Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sites To See #391

The SOLE purpose of this series is to help call attention to sites that I think many would find most interesting—in one way or another.  Just to be clear, inclusion in this series is not necessarily meant as an endorsement, and I have included sites that I found rather disturbing.  The link below each image is to the site itself, and each image is linked to the particular post from which it was taken when applicable.  Please, go see for yourself.  Oh, and as of August 10, 2012, I will be no longer including sites that have auto-play and word verification engaged.













 Link: [Just Cats]







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Monday, September 1, 2014

Come Monday...Digital to Analog

“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).


Yes, I am well aware of the current trend being to convert analog recording (such as ones on VHS tapes) to digital files so that they can burned to a DVD, but when you have a mother-in-law, who gets confused with multiple remotes—not to mention remotes that can control more than one device, less is most definitely more.  Therefore, when I found a bunch of programs on the internet that she would thoroughly enjoy watching, the best course of action would be to convert the digital recording of those programs I had made to analog files so that they could be recorded on a VHS tape to be watched on her VCR.

‘Twas easier thought of than done, however.  For when it comes to mastering technology with me, there are plenty of errors to go with the trials.

The plan of attack sounds a lot more complicated than it really was.  For I had been already cued in on having to make what was playing on the computer we now have hooked-up to our living room television visible to our VCR, which would require converting the digital video files to streaming analog viewing on the AV setting.  This would be accomplished by running an HDMI cable from an [HDMI splitter] to the [digital to analog converter], which would be hooked up to our VCR through [RCA cables] plugged into the AV jacks in the front of our VCR.

Now, the reason for the HDMI splitter was so that I could see what to click-on to control the computer functions on the HDMI setting to our television, which is not visible on the settings for our VCR.  Everything was going well until the first digital to analog converter I purchased proved to be bad, which was made quite clear when nothing but a solid blue screen came up on our TV as soon as I plugged it into the HDMI splitter and the VCR AV jacks.

Okay, I skipped another misstep that was completely my fault.  For when I first ordered some extra RCA cables, I ordered the wrong ones (red, blue and green cables are not the same as red, white and yellow cables) which gave Amazon.com another opportunity to shine when it comes to customer service.  For as was told [earlier], when I asked if I could return the item for a refund, they immediately refunded my money without requiring me to send back the product!

Getting back to the bad converter, that blue screen really freaked me out.  Making it worse was having to completely turn off the computer before it would reboot.  Be assured that I was having some anxious moments while waiting for the computer to come back up the first couple of times.

After consulting with [Luigi] online, I became fairly confident that the problem was indeed a bad converter, but my anxiety was not soon put to rest.  For while searching for a good one, the only ones I could find looked EXACTLY like the bad one.  Yeah, a good [u-joint] looks just exactly like a bad one before it goes bad, but I was hoping to find a converter that did not appear to simply being marketed by another company.

Thankfully, the Etekcity one I finally went with because of their year-long full warranty worked perfectly, and Amazon.com gave me back my money on the bad one.  I had to send the bad one back, though.

Ah, but my troubles were not yet over.  For while doing some test recordings, our old VCR proved to be rather messed up.  For it would now only play a tape in fast-forward, which applied to making recordings, as well.

So, in the hope of keeping my mother-in-law entertained for at least a little while, a new [VCR/DVD combo] was also purchased through Amazon.com.  One would think that just a VCR would be cheaper, but I suppose they are considered to be more of a collector’s item than VCR/DVD combos are at this time.

Anyway, my mother-in-law was finally able to watch her programs, and she has not been yelling at me as much lately.  All of the trouble I went through was well worth it—be assured.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Sunday Drive

Back during our childhood, our parents would often load up my brother and me after Sunday morning church services for a leisurely drive around where we lived.  Even though we were seeing mostly familiar sights, it was still good to see them again, and this is why “A Sunday Drive” sounded about right for the name of a series revisiting familiar sites that are well worth seeing again and again.  The link below the image is to the site itself, and the image is linked to the post it was first included in here.













 Link: [One Word]





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Saturday, August 30, 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, August 29, 2014

Sites To See #390

The SOLE purpose of this series is to help call attention to sites that I think many would find most interesting—in one way or another.  Just to be clear, inclusion in this series is not necessarily meant as an endorsement, and I have included sites that I found rather disturbing.  The link below each image is to the site itself, and each image is linked to the particular post from which it was taken when applicable.  Please, go see for yourself.  Oh, and as of August 10, 2012, I will be no longer including sites that have auto-play and word verification engaged.







 Link: [Gillyflower]


 Link: [Gluesticks]











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Thursday, August 28, 2014

ATF: Percussive Pieces

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: [Chicago]


I’m a Man
Chicago
Well my pad is very messy
Got whiskers on my chin
Never had no problems
‘Cause I’ve always paid the rent
I got no time for lovin’
‘Cause my time is all used up
I stand outside creatin’
All the groovy kinds of love

I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Oh baby
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Yes I am

If I had my choice of matter
I’d rather be content
All engrossed in mental chatter
Showin’ where your mind is at
While relatin’ to each other
How strong the love can be
Be resistin’ all the good times
With each groovy chick we see

I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Ooh I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
I love to hear you talk

I’ve got to keep my image
While I’m standin’ on the floor
If I drop upon my knees
It’s just to keep them on my nose
You think that I’m not human
And my heart is made of stone
But I’ve never had no problems
And my body’s pretty strong

I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Yeah yeah yeah
Yes I know
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Yes I know
Yes I know
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Ooh
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Good God
I love you so
Love you so

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3

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Ooh if I had my choice of matter
I’d rather be content
All engrossed in mental chatter
Knowin’ where your mind is at
While relatin’ to each other
How good a love can be
By resistin’ all the good times
With each groovy chick we see

I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Yeah yeah yeah
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
I’m a man
Ooh yes I am

I gotta keep my image
While I’m standin’ on the floor
If I drop upon my knees
It’s just to keep them on my nose
You think that I’m not human
And my heart is made of stone
But I never had no problems
And my body’s pretty strong

I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Wowowow
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Yeah
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Yeah yeah yeah
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so



The Boys of Summer
Don Henley
Nobody on the road
Nobody on the beach
I feel it in the air
The summer’s out of reach
Empty lake
Empty streets
The sun goes down alone
I’m drivin’ by your house
Though I know
You’re not home

But I can see you
Your brown skin shinin’ in the sun
You got your hair combed back
And your sunglasses on baby
And I can tell you
My love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

I never will forget those nights
I wonder if it was a dream
Remember how you made me crazy
Remember how I made you scream
Now I don’t understand
What’s happened to our love
But babe I’m gonna get you back
I’m gonna show you what I’m made of

I can see you
Your brown skin shinin’ in the sun
I see you walkin’ real slow
And smilin’ at everyone
I can tell you
My love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

Out on the road today
I saw a deadhead sticker on a Cadillac
A little voice inside my head said
Don’t look back
You can never look back
I thought I know what love was
What did I know
Those days are gone forever
I should just let them go but

I can see you
Your brown skin shinin’ in the sun
You got that top pulled down
And that radio on baby
And I can tell you
My love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone
I can see you
Your brown skin shinin’ in the sun
You got that hair slicked back
And those wayfarers on baby
I can tell you
My love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

Lyrics From: [eLyrics.net]

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

HoF Ads: It Is Not Fun

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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