Category Archives: inspirational

IRS Help? :) (especially when phone lines are jammed?!!!)

Tired of waiting on the phone, or are not looking forward to calling and waiting on hold for a long time?

Well, think of “help” as in the subfolder on their website! Yes, IRS.gov/help

And BOOM! πŸ™‚ Yes, the 1st choice in the side menu there is the Interactive Tax Assistant ( irs.gov/help/ita ).
It is seriously good. It’s almost as good as talking with a tax professional.

For reals, check it out. #taxtip πŸ™‚

P.S. #2 – For many other things — instead of calling — create an “account”! That’s right, just like adding on the word ‘help’ go to: irs.gov/account

–Roger B.

start of my focus filter products/services … at least for my self! :-)

In case it helps anybody — was inspired to do this after remembering I used to use Thunderbird with the Lightning Calendar extension and it was so nice to not see my Inbox and subfolders immediately. Was distracted a lot less.

I had a choice when I opened Thunderbird of only seeing Email or Calendar, etc.; probably got more work done!

Here’s a web based alternative without having to use a portable USB drive version of it! πŸ™‚ And it goes everywhere if you use a tab syncing service like ___ or ___. Will blog on those later. Stay tuned.

Anyway here it is πŸ™‚ https://www.facebook.com/downtownrogerbrown/posts/10158579425611187 Will show it inline here later so you won’t have to click. But quick URL paste for now. Gracias!

give back to your favorite free apps / Charitable programs / websites

For many organizations, and especially charitable non-profits, today is the last day of the year to give a gift that counts towards this year.

Think of the free apps/programs you use for free. A lot of work went into and still goes into maintaining it. They would definitely free gratitude if you took the time to throw even $1. For real, some of these software developers and volunteers receive no pay except for periodically a donation or they freel relief when they don’t have to worry about paying for the server(s) that the app/program is hosted on.

Some of the ones I would like to give to are:

  • Audacity music/audio player and editor; desktop app
  • Firefox browser people / volunteers (Mozilla organization)
  • Heavens-Above.com website / app
  • OneTab desktop browser extension; faster browsing and more self-focus while using any of the popular browsers
  • probably a few others that i love

On the charitable side i think it would be cool give through these org’s:

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Philanthropies programs like clean water, wheelchairs, et cetera for sure.
  • Kiva who does micro-loans to those currently with smaller economic opportunities to start their own business. One of my bros has helped out a few people through them.
  • I’m sure i could find others. Take a moment to think about what software helps you for free OR which organizations inspire you / make you feel good.

P.S. On the officially charitable side please do use CharityNavigator to find ratings. NOTE: not all organizations can afford to be audited by them but those that do have really good info there on the % of money donated that goes to the actual program(s) vs administrative costs, etc.

That’s it. Good wishes for the last day of the year and the new year starting tomorrow. I want to have a moment of quiet and hope. The light is shining I believe.
Sincerely,
Roger

service: How to filter content @ home?

1st off, the best filter? The gift of some sort of fire/love inside your heart and mind that keeps you headed where you want to be going. Yes, a higher power or at least a belief in something good if not someone. See 2014-04-05 for one example, i #believe it. But I do not judge atheists. We’re all in this together, our shared humanity.

2nd, as a “fire line” so to speak, set up a filter on your home router! Why? No matter whether someone connects on your Wifi or if they plug a cable in at home, they will be protected/filtered.

How?
Get either A.) an expensive pro-consumer or business style router where it gives you such fine-tuned Admin controls, or
B.) get a decent home router where you can add in software that does such excellent filtering.

I recommend choice B.

Really? Yes, and on choice B.) you can even go super easy with OpenDNS, they have a free service plan, where you can create custom blacklists or whitelists. Side-tangent fun thought? Imagine if you had a cool whitelist at your home for your family. You could make a game for the children to see if they can discover the sites on your whitelist. Like maybe a top 5 sites-of-the-day whitelist for when you at least temporarily need to be really focused and not surfing just for fun. πŸ™‚ But I digress.

AND for the filtering that I am even more excited about — you just install something like OpenWRT or Tomato on your router and then you get very cool administrator(think “parental”) controls.

Would love to either set it up for you at your home OR walk you through remotely via Zoom or any other videoconf app like Meet or Teams or Facetime. Let me know, please. Would love to develop this as a skill while serving whatever you need. I already have been using OpenDNS for years, and I also have played around with OpenWRT on my home router a little.

P.S. Will give you a great discount here with the holi-days like Christmas/Hannukah/New Years 2021. Starting @ $15/hr.

Let me know, gracias,

Roger Brown @ 801-356-1032 or [email protected]

P.P.S. you can also set controls on a per-device basis. So for example Johanna’s filters are different than Rubio’s based on maturity, etc.. Time limits/controls too. Very cool stuff. Hit me up!

diversity of heart or thoughts?

Outward diversity vs. inward diversity? Can we be different on our outsides yet unified on our insides? Is diversity good when there are at least 5 different ways to add up two of the numbers from 1 to 9 in order to get 10 total? Is diversity of thought bad when we’re pulling in different directions?

Just some quick thoughts. I think I like the feeling of outward vs. inward. “The Lord looketh on the heart”. Somewhere in the historical record of the Old Testament. It really is true. Thank you ^^^

Conflict IS …

Conflict? Disagreement. Contention? Love?

Conflict: Can it be ok if hearts are right/honest? If you see something or need something can one say something, but not with overbearance, right? With patience in the heart not just in the mind. But it’s ok to try with the mind until your heart catches up, right?

Disagreement? Likewise.

Therefore, a honest difference of opinion does not have to equal contention.

Can equal understanding better.
Can equal finding common ground.
Can equal an unintentional building on shared beliefs. (everybody has beliefs no mater what your faith is in, whether a higher power / person(s) or things or ideas)

Love.

Pray for it. I must. May we all.

graphic by Tim Houlihan via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Choose something like a star

I like this poem by Robert Frost:

O Star (the fairest one in sight),
We grant your loftiness the right
To some obscurity of cloudβ€”
It will not do to say of night,
Since dark is what brings out your light.

Some mystery becomes the proud.
But to be wholly taciturn
In your reserve is not allowed.

Say something to us we can learn
By heart and when alone repeat.
Say something! And it says, β€˜I burn.’
But say with what degree of heat.
Talk Fahrenheit, talk Centigrade.
Use language we can comprehend.
Tell us what elements you blend.
It gives us strangely little aid,
But does tell something in the end.

And steadfast as Keats’ Eremite,
Not even stooping from its sphere,
It asks a little of us here.
It asks of us a certain height,

So when at times the mob is swayed
To carry praise or blame too far,
We may choose something like a star
To stay our minds on and be staid.

source: https://www.writersalmanac.org/index.html%3Fp=10541.html

And listen to this beautiful version put to music by Randall Thompson as sung by the Tabernacle Choir: https://youtu.be/Ylt7R6gfuoU

P.S. was introduced to this poem for the first time early this year by Sister Hall, yes the famous former conductor of an excellent Men’s Chorus that you might have heard of. πŸ™‚

“Living Room Concert For America”


They’re accustomed to performing in front of thousands in packed arenas from city to city. But on Sunday, some of the world’s most popular musicians will perform in a new setting:

Their living rooms.

Elton John will host the concert with performances by Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Billie Joe Armstrong. The benefit concert is being dubbed as “Living Room Concert For America.”

The musicians are being forced away from touring as arenas and stadiums worldwide are being closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The benefit concert will air Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT live on FOX. The concert will benefit Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.

Source: fox13now.com


Very nice; thought I would share this good cause.

P.S. Earlier today and last night was started a very special fasting from food for today and a day of prayer.Β  If you missed it please do see the very special message @ https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/president-nelson-fast-pray-relief-covid-19