On Sale Now: Continuous Creation, by James H. Peterson III

Finally, at long last, the eBook and Print versions of Continuous Creation, by James H. Peterson III is on sell at Amazon. Here is the extended Prologue:

 

From The Complete Revelation of Mick and Keith

 

Sushi to Go Prologue



For Aziraphale and Crowley




“Everything you can imagine is real.”
— Pablo Picasso




Important things to know:

 

  1. Angels are real.

 

  1. Demons are real.

 

  1. Cichlids are a mythical type of fish that are purported to populate freshwater lakes and rivers in Asia, Africa, and both Central and South America. The mythical history of these fish breaks down due to the fact that they obviously did not build airplanes to fly themselves from one lake to another and therefore can’t be related. So the only credible explanation for the structural similarities in these fish is that way back in history, when France still had kings and the United States was still waiting to be discovered by the people already living there, the continents of Terra were all linked together. This is obviously complete Dodo droppings and you would be well advised to stay a long way away from anyone arguing such patent nonsense.

 

Part 1.

 

It began, or part of it began, near a motel in Salt Lake City. Several people had a very bad day. It was the sort of bad day you often dream about after you have seen a vivid and violent movie coupled with Cajun food. This bad day differed for most of the participants because they never awoke from the dream. Sensational movies, serious documentaries, and both good and bad books were written about this bad day.

 

Two young men were arrested and charged with crimes they did not commit. One of the young men never said anything, not even to his lawyer. The other young man confessed to everything the police told him he had done. The police had told him what he did so many times and showed him so many pictures that he had come to believe, convinced by his nightmares, that he had, in fact, done the crimes. He dreamt of the slaughtered cheerleaders, the blood-stained money. He dreamt of the motel manager in his sloth and the crisp, clean mini-market across the dusty street, and the once pretty, now dead cashier. Most of all, he dreamt of the little girl, that one that had come to the motel with her uncle. Once the dreams started to produce prolonged insomnia, the confessing young man went on to confess to every sin he could remember. That same young man’s lawyer later tried to use the fact that the confessing young man also confessed to being James Earl Files’ back-up shooter to make the point that this client was no longer dealing with reality in any coherent fashion. The judge disallowed this evidence, and the confessing young man and his friend were subsequently given due process, and multiple life sentences. No one on the jury was bothered by the fact that none of the physical evidence placed the young man at any of the murder scenes. He had confessed, and that was the main fact presented at his trial. Later on, almost no one would remember that the young man’s lawyer had been out of law school for less than one year, and had never argued a capital case before.

 

This is called justice.

 

Somewhere twenty-four hundred kilometers east, Mary Smith put down the Courier-Journal newspaper in disgust. She and her husband John had become involved with The Innocence Project after John had picked up a copy of The Innocent Man by John Grisham that one of John’s students had left in his classroom. Neither of them realized at first that the novel was a non-fiction account of Ron Williamson’s life. Williamson spent 11 years on death row, more than once coming close to the last terminal show, before being cleared by D.N.A. evidence.

 

Mary had been motivated to enter Brandeis Law School and had finished with the distinctions that only come from ignoring everything else in your life save the winning of distinctions. John had remained a History Professor and continued with surgical precision pointing out death tolls, casualty counts, the logic of blood debts, the cyclical nature of violence, and the long-term consequences of this or that war to whichever of his students managed to stagger into his seminars.

 

Mary stood, smoothed her red, orange, and yellow sundress before walking through their apartment to the bathroom. She inhaled the cold, crisp, winter morning air breezing through one open kitchen window of the fourth floor Cherokee Road apartment. She remembered how that same breeze would carry the smell of coffee and Indian food from the streets below. Stopping just before the open bathroom door, she cast a critical eye over her husband.

 

“We are going to be late,” she said.

 

John finished the stroke of his razor before turning to her. One-half of his face was covered in shaving cream.

 

“Right, let’s go,” he said.
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How to Download and Install Open Office

If for whatever reason you do not want to join the MicroHive and there are good reasons not to do so, there is a free open source productivity suit from OpenOffice.org that is very popular and extremely easy to us. While I do use Office Word mainly for work-related reasons, I also keep a copy of Open Office on my machine for those occasions that I run across a file that Microsoft will not open.

The first two videos demonstrate how to install Open Office on Windows 7 and 8.1. The third video will show you how to change Open Office default saving options to the docx file format.

Windows 7 – How to download and install Open Office by CompuVids

Windows 8.1 How to install free office suite open office by Theofficialwindows8

Open Office – Setting the default save as type by technokrich

Me & LAMP, LAMP & Me, &…

So I don’t know if I’ll ever make it through these LAMP tutorials. My boredom horizon is really low when you take out people and literature and animation, and yes, I know, those are all people stories. But I’ve had an interest in learning Server Administration for a while.

Anyway, since the tutorial starts with the Wiki page for LAMP, I thought I would too.

The acronym LAMP refers to first letters of the four components of a solution stack, composed entirely of free and open-source software, suitable for building high-availability heavy-duty dynamic web sites, and capable of serving tens of thousands of requests simultaneously.

The meaning of the LAMP acronym depends on which specific components are used as part of the actual bundle:

The exact combination of the software included in a LAMP stack is prone to variation, for example Apache web server can be replaced by some other web server software. Though the original authors of these programs did not design them to work as a component of the LAMP stack, the development philosophy and tool sets are shared and were developed in close conjunction, so they work and scale very well together. The software combination has become popular because it is entirely free and open-source software, which means that each component can be adapted to the underlying hardware and customized to meet the specification as exactly as possible, without the slightest vendor lock-in. The complete software stack is also free of cost, maximizing the available budget for tailoring the hardware and software.

Due to the nature of free and open-source software and the ubiquity of its components, each component of the LAMP stack is very well tested regarding performance and security. At the same time, there is an abundance of experienced contractors to do the tailoring required for various customizations, or for complex setups. There is also constant development going on.

The components of the LAMP stack are present in the software repositories of most (if not all) Linux distributions, giving any end-user a simple way to install, set up and operate an initial LAMP stack out of the box. The web presence of a small company that does not have a high hit count and is not prone to frequent attacks, can therefore be administered by another small company, by a one man company or even by a student.

The LAMP bundle can be and often is combined with many other free and open-source software packages such as, for example:

LAMP Tutorial 01 – Welcome, by VoidRealms