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Gray MatterGray matter refers to certain parts of the human anatomy. It’s present in the brain, brain stem and cerebellum, and throughout the spinal cord.

A walnut when cracked open, looks a lot like the top view of a human brain. It contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help support brain functions.

Below are the latest posts featuring ideas that have leaked from my own gray matter at one time or another.

Walnut Image Attribution: Ulrike Leone from Pixabay

My Wife, Josie, and I Got Our First COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Today

RT Cunningham | May 7, 2021 (UTC) | Health

My wife, Josie, and I got our first COVID-19 vaccine doses today. When our age group was finally allowed to get the vaccine in Hawaii, we didn’t have enough time to get the second doses before leaving the state. Our tickets were already paid for. We got our first doses at Fort Meade, Maryland, not more than three miles from where we’re staying.

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Airline Travel and My Flight to Maryland

RT Cunningham | April 30, 2021 (UTC) | Travel

My flight from Honolulu to Chicago, the first leg of my flight to Maryland, reminded me of how much I dislike airline travel. I’ve traveled by aircraft more times than I can remember, going to places I wanted to go as well as places I didn’t. Things got progressively worse in most ways after I retired from the military in 1998.

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Lunch at a GEN Korean BBQ House

RT Cunningham | April 22, 2021 (UTC) | Food and Drink

I’m not a big fan of “eating out”, and it’s something I try not doing. Eating at restaurants and fast-food joints can cost much more than expected. Other than fast-food joints, I can tell you how many sit-down restaurants I’ve eaten at this year. It’s a grand total of two and both of them served Korean food. This one is called the GEN Korean BBQ House.

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Fiber Internet at My House in the Philippines

RT Cunningham | April 16, 2021 (UTC) | Computers

I wrote about broadband internet in Olongapo, Philippines in August 2020. More specifically, how it affected me at my house and lot. I considered fiber internet, which I believe is still the best available option there. Over the last year, I’ve done some things I told myself I would never do while outside the country.

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Dental Pain and My Dwindling Number of Real Teeth

RT Cunningham | April 15, 2021 (UTC) | Health

Some people can keep their real teeth longer than others. I don’t like suffering from dental pain, so I would rather pull a bad tooth instead of repairing it. At the age of 60, I only have seven real teeth remaining. I’ve had a dwindling number of teeth since 2004 or 2005, not counting all four of the wisdom teeth removed when I was 20.

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A Return to the Dole Pineapple Plantation

RT Cunningham | April 13, 2021 (UTC) | Food and Drink, Locations

At the beginning of the month, I wrote about our family trip to Dole pineapple plantation. I mentioned that we hadn’t taken any tours and that we would probably not be returning. Well, as usual, I was wrong. My daughter-in-law, Cathy, convinced the rest of us to take the train tour, so we would have pictures of Ezra, my grandson, on the train.

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Examining the Cinnamon Desktop Environment

RT Cunningham | April 7, 2021 (UTC) | Linux

I first wrote about the Cinnamon desktop environment in 2020, before I started working with the latest version of the Cinnamon edition of Linux Mint. I’m revisiting the desktop environment as objectively as possible since it’s the desktop environment I’m currently using. It’s time for me to write about the applets, desklets, extensions, panels and themes.

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Tanning and Sun Care - How Dark Do You Want to Be?

RT Cunningham | April 2, 2021 (UTC) | Culture, Health

“Tanning and Sun Care” is one of Google’s AdSense ad categories. I understand the tanning part of it, but I have no idea what “sun care” is all about. Perhaps it refers to taking care of your eyes and your skin, other than tanning. I guess it doesn’t matter because today, I’m writing about tanning, ultraviolet light and sunglasses.

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Dole Pineapple Plantation, Wahiawa, Oahu, Hawaii

RT Cunningham | April 1, 2021 (UTC) | Food and Drink, Locations

Like the Green World Coffee Farm, the Dole pineapple plantation may not be within Wahiawa city limits. It’s north of the city and most of the plantation is west of where I’m living today. I haven’t bothered to see how much of it surrounds the Helemano military reservation (we call it “HMR”). The tourist spot is called “Dole Plantation”, but it’s just a few buildings.

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Skype Is a Cell Phone Plan Alternative for People With Wi-Fi

RT Cunningham | March 26, 2021 (UTC) | Phones

Using Skype as a cell phone plan may seem like a crazy idea, but hear me out. How often do you use your data when you’re away from home? Do you even use data? When you get a cell phone plan from a traditional provider, you pay for a phone, a phone line and some amount of data. The cost of your plan can be well over $100 for you alone.

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