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Browser Add-Ons Designed To Reduce Online Stress

The web is rife with annoyances. Pop-over ads when you visit a page that you have to dismiss, sites that auto-play audio even in background tabs, pages that reload and take all the text you entered with it, they all suck. Here are some browser add-ons that make the web a better place for everyone.

👀Behind the Overlay (Chrome/Firefox) We covered it a while ago, and it still works like a charm, whether that pop-over display is one of those annoying “yes, that’s great/no, I hate nice things” ads, or any other pop-over, like the kind begging you to sign up or in.

🎥Magic Actions (Chrome/Firefox/Opera) YouTube is full of entertaining videos, but it’s certainly one of the most annoying web sites. From abysmal commenters to annoying (but easily disabled) overlays and random resolutions, it can be a pain to get everything the way you want it—and then one change may undo your preferences on another system. Magic Actions fixes all of that. In addition to making sure any videos that can play in HD (or better yet, 4K) do so, Magic Actions also suppresses ads which you may or may not want to do. kills YouTube comment sections, lets you control the volume with your mousewheel, and adds a cinema mode that cuts the cruft and lets you focus on the video you’re watching. All in all, it gives you a YouTube experience that’s more like a media player than a video portal. Plus, it’s one of our favorite Chrome extensions in general, even though it’s also available for Firefox and Opera.

🔎Imagus (Chrome/Firefox)
Tiny thumbnails that don’t open to large images—or worse, only open to large images in the same page or open links instead of larger views—are annoying, and previously mentioned Imagus (available for Chrome and Firefox) fixes them. Instead, just hover your mouse over an image you want to see in a larger view, and it’ll pop up, nice and big so you can inspect it.We used to recommend Hover Zoom for things like this, but ever since a ton of useful Chrome extensions went to the dark side, we can’t anymore, and Imagus is a suitable replacement.

Social Fixer (Chrome/Firefox/Opera/Safari)
If you install one browser extension that’ll make your Facebook experience leaps and bounds better, it should be Social Fixer. We’ve highlighted it several times, shown you how to use it to clean political posts from Facebook, re-order your news feed with it, always see recent posts and easily find posts you’ve interacted with, hide sponsored posts and pages, filter your news feed so you don’t miss important news, and more. If there’s something about Facebook that annoys you, odds are Social Fixer can handle it. Of course, if you’re not a fan, or need an alternative, you can also check out F.B. Purity, available for all the same browsers, and another tool we’ve highlighted before.

🔕uBlock Origin (Chrome/Firefox)
The fact that this site keeps the engine running thanks to ads doesn’t mean that we don’t know that ads are some of the most annoying parts of the web. Maybe they take over entire pages, or they bump your browser around when you’re trying to read or click. Maybe they auto-play or block the page you’re reading until you can dismiss them. Maybe they just slow down your browser. We feel that pain, and uBlock Origin is our favorite ad blocker for Chrome and Firefox and Opera—not just because it gets the job done easily enough, but because it’s incredibly powerful and customizable.
uBlock Origin lets you control what elements load, which don’t, what ads you see, and what you suppress. You can customize it to your heart’s content, and it’s faster and more lightweight than Adblock Plus or Ghostery, each of which have their own problems with selling ads or partnering with ad companies. If you’d like an alternative, consider Disconnect, a browser extension that doesn’t block ads, but does preserve your privacy by blocking tracking—and the only ads it actively blocks are malvertising, which you want to block anyway.

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A letter to Joey

Dear Joey,
I don't think you ever met a stranger, just future friends.You had a big smile, a big heart and big shoulders. You shared your love of life and dreams for the future with us all through your daily affermations on Facebook and your devotion to your friends, family and faith. I doubt you knew so many people fed off of your unwavering "TRUTH" that anything was possible. I will forever think of these positive messages as "Joeyisms".
It was a honor to know you and I thank you for making the world a brighter place. This poem by Arthur O'Shaughnessy's speaks of those who believe. 

We are the music makers,
  And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
  And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,     
  On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
  Of the world for ever, it seems.
With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world's great cities,     
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire's glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
  Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song's measure     
  Can trample a kingdom down.
We, in the ages lying
  In the buried past of the earth,
Built Nineveh with our sighing,
  And Babel itself in our mirth;     
And o'erthrew them with prophesying
  To the old of the new world's worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
  Or one that is coming to birth.
A breath of our inspiration     
Is the life of each generation;
A wondrous thing of our dreaming
Unearthly, impossible seeming—
The soldier, the king, and the peasant
  Are working together in one,     
Till our dream shall become their present,
  And their work in the world be done.
They had no vision amazing
Of the goodly house they are raising;
They had no divine foreshowing     
Of the land to which they are going:
But on one man's soul it hath broken,
  A light that doth not depart;
And his look, or a word he hath spoken,
  Wrought flame in another man's heart.     
And therefore to-day is thrilling
With a past day's late fulfilling;
And the multitudes are enlisted
In the faith that their fathers resisted,
And, scorning the dream of to-morrow,     
  Are bringing to pass, as they may,
In the world, for its joy or its sorrow,
  The dream that was scorned yesterday.
But we, with our dreaming and singing,
  Ceaseless and sorrowless we!     
The glory about us clinging
  Of the glorious futures we see,
Our souls with high music ringing:
  O men! it must ever be
That we dwell, in our dreaming and singing,    
  A little apart from ye.
For we are afar with the dawning
  And the suns that are not yet high,
And out of the infinite morning
  Intrepid you hear us cry—     
How, spite of your human scorning,
  Once more God's future draws nigh,
And already goes forth the warning
  That ye of the past must die.
Great hail! we cry to the comers
  From the dazzling unknown shore;
Bring us hither your sun and your summers;
  And renew our world as of yore;
You shall teach us your song's new numbers,
  And things that we dreamed not before:    
Yea, in spite of a dreamer who slumbers,
  And a singer who sings no more.

Walk On By


Today I sat looking out the front window soaking up the warm rays of sunlight and thinking I should water the grass.

I was pulled from my daydreaming by the appearance of a tall, gaunt young man striding into view. His long legs carried him purposely forward while his straight, tangled black hair bounced up and down on the back of his over-sized green parka which swung out behind him. I half-watched as this twenty-something-year-old stranger passed by my house. The boy appeared in deep thought and I doubt he would have seen someone even if they were right in front of him. I continued watching him go by as I tried to remember being that full of purpose.

Suddenly, I was wrenched from my silent musings by a loud sob of such heart-breaking agony it took my breathe away. As tears sprung to my eyes, I realized it was the young man that had cried out shattering the tranquility of the quiet afternoon. He never faltered in his step but continued plodding on no longer purposeful but solitary. He stumbled and I could feel his loneliness and absolute surrender to his pain. Now past the house and almost out of sight I heard him cry out again in pain and misery that is heard only when all hope is lost and there is no one and nothing left to hold onto.

I pray for you young man with the long dark hair and too big jacket. Wherever you are tonight I pray you find your purpose again and that you will know love and joy someday soon in your life.


Merciful God,
I offer prayers for those who are wanting. Those with broken hearts and broken lives. Bless them with healing. Change their circumstances. Cause peace and prosperity to come to them in abundance. I, who have plenty, pray that I may share the richness of my soul, even as I share my resources.   

~Amen