Stranded passengers at Gander

I talk about this article: Gander Hosted Stranded 9/11 Passengers by David Mikkelson (19 November 2001).

This is the most uplifting story I’ve read in a while. On September 11 2001, fifty-three airplanes flying to the United States were swiftly redirected to an airport at Gander, a small town of 10500 people in Newfoundland. The crew of these airplanes added up to a staggering 6500 people.

The stranded passengers were stuck on their airplanes for about a day before airport security allowed them to leave the planes. Thankfully there were no medical emergencies that night. The following three days, they lived in high schools, town halls and other large meeting places. The townspeople and the Red Cross provided food, toiletries, internet access and phone calls. Some passengers went on excursions while others stayed in their lodging. The Red Cross took good track of what planes were approved to leave at which times. As soon as groups of passengers were able to leave, they went right back to the airport to do so. The kindness during the five-day ordeal was absolutely incredible.

One businessman set up a trust fund because he wanted to donate money to send high school students in the Gander area to college, and he asked the passengers to donate. When the donations were tallied up, it was a staggering $14500.

If you’re kind to people it will pay dividends. It doesn’t matter if you’re a web developer, a businessman, a store clerk or a humanitarian. People will remember your kindness if you go above and beyond what people expect you to do. The way people repay you might surprise you. If you’re a web developer, remember this story the next time you’re looking for a job, working with a client, or meeting with your boss.

Four of my Favorite Websites for Learning Code so far

As a web development student, I’m always on the lookout for websites that can increase the quality of my learning. Here are my favorite four so far for learning different topics, reference, and building applications. If you have any gripes with these websites, maybe drop a comment saying why you don’t like them or maybe there are better alternatives (but if there’s one thing that really annoys me, it has to be sites that are difficult to read and understand).

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Future of this website

As you know, I’ve stopped blogging on this website on a regular schedule so I will re-brand this website by changing the title.

I’ll be changing the name from to

Soon I will be attending school to learn web development so I feel it’s extremely important for me to have a personal website so I can showcase my skills. By the time I’m finished with the program, hopefully I won’t have to rely on WordPress to host this website.

Just because I’m not blogging on this website, that doesn’t mean I’m not always writing great articles. I’m currently writing for Video Chums and you can always follow me on Twitter if you want to see what I’m up to.

Defy Gravity meets expectations, but doesn’t exceed them

Defy Gravity is a gravity-based platformer released in 2016 by Fish Factory Games. It breathes life into the platforming genre by introducing gravity-manipulating mechanics. The game, thankfully, does everything that it needs to and does it well. While the game isn’t a breakthrough by any means, it controls perfectly, has a moody atmosphere, and uses interesting gameplay mechanics. Defy Gravity is also incredible value as it’s less than $1 on Steam as of this time of writing.

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Star Trek Discovery: Despite Yourself

“Despite Yourself” picks up from last month’s “Into the Forest I Go”, during which the Discovery accidentally jumps to an unknown location during a Spore Drive accident. The ship is now in the Mirror Universe, the same Mirror Universe from the Original Series’ “Mirror, Mirror” and was later picked up for use in a story arc during DS9. However, it’s not immediately obvious to the Discovery crew where they are, and they must do some investigative work before they find out they’re in a different universe with alternate versions of themselves.

This episode is the first Mirror Universe episode that I’ve seen, so unfortunately I can’t make comparisons to previous Trek episodes like Mirror Mirror. Fortunately, “Despite Yourself” is an excellent standalone episode that does a good job of establishing the Mirror Universe and laying the groundwork for the next few episodes. The episode has strong character development, a few comedic moments, and a few shocking moments including two character deaths.

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Review: The Real Story by Stephen R. Donaldson

The Gap into Conflict: The Real Story, written in 1991, is the first book in The Gap series, written by Stephen R. Donaldson in. In the first chapter of the book, a space pirate, Angus Thermopyle, walks into a bar on Com-Mine Station with a beautiful woman, Morn Hyland. The patrons wonder why Morn is with Angus, a man of such poor reputation. They believe she is being coerced, which isn’t entirely wrong, but it’s far from the real story. While in the bar, Morn and Angus also capture the attention of another space pirate, Nick Succorso, who hopes to rescue her.

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