Paul Tuon
Hey, people! -- I am feeling lonely commenting by myself. Join me in posting comments and replies.

Open to all topics!!!

To those of you who are horse racing fans I give out my personal picks regularly when I see opportunities.

To see my personal picks login to your account to get a link to my picks.

Paul Tuon 1 week ago
Can you spell "u-p-s-e-t" ???

Yeah, #8 Arkansas (72) vs #1 Kansas (71)

That is a HUGE upset!!!
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Paul Tuon 1 week ago
"Tip of the Day":

Here is how you can beautify your website's background using images.

Get your image ready whether it is a .jpg, .png, .gif, or any other extension out there and it will work just fine:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
background-image: url('image_folder/your_image.jpg');
background-repeat: no-repeat;
background-size: cover;
background-attachment: fixed;



That is it!!!
Very simple!!!


You have to use CSS and you can put it in a CSS file or embed it inline like it is here.

Use the body tag and specify the properties like shown here. The URL is the location where you store your image at.

The property background-repeat contains a value of no-repeat to tell the browser to not fill the entire webpage with a smaller image size [by repeating the image several times to fill the entire webpage.]

You see, you would think that the browser would know how to display the image just once but it doesn't. This is because your image comes with no size or dimension specified and since the property says background the browser is going to fill the entire background with several (repeated same) image.

If your image came with a default size of, say, 1200px by 1200px then the browser would know how to fill the entire webpage with the image just once and not repeating the image several times.

Now since your image came with an unspecified size/dimension the browser will display the image using the default size and fills the entire webpage by repeating the same image several times until the entire webpage is filled with your image.

By specifying the property background-repeat with the value of no-repeat it tells the browser to display the image just once, but you want to display the image the entire webpage, and what do you do?

And that's what the background-size: cover is for, to fill/cover the entire webpage with the image just once.

You also need to use another property in conjunction with background-size and that property is called background-attachment with the value of fixed.

This makes sure that the entire element is always covered, and the background image will cover the entire element, with no stretching (and the image will keep its original proportions)

There you have it!!!
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Paul Tuon 1 week ago
Oh, the trend is heading in the wrong direction for horseplayers (myself included).

Today I just learned (from DRF article) that NYRA is planning to install a one-mile synthetic track inside its two turf courses at Belmont Park.

“The time is right to add this option for use during both training and racing,” said Glen Kozak, NYRA’s senior vice president of operations and capital projects, in the press release.

David O’Rourke, NYRA’s chief executive officer, told the board that NYRA plans to write races for the artificial surface during the winter months, provided that racing is consolidated at Belmont Park under a plan sought by NYRA to use a state loan to rebuild the track.

In the spring, O’Rourke said, the synthetic track would only be used in the event that weather or wear-and-tear forces races off the turf.

Okay, let's hope that it's not a regular occurrence like Gulfstream Park does with its races, in which, they are mixing both dirt and Tapeta races 50% / 50% ratio.

In other words, Gulfstream Park is running dirt races 50% of the time and also running Tapeta races 50% of the time.

That is quite a lot for me to stomach.

If NYRA goes the way of Gulfstream Park they will lose my wagering dollars as I will not put my money on synthetic or Tapeta races.

Synthetic and Tapeta races are so unpredictable and tough to handicap.
And that's why I have an unfavorable view of these two surfaces and I rarely play their races.

Hopefully, NYRA limits their synthetic and Tapeta races to an absolute minimum.
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Paul Tuon 1 week ago
On Wednesday morning (of March 15, 2023), the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a PPI (Producer Price Index) report that showed lower-than-expected inflation for the month of February. Prices were expected to rise .3 percent, but instead they fell.

The February producer price index expected to be up 3/10. But it was down 1/10 of 1%, I repeat: down 1/10 of 1%!

The news comes on the heels of a CPI report that President Joe Biden pointed out “shows annual inflation is down by a third at a time when the unemployment rate remains near a 50-year low.”
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Paul Tuon 1 week ago
It's tax season January 1 - April 15 every year and I've always wanted to create a program to enable anyone to file tax on my website, but I ran into trouble in getting PDF to work online.

I guess I don't know how to program PDF file to accept front-end information online from filers and in the back-end grab those information and process it using PHP or any other server-side language.

Does anyone know how to get PDF front-end information from users online when they fill out their tax information and then grab those same information similar to grabbing HTML form like $_POST or _$GET?

I will pay you if you can tell me how to do it.

Contact me via my email at
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Paul Tuon 1 week ago
Today's news headline:

"Second Bank Fails In Spreading Crisis ......"

What's up with the banks these days?

Just last week (Friday March 10, 2023), it was the collapse of the Santa Clara, Calif.-based SVB, or Silicon Valley Bank, which housed assets of Roku and many other tech companies and startups.

And today, Monday March 13, 2023 (3 days later), another bank just went belly up. This time it is New York-based Signature Bank, which caters to crypto clients.

Hope it's not a trend like the one in 2008: The Housing Crisis.
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Paul Tuon 2 weeks ago
This weekend's stakes play (Saturday 3/11/2023):

The San Carlos Stakes (at Santa Anita)

Here is the post position order with morning line odds:

1. Holden the Lute (ML 6-1)
2. Forbidden Kingdom (ML 8-5)
3. Spirit of Makena (ML 4-1)
4. Clem Labine (ML 20-1)
5. Get Her Number (ML 9-5)
6. Howbeit (ML 5-1)

I'm playing Forbidden Kingdom (the favorite in the morning line odds) to win.

I'm hoping his final toteboard odd will be *even money* or higher -- 6/5 -- perhaps ???
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Paul Tuon 3 weeks ago
Mark Mobius should've known or learned from the Chinese tycoons (in China) when they tried to take their wealth out of the country but couldn't.

This is nothing new and it has been widely reported by medias all over the world that China forbids any company or person or entity to take U.S. dollars more than $10,000 out of China.

This is because China is printing money -- the Chinese currency Yuan -- to exchange it with the U.S. dollars when U.S. companies buy products from China or when U.S. companies invest in China (like Mark Mobius did).

So Chinese companies who made products sold to U.S. companies actually get the currency in Yuan and not in U.S. dollars even though U.S. companies paid them in U.S. dollars. And those U.S. dollars are in the Chinese government control.

Yeah, you can bring U.S. dollars into the country but not taking it out of the country. This is not a secret.

Here is an excerpt from a Reuter article on March 5, 2023 about Mark Mobius:

Billionaire investor Mark Mobius told FOX Business he cannot take his money out of China due to the country's capital controls, cautioning investors to be "very, very careful" about investing in an economy under a tight government grip.

"I have an account with HSBC in Shanghai. I can't take my money out. The government is restricting flow of money out of the country," Mobius, founder of Mobius Capital Partners, told FOX Business in an interview published on March 2.

"I can't get an explanation of why they're doing this ... They're putting all kinds of barriers. They don't say: No, you can't get your money out. But they say: give us all the records from 20 years of how you made this money ... This is crazy."

Mobius' comments were circulated on Chinese social media site WeChat at the weekend (March 3, 2023).
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Paul Tuon 3 weeks ago
Learnt and learned are both used as the past participle and past tense of the verb to learn. Learned is the generally accepted spelling in the United States and Canada, while the rest of the English-speaking world seems to prefer learnt.

For the difference in spellings, we can blame Noah Webster of Webster's Dictionary fame, who, in 1789, spearheaded the push toward "American" spelling variations on some words.
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Paul Tuon 3 weeks ago
Ahhh .... this weekend should turn out to be a very promising weekend, in that, the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park where Forte begins his Triple Crowns campaign on Saturday 3/4/2023.

The following day, Sunday 3/5/2023, a very impressive horse on my "Watch List" runs at Aqueduct, race 7, and the name of that horse is Mama's Gold. He is the 2nd choice in the morning line odds.

Here is the field with post position order:

1. Camm' Duke (ML 15-1)
2. Playingwithmatches (ML 20-1)
3. Paros (ML 8-1)
4. East Coast Girl (ML 8-1)
5. Mama's Gold (ML 9-5)
6. Toxic Gray (ML 8-5)
7. Sounds Spooky (ML 50-1)
8. Valenzan Day (ML 10-1)
9. Swifty Devil (ML 10-1)

Mama's Gold here I come and my money is on the line.
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