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Every Saturday, I send out a tip of the week.  I also include announcements, upcoming classes, and so on.  If you would like to hear from me every weekend, sign up for my weekly updates here:

 

You subscribe to my “tip of the week” and I appreciate that.  I really do.  It’s a small thing, but it means a lot to me.  In person, I am generally taciturn.  After twenty years in the classroom, and after twenty years of thinking on my feet, I find it relaxing to now think on paper.

So, thanks for listening.

Like you, I also subscribe to mailing lists.  I receive weekly emails too.  This week, Tim Ferris (of Four Hour Work Week fame) sent out a tech tip that I felt I just had to pass on to you guys.

It’s a simple thing, I know, but since I use YouTube to teach myself so much, it was kind of a huge thing for me.

Here goes.  Turns out, you can jump forward and backward on YouTube.

To go back 10 seconds, press J.
To pause, press K.
To jump forward 10 seconds press L.

Here’s a bit more from Tim:

“This might not seem like much, but it’s incredibly helpful when moving around in longer videos (or audio on YT) or trying to repeat what you just saw/heard, as clicking on the progress bar itself can lead to jumping around in 4-5-minute increments.”

So true.

This was a big moment for me this week.  I wanted to share my moment with you.  I hope you find it helpful.

By the way, I am still teaching a free, live etymology class every morning (except Sundays).

On Friday, I foolishly allowed the link to lapse.  If ever this happens again, check my blog, and the Visual Latin Facebook page.  I quickly posted the links there when I realized my mistake.

Anyway, here is the link for the next 30 days or so: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regist…/5460760071755583747

The live class is available to anyone. Recordings, unfortunately, are only available to those who have subscribed to my site: www.dwanethomas.com

I hope your new year is off to a great start!
Dwane

Put that song on repeat.

Dwane Thomas’ Tip of the Week – December 9, 2017
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If you are anything like me, and I know I am, sometimes you want to listen to a song over and over again.  I do this often when I am up late answering emails.  Sometimes a catchy, upbeat song will keep me going when I am tired.  I like to listen to an old favorite over and over.

YouTube is a great place to find music.  But, if you want to listen to a song multiple times, it’s not so great.  Unless it is.  There is a trick.

For example, I am up late right now.  And, I am listening to an old favorite.  I am listening to One Headlight by the Wallflowers.  Here is the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzyfcys1aLM

Now, watch closely.  If I insert the word REPEAT right before the “.com”, I can listen to the song all night long.  Here is what it looks like: https://www.youtuberepeat.com/watch?v=Zzyfcys1aLM.  Of course, the link is just going to take you over to listenonrepeat.com, but… personally, I like starting on YouTube.

Yeah.  I know.  You guys think I am over here listening to Latin chants.  But, no.  It’s late.  Those guys would put me to sleep.

I am classics teacher.  To stay awake at night, I rely almost exclusively on the classics.  Lynyrd Skynyrd,  Credence Clearwater Revival,  Aerosmith,  Guns-N-Roses, The Eagles, Z.Z. Top and (brace yourself, Aunt Vicki…) Tom Petty.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know the objections.  Put your hands down.

Now go listen to your favorite song all day tomorrow.

I hope you have a very happy Sunday!

Dwane

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I am currently working on another book.  I had hoped to have it available already.   Oh, well.  Still aiming for January.  Like a T-rex in a tar pit, the more I struggle, the deeper I sink.  Meanwhile, here’s the book I wrote in 2013.  For the most part, it’s about learning Latin.  The tips and tricks I share, however, do apply to other subjects.  Check it out here:

https://dwanethomas.com/downloads/via-latin-lost/

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Is it too late to join one of my online classes?  No.  You can join anytime.  Simply click here:

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Would you like to be able to read the New Testament in Greek?  I can take you there.  It’s not going to be easy, but I can take you there  Join the class here:

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And, finally, I am going to bring the “Word of the Day” back in January.  Horses.  Hold ’em.  I will be posting the words on my blog.  To join the party, just follow my blog.  Just go to my site and subscribe on the left-hand side: https://dwanethomas.com/

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Every Saturday, I send out a tip of the week.  I also include announcements, upcoming classes, and so on.  If you would like to hear from me every weekend, sign up for my weekly updates here:

 

Hotter Coffee

Dwane Thomas’ Tip of the Week – December 2, 2017
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Warning.  The tip this week is completely based on a First World Problem (FWP).

This time of year, my wife and I really enjoy coffee.  And also… the rest of the year.

Anyway, we like our coffee hot.  Really hot.

Here’s the problem.  (I warned you.  This is a FWP.) . When you pour a steaming hot cup of coffee into a cold coffee cup, the coffee loses some of its steaminess.

There is a simple solution.  As soon as you turn on the coffee, turn on the teapot.  Before adding coffee to a cold mug, add hot water from the teapot instead.   Let the cup of hot water sit for a minute or so.  Now your cup is hot.  Pour the water out and add coffee to your hot mug.

Now you can enjoy a very hot cup of coffee!

And… while you are enjoying your hot cup of coffee, you can learn more about First World Problems:

Have a very happy Sunday!
Dwane
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I am currently working on another book.  I had hoped to have it available last week.   Didn’t make it.  Aiming for January.  Meanwhile, here’s the book I wrote in 2013.  For the most part, it’s about learning Latin.  The tips and tricks I share, however, do apply to other subjects.  Check it out here:
https://dwanethomas.com/downloads/via-latin-lost/
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Is it too late to join one of my online classes?  No.  You can join anytime.  Simply click here:
https://dwanethomas.com/subscribe/
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Would you like to be able to read the New Testament in Greek?  I can take you there.  It’s not going to be easy, but I can take you there  Join the class here:
https://dwanethomas.com/subscribe/
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Almost every Saturday, I send out a tip of the week.  I also include announcements, upcoming classes, and so on.  If you would like to hear from me every weekend, sign up for my weekly updates here:

Affordable Medical Insurance that is actually affordable.

Dwane Thomas’ Tip of the Week – November 18, 2017
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As most of you know, my son almost died in a car accident last April.  My family and I were living in Athens, Greece at the time.  I had gone there to study Greek.

We received the call no parent wants to receive.

Within hours, my wife was on a plane bound for Aurora, Colorado.

Before she landed, my girls and I were on another plane bound for Aurora.

Instead of studying in Athens for several months, we ended up living in a hotel (for several weeks) across the street from Aurora medical center.  Eventually, with help from our friends and with help from our church, we rented a home.  We ended up living in Colorado for almost 2 months.

As most of you know, medical insurance is no longer as affordable as it was before the “Affordable” Care Act went into effect.

Fortunately, The “Affordable” Care Act did not make insurance unaffordable for my family.

The reason is simple.  We are members of a medi-share organization called Samaritan Ministries.

Most of you are probably familiar with this organization.  If you are not, I recommend you check them out.

During our awful ordeal in Colorado, we had plenty to worry about.  We did not have to worry about medical bills.

The help from Samaritans Ministries was phenomenal.

While I continued to work from Colorado, my wife managed the medical bills.  From time to time, when I would ask her how things were going, she would report to me that working with Samaritan’s ministries was very easy.

What a relief.  With everything else we were going through, medical bills were a major concern.  It turns out, we didn’t have to worry.  Samaritans Ministries had us covered.

It’s been over six months now since the accident.  My son continues to improve every day.  He is back to work.  Back to filming, and back to photography.  We are very grateful.

And, I am happy to report that Samaritans Ministries stepped in to cover all of my son’s medical expenses.  The medical bills did not bankrupt us, and I can keep on working.

If you are looking for an affordable shelter to protect you from the “Affordable” Care Act, then please check out Samaritans Ministries.

And if you don’t mind, when they ask how you heard about them, mention me.

I hope you all have an excellent Thanksgiving celebration!
Dwane
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I am currently working on another book.  I hope to have it available in a few weeks.  Meanwhile, here’s the book I wrote in 2013.  For the most part, it’s about learning Latin.  The tips and tricks I share, however, do apply to other subjects.  Check it out here:
https://dwanethomas.com/downloads/via-latin-lost/
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Is it too late to join one of my online classes?  No.  You can join anytime.  Simply click here:
https://dwanethomas.com/subscribe/
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Would you like to be able to read the New Testament in Greek?  I can take you there.  It’s not going to be easy, but I can take you there  Join the class here:
https://dwanethomas.com/subscribe/
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Almost every Saturday, I send out a tip of the week.  I also include announcements, upcoming classes, and so on.  If you would like to hear from me every weekend, sign up for my weekly updates here:

How many pages did you write?

Dwane Thomas’ Tip of the Week – November 4, 2017
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Are you a writer?  Do you sometimes wonder how much you are writing?

Maybe that’s a strange question.  Let me explain.  Every week Grammarly sends me a report like this one:

Generally, I ignore the reports.  But, this report stunned me.   373,000 words?  What does that even mean?  I needed the information in pages.  Number of words?  That just doesn’t make any sense to me.

I feel the same when talking to teenagers about cell phones.  Gigabytes?  Megabytes?  Kilobytes?  Oreo bites?  What are we talking about?  I need the information presented to me in a different format.  How many audiobooks can my phone hold?  THAT Is a measurement I can understand.

I could go on.   In fact, I think I will.

How old am I?  I have been alive 533 months, or just over 11 Olympiads.

How tall am I? 69 inches.

How much do I weigh?  Hey.  That’s none of your business.

Soooo… 373,000 words?  What does THAT mean?  Obviously, It means that my family was busy, and I was terribly bored.  But, what does it mean in pages?  Fortunately, there’s a way to find out.  Simply go to this site: http://www.netbookasus.com/wordstopages/.

Make a few adjustments.  For example, I switched the font to Times New Roman, switched the size to 12 point font, and switched the spacing to single.  (Be careful with the last one.  If you have multiple tabs open on your computer, you might accidentally switch your relationship status to single.  That could get you into trouble.  Seriously, be careful.)

After plugging in the information you will know the number of pages you wrote.  During my very long week of boredom, it turns out, I wrote 914 pages.  If you’re wondering where those pages are, they’re on my site.  I was transferring student answers over to the members’ section that week.

Incidentally, that week inspired me to try it again.  I haven’t written a book since 2013.  I don’t know why I stopped.  I’ve been waiting around for permission to write another book.  Or, maybe I’ve just been waiting around for the extra time.   Or, maybe I just found it easier to make excuses.

I needed a jolt.  About a week ago, I read a book by Bob Bly on Writing E-books.  Inspired, I decided to go for it again.  In fact, I decided to follow his instructions in painstaking detail.  Not only that, I challenged myself to complete the book in one month.  If I can write 914 pages in a week, then maybe I can write, edit, self-publish and sell another ebook in a month.  I’m about 40 pages into it already.  My goal is to have the book available November 30.  We will see.

If you’re a writer, you now know how to count those pages.

Unfortunately, I can’t explain gigabytes to you.  Go find a teenager.  Those guys can help.

Have a great weekend!
Dwane

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Here’s the book I wrote in 2013.  For the most part, it’s about learning Latin.  The tips and tricks I share, however, do apply to other subjects.  Check it out here:
https://dwanethomas.com/downloads/via-latin-lost/

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Behind in Latin?  Need help with Henle Latin?  You can join one of my classes anytime.  Help is here:
https://dwanethomas.com/subscribe/

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How would you like to be able to read the New Testament in Greek?  I can take you there.  It’s not going to be easy, but I can take you there  Join the class here:
https://dwanethomas.com/subscribe/

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Every Saturday, I send out a tip of the week.  I also include announcements, upcoming classes, and so on.  If you would like to hear from me every weekend, sign up for my weekly updates here:

Safe You Tube

YouTube is an incredible place.  I am convinced you could use it to learn almost anything.

Unfortunately, it can also be a dangerous place.  It is easy for kids to run across what they should not see.

But, using safeyoutube.net, students can harness the power of YouTube while avoiding the dangers of YouTube.

If you want to share a YouTube link with your kids, or with your students, you can safely do so by first plugging the YouTube link into safeyoutube.net.

For example, here is a video I thought you might enjoy.  I created a link for you in safeyoutube.net.  Here it is: http://safeyoutube.net/w/hVcc.

Just like that, you can harness the power of YouTube and you can help your kids or students avoid the pitfalls of YouTube.

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Every Saturday, I send out a tip of the week.  I also include announcements, upcoming classes, and so on.  If you would like to hear from me every weekend, sign up for my weekly updates here:

What to pack

Traveling can actually be quite a hassle.  Or, it can be a forced rest.  Sometimes, sitting on a plane with nothing to do sounds nice.

Every time I travel, I am always envious of the the cool, carefree travelers with one backpack.  I am not envious when I watch the travelers who couldn’t decide what to pack… and, so they decided to bring it all.

Have you ever found yourself wondering exactly what you should bring on a trip?

Now, you no longer have to wonder.

Bookmark this page: https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/packing-light/ricks-packing-list.  Next time you travel, you will be glad you did.

My family and I have used Rick Steves packing checklist for years.  Keeps us from bringing too much.  It also keeps us from forgetting important essentials.

Here is the checklist itself: https://d3dqioy2sca31t.cloudfront.net/Projects/cms/production/000/014/077/original/586156d1a1849a3cb0a2bc1b10693ba1/RickStevesPackingList.pdf

As Rick Steves says, “Remember to pack light to enjoy the sweet freedom of true mobility. Happy travels!”

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Have a happy Saturday!
Dwane

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Every Saturday, I send out a tip of the week.  I also include announcements, upcoming classes, and so on.  If you would like to hear from me every weekend, sign up for my weekly updates here: