Charlie Haldeman

The digital home of the genuine rural eclectic.


It’s not exactly what’s trending online, but it is a running list of what flies across my multiple screens as of late.

Enjoy! -ch


July 20, 2019

Shazam just might be my favorite app on my device. I’m a music consumer. I like strange songs that often aren’t obvious. Shazam helps identify them and stores them in your history. That way, you’ll have a nice playlist after several uses.

Shazam by Shazam Entertainment Ltd.

Shazam by Shazam Entertainment Ltd.


August 6, 2018

If you aren’t familiar with The Texanist column over at Texas Monthly, you’re missing out.

Writer David Courtney is as funny as he is verbose. He answers reader questions with the thorough thought only a good mind and scribe can contribute.

Here’s an intriguing one regarding the height of highway overpasses. I especially appreciate the thoughtfulness presented when he asked the chief engineer of the Texas Department of Transportation about his personal favorite stretch of road.

The Texanist: Why Does Texas Have So Many Insanely Tall Overpasses?


June 16, 2018

Good writing is a valuable skill. As much as I (try to) write, I still find myself unsure of what’s proper and correct. So to the web I go. Here’s one resource a found along with a thoughtful quote from an anonymous commenter.

“Any who condemn informal language are insensitive to the great variation possible in English and the ability of the language to adapt itself to meet the varying needs of its speakers.”

Also on the topic of writing properly…



June 15, 2018

I keep an average of 12 browser tabs open in my phone and another 12 or 24 on my laptop. I’m an information connoisseur. That’s a $5 word for “junkie.”

Too often, the stories, video, audio, and images I’ve saved for later viewing start to pile up. Long road trips and conferences generally help with clearing the backlog. I’m always always looking for compelling content.

This one is one of those famous examples of compelling content that elevated a talented man to deserved stardom status.

Here’s the late Anthony Bourdain in the New Yorker from 2014:


June 8, 2018

At a conference last week, our technology experts shared a cool app with us. Open Signal will show you how strong cell signals are and where the nearest towers are located. Here’s a link for iPhone users:

OpenSignal – Speed Test & Maps by OpenSignal, Inc

June 2, 2018

I happen to be a fan of public radio. If we’re on a road trip, it’s entirely habit for me to scan the low end of the FM radio dial to find the nearest station. Depending on where we are, public stations are not always easy to find.

Years ago, I discovered this program that’s distributed to many non-commercial stations. I think it’s one of the best programs available for music, folklore, and a true theatre-of-the-mind experience. American Routes (pronounced roots) with host Nick Spitzer is fabulous listening each week.


May 24, 2018

We’ve been steadily settling in to a new office space in our building in Killeen (I oversee 2 newsrooms.  The other is in Waco.) Often overlooked are the little things, like clocks. Of course, we don’t need anything fancy.  It just has to be reliable and easy to read.  Then, I run across this site from Pendulux.


May 22, 2018

I’ve been eager to read the latest novel from James Lee Burke, but I keep making excuses.

Excuses like… I’m in the middle of a business-savvy book that I need to finish first. I don’t read very well when I’ve been drinking. I’ll read it on the plane when I take my next business trip. 51OxUfAttBL._SY346_

All of these are silly excuses. So, since I’m procrastinating, I’ll recommend it here.

Robicheaux: A Novel is Burke’s latest installment featuring the fictional detective from Iberia Parish, Louisiana.  To say this is my favorite author, third favorite fictional character, and favorite series, are all understatements of the highest order. The man’s writing makes the characters come alive.

May 6, 2018

While building this site, I was on the hunt for some placeholder images and the old pictures from the 1980’s sitcom Cheers came to mind.  That’s when I ran across this fascinating web nugget devoted to fonts.  It’s a goldmine for multimedia hounds. The headline for Fonts In Use says it, “is a independent archive of typography.”

fonts in use

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