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07-04-2013 (A Long Holiday Weekend)

I love fireworks! (And I love 4 day summer weekends!)

Happy Birthday America

Independence Day is the national day of the United States.

In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

Today’s quote:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” ~ Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

(I have heard tales told where, in the golden olden days, students were required to memorize and recite this Address.. but then, I have heard that they were required to learn Latin too.. Today I hear tales that students cannot even read this Address.. Bah. Just musing out loud.)

We here at T4E Headquarters (me, myself, and I) wish you a joyous and safe holiday.

Bonus 1: The 4th is a great time to get out to one of our National Parks. If you cannot do that, perhaps setting your desktop “wallpaper” to a spectacular image might be a good “second option”. (Some awesome nature photography here.) Public domain Desktop wallpaper from US National Parks

Bonus 2: If you like fireworks too.. 20 Incredible Photographs of Fireworks Reflected in Water

Bonus 3: NewEgg has a “spectacular” sale (14 hours left) w/savings up to 85%


Click on image to go to sale page

Bonus 4: This is a nice “bundle” at a nice price (I use both these products).

True Image and NOD32 for $22. Click here to see the deal (at TigerDirect).

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July 4, 2013 - Posted by | Digital Images


  1. Hi Paul,

    Enjoy the day.

    If I lived closer and in the correct country, I would be here..somewhere…

    Celebrate The 4th Of July The Old-Fashioned Way—With An Anti-Spying Rally – ReadWrite But not having a tea party…


    Comment by delenn13 | July 4, 2013 | Reply

  2. Paul,

    So it’s raining here…

    Yeah, reading….

    Here are 6 Free Doctor Who stories in PDF format. I don’t know how long they are being offered.

    BBC One – Doctor Who – Stories

    Humble Bundle…got’s Wil Wheaton(even though I already have half of Wil’s, Cory’s and Cherie’s)

    Six sweet literary works. Humble eBook Bundle 2 features six novel works of prose from respected authors. Name your price for Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, Spin by Robert Charles Wilson, and Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold. Pay more than the average and you’ll also receive The Last Unicorn: Deluxe Edition by Peter Beagle and Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton!

    Pay what you want. Separately, this anthology of literary greatness would typically cost around $70. But we’re letting you set the price!

    Compatible with computers and mobile devices. These books are available in multiple formats including PDF, MOBI, and ePub, so they work great on your computer, eBook readers, and a wide array of mobile devices!”

    Humble eBook Bundle 2 (pay what you want and help charity)


    Comment by delenn13 | July 4, 2013 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      I hope you had a good Canada Day, and I like these shares – thx!


      Comment by techpaul | July 4, 2013 | Reply

      • Here is another share..

        America, Land of the free?

        LeVar Burton explains his ‘driving while black’ traffic stop ritual – Your Community


        Comment by delenn13 | July 4, 2013 | Reply

        • delenn13,
          Umm.. yes, I guess today is as good a day as any to stop and think about the many, many things that still need fixing. And I do suppose that celebrating Independence Day will spur America bashing in many corners. But I do not want to be a party to that. (And no gov’t on earth is w/o its ugly truths.) I simply want to wish people a safe and happy vacation from the daily drudgery of responsibilities and earning the pesos to pay the bills — whatever their current opinion of the USA happens to be.


          Comment by techpaul | July 4, 2013 | Reply

          • Hey Paul,

            Just remember, I was born and raised in Florida(South). I have seen and experienced it for my self.

            No matters. Enjoy your day.


            Comment by delenn13 | July 4, 2013 | Reply

            • delenn13,
              Thank you. (And so far so good!)


              Comment by techpaul | July 4, 2013 | Reply

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