The Blog of Beckley

Do Not Track Me vs Disconnect

Lifehacker just released its 2014 lists of essential extensions for Firefox, and notably missing was Do Not Track Me (DNTM) from Abine. The anti-tracking solution they recommend is Disconnect, of which I’d not heard until I read their article. I’m always on the look out for a better solution to general privacy when using the…

Plus Two Weeks

My new little path through the woods

It’s been two weeks since I left Missouri, and what a whirl-wind ride it has been so far! I’m now getting into the swing of looking for a job, a place to live, and finding my place in the world…again. There have already been some drastic changes to my life here, the biggest one being…

Friends and South Carolina

The world's largest fire hydrant
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the NC or Bust series

Another day of travel, and a wonderful evening with friends, sights, and pizza! This was the longest driving day of the trip, but thankfully I learned my lesson from the dehydration of the previous day, so I drank more water, made more pit-stops, but arrived with plenty of energy to hang out and catch up.…

Tired in Nashville

The Bridge to Illinois

The first leg of my journey is done, and I’m beat. It’s been a while since I’ve driven long distance, and it’s also clear that when I let myself get out of shape, I just can’t do the miles at a time that I used to. Four years ago, I could have done this trip…

Stress and Fear

NC-or-bust
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the NC or Bust series

With my divorce hearing just over a week away, and all the added stress of planning a move across the country to the east cost, I’m really starting to feel the fear of it all. The divorce is pretty straight-forward, my wife and I are still friends, and have figured out everything, and put it…

The Bonds of Stuff

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After yesterday’s test packing of my car, a photo of which I posted on Facebook, you just knew to expect at least one post discussing ‘stuff’, right? A little history: four years ago, my wife and I ditched about 95% of everything we owned (donated/gave away), until all out worldly possessions fit into our PT…

The Most Important Infographic on Facebook

turn off auto play videos in Facebook
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the Facebook series

Seldom do I make the claim of something being ‘the most important’, especially if it’s something I made, I just don’t call attention to myself that way, but I think this really could be the most important infographic you will ever see for/on Facebook. It teaches you how to stop videos from autoplaying. You’re welcome.

What’s That Noise?

As I was making my morning tea this morning, I was greeted by a weird metallic sound, the “womp womp” of sheet metal flexing. At first, I thought an animal had gotten into the underfloor vents, which happens often in this place, but then I recognized it was the roof. I immediately grabbed my Flip cam because I thought I might get another chance to film a large bird of prey, and opportunity I missed last year. I saw it then, but the camera didn’t work right to capture it. What I actually caught on film was something entirely different.

Past Dead

moments of clarity on the Blog of Beckley
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the Moments of Clarity series

A year ago today, I woke up alone in a hospital room, barely. I called my wife and left a voice message with the details of my room, which were conveniently listed on a whiteboard on the wall. Many months later, I listened to that same message, and I don’t even recognize my voice. I’m not talking about the kind of lack of recognition that we all experience when