GOP destroyed economy Paul B. Farrell – MarketWatch

BBC News – Fifa investigates North Korea World Cup abuse claims

The Economist Markets to the Sophisticated –

Consumers Find Ways to Spend Less and Find Happiness –

Op-Ed Columnist – The Fat Lady Has Sung –

Online games in China: A hundred million happy geeks | The Economist

2010/08/07 05:35 – WSJ: English Gets The Last Word In Japan

Op-Ed Columnist – The Summoned Self –

Is Google Making Us Stupid? – Magazine – The Atlantic

Learning a Language From an Expert on the Web –

Op-Ed Columnist – A Sin and a Shame –

More Job-Seekers Hitch Ride on Asian Economy –

Reuters AlertNet – Vietnam’s Danang starts small to adapt to climate change

Companies Wringing Huge Profits From Job Cuts –

Op-Ed Columnist – We’re Gonna Be Sorry –

SPEAK AMERICAN – Fun lesson in language

Does Language Influence Culture? –

Op-Ed Columnist – What 7 Republicans Could Do for America –

The real numbers on illegal immigration:

The Unpolitical Animal : The New Yorker

Examining the exotic ins and outs of marrying a foreigner | The Japan Times Online

Born to check mail

Works and Days ” Pity the Postmodern Cultural Elite

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