Wednesday, July 23, 2014

HoF Ads: 80 is the New 18

This weekly series will feature ads that I consider to be the very best (in one way or another).  Please do not hesitate to tell me about your favorite ads, and if you have some (good) taste, I just might add yours to the list.




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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thinking of Christmas Gifts in July 2014

I would think that it would be needless to say, but considering the level of sophistication to many of my readers, it would probably be better to just go ahead and spell it out. Therefore, please be advised that this is one of a number of special edition Sites To See, and all included in it may have something that just might fit quite nicely under your Christmas tree (or stuffed in a stocking) a few very short months from now. As in a regular Sites To See, the link provided below is to a main site (with my preference being to actual blogs).  The images are linked to their particular page when applicable. Now, the images serve as an example of what they have to offer, and they are not necessarily meant as a recommendation. Although, they do represent something that I liked to at least a certain extent, but since my wife does not like me all that much most of the time (no, I have no idea why, either) I do not expect to see any of them with my name on it. Hopefully, it is better in your family, and I am quite sure that the artisans here would greatly appreciate your business. Besides, spending your money on things that are made and marketed by people not so unlike yourself strikes a blow against corporate greed and all of that other stuff, which is supposed to be a good thing—right?  Oh, and a new idea for this year is to think of things like e-books as being virtual stocking stuffers, which just might make you the coolest ever in the eyes of those you give them to!

 Link: [Neondragon]


 Link: [Numinosity]


 Link: [Paul Baines]










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Monday, July 21, 2014

Come Monday...Amazon.com's A-to-Z Guarantee

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of (or commentary about) websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).


We want you to buy with confidence anytime you make a purchase on the Amazon.com website or use Amazon Payments; that's why we guarantee purchases from third-party sellers when payment is made via the Amazon.com website or when you use Amazon Payments for qualified purchases on third-party websites. The condition of the item you buy and its timely delivery are guaranteed under the Amazon A-to-z Guarantee. The Amazon A-to-z Guarantee will also reimburse you if you do not receive an agreed upon refund from a third-party seller or if a third-party seller charged an amount greater than the amount you authorized for your purchase.

I know of some, who have not received the best of service from [Amazon.com] (in their opinion).  In fact, one can literally see steam starting to roll out of her ears when my sister-in-law is asked about her experience with Amazon.com.

I, on the other hand, have received nothing but incredible service from the online retail giant.  Whether or not this has anything to do with me finally getting some of the respect I so richly deserve to receive, I do not know, but I can tell you that they have bent over backward to make sure I was happy (in my opinion).

Some trouble with a couple of items I recently purchased on the site serve as perfect examples of how willing Amazon.com has been to insure my complete satisfaction.  The trouble with one item was even totally my fault.  For I failed to notice that it was the wrong cable when I ordered it, and not only did they immediately refund my money when I asked if I could return it, they also did not require me to send the wrong cable back!

The trouble with the other item was not my fault.  For it simply did not work, and Amazon.com did want me to send it back.  This was made as painless as possible, though.  For they both arranged and paid for the return shipping, and UPS truck picked up the package at our front door.  Furthermore, the purchase price was returned to me as soon as they received confirmation from UPS that the item had been picked up.  No, they did not even wait to see if I had actually sent the item back to them!

Hey, I must admit that I hate it when things go wrong with a purchase more than most, but when a seller/distributor is sincere in their efforts to insure customer satisfaction (within reason, of course) I am a very happy camper.  Too bad [Dell] has gone over to the dark-side.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Thinking of Christmas Gift in July 2014

I would think that it would be needless to say, but considering the level of sophistication to many of my readers, it would probably be better to just go ahead and spell it out. Therefore, please be advised that this is one of a number of special edition Sites To See, and all included in it may have something that just might fit quite nicely under your Christmas tree (or stuffed in a stocking) a few very short months from now. As in a regular Sites To See, the link provided below is to a main site (with my preference being to actual blogs).  The images are linked to their particular page when applicable. Now, the images serve as an example of what they have to offer, and they are not necessarily meant as a recommendation. Although, they do represent something that I liked to at least a certain extent, but since my wife does not like me all that much most of the time (no, I have no idea why, either) I do not expect to see any of them with my name on it. Hopefully, it is better in your family, and I am quite sure that the artisans here would greatly appreciate your business. Besides, spending your money on things that are made and marketed by people not so unlike yourself strikes a blow against corporate greed and all of that other stuff, which is supposed to be a good thing—right?  Oh, and a new idea for this year is to think of things like e-books as being virtual stocking stuffers, which just might make you the coolest ever in the eyes of those you give them to!

 Link: [LorikArt]


 Link: [Lubasa]


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday Morning Cartoons (+)

No, it is not that I am in the midst of experiencing a second or third childhood.  For it is arguable that I have never really grown up because of my march toward maturity being interrupted along the way by some episodes of arrested development.  So, instead of thinking that this series is meant as a wistful look back upon a simpler time, think of it as being a rather simplistic mind remaining in a moment for an extended period of time.  In any event, I hope you find it enjoyable.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Thinking of Christmas Gifts in July 2014

I would think that it would be needless to say, but considering the level of sophistication to many of my readers, it would probably be better to just go ahead and spell it out. Therefore, please be advised that this is one of a number of special edition Sites To See, and all included in it may have something that just might fit quite nicely under your Christmas tree (or stuffed in a stocking) a few very short months from now. As in a regular Sites To See, the link provided below is to a main site (with my preference being to actual blogs).  The images are linked to their particular page when applicable. Now, the images serve as an example of what they have to offer, and they are not necessarily meant as a recommendation. Although, they do represent something that I liked to at least a certain extent, but since my wife does not like me all that much most of the time (no, I have no idea why, either) I do not expect to see any of them with my name on it. Hopefully, it is better in your family, and I am quite sure that the artisans here would greatly appreciate your business. Besides, spending your money on things that are made and marketed by people not so unlike yourself strikes a blow against corporate greed and all of that other stuff, which is supposed to be a good thing—right?  Oh, and a new idea for this year is to think of things like e-books as being virtual stocking stuffers, which just might make you the coolest ever in the eyes of those you give them to!







 Link: [Kay Pickens]






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Thursday, July 17, 2014

ATF: Seeking Fame

This weekly series will include as many of my all-time favorite (ATF) tunes as I can get my grubby little hands on (so to speak).  Now, each one included in each edition will have some connection with the other—albeit only as a figment of my imagination, but they will not be numbered.  For I just cannot bring myself to rate some higher than others.  So, this will not be a countdown, but if you are enjoying them as much as I do, it won’t matter.  Besides, with no countdown, this could go on forever and ever!  Oh, and despite the fact that there is absolutely no way that your musical tastes can be as exquisite as mine, I welcome any suggestions you might dare to make.  For I am, after all, quite magnanimous by nature.

Link: [Dr. Hook]


Cover of the Rolling Stone
Dr. Hook
I don't believe it
Don't touch me
Hey Ray
Hey Sugar
Tell them who we are

Well we're big rock singers
We’ve got golden fingers
And we're loved everywhere we go
That sounds like us
We sing about beauty
And we sing about truth
At ten thousand dollars a show
Right
We take all kinds of pills
That give us all kinds of thrills
But the thrill we'll never know
Is the thrill that'll getcha
When you get your picture
On the cover of the Rollin’ Stone

Rollin' Stone
Wanna see my picture on the cover
Stone
Wanna buy five copies for my mother
Yes
Stone
Wanna see my smilin' face
On the cover of the Rollin' Stone
That's a very very good idea

I got a freaky ol’ lady
Name of Cocaine Katy
Who embroideries on my jeans
I got my poor ol’ grey-haired daddy
Drivin' my limousine
Now it's all designed
To blow our minds
But our minds won't really be blown
Like the blow that'll getcha
When you get your picture
On the cover of the Rollin' Stone

Rollin' Stone
Wanna see my pictures on the cover
Stone
Wanna buy five copies for my mothers
Yeah
Stone
Wanna see my smilin' face
On the cover of the Rollin' Stone
Hey
Sure enough

I know how
Rock and roll
Ah that's beautiful

We got a lot of little teenage blue-eyed groupies
Who’ll do anything we say
We got a genuine Indian guru
Who's teachin’ us a better way
We got all the friends
That money can buy
So we never have to be alone
No
And we keep getting’ richer
But we can't get our picture
On the cover of the Rollin' Stone

Rollin' Stone
Wanna see my picture on the cover
Stone
Wanna buy five copies for my mother
I want one
Stone
Wanna see my smilin' face
On the cover of the Rollin' Stone
On the cover of the Rollin'
Stone
And us
Wanna see my picture on the cover
I don't know why we ain't on the cover baby
Stone
Wanna buy five copies for my mothers
We're beautiful fellows
Stone
Wanna see my smilin' face
On the cover of the Rollin’ Stone

I ain't kiddin' ya
We would make a beautiful cover
Fresh shot
Right up front man
I can see it now
We'd be on the front
Smilin' man
Aah
Beautiful



Fame
Irene Cara
Baby
You look at me
And tell me what you see
You ain't seen the best of me yet
Give me time
I'll make you forget the rest
I've got more in me
And you can set it free
I can catch the moon in my hand
Don't you know who I am
Remember my name

Fame
I'm gonna live forever
I'm gonna learn how to fly
High
I feel it comin’ together
People will see me and cry
Fame
I'm gonna make it to Heaven
Light up the sky like a flame
Fame
I'm gonna live forever
Baby
Remember my name
Remember
Remember
Remember
Remember
Remember
Remember
Remember
Remember

Baby
Hold me tight
Because you can make it right
You can shoot me straight to the top
Give me love
And take all I've got to give
Baby
I'll be tough
Too much is not enough
No
I'll grab your heart
Until it breaks
You got what it takes

Fame
I'm gonna live forever
I'm gonna learn how to fly
High
I feel it comin’ together
People will see me and cry
Fame
I'm gonna make it to Heaven
Light up the sky like a flame
Fame
I'm gonna live forever
Baby
Remember my name
Remember
Remember
Remember
Remember
Remember
Remember
Remember

Fame
I'm gonna make it to Heaven
Light up the sky like a flame
Fame
I'm gonna live forever
Baby
Remember my name
Remember
Remember
Remember
Remember
Remember
Remember
Remember
Remember
Remember my name
Fame
I'm gonna live forever
Fame
I'm gonna learn how to fly
High
I feel it comin’ together
Fame
People will see me and cry
Remember my name
Fame
I'm gonna make it to Heaven

Lyrics From: [eLyrics.net]

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